News station investigates clandestine taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood; cornered elected official huffs off

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If Planned Parenthood is so popular, why did a news station in the heart of the West Coast’s abortion stronghold – Sacramento, California – spotlight it in an investigation of shady expenditures by city council members?

And why did a complicit council member, when questioned ever so lightly about it, abruptly yank off her mic while still on camera and end the interview?

In an investigation into the large amount of discretionary spending allotted to Sacramento city council members – $400,000 annually – KCRA noted that member Angelique Ashby gave a portion of hers to Planned Parenthood.

2014-12-17_1549Ashby apparently didn’t like being asked about that. According to KCRA, in a December 17 broadcast story:

… she defended the contribution, took off the microphone and walked away.

“I hope that in doing so, that some of those young women grow up, love their city enough to come back, run for City Council and be the next mayor pro tem of the city of Sacramento,” Ashby said.

“Here you go,” she said, before taking off her microphone and walking off.

This came right after Ashby proclaimed transparency, “evidenced by the fact that I’m standing in front of you answering for those funds.”

… for only one second longer, until it came to Planned Parenthood.

You can view Ashby’s strange response here (during the last minute of the video).

KCRA followed up on December 18 with a story specifically on the fact that “[s]ince 2012, every City Council member gave some of their discretionary funds to Planned Parenthood, a total of $11,000.”

There was no vote on giving taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood, no public announcement, no accountability on the part of Planned Parenthood to not use those funds for abortion, only a statement by unnamed Planned Parenthood “officials” that it is “their policy to keep funding for educational programs separate from other services.”

How do we know? What “other services” would those be?

2014-12-18_1109Interesting that a mainstream media news organization saw a story, a controversy. Of all the odd expenditures made by city council members, the one KCRA knew would get a rise were those made to Planned Parenthood. Why?

Also interesting that the station didn’t bypass a story it knew had to be politically incorrect.

KCRA also found a resident who “doesn’t want her tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood programs – period,” who added:

“I think if people were aware of it, you would have an overwhelming amount of people showing up at a City Council meeting complaining.  I think you would have calls to their offices. I think you would have long lines if there was an open forum for people to discuss. I think it would be a big issue.”

So don’t for a minute think Planned Parenthood maintains a sunny reputation, even in California. The work pro-lifers have done to expose the United States’ largest abortion organization to the light of day is slowly but steadily paying off.

Speaking of sunlight, KCRA reported that thanks to its investigation the Sacramento County Grand Jury has launched a “formal inquiry” into the city council’s discretionary spending habits.

I have a feeling Planned Parenthood has been cut off.

Pro-life video of the day: 3D imaging saves lives

by Hans Johnson

Abortion technology is, quite frankly, at a “dead end.” There’s really nowhere else to go for killing efficiency.

But true medicine –  the treatment and sustaining of lives – is moving forward in leaps and bounds. Realview Imaging is an Israeli medical tech company that is developing remarkable 3D holographic projection imaging to assist in the visualization of organs – and babies – the better to diagnose and solve health issues.

Life is “on the right side of history.” It is the future.

Email dailyvid@jillstanek.com with your video suggestions.

Pro-life vid of day: Deaf boy no longer isolated

by Hans Johnson

Patrick Otema is a 15-year-old Ugandan boy who is profoundly deaf and withdrawn from society. There were no schools for the deaf near his rural village. Then Raymond Okkele, a young man who lost his hearing as a child, returned to his boyhood home and began teaching sign language.

If you remember that moment in the play and movie The Helen Keller Story when she learns and comprehends the word “water” – well, be prepared to be moved again.

This is the mini-documentary 15 and Learning to Speak, on UK Channel 4’s Unreported World, as reported by Kiki King:

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Video spoofs what happily child-free people are thinking

child free zoneby Carder

Breeding little humans isn’t for everyone and, while we think everyone should be able to choose to have kids or not without facing judgement, some people just don’t get it.

If the kids-just-aren’t-for-me-ever contingency was really honest, there would probably be a whole lot more people making comments like “No, I don’t want to hold your baby.” And, word to the wise, don’t ever tell a childfree woman: “Well, you’re gonna change your mind when your biological clock starts ticking.”

Answer: “I’m gonna press snooze on that little clock.”

~ Alanna Vagianos introducing a recent BuzzFeed video titled, “If People Who Dislike Children Said What’s On Their Mind”, Huffington Post, December 16

Pro-life blog buzz 12-16-14

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

  • ProLife NZ laments the story of a woman choosing abortion at 28 weeks gestation when she found out her child had a deformed left hand. She stated her decision to abort rested upon not wanting her child to be discriminated against due to this disability (oh, the irony). The media felt it unfortunate that the deformity was not identified earlier in pregnancy, as if that would have made the abortion more acceptable. (I wonder what would happen if children had the right to terminate less than perfect parents….)
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Pro-life vid of day: Prenatal surgery saves lives before birth

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by Hans Johnson

Dr. Scott Adzick (pictured right), chief of surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, helped pioneer the field of fetal surgery in the early 1980s. He says:

The idea arose from the frustration of caring for babies after birth and realizing it was too late: the damage was already done. We had to get to the baby earlier, while still inside mom.

