Monday, August 31, 2015

Federal Court Says Obama Can’t Force March for Life to Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

The pro-life organization that puts on the March for Life on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade every year has won a legal victory in its case to stop the Obama administration from forcing it to obey the pro-abortion HHS mandate while its case against the mandate continues. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions. Read More

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Censored: Networks Haven’t Covered a Single Planned Parenthood Video in One Month

More fuel doesn’t mean more fire – at least when it comes to the media’s coverage of Planned Parenthood. As more and more undercover footage surfaces, the networks dedicate less and less time to reporting on the horrific videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. Read More # LifeNews.com

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Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Admits It Doesn’t Do Mammograms at Any of Its Centers

In the course of evaluating a claim made by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a prolife group, PolitiFact Georgia’s crack investigators learned from a spokesperson for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America that the organization “does not provide mammograms at any of its health centers.” Since such facilities must be licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, no PPFA facility can legally perform a mammogram. Read More

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Planned Parenthood Sues Alabama After State Yanks Taxpayer Funding Over Selling Aborted Babies

The Planned Parenthood abortion business has filed a lawsuit against the state of Alabama after Governor Governor Robert Bentley made the decision to yank its taxpayer funding. The state cut Planned Parenthood’s funding after a national scandal involving the abortion company selling the body parts of aborted babies. Read More

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Texas Governor Launches Campaign to Stop Planned Parenthood From Selling Aborted Babies

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is launching a new campaign designed to stop Planned Parenthood from selling aborted babies and to completely eliminated any funding to the abortion business. The new campaign follows news that 4,500 babies were saved from abortions in the last year alone in Texas after the state stopped most of its Planned Parenthood funding. Read More

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GOP Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz: We Need to #DefundPlannedParenth­ood

Ted Cruz on FoxNews:Ted Cruz: "One thing that I pledge if I am elected president: On the very first day that I am sworn into office, I will direct the Department of Justice to open an investigation into Planned Parenthood and to prosecute any and all criminal violation by that organization. These videos are horrifying, but number two we need to defund Planned Parenthood."
Magan Kelly interrupts: "All of It?
Ted Cruz: "Every penny of it, and with the it makes no sense that you're and my taxpayer dollars should be going to find what appears to be an ongoing criminal enterprise."


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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Black Pastors And Leaders Demand Smithsonian Remove Statue of Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger

Speaking is Kenneth Blackwell, President of
Global Life & Contributing Author to
 ARRA News Service and Greater Fitchburg for Life
A group of African American pastors And Black Leaders is upping their demand for the taxpayer-funded Smithsonian to remove a statue of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. The museum has so far refused their request to remove the statue of the eugenics-supporting founder of the abortion business caught selling aborted babies and their body parts.

Bishop E.W. Jackson, Senior Pastor of Joy Christian Fellowship, Dr. Leon Threatt, Sr. Pastor of Zoe Bible Church, Pastor Iverson Jackson, Sr. Pastor of More Grace Ministries, Pastor Cecil Blye, Senior Pastor, Kingdom Equippers Ministries, and Pastor Garfield Williams, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Commission on Human Rights are among those rallying today.

They are joined by Kenneth Blackwell, President of Global Life & Family Mission, Rev. Johnny Hunter, Chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, Rev. Dean Nelson, President of Global Life & Family Mission, Co-Founder of the Radiance Foundation, Ryan Bomberger, Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church, Bishop Harry Jackson, Founder of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), Star Parker, Founder of Live Action, and top pro-life advocates like Lila Rose and the Susan B. Anthony List. Read More:

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Hillary Clinton Compares Pro-Lifers to Terrorists

Attention pro-life Americans. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton thinks you have something in common with terrorist groups like ISIS if you favor de-funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business after it was recently caught selling aborted babies and their body parts. Read More

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Videos Spark International #ProtestPP & #PPSellsBodyParts

by Wendy Wright: Secretly filmed videos of Planned Parenthood staff in the U.S. harvesting and selling the organs of aborted babies ignited protests in seven countries last weekend – and triggered questions of how widespread the practices may be.

“Considering that Marie Stopes International also performs late term abortions, it is therefore justified to ask that the shady practices of their abortion centres in Britain and elsewhere undergo intensive government investigations,” said Bernadette Smyth of Precious Life in Belfast where over 100 people protested.

For weeks, the Center for Medical Progress has been releasing undercover videos of top Planned Parenthood medical officials glibly discussing abortion techniques, such as illegal partial-birth abortions, to extract intact hearts, lungs and brains – sometimes while the baby is still alive – and haggling over prices to sell to researchers. These practices put mothers at greater risk and violate laws against selling fetal tissue.

Dozens gathered in front of the Slovak Family Planning Association “to express solidarity with the efforts of people in the U.S. about the abolition of [Planned Parenthood] in their country and to reject efforts to introduce similar practices in Slovakia,” organizers stated.

Anna Záborská, a member of Parliament, criticized doctors at the Slovakian organization for not condemning Planned Parenthood. “What guarantee have the women and girls that, for these doctors, it is primarily about women’s health, and not your own professional or financial benefits,” she told the crowd.

The Slovak family planning group had joined a statement in July from the European Network for Planned Parenthood claiming women voluntarily donated their babies’ body parts and the U.S. affiliate did not “benefit” from it. Since then a video was released of a technician stating babies’ organs were harvested without their mother’s consent.

“If there was a higher gestation [baby] and the technicians needed it, there were times where they would just take what they wanted,” said Holly O’Donnell, a whistleblower formerly with StemExpress, a firm that worked with Planned Parenthood. Her co-workers “would not ‘consent’ the donors.”

In Ireland, pro-lifers held posters of unborn babies asking “How Much Are Her Body Parts Worth?” They want their government to stop funding the Irish Family Planning Association, which received $146,807 from Planned Parenthood.

