Monday, November 30, 2015

'The View' Blames Pro-Lifers for Colorado Shooting: Says GOP 'Rhetoric' Responsible

According to CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin, conservative “rhetoric” “tossed fuel” onto the fire that is the abortion debate. The journalist appeared on The View, Monday, and demanded Republicans be held accountable in the wake of a Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting last week. Read More

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Former Miss USA Dumps Tim Tebow Because He’s Committed to Abstinence Until Marriage

More often lately it seems that people who do the right thing are the ones facing criticism and rejection. This week that person is pro-life athlete Tim Tebow. CBS Tampa Bay reports that Tebow’s girlfriend, the former Miss USA Olivia Culpo, broke up with him because he is saving sex until marriage. Read More

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Hillary Clinton Exploits Colorado Springs Shooting: “Today We Stand With Planned Parenthood”

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was quick to exploit a shooting in Colorado Springs even before police have apprehend the gunman responsible for shooting multiple police officers and civilians. Read More

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Dr. Bill Smith, Editor, extends to all who "love life" and join us in celebrating and supporting the sanctity of life, Happy Thanksgiving!  Let us all "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. ~ Psalm 107:1

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Thanksgiving Reflection

Judie Brown, American Life League: It is sometimes difficult to extricate one’s self from the daily struggle of defending babies long enough to see the glory and wonder of the many gifts God has given us. But at this time of year we naturally do—and should—focus on those blessings, especially when we consider what it means to be pro-life in America today.

The single defining characteristic we all hold in common is our love of family and our love of God, who is the Author of Life and who created each and every one of us. Without Him there would be no family; without Him there would be no opportunity to love others for His sake.

We recall how each individual human life was defined so clearly by St. John Paul II with these words: “The life which God gives man is quite different from the life of all other living creatures, inasmuch as man, although formed from the dust of the earth is a manifestation of God in the world, a sign of his presence, a trace of his glory.”

We thank You, Lord, for the gift of life—for our lives and the lives of those we love.

We recognize that, in this battle to defend the most defenseless among our brothers and sisters in Christ, the babies we represent and defend do not know us. Yet we are given this awesome responsibility of being their voice when we witness to the expectant mother considering abortion, at the local clinic where these babies are killed, and amidst the lawmakers and others in the public arena who need to hear the truth.

We thank You, Lord, for the gifts of fortitude and counsel which motivate us to discern what is right and to take the actions necessary to remind others of this even when it is extremely difficult or uncomfortable to do so.

We understand the many challenges that confront our fellow human beings on a daily basis and the temptations that abound to stray from what is right and at times to do so without realizing the consequences of their actions.

Thank You Lord for the gift of compassion that helps us reach out to others in times of great pain or suffering. We know that in You, Lord, all that we do bears fruit as long as we entrust our actions to You with a sincere and humble heart.

We thank You, Lord, for this special time of togetherness with our loved ones and the opportunities we have to be with family members, to embrace those we love, cherishing moments of peace and joy that accompany the celebration of Thanksgiving.

And so we pray:
Thank You, Father, for having created us and given us to each other in the human family. Thank You for being with us in all our joys and sorrows, for Your comfort in our sadness, Your companionship in our loneliness. Thank You for yesterday, today, tomorrow and for the whole of our lives. Thank You for friends, for health and for grace. May we live this and every day conscious of all that has been given to us. Amen.We wish you, your families, and loved ones a very happy and joyous Thanksgiving.

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Abortions Decline to Historic Low: CDC Report Shows 31,000 Babies Saved From Abortions

The Centers for Disease Control released its national abortion report on Wednesday and the new figures how the number of abortions in the United States has declined to a historic low. Although approximately 699,000 babies lost their lives in abortions in 2012, the latest year CDC has produced figures for, that represents a decline of about half since the highs of more than 1.5 million in the late 1980s. Read more

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Missouri Down to One Abortion Clinic After Planned Parenthood Stops Abortions in Columbia

A Missouri Planned Parenthood stopped doing abortions Monday, leaving just one abortion clinic left in the whole state. The move came after Dr. Colleen McNicholas, who did abortions at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, lost her “refer and follow” hospital admitting privileges at the University of Missouri Health Care, according to the Columbia Tribune. read more

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Shonda Rimes, Producer of ABC’s Scandal, Showing Abortion During “Silent Night,” On Planned Parenthood Board

