This week 300 members of the groups Operation Save America and Abolish Human Abortion have descended on New Orleans for OSA’s annual gathering and to remind the pro-abortion world, “No justice, no peace.” Holding prayer meetings by night and prayer vigils by day, the pro-life/abolitionist activists have been busy – protesting two abortion clinics, a Planned Parenthood construction site, the […]
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Yesterday, police in Jackson, Mississippi, stood idly by as vandals systematically stole signs right in front of them that had been erected by pro-life group Created Equal.
As the following video shows, police first acknowledged Created Equal had the constitutional right to hold a protest on a public sidewalk in Jackson, as corroborated by their city attorney.
The protest was held both in front of and across the street from Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only abortion clinic remaining in Mississippi.
Incredibly, the owner of one of the businesses in front of which Created Equal had erected its display began taking signs with the help of two accomplices – while the police stood by and watched!
Two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that Massachusetts’ protective buffer zone around abortion clinics violates the free speech rights of protesters, four other buffer zones around the country have already disappeared or been challenged in court. The City Council of Portland, Maine, repealed its 39-foot buffer zone around a women’s health clinic this week, […]
The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision last week overturning Massachusetts’ 35-foot abortion clinic buffer zone law, which the court agreed unconstitutionally restricted the pro-life right to free speech, has implications far beyond similarly worded laws and ordinances around the country.
by Carder I just walked in with my wife. We’re trying to have another kid, and you know what? One in one hundred thousand fetal demise congenital deformity. So you’re yelling at my wife for doing nothing wrong in having a nearly dead baby inside her? And that’s what you’re gonna do?… You’re just yelling […]
I was surprised to see a photo posted yesterday by a typically hostile pro-abortion news source as wonderfully exemplifying the modern-day pro-life movement.
Kudos to Cosmopolitian, for while its article unsurprisingly blasted the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision overturning Massachusetts’ buffer zone law, it took the high road and properly portrayed pro-lifers standing outside the court as the ruling was read, and really, the pro-life movement as a whole, which is young, wholesome, and in this case shady-chic! Click all photos to enlarge…
When viewing the photo above I couldn’t help but recall this photo of pro-choice protesters during Wendy Davis’s filibuster of a late-term abortion ban in Austin, Texas, a year ago, via MSNBC/Associated Press, hardly pro-life bastions…
Read the background for this case here.
Today, in a unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Massachusetts’ buffer zone law, which banned pro-life advocates from entering a 35-foot restricted-speech zone around the entrance of abortion clinics. Read the decision here. Details, from USA Today:
The decision united Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s four liberals, who said the distance improperly removed demonstrators from public sidewalks and spaces. The other conservative justices would have issued a more sweeping verdict, striking down the ban on grounds that it targets abortion opponents’ specific point of view….
Although the court had upheld an 8-foot buffer zone in Colorado in 2000, the Massachusetts law passed in 2007 went 27 feet farther.
UPDATE, 6/24, 10:45ap: More good news! As reported by CBNNews.com today:
A federal district court struck down an Austin, Texas, anti-pregnancy care law that forced pro-life pregnancy care centers to post messages that encourage women to go elsewhere.
6/19 12:52p: This decision should go a long way in dissuading government bodies from passing unconstitutional ordinances that attempt to muzzle the life-saving work of pregnancy care centers.
Such ordinances may hurt their municipal pocketbooks.
A federal district court has ordered Montgomery County, Maryland, to pay $375,000 in legal fees to Centro Tepayac Silver Spring Women’s Center after the pregnancy care center won its 2010 lawsuit against the county for violating its right to free speech.
I have blogged several times about pitiful sore loser Steve Driehaus, the supposed pro-life Ohio Democrat congressman who voted for abortion inclusive Obamacare.
When Susan B. Anthony List planned to expose Driehaus for his vote in a billboard ad (above) during the 2010 election cycle, he filed a complaint with the Ohio Election Commission accusing SBA List of false advertising, and OEC blocked the ad from being erected.
10:04a: An important Supreme Court decision is anticipated, either in a few minutes or Thursday morning, on a case of significance to pro-life activists. Abortion proponents are also watching for this decision closely. So I’m giving you a heads-up and backdrop.
Texas state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who catapulted to infamy by filibustering a 20-week abortion ban in 2013, is unhappy pro-lifers aren’t letting anyone forget.
Jackson Right to Life, in Michigan, followed all the rules when renting billboard space next to the Jackson Planned Parenthood. For one glorious day a pro-life billboard towered over Planned Parenthood’s pathetic little abortion feeder with the simple but powerful message, “Choose Life = No Regrets.” There was only one problem: The billboard was on Planned […]
File this one in Planned Parenthood’s “whoopsie” folder to be sure.
Nevertheless, up on Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio’s Facebook page at the moment is a photo of an abortion victim, along with half an “ABORTION IS MURDER” sign. Note the “like’s” are all by pro-lifers. Click to enlarge…
The event being promoted by Planned Parenthood was a Columbus, Ohio, stop this morning of the “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds” bus tour, featuring pro-abortion Democrat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
From Huffington Post, this afternoon:
Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis received a hostile greeting in Los Angeles Thursday morning, when life-sized posters depicting her as “Abortion Barbie” began popping up throughout the city ahead of her fundraiser there.
