Sunday, April 22, 2018

Right to Die

by Kerby Anderson: A question Joni Eareckson Tada has been asking over the years is “When Is It Right to Die?” That is the title of her book that has recently been updated. She understands this issue for many reasons. One of the most significant is the fact that she has spent more than 50 years in her wheelchair.

She was on my radio program recently to talk about the latest edition of her book. She is concerned that society is more and more willing to accept the idea that a person has a “right to die.” I even talked about the pressure many with disabilities face where there are subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) comments that imply they have a “duty to die.”

I also asked Joni to remind our audience that after her accident 50 years ago, she wanted to die. A diving accident as a teenager, she said, left her permanently paralyzed and in deadly despair. She even tried (with no success) to break her neck higher so she would die. She understands why many would want to end their lives, but also believes we can provide hope and comfort to those who are convinced suicide is the only answer.

In a related article she wrote for Christianity Today she talked about speaking to a high-school class about euthanasia and suicide. One young man described how demoralized his mom was in caring for his sister who was developmentally delayed. He said society “should do something.” Joni asked him, “How have you helped alleviate the burden?” She went on to explain his mom wouldn’t be so demoralized if he helped. The student immediately realized he might be part of the answer.

The point she was making is that suicide and euthanasia are everyone’s responsibility. This is especially true in a world where more and more states are willing to legalize euthanasia and put to death people who are discouraged and depressed and ready to die.
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Kerby Anderson is a radio talk show host heard on numerous stations via the Point of View Network

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Arkansas Ballot Issue 1 Puts a Price Tag on Human Life

This week Arkansas Right to Life Executive Director Rose Mimms published an op-ed regarding Arkansas Issue 1 — a proposed constitutional amendment restricting noneconomic damages juries can award in lawsuits — writing:
Issue One would put an arbitrary cap of $500,000 on non-economic and caps punitive damages. In real life this means that if a 40 year old successful business man is killed negligently then his life could be worth millions because you could calculate his current earnings and multiply them out for the future. If a stay at home mom, a child or infant, a retired veteran, an individual with Down Syndrome or other genetic disorder who isn’t employed or a nursing home resident who dies as a result of abuse or someone else’s error or negligence then those lives are all capped at a value never to exceed $500,000. The jury simply can’t award a family more, even if it wanted to do so. Think of your loved ones, would you ever put a price tag on their lives?

Ultimately, Issue One says that some lives are more valuable than others. It says that your life’s value is determined by your what you earn at the time of a tragedy. It says that Arkansans on juries can’t hear the facts and award a family $1 million dollars for the abuse of their child who was left brain damaged or the neglect of their elderly mother in a nursing home. Issue One is one more step in devaluing life in a culture where we simply can’t afford any more slips down that slope. . . . Read More
The Arkansas Family Council Action Committee announced a few weeks ago that it would campaign against Issue 1, because the amendment puts a dollar value on human life.

We have written in the past about the unintended consequences of measures like Issue 1.

Family Council has never opposed responsible lawsuit reforms. As far back as 2003, we did not oppose general malpractice reform measures passed by the legislature. That same year, however, we did oppose a proposal that could have given an unfair advantage to nursing homes over good care for residents.

Some nursing home owners simply don’t want to spend the money necessary to provide quality care. They cut staff, reduce services, compromise care, and let people suffer. Most families have a story about a loved one who was neglected or mistreated in a nursing home. The fear of a lawsuit may be all that keeps some nursing homes in line. Issue 1 removes that threat. If that goes away, our elderly nursing home residents will suffer even more.

We have written in the past about the unintended consequences of measures like Issue 1.

Family Council has never opposed responsible lawsuit reforms. As far back as 2003, we did not oppose general malpractice reform measures passed by the legislature. That same year, however, we did oppose a proposal that could have given an unfair advantage to nursing homes over good care for residents.

Some nursing home owners simply don’t want to spend the money necessary to provide quality care. They cut staff, reduce services, compromise care, and let people suffer. Most families have a story about a loved one who was neglected or mistreated in a nursing home. The fear of a lawsuit may be all that keeps some nursing homes in line. Issue 1 removes that threat. If that goes away, our elderly nursing home residents will suffer even more. . . . .
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Is It Time for UN Feminists to Pack it in?