The popular television show “Scandal” on ABC has pro-life people up in arms about the brash, pro-abortion messaging of its latest show. The Nov. 19 episode took on Congressional efforts to de-fund Planned Parenthood and glorified main character Olivia Pope’s abortion to the tune of “Silent Night.” The episode was a sickening hour-long “advertisement for Planned Parenthood,” Alexa Moutevelis wrote for Newsbusters. Read More

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Hillary Clinton: U.S. Should Fund Abortions Around the World as a Method of Family Planning

Hillary Clinton wants the U.S. to start paying for women to abort their babies around the world. The pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate told an Iowa town hall group Sunday that she wants the U.S. to get around a law baring U.S. foreign aid for abortion, according to CNN. Read More

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Monday, November 23, 2015

SCOTUS will hear Priests for Life v. HHS Mandate

Father FrankPavone, Janet Morana and Alveda King share messages about the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court hearing of Priests for Life v. Obamacare's HHS Mandate.

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“Scandal” Actors and Producer Defend Playing “Silent Night” as Character Aborts Her Baby

ABC’s “Scandal” has everyone talking about the brash, pro-abortion messaging of its latest show. The Nov. 19 episode took on Congressional efforts to de-fund Planned Parenthood and glorified main character Olivia Pope’s abortion to the tune of “Silent Night.” The episode was a sickening hour-long “advertisement for Planned Parenthood,” Alexa Moutevelis wrote for Newsbusters. Read More

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Planned Parenthood Sues Texas, Which De-Funded It After It Sold Aborted Baby Parts

The Planned Parenthood abortion business has filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas, which yanked its taxpayer funding after it was caught selling aborted babies and their body parts.  Read More

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

A Baby Is A Blank Cheque . . .

. . . made payable to the Human race. (Barabra Christine Seifert)


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Amnesty International Pushes Legalizing Abortion in Ireland

Ireland’s doctors will be feeling left out in the cold after reading today’s open letter published by Amnesty International. The letter, which calls for further liberalization of Ireland’s abortion laws, makes no mention of the fact that Ireland continues to be a world leader in the area of maternal health. Instead, by claiming that the criminalization of abortion prevents healthcare providers from delivering care to their patients, it offers a very misleading message about the current standard of care offered to pregnant women in Ireland. Read More

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UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Tells Pro-Life Poland to Legalize Abortions

A new United Nations document is demanding that conservative Poland makes abortion easily available to young girls. The document, issued in October by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, pushes the pro-life Catholic country to “make the conditions for abortion less restrictive and, in relation to adolescent girls, to reflect the right of the child to express her views and the best interests of the child.”  Read More

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Remind Everyone: Abortion Costs Lives!

National Right to Life: Remind Everyone: Abortion Costs Lives!  We offer 8.5' x5.5" flyers with important facts and figures about abortion in a clear and easy-to-read format.  Great for gatherings, fairs and church services. Visit our site for more info.

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Massachusetts Citizens for Life: We were so excited to see this information from the Lozier Institute listing all the health care plans in Massachusetts. You will see # 10 United Healthcare does not cover abortions! I had thought that all plans in the Bay State had to cover abortions. What an opportunity!

The article below saying that United Healthcare may have to exit individual insurance exchanges. Do any of you know more about UnitedHealthcare?

Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan (5 plans): All plans cover elective abortion (2016 rep. communication). 
Celticare (3 Plans): All plans cover elective abortion (2016 plan documents). 
Fallon Community Health Plan, Inc. (13 Plans): All plans cover elective abortion (2016 plan documents). 
Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan (10 Plans) : All plans cover elective abortion (2016 rep. communication). 
Health New England (9 Plans): All plans cover elective abortion (2016 plan documents). 
Minuteman (9 Plans): All plans cover elective abortion (2016 plan documents). 
Neighborhood Health Plan (9 Plans):All plans cover elective abortion (2016 plan documents). 
Tufts Health (12 Plans): All plans cover elective abortion (2016 plan documents). 
UnitedHealthcare (11 Plans): Plans do not cover elective abortion (2016 plan documents).

