Saturday, October 31, 2015

Football Coach 'Devastated' After Being Suspended for Post-Game Prayer

by Leah Jessen: It’s like straight out of a movie.

Washington state high school football coach Joe Kennedy, inspired by the Christian faith-based film “Facing the Giants,” walks to the 50-yard line after games to thank God for the players he has the opportunity to coach.

As of Wednesday, Kennedy has been suspended and is no longer able to participate in football program activities because of his post-game prayers.

A letter sent to Kennedy by the school district informed the coach that he has been placed on paid administrative leave.

“We tried to meet with the school officials in-person but they refused to meet,” Hiram Sasser, deputy chief counsel for Liberty Institute, said in a statement. “We were only able to have a brief hour and a half call with their lawyer, and the result was a letter banning private prayer just a few hours before last Friday’s game. It is unfortunate this school district is choosing litigation instead of a simple meeting.”

Kennedy is “devastated” over the ordeal. “I love my players and I hope I can continue coaching them and being a part of their lives,” he said, according to Liberty Institute.

Kennedy’s tradition started seven years ago when he thanked God for the game and the players after coaching his first game at Bremerton High School.

A few games into his private practice, students began to ask the coach what he was doing.

“I was thanking God for you guys,” Kennedy remembered saying to his players, according to a Liberty Institute statement. “Then a couple said they were Christians and asked if they could join. I responded, ‘It’s a free country, you can do whatever you want to do.’”

On Sept. 17, the superintendent of the school district issued a letter to coach Kennedy to inform him that he was going against the policies of the school district.

In the letter, Superintendent Aaron Leavell pointed to a policy that includes the following statement:As a matter of individual liberty, a student may of his/her own volition engage in private, non-disruptive prayer at any time not in conflict with learning activities. School staff shall neither encourage nor discourage a student from engaging in non-disruptive oral or silent prayer or any form of devotional activity.Kennedy was informed in the letter of standards that he is expected to adhere to, like not participating when students are engaged in religious activity as to not show “endorsement of the activity.”

He is free to provide “motivational, inspirational talks” to the students, but this does not include “religious expression” such as prayer.

Facts about coach Kennedy’s post-game verbal prayers:
  • He does not pray to a specific religion or deity.
  • He does not say “amen” after the prayers.
  • Students voluntarily congregate near Kennedy while he prays.
“Coaches, students, and teachers don’t lose their religious freedom the second they step onto school grounds,” said Melody Wood, who works in the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation. “School bureaucrats should stop discriminating against people of faith engaging in completely voluntary prayer.”

On Oct. 14, Liberty Institute sent the school district a demand letter to inform the district that coach Kennedy is not in violation of any law. It states that Kennedy would continue to pray post-game.

“The school district violated federal law by denying Coach Kennedy’s request for religious accommodation,” Mike Berry, senior counsel for Liberty Institute, said in a statement. “Their violation of the law cannot go unanswered.”

The school responded to Liberty Institute by stating that the request to allow Kennedy to pray could not be met due to a “potential liability.”

Despite the order to cease prayer, on homecoming night, Oct. 16., Kennedy walked to the 50-yard line as he always does post-game.

“I’m going to do what I’ve always done and I will do my prayer,” KIRO-TV reported Kennedy stated.

Locals news outlets provided coverage of the post-game prayer as Kennedy found himself surrounded by Centralia Tigers football players—the opposing team—kneeling down with their rival coach.

“If the school is concerned that the coach’s prayer may be interpreted as government speech, there is an easy solution: The school district can simply say that the coach’s prayer is his own speech,” said Sasser. “Then they should stand back and let him pray.”

The school district does not agree. “Any further violations will be grounds for discipline,” an Oct. 23 letter from Superintendent Leavell reads.

Kennedy continued his tradition by kneeling on the field to pray following football games on Oct. 23 and Oct. 26.

Kennedy and his legal team at Liberty Institute began to initiate legal proceedings against the Bremerton School District on Oct. 26.

In a letter sent to the school district this week, 47 members of Congress showed their support for the “admirable and respectable” actions of Kennedy, “as they represent his commitment to the welfare of the young men on his team.”
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Leah Jessen is a news reporter for The Daily Signal 

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DAY 39: It's Not Too Late! - 40 Days for Life - Fall 2015

Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: It’s the final Saturday of the campaign! If you haven’t had a chance to take part yet, please don’t think it’s too late. We have all day today and all day tomorrow … and your prayers are needed.

If one of the 307 vigil locations is near you … today’s your day!

God continues to use 40 Days for Life worldwide. Today we have reports from four continents … including a video from two of the newest campaigns in Africa.

Cameroon


Robert Colquhoun, the international outreach director for 40 Days for Life, had a chance to meet with the people behind the first two campaigns in Cameroon.

Abortion is illegal there … but outside influences are trying to convince people to change that. As Robert’s video report shows … that isn’t working! Faith remains strong, and people are committed.