. . . Feminists have spent literally hundreds of millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of man-hours trying to use the UN to impose abortion on the world

Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
by Austin Ruse: It was a rather poignant moment; a feminist lamenting their lack of progress on abortion at the recently completed Commission on the Status of Women.

She said, “As a caucus we have been dissatisfied. If we are not going to move forward, this is a waste of our time as feminists. I have already had some conversations with UN Women and other groups that something has to change, because as I said, it is not worth my time and energy to come here and do this if we are left with less than nothing.”

How much more upset is she since we ended yet another commission on Friday with no document? The Commission on Population and Development ended last Friday afternoon with delegates agreeing that no agreement was possible. What were the issues? Abortion and national sovereignty.

For the Europeans, the long legacy of leftist politics lives on in their brand of feminism. They ardently spread the core tenet of their ideology, radical sexual autonomy, all over the world and most especially to impose it on African women. The Africans resisted, so did the Trump administration. The Europeans would rather have had no document than one that did not promote abortion. Fine. No document.

Here’s the thing. The feminists have spent a quarter century promoting abortion at the UN and they have not gotten even one syllable further than they did at the Cairo Conference in 1994. And how humiliating for them that they cannot come right out and ask for what they want; they have to use intentionally vague, aka sneaky, language, like reproductive health. But, they even have to fight tooth and nail to get their sneaky language agree to.

Almost everyone in this business admits that reproductive health includes abortion. So, when it is introduced into documents by the hard-left, and it is many times, pro-life NGOs and pro-life nations insist upon its removal. Failing that, they insist upon its replacement with less offending terms, like maternal health. Failing that, they insist upon qualifications that exclude abortion from the term.

And the feminists have to fight and fight every step of the way and, in the case of the Commission on Population and Development, end up with nothing. They seem willing to leave African women out in the cold unless they can get their pound of flesh—that of the innocent unborn child.

The feminist project to use the UN as a vehicle to advance their cause under the guise of human rights has always been a sketchy proposition. First, it violates national sovereignty to have something so controversial imposed by an international body. Even those who favor abortion, ought to be suspicious of it being imposed on the world from an office building in New York City. Second, the world does not agree with abortion on demand, like we have in the United States and which is the model UN feminists want to use for the whole world.

The feminists have spent literally hundreds of millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of man-hours trying to use the UN to impose abortion on the world and they have not moved their issue even a little bit in twenty-five years. Maybe they should heed the advice given by one feminist after their CSW loss and pack it in.
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Austin Ruse heads the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam).

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Planned Parenthood Launches $30 Million Campaign for Pro-Abortion Forces to Take Over Congress

Planned Parenthood is reaching into its deep pockets once again to influence upcoming elections.

Hoping to take back Congress and preserve its taxpayer funding, the abortion business and partner groups plan to spend $30 million to target voters in Florida, Michigan and Nevada, RollCall reports.

On Monday, the pro-abortion coalition, which calls itself “Win Justice,” announced plans to reach 2.5 million voters who are young adults, women and people of color. The pro-abortion coalition is made up of Planned Parenthood Votes, the Center for Community Change Action, Color Of Change PAC and the Service Employees International Union, according to the report.

Of particular interest to the pro-abortion groups are several U.S. Senate races. With the Senate in pro-abortion Democrats’ hands, abortion activists could continue to block important pro-life legislation, efforts to defund abortion businesses of tax dollars and conservative judicial nominees.

Republicans narrowly hold the U.S. Senate. However, they have too few votes to overcome filibusters on key pro-life bills such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Just a few more pro-life wins in the Senate could see important pro-life legislation passed. A few losses could bring the pro-abortion Democratic Party back into power. . . . Read More:

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Monday, April 16, 2018

White House Uses Strong Pro-Life Policy in Proclamation

Phyllis Schlafly Eagles: St. Louis MO: At the beginning of April, the White House released a proclamation declaring this month as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Several lines into the March 29 document appears the line, "We must always remember that all children are blessings from our Creator. They are endowed from conception with value, purpose, and human dignity." [Emphasis added]

"This type of language indicates that the Trump Administration is poised to be the most pro-life Administration in recent history," said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. "This document quickly slipped out of sight and mind as April roared into fiscal fights, foreign policy decisions, and political hit jobs run amok in the swap.

