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Despite liberal claims to the contrary, polling shows Americans oppose Obamacare’s birth control mandate

The liberal media and so-called feminist organizations have been going great lengths to create the illusion that a “majority” of Americans in general are in favor of the contraception mandate within the Affordable Care Act (which the Supreme Court of the United States has recently taken up due to the problems it is causing for conscientious employers).

On the organizational front, this Facebook meme from Planned Parenthood states that “70% of voters support the birth control benefit.” The Washington Post stands as a typical example of the media types propelling this statistic, which actually cannot be backed up by any recent data. They said:

…based on the data we have seen, the public, for what it’s worth, doesn’t seem to think private companies should be exempted.

However, the most recent data — from both before and after the publication of that piece — demonstrates the exact opposite sentiment in public opinion. Both Rasmussen and Wilson Opinion Research have, in the last two weeks, released solid data showing that more than half are opposed to the contraceptive mandate.  According to Rasmussen, which polled solely on contraceptives (and not drugs marketed as abortifacients):

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters still believe businesses should be required by law to provide health insurance that covers all government-approved contraceptives for women without co-payments or other charges to the patient.  Fifty-one percent (51%) disagree and say employers should not be required to provide health insurance with this type of coverage. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.

This is a far cry from the narrative we’re hearing on the left, which insists on a daily basis that most Americans favor the contraceptive mandate. The Wilson Opinion poll, which targeted “likely voters,” concluded the following:

Nearly three out of five (59%) likely voters oppose the mandate requiring the coverage of preventive care services for women which includes all FDA approved contraceptives, including drugs that can destroy a human embryo, and sterilization services without a direct cost to the patient.

This data is uncomfortable for supporters of the contraceptive mandate in the mainstream media and organizations like Planned Parenthood, which profit greatly from increases in birth control availability. It appears that the two avenues the mainstream media and liberal organizations have chosen are to either ignore polls they don’t like and fail to report on them, or make up facts that they like better.

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High school students nationwide ready to stand for life Friday

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While many are curled up inside, hiding from Friday’s freezing temperatures in many parts of the nation, the senior class of St. John’s Catholic High School in Beloit, KS, and many others nationwide, will be outside standing for the unborn, in a peaceful protest of abortion.

The class from St. John’s, who we first told you about in October, will be at the South Wind Women’s Center in Wichita, KS this Friday. Katie Greenwood, who is the student leader of this effort, working with her religion teacher, Andrew Niewald, reports that since the original story on their labor of love, the response from the public has been overwhelming.

Schools across the nation have pledged their support and will join them in their own regions. Katie knows of schools in Colorado, Nebraska S. Carolina, and Rhode Island, among others. Locally, Sacred Heart Catholic School in Salina, KS and Kapaun High School in Wichita will join St. John’s on Friday. The high in Wichita is forecast to be about 26 Friday, but there no plans to back away from their almost-three hour drive to stand outdoors and stand for the unborn who never see the light of day.

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Abortionist: “I have the utmost respect for life”

Embryotomy Scissors abortionIn December 2004, Boston magazine published an article from an anonymous abortion provider. The doctor, whose name, location and gender were not identified, described how she (for the sake of simplicity I will use the pronoun “she”) had originally not wanted to provide abortions:

“When I started medical school in upstate New York, I didn’t want to do terminations of pregnancies at all. My mom is Catholic and my dad is Jewish, and the church we went to had a pretty strong stance on it: The message I got was that abortion was wrong.”

The future abortionist’s opinion was changed when she was influenced by the leader of the school’s chapter of Medical Students for Choice. Medical Students for Choice has been very successful at establishing abortion training in medical schools. The organization has inspired the careers of many abortion providers. Medical Students for Choice was formed in 1993 as a response to the murder of abortionist Dr. David Gunn. (1) They now have multiple chapters throughout the country.

The abortionist in this article believes in performing abortions, but also acknowledges the emotional strain of doing them:

“Doing them over and over and over again can be really taxing. All of us who provide abortions believe in what we’re doing and think it’s a good thing and a right that needs to be available. But when you’re in the clinic and in that group of people doing it, it can be tough, and you can get really tired. I don’t think it’ll ever make me stop doing terminations, but it can move people to tears. And it’s not just me — it extends to the nurses and the people who help us in the operating room. It’s not unusual that you’ll have only a couple of nurses who will help you out with it. There are nurses that will say, “No, I won’t help you take care of this patient.” I even know people who feel they can’t tell their families what they do; their families think they work on labor and delivery.”

