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June 28, 2015

Supreme Court's Ruling: A Reason for Sorrow

Jesus died so that heterosexual and homosexual sinners might be saved. Jesus created sexuality, and has a clear will for how it is to be experienced in holiness and joy.

His will is that a man might leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and that the two become one flesh (Mark 10:6-9). In this union, sexuality finds its God-appointed meaning, whether in personal-physical unification, symbolic representation, sensual jubilation, or fruitful procreation.

For those who have forsaken God's path of sexual fulfillment, and walked into homosexual intercourse or heterosexual extramarital fornication or adultery, Jesus offers astonishing mercy.

Such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11)

But today this salvation from sinful sexual acts was not embraced. Instead there was massive institutionalization of sin.

Read the rest by John Piper

June 4, 2015

Wording increases/decreases support for assisted suicide, Gallup finds

By Dave Andrusko, National Right to Life News --

The headline reporting on a Gallup poll is accurate as far as it goes but incomplete- "U.S. Support for Euthanasia Hinges on How It's Described: Support is at low ebb on the basis of wording that mentions 'suicide.'"

Let's talk about what the headline highlights. The Gallup graphic is reproduced below and it includes the wording. According to Lydia Saad:

PRINCETON, NJ -- In the same month that Vermont became the fourth state to legalize physician-assisted suicide, a May 2-7 Gallup survey finds 70% of Americans in favor of allowing doctors to hasten a terminally ill patient's death when the matter is described as allowing doctors to "end the patient's life by some painless means." At the same time, far fewer -- 51% -- support it when the process is described as doctors helping a patient "commit suicide."


Gallup May 2-7, 2013

To her credit, Saad spells out the key differences between the wording in the two questions:

Gallup's question with the softer description of euthanasia -- calling it "ending a patient's life by some painless means" -- also specifies that both the patient and his or her family requested it. The "suicide" version says the patient requests assistance from a doctor, without referencing other family members.
Either way, the question is wrapped in a cocoon of compassion that softens naturally resistance. But there's much more....

Read entire article here.

May 27, 2015

Secret OH Dept of Health docs reveal 47 botched abortions, countless safety violations & more

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 26, 2015/Christian Newswire --

Ohio recently made headlines with reports that half the abortion clinics in that state have closed and several others have curtailed services, reducing abortion numbers to the lowest since 1976.

"When abortion clinics close, abortions decline and lives are saved. It's as simple as that," said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and co-author with Cheryl Sullenger of the book Abortion Free. "We have worked in Ohio on a number of projects in cooperation with local leaders that, in part, contributed to this decline, but more must be done."

Newman notes that there is great cause for concern regarding hazardous conditions and practices at the Ohio abortion clinics that are still open.

Operation Rescue has released a new special investigative report detailing deteriorating conditions and horrific injuries at Ohio's eight remaining abortion facilities.

The report is based on secret records from the Ohio Department of Health that have never before been made public, that show that at least 47 abortion-related medical emergencies or complications took place at the eight abortion clinics since 2011, including the abortion-related death of a 22-year old African-American woman named Lakisha Wilson.

The documents also detail an alarming laundry list of life-threatening safety hazards at those same abortion facilities.

"Abortion complications and horrendous conditions as detailed in these documents are not confined to Ohio abortion clinics. We see these kinds of things in every state," said Newman. "Ohio is just a microcosm of the dangers that exist at abortion clinics throughout the nation."

Other Ohio Department of Health records show that abortion facilities have singled out poor urban women from the African-American community as targets for aggressive abortion marketing and that African-American women are the ones who are most impacted by the abortion cartel's substandard conditions and practices.

"Operation Rescue calls on the Ohio Department of Health to stop turning a blind eye to dangerous conditions and practitioners, stop issuing variances to those who cannot qualify for hospital transfer agreements, and shut down as many abortion facilities as necessary to protect the lives and health of Ohio women, starting with the Preterm clinic in Cleveland," said Newman.

Read Operation Rescue's ground-breaking Special Report with links to never-before-seen documentation.

May 21, 2015

"Abortion is Not a Health Issue" ad campaign reaches out to those in NYC

ALBANY, N.Y., May 21, 2015 /Christian Newswire --

A powerful new ad campaign, addressing the heart and soul issue of abortion, has launched in New York's capital city of Albany. Bus shelter posters and a grassroots ground campaign will share the "ABORTION IS NOT A HEALTH ISSUE. IT'S A HEART AND SOUL ISSUE." messaging throughout the summer. The Radiance Foundation, in collaboration with an alliance of community-based organizations in the Albany area, has created the YourHeartAndSoul.org initiative to help prevent abortion and reach out to those who are post-abortive.