“Did some of that money come from harvesting organs of aborted babies?” asked Clare Molloy of Youth Defence. “Will they condemn the hideous practice of cutting into a baby’s face to harvest the brain, while the baby’s heart is still beating?”

With less than 24 hours notice, 30 people protested at the London headquarters of International Planned Parenthood Federation. “We hope that this protest acted as witness” against dismembering and selling babies’ bodies, “and showed that there is international support for the #ProtestPP movement,” Philip Campbell, a pro-life activist,.

Protests occurred in England, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, and over 340 cities in the U.S. where nearly 70,000 participated. It was publicized through social media as #ProtestPP and #PPSellsBodyParts.

Theresa King of Virginia expected 100 people at this first event she had ever organized.

“Boy was I wrong. We had about 10 times that with an estimate of 750-800. These videos have really brought a lot to light and have convinced people to become active.”

Several U.S. states stopped funding Planned Parenthood due to the exposes. More videos are yet to be released.
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Wendy Wright is the Vice President for the Center for Family and Human Rights Institute (C-Fam)

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Contact Congress: Defund Planned Parenthood

Dan Holler, Heritage Action for America: The fight to defund Planned Parenthood will take center stage when Congress returns from recess in September.

Throughout the summer, as new videos surfaced, public outrage continued to grow against Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices and their scheme to sell unborn baby body parts for profit.

Thousands of Americans across the country have spoken out in townhalls. And now it is time to turn that momentum into action on Capitol Hill.

What should Congress do? Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), is leading an effort to defund Planned Parenthood in Congress. He has published a letter urging House leadership to fully defund Planned Parenthood. The signers have promised to oppose any government funding bill that allows funding for Planned Parenthood, including mandatory funding, to continue.

What can I do? Currently, only 18 members of Congress have signed on to the letter. We know that many more support that position, but we must pressure those members to take a public stand against Planned Parenthood and promise to oppose all funding of this morally bankrupt organization.

Read the Mulvaney Letter today to see if your member has publicly promised to stop funding for Planned Parenthood.

We can win this fight. We can defund Planned Parenthood.

Thank you for standing with us in this fight and standing for life.

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Obama Punishes Kansas for De-Funding Planned Parenthood by Cutting Its Medicaid Funding

The Obama administration has punished the state of Kansas for cutting taxpayer funds for the Planned Parenthood abortion business by cutting its federal Medicaid funding by the same amount. The moves comes at the same time the abortion giant is facing intense criticism over its sales of aborted babies and their body parts. Read More

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Arkansas Right To Life Presents Abortion Pill Reversal: Real Options, Real Hope

Rose Mimms, Arkansas Right To Life: Dr. George Delgado will be speaking in Little Rock on Friday, August 28 at St. Vincent Hospital Center for Health Education Main Auditorium, at 7:00 p.m. and in Rogers at Mercy Hospital First Floor Auditorium on Saturday, August 29 at 11:00 a.m. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.

For women who take the abortion pill RU486 and immediately regret their decision, it may be possible to reverse the effects of the abortion pill if treated early enough. Dr. George Delgado of Escondido, California co-authored the first published peer-reviewed article on a protocol for the abortion pill reversal using progesterone in 2012.

After initial successes, Dr. Delgado began a hotline and a registry of doctors willing to administer the protocol and nearly 300 doctors worldwide have registered. Even after taking the first dose of the abortion pill RU486, the abortion pill reversal protocol has resulted in 115 live births and 70 mothers now pregnant with their babies. Dr. Delgado has created a website,www.abortionpillreversal.com, and the abortion pill reversal hotline 877-558-0333 is answered 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Dr. Delgado, M.D., F.A.A.F.P. received his medical degree from the University of California Davis and completed his residency at Santa Monica Hospital/UCLA. He is board certified in family medicine and in hospice and palliative medicine and serves as the medical director of the Culture of Life Family Health Care. He practices family medicine in Escondido.
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Arkansas Right to Life is an affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee and is the oldest and largest pro-life organization in Arkansas.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hillary Clinton Hires Former Planned Parenthood Staffer to Head Up Asian Outreach

Hillary Clinton's campaign announced on Tuesday that it hired Lisa Changadveja, a former Planned Parenthood official. Changadveja took a job with the embattled abortionist after serving as a regional field director for Clinton’s failed 2008 run and deputy field director for Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado during his successful gubernatorial campaign in 2010.

Her LinkedIN profile says that she oversaw Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) operations in the Mountain West. She “provided on-site, e-mail, and telephone public affairs consulting, advocacy training, and technical assistance for 7 affiliates in 6 states,” it says.

Changadveja is the latest Planned Parenthood alum to join the Clinton campaign. One of Clinton’s top staffers in Iowa, the nation’s first primary state, is the daughter of Cecile Richards, the CEO of Planned Parenthood.  Read More at LifeNews.com

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662 Babies Saved From Abortions in Wisconsin After Planned Parenthood Funding Was Cut . . .

The Wisconsin health department released new abortion numbers today and they provide additional evidence that cutting taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood and enacting additional pro-life laws saves unborn babies from abortion. Specifically, 662 babies were saved from abortions in the latest year for which abortion data is available compared with the year before. Read More at LifeNews.com

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These 33 Pastors and Christian Leaders are Not Afraid to Speak Out Against Planned Parenthood

In the current flashpoint for the pro-life movement — sparked by an ongoing undercover video investigation of Planned Parenthood — eyes are being opened on the moral issue of abortion. This past weekend an estimated 70,000+ people showed up at 353 protest rallies across America, most held in front of Planned Parenthood clinics. Read More

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Donald Trump: Planned Parenthood is an “Abortion Factory” That Sells Baby Parts Like Automobiles

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump compared the Planned Parenthood abortion business to an automobile dealership today, saying it is an “abortion factory” that sells the body parts of aborted babies like a dealership sells cars. The comments follow an 8th video showing how Planned Parenthood sells aborted babies and their body parts. Read More

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

StemExpress CEO Admits Planned Parenthood Makes a Killing Selling Aborted Babies

Early this morning, the Center for Medical Progress released their full eighth video exposé on Planned Parenthood’s participation in illegally selling fetal body parts for profit. Today’s installment focuses on one luncheon meeting with actors posing as representatives of a biotech company and StemExpress’ CEO Cate Dyer. Read More

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New Video: Planned Parenthood Sells “a Lot” of Aborted Babies, Buyer Wants “50 Livers a Week”

Last Friday, the pro-life group behind the shocking expose’ videos of Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies and their body parts released a preview of its 8th video in the series. Now the full video has been released.
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Constitutional Rights PAC: Planned Parenthood is a criminal operation...

