Children who were scheduled to be aborted are alive today … because over these past 40 days, God blessed your prayers and peaceful vigil.
In fact, we know of … 402 babies saved from abortion during this 40 Days for Life campaign!
As we enter what’s often called “the week that changed the world,” we journey through the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our Lord and Savior’s victory over death is the source of our hope – hope for ourselves … and hope for our culture.
Thank you for being that witness of hope in a culture of death! This campaign showed how brightly light can shine when it is courageously brought into the darkness.
We have a final devotional for this campaign today … and, as always, a few stories to share.Grand Rapids Michigan
“It worked!” Those were the words of a young woman who had been sitting in her car in the parking lot of the abortion center in Grand Rapids, talking with a friend who had an abortion appointment.
Lisa, the local coordinator in Grand Rapids, said this woman then went to tell the sidewalk counselors that her friend was not going to keep her appointment. “After picking up a baby gift bag,” she said, “they simply drove away … which was the answer to so many prayers.”
What exactly was it that worked? “The prayer volunteers were praying, the sidewalk counselors were standing by, the friends were talking in the car … and the Holy Spirit somehow used it all to touch the heart of this young mother,” Lisa explained. “What joyful news and what an awesome God!”
Michelle, the 40 Days for Life leader in Montgomery, said prayer volunteers witnessed two saves on one day. One of them did not come easily.
“This had to be the hardest fight I think I had fought here,” a sidewalk counselor said. “This young woman kept going in and out as her boyfriend tried to stop her, only to end up crying at the side of his car. You don’t see many dads this brave at this place.”
Eventually, the woman walked out to the car where her boyfriend was crying. “Facing each other,” Michelle said, “he gently reached for her hands.”
As they talked quietly with the counselors, a man whose child was being aborted inside the building angrily approached the couple and insisted that she go through with the abortion.
“We have no idea why he was interfering and so adamant,” Michelle said. “All we know is that when the sidewalk counselor said ‘in the name of Jesus, get away,’ he fled immediately.” Finally, the couple drove away. They did not have the abortion.
“Continue to pray for this new family,” Michelle said, that they may “love their baby … and be not afraid.”
Unfortunately, not every story has a happy ending. But God is in control.
Sean in Roanoke says the 40 Days for Life team was asked to pray for a woman planning to abort twins. But a few days later, the woman went through with the abortion.
“I am mourning this great loss,” he said.
But there is hope in the fact that God turns mourning into joy. “Though the sorrow may last for a night, God’s joy comes in the morning. Even in the midst of darkness,” Sean said, “we celebrate the light.”
On that note, we end this campaign but continue the battle, knowing in the end that Christ has already claimed the victory.
Students for Life of America sends groups to college campuses around the nation. These groups educate students about the true work of Planned Parenthood and the human tragedy of abortion. Students for Life often comes into contact with college students who have already had their own experiences with Planned Parenthood. And sometimes, these students are willing to be videotaped.
One girl – Erin, from South Dakota State University – went on tape about her shocking experience with Planned Parenthood. She had been told she was unable to have a child, and yet, she believed she might be pregnant. Without knowing that Planned Parenthood pushes an abortion agenda, Erin went in to get a free pregnancy test. She says that she was very happy when the result was positive, but the Planned Parenthood worker offered her one thing: abortion.
The worker handed her not just one, but three pamphlets filled with abortion information. When Erin said abortion was not what she wanted, the woman told her she could come back if she did want an abortion.
There was no congratulations on Erin’s expected baby – even when it was clear that Erin wanted her baby. There was no asking if Erin needed prenatal or other medical help. There was only one thing: abortion.
Sadly, this is just status quo for Planned Parenthood. Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director, has revealed that Planned Parenthood has “abortion quotas” – a number of abortions that must be met so that a certain amount of money is raked in.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains gave its Aurora abortion facility an award for performing an increased number of abortions and exceeding its quota.
