It’s four years overdue, but America is finally beginning to have the debate about Obamacare we were promised. Barack Obama had assured us – another in his long series of broken promises – that the meetings held to devise the plan would be televised on C-SPAN. Americans would have every opportunity to know what the law is, and how it would affect them.
That never happened. The law was put together behind closed doors. Nancy Pelosi later arrogantly told us “we have to pass the law so you can know what’s in it.”
Now we’re finding out.
National Right to Life was a lone early voice exposing how the law would cause rationing of life-saving care. But Obamacare supporters have mocked the claim. Their standard line has been “the ACA is designed to expand coverage, not reduce it.”
But that’s only one part of the law. Central to this overhaul of our healthcare system is a harsh regime of rationing – denial of care. And it’s finally being admitted.
Americans don’t yet realize the law will prevent you from
spending your own money to get treatments deemed “ineffective” in an Orwellian way
by the unelected, largely unaccountable IPAB board.
Last summer, former Vermont governor, Democratic presidential candidate, physician and Obamacare supporter Howard Dean made headlines when he spilled the beans. The Independent Payment Advisory Board set up by Obamacare, Dean said, was “essentially a health care rationing board.”
Further clarification about the role of this board, known as IPAB, came in a series of interviews and tweets last week by Time magazine Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin. Coming from an avowed supporter of universal coverage, as Halperin is, the interviews were very instructive, containing insights every American should know.
Halperin first discussed rationing on a November 25th Newsmax TV program. “It’s built into the plan. It’s not like a guess or like a judgment. That’s going to be part of how costs are controlled.”
Later that day, Halperin clarified in a tweet that his comments were not about so-called “death panels,” as the show’s host had termed it, but about rationing. This is an important distinction for pro-lifers to understand so we (unlike Obama) are completely clear and honest about what the Affordable Care Act does when we discuss it with others.
“Death Panels” vs. broad government-generated rationing in the ACA
The British National Health Service (NHS) has appeals committees to review “individual funding requests.” They meet to determine whether treatments in a specific case will or won’t be paid for by the government health care system, NHS. These have sometimes been termed “death panels” because if a patient needs a treatment to save or extend his life and can’t afford to pay for it himself, a verdict of “no” by the committee means the patient could die – hence, the term “death panel.”
Obamcare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will not operate this way. It won’t review individual cases; in fact, the law is written to preclude this type of direct rationing. That’s why some Obamacare supporters protest that the law actually bars IPAB from rationing.
But Obamacare actually gives IPAB far more power to ration than if it was acting as judge and jury to individual patients. Broadly speaking, IPAB is given sweeping powers to recommend to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) whether and how whole categories of treatments are to be reimbursed – and is required to use these powers to prevent overall health care spending from being allowed even to keep up with medical inflation. Thus, they can (in fact, it is their job to) limit reimbursement and ration care from thousands or millions of people at a time.
For example, IPAB might decide that a new, promising treatment for breast cancer is not “cost-effective,” given the board’s calculation of the number of lives it might save versus the cost to offer the treatment. HHS might then issue a “quality measure” binding on health care providers that does not authorize use of the treatment.
Effectively, HHS would have the power to drive most doctors out of business if they ignore its directives to ration. Women who might have been saved by the new treatment would die if the older, cheaper treatments don’t cure them.
Halperin was open about the law’s intention to ration in a follow-up interview on CNBC last Tuesday.
“Those decisions that are made by that board are going to lead to what I think could be described perfectly reasonably as rationing, “ Halperin said. “Again, as I said, that’s built into the system.”
“The Independent Payment Advisory Board, which is a big part of the Affordable Care Act that is central to cost control, is something that hasn’t been debated in a real way . . . we need to have that debate in this country.”
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Currently, if an insurance company, doctor or hospital denies you a treatment or payment for a treatment, you have several options. States have insurance commissions to which you have a right to appeal payment denials by insurance companies. You can go to another doctor or hospital to get care.
Under Obamacare, these avenues will be largely closed off to you and your loved ones. If the government says you can’t get a treatment, your current ability to appeal to a government body will be curtailed. And Americans don’t yet realize the law will prevent you from spending your own money to get treatments deemed in an Orwellian way “ineffective” by the unelected, largely unaccountable IPAB board.
That makes it absolutely critical that National Right to Life inform Americans, warn Americans, empower Americans to overturn this law that will be so deadly to so many of their loved ones – and ultimately to many of us. Please take the time to see one way we’re spreading the truth about Obamacare rationing at www.nrlc.org/medethics/healthcarerationing.
LifeNews Note: Carol Tobias is the president of the National Right to Life Committee.
Proposed changes to abortion law are not wanted by the people of Northern Ireland nor by their elected representatives, said SPUC Northern Ireland.
SPUC Northern Ireland was responding to reports today that David Ford, Northern Ireland’s justice minister, is to launch a consultation on whether Northern Ireland’s abortion law should be changed to allow abortion where the unborn child is terminally-ill or has been conceived in rape or incest.
Liam Gibson, SPUC Northern Ireland’s development officer, told the media earlier today:
“The people and politicians of Northern Ireland have shown, time and time again, that they reject pro-abortion attempts to change Northern Ireland’s abortion law. I am confident that they will do so again. This consultation is not the result of public opinion but the result of a propaganda campaign orchestrated by the pro-abortion lobby and its willing accomplices in the media, most notably Stephen Nolan.”
Abortion is not a compassionate response to the diagnosis of fatal disability. Babies with fatal disabilities are no less human than other children and share the same right to life as all other human beings. The law in Northern Ireland respects that right, while the British Abortion Act has led to the situation where it is lawful to kill a disabled child up to birth.
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Abortion in cases of rape or incest is also not a compassionate response for the mother. Abortion simply adds a second tragic and traumatic experience onto the first. Unborn children conceived in rape or incest should not be punished by being killed by abortion. It is a basic principle of natural justice that the innocent should not be punished along with the guilty.”
LifeNews.com Note: John Smeaton is the director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), a leading pro-life group in the UK.
China’s top filmmaker has released an open letter on his blog admitting he and his wife have three children. Why the fuss? Their two sons and daughter were not pre-approved by family planning officials.
Zhang Yimou and his wife “sincerely apologize to the public for the negative impact this event has caused.”
Local family planning officials launched an investigation in May when reports surfaced online of Zhang’s multiple children. Jiangsu province, where they live, fines parents with 2 “extra” children up to five to eight times their combined annual income.
Zhang produced the spectacular Beijing Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies. His films “Raise the Red Lantern” and “To Live” (about a man who just wants to live a simple life) have won international acclaim.
In the past few years, pictures of babies forcibly aborted have exposed China’s brutal practices. But this latest news is drawing attention to the draconian practices of officials who use family planning to control populations.
Reaction online within China is revealing the angst over the abusive policy limiting the children people can have. The Wall Street Journal reports some believe Zhan is blameless for wanting children, and others see this as a privilege afforded the rich and powerful.
