Friday, September 22, 2017

John McCain Sabotages Senate Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood, No Vote Puts Bill in Jeopardy

John McCain will once again sabotage the Senate bill to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The Arizona senator and former presidential candidate angered pro-life Americans earlier this year when he was a no vote on the previous reconciliation Bill to defund the nation’s biggest abortion company.

Now he’s doing it again. McCain will vote no on the latest version of the Planned Parenthood defunding bill, that also reveals portions of Obamacare. . . .

McCain joined two probation Republicans to defeat the Senate bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. Called the skinny Bill to repeal portions of Obamacare, pro-life organizations and Senate Republican leaders hoped the bill would get enough votes to be able to land a repeal and defund measure on President Donald Trump’s desk.

But thanks to Senator John McCain the measure failed. Even though McCain frequently votes pro-life and has voted to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business in the past, he joined pro-abortion Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine along with 48 Democrats to kill the measure.

According to the Washington Examiner, pro-life vice president Mike Pence was working with Senator McCain and the final hours leading up to the vote to no avail.

Last month, the abortion chain Planned Parenthood finally released its annual report.

The report shows increases in abortion numbers and taxpayer funding in 2015, alongside decreases in contraception, breast exams and overall patient numbers.

Planned Parenthood continued to maintain its status as the largest abortion provider in the United States. The abortion group performed 328,348 abortions on unborn babies, 4,349 more than the previous year, according to the report.

At the same time, it saw 2.4 million patients, about 100,000 fewer than the previous year and about 500,000 fewer than five years ago. Contraception services, which the abortion chain touts as its primary service, also dropped from 2.94 million to 2.8 million during the past two years.

Meanwhile, the abortion chain received more taxpayer funding. The report shows Planned Parenthood receiving $554.6 million, up from $553.7 million the previous year. This increase occurred while pro-abortion President Barack Obama was in power. . . . . Read More

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Virginia Gov. Race Tied as Pro-Life Ed Gillespie Pulls Even With Pro-Abortion Ralph Northam

Ed Gillespie
A pitch for money by incumbent pro-abortion Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia , who is not up for re-election until 2018, drew me to a Suffolk University Poll which also talks about this year’s race for governor in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

For much of the year pro-life Republican Ed Gillespie has trailed pro-abortion Democrat Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in the polls, sometimes by as much as 5- 7 points.

Not anymore.

The poll, released Monday, found Gillespie and Northam deadlocked at 42% . Twelve percent of the respondents were undecided while Libertarian Cliff Hyra drew 3%.

On June 7, National Right to Life endorsed Gillespie in the Republican Party primary. As NRLC noted at the time Gillespie has a long history of pro-life advocacy within the Republican Party. As chairman of the Republican National Committee, Ed Gillespie strongly supported the pro-life plank in the Republican platform. As Counselor to President George W. Bush, Gillespie championed pro-life Congressman Henry Hyde to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This year, Gillespie accompanied Vice President Mike Pence for his historic speech at the March for Life.

“Ed Gillespie is a strong advocate for life. As governor, he would support and sign pro-life legislation, including legislation to protect an unborn child from abortion at the point he or she can feel pain, and he opposes using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion,” said David N. O’Steen, Ph.D., executive director of the National Right to Life Committee. “National Right to Life looks forward to working with him in Virginia to implement pro-life policies to protect unborn children from abortion, and medically dependent or disabled persons, whose lives are threatened by euthanasia and assisted suicide .”

By contrast, Northam’s record in the state Assembly was solidly pro-abortion. Planned Parenthood’s Virginia affiliate has endorsed Northam and pledged to spend $3 million in the race on behalf of Northam. . . . Read More

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pro-Life Group: If Rand Paul Doesn’t Vote to DeFund Planned Parenthood, He’s “on the Same Side”

A pro-life student organization is not happy that Senator Rand Paul has announced his opposition to the Graham-Cassidy Healthcare bill that would repeal portions of Obamacare and defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

The Kentucky senator says he opposes the legislation because it does not fully repeal Obamacare. However. leading pro-life groups are supporting the bill because it represents the only legitimate chance to pass a measure through Congress that would defund the nation’s biggest abortion company.