"The violence of abortion touches people emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually," says Radiance Foundation co-founder Bethany Bomberger, a mother of both adopted and biological children. "So many women feel all alone and are often never told of the life-affirming options that value them and their child. This campaign lets them know that there is help. And for those who've made the irreversible decision of abortion, there is hope."

New York is the home of Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading abortion chain responsible for over 327,000 abortions every year nationwide. There were 94,326 abortions reported in NY in 2013, with the majority of abortions among women ages 20-24. There are 225 abortion facilities in NY, but these are not places where mother and child are valued and protected. YourHeartAndSoul.org highlights local pregnancy care centers, churches, and other community-based organizations that have committed themselves to caring for those considering abortion or the aftermath of such a decision.

"Men regret abortion, too. There are three precious lives involved here: the mother, the father and the child," says Ryan Bomberger, Chief Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation. "Some of my colleagues are post-abortive, and their stories of transformation are incredibly powerful. We created this campaign to reach out with love and help people connect with the ultimate source of Hope and Healing - Jesus Christ."

This campaign was made possible by prolife advocates in the Albany area who want to promote a culture of life that values every human life, born and unborn.

May 5, 2015

Pro-life, religious groups resist illegal DC bills; ADF ready to defend those affected

Monday, May 04, 2015/Washington/Alliance Defense Fund --

Alliance Defending Freedom and other pro-life organizations released a joint statement Monday as a District of Columbia law is set to go into effect that could force such groups to operate contrary to their missions and beliefs.

Partly due to the agreement of many people, including the former D.C. mayor, that the law raises serious concerns under the First Amendment and federal law, the D.C. Council retreated from its original purpose for the law and passed a temporary measure stating that it will not require any employer in the District to provide insurance coverage for abortion, contraceptives, or any other "reproductive health decision." The temporary measure will expire in 225 days, however, and therefore leaves pro-life employers open to unconstitutional treatment by the government.

"Pro-life organizations in our nation's capital should not be forced to pay for abortions or hire those who oppose their pro-life beliefs," said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. "While the D.C. Council has retreated from this law's original goal, which was to force pro-life organizations to pay for abortions in violation of their conscience, RHNDA remains an unnecessary and illegal attack on pro-life conscience that Congress must stop and that we will fight, if necessary, in the courts."

In addition to ADF, the signers of the joint statement include representatives from the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Americans United for Life, Americans United for Life Action, March for Life, Concerned Women for America, Susan B. Anthony List, Family Research Council, and the Association of Christian Schools International.

The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 still prohibits even pro-life and religious organizations from "discriminating" against employees and potential employees for any "reproductive health" decision, including elective abortions. If the District does not make its temporary amendment to the law permanent, it could also force employers to provide health insurance for elective abortions regardless of the organization's religious beliefs or pro-life mission....

Read entire article here.

May 1, 2015

Defending the right to life before the European Court

Thursday, April 30, 2015/STRASBOURG, France/Alliance Defense Fund --

ADF International filed a brief with the European Court of Human Rights Thursday that makes legal arguments in defense of unborn children. The court granted ADF International permission to intervene in the case of Lia Shioshvili, a Georgian national who gave birth to a stillborn child after Russian authorities mistreated her....

Shioshvili moved to Russia with her four children in April 2003. In November 2006, when she was eight months pregnant with her fifth child, Russian authorities decided to expel her from the country.

Over a period of several weeks, Shioshvili attempted to travel back to Georgia with her children. She experienced numerous problems at the hands of migration officers, who left her in the cold for prolonged periods of time, failed to offer her food and water, and refused to let her take a seat as she waited for hours to have her documents checked. As a result, Shioshvili's health worsened. She suffered cold, fever, depression, and repeated asthma attacks. Days later she experienced severe abdominal pain and gave birth to a stillborn child.

In its brief in Shioshvili v. Russia, ADF International submitted that protections afforded to the unborn child both at the national level in member states and in international treaties demonstrates that the ECHR should recognize and protect unborn human life....

Read entire article here.