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Announcing: #WomenBetrayed Bus Tour

Announcing the ‪#‎WomenBetrayed‬ Bus Tour! Enough is enough - Planned Parenthood betrays women and needs to be investigated, prosecuted and defunded. Our big pink bus will be starting off in California and will travel through 14 states on a two-week route to share that message. Get tour info at www.womenbetrayed.com

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Gates Foundation Pushes Dangerous Contraceptives on Africans

by Lisa Correnti: NEW YORK, November 20 (C-Fam) HIV/AIDS and women’s health advocates are criticizing a recent report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the safety of a controversial contraceptive favored by the Gates Foundation. Depo-Provera is a long-acting contraceptive distributed to poor women in the U.S. and through foreign aid programs. “Population control, unfortunately, is back in vogue,” writes Betsy Hartmann . . . Read More

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Planned Parenthood Asked for One Word to Describe What it Does. . . .

Planned Parenthood is looking for people to thank its staff for killing babies in abortions, so it took to twitter to get people to submit one-word responses to what it goes — hoping to generate a word cloud of positive emotions and experiences to give to its staff and employees. But the pro-life responses people submitted on Twitter were priceless. They paint a very real picture of what the Planned Parenhood abortion business is really about. Read More

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Another Governor Calls for Defunding Planned Parenthood

by CitizenLink Team: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has sent a letter to the Health Care Authority Board asking them to stop all Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood.

Fallin cited results from integrity reviews conducted on the abortion seller that found a 14-20 percent error rate in its Medicaid billings at Oklahoma facilities.

Kellie Fiedorek, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Fallin is right.

“Oklahomans shouldn’t be forced to give their money to Planned Parenthood,” she said in a statement, “which has a long track record of abusive and potentially fraudulent billing practices, not to mention that it has also been caught in authenticated undercover videos trafficking aborted babies’ body parts and has repeatedly failed to report the sexual abuse of girls. That tax money should be redirected to trusted health care providers.”

Defunding Planned Parenthood in Oklahoma will not interfere with a woman’s right to legitimate health care services. There are more than 120 other providers who offer a broad spectrum of services for women.

“Indeed, whether willful or negligent,” Gov. Fallin wrote, “The consistent submission of improper billings should disqualify these Planned Parenthood providers from participation in the Oklahoma Medicaid program.”

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Voting for a Candidate Who Supports Abortion is “Formal Cooperation” With Evil

Abortion should be a top issue for Catholic voters in 2016, the U.S. Catholic bishops emphasized Tuesday. The bishops approved a new guide for voters called “Faithful Citizenship,” which stresses the moral importance of voting for candidates with pro-life and pro-family values, according to the Catholic Herald. Read More

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch Admits: I Haven’t Even Reviewed the Planned Parenthood Videos

During a Congressional hearing, Attorney General Loretta Lynch confirmed what pro-life organizations suspected in the wake of the scandal involving Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies and their body pats: The head of the Obama administration’s Justice Department hasn’t even bothered to review the videos for any potential violations of federal law. Read More


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Planned Parenthood to Spend $20 Million to Elect Pro-Abortion Hillary Clinton, Take Over Congress

The Planned Parenthood abortion business announced today that it plans to spend $20 million to elect pro-abortion Hillary Clinton president and take over Congress. This comes after the abortion giant has been caught up in a massive scandal involving its sales of aborted babies and their body parts. Read More

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Senate Republicans Won’t Back Down on Bill to De-Fund Planned Parenthood: “We’re Proceeding”

If you’ve heard rumors from the media or elsewhere that Senate Republicans are backing down on what would be a third vote in recent months to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business, don’t buy into them. Top Senate Republican leaders said today that, after the Thanksgiving holiday, they are bringing a third bill to the Senate floor to de-fund Planned Parenthood — and Senate Democrats can’t filibuster this one. Read More

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NRLC urges Senate to support pro-life reconciliation bill

Dear Senator: The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of state right-to-life organizations, strongly supports the House-passed reconciliation bill, H.R. 3762, because of its provision to block approximately 89% of all federal funding to Planned Parenthood – about $400 million in the next year. Other measures to defund Planned Parenthood have been blocked by filibuster, but this cannot occur with the reconciliation bill. . . . Read More

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Monday, November 16, 2015

President Obama Secretly Sent $1 Million Grant to Planned Parenthood

ARE YOU PROUD OF OUR PRESIDENT?
The Supreme Court has refused to take a case against the Obama administration, which faced a lawsuit after it defended the secrecy of a $1 million grant to the New Hampshire affiliate of the Planned Parenthood abortion business in 2011. The abortion giant is getting new national attention after it was caught selling aborted babies and body parts from aborted babies. Read More

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Planned Parenthood Faces $51,000 in Fines for Dumping Aborted Babies in Public Landfill

