Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mutual “Hug of Life” Helps Twins Born 13 Weeks Premature Survive

by Dave Andruskon, NRTL News: We have nurses in our family and the stories my sisters have told us about critically ill children and the resourcefulness and staying power of families are probably the most moving first-person accounts I’ve ever heard.

So I was not really surprised when I read that when two very premature twins–Ava and Austin Jayson– were struggling to breathe in their separate incubators weeks after their births at 27 weeks, their mother Krystina suggested they be put in the same incubator.

The Daily Mail’s Lucy Laing calls what followed the “hug of life.” As soon as they were put together, they “immediately placed their arms around each other. From that moment, their oxygen levels started to shoot up and their conditions improved dramatically,” Laing writes.

‘It really was a miracle,” Mrs. Lake-Jayson, 29, said. “They had been apart since they were born prematurely. It was as if they knew they were together again and they were pulling each other through.’

‘It was wonderful to see,” Mrs. Lake-Jayson told the Daily Mail. “They just couldn’t stop staring at each other. They really improved from that moment on.”

So why the sudden drastic improvement? The changes could be a twist on how prolonged skin-to-skin contact with a parent can improve a premature baby’s heart rate and breathing. It may be, Laing writes, that “The comfort of physical closeness can work wonders not yet understood by experts.”

Laing says there is no scientific explanation, “although many parents of twins believe in what has become known as the ‘rescuing hug’.”

The origin of “rescuing hugs dates back to 1995, when twin girls Brielle and Kyrie Jackson were born 12 weeks prematurely in Massachusetts, in the US,” according to Laing.
Kyrie thrived but Brielle had breathing and heart-rate problems and went into a critical condition.

Medical staff feared she would die until a nurse suggested putting the siblings into the same incubator. Brielle snuggled up to her sister and within minutes her blood-oxygen readings had improved. Both were eventually discharged healthy.
Of course in May 2015 when Ava born at just 2lb, 1oz and Austin just 3oz heavier, it was to be expected that there might be complications but also that gradual improvements would occur. But nothing of significance took place for eight weeks until the twins were put together.

They finally went home in September 2015 where Ava later suffered a problem with her heart that required 11 blood transfusions. “Fortunately, she pulled through,” Laing reported. And the twins’ continue to improve.
But once again, the special bond between the twins has helped her make considerable strides back to health.

‘Being with Austin helped Ava enormously,’ said Mrs. Lake-Jayson.


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Adoption: A Reflection of God's Love for Us

Family Policy Alliance: In honor of National Adoption Month, Family Policy Alliance President Paul Weber, along with his wife Lois and their daughter Molly share how it has touched each of their lives.

Their personal experience is just one reason our organization works to protect the freedom of Christian adoption agencies to operate in harmony with their faith.

After the Supreme Court decision that unconstitutionally redefined marriage, these organizations have come under fire. Why? Because of their belief that God’s timeless design for marriage is the best environment for raising children.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Testimony from Star Parker: Hearing on H.R. 490, Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017

Star Parker
Submission to the Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice
My name is Star Parker. I am the founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education based here in Washington, DC and I want to thank you Mr. Chairman for this opportunity to declare my support of H.R. 490, the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017.

The abortion industry all across America, and in particularly in our most distressed communities, is preying on our nation’s most vulnerable, brutally dismembering their offspring: and yet there is no federal protection that the women considering abortion receive full disclosure about the human being growing within her.

Recently a famous rapper name Nicki Minaj told Rolling Stone magazine that an abortion of her youth still haunts her: a heart wrenching story being told by many thousands of distraught men and women in hundreds of communities all across our great country.

I was one such woman: when years ago, lost in sexual recklessness, had four abortions; without any counsel nor information from the abortion providers about the distinct humanity of the life that was growing within me.

I heard all the propaganda of the abortion peddlers, in school, in media, from community and political leaders - yet I heard nothing of infant development in the womb nor any information about their morality.

Perhaps then, one might argue that little was known about the development or mortality of an embryo or fetus: very few instruments were available to medically or scientifically detect heartbeat.

But today, due to modern technology, this is not an argument that can be made, in particular with the advent of ultrasound where we can now hear and measure a heartbeat within the womb.

Need for H.R. 490, the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017
To illustrate the humanity of the life in a womb and express the great need for this Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017, H.R. 490, I want to share stories I have heard over and over again in State after State about the impact of abortion on their personal lives.
1. Texas: This man had deep regret of an abortion in his youth after discovery of information on fetal development upon his wife’s first pregnancy and he ended up in counseling for depression. When he saw the heartbeat of their expectant offspring on sonogram, his heart rushed with panic of the abortion he had a decade earlier with a girlfriend.

2. North Carolina: This couple talked themselves into an abortion for financial reasons and then couldn’t look at each other again after thinking about fetal development and thus ended their marriage.

3. Alaska: This pastor found out his minor daughter had had an abortion without consent after she was in agonizing pain in that she was carrying twins and the abortionist only killed one. The survivor of this botched abortion is now an adult and speaking out against abortion.
Interestingly and for the record, all three of these stories were told to me by men.

Implorations for Consideration
Let’s imagine if not only for a second, the millions of men and women, all across our country that with very limited medical or scientific information, go into an abortion clinic to yet still not receive information as simple as that the life growing within her womb has a heartbeat.

As a Committee on the Judiciary, a subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, I implore you to please consider my above testimony on behalf of innocent life growing in a womb, and the vulnerable men and women considering abortion.

But if you will also consider in your deliberations regarding H.R. 490 the last time in American history we were faced with hard Constitutional and political questions on the civil conflict between humanity and convenience; personhood and property, justice and public opinion.

Slavery was, as abortion is, a crime against humanity.

Like slavery, tension was created in the public square and in law, concerning who qualified for natural rights worthy of protection.

For the first 89 years of our nation’s existence, it was the black slave who sought freedom and equal protection under the law: and many attempts were made to heed their cry.

In 1777
Gradual abolition laws were passed in northern states: Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.

In 1807
Congress passed a law prohibiting the importation of slaves into the United States after January 1, 1808.

In 1831
Emancipation was narrowly defeated in the Virginia constitutional convention.

Today it is the conceived person living in the womb of its mothers that should be considered human with opportunity of equal protection under the law.

It is ironic that while the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1868 humanized slaves, the U.S. Supreme Court of 1973 dehumanized the life of the being in utero -- handing down a decision that reeked in ethnic cleansing, to once again allow a powerful few to determine exactly who had a right to humanity.

As with slavery, special interest groups put tremendous pressure on legislators and judges to dehumanize blacks so to protect slavery: today similar pressure is put on legislators and judges by the eugenics movement and other special interest groups regarding abortion.

