Saturday, March 31, 2018

We Are Back

Dr. Bill Smith, Editor: Greater Fitchburgfor Life has been off since March 14th due to Computer issues.

Praise the Lord for providing a great computer tech who took care of our needs.

We will resume tomorrow with our Easter posting and return Monday to our schedule of posting relevant articles from numerous sources.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Government Accountability Office Finds Billions of Tax Dollars Supporting Abortion Providers

A new extensive report released by the Government Accountability Office yesterday shows nearly $1.5 billion tax dollars went to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood Federation of America and International Planned Parenthood Federation between 2013 and 2015. This report was requested by several members of the House and Senate in 2016, including our own Missouri Senator Roy Blunt as well Senators James Lankford of Oklahoma and Joni Ernst of Iowa.

"It is appalling that taxpayers are forced to support abortion providers at all," said Ed Martin, President of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. "This new report shows a number even more outrageous than we previously knew.

"We applaud President Trump's 2017 reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy, which denies federal foreign aid to entities that provide abortion services. This new GAO report shows a shocking lack of transparency in our domestic spending. We call on the White House and Congress to end this abhorrent use of Americans' hard-earned money.

"Phyllis Schlafly was quite close with Congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois, for whom the federal Hyde Amendment is named. For 40 years this amendment has stood between federal tax dollars and abortions, but we see now that the federal bureaucracy has abused the letter of the law and acted without accountability."

Click here to read the full U.S. GAO report on Healthcare Funding.

H/T Phyllis Schlafly Eagles


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Trump Names Pro-Life Congressman Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

Mike Pompeo
President Donald Trump continues placing pro-life advocates in leading international policy positions. Today he named a pro-life former Congressman as his secretary of state.

Trump announced this morning former Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo, who serves currently as Director of Central Intelligence, will replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Pompeo has a long record of supporting pro-life legislation and speaking out in favor of life and his nomination immediately earned the praise of pro-life advocates.

“This will be considered good news by pro-life and pro-family advocates since Pompeo has a lengthy record in support of a right to life,” said CFAM President Austine Ruse. “The reason this is important to pro-lifers is that the under the Democrats the U.S. became a font of radical social policy around the world and at the UN. The expectation is that Pompeo understands this and will put a stop to it.”

Ruse outlined Pompeo’s pro-life history during his tenure in the House of Representatives:

As a Congressman, Pompeo said he believed life begins at conception and ends at natural death. He co-sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act which said, “each human life begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, at which time every human has all legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood…”

Pompeo co-sponsored the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act that called for the prohibition of federal funding to any group that performs abortions.

Pompeo co-sponsored a bill that would have included the unborn child in 14th amendment protections.

He voted to prohibit abortion information at school health centers. He voted to prohibit federal funding for Planned Parenthood and voted to defund the UN Population Fund.
Pompeo said, “As a Kansan, I hold a deep reverence for the sanctity of life, the solidarity of family, and the solemnity of marriage. I will continue the fight to uphold these fundamental ideals each and every day. I am, and always will be pro-life and will defend life from conception to natural death. I will continue to oppose any taxpayer funding for abortion.” . . . Read More:

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Record-Breaking -100,000 Pro-Life People Rally in Ireland Against Legalizing Abortion

Save the 8th has said that its campaign is “energised and motivated ” by the huge attendance at today’s Rally for Life in Dublin, which saw up to 100,000 people take to the streets to reject the Government’s plan for a UK-style abortion regime in Ireland.

Niamh Uí Bhriain of Save the 8th said that the crowds who thronged Dublin city centre showed that the government’s abortion proposal had woken a sleeping giant and that the campaign now expected a surge in volunteers to work towards a No vote in the abortion referendum in May.

“These huge numbers are a rising of the people against the media and political elites and against the powerful international abortion industry who have poured millions into a campaign attacking our pro-life laws. Ireland is at a defining point in our history, and we are challenging the people to reject the abortion industry and to demand a better answer for mothers and babies,” she said. “Abortion has no place in a compassionate and progressive society.” . . . . . . Read More at LifeNews.com

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40 Days for Life Spring 2018 Campaign Saves 274 Babies From Abortion So Far

by Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: Are you ready for some very encouraging news to start the week?

