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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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Chinese dissident speaks up for his country’s females on International Day of the Girl Child

“Draconian” would be a mild way to characterize China’s One-Child Policy and the ways in which it is enforced. The brutal policy has led to forced abortions and has contributed to a devastatingly lopsided sex ratio and one of the highest suicide rates among young women in the entire world.

All of this has led human rights activists — like Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng — to outspokenly oppose the brutal policy and the Communist regime that enforces it. Guangcheng, a lawyer who escaped house arrest under the regime, has been in the US for two years advocating for the rights of women and families in his homeland. He has been outspoken about the horrors he witnessed in China, and on the International Day of the Girl Child this month, Guangcheng  said:

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All eyes are on Tennessee

All eyes are on Tennessee.  Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State, Music City USA, home of Elvis Presley, Beale Street, the buckle of the Bible belt, and the Great Smokey Mountains. Now it has another moniker…abortion destination of the Southeast. Tennessee ranks as the third state nationally for out of state women coming to get their abortions.

This occurred because the ACLU and Planned Parenthood sued the people of Tennessee in a lawsuit known as Planned Parenthood vs. Sundquidst.  Planned Parenthood sued to remove three regulations around abortion that had been voted into place by bi-partisan legislators. These were informed consent, 48 hour waiting period, and that later term abortions must be done in hospital settings.  The ruling was announced September 15, 2000 in their favor by the TN Supreme Court, and with it a broad right to an abortion in our state Constitution was discovered.  This prevented any regulation from being enforced that could not pass a strict scrutiny standard.

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Pro-life chalk messages at Eastern Michigan University vandalized with swastikas

The “tolerant” crowd strikes again! In honor of “Pro-life Chalk Day,” Students for Life at Eastern Michigan University covered the campus with positive, compassionate chalk messages like “Life is precious, let’s protect it,” and “love them both.” By the next day, campus pro-aborts had washed away many of the chalk messages and defaced others with swastikas.

Yes, swastikas. Because who doesn’t read the message “Life is precious” and immediately think of Hitler? “Love them both” was totally the theme of “Mein Kampf.” Right?

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Judges uphold TX abortion law, immediately closing most clinics

The thing the Texas abortion industry has feared has come into fruition: the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned an injunction allowing Texas to enforce its abortion law, effective immediately. This will effectively shutter all but seven abortion facilities in the Lone Star State unless clinics are able to upgrade facilities to comply with the regulations under HB2.

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BREAKING: Catholic university complies with abortion mandate

Earlier this month, the state of California demanded that even Catholic universities offer elective abortions through insurance plans. Life Legal Defense Foundation and Alliance Defending Freedom have filed a complaint with the United States Department of Health and Human Services. But for now, Loyola Marymount University, a private Catholic school, must offer elective abortions to all those under its insurance policy.

The campus newspaper Los Angeles Loyolan reported Saturday:

LMU’s insurance will cover faculty and staff for elective abortions effective from August 22 to the end of the policy period, the University announced.

The news was confirmed in an email sent to faculty and staff yesterday, Vice President for Human Resources Rebecca Chandler confirmed that LMU’s insurance providers will now cover all procedures deemed medically necessary, including elective abortions.

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Forced abortion in China: one couple’s tragic story

On September 22, 2011, there was a hearing before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. This House of Representatives hearing was chaired by Chris Smith, a pro-life senator from New Jersey. The topic was forced abortion in China.

There were many heartbreaking testimonies given at this hearing. I will highlight one of them.

Ji Yequig and her husband had a daughter, and when she found herself pregnant again in 2003, she initially wanted to keep the baby. In her own words, she and her husband were “very happy.” Her pregnancy was discovered at the Jiading District Women and Children’s Clinic, which informed the Family Planning Commission. They wasted no time. The day after her checkup, they paid her a visit.

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Forced abortion in America: Human trafficking victims

Forced abortion is most commonly associated with China and its One Child Policy. Story after story reports the tragic circumstances of women who are pulled out of their houses, forced into a clinic or hospital, and forcibly aborted – even if they are full term.

But what about forced abortion in America? Recently, Planned Parenthood’s propensity to commit forced abortions has been made known through lawsuits. Ayanna Byer’s abortion was forced and botched, leaving her with a dead baby and an endangered life. A former clinic worker has told of her experience with a forced abortion on a woman she believes was a “sex slave.”

But what else happens to human trafficking victims in the United States?