If the baby in utero is not a human being in the fullest sense of that term, then he or she has no natural right to life. However, if the opposite is true, then the humanity in the womb is entitled to a constitutional right to life.

Ignoring the advent of ultra sound and other medical devices that make it abundantly clear that the baby in utero is alive and indeed human is a disservice to women, and to a society built on the constitutional rights that protect us all.

I pray this Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017 will unanimously pass your committee, and eventually will be voted upon on the House floor.

I have submitted to your Committee a 2015 CURE Policy Report about the Impact of Abortion on the Black Community which will give you more specifics to support my testimony here today.
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Star Parker is an author at and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education. CURE is a non-profit think tank that addresses issues of race and poverty through principles of faith, freedom and personal responsibility.

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Another Pro-Life Victory: Appeals Court Won't Re-Hear Abortion De-Fund Case

by Jerry Cox: Yesterday the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals announced it will not reconsider a recent ruling that lets Arkansas cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading abortion provider. In 2015 Governor Asa Hutchinson directed the state to stop giving Medicaid reimbursements to the organization after a series of undercover videos showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of organs and tissue harvested from aborted babies.

Following a lengthy lawsuit, a three-judge panel ruled in August that the state has the power to cut Medicaid funds to abortion providers. Planned Parenthood appealed that decision to the entire Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Yesterday the Eighth Circuit said it will let that panel's good ruling from August stand.

This is another pro-life victory! Nobody should have to subsidize abortion providers with their tax dollars.

Governor Hutchinson and Attorney General Rutledge have worked hard to ensure the State of Arkansas doesn't give any money to abortion providers. I am glad Arkansas has a governor who will stand up to the abortion industry, and an attorney general who will defend the right to life in court.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers are Regulated More Harshly Than Cigarettes

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would take up the case of National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, which is a constitutional challenge to California’s anti-pregnancy-center law. The law forces pregnancy centers to post a sign advertising California’s abortion subsidy program. Pro-life pregnancy centers claim that this compelled advertising violates their right to freedom of speech, and are excited to see the Court hear the case.

At Slate, abortion-supporting authors Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern say not so fast. They claim that if NIFLA succeeds in taking down California’s law, then informed consent laws for abortion (which pro-lifers, and also most pro-choicers, support) will go down with it. Their argument, in a nutshell: California’s law compels speech (true), and informed consent laws for abortion also compel speech (true), so both types of laws will inevitably be treated the same way by the courts.

I don’t think Lithwick and Stern’s conclusion follows from their premises. To understand why, let’s start from an area of agreement: tobacco. It’s safe to say that Marlboro would rather not place the Surgeon General’s warning on its flagship product. Clearly, that’s an instance of compelled speech. But even among free speech absolutists, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who believes that the required Surgeon General’s warning violates the First Amendment. Why not? Because the government interest in regulation is incredibly compelling—it’s literally life and death.

The same rationale applies to the legal requirement of informed consent in the healthcare context. This is true not only for abortion—which is designed to kill (and therefore, pro-life advocates argue, not actually healthcare at all)—but for all surgical procedures and potentially harmful drugs, even if they are not as deadly as cigarettes. The freedom of speech isn’t limitless, and requiring warnings about potential physical dangers is a sensible limit.

Contrast that with the services typically offered by pregnancy resource centers: pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STI tests, parenting classes, financial aid, baby supplies, maternity clothes, job training assistance, maternity housing referrals, and the like. Services vary from location to location, but they all have one thing in common: they pose zero physical risk to women. They are either diagnostic or socioeconomic; they are not invasive, and they have no side effects. When it comes to regulating abortion facilities, pro-life lawmakers can cite studies showing abortion risks, and pro-choice lawmakers can cite studies whitewashing those risks, and they can battle it out. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a single reputable study that shows, say, an increased risk of preterm birth from receiving a free sonogram. It’s been said so often that I don’t know who coined the phrase, but no woman has ever died at a pro-life pregnancy center. . . . .

Compelled speech laws are generally unconstitutional unless the government has a compelling interest in preventing serious harms. California’s compelled speech law doesn’t come close to meeting that test. It is an ideological crusade against those who would dare use the peaceful power of persuasion to save lives from abortion, and the Supreme Court should invalidate it. . . . .Read More

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FBI Begins Possible Investigation of Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Baby Parts

The FBI is seeking documents from Congress after it held hearings on the Planned Parenthood abortion business selling the body parts of aborted babies for profit — potentially breaking both federal and state laws in so doing. A first sign of a criminal probe, the FBI recently requested un-redacted documents from the Senate regarding Planned Parenthood in response to a 2015 undercover investigation by the Center for Medical Progress that exposed the abortion industry for harvesting, trafficking and selling the body parts of babies victimized by abortions.

The Hill has more:
The request was made in recent days, the sources said, to the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), last December referred Planned Parenthood and several other abortion providers to the FBI for investigation after a lengthy probe into the transfers of fetal tissue.

Grassley said at the time that his committee had uncovered enough evidence in its final investigative report to show abortion providers had transferred tissue and body parts from aborted fetuses to firms for use in research by charging dollar amounts above their actual costs.

The Justice Department declined comment, saying it does not confirm nor deny whether an investigation is taking place.

A spokesman for the FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Planned Parenthood said that while it is aware of Grassley’s prior request for a criminal probe, none of its affiliates has had any contact with the FBI. It noted it provided more than 30,000 pages of documents and several witnesses to the congressional probes and believes it has complied with the law.

“Planned Parenthood strongly disagrees with the recommendations of the Senate Republican staff to refer this matter to the Justice Department, especially in light of the fact that investigations by three other Congressional committees, and investigations in 13 states including a Grand Jury in Texas, have all shown that Planned Parenthood did nothing wrong,” said Dana Singiser, Vice President of Government Affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

“These accusations are baseless, and a part of a widely discredited attempt to end access to reproductive health care at Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood has never, and would never, profit while facilitating its patients’ choice to donate fetal tissue for use in important medical research,” she added.
But David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress tells LifeNews that this potential FBI investigation is long overdue. . . . Read More

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Trump Blocks International Support for Abortion Groups at G7 Meeting

by Stefano Gennarini, J.D.: The Trump administration is blocking political and financial support for abortion groups in the highest echelons of international diplomacy, including the most recent G7 and G20 meetings.

Health ministers from the seven largest economies in the world could not agree on language about “sexual and reproductive health” in a document about global health priorities and climate change negotiated last weekend in Milan.

The final G7 communique from the ministerial meeting did not use the preferred terminology of the abortion industry, instead offering support of UN efforts to strengthen maternal and child health. G20 agreements this summer also excluded the term.

