Friday, February 16, 2018

UN is Pushing Abortion on Africa, But This Pro-Life Scientist is Trying to Stop Them

Uju Ekeocha
What do you call it when Western elites attempt to foist abortion on native African cultures?

At the United Nations, two women were squaring off: one, a Danish abortion advocate, the other, African scientist Uju Ekeocha.

Their opinions expose the deep clash of civilizations across the globe: the culture of life versus the culture of death.

The Danish feminist admitted that she was “a bit provoked” by Uju’s claim that Western countries are once again engaging in colonialism. In her view, she announced, African women should be able to decide for themselves what to do with their bodies, including how many babies they want, and whether to have abortions.

Uju was quick to respond.

“Culturally, most of the African communities actually believe, by tradition, by their cultural standards, that abortion is a direct attack on human life,” she explained. “So for anybody to be able to convince any woman in Africa that abortion . . . can be a good thing, you first of all have to tell her that what her parents and her grandparents and her ancestors taught her is actually wrong.

“And that, Madame, is colonialism.”

Bravo, Uju! She is absolutely right. What else can you call it when secular Western organizations fly into Africa with bundles of birth control and abortion equipment, determined to convince African women that these things are good for them? . . . . Read More

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CNN Claims Pro-Life Senator Ted Cruz is Afraid - Cruz Responds

CNN’s Brian Stelter accused a few Republican politicians of avoiding his network out of fear. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Florida Gov. Rick Scott have been suspiciously unavailable for interviews, Stelter claimed.

“What are they afraid of?” he asked on Twitter.

Absolutely nothing, Cruz responded. In his own tweet, he reminded Stelter that he participated in not one, not two, but three debates on CNN in the past year.
. . . Although it was a bold response, we don’t need a tweet to know that Cruz is unafraid to tell the media exactly what’s on his mind. Who can forget his epic takedown of the CNBC moderators in the middle of a presidential debate? Sensing a pattern during the October 2015 debate, Cruz laid into the moderators for their biased interrogation of the candidates. Why were they painting Donald Trump as a villain, questioning Ben Carson’s math skills, and suggesting Marco Rubio resign from the Senate, Cruz demanded to know.

“The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,” Cruz said at the time. “This isn’t a cage match.” . . . read more

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Cecile Richards: Force Christian Doctors and Nurses to Perform Abortions

Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood
For the second time in two months, the outgoing president of the Planned Parenthood abortion business has said that Christian doctors and nurses ought to be forced to perform abortions.

Last month, Cecile Richards sent an email to supporters of the Planned Parenthood abortion company asking them to contact the Department of Health and Human Services to reject proposed guidelines protecting the conscience rights of medical professionals who don’t want to be forced to be involved in abortions by either killing unborn children or referring patients for abortions. . . .

Richards sent Planned Parenthood abortion activists a follow-up email today asking them to once again speak out against conscience rights for medical professionals.

“President Trump continues to outdo himself when it comes to pushing terrible health care policy that will do nothing but hurt patients,” Richards claims in the new email. “But his latest attack is truly shameful: a proposed rule released by HHS seeks to encourage health care workers to discriminate against patients by refusing to provide care because of religious, moral, or personal objections.”

“Heath care workers might refuse to treat a person seeking an abortion,” Richards adds.

As always, Richards wraps the opposition in language of women;s rights of reproductive health — never mind that women can access abortion at hundreds of locations nationwide without forcing Christian medical professionals to perform or refer for abortions. . . . Richards had the same request of abortion proponents last month. In fact, the text of the two action alerts appears identical. . . . . Read More:

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Democrats Not Running a Single Pro-Life Candidate in Any 2018 Targeted District

Democrat leaders are pushing the party further into a radical ideology that demands full support for abortion for any reason up to birth

In a scathing but apt criticism of the current party, The Federalist’s Bre Payton described abortion on demand as DNC leaders’ new religion.

“Their objective is no longer to keep abortion ‘safe, legal, and rare,’ but to shout it, to be proud about it, and to kick and scream if their party does not expel pro-life defectors,” she wrote.

The upcoming midterm elections are a perfect example. Party leaders are abandoning a seven-term Illinois incumbent and supporting his challenger instead because of abortion.

