Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pro-Life Chris Christie Announces Campaign as He Vetoes Planned Parenthood Funding a 6th Time

Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, who is pro-life on abortion,launched his campaign for the Republican nomination for president today. The campaign announcement comes the day after he vetoed state taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business a sixth time. Read More @LifeNews.com

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Supreme Court: Obama Admin Can’t Make Religious Groups Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

The Supreme Court issued an order on Monday preventing the Obama administration from forcing religious groups in Pennsylvania to obey the HHS mandate that requires them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. Read More @ LifeNews.com

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Tax-Exempt Status of Churches Imperiled

Editor Comment: While this article is addressed by Bill Donohue to Catholics, it is relevant to all churches who stand on Scripture in their churches.

by Bill Donohue, Catholic League: There aren't enough homosexuals to wage war on religious institutions—they comprise only 1.6 percent of the population—but they have plenty of support among elites. From Wall Street to Wal-Mart, the corporate elite has gone lavender, embracing the gay-rights movement with as much gusto as exercised by elites in education, the arts, the entertainment industry, and the media. Will they now take the next step and attempt to shut down the churches?

Anyone who thinks that radical activists will stop with gay marriage is ignorant: The big prize has always been to force the churches to fall in line. Consider Mark Oppenheimer, who writes a biweekly column for the New York Times. His post of June 28, featured at Time.com, calls on the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status of houses of worship.

The only difference between Oppenheimer and others in the lavender camp is his willingness to put down a marker right after the high court victory. Others will wait. Now if this becomes an issue in the presidential campaign—it is up to those opposed to gay marriage to make it one—it is going to be very hard for Hillary to make Oppenheimer's case. Even so, this offers little comfort.

Stealth politics is what the left is good at, and on this issue they will have their unelected surrogates at the IRS do their bidding. There will also be legal challenges—the ACLU sued before trying to shut down the Catholic Church—so keep your eye on left-wing non-profits. Count on Americans United for Separation of Church and State to flex its muscles, along with a host of other militant foes of religious liberty. Surely extremists in the atheist community will relish the fight.

Religious leaders are going to be pressed on this issue like nothing we've seen before. They had better be ready—the other side is.

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Response Statement on Supreme Court Ruling On Marriage

Fr. Eric Dudley, Rector, St. Peter's Anglican Church, Tallahassee, Florida, makes a statement on June 28, 2015, on the recent Supreme Court ruling on marriage.


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Court Rules Obama Admin Can Make Christian University Obey HHS Abortion Mandate

Earlier this week, religious employers suffered another loss at the hands of the coercive Obamacare Health and Human Services mandate. A U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit panel ruled against East Texas Baptist University and a group of other non-profit religious employers in their challenge to the Obamacare requirement.  Read More @LifeNews.com

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Friday, June 26, 2015

SCOTUS Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

ARRA News Service Reported: . . . TODAY THE SUPREME COURT RELEASED IT 5-4 DECISION REDEFINING MARRIAGE. A definition that has been a bedrock of American society since its foundation.

As Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families, noted: Today, five unelected lawyers on the Supreme Court decided that they know better than thousands of years of Judeo-Christian civilization and millions of American voters.

The majority opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy who joined the four most liberal justices, redefines marriage coast-to-coast. Once again, the Supreme Court has imposed its morality on the entire country and told millions of citizens that their votes and their values do no matter.

In his dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts told supporters of same-sex marriage that they could celebrate their victory and the expanded benefits that come with it. "But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it," he wrote."Although the majority randomly inserts the adjective 'two' in various places, it offers no reason at all why the two-person element of the core definition of marriage may be preserved while the man-woman element may not. . . . It is striking how much of the majority's reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage." ... " “Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.Justice Antonin Scalia, well-known for his scathing critiques, was particularly harsh in his dissent. He called the decision a "judicial putsch" and compared Justice Kennedy's reasoning to "the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie."

Justice Scalia warned that the decision represented a "threat to American democracy." Consider this excerpt:"Today's decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. . . . This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine . . . robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves."Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in his dissenting opinion, "Aside from undermining the political processes that protect our liberty, the majority's decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect."

We will provide more analysis in the days ahead. But there is one thing we must focus on right now: How do we respond?

Are we going to throw up our hands and give up? If that response is widely embraced, I guarantee you that your children will grow up in a country that no longer tolerates religious liberty.

So you can run up the flag of surrender or you can redouble your efforts at your church, within your families and with the groups and candidates you support.

This is absolutely critical in the upcoming 2016 elections. The men and women we elect to public office nominate and confirm the judges who serve on our courts, including the Supreme Court.

Four justices of the Supreme Court are 76 years-old or older. The odds are overwhelming that the next president we elect will have the opportunity to fundamentally change the ideological balance of the Supreme Court.This issue alone would be worth every effort you can possibly make and every dime you could possibly invest between now and next November to ensure that we take back the White House and hold the Senate!

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Marriage

by Brian Burch, CatholicVote:  Biology. Tradition. Children.

...the Constitution?

Rubbish.

So said the Supreme Court of the United States this morning in a 5-4 decision striking down laws in every state passed by the people upholding marriage.

Today we got the “Roe v. Wade of marriage” -- where the Court pretends to settle a controversial social question by judicial fiat, while the rest of America says: “no way.”

For years same-sex marriage advocates have knowingly lied and deceived the public. They first claimed that they simply wanted the right to ‘marry’ the person they love. And yet where same-sex marriage has been approved, a tiny percentage of gay people got married.

They claimed homosexuality was genetic, but now say ‘gender’ and ‘sexual identity’ is a choice.

They claimed the mantle of tolerance and diversity -- and yet have betrayed those same principles in attacking anyone that disagrees. Speak up for marriage in any public place today and you will be shamed and shunned, or worse.

So what is really at stake?

For many in the LGBT movement, the marriage debate is merely a proxy for a much larger revolution underway. Their end goal is to destroy marriage altogether, including the family, religion, and any institution that proposes limits on human behavior, especially sexual behavior.