Live Action News writer Cassy Fiano explained Planned Parenthood’s absolute focus on pushing abortion – even at the expense of women’s health:
Planned Parenthood under Cecile Richards has been able to transform themselves into the nation’s largest abortion provider, while also increasing the amount of taxpayer funding they receive. And while they tout themselves as an essential women’s health care provider, they have not only slashed their health care services, but mandated that Planned Parenthood affiliates provide abortions. Affiliates that didn’t provide abortions, but provided other health care services, were forced to either agree to the slaughter of preborn children or cut ties.
A woman close to me went into a Planned Parenthood clinic during her college years, pregnant with her first child. She – just like Erin – was not looking for an abortion. But when she told this to Planned Parenthood, she was told they couldn’t help her. The best she got was a referral to an OB-GYN and a disconnected phone number.
Other women have similar testimonies about their own experiences with Planned Parenthood and abortion.
I’ve had 6 abortions, 3 of my abortions were done through Planned Parenthood. It was the most awful thing I’ve ever had to do. It was nothing but a death experience, parts of me died with it. Planned Parenthood gave me no other options. Planned Parenthood buildings have very cold atmospheres, along with the nurses being distant emotionally, no support, just get it done. They need no money to kill humans, the money needs to go to helping these women to give life to their babies.
I was 15 years old when my mother and I returned to Planned Parenthood…I was told I was 11 weeks pregnant and that my pregnancy was a ‘clump of cells.’ I was told to hurry to make an appointment if I wanted an abortion because at 12 weeks, the price would be higher. I was not given any counseling of any kind whatsoever. Today, I deeply regret my abortion.
When I was 21, I had an abortion with the help of Planned Parenthood of West Bend, Wisconsin. Planned Parenthood told me at that time that my baby was nothing but tissue at that point in my pregnancy. I was about 10 weeks along. It was nothing but lies,,,, I was in a horrible relationship, and was forced into having this awful procedure performed on me. This is a decision I will have to live with the rest of my life. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about that precious baby that I killed. There was no counseling afterwards, and no one to talk to….. Please stop this from happening to other women…
See Students for Life of America’s Planned Parenthood Project here and their Pregnant on Campus Initiative (designed to bring practical aid to pregnant college students) here.
A report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office found that America's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, received at least $1.5 billion in state and federal funding in a three-year span from 2010-2012.
The investigation additionally found that the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and five other pro-abortion advocacy companies— Advocates for Youth, Guttmacher Institute, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Population Council, and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States – spent a combined total of nearly $482 million in direct federal funding received from Health and Human Services and United States Agency of International Development during that time.
The report, which was compiled after a group of over 60 pro-life Congress members led by U.S. Reps. Diane Black, R-Tenn., Chris Smith, R-N.J. and Pete Olson, R-Texas, sent a letter to GAO in February of 2013 asking for data on the how much federal funding was expended by six major organizations who advocate and or perform elective abortion-on-demand from 2010-2012.
Planned Parenthood spent most of the $482 million provided by HHS and USAID to the six groups, spending over $344 million of it. Additionally, Planned Parenthood received over $1.2 billion from combined state and federal funds from State Children's Health Insurance Program, Medicare and Medicaid.
"The Obama Administration is committed to advancing a pro-abortion agenda and continually has placed the demands of abortion advocates and providers at the top of its public health agenda for six years [and] all the expenses [are] the taxpayers," said the director of Family Research Council's Center for Human Dignity, Arina Grossu, in a press release.
Although Planned Parenthood gets about $500 million in taxpayer dollars every year and offers other services, abortions accounted for 94 percent of the company's pregnancy services in 2013.
"Planned Parenthood –– Child Abuse Incorporated –– is responsible for killing more than 6 million unborn children, and it is unconscionable that this organization continues to be subsidized by the American taxpayer," Smith said in a combined statement.
Although the Hyde Amendment, which was made law in 1976, prohibits the federal government from using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions, elective abortion providers and supporters are able to secure federal funding because of the other services they offer, senior policy advisor for the Christian pro-life activist organization Operation Rescue, Cheryl Sullenger, previously told The Christian Post.
Under the frequently-asked-questions section on the Planned Parenthood website, the company explains that it provides contraception, cancer screenings, breast exams, treatments for sexually transmitted infections and HIV tests with the tax dollars it receives.