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, one of the last pro-life Democrats in Congress, accurately represents his constituents on the abortion issue. He votes to protect unborn babies from late-term abortions and opposes taxpayer funding of abortions, two issues that are widely popular among Democrats and Republicans alike.

For doing so, he is being abandoned by his own party. Some of Lipinski’s peers in the House are backing his pro-abortion challenger, Maria Newman, who supports late-term abortions and taxpayer funding of abortions. Well-funded pro-abortion groups like NARAL and Emily’s List are backing Newman as well. . . . According to the Federalist, the Democratic Party is not backing any pro-life candidates in key districts this fall.

. . . Democratic Party leaders have been debating whether to stop supporting pro-life Democrats altogether. And Tom Steyer, the single largest donor to the Democratic Party in recent years, said late last year that he will give money only to pro-abortion candidates.

The DNC has adopted an increasingly radical position on abortion. Its 2016 platform calls for full support of abortion for any reason up to birth as well as taxpayer funding of abortions – positions that most Democrat voters strongly oppose.

A Massachusetts mayor recently announced that he will leave the Democratic Party because of its pro-abortion ideology. He joins countless others who have become disgusted by the party’s demand that unborn babies be sacrificed and their deaths celebrated.

Democrats for Life estimates more than 23 million Democrats in the U.S. are pro-life. Last year, Pew Research found that 28 percent of Democrats say abortion should be illegal in most or all cases. Marist/KofC polling also found that 23 percent of Democrats consider themselves pro-life and 40 percent say abortion is morally wrong.  . . . Read More

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Planned Parenthood Goes to Court to Fight for the Right to Abort Babies Just Because They’re Black

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday about whether women should be allowed to discriminate against their own children’s race or disability via abortion.

The abortion giant Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are challenging an Indiana state law that prohibits abortions based solely on an unborn baby’s sex, race or disability such as Down syndrome.

In September, a federal judge appointed by President Barack Obama blocked the law. However, the state appealed to the 7th Circuit Court.

. . . Indiana became the second state to prohibit abortions based on an unborn baby’s race and disability in 2016, following North Dakota in 2013. A handful of states also prohibit sex-selection abortions.

. . . Unborn babies of color are discriminatorily targeted for abortion at extremely high rates. While black Americans constitute 13 percent of the U.S. population, 35 percent of the babies killed in abortions are black, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Many believe that Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities also target black women for abortions. One analysis found that the abortion chain placed 79 percent of its abortion facilities within walking distance of minority neighborhoods. . . . Read More

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President Donald Trump’s Proposed Budget Defunds Planned Parenthood

President Donald Trump has proposed a fiscal year 2019 budget in which taxpayer dollars would be directed away from the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Since becoming president, President Trump has taken multiple actions to defund the nation’s biggest abortion company. On his third day in office he reinstated a pro-life policy that revoked tens of millions of dollars from International Planned Parenthood. President Trump has also signed legislation that would help states defund the Planned Parenthood abortion company as well.

Now, President Trump has put forward a budget proposal that would prohibit certain abortion companies like Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds. That proposal applies to the Title X Family Planning program and Medicaid, as well as other HHS programs.

From page 56 of his budget proposal, comes the following language:

Prohibits Certain Abortion Providers from Receiving Federal Funds.

The Budget includes provisions prohibiting certain abortion providers from receiving Federal funds from HHS, including those that receive funding under the Title X Family Planning program and Medicaid, among other HHS programs.

Weather the budget would be approved by Congress is another story. While pro-life Republicans have repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood they have been thwarted in the Senate by pro-abortion democrats and a handful of proportion Republicans who have been able to stop pro-life Republican leaders from ending debate on a defunding measure and sending it to president Donald Trump’s desk to sign. Trump has promised to sign the legislation if Congress can get enough votes to send it to him. . . . Read More

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

North Carolina School District Refuses to Let Planned Parenthood Push Its Abortion Agenda

A North Carolina school committee recently voted to stop providing a Planned Parenthood sex education program to middle school students.

Cumberland County Schools parents have been expressing outrage for months after learning that the abortion chain Planned Parenthood was scheduled to teach sex education their middle school children.

Last week, a committee assigned to the issue voted to stop using the Planned Parenthood program in the Cumberland public schools and return to a curriculum approved in 2009, according to the News Observer. The school board also has to approve the measure; a vote is scheduled for Tuesday.