April 22, 2015

Care Net and Americans United for Life applaud passage of Colorado resolution honoring pregnancy centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (04-21-15)/AUL --

Care Net and Americans United for Life joined the Colorado State Legislature today in praising the work of pregnancy care centers in a special resolution recognizing the work of volunteers across the state.

Pro-life advocates and legislators honored the service and loving support of volunteers who daily care for mothers, fathers, and their children, born and unborn, assisting them at a pivotal moment. Senators Kevin Lundberg and Larry Crowder sponsored the resolution with the support of the CFA Foundation and Colorado Family Action.

The resolution recognizes the "life-affirming impact of pregnancy resource centers on the women, children, and men and communities they serve" and the "integrity and compassion" with which they provide those services.

"Pregnancy centers are often the only place in a community that women and men can count on for comprehensive support when faced with a pregnancy decision," said Roland C. Warren, president and CEO of Care Net. "Pregnancy centers don't just help women and men choose life, but also give them the material, emotional, and spiritual support they need to give abundant life to their children and families. Therefore, we wholeheartedly join the Colorado State Legislature in praising the courageous work of pregnancy centers in Colorado and across the country."

"Building a culture of life takes place on many fronts, as caring people show that working for a day in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law begins with helping mothers during their pregnancies," said AUL's General Counsel Ovide Lamontagne who was present in Colorado at today's passage of the resolution. "Pregnancy Care Centers are a powerful force within the pro-life community, providing love and support for women and their families."

The resolution is based on the "Joint Resolution Honoring Pregnancy Centers," available in AUL's 2015 Model Legislation & Policy Guides. Dozens of states have passed similar resolutions in recent years praising the work of pregnancy centers, which are also known as crisis pregnancy centers and pregnancy resource centers.

Pregnancy Centers are local, nonprofit organizations that provide compassionate support to women and men faced with difficult pregnancy decisions. Services provided by centers may include pregnancy decision coaching by trained advocates, free pregnancy tests, information about pregnancy options, material resources, and post-decision support (including parenting education and abortion recovery groups).

Founded in 1975, Care Net supports one of the largest networks of pregnancy centers in North America and runs the nation's only real-time call center providing pregnancy decision coaching. Acknowledging that every human life begins at conception and is worthy of protection, Care Net offers compassion, hope, and help to anyone considering abortion by presenting them with realistic alternatives and Christ-centered support through its life-affirming network of pregnancy centers, organizations, and individuals. Learn more at www.care-net.org.

April 17, 2015

What Cosmopolitan's "Inside Look" completely missed about pregnancy centers

Alliance Defending Freedom/April 16, 2015--

Pro-life pregnancy centers provide compassionate medical care, material assistance, and emotional support to women experiencing unplanned pregnancies. But the abortion lobby continually paints this movement as deceitful, uncaring, religious fanatics.

Cosmopolitan recently published an article chronicling Heartbeat International's 2014 annual conference. Heartbeat International is an organization of affiliated pregnancy help providers, such as pregnancy centers, maternity homes, and adoption services. Pregnancy centers, such as those affiliated with Heartbeat, provide vital services to hurting women experiencing unplanned pregnancies.

Such services range from material non-medical assistance offered in pregnancy resource centers--such as parenting classes, material assistance, discussion of pregnancy options, adoption assistance, and the like--to medical services--such as sonograms, pregnancy testing, STI testing and treatment, and prenatal care--in medical pregnancy centers. Heartbeat president Peggy Hartshorn, quoted in the article, perfectly captures the mission of the pregnancy center movement: "The sole purpose of every pregnancy help organization is to provide the love and support every woman deserves in an unexpected pregnancy."

Unfortunately, virtually all of this information is missing from Ms. Winter's article. The article instead focuses on radical accusations of the abortion lobby and demeaning the Christian beliefs of the pro-life movement. The true mission of the pregnancy center movement is to serve hurting women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, whether they decide to carry that pregnancy to term or to terminate. Pregnancy centers serve women, not with coercion or deception, but with love. Sadly, Cosmopolitan entirely misses the point....

Read entire article here.

April 10, 2015

ADF to Vt. court: Paying for abortions should not be prerequisite for health care

Wednesday, April 08, 2015/Alliance Defending Freedom/BURLINGTON, Vt. --

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox will be available for media interviews immediately following his oral argument Thursday before the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont in a legal challenge to an Obamacare surcharge that forces people to pay for elective abortion coverage.