"The effort to bar Planned Parenthood health centers from receiving any federal funds would shatter the country's public health safety net and jeopardize women's health," the website claims. "Without Planned Parenthood's 800-plus health centers, millions of women will have no place to go for basic, preventive health care."
In her statement, Black said that the government's trend of providing funding to companies like Planned Parenthood is "shameful" and there is a responsibility for Congress to end the trend.
"This report confirms what we suspected all along: hard-earned taxpayer dollars continue to be used to promote abortions," Black explained. "That is shameful and we have a responsibility to stop it. As a nurse for more than 40 years, I know that abortion is not health care."
Olson said it is appalling that Congress members have to get involved in order for the U.S. citizens to know how much of their money is actually being given to elective abortion-advocating companies.
"It shouldn't take a GAO request from Congress for the American public to know where their tax dollars are being spent. Yet, since I have been in Congress , this is the only way we can get answers," Olson said in a press release. "That's why I continue to demand transparency and fight to stop organizations like Planned Parenthood from receiving a single tax dollar. I will continue to do all I can to prevent taxpayers from being forced to support organizations that promote or perform abortions."
Black's statement added that Congress should further act on the findings of the report and pass the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which would further prevent federal funding from being given to organizations that "promote the destruction of unborn life."
"It's sad irony that this study would be released at a time when Senate Democrats are working against human trafficking and medicare bills that continue the longstanding Hyde Amendment aimed at prohibiting federal funding of abortions," Black said. "As the GAO report clearly shows, this amendment alone does not fully prevent the federal funding of abortion providers and promoters. And lets not forget, this information the Obama administration never wanted us to have."
Thursday, March 26, 2015
by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com | 3/25/15 4:46 PM
A new governmental report shows American taxpayers have been forced to send $1.5 billion in federal funds to the nation’s biggest abortion business, Planned Parenthood.
Two years ago, pro-life members of Congress sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a comprehensive report on which abortion advocacy groups Americans were forced to fund with their tax dollars. Today the government watchdog (GAO) released the requested report which details funding for six abortion advocacy groups over a three year period (2010-2012).
The six organizations researched were Planned Parenthood, Population Council, International Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Advocates for Youth and Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.
The report found the Planned Parenthood abortion corporation and its affiliates received $344.5 million in federal funds and another $1.2 billion in funding from Medicaid (which includes a combination of federal and state funds) for a total of $1.5 billion over three years from federal programs. The abortion fiant receives $1.2 billion from Medicaid, $201 million from the Title X family planning program $40.6 million from Title XX Social Services block grants and $25.9 million from the Title V Maternal and Child health Services block grant.
On average, Planned Parenthood receives approximately $500 million a year in taxpayer funds. The report found that the six organizations spent $481 million in federal funding from Fiscal Years 2010 to 2012.
Congresswoman Diane Black, a Tennessee Republican, was dismayed by the numbers.
“This report confirms what we suspected all along: hard-earned taxpayer dollars continue to be used to promote abortions. The GAO study found that Planned Parenthood Federation of America alone – the nation’s largest abortion provider – spent about $1.5 billion in combined federal and state funding during this reporting period. This is shameful and we have a responsibility to stop it,” she said. “As a nurse for more than 40 years, I know that abortion is not health care. In light of this report, Congress should act swiftly by passing the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which would help cut off federal funding of organizations like these that promote the destruction of unborn life.”
Representative Black added, “It is a sad irony that this study would be released at a time when Senate Democrats are working against human trafficking and Medicare bills that continue the longstanding Hyde Amendment aimed at prohibiting federal funding of abortions. As the GAO report clearly shows, this amendment alone does not fully prevent the federal funding of abortion providers and promoters. And let’s not forget, this is information the Obama Administration never wanted us to have. The only reason this report exists is because pro-life Members of Congress specifically demanded it. Greater transparency and accountability is needed to expose how taxpayer dollars are being spent when it comes to abortion. By exposing the facts and shining a light on this egregious misuse of federal dollars, I believe we can successfully mobilize the support needed to defund the big abortion industry once and for all.”