Planned Parenthood’s sex education program “Get Real” was to be taught to six-, seventh- and eighth-grade students over a 10-day period ... However, the school district put the program on hold last fall after parents raised concerns. . . . Read More

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Abortion Extremism

by Kerby Anderson, Contributing Author : The recent vote on an abortion ban after 20 weeks and a recent column illustrate how extreme the Democratic position has become on the issue of abortion. The Senate voted down the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

One Democratic senator tweeted that, “If women made up 51% of Congress, do you think we would still be fighting to protect a woman’s right to choose?” Actually a Gallup poll shows that vast majority of Americans (including most women) believe abortion should be illegal after three months of pregnancy. Another poll found that 80 percent of the country opposes abortion in the final months of pregnancy.

During the debate, one Republican leader tried to point out how extreme the Democratic position was on late-term abortions. He explained that only seven countries permit elective abortion after 20 weeks, including the US, China, and North Korea.

The vote and the debate caught the attention of David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times. He wrote an “Abortion Memo” to the leaders of the Democratic Party. He understands that the Democratic donors “want to preserve a woman’s right to choose through all nine months of her pregnancy.” But he wonders if that extreme position is what is preventing Democrats from winning elections and enjoying congressional majorities.

Well, the harsh reaction to his op-ed has been overwhelming. Feminists, abortion activists, and party leaders have called him all sorts of awful names (none of which I can repeat here) and many have taken to various outlets to tell him that he doesn’t understand about the issue and what’s at stake for women.

As one commentator put it: “The message was simple: dissent over abortion won’t be tolerated.” Instead of thoughtfully considering his warning, it appears that Democratic leaders are doubling down and digging in. I think this next election will show that David Brooks was right and the Democratic leadership was wrong. I’m Kerby Anderson, and that’s my point of view.
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Kerby Anderson is a radio talk show host heard on numerous stations via the Point of View Network endorsed by Dr. Bill Smith, Editor, ARRA News Service

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Congress Votes to Repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board, Obamacare’s “Death Panels”

Lost in the debate over the legislation funding the federal government is a key victory for pro-life advocates. While most of the focus has been over passing the legislation in the first place and a filibuster from Senator Rand Paul, pro-life advocates have been pushing to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board — which has been commonly and derisively known as death panels in Obamacare.

Thankfully it appears that those controversial death panels maybe no more.

The board, composed of 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats, was not only directed to limit Medicare spending, but also to limit private, nongovernmental spending on health care to a growth rate below medical inflation. Little attention was given to this more sweeping danger of rationing healthcare paid for with nongovernmental dollars. IPAB’s powers went well beyond an effort to control Medicare spending. IPAB would have created drastic limits for the Department of Health and Human Services to impose on what Americans are allowed to spend out of their own funds to save their own lives and the lives of their families.

Officials with National Right to Life applauded the vote to eliminate the IPAB. . . . Read More

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State Department Finds Overwhelming Acceptance of U.S. Abortion Funding Restrictions

Lisa Correnti
Executive VP, C-FAM
by Lisa Correnti: A State Department report released yesterday found wide acceptance of the expanded Mexico City Policy which blocks funding for foreign groups performing or promoting abortion overseas. The report surveyed organizations which receive U.S. funds to deliver health care to vulnerable populations overseas.

The expanded policy, called “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA),” was instituted by President Donald Trump in January 2017 and extends the policy to the $8.8 billion in funds appropriated for global health assistance through Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of Defense (DoD).

Since the announcement last year, abortion advocates coalesced to attack the Trump administration with charges that health care delivery would flag and women’s health would be drastically reduced.

The State Department report contradicts these allegations, however, finding that as grants and contracts have come under review to renew funding nearly all prime partners have accepted the policy. Just four organizations refused to comply with the abortion ban out of 733 awardees.

Two of the non-compliance organizations are global abortion providers Marie Stopes International and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). Both organizations have bilateral USAID grants that would have gone through 2019 for approximately $30 million. USAID will direct the funds to other groups in the same areas, “transition[ing] the activities of those organizations that have not agreed to the PLGHA standard provision to other partners, while minimizing disruption of services.”