A new video released by the Center For Medical Progress features the testimony of Holly O’Donnell -- a "procurement technician" for Planned Parenthood affiliate StemExpress.

O'Donnell claims staff at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte's Alameda Clinic harvested the brain of a living baby after a failed abortion... in other words, that they committed murder.

This is why Constitutional Rights PAC is calling on the San Jose Police Department to act.

Join us in demanding San Jose law officials to launch a homicide investigation -- Call SJPD at 408-277-8900 today.

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HS Band Punished Over Famous Religious Classic Song: "How Great Thou Art"

by Sun Herald (Biloxi, Miss.) via GOPUSA: Brandon High School band did not perform at halftime during the season opener against Ocean Springs because the program would have included the band's rendition of "How Great Thou Art," The Clarion and WBLT-TV reported Friday night.


U.S. Dist. Judge Carlton W. Reeves,
 for the Southern District of MS
The reports cited a statement from the Rankin County School District, which said a July 10 federal court order is the reason the band was not allowed to perform during Friday night's halftime show.

"Defendants are permanently enjoined from including prayer, religious sermons or activities in any school sponsored event including but not limited to assemblies, graduations, award ceremonies, athletic events and any other school event," U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote in a statement. "That means administrators, teachers and staff of the Rankin County School District may not participate in any religious activity, or solicit or encourage religious activities at school or while performing duties as a RCSD employee."

Reeves fined the district $7,500 and again ordered it to stop sponsoring prayers at graduations, assemblies, athletic competitions and other school events.

According to the media reports, the RCSD office was informed by Brandon High School (BHS) administrators the BHS band halftime performance included the song "How Great Thou Art." The Rankin County School District and the Rankin County School Board felt that would violate Judge Reeves' order, and they could be fined another $10,000 per violation.

After the game, video was posted by Todd Starnes on social media of fans in the stands singing the hymn during the halftime gap.

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Viewpoints - Planned Parenthood Facts

Penna Dexter, Point of View: The release of videos, by the Center for Medical Progress, exposing Planned Parenthood’s participation in the trafficking of baby body parts warrants criminal investigation.

The Heritage Foundation summed it up by pointing out three ways in which Planned Parenthood may be violating the law.

First, we must ask: “Is Planned Parenthood receiving too much money in exchange for the body parts of unborn children?”

Planned Parenthood spokespersons say that any payment the organization receives for fetal tissue is reimbursement for what they do to process and transport it. If the organization receives compensation in excess of actual costs, it’s illegal.

But the videos of conversations with Planned Parenthood officials indicate its desire to maximize revenue, with one doctor taped joking, “I want a Lamborghini.”

The second question the Heritage Foundation asks is: “Do Planned Parenthood affiliate doctors change abortion procedures in order to better collect tissue from aborted children.”

Again, it is illegal to do this and there are lots statements that suggest this is happening in these videos. In the first one, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director for medical services, says of this practice, “So then you’re just kind of cognizant of where you put your graspers . . . and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”

Related to this is another question: “Are some Planned Parenthood affiliates performing illegal partial-birth abortions?” This involves partially delivering the baby either head-first or breach and then killing the child before final delivery. Partial Birth Abortion is illegal in the United States. The law that makes it illegal was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

But Partial Birth abortion allows the abortionist to deliver an intact body for research. There were several mentions in the videos of Planned Parenthood’s ability to meet these requests and also provide larger parts like the calvarium — or head. Dr. Nucatola told the Center for Medical Progress, that when a baby’s head is requested, some Planned Parenthood doctors turn the baby for a breach presentation providing a better chance that it will not be damaged during the
abortion. Obviously this is dangerous to the mother, and is in violation of the law.

If Planned Parenthood is doing these things, all states and our federal government should stop funding it. The organization famously claims that only 3 percent of its health services are abortion services. Even the Washington Post gave this claim three Pinocchios, saying Planned Parenthood is “misleading” the public and “using meaningless and incomplete comparisons to make their argument.”

Planned Parenthood comes up with this claim by unbundling all of its services except abortion. Planned Parenthood clinics provide things like pap smears, birth control prescriptions, testing for sexually transmitted infections, vaccines for human papilloma virus. Several may be provided in one appointment but they are counted as separate services. Everything associated with the abortion is counted as one service.

Taxpayers should not be made to fund this charade.