“It shouldn’t take a GAO request from Congress for the American public to know where their tax dollars are being spent. Yet, since I’ve been in Congress, this is the only way we can get answers. That’s why I continue to demand transparency and fight to stop organizations like Planned Parenthood from receiving a single tax dollar. I will continue to do all I can to prevent taxpayers from being forced to support organizations that promote or perform abortions. Greater transparency is critically important and precisely what these groups seek to avoid,” said Congressman Pete Olson.
“The government watchdog (GAO) report issued today found that Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in America, received a whopping $1.5 billion dollars through federal programs over a three year period. Planned Parenthood—Child Abuse Incorporated—is responsible for killing more than 6 million unborn children, and it is unconscionable that this organization continues to be subsidized by the American taxpayer,” said Congressman Chris Smith.
“Taxpayer funding should in no way support abortions. But when we hand out funding to groups like Planned Parenthood, we know exactly where it’s going – they proudly admit that the majority of their pregnancy-related resources go toward abortions,” said Senator David Vitter. “We can’t let this federal support come at the expense of millions of unborn children.”
Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01): “Sixteen months ago, I joined seventy-one fellow Members of Congress to demand a Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation into how Planned Parenthood, the largest abortionist in the world, uses our tax dollars. Last week, GAO finally completed their investigation and confirmed much of what we already knew – massive amounts of taxpayer dollars are being pocketed by a group that is snuffing out the lives of nearly 900 babies every day. Handing over 500 million tax dollars annually to a group of abortionists rife with abuses, including fraudulent Medicaid claims, cover-up of rape and incest, and violations of the Hyde Amendment is not only controversial – it is immoral.”
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com | 3/24/15 12:13 PM
We know unborn babies are not clumps of cells or blobs of tissues and ultrasound photos have long confirmed their humanity. As the pro-life movement has focused on the pain unborn children feel when they are victimized by abortion, it’s helped put an additional spotlight on the humanity of babies before birth.
Now, a new series of ultrasounds shows just how much they can be harmed even though they haven’t been born. A series of ultrasound images reveals how unborn babies adversely react when their mother smokes a cigarette.
Dr Nadja Reissland has studied moving 4-d scan images and recorded thousands of tiny movements in the womb. She monitored 20 mothers attending the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, four of whom smoked an average of 14 cigarettes a day. After studying their ultrasound scans at 24, 28, 32 and 36 weeks, she detected that babies whose mothers smoked continued to show significantly higher rates of mouth movement and self-touching than those carried by non-smokers.
The image is of a 4-d ultrasound scan showing a sequence of movements displayed by two unborn children at 32 weeks gestation which shows fetal movements in a baby whose mother is a smoker (top) and a fetus whose mother is a non-smoker (below). In the image, the baby clearly looks uncomfortable and covering his or her face.
The pilot study, which Dr Reissland hopes to expand with a bigger sample, indicated that babies carried by smokers may have delayed development of the central nervous system.
The research, conducted by Durham and Lancaster University, is published in the journal Acta Paediatrica.
Dr Reissland, from Durham’s Psychology Department, said: “A larger study is needed to confirm these results and to investigate specific effects, including the interaction of maternal stress and smoking.”
She believed that videos of the difference in pre-birth development could help mothers give up smoking.
But she was against demonising mothers and called for more support for them to give up. Currently, 12 per cent of pregnant women in the UK smoke but the rate is over 20 per cent in the Durham, Darlington and Tees area.
We start off the final week of this 40 Days for Life campaign with HUGE news!
Since the first coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign in 2007, we have now received cumulative reports of 10,000 babies who are alive today because their mothers rejected abortion and chose life!
To God be the glory … great things He has done!
A young couple had just left Planned Parenthood when a 40 Days for Life prayer volunteer caught their attention. As they talked, they explained that they didn’t think they could afford another child.
It turns out they couldn’t even afford the $75 Planned Parenthood wanted to charge them for an ultrasound.