Today, Students for Life of America informed LifeNews that it will consider Rand Paul to be “on the same side” as Planned Parenthood if he does not vote for the legislation.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America told LifeNews: “We are calling on Senator Rand Paul to either support a pro-life health care reform bill, like Graham-Cassidy, or propose one that can pass now.

Hawkins continued, “The disastrous status quo that is Obamacare is harming families, using our taxpayer dollars to fund abortion, and line the pockets of Planned Parenthood’s billion dollar abortion industry. Voting against Graham-Cassidy would put Senator Paul on the same side as the abortion Goliath, Planned Parenthood.”

The pro-life student leader said, “Planned Parenthood has lied to the American public, committed fraud with taxpayer dollars, and has been proven to sell the body parts of babies they abort for profit. Yet, Congress continually fails to defund Planned Parenthood. The pro-life generation is sick of being told to wait until another election season has passed. We are expecting Congress to uphold their promises and stop subsidizing America’s largest abortion vendor.”

Hawkins says her group will be visiting Senator Rand Paul’s instate office and call on him to vote yes for Graham-Cassidy. Today, pro-life students visit Senator Rand Paul’s Kentucky office and call on him to vote for the bill as part of a national tour through the states of strategically chosen U.S. Senators and more than 90 college campuses. . . . . Read More

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Senate Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Will Cost the Abortion Biz $400 Million

Republicans certainly have a flair for the dramatic. With less than four working days to kill Obamacare, Senate hallways are already empty. With their repeal bill still hanging in the balance, members left town late Tuesday to mark the Jewish holidays — adding even more suspense to next week’s September 30th deadline. Even now, Republican leaders aren’t sure where their party will land on the plan from Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.). Although the push seems to be gaining steam, the results are anything but certain — as Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) reminded everyone the last time around.

One thing’s for sure: it will be an anxious few days for Planned Parenthood. Apart from Barack Obama, Cecile Richards’s group has the most to lose — almost $400 million a year, to be exact. Like the string of reconciliation bills before it, the Graham-Cassidy measure guts 86 percent of the organization’s Medicaid funding, putting a huge dent in the forced partnership between taxpayers and America’s biggest abortion business. That should be a major motivating factor for dozens of pro-life senators, who understand that this is conservatives’ best shot at ending the government’s direct deposit to a scandal-ridden organization.

Even Planned Parenthood admits it performs more abortions (328,348 in 2015 alone) than basic breast exams. That’s not difficult to believe since overall health screenings have dropped by half since 2011. Even contraception counseling, the group’s bread-and-butter, fell by 136,244. So what, exactly, are taxpayers funding? Certainly not the “comprehensive care” Richards advertises. Or even the volume of care, since Planned Parenthood saw 100,000 fewer patients in 2015 than the year before.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to change Senator Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) mind. The Kentucky pro-lifer insists he won’t vote for the Graham-Cassidy bill, despite the thousands of unborn lives it could save. . . . Read More

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ignorance of Religious Rights is Widespread

by Bill Donohue: The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania has released a new survey on the public’s knowledge of basic constitutional rights; it is disturbing on many levels.

Every totalitarian movement in history, beginning with the French Revolution, has sought to crush conscience rights. That is because conscience rights are inextricably linked to religious rights, making freedom of religion the one right that totalitarian rulers fear most. This alone justifies a well-crafted civics program in the public schools. It is also cause for despair after reading the Annenberg survey.

More than a third of Americans, 37 percent, can’t name any of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Nearly half, 48 percent, list freedom of speech as a guaranteed right, but only 15 percent can name freedom of religion. The results of other survey houses indicate that matters have gotten worse.

The First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University has been tracking this issue for decades. In 2014, it found that 68 percent were able to identify freedom of speech as a guaranteed right, but only 29 percent could name freedom of religion. Twenty years ago, the respective figures were 49 percent and 21 percent.