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Anti-Planned Parenthood Protests Erupt across US

The Christian Broadcasting Network / CBN: Time may be running out for Planned Parenthood. Demonstrators gathered in more than 300 cities across the U.S. over the weekend for a national day of protest against the nation's largest abortion provider.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Planned Parenthood Doc Who Killed Woman in Botched Abortion Has Been Unlicensed for Three Years

In 2013, Planned Parenthood’s Chicago affiliate was sued when a 24-year-old woman named Tonya Reaves died from a second trimester abortion. After the tragedy, Dorsey Johns, Reaves’ mother, told a Chicago television station that Planned Parenthood staff “carelessly performed” the elective abortion and failed to properly monitor and assess her daughter’s condition after the procedure. Read More @ Life3News.com

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Ted Cruz Leads Campaign to Get 100,000 Pastors to Demand De-Funding Planned Parenthood

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, the Texas Senator, has launched a new campaign to get Christian pastors to speak out in favor of de-funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Americans nationwide have called for de-funding Planned Parenthood after the massive scandal at Planned Parenthood, where its staff and officials have been caught selling aborted babies and their body parts. Read More

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Marco Rubio: Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Babies is “Barbaric,” De-Fund it Now

At an event with Ohio Right to Life, presidential hopeful Marco Rubio said Planned Parenthood should not receive any funding from the federal government. He explained, “In this case it really doesn’t matter whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, we should all agree that what’s happening at Planned Parenthood, what’s being revealed in these videos, is atrocious, it’s grotesque, it’s barbaric. And there’s more to come, they shouldn’t get a penny of federal funding.” Read More

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Scott Walker Pushes Bill to De-Fund Planned Parenthood After It Sells Aborted Baby Parts

In Wisconsin, pro-life Gov. Scott Walker says he supports legislation that would cut off taxpayer-funded grants to Planned Parenthood.  Read More

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Protest Planned Parenthood in Massachusetts

Brian Smith, Fitchburg MA: I was there. Attended two protests yesterday at two PP facilities.
by The Catholic Free Press: More than 350 people stood in front of the Planned Parenthood offices on Pleasant Street Saturday as Worcester participated in the national day of protest against Planned Parenthood.
Some in the crowd said they came to show that Worcester is pro-life and that staying home and watching is not enough. Some had never been to a protest before. But others are very familiar with this section of Pleasant Street where they spend time throughout the year doing sidewalk counseling and praying to end abortion.

“I think it’s the most important thing we can do at this point in American history. We have a moral obligation to stand up for those who can’t speak for themselves,” said Maria Maglitta, from St. Mary Parish in North Grafton.

The protest was a response to a series of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress which showed the abortion provider delivering body parts for a fee to a private company that then sells the tissue and organs to researchers.

The videos stirred people in 332 cities across the country to gather for the common purpose of expressing outrage at the practice, said Sandra Kucharski of Worcester who single-handedly organized the protest here. “The people that work at Planned Parenthood are people just like you and me. … One thing separates us. … We don’t share their vision that people are only valuable if others find them useful. They don’t share our vision that every life is precious!”

Ms. Kucharski invited women and men, well-known in local pro-life efforts, to speak about their vision and to encourage people in the crowd to funnel their outrage into action.

“I think the danger we face now is that the outrage that has been awakened will stop there, said Lee Crowley, vigil coordinator for 40 Days for Life, Worcester.

“The real power in these videos is that they give us an opportunity to strike at the belly of the beast. … Now that the dialog has been started, you and I need to point people toward the whole truth. Abortion is not an intangible concept or idea, like ‘rights’ or ‘choice’ … it is an ugly physical reality.”

“We need to call it what it is,” Ms. Maglitta said, “evil.”

Crowds lined both sides of Pleasant Street, Worcester, protesting Planned Parenthood.

Catherine Adair, who once worked at the largest Planned Parenthood facility in Boston, implored the Planned Parenthood workers to walk out of the building: “You don’t have to do this anymore. There is help. Do not go home tonight and have another nightmare … You don’t have to count any more baby parts,” she said recalling a job she once had.
The street was lined with men, women and children of all ages. Signs read: “I Regret my Abortion,” “Dads for Life,” “Stop Selling Baby Body Parts.”

Mrs. Adair reminded the crowd that abortion is not just a women’s issue and that men are hurt by it too. “Men were born for greatness … a man that loves a woman does not bring her to an abortion clinic,” she said. “We’re not going to be silent anymore.”

A volunteer for Problem Pregnancy, a crisis pregnancy center located across the street from Planned Parenthood, said she has counseled many mothers and fathers. Elaine David, of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, said those who change their minds about getting an abortion are always grateful.

Bishop McManus leads the group in the rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Facing the building where abortions are performed each week, Bishop McManus asked that all pray in reparation for the sin of abortion and for the conversion of hearts of those who work at Planned Parenthood. He led the people on both sides of the street in praying the rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

“We need to try to shine a light on the atrocities at Planned Parenthood and, in this peaceful and positive environment today, bring warmth to the souls of those workers who are committing the abortions,” said Melissa Baril-Lower of St. Mary’s in North Grafton.

Crystal Then of St. Paul Cathedral Parish said she had been timid about participating in a public protest, afraid of what the opposition would say or do. But she felt Saturday’s peaceful, prayerful gathering was a great opportunity for her as a young mother to stand up for life.

“It always breaks my heart to see” a woman chose abortion,” she said.

Sofia Castro, also from St. Paul’s, said she came to pray for the youth who must face these decisions.

Following the protest, about 75 people walked to Blessed Sacrament Church for Mass. In his homily Father Kenneth R. Cardinale, pastor of St. Mary’s in North Grafton, said, “We are fighting the good fight. We are at war for the nation’s and the world’s very soul. … We’ve got no choice but to persevere in the grace of Christ. He tells us the victory is already won.”

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Nationwide ProtestPP Rally, Thank You!!

by Father Frank Pavone: Thank You for being part of the Nationwide Protest Rally outside of Planned Parenthood across the nation.

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Huge turnouts for National Day of Protest against Planned Parenthood

by Michael F. Haverluck: In the midst of the unfolding baby body parts selling scandal, thousands of Americans gathered outside more than 320 Planned Parenthood facilities across the country in hopes of ultimately shutting down the world’s largest abortion provider.

American Family Association co-sponsored the National Day of Protest against Planned Parenthood protest movement with 50 other pro-family organizations Saturday morning, joining the pro-life groups — Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Created Equal, 40 Days for Life, and the Pro-Life Action League — that organized the rallies using the trending topics #ProtestPP and #PPSellsBodyParts to get the word out.