They believe gender is a social construct and that children should be brought into the world outside of the traditional family. For many, the idea that men and women are made for each other or that children deserve a mother and a father is a form of discrimination.

This is what the fight for marriage is ultimately about -- and why it’s far from over.

Some things to ponder:
  • The world did not just end. The Court decision is a reflection of our deeply lost and misguided culture. Judges don’t change reality.
  • According to a recent survey approximately 1.6% of Americans describe themselves as gay. And even where gay marriage has been made legal, a tiny percentage actually get married. The media has and will continue to massively overstate the prevalence of same-sex unions.
  • With the gay ‘marriage’ decision considered ‘settled,’ the predictable assault on religious liberty can finally be unmasked. Gay groups will inevitably begin to splinter and disagree on what comes next. Their overreach will come, and there will be a backlash, politically and culturally.
  • If and when forms of persecution come, rejoice. “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.” (Matthew 5:11-12).
  • Look around you (especially in you live in Charleston, SC). Americans are still good people, devoted to faith, family, and children. Remember 50 million Americans voted to defend marriage. No rainbow flag, Supreme Court decision, or minority living in San Francisco or New York is going to change that.
In many ways the tables have now been flipped, with the burden of showing respect, tolerance and opposing discrimination now in the hands of the gay-marriage movement.

Will they respect the right of ordinary Americans who believe in male-female marriage to live out this time-honored truth?

Today is the feast of St. Josemaria. With today's news, it's good to be reminded now more than ever of our calling to be saints in the world.

This is a time for prayer and bold witness.

So much to do.

So many people need Christ.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Taxpayer Subsidies to Over 1,000 Obamacare Plans That Fund Abortions

In a major victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme court has issued its second major decision up-holding abortion-funding Obamacare. The Supreme Court has upheld a key provision of ObamaCare today in their decision in King v. Burwell, ruling that millions of Americans can continue to receive taxpayer subsidies to allow them to purchase health care plans under Obamacare. Read More @ LifeNews.com

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pro-Life Governor Bobby Jindal Announces Campaign for Republican Nomination for President

Add pro-life Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to the long list of pro-life advocates running for the Republican nomination for president. The eventual nominee will very likely face pro-abortion former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Jindal made the announcement online via video clips of him telling his wife and children that he’s made the decision to seek the GOP nomination.

“My name is Bobby Jindal, and I am running for President of the United States of America. There were three people I think you would agree my wife Supriya and I had to tell first,” he said. One of his children was more interested in getting a new puppy. “Keeping the attention of an eight year old can be hard. Even when you have a family talk about running for President.”

Jindal has been an outstanding pro-life governor in Louisiana. Read More

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Woman Wins Suit Against Company That Fired Her for Refusing to Have an Abortion

A British tribunal has awarded Teri Cumlin £12,000 (roughly $19,000), finding that the 22-year-old was wrongfully fired by a fundraising firm after she refused to abort. Read More @ Lifenews.com

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UN Demands Four Pro-Life Countries Stop Protecting Unborn Babies From Abortion

The United Nations’ treaty monitoring body for the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) ignored the pro-life laws of four countries under review during its recent 55th session and strongly urged the countries to change their laws or policies on abortion, despite the fact that the treaty does not mention abortion. NAME / Source

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Cuts $1.2 Million in Tax-Funding From Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

Texas Governor Greg Abbott made it official over the weekend as he signed a bill that cuts $1.2 million in taxpayer funding from the Texas affiliate of the nation’s largest abortion business - Planned Parenthood. Read More at LifeNews.com

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Hillary Clinton Supports Unlimited Abortions Up to Birth, Will She be Honest About It?

Hillary Clinton tops the blindness list. Her attitude toward children in the womb is that they are not welcome to enjoy the basic constitutional protection our nation affords to everyone else’s life. Read More #LifeNews.com

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Senate Will Vote on Pro-Life Bill Banning Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, during a speech today to a conservative conference, guaranteed that the Senate will vote on a House-passed pro-life bill that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth.
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Martin Luther King Jr’s Niece Marches Against Abortion at Selma Rally

In Alabama, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Alveda King, will be marching with other pro-life leaders to bring attention to the illegal activities of abortionist, Dr. Samuel C. Lett. Read More LifeNews.com

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Planned Parenthood Pushing Mega-abortion Centers

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American Life League, STOPP Report: It comes as no surprise that the Planned Parenthood Federation of America wants to commit more abortions at its various centers. It is, after all, the nation’s largest abortion chain.

What is surprising is that Planned Parenthood appears to be falling back on an old strategy that didn’t work the first time. That strategy is to build abortion mega-centers and drive abortion-minded women to those centers. The idea is that it can close its small (typically around 2,000 sq. ft.) ill-equipped centers and open shiny-new facilities (10,000 sq. ft. and larger) equipped with posh surroundings for committing surgical and medical abortions. The theory apparently is that, if you build it, they will come.

PPFA opened its first abortion mega-center in Austin, Texas, in 2004. It added three more by 2008 and obviously expected an abortion boom. The abortion numbers at PPFA had been rising steadily for years and stood at 324,008 in 2008. Then, Planned Parenthood added 15 more abortion mega-centers between 2008 and the end of 2013. Despite the tens of millions of dollars poured into these facilities, PP must have been shocked that its abortion numbers have remained relatively flat since 2008. For the last five years, abortions at PP have gone up and down and it’s averaged 330,005 abortions a year.

Killing 330,000 babies a year is a grisly trade, but you can be sure PP thought that number would be much higher by now. After all, Planned Parenthood takes in over $190,000,000 a year from this killing and it wants the number to be much higher.

You would think that, with it being widely reported that abortions in America are beginning to decline, and Planned Parenthood’s own track record on failing to increase its abortion numbers, that PP might be ready to try a new tactic. But no.

