Sunday, March 26, 2017

DAY 26: A Little Nudge From God

Shawn Carney, President, 40 Days for Life, Spring 2017: While praying outside an abortion center can be a source of blessings … sometimes it’s just hard to get out of bed and go do it.

One of our 40 Days for Life campaign leaders shared a note from a volunteer that was overcome by a feeling of ambivalence about going to pray at Planned Parenthood.

This volunteer makes a note on her calendar on the days she’s scheduled for the vigil – PPP. It stands for “Pray at Planned Parenthood.” Remember that!

“So this particular day I was going to pray,” she said. “Driving, I found myself distracted, grumbling, questioning if it really makes a difference.”

Right about that time, a car cut right in front of her. She couldn’t help but notice the car’s license, which included the letters PPP – yes, the very same as her shorthand for “Pray at Planned Parenthood.”

“I was dumbfounded and overcome by a quiet conviction that God was speaking directly to me,” she said – at the very moment she needed “His gentle encouragement. God is good!”

This volunteer also recalled her own struggles. “I wish someone would have been there for me when I went for my abortion. It could have made all the difference. Even so, it makes a difference now.”

You can be the difference for someone. So go pray!

Virginia Beach, Virginia
“It was a cold and windy day -- but a wonderful visit,” said Tibor Baksy, a 40 Days for Life board member, who prayed with 40 Days for Life volunteers in Virginia Beach.

“My daughter Isabel joined me and we met Cheri, the coordinator,” Tibor said.
“She just received news that the fourth baby has been saved since the spring campaign started. She continues to pray, hand out literature to mothers offering free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds … motivated by God’s call and her love of children.”

Tibor also met Pete, who has prayed outside abortion centers since 1973. “He shared a story of a mother coming up to him and telling him that her daughter decided to have her baby as the result of their presence and prayer. The mother is now a proud grandparent of a saved baby.”

As for the latest mother to choose life, Cheri said the young woman was shocked when her pregnancy test showed positive … so she rushed to Planned Parenthood for another pregnancy test and to “make her decision about the pregnancy.”

Her biggest fear was how the father would take the news and feel about the baby. One of the volunteers said “he is shocked as well … but they will parent the baby.”

Des Moines, Iowa
North American campaign director Steve Karlen joined volunteers in Des Moines for their 40 Days for Life midpoint rally.

“Geneveve, the local leader, brought together a great group for the vigil—including three pastors,” Steve said. “We met at a local church, and the intention was to conduct a candlelight procession to Planned Parenthood. The strong winds blew out the candles, but the procession continued nevertheless.”

While in Des Moines, he learned that Iowa has closed more abortion businesses than any other state except Texas over the last few years. “The number of abortions has decreased by about 40% -- from more than 6,000 to fewer than 4,000 -- in the last decade.”

The Des Moines vigil takes place at Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s flagship location in Des Moines.

The local volunteers reported that—in spite of the many abortion centers that have closed in Iowa—the parking lot doesn’t usually seem very busy,” Steve said -- proof that “we can save lives and advance toward the end of abortion.”

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Ben Shapiro to be Opening Speaker at NRLC 2017 Convention

NRLC 2017 Convention: If you need detail, please go to where you can register online.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

DAY 25 - Spring 2017: Persecution & Courage

Shawn Carney, President, 40 Days for Life: Persecution of 40 Days for Life volunteers is on the rise.

Our Lord doesn’t suggest that the world will persecute us; He promises that it will ... and gave us His own life as the example to follow.

At most of the 340+ campaign locations, there is a quiet simple prayer vigil. Our peaceful approach begets a peaceful response -- which is why so many moms choose life at the last moment.

At other locations, we are seeing an angry and sometimes vile response. Such hostility is being met with a Christ-like behavior that is always the expectation at 40 Days for Life vigils.

There have been a few pro-abortion demonstrators who’ve tried to drown out the prayers ... and others who have accused us of being “gender supremacists.” There have even been attempts to silence 40 Days for Life by having the vigil removed from the public right-of-way.

What hasn’t been silenced is the courage of participants ... and the women they’ve helped.

Aberdeen, Scotland
With the first 40 Days for Life vigil in Aberdeen in progress, some student groups at Aberdeen University have tried to raise a ruckus about the Catholic chaplaincy on their campus.

It seems there are 40 Days for Life posters on the building. And some of the students are complaining, circulating petitions – and trying to drum up media support for having the posters removed.

As the Aberdeen Feminist Society put it, “it is deeply inappropriate to display posters encouraging people to take action outside maternity clinics. Our campus is a place for discussion, but displaying material that appears to condemn those who have had abortions is actively harmful.”

The “harmful” posters? Merely the standard 40 Days for Life message of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.

A spokesman for the local Catholic bishop refused to budge. “The decision by the Catholic chaplaincy to display a poster advertising a peaceful pro-life vigil cannot in any way be deemed harmful or distressing,” he said. “The 40 Days for Life vigils are peaceful, yet poignant reminders of the tragic reality of abortion.”

Despite the complaints, the university administration said it could do nothing. The chapel building belongs to the Catholic diocese, “and as such, is not a university-owned or managed facility.”

Iztapalapa, Mexico
“I'm excited to let you know that God has listened to our prayers,” said Lupita, the 40 Days for Life leader in Iztapalapa, which is part of the metro Mexico City area.

“This week more volunteers have arrived,” she said, including a group of children who prayed “with great fervor for the babies who have been aborted. It was a very emotional moment and it filled us all with strength by the example that we received from these little ones.”

Lupita was also grateful for a priest from one of the area churches who has offered tremendous support and has brought members of his parish to pray at the vigil.

“God is always surprising us and strengthening us with his goodness,” she said.

Pozega, Croatia
“Pozega is city in Slavonija, in the eastern part of Croatia,” said Petra, who is part of the 40 Days for Life leadership team in Croatia, “and it is the biggest surprise this campaign.”

A few faithful volunteers tried to get a 40 Days for Life vigil started in Pozega last autumn, but it was a tremendous challenge. The prayers were fervent but the number of vigil participants was small. Still, the leader was determined and persistent.

At times, Petra said, “the leader, Ljubica, was the only person who was praying in front of hospital.”

For this campaign – there has been a much larger turnout. “We are saying there is spring awakening in that city,” Petra said. They are striving to fill vigil hours, “and there are more and more people coming to pray in front of the hospital.”

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Neil Gorsuch is NOT another Scalia

by Steve Jalsevac, Life Site News: I have been holding my opinion on Neil Gorsuch. From the time he was announced as Trump’s highly lauded Supreme Court nominee and then more information started to come out about him, there have been growing uncomfortable feelings about the nomination. And now, as the confirmation hearings have been underway, I am worried.