You’ve come to the right place! 40 Days for Life campaign leaders tell us that so far this campaign … 274 babies have been spared from abortion – that we know of!

Here are a couple of the ones we DO know about!

Houston, Texas

One of the 40 Days for Life volunteers outside Planned Parenthood in Houston noticed two women and a child in a car parked outside.

The vigil participant felt drawn to them … and soon learned that one of the women just found out she was pregnant — and thinking about getting an appointment at Planned Parenthood.

When she heard that, the volunteer pleaded with the young woman. “Oh, please leave this place! Look at that little girl in the back of the car! That baby inside of you is just a little girl or a little boy.”

As she sat in the car, the mother began to cry … and very soon she left without going into the abortion facility.

The sidewalk counselor was overjoyed. “My prayer was answered right here and now!”

St. Louis, Missouri

A group of eighth graders joined the 40 Days for Life vigil outside Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.

They prayed from a distance as sidewalk counselors tried to connect with women driving into the facility’s parking lot.

“Suddenly, something changed,” said Brian, the St. Louis leader, “and the teenagers knew to start praying harder.”

They watched as a car turned around and headed off to a pregnancy resource center. “This was one of the 17 turnarounds we have been blessed to see so far this campaign,” Brian said.

The students reported that what they saw was profoundly touching. They rode back to school quietly, thoughtfully … and changed.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

U.S. Taxpayers Gave Abortion Groups $1.6 Billion In Three Tears

by Calvin Freiburger: Abortion organizations received approximately $1.6 billion of U.S. taxpayer money from 2013 to 2015, according to a new government report.

This report comes from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which examined federal funding for providers of “preventive, reproductive, and diagnostic health care services in the United States or abroad.”

According to the report, during the fiscal years 2013 to 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) gave away a total of roughly $27 billion in such funds. Some of this money funded abortion entities International Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes International, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).

Some money also went to organizations like federally qualified health centers, which don’t commit abortions but often do dispense potentially abortifacient drugs.

Most of the $1.6 billion went to PPFA. This is consistent with the more than $500 million in federal funding the abortion giant reports annually.

The London-based Marie Stopes received $110 million over the three year period. Planned Parenthood’s international arm received $14 million.

“No matter our views on abortion, or the party label beside our name, we must ensure that our money is spent responsibly and with integrity,” said Rep. Diane Black, R-TN. She was among the lawmakers who commissioned the report.

“Abortion is not family planning,” said Black. “Abortion is family destruction, and the fact that $1.5 billion in taxpayer dollars is funneled to this industry is sickening. The American people deserve better.”

Planned Parenthoods that received the most money are under investigation
The report also breaks down Planned Parenthood subsidies by affiliate. It indicates that the five biggest beneficiaries of government money were Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, and Planned Parenthood Northern California.

In December 2016, the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives referred all of these affiliates except for Orange and San Bernardino to the U.S. Justice Department for criminal investigation for trafficking aborted baby body parts.

The Justice Department is still investigating Planned Parenthood over the scandal.

The Susan B. Anthony List noted that these particular abortion affiliates received $544 million, or more than a third of the total funding.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dorothy Fulgerson was quoted in promotional literature for biomedical company StemExpress that highlighted the “financially profitable” nature of partnering with abortion facilities, despite federal laws against selling human organs.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles harbored PPFA Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who was filmed discussing how to alter abortion procedures so as to obtain organs in usable condition, in direct violation of federal law.

Black’s press release also quotes Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ, as thanking President Trump for reinstating and expanding the Mexico City Policy, which forbids tax dollars from funding overseas abortions.

Marie Stopes International and the International Planned Parenthood Federation opted to forego U.S. aid money under the Trump administration rather than spend it exclusively on non-abortion purposes.

“A similar protection should become the standard for all government funding; abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood – responsible for killing more than seven million unborn children – must no longer be subsidized by the American taxpayer,” said Smith.