"We would do well to celebrate such strong pro-life language regarding conception coming from official White House documents. This serves as a reminder that President Trump has already put one pro-life justice on the Supreme Court. We see plans developing quickly for another open seat on the bench. Pro-life conservatives should coalesce behind the President now, and encourage the language and policy we read in this document.

"President Trump is giving us a real opportunity to advance the fundamental human right to life, and we must praise him for it and encourage it! If we want to make change happen in Washington, we must praise politicians when they do the right things and push them to continue! This is a real opportunity for change in our nation, and we ask pro-life conservatives to join Phyllis Schlafly Eagles in seizing the momentum!"
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

TV Networks Ignore Pro-Life Walkout . . . Covered Gun Walkout

It was a tale of two protests. After a school walkout against gun violence in March, students across the country organized a pro-life walkout in support of the unborn and pregnant and parenting students. But the networks only covered one of them.

On Wednesday, the three broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) never once mentioned the pro-life walkout during their news shows on the night of the event, April 11. In contrast, the same evening shows devoted more than 10 minutes to the gun walkout the day it happened. This comes after the networks covered the March for Our Lives 13 times more than the pro-life March for Life.

The walkout site listed 191 high schools and 81 colleges as participating. But according to a Tuesday statement from Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America (SFLA), which helped organize the event, “more than 350 students and student group leaders from across the country have contacted Students for Life about their plans to stand with pregnant and parenting students.”

The site called for an end to abortion and the defunding of Planned Parenthood . . .

. . . Hawkins reacted to the discrepancy in coverage.

“No one is surprised that media bias is so obvious when it comes to abortion,” she began. “People who are passionate about the life issue, about mothers and their preborn infants, know that the media doesn’t like to cover this human rights atrocity,” she added, pointing to coverage of the March for Life as an example. But that doesn’t mean it was right, she added.

“It’s still worth noting that the media went all in for the anti-gun walkout, talking about lives lost and free speech, while ignoring the #ProLifeWalkout, in which we mourn the fact that one-fourth of this generation has been lost to abortion, and students have a right to speak about that as well,” she continued.

While the gun walkout was larger, Hawkins stressed that it boasted more help from powerful outsiders, including the media.

“The Astroturf nature of the anti-gun walkout, with lots of money coming in from politically well-connected, national organizations and celebrities along with the media and school support definitely helped with their turnout,” she said. “Or at least it looked good on TV.”“No one is surprised that media bias is so obvious when it comes to abortion,” she began. “People who are passionate about the life issue, about mothers and their preborn infants, know that the media doesn’t like to cover this human rights atrocity,” she added, pointing to coverage of the March for Life as an example. But that doesn’t mean it was right, she added.

“It’s still worth noting that the media went all in for the anti-gun walkout, talking about lives lost and free speech, while ignoring the #ProLifeWalkout, in which we mourn the fact that one-fourth of this generation has been lost to abortion, and students have a right to speak about that as well,” she continued.

While the gun walkout was larger, Hawkins stressed that it boasted more help from powerful outsiders, including the media.

“The Astroturf nature of the anti-gun walkout, with lots of money coming in from politically well-connected, national organizations and celebrities along with the media and school support definitely helped with their turnout,” she said. “Or at least it looked good on TV.” . . . Read More

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Democrats Trash Trump Judicial Nominee Wendy Vitter Over Her Pro-Life Views

Wendy Vitter
President Trump's judicial nominee Wendy Vitter’s personal pro-life views were under intense scrutiny from several Democratic senators at her confirmation hearing Wednesday. Vitter was repeatedly asked about her pro-life beliefs and whether they would interfere with her role as a judge. She was also grilled about statements made in past, pro-life speaking engagements.