On the wake of another uncovered atrocity
As LifeNews.com announces an eighth video released by the Center for Medical Progress, which recently hit the Internet with StemExpress’ CEO admitting that Planned Parenthood sells fully intact aborted babies, multitudes of Americans showed up between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Saturday to get the government to stop giving half a billion tax dollars to the abortion giant annually. The video, which is the eighth of a dozen being released by the pro-life group, also reportedly uncovers Planned Parenthood selling babies after being born alive at their abortion facilities.

The eighth video shows StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer laughing over buying and receiving shipments of fully intact aborted babies being from Planned Parenthood.
“Oh yeah, if you have intact cases — which we’ve done a lot — we sometimes ship those back to our lab in its entirety,” Dyer told an undercover operative in the eighth video. “Tell the lab it’s [a shipment of intact unborn babies] coming. They don’t want to open the box and go ‘Oh, my god.'”

Higher turnouts than expected
Pro-life advocates from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., are sending a message loud and clear that they will no longer tolerate the government funding more than 700 Planned Parenthoods that routinely kill preborn babies for one profit and then sell their bodies for a bonus monetary gain. Most protests reported participation many times over what they expected.

An emcee at a protest outside a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Richmond, Virginia, said the turnouts have been much greater than expected, as people are outraged over the recently divulged atrocities of selling baby parts and performing late-term abortions, which hit the Internet over the past few weeks.

"We had over 500 people here and that's great,” said Leslie Blackwell, who serves as the regional co-coordinator with the pro-life Silent No More Awareness Campaign, according to the Christian Post. “Usually, you're lucky to get 10. At Forty Days for Life, sometimes you might get 20, but never the crowds like this. It’s been exciting — just nonstop response."

Even though hours of video and audio coverage have accompanied each of the eight videos released on the Internet so far, Planned Parenthood continues to deny the incriminating evidence brought against it, contending that the recordings were doctored and manipulatively edited to meet pro-life interests.

Just getting the word out
All of the few hundred protests that took place Saturday were peaceful and informative in nature, as one organizer of the National Day of Protest emphasized that its purpose is strictly to educate people about what is really taking place behind Planned Parenthood’s doors.

"Our primary message is the shocking revelation that Planned Parenthood sells baby parts,” Pro-Life Action League Executive Director Eric J. Scheidler told the Christian Post Saturday. “While this story has dominated the pro-life and Christian press over the past month, many regular Americans have still never heard about it."

Scheidler argues that pro-life advocates shouldn’t be the only ones concerned about what’s happening, as hundreds of millions of taxpayers are paying for the illicit procedures and profit-making transactions routinely taking place inside Planned Parenthood clinics.

"They deserve to know the truth about Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives over half a billion dollars every year from taxpayers,” the pro-life leader explained. “It is time for this corrupt organization to be deprived of all taxpayer funding and investigated by the U.S. Justice Department."

AFA President Tim Wildmon agreed that Americans who believe in the sanctity of human life need to support the efforts against Planned Parenthood and put an end to the atrocities that are being funded daily by their tax dollars.

“These extremely disturbing videos detailing the murderous practices of Planned Parenthood are being largely ignored by the mainstream media, so action must be taken by the American people — and they are stepping up,” Wildmon expressed.

Organizers speak out across America
A speaker at a Planned Parenthood protest in Louisville, Kentucky, told a crowd of over 500 pro-life advocates that abortion has no place in reproductive health care.

“I spoke about the importance of defunding Planned Parenthood,” Capote told Breitbart News. “It’s important that women have health care that does not fund abortion.”

Capote says Planned Parenthood treats human life as though it is a lifeless commodity.

“Planned Parenthood believes babies are worth more dead than alive,” he continued. “Women and children are not for sale. Planned Parenthood should not be allowed to continue to treat children like a commodity.”

The pro-life activist asserts that the recent set of videos going viral on the Internet serve as a glaring testimony and reminder about what Americans have been ignoring and apathetic toward for decades.

“We continue to see this through the videos by Center for Medical Progress, that children are being dismembered and cut up so their organs can be harvested for profit,” Capote noted. “I told those attending the protest in Louisville that any candidate running for office who does not publicly denounce Planned Parenthood and call for its defunding are complicit in the abortion organization’s policies.”

An organizer gathering pro-lifers together at the Falls Church, Virginia, Planned Parenthood abortion center also proclaimed that the recent set of shocking videos should incite Americans to say, “I’ve seen enough!”

“I saw the Planned Parenthood videos and felt the need to act,” pro-life activist Theresa King shared with Breitbart News at her #ProtestPP rally. “As a kid, I would pray outside of abortion clinics, and my mom always said that we were giving the babies the only funeral they would ever have, so I felt the need to stand for the babies in the video, but for all the babies that have died in abortion.”

King anticipated 100 pro-lifers showing up to her Virginia rally and was pleasantly surprised when more than 800 came ready to participate — many taking part in the pro-life movement for their first time.

“These videos have really brought a lot to light and have convinced people to become active,” the new pro-life organizer added. “I’ve never done anything like this, and I look forward to many more, as other people are in the same boat. We are here to be a voice for both the babies and the women.”

One organizer of a Planned Parenthood protest event in Providence, Rhode Island, shared that approximately 500 showed up at the Providence Planned Parenthood — a number that exceeded her expectations.

“Planned Parenthood’s gruesome sale of fetal body parts has also demonstrated that there is a vibrant pro-life presence even in hardcore liberal Democratic places like Rhode Island,” said Center for Family & Human Rights (C-Fam) Senior Vice President Susan Yoshihara, whose pro-life group organized the event with the Diocese of Providence.

Yoshihara noted that abortion providers at the abortion clinic did all they could to keep the pro-life message from getting out.

“[More than a dozen] Planned Parenthood staff in pink T-shirts appeared on the steps of their building with an iPhone and small speaker tinning out Blind Melon tracks to distract protesters.” The pro-life VP reported. “The facade of Planned Parenthood’s public perception as a beacon for women’s health has been peeled back in the last few weeks. The videos showed Planned Parenthood clinicians admitting they put women at greater risk, turning unborn children breech to be delivered feet first, in order to make sure the brain could be harvested for sale.”