Money is ‘fungible’
Smith has introduced legislation to permanently forbid taxpayer funding of abortion. It has passed the U.S. House 238 to 183. It has not been acted upon in the U.S. Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, has suggested he will not pursue pro-life legislation without 60 votes to break a Democrat filibuster.

Black, meanwhile, has introduced legislation that would place a one-year moratorium on federal funding to Planned Parenthood and redirect the money to community health centers. Black has argued that defunding Planned Parenthood year-by-year rather than permanent law can overcome this hurdle, since budget measures can still pass the Senate by simple majority.

Planned Parenthood’s defenders argue that because existing law forbids tax dollars from being spent on abortions, defunding it would only hinder the organization’s other alleged health services. But pro-lifers note that money is fungible, meaning that public funding Planned Parenthood uses for approved purposes frees funds from other sources to be spent on abortions. The Susan B. Anthony List reports that the $326,400,000 rise in Planned Parenthood’s federal funding from 2000 to 2013 “resulted in a 66 percent increase in the number of abortions and a 61 percent decrease in the number of adoption referrals.”
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Satanic Temple Opposing Pro-Life Laws in Federal Court

by Jerry Cox: According to The Kansas City Star, the Satanic Temple has filed a federal lawsuit opposing a pro-life law in Missouri.

The Satanic Temple reportedly filed the lawsuit on behalf of a Missouri woman, claiming the state’s informed consent law requiring doctors to wait 72 hours before performing an abortion is unconstitutional.

Although I doubt the Satanists will be able to get the courts to strike down Missouri’s informed consent law, the case could have ramifications for Arkansas.

Arkansas and Missouri have similar informed-consent laws for abortion, and both states are in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

That means a pro-life victory for Missouri in the Eighth Circuit could help reinforce pro-life laws in Arkansas or shape our state’s pro-life legislation in the future.
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Jerry Cox is the founder and president of Family Council and the Education Alliance and a contributing author to the ARRA News Service.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Abortion Activist Arrested on DUI & Drug Charges, Faces Deportation For Being in U.S. Illegally

Alejandra Pablos
An abortion activist with a history of breaking the law could be deported after she was detained Wednesday by immigration officials.

Alejandra Pablos, 32, is an abortion and immigration activist who works for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Rewire reports. She also works with We Testify, a pro-abortion group that encourages women to publicly share how they benefited from aborting their unborn babies.

On Wednesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained Pablos in Arizona, potentially due to her criminal record, Phoenix New Times reports.

Pablos is a green card holder and was a legal permanent resident from Mexico; however, because she repeatedly has been convicted of criminal charges, her immigration status now is in jeopardy, according to the report.

Her convictions include two DUIs and other minor convictions, and she was arrested for allegations of trespassing and obstruction of justice in January, the report states. She spent some time in prison for the offenses, and her criminal record goes back to 2006, according to the report. . . . Read More

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Four Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinics Caught Selling Aborted Baby Parts Got $544 Million in Tax Dollars

Today the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and other entities that perform abortion during fiscal years 2013-2015. . . .

The report is the first to break down funding amounts by Planned Parenthood affiliate, showing that $544 million – more than one-third of total funding – went to four affiliates that have since been referred to the Justice Department for investigation for their role in the harvest and sale of the organs of aborted babies.

The top five Planned Parenthood recipients are listed below,  . . .

1. Planned Parenthood Mar Monte – $229 million
Supplied organs to StemExpress; Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dorothy Fulgerson is quoted in promotional materials that tout “financially profitable” partnerships between abortion facilities and the procurement company

2. Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties – $118 million
Supplied organs to DV Biologics, which admitted violating federal law as part of a settlement with the Orange County District Attorney’s office

3. Planned Parenthood Los Angeles – $106 million
Dr. Deb Nucatola, abortionist at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, is seen in the first Center for Medical Progress video explaining how to manipulate the baby into breech position in a late-term abortion to get intact organs.

4. Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest – $105 million
According to former medical director Dr. Katharine Sheehan, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest supplied organs to Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR) for more than ten years. ABR charges $340 per second-trimester fetal tissue specimen, from which abortion facilities were paid $60 per specimen.

5, Planned Parenthood Northern California – $104 million
The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives referred Planned Parenthood Northern California (as well as Planned Parenthood Mar Monte) for systematic violations of HIPAA for disclosing individually identifiable, private medical information about patients to StemExpress to meet the company’s organ harvesting quotas. . . . Read More:

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

University Removes Poster Honoring Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger

Pro-life students in the state of Missouri are celebrating a victory today. They successfully got the cam[pus library at the University of Missouri to take down a poster honoring racist Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. . . .

The removal is the end result of a request by Students for Life to remove Sanger from the library, because of her support for eugenics. The library originally said they were going to remove it during their next review, but has immediately removed it.

Kristen Wood, president of Mizzou Students for Life, applauded the library for its move.

“We applaud the library for removing the poster and no longer celebrating Margaret Sanger and her eugenicist views. At the same time, we have told the library we expect they will never put the poster back up again, and if they do we will continue with our petitions and public pressure. The university should never be celebrating and promoting someone who publicly opposed people in poverty and racial minorities from having children, and someone who supported putting people on birth control to prevent them from having children,” she told LifeNews. . . . Read More

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Trump’s Decision to Defund International Planned Parenthood Has Curtailed the Global Abortion Agenda

Many rituals are associated with Inauguration Day in the United States: the Oath of Office, inaugural balls, and Washington-area residents whose party lost the election listing their homes on Airbnb, just to name a few. And then there’s a lesser-known ritual that’s just as established but even more important: the argument over the Mexico City Policy.

First instituted in 1984 by Ronald Reagan, the Mexico City Policy derives its name from the venue of that year’s U.N. conference on “Population and Development.” The policy states that, as a condition of receiving federal funds, non-governmental organizations agree they will “neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.”

Every time the White House changes party hands, the Mexico City Policy also changes. Like clockwork. So when Democrats like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama move in to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, they rescind the Mexico City Policy. When Republicans like George Bush and Donald Trump come to town, they restore the policy in some form.

Each time the policy is restored, abortion advocates start wringing their hands, warning that the U. S. is putting women’s lives at risk. They cite figures about deaths from “preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.” And recently, they’ve claimed that the latest iteration of the policy is forcing organizations to choose between treating HIV/AIDS and providing “life-saving reproductive health services.”

It’s not clear, of course, how in the world a policy specifically directed at abortion prevents anyone from addressing real health issues. And they conveniently omit the fact that the policy specifically exempts referrals in cases of “rape, incest, or endangerment of the life of the woman.” . . .

Christian institutions provide one-third of the medical care in Africa, and they want to promote health, physical and spiritual, not a “culture of death.” That’s why they support the Mexico City Policy.

On the other hand, we shouldn’t be a bit surprised that groups like Planned Parenthood hate it. It denies their funding, and directly challenges their deep, historic, and ideological commitment to abortion on demand.

Which is why denying them funding overseas is a positive development. Now if we could only find a way to deny that funding here at home. . . . Read More

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Who’s Better at Parenting: Parents or Your State’s Government?

by Stephanie Curry: Previously, we shared the jarring news that the state of Ohio had removed a young girl (who identifies as a boy) from her home because her parents refused to allow their daughter to be subject to extreme and irreversible medical interventions in the name of “gender transitioning”.

The parents of this Ohio teen girl did their research and decided experimental sex-change hormones and surgery would harm their daughter for a lifetime. The parents instead opted to get their daughter basic talk therapy. They believed therapy could help their daughter work through her depression, anxiety, and gender identity issues.

Despite what the Left believes, parents are best at parenting.

Parents are in the unique position to offer the most protection, support, and love to their child. Not the government. Yet, the state government in Ohio thinks they know better. Ohio devastated this family by removing their daughter from the protection of her parents to place her with a family who would approve the use of experimental drugs and body-mutilating procedures. Does that sound like love?