Despite effusive praise from numerous pro-life and pro-family leaders, this man is NOT, as Trump has repeatedly been told, another Scalia. In my view, the President has been misled – although Gorsuch does have praiseworthy characteristics as a justice and has made some excellent, major rulings.

But can we trust that he will courageously rule as the nation desperately needs him to rule on all of the most crucial issues? I think there are now legitimate doubts, although on many issues he will likely rule well.

During day three of the Senate confirmation hearings, Gorsuch was asked by Senator Dick Durbin whether the intentional taking of unborn life is wrong.

Gorsuch on Obergefell
Also during the confirmation hearings, in response to a question about same-sex “marriage” and the results of the Obergefell decision – which many consider an even more outrageously corrupt, activist Supreme Court decision than Roe v Wade — Gorsuch stated it “is absolutely settled law."

He did not just call it “settled law,” which one could say, well, yes, in legal terms that is what it could be said to be … for now. But he unnecessarily and disturbingly added the word “absolutely.” Why did he go to that length?

That comment seemed to indicate Gorsuch is not a full constitutional originalist. No originalist would ever make such a comment that appears to betray the Constitution and the intentions of the Founders – considering the travesty of the Obergefell decision.

Now we likely know why Trump also called Obergefell “settled law” in response to a question during a 60 Minutes interview. He had likely been talking to Gorsuch.

Justice Scalia had ripped the Obergefell decision to shreds for its inventions of nonexistent rights out of thin air, as he did with many other judicial activist decisions by his peers on the court and in lower courts. He described the decision as the "furthest imaginable extension of the Supreme Court doing whatever it wants." He added, "Do you really want your judges to rewrite the Constitution? I don't know how you can get more extreme than that."

Scalia even went so far as to argue that legalizing same-sex "marriage" was a “threat to American democracy.”

Gorsuch's criticism of Trump
It is understandable that Gorsuch would be circumspect during his confirmation hearings in response to questions about particular cases, but he has seemed to exhibit a pro-judicial arrogance, deferring too much to the reputations and status of justices who in very many cases in these times do not at all deserve such deference.

Many deserve harsh criticism, if not condemnation and censure. It is long overdue.

I was taken aback by Gorsuch’s publicly expressed rebuke of Donald Trump’s legitimate criticisms of the court ruling that rejected his first immigration Executive Order.

Trump accused the appellate court of being “so political.” He labeled a judge who ruled on his executive order a “so-called judge” and referred to the ruling as “ridiculous.”

Perhaps Trump should not have used the term “so-called judge,” but the ruling was indeed “ridiculous” and totally out-of-order. It clearly violated established presidential privilege and was a raw abuse of the powers of the court for partisan and ideological intentions.

It was about time someone in high authority called judicial activist justices to account. They have been destroying the rule of law in America and trashing the Constitution. For years they have been far overstepping their Constitutional authority.

Gorsuch told a senator that the president’s comments were “demoralizing and disheartening.” Did he really have to go that far? Why could he not have acknowledged that yes, there have been many very questionable rulings by activist judges in recent decades?

The Washington Post wrote that “Gorsuch ‘stated very emotionally and strongly his belief in his fellow judges’ integrity and the principle of judicial independence.”’ Really? All judges, given the many outrageous decisions we have seen?

Justice Scalia never held back and had no regard for popular opinions, political correctness or what the other justices thought about him. As well, his solid Catholic Christian formation taught him about right and wrong and his serious duty to the American people and to God to honor the Constitution and the intentions of the Founding Fathers. He was not perfect, but he frequently issued highly prinicipled legal opinions.

Gorsuch’s comment that Obergefell “is absolutely settled law" could be seen to have been insulting to judicial conservatives. I would go so far to say it indicated clear danger about how he would rule on the court – on certain issues. . . .

. . . Serious questions about Gorsuch and homosexuality
There have also been other signs about Gorsuch that too many have tended to pooh-pooh as being significant. Well, they are important signs.

A Feb. 11 New York Times article indicated that Gorsuch is pro-homosexual. This may explain his excessively accepting comment on the Obergefell decision.

In a LifeSite article on the Times report, we noted,“in his personal relationships with homosexual friends and co-workers, Judge Gorsuch has been very approving of homosexual relationships.”

Gorsuch also attends a socially liberal Episcopal church in Boulder, led by a pro-LGBT female pastor, Rev. Jill Springer, who reportedly supports homosexual “marriage.”
Matthew Hoffman, in his in-depth report on Gorsuch expands on Springer's liberal excesses,"According to an exposé published by the Daily Mail, she openly supports homosexual “marriage” and conducts blessings of same-sex couples, and attended the ultra-feminist “Women’s March on Washington” to protest the Trump presidency. She also denounced “criticism and disrespectful rhetoric” regarding Islam following the San Bernadino terrorist attack in 2015. The Washington Post’s own investigation of the parish also found that the pastor engages in leftist political activism."And yet, Hoffman reports, "Gorsuch and his family are far from being mere passive participants in the church. Gorsuch himself serves as an usher, and his wife as a lector, and his two daughters have served as acolytes during worship services."

And. "The Episcopal Church has also issued statements opposing any legal restrictions on the killing of the unborn, and holding that abortion can be justified in cases of risks to the physical or mental health of the mother, rape, incest, or fetal malformation."

There is no way that Justice Scalia approved of homosexual relationships. He would never have regularly attended such a liberal Church as Gorsuch has and Scalia would have run from a parish with a pro-LGBT pastor that strongly supports homosexual “marriage” and opposes any legal restrictions on abortion.

Scalia, from his orthodox Catholic Christian formation and affiliation, knew right from wrong and was frequently outspoken about such matters when circumstances demanded it. He did not deprive those who needed to hear uncomfortable truths from the charity of those truths. . . . Read More

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Pro-Life Pro-Family Turn Rocks Europeans at UN Commission on Women

by Stefano Gennarini, J.D. (C-FAM): The world witnessed the United States returning to the pro-life fold after years of abortion advocacy from the Obama administration yesterday during the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

After the gavel fell signaling the adoption of the annual agreement of the commission, known as Agreed Conclusions, the United States delegation delivered a poignant pro-life statement.

International consensus on UN policy on “sexual and reproductive health” is that “it does not create new international rights, including a right to abortion,” the U.S. said.

The turn rolled back gains for abortion supporters, such as explicit mentions of abortion without the full spectrum of caveats from previous UN agreements that cast abortion in a bad light.

This year, the agreement not only omitted abortion, but qualified all references to “sexual and reproductive health,” “sexual and reproductive health-care services” and “reproductive rights” by referring to UN previous agreements saying abortion is not a right, committing nations to help women avoid abortion, and precluding them from promoting it as a method of family planning.

The United States said it, “does not support abortion in reproductive health assistance” and emphasized that “the U.S. is the largest bilateral donor of maternal, newborn and child health assistance and family planning.” This was a response to critics of the recently restored Mexico City Policy defunding groups promoting or performing abortion.