ADF attorneys filed the lawsuit against the Obama administration and state exchange officers in January after a pro-life Vermont man, Lyle Howe, Jr., lost his private health plan due to Obamacare and was forced on to the state exchange. Under Obamacare, every health insurance exchange plan in Vermont requires individuals to directly pay a "separate payment" to cover elective abortions.

"Americans should have access to health care without being secretly coerced into paying for elective abortions and violating their deepest convictions," said Mattox. "The Constitution, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and state law prohibit this type of government coercion. We hope the court will stop the federal and state governments from needlessly trampling on First Amendment freedoms."

The lawsuit, Howe v. Burwell, also challenges secrecy clauses within Obamacare which forbid Americans from being told prior to enrollment whether the plans they would purchase on an exchange will include abortion coverage and a hidden separate payment for abortions. The clauses also forbid Americans from being told how much of the premium is a federally mandated abortion surcharge that pays exclusively for other people's elective abortions....

Read entire article here.

April 8, 2015

KS Gov. Brownback signs first-in-nation dismemberment abortion ban

TOPEKA, Kan., April 7, 2015 /Christian Newswire --

This morning, Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law the historic "Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act," SB 95. It will go into effect July 1.

Gov. Brownback commented, "This is a horrific procedure and we are pleased to ban it in Kansas and we hope it will be banned nationally."

To commemorate this ground-breaking and first-in-the-nation measure, Gov. Brownback will travel across Kansas for ceremonial signings of the bill on April 28. (Locations will be announced in the near future.)

The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act generated immediate grassroots support after introduction in January by lead sponsor, Sen. Garrett Love (R-Montezuma), who remarked, "In visiting with my constituents, many have been stunned that this practice (dismemberment) is going on in Kansas and have demanded that it be stopped."

Records released on April 1 by the Kansas Health & Environment Dept. show that in 2014 this D&E method was used in 637 abortions, or 8.8% of the total 7,263 Kansas abortions reported.

SB 95 bans a particularly gruesome abortion method in which a living unborn child in her mother's womb is ripped apart into pieces by an abortionist using sharp metal tools.

Abortionist LeRoy Carhart testified under oath that the unborn child is alive because he is watching him/her on ultrasound during the procedure.

In the words of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the unborn child in a D&E/ Dismemberment abortion, "dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb."

Testimony provided by Kansans for Life emphasized that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ban on the partial-birth method of abortion in 2007 after two cases, Stenberg v Carhart and Gonzales v Carhart.

In both cases, the Court closely examined both the partial-birth and D&E/ Dismemberment abortion methods and found them to be "brutal." The Court noted:

"[it's] necessary at the outset to set forth what may happen during an abortion." ... and, "States also have an interest in forbidding medical procedures which, in the State's reasonable determination, might cause the medical profession or society as a whole to become insensitive, even disdainful, to life, including life in the human fetus." Stenberg, 958 & 961

On March 25, the House overwhelmingly passed SB 95 by 98-26 after the Senate had easily passed the measure, 31-9, on Feb 20. (See kansansforlife.wordpress.com for more information.)

March 21, 2015

Court decision overturning admitting privileges a major defeat for women's health

by Wisconsin Right to Life--

"Judge William Conley's decision Friday, overturning Wisconsin's law requiring admitting privileges for abortionists at local hospitals, is detrimental to providing continuity of care for women who suffer complications from an abortion," shared Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. "Wisconsin Right to Life is disappointed that women will not receive the care they need under these frightening circumstances."

Enacted in June of 2013, Act 37 requires that abortionists have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic. In July of 2013, the admitting privileges provision was challenged in Federal Court by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Affiliated Medical Services, and the ACLU of Wisconsin. During the past year, abortionists at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin were able to obtain admitting privileges in Appleton, Madison, and Milwaukee. Other abortionists are still attempting to acquire them - they have been denied partly because of lack of peer review of their abortion practice.

"The fact that some abortionists are not reviewed adequately is exactly why the legislature correctly voted to require admitting privileges at a hospital to provide the highest quality care for women," continued Weininger.

"It is our hope that the Attorney General will appeal Judge Conley's ruling," continued Weininger. "We must do all we can to ensure safety and continuity of care for Wisconsin women."