“In Chinese society, if you have money, you have power. You can have as many kids as you want. Common people have it the toughest,” wrote one person.
“If I had three children,” wrote another, “my children wouldn’t be able to register for a hukou, and my wife and I would probably lose our jobs.” Hukou is a household registration system to control where people can live.
China’s powerful family planning agents punish violators of the one-child policy – which requires pre-approval before conceiving a child – with jail, losing jobs, forced sterilizations and abortions and heavy fines. Sometimes family members are imprisoned and houses bulldozed.
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China recently slightly revised its invasive one-child policy to allow adults who are only-children to have a second child. This will have little effect on the impending demographic crash with too few workers, or people to provide for the elderly.
Zhang said he would accept any punishment.
LifeNews Note: Wendy Wright writes for the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. This article originally appeared in the pro-life group’s Turtle Bay and Beyond blog and is used with permission.
A 92-page motion was filed on December 3 with the Kansas Supreme Court on behalf of former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline asking for a rehearing of an ethics case against him or a modification of the Court’s ruling that indefinitely suspended his license to practice law.
The motion, filed by Tom Condit, challenged the conclusions of the Court, which was comprised of five temporary members who replaced five Justices that recused themselves from hearing the final oral arguments in Kline’s long-running ethics case.
“Reading Kline’s Motion for Rehearing or Modification brings home the injustice that continues to reverberate throughout Kansas, which has placed abortionists above the law and prosecutors under fear of enforcing the law,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The court system has convicted the wrong person and let the criminals go free only to re-offend.”
In the Court’s October 18, 2013 ruling, Kline was found to have committed 11 violations of the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct (KRPC) in the course of six fact scenarios. Condit challenged each of these, noting that the decision was based on errant reasoning, including factual errors and misrepresentations, misapplication of law, and a “palpable double standard governing truth and error in attorney communications” that the jurors themselves could never hope to survive if scrutinized to the same extent as Kline.
The case stems from Kline’s attempt to enforce Kansas laws related to the non-reporting of child sex abuse and illegal late-term abortions. His investigations and attempted prosecutions of two abortion providers took place during his tenure as Attorney General from 2003-2007 and as Johnson County District Attorney from 2007-2009. The abortionists who were the focus of Kline’s investigations were George Tiller of Wichita and Planned Parenthood of Overland Park, which fought a bitter legal battle to not only derail Kline’s investigations, but to vilify him in order to discredit his cases against them.
“It is doubtful that any criminal suspect in the history of this nation has ever so successfully used a high court to thwart legitimate investigations while persuading the judicial branch of government to put the prosecutor on trial,” the motion stated, noting that the complaints against Kline filed by his political adversaries were “dripping with ideological warfare.”
Biased political climate
After years of pitched court battles, Kline filed 30 criminal charges against Tiller related to illegal late-term abortions and 107 counts against Planned Parenthood for illegal late-term abortions and manufacturing evidence to cover their crimes. Both cases were dismissed but not on the merits of either case. In fact four Kansas judges ruled that there was probable cause to believe that the abortion providers committed crimes.
In the case involving Tiller, Kline’s case was dismissed due to a spurious jurisdictional dispute, an appeal of which was withdrawn by Kline’s pro-abortion successor. The Planned Parenthood case was dismissed due to criminal destruction of evidence by an undetermined person or persons in the Attorney General’s office under one of two hand-picked minions of former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a radical supporter of unrestricted abortion. In an indication of political corruption aimed at protecting abortionists who were breaking the law, there has been little effort to discover who destroyed the evidence and bring them to justice, while the trumped-up ethics case against Kline was vigorously pursued.
Bias against Kline based on political ideology reared its head at every stage of the proceedings.
Because of the fierce political climate created by former Gov. Sebelius that endeavored to obstruct abortion clinic investigations, which was reinforced almost daily by Kansas abortion providers and editorial writers who wove “their public relations masterpiece of deception” against Kline, the investigations were harmed and confidential witnesses became afraid to provide further evidence, according to Kline’s motion documents.
Limits on Kline’s defense
In his defense, Kline’s motion states several areas that are grounds for either a rehearing or modification of the disciplinary order, the first of which is that his appeal brief unfairly was restricted to a mere 80 pages when the Panel Report condemning him was 185 pages. This restriction prevented Kline’s attorneys from fully developing his defense.
“Catch 22″ of conflicting orders
In issuing their disciplinary ruling, the Court found that Kline violated ethics rules when he attached a sealed document to a brief in the Alpha, Beta v. Kline case. This was a secret Writ of Mandamus lawsuit against Kline filed by Tiller and Planned Parenthood under seal that sought to prevent Kline from obtaining abortion records through a subpoena issued by Judge Richard Anderson, after Anderson determined that there was probable cause to believe that crimes had been committed by the abortionists. Eventually, Kline would win this suit and was provided redacted abortion records from both abortion clinics.
However, Kline’s motion states that the Court in disciplining Kline misrepresented facts and ignored exculpatory evidence in reaching that conclusion. Kline and his staff were forced to navigate between two conflicting orders issued by the Kansas Supreme Court during the Alpha case. The first order placed the case under seal, meaning that the proceedings and record were secret and could not be discussed in public. The second order directed the parties to file public briefs and conduct oral arguments in an open courtroom.
The abortion clinics filed a “deceptive brief” according to Kline’s motion, and conducted a press conference revealing Tiller and Planned Parenthood as the identities of the “Alpha” and “Beta” petitioners. This set off a “firestorm” that led the public to believe that Kline was “a threat to the privacy of women and their medical records.”
In fact, Kline sought no patient identities and none were ever revealed.
Kline sought ways as the State Attorney General to balance the conflicting orders and address the public misinformation that was eroding public confidence in Kline’s office and harming his investigation by scaring potential witnesses away from cooperating.
Kline and his prosecutors sought guidance from the Appellate Court Clerk, but received none. After several discussions amongst his staff, Kline heavily redacted sealed documents that were necessary to helping the Court clearly understand the issues involved and attached them to his brief. The integrity of the seal was maintained while the facts could be clearly presented in open court.
The conflicting orders put Kline in a “Catch 22” situation that it is doubtful any attorney could have successfully navigated. By failing to mention the record, Kline could be accused of misrepresenting facts. By including heavily redacted portions of the record, he was accused of disregarding a court directive.
Perjured testimony trumps Grand Jury transcript
Kline was also found to have violated ethics rules by giving misleading advice concerning the Aid For Women case to a citizen-called Grand Jury convened to investigate Planned Parenthood. Aid for Women was a suit challenging Kline’s non-binding opinion issued as Attorney General at the request of a State Legislator that stated he believed that reporting of sexual activity in children under 15 was required to be reported under the state’s mandatory reporting law. The ruling found that sexual activity that was suspected of causing harm must be reported, but conduct between consensual age-mates need only be reported if it is suspected that it caused harm.