Planned Parenthood has been caught selling the bodies of aborted babies and their body parts. Now, the abortion business has been caught illegally dumping the bodies of aborted babies in a public landfill. As LifeNews reported last week, three South Carolina abortion clinics could face major fines for dumping aborted babies’ bodies into landfills, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.  Read More

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Katie Couric Complains Pro-Lifers Make It “Harder Than Ever” to Work at Planned Parenthood

Liberal, pro-abortion journalist Katie Couric on Tuesday interviewed the President of Planned Parenthood and worried about how “tough” pro-life supporters were making things for the organization. Couric snidely noted, “While Planned Parenthood says that abortions account for just three percent of its clinical work, opponents won’t be happy until that number is zero.” Read More

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Gates Foundation Will Sink Another $120 Million Into Promoting Abortion and Population Control


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funneling more money into global programs promoting population control and abortion after a group warned that international family planning goals are not being met. The Gates Foundation promised to give an additional $120 million to Family Planning 2020 programs that support “the rights of women and girls to decide when and how many children they want to have,” the news website All Africa reported today.  Read More

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Supreme Court Unanimously Strikes Down Protest-Free Zones at Massachusetts Abortion Clinics

Protest outside of Planned Parenthood,
Fitchburg, MA
by Kristen Tate, Briebart: On Thursday the Supreme Court unanimously struck down a law in Massachusetts which prohibited protesting near abortion clinics. The law--which banned protesting from 35 feet within the entrance of abortion clinics--violated First Amendment rights of pro life protesters who wished to demonstrate at the entrance of abortion clinics peacefully.

In response to the Supreme Court's ruling, Presidential candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz said in a statement, "The Supreme Court vindicated the First Amendment rights of citizens who peacefully counseled women about alternatives to abortion at a Massachusetts clinic. Once again, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected the litigating position of the Obama Administration, which opposed free speech rights in an amicus brief. The Court rightly invalidated a Massachusetts law that suppressed peaceful, non-obstructive speech from public sidewalks near abortion clinics."

Although the court's ruling was unanimous, the justices had varied reasons behind their decisions, according to the New York Times.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the majority opinion, arguing that the state could explore other options for preventing harassment at abortion clinics. Liberal justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined Roberts.

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in a separate opinion that the Massachusetts law was “unconstitutional root and branch.” According to the Associated Press, Scalia criticized Roberts’ reasoning, which in his view gave “abortion-rights advocates a pass when it comes to suppressing the free-speech rights of their opponents.”

The law was initially questioned when a grandmother from Boston, Eleanor McCullen, sued with other activists over the restrictions. The group claimed they were significantly limited in their protest efforts at various Planned Parenthood locations.

Pro life advocates point out that there are already various law in place–both state and federal–that protect health care professionals and patients at abortion clinics.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Byrd Watching: GOP Eyes Rule on Planned Parenthood

Tony Perkins' FRC Washington Update: The most important vote on the bill to defund Planned Parenthood isn't a senator's -- it's the parliamentarian's! Until now, most Americans had probably never heard of Elizabeth MacDonough, who, for all practical purposes, is the Senate's referee. The first-ever woman to hold the job, parliamentarian MacDonough will have the weight of the House's budget reconciliation bill on her shoulders when the chamber considers it as early as next week.

As the umpire of elaborate procedures and points of order, MacDonough is often called on to settle bitter disputes over what's germane and what isn't. The same will be true this month, as Republicans try to get the first bill defunding Planned Parenthood and pieces of ObamaCare onto the president's desk. Under the budget reconciliation process, the parliamentarian will be a major figure in deciding whether the bill passes the "Byrd test." If it doesn't, conservatives are back to square one on the group's funding.

Right now, the only thing standing in the way of advancing the measure is a 25-year-old rule that gives Democrats their only real crack at blocking the bill. Since reconciliation speeds up the process, the former Senator Robert Byrd created an accountability mechanism. Under his rule, senators can object to a bill if they think it doesn't change spending or reduce the deficit (which is the ultimate purpose of reconciliation). The Senate could waive the rule, but it would take 60 votes that the GOP doesn't have.