Here we have an admission that abortion is different from other medical procedures. Routine surgeries do not “move people to tears,” and while practicing medicine of any kind can be taxing, the type of emotional strain that this doctor describes seems to go beyond what medical workers in other fields experience. In February, Live Action published an article about the emotional effects of abortion on clinic workers. You can read more quotes by abortionists and clinic workers here.

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Inspiring true story of a woman who survived an abortion

Melissa Ohden is a walking miracle.

Ohden’s mother, an unwed teenager at the time of her pregnancy, went through a saline-infused abortion, a procedure that soaked Melissa’s body in saline solution for five days. Her mother was expected to give birth to a dead baby.

But a nurse heard Melissa crying on that day in 1977 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Since publicizing her story, Ohden has become an outspoken advocate for women and children to choose life.

Melissa shows us what our missing brothers and sisters would be like, if we would just give them a chance.

As Melissa said, “It’s not just a word. It’s not a statistic. It’s not just a choice…just a right — It’s a human being.”

Watch and share her powerful testimony via Signal Hill:

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In which Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher desperately wants you to be impressed with Sandra Fluke

Sandra Fluke on MSNBCEvery time we criticize the overhyped Sandra Fluke, somebody inevitably complains that if she’s so unimportant, we shouldn’t comment on her at all. That would be a fair point…if not for the fact that cable news networks keep pushing her commentary and lefty bloggers kept spreading it far and wide.

Last week, Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher fawned over the “reproductive freedom hero” for “crush[ing]” conservative Washington Examiner columnist Timothy Carney in a debate over ObamaCare’s contraception mandate on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes. Of course, Christopher’s interpretation of the segment is only possible with, shall we say, generous helpings of willful obtuseness: Continue reading

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Disney princesses and the abortion/breast cancer link

Recently Dina Goldstein’s photo essay struck at the Disney princess myth by exposing what the series called Fallen Princesses. This particular photo shows Rapunzel as a very youthful cancer patient with her golden locks shorn. The image is starkly evocative and apt, as literally documented recently by David Jay’s Scar project. Thirty-year-old women with no family history of breast cancer have no business showing up at the oncologist’s office. Goldstein’s image is successful without being sexualized, as are many of the images in Pink-tober ads to promote breast cancer awareness.
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“Rather than being playful, which is what these campaigns are after,” Peggy Orenstein writes, “sexy cancer suppresses discussion of real cancer, rendering its sufferers – the ones whom all this is supposed to be for - invisible.”

Moreover, while a month-long breast cancer awareness campaign or Pink-tober gets promoted by various cancer charities and purveyors of popular cultural, it is widely called pinkwashing, its basic denial as clear as the cigarette makers disputing the now accepted truth that smoking causes cancer. Just as with cigarette manufacturers, the breast cancer industry represents the interests of governmental agencies and big business more than the women suffering.

Striking parallels exist, in fact, between tobacco companies’ denial of the harm from cigarettes and our current “safe” abortion era, as seen in medical societies, breast cancer charities, and government agencies such as the National Cancer Institute. That’s why a study conducted outside the United States proves so revealing.

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Pope Francis presents a telling point on abortion

Some may have been concerned previously with Pope Francis’ statements on abortion, as in a previous interview he stated that the Church “cannot insist only on issues related to abortion…” This statement was indeed taken out of context by many media outlets, and even pro-choice groups. However, many opined and explained the Pope’s rationale behind his statements, as I have also done in previous articles of mine. Tom Hoopes, for CatholicVote, also provided a thoughtful piece.

Francis IHowever, such celebration is certainly unwarranted by pro-choice groups who expressed thanks to the Pope like NARAL did. And, those who may be concerned as to if Francis is truly committed on the Church’s teachings in regards to abortion, need not be.

There was also reporting on Francis’ homily from November 18, mentioning that the pope criticized “adolescent progressivism.” LifeSiteNews.com, however, also pointed out that part of his homily could be interpreted from a pro-life perspective:

At this morning’s papal Mass, Pope Francis asked rhetorically and bitterly,  “What do you think, that today human sacrifices are not made?” He added: “Many, many people make human sacrifices and there are laws that protect them.”