In one of the most egregious decisions by the Court that disciplined Kline, the Court treated as fact perjured testimony from a grand juror even though it was clear from the Grand Jury transcript that Kline accurately related Kansas law to the grand jury as it stood at that time. In finding that Kline committed an ethics violation, the Court had to completely disregard the official grand jury transcript in preference to testimony from a person that was not accurately relating Kline’s words.
That incident alone should be enough for the Court to rehear Kline’s defense.
“It is fair to say that a Court Opinion that began with a tone of neutrality and moderation eventually morphed into a biting criticism…falsely signaling to readers that Mr. Kline lied and lied again for his own selfish reasons,” stated Kline’s defense, when in fact, Kline was acting in good faith every step of the way.
Recent events validate Kline’s actions
In the end, four judges agreed that there was probable cause to believe Tiller and Planned Parenthood committed a total of 137 serious crimes related to illegal late-term abortions. The merits of those cases was never in question and never received a trial.
Since then, events have transpired that validate Kline’s charges against Tiller and Planned Parenthood. Despite the findings of a politically biased Disciplinary Board, time has proven what Kline’s investigations had uncovered: Kansas abortion clinics were breaking the law.
Abortion clinic concealment of child rape
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Kline’s allegations were confirmed with the 2006 rape conviction of Robert Estrada who began to sexually abuse his two step daughters when they were just 11 and 12 years old. Estrada impregnated the 12-year old then took her to a Wichita abortion clinic where she received an abortion without a suspected abuse report being filed. Estrada continued to rape both girls for four more years, resulting in a total of four pregnancies. I reported on this story on Operation Rescue.org. Kline forwarded the abortion records obtained during his investigations to Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston, who falsely told reporters Kline had nothing to do with the case. In an apparent cover-up, the abortionist was never held accountable for his actions either criminally or by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts where Operation Rescue filed a complaint against him. Kline’s investigations into abortion clinics that hid child sex abuse was thwarted by attorneys for the investigation’s targets and Kansas oversight agencies, such as SRS and KDH&E. Kline was never able ascertain if over 160 minor girls aged 14 and younger who had been subjected to abortions were safe or still in danger from continued abuse thanks to the Sebelius Administrations’ obstructive legal interference.
Illegal late-term abortions in Wichita
While Kline’s 30 criminal counts against late-term abortionist George Tiller never saw the inside of a courtroom, Tiller was later charged by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts on 11 counts of illegal late-term abortions based on a complaint filed by Operation Rescue in 2006 and amended in 2007. While Tiller’s disciplinary case was never fully adjudicated due to his death, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts later revoked the medical license of Ann Kristin Neuhaus, the abortionist who provided Tiller with the second referral that was then required by Kansas law for each post-viability abortion. Neuhaus’s revocation were based on the same 11 counts with which Tiller had been charged. The KSBHA found that Neuhaus improperly concluded that abortions were necessary based on her phony and negligently conducted mental health screenings. Testimony revealed that abortions done based on Neuhaus’ referrals were illegal. Kline’s allegations had been on the mark.
Illegal late-term abortions at Planned Parenthood and manufacturing evidence
As Johnson County District Attorney Kline filed 107 criminal charges against them for illegal abortions and manufacturing evidence to cover their crimes. The case was supported by probable cause findings from three Kansas judges. Kline’s successor, Steve Howe, was a political rival with a grudge against Kline for once firing him. The case under Howe was marred by scandal. Evidence against Planned Parenthood was apparently shredded by an undetermined person in the Attorney General’s office while under the control of either Paul Morrison or Steve Six, both Sebelius lackeys and Kline’s political enemies. Eventually the evidence destruction paved the way for the dismissal of all Kline’s charges against Planned Parenthood – not on the merits, but on the fact that evidence had been destroyed. This destruction of evidence was a serious crime, yet to this day, no one is trying to determine who was responsible. In fact, the case’s merits were never considered in the dismissal arguments, a testament to their validity.
In all, these abortion clinics got away with their crimes. This has served to empower Kansas abortion to continue to ignore the law knowing that no prosecutor will dare to investigate them lest Kline’s fate befall them. This attitude of being abortionists being above the law continues to place the lives and health of women at risk
“There is no doubt in our minds, based on our experience consisting of hours and hours of attending court hearings, reading volumes of court pleadings and transcripts, and our first-hand involvement in events related to Kline’s abortion clinic investigations, that Kline is a good and honest man who was railroaded by a corrupt political environment that warped and distorted every word and action into some nefarious plot,” said Newman. “When politics and political ideology infect the court system, we can only expect injustice and erosion in the people’s confidence in the system. In order to restore some of that confidence, we hope the Court will reconsider Kline’s discipline and dismiss this spurious ethics case against him in the interest of justice.”
LifeNews.com Note: Cheryl Sullenger is a leader of Operation Rescue, a Kansas-based pro-life that monitors abortion practitioners and exposes their illegal and unethical practices.
A pro-abortion group is facing a lawsuit for posting private, confidential contact information of pro-life advocates online who protest or offer abortion alternatives at local abortion clinics.
Attorney Steven Tiedemann has filed three suits in Federal and State Court against Voice of Choice, its founder Todd Stave, and its current director Wendy Robinson. Tiedemann represents pro-life people injured by VOC’s “Bully List,” which lists abortion clinic protestors, complete with their photo, and their personal address, email and phone numbers.
According to information provided to LifeNews from one of the pro-life advocates in the case, “Stave began VOC as his response to anti-abortion activists who picketed his daughter’s “back-to-school” night because Stave is the landlord for a late-term abortion provider. In response to calls he received from protestors, Stave asked his friends to “fight back” and return calls in a manner that he knew would be unwelcome, annoying and harassing.”
“Soon, thousands of persons from across the planet participated in this calling campaign. Stave then founded VOC to expand the harassment campaign to all abortion clinic protestors. VOC now lists protestors on its website as “Bullies” with their photo and personal contact/address information,” the pro-lifer told LifeNews. “Although VOC asks callers to be “polite” it also instructs them on how to call anonymously. Each of VOC’s followers who have made calls may be added to the suits as Defendants after Tiedemann learns their identity during discovery.”
“The filings allege that the clear purpose of VOC is to mount a harassing calling/email campaign against those listed as Bullies. The suits allege that VOC, Robinson and Stave encourage and provide instructions for their minions to call and email repeatedly in order to halt anti-abortion protests,” the pro-lifer added.
Tiedemann commented on the lawsuit, saying the pro-life people are protected in their First Amendment rights.
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“Each person listed as ‘Bullies’ on VOC’s website engage in what is clearly the exercise of their First Amendment rights and it is violation of Federal Criminal Law for Defendants to conspire to limit those rights,” Tiedemann says. “Unlike abortion protests that seek to stop a commercial transaction, Stave and his followers are conspiring to ‘shut up’ my clients in the exercise of their protected rights, and that in my opinion is illegal.”
