Pro-life vid of day: Stand for religious freedom


by Hans Johnson

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) was passed by the city council in June, which would allow men and women to use any gender of public restroom with which they most identify. (Men could use women’s restrooms and vice versa.) It sparked a petition by opponents, who gathered over 50,000 signatures to force a referendum  – three times what was required.  But the petition was rejected, citing “irregularities”.

After a lawsuit was filed in August, the city targeted five area pastors (who were NOT involved in the suit) and demanded “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.”

Said Christiana Holcomb, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the pastors:

The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented.The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions. Political and social commentary is not a crime; it is protected by the First Amendment.

This Sunday, November 2, Family Research Council is hosting I Stand Sunday at Grace Community Church in Houston, to be broadcast over the internet.  Among the speakers will be the five pastors, former Governor Mike Huckabee, and Fox News’ Todd Starnes, whose reporting brought much attention to the case.

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Pro-life blog buzz 10-28-14

pro-lifeby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

  • At ProLife365, Kevin Kukla responds to those who complain pro-lifers are “single issue voters,” as if that’s somehow a bad thing when it comes to the most basic human right. He points to an illustration from Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life:

    If a candidate running for office claimed he was pro-terrorism, could he still gain your vote? No, you say?

    Would you bother to ask him his stance on gun control or on immigration? Still no, you say? Is it because his support of terrorism eliminates him from your consideration? Great, it should….

    But why is it so few faithful Catholics and Christians draw such a hard line on so-called “pro-choice” candidates? After all, they support terrorism of the womb: the slaughter of innocent babies.

    Over 3,500 babies die a day in the USA to abortion. How could anyone who supports this crime against humanity be fit to serve public office?


  • Kansans for Life wonders why the debate between pro-life incumbent Governor Sam Brownback (R)and his challenger Rep. Paul Davis (D) omitted the issue of abortion. The contrast between the two couldn’t be more stark. Davis was tutored under Kathleen Sebelius (a supporter of the late, late-term abortionist George Tiller) and has a stridently pro abortion record, voting “80 times against pro life bills.” Kansas voters have a right to know.
  • At Live Action, Sarah Terzo uses information from a pamphlet, which includes testimonials from former abortion clinic workers, to point out how the abortion industry’s main thrust is to make sure women follow through on their abortions once the process has begun. One worker’s comment:

    When a girl called to make her appointment, we’d work her in as soon as possible. If she called on Tuesday, we’d have her in no later than Friday. We wanted to avoid a long waiting period where she’d have time to think about it.

  • Real Choice says it’s foolish to trust that abortion clinics violating basic health standards will self-correct their subpar practices. Dayton Women’s Health Services is one such clinic – also caught operating without a license – where a patient died after an abortion. The facility was cited for several health violations just a year prior to the patient’s death.
  • Pro-Life in TN updates on the efforts to pass Tennessee’s Amendment 1, which would again make the state constitution neutral on the issue of abortion. This would allow elected legislators the right to regulate legal abortion. Currently, state lawmakers have no ability to require abortion facilities meet the standards of other same-day surgery centers. With no way to require that facilities meet certain standards, and no informed consent or waiting periods, a dangerous “let the buyer beware” situation exists.

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Pro-life vid of day: Planned Parenthood’s 3% abortion myth

by Hans Johnson

Probably the most common tactic in argument is the attempt to deflect attention here, there, and everywhere – anywhere but the topic at hand.  The pro-choice supporter hides behind talk of “women’s issues” and “women’s health” in an attempt to throw a cold blanket over the burning issue of abortion.

Nowhere is there a better example of this than in Planned Parenthood’s claim that only a tiny part of their “services” have to do with abortion. As Students for Life shows in this video, PP is engaging in serious deception and has turned the saying about not being able to “see the forest for the trees” on its head.

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Mother wins right to kill non-terminally ill, disabled daughter

nancyfitzmauriceby Kelli

We were constantly in and out of hospital. She never developed more than a six-month-old child.

Simple things like birds singing and hearing children play would put the most beautiful smile on her face. She loved Michael Buble and when I slurped my tea she would give out a hearty chuckle. I gave her the best quality of life she could possibly have….

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Pro-life vid: ND Measure 1 ad notes need for informed consent

nd-514x375by Kelli

Our own former lead moderator at, Carla Stream, ministers regularly to those with post-abortion regret. In today’s video, which is an ad in favor of North Dakota’s Measure 1, she discusses how informed consent laws like those in ND could have saved her baby from abortion and spared her a lifetime of regret.

ND’s Measure 1 seeks to keep in place common-sense pro-life laws passed in the state, where even physicians have voiced their support for the measure. Says

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Mom of child with Down syndrome to Disney: Feature disabled characters

Disney petitionby Carder

Disney does a great job of depicting right from wrong. It has long providing wonderful moral lessons that teach our children to be good people — but sadly, the company comes up short in one critical area. Its movies have almost no representation of disabled people, those often bullied and looked down upon by their fellow children.

What wonderful lessons of diversity, compassion, and acceptance Disney could teach our kids if they promoted disabled characters as heroes and heroines in their beloved movies!

~ Part of a petition posted by Keston Ott-dahl advocating that Walt Disney films feature heroes and heroines with disabilities, Huffington Post, October 21

Keston Ott-dahl is the mother of a child with Down syndrome.

Stanek Sunday funnies 10-26-14

Good morning, and Happy Sunday! Here were my top five seven favorite political cartoons this week. Be sure to vote for your fav in the poll at the bottom of this post!

by Lisa Benson at
 by Walt Handelsman at

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Stanek Sunday Word: “The LORD formed me in the womb to be his servant”


The LORD formed me in the womb to be his servant in order to bring back his people, to bring back the scattered people of Israel. The Lord gives me honor; he is the source of my strength.

~ Isaiah 49:5, God’s Word and Good News translations

Stanek wkend Q: Is San Antonio’s new mega-abortion center the pro-life movement’s fault?

sanantonioIn response to my October 21 post, “Pro-life activists infiltrate Planned Parenthood mega-abortion center under construction,” Abolish Human Abortion has written a “we told you so”:

We are not bragging about this or simply saying we told you so. But the fact of the matter is this, these big state of the art killing centers that Planned Parenthood is building all over the country are the unintentional (yet iniquitous) fruit of the pro-life movement.

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by Kelli


Kristina Garza, spokeswoman for Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, a pro-life organization that often sets up anti-abortion displays on campuses along the West Coast, said her group also frequently encounters college students who accept infanticide.

“For those who are firmly for abortion, because they understand it kills a human being, it’s very easy for them to accept killing a human being after birth,” Garza said. “There is this notion that is common on campus, that it’s OK to kill babies because somehow we don’t become human until we are self aware.”

“A common number that is going around is 4 years old,” she adds.

As for the trend, Garza said there’s an explanation for it. For one, the arguments put forth by Peter Singer and other philosophers who support infanticide are given as reading assignments to college students.

Singer wrote in 1979 that “human babies are not born self-aware, or capable of grasping that they exist over time. They are not persons … [therefore] the life of a newborn is of less value than the life of a pig, a dog, or a chimpanzee.”

~ Mairead McArdle, The College Fix, October 29

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