The main questions from Democratic senators centered around two appearances she made, that were recently cited by the abortion giant Planned Parenthood in an op-ed targeting Vitter prior to the hearing. One appearance was as the moderator of a 2013 Louisiana Right to Life panel where views that birth control is linked to breast cancer and domestic violence were aired by one of the participants. At another 2013 appearance, she said Planned Parenthood killed “over 150,000 females a year.”

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) grilled Vitter on that first appearance saying “on this panel you endorsed the views of the speaker who preceded you, Dr. Angela LanFranchi, an anti-abortion doctor known for trading in the widely debunked claim that abortions cause breast cancer.”

She said Vitter urged “the audience to distribute these materials,” and called them “facts.”

Vitter replied that she “had never heard those views before,” and “at the end when I was giving action items on them what I was trying to encourage the participants who had heard this to do was to speak to their own medical provider because I thought a doctor, your own doctor would be the best person to provide information to you and provide you their opinion on this.”

Hirono later brought up Vitter’s statement that Planned Parenthood kills “over 150,000 females a year.”

“I assumed you were referring to aborted fetuses who were females, is that what you were referring to when you said, ‘Planned Parenthood kills 150,000 females a year?’” She asked.

“That is correct,” Vitter replied.

Asked about failing to initially disclose these statements, Vitter clarified that the omissions were inadvertent and “there was never any intent to do anything but be forthcoming with this committee about both my personal and professional life.”

“I am pro-life,” Vitter stated as Hirono’s questioning continued, saying that view has been apparent throughout her public life.

She added that she valued her integrity and “if I say that I will take a conscious effort and put aside my personal views, my religious views, and my political views, and judge a matter on the facts presented to me and the law, that’s what I will do.”

As Hirono’s questioning concluded, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) told Vitter, “your religious views are your own…I hope we never get to the point as a country where a religious view point becomes either a qualification or a disqualification in fact we have multiple provisions of our Constitution that expressly prohibit that from happening.”

However, Vitter was repeatedly asked about her pro-life statements and beliefs by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). . . . Read More

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Pro-Life Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Run for Re-Election

House Speaker Paul Ryan
Pro-life house Speaker Paul Ryan has indicated that he will not seek reelection to his congressional seat based in Wisconsin. That will set up a leadership battle within the Republican Party to replace him as Speaker.

The number two and number three Republicans in the house are both pro-life and both apparently considering running for the speakership position. Majority Leder Kevin McCarthy of California, Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, and North Carolina’s Mark Meadows, a leading voice of the conservative Freedom Caucus. All three are strongly pro-life on abrtion and have consistent pro-life voting records.

Ryan is stepping down because of the time demands associated with being Speaker, which took him away from his children too much.

Ryan announced he is retiring after this term, arguing his kids only know him as “a weekend dad,” and he is “setting new priorities in his life” as his children approach adulthood.

“The truth is, it’s easy for it to take over everything in your life,” Ryan said of the speaker’s job, adding that “there are other things in life that are feeling as well,” including his role as a father.

“This was really about two things,” Ryan added. “I accomplished much of what I came here to do, and my kids are not getting any younger.”

“And if I stay, my kids are only going to know me as a weekend dad and that is something I cannot do. That is really it right there.”

Ryan said he is not resigning and will remain through January. . . . Read More

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Montana Judge Forces State to Allow Nurses to Kill Babies in Abortions

Montana nurses may begin aborting unborn babies after a judge blocked the state from enforcing one of its abortion regulations last week.

The decision resulted from a lawsuit by two pro-abortion groups that consistently put the abortion industry ahead of women’s safety.

KTVH News reports District Judge Mike Menahan of Helena granted a request by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights to temporarily block a law requiring that doctors perform abortions.

“At this state of the litigation, the state has not met its burden of showing a compelling state interest in restricting Montana women’s fundamental right to privacy,” he wrote last week.

Here’s more from the report:

Last month, state lawyers argued against an immediate ban on enforcing the law.

They pointed to an American Journal of Public Health article showing that 1.8 percent of abortions performed by a “newly trained nurse” had complications, compared to 0.9 percent by physician-attended abortions – and said therefore the state had a compelling interest to ban nurses from performing the procedure.

Yet Menahan said the same article concluded that the complications were “clinically equivalent” among newly trained nurses, midwives, physicians and physician’s assistants.