The lawsuits allege that Stave, Robinson, VOC and their followers “oppress, threaten or intimidate” the “Bullies” in their future free-exercise of protected rights, and also punish them for their past protected speech.
Obamacare will fund abortions, is funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business, and is already rationing health care for millions of Americans. never mind that, says one MSNBC host, God supports it.
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h/t National Review
Disney superstar Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers sat down for a candid interview with New York Magazine where he describes what it was like to become famous through the Disney machine and how he and his brothers each dealt with it. There are also shocking (or not so much) confessions about drug use with his Disney costars Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato.
The post is lengthy and heartfelt. Jonas describes the unexpected pressure that fame brought to the boys as teenagers and the battles it created between who he really was and how he was being sold to young fans. He also sheds light on his religious upbringing and those now infamous purity rings. As young teenagers the Jonas brothers had decided to participate in a popular church program called “True Love Waits” in which young people wear “purity rings” as a sign of their promise to wait for sex until marriage. They were both praised and maligned. Jonas says both perspectives were disturbing to him.
But back then we explained that we had made these promises to ourselves when we were younger. A few months later, it comes out that we’re in some cult and that we’re theses little staged Mickey Mouse kids. People were coming up to us saying “Thank you so much, I’m waiting because you guys are waiting too!”. And we just thought, No! That’s not what we’re about.
Unsurprisingly Jonas didn’t fulfill that promise to himself, but I found what he had to say about losing his virginity very interesting.
We decided to take the rings off a few years ago. I lost my virginity when I was 20…I’m glad I waited for the right person because you look back and you go, “That girl was batshit crazy. I’m glad I didn’t go there”.
Many people have commented on the Disney star’s revelation about his virginity with sarcasm and a sort of “I told you so” attitude. The “conventional wisdom” of modern pop culture is that celibacy never works and is an unrealistic standard to pursue. As Jonas expressed, those who choose to wait until marriage for sex are treated as if they were brainwashed cultists. However, I think the takeaway from Jonas’ essay isn’t that abstinence is silly and doesn’t work – I think the takeaway is that abstinence DOES work, even when it doesn’t.
Jonas says he waited until he was 20 to give up his virginity. That is an impressive feat given the lifestyle and opportunities of celebrity-hood. Studies suggest teens that engage in sex are more likely to experience depression and also divorce in the future. In a society that is increasingly sexualized its certainly no secret that abstinence is very, very difficult. I promised myself I would wait until marriage. I was about the same age as Jonas when I broke that promise. I recommitted and broke it again years later.
My point is – abstinence is difficult and a lot of people fail at it. That doesn’t make it worthless. Abstinence taught me to value sex and treasure the intimacy it creates. Even though I fell short it did prevent me from making bad choices when it came to intimacy in my dating life. Because of that promise I waited longer, which gave me a better shot at one day finding a loving, respectful partner who would covet the gift of our intimacy. As a matter of fact if you ask my husband if I had slept with him while we were dating would he have ended up marrying me he will say “No”. The truth is that decision added an incentive for him to really pursue me and get to know me as a woman he could fall in love with.
Joe Jonas said about the same thing. Even in his admission of failure he still recognizes that his early promise set the tone for how he viewed sex. It taught him relationships have serious ramifications in any life and sex is best and safest (for mind, heart and body) when shared with someone you have a long-term relationship with. To me that’s a resounding endorsement for abstinence. Sex can create LIFE. It can destroy confidence, inspire crazy behavior, sparks wars and celebrations and yet we’ve been sold so many lies about how inconsequential sex really is.
Abstinence is a tool in valuing that most intimate of acts. How can that ever be wrong?
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Neither Jonas nor I fulfilled the promises we made to ourselves as teens. That abstinence bar is pretty high but as a member of a community that is oft-subject to the “soft bigotry of low expectations” (see what Florida is doing for their Black students) I am loathe to lower standards for our children. There is worth in reaching for a goal, even if it is a lofty one. Those who choose abstinence for themselves aren’t crazy, and if they fail they are NOT failures. Jonas may have made a leap for the bar and come up short, but at least his feet were off the ground for a moment.
LifeNews Note: Kira Davis is a writer at Independent Journal Review, where this column originally appeared.
While families were gathered around their tables on Thanksgiving Day, Planned Parenthood reached directly into homes across the nation, stealing the attention of teens and turning it toward the perverse world of Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood Info for Teens featured a do-it-yourself condom turkey meme on Thanksgiving. Notification arrived via portable mobile device to those who follow the page. The turkey, sporting condom feathers and a condom wattle, drew such comments as “At least it’s protected for the Thanksgiving ‘stuffing,’” and “Remember to protect yourselves, kids. . . Even if all you’re stuffing is a turkey.” One teen commented, “This is the kind of holiday I always dream of.” How many teens saw this while seated at Thanksgiving dinner?
And that’s not the only suggestion Planned Parenthood had for ruining the Thanksgiving holiday. It exhumed its Talking Turkey: 8 Easy Steps for Discussing Reproductive Health and Justice at the Holiday Table, warning, “Going home or getting together with relatives for the holidays is always a stressful time, but if your family members are the type who regularly protest outside the local Planned Parenthood, you know that this holiday is going to be a doozy.” But Planned Parenthood aficionados need not fear! Planned Parenthood coached them to regurgitate its propaganda at the Thanksgiving dinner table, while reassuring their wild-eyed pro-life relatives that their beliefs are “respected,” but whether someone has an abortion is really none of their business.
If that’s not enough meddling in Thanksgiving, the government had some suggestions for your family celebration as well. The family gathering should be turned into a recruiting session for Obamacare, from which, of course, Planned Parenthood benefits exponentially.
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In this strange new world that was not so very long ago America the Beautiful, family members are coerced to propagandize their God-fearing, freedom-loving siblings, parents, and other family members to get on board the fast train to hell during the most sacred times of the year. And if that doesn’t work, there is always the social media arm of Planned Parenthood, with its covert ability to reach right into our cozy homes to stealthily corrupt our children, even as they sit across the table from us.
The abortion giant knows no limits when it comes to recruiting children and teens to build the customer base for its sex business. It is counting on the fact that parents are too busy to notice what they are doing.
LifeNews.com Note: Rita Diller is the national director of American Life League’s Stop Planned Parenthood Project.
n a day and age where the fertility industry has produced birth with multiple children — as many as eight in some cases as multiple human embryos are implanted — the birth of natural-born triplets is increasingly rare. However, a couple in northern California have been blessed with a rare set of identical triplets, conceived without the help of fertility drugs.
The three girls will remain in the hospital until they’re physically and medically ready to go home.
A local television station has the details on these beautiful babies:
Abby, Brindabella (Brin, for short), and Laurel Hepner were born at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento to parents Hannah and Tom on November 22. The girls are all named after family members or special places in the lives of their parents. Brindabella is named after a mountain range in Australia located near where Tom Hepner grew up.
