Category Archives: Human Rights

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Pro-life groups join MRC in denouncing media blackout of March for Life

Nineteen leading pro-life organizations joined the Media Research Center to chastise the networks for their near blackout of the 2015 March for Life. The annual March for Life, which attracted over 200,000 participants from around the country, marked the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

The only network that offered coverage was CBS, which dedicated 15 seconds to the March in the context of highlighting moderate Republican opposition to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Meanwhile, NBC, ABC, and Spanish-language networks Univision and Telemundo completely ignored the March. The networks did, however, find time to cover “DeflateGate,” sidecar dogs in America, and Prince Andrew’s sex scandal. Media Research Center founder and president Brent Bozell reacted:

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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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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous letter holds message of justice for the unborn

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

It was April 16, 1963 — 10 years before legalized abortion in the United States — when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. penned the letter that could have been written on behalf of the unborn, as well as the African-American.

The powerful “Letter from Birmingham Jail” still has a message for us. What is astounding now, in 2015 — as we honor King, and we, likewise, grieve approximately 57 million babies who have died in the past 42 years — is that King, who was vocal then, would doubtlessly be just as vocal now. Ironically, he would not have to change much of his letter, for what we did to African-Americans, we now do to the unborn. And the most tragic irony of all is that African-American babies are aborted at a rate five times greater than white babies.

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5 things you didn’t know about Roe v Wade

As one of the most famous cases in United States history, Roe v Wade is perhaps one of the least understood. The decision, in conjunction with Doe v Bolton, underscored abortion as a constitutional right and gave the green light to abortion-on-demand across the country. As a result, the U.S. Supreme Court single-handedly  sanctioned the killing of 57 million preborn children through abortions decades following the decision on January 22, 1973. On the 42nd anniversary of the ruling, Roe’s impact – though weakening through a growing pro-life movement – lives on.

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Pro-abortion editor of RH Reality Check says there is “no difference” between pro-lifers and Islamic terrorists

Take a minute and think about the difference between pro-lifers and Islamic terrorists. One group wants to save lives; the other takes them. It really is that simple. The two have nothing whatsoever in common. Islamic terrorists kill people around the world in a sick sacrifice to their twisted fanaticism for violence and bloodlust, as well as force women to live as second-class citizens and slaves. They commit appalling human rights abuses. Pro-lifers…try to protect unborn children.

To any rational person, there isn’t any comparison between the two. But to pro-abortion extremist Jodi Jacobson, editor-in-chief of the radically pro-abortion website RH Reality Check, pro-lifers are just like Islamic terrorists. To her, there’s no difference at all.

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Catholic business owners win relief from ObamaCare’s forced abortion and contraceptive coverage

When the Hobby Lobby case was decided last summer, the abortion industry raged because it knew that the decision by the Supreme Court meant that other lower court decisions would follow. That’s what happened in Michigan this week when the Thomas More Society won its case for Autocam Medical, LLC and its right to decline providing abortion or contraceptive group insurance coverage for employees.

The fight went on for three years, but in the end, the same judge that first ruled against Autocam ruled for it. This outcome was paved by the United States Supreme Court. The case went from MI to the Supreme Court and then got bumped back down to district court, where Judge Robert J. Jonker ruled in light of the high court’s decision that family-run Hobby Lobby was not required “to provide its employees with health coverage for contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and related patient education and counseling to which plaintiff objects on religious grounds.”

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Two lawyers in Texas are saving lives and helping the pro-life movement all for free

We’ve all heard a lawyer joke or two, but when it comes down to it, most lawyers see their career as a calling. They feel compelled to help others – and the Texas Center for Defense of Life was founded by two such people.

On January 22, 2011, on the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States, Texas Center for Defense of Life (TCDL) was incorporated as a pro-life nonprofit legal organization by Greg Terra and Stephen Casey.

After filing and winning a lawsuit on behalf of a sixteen-year-old Austin, TX girl who was being pressured to abort by her parents, Terra and Casey saw the need for an organization that would be able to help fight for the right to life from conception until natural death. The teen was able to give birth to her baby girl, and Terra and Casey were able to move forward to help others.

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Powerful video from paralyzed boy shows that every life matters

Many people don’t get the opportunity to come face-to-face with a person who has a disability. Rarer still is getting an honest view of how a person feels about their disability. But millions caught a glimpse into the life of an extraordinary individual living with a disability after actor Ashton Kutcher shared the following video with 18 million of his followers on social media.

Cashel Gardner is a 17-year-old living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which, for Cashel, means that he cannot move, breathe, talk, or eat on his own. But he made this video to show that his life is fulfilling and valuable – and that everyone matters.

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If we want to stand against racism, we should stand against Planned Parenthood

With the recent attention to race, discrimination, and violence in the news, there’s a major racist organization that’s been entirely ignored by the mainstream media: Planned Parenthood.

Yes, you heard me right. Planned Parenthood – all too often thought of as merely a “women’s health care provider – is actually America’s abortion giant and racist to boot.

Not only does Planned Parenthood constantly erect new clinics in areas of cities where minorities live in larger numbers, but the organization has also been caught on tape happily accepting donations to specifically target black babies for abortion.

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November conference tackles assisted suicide topics

The tragic Brittany Maynard assisted suicide saga has alerted many Americans to the lesser-known topics of euthanasia and assisted suicide. With its emotional appeal, 29-year-old Maynard’s push for assisted suicide has raised questions about these difficult end-of-life issues among many Americans. The Family Institute of Connecticut is tackling the assisted suicide debate head-on, sponsoring the East Coast Conference Against Assisted Suicide. The event is the first and only of its kind, but sponsors hope that this will not be the case for long.

Bringing together national and international organizations into one conference, educators will teach anti-assisted suicide advocates and activists how to counteract the detrimental work of groups like Compassion and Choices, the organization behind the Brittany Maynard Fund.

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UK feminists urge parliament to pass bill banning gendercide abortions

A group of pro-woman activists in the UK is taking steps toward clarifying the 1967 Abortion Act’s prohibition of sex-selection abortion. Investigations reveal that gendercide has become a widespread practice in the UK, and pro-life advocates want to reiterate the current law so that this practice will end. Stop Gendercide, a group promoting the bill that will definitively ban gendercide among constituents in the UK, is hard at work raising awareness of the realities that have often gone unnoticed in their nation.

The Bill’s purpose is to clarify and reiterate the current Abortion Act’s provisions regarding gendercide, not to erect a superfluous ban on top of the legislation that already prohibits the practice. These protections have been contradicted by several large groups, making the subject ambiguous in the UK medical community. For example, both the British Medical Association and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service have outlined different reasons why they hold sex-selection abortion is actually permissible under the law (one claims that allowing sex-selection is permissible on mental health grounds, and another simply claims that it is not illegal to begin with).

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