USAID also reported 12 sub-grantee recipients that refused to comply. IPPF reports to work in 170 countries with hundreds of affiliated organizations. These foreign affiliates stand to lose funding as sub-grantee recipients from the multimillion-dollar prime grants awarded to U.S. organizations like EngenderHealth, Pathfinder International, PAI, and Population Services International – all publicly opposing the institution of the Mexico City Policy. While the PLGHA abortion restrictions do no apply to U.S. registered organizations it does restrict the funding these organizations award to foreign sub-grantees.

According to the report, the Department of State, USAID, HHS, and DoD “have taken multiple steps to implement the PLGHA policy.” A standard provision was developed which is being included in grants and cooperative agreements for global health assistance including for PEPFAR, the Bush-era HIVAIDs initiative. Training to ensure compliance is ongoing for all stakeholders including interagency government personnel, U.S. Mission staff, and non-government organizations.

Under the standard provision of PLGHA, prime organizations and their sub-grantees are restricted from using any funding whether U.S. funding or an organization’s own funding to lobby “a foreign government to legalize or make available abortion as a method of family planning” or “conducting a public information campaign in foreign countries regarding the benefits and/or availability of abortion as a method of family planning.”

The standard provision requires awardees to agree to oversight and transparency to assure compliance. The recipient must acknowledge the State Department can at any “reasonable time, announced or unannounced” conduct onsite inspections including “independent inquiries in the community served by the recipient.” Violations of PLGHA will result in termination of an award with reimbursement of any unexpended funding to the State Department.

Exempt from PLGHA guidelines is funding for abortion due to rape, incest, or life endangerment of the mother. Also exempt is medical treatment for an induced or spontaneous abortion.

The State Department implementation report acknowledged that “not all existing agreements have received new funding, so the picture on progress and challenges is still developing.” A further review will be conducted by December 15, 2018 when the remaining 500 organizations that have current agreements will have come under renewal.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Pelosi Quotes “Welcome the Children” Bible Verse But Supports Killing Children in Abortions

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi 
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized politicians for not welcoming vulnerable immigrant children Wednesday, though she herself supports the destruction of millions of unborn babies’ lives through abortion.

. . .Pelosi’s hypocrisy came through loud and clear during her 8-hour speech on immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The California Democrat has come under fire many times for claiming to be Catholic and a supporter of children while staunchly defending abortion on demand up until birth.

In her speech Wednesday, Pelosi made references to the Bible and Catholic church teachings about children to defend her position on immigration. . . . .

. . . This hypocrisy is nothing new. Last summer, Pelosi criticized pro-life Republicans for not honoring God by working to defund the abortion chain Planned Parenthood and repeal and replace Obamacare.

“I know my colleagues are people of faith,” Pelosi said. “They tell us that all the time. So, this is God’s creation, we have a real responsibility to it…to minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us…”

One week earlier, a reporter confronted Pelosi about the contradiction between her stance on abortion and her faith, and the U.S. House leader dodged the question. When the CNS News reporter asked Pelosi if aborting an unborn baby with a beating heart dishonors God, Pelosi appeared flustered and then gave a non-answer.

To many religious Americans, including many Democrats, unborn babies are part of “God’s creation” and deserve protection – but not to Pelosi. In 2013, she put her foot in her mouth during a press conference, calling the battle to keep late-term abortions legal “sacred ground.”

Pelosi’s stance on abortion is radical in most Americans’ eyes. . . . Read More

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Iowa Bill Would Ban All Abortions After an Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins

Iowa Republican lawmakers made a daring move to defy Roe v. Wade and ban abortion after an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected this week.

State Sen. Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig, proposed Senate File 3143 to protect unborn babies from the earliest stages of life in a subcommittee this week, the Des Moines Register reports.

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

State Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, chairman of the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee, said he believes there is enough support for the bill to pass both the subcommittee and the Judiciary Committee.

“To me, this is a step forward in banning abortion. I have been very vocal about it,” Zaun said.

Schulz said there is a clear rational behind the bill.

“We understand that when a heartbeat stops, somebody passes away,” he said. “It only makes sense to the broad body of the population in Iowa that when a heartbeat starts, you have a life there, and it should be protected.” . . . Read More

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Unborn Baby Heartbeat Begins
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Pro-Abortion Feminists Ignore Female Genital Mutilation Threatening 68 Million Women

Tuesday, February 6, marked the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. While general news outlets, government officials, and social media recognized the day, feminist and women’s news sites remained silent, even as they claim to champion women.