“The end of the year is going to be big in our families I guess,” Tom told KTXL.
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The Hepners live in Quincy, California, approximately 100 miles north of Sacramento. A month before the births, Hannah Hepner was airlifted to the hospital to begin receiving treatment from a team of specialists. Sutter offers a program for so-called “moms of mutiples” to help them through their pregnancy.
Abby weighed 3 pounds, 2 ounces; Brin 3 pounds, 11 ounces; and Laurel 4 pounds. Gilbert told the Bee those were good weights for triplets and said the girls were doing well.
As the mainstream media is now commonly reporting, and as NRL News Today has repeatedly documented, individuals whose health insurance policies are being terminated against their will are finding that the replacement policies available in the state and federal “exchanges” typically severely restrict the doctors and health care facilities in their plan networks, omitting many specialists and highly rated health care centers.
The replacement policies often force people to leave their current physicians for others from a small pool of doctors accepting bottom-of-the-barrel reimbursements. It’s as though your minivan was suddenly repossessed and replaced with a subcompact.
Also being reported in the mainstream media are acknowledgments of rationing elements in Obamacare that the National Right to Life Committee has been warning of since its original proposal in 2009 and 2010. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, a prior Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is a physician who has been a presidential candidate as well as an Obamacare supporter. Last summer, he was widely quoted as saying the Independent Payment Advisory Board set up by Obamacare is “essentially a health care rationing board.”
Now Time magazine political analyst Mark Halperin has chimed in.
During a November 26, 2013, interview on CNBC, he noted, “The Independent Payment Advisory Board, which is a big part of the Affordable Care Act that is central to cost control, is something that hasn’t been debated in a real way . . . we need to have that debate in this country. . . . Those decisions that are made by that board are going to lead to what I think could be described perfectly reasonably as rationing.”
On a Newsmax TV program the previous day, Halperin said that rationing is “built into the plan. It’s not like a guess or like a judgment. That’s going to be part of how costs are controlled.”
It is said that as Benjamin Franklin was departing from the Constitutional Convention, he was accosted by a woman who asked whether under the newly drafted Constitution ours was to be a monarchy or a republic. “A republic, Madam,” Franklin is reported to have said, “–if you can keep it.”
Americans can keep our freedom – including our freedom to spend our own money, if we choose, to save the lives of our family members – only if we inform ourselves about the laws enacted in our name, and seek action from our legislators based on that information. Candidly, how many have carefully read National Right to Life’s factsheet, “Routes to Rationing”? You need to study it well enough to be able to recount the four key ways by which the federal government, under Obamacare, is limiting what we are allowed to spend, out of our own private funds, to get life-saving health care?
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Any who have not read and studied it owe to their family – and to their children’s children – to go to www.nrlc.org/medethics/healthcarerationing before it is too late.
LifeNews.com Note: Burke J. Balch, J.D., is a pro-life attorney and the director of National Right to Life’s Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics.
Rather than confront evidence of unsanitary abortions, the ACLU chooses to mischaracterize commonsense health regulations with juvenile cartoons.
More and more states are adopting commonsense laws to protect women and children from the abuses of the profit-driven abortion industry. And for good reason: state inspections have found alarming violations of health and safety regulations and closed down some clinics, here, here, and here. While some states have shut down filthy, unsanitary clinics, other clinics skate by due to under-regulation.
How is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) responding to these revelations? Is it applauding new protections for women and children? Is it part of the solution to the threats of abortion?
No, the ACLU is waging a campaign – “They Think We’re Stupid” — to mischaracterize the efforts to clean up Big Abortion’s health hazards. And the ACLU has enlisted the help of Jen Sorenson, a political cartoonist, to illustrate the campaign in “Stealth Attack: What you need to know about the new abortion laws,” seen here.
Sorenson’s cartoon mocks new state laws as trite and trivial. She headlines a series of cartoon panels “One favorite ‘incremental’ tactic of these groups: Utterly Bogus Clinic Regulations.” The cartoon claims laws actually written to hold abortion clinics accountable to commonsense health and safety standards are forcing them to close because of parking lot size and the width of hallways, as measured by a man who claims, “This simply won’t do,” and “Tsk! Tsk! Not big enough!”
When a woman in an abortion clinic complains, “Our staff is highly trained, but your requirements are impossible to meet!” the same man responds, “Impossible, eh? Guess you’ll have to close!”
The ACLU-approved cartoon also shows a rootin’ tootin’ shootin’ character who could be the grandson of Yosemite Sam firing a semi-automatic rifle in the air and yelling, “Keep your government hands off my everything.” To which Sorenson writes, “Recall that normally these are the anti-regulation people.”
Sorenson’s cartoon pillories pro-life allies of Alliance Defending Freedom for writing model legislation and teaming up with extremist politicians who “pass clone bills.” Those lawmakers are portrayed as foolish. But, of course, pro-abortion lawmakers are praised as wise.
The same man who measured the parking lot and hallways says, “But … but … it’s to protect women’s health.”
The ACLU’s reply is: “Except that it’s not.” And: “No two ways about it: they must think we’re stupid.”
Sounding the alarm, the ACLU offers an “Exclusive sneak preview of the ‘choices’ we’ll have left in the future!”:
“Abortion only available in mid-air … if the reproductive health blimp happens to be around.”
“Time machine available to pre-2013 America. Warning: Do not go back too far.”
At least the second claim above is accurate about not wanting to go too far back. That’s because abortion proponents know that for most of America’s history, a culture of life protected women and children from the risks of abortion.
So pay no attention to the wise-cracking cartoonist behind the ACLU curtain who criticizes legislation that protects women and children. She’s withholding the truth that abortion clinics have historically not been regulated to the same degree as legitimate health facilities. And now recent new laws require abortion clinics to clean up their act and adhere to health and safety standards, or suffer the consequences.
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Texas and Wisconsin also passed requirements for abortionists to gain admitting privileges at a hospital. Admitting privileges are necessary because many a woman goes to a hospital emergency room after a botched abortion, and the abortionist is then nowhere to found. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood attacked this legislation designed to protect women.
Several abortion clinics in Texas refused to adhere to new and reasonable safety precautions and chose instead to close down. More than 40 clinics have closed down nationwide.
No, ACLU, your supporters aren’t “stupid,” just duped by your radical pro-abortion agenda. Women’s health is a serious business. It’s not as trite and trivial as an ACLU cartoon. And Alliance Defending Freedom and our allies are working to protect women and children.
LifeNews.com Note: Steve Aden is the Senior Legal Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom.
The Planned Parenthood abortion business has a long history of covering up and failing to report sexual assault against minor girls. Now, an employee at its Sacramento, California center has been arrested on a count of sexual battery against a patient.