The statement sounds very much like he could be referring to the abortion of unborn children, which many Christians have referred to as the new human sacrifice to the gods of convenience, money, power and more.  That perspective is supported by some of the other talking points from this morning’s homily.

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On defying a pro-life assumption

A recent post of mine for Live Action News, “I have been thankful for two years now,”  has certainly received some attention. LifeNews.com has re-posted the article, and sharing the link on its Facebook page has prompted some mixed opinions.

I hope to be a role model in that I am a pro-lifer and believe in the importance of pro-life relationships. I am certainly 1240244_10152237388300620_2074584350_nnot a perfect role model though, as I am neither a perfect Christian nor person. Having engaged in pre-marital sex, I am indeed a sinner, and I admit that. We are all sinners though, and this is a sin I have personally struggled with.

Some comments suggested I break up with my boyfriend. I am glad not to have done so, as I believe in second chances. I am also thankful he has given me many chances in other areas of our relationship, as we deeply love each other.

I am happy to say that at least one person understood the point of my article, through such a Facebook comment from Nicole Fortune: “Beautiful story. Some men need just one good woman’s “permission” to admit their discomfort with all the pro choice (baby butchering) rhetoric.”

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British social services order C-section to take woman’s child; 15 months later she has not been reunited

Fifteen months have passed since social services in Essex ordered the removal of a pre-born child from her mother’s womb via Cesarian section. The woman, an Italian who allegedly suffered a mental breakdown during a business trip to England, called the police during a panic attack. She was taken to a mental facility and held there per the Mental Health Act. A few weeks into her sectioning, she was sedated, and when she woke up, she was no longer pregnant. She was informed that her child had been removed via C-section and placed with social services authorities.

The woman still has not been given custody of her child, and when she returned to England (from Italy) in February to appeal to a judge for her daughter, the judge ruled that, due to the possibility of a relapse, the girl should be placed with an adoptive family instead. Italian authorities have asked why the British courts did not even contact the Italian woman’s next of kin or place the child in the custody of Italian social services, since the mother is a habitual resident of Italy, not England. The case is ongoing, and no final decisions have been reached.

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Study shows the Pill doubles risk of glaucoma, but advocates still want employers forced to cover it

As vehemently as organizations like Planned Parenthood deny the unsavory side-effects of the Pill (from which they tend to profit handsomely, often via government grants), studies continue to trickle in affirming the dangers of hormonal contraception. A solid body of evidence demonstrates the link between the Pill and breast cancer, for example.

Now, the Pill’s propensity to double a woman’s risk of glaucoma is coming to the fore. Earlier this month, the UK’s Mirror reported on a long-term study that shows a link between the hormones in the Pill and a woman’s chances of developing glaucoma – and subsequent blindness. According to the piece:

Researchers found that women who had used oral contraceptives for three years or more were twice as likely to be diagnosed with glaucoma. It made no difference what kind of oral contraceptive the women had been using.

The scientists said taking the Pill long-term could be a risk factor for glaucoma that sits alongside others, including family history of the disease, black African ancestry, short-sightedness, raised pressure in the eye, and diabetes.

They urged gynaecologists and eye specialists to be aware of the risk of glaucoma in women who have been on the Pill for a number of years.

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Texas attorney general’s office announces grants supporting adoption

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Texas attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has put his money where his pro-life mouth is and announced grants to 13 nonprofits in Texas for the purpose of supporting adoption, the result of profits from the state’s relatively new pro-life license plates.

The attorney general’s office says, “More than $46,000 is being distributed in the initial round of grants from funds raised by sales of the Choose Life specialty license plates which were authorized by the Texas Legislature under a 2011 law.”

A supporter of life and adoption, Abbott said:

Every day across Texas, children are adopted into loving families who provide for their needs and raise them to be healthy and happy adults. The Choose Life grants will enable recipient organizations to build on the good work they are already doing and help adoption become a reality for even more children and families in the Lone Star State.

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Why I’ll pay the fine instead of buying ObamaCare

“Put your money where your mouth is.” Many people are familiar with that popular phrase. Basically, it’s a challenge to back up your words with actions.