That’s when the vigil participant said they could get a free ultrasound at a nearby pregnancy help center. When the center’s director heard this couple was on the way, she dropped everything and headed back to arrange the ultrasound.
All this time, the young man and woman smiled as they read a brochure about the development of the baby – and talked about what they were seeing.
As they left for the pregnancy center, the woman said, “We hope it’s a boy.”
The Houston team tells of a woman who was going to Planned Parenthood to schedule an abortion. But when she got there, the place was closed.
But even though Planned Parenthood was locked up for the day, there was a man praying on the sidewalk. She spoke to him, and he gave her a coupon for free services at the Big Blue Bus – the mobile pregnancy help center that spends many hours every week parked outside the abortion center.
A few days later, she returned and told the counselors on the bus she was there to redeem her coupon. She had changed her mind and chosen life for her unborn child!
“When she saw her baby on the ultrasound,” said one of the volunteers, “she called this man an angel sent from God. If we hadn’t been there with our Big Blue Bus, chances are she would have gone into Planned Parenthood.”
The 40 Days for Life vigil in Sharonville takes place outside a business that stopped doing surgical abortions … but still offers chemical abortions.
“From what we understand,” said Mary Jo in Sharonville, “the cost of this is close to what an early-term surgical abortion costs. The abortion clinic continues to make a lot of money even though it is not doing surgical abortions.”
So the volunteers keep praying … and learning that their prayers are being answered.
A young woman who was entering the abortion center accepted some information from volunteers, but went inside anyway. She left … and returned a few days later. But this time, when she came out, she told the volunteers she had changed her mind and was keeping her baby.
“The weather is getting better,” Mary Jo said. “Please consider coming to pray!”
Monday, March 23, 2015
9:23 AM, March 22, 2015| Alexandra Liebl| Live Action News|
Over the years, there is one thing that the abortion movement has mastered; there is one thing at which they are wickedly talented – they are masters of language. The use of language has become their most potent weapon: with it, they have misled seven Supreme Court justices and as a result, entire generations of women and men.
Fifty years ago, in 1965, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists changed the ANALYSIS The language that masks the abortion industry medical definition of pregnancy from the moment of conception to when the zygote implants itself on the uterine lining. How foolish, or rather prideful, are we to think that changing the definition of something can alter its intrinsic state. If the government issued an ordinance stating that to be considered a human being under the law, you must have brown eyes that would not make me, with my blue-eyed appearance, any less of a human.
Therefore, changing the medical definition of pregnancy from conception to implantation can never change the fact that once the egg is fertilized by the sperm, life has begun, whether it has implanted yet or not. Masters of language cannot change unalterable truths; they can only cleverly distort them. Another justification that has built off of the redefinition of pregnancy is that the human zygote – the tiny baby – is just a clump of cells or tissue. This one is rather clever and sneaky: the proabortion side has employed a figurative language device referred to as a synecdoche, which is when you take a part of a whole and use it to define the whole, or vice versa.
So they have taken the cells and tissue that are present in the developing child and used it to define the child’s entirety, reducing its whole to a function of its internal systems; reducing its unique DNA, its growing brain and its eternal soul, its living heartbeat and its receptivity to pain, to a composition of cells and tissue. Inside Planned Parenthood, aborted preborn babies are referred to as products of conception. This language again, while logistically accurate, refuses to acknowledge that the preborn child is so much more than just a product of conception, so much more than just the sum of its parts. I daresay we are all products of conception, yet I am not reduced to a product of a process.
The employment of this deceptive language contributes to the two most prevalent justifications for abortion, which are: this is my body, and my body, my choice. Before the influence of prochoice language and the reduction of the human child to a function of its parts, these statements would have never held any power over the masses or emerged as a legitimate argument. Nobody would have been tricked by the argument: this is my body – because it is so clearly not just her body involved but the body of a living human child. Only two letters separate thisis my body from thisis my baby, yet the meanings they hold are separated by life and death. The only power the abortion industry will ever wield is that of language.