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Bogota, Colombia


The first 40 Days for Life effort in Colombia’s capital of Bogota has been a leap of faith. The planners wanted to do a 24-hour vigil … and people have responded by coming out to pray.

"The campaign in Colombia has had great success,” said Margarita, who is helping with the project. “Frankly, I didn’t think that so many volunteers would participate and I did not anticipate one of the most beautiful things” – priests leading prayer at the vigil location.

She said processions through the neighborhood surrounding the abortion centers have also had a huge impact. “We walk through the neighborhood just praying or singing and we stop in front of some of the abortion centers to pray in front of them. It is giving a beautiful testimony to the community.”

Leeds, England


Robert also visited the campaign in Leeds and called Chris “a valiant leader” who is running the campaign very well. “He brings in materials every morning from the outskirts of town and has made large personal sacrifices to make the campaign a reality.”

Chris recalled one morning outside the Marie Stopes abortion facility when two volunteers were praying. “They noticed a car driving out and a lady in the front with the most beaming smile giving them the thumbs-up sign.”

The woman told the vigil participants, “Today we are taking our baby home with us.”

“Marie Stopes have reduced the opening hours down to three days a week,” Chris said. “The team have had many positive interactions with the public … there have been few negative reactions to the vigil.”

Azcapotzalco, Mexico


The first 40 Days for Life vigil in Azcapotzalco is outside a Marie Stopes abortion facility in Mexico’s federal district. The campaign is joining several others in the metropolitan Mexico City area.

“New volunteers are still joining the vigil ... even during this final week,” noted one of the team members. “There is nothing more important than defending life.”



A sign above the Marie Stopes center reads, “Hijos por eleccion, no por azar.” It’s a talking point from the London-based abortion chain that sounds more like their tired old slogan in English: Children by choice, not by chance. “Since when is life a ‘chance’?” asked one of the local leaders.

One volunteer noted that a post on Azcapotzalco’s Facebook page had a number of “likes.” She responded by saying, “It’s not enough to click ‘like.’ You have to attend!

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Bioethicist Says Planned Parenthood Likely Killed Babies Born Alive to Harvest Their Brains

After watching the undercover Planned Parenthood videos, Dr. Dennis Sullivan says he has come to the “unavoidable conclusion” that some aborted babies may be born alive. Sullivan, director of the Center for Bioethics at Cedarville University in Ohio, closely analyzed the 11th undercover video as Planned Parenthood staffers discussed how they harvest aborted babies’ brains. Read More

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Obama Admin Threatens to Sue Texas for De-Funding Planned Parenthood After Selling Baby Parts

The Obama administration is threatening to sue the state of Texas for cutting off funding from the Planned Parenthood abortion business after it’s Houston affiliate was caught selling the body parts of aborted babies. Read More

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Woman Who Killed Her Baby Has Conviction Overturned, Court Says Six-Day-Old Baby Isn’t a Person

A New York court recently ruled that a Long Island woman who killed her baby in a car accident cannot be convicted because her baby was not a person yet. The Times Union reports Jennifer Jorgensen previously was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter for causing the death of her baby daughter in a car crash. Read More

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Is Planned Parenthood Targeting Schoolchildren?

Why is Planned Parenthood interested in a local school board election in the battleground state of Colorado?

That is what parents and voters are asking themselves in Jefferson County, Colo., this week after Planned Parenthood waded into a local recall election aimed at ousting three Republican school board officials in the middle of their terms.

Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, a non-profit 501(c)4 organization, has sent letters to voters asking them to become involved in the school board recalls by first signing the petition to recall their elected officials, then volunteering for the effort to oust their local school board members.

The Planned Parenthood affiliated organization has also endorsed some of the candidates who are running to replace the current school board members in an announcement titled, “Vote in the Election on November 3rd for Real Sex Ed!” Read More

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DAY 38: Unsung Heroes ... Close By! - 40 Days For Life - Fall 2015

Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: Lives are saved from abortion when we pray – and work – together.

40 Days for Life campaigns have seen this at the local level, as we work closely with pregnancy help centers that offer free medical services and materials to those considering abortion.



Being ready with that information outside the abortion facility can make all the difference when women and men realize they do have a choice other than abortion.

It doesn’t hurt that pregnancy centers outnumber abortion providers 5 to 1!

We are thankful for all of them, as we have seen God use them to save babies who were scheduled to be aborted.

Cincinnati, Ohio


One of the prayer volunteers called out to a woman who was walking towards the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Cincinnati. “Please don’t go in there!” she pleaded, and invited the woman over to talk.

She stopped … and turned around. She told the volunteer that she was there for a “consultation” appointment prior to an abortion.

After she and the volunteer talked for a while, the woman agreed to go to the pregnancy help center – it’s only a few blocks away.