The agreement dealt a hard blow to European and Nordic countries that promote “comprehensive sexuality education” that teaches children younger than 4 about “early childhood masturbation,” LGBT rights, and legal prostitution.

A last-ditch attempt by the EU to remove caveats to the term “sexual and reproductive health” failed.

Spain, speaking on behalf of the EU, expressed the disappointment and frustration of some in the EU ranks.

While most all delegates in the room, including the liberal Brazilian Chair of the session and the head of UN Women, lavishly praised the Egyptian facilitator of the contentious and grueling negotiations for her handling of the entire process, the EU criticized the agreement, saying that it only had “samples” of constructive engagement, and that it was an “interpretation that was far removed” from the negotiations that had been going on for weeks.

“We regret that the link between economic empowerment and sexual and reproductive health and rights could not be made stronger by better reflecting the human rights components,” said the Spanish delegate.

The European delegation also complained that the agreement mentioned the primacy of “national policy space” saying that this “limits the ambition of the commission,” even though it is standard language in UN agreements.

And, they said they were “troubled by language that reinforces stereotypical roles of women and girls,” referring to a call for recognition of the role of mothers in the home.

Canada, New Zealand, and several Latin American countries were disappointed, but France alone echoed the vehemence and frustration of the Spanish delegate, referring to “sexual and reproductive rights as a prerequisite to economic empowerment” multiple times.

The Holy See delegate directly contradicted this statement in the customary reservations the Holy See makes, saying, “Reproductive rights is not a prerequisite for economic empowerment and development,” he said.

Poland, also signaled that it was willing to take a leadership role within the European Union opposing progressive social agendas, declaring that the phrase “sexual and reproductive health and rights lacks an internationally recognized definition.”

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Cecile Richards: Women Members of Congress Who Vote to Defund PP Aren’t Real Women

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards issued a scathing criticism of pro-life female lawmakers on Thursday ahead of a scheduled vote to defund Richards’ abortion chain.

During a press call, Richards said any Congresswoman who votes to defund Planned Parenthood is “betraying every woman in America,” according to Newsweek.

Congress scheduled a vote Thursday on the American Health Care Act, a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. A provision in the bill would prohibit states from using “direct spending” on “prohibited entities” with federal funds allocated from the legislation; and those entities include any entity that “provides for abortions.” That means the nation’s biggest abortion corporation — Planned Parenthood.

Richards, who earns nearly $1 million a year, blasted the bill and the women lawmakers who support it. . . .

Planned Parenthood currently receives about half a billion taxpayer dollars annually. It also is the largest abortion chain in America, aborting more than 300,000 unborn babies every year.

President Donald Trump recently offered Planned Parenthood a deal that would have allowed it to keep receiving tax money if it stopped doing abortions. The abortion group’s leaders refused. . . . Read More

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bill banning Sex-Selective abortion on Arkansas Gov’s desk

Having passed overwhelmingly in both the House and Senate, a bill to ban sex-selective abortions was sent yesterday to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

The anti-gendercide bill is already law in Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Dakota, according to Ingrid Duran, NRLC’s Director of State Legislation.

“In a 57-9 vote, the House concurred in a Senate amendment to House Bill 1434 . . .

The bill passed the Senate Monday on a 30-3 vote after having passed the House on February 14 by a similarly overwhelming 79-3 margin.

The measure requires the abortionist to ask the woman if she knows the sex of the child. “If she does, the doctor must let her know that it’s illegal to have an abortion based solely on gender,” the Associated Press reported.

“Arkansas is on the right path to preventing prenatal discrimination on the basis of the baby’s sex,” Duran told NRL News Today. That lethal discrimination represents “a real war on unborn baby girls.” . . .

Arkansas has been very busy, passing pro-life legislation, with more on the way. Most recently, NRL News Today reported on passage of the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. The law, which passed the Senate 25-6 and the House 78-10, bans the grotesque practice of dismemberment abortions.

In addition, Arkansas has passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; a law requiring a 48-hour period of reflection for abortion-minded women; a measure requiring abortionists to be in the same room as the pregnant woman when she receives chemical abortifacients (so-called webcam abortions are premised around just the opposite), to name just a few. . . . Read More

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards: “We Would Never” Stop Doing Abortions to Keep Our Taxpayer Funding

. . . As always, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards wrapped her abortion statement up and language concerning women’s health. But the irony is that if Planned Parenthood stopped aborting baby boys and girls and focused only on legitimate Women’s Health Care and nobody would be leading the charge to revoke its teaxpayerr funding.

Here is Richard’s interview with CNN:

CNN: But I understand, the white House, they did make an offer to allow Planned Parenthood to preserve its funding, if it stopped providing abortions, an offer which you rejected. A, were you surprised that they reached out with that offer? And did you give it any real consideration?

Richards: Well, first of all, they never did reach out with that offer. I read about it in the paper like everybody else.

CNN: So there was no official offer?

Richards: Anderson — never. Never. But it’s important to understand that, you know, we see 2.5 million patients in this country every year. One in five women in the country have been to us for health care. We’re here to serve women, provide them all the health care they need, that includes birth control and cancer screenings and safe and legal abortion access. And we would never trade away the rights of women or the rights of women to access full reproductive health care for this kind of proposed deal. . . . Read More:

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Cut Funds To NEA, NEH, NPR, PBS

by Bill Donohue: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), National Public Radio (NPR), and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), are all subsidized by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The Trump administration is right to propose a budget that completely guts these entities of federal funding. That is why I am asking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to honor the president’s request.

Justice demands that these agencies should be eliminated: Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for assaults on their religion.

Christians constitute roughly 75 percent of the population; Catholics are approximately 25 percent of the total. In the name of “art,” these Americans are expected to pay for irreverent exhibits, but depictions that are reverential—such as a nativity scene outside City Hall—are denied a dime. It’s time we stopped giving the arts a privileged position and cut their funding. The same is true for publicly funded radio and TV programming that has a history of insulting the majority of Americans.

The CPB was founded in the 1960s, and it has been plagued with problems ever since. In the late 1980s, the NEA funded Andre Serrano’s “Piss Christ” and Robert Mapplethorpe’s “The Perfect Moment.” Serrano took a crucifix and dropped it into a jar of his own urine, branding it art. The NEA gave a Philadelphia museum $30,000 to display graphic homosexual S&M photos taken by Mapplethorpe.

In 1998, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that there is no constitutional prohibition against Congress setting decency standards for the NEA. But attempts by the NEA to enforce grant recipients to sign an anti-obscenity pledge went nowhere. This is why Congress must act.