“U.S. negotiators spent the past week steadfastly blocking all attempts to reach a compromise,” left-leaning online news source Buzzfeed reported, sounding a note of alarm on Sunday afternoon as negotiations drew to a close. The article cited anonymous negotiators who called the U.S. position “extreme.”

The U.S. proposed compromise language during negotiations asking to qualify the term “sexual and reproductive health” by reference to UN agreements that explicitly deny abortion is an international right. In the end, it was negotiators from Canada and Europe who wanted no mention at all of “sexual and reproductive health,” preferring deletion to qualifying the term to exclude abortion rights.

“Sexual and reproductive health” has long been controversial in international negotiations. The term is defined as including abortion in UN agreements, global health literature, and national and international court cases from around the world. So weary of the phrase, more than 60 UN delegations made reservations about the use of term when the UN General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, including the Holy See.

Since the 1990s, the use of the term in international agreements has allowed groups that perform and promote abortion to receive international political and financial support alongside groups involved in maternal health, family planning, and STD treatment and prevention. In programming, its broadness is used to lump all such issues together in an integrated framework that appears uncontroversial.

In international agreements, its opaqueness is used to conceal controversial content such as abortion. This undermines U.S. Law and Foreign Policy by channeling U.S. taxpayer funds to abortion groups and giving them political backing through multilateral aid. The term is also controversial because of attempts to create an international human right to abortion through customary international law.

The G7 health agreement offered support for the initiative of the UN Secretary General called the “Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescent’s Health,” even though the UN bureaucracy approach to global health is problematic from a pro-life standpoint. The last report of this initiative promotes access to abortion and powerful contraceptive drugs for young girls without parental notification or consent as a part of a “rights-based approach” to “sexual and reproductive health.”

Longtime abortion advocate and former Prime Minister of Finland Tarja Halonen said the “realization of human rights in the context of sexual and reproductive health, including access to safe abortion” was under “direct attack.” She made the remark when presenting a report at UN headquarters in Geneva soon after the launch of the “She Decides” campaign against President Trumps’ pro-life foreign policy. UN officials from the secretariat, the World Health Organization, and UN Women are among the leaders of the campaign.

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Adoption Tax Credit – Restored!

Check out the short video below — Family Policy Alliance’s Director of Policy & Communications, Autumn Leva, wants to thank you for helping convince Congress of how important the adoption tax credit is for children who need forever homes!

Earlier this week, we told you that the Adoption Tax Credit which has helped vast numbers of children find “forever homes” had been eliminated in the GOP tax-cut bill. We asked you to speak up to Congress, and you did! Your response through the Family Policy Alliance Action Center was part of a national outpouring that encouraged Rep. Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, to restore the Adoption Tax Credit. What’s more, the Senate legislation that was just introduced also includes the credit.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

7 Things Learned About Radical Feminists & Abortion at The Women’s Convention

. . . Abortion was a big focus of the women’s convention, but so was racism, a lack of diversity, and an obsession with women’s genitalia. . . .

1. The Abortion Industry Is More Brazen Than Ever
. . . In one . . . attended, a post-abortive woman (times six) and clinic worker at the Houston Women’s Center named Kenya Martin stated that “Abortion should be no different than having a tooth pulled.” She even said women should throw “abortion parties” the day they have an abortion and rent “party buses” to celebrate their “decision.” . . .

2. These Women Are Still Really Hung Up on Their Privates . . .

3. White Guilt Ran Rampant
Basically, they want you to understand that if you are white woman, you are wrong—about everything. And you need to feel guilty about being white. You should feel very, very sorry about it. . . .

4. Secular Feminists Are Terrified of Pro-life Feminists
Presenters said multiple times, “There is no place for anti-choice beliefs in the feminist movement.” They are genuinely scared of pro-life feminists. They are scared of the momentum pro-life feminists have gained in the past few years.

To dispel that fear, they pounded that line over and over again throughout the weekend. To them, being able to kill women in the womb is totally pro-woman. Being able to exploit women’s fears of not being strong enough to be a parent is empowering. But pro-choice feminists know nothing of women’s empowerment. . . .

5. The Least Diverse Conference Ever Attended . . .

6. They Want to Run Your State
The political panels we heard made clear that the pro-choice movement has one political objective: They want pro-choice women to run in every gubernatorial race across the country.

I think they have caught on to the reality that the power lies with the state. It’s time to pay attention, pro-lifers. They are coming for your state to push their anti-family, anti-life positions. It’s not because they care about your state. It’s not even because they care about politics. It’s because they want to insert their voices in all places, including our government.

They want to overturn every pro-life law on the books. We must be vigilant in opposing their politics. We have worked far too hard to have unqualified activists overturning what we have done.

7. The Pro-Choice Movement Knows Nothing about Pregnancy Medical Centers
. . . a Planned Parenthood panel state that “pregnancy centers receive millions of dollars from the federal government.” Really? . . . Pregnancy centers operate almost solely on private donations. They may receive a few grants here and there, but “millions” of dollars in federal money? Oh, no, you are certainly confused. You must be thinking of Planned Parenthood. They are the ones who receive millions of dollars, more than half a billion, to be exact, from the federal government. . . .Read More

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Pro-Abortion Dem. Ralph Northam Defeats Pro-Life Rep. Ed Gillespie for Virginia Governor

Once again, Virginia voters elected a radical pro-abortion governor in Democrat Ralph Northam.

Northam beat pro-life Republican Ed Gillespie Tuesday in a closely watched race, the AP reports. NBC reports Northam won with 54 percent of the vote, while Gillespie received 45 percent.

The current lieutenant governor, Northam raised nearly $11 million for his campaign, including huge contributions from the abortion industry. Earlier this year, the abortion business Planned Parenthood said it planned to spend $3 million to back Northam.

Northam’s position on abortion is extreme and out of touch with most voters, according to the National Right to Life Committee – which explains why Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other pro-abortion groups wanted him in the position.

“Northam’s position is so extreme he supports abortion on demand – that’s abortion for any reason anytime during the pregnancy – and he favors using your tax dollars to pay for abortion,” said Karen Cross, political director for NRLC, previously.

Virginia Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Jennifer Allen previously called Northam a “champion” for supporting abortion on demand. . . .  Read More

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

South Dakota Initiative to Legalize Assisted Suicide Fails to Qualify for Ballot

Great News: The assisted suicide lobby failed to collect 13,781, the number of signatures that were needed to get assisted suicide on the ballot in 2018. This is a great victory for the Citizens Against Assisted Suicide in South Dakota and everyone in South Dakota.