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GAO report: Americans are funding abortions despite Executive Order

Americans have been deceived by the cheap paper that holds an Executive Order saying no taxpayer funds can be used for abortion, a report today shows. How many abortions citizens have paid for is something that may not be known, but what is known is that despite the words given by the president and promised under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a large number of health plans are covering elective abortions.

A comprehensive report release by the non-partisan US Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that 28 states have no laws restricting how abortion services are covered, and some don’t even disclose to their insured that they are paying for abortions.

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Gendercide in America: why the issue hits home

San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu made waves after announcing a proposed city-wide prohibition on sex-selection abortion bans. Chiu’s resolution, co-authored by four female supervisors, states that a moratorium on sex-selective abortion bans would not only reduce ethnic stereotyping, but would increase abortion access. The proposed measure is so radical, it has drawn criticism from pro-abortion proponents even in one of the nation’s most liberal cities.

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Catholic university employees forced to fund abortion file federal discrimination complaint

If this abortion drama had a theme song it would be “We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore.” This is the anthem of Loyola Marymount University (LMU), a  Catholic school in California. LMU chose to enact its Catholic faith and conscience and not fund employee abortion in its health care plans–only to be told last month by the California Department of Managed  Healthcare  (DMHC) it had to it anyway.

This week, Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a complaint with the United States Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of  seven LMU employees who are fighting back against being forced to participate in abortion-supporting health care plans, explaining that because of the federal Weldon Amendment, “This directive of the DMHC constitutes unlawful discrimination against a health care entity…. Nothing in California law or the state’s constitution requires private health plans to cover abortions.”

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“Where are the Voices?”: Cardinal Wuerl on the U.S.’s lack of response to Iraq

Recently, Cardinal Wuerl offered the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the Catholic University of America. Right before the exit hymn began, he asked to share a final thought with all of those in attendance and those watching from behind the television screen. The parishioners and students, me included, took a seat, expecting some form of reiteration of the homily for that day. (You can get the full speech here.)

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An interview with Carol Everett, former abortion clinic owner and founder of The Heidi Group

The Heidi Group is an organization that counsels post-abortive women and men while also acting as a crisis pregnancy center that works with people all over the country through a network of pregnancy centers. They are located in Round Rock, Texas, which is two miles east of Austin.

The group’s founder and president, Carol Everett, had an abortion in 1973, soon after Roe v. Wade. She then spent the next several years working at (and owning) various abortion clinics, selling abortions. [For more of her personal story, go here.] Everett said:

(I) saw 35,000 abortions and saw one woman die from a legal abortion. God came into my life and showed me through a man who was brave enough to come into the abortion clinic and to tell me that God loved me and that this wasn’t a place I wanted to be.

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‘Deceased fetus’ left in high school bathroom

Last week, students at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas alerted a school janitor that there was a “deceased human fetus” in a stall in a second floor school restroom.

Dallas authorities are now reviewing surveillance camera footage to try to locate the woman who gave birth inside that stall and then left the baby behind. Finding the infant’s mother amongst 1,600 students at Woodrow Wilson High School may be a difficult undertaking.

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Texas pro-abortion activist: “the anti-abortion movement is winning”

During mid-August, Texas Right to Life was in Austin to monitor the federal court trial of HB 2, the Pro-Life Omnibus Law passed last summer. They witnessed a protest by extremist abortion supporters chanting: ”abortion on demand and without apology,” at the Texas Capitol.

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Campaign asks Pope to declare Planned Parenthood an enemy of the Catholic church

Some Catholics are hoping that Planned Parenthood will join the infamous ranks of the historical enemies of the church, and the American Life League (ALL) has prepared a report asking Pope Francis to do just that. Entitled “Defend the Family,” ALL launched the campaign in advance of the Vatican’s October Synod on the Family.

The 7-point plan elaborates on the offenses of the abortion provider to the doctrine and foundation of the church itself. In a video, ALL introduces the report, saying:

“That Catholic Church has had many enemies over the centuries. Through persecutions, heresies, schisms and scandals, the powers of darkness have always found earthly allies willing to try to try to destroy Christ’s plan for the world…. Planned Parenthood is carrying on the work of killing and ruining souls. It’s very existence stands in direct opposition to Catholic teaching.”