To show how perverse things have become, President Barack Obama not only approved generous grants to the NEA, he actually included $50 million for the arts as part of his “federal stimulus package.” One of the first beneficiaries was a San Francisco outfit, CounterPULSE. It received $25,000 to pay for employees’ salaries. What did the public get from it? The group hosted “a long-running pansexual performance series” called “Perverts Put Out”; it asked the audience to “Join your fellow pervs for some explicit twisted fun.”

Catholic League Conflicts with the NEA
  • 1995: Ron Athey abused Catholic imagery by indulging in several sexually explicit and vulgar statements, so much so that I wrote a letter to the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee asking for his support in defunding the NEA.
  • 1998: I led a demonstration of 3,000 protesters outside the Manhattan Theatre Club, funded by the NEA, for hosting a play, “Corpus Christi,” that depicted Jesus having sex with his apostles.
  • 1999: I led a demonstration outside the Brooklyn Museum of Art, which received funding from the NEA and the NEH, for its “Sensation” exhibit. It showed a huge portrait of Our Blessed Mother smeared with elephant dung, adorned with pictures of vaginas.
  • 2000: The Whitney Museum, an NEA-funded institution, hosted “Sanitation,” a vile attack on Mayor Rudy Giuliani for opposing the anti-Catholic “Sensation” exhibit. The Whitney had previously displayed “Abject Art”; it featured depictions of excrement and hard-core pornography.
  • 2000: The Theater for the New City Foundation, which received NEA funds, was host to a play, “The Pope and the Witch,” written by Dario Fo, a Stalinist and a vicious anti-Catholic. It depicted Pope John Paul II as a heroin-addicted, paranoid schemer. I wrote to the Appropriations Committee asking members to reconsider funding the NEA.
  • 2010: The Smithsonian, which receives 70 cents of every dollar from the taxpayers (via the NEA and NEH), hosted an exhibit, “Hide/Seek,” that featured a video showing huge ants crawling all over Jesus on the Cross. I contacted the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, and the video was pulled.
  • 2013: The Oklahoma City Theatre Company, an NEA recipient, hosted “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” a foul homosexual play that featured homoerotic performances, including simulated sex acts. It also mocked the Bible.
  • 2015: The NEA’s support for the Milwaukee Art Museum resulted in an exhibition that showcased a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made up of condoms.
Catholic League Conflicts with NPR
  • 1997: On July 5, the Weekend Edition aired a segment with host Scott Simon and musical satirist Tom Lehrer that featured Lehrer singing “The Vatican Rag.” It disparaged Catholicism and the Eucharist, including the doctrine of Transubstantiation.
  • 2005: NPR questioned the religion of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts. NPR’s Lynn Neary wondered that since he is a Catholic whether “that might affect the way he views an issue like abortion, for instance.” Nina Totenberg of NPR even went so far as to say that his wife was “a high officer of a pro-life organization. He’s got adopted children. I mean, he’s a conservative Catholic.”
  • 2006: During the Easter season, NPR twice took aim at the divinity of Jesus.
  • 2006: Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Turkey was used by NPR as an occasion to lecture the pope on being sensitive to Muslims by not making any overtly Catholic comments or gestures. It cited prayer and kneeling as examples.
  • 2007: When Samuel Alito was nominated to the high court, NPR’s Dahlia Lithwick said, “People are very, very much talking about the fact that Alito would be the fifth Catholic in the Supreme Court if confirmed.”
  • 2008: Utah’s NPR station, KCPW, featured a skit, “Fair Game with Faith Salie,” that mocked Jesus and the Eucharist.
  • 2012: Barbara Bradley Hagerty did a piece that was posted on NPR’s website that said a Philadelphia priest accused of raping a minor was “not that unusual” for a member of the Catholic clergy.
  • 2013: A movie, “Paradise: Faith,” depicted a “devout” Catholic woman who masturbates with a crucifix as she is making love to Jesus. It was highly recommended by NPR.
  • 2014: An NPR game show, “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!”, made fun of Jesus dying on the Cross. Sexual references to Jesus were also made.
Catholic League Conflicts with PBS
  • 1996: FRONTLINE blamed Catholicism for the killings of a Catholic maniac, John Salvi. He killed two abortionists from Brookline, Massachusetts. The program functioned as a promo for Planned Parenthood and a hit job on the Catholic Church.
  • 2006: It aired a show on Jesus during Lent implying that Christian beliefs are a hoax.
    2007: “The Secret Files of the Inquisition” was a four-part docudrama that gave voice to Black Legend propaganda. The horrors it attributed to the Catholic Church have been wholly discredited by scholars such as Henry Kamen.
  • 2009: PBS banned member stations from carrying new religious programs. It said, without foundation, that such shows might imply official endorsement. It did not say why only sectarian shows might imply endorsement.
  • 2014: PBS aired “Secrets of the Vatican.” It was the 48th time that PBS addressed sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. By contrast, it has a history of ignoring this problem in other religions, never mind its widespread existence today in the public schools.
The NEA, NEH, NPR, and PBS have had decades to clean up their act, but they refuse to do so. The time to cut funding is now.
William "Bill" Donohue is President of the Catholic League.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

DAY 21 - 40 Days for Life: Sacramento, California

David Brandao, Communications Director, 40 Days for Life, Spring 2017: When the 40 Days for Life team met with Sacramento volunteers on a bus tour stop, they were introduced to a woman who had received troubling news from her doctor.

She was told there was between a 40 and 60 percent chance that her baby would be born with Down syndrome or another chromosomal anomaly, or perhaps a heart problem. Faced with such a diagnosis, the doctor started to advise an abortion.

The baby’s parents quickly cut him off. They would accept and love whatever child God gave them.

That was almost five years ago. These parents attended the 40 Days for Life vigil recently … with their completely healthy child.

The medical diagnosis could have easily been explained from a “glass is half full” perspective – that the baby had a 40 to 60 percent chance of being fine. But based on even a hint of problems, the prospect of abortion was raised almost immediately.

Thankfully, these were strong parents with a strong faith!

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4 States are Trying to Strip Pro-Lifers of Free Speech

Does the state have the proper authority to force a doctor, organization, church or individual citizen to promote, refer for espouse the so-called “benefits” of murder?

What if not everybody agrees that the taking of a preborn human life is murder? Should that lack of consensus open the door for the state to force its own citizens to speak a message in direct opposition to their own deeply held convictions?

That’s the essential question in four states, where the abortion industry has gone after pro-life pregnancy help organizations with legislation that would force those organizations—or, in two states, all pro-life medical professionals—to promote, refer or declare the “benefits” of abortion.

Stretching from Connecticut to Hawaii, the abortion lobby’s legislative assault on life-affirming alternatives isn’t going unchecked by pro-life advocates, who look in position to score major long-term victories with the confirmation hearing of Judge Neil Gorsuch and a GOP house budget plan that redirects Planned Parenthood funding to Federally Qualified Health Centers that do not perform or refer for abortions.