March 11, 2015

WA pregnancy resource center next to Planned Parenthood in final days of fundraising

Kennewick, WA (March 10, 2015) --

A grassroots campaign to turn a vacant building near a flourishing Planned Parenthood abortion clinic into a crisis pregnancy center has just days left to raise the money needed. The campaign exploded to life in mid-February, and organizers have collected $188,000 in donations and pledges in less than a month.

"The momentum behind this is astounding," said fundraising coordinator Angele St. Hilaire. "And for the most part, it hasn't been the wealthy and the well-connected who are making it happen. Our donors have been primarily working class people who have the passion and fire enough to donate what they can scarcely afford to give."

The building is located in such a way that every Planned Parenthood client and clinic worker going by the main route will drive by it mere moments before arriving at their destination. Being close in proximity to the largest abortion provider in southeastern Washington is key to being able to meet women and connect them with services, said St. Hilaire. "Women who seek care from Planned Parenthood are more likely to stop in at an options facility virtually next door than seek out services at another location miles away."

Organizers see the location as one of the keys to success in reaching out not only to women in crisis pregnancy situations but also the clinic workers themselves. Former abortion clinic director-turned pro-life activist Abby Johnson has credited her conversion in part to the close proximity of a crisis pregnancy center where pro-lifers continually reached out to her. While there is a crisis pregnancy center in Kennewick already, it is three miles from the abortion clinic.

"When a crisis pregnancy center opens near an abortion clinic, many clinics see such a dramatic change in their business that they have to close, or limit services," said organizer Shira Wise. "When women have options close by, they will stop in, talk, get support... and we can help them to choose life for their babies."

Another unique aspect of the project is that Wise's organization, Three Rivers Fertility Care, is planning to offer natural family planning and morally licit fertility care services at the location. Wise and her team of Creighton Model System (CrMS) practitioners teach women and couples to understand their natural fertility cycles, enabling them to plan pregnancies in a morally sound way. CrMS is also used to treat infertility and women's underlying health issues, and Wise's organization partners with a network of pro-life physicians trained in the system.

"That's what makes this opportunity so unique and exciting," St. Hilaire said. "CrMS is the ultimate antidote to the culture of death. Its principles of openness to life, responsible parenthood, respect for women, and understanding of the meaning, purpose, and value of sex are precisely what all women need to hear. It is the exact opposite of the 'services' so often pushed on women in crisis pregnancy situations."

Organizers have received a pledge of an ultrasound machine, and local nurses and doctors have volunteered to run it. They have just days, however, to secure the other half of the funding needed to make the vision a reality. The building goes up for auction on March 11th, and organizers need about $167,000 more to reach their goal.

To make a donation to the Kennewick Pregnancy Options Clinic, go here.

March 4, 2015

NRLC: WV Gov. Tomblin's veto a "total abandonment" of unborn children

WASHINGTON/March 3, 2015/NRLC -

Earlier today West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed HB 2568, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Both the state House of Delegates and the state Senate approved the bill overwhelmingly in February. This is the second time in two years that Tomblin has vetoed such legislation, citing misguided advice about its constitutionality.

"In vetoing of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Governor Tomblin has abandoned West Virginia's unborn children," said National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. "Governor Tomblin's veto plays politics with the lives of unborn children. He is certainly not a pro-life governor and should no longer claim to be."

The West Virginia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would generally protect the lives of pain-capable unborn children from being killed by abortion. The bill would protect unborn children from 20 weeks fetal age, based on legislative findings that there is compelling evidence that an unborn child by that point (if not earlier) is capable of experiencing excruciating pain during the process of dismemberment or other abortion procedures.

"Governor Tomblin cannot claim to be pro-life and then veto a bill that seeks to protect unborn children who can feel pain from abortions," added Karen Cross, National Right to Life political director."Unborn children who recoil from painful stimuli and who must routinely be given anesthesia when operated on will still be painfully killed in West Virginia because of the callousness demonstrated by Governor Tomblin."

The legislation is based on a National Right to Life model bill that is currently in effect in eight states across the country: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Texas.

"A substantial majority supports protecting pain-capable unborn children," Tobias added. "Governor Tomblin has now shown he's clearly in the pro-abortion minority that wants to continue the current policy of abortion on demand."

