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1/3 of Americans say animals deserve the same rights as people, while preborn babies have no rights

No meat, no pets, and perhaps even jail time for manslaughter if you hit an animal with your car? Yes. If 32 percent of Americans who want animals to have the same rights as human beings (according to a Gallup poll) had it their way, this would be a realistic future in the United States. And the number of Americans supporting this is up from 25 percent since 2008.

In another Gallup poll, 34 percent of Americans believe preborn humans shouldn’t have any rights at all.

Let that sink in for a moment.

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Abortionist: ‘A fetus is nothing’

Pro-lifers know that abortions are sad and brutal procedures where babies are killed and women scarred for life.

The abortionists who perform these procedures are sometimes challenged by stigma, pro-life pressures, and the grisliness of procedures, while some seem to be in it for the money.

For others, performing abortions is an altruistic calling. They believe they are making the lives of women better, or saving them from illegal, back alley abortions. Whether they fully believe this in their hearts, one can only wonder.  Some seem to genuinely believe that they are on the side of the angels, making the world a better place for women by killing their unwanted children, setting them free to pursue their goals without hindrance. The fact that the babies have to die is just collateral damage.

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Wendy Davis at Planned Parenthood fundraiser: Abortion of 7-pound babies ‘never happens’

Everyone’s favorite late-term abortion crusader has popped up again. Wendy Davis has been laying low after her humiliating defeat in the Texas gubernatorial race, but she made time for her favorite cause: abortion. Davis served as the keynote speaker for Planned Parenthood’s annual fundraising luncheon in Dearborn, Michigan.

And after the luncheon, she was confronted by an anonymous citizen who asked her why it was acceptable to abort a 7-pound infant, in a video obtained by Breitbart. Davis’ answer? Well, it never happens:

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Memo to Congress: Don’t let pro-aborts use Pain-Capable bill’s abortion exception backlash to redefine ‘reasonable’

The most striking thing about the abortion lobby’s collective freakout over the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act’s House vote is that it isn’t even slightly fazed by the bill’s various concessions to pro-choice complaints.

Women generally “need” abortions? H.R. 36 leaves the first five months of pregnancy perfectly free to get one for any reason. Five months somehow isn’t enough time for rape victims to abort? H.R. 36 makes an exception for rape. A basic law-enforcement confirmation that a rape actually took place is somehow too much to ask when seeking permission to kill someone? Under the version the House voted on, now rape counseling 48 hours beforehand will suffice (with the documentation requirements broad enough that presumably any Planned Parenthood with a medical license would qualify). Continue reading

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Why the Satanist religious-freedom challenge to abortion waiting periods is on shaky footing

Last Wednesday, we took a look at the alleged inconsistency between recognizing religious pro-lifers’ right to abstain from participating in abortion but not a Missouri Satanist’s claim that abortion waiting periods violate her religious beliefs. I focused on the difference from a natural-law perspective—i.e., that no religious belief can extend to violating another person’s life, liberty, or property, which abortion does.

A century ago, that would have sufficed, and hopefully will again when we eventually return American jurisprudence to a more originalist, limited-government footing. Today, however, cases are decided predominantly by convoluted balancing tests either written by legislatures or fabricated by judges. Continue reading

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Planned Parenthood: Counseling and medical care for rape victims a ‘senseless delay’

Unsurprisingly, Planned Parenthood is proving its grand lack of “Care. No Matter What.” for rape and incest victims. Once again, America’s abortion giant is proving that abortion is its front and center priority – not the well-being and rescue of victimized women.

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Yes, Instapundit, the 20-week abortion ban is perfectly constitutional

Roe v. Wade’s centrality to the abortion debate gives most pro-lifers an acute awareness of how our Constitution is abused and ignored in modern-day America. And while that makes pro-lifers generally in sync with the broader conservative movement on constitutional fidelity, the near-century-long roots of this abuse have spawned a number of misconceptions that affect both sides.

Glenn Reynolds, University of Tennessee law professor and author of the popular blog Instapundit, claims in USA Today that Congress has no lawful power to enact the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and therefore those who voted for it violated their oath “to support limits on government even when those limits stand in the way of doing something they want to do”: Continue reading

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How to kill your baby videos promote trauma and crime

An ad campaign in the nation of Chile is taking despicable to a new level. Attempting to use satire to criticize that abortion is illegal in the nation, the ad campaign uses a series of “how-to tutorials” to show a woman how to have an “accidental abortion.” The videos, which are poorly done— looking like bad selfie videos— come from a pro-abortion group that is attempting to show the Chilean government that it is hurting women by not allowing abortion.

The videos come with the tagline: “In Chile an accidental abortion is the only kind of abortion that is not considered a crime.” Thus, each video satirizes ways to have an abortion. One shows a woman who tells the audience how to throw themselves in front of a car, stomach first. Another dramatizes a woman giving step-by-step instructions for how to throw yourself down a flight of stairs. These videos make sure to pan across the woman’s pregnant belly, making the already poor taste worse.

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NARAL says it is ‘medically inaccurate’ to label limb-from-limb abortions as ‘dismemberment’

Last month, Kansas became the first state in the country to ban dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortions, in which a preborn baby is ripped apart limb from limb during the second trimester of pregnancy. Referred to as “dismemberment bans,” similar laws are catching on around the country, with Oklahoma already the second state to come on board. This, naturally, has the abortion lobby very upset.

In a frantic e-mail to supporters, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue begged for donations to prevent more of the dismemberment bans from spreading. And how she chooses to describe the new laws is rather interesting.

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Got a phone or a laptop? Here’s how you can help save lives.

The Mayo Clinic publishes an online pregnancy guide, and it includes a page describing “classic symptoms of pregnancy”–the signals a woman’s body will use to tell her that she’s pregnant.

Except when it doesn’t.

That was Lance Bombardier Lynette Pearce’s experience. The British soldier was in Afghanistan when, much to her surprise, she went into labor. Although Pearce underwent a medical exam and passed a physical fitness test prior to deployment, her preborn child went unnoticed. Private Kayla Donnelly has a similar story. The Irish native unexpectedly gave birth to her son, Josh, just two weeks after coming home from an Afghanistan tour.

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‘Dehumanizing’ bill attempts to strike language in Texas pro-life laws

Sometimes it’s in the way language is manipulated that meaning is made. It seems that one pro-abortion Texas legislator knows that and has moved to replace the words unborn child with fetus in state laws and informed consent information that women must receive prior to an abortion.

House Bill 708 is sponsored by Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) that Texas Right to Life is opposing. Calling the measure “dehumanizing,” Texas Right to Life said:

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A look at Renee Ellmers’ new ideas to make the 20-week abortion ban completely useless

It appears that not only has Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) not learned anything from her battle with pro-lifers over the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, if anything she’s decided the bill’s rape and incest exceptions need to be even weaker. The National Journal has the scoop (hat tip to Breitbart) on a draft Ellmers is finally happy with:

Ellmers said that instead of a requirement that rape victims report the crime to law enforcement, the version she saw would mandate that the woman must inform the doctor performing the abortion that she was raped in order to be eligible for a late-term abortion.

“The demand that it be reported to law enforcement was completely unrealistic and only further victimized the victims of rape, and I think that’s something that we have to be very conscientious about,” Ellmers said. Continue reading