Why is it that knowledge of our First Amendment right to freedom of religion always trails our awareness of freedom of speech? Is it because the rights crusade that began in the 1960s is more often associated with free speech rights? Yet the efforts by Rev. Martin Luther King were anchored more in religious rights than free speech rights.

Why is it that we are apparently going backwards on both measures, especially on religious rights? To be exact, between 1997 and 2017, our knowledge of free speech as a First Amendment right slipped by 2 percent, but our knowledge of freedom of religion dropped by 29 percent. Is it because the public schools harbor a phobia, or worse, about religious expression?

We are currently witnessing an assault on our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and in both instances it is emanating largely from the schools: colleges and universities are doing a pitiful job defending freedom of speech on campus, and religious rights are increasingly imperiled at the elementary and secondary levels.

Freedom depends, in part, on our vigilance in protecting fundamental human rights. If the first freedom to go is freedom of religion—history shows that it is—then these survey findings are not encouraging. We are not likely to defend rights we barely know exist.
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William "Bill" Donohue is President of the Catholic League.

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Troubled Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Abortion Facility Closes

The embattled Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center has shut its doors.

Government sources have confirmed that Hillcrest has voluntarily relinquished its license to operate as an abortion facility.

The abortion center had until August 31st to fix the myriad of health and safety problems discovered during an inspection earlier this year. That inspection yielded an astounding 44 pages worth of violations.

The report, found on the Pennsylvania Health Department website dated July 8th, provided details of the myriad of health and safety violations found at the Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center in June.

The failures included:
  • Outdated medication and supplies
  • Lack of documentation that a consultant physician had proper credentials for advising staff to ensure satisfactory treatment of patients
  • Medication stored in refrigerators with inappropriate temperatures
  • Failure to provide a sanitary environment. Deficiencies included ceiling tiles stained with an unidentified brown substance, torn padding on exam tables, and a front yard with grass measuring two to three feet high.
. . . Read More

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pro-Abortion Catholic Tim Kaine Cites Bible With Plea to Respect “Different Perspectives”

It is only to state the obvious that a writer will gear his argument, his rhetoric, and the volume with which he makes his pitch depending on the audience he is trying to sway.

So when pro-abortion Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who is running for re-election in 2018, writes an essay for Christianity Today the vitriol with which he and his party lambast Republicans and particularly President Trump is conspicuous by its absence. Indeed, when talking about the future of the fight over Obamacare, Kaine writes about “find[ing] these solutions by bringing together different perspectives”– how “No one person or party has all the answers, so we cannot say to the other side ‘I don’t need you.’”

To reinforce this point, Kaine benevolently adds, “Our disagreements do not lie in whether to care for them, but how.”

Going for broke, Kaine calls in the heavy artillery. He quotes the Apostle Paul’s explanation/admonition to a quarreling church in Corinth where Paul “compared a church with many members to a body with many parts.” None is more important than any other.

Is this the same we-are-all-in-this-together fellow who recently told POLITICO

Trump “has frequently done things that I think are shocking for a president to do, but nothing he’s done has been surprising,” Kaine says. “There is nothing this guy has done that should surprise a person in this country based on the person he was before he took the oath of office.”

Of course, pro-lifers know Kaine as the have-it-both-ways “personally opposed” Democrat who signed on as Hillary Clinton’s vice president and pledged his unfailing support for her full abortion-on-demand agenda. That included her fervent desire to obliterate the Hyde Amendment, credited with saving two million lives, which Kaine had said he supported.

So is this the same Tim Kaine (with a 100% pro-abortion voting record) who starts his Christianity Today essay by quoting from Matthew 25 where Jesus talks of the time when the Son of Man will judge the nations? Where the sheep will be separated from the goats based on their response to Jesus–that is to say, how they/we treat “the least of these”?

