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New poll shows most Americans would ban abortion after the first trimester

People on both sides of the abortion debate had much to talk about when Republicans introduced a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

NARAL lobbied hard against it, and though the bill easily passed the House before and is supported by a majority of Americans, Obama promised to veto it. The bill was tabled due to debate over the rape exception, which is unfortunate for apparently both pro-lifers and pro-abortion advocates alike. A new poll shows that a whopping 84% of Americans want to ban abortion after the first trimester, and that includes 7 out of 10 who consider themselves “pro-choice.”

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United Methodist Church leader mocks March for Life, UMC issues response statement

Bill Mefford, director of civil and human rights at the UMC’s Washington office, used the March for Life last week to mock the event with a sign and picture he posted on Twitter, saying, “I march for sandwiches.” Many are upset that a church leader used a solemn event to liken an unborn baby to a sandwich.

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The next day, UMC Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, general secretary general on the Board of Church & Society, issued a statement about Mefford’s “march”:

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House GOP makes March for Life 2015 memorable for all the wrong reasons

The events of this year’s March for Life week have been particularly illuminating for the state of America’s abortion conflict.

On Tuesday, our president filled his State of the Union Address with lofty, self-righteous rhetoric about “respect[ing] human dignity,” telling “every child … your life matters,” a “better politics” where “we debate without demonizing each other,” and how “surely we can agree it’s a good thing that teen pregnancies and abortions are nearing all-time lows.” Of course, this was all patently insincere, coming from a man who routinely demonizes pro-lifers and our motives and favors partial-birth abortionlate-term abortion, starving newborns to death after botched abortionstaxpayer funding of abortion, and denying the people and their elected representatives the right to vote on abortion at every level of government. Continue reading

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Medical negligence in Illinois abortion clinics risk women’s health…and lives

Perhaps the most astounding aspect of the shoddy care of abortion clinics is the claim they all make to provide quality health care for women. A recent example of the hypocrisy in Illinois is not only disgusting, but also dangerous to the women it purports to serve.

The study from Illinois Right to Life revealed:

63% of licensed Illinois women’s clinics have not received a health and sanitary inspection in between two and three-and-a-half-years. The failure of the Department of Public Health to conduct regular health and sanitary inspections leaves women open to the prospect of unsterile surgical tools, dirty operating rooms, incomplete medical attention, infections, and possibly more deaths.

“Illinois Right to Life researchers requested a copy of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s sanitary inspection policy for licensed women’s clinics. No such policy exists.

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Analyzing facts and fiction about hormonal birth control and NFP

Presenting a convincing argument involves a good mix of information, which should include solid facts and data. What someone needs to tell VOXXI and its author, Hope Gillette, is that the facts and data actually have to be true in order to sustain that argument.

A story by Gillette attempts to pass itself off as a piece examining Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM), more commonly known as Natural Family Planning (NFP), a method of birth control that eschews hormonal pills and involves planning around a woman’s natural cycle to prevent pregnancy. Instead, the author presents what appear to be facts but reveals fiction, as well. The story is not only inaccurate, but biased and manipulative in its presentation.

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Newborn set on fire, left to die in the road 

Most people believe that the modern world is more civilized than it was thousands of years ago, when, as part of a human sacrifice to a false god, firstborn children were burnt alive in order to ensure financial prosperity, a good harvest, and a secure future.

The Book of Deuteronomy in the 12th Chapter, 31st verse, says: “You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.”

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What makes you so special?

What makes human beings so special? What gives us value? When we assert that it is worse to kill a human than to kill a dolphin, are we guilty of racism, or more precisely, of speciesism? On what rational ground can we assert that Homo sapiens should be considered more valuable than any other animal?

In a debate between Yale professor Shelly Kagan (left) and Christian philosopher William Lane Craig (right), Kagan attempted an answer:

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Bill Nye: Embryology science denier

I knew there was a reason I liked Beakman’s World better.

Last year, I called out Bill Nye the Science Guy for omitting from his ostensible war on scientific illiteracy the single most egregious, most dangerous, and least debatable bit of junk science in the country: denial that the life of an individual human being begins at fertilization.

Young-earth creationists constitute a national crisis that could “deprive [students] of understanding of nature and our place in the cosmos,” yet a misconception directly tied to a million deaths a year isn’t even worth mentioning? Please.

Since then, Nye has written a book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, which is predominantly concerned with his titular pet issue. However, our friends at Secular Pro-Life have an excerpt  (with further quotes from Google Books) in which the Science Guy finally addresses the unborn…and, when given a chance to prove he really is an objective champion of science, sides with denialism instead. Continue reading

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Amanda Marcotte wants people to abort babies with Down syndrome

North Dakota recently passed a bill outlawing the abortion of babies based on birth defects, like Down syndrome. Pro-lifers and disability advocates alike cheered the decision, because it is horrific to deprive a baby of life simply because he does not meet our society’s standards of perfection.

It is disgusting to see how low we will stoop to avoid “defective” babies, with mothers aborting their children even for very minor defects like cleft lips, which can be repaired. So to see North Dakota step up and ban these abortions is a step in the right direction, reaffirming that people with disabilities and birth defects have intrinsic value and worth just as the rest of us do, and that they deserve life, too. Some people, though, disagree.

Indiana state senator Travis Holdman has just introduced a similar bill to the one passed in North Dakota, and Amanda Marcotte is not happy about it.

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Pro-life New York senators stop dangerous pro-abortion measure

When New Yorkers elected a pro-life majority to the State Senate in November, the pro-abortion camp knew it had lost a major battle.

On Monday, it lost another one, with the Senate passage of the so-called “Women’s Equality Act” without pro-abortion provisions that would, among other things, allow legal abortions up to the moment of birth and open the door to the codification of Roe v. Wade in state law.

Currently, abortion is legal in New York up to the 24th week of pregnancy, with an exception if the life of the mother is at risk. According to the Guttmacher Institute, in 2011, there were 138,370 abortions, representing 13.1% of all abortions nationwide. Furthermore, New York places virtually no limits on abortion — such as waiting periods, parental consent, or limitations on taxpayer funding.

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Anti-life extremists say they would kill unborn babies even if they could be safely removed from the womb

Imagine if unborn babies, at any gestation, could be removed from a mother’s body and implanted into an artificial womb. It seems like it would be the perfect compromise for pro-lifers and pro-abortion activists: women wouldn’t have to take the lives of unborn babies, and yet they wouldn’t have to be pregnant if they didn’t want to be. Win-win, right?

Unfortunately not — even this seemingly common-ground proposal has abortion extremists angry.

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United Airlines flight attendant humiliates family of child with special needs

Elit Kirschenbaum was just trying to get her family of six back home to New Jersey in one piece  when a United Airlines flight attended “humiliated” her for holding her daughter, who has Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, in her lap before takeoff.

Elit explains that Ivy, whose condition was caused by a stroke she endured, is three years old. Federal regulations mandate that children over 24 months be in their own seats during certain parts of the flight, including takeoff. But Elit didn’t know of another solution that would guarantee her daughter’s safety during takeoff, since Ivy cannot move her arms or legs voluntarily and cannot hold her own head up.

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