One Montana woman, Helen Weems, hopes to start aborting unborn babies at her Whitefish facility as soon as she is licensed as a nurse, according to the report.

Struggling to find enough doctors willing to abort unborn babies, pro-abortion groups have filed several lawsuits to force states to allow nurses and midwives to abort unborn babies. They claim the issue is about restricting access to abortion. . . . Read More

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Neil Gorsuch Has Been a Breath of Fresh Air for Pro-Life Conservatives

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch
Looking back, there were probably a lot of things that motivated Americans to elect Donald Trump. But three biggest had to be Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the empty seat in the U.S. Supreme Court. Bewildered by the radical policies of Obama, scared by the promises of Clinton to continue them, and worried that another activist justice who would expand them, voters made the choice no one expected. And the president returned the favor — doing more for the preservation of the Constitution in one nomination, Neil Gorsuch’s, than some men do in their entire term.

For millions of Americans who put the Court at the top of their concerns in 2016, April 10th of last year was a moment of extraordinary relief. President Trump, who went on to keep a lot of promises, fulfilled one of the biggest when Neil Gorsuch was sworn in. The strict constructionist is, as experts will tell you, the real deal. “I really don’t think we could have seen a justice any more committed to textualism and originalism than he is,” says a professor at Georgetown Law. “He has lived up to very high expectations.”

That’s even more astonishing when you consider whose shoes the Coloradan was filling: Antonin Scalia’s. Few members of the Supreme Court have been — or will be — more adamant about interpreting the Constitution in its original form than the late Scalia. But in 12 short months, liberals are already pining for the outspoken Catholic, complaining that Gorsuch “makes [us all] miss Scalia.” The 50-year-old is everything the longtime justice could have hoped for — a humble, esteemed, and deferential jurist whose legacy will almost certainly outlast the president who appointed him.

“I can report,” the rookie justice told the Federalist Society last November, a person can be both a committed originalist and textualist and be confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States… Originalism has regained its place at the table of constitutional interpretation, and textualism in the reading of statutes has triumphed. And neither one is going anywhere on my watch.” . . . . Read More

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Nebraska Gov. Signs Budget That Defunds Planned Parenthood Abortion

For the next two years at least, Nebraska taxpayers will not be forced to fund Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups.

Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a two-year $8.8 billion state budget into law Wednesday with a measure that prohibits tax dollars to groups that promote or provide abortions, the AP reports.

“Today, I signed new pro-life budget language into law. This provision ensures that Title X taxpayer dollars do not fund abortion services, including abortion referrals, at any clinic in Nebraska,” Ricketts said.

The budget prohibits Title X family planning funds from going to any group that “performs, assists with the performance of, provides directive counseling in favor of, or refers for abortion.” The provision allows Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups to qualify for the funding if they stop aborting unborn babies or encouraging abortions. Groups also may qualify if they completely separate their abortion practices from their health care services. . . . Read More

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Pro-lifers Unleash on Dog Tweet

by Tony Perkins: Believe it or not, Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards is a huge believer in adoption. For dogs. Yesterday, before heading out on a national book tour, the boss of America's richest abortion business decided to act out the title of her new memoir: Make Trouble. In a Twitter post that struck most people as either incredibly insensitive or shockingly unaware, Richards took a moment to pitch what her organization usually doesn't: compassion.

Above a picture of her dachshund, Richards encourages people to #AdoptDontShop. Of course, the idea of rescuing dogs isn't a bad one, but it's certainly a stark contrast to what she's been advocating for babies the last 12 years. Maybe if children were fluffy with four legs, she'd understand the importance of saving them too! Instead, she talks about giving pets homes while her own business spends its days ripping unborn children out of theirs. Unfortunately, that's the hypocrisy of the Left: Forget the humans, save the dogs!

If Richards wants more Americans to adopt, you sure could have fooled us. Planned Parenthood is so obsessed with making a buck that the idea of adoption rarely -- if ever -- comes up. Sure, the organization will take credit for a few moms choosing life to feed the lie that it does more than abortion, but the numbers are hardly flattering. In its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood could only claim one adoption referral for every 83 abortions. If Cecile wants to rescue dogs, she might want to show a little more concern for their prospective owners.