The Citizens Against Assisted Suicide stated on their facebook page that:

The difficulty Ms. Mentele had collecting enough signatures both last election cycle and this one is pretty good evidence the vast majority of South Dakotans don’t support suicide… They didn’t lose by not trying, they lost because they were trying to sell what people didn’t want to buy. . . . . Read More

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Paul Ryan’s Lame Critics

by Bill Donohue: The secular left is more terrified of religion than it is STDs, and indeed it treats people of faith as if they harbored some deadly infectious disease. Witness the hyperventilating over Rep. Paul Ryan’s statement of faith following the Texas killings.

When asked by Laura Ingraham to comment on what happened at the Texas church on Sunday, Ryan said, “The right thing to do is pray in moments like this because you know what? Prayer works!” He also said the “secular left” doesn’t get it. “People who don’t have faith, don’t understand faith.”

Everything Ryan said is true and none of it is controversial, unless, of course, it is interpreted through the lens of the secular left.

Huffington Post got so excited that it condemned Ryan for doing nothing, “especially after reportedly receiving more than $170,000 in contributions from gun rights groups in 2016.” (Its emphasis.)

Atheist blogger Hemant Mehta made another one of his middle-school observations, saying, “That’s what Paul Ryan has to offer the nation. A giant, steaming bowl of jack s***. And he wants credit for that meal because he says grace before gulping it down.”

Think Progress showed how theologically astute it is by exclaiming, “Ryan’s sentiment is also at odds with the teachings of Jesus.”

Ryan, of course, was simply noting the necessity of prayer “in moments like this.” He never said, or implied, that it was a necessary and sufficient response to this tragedy.

One quibble with Ryan. He is too generous in his comment that “People who don’t have faith, don’t understand faith.” There are lots of people who don’t have faith, and don’t understand the faithful, but they are respectful of us nonetheless. The ones condemning him are haters, pure and simple.
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William "Bill" Donohue is President of the Catholic League.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

United Nations Human Rights Committee: Unborn Children Don’t Have a “Right to Life”

by Stefano Gennarini, J.D.: Despite pleas from more than one hundred governments and pro-life organizations, including the United States and Poland, the UN Human Rights Committee excluded unborn children from the right to life in international law this week in Geneva.

“I was worried for a minute we would discuss the word limit for separate opinions,” joked Yuval Shany. The Israeli law professor was mocking pro-life concerns as the committee rushed through a second reading of a controversial draft commentary on the right to life in a what is perhaps the most important UN human rights treaty.

Shany, who has been in charge of the draft for two years, knew there would be no dissent. The 18 members of the committee that records state efforts to implement the UN treaty on civil and political rights unanimously agreed on a text that in some respects is more extreme than previous ones.

The committee added language about access to abortion not just being a right under the covenant, but that it must also be “affordable” and “effective,” as abortion groups recommended to the committee. U.S. law professor Sarah Cleveland said this was needed to make it easier for rape victims to obtain abortions.

No expert expressed concern for children in the womb capable of feeling pain, or brought up the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which expressly requires states to protect children “before birth.”

“I am very sensitive to my conscience,” said Mauro Politi at one point. The Italian professor’s conscience was not troubled by abortion, but wanting to ensure women are able to abort in case of rape, disability, or when a mother’s life is at risk.

“Of course, we have agreed that it is up to states to make the determination of when life begins,” said German professor Anja Seibert-Fohr—the only member of the committee who advised caution about imposing a right to abortion, pointing to the European Court of Human Rights as a model.

“States do have some discretion,” agreed Shany, “We do not want to touch the issue of late-term abortions.”

The Japanese Chair of the committee, Yuji Iwasawa was in a hurry and showed his impatience. He insisted these issues had already been discussed though there is no public record of those discussions.

The committee barely flinched as the United States, Russia, Egypt, Japan, Poland, and other states and organizations denied the committee had any authority to read a right to abortion into the treaty.

The treaty is a “living instrument” said French professor Olivier de Frouville. Along with Shany, he pointed out how the committee and UN treaty bodies routinely insist on a right to abortion.

The only snag for the committee was not from sovereign States but another part of the UN bureaucracy. The UN committee on disabilities asked that the draft be changed to avoid expressions that demean the disabled. Iwasawa said he met with the Chair of the disabilities committee to smooth things over. He said the disabilities committee would be fine with referring to abortion for “non-viable” pregnancies as opposed to abortion for fatally “impaired” fetuses.

The second reading is expected to continue in March. The committee has yet to reach the issue of euthanasia, which is currently considered an obligation in the draft commentary.

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President Donald Trump Proclaims November 2017 as National Adoption Month

President Donald J. Trump: Every year, generous and loving families adopt thousands of children and provide them with the affection, attention, and opportunity they deserve. Adoption is a true blessing that greatly enriches the lives of parents and children alike. During National Adoption Month, we celebrate the thousands of families who have expanded through adoption, and we acknowledge the strength and resiliency of the children who are still waiting to find their forever home.

My Administration recognizes the profound importance of adoption for the American family. Adoption is a life-changing and life-affirming act that signals that no child in America — born or unborn — is unwanted or unloved. Adoptive parents are a selfless and loving part of God’s plan for their future children. As a Nation, we extend sincere appreciation and gratitude to those families who have welcomed a young person into their hearts and homes, sharing the precious gift of family and a lifetime of support.

We must continue to remove barriers to adoption whenever we can, so that the love and care of prospective adoptive parents can be directed to children waiting for their permanent homes. This year’s National Adoption Month, we focus on our commitment to helping older youth experience the transformative value of permanency and love. A child is never too old for adoption. A supportive family can provide the critical direction that older children need as they enter adulthood, helping them attain educational and employment goals, and, in certain cases, avoid homelessness or incarceration. We never outgrow the need for family, and older youth who are adopted are more likely to finish high school and feel emotionally secure than those who age out of foster care without a permanent family.

This month, let us celebrate the gift of adoption — an act of love that provides deserving young people with the foundation they need to achieve their potential and pursue the American Dream

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2017 as National Adoption Month. . . . Read More

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Pregnant Women Don’t Commit Suicide if They Can’t Get Abortions

When pro-abortion activists were fighting to make abortion legal, one argument they tried to use was that women who were denied abortion would kill themselves. Even before Roe V Wade, psychologists granted abortions to women who claimed that their pregnancies would drive them to commit suicide.