Obviously, the President's party will do anything to protect Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare -- including arguing that these provisions are irrelevant to the budget process. That's where Elizabeth MacDonough comes in. As the parliamentarian, it will be up to her to wade through all of the legalese and decide if they're right. Democrats have spent the last several weeks insisting that the Planned Parenthood provision isn't germane. Republicans have fired back that their interpretation is too narrow. "I literally don't understand their logic," Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) said in an interview with The Daily Signal. "The Byrd rule allows for a whole lot more repeal of ObamaCare than what is being contemplated." Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also chimed in. "At the end of the day," he pointed out, "the Senate parliamentarian is an employee of the Senate. Virtually every Republican campaigned promising full repeal."

In the meantime, The Hill is stirring the pot with a new article quoting unnamed "aides" who think leaders may strip out the Planned Parenthood provision to spare Republicans the headache. Of course, no one knows who these aides are or even if they're on leadership staff. In our Senate meetings, we've been assured that Republicans are sticking with the plan to cancel Planned Parenthood's taxpayer checks.

Even Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) pushed back on the rumors, insisting that the GOP has had "ongoing discussions" about zeroing out Planned Parenthood's funding for the year. "I'm not aware of any conclusion that's been reached on that." If anything, the Senate may be expanding on the House bill to include deeper cuts to ObamaCare. Encourage them to hold their ground on both! Contact your senators and ask them to get taxpayers out of the abortion business -- in health care and beyond!
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Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Praying for Paris #Paris

Dr. Bill Smith, Editor: My heart goes out to the people of Paris and especially to the families who's family members were murdered or are in emergency care. As you pray for these families and for the leadership of Paris and even our own country, please consider sharing the following image on your social media.

The image is of the face Lady Liberty -- the Statute of Liberty -- weeping.

The Statue of Liberty was given to people of the United States by the French people. A smaller version of the statute is in Paris.

Suggest hashtag #Paris

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Abortionist Admits the Brutality of Abortion: “It’s Violence, It’s a Person, It’s Killing”

Behind closed doors, abortion advocates are admitting the truth: Abortion is the violent killing of a human life. A undercover video recorded by the Center for Medical Progress and leaked by the website GotNews.com captures a Planned Parenthood official admitting that pro-lifers are right about abortion. The video shows panelists discussing abortion at a National Abortion Federation conference in April of 2014. Read More

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Why Disabled People Like Me Fear Assisted Suicide

Stephanie Woodward
by Stephanie Woodward (Shared on National Right to Life): Having been born with a physical disability, I am all too familiar with the overwhelming number of people who feel that decisions should be made for me, not by me. I know the tactics used to coerce disabled people into doing what someone else thinks is best because they’ve been used on me. I am well aware of the “ableist” notions that society holds – that having a disability is a tragedy, that we’re a waste of resources and a burden on society, and that we’re “brave” to live with our disabilities (which essentially means that most people would rather die than be “brave” and live with a disability like me).

We’re often regarded as incapable of making our own decisions and unworthy of respect. However, when one disabled person announces they want to die, they’re lauded in the press and on social media. Sara Myers, for example, has Lou Gehrig’s disease and has received a slew of media attention for wanting assisted suicide because she began to experience disability.

Media focused on Myers’s use of a wheelchair and her need for assistance in showering and toileting to demonstrate why assisted suicide should be available to her. For full disclosure, I use a wheelchair and have needed assistance with both showering and toileting in my life, and I expect I’ll need more assistance as I age. I take it very personally when media and society lists these as valid reasons to want to die.

With all of these negative stereotypes and stigmas against disabled people, combined with the praise a disabled person receives when they announce that they want to die, nothing scares me more than the legalization of assisted suicide. (David M. Rubin column here.)

Legalized assisted suicide has a disproportionate impact on disabled people. While everyone else receives suicide prevention, people with disabilities and certain illnesses and old people will receive a fast pass because our lives are viewed as less worthy.

Current legislation proposed in New York to legalize assisted suicide not only has no realistic way of protecting from mistake, coercion or abuse, but also lists no reporting requirements. This means that any doctor could prescribe a lethal dose and any person could administer that dose to kill a person, with medical confidentiality preventing any oversight. No independent witness is required during the death of an individual, so there’s no way to ensure that the individual administered the lethal dose himself or herself. In a world where abuse of people with disabilities and seniors is rampant, this alone is cause for concern.

For example, an adult child of an ill 80-year-old woman could accompany her mother to the doctor to obtain the lethal dose, and then administer it without her mother’s consent.

Situations like this have already happened.

Kate Cheney, an 85-year-old woman with early dementia, was brought to her doctor by her daughter to obtain a prescription for the lethal dose in Oregon where assisted suicide is legal. The doctor refused to write the prescription. Unfortunately, that did not prevent Ms. Cheney’s death. Instead, Ms. Cheney’s managed care provider found a different doctor to prescribe the lethal dose.