Sacramento Police tell a local CBS station that Jorge Martin-Santana, 28, allegedly inappropriately touched a patient while working as a medical assistant in October.
“Sacramento Police detectives got an arrest warrant from the district attorney’s office for Martin-Santana on Tuesday. He turned himself in on the same day,” the station reports. “Investigators believe this is an isolated incident, but encourages anyone who may have been victimized by Martin-Santana as a patient to come forward.”
“Tuesday, a warrant was issued for Martin-Santana’s arrest. Wednesday, police say Martin-Santana turned himself in,” the local Fox station adds. “Martin-Santana was booked at Sacramento County Jail on one count of sexual battery. Anyone with anything to report on the case can call Sacramento Police at (916) 264-5471.”
In February 2011, the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic staffer who appeared in an undercover investigation video assisting two people who claim to be heading up a sex trafficking ring was fired.
In December 2008, a Planned Parenthood in Indiana suspended an employee after an undercover video showed the staffer covering up a girl’s statutory rape.
On tape, the Planned Parenthood nurse acknowledges her responsibility to report the abuse, but assures the student, Lila Rose, she will not.
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“Okay, I didn’t hear the age [of the 31-year-old]. I don’t want to know the age,” she tells Rose.
The nurse then instructs Rose how to obtain a secret abortion by crossing state lines in order to avoid Indiana’s parental consent law and she coaches Rose on how to cover for the 31-year-old man by saying he is only 14.
And in 2007 an abortion clinic staffer in Connecticut was sentenced to prison for sexually abusing women.
In 1992, Larry Hogan, who currently heads Change Maryland and will be announcing his gubernatorial bid in January, ran against Steny Hoyer — who was an incumbent even then, in the 5th Congressional District.
At a debate in October 1992 featuring all nine general election candidates for 1st, 2nd 3rd, and 5th district at Anne Arundel Community College, the candidates were all asked their position on abortion. Rep. Helen Delich Bentley was the only person who opposed abortion.
The Baltimore Sun’s report on October 30 of that year included this sentence (emphasis added):
Mr. Hogan said he supports states’ rights to limit abortions, although he favors keeping abortions legal.
This position is an interesting one. What most people don’t realize is that if Roe v. Wade was overturned tomorrow, it wouldn’t ban abortions nationally. It would only push the issue back to the states. Some states have taken measures already to make sure abortion remains legal if Roe were ever overturned. Some have been working on legislation that would outlaw aif that happened.
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The way the Sun wrote about it, it would seem that Hogan (in 1992) would support overturning Roe but would want abortion to remain legal in Maryland. I’m sure we’ll get some clarification from Hogan at some point on his current position. This could be problematic in the Republican primary, but I’m not sure how damaging it could be in Maryland (especially if Hogan makes an unequivocal statement on it.)
Brad Fischetti sent me the most darling little photo from a close friend of the family, who wrote:
Meet baby Anthony, who was born November 25 at just 25 weeks 2 lbs. 2 oz. He is doing well. Take a look at the Thanksgiving card he even made! God is great and so is life!
Indeed! Welcome to the world, little one!
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LifeNews.com Note: Jill Stanek fought to stop “live birth abortions” after witnessing one as an RN at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. That led to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act legislation, signed by President Bush, that would ensure that proper medical care be given to unborn children who survive botched abortion attempts.
Euthanasia isn’t about using medical means to end suffering. Rather, activists ultimately believe that there is a fundamental right to suicide, including using any method the self-destructive person desires to exercise the choice to end all choices.
Suicide activists, most of whom are not known for their candor, seek to shield their ultimate agenda by harnessing the authority of doctors in the killing decision. Also, requiring at least some physician involvement gives false assurance to a wary public that there will be limits and control.
But after years of grappling with this issue, I am convinced that the “medical model” as it is sometimes called, is merely a way station on the way to something even more radical–any adult being able to assist any (adult) suicide, for any reason.
Evidence for this can be found in the Netherlands, which has a very few functional limits on euthanasia. There is one restraint that is enforced: Only doctors can kill.
That’s too much for Netherlands Right to Die (NVVE). It is agitating for a complete decriminalization of assisted suicide. From the Relevant Magazine of Right to Die-NL (NVVE) Volume 39, nr. 4, October 2013:
September 2, one day before the process against Albert Heringa, the campaign ‘Assisting is no crime’ has started in The Hague. NVVE members came together to discuss the strategy of this day: how to coordinate this day’s demonstration ‘Assisting is no crime’ on the square, right before the building of the Lower Chamber; and how to bring the debate later on to the members of the Lower Chamber.
An elderly couple complains that their doctor will not perform a joint euthanasia–(as is now being done in Belgium), and thus they want open access to suicide drugs (Drion):
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From all over the country NVVE members took part in the demonstration…A married couple of 80 years tells why they are here. ‘We have been waiting for the ‘Pill of Drion’ – in vain. Our general practitioner has been retired and the new physician does not want to cooperate with euthanasia.
At-will assisted suicide. The death zealots will never be satisfied until they reach their ultimate objective.
LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exeptionalism.
Is there really a connection between the abortion industry and the Girl Scouts? It’s heart-breaking and, for some, despite the mounting evidence, impossible to believe. After all, who wants to acknowledge that the Girl Scouts, an organization that should stand for all that is good and pure, has succumbed to the infiltration of the abortion rights agenda? And what a sad testament to the state of our country today, when we can no longer trust the Girl Scouts, an American icon with influence on over 2 million girls in the United States alone.
As a concerned pro-lifer who supported the Girl Scout organization for many years, as a girl member and as a troop leader, it saddens me to share the fall of this once venerable organization that to this day retains the support of so many wonderful women and girls, many of whom are unaware of what they are actually supporting. But families deserve to know the truth.
There are a lot of accusations in the blogosphere about the Girl Scouts. Some are fact, like the Girl Scout organization works alongside abortion providers and funds/promotes abortion rights advocacy groups. And some are sensationalized, like Girl Scout cookie money pays for abortions (although cookies do fund Girl Scouts’ concerning agenda). So what is the real truth about Girl Scouts? Let’s break it down – below are factual and verifiable pro-life concerns about Girl Scouts that all pro-lifers and families should know.
Girl Scouts teams-up with abortion providers
Girl Scout USA (GSUSA) is quick to assure concerned members that the national level of the organization has no partnership with Planned Parenthood. But GSUSA fails to disclose further relevant information.
GSUSA omits the fact that it allows every local Girl Scout council – the arm of Girl Scouts that actually connects with girl members in their local communities – to work with Planned Parenthood. Hear it from the horse’s mouth, the GSUSA’s national spokesperson, at this link. Many Girl Scout councils are doing just that, teaming up with their local Planned Parenthood in various ways. A few recent or on-going examples include:
- Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, Girl Scouts Gateway Council and Girl Scouts of Western New York, alongside Planned Parenthood, maintain memberships in coalitions and/or serve on committees for groups which advocate for abortion rights or comprehensive sex-ed.