Planned Parenthood built a new abortion mega-center in Dallas, Texas, last year and so far this year has opened two more—one in San Antonio, Texas, and the other in Long Island City (Queens), New York. It is absolutely dedicated to killing as many of God’s children as it can. The message to pro-lifers is clear. Despite some victories at the polls, and the passage of legislation that will save some babies, Planned Parenthood remains as big a threat as ever.

Now is the time for every pro-lifer to educate themselves—and their entire community—on the evil nature of Planned Parenthood. The only way our babies will ever have a chance at being safe in the womb is if Planned Parenthood closes all its doors and gets out of our society.

Where are the Planned Parenthood abortion mega-centers?
Here is the current list of PP abortion mega-centers across the country: (22 PP abortion centers that are at least 10,000 square feet — updated 5/21/15)

Austin, Texas 10,500 sq. ft. 2004
Aurora, Illinois 22,000 sq. ft. 2007
Schenectady, New York 18,000 sq. ft. 2007
Denver, Colorado 52,000 sq. ft. 2008
Sarasota, Florida 23,000 sq. ft. 2009
Santa Ana, California 14,000 sq. ft. 2009
Kalamazoo, Michigan 12,000 sq. ft. 2009
Fayetteville, North Carolina 11,000 sq. ft. 2009
Portland, Oregon 42,000 sq. ft. 2010
Houston, Texas 78,000 sq. ft. 2010
Virginia Beach, Virginia 13,000 sq. ft. 2010
Memphis, Tennessee 30,000 sq. ft. 2010
Albany, New York 18,000 sq. ft. 2010
Colorado Springs, Colorado 11,500 sq. ft. 2010
Worcester, Massachusetts 11,000 sq. ft. 2011
St. Paul, Minnesota 46,000 sq. ft. 2011
Lincoln, Nebraska 18,000 sq. ft. 2012
Springfield, Oregon 19,000 sq. ft. 2012
Fort Worth, Texas 19,000 sq. ft. 2013
Dallas, Texas 17,000 sq. ft. 2014
San Antonio, Texas 22,000 sq. ft. 2015
Long Island City, New York 14,000 sq. ft. 2015
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Coroner Rules Unborn Baby Cut From Mother’s Womb Wasn’t Killed, Likens Death to Miscarriage

In a shocking and offensive ruling, the county coroner involved in the tragic case of a woman who cut open a young mother in an attempt to steal her unborn baby ruled the baby wasn’t specifically killed. The just-released determination of the cause of death likens the baby’s death to a miscarriage. Read More @ LifeNews.com

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Thirty Pro-Life Groups Flood UN Committee With Pleas to Block Right to Abortion

by Stefano Gennarini, J.D., Center for Family & Human Rights: The UN Human Rights Committee was greeted Monday by a deluge of requests urging it to resist pressure to declare abortion a human right.

The committee will weigh in on abortion and euthanasia in a forthcoming note about the “right to life,” widely anticipated as the next step in the so far unsuccessful attempt to develop a human right to abortion through the UN bureaucracy.

The committee solicited the barrage when it asked for written contributions ahead of a discussion on Article 6 (Right to Life) of the UN treaty on civil and political rights to be held in Geneva this summer. A first draft of the note is expected soon after the discussion.

Over 30 organizations from around the world urged the committee to recognize the right to life of unborn children, or at least not recognize a right to abortion.

Not all came from groups that focus on pro-life issues.

Autistic Minority International, a group that describes itself as the “first and only autism self-advocacy organization – run by and for autistic persons – active at the global political level,” wrote to the committee decrying how pre-natal screening of children with Downe syndrome or other disabilities may soon be carried out on children “at risk” of autism.

“We consider ongoing research in this direction, which often is publicly funded, nothing short of preparations to a eugenic genocide against disabled persons and a grave violation of the autistic community’s right to survival and autistic individuals’ right to life,” they state.

They also drew a parallel between the abortion of children with disabilities and Nazi eugenic policies.

A medical expert in India pointed out that abortion is not permitted under Hindu law.

The Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam), publisher of the Friday Fax, asked the committee to resist political pressure from within the UN and outside groups to read a “right to abortion” into Article 6.

C-Fam included the San Jose Articles, which states “There exists no right to abortion under international law, either by way of treaty obligation or under customary international law. No United Nations treaty can accurately be cited as establishing or recognizing a right to abortion.”

Whenever UN bodies say abortion is a human right they are in breach of their mandate and undermine the human rights they are charged with protecting, the Articles observe.

Groups in the United States, Europe, and Latin America urged the committee not to recognize abortion as an international right.

Some describe abortion’s devastating effects on women physically and mentally. Others point out the eugenic origins to make abortion legal. Still others point out how sex-selective abortions endanger women and children.

Of 55 interventions published on the committee’s website, only two, from Amnesty International and the Center for Reproductive Rights, call for abortion to be recognized as a human right.

Amnesty declares that the right to life does not apply “before birth” and that it would be “problematic” if the protections of the covenant applied “prenatally.” Amnesty did not address euthanasia in its lengthy brief.

The committee has recommended countries make abortion legal on numerous occasions. Once the first draft is produced there will be further opportunities to comment.

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Petitions in support of 20 Week Abortion Ban delivered to US Senate from Millennials

Students for Life delivered petitions from students across the nation to the U.S. Senate Majority and Minority Leaders advocating banning abortions after 20 weeks through the Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act, which was passed one month ago today in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Millennials are not apathetic about abortion, much less abortions committed on preborn babies that feel pain at 20 weeks and beyond,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America.  “The Senate needs to listen to these students, to women, to all Americans, the vast majority of who oppose abortions that late in pregnancy.”

This past spring semester, Students for Life of America took their newest educational tour, the Fetal Pain Display, to 25 campuses from Hawaii to Massachusetts, and reached thousands of students.