This second doctor had Ms. Cheney undergo a psychiatric exam and found that Ms. Cheney lacked the capacity to make this decision, so the lethal dose was, again, not prescribed. Cheney’s daughter became very angry and demanded that her mother undergo another evaluation. This psychologist deemed Cheney competent, but noted that Ms. Cheney’s “choices may be influenced by her family’s wishes and her daughter, Erika, may be somewhat coercive.” Soon thereafter Ms. Cheney took the lethal dose and died.

My concerns about assisted death are shared widely throughout the disability community. In fact, every major disability rights organization that has taken a stance on assisted suicide opposes its legalization. Our concerns extend further than abuse.

As I mentioned, disabled people frequently encounter members of society who believe that they know what is best for us. The medical community is one of the biggest offenders. The medical community has historically encouraged parents not to have or raise their disabled children, has prevented disabled people from reproducing by forcibly sterilizing us without our consent, and has forced us into nursing facilities and other institutions simply because of our disabilities. To have this community in charge of deciding who can access assisted suicide is incredibly troubling.

In recent years, plenty of medical professionals have deemed that assisted suicide is appropriate solely if a person is disabled. For example, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, most of Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s victims were not terminally ill, they simply had disabilities. Furthermore, the top reasons given for wanting assisted suicide are not pain or fear of future pain, but feeling like a “burden on others,” experiencing a “loss of autonomy,” or a “loss of dignity.” These factors are all disability related, as disabled people are often made to feel like burdens because we need assistance, which also contributes to the perceived loss of autonomy and dignity.

I, along with my allies in the disability community, urge all New Yorkers to understand that assisted suicide is not a “right” to be glorified, but a double standard that is lethal to communities that are already marginalized, oppressed and abused. We deserve the same suicide prevention that nondisabled people enjoy, because despite the widespread belief otherwise, I assure you, our lives are worth living.

Stephanie Woodward is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law and is the director of advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester.

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Intruder Kills Pastor’s Wife and Their 12-Week-Old Unborn Child, But Law Says Baby Didn’t Die

Police are investigating a tragic case in Indianapolis where a pregnant, young pastor’s wife was shot in their home. Sadly, state law does not provide for justice for the couple’s unborn baby. Amanda Blackburn, 28, and her 12-week unborn child died from a gunshot wound after what police believe was an attempted burglary around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to ABC News. Read More

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Mike Huckabee: How Can We Pray “God Bless America” When We’ve Killed 60 Million in Abortion?

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee minced no words last week in an address to the the National Religious Liberties Conference. There, he questioned how Americans can expect God to bless America when the nation has aborted almost 60 million unborn babies. Read More

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Get Planned Parenthood Out of Your Community

by Jim Sedlak: Vice President of American Life League and one of the nation's leading authority on Planned Parenthood, explains how to stop Planned Parenthood from getting into communities and how to get it out if it's already there.

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Planned Parenthood Paid $3 for Birth Control but Billed Medicaid $35, Former Manager Says

by Kelsey Harkness, The Daily Signal: A little-known whistleblower lawsuit accuses Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa of wrongly siphoning millions of American taxpayer dollars with a series of complicated billing schemes aimed at increasing profits.

Among other dishonest practices, a former manager of the clinics alleges, Planned Parenthood staffers routinely purchased birth control pills for just under $3, billed Medicaid $35 for the same package of pills, and got reimbursed for $26.

The lawsuit, brought by Sue Thayer, a 17-year employee of Planned Parenthood in Iowa, coincides with a national scandal over undercover videos that show the organization’s officials in other states talking about the sale of body parts from aborted babies.

The series of videos, hotly disputed by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, triggered renewed efforts by conservative lawmakers to strip taxpayer dollars from the nation’s largest provider of abortions. Read Full Article

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

State Sues Pro-Life Planned Parenthood Protester Who Yelled So Loudly He Disrupted Abortions

Brian Ingalls is a regular outside the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Portland, Maine. But now, the state of Maine is taking legal action against the young pro-lifer, accusing him of “disrupting health care services,” The Washington Times Reports. Read More

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Reese Witherspoon Pushes Planned Parenthood, Abortion: “Make Sure Girls Can Control Their Bodies”

Hollywood just can’t seem to stop promoting abortion. This week, Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon used her spotlight to defend Planned Parenthood, the abortion business caught harvesting and trafficking aborted babies’ body parts in an undercover investigation. “No mother in the world wants her daughter to have fewer rights than she did,” Witherspoon said, referring to the Planned Parenthood scandal. Read More @ LifeNews.com

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Democrats Block Resolution Honoring Pregnancy Centers Providing Abortion Alternatives

If you need any more proof that the Democratic Party is the party of abortion and beholden to the Planned Parenthood abortion business, look no further than the United States Senate. There, Democrats today blocked a resolution to honor pregnancy centers that provide women with abortion alternatives and help support pregnant women and facilitate adoptions.