- Girl Scouts of Western New York works with Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups in programs aimed at tween/teen girls to reduce teen pregnancy.
- Girl Scouts of Northern California refers “at risk” girls to Planned Parenthood for help with family planning.
- Girl Scouts of San Diego featured a Planned Parenthood “Community Engagement Manager” as a speaker and role model at an event for girl members.
Additionally, GSUSA does not disclose that it maintains membership in the Coalition for Adolescent Girls, a collaboration of about 40 organizations, in which GSUSA joins international abortion provider Marie Stopes and many other pro-abortion organizations to address global issues affecting girls. The Coalition’s agenda specifically advocates for abortion related care and comprehensive sex education for adolescent girls.
And finally, GSUSA fails to tell us that the international level of the Girl Scout organization, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), which counts every Girl Scout in the world in its membership of 10 million girls, frequently works alongside International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) to advocate for abortion on demand for youth. In fact, IPPF credits its close partnership with WAGGGS for its increasing success in reaching youth with the IPPF message of sexual and reproductive rights. Keep in mind, that while WAGGGS is busy working with IPPF, GSUSA generously funds WAGGGS with $1.5 million annually through a membership quota payment, based on number of registered GSUSA members.
Girl Scouts’ pro-abortion role models for girls
The list of role models GSUSA recommends for our girls includes many women who are iconic abortion rights advocates. You can see more concerning Girl Scout role models at this link, but for now, here’s just a few of many examples:
- Margaret Sanger – GSUSA provides girls, as young as 11 years old, a list of speeches by “Eloquent Women” to assist them with their public speaking badge. Recommendations include Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s speech advocating for a women’s right to birth control. Other eloquent women speeches promoted by GSUSA include Lady Gaga and Sally Field both advocating for same sex marriage, a curious recommendation given that GSUSA claims it doesn’t allow advocacy for a particular lifestyle or sexual orientation. Hey, isn’t there something in the Girl Scout Law and Promise about being honest?
- Gloria Steinem – For nearly 50 years Gloria Steinem has been a prominent leader in the abortion rights movement. Steinem proudly participated in the “I had an abortion” campaign to remove the stigma of abortion and is a committed supporter of Planned Parenthood. In the official Girl Scout curriculum for girls, sold and promoted by every Girl Scout council in the United States, Girl Scouts thanks “women’s rights activist” Steinem for her “visionary contributions.”
- Betty Friedan – Girl Scouts’ curriculum also names NARAL founder Betty Friedan and her pro-abortion organization National Organization for Women (NOW) as “voices for good.” Girl Scouts devotion to Friedan should come as no surprise to us, given the fact that she served for 12 years as a GSUSA board member.
In addition to the role models in Girl Scout curriculum, local councils also award and honor pro-abortion politicians and abortion rights advocates such as Texas Senator Wendy Davis, recent New York mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger awardee Dolores Huerta and others.
Girl Scouts promotion of abortion rights advocacy organizations and resources
Curiously, there are no pro-life groups recommended by the Girl Scouts curriculum for girls. However, Girl Scout curriculum does recommend many abortion rights advocacy organizations and resources like:
- WAGGGS.org – Girl Scouts tell girls to check out WAGGGS.org which advocates for abortion and contains other concerning content.
- DoSomething.org – Girl Scouts promotes this resource which refers girls to Planned Parenthood for contraception and to the Guttmacher Institute for a guide to minor’s abortion rights
- Idealist.org – Girl Scout directs girls to idealist.org, which lists hundreds of paid and volunteer jobs at Planned Parenthood, to learn more about being an advocate.
- ACLU – Girl Scouts encourages girls to consider several advocacy careers including as an ACLU lawyer.
- Amnesty International and Population Council – Girl Scouts recommends girls research these pro-abortion organizations on the internet.
Learn more here about the organizations featured in the Girl Scout curriculum and additional problematic recommendations by local councils.
What about the cookies?
GSUSA will try to assure you that all the proceeds from cookie sales stay local to benefit girls in their community. But the rest of the story is that GSUSA makes millions of dollars each year through licensing fees paid by the baker. The girls themselves keep on average approximately 15% of the purchase price from working their little tails off peddling cookies, while the local councils – which expose our daughters to pro-abortion organizations, resources, role models, and events – receive the largest piece of the profit from cookie sales. The reality is most councils could not survive financially without the help of those cute girls participating in cookies sales, the councils’ main source of income.
It’s hard to say no to those little sweethearts in the green and brown sashes. However, I just can’t bring myself to fund GSUSA and local councils, and further facilitate their indoctrination of our daughters. I’m not a big boycotter. But to me this is different than giving money to Chevron, Gap, Nike, or any of the other hundreds of organizations that fund Planned Parenthood. This is about girls – millions of girls.
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Girl Scouts’ position on abortion
What is GSUSA’s official position on the killing of unborn children in the womb? GSUSA’s official policy is that the organization takes NO POSITION on abortion. Given this enlightening fact, should we really be surprised that the Girl Scout organization works alongside abortion providers, holds up radically pro-abortion role models for our daughters, funds/promotes abortion rights advocacy groups, and refers girls to pro-abortion resources?
Hopefully, the above documented and factual information will help guide you as you consider your support of, or participation in, Girl Scouts. For additional perspectives and information, please visit the following resources (or feel free to post a question in the blog comments):
MyGirlScoutCouncil.com – documents pro-life concerns at the council, national and international levels of the Girl Scout organization
Missouri Right to Life – formal Policy Statement on the Girl Scouts urges citizens to carefully consider supporting GSUSA in any way and documents many concerns
Archdiocese of Kansas City – provides list of resources documenting WAGGGS/GSUSA issues
SpeakNowGirlScouts.com – two teen sisters who are former Girl Scouts share their concerns about the organization
LifeNews Note: Christy Volanski is the mother of two former Girl Scouts who created the website Speak Now Girl Scouts to expose the link between the group and the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
The NAACP lawsuit against a black pro-life leader who exposed its pro-abortion views in an article appearing at LifeNews.com is heading to court next week.
In February, the NAACP threatened to sue LifeNews.com and Ryan Bomberger, a LifeNews blogger , for a column that took the civil rights organization to task over its abortion position. The NAACP is upset about a column Bomberger wrote at LifeNews titled, “NAACP: National Association for the Abortion of Colored People,” which notes the organization’s 44th Annual Image Awards.
Following the piece, the NAACP sent Bomberger, the director of the Radiance Foundation, and LifeNews a threatening letter claiming infringement on its name and logo for including it in the opinion column. The letter accuses Bomberger and his group, the Radiance Foundation, of “trademark infringement” over an ad campaign that exposes the NAACP’s pro-abortion position.
Stating that while “you are certainly entitled to express your viewpoint, you cannot do so in connection with a name that infringes on the NAACP’s rights,” the letter demands a response within a self-imposed time period.