As a writer and a talkative person, I’m full of words – words that embody my beliefs and guide my steps. Although I’m far from perfect, I seek to be an authentic person who lives by the principles I profess.

When it comes to my health care decisions, I vary between sharing my thoughts and holding them back. I’m not afraid to tell the world about LaVanila, the best natural aluminium-free deodorant I’ve ever used. If I like a dentist, I’ll give him or her a shout-out on social media. I’ve even written about my OB/GYN experience and the pressure put on me to take birth control. Yet when it comes to the subject everyone’s talking about, “ObamaCare,” I’ve been uncharacteristically quiet.

I’m one of the uninsured. I’ll admit it’s a struggle. I have two wonderful part-time jobs instead of a full-time, and neither job provides coverage. I could technically buy my own insurance. I’ve searched for plans. The ones I can afford don’t include the things I really need, like dental and vision. I’ve had major dental issues in the last few years to the tune of thousands. When it comes to my sight, I actually had an eye doctor tell me once, “Did you get dropped on the head as a child?” Realistically, I need more from a plan than I can afford to pay for. Some of the plans cost the same amount monthly as my rent.

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Mother offers to sell house to fund daughter’s suicide

Jennie and Debby. From Daily Mail.
Jennie and Debby. From Daily Mail.

As written for the Daily Mail Online, when Jennie was just six weeks old, her mother Debby was told that her daughter had cystic fibrosis and likely wouldn’t live to see her fifteenth birthday. Debby, just 18 at the time, was devastated, as any parent would be. She spent the next two years in a depression, crying daily, worried for her daughter’s health and future. But then, she decided that her daughter needed for her to be strong, and she picked herself up, vowing to help Jennie live every day like it was her last.

That’s one of the hidden blessings of CF – it causes you to focus on what matters, and to enjoy each moment. None of us knows how long we are given to live, but with a diagnosis like CF, that reality becomes much clearer. However, there’s a fine line between living every moment waiting to die and living every moment with the will to fight. There’s a difference between telling your child she will die from this condition and telling your child that she might die from it but that you are going to fight for her life right beside her. And that fine line is the value that we give the lives of others and that we teach them to have for themselves.

Unfortunately, some parents don’t place value on a life lived with CF. For them, life with an illness translates to a life that isn’t worth the suffering – isn’t worth living.

Debby tells the Daily Mail Online that at age nine, Jennie told her that she knew she was going to die from CF. Debby says that she simply could not “disagree” with her daughter; she could not “lie” to her. Then, at age eleven, Jennie wrote her will, as if, even at such a young age, she had no hope of living and no self-worth to fight.

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Christmas shopping for pro-lifers

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A beautiful downloadable print from ClayMates.

Many Americans begin Christmas shopping in earnest during the wild event infamously known as Black Friday. Of course, in recent years, this sale has become a several-day-long affair, culminating for some in Cyber Monday.

If you have pro-lifers on your Christmas shopping list and are looking for a few ideas, here goes:

  • Choose pro-life apparel and accessories.

Through the end of Sunday, you can score 25% off at Rock for Life’s online store. Rock for Life tours the country, specifically sharing the pro-life message at concerts and festivals. Sometimes they pass out literature in front of high schools, participate in peaceful street activism, and host their own pro-life concerts. And during this sale weekend, they are offering “25% off of pro-life t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, zip-up hoodies, military caps, bumperstickers, buttons, etc., etc.” Use the code “blackfriday,” and you are good to go!

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52 girls rejected abortion and chose life

Embrace Grace and Gateway Church in Southlake, TX hosted a baby shower for 52 single girls with crisis pregnancies.

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Southlake, Texas – Embrace Grace and Gateway Church hosted one of the largest baby showers for crisis pregnancies thrown by a church!

Hundreds of people within the community came together to bless and honor 52 girls who chose life. The girls, most of them just in their teens, were blown away by the outpouring of love and generosity even as they are in the midst of a scary season in their lives. The guests were touched as well by all of the love given, some with tears in their eyes and barely able to talk. One donor remarked, “I didn’t know it would look and feel like this. I’ve always heard how amazing and life-changing these showers are, but until you’re actually here … until you see all of this … until you look into the eyes of a girl with an unplanned pregnancy, really look, or until you hold a miracle baby in your arms … then it’s just words.”