Senator Mike Lee, a pro-life Utah Republican, sponsored the resolution today, during what is known as National Pregnancy Center Week. He requested unanimous consent from the Senate to approve Senate Resolution 37, which would designate the second week in November as “National Pregnancy Center Week.”

But leading abortion advocate Senator Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat, objected to the request calling the resolution “another effort to pander to the extreme Republican base…. They want to interfere with a women’s [sic] medical decisions.” ... Read More @ LifeNews.com

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Adoption: The Option Everyone Can Live With

Melissa Ohden (right) and Lisa Andrusko,
NRLC Yearbook Editor, at the 2013
National Right to Life Convention
by Melissa Ohden: November is Adoption Awareness Month. Adoption is the option that everyone can live with–the mother, the father, the extended families, and, literally, the child.

Over fifty-five million [now over 57 million] lives ended through abortion in our nation have left countless women, men, and their families wounded. Adoption, by contrast, brings a legacy of life and love into this world. Both create a ripple effect for generations to come, one for ill, one for good.

Yet we live in a world today that often talks about adoption in disparaging terms: Adoption is a burden on women. No right person would ever “give up” their child.

I’ve had women state that because they could never ‘give up’ their baby, they would abort them, instead.

I’ve even been told that it’s adoptees like me, who search for our biological

families that make adoption an unappealing option in the face of an unplanned pregnancy. I am certainly not buying that or any of the other misconceptions about adoption in our world.

What I am going to do, though, is continue to fight for abortion to be abolished and adoption to be looked at as the positive choice that it is. I will do my best to encourage people to have conversations that encourage others to do likewise.

Take advantage of Adoption Awareness Month this November, and have the conversation, in person with people or via social media and the Internet.

Together we can change the lens through which adoption is looked at and talked about in our world.
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Editor’s note. Melissa is the survivor of a “failed” saline abortion in 1977. She speaks all over the world including at the last five National Right to Life Conventions. This first appeared in 2013.

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The Real Issue in the HHS Mandate Case

Bill Donohue, Catholic League: The Los Angeles Times and the New York Times want the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the religious liberty claims put forth by Catholic non-profits challenging the constitutionality of the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate. Both newspapers either underplay or ignore the central issue involved in this case.

The Los Angeles Times says the Obama administration "has offered religious schools and charities that object to some birth control methods a reasonable and respectful accommodation." It says they do not have to pay for services they deem objectionable: all they need to do is inform the government of their reservations and let insurance companies and the government take it from there. The New York Times says essentially the same thing. But it also slams Catholic organizations for their "well orchestrated assault on the right of women to control their own bodies...."

Both papers miss the central issue involved: The federal government has no legitimate business telling Catholic organizations that hire and/or service non-Catholics that they forfeit their claim as a Catholic entity. The word "catholic" means universal. Therefore, any Catholic group that discriminates against non-Catholics in their social service programs is in clear violation of the very definition of that term.

The Obama team picked up this pernicious definition of what constitutes a Catholic organization from the ACLU. This is at the heart of the objections by the Little Sisters of the Poor: Preposterous as it sounds, the nuns are declared to be insufficiently Catholic because they do not limit their services to Catholics! This is the real assault on women's rights.