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Breaking: Haskell’s attorneys will not appeal, surgical abortions to end Friday

martin-haskellOn Monday, a judge ruled that late-term abortionist Martin Haskell had to close his abortion clinic for good. Haskell was given five days to appeal the judge’s ruling. Operation Rescue has revealed that Haskell’s attorneys have decided not to file an appeal, meaning that the clinic will close permanently, with surgical abortions to end tomorrow.

Attorneys for Martin Haskell’s Sharonville abortion facility have announced that they will not appeal a ruling issued last week by Judge Jerome Metz upholding the Ohio Department of Health’s closure order. Haskell must cease surgical abortions his Sharonville office by Friday, August 22, 2014.

“This is such a huge victory for all who respect life and the rule of law,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which worked with Greater Cincinnati Right to Life to expose Haskell’s abortion abuses. “Haskell had the attitude that he was above the law and deserved to operate under a different standard as everyone else. Today, the law has prevailed.”

Haskell is the abortionist who pioneered the notorious partial-birth abortion method which was banned in 2003.

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Richard Dawkins: It is immoral to NOT abort babies with Down syndrome

Richard Dawkins, the outspoken atheist, has triggered outrage after he announced on Twitter that it would be immoral to bring a baby with Down syndrome into the world. The conversation started when Dawkins slammed Ireland for being a pro-life country, saying it was a civilized country except for “this one area.” England and Wales, on the other hand, are much more civilized. One incredulous follower responded, unleashing Dawkins’ stream of hatred and intolerance for people with disabilities.

Dawkins later retweeted the puzzling argument that just because all babies with Down syndrome should be aborted, it doesn’t mean that he thinks that none of them deserve to live:

Except that’s exactly what he’s saying — if he believes it is immoral to allow your child with Down syndrome a chance at life, that is more than just saying that he would choose personally to have an abortion. His comments about autism vs. Down syndrome also illustrated his disturbing thought process on who is worthy of life: those who can contribute to society by Dawkins’ standards, and those who cannot. While he tries valiantly to claim that this is not an example of eugenics, he fails, because eugenics is exactly what this is. He believes certain people should be aborted because he feels they don’t contribute enough to society — he probably would have gotten along famously with Margaret Sanger, then.

Continuing his pitiful attempt to defend himself, Dawkins also claims that he just wants to prevent the “suffering” of people with Down syndrome. It’s more merciful to kill them before they have a chance to live, since their lives will be so horrible and painful, right? It’s an argument that pro-abortion extremists make quite frequently, and it’s a lie. People with Down syndrome aren’t suffering, and that’s not why people who choose to abort them have abortions. Too often, they do it because they’re selfish and because a baby with special needs is inconvenient, plain and simple. A comment on a previous post of mine illustrated that point rather perfectly:

We terminated after a positive DS diagnosis. I am so glad we did. Our quality of life would have been terrible. We actually have the chance to retire in 9 years at age 54. Had we birthed such a needy child, such dreams would have gone down the drain as would our summers in Spain, Mexico and Israel.

A baby with Down syndrome will ruin your life, didn’t you know that? That’s the steady drumbeat pounded by abortion advocates, despite the reality of raising a child with Down syndrome. They’re dumb, miserable, empty people forced to plod along, living a meaningless, unfulfilling life until they finally do the world a favor and die. The reality, of course, couldn’t be further from the truth. One study found just how much positivity people with Down syndrome bring to the world: over 99% of people with Down syndrome report that they are happy with themselves, their lives, and their appearances. Over 90% of parents report that they love their child with Down syndrome and an overwhelming majority also report having a more positive outlook on life; almost 90% of siblings report that their brother or sister with Down syndrome has made them a better person.

We obviously need to abort those babies with Down syndrome, stat, because if we don’t, we might end up with a world full of happier, more loving people, and that would be just awful. Richard Dawkins surely prefers a world filled with selfish, judgmental, hate-filled people like himself instead.

When I was 15 weeks into my second pregnancy, less than a week after my husband had deployed to Afghanistan, I got the phone call notifying me that my son has Down syndrome. Obviously, since Wyatt is still here, we didn’t choose to have an abortion. I never even considered it. And while Wyatt has some developmental delays, he is still a healthy, happy child who is an integral part of our family.

People with Down syndrome are now living longer, fuller, healthier lives than ever before; they can go to college, work, live on their own, get married, and even have families. My decision to let Wyatt live was hardly immoral. Choosing to rob someone of life simply because they don’t fit into your personal definition of a worthy human being… that is immoral.