Not one pregnancy help center in Connecticut, Illinois, Hawaii, or California receives a dime in state or federal funding, existing entirely as community-funded nonprofits.

Here’s the latest in the battle for pro-life individuals, medical professionals, churches and pregnancy centers to uphold their First Amendment rights of free speech and free religious exercise. Read More on the actions by the states of Connecticut, Illinois, Hawaii & California

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Monday, March 20, 2017

DAY 20: Saved By A Flyer - 40 Days for Life - Spring 2017

Shawn D. Carney, President, 40 Days for Life: As we reach the halfway point of this 40 Days for Life campaign, I can bring you the great news that so far …

… our local leaders report 171 babies have been spared from abortion – that we know of!

Today you’ll hear a most amazing story showing God’s perfect timing.

We are called to pray – and trust God with the results. Here’s what can happen when we do just that.

Yuba City, California
Today’s first story is one we heard following one of the stops on the 40 Days for Life bus tour.

A young woman in Yuba City who hadn’t gone to church in a long time knew she needed Christ’s help.

She wasn’t exactly sure which church she was going to attend the next Sunday, but she eventually picked one. When Sunday arrived, she walked into the church – and was handed a bulletin.

Inside the bulletin was a flyer for the local 40 Days for Life campaign – an invitation to pray for an end to abortion.

The service began, and the pastor delivered the message he’d been planning for some time – the story of how his mother had tried several times to abort him. But somehow, he miraculously survived. The pastor and his wife then spoke of the pain of their past abortion.

The woman who “just happened” to choose this church … who “just happened” to pick up a bulletin that mentioned 40 Days for Life … and who “just happened” to hear this message from this pastor … was in tears.

After church – as she was sobbing – she explained to the pastor and his wife that she was pregnant – and she had an appointment the following week for an abortion …

… but all that she had experienced this Sunday convinced her that she had to cancel the appointment.

Church members brought her to a life-affirming pregnancy help center, where she is receiving the assistance she needs as she continues her pregnancy.

“All of this happened by the power of prayer, God’s perfect timing … and the love of Christ through this church,” said Maureen, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Yuba City.

“A baby’s life was saved, a woman was spared the life-long pain of abortion and a community is healing,” she said, “a process that all started with a 40 Days for Life flyer in a church bulletin. Praise and thanks be to God!”

Mexico City, Mexico
Vigil participants outside the Marie Stopes abortion center in Mexico City’s Roma neighborhood heard wonderful news from a couple that walked out of the building.

“Thanks to your prayers we have decided to keep the baby,” they told the 40 Days for Life volunteers – and then they went to church to thank God for his mercy.

This is the sixth campaign in Roma. “Our volunteers are really committed to the cause,” said Lourdes, the local coordinator. “Most of them have taken an hour or more each week to fill the whole campaign schedule”

While praying in front of Marie Stopes, they have witnessed the pain of wounded women.

“But we also have had the opportunity to know about conversions, to see neighbors change their minds and show support,” Lourdes said. They have also seen couples stop outside of the abortion facility … talk … and then leave.

“We do believe that what we see is nothing comparing with the real miracles that God gives when people pray,” she said. “We have faith and we will persevere in prayer.”

Bogota, Colombia: There are four 40 Days for Life vigils currently under way in Bogota, including a first-time campaign in the Colombian capital’s Kennedy section.
“We believe that with our presence and prayer has saved the lives of at least two babies,” said one of the team members in Kennedy. “It has also increased awareness in the community … and encouraged the youth of the schools in the area”

This local leader says the areas on the south side of Bogota “have welcomed us in wonderful ways.”

The vigil began with a talk from a priest who urged the people to get involved and overcome the indifference towards abortion that characterized much of the local community.

“The solidarity of the people has made it possible to support several mothers facing unexpected pregnancies,” the volunteer said, “and so we’re filling the world with love and life.”

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Planned Parenthood Aborts 330,000 Babies While Breast Exams Drop 56% and Cancer Screenings Drop 63%

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council.: St. Patrick’s Day may be over, but Planned Parenthood still has green on its mind. In the fight of its financial life, Cecile Richards is doing everything she can to keep her grip on the $550 million dollars her group rakes in from taxpayers each year. And that includes keeping a lid on the organization’s latest numbers. While Congress debates the future of Planned Parenthood funding, the nation’s largest abortion business is being unusually tight-lipped about its services in 2015-16.

Coincidence? Most conservatives think not. Mallory Quigley, communications director for the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said she’s never seen the report come out this late. “For the years that I have been tracking it, it’s always been very consistent at the end of the year,” she told the Washington Times. If their statistics are anything like 2014 — when the group aborted enough people to wipe out a city as big as Pittsburgh — they won’t help Richards’s cause. She and her friends in Hollywood have spent the last several weeks trying to downplay the business’s abortion side and highlight the other services Planned Parenthood offers. But unless there’s been a major sea change at the organization, that will be tough to do for an organization that took an unborn life every 97 seconds in 2014.

Equally damning, the group’s cancer screenings — which is a favorite defense of the Left’s — have been in steady decline for years. From 2009 to 2014, Planned Parenthood’s breast exams (which, incidentally, don’t include mammograms) have consistently decreased and dropped by over half (56 percent): 830,312 (2009), 747,607 (2010), 639,384 (2011), 549,804 (2012), 487,029 (2013), and 363,803 (2014).

As if that weren’t alarming enough, other cancer screenings have dropped by close to two-thirds (63 percent): 1,830,811 (2009), 1,596,741 (2010), 1,307,570 (2011), 1,121,580 (2012), 935,573 (2013), and 682,208 (2014). And while their services have decreased, taxpayer-funding has increased! No wonder Planned Parenthood isn’t racing to show off its work from the last two years. Not only would their report refute everything the group is claiming, but it would also show what a terrible investment Planned Parenthood is.

While Richards drags her feet, Congress is not. As early as this week, the House will hold its first major vote on the Obamacare replacement bill — and when it does, defunding Planned Parenthood will be a major part of it. Of course, as March for Life President Jeanne Mancini and I point out in a joint op-ed in The Hill, there’s still work to be done. As happy as we are that the legislation topples Obamacare’s abortion insurance subsidies and guts Planned Parenthood funding, the GOP will need to go to the mat to protect other pro-life provisions in the House bill. “Until Congress specifically states that abortion is not healthcare, and statutorily excludes it from healthcare programs, the courts along with agency precedent show that abortion will be included when the government funds healthcare,” we write.
“The final version of the American Healthcare Act must include language to prohibit direct subsidies or tax-preferential treatment for elective abortion services or coverage, whether in healthcare tax credits, subsidies or any other healthcare programs. It is also critical that these pro-life protections survive challenge under the Senate’s Byrd Rule, which strictly limits policy-making provisions on a budget bill. If such abortion funding restrictions are stripped out of the bill in the Senate by a Byrd Rule point of order, our organizations would have to strongly oppose the entire bill because it would expand abortion, even though it removes specific funds from Planned Parenthood for one year.”In case Congress isn’t motivated enough to save these lives, Students for Life is making the debate personal. For the next month, they’re trying to collect 324,000 baby socks — each one representing a child whose life was taken at a Planned Parenthood clinic every year. In April, they’ll display all 324,000 socks to a massive canvass in a powerful display for an event at the U.S. Capitol. They’re calling it the #SockIt2PP campaign, and you can help! Join Students for Life in reminding America’s leaders that what’s at stake in this debate is more than dollars — it’s innocent lives.