The tour was incredibly successful. Students for Life groups were able to easily discuss the biology and science of fetal pain and use diagrams that are present in medical textbooks. They were able to recruit other students to join their clubs and they even witnessed students changing their mind on late-term abortion. Over 1,300 students signed a petition in person demanding that abortions are banned after 20 weeks gestation.

“For college students in the midst of exams, club meetings, work, and other obligations, taking the time to check out the display and sign their name was a testament to the recognition of the exceptional horror of abortion, especially this late in pregnancy,” said Hawkins.

“U.S Senators should be forced to vote whether or not they will protect babies after 20 weeks gestation,” concluded Hawkins. “Public officials should not hesitate to protect the most vulnerable among us and if they do, they should be held accountable.”

The U.S. House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on a bill to protect babies from abortion after 20 weeks on January 22 of this year, the day of the March for Life, but at the last minute it was pulled because of protests from Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN). They ended up passing the bill four months later on May 18, 2015 in the House of Representatives.

Fifty-two percent of Millennials are in favor of banning abortions after 20 weeks gestation, according to National Journal. Sixty-four percent of Americans think abortion should be illegal in the second trimester and that number jumps to 80% for third trimester abortions, according to Gallup.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood, 42 states have banned abortions after a certain number of weeks of gestation and with varying exceptions. Some states have taken up bans on abortions after 20 weeks this year already including South Carolina and West Virginia.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Republicans Push Budget to Help End Taxpayer Funding for Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

Congressional Republicans are pushing a new budget that would help end some of the taxpayer funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business receives. The head of the abortion giant is unhappy about the move and already pulling out all the stops in an attempt to get the budget changed or defeated. Read More @ LifeNews.com.

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Carly Fiorina Schools Whoopi Goldberg on Abortion: Yes, Women Can be Pro-Life

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is pro-life and took her pro-life beliefs to The View, a notoriously pro-abortion television talk show. There, she took on Planned Parenthood celebrity spokeswoman Whoopi Goldberg, who tried to make it appear that a majority of people support late-term abortions. Read More @ LifeNews.com

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Donald Trump Launches Republican Presidential Campaign, Says He’s Pro-Life on Abortion

Businessman Donald Trump today announced that he is officially running for the Republican nomination for president. Trump has previously indicated he is pro-life on the issue of abortion.  Read More @ LifeNews.com

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Pro-Life Florida Governor Jeb Bush Announces Run for Republican Presidential Nomination

Jeb Bush, the pro-life former governor of Florida, announced today that he is running for the Republican nomination for president. Bush is known for signing pro-life legislation and a bill to try to save the life of Terri Schiavo. Read More at LifeNews.com

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Supreme Court Prevents Women in North Carolina From Seeing Ultrasound Before Abortion

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected an appeal from the state of North Carolina to uphold a pro-life law allowing women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn baby before an abortion. Ultrasounds are routinely performed before an abortion but abortion clinics often don’t let women see the ultrasound image or get a description of their unborn baby before the abortion occurs. Read More at LifeNews.com

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Friday, June 12, 2015

High School Implants IUDs in Teen Girls Without Their Parents’ Knowledge or Consent

Rebecca Downs, Seattle, WA: Over the years some high schools have tried to ban things like soda. And yet they are going in another direction. That schools are having questionable sex education programs and on-campus clinics isn’t enough anymore.

One high school in Seattle is now implanting intrauterine devices (IUD), as well as other forms of birth control. The IUD is known as a long acting reversible contraception, and may even act as an abortifacient. So, a young teen in Seattle can’t get a coke at her high school, but she can have a device implanted into her uterus, which can unknowingly kill her unborn child. Or, if she uses another method, she can increase her chances of health risks for herself, especially if using a new method. Birth control has even been the tragic cause of death for some young women.

The high school, Chief Sealth International, a public school, began offering the devices in 2010, made possible by a Medicaid program known as Take Charge and a non-profit, Neighborcare.

Students can receive the device or other method free of cost and without their parent’s insurance. And while it’s lauded that the contraception is confidential, how can it be beneficial for a parent-child relationship when the parents don’t even know the devices or medication their daughter is using? . . . Read More at LifeNews.com

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Should We End Abortion…Can We End Abortion?

by Brian Fisher, CEO and Founder, Online for Life: One of our OFL team members, Kari, is an excellent researcher. Every morning she pores over numerous news sites, online magazines, and aggregator sites; picks the top three or four pieces that will be the most helpful; and sends them to me. I’ve specifically asked Kari to gather articles from pro-abortion sources, so I can keep tabs on the worldview, thinking, and strategy of the pro-abortion movement.

I’ll be candid: reading these articles is not my favorite part of the day. Here are a few recent examples she sent to me.

There was an article about a movement to place Margaret Sanger’s face on the $20 bill. Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was an overt racist and sterilization advocate.

ThinkProgress is constantly pushing so-called “reproductive rights,” and this piece bemoaned the fact that America is not keeping up with the world in championing abortion freedoms:
While we do have a federal constitutional right [to abortion], states are taking aim at that in different ways and really trying to chip away at that right in a piecemeal fashion,” Amanda Allen, the state legislative counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, told ThinkProgress. She described the political activity since the 2010 elections as “a sustained assault on reproductive rights.” (emphasis mine)Lies, myths, and more lies. The “sustained assault on reproductive rights” is an inherently discriminatory dogma, considering that the pro-abortion movement wants to protect the contrived reproductive right to abort for only a certain class of females—those who are born. In other words, Allen and her pro-abortion allies are fine with killing millions of females whom they deem unworthy of any rights, all in the name of protecting women’s rights. It’s convoluted and deceitful.

However, the articles that bother me the most are those featuring people of faith or church leaders who promote the mass killing of God’s human creations.

The wife of an Alabama pastor defended her work at a local abortion clinic, claiming, “I feel that we have all sinned. None of us are perfect. No sin is greater than any sin. I don’t know why, other than that’s the only decision [abortion] that a woman could make” … “That’s her right to make that decision, because that’s her body.