It doesn’t end there. Ohio legislators also think they know children better than parents and are currently considering a Therapy Ban Bill (SB 126) that would make certain basic talk therapy illegal. The same therapy these Ohio parents sought for their daughter.

Put a different way, some elected officials have determined that basic talk therapy to help this Ohio girl learn to love herself as a girl should be banned, but permanently sterilizing and body-mutilating medical interventions are fine.

This isn’t just happening in Ohio. Washington, New York, Maine, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and fifteen other states are considering legislation that would make talk therapy affirming children’s own biological sex illegal. California is treading on dangerous ground by seeking to make this type of therapy illegal for some adults! It is incomprehensible that leftist activists believe a teen (or even adult) is entitled to make a decision about whether or not to drastically change their body chemically and physically, but teens and their parents can’t make a decision to see a licensed therapist to help them learn to love the body they were given.

Is your state considering banning therapy for children?
This map includes all the states currently considering a Therapy Ban Bill. Purple and red represent states that are considering a therapy ban bill as you read this, though the red states are in danger of becoming law. Blue states already have a therapy ban in law. As you look at this map, you may see an opportunity to join Family Policy Alliance in taking action to defeat these bills in your state. If your state is grey, be thankful. That means your legislators haven’t bought the lie the government knows best for our children.

Thank you for standing with Family Policy Alliance to protect our children.
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Stephanie Curry, an attorney and Policy Manager for Family Policy Alliance

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DAY 17: They Couldn’t Care Less

by Shawn Carney: Abortion is not safe. It is only considered successful if a baby dies.

But it is a myth to think abortion is safe for the mothers. Thus far in this 40 Days for Life campaign, we know of nine ambulance calls to abortion facilities.

In one instance, a woman who’d left an abortion facility passed out while she was waiting for a bus. It was the 40 Days for Life vigil participants who called for help … not the abortion center.

When the abortion staff saw what was going on, they got angry and said they’d take over … and that the woman didn’t need an ambulance. Thank God for the volunteers! The staff couldn’t care less.

The ambulances seldom have their sirens or lights flashing and they are often asked to enter though the back of the abortion facility. The abortion centers don’t want anyone to know there’s been a problem.

“More interested in their reputation, so it seems, than the well-being of the women who visit them,” said the local 40 Days for Life leader.

Abortion is safe? Never.
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Shawn Carney is a founder and Current president of 40 Days for Life

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Feminists Angry That Abortion is Not Considered a Human Right

It would seem the killing unborn children in abortion would be the ultimate denial of human rights.

But feminists around the world think that abortion should be considered a human right. They are not content to legalize abortion, they want abortion to be considered a fundamental human right so any sort of denial of abortion is a denial of a human right that governments can’t tolerate. That allows the pro-abortion movement to force pro-life medical workers to do abortions refer for them and it allows them to force taxpayers to fund abortions, for example. It also allows governmental bodies like the UN to push pro-life nations to legalize abortion.

For years, feminists have been attempting to get the United Nations to make abortion human right. They have failed and they are failing once again much to their chagrin. . . . Read More

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Iowa Senate Passes Bill to Ban All Abortions After an Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins

The Iowa Senate passed a bill Wednesday to prohibit abortions after an unborn baby has a detectable heartbeat.

The vote puts the controversial legislation one step closer to becoming law and setting up the state for a potential legal battle that challenges Roe v. Wade.

The bill would require abortion practitioners to test for the unborn baby’s heartbeat before performing an abortion. If a heartbeat is detected, the abortion would be prohibited except in the case of a medical emergency. Violators would be charged with a Class D felony, and liable for up to five years in prison. Pro-life lawmakers introduced a similar bill in the state House in January.

Because an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable by about six weeks of pregnancy, the bill would prohibit almost all abortions in Iowa. Abortion activists say it is unconstitutional.

The Sioux City Journal reports the legislation appears likely to pass the state House as well.

Pro-life state Sen. Amy Sinclair said the bill strikes “at the very heart and soul of what it means to be an American, what it means to be a person.” . . . Read More

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