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Day One:Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings: Pro-abortion Democrats Posture

Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch
by Dave Andrusko: Based on watching parts of the hearing and reading a number of stories, here’s just a quick post about Day One of the confirmation hearings of federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch to be Antonin Scalia’s successor on the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to the opening statements, there was (how could there not be?)a “bombshell.” It was intended to impugn Gorsuch’s integrity but nobody except the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee put any credence in the out-of-the blue letter sent at the eleventh hour to the committee by a former student. It just so happens that she also just happened to have worked for pro-abortion Colorado Sen. Mark Udall before he was defeated for re-election in 2014.

No doubt there will be other smears. That’s how Democrats operate when Republican Presidents nominate Supreme Court justices.

You can watch Judge Gorsuch’s 13-minute long opening remarks at You can also watch the opening remarks from Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), former Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and other committee members.

Questioning begins tomorrow at 9:30.

Two quick thoughts, which were obvious before today.

First, Democrats are still angry about Judge Merrick Garland. Be that as it may, as many, many outlets, including pro-abortion liberal publications, acknowledge, the Republicans were under no obligation to hold confirmation hearings on him last year. See here and here.

Second, the Democrats’ “base” is beyond wanting blood. So it will be interesting to see how Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats attempt to meet the irrational demands of their out-to-sea supporters.

But if it is true that Democrats haven’t given up trying to block Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation , it is no less true that something else hasn’t changed: he is a superbly equipped nominee to whom the ABA gave its highest rating–“well-qualified” to serve on the High Court.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

24-hour Vigils: 40 days for Life Sping 2017

Shawn D. Carney, President, 40 Days for Life: Praying at a closed abortion facility in the middle of the night is powerful. But why do it?

It’s a question we’ve gotten since the very first 40 Days for Life campaign in 2004, when volunteers took turns standing vigil 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

“Why are you out there when they are not even open?"

It’s because the round-the-clock prayer presence does several good things. For starters, such a committment places prayer at the center of the 40-day time period.

It is literally a vigil that prays without ceasing – for 960 straight hours!
It also sends a powerful message to the community. Many people don’t know there’s an abortion center in their home towns – or maybe even in their neighborhoods. People who drive by after business hours may not realize what goes on in what may look like a simple, quiet office building.

And it’s a constant reminder to the abortion facility’s staff. We’re there when they show up for work. We’re there when they go out for lunch or to run errands. We’re there at the end of the day when they go home. We’re there when they drive past on nights and weekends.

As one former abortion worker realized, “I’m not as dedicated as they are.”

St. Louis, Missouri
“Even on the one day during that week that Planned Parenthood's gates remained closed to the public,” said Brian, the 40 Days for Life leader in St. Louis, “still we prayerfully persist.”

But why be there even if they’re not open?

“One day soon, God willing, the abortion industry will fold – will close its doors and cease to take the lives of innocent children day in and day out,” he said. “But when this day comes, our work will be far from over. It will just be beginning.”

And so, Brian said, we must persist – “for the scared, pregnant teen whose boyfriend is pressuring her to abort; for the clinic worker who feels the weight of her job beginning to take its toll; for the general public who drive by, even on Sundays, without giving much thought to the reality of what happens inside that clinic; and for the God who has called us to take up our cross daily and follow Him.”

Every day during the campaign, it’s inspiring to know that someone is out on the sidewalk, praying for God’s intervention, even on Sundays.

“Thank you,” Brian said, “to every one of you who continues to make this much needed presence possible.”

Plattsburgh, New York
It’s often the conversations with passersby that make a big impression. Nancy in Plattsburgh shared accounts of two women who recently decided to engage the prayer volunteers.

Nancy in Plattsburgh shared accounts of two women who recently decided to engage the prayer volunteers.

While a small group was praying outside of Planned Parenthood at the 40 Days for Life vigil, a young woman jogging down the sidewalk stopped to speak with them.

Jogger: “Are you for Planned Parenthood?”

Volunteers: “We are for life.”

Jogger: “Planned Parenthood really helps teens, you know, with preventing pregnancy.”

Volunteers: “Planned Parenthood promotes promiscuity.”

Jogger: “No, I don’t think so. (Pauses a moment to think.) Well, are you going to take all those kids in and take care of them?”

Volunteers: “Yes! Bring them to us!”

Jogger: “Well! I’ve got better things to do than that!”

And with that, off she ran – full steam ahead! The jogger knew all the talking points and didn’t seem to be on the brink of any sudden attitude changes … but who knows? There was a moment when she stopped to think. Maybe a seed was planted!

The volunteers met another woman who got quite upset with the people praying. But later, she came back to apologize.

“With tears in her eyes,” Nancy said, “she said she was forced by her mother to have an abortion at 16. She thinks of that child every day – the child who would be 42 years old this June.

She thanked the vigil participants for being there to pray. Her reaction was because of the pain she has carried for all those years.

“Please rouse yourself and care,” Nancy said. “Women are not empowered by living with the knowledge they killed their child. They are lied to and victimized by Planned Parenthood. There are alternatives.”

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PRAYER ALERT: Gorsuch hearings begin Monday 20 March

Judge Neil Gorsuch
Trump nominees for the Supreme Court
by Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, PhD : On Monday the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearing testimony for and against Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Former Chairman and longest serving Senator on Judiciary Committee Orrin Hatch writes:

"...In next week’s confirmation hearing, Judge Neil Gorsuch should be spared the political pile-on that has crushed the hopes of past nominees. In Gorsuch, the Senate has before it a highly respected and indisputably qualified candidate for the Supreme Court. I hope that his upcoming confirmation hearing will be both fair and productive...

"Do not be deceived by progressives who say Gorsuch is outside the mainstream. Democratic Senators who push this specious claim are really just voicing their frustration that Gorsuch’s decisions will not always align with liberal policy goals. That’s because, much to liberals’ chagrin, Gorsuch’s approach to judging focuses not on politics but on the meaning of the law. In other words, he says what the law is — not what Democrats want it to be...