A Presbyterian Church (USA) in New Orleans recently held an impromptu rally for Planned Parenthood. They posted a statement on their website celebrating the event:
Recently First Presbyterian opened our doors to a [sic] impromptu Planned Parenthood rally that was enthusiastically attended by more than 200 supporters, including Councilwomen Latoya Cantrell and Susan Guidry, both of whom are passionately and consistently concerned about the state of health care in our city. We are looking forward to further events and lobbying our government in Baton Rouge for more funding for mental and physical health services in Louisiana.

First Presbyterian is committed to caring for the bodies as well as the souls of our community and supports the work that Planned Parenthood is doing in our neighborhood to build a heath care center.
While First Presbyterian is “committed to caring for the bodies as well as the souls of our community,” apparently it’s only for the bodies and souls of human beings already born. Otherwise, unborn human beings are fair game for being ripped limb from limb, or destroyed with deadly chemicals.

As I continue my education to understand the worldviews, perspectives, and theological foundations of the pro-abortion movement, I keep coming back to two fundamental questions that every pro-lifer needs to ask themselves:
  1. Should we end abortion?
  2. Can we end abortion?
The first question is not intended to offend anyone. Most pro-lifers would incredulously answer, “Of course!” And that is most certainly my answer.

However, you might be unpleasantly surprised to hear the answers given by people who claim a pro-life ethic yet unveil a modified and dangerous view when they’re pressed to respond to more specific examples:
  • “What about babies conceived in rape? Should every baby conceived in rape be protected from abortion?”
  • “What about babies with birth defects or difficult medical conditions?”
  • “What about children who won’t survive for long outside the womb?”
  • “What about babies born in poverty?”
And, unfortunately, this question:

“What about black babies born in crime-riddled neighborhoods?”We may not like some people’s answers to these questions.

There are numerous reasons why abortion is still legal in America. A lack of education about abortion and its cruel and devastating impact on society, as well as abortion’s enormous popularity (an estimated 1.2 million abortions are performed in America each year) are just some of the primary reasons why abortion still exists.

However, I believe one of the other major drivers of abortion is a lack of strong, unified consensus to the question, “Should we end abortion?”

Many Americans think third-trimester abortions are REALLY bad, but first-trimester abortions are somehow okay. And yet, is killing a 3-year-old worse than killing a 1-year-old? Unfortunately, this incorrect view may be influenced in part by legislation aimed at protecting only a certain age of baby in the womb. This leads to an unconscious belief that an unborn 7-month-old baby is worth more than an unborn 2-week-old baby. So “Should we end abortion?” is answered with, “Yes, as long as the baby is of a certain age.”

In fact, those of us who maintain that all unborn human life—regardless of the circumstances of conception or the health of the child—should be protected by law are now labeled as “extreme.” Think about that—the people who want all human beings to have a fair shot at life are considered to be the crazy, fundamental outsiders.

Okay, let’s play with that logic for a moment:
  • If a white man wants to kill a black man, he’s rightly considered racist or a member of the KKK. He is an extremist. But if a white abortion doctor kills a black unborn baby, he’s just doing his job and helping a woman exercise her reproductive rights.
  • If a woman were to kill her disabled 8-year-old son, we’d consider her cruel and merciless. Her actions would be extreme. Yet, if through genetic testing a woman discovers that her unborn son has a disability and then chooses to kill him, we buy the lie that it would be “unfair” for her to bring her baby into the world.
  • If a couple decided to kill a few of their kids because they were struggling financially and unable to make ends meet, we’d think they were crazy. Their actions would be considered extreme. But if parents choose to kill their unborn child because of those same financial struggles, our society praises them for exhibiting financially responsible behavior.
A TV star I’m not familiar with, Jemima Kirke, recently opened up about her abortion. Her explanation for why she killed her child? Her life “was not conducive to raising a happy, healthy child.” If Ms. Kirke had a 3-year-old daughter and decided to kill her as well, because her life “was not conducive to raising” kids, would our culture respond as positively as they did to her choice to kill her unborn child?

No, because the unborn in America are the most hated, most discriminated against, and most neglected class of people in the history of our country.

Here’s my point: The only morally acceptable, sane worldview is the one that protects all unborn human life from harm and death.

“Should we end abortion?” The answer is yes—and no just society can answer any other way.

The second question, “Can we end abortion?” is simply a matter of our commitment to the first question. If we really believe we should end abortion, then the answer to the second question is also yes.

Our beliefs drive our actions. When William Wilberforce, the 19th century English abolitionist, asked if legalized slavery should be ended, he committed himself to the necessary actions based on his answer. When Martin Luther King Jr. asked if civil rights should be extended to blacks and other minorities, his actions flowed from his beliefs. When Susan B. Anthony asked if women should have the right to vote, her actions followed her beliefs.

Can abortion be ended? How firm is our answer? How committed are we to that reality? How convicted are we that abortion is still ridiculously common and available in our country? How horrified are we at the death, destruction, and pain that abortion brings?

Can we end abortion? That, my friends, is entirely up to you and I.

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Abortions Down 12% Nationally

Students For Life: News reports this week stated that abortions have dropped nationally 12% since 2010. This is amazing news! In some states, like Hawaii, abortions dropped an incredible 30%.

While reasons do vary as to why abortions are down, the good news overall is that less abortions are happening, which means more mothers are choosing life for their babies.

This past semester, SFLA visited 27 campuses with our new campus tour, the Human Rights Tour, and we asked students when they thought that a human should have human rights. We asked them to vote by placing a sticker next to the a photo of human development from conception all the way through birth.

The overwhelming majority placed their stickers in the first trimester, most at conception.

College students – the first generation that has been able to view in great detail what life in the womb looks like – can easily see that the preborn child is a human being and deserves every right to life as anyone else. Abortion takes away that life and this generation knows it.