Those sites included Bustle, Cosmopolitan, Jezebel, and Teen Vogue. They have no excuse. #EndFGM trended on Twitter, the Associated Press reported it – and the U.S. government and United Nations released statements on the day.

For his part, UN Secretary-General António Guterres slammed FGM as a “gross violation of the human rights of women and girls.”

“Without concerted, accelerated action, a further 68 million girls could be subjected to this harmful practice by 2030,” he stressed in a statement.

And, according to the AP report, the U.N. Population Fund “projects that the estimated 3.9 million girls subjected to genital cutting every year will rise to 4.6 million by 2030 due to expected population growth unless urgent action is taken.”

According to the World Health Organization, FGM presents no health benefits, but threatens lasting physical and emotional pain. FGM victims who have spoken out against the practice agree. It’s a human rights violation haunting 200 million women worldwide today.

UNICEF executive director Henrietta H. Fore and UNFPA executive director Dr. Natalia Kanem also released a statement on Tuesday.

They defined FGM as a “violent act that causes infection, disease, childbirth complications, and even death,” a “cruel practice that inflicts lasting emotional harm and preys on the most vulnerable,” a “ violation of human rights,” and a “drag on the well-being of communities and economies.”

“By 2030, more than a third of all births worldwide will be in the 30 countries where female genital mutilation is practiced,” they warned, but they also hoped that “with increased investment and redoubled political commitment, with greater community engagement and more empowered women and girls, it is a race that can be won.”

In a press release recognizing the day, the U.S. government’s FBI and ICE condemned the “heinous activity” that happens with “disturbing regularity.”

“Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a violation of the rights of women and girls that leaves lasting mental, emotional and physical scars,” stressed Chris Hacker, Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Division. “The FBI’s work investigating human rights issues such as FGM/C is among the most important work we do, safeguarding children.”

The statement also noted that the FBI and the Department of Justice were responsible for “the first indictment under the federal law banning female genital mutilation.” . . . Read More including linked stories

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Massachusetts assisted suicide bill may force doctors to refer for assisted suicide

Massachusetts doctors are actively opposing the bill to legalize assisted suicide.

Last week Dr. Tom Sullivan, a former president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, along with 20 other physicians, urged lawmakers in Massachusetts to oppose the assisted suicide bill that provides no conscience protection for doctors who oppose assisted suicide.

Bill Morris, in writing for the Washington Free Beacon wrote:

The current bill includes no such protections, which would force any doctor in the state to refer patients seeking assisted suicide to a willing physician. A Massachusetts Medical Society spokeswoman told the Washington Free Beacon that the current bill language will not alter the stance of the society. Some doctors are upset at their refusal to lobby for protections for members who do not agree with the practice.

Massachusetts primary care doctor Mark Rollo told the Washington Free Beacon:

“This is not giving the patient the right to die. It is giving the doctor the right to kill,”

“We are mandated by this current bill to transfer a patient to someone else. I don’t want to be complicit in killing a patient.”


Rollo, a former Air Force doctor, also stated:

“The legislature should not feel comfortable passing this because it’s encouraging people to die and feel like they’re a burden—their ‘right to die’ soon becomes a duty to die.” . . . Read More

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Iowa Newspaper Complains More Babies Have Been Born Since State Defunded Planned Parenthood

. . . A major Iowa news outlet complained that more babies may be born in Iowa this year because lawmakers defunded the abortion chain Planned Parenthood.

The Des Moines Register editorial board slammed pro-life Republicans this week, complaining that they created a “contraceptive desert” in Iowa.

“They have made it more difficult for Iowa women to obtain birth control and more likely women will seek abortions and give birth to unwanted children,” the editors argued. “They have helped Iowa become a contraceptive desert.”

In 2017, Planned Parenthood closed three abortion facilities and one abortion referral center in Iowa after state lawmakers cut off taxpayer funding to abortion groups. It still runs eight facilities across the state.

Abortion activists complained that the move would deprive minorities, young adults, low-income families and people in rural areas of essential health care. And the Register editorial board echoed those concerns this week, using limited new data about the effects of the legislation.

In a carefully-worded claim, the newspaper board asserted that 15,000 people lost access to “entities specializing in preventing pregnancy.” In a separate editorial, the board identified those “entities” as the four Planned Parenthoods that closed.  . . . Read More

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