Some of the extensive evidence that unborn children have the capacity to experience pain, at least by 20 weeks developmental age, is available on the NRLC website at http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/fetalpain and also here: http://www.doctorsonfetalpain.com/

February 19, 2015

Obama tells faith-based groups they must refer refugee children for abortions

By Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D./February 19, 2015 (C-Fam)

The Obama administration is getting ready to issue new rules requiring charities to provide abortions to child refugees entering the US without their parents. Faith-based groups say this is a contravention of the rights of parents and a violation of the conscience rights of faith-based groups helping resettle the children.

The public has until Monday to comment on the fast-tracked new rules, which were issued on Christmas Eve. The administration says it would be "contrary to the public interest" to wait "until a public notice and comment process is complete." The administration also asserts that no Congressional review is required and that there is no issue with federalism or any impact on families in the new guidance.

The rules require faith-based providers to make referrals for emergency contraception, partner with groups which provide abortion, or notify the federal government which would make arrangements for the abortion. If groups do not do so, they are not eligible for federal aid. Staff associated with Catholic agencies told the Friday Fax that they had conveyed their objection to the new rules to the Obama administration. They are required to comply no later than June 24, 2015.

The rules also require care provider facilities to train their staff in "LGBTQI" and identifying "transgender and intersex" unaccompanied children. The rules assert that "'Gender' refers to the attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that a given culture associates with a person's biological sex," and that "This term is not to be confused with 'sex' [which] refers to a person's biological status and is typically categorized as male, female, or intersex."

To help care workers identify a child's sex the rules advise, "There are a number of indicators of biological sex, including sex chromosomes, gonads, internal reproductive organs, and external genitalia." "'Gender identity,' refers to one's sense of oneself as a male, female, or transgender," it says.

Several human rights instruments require nations to protect children from predation by adults. In cases where parents are still alive, this includes their rights to raise their children in accordance with their religious beliefs.

Even so, in 2013 UNICEF issued a report claiming that children as young as ten years of age have the "right" to sexual and reproductive health services without parental consent. To justify the assertion, UNICEF referred to the comments by the committee that oversees implementation on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. That same committee told the Holy See last year that its opposition to teen sex and abortion represented a violation of the treaty.

Faith-based experts told the Friday Fax their comment on the proposed rule is that the requirement to perform, partner or refer for abortion or contraception are a violation of conscience rights.

February 6, 2015

NC Poll: 69 Percent of Tarheel GOP Voters Aged 18 to 49 Support 20-Week Abortion Ban

by Neil McCabe, Townhall.com

Less than two weeks after Rep. Renee Ellmers (R.-N.C.) sabotaged the expected passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, 69 percent of North Carolina Republicans aged 18 to 49 support the ban on abortions after 20-weeks asked directly without conditions or nuance in a Townhall/Gravis poll of 782 randomly selected registered GOP voters.

Sixty percent of Republicans aged 50 to 64 support the ban, as do 55 percent of GOP voters older than 65, said Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis Insights, the Florida-based pollster the executed the poll. The Jan. 31 poll carries a margin of error of 3.5 percent.he said.

Ellmers, the chairwoman of the Republican Women's Policy Committee, signed up as a co-sponsor of , H.R. 36, Jan. 9, but on the Jan. 20 anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision the congresswoman withdrew her name as a co-sponsor. In 2013, Ellmers voted for the same bill.

Kaplan said 58 percent of all Republican voters, who were asked: "Would you support a federal outlawing abortions after 20 weeks or pregnancy?" said they supported the ban and 27 percent said they were opposed.

Broken down by ethnic communities, 58 percent respondents identifying themselves as Hispanic supported the straight-out 20-week ban, 67 percent of those identifying themselves as Asian, he said...

In a Jan. 21 Facebook post, the congresswoman said: "To clear up any misinformation, I will be voting tomorrow to support H.R. 36 - The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protect Act Resources bill. I have and will continue to be a strong defender of the prolife community."

The post not only distorted her moves against the bill, but also shifted her support from the unborn to the people fighting for the unborn--in effect announcing that she was not longer of the pro-life movement, but was now a sympathetic outsider.

Consistent with her new outsider posture, Ellmers dug in her high heels with a Jan. 30 post on her official blog, when she dressed down the advocates for the unborn: "I am appalled by the abhorrent and childish behaviors from some of the leaders of the outside groups."

Furthermore in the post, the congresswoman described herself as both "Pro-life and Compassionate," as if she was balancing two competing ideals, rather than two unified goals.