As she continued to talk, the 40 Days for Life participants learned that she was a student … and afraid of how her parents would react to her pregnancy. She thought she was about 17 weeks pregnant.

When the pregnancy center completed the ultrasound … it turns out she was more like 31 weeks pregnant. At that stage, Planned Parenthood would not have done an abortion – but they would have likely referred her to another center that might.

But after counselors explained things – and showed her the ultrasound image – she changed her mind.

She then told her parents and her boyfriend – and they’re all being very supportive.

“Our advocate is in contact with the young woman and has already gathered clothing and other materials for her,” said Mary, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Cincinnati. “When the baby is born, I’m hoping we’ll get to see a picture of him!”

Sarasota, Florida
40 Days for Life volunteers outside Planned Parenthood in Sarasota spoke with a woman who said she had prayed that her daughter would not get an abortion … but still, she accompanied the young woman inside.

>When they came out a short time later, however, the daughter was holding an ultrasound image … telling the vigil participants she had changed her mind about having an abortion.

One week later, another woman who was leaving Planned Parenthood stopped and talked to one of the volunteers, who asked her why she was there.

This woman told a very similar story. She was going to have an abortion … but changed her mind when she saw the ultrasound image of her baby.

Grand Rapids, Michigan


The culture describes abortion as a “women’s issue.” But certainly, men often have an important role to play … even if they have no legal standing whatsoever when it comes to “choice.”

While a young woman was inside the abortion center, 40 Days for Life vigil participants in Grand Rapids spoke to her husband outside. It didn’t take them long to learn that he desperately wanted to protect his wife and child. It was on the sidewalk that he received just the sort of encouragement he needed.

After speaking with the counselor, he went straight into the abortion center – and came back out with his wife and their unborn child. “God is so good!” said one volunteer.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

House Elects Pro-Life Congressman Paul Ryan as Speaker, Pro-Life Groups Offer Congratulations

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted to install pro-life Republican Rep Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as its new Speaker, replacing Speaker John Boehner, the Ohio Republican who announced is retirement last month. Read More

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China Not “Ending” Human Rights Abuses, Forced Abortions Will Continue Under Two-Child Policy

Don’t get too excited over the news that China is “ending” it’s one-child policy that prohibits couples from having more than one child. Although the Asian nation is moving to a two child policy for everyone in China, rather than only allowing two children per couple for rural families, a top human rights activist tells LifeNews that the massive abuses such as forced abortions will continue. Read More

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China Drops One-Child Policy

by Bill Donohue: Since 1979, most parts of China, and most married couples, have been subjected to a one-child policy, but now the Communist government is dropping it. Ironically, it is doing so for the same reason it adopted it in the first place: demographic concerns. The policy was initiated because of the fear that unrestrained population growth would impair economic wellbeing. Now it is being nixed because of fear that low fertility rates threaten a labor shortage, which, in turn, impairs economic wellbeing.

The Chinese Communists, of course, never address the morality of abortion, forced or elected. Human rights groups such as the United Nations and Amnesty International, as well as feminist organizations, object to the coercive aspects of a one-child policy, and to residual issues, but all of them are quite content with the morality of abortion, per se.

The new policy does not ban forced abortions; it merely says that couples can have two children. Which means that the government will have to continue its practice of monitoring a woman's menstrual cycle and fining those who are pregnant with their third child. If they are unable to pay, they will be dragged to a local clinic and injected with a lethal drug.

Ma Jian, a Chinese author, describes what happened to a woman with an unauthorized pregnancy. "For two days she writhed on the table, her hands and feet still bound with rope, waiting for her body to eject her murdered baby. In the final stage of labor, a male doctor yanked her dead fetus out by the foot, then dropped it into a garbage can. She had no money for a cab. She had to hobble home, blood dripping down her legs and staining her white sandals red." As she points out, this is why China has the highest rate of female suicide in the world.

Some commentators, many of whom are market obsessed, are already hailing the new policy. Their utilitarian ethics is as corrupt as that of the Communists.
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Bill Donohue is president of the Catholic League.

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DAY 37: Signs of Closing - 40 Days for Life - Fall 2015

Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: Of the 64 abortion facilities that have closed following a 40 Days for Life campaign, many had given signs that things weren’t going so well inside.

One sign is seeing moms turn around and choose life. Babies saved equals money lost to the abortion industry. Another sign is adjusting business hours ... or even closing for the day.

 
That has been the case in Norman, Oklahoma. There are just two abortion facilities left in the entire state. Oklahoma City’s abortion business recently closed ... and the campaign in nearby Norman expanded.

I visited there this week and the enthusiastic local leader, Connie, greeted me by saying, “They’re closed today ... and this is their normal abortion day! This has never happened!”

40 Days for Life campaigns are bad for abortion businesses ... and your presence has a huge impact – more than you know!
 
Here’s what I’m talking about …
 
Flint, Michigan
 
 
“Does anybody else experience this?” asked one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers in Flint.
 