Dr. Bernard Nathanson, former abortionist and co-founder of the pro-abortion group NARAL, who later became pro-life, said:

“Women do not kill themselves and never have as a result of being pregnant. Interestingly, when we were pushing abortion – we, meaning the high command of the National Abortion Rights Action League, including myself, (Larry) Lader, (Betty) Friedan, in the late ’60s, we asked the Medical Examiner of New York City to go through his files to discover, to give us a figure on how many women who were pregnant had killed themselves, were suicides as a result merely of being pregnant…The Medical Examiner was unable to give us even one case, one case, where a woman had clearly committed suicide because she was pregnant…this was in New York City – so we were chagrined and never, of course, publicized that finding.”
Testimony before the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan in the Borowski case (Borowski v. The Attorney General of Canada, Transcript of Evidence and Proceedings at Trial, page 409, Regina Saskatchewan, May, 1983)

Another report found the following fact: In the city of Birmingham, with a population of 1,250,000, there was only one case of suicide of a pregnant woman over a twelve-year period.

Sim and Neisser (“Post-abortion Psychoses: A Report from Two Centers,” in The Psychological Aspects of Abortion, eds. D. Mall and W.F. Watts, University Publications of America, Washington, D.C.,1979) . . . rEAD mORE

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House Votes to Repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), Obamacare’s “Death Panels”

The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to repeal a portion of the Obamacare law that pro-life advocates strongly opposed because it could lead to rationing of health care for patients across the nation.

Leading pro-life groups asked members of Congress to approve legislation that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which has been derisively called “death panels” by detractors. Today, the House did just that.

Some 307 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted for H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2017, to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

National Right to Life was one of the pro-life groups seeking the vote and it criticized the 111 House members who voted against the bill.

Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president, said “Pro-lifers have long opposed IPAB due to concerns that it could reduce access to healthcare. The time to repeal this dangerous rationing board is now.” . . . Read More

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

BREAKING: Judge Halts California Law Forcing Pro-Lifers to Advertise Abortions

Go Mobile For Life’s mobile ultrasound unit, 
which serves women in Riverside County, California
by Jay Hobbs, Pregnancy Help News: In a major victory for free speech, Riverside County Superior Court Justice Gloria C. Trask ruled late Monday that California must not force pro-life pregnancy medical clinics to post signage promoting state-covered abortions to their clients.

A permanent injunction that applies to over 200 privately funded pregnancy centers in the state that offer free alternatives to abortion, the ruling puts a stop to the state’s so-called “Reproductive FACT Act”—a 2015 law that mandated pro-life centers must post signage and inform clients about the state’s taxpayer-funded abortions and birth control through its Medi-Cal program.

“We are thrilled with Judge Trask’s ruling, which is a huge victory for free speech,” Scott Scharpen, the head administrator of “Go Mobile For Life,” a mobile ultrasound unit that serves women in Riverside County, said. “The whole notion of being compelled to share information with our patients about abortion availability, which is contrary to our mission and purpose, is fundamentally wrong.

“Lives will be saved because of this ruling.”

Pushed through on a purely party-line vote in 2015, the law has only been enforced in one jurisdiction—the city of Los Angeles—but has served as a template for other Democrat-controlled states—including Hawaii and Connecticut—to crack down on pro-life pregnancy centers that offer free services to expectant mothers.

California’s “Freedom of Mind” Protection

Pro-life advocates, including Alliance Defending Freedom and National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA)—who are currently waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a statewide appeal to the law—have argued since the bill’s inception in the State Assembly that it tramples on the constitutionally protected rights of free speech and free religious expression.

Prior to Monday, those arguments fell on deaf ears throughout an appeals process that including an affirmation by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals—the most frequently reversed court in the U.S.

Unlike the previous appeals—which appealed to the U.S. Constitution—Scharpen and his legal team of Tyler & Bursch, LLP and Advocates for Faith & Freedom had appealed to the court on the basis that the law violates California’s 1849 Declaration of Rights, which guarantees the “individual freedom of mind.”

In her ruling Monday, Trask agreed that the Reproductive FACT Act violates free speech protections, noting that, “compelled speech of a political or cultural nature is not the tool of a free government.”

Elsewhere in her decision, Trask wrote that if the state’s primary goal is to raise awareness as to the availability of its programs, it has several ways to do so, including public service announcements and even purchasing billboard space, “directly in front of Scharpen Foundation's clinic.”

None of those options involve running roughshod over the deeply held religious convictions held by Scharpen—who also serves as a pastor—who would have been forced to speak a government message that would have left “patients with the belief they were referred to an abortion provider by that clinic,” Trask explained.

“Compelled speech must be subject to reasonable limitation,” Trask wrote. “This statute compels the clinic to speak words with which it profoundly disagrees when the State has numerous alternative methods of publishing its message. In this case, however virtuous the State’s ends, they do not justify its means.”

Next Steps in the Fight

While it is expected that California’s Attorney General, Xavier Beccera, will challenge Trask’s ruling, it remains to be seen how the decision will affect pregnancy centers’ pending appeal to the Supreme Court.

Danielle White, legal counsel for Heartbeat International—a network of pregnancy help organizations, including Scharpen’s and close to 100 more in California—said the state-level ruling will likely put the pending Supreme Court challenge into a holding pattern while Beccera fights the injunction.

Similar laws forcing pregnancy centers to post signage denigrating their own services have been struck down in New York City and Baltimore, as well as Austin (TX) and Montgomery County (MD), which eventually was ordered to pay pregnancy centers $330,000 in attorney's fees.

In July, a judge in Illinois placed a statewide preliminary injunction on a 2016 law that would have forced medical professionals—including pro-life doctors, nurses and pregnancy center personnel—to refer patients to abortion businesses.

“This is such an encouraging win for free speech and for the pro-life community,” White said. “We’re praying this will be a major turning point to allow clinics like Go Mobile For Life to keep their attention on reaching women who desperately need help. Every woman should have all the information she needs to protect her child during an unexpected pregnancy, and this ruling is a great step forward to that goal.”

The fight to allow pro-life people to reach women facing an unexpected pregnancy is one Nada Higuera—who argued the case before Judge Trask—takes personally.

As a pregnant teen, she knew where she could go for an abortion, but not where she could go for life-affirming help.

“As a young female and defender of speech, I am thrilled to know that our work is not in vain,” Higuera said. “I’ve regrettably had an abortion. And I’ve just recently experienced the incomparable joy of having a baby. I wish I would have had the opportunity to visit a pro-life clinic when I was just 16 years old and contemplating an abortion.”
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Jay Hobbs: Part-time thinker, full-time husband, daddy, pastor, and baseball fan, Jay Hobbs serves as Editor in Chief of PregnancyHelpNews.com.

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Attorney General Allows Abortionists to Protect Potential Abusers

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, right, stands with
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.
 Also in the photo:  Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam,
 left, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Family Policy Alliance: One week before he faces voters in the election, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is under fire for blatantly siding with the abortion industry – allowing abortionists to avoid reporting many statutory rapes of young girls.