With it, they have destroyed tens of millions of lives and tarnished hundreds of millions more – it is a very powerful thing. But we, the pro-life generation, have something more powerful on our side, which is truth, the truth that all human life has intrinsic value that no words can reduce. We need not manipulate language to aid us in our battle, because truth defends itself – it would not be truth otherwise.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
by Andrew Bair | LifeNews.com | 3/19/15 2:42 PM
A recent article published by the Washington Examiner focused on the remarkable pro-life progress being made on the state level.
The article quoted Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., director of state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee, who said, “In terms of the numbers, we’ve had a pretty good run of it these last few years, and this year we will pass substantive legislation as well.”
However, the article missed the mark regarding groundbreaking legislation making its way through the Kansas and Oklahoma legislatures.
The article noted, “The Kansas and Oklahoma Houses have approved legislation banning abortions performed through a method called ‘dilation and extraction,’ in which a fetus is partially removed from a woman’s uterus.”
The legislation has not yet passed the full Kansas House. The measure passed the full Senate. It has passed a House committee.
The bill is not a ban on the “dilation and extraction” (D&X) technique. That is commonly referred to as partial-birth abortion and unborn children are already protected from that horrific method of abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ban on partial-birth abortion in the landmark Gonzales v. Carhart case in 2007.
Instead, the bill would end dismemberment abortions, a particularly brutal form of “dilation and evacuation” (D&E) abortions.
The Examiner article displayed a fundamental misunderstanding of what takes place during a dismemberment abortion. In no abortion are unborn babies only “partially removed.”
The entire body of the unborn child must be removed in every abortion regardless of method. Otherwise, the mother would be even more susceptible to infection and severe complications.
A dismemberment abortion, as described in the bill, ends the life of an unborn baby by grasping, pulling and twisting off her tiny limbs from her body using sharp metal instruments. This method is used to abort unborn children as old as 24 weeks, or even later. By this time, the baby’s skull has often hardened to bone and the skull must be compressed or crushed to facilitate removal.
Perhaps what the reporter meant to say is that the unborn baby’s parts are removed limb by limb, piece by piece.
Abortionist LeRoy Carhart described dismemberment abortions in this way while testifying under oath in 2000, “My normal course would be to dismember that appendage and then go back and try to take the fetus out whether foot or skull first, whatever end I can get to first….Just pulling and rotation, grasping the portion that you can get hold of which would be usually somewhere up the shaft of the exposed portion of the fetus …”
The further question was asked, “In that situation, when you pull on the arm and remove it, is the fetus still alive?” Carhart answered, “‘Yes.’ …I know that the fetus is alive during the process most of the time because I can see fetal heartbeat on the ultrasound.”
The passage of legislation to protect unborn babies from dismemberment abortions is a top priority of National Right to Life in 2015. In addition to saving lives, the bill serves an educational purpose by shining light on the inherent brutality of abortion. Bringing the violent reality of abortion before the public has the power to change hearts and minds in a similar fashion to the successful push to ban partial-birth abortions.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
by Kristi Burton Brown | LifeNews.com | 3/17/15 10:26 AM
As usual, Planned Parenthood and NARAL close their eyes to pro-life women. So much so, this time, that they pretend these women don’t even exist
The Hyde Amendment was included from the very beginning, but perhaps Democrats failed to read the actual wording of the legislation. Or, maybe they decided to change course when Planned Parenthood and their cronies started yelling about the proposed law.
On March 12, Planned Parenthood retweeted a NARAL tweet, claiming that “only men are supporting #antichoice restrictions in a #humantrafficking bill.”
Wait a second, here. Only men?
Are Planned Parenthood and NARAL really claiming that Senator Joni Ernst – who spoke out in support of the pro-life provision in the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act that same day at a press conference – is a man?
Are they so desperate to pretend there is no such thing as a pro-life woman? Or even a woman who could support basic, popular pro-life legislation like this? So desperate, in fact, that they hide their eyes from Senators Amy Klobuchar, Dianne Feinstein, Deb Fischer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Heidi Heitkamp, Susan Collins, Kelly Ayotte, Shelley Moore Capito – all women who cosponsored this bill?