NARAL has documented the ‘intensity gap’, where Millennials who are pro-life are more passionate about being pro-life and protecting the preborn than those who are pro-choice and their passion for protecting abortion rights.

This past school year, we had our first Pregnant on Campus Students for Life group start an entirely student-run pregnancy resource center on campus – the first of its kind in the country – at the University of New Mexico. This generation not only wants to protect innocent human life in the womb but also cares deeply for the women facing unplanned pregnancies and wants to do everything they can to help them be able to choose life for their child.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Feminists Wage "War On Women"

Dr. Bill Donohue, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights noted the reaction to Tuesday's Fifth Circuit decision upholding a Texas law that protects women's health. The federal appeals panel ruled that it was a "legitimate purpose" of the Texas law "to provide the highest quality of care to women seeking abortions and to protect the health and welfare of women seeking abortions." This ruling is consistent with the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion: "The State has a legitimate interest in seeing to it that abortion, like any other medical procedure, is performed under circumstances that insure maximum safety for the patient."

Who could possibly object to high standards of medical care for women? Women's advocates, that's who. The New York Times objects. Ironically, a story on its website on this issue provides a link to a factual description of abortion, and it lists seven risks, among them "excessive bleeding" and "reaction to the medicines or anesthesia, such as problems breathing." Would not common decency argue that these problems be minimized, and that quality treatment be afforded? Why is the Times willing to settle for less?

The Center for Reproductive Rights calls the high standards "harmful." NARAL Pro-Choice Texas also prefers lower standards. Wonkette declares abortion to be "one of the safest procedures in America," which, even if this were true (it most certainly is not safe for the child), raises the question: Why oppose safer conditions? Planned Parenthood of Texas says the law is "medically unnecessary," and both Salon and RH Reality Check call it "draconian."

Liberals are fond of saying that education is empowering, yet when it comes to educating women planning an abortion, they say they should not be required to see what it is they are aborting. They demand that women be given the best medical care, yet when it comes to abortion, they are prepared to put them at risk. They love to spend money on healthcare, yet when it comes to maximum safety for women considering an abortion, they complain about costs. Whose side are they really on? Women deserve better than "back-alley" treatment.

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U.S. Senate Will Take Up Pain-Capable Life Bill

by CitizenLink Team: Today Sen. Lindsey Graham announced the Senate will take up the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The bill stops abortions after 20 weeks – the time at which preborn babies can feel pain.

Pro-life leaders, including Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, joined Graham at a news conference in support of the bill.

“Right now in our country, a child can be killed in his or her mother’s womb for any reason, at any point, up until the moment of birth,” Dannenfelser explained. “We are one of only seven nations in the world, including China and North Korea, to allow such brutality. We are a better nation than this.”

The Senate is expected the pass the measure. Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, said limiting abortion at five months is simply a “commonsense response to the ugly reality of later term abortions, which causes tremendous pain to fully-formed infants and exposes women to dangerous health risks. The abortion lobby denies the pain of the unborn, and refuses to be honest about what can happen to women during a risky late-term abortion procedure.”

The president is expected to veto the measure, but pro-life leaders vow to press forward.

“I call upon President Obama and his party to withdraw their opposition to this bill,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in a statement. “And I call upon President Obama to pledge his support for this measure that would help bring his administration’s policies in line with his political rhetoric.”

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Court Says Obama Admin Can’t Force Pro-Life Group to Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

The pro-life group Priests for Life was one of the earliest organizations to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control drugs and drugs like ella that can cause very early abortions.

A federal appeals court has responded today to its appeal of a lower court decision on its lawsuit and the ruling protects Priests for Life from having to comply. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded that Priests for Life does not have to obey the HHS mandate – or pay steep fines for refusing to do so and it granted the pro-life organization a stay late today.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said: “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted our motion to stay the mandate, meaning that the injunction protecting us from the mandate will remain in place while the Supreme Court considers our case.” . . . Read More @ LifeNews.com

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Federal Court Protects Lives – Shuts Down Abortion Clinics

by Candice Thomas, Liberty Liberty News: The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that a controversial piece of pro-life legislation from Texas–which is credited with slashing abortions by 13%, and closing a number of abortion clinics statewide–should be allowed to stand.

House Bill 2, which was signed into law by then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry, doesn’t actively target abortion clinics: it just makes sure they’re meeting the same safety standards as other Ambulatory Surgical Centers and requires abortionists to be actual doctors with admitting privileges at local hospitals.

Which makes sense, considering an abortion is a complicated surgical procedure that, if it has to happens at all, should require basic safety standards and a competent doctor, like any surgery.

And, after all, Democrats support abortion because they want what’s best for “women’s health,” right?

Except, no: Democrats predictably had a fit over the law.

Their ludicrous argument was that, by mandating actual safety standards to bring abortion clinics in line with other medical providers, Texas was creating an “undue burden on women.”

Right.

In practice, House Bill 2 did shut down a number of abortion clinics because they didn’t meet safety standards. But the clinics that were shut down were, by the very nature of this law, substandard.

Unfortunately, this case isn’t over yet–it’s expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

That makes the stakes incredibly high: depending on which way the Supreme Court ultimately rules, that could have dramatic impact for the future of abortion in America–and could dramatically change how a state is able to demand safety standards for medical facilities.
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Candice Thomas has almost 20 years of experience reporting for various conservative publications.

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Dissent Leads to Descent of Abortion

Tony Perkins' Washington Update: Liberals have done everything they can to make abortion more appealing. They've added spa robes and hot tea. They made it available on Skype, by carry-out, through pills. They've recruited celebrities to gush that its providers are "really, truly, no-kidding awesome." As the Washington Post said, "...Activists are seeking to normalize abortion, to put a human face -- and even a positive spin -- on the procedure."

Unfortunately for them, there already is a human face on the procedure: the baby's. And no amount of Planned Parenthood gift certificates or Black Friday abortion deals can lessen the real cost in people's minds. After years of changing opinion, monsters like Kermit Gosnell only cemented what most Americans already knew -- there's nothing compassionate about "choice."