“You signed up to pray one hour, and it is a rare day when the abortion facility is closed … and you are thinking you haven’t done anything tangible in that hour. Well, it never fails that two minutes before the shift is over, God sends a car.”
 
This particular car had a young couple in the front and three little kids in the back. The man wanted to know if that was an abortion facility, and he really wanted to talk about post-abortion effects.
 
He explained that he was in the army, and had seen how abortion had a profound impact on his fellow soldiers and their relationships. The volunteer offered literature that outlined types of assistance that are available to women who are pregnant.
 
Up until this point, the woman in the car had been silent. But she finally spoke – she was pregnant and needed that kind of help.
 
“I think he was trying to help that woman realize she had made the right choice,” the vigil participant said. “He was an amazing young man. I thanked them so much for choosing life. God is good all the time … especially in the last two minutes!
 
Fort Collins, Colorado
 
 
“This has not happened before,” said Linda in Fort Collins. What happened was two couples walked out of Planned Parenthood and over to the vigil participants … showing ultrasound images of their babies.
 
One couple told them they were keeping their baby … and the other couple just walked past with a smile and a thumbs-up. 
 
“I am actually surprised that Planned Parenthood did the ultrasounds,” she said, noting that during this 40 Days for Life campaign, business has been off at this facility. “Where we used to count 18 to 20 on an abortion day, we now count 7 or 8.”
 
Cleveland, Ohio
 

“It is with great joy that I report to you that a baby’s life was spared from abortion by the grace of God … through the efforts and prayers of several pro-lifers,” said John in Cleveland.

Three people were praying outside the abortion center when they had an opportunity to talk to a young woman – and offer her their help. She had already paid for an abortion.

“The security guard along with two employees came out to the street to discourage the mother from talking to the pro-lifers,” John said, “but despite these tactics, they persevered.
They talked for almost two hours that afternoon … and an area pastor spoke to the young woman later in the evening. The next morning, she returned to the abortion center … to collect her refund.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Networks Censor Last Seven Videos Showing Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Baby Parts

It’s becoming a trend. The three broadcast networks didn’t even hint at the latest Planned Parenthood video released Tuesday by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). During their evening and morning news shows, ABC, NBC and CBS turned a blind eye to the undercover video that showed a Texas abortionist, Amna Dermish, admitting how she will “strive for” intact baby heads and finds aborted baby hearts “cute.” Read More

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Planned Parenthood Abortionist Pulls Babies Out Feet First to Sell “Fully Intact” Aborted Baby

As additional footage emerges, Planned Parenthood looks more and more like a Clinic of Corpses. The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released an 11th video revealing Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices on Oct. 27. This time, the camera caught Texas abortionist, Amna Dermish, describing how she will sometimes “switch to breech” for abortions and aims to get “specimens out pretty intact.” She laughed over her next goal – to “strive for” baby heads – and smiled while agreeing that aborted baby hearts are “cute.” Read More

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Senate Will Vote Next Month to De-Fund Planned Parenthood, Democrats Can’t Filibuster Bill

Senate Majority Leader will have the U.S. Senate vote next month on a bill that would de-fund Planned Parenthood, the abortion business caught selling aborted baby body parts. Senate Democrats have filibustered two previous bills to de-fund the abortion company but this third bill is not subject to a filibuster. Read More

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Planned Parenthood Project Bus Tour - #DefundPP

FRCAction and Students for Life of America team up to visit college campuses to educate college students about Planned Parenthood myths, lies and crimes, and to rally support in defunding the organization from taxpayer subsidies. #DefundPP

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DAY 36: Worth More Than a Lamborghini - 40 Days for Life - Fall 2015

Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: When you think of California, pro-life leadership may not come to your mind. But it should!

California has more 40 Days for Life vigils than any other state. The reason? Courageous leadership.

No doubt, these leaders have their work cut out for them. Los Angeles County is the abortion capital of the West Coast, doing 1,807 abortions per month. That number is staggering … but not a deterrent for leaders such as Elizabeth in Pasadena



She had never led a 40 Days for Life campaign before … but couldn’t shake it from her mind after seeing her local Planned Parenthood abortion doctor casually asking for a Lamborghini in exchange for baby body parts in the second video released by the Center for Medical Progress last summer.

The abortionist didn’t get the Lamborghini she wanted … but thanks to Elizabeth, she got a 40 Days for Life campaign outside her late-term abortion facility.

I recently visited that location, as well as a few other California campaigns … including one where abortion numbers are tumbling downward. There is a lot of hope in California – and that should inspire you, no matter where you live.


She had never led a 40 Days for Life campaign before … but couldn’t shake it from her mind after seeing her local Planned Parenthood abortion doctor casually asking for a Lamborghini in exchange for baby body parts in the second video released by the Center for Medical Progress last summer.