"Liberals will tie themselves in knots claiming that Gorsuch is some sort of fringe jurist, that his views place him on the far flank of the federal judiciary. But any honest observer will concede that these accusations are complete bunk. Opponents will claim that his decisions say things that they very clearly do not say, or stand for propositions that even a generous reading cannot substantiate.

"Ultimately, Gorsuch’s opponents will fail because he is so clearly a man of integrity and so clearly qualified to serve on our nation’s highest court. I have full confidence that when Gorsuch’s hearing is over and the last question has been asked, he will have shown the Senate that he is ready to serve on the Supreme Court."

SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch was a "fishing buddy" friend of Antonin Scalia, and may actually be more conservative than Scalia on issues like de-regulation.

ON LIFE: "Shortly before he became a judge, Gorsuch wrote a book for Princeton University Press, “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,” which reviewed the history and the legal arguments for and against permitting people to have help in ending their lives. He concluded arguing for “retaining the laws banning assisted suicide and euthanasia … based on the idea that all human beings are intrinsically valuable and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.” (L.A.Times)

WROTE BOOK AGAINST ASSISTED SUICIDE: "The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia provides the most thorough overview of the ethical and legal issues raised by assisted suicide and euthanasia--as well as the most comprehensive argument against their legalization--ever published." (Book Cover Here)

ON NATURAL LAW: "After studying at Columbia University and Harvard Law School, Gorsuch earned a doctorate from Oxford University, where he was supervised by John Finnis, an internationally acclaimed philosopher of law and a theorist of natural law and natural rights [from God]. (Washington Post)

ON REGULATIONS: "...It seems quite clear that: (1) Gorsuch’s views on administrative law are meaningfully different from Scalia’s in a way that could be described as even more conservative; and yet (2) the difference is not as profound as one might think. Unlike Scalia, Gorsuch really does want to apply the basic Gorsuch/Scalia take on ordinary statutes to administrative statutes as well."

ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: "Some of the most high-profile cases in which Gorsuch has cast a vote have involved the religion clauses of the Constitution (those prohibiting the establishment of religion and creating a right to free exercise), as well as congressional statutes expanding protection for religious adherents (known as RFRA and RLUIPA).

"Followers of the Supreme Court will recognize two recent cases in which Gorsuch participated on the 10th Circuit, Hobby Lobby Stores v. Sebelius and Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Burwell. In Hobby Lobby, Gorsuch wrote a concurrence in the en banc 10th Circuit that sided with the company and its owners. He stressed the need to accept these parties’ own conceptions regarding the requirements of their faith, and held (among other things) that they were likely to prevail on claims that the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act substantially burdened their religious exercise in violation of RFRA.

"This position was largely vindicated in the subsequent decision by the Supreme Court. Thereafter, in Little Sisters of the Poor, Gorsuch joined a group of 10th Circuit judges who dissented from denial of rehearing en banc when a panel of the court of appeals ruled against the Little Sisters on their RFRA claims about the same ACA mandate." (SCOTUSblog).

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

40 Days for Life - Day 18: Nothing ever happens

by Shawn D. Carney : “I’ve gone out to pray at the abortion center ... and nothing ever happens.”

I’ve heard this over the years -- and have even thought it myself. But I’ve learned it just isn't true.

Deep down we know it’s false -- and sometimes we have stories that prove it. We have a special one today!
Stepping out to pray at the 40 Days for Life vigil is an act of faith. You may see results immediately. Or maybe you’re just being asked to trust that the Lord will hear your prayer and bring his mercy and grace to someone who really needs it.

Every now and then, the person on the receiving end of those blessings will come back to say “thank you!” ... and show you a beautiful child.

Here’s an example.

Sacramento, California
The volunteers at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Sacramento just learned about a blessing that they had no idea God had provided.

A woman pulled up to the vigil participants near the abortion center’s driveway and rolled down the window. One of the people praying offered her some information – but she said she’d been there before and seen the material.

Then she told her story.

Some time ago, she learned she was pregnant – and she was also diagnosed with cancer. When she arrived at the abortion business – the inaccurately-named Women’s Health Specialists – there were people praying outside who offered her information about a life-affirming health center that’s nearby.

Since she already had an appointment at Women’s Health Specialists, she went inside … where she was told she needed to have an abortion right away.

Afterward, she went to the medical practice recommended by the vigil participants. At this clinic, they helped look after her baby, and she was given a reference for cancer treatment.

And now, she told the volunteers, she has a little boy … and she is cancer free. She just stopped by to tell the rest of the story.

“I wanted to thank all of you for being here,” she said, “and sharing the information that saved my baby and made me well!”

Fayetteville, North Carolina
Saturdays are usually one of the busiest days at the Planned Parenthood facility in Fayetteville. Usually. But not on this Saturday. Planned Parenthood was closed!

Nonetheless, a young woman pulled into the parking lot and asked the volunteers to come look at her four-month old child. She then told them how she had come to this facility to get an abortion last year, but saw people standing outside and decided not to have the abortion.

“Remember this story,” Amie, the local 40 Days for Life coordinator said. “Remember that you may never know who sees you or how much of an impact you may have by just simply being there. Without knowing it, you may be saving a baby's life.”

Edinburgh, Scotland
“We have over 100 people supporting the vigil in Edinburgh,” said one of the 40 Days for Life team members.

“It’s a true international effort,” she said, “with participants from Scotland, England, Poland, United States, Italy, France, Hungary, Argentina, Nigeria, India and Sri Lanka.”

Archbishop Leo Cushley of the archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh joined the vigil recently. The archbishop said he was delighted to set aside time to pray on a bright, sunny morning ... [more]

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Trafficking Survivors Tell UN: Strengthen Families To Protect Women and Girls

Haley Halverson, Jen Spry, Vednita Carter, Mercedes Schlapp,
Christine Raino, and Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D
by Marianna Orlandi, Ph.D: Women who were trafficked or mistreated for their reproductive organs told the UN this week that to successfully combat modern-day slavery, countries must respect and empower the family.

“Not all sex-trafficked children go missing,” warned Jen Spry. Beginning at eight years old, every afternoon Jen would get off the school bus at three o’clock and tell her mother she was going out to see a friend, returning at six for dinner. In reality she spent that time nearly every day for two years being sold by a neighbor for violent sex and child pornography. The neighbor first lured her with his dog. Then he threatened to kill her mother and sister if she told anyone. Her mother never knew.

Spry does not blame her mother, who raised her and her siblings alone. Instead, she urged UN and government officials to include parents in their efforts to combat human trafficking.

Policies strengthening marriage and the family, and policies that help parents to be present with their children, can prevent the anonymity that fuels sexual abuse.

Spry spoke at a high-level side-event sponsored by the Group of Friends of the Family, a coalition of twenty-five countries, and C-Fam, publisher of the Friday Fax. The Economic and Social Council chamber was packed – and webcast – for three hours as speakers described the crucial role of stable and healthy families in combatting modern forms of slavery – which are not exclusive to developing countries.