Now, decades after Roe v. Wade, fewer women are exercising the "right" the Supreme Court found in the shadows of the Constitution. In fact, abortion isn't just in decline -- but in a freefall, dropping 12 percent nationwide since 2010. A new AP report makes matters even more interesting, explaining that the dip isn't just in states with new pro-life laws -- but almost all states. (Of the states that reported, only Michigan and Louisiana's abortions ticked up.) In places like Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Oklahoma, where legislators raced to protect women and make clinics more accountable, abortion plunged by at least 15 percent -- a remarkable shift in just five years. Even liberal bastions like New York, Washington, and Oregon experienced similar slides, leading the Left to credit things like contraception and radical sex ed.

But researcher Michael New doesn't buy it. An expert on the causal relationship between pro-life laws and abortion, New says the media is missing the big story here. "A better explanation is the fact that a considerably smaller percentage of women with unintended pregnancies are having abortions [down from 54% in 1995 to 40% in 2008]... The Associated Press article does not even consider this as a possibility."

In fact, he says, "long-term abortion trends receive relatively little coverage from the mainstream media." Why? Because they're a dramatic picture of the pro-life swing taking place in America. "Few Americans know that the number of abortions performed in the United States peaked in 1990 and has declined by approximately 34% since that time. Through offering alternatives to women facing unplanned pregnancies, enacting legislation, and shifting public opinion, pro-life efforts have succeeded."

Even the most aggressive pro-abortion administration in history can't compete with the technology, truth, and tenacity of the pro-life movement. For thousands of women, the window into the womb from sonograms and ultrasounds is the only persuasion they need to keep their babies. Combine that with the thriving network of pregnancy care centers and motivated lawmakers, and abortion activists are at a severe disadvantage.

In three years -- 2011, 2012, and 2013 -- states enacted more pro-life laws (205) than in the entire previous decade combined (which, even the Left admits, has "a real impact on women seeking abortion care"). And you don't need a Gallup poll to show you what the March for Life recently did -- Americans, especially young ones, are increasingly pro-life. So while the Left may argue the means, there's no disputing the ends: abortion is losing its grip on America.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Court Upholds Texas Pro-Life Law Closing Abortion Clinics, Saving 10,000 From Abortion

A federal appeals court issued a ruling today upholding a Texas pro-life law credited with closing multiple abortion clinics and cutting abortions 13 percent, saving an estimated 9,900 babies from abortion.
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Truth About Obamacare

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Abortions Drop 12% in the United States as More Babies Saved From Abortion

A new national report from the Associated Press indicates that abortions have dropped 12 percent nationwide and are down in almost every state in the country as more babies are being saved from abortions than ever before.

The survey found abortions are dropping the most in states that have passed the most pro-life laws, but abortions are down even in pro-abortion states that haven’t passed as many pro-life laws. Those figures make it clear that national pro-life educational efforts, pregnancy support services and pro-life prayer and educational campaigns at abortion clinics nationwide are making a difference in providing women with abortion alternatives.

North Carolina had the second largest decrease in abortions at 26.3 percent followed by New Mexico with a 23.9 percent drop. . . . 
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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Anatomy Of A 'Christian' Murder

. . . God Will Forgive': Using Grace to Defend Abortion

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via Breaking Point - linked below
by Rolley Haggard, Contributing Author: Ask any sidewalk counselor. Odds are he or she has heard some version of this from those heading into the abortion clinic: “I know it's wrong. But I'm a Christian and I've prayed about it and I know God will forgive. His grace is greater than all my sin.”

What's wrong with this picture? (Other than the fact that a baby is about to be deliberately put to death.) Most Christians instinctively sense something's desperately out of whack here. But what?

Sadly, few seem able to put their finger on it. Sadder still is that after they sift through their own thoughts on the matter, nine times out of 10 they wind up less sure that, from a biblical standpoint, there really is anything substantially wrong with such statements. They know murder is wrong, but they also know the Bible teaches that God can forgive any sin.* Their reasoning often runs along these lines:

“It is true God can forgive any sin. And it's true Christ died for all sins, past, present, and future. And it's true God will forgive anyone who truly repents and asks for forgiveness. And this person really does seem to be a Christian who's in a difficult situation. So, even though it's terribly tragic that they feel the need to abort their child, technically they are correct: God will forgive them.”

Armed with such considerations, believers often succumb to the notion that since grace is waiting on the other side, even though God very plainly says “thou shalt not murder,” His commandments must be optional. Why else would He indirectly embolden sin with guarantees of subsequent forgiveness?

But does He? Can grace really be used this way, seemingly to magnify God, but actually to defend abortion? Is the above reasoning complete and sound?

What the Question Is Not
Just so we're clear: The question is not whether God will forgive the post-abortive parent who turns to him in genuine repentance and faith. He most assuredly will. There is no sin, including abortion, that God cannot or will not forgive. God is more eager to forgive than we are to seek forgiveness. That's true regardless of whether we've sinned little or greatly.

Recall, for example, that King David committed both adultery and murder. Yet after the fact, when the prophet Nathan confronted him, David repented and God forgave him. As if to underscore His grace, God even had Nathan call David's second son by Bathsheba “Jedidiah,” which means “beloved of God.” Other examples could be multiplied.

The question is not, will the Father lavish grace upon all who turn to Him in true repentance and faith? Unequivocally, yes, He will.

What the Question Is
The question is, does God give to pre-abortive parents assurance He will forgive the murder of their child if, despite many dire warnings, they go through with it? More to the point, can they who are willing to deliberately ignore the clear moral commands of God be assured their heart will not be hardened to a degree where they will never even want to truly repent?

I submit that neither conscience (God's law written on the heart) nor Scripture gives any such assurance, and that to suppose otherwise is to confuse faith with presumption and grace with license. It is not “faith” that assumes one can deliberately sin without dire consequence; it is presumption. And it is not “grace” that holds forth the promise of consequence-free sin; it is license.