The registered nurse told National Journal her opposition to the bill was rooted in her concern that young Americans supported abortion rights and that fighting to protect the unborn was bad for the image of the Republican Party.

In addition to pulling her name as a co-sponsor, Ellmers worked with the House Republican leadership on ways to delay the vote of the pain-capable bill or otherwise weaken its provision that would have encouraged women to report their rapist to law enforcement.

The talks between House GOP leadership and Ellmers, who is married to surgeon Brent R. Ellmers, struck at the heart of the rebooted pro-life movement tactics. On one track, the pro-life movement is focusing the current system as the willing partner of men abusing underage females. The other track, sets asides arguments about the humanity or viability of unborn children, and instead deals with the pain inflicted on the unborn.

In the end, the bill was pulled from the House calendar by leadership--just as hundreds of thousands of advocates for the unborn were mustering for the annual March for Life....

Read entire article here.

February 3, 2015

Students to challenge Rep. Tim Ryan on right to life reversal

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 /Christian Newswire --

Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) made national news last week when he changed his position on abortion from protecting the rights of the preborn to dismissing those rights in favor of abortion.

Disturbed by the Congressman's reasoning for his switch, high school and college students plan to visit his office in Washington, DC at 2pm today, Tuesday, February 3, to voice their concerns.

"Particularly troubling in Congressman Ryan's op-ed was that he completely dismissed the humanity of the preborn baby," said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. "By using familiar talking points from the abortion industry, the congressman refused to acknowledge why, in his words, 'no one celebrates abortion.' It's because a life is taken, one that he didn't even talk about in his op-ed."

According to a recent Knights of Columbus/Marist survey, 59% of Millennials think abortion is morally wrong and 58% see abortion as doing more harm than good. When it comes to banning abortions after a certain point in pregnancy, National Journal reported that 52% of Millennials want abortions banned after 20 weeks. Rep. Ryan made no mention of his stance on limitations to abortion rights.

"We need to love both the mother and her preborn child, not pit them against each other," said Hawkins. "Abortion is never the answer. We are working hard on our campuses to make them more pregnancy and parenting friendly. It starts with changing the culture and this generation, through their care for the mother and the baby, will be the ones to ultimately abolish abortion."

Students will be traveling to visit Congressman Ryan's office from the Northern Virginia area.

For more information, please contact Kristina Hernandez at khernandez@studentsforlife.org or 908-902-8473.

January 27, 2015

Fact-checking the fact checkers

Family Research Council/January 26, 2015 --

John Adams famously quipped that, "Facts are stubborn things." If only the media's so-called "fact checkers" wouldn't be so stubbornly biased, the facts might just get a fair hearing. After the House passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7) last week, The Washington Post fact checked Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), giving her 3 undeserved "Pinocchios," for saying: "The president's health-care law authorized massive subsidies to assist millions of Americans to purchase private health plans that will cover abortion on demand... hard-earned taxpayer dollars are now being used to pay for elective abortions."

FRC wrote last year about the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report which revealed that taxpayer-funded subsidies helped pay for 1,036 ObamaCare plans which cover abortion on demand. Even The Washington Post conceded much of Rep. Foxx's claim when they wrote, "abortion charges would range from 0.2 percent to 0.65 percent of an enrollee's monthly bill." The issue isn't how much, but whether taxpayer subsidized plans cover elective abortion at all....

Read entire article here.

January 22, 2015

Pro-life protest at Congresswoman Ellmers' office TODAY at 3PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2015 /Christian Newswire --

Pro-life activists will meet in front of the Longworth House Office Building at the corner of Constitution Avenue and New Jersey Avenue SE at 3:00 p.m., today, January 22, 2015.

Congresswoman Ellmers and the republican party betray innocent children and their mothers by pulling ban on abortions after twenty weeks.

Rev. Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition and one of the organizer, states:

This is not a political betrayal, this is a betrayal of human rights and justice.

To think that Congresswoman Ellmers has withdrawn support for this ban on abortion shows an utter lack of commitment to women, human rights and social justice. We are going to her office to encourage her to reaffirm her commitment to this bill and announce a national campaign focusing on House Republican women who are withdrawing support for this bill.