A Wisconsin couple, April and Jason Leffingwell, learned after a 20-week sonogram that their son Elijah had a tumor in his right lung. While in most cases the tumor could be removed post-birth, this one kept growing. To April the decision was certain: “There wasn’t a choice in our head. We weren’t going to abort, and we weren’t going to let a tumor kill our child. We were going to do everything we could to save our child.”

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The Personhood split, Part II: Strategy

2935348.largeRead The Personhood split, Part I: Structure for background.

Aside from their structural variations, Personhood USA and National Personhood Alliance at first seemed to have similar goals – until the November 4 election.

At that time both the Colorado “Definition of Person and Child” Initiative and  North Dakota “Life Begins at Conception” Amendment failed, by 65% and 64%, respectively.

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“Coming out”: Pro-choicers want women to talk about abortions

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“People influence others with regard to all manner of things. In this situation, people who are supportive [of legal abortion] are hearing one thing, and people who are opposed to abortion are less likely to hear those stories,” Sarah Cowan, an assistant professor in NYU’s Department of Sociology and the study’s author, told The Huffington Post. “Public opinion on abortion has remained remarkably stable, and I’m proposing that one possible explanation for that stability is the way in which individuals talk about it.”

According to Cowan, however, it is not clear that if anti-abortion individuals begin to hear more personal stories from women around them, they will necessarily become more supportive of abortion rights. In fact, at least one woman in the survey said she had become increasingly anti-abortion in recent years, after hearing too many personal stories in which abortion was used as contraception.

“The jury’s still out about what would happen if there was a massive coming out campaign — if the veil was lifted and all of these secrets were revealed… but I anticipate that it would change,” Cowan said. “If someone really wanted to push me to say which direction I thought it would go in, I anticipate that it would swing more positive [toward abortion rights]. But that’s with a thousand grains of salt.”

~ Catherine Pearson, The Huffington Post, December 12

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Pro-life vid of day: UK pro-lifers respond to idea of buffer zones

by Kelli

Pro-lifers in the United Kingdom have recently come under fire for doing something very “American” in nature: protesting abortion and offering help outside abortion facilities.

In response to this new trend, UK shadow home secretary shadow Yvette Cooper has suggested that the government enact “buffer zones” around abortion facilities. In the U.S., pro-lifers have been winning against buffer zone laws in various states.

In this video, Dominica Roberts from ProLife Alliance discusses why she believes UK “buffer zones” are a bad idea:

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Obamacare architect: Abortion is “positive selection”

Gruberby Carder

But that’s not the worst of the latest revelations. Gruber has also written extensively on his view that the abortion of “marginal children” is a “social good.” In a “scholarly” paper he co-authored titled, Abortion Legalization and Child Living Circumstances: Who is the “Marginal Child?”, he concluded that “the legalization of abortion saved the government over $14 billion in welfare payments through 1994,” referring to abortion of poor children as “positive selection.”

That’s sick.

But is it any wonder now that in a bill written by the man with these twisted views on abortion, who bragged about the “tortured way” the bill was written, would include a plethora of deceptive funding mechanisms for abortion.

~ Matthew Clark exposing the disingenuous architect of Obamacare, Jonathan “stupidity of the American voter” Gruber (pictured), American Center for Law and Justice, December 12

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by Kelli

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Notice that both abortion stories share this same, perverse theme: abortion is a way to “save” my child. Also notice that both women were using birth control and still wound up pregnant. I mention that as an aside, but it’s worth considering in its own right….

The first woman admits that she ended her child’s life — because she couldn’t give her child “everything,” because she couldn’t give her child “a wonderful life,” and because she didn’t want to follow the lead of her own “bad parents.” The second woman maintains that she saved her child by paying to have him or her killed — after determining that is what God wanted her to do. Both women maintain that they are guilt-free, though the first woman says she is heartbroken and the second says she cries because she wishes her child was still with her.

The term “self-fulfilling prophecy” comes to mind. For fear that they will be bad parents, these women killed their children — which is the ultimate expression of bad parenting. Everything else pales by comparison….

I do not fear the impact that “positive” abortion stories will have. Even the positive stories are laced with tragedy, and the more abortion is talked about in the public square, the more apparent it will become that abortion is one of vilest perversions of justice the world has ever known.

~ Michael Spielman, discussing two of the “I don’t regret my abortion” stories he recently received, Abort73.com, December 16

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