The abortionist didn’t get the Lamborghini she wanted … but thanks to Elizabeth, she got a 40 Days for Life campaign outside her late-term abortion facility.

I recently visited that location, as well as a few other California campaigns … including one where abortion numbers are tumbling downward. There is a lot of hope in California – and that should inspire you, no matter where you live.

Pasadena, California

“I just had to do something,” said Elizabeth in Pasadena.

After watching the video of her local Planned Parenthood abortion doctor haggle over the prices of baby body parts, she felt called to speak out for those precious children who are treated as commodities in negotiations

The Planned Parenthood facility does late-term abortions. Elizabeth pleaded to bring 40 Days for Life to the location and draw attention to the barbaric practices taking place there … and the casual spirit of the staff regarding women and their babies.

“Dr. Mary Gatter is here … and she knows we are here and that we are praying for her,” she said.

While I was there, I met a baby saved from abortion. This child named Grace was appropriately holding a sign about God’s grace. Her presence at this facility showed God’s love and mercy are worth more than anything – including a Lamborghini.

Chico, California

Mary is the dedicated leader in Chico. On my recent visit there, I spoke at a banquet for a pregnancy center that’s seeing a record number of clients

And that’s one of the reasons that Planned Parenthood in Chico is in trouble. Business is down – big time. So much so that recently the abortion facility laid off three staff members.

The 40 Days for Life team has learned that abortions have gone down from 30 per week to 7 per week!

More moms turning around and choosing life means less money for Planned Parenthood. Thanks to the prayers – and hard work – of Mary and her team, this abortion facility may not be open too much longer.

Alhambra, California


Planned Parenthood in Alhambra has what they would consider a strategic location – in a shopping center right across the street from the local high school.

To get inside, you must walk past the 40 Days for Life vigil outside. So Planned Parenthood decided to move from the first floor to the third floor.

“They don’t even have a sign at their new location,” said Catherine, the local leader in Alhambra, “and most people don’t realize they are here. But they know we are here and have information about alternatives.”

They are indeed on a busy street! I met many volunteers who spend countless hours praying … including faithful members of the local Knights of Columbus.


“I just had to do something,” said Elizabeth in Pasadena.

After watching the video of her local Planned Parenthood abortion doctor haggle over the prices of baby body parts, she felt called to speak out for those precious children who are treated as commodities in negotiations.

The Planned Parenthood facility does late-term abortions. Elizabeth pleaded to bring 40 Days for Life to the location and draw attention to the barbaric practices taking place there … and the casual spirit of the staff regarding women and their babies.

“Dr. Mary Gatter is here … and she knows we are here and that we are praying for her,” she said.

While I was there, I met a baby saved from abortion. This child named Grace was appropriately holding a sign about God’s grace. Her presence at this facility showed God’s love and mercy are worth more than anything – including a Lamborghini.

Chico, California

Mary is the dedicated leader in Chico. On my recent visit there, I spoke at a banquet for a pregnancy center that’s seeing a record number of clients.

And that’s one of the reasons that Planned Parenthood in Chico is in trouble. Business is down – big time. So much so that recently the abortion facility laid off three staff members.

The 40 Days for Life team has learned that abortions have gone down from 30 per week to 7 per week!

More moms turning around and choosing life means less money for Planned Parenthood. Thanks to the prayers – and hard work – of Mary and her team, this abortion facility may not be open too much longer.

Alhambra, California

Planned Parenthood in Alhambra has what they would consider a strategic location – in a shopping center right across the street from the local high school.

To get inside, you must walk past the 40 Days for Life vigil outside. So Planned Parenthood decided to move from the first floor to the third floor.

“They don’t even have a sign at their new location,” said Catherine, the local leader in Alhambra, “and most people don’t realize they are here. But they know we are here and have information about alternatives.”

They are indeed on a busy street! I met many volunteers who spend countless hours praying … including faithful members of the local Knights of Columbus.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Planned Parenthood: Babies Born Alive After Abortion Should Not Get Medical Care

Planned Parenthood has recently refused to say medical care should be given to a a baby born alive after an abortion. The shocking refusal came during Cecile Richards’ September Congressional testimony under oath. Planned Parenthood’s president claimed that she never heard of a case where a baby was born alive after an abortion. In addition, she claimed that this could never occur at a Planned Parenthood because they do not do abortions past viability. Read More @LifeNews.com

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Planned Parenthood Abortionist: “We Pull Out” the Baby’s Heart After the Abortion. “It’s Cute”

For the eleventh time, the Center for Medical Progress has proven that Planned Parenthood is more concerned with harvesting baby parts than preserving life. A new undercover video captures abortion doctor Amna Dermish at Planned Parenthood’s Austin, Texas describing how she tries to keep specimens ‘intact’ to send to procurement companies. Read More

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Abortion Clinic That Killed Four Women in Botched Legal Abortions Closes Down

The Pro-Life Action League published a lengthy article earlier this year detailing a notorious Chicago abortion clinic’s repeated failure to comply with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) requirements, resulting in fines totaling $50,000.  Read More

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11th Video Catches Planned Parenthood Abortion Doc Selling Aborted Babies’ Heads

The organization that has released ten 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 selling the intact heads of aborted babies for research. Read More

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DAY 35: (VIDEO) This Will ROCK Your World! 40 Days For Life - Fall 2015

Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: Occasionally, during my 40 Days for Life travels, I experience something that moves me profoundly ... and then I want to share it with the world.