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Help #DefundPP Rally - Congress Returns In September

Rev. Lou Sheldon, Traditional Values Coalition: Today was a great day as thousands of activists across the nation turned out to #ProtestPP and their sale of baby body parts. Andrea joined almost 800 people from all walks of life in Falls Church, VA to tell Planned Parenthood that every life is precious!
I've dedicated my life to helping innocent lives and speaking out for those who can not speak for themselves. The horrors coming out of Planned Parenthood are nothing new, but with your help we can make sure once and for all no more tax dollars go to the abortion chain.

Planned Parenthood's shocking practice of selling baby body parts for profit is nothing new.

Traditional Values Coalition revealed their horrific practice in the 1990s, leading the charge in Washington and helping create the Federal ban on the sale of baby parts for profit.

It seems Planned Parenthood has continued to sell baby body parts despite the Federal ban --and even continue to perform partial birth and late term abortions to get those parts.

Congress comes back in September -- and we need to make sure they're ready to Defund Planned Parenthood (#DefundPP)! We know that the bill to defund America's #1 abortion chain is coming to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives very soon, and I desperately need to know if you're ready to defund Planned Parenthood once and for all.
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Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) is a leading voice in the halls of Congress for the Bible-based traditional values that created and preserved our nation and our prosperity for over two centuries. Rev. Sheldon and his daughter, TVC President Andrea Lafferty, testify before Congress and lobby members of Congress daily on a wide variety of issues, and are also commentators on such broadcast media as Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, and ABC. They have also been featured in publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

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Pro-Life People Will Protest at Planned Parenthood Clinics in Over 300 Cities Today - Aug 22, 2015

Tens of thousands of pro-life advocates are expected to protest at over 300 Planned Parenthood abortion business locations today (Aug 22, 2015) in response to Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies and their body parts. After seven shocking videos catch top Planned Parenthood abortion practitioners arranging to sell aborted babies — and even dissecting one live baby — millions of pro-life people are up in arms. Read More

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Appeals Court Says Obama Admin Can’t Force Little Sisters of the Poor to Obey HHS Mandate While Lawsuit Continues

In a victory for the pro-life fight against the HHS mandate, a federal appeals court issued a ruling today saying a Catholic religious order, the Little Sisters of the Poor, does not have to comply with Obamacare’s abortion mandate while its lawsuit against the mandate continues. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions. Read More @ LifeNews.com

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8th Shocking Video: StemExpress CEO Admits Planned Parenthood Sells Fully Intact Aborted Babies

Just a short time after a judge issued a ruling that the biotech firm StemExpress can’t block the Center for Medical Progress from releasing another video that shows what it does with aborted babies Planned Parenthood sells to it, the pro-life group put up the 8th video in its series showing the scandal of Planned Parenthood selling aborted baby body parts. Read More

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Judge Lifts StemExpress Restraining Order: Group Can Release Another Planned Parenthood Video

In another legal victory for the pro-life activists behind the expose’ videos that have caught Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies and their body parts for research, a judge has issued a ruling that the biotech firm StemExpress can’t block the Center for Medical Progress from releasing another video that shows what it does with aborted babies Planned Parenthood sells to it. Read More

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Planned Parenthood Skirts Laws All Over the World, Not Just in U.S.

by Rebecca Oas, Ph.D: For over two decades, the UN has maintained a compromise: abortion is not a human right, but where it is legal, it should be safe – at least, for the mother. Planned Parenthood has long fought to erode legal protections for the unborn, but recent events reveal that the global abortion provider has little regard for the law, even as it receives the majority of its funding from government grants.

A series of undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress reveal high-level staff at Planned Parenthood in the U.S. haggling for higher prices for brains, lungs and livers of aborted babies for use in medical research. One video shows their Senior Director of Medical Services discussing partial birth abortions – which she describes as “not a medical term, it doesn’t exist in reality.” But it is a legal term, and she refers to the legal ban on the procedure as “a law, and laws are up to interpretation.”

Now, lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe are debating the merits of withdrawing government funding from Planned Parenthood, and its supporters are attempting to downplay the importance of abortion among the services it provides. But Tewodros Melesse, the Director-General of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) based in London, is more defiant posture.. He published an article on the Huffington Post last week defending abortion, and IPPF’s mission to provide it, regardless of the law.

Melesse argues, “If [women] who do not want to continue with a pregnancy are denied their right to an abortion through safe and legal means, they will seek an unsafe abortion.” However, there is no international law or right to abortion that supercedes national statutes.

Melesse also assumes that laws protecting unborn children do not deter women from getting an abortion. IPPF’s approach for “settings where abortion is highly restricted” is “harm reduction,” which he summarizes as “ensur[ing] that women have the information, resources and support to end an unwanted pregnancy safely” by providing “accurate and comprehensive information about their options, so that they can make a fully informed choice.”

IPPF is not working alone – in recent years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued multiple guidance notes for the purpose of “demedicalizing” abortion by expanding the provider pool to include nurses and midwives and potentially the mothers themselves. Pro-abortion groups successfully lobbied WHO to include misoprostol – which can induce abortion – on their “essential medicines list” to ensure its easy availability in all communities.

What IPPF and WHO, along with the international abortion lobby, have in common is funding from wealthy governments – the same nations that have unsuccessfully campaigned to create a human right to abortion within the UN and other international institutions. IPPF receives 72% of its funding from government grants – particularly from Nordic and other European countries – according to its 2014 financial report. The recent WHO guidance on broadening the range of abortion providers likewise received support from the Norwegian government.