Since being elected four years ago, Herring has been a reliable advocate for the abortion industry. But in 2014, Virginia’s top law enforcement officer shocked veteran observers by issuing an opinion that set aside Virginia’s statutory rape and mandatory reporting laws when it came to abortion clinics.

That opinion allowed Virginia abortion centers to avoid reporting many likely statutory rapes of 13- and 14-year-old girls. Even worse, the abortion center that precipitated the opinion is located in an area that has major problems with sex trafficking – meaning that, in many cases, sexual predators are the ultimate beneficiary of Herring’s pro-abortion ruling.

But pro-family groups are making sure that Herring doesn’t get a free pass as he prepares to face the voters in his first re-election bid. Family Policy Alliance is assisting our Virginia ally, The Family Foundation Action, as they educate tens of thousands of Virginia voters with a series of mailings and other communications.

Many of these pro-life voters are inconsistent when it comes to voting in non-presidential elections, so this voter education effort could make a significant impact in pro-life voter turnout. The Nov. 7 race is expected to be close. In 2013, Herring won by just 907 votes out of more than 2.2 million votes cast.

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GOP Leaders Address Anti-Catholicism

by Bill Donohue: Senate Republicans, joined by three Democrats, stopped a filibuster of the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; the vote was 54-42. Final confirmation is due soon.

It was two Mormon Republicans, Senator Orrin Hatch and Senator Mike Lee, who made the most impassioned defense of Barrett’s nomination.

The Notre Dame law professor’s religious convictions were attacked recently by Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Dick Durbin, thus teeing up a response from those supporting her. Both Democrats questioned her suitability to be seated on the federal bench given her strong Catholic beliefs. Neither has apologized for their bigoted remarks.

Senator Hatch did not hold back in his statement. “I have to say that we stoop pretty low if we start to raise questions of religious beliefs before somebody can serve on the federal judiciary. Now I hope that that type of questioning will hit the dustbin of history, where it belongs.”

Senator Lee was just as pointed. He said “the fact of her religious beliefs or religious affiliation have nothing to do with her qualifications to serve as a federal appellate court judge.”

Lee also took a shot at those Democrats who made snide remarks about her Catholicism. “They were asking, ‘Do you actually believe that stuff? Do you actually believe the doctrine of your church? Do you believe it deeply, sincerely?’ Suggesting that if so, that is somehow a problem.”

Feinstein, who is Jewish, tried to deflect charges of anti-Catholicism by referencing her attendance at a Catholic school. Durbin, who is Catholic, referenced his Catholic status. But credentials do not matter: What matters are words. On this count, both of them came very close to invoking a religious test against Professor Barrett, something which is barred by the Constitution.

Hopefully, Barrett’s confirmation proceedings will continue absent any more of these invidious outbursts. Kudos to Senators Hatch and Lee, two devout Mormons, for standing on principle and against anti-Catholic bigotry.
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William "Bill" Donohue is President of the Catholic League.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Judge Blocks Alabama Law Prohibiting Abortion Clinics Near Schools

A federal judge blocked an Alabama law that would prohibit abortion facilities from doing business near schools.

The AP reports U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson permanently blocked the 2016 law Thursday, claiming it unconstitutionally restricts women’s access to abortion. Thompson also blocked a state law that prohibits dismemberment abortions, a brutal second-trimester abortion technique used to tear unborn babies limb from limb while their hearts are still beating.

“Because these laws clearly impose an impermissible burden on a woman’s ability to choose an abortion, they cannot stand,” Thompson wrote.

The legislation would ban abortion facilities from building within 2,000 feet of public elementary or middle schools and prohibit the state health department from issuing or renewing a health center license to current abortion clinics within the same distance of the schools. If passed, the legislation could close the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives Services in Huntsville or at least force it to move. . . .

Pro-life state leaders said they will appeal the ruling.
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Congressional Committee Will Hold Hearing on Bill to Ban Abortions After Baby’s Heart Begins Beating

A U.S. House subcommittee is scheduled to consider a bill Wednesday to protect unborn babies from abortion once they have a detectable heartbeat.

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, introduced the Heartbeat Protection Act earlier this year. KIOW News reports the bill, which has 170 co-sponsors, will be debated Wednesday in a House Judiciary subcommittee.

“Since Roe v. Wade was unconstitutionally decided in 1973, nearly 60 million innocent babies’ lives have been ended by the abortion industry, all with a rubber stamp by the federal government,” King said in a statement. “Human life, beginning at the moment of conception, is sacred in all of its forms and we must protect the lives of voiceless innocents.”

The bill would prohibit abortions when the unborn baby’s heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy. It would allow an exception when the mother’s life is in jeopardy; however, the exception applies to physical risks only, not “psychological or emotional conditions,” according to Bustle. Abortionists who violate the measure could be punished with up to five years in prison.

“The Heartbeat Protection Act, H.R. 490, will require all physicians, before conducting an abortion, to detect the heartbeat of the unborn child and if a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected,” King said. “I welcome this opportunity to have my legislation given in depth consideration by Congress and to bring attention to the importance of preserving each of these precious lives.” . . . Read More

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Arkansas A.G. Asks Eighth Circuit to Let State De-Fund Planned Parenthood

by Jerry Cox: Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge asked the federal Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals not to overturn a panel’s ruling that lets the state cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading abortion provider. In 2015 Governor Asa Hutchinson directed the state to stop giving Medicaid reimbursements to the organization after a series of undercover videos showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of organs and tissue harvested from aborted babies.

Following a lengthy lawsuit, a three-judge panel ruled in August that the state has the power to cut Medicaid funds to abortion providers. Planned Parenthood appealed that decision to the entire Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Below is a full timeline of the issue of publicly-funded abortion in Arkansas.
  • November 8, 1988: Voters in Arkansas passed Amendment 68 to the Arkansas Constitution prohibiting public funds from paying for abortion, except to save the mother’s life.
  • July 25, 1994: Following a lawsuit by an abortion clinic in Little Rock, a federal court blocked enforcement of Amendment 68, saying it violated the Hyde Amendment — a rider on the federal budget Congress passed in 1994 prohibiting public funding of abortions except in cases of rape or incest or to save the life of the mother.
  • July 25, 1995: The Eight Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s ruling.
  • March 18, 1996: The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the ruling, essentially saying Amendment 68 could only be blocked insofar as it conflicted with the Hyde Amendment. Practically speaking, this has prevented public funding of abortion in most cases, with the exception of abortions paid for with Medicaid funds in certain circumstances permitted by the federal Hyde Amendment.
  • April 6, 2015: The Arkansas Legislature passed Act 996 prohibiting the state from awarding grants to abortion providers and their affiliates.
    August 14, 2015: Governor Asa Hutchinson directed the Department of Human Services to terminate its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood.
  • October 2, 2015: U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction forcing the State of Arkansas to continue making Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood following a lawsuit by three of Planned Parenthood’s patients.
  • September 29, 2016: U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker expanded that ruling to apply to all of Planned Parenthood’s patients in Arkansas. Arkansas’ attorney general appealed the ruling to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • August 16, 2017: A three-judge panel from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Arkansas can decline to provide Medicaid reimbursements to abortion providers.
  • August 30, 2017: The three-judge panel’s decision was appealed to the full Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • October 24, 2017: Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office asked the Eighth Circuit to leave the panel’s decision in place.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Sex-Selective Abortion in America

by Jerry Cox: Our friends at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview have released an excellent commentary on sex-selection abortion in America.