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Tucker Max and Meghan Murphy: When opposites attract

I like to think that I have a fairly diverse circle of friends. After all, my social scene cuts widely across racial, religious, gender, and sexual lines. But while my associates may vary by color and creed, they tend to be pretty similar in their political and social outlook. So, in the interests of broadening my horizons, I recently visited some left-wing feminist websites and asked their members why they felt that their views were justified. Their answers usually looked like this:

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From the people who brought us “sensitivity training.”

Occasionally, though, I would get a more thoughtful reply, with the respondent talking about the problems of misogyny, sex-trafficking, and general threats of violence that women face.

Feminist writer Meghan Murphy appears to spend a lot of time on these issues. As the founder of Feminist Current, she has written about them extensively. Meghan also favors free access to publicly funded abortions. What she doesn’t seem to realize is that for those who practice misogyny and violence, abortion is just another tool of the trade.

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Dan Savage and recent messaging: “Why bring a child into the World?

Two recent expressed positions: two ways of messaging about the value of human life.

The first assumes that humans are far too fertile for earth’s limited resources and that adding babies to the surface population only increases the opportunity for unequal distribution of resources. This recycled viewpoint was most recently perpetuated by Dan Savage, who proposed forced abortion for the next 30 years in America during a recent debate in Sydney. Mind you, this was in response to a question asking for a dangerous idea that would change the world for the better. But this is not coming from an exciting new idea but from a recycled idea dating to the 1960′s view of the world as divided between the West and the Rest.

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Forcibly eliminating pregnancies, especially as proposed by the class clown, seems laughable. The Sydney audience could only laugh at Savage’s straight-faced proposal of forced abortion. Intentionally offensive, Savage got in his laugh line as a slap down to the age old human spirit and drive to procreate.

No matter that overpopulation isn’t a problem in the developed world in countries with advanced economies and is really a myth. In fact many developed countries face issues with their populations getting too old and America is heading into an era of slowed population growth. Over all, it may be less a matter of the total number of people (as we have seen population increases in the past) so much as how resources are used that counts. For instance, it is often distribution, rather than sufficient food production, that is the problem.

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Supreme Court to hear Conestoga Wood Specialties’ case against the abortion pill mandate

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In addition to adding the Hobby Lobby case to their calendar, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear another case involving Obama’s abortion pill mandate, Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius.  Last month eighteen states asked the Supreme Court to hear this case, and on Tuesday the Court accepted the case.

According to David Cortman, Senior Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom,

The administration has no business forcing citizens to choose between making a living and living free. We trust the Supreme Court will agree. A government that forces any citizen to participate in immoral acts–like the use of abortion drugs–under threat of crippling fines is a government everyone should fear.

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I have been thankful for two years now

After all that has been going on in our lives, I am so grateful that my boyfriend and I are still together after two years. For those of you who have been following and reading my articles from the beginning, you may recall me making mention of my boyfriend in my very first article for Live Action News:

I hadn’t bothered finding out if my boyfriend was pro-life until we had been dating a few weeks; I had just foolishly assumed he was. I thought of letting the issue go, but then my own boyfriend told me that if I ever got pregnant, he would either convince me to get an abortion or break up with me. I knew that I couldn’t remain silent. By the grace of God, I was able to talk to him. He didn’t mean those things and was actually scared to defend his views. The bigger problem was that he didn’t know what other view he could have as an 18 year old male.

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Parents share their son with the world, though he only lived 5 hours

Amy and Andy, a couple from Mahomet, IL, were married with one son, Jackson, when they found out they were expecting their second child. But the excitement turned to anger and sadness at Amy’s 12 week routine ultrasound appointment when she sensed something was wrong. As she told News Channel 15:

The whole time I’m looking at the scan thinking, maybe, his head just doesn’t look right. Maybe it’s blurry. It’s probably nothing. I’m just, ya know, being nervous.

However, the doctor soon told Amy that baby Gabriel had anencephaly, a condition that is “incompatible with life.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anencephaly is a rare neural tube defect (1 in 4,859) that occurs when the upper part of the neural tube doesn’t completely close. It happens during the first month of pregnancy and as a result, most of the brain, including the forebrain and cerebrum do not form. The couple was told that Gabriel could die within seconds of his birth.

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