I just had one of those monumental moments, and this short video tells the story:

The video highlights my family's just-completed whirlwind trip all across Croatia (our fastest-growing international location) to support their 40 Days for Life campaigns in 20 cities. As we discovered, this Eastern European nation is ROCKING 40 Days for Life!

But the video does so much more than just tell the story of Croatia's involvement in 40 Days for Life.

It shows the heart of this movement in which you and I are blessed to participate.

It demonstrates how God hears and answers prayers.

It illustrates the hope YOU are providing for the entire world.

And best of all—it features a beautiful surprise at the end ... that you'll just have to watch to experience. WARNING: have a tissue box nearby!

Take 7 minutes to watch and be inspired by the video now!

Before sharing this video with you, I sent it to several people for feedback, and here were a few of the responses ...

"FANTASTIC!!! I was crying tears of joy by the end of the video - extremely touching and real!"

"Amazing video ... direct, inspiring, and beautiful end with a flourish :-)"

"This is awesome, and I can’t wait for the world to see it."

"This is beautiful!! The people in Croatia seem so full of love in their heart for life. Can't beat an ending like this one for sure. Tears of joy!"

Watch the video that prompted these comments.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Abortionist Caught Saying It Would be a “Great Idea” to Burn Aborted Babies for Energy

Last week, LifeNews.com reported how copies of the unreleased Center for Medical Progress videos catching Planned Parenthood and other abortion industry leaders selling aborted babies and their body parts had been leaked to the public. Today, the content of one of those videos is drawing condemnation from pro-life advocates. Read More

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Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Closing Because It Can’t Find Anyone to Kill Babies in Abortions

A Wisconsin-based Planned Parenthood abortion clinic is closing because it can’t find anyone to kill unborn babies in abortions. The Planned Parenthood clinic in Appleton, in northeastern Wisconsin is suspending abortions. WBAY-TV reports that the Appleton North Health Center stopped doing abortions on October 14 because it can’t find an abortion practitioner to work there. The facility says it will resume abortions in six months assuming it can find a new abortionist. Read More

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Ben Carson: I Oppose “Killing a Baby” in Abortions in Cases of Rape or Incest

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has taken a strongly pro-life position on abortions in cases of rape or incest in a new interview. “I would not be in favor of killing a baby because the baby came about in that way,” Carson said over the weekend during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd on Sunday.  Read More

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DAY 34: Counting The Miracles - 40 Days for Life - Fall 2015

Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: Ready for some great news? Well … here it is!

As we enter the final week of this 40 Days for Life campaign, our local leaders are reporting …

412 babies spared from abortion (that we know of)!

You offer up your simple prayers to the Lord … and He responds with love and mercy. Here are just a few examples of His hand at work in this campaign.

Louisville, Kentucky


“Miracles are happening!” said Laura in Louisville. “Volunteers witnessed the following and wanted to share it.”

While vigil participants were praying outside the abortion center, a woman came out and walked over to speak to them … telling them she had decided not to abort her baby.

“Praise God!” Laura said. “Because people answered His call and were standing there, serving as a witness … this woman decided to save the life of her baby!”

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“Praise God that a young woman turned away from Planned Parenthood,” said Nikki, the local 40 Days for Life coordinator in Pittsburgh. “A life may have been saved.”

One of the vigil participants was able to take this young woman from Planned Parenthood’s doorstep to two life-affirming resources centers.

“Please pray for her,” Nikki said. “She is 9 weeks pregnant and homeless.” She had spent the night in the bus station, as she had nowhere to sleep.

“All afternoon, our sidewalk team scrambled to find a shelter for her, but they were unable,” Nikki said.

One of the volunteers offered a room at her home for the weekend, until a more permanent arrangement could be found – just another example of the strong commitment of the pro-life community!

Columbia, Missouri


“We were blessed to see that God saved three babies on one day,” said Kathy, the local 40 Days for Life leader in Columbia.

The volunteers learned of one of the saves when a young mom told the sidewalk advocate, “I’m not having the abortion. I just couldn’t do it.”

“A couple had gone in an hour earlier,” Kathy said, “and one of the more tenacious escorts barked for the young mom not to talk with me or take my information. They came out later and in the driveway, I was able to engage with her. Praise God! He saved three little ones today!”