Of course, Kaine knows the hypocrisy. He has chosen political expediency over what his faith and his reason both tell him: who is more “the least of these” than the unborn child? . . .
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Abortion clinics in 375 cities are about to be targeted with 40 days of continuous prayer

One of the world’s most successful ongoing pro-life campaigns to shut down abortion clinics is starting up in nine days.

40 Days for Life begins its next global campaign of prayer, fasting, and around-the-clock vigil at abortion clinics September 27th, and finishes on November 5th. During this time, thousands of pro-lifers will visit abortion clinics for a time of concentrated, peaceful prayer.

Campaign organizers say this year’s event is expected to be the largest gathering of pro-life intercessors since the vigil began in 2004.

“We are very excited about the largest 40 Days for Life campaign ever,” 40 Days for Life President Shawn Carney told LifeSiteNews. Carney said the campaign will be in 375 cities around the world. . . .

Prolifers can check the 40 Days for Life website for the location of a vigil in their area. The website may also be used by those wanting to apply to lead a 40 Days for Life vigil in their community.

A special “kick off” is planned for Sunday, September 24, in Philadelphia. Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life and many other pro-life leaders will take part at the event beginning at 3:30 PM in Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Details can be found here. . . . Read More

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Monday, September 18, 2017

She Chose Adoption Instead of Abortion, After Praying for 20 Years She Reunited With Her Son

Evie Lastra West spent her teen years living a rough life as a gang member and drug addict.

She went through two teenage pregnancies and almost aborted her second child. But while making an adoption plan for her son, West completely changed her life around.

Now, she is a pro-life advocate who speaks across the country about her difficult past. Later this month, West will be the keynote speaker at the Options Pregnancy Center banquet in Alpena, Michigan, according to The Alpena News.

As a young teenager, West joined a gang in her home town of Orange County, California. The Daily Advance reports she spent a lot of her time partying with the gang and getting high on drugs.

When she was 16, she became pregnant and gave birth to her oldest son. She said she basically left her son to her parents’ care.

“For the first two years of my son’s life I wasn’t around,” West said. “I was literally sucking the life out of my parents.”

Eventually, she said her parents packed up her bags and told her that she had to leave. They enrolled her in a Christian college in Cleveland, Tennessee called Lee University; and, knowing no other option, West went.

She said her son, who was 2 years old at the time, went with her.

“My son became the campus baby,” West said. “He got lots of attention, everybody wanted to play with him, and I liked that. Things were starting to go well for me.” . . . Read More

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Dedicated Pro-Life Man Goes on Hunger Strike to Protest Killing Babies in Abortions

As the pressures to legalize abortion increase in Ireland, one man launched a hunger strike Monday to stand up for unborn babies’ right to life.

Ireland Breaking News reports Tim Jackson, of Donegal, Ireland, stood outside the Dáil (lower house of the Irish Parliament) with a white flag and a sign with an image of an unborn baby that read “Stop the killing.”

Jackson said he wants lawmakers to watch a video showing how an unborn baby is aborted before they consider changing Ireland’s laws. He said he will drink only water and will continue the strike “as long as necessary.”

The Eighth Amendment in Ireland gives unborn babies a right to life. The country also has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates and best health care for women in the world. However, abortion activists and some of the world’s richest men have been pushing the pro-life country to repeal the Eighth Amendment and legalize abortion on demand.

A special government committee was established this year to consider if abortion should be legal in certain or any circumstances. However, over the summer, Irish health minister Simon Harris started drafting legislation to legalize abortion before the committee even issued its report. . . . Read More

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Enough Already - Abortion is Murder!

Dan Fisher is running for Governor in Oklahoma. He explains why Oklahoma, "the most Pro-Life State in the nation," still allows the murder of children, and what he intends to do about it.

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Donald Trump Jr. Blasts Late-Term Abortion: ‘disgusting And Sub Human’

Donald Trump Jr. called abortion workers laughing about late-term abortion “disgusting and sub human” in a tweet on September 12.

Trump Jr. linked to a tweet from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) that contained a petition to defund Planned Parenthood.

The ACLJ quoted a late-term abortion worker as saying, “they come out crying and looking for their mama.”