Back in the mid-nineties, when people still used the words "safe, legal, and rare" with a straight face, Planned Parenthood may have actually seen some value in adoption. They referred for 11,866 of them in 1994 -- five times more than today. Almost 25 years later, the focus has changed. In this business, it's about cash – not kids. And 3.5 million abortions later, Richards's 12 years have proven how lucrative Planned Parenthood's killing machine can be. Sitting on a record-setting $1.45 billion in revenue, the group can afford its pet political projects and massive leadership salaries. (At last check, Richards made $700,000 a year -- almost twice the salary of the president of the United States.) Not bad for a "nonprofit."

The only thing Planned Parenthood has more of than money is controversy. And both seem to be fueling Americans' urgency to cut the organization's taxpayer ties. They know, like we do, that if Planned Parenthood is spending 96 percent of its time on abortion, it certainly doesn't need our $537 million for the measly four percent that's left. For starters, abortion is a cash cow. They could just as easily pay for the rest of their operation with its profits. Secondly, how are we supposed to believe that the more than half-billion in federal and state funds is actually going to the tiny sliver of other services?

Simple. We can't. Even if Richards's group were trustworthy (a prospect that faded with every mammogram lie, every sexual abuse cover-up, every invoice for baby body parts), there's no denying that the massive pool of taxpayer funds helps free up the money Planned Parenthood needs for the deadlier side of business -- or its election lobbies. Sure, it's illegal for Richards to spend a penny of government money on abortion or campaigning, but Congress makes it a whole lot easier to spend politically when they're rewarding the group financially. Need proof? Check out today's news from Wisconsin, where a Planned Parenthood clinic (one of 600 such clinics in the U.S.) has just been fined by the FEC for hiding more than $116,000 in support for Hillary Clinton's campaign. Imagine how many of the other state chapters are operating under the radar, refusing to disclose their political expenses.

For those reasons (and so many more), I can understand the outrage from pro-lifers that Congress kept the taxpayer gravy train flowing in last month's omnibus spending package. I also understand the limits of the current GOP majority, which is the biggest hurdle to accomplishing what 60 percent of Americans want: defunding Planned Parenthood. But some things are worth fighting for, and life is one of them. In the meantime, FRC is hoping that Donald Trump will do what Republicans did not: sever some of taxpayers' financial ties to Richards's group. Behind closed doors, there's a serious discussion taking place right now in Washington about one of the weapons at the president's disposal -- a long-forgotten rule from the Reagan years that could blow an $80-million hole in Planned Parenthood's accounts.

If the Trump administration revives the "co-location" regulation from the 1980s, Planned Parenthood could still get Title X funds, but they wouldn't be able to offer those services in the same clinics where they perform abortions. They'd have to split up their offices -- probably at great expense. Ultimately, Planned Parenthood would be forced to choose between dropping their abortion services from any location that gets Title X dollars and moving those abortion operations offsite. Either way, it could take away a significant $80-million cushion from the group's family planning funds. Until Republican reinforcements arrive, that would certainly help take the sting out of the current situation.

In the meantime, Richards is out on the road, missing her dog -- and more importantly, missing the point. The next time Planned Parenthood's president wants to rescue something, she might want to consider the next generation.
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Tony Perkins is President of the Family Research Council . This article was on Tony Perkin's Washington Update and written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

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Abortion Activists Lobby Google to Censor Pro-Life Search Results

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Abortion activists now are badgering Google employees on their way to work in an effort to convince the internet giant to block pro-life pregnancy centers from search results.

No longer even claiming the label “pro-choice,” abortion activists now promote just one choice for women – abortion. And any organization that promotes other options to pregnant moms is bad in their eyes.

Business Insider reports a group of abortion activists rode bicycles behind Google’s shuttle buses Tuesday in San Francisco with signs claiming, “Searching for abortion care? Google will send you to fake, anti-abortion clinics.”

UltraViolet and Credo, two pro-abortion groups connected with Planned Parenthood, organized the protest, according to the report. It’s all part of a larger smear campaign against non-profit, volunteer-based pregnancy centers. . . .