Sex-selection abortion is the act of aborting a child due to the baby’s sex. John Stonestreet writes,

Newsweek reported last year that sex-selective abortions are on the rise right here in the U. S. One study by Columbia University found that Chinese, Korean and Indian parents on their second pregnancy gave birth to 117 boys for every 100 girls. For third children, the ratio shot up to a staggering 151 boys for every 100 girls.

The culprit, says Newsweek, is sex-selective abortion. So-called “family planning” clinics like those affiliated with Planned Parenthood are helping women kill their unborn daughters. You’d think organizations that pride themselves on protecting and empowering women would want this to stop, but you’d be wrong. . . . .

Back in March, when Arkansas enacted a ban on sex-selective abortions, the American Civil Liberties Union complained that the law prevents women from “obtaining abortions that they want for whatever reason,” even, apparently, if that reason is preferring boys over girls.
The Arkansas law he mentions is Act 733 of 2017. It prohibits abortions performed due to the unborn baby’s sex, and it requires abortion doctors to obtain some of a woman’s medical records to verify she is not seeking a sex-selection abortion. Back in June the ACLU filed a lawsuit against Act 733 claiming “there is no medical reason to obtain these records prior to providing an abortion.”

Abortion providers are grasping at straws. Sex-selection abortion is indefensible — and so is failure to obtain a woman’s medical records prior to an abortion.

You can listen to John Stonestreet’s entire commentary here.
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Jerry Cox is the founder and president of Arkansas Family Council and the Education Alliance.

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Education Alliance.
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Bloody Billionaires Target Families, Unborn

Austin Ruse, President/C-Fam: You have heard of billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates. You’ve heard of Warren Buffet and George Soros. But have you heard of Chuck Feeney? Tim Gill? How about John Styker.

Each are hard-left billionaires who have targeted the family, and the unborn at the UN and on the ground around the world.

We need your help to fight back against them.

Fact: Bill and Melinda Gates are spending hundreds of millions to spread dangerous contraceptives throughout the developing world, especially targeting Catholic communities in African. They are a driving force at the UN. Melinda Gates says she is a faithful Catholic.

Fact: George Soros, worth $23 billion, has given hundreds of millions of dollars to anti-life and anti-family groups active at the UN, including Catholics for Choice, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood and many more.

Fact: Chuck Feeney single-handedly funded the campaign in Catholic Ireland to legalize homosexual marriage. Right now, he is spending millions to overturn Ireland’s pro-life law, one of the last countries in the world to fully protect the unborn child.

Fact: Warren Buffet has contributed more than $1 billion to pro-abortion groups. Buffet has an especial fondness for the “inter-uterine device”, a nasty piece of plastic that renders a woman’s womb hostile to the unborn child. Warren Buffet also funds something called “Mifepristone”, a highly dangerous injectable contraceptive used on African women.

Fact: Billionaire Tim Gill spends millions in support of radical LGBT groups working at the UN to advance a wicked agenda. These groups are not merely looking for “nondiscrimination”. They are gunning for dominance. They are working toward burning down the authority of the Catholic Church.

We do not have their money but we have something more important, the Passion of Jesus Christ which inflames the passion in our hearts to work tirelessly every day to fight their dangerous and death-dealing agenda.

But, we cannot do it without your help.

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Lawmaker Who Blocked Texas Privacy Law is Stepping Down

Family Policy Alliance: The Texas House Speaker who consistently stood in the way of efforts to protect the privacy and safety of women in restrooms, locker rooms and showers, now says he will not seek re-election.

Dubbed a “moderate Republican” by the news media, Joe Straus was out of step with the people of the reliably conservative state. As well as stopping the bathroom bill, he also put the brakes on a school-choice plan to help families provide their children a better education through a private or Christian school.

Jonathan Saenz, president of our ally Texas Values, said a key committee chairman, Byron Cook, also announced he was stepping down.

“After 50-plus county Republican parties have censored or issued statements criticizing Speaker Straus and Chairman Cook, it seemed only a matter of time before the mounting grassroots and electoral pressure was too great for them to continue in office,” Saenz said. “Straus and Cook were the main opponents who held back the priority bills of a majority of Republicans in the House, including the Texas Privacy Act.”

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Another UN Committee Says Abortion May be a Right, but not on Basis of Disability

by Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.: The UN committee that monitors compliance with the Disabilities Convention stated that nations must provide access to abortion as a human right, but that they should not do so on the basis disabilities alone. Such a distinction stigmatizes disabled people and is a violation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the committee said.

The statement came in response to a draft general comment by another UN committee, the Human Rights Committee (HRC), that recently announced its intention to interpret the right to life article in the 1966 Covenant on Civil and Political Rights with new meanings. This includes the exclusion of the unborn child from the “right to life,” and the acceptability of euthanasia.

Hundreds of pro-life groups, 51 members of Congress and national governments including the United States weighed in to protest.


The problematic passage of the HRC draft general comment says, “States parties must provide safe access to abortion to protect the life and health of pregnant women, and in situations in which carrying a pregnancy to term would cause the woman substantial pain or suffering, most notably where the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest or when the foetus suffers from fatal impairment.”

When the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) submitted its concerns, it said the HRC should remove the words, “most notably where the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest or when the foetus suffers from fatal impairment.” It did not take issue with the rest of the passage.

“Often it cannot be said if an impairment is fatal,” the CRPD Committee explained, “Experience shows that assessments on impairment conditions are often false. Even if it is not false, the assessment perpetuates notions of stereotyping disability as incompatible with a good life.”

The CRPD committee could have gone further and stated that abortion is a violation of the right to life. It could have stated that disabled persons should be protected from abortion altogether. The fact that it did not was disappointing to pro-life advocates who have criticized the general trend by UN experts to reinterpret the treaties with a right to abortion.