In response to the letter, Bomberger asked a federal court to declare that the First Amendment protects his and the Radiance Foundation’s exercise of free speech and that his speech does not infringe on any of the NAACP’s trademarks or other rights. The lawsuit does not seek any damages.
In its countersuit, the NAACP’s counterclaim denies that the NAACP is pro--abortion or has even taken a position on the issue.
Bomberger’s attorneys have asked him not to comment on the pending lawsuit while it heads to court, but Bomberger has frequently spoken out about the NAACP’s pro-abortion stance and its ignoring how abortion disproportionately targets black unborn children. The NAACP recently came under fire for opposing a bill to ban abortions based on race.
“The damage done is the loss of over 15 million black lives to abortion,” says Bomberger, an adoptee and adoptive father. “How can the NAACP possibly claim neutrality over the abortion issue if they’re financially profiting from annual sponsorship from the nation’s largest abortion chain?”
Bomberger points out that the NAACP’s website reveals that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business, has been a corporate sponsor of the NAACP’s Annual Convention for years.
Bomberger tells LifeNews the NAACP has not acknowledged that more black babies are aborted in New York City, the home of Planned Parenthood, than are born alive. Instead, NAACP NY State Conference and NAACP Syracuse/Onondaga supported an alarming bill (championed by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo) called the “Reproductive Health Act” (RHA). This abortion bill would have removed abortion language entirely from the state’s homicide criminal codes, allowing abortions through the entire pregnancy and declaring abortion a “human right” thereby stripping any current or future attempts at regulating abortion clinics.
He said the case of Kermit Gosnell reveals what happens when regulations are not enforced. NAACP joins a massive coalition of radical pro--abortion groups including NARAL Pro--Choice New York, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Ms. Foundation and Planned Parenthood in opposing the kind of regulations that could have stopped Gosnell.
Despite the NAACP suit, Bomberger says the Radiance Foundation’s www.TooManyAborted.com abortion awareness campaign will continue to expose failed leadership in the black community on the issue of abortion.
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Abortion alone has taken the lives of over 16 million black children. For every 100 live births in the African American community, another 77 are aborted.
African-American teenage abortion rates are more than twice as high as the national average, according to a new study. The African-American abortion rate, according to the study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, is 41 per 1,000 women among the 15-19 year old age group. The national average abortion rate is 18 per 1,000 women among 15-19-year-olds.
Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Charles M. Allen with the Glen Allen, Va. firm Goodman, Allen & Filetti PLLC is defending Bomberger and Radiance in U.S. District Court in The Radiance Foundation v. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division.
Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor has a new television commercial for his 2014 re-election bid that relies on a Bible and Christian statements to swing voters in this conservative state back to his side for next year’s election. However, Pryor must have missed the Bible verses talking about protecting human life, specifically, “Thou shalt not kill.”
From a story on the television ad:
Pryor’s campaign said the ad will begin airing on Wednesday. In the 30 second ad, Pryor speaks directly to the camera about his faith in the Bible. The ad is a substantial purchase for the campaign and will run statewide.
“I’m not ashamed to say that I believe in God, and I believe in His word. The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers. Only God does. And neither political party is always right,” Pryor says in the ad. “This is my compass. My North Star. It gives me comfort and guidance to do what’s best for Arkansas.”
Pryor ends the ad saying he supports the message because “This is who I am, and what I believe.”
Pryor is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country, partly because of his party line support of the Affordable Care Act and as his campaign is forced to deal with low approval numbers of Pres. Obama in Arkansas.
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Pryor may believe in the Bible personally but he doesn’t put it into practice in his voting record on abortion and pro-life issues. According to the National Right to Life Committee, Pryor has just a 35% pro-life voting record, voting pro-life on just 13 of 37 votes NRLC scored.
Those votes include Pryor opposing a measure to stop the abortion-HHS mandate in Obamacare that is the subject of dozens of lawsuits from groups like Hobby Lobby that don’t want to be forced to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs in their health insurance plans for their employees. The pro-abortion votes also include opposing a bill to stop taxpayer funding of the Planned Parenthood abortion business, opposing health care coverage for unborn children, funding the pro-abortion UNFPA, which is involved in China’s one-child policy, and repeatedly opposing the Mexico City Policy to stop taxpayer funding of abortions overseas.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stated during a press conference that he is opposed to the assisted suicide bill that is sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli.
Burzichelli’s assisted suicide bill, also known as the New Jersey Death with Dignity Act, would give doctors the right to intentionally prescribe a lethal dose of a barbituate, for the purpose of suicide. The New Jersey assisted suicide bill is very similar to the Oregon assisted suicide Act.
In Oregon, depressed people have died by assisted suicide, and patients, who were denied medical treatment, were steered to assisted suicide by the state health plan.
Oregon resident Jeanette Hall, who was terminally ill and wanted assisted suicide, is alive today because her doctor convinced her to try medical treatment. Hall stated in a recent interview that:
If my doctor had believed in assisted suicide, I would be dead. I thank him and all my doctors for helping me choose “life with dignity.”
Assisted suicide should not be legal.
Christie’s opposition to state sanctioned suicide will hopefully cause a natural death for Burzichelli’s New Jersey assisted suicide bill.
A new billboard campaign in Canada bears a frightening message: the statistic that one in four unborn children are killed in abortion.
The Canadian educational group Niagara Region Right To Life kicked off its annual Christmas billboard campaign with a striking pro-life message erected at Bay St. & Davenport Rd, in the heart of Toronto.
“The billboard is designed to both tug at emotional heartstrings, and to educate people about a disturbing Canadian statistic, of which most people are blissfully unaware,” says the Campaign Life Coalition, a national pro-life group. “The billboard depicts four young children in a friend-chain, arms around each other’s shoulders, with one boy – the victim of abortion – faded out to illustrate how his missing presence represents a loss to the other children. He is a missing friend.”
“A person can imagine how these children have been deprived of his laughter, smiles and stories. One can picture how abortion has stolen away this blessing. One can recognize that abortion has produced a true impoverishment in the lives of the surviving children… a close friend who would have enriched their lives,” CLC continues. “At the same time, it educates the public on the shocking fact that over 1 in 4 Canadian pregnancies end in abortion. This billboard is certain to enrage the abortion industry which has benefited greatly from the mantra of abortion being “safe, legal and rare.”
Campaign Life Coalition concludes: “This myth of abortion being committed only in “rare”, “dire” circumstances is one of the factors that contribute to public apathy. A false impression has been created in the minds of many Canadians that abortion is used only for medically dire reasons. That is very far from reality. If at least 1 in 4 children in Canada are aborted during pregnancy, abortion certainly cannot be “rare”. In fact, it is being used as a back-up birth control method, and fully financed from the wallets of hard-working Ontario taxpayers.”
Niagara Region Right To Life’s billboard campaign began November 30th and will continue through January 2, 2014.