“I don’t care what side of the [aisle] you sit on regarding the issue,” Trump Jr. tweeted. “If true, we should all agree that this is disgusting and sub human.”

I don't care what side of the isle you sit on regarding the issue, if true, we should all agree that this is disgusting and sub human. https://t.co/eLmOxaVywz
During a dilation and evacuation abortion, “an abortionist first dilates the woman’s cervix and then uses instruments to dismember and extract the baby from the uterus,” AbortionProcedures.com explains.

After removing amniotic fluid, “the abortionist uses a sopher clamp — a grasping instrument with rows of sharp ‘teeth’ — to grasp and pull the baby’s arms and legs, tearing the limbs from the child’s body. ... The most difficult part of the procedure is usually finding, grasping and crushing the baby’s head.”

After removing pieces of the child’s skull, the abortionist uses a curette to scrape the uterus and remove the placenta and any remaining parts of the baby. . . . rEAD mORE

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Pro-Lifers Arrested Nationwide for Giving Women Alternatives Inside Abortion Clinics and Refusing to Leave

In three different cities across the United States, pro-lifers simultaneously entered abortion centers to talk to women scheduled for abortions. In each instance they refused to leave the clinics when told to do so by law enforcement and offered an act of non-violent defense of unborn children about to be aborted.

Once inside the clinics, small teams of pro-lifers peacefully approached mothers seated in the waiting rooms and offered them red roses as a symbol of life. Attached to each rose was a card which on one side read,”You were made to love and to be loved … Your goodness is greater than the difficulties of your situation. Circumstances in life change. A new life, however tiny, brings the promise of unrepeatable joy.” The card also contained phone numbers of local pregnancy help centers.

These rescues did not involve the blockading of abortion center entrances or procedure rooms. When police officers arrived on the scene, pro-lifers attempted to continue conversation with women or sat on the floor praying quietly or singing hymns until they were placed under arrest, organizers said.

“Those involved in the “Red Rose Rescue” talked to women scheduled for abortions, extending to them words of encouragement and offering material help. In addition to reaching out to the mothers, the rescuers chose to remain in the clinic as an act of solidarity with the unborn children scheduled to be killed by abortionists. The rescuers, like any others who recognize an urgent situation, responded to dire circumstances of imminent peril in a spirit of intervention on behalf of innocent babies and beleaguered mothers,” organizers informed LifeNews.

The pro-life advocates were arrested at the following abortion clinics:

Northland Family Planning, 3810 17 Mile Rd., Sterling Heights, MI
Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic, 101 S Whiting St. #215, Alexandria, Virginia
University of New Mexico Center for Reproductive Health, E, 2301 Yale Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM.

. . . Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta said that her work was “to go into the dark holes of the poor.” The Red Rose Rescue is an action of going into the dark holes of the poor–namely abortion centers–where the innocent are rejected–and in these dark holes we seek to bring hope, true peace and the presence of God.” . . . Read More

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Planned Parenthood Wants to Remove a “Racist” Statute. But What About Its Racist Founder?

Planned Parenthood just loves to shout about the evils of racism. Perhaps, it’s because the abortion chain’s leaders think they will be able to cover up their own racist roots if they shout loud and long enough.

Recently, the abortion chain’s New York City branch joined a protest calling for the removal of a statue in Central Park that honors Dr. J. Marion Sims, according to the Gotham Gazette.

Sims is considered the “father of modern gynecology,” but many believe he also was a racist who performed surgical experiments on enslaved black women without anesthesia.

“PPNYC strongly condemns the statue of Dr. Sims because it sanctions racism, hate and abuse of black women. We stand with the many groups calling for its immediate removal,” wrote Christina Chang, vice president of public affairs at Planned Parenthood of New York City.

In her op-ed, Chang claimed her abortion chain wants the statue removed because it represents violence and hatred against a targeted group of people. . . .

Yet, her abortion business has vehemently refused to end the violence it commits daily against another group of human beings — unborn babies. And it has never even hinted about changing the name of its major New York City abortion facility, the Margaret Sanger Health Center, or disavowed Sanger’s racism.