Sinning to the Glory of God?
Those who believe God's grace effectively means “obedience is optional” are likely not true Christians at all. Their thinking is desperately, diabolically wrongheaded. The theological import of it could be paraphrased thus: “Our yet-to-be-committed sins aren't that big a deal to God. Christ died for our sins, so we don't have to break a sweat to avoid them. When tempted to do something wrong, even something as serious as aborting a child, we just need to remember God's grace takes the worry out of sinning. No matter what we do, God will forgive. His grace is greater than our sin. Indeed, because our sin magnifies His grace, when we sin we do so to the glory of God.”

Reaping What We Sow
“Christians” holding to such ideas have far more in common with those who “turn the grace of God into licentiousness,” “suppress the truth in unrighteousness,” and “do evil that good may come.” They have no Scriptural basis to expect things will end well for them. They run the very real risk of being given up to a hardened heart. Indeed, their saying such things gives strong evidence that hardening has already begun. We reap what we sow.

Think about it: If I am so sure that, after I kill one of my children, I absolutely will repent to receive God's forgiveness, then why won't I repent before I kill the child? I have apparently already deceived myself into thinking I can order up my own repentance “on demand.” Yet if that were the case, wouldn't I be repenting now, before I kill my child, rather than after? No one is physically forcing me to kill my child.** If I refuse to repent now before the act, what makes me so sure I will truly repent later? What will have changed? And if I have another child, what assurance do I have I won't do it again? And if I do, did I ever truly repent after the first time?

Unless one is under the delusion that “repentance” is something done only when it's easy to obey God's commands, one can never be sure one ever did truly repent. Anyone can “repent” when there's no great cost involved. It's when the price of turning from sin is high that we discover whether our repentance is real.

It is a dangerous thing to presume upon the grace of God and say, before deliberately sinning, “God will forgive." Even if I am a genuine Christian, I am almost certainly going to be plagued, perhaps for the rest of my life, with unshakable feelings of guilt and doubt as to whether my repentance and faith was real and whether I am, indeed, a genuine Christian.

Grace never assures us beforehand that if we deliberately sin we will be forgiven. Grace only assures us that there is no sin, sincerely repented of, that God cannot or will not forgive through Christ. It is a crucial distinction.

God's willingness to forgive is never in doubt. But His forgiveness is always predicated upon the genuineness of our repentance. And the genuineness of our repentance is severely suspect if, before we go through with it, we can say in our heart, “I know it's wrong, but since God is going to forgive me anyway, I'm going to go ahead and do it.”

Those who say such things aren't looking for grace, but for permission to sin. They assuredly will not receive the latter, and it is fearfully doubtful they will receive the former, either. Not because God is unwilling to give it, but because they clearly aren't seeking it.* A discussion of Matthew 12:31 and the “unforgivable sin” is outside the scope of this article.

** I recognize there is often tremendous pressure to abort, but few in this country are literally forced.
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Rolley Haggard is an IT manager for a multinational corporation in the Southeast. He is a Christian and pro-life activist and writer for the BreakPoint Blog. He is a Contributing Author of the ARRA News Service and Greater Fitchburg for Life.

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Pass the Life at Conception Act - Sign the Petition

Former Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX): There is a way to use the Supreme Court's own decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and ultimately end abortion-on-demand.

Please take a moment to listen to the urgent message I've prepared:

After listening, please sign the ProLife Alliance petition to bypass Roe v. Wade and ultimately end abortion-on-demand.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Administration Denies Faith-Based Groups Will Be Required to Hire LGBTs

by Austin Ruse , President, Center for Family and Human Rights: Last week we reported on the charges of a whistle-blower that the Obama administration is on the verge of instituting a policy that would require groups getting federal grants to consider hiring openly LGBT individuals, even if such a policy would violate the group’s religious conscience.

This new policy would mimic a change that took place last summer requiring federal contractors not to discriminate in hiring based on sexual orientation and gender identity. At that time two Catholic bishops complained about the policy even though federal contracting falls mostly to non-religious groups. An inordinate number of faith-based groups, however, would be affected by a similar policy applied to grantees. Many would have to forgo government funding and some might be required to close.

None of the faith-based groups working the federal government we spoke to have heard of such a policy change, though one said it would be a natural outgrowth of the change last summer. The groups we spoke to were incredulous, however, that such a change was in the offing.

Though we contacted the US Agency for International Development, they did not respond. A spokesman for the National Security Council told a reporter from World Magazine, “The policy reflected in the Executive Order applies to employment decisions of federal contractors, not grantees. Recent reports suggesting that the Administration is considering extending that policy to cover employment decisions of grantees are inaccurate.”

Stanley Carlson-Thies of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance told the Friday Fax that he contacted Melissa Rogers, executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, who told him no such change is being contemplated. Carlson-Thies pointed out that the administration has required grant recipients not to discriminate on those they serve, but not for questions of employment.

“It is one thing to tell a federally funded religious organization that it must serve every eligible person, without discriminating based on religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity–it is a wholly different matter to reach into the grantee and say that the grantee itself must conform to federal SOGI ideals in its internal operations,” he said.

In an article to be published this week, Carlson-Thies says, “Faith-based organizations are relatively rare in federal contracting, much of which involves services to the government, such as janitorial or IT services, or the procurement of buildings, military equipment, and other goods. But many faith-based organizations receive federal grant funding, either directly from the federal government, or through state or local government programs—funding to provide welfare services, child care, pre-K education, low-income housing, prisoner reentry programs, drug addiction services, overseas relief and development, and much more.”

He says a stealth decision, as described by the Friday Fax whistleblower would be difficult to verify. The only evidence of such a change “will be new restrictive language that appears in grant announcements and grant application forms. This has not happened – at least not yet.”

He urges his readers to alert his organization if such language appears in grant materials.

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