Unlike WHO, IPPF does not receive its mandate from donor countries, but has instead found wealthy nations willing to promote its preexisting agenda. But as recent statements from Planned Parenthood officials reveal, the international compromise that was intended to allow pro-life countries to protect their unborn children is under threat from an organization, funded by foreign pro-abortion governments, that believes itself to be above the law.
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Rebecca Oas, Ph.D is Associate Director of Research at the Center for Family & Human Rights. Rebecca earned her doctorate in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Emory University. She has written for Human Life International as a Fellow of HLI America and is currently serving as a Contributing Editor for HLI.

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Networks Censor Video Catching Planned Parenthood Cutting Up Aborted Baby Who Was Still Alive!

In what’s unfortunately become commonplace, the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC partnered with Spanish-language networks Telemundo and Univision to censor from their evening newscasts on Wednesday arguably the most disturbing video yet in the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal that included a description of an abortion worker harvesting an aborted baby while their heart was still beating. Read More @ LifeNews

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

House Democrats Launch Investigation of Pro-Life Group Behind Planned Parenthood Expose’ Videos

Just one day after Planned Parenthood was exposed cutting up a live baby for body parts for sale, Democrats in the House of Representative are launching their own investigation after the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Instead of looking into the abortion giant, they are probing the pro-life group behind the series of expose’ videos. Read More

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Bobby Jindal Will Counter Pro-Planned Parenthood Rally by Screening Videos Outside Gov Mansion

If you’re the pro-life governor of one of the states that has been at the forefront of stopping the abortion industry, how do you counter a rally to support the Planned Parenthood abortion business at a time when it’s been exposed selling aborted babies and their body parts? If you’re Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, you screen the shocking expose’ videos outside the governor’s mansion for the public to see. Read More

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TAKE ACTION: The Barbarism of Planned Parenthood

by CitizenLink Team: “Since the fetus was fully intact she said, ‘OK, so, this is a really good fetus and it looks like we can procure a lot from it, we’re going to procure a brain.’ So, the moment I heard that I thought, ‘That means we’re going to have to cut the head open.’”

Holly O’Donnell seems uncomfortable talking about the day she was required to cut open the head of a preborn baby in order to get an intact brain for research purposes. Just a few moments before, O’Donnell had described how the baby’s heart was beating and how disturbing it was.

“I’m thinking, ‘No. I don’t want to do this,’” she admits on the latest video from the Center for Medical Progress.

O’Donnell was working for StemExpress, an organization that procures fetal tissue and organs for profit. One of their biggest accounts was Planned Parenthood. At least, that is, until the Center for Medical Progress began releasing damning videos of PP execs talking about harvesting organs. Like this quote from Melissa Farrell, director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.

“If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers,” she said, “then we can make it part of the budget – that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. I mean, it’s all just a matter of line items.”

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, is calling for Planned Parenthood to be held accountable and be completely defunded by the federal government.

“Americans have lived with abortion now for over forty years,” she said in a statement. “Why this moment of outrage? The great William Wilberforce, in his fight against slavery, said of his generation: ‘You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.’ That’s why these videos have created a great moment of national decision. We have been looking the other way for many years. Now we cannot say we did not know.”

O’Donnell certainly agrees:

“It’s just really hard knowing you’re the only person who’s ever going to hold that baby.”

TAKE ACTION:
Contact your lawmaker and ask for a full investigation and the defunding of Planned Parenthood

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Rick Santorum: Prosecute Planned Parenthood for Dissecting Live Baby, “Don’t Let it Go Unpunished”

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, like millions of Americans today, is upset by the shocking new video showing Planned Parenthood dissecting a live “aborted” baby to be able to sell his body parts. But he hopes lawmakers will move past being shocked and take concrete action to prosecute the Planned Parenthood officials responsible for doing this and allowing this. Read More

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Live Baby Planned Parenthood Cut Up to Sell for Parts “Had a Face, Nose, and Eyelids”

It was the stuff of nightmares. A baby boy born intact during an abortion to a distraught mother. A tiny heart beating. The horrific order to harvest his brain. In today’s video installment from the Center for Medical Progress, Holly O’Donnell struggles to tamp down her emotions as she recalls her worst experience at Planned Parenthood while working as a procurement technician for StemExpress.  Read More

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7th Shocking Video Catches Planned Parenthood Harvesting Brain of Aborted Baby Who Was Still Alive

The organization that has released six videos exposing the scandal of Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies and their body parts has released a new undercover video today with another shocking discovery. This latest video catches the nation’s biggest abortion business harvesting the brain of an aborted baby who was still alive.  Read / View More @ LifeNews.com:TEXT

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Will the Church Rise Up and Usher in Abortion’s Demise?

Brian Fisher, President of Online for Life: I was rereading some of my recent articles to you, and it struck me that I always seem to be writing to you from an airplane. Happily, today I’m sitting at my desk in the Online for Life office, which means I have elbowroom, food, and my feet firmly planted on the ground.

I’m home for two weeks and have been intentionally spending time contemplating these undercover Planned Parenthood videos. If you haven’t yet watched them, you need to. Click here to see the ones that have been released so far. Each video that gets released seems to be grittier, more graphic, and more disturbing than the last.

Many are asking me what I think the outcome of all of this undercover work will be. I really don’t know. Planned Parenthood is an enormous, very powerful organization with deep ties to the federal government. For nearly one-hundred years, this giant has done a masterful job of marketing itself as a necessary women’s health provider. It is actually just an enormous baby-killing enterprise.

This is not the first time that Planned Parenthood has been accused of illicit activity. Our friends at Live Action have done a remarkable job of exposing Planned Parenthood permitting sex-selective abortions, covering up sex trafficking and hiding sexual abuse.

What is new is the undercover videos showing what has previously been hidden from the public eye. Will Americans finally have enough of this barbaric nonsense? Will they compel their elected officials to continue the fight to defund Planned Parenthood and treat preborn humans with some dignity?