So even if the accommodation were deemed not to be a "substantial burden" on these Catholic groups, the government should have no right to invoke such spurious hiring and servicing criteria in deciding which Catholic groups are legitimate and which are bogus.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Pastor: I’d Go to Jail Before Being Forced to Fund Abortions

A California pastor, Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, is speaking up against a move by the state to force churches to fund abortions and he says he will gladly go to jail before complying with the abortion mandate. But churches in California are refusing to comply with the law. Instead, they’re working with the pro-life legal group Alliance Defending Freedom to file suit against the state. And one church leader is willing to defy the state. Read More:

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Good News! Former Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic Re-Opens as a Pro-Life Pregnancy Center

The Planned Parenthood facility where abortion center manager-turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson worked is now a functioning pro-life pregnancy center. Hope Pregnancy Centers of Brazos Valley purchased the Bryan, Texas Planned Parenthood building last year after the abortion center closed. Read More

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Planned Parenthood Clinic Caught Selling Aborted Babies Refuses to Attend Legislative Hearing

State legislators in Colorado today held a hearing concerning a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic that was caught in an expose’ video selling aborted babies. While legislators attended the hearing along with pro-life groups looking to expose the abortion business, representatives from Planned Parenthood refused to attend. Read More

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Suffragettes Would Not Agree With Feminists Today on Abortion

. . . Many early champions of women's rights in the U.S. opposed it

Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1899
Image via Universal History Archive—UIG via Getty Images
by Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List: For many people, the word “suffragette” conjures up images of the frothy Mrs. Banks in the movie Mary Poppins, who returns home from a London rally for women’s rights to tell her sister suffragettes’ (her nanny and housemaids) to “take heart for Mrs. Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again!”

The suffragette movement is the subject of the new movie Suffragette. Starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep, it tells the story of the struggle for women’s rights in Great Britain from the viewpoint of a young, working-class mother. Thousands of women like her fought courageously for the right to vote so they could use that power to improve the economic and social conditions that oppressed them and their families.

In America, too, brave and farsighted suffragettes worked to obtain the right to vote, and thus the right to true citizenship, for women. Their victory paved the way for the full participation by women in the economic, social and political spheres. Our nation has been incomparably enriched by their contributions and accomplishments.

But would those early pioneers recognize the movement that claims to speak for the rights of women today?

On the issue of abortion, they would not. Many of today’s feminists see abortion as one of the touchstones of their movement. Yet many of the early leaders of the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S. believed that the rights of mother and child are inextricably linked and that the right to life and the right to vote are rooted in the inherent dignity of each human person.

The public statements of many early champions of women’s rights in the U.S. make clear their opposition. Elizabeth Cady Stanton referred to abortion as “infanticide” and wrote that “when we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit.” Victoria Woodhull, the first female candidate for president, wrote: “Every woman knows that if she were free, she would never bear an unwished-for child, nor think of murdering one before its birth.” And Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S., wrote: “The gross perversion and destruction of motherhood by the abortionist filled me with indignation, and awakened active antagonism.”

Mrs. Pankhurst’s American counterpart, Susan B. Anthony, was a friend and heroine to many of these women. Along with Cady Stanton, she founded The Revolution newspaper, which served as a mouthpiece for the American women’s suffrage movement. Anthony funded the paper herself, refusing the capital that would have resulted from allowing advertisements for “restellism,” as abortion was then called. The Revolution published a piece, attributable to Anthony, that said abortion was a choice that would burden both a woman’s “conscience in life and soul in death” and also ultimately an exploitation of women.

Anthony has been my organization’s namesake since 1992, when we began the Susan B. Anthony List to amplify the voices of pro-life women in federal and statewide office. She understood that the rights of one group could not be built upon the broken rights of another. That’s why, for example, she worked so closely with her friend Frederick Douglass to advance not only women’s suffrage, but voting rights for African Americans as well. “Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less,” she said.

Today, our mission is equally simple. Women who join us reject the idea that feminism requires them to be at war with their own children, or to direct their tax dollars to organizations that perform abortions. In so doing, they honor the legacy of the original champions of women’s rights. As Mrs. Banks would have said, “Well done, sister suffragettes.”
Note: Mallory Quigley, Communications Director, Susan B. Anthony List SBA List provided this article by Marjorie Dannenfelser which was run on Time magazine online.
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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Speaker Paul Ryan: De-Fund Planned Parenthood, Its Aborted Baby Sales are “Gruesome”

During a press conference yesterday, Speaker Paul Ryan called on the Senate to pass a House-approved reconciliation bill that would de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business in the wake of the scandal showing it selling aborted baby body parts. Read More

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Moving Pro-Life Message From Chris Christie Impressed Mark Zuckerberg

It isn’t every day that liberal Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg likes something that’s pro-life. But a video of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talking about his pro-life stance caught the young CEO’s eye, according to The Blaze. “Every life is precious,” Christie said during a townhall event last week that was captured on video by The Huffington Post. “Every life is an individual gift from God.” Read More

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