Despite opposition, Senate Republicans still plan to defund Planned Parenthood

The Republican party continues to be hugely divided on the issue of if, how, and when to defund Planned Parenthood.

Much of the disagreement within the party involves a bill which would repeal certain aspects of Obamacare, while also defunding Planned Parenthood. A few members of the party oppose the bill due to the defunding aspect, while several oppose it for not going far enough to repeal Obamacare.

But earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made it clear that Republicans in the Senate still intend to pursue the defunding of Planned Parenthood, despite the opposition from within the party, as well as the expected opposition from the Democratic party.

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Gates Foundation pours $120 million more into pushing abortifacients

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to spend another $120 million over the next three years to promote abortion-inducing drugs worldwide.

The Family Planning 2020 initiative, one of the priorities of the charitable foundation owned by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, is meant to combat unwanted childbirth in poor nations by distributing contraceptives and other family planning services to 120 million women and girls by 2020, but a recent status report revealed their distribution of 25 million is too low to meet that goal.

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China denies rights to children born without permits, devastates families

China’s One-Child Policy has included forced abortion, forced sterilization, heavy fines and intimidation. But what isn’t often mentioned is that if Family Planning Officials fail on these fronts, any children who survive to be born and raised are denied hukou, or household registration. These children are essentially treated as non-citizens of China. Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, wrote in a press release today:

Children without hukou will have no birth certificate, no official existence. They will not be eligible for health care or education. They cannot get a passport or driver’s license.  They will not be able officially to marry or work. As far as the Chinese government is concerned, these children do not exist.

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Giving the lie another try: ThinkProgress misleads readers on Planned Parenthood

It doesn’t matter what Planned Parenthood is caught on tape doing; it seems their professional apologists in the blogosphere will never budge from the fiction that there’s “no evidence” they’ve done anything wrong.

At ThinkProgress, Jess Colarossi writes that Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s announced finding of “no basis to believe that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue or profiting from fetal tissue donations” or illegally performing partial-birth abortions is a “particularly meaningful” development in the ongoing witch-hunt against the poor, benevolent abortion provider, because Washington “is one of the only two states where the organization currently offers abortion patients the option to donate fetal tissue for medical and scientific research.”

There are just a couple of problems with that, though.

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Carson clarifies Schiavo remarks, but pro-lifers still have concerns

Days after shocking pro-lifers by saying the Terri Schiavo case was “much ado about nothing” and that Congress shouldn’t have gotten involved, retired neurosurgeon and GOP presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson has walked back those remarks, claiming he was criticizing the “media circus” the situation was “turned into” rather than pro-lifers’ intervention…

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Woman who had abortion as teen: We need informed consent laws

Jodia Peters of Colorado had an abortion when she was sixteen. Seven years later, she testified in favor of Amendment 25, a bill that would require abortion facilities to give information about abortion’s risks, the development of preborn babies, and abortion alternatives to women seeking abortions. Under Amendment 25, which was similar to laws enacted in other states, women would not be forced to view any of this information; it would only be offered. They would have the option to learn about what abortion would do to their babies, and what it might do to themselves.

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Santorum to Carson: Saving Terri Schiavo’s life “not much ado about nothing”

Former Pennsylvania Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is blasting GOP competitor and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson over his recent comments against government intervention in the Terri Schiavo case.

As Live Action News covered earlier this week, Carson told reporters that the case, in which the brain-injured and incapacitated Florida woman’s parents intensely disputed her husband’s contention that she would have wanted to be taken off life support, was “much ado about nothing,” and that doctors’ job in such cases “is to keep them comfortable throughout that process and not to treat everything that comes up.”

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No, study doesn’t prove Texas lawmakers caused 240,000 self-abortion attempts

Abortion advocates have been very excited over the last couple of days. Why? Because a study presumably “proves” that pro-life bills, such as HB2 in Texas, have created such a crisis that a quarter of a million women have attempted to induce their own abortions.

A Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) study released on Tuesday asserted that nearly a quarter million women in the state may have induced abortions themselves because of “onerous” restrictions that lawmakers have put on reproductive choice.

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Canadian government looks to expand abortion “access”

Declaring that the nation’s Liberal government “firmly supports a woman’s right to choose,” Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott has pledged to pursue new ways to expand “access” to abortion.

“We know that abortion services remain patchy in parts of the country, and that rural women in particular face barriers to access,” Philpott told CBC News. “Our government will examine ways to better equalize access for all Canadian women.”

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Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology describes abortion’s toll on nurses

A quote from the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology describes the emotional impact abortion has on nurses and highlights the plight of nurses who are pro-life. The quote is from the early days of legalized abortion but is still relevant. The facts of fetal development have not changed; abortion workers still have to learn to cope with seeing the features of aborted babies, hands, feet, etc.

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Four months later, AG Loretta Lynch still hasn’t seen Planned Parenthood videos

“The obvious political strategy for a Democratic administration is to ignore the vids for as long as possible….”

Four months after it was written, this remark appears to be ringing true. On July 22nd, Attorney General Loretta Lynch had stated that she would look into the Planned Parenthood videos, saying she was “aware of those matters generally from the media, and from some inquiries that have been made to the Department of Justice [DOJ], and again at this point we’re going to review all the information and determine what steps, if any, to take at the appropriate time.”

It’s been four months since Lynch made that statement.

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