It depends on our national attention span. We Americans have a nasty habit of moving on from bad news pretty quickly. We needn’t look any further than the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, which after some prodding from pro-life organizations was covered – albeit with a pro-abortion slant – for about one week in 2013. Two years later, both Gosnell and his murderous slaughter of full-term, delivered babies have been long forgotten and our nation lulled back into its apathetic slumber.

The Church’s Watershed Moment
Yet the ultimate outcome of the undercover Planned Parenthood video is dependent on the Church. And as best as I can tell, aside from a few engaged, the Church has been eerily quiet about Planned Parenthood’s horrific, and potentially illegal activities.

I’ve been trying my best to keep up with the news coverage, blogs, and online sources about the videos, and to my dismay – few evangelical leaders are using the videos as an opportunity to decry the abortion holocaust, defend preborn humans, and speak out against this human rights atrocity.

On the other hand, ironically, politicians are speaking out.

The Catholic Church has been and continues to be a vocal opponent to abortion. And the national director of Priests for Life, and our friend, Fr. Frank Pavone has been speaking out against Planned Parenthood and these videos on a regular basis. But not enough Protestant leaders have publicly condemned the activities uncovered by the videos.

The Protestant Church’s profound silence about the evils of abortion is starting to drive me crazy (and I’m Protestant). If there was ever a time in the last 10 years for the Protestant Church to step up, use these videos as an opportunity to educate their congregations, and make enormous headway to cause abortion to become unthinkable and unavailable in our country, now is that time.

“But Brian, abortion is a political issue. Churches shouldn’t talk about it.”Hogwash. Abortion is a spiritual issue. It’s a decision to kill a precious, innocent human being who was created by God in His own image. The Church should be the primary, vocal, consistent, vehement protector and defender of preborn children. Indeed the Church’s silence regarding the abortion holocaust has undoubtedly contributed to the death of almost 60 million preborn children since 1973.“But Brian, this just isn’t at the top of the list of issues for my church.”Then your church’s list of issues is incorrectly prioritized. About one-third of the women in your church have likely had an abortion and are probably still suffering from it. Moreover one-third of the men in your church have actively or passively participated in killing another human being. And as I lay out on pages 116-117 of my recent book Deliver Us from Abortion, many post-abortive men and women struggle with substance abuse, divorce, spousal and child abuse, depression, suicide, and a long list of other human sufferings. Truly, abortion is at the root of many of the problems in your church.

It’s time for the Church to face reality. Abortion is the leading cause of death in America. Abortion tears apart families. Abortion kills preborn children in your own city, your community, and your neighborhood.

“But Brian, our church doesn’t engage in culture.”Then you should consider finding another church. We are commanded to teach ALL that Jesus taught, and my Bible touches on every facet of human existence. It also deals quite extensively with social justice, life and death, mercy, compassion, and providing for the least of these.“But Brian, are you suggesting that American churches should be activists?”Of course that is what I’m suggesting. That doesn’t mean every church should be picketing the local abortion clinic, but it does mean every church is intentionally, deeply, and passionately involved in culture-changing community work. And that work MUST involve intentional, passionate efforts to end abortion.

Read Proverbs 24:11-12 (NIV)…

Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?

Does not he who guards your life know it?
In these two verses, there’s a command to protect innocent lives and a warning about what will happen to us if we don’t. Does your church take that warning seriously? Do we?

If we view church as somewhere to go to hear a nice sermon, give to missions, and sing a few songs on Sundays, then we don’t understand true Christianity. True Christianity is an every moment, intimate relationship with Jesus that, by the very nature of that relationship, results in everyday, passionate engagement with the world around us. And that passionate involvement must, because of the demands of our faith, result in our protection of those “being led away to death.”

Now is the time for churches to talk about abortion, social justice, protecting the preborn, and the entirety of the gospel. The Planned Parenthood videos provide context—we are now seeing with our own eyes the atrocities committed against preborn children. The public is more aware of abortion now than they have been since the Kermit Gosnell trial. People who are on the fence about abortion are open to conversations because of what they are seeing, and Christians are the right people with whom they should have those conversations.

Not all churches are silent, of course. Let me finish my thoughts by sharing two inspiring and encouraging examples of Christians and churches who are standing up and saying, “Enough is enough.”

There is a large Bible church in the Dallas–Forth Worth area that Online for Life was introduced to a few months ago. They came and visited us and, within just a few weeks, decided they were going to act on their convictions to help end abortion. They are leading the effort in their community and joining forces with OFL to build a definable, measurable strategy to end abortion in their county within the next five years. In all my years in this effort, I’ve never seen a more dedicated, passionate, forward-thinking church. I love it. Their leadership is inspiring a handful of other local pro-life churches to do the same. Dallas–Fort Worth, where Roe v. Wade originated, may well be the first city to see abortion die. And it will die because of the Church.

Jessica Schuessler is a mom from Illinois with a powerful story of God’s redemptive work in her life. After reading Deliver Us from Abortion, she felt convicted to get the book into the hands of every pastor in her city. Then she realized God was calling her to get the book into the hands of every pastor in the STATE. Over the past few months, she has covered over 30 cities, mobilized a team to work in other parts of the state, and been interviewed by the media; now she is being invited to speak at various church events. See her story and campaign here. One woman is awakening the Church in Illinois to the horrors of abortion. And some pastors are beginning to take notice.

These undercover Planned Parenthood videos provide a phenomenal opportunity for the Church to help accelerate our mission of making abortion unthinkable and unavailable in America. Let’s not let it go to waste. Be sure to visit the blog again in the coming days, as we’ll be announcing a site that provides resources that will equip pastors, church leaders and congregants in defending a pro-life position. Of course you can always financially and prayerfully support Online for Life in our mission to provide abortion-determined a grace-filled alternative to Planned Parenthood and their affiliates.

P.S. If you, your church, or your church leadership IS sounding the call to advance against Planned Parenthood in light of these videos, please share that with me in the blog comments. I’d love to hear what’s happening in your world.

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