According to Congress.gov – an official government website – only one woman took her name off the bill as cosponsor: Senator Barbara Boxer.
So despite Planned Parenthood and NARAL’s insistence that “only men” support the pro-life provision in the Act, basic facts prove them wrong. Of course, when you’re in the business of killing, what’s a little lie? And while some of the Democrats are claiming they weren’t aware the Hyde Amendment was included, Senator John Cornyn – head sponsor of the Act – explains it well:
“You can imagine my surprise when — I think it was yesterday that I got calls, letters, heard speeches that people were surprised, shocked that this provision was in the legislation, when of course it was filed in January, I think January the 13th, and made public to the world,” said Cornyn. “If anybody thought it was hidden, it was hidden in plain sight to anybody who cared to read it. And to me what was so surprising about some of the reaction is that this… maintains the status quo. This doesn’t change anything.”
So even though including a prohibition on using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion is status quo, Planned Parenthood has decided to pick a fight, pretending to stand up for victims of trafficking. Too bad for them that they’ve already been caught on tape helping traffickers victimize underage girls.
It’s time for Planned Parenthood to stop all the pretending. Stop pretending they couldn’t read the bill for themselves. Stop pretending they care about victims of trafficking. And stop pretending that pro-life women – or women who support even the basic, most commonsense pro-life measures – don’t exist.
But I guess, in the end, if it’s so easy for Planned Parenthood to erase the lives of millions of preborn children through abortion, it must not be that difficult to erase the votes, sponsorship, and press conferences of nine women who took a basic pro-life stand.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
by Stephanie Krider | LifeNews.com | 3/17/15 9:37 AM
Ohio opinion leaders are sounding off about the appalling fact that our state has the highest black infant mortality rate in the nation — a rate more than twice that for white babies. In Lucas County, African-American babies die at a higher rate than in some third-world countries.
Fundamental to Ohio’s strategies to reduce infant mortality is the recognition that such efforts must begin before babies are born. They must begin in the womb.
Ohio Right to Life’s legislative agenda this year includes defunding Planned Parenthood and redirecting state grants aimed at reducing infant mortality to community institutions that preserve life. Agencies such as the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department can safeguard babies’ lives in a way that an abortion provider never can.
It is alarming that the State of Ohio is funding Planned Parenthood in the name of fighting Ohio’s black infant mortality crisis. To anyone who knows the history of the organization, this is a grossly offensive revelation. Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was a famed eugenicist of the early 20th century. She accepted a dozen invitations to speak to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan and similar groups.
Today, black women have 42 percent of abortions, even though they make up just 12 percent of the population. That is, while black infants in Ohio die at twice the rate of white infants, they are aborted at more than three times the rate.
Yet some leaders express moral outrage at the former statistic, and accuse those of us who also criticize the latter of extremism. This outcry reveals the driving force behind abortion advocacy: discrimination — the arbitrary power to decide who lives and who dies.
Such discrimination decries a child’s death in the crib, but calls it a right in the womb. This bias extends beyond race to touch people with disabilities.
Another item on Ohio Right to Life’s agenda is legislation that would prohibit abortions of preborn babies who are diagnosed with Down syndrome. Today, 99 percent of people with Down syndrome report that their lives are happy. This far outweighs the financial cost or utilitarian value that anyone could put on a human life.
Our agenda promotes and embraces diversity, consistently protecting every human life from conception. It extends empathy to the most vulnerable human beings, seeking to prohibit abortions at the point at which babies can feel pain.
Yet even this proposal evokes the ire of abortion advocates. Surely a culture is debased when it has no apprehension about inflicting pain on others. Wouldn’t a humane society agree to err on the side of caution on the question of whether a 5-month preborn baby can feel pain?
Americans are doing just that: According to a Quinnipiac University poll late last year, 60 percent of Americans support such moderate, bipartisan legislation. Opposition to it reveals the true extremism of abortion advocates.
Planned Parenthood and similar advocates dress up the raw nature of abortion in attractive language that speaks of human rights. But violent discrimination against the innocent, before and after birth, is never a human right.