Many believe Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a racist who wanted to target the black community with birth control and sterilization. She openly promoted eugenics through her writing and speeches, and once spoke at a KKK rally.

Prominent black leaders, including the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., have called for the removal of a statue of Sanger at the Smithsonian because of her racist agenda. They said Sanger supported eugenics to rid the nation of people she deemed “defective” and “feeble-minded” by stopping the growth of their populations, particularly blacks and other minorities.

They pointed to Sanger’s book “Pivot of Civilization,” in which she describes racial minorities and immigrants as “human weeds,” “reckless breeders” and “spawning… human beings who never should have been born.”

Then, in her book “Woman and the New Race” Sanger argued that people should not have large families because they perpetuate poverty and illness. She said it is better for everyone involved if a child’s life is snuffed out before he or she has a chance to cause problems for their family.

Sanger wrote, “[We should] apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.”

The Smithsonian refused to grant the black leaders’ request.

Sanger’s abortion chain still targets minority women and their babies for abortions. Today, black women have a disproportionately high number of abortions in the United States. Research by Protecting Black Life found that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of African American and Latino neighborhoods. . . . Read More

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Teen Abortion in Arkansas Hit New Low in 2016

by Jerry Cox: Earlier this summer the Arkansas Department of Health released its annual report regarding abortion.

The report shows, among other things, that abortion has fallen to its lowest levels since 1977 and that fewer women are coming to Arkansas from other states to have abortions.

It also shows that abortion among teenagers has fallen to new lows.

In 1994 some 6,036 abortions were performed in Arkansas. Of those, 1,503 were on teenagers — nearly one in every four abortions.

In 2016 only 349 abortions were on teenagers — less than 11% of all the abortions performed in Arkansas that year.

Some say this decline is due to increased access to birth control among teenagers. However, Arkansas’ teen pregnancy rates have remained high. While that’s nothing to brag about, it shows contraceptives are not the reason teenagers are having fewer abortions.

What’s behind the drastic decline in abortion? For one thing, we are building a culture of life. Abortion is unthinkable to many young people who have seen ultrasound images and know what abortion really is.

I also believe much of the credit goes to our pro-life laws passed in recent years. In 2015 Arkansas passed one of the best informed-consent laws in the nation. It ensures women are given all the facts about abortion up front. Nearly 500 women chose not to have abortions last year after being given that information.

Below is a breakdown of abortion among teenagers and adults in Arkansas since 1994.

YearTeenNon-Teen / UnknownTotal
19941,503 (24.9%)4,533 (75.1%)6,036
19951,435 (24.4%)4,451 (75.6%)5,886
19961,479 (24.3%)4,603 (75.7%)6,082
19971,378 (23.4%)4,511 (76.6%)5,889
19981,334 (21.4%)4,891 (78.6%)6,225
19991,157 (20.7%)4,435 (79.3%)5,592
20001,158 (21.3%)4,291 (78.7%)5,449
20011,184 (20.1%)4,715 (79.9%)5,899
20021,006 (19%)4,282 (81%)5,288
20031,015 (18.8%)4,384 (81.2%)5,399
2004884 (19.1%)3,756 (80.9%)4,640
2006956 (19.2%)4,029 (80.8%)4,985
2007870 (18%)3,972 (82%)4,842
2008866 (18.1%)3,916 (81.9%)4,782
2009774 (16.9%)3,799 (83.1%)4,573
2010750 (16.6%)3,778 (83.4%)4,528
2011615 (15.3%)3,417 (84.7%)4,032
2012535 (14.1%)3,247 (85.9%)3,782
2013451 (12.1%)3,281 (87.9%)3,732
2014486 (11.4%)3,786 (88.6%)4,272
2015407 (10.8%)3,364 (89.2%)3,771
2016349 (10.9%)2,858 (89.1%)3,207
Total20,243 (19.2%)85,441 (80.8%)105,684

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