One pro-life UN expert told the Friday Fax, “The CRPD committee’s comment exposes the absurd logic of the UN human rights system’s notion of non-discrimination. It says you can perform a eugenic abortion as along as the stated purpose is not eugenic.”

The CRPD committee’s mixed message has proved ineffectual in the past. In 2011 it told Spain to abolish any distinction in its abortion laws on the basis of disability, but like their recent statement, took no issue with abortion in general. Spain ignored the CRPD committee recommendation when it revised its laws in 2015.

The pro-life European Center for Law and Justice saw a silver lining in the CRPD committee’s statement because it directly opposed the HRC’s use of fetal impairment, rape, and incest to push traditional countries to chip away at legal protections for children before birth. The HRC called the protection of a disabled unborn child in Peru “cruel and inhuman.” UN staff and other committees, including the Committee on Torture, have followed suit. The UN Secretary General cited the Peru instance when telling UN member States they were obliged to provide abortion as a right of reparation in situations of armed conflict.
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Susan Fink Yoshihara is C-Fam Senior Vice President for Research and Director of the International Organizations Research Group (IORG)

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Pelosi Seeks To Restore HHS Mandate

by Bill Donohue: Rep. Nancy Pelosi spoke at the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus on October 26 urging her colleagues to overturn President Trump’s rollback of the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate. She supports a new bill, the Protect Access to Birth Control Act, that restores funding for services provided by the HHS mandate.

Pelosi called the Trump rollback “outrageous,” saying it was a “cruel decision.” She did not say why it was cruel to make women pay for their own birth control pills.

She even went so far as to say that “No women should be made to choose between obtaining contraceptives and paying for groceries.” Why not? More to the point, why is it “outrageous” to require women to choose between buying pills or potatoes? They do that now, don’t they?

More important, Pelosi once again misrepresented the HHS mandate.

Pelosi focused her entire statement on birth control. She never once indicated that the HHS mandate forces the public to pay for abortion-inducing drugs. She also personalized the subject, bringing her children into it.

“I have five children,” she said. “When I took my baby home from the hospital, my fifth child, my oldest child was turning six that week—that week. God blessed us, it was glorious and the rest. That doesn’t mean that is the way it should go for anybody else. Women and families should have that determination.”

It is nice to know that Pelosi opted to allow her children to be born. Regrettably, as a public policy matter she is not prepared to extend that right to all children.

Pelosi’s enthusiasm for abortion is objectionable enough, but she throws more coals on the fire every time she invokes her religion. Pelosi is a dissident Catholic: she rejects the Church’s teaching on an issue branded “intrinsically evil” by the Catechism. Now, in her statement attacking the president, she added to her assault on the religious liberty rights of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Don’t those women’s rights count?

Pro-abortion and anti-religious liberty. Those are two of Nancy Pelosi’s most defining characteristics.
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William "Bill" Donohue is President of the Catholic League.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Visit with Heroes in the Fight against Planned Parenthood

by Jim Sedlak: American Life League’s STOPP International program began in 1985 in Dutchess County, New York.

STOPP International began as a small independent organization fighting the local Planned Parenthood affiliate—Planned Parenthood of Dutchess-Ulster (which later merged with Planned Parenthood of Orange-Sullivan and is now known as Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley). At that time, Planned Parenthood operated 13 medical facilities in the four adjacent counties.

STOPP was formed by four individuals (Helen Westover, Bob Cassara, Dotty Madrigrano, and Jim Sedlak) and quickly became involved in successful efforts against Planned Parenthood across New York and surrounding states. The original organization split into two in 1990, with Mid-Hudson STOPP continuing the local fight and STOPP taking on the national effort. Then, in 1995, STOPP International was created, as our outreach included working against Planned Parenthood in seven countries on three continents. Finally, in 1998, STOPP International was merged into American Life League and has operated as a program of ALL since then.

I give you all of this background information as a way of introducing you to a wonderful trip this past weekend where I had the honor of delivering a talk at the Orange County (NY) Right to Life annual banquet. It is not an exaggeration to say that I was in the presence of heroes in the battle against Planned Parenthood.

We often give you the national numbers. Planned Parenthood Federation of America has gone from 791 facilities in 1985 (the year we started) to 610 facilities today. That’s a 23 percent decline. In the Mid-Hudson Valley, over the same years, Planned Parenthood has gone from 13 facilities to just five! That’s a whopping 61 percent drop! In addition, of the five remaining facilities, one is only open 15 hours a week and another is open just 33 hours a week. Clearly, Planned Parenthood continues to lose customers and is being forced to cut back on its hours and its number of locations.

Two of the remaining facilities are located in Orange County, and it was the Right to Life group in that county that I addressed. With all the years the fight against Planned Parenthood has been going on and with all the success the group has had, it would not have been surprising if attendance at the annual banquet was light. But, as the banquet started—at 2:00 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon—over 100 active and motivated individuals piled into the room. The OCRTL officers (Wendy Wood, Joe Coyle, Ella Mae Hedgepeth, and Christine Tighe) were joined by numerous clergy (including Father Antonio Maria Diez de Medina, C.F.R.; Reverend Bill Banuchi; Catholic bishop Dominick Lagonegro; and members of the Goshen Christian Reformed and other churches) and numerous additional pro-lifers, including an entire table of high school students.

The atmosphere was electric. Prayer and song filled the room as those in attendance anxiously waited to learn even more about the national fight against Planned Parenthood. Attendees soaked up all the information, including two facts that elicited audible responses.

The first response came in the form of gasps when I explained that, in 1996, the United States Congress passed, and President Clinton signed, the Communications Decency Act—an act that would have banned pornography on the Internet in the United States. It was Planned Parenthood and the ACLU that went to court to get the act declared unconstitutional (Reno v. ACLU), so it is not an exaggeration to say that Planned Parenthood bears major responsibility for the devastation that Internet pornography has ravaged on our country.

The second response was a loud round of applause when I pointed out that, in 2007, one member of the House of Representatives from Indiana became the first congressman in history to introduce an amendment to a congressional spending bill that forbade the distribution of any government money to Planned Parenthood, by name. The amendment did not pass, but the congressman continued to push for its passage for many years. That congressman was Representative Mike Pence—the current vice president of the United States!

After the talk, many attendees visited with me about the continuing local fight, and some told me that they credit their success to the implementation of ALL’s Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary Campaign.

As I travel the country, I am continually recharged by the unsung heroes I meet in every state. On this beautiful Sunday afternoon, I felt honored to stand in the presence of all the members of the Orange County Right to Life in Middletown, NY. May God continue to bless all your efforts.
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Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a weekly talk show on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successfully fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.

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