Kathy noted that there were many children on the sidewalk. “One family brought four and one mom brought two little girls,” she said. “Another prayer supporter brought balloons which bounced back and forth in the strong wind all morning.

Mankato, Minnesota


A baby was saved … thanks to the prayers of the volunteers at Mankato’s 40 Days for Life vigil.

The word came from a woman who stopped to talk to prayer volunteers, asking them to deliver a message to the two people who’d been praying outside the abortion center earlier that day.

Her daughter had an abortion appointment; but she told the vigil participants that “God heard their prayers – and my daughter changed her heart and decided to make an appointment with her ob/gyn instead.”

“Praise God!” said one of the Mankato volunteers. “God cannot be outdone in His generosity.”

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

The End Game

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias
by NRLC President Carol Tobias: A lot of well-deserved time and attention has been given to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the videos released in recent months. Planned Parenthood is a vile organization that kills more than 300,000 unborn children every year. Pro-lifers are understandably upset that this behemoth receives approximately half a billion dollars from federal, state, and local governments.

Are Planned Parenthood affiliates making money from the sale of body parts from these babies? Are they manipulating the abortion procedure so as to keep the baby’s body in better condition for harvesting organs and tissue? Are they getting “consent” from the women whose babies are being killed and harvested for parts? Several congressional committees are investigating these questions and more. I look forward to their official findings.

The U.S. House has twice this year passed legislation to de-fund PPFA, and passed a third bill to grant states broader powers to remove abortion providers from the Medicaid program. Senate efforts to pass such legislation have been blocked by filibusters by Democratic senators who support continued monies to PPFA.

In the weeks leading up to October 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year for the federal government, there was much discussion about whether or not Congress should refuse to pass a “continuing resolution” (“CR”), leading to a shutdown of the federal government, in the [mistaken] belief that President Obama could be “forced” to agree to enactment of a new law that would block PPFA from receiving federal funds.

For more details on what a CR is and does, you can read our summary here.

On September 30, the CR cleared Congress and was signed by President Obama; it includes the programs covered in regular appropriations bills – virtually all discretionary spending for the entire federal government. Basically, federal programs were put on “auto-pilot” by this CR, which runs until December 11.

Neither this CR nor any other federal spending bills include “line items” that specifically designate money for Planned Parenthood. Rather, individual Planned Parenthood affiliates tap into funds from various on-going health programs. The greatest amount of federal monies, comes from so-called “mandatory spending” programs, mostly Medicaid, a huge program created by federal law in which states collaborate. The Congressional Budget Office recently estimated that PPFA receives an aggregate amount of approximately $450 million annually in federal funds, of which roughly $390 million, or 87%, comes through the Medicaid program.

Thus, there is no “line item” to strike in the CR, no place where insertion of a zero will do the trick. Rather, in order to deny federal funds to PPFA, a NEW LAW must be enacted to specifically block funding, either for PPFA by name, or to abortion providers, however described. To pass a new law would require a majority in the U.S. House, 60 votes in the U.S. Senate to overcome a filibuster, and the signature of President Obama, a staunch defender of PPFA.

One bill that would go to the president that only requires 51 votes in the Senate is known as the “reconciliation bill.” This once-a-year type of legislation, by law, is not subject to a filibuster and can pass the Senate with a majority vote. Such a bill cannot carry airtight language to totally defund PP, but it may attack their major funding streams, the so-called mandatory funding programs. If passed in the House and Senate, the bill will be sent to President Obama. At National Right to Life’s urging, the 2015 reconciliation bill includes language to curb 89% of federal funding to PPFA and we strongly support passage of the bill.

When reporters ask me about what Planned Parenthood is doing with the remains of the dead babies, I will frankly say, “What is even more disturbing is that these babies are being killed in the first place.”

We want PPFA to lose their funding from tax dollars, but that is not the end game. The goal of the pro-life movement is to stop abortion and save these helpless little ones. To do that, we need a pro-life president who will sign bills, not just to defund Planned Parenthood but to protect unborn babies. We need a president who will sign bills like 1) the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, to ban abortions on unborn babies past 20 weeks fetal age who feel pain, 2) the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act, to protect unborn children from being killed by the dismemberment abortion method, and 3) the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, to establish federal penalties for killing or failing to care for a baby who is born alive during an abortion.

These, of course, are just interim measures until we have a Supreme Court which will further scale back or nullify Roe v Wade.

In the meantime, our state affiliates will continue to press as hard as they can to save as many babies as they can within their own states by introducing the above-mentioned bills as well as many others. Possible legislation would prevent the chemical abortion method from being prescribed over the internet (webcam abortions) to women who never see the abortionist in person, or to require that a woman be given the opportunity to see an ultrasound of her baby before she gets an abortion, or requiring that parents be notified before an abortion is performed on their minor daughter.