When Vednita Carter needed a summer job before college, stripping seemed like a lucrative choice. She didn’t make it to college. Instead she ended up being prostituted for years. Now the president of “Breaking Free,” a non-profit organization serving women involved in prostitution and sex trafficking, Carter criticizes the phrase “sex-work,” increasingly adopted in the international arena including the UN, to legitimize sex-for-pay. “Prostitution is modern day slavery,” she said. “No girl dreams of being prostituted.”

Kelly Martinez regrets signing surrogacy contracts “to make money.” One couple that she was persuaded to help have a child instead stuck her with medical bills and a same-sex couple forced her, while suffering medical issues from childbirth, to break laws that protect family members. Surrogacy is “a criminal enterprise,” whose “recruitment process” is the same as in prostitution, added

Ann Kioko, president of the African Organization for Families.

The family is rarely mentioned at the UN. “This event is part of a small counter-revolution,” said Austin Ruse on behalf of Civil Society for the Family. He thanked the coalition of countries for taking the lead.

Traffickers seek any vulnerability and stable families provide a shield for the vulnerable, said Valentin Rybakov, Belarus foreign minister, on behalf of the Group of Friends of the Family. The coalition listed future UN meetings where the institution of the family will be brought up as a source for solutions.

Mercedes Schlapp, a FOX News commentator and mother of five girls, who moderated the event was visibly moved. She told the Friday Fax, “After I came home, I spoke with my daughters about the event and the horrible destruction of human trafficking and how we must pray for the victims. Please know that [my husband] Matt and I are supportive of your causes and proud to be a voice in sharing your work.”

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Trump Gets Republicans on Board Bill to Repeal Obamacare, Defund Planned Parenthood

President Donald Trump has gotten Republicans on board with the bill to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. Today, the president declared that Obamacare is dead and the House is expected to vote on the bill next Thursday.

During an Oval Office meeting, President Trump said, “I want people to know Obamacare is dead.” Referring to the House bill, the president added, “I want to let the world know: I am 100 percent in favor.” President Trump added that the conservative critics “were no’s, mostly no’s, yesterday, and now every single one is a yes.”

This good news comes after prospects for the bill were down following a couple of committee votes which saw a few Republicans grumble that the bill did not do enough to repeal Obamacare.

Leading pro-life advocates were delighted by the news.

“Nobody knows exactly what happened, but there was breaking news this morning from the White House that President Trump has secured the support of more than a dozen key House conservatives for the leadership’s Obamacare repeal bill,” said pro-life advocate Gary Bauer. . . .

Yesterday, another House committee approved the bill that will defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
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17 States Force Taxpayers to Fund Abortions. Does Yours?

While many in the media and Planned Parenthood and repeatedly insist that Americans taxpayers don’t pay for abortion, they’re keeping quite about state funding for abortion.

According to the Guttmacher Institute (GI), which once boasted ties to Planned Parenthood, 17 states use taxpayer money to fund abortion.

17 states have a policy that directs Medicaid to pay for all or most medically necessary abortions,” GI said in a document updated earlier this month. Four of the 17 states “provide such funds voluntarily,” the report’s highlights added, and thirteen states “do so pursuant to a court order.”

What is a “medically necessary abortion”? To the abortion industry, that’s code for elective abortion.

In 2015, Dr. Michael J. New, an associate scholar with the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the Susan B. Anthony List, warned of the dangers of Medicaid expansion for that very reason:
The concern pro-lifers have with Medicaid expansion is that 17 states use tax dollars to fund elective abortion through Medicaid. There is plenty of research which shows that subsidizing abortion through Medicaid increases abortion rates. Expanding the number of women of childbearing age eligible for Medicaid would doubtlessly increase abortion numbers even more.These are the 17 states that fund abortion through Medicaid:Alaska (court order)
Arizona (court order)
California (court order)
Connecticut (court order)
Hawaii (voluntarily)
Illinois (court order)
Maryland (voluntarily)
Massachusetts (court order)
Minnesota (court order)
Montana (court order)
New Jersey (court order)
New Mexico (court order)
New York (voluntarily)
Oregon (court order)
Vermont (court order)
Washington (voluntarily)
West Virginia (court order)
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

DAY 16: Praying, Fasting ... and Freezing

by Shawn Carney, President, 40 Days for Life: Snow, sacrifice ... and more snow and more sacrifice!

After enjoying some decidedly spring-like weather … many parts of North America and Europe were reintroduced to winter this week.

They are used to snow, for instance, at the 40 Days for Life vigil location in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (below).

It was so snowy in places such as Augusta, Maine that it was not safe to travel to the vigil site. That’s okay – safety always comes first.

Even in places like Fayetteville, Arkansas it got downright chilly!

But regardless of the weather, people kept praying for an end to abortion – indoors and out. A little snow and ice won’t stop THAT!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I Cancelled My Abortion When They Said What They Did With The Bodies

Having a baby changes everything—physically, mentally, emotionally and financially.

Even though having a baby is challenging, it has its rewards too.

After you’ve had a rough day at work, for example, and you come home or pick your child up from school, their excitement at seeing you is the best feeling in the world. Or, when you child is ill and under the weather, all they really want is to be near you as a parent and have you nurse them back to health.

As a parent, it’s a pleasure to watch your child learn to put into practice an everyday activity you’ve taught them that will be useful to them the rest of their lives. . . .

I couldn’t believe I had a little person living in my body I was suddenly responsible to care for. I started to cry.

I was in college full-time, working part-time. Things were going great until this happened. What would my mom think of me? What about the rest of the family? I knew I’d brought shame upon my mother and myself. . . .

After my boyfriend and I paid the down payment for the abortion, I had one more question for the receptionist: “What do you do with the babies after the procedure?”

“We throw the fetus in the trash,” came the reply.

In that moment, I remember thinking how inhumane that sounded. Whether or not I felt ready to raise a child, I knew my baby was not going in the trash. Even the thought made me sick to my stomach.

Our appointment was scheduled for a week later. Even though I did my best to hide my pregnancy from my mother, she knew something was wrong. A mother always knows her child. When I told her I was pregnant and that I had already scheduled an abortion, she said, “You cannot abort my grandchild!” . . .

Now that I had experienced this change of heart, I remembered Elizabeth’s New Life Center offered parenting classes to help me prepare for my baby’s arrival. I called and spoke with Meg at the center and signed up for classes right away. I went every week, whether my boyfriend came or not.

Nothing was going to keep me from providing from my child—not her father or anyone else. As my body started to change, I was excited to read up on the different weeks and stages of her gestational growth. I never missed a prenatal vitamin or a doctor’s visit. I was so proud to be a mom. . . . . Read More

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