Jill Stanek states:

Having personally held a twenty-week old abortion survivor for forty-five minutes until he died, I can personally attest to the fact that these babies feel excruciating pain as they die. Congresswoman Ellmers attempt to block a bill to protect these babies is reprehensible. I will be protesting at her office today in memory of the baby I held.
Jill Stanek is a nurse turned speaker, columnist and blogger, a national figure in the effort to protect both preborn and postborn innocent human life. See more at: www.jillstanek.com/bio

For more information or interviews call Rev. Patrick Mahoney at 540.538.4741

January 13, 2015

'40' Film to make TV debut January 21 on EWTN

GLENVIEW, Ill., Jan. 13, 2015/Christian Newswire --

40, one of the most compelling pro-life documentaries ever produced, will make its U.S. and Canada television premiere on Wednesday January 21, 2015 on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) at 11p.m. EST. This special television broadcast of 40 will coincide with the annual March for Life coverage on the network the following day on January 22. EWTN will also have an encore presentation of 40 at 10 p.m. EST on January 24 to complement the West Coast March for Life.

The issue of abortion is personal for former Fox Sports Net sportscaster and 40 Director John Morales who says, "I'm not only post-abortive but I'm also an adoptive father."

40 is an inspirational movie that examines the effects of abortion on our nation over the last 40 years since Roe v. Wade. The film presents abortion as the most important human and civil rights issue of our time. 40 gives voice to both sides fairly and lets women speak for themselves through experience on the reasons for their firm convictions about abortion. 40 highlights well-reasoned secular arguments against the pro-choice position and provides heartfelt testimonies from post abortive women and men. 40 also reports on the youth at the annual March for Life as the generation that will end abortion.

40 features dozens of the biggest names in the Pro-Life movement, such as: Lila Rose, the President of Live Action, Abby Johnson, Former Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic Director and Founder of "And Then There Were None," Rebecca Kiessling, Pro-life Speaker and Conceived in Rape, Jeanne Monahan, President of March for Life Education and Defense Fund, Joe Scheidler, Founder of the Pro-Life Action League, David Bereit, National Director of 40 Days for Life, and many more!

Since its world premiere on December 11, 2013, 40 has been screened in over 100 theatres, universities, high schools, and churches across the U.S. The 40 film was an Official Entry in the John Paul II International Film Festival in Miami, Florida and the Arcangel Film Festival in San Gabriel, CA.

40 is directed by the co-producer of the award winning Champions of Faith: Baseball Edition, John Morales, and from Executive Producer and Movie to Movement Founder, Jason Jones. The production team of photojournalist Rob Kaczmark and Spirit Juice Studios brings years of film making experience to the project. Actress Jennifer Cadena, (The Roommate, Crescendo, and Little Boy), lends her beautiful and youthful voice in the narration of the 40 film. Award winning media composer Sean Beeson wrote the original music scores for 40.

40 is available on DVD at www.The40Film.com , www.EWTNRC.com or www.Ignatius.com

To schedule an interview with 40 Director/Producer John Morales call Cindy Morales at Pro-Life Champions 847-803-4003 info@the40film.com

January 9, 2015

Family Research Council joins Silent No More Awareness in their launch of Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion Campaign

January 08, 2015/WASHINGTON, D.C. --

Today, Family Research Council joined the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in a news conference at the National Press Club to promote the Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion initiative, a year-long effort to reach all the different groups of people who are or have been impacted by an abortion.

The official launch for Shockwaves will be at the annual Silent No More gathering in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building during the March for Life on January 22.

Arina Grossu, FRC's Director of the Center for Human Dignity, gave the following comments at the Shockwaves of Abortion press conference:

"The wounds from abortion are deep. Abortion not only kills an innocent baby, but deeply wounds her mother and everyone else involved.

"Abortion deeply wounds our civilization, making us callous to the value of each and every human life. In America, we have lost 57 million babies due to abortion since 1973.

"The emptiness resulting from the sheer loss of innocent human life is vast. A mother's womb should be the safest place on earth for her unborn child, yet it is often the battleground between life and death. Abortion not only tears a child from her mother's womb, but tears away at the intimate fabric of the family unit.

"Family Research Council is grateful for the opportunity to stand with the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and Priests for Life today. This project is aimed at praying and offering support for healing to those affected by the shockwaves of abortion. The hurting and depressed, those who can't forgive themselves or who suffer from addictions or other kinds of brokenness need compassion and help.

"The wounds inflicted by abortion on so many people are compounded by its wound on our national soul. By helping individuals heal from their abortion wounds, we hope that the nation as a whole can recover from the shockwaves of abortion," concluded Grossu.

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