And in the months leading up to the election of a new president, I hope we are all doing everything we can to make sure that our pro-life friends are registered to vote, then voting.

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DAY 33: Responding To Hatred - 40 Days for Life - Fall 2015

Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: For some people, a peaceful vigil at an abortion facility can generate anger.

Abortion hurts the soul and impacts the heart at the deepest level. Knowing and respecting that reality, we should expect some persecution.

“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me,” Jesus told us (Matthew 5:11).

The angry people may unload curses ... and even throw cupcakes (true!). They don’t care that children may hear them.

But there is only one way to respond. It's the way two local 40 Days for Life campaigns responded recently – in a Christ-like fashion.

This is the true spirit of 40 Days for Life!

Manchester, New Hampshire


“The God you pray to doesn’t exist!” shouted a woman from her car to Beth and Hannah who were holding their “pray to end abortion” signs.

“Thank you for looking at our signs,” Beth replied. “(Curse) you. Have a nice day,” she shouted back as she sped away.

It’s a bit odd that someone who is so sure there is no God would be so angry in asserting it ... it’s also interesting that her assertion that God doesn’t exist settled the whole argument about abortion for her.

An atheist could make a strong case against abortion. Science tells us life begins at conception, and anyone who looks at an ultrasound can see there’s a baby in the womb ...

Our vigils do more than send a message of love for the unborn and hope for the mothers.

Through the grace of Christ, we testify that everyone – the children in the womb, the mothers who carry them, the boyfriends who come to the clinic, the Planned Parenthood workers, the drivers who honk and wave, the strung-out addicts, and the woman tossing F-bombs from the car – are all created in God’s image, and their lives have meaning and purpose. There’s no reason we shouldn’t have a nice day.

From Stephen Scaer of the 40 Days for Life leadership team in Manchester.

St. Louis, Missouri
There are many who would be surprised by the amount of supportive responses our sidewalk counselors and prayer volunteers receive from those driving by. We see as many if not more positive honks and thumbs-up signs, mouthed “thank yous” and friendly waves, as we do angered shouts or middle fingers.

However, a few of our interns and volunteers were met with the hateful shouts of a few young women who drove by, throwing a cupcake out the window towards our 40 Days for Life sign as they passed.


Though the cupcake hit our sign, the hatred and anger of these young women did not hit the hearts of our staff and volunteers, who reacted with only absolute humility and love …

And so, like the fearless men and women who stood on the sidewalk today and received hurtful words with kind smiles and humble prayer, we too seek to bring hope where there is despair, joy where there is sadness, and compassion where there is woundedness.

Please join me in prayer on the sidewalk as we bear the light of Christ to the darkest parts of our community.

From Brian Westbrook, the 40 Days for Life director in St. Louis.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Texas Investigators Raid Planned Parenthood Clinics After They Sell Aborted Babies

After a Houston-based Planned Parenthood abortion clinic was caught selling aborted baby body parts, state investigators conducted a raid today on multiple Planned Parenthood abortion clinics across the state.

Texas officials raided several Planned Parenthood facilities today in an unprecedented move that follows on the heels of pro-life Governor Greg Abbott announcing earlier in the week that the state would further de-fund the abortion business. Abbott said this week “the gruesome harvesting of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood will not be allowed,” but so far the state has released no evidence of illegal activity by the group.

The raids were carried out at Planned Parenthood abortion centers in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio by representatives from the Texas Office of the Inspector General and the state served subpoenas on five total Planned Parenthood centers. The Houston Chronicle has more:
Officials with the inspector general’s office at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission went to two facilities in Houston as well as clinics in Dallas, San Antonio and Brownsville. The Brownsville center does not perform abortions.

Planned Parenthood was given 30 days to respond to the move; a legal challenge is likely.

On Thursday, Planned Parenthood officials decried the subpoenas as politically-motivated, saying officials were “looking for an excuse to take health care away from thousands of women and men who rely on Planned Parenthood for preventive care.”
“The investigators were seeking hundreds of pages of information, from patient records to employee home addresses, involving 10 Planned Parenthood facilities across the state” the Austin newspaper reported. “Officials would not confirm details of the investigation, but the sources said it’s related to suspicions of misspent Medicaid money.” . . .  Read More @ LifeNews.com
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Actress Martha Plimpton Promotes New Campaign of Women Bragging About Their Abortions

According to ABC, only women who have positive abortion experiences are worth reporting on. At least, that’s what one would expect after a news segment explored a rising women’s movement to share abortion stories – without one interview from a woman who regretted her abortion. NAME / Source

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New Poll Shows Pro-Life Ben Carson Leading Presidential Race in Iowa, Trump Drops to 2nd

Two new polls in Iowa show pro-life Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson now leading the race for the GOP nomination in the very first state to cast ballots early next year. The survey has pro-life businessman Donald Trump slipping from the lead to second place. Read More

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