“Our goal with the campaign is for Google to stop being complicit with these clinics, stop running fake abortion clinic ads,” Roland said.

Despite all their claims, abortion activists have not been able to find “any real-life woman claiming she’s been mistreated, tricked, or misled in any way by a pregnancy help center,” Jay Hobbs wrote recently at the Washington Examiner.

Christian Post reports pregnancy centers have a near 99-percent client satisfaction rate. . . .

Yet, pregnancy centers are under attack – likely because they are cutting into the abortion industry’s profits. They offer pregnant and parenting moms free, life-affirming counseling and support, including diapers, cribs, maternity clothes and more. Many are completely funded by donations and primarily run by volunteers. Every year, they provide hope and encouragement to tens of thousands of women who otherwise may have aborted their unborn babies.

And for this charitable work, they are under heavy attack. Right now, California pregnancy centers are battling a pro-abortion law that forces them to advertise free taxpayer funded abortions to their clients. The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in the case.

As is evident with the Google campaign, even companies that refuse to block life-affirming pregnancy help information are being targeted by these radical abortion activists. Nothing short of a complete embrace of abortion for any reason up to birth, it seems, will satisfy abortion activists. . . . Read More

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

19 Democrat Attorneys General Want to Force Christian Doctors to Do Abortions

Should doctors and nurses be forced to participate in interventions they find morally abhorrent or unwarranted? As one example, should ethical rules require pediatricians to medically inhibit normal puberty as demanded by parents to “treat” their child’s gender dysphoria — even if they are morally opposed to the concept and/or the supposed treatment?

Some say yes. Thus, influential bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel argues that medical professionals are obligated to accede to the patient’s right to receive legal interventions if they are generally accepted within the medical community — specifically including abortion. Emanuel stated doctors who are morally or religiously opposed, should do the procedure anyway or procure a doctor they know will accede to the patient’s demands. Either that, or get out of medicine.

Supporters of “medical conscience” argue that forcing doctors to participate in interventions they find morally abhorrent would be involuntary medical servitude. They want to strengthen existing laws that protect doctors, nurses, and pharmacists’ who refuse participation in legal interventions to which they are morally or religiously opposed.

Now, medical conscience looks to become another battlefront in our bitter partisan divide. After the Trump administration announced rules that will place greater emphasis on enforcing federal laws protecting medical conscience, Democratic state attorneys general promised to seek a court order invalidating the new rule. From the New York Law Journal story:

But 19 state attorneys general, led by New York’s Eric Schneiderman, argue that it is the patients who will be discriminated against under the proposed rule. This is particularly true, they argue, in the cases of marginalized patients who already face discrimination in trying to obtain health care, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and male patients seeking HIV/AIDS preventative medications, according to the comments filed in opposition to the rule.

“If adopted, the proposed rule … will needlessly and carelessly upset the balance that has long been struck in federal and state law to protect the religious freedom of providers, the business needs of employers, and the health care needs of patients,” they state.

The stakes can only increase as moral controversies in health care intensify in coming years. . . . Read More

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Gov. Scott Walker Signs Bill Banning Taxpayer-Funded Abortions for State Employees

Many states still have taxpayer funding of abortions and one of the areas in which that often occurs is funding abortions for state employees. But that won’t happen anymore in Wisconsin thanks to a new bill Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed into law.

Walker has been a pro-life champion as governor and has signed numerous pieces of pro-life legislation. The latest measure would ensure that taxpayers in Wisconsin are not forced to fund abortions on babies of state employees.

That’s good news for the pro-life group Wisconsin Right to Life.

“Today, Governor Walker signed AB 128 into law, which ensures no taxpayer dollars pay for elective abortions under state employees’ health plans,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life, in an email to LifeNews. “Wisconsin Right to Life has been waiting 23 years for this major step to roll back taxpayer funding for abortion, and we are very happy to see this long-awaited legislation signed into law.”

Since 1995, there have been no limits on abortion coverage for state employees’ health plans, despite Wisconsin law prohibiting taxpayer subsidization of elective abortions. The State Assembly passed AB 128 in November of 2017, and the State Senate passed the bill in February of 2018. . . . Read More

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