It’s amazing how persuasive attorney intervention can be.
After telling the Catholic group Peter’s Net it was barred from returning to the Walworth County Fair in Wisconsin this year, the fair board changed its mind upon hearing from the Thomas More Society, a pro-life legal group, and Wisconsin attorney Jerome Buting.
At issue was the pro-life component of Peter’s Net’s display…
On May 3, a group of 70 physicians took out a full page ad on page 2 of the Osceola News Gazette to encourage Kissimmee, Florida, citizens to join them in attempting to keep Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando from opening an abortion mill in their community, which is just 20 minutes from Walt Disney World.
And those “deceptions,” if true, were major whoppers.
From the Washington Post:
On April 29 a federal appellate court panel deemed it “preposterous” that the National Organization for Women would challenge an invoice submitted by pro-life activists for expenses incurred during a lawsuit brought against them by the pro-abortion feminist group that lasted almost 28 years.
The court ordered NOW to pay defendants Joe Scheidler, Pro-Life Action League, Timothy Murphy, and Andrew Scholberg $63,391.45 – a pittance, really - for costs to successfully defend themselves in the now infamous NOW v. Scheidler anti-trust lawsuit, launched in 1986.
During that time the case received an unprecedented three hearings before the U.S. Supreme Court, with the pro-lifers getting support in the form of amicus briefs from unlikely places, including PETA and Martin Sheen, since the issue was free speech.
UPDATE 3/13, 7:10a: Police have returned video a Survivors member took of UCSB Professor Mireille Miller-Young stealing one of their signs (of abortion victims) and assaulting 16-year-old Thrin Short. And it gets even worse. Turns out the professor enticed a student to break the law and steal the sign showing abortion victims. Video shows Miller-Young physically blocked […]
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Abortion proponents have been known to try to censor pro-lifers from showing the reality of abortion depicted in photos of the victims.
But there has been a recent surge.
It’s interesting to me that showing abortion victim imagery generates so much negative energy from the other side. What’s the problem with owning what they support?
On March 4 abortion proponents “erected a wall of censorship” around a Justice For All display at the University of Georgia according to The Daily Caller:
UPDATE 3/21 4:35p: The school has backed down.
3/11 9:32a: Another week, another case of censorship of student pro-lifers.
Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, from the long view. Battles like this get the abortion issue much more attention than were they never waged. And they give students real life lessons in the First Amendment right of free speech, which isn’t needed for pleasant topics we all agree on.
But I know it’s hard on the personal level, and I give pro-life students all the kudos in the world for sticking to their guns in the face of adversity on behalf of the babies.
So this time the censor is the administration of Branford High School in Branford, Connecticut, the mission of which is ironically, “to prepare students to be independent and collaborative learners who are responsible, informed, and contributing members of society.”
The title of my February 19 post, “High school censors pro-life club while promoting gay club,” pretty much sums up the backdrop to this follow-up.
At issue was the censorship by Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington, of posters sponsored by Wilson Students for Life, while it allowed the same for the Wilson Gay Straight Alliance.
On February 24, Bryce Asberg (pictured right), founder of WSFL, and his parents met with principal Dan Besett.
Win for pro-lifers; loss for freedom of expression
Besett gave the Asbergs both good and bad news, according to a press release by Thomas More Society, the pro-life legal group representing WSFL:
On the heels of a public university censoring a pro-life club comes word of a public high school attempting the same.
Yesterday I reported that the University of Alabama had removed Bama Students for Life’s pro-life display only two days before its reserved one-month run was scheduled to end. A school administrator told the group their display was taken down on February 6 due to complaints about photos it included of two mothers who died during abortions and […]
Backdrop on the above (click to enlarge) from the Boston Globe, February 5:
by Carder Several factors drive this. First, by their nature, bikers tend to be politically conservative…. Second, bikers also tend to be an extremely patriotic group and, today, they are sensing that something is terribly wrong with our country and that, if changes are not made, we will soon be in an irreversible state of […]
by Kelli In 1963 when Martin Luther King Jr. shared his Dream with the nation, he never envisioned an America where ‘reproductive justice’ would end more than 56 million innocent human lives. His dream never pictured a nation where black boys and black girls would never be able to join hands with white boys and […]
We hope that the study will address continuing hate speech that vilifies women seeking reproductive health care as well as websites that encourage violence against healthcare providers at women’s clinics which we believe have led to the injuries and death of clinic personnel and volunteers. ~ National Organization for Women statement on a Democrat proposal […]
Biola president Dr. Barry Corey, pictured right, has issued a public letter of apology for retaliatory actions staff members of his Christian university took against pro-life student Diana Jimenez in June for showing graphic images of abortion on campus:
For actions on our part that were perceived to be heavy-handed and retaliatory, I have apologized to her and stand by this apology publicly. I acknowledge and regret our errors, and steps have been taken to correct them….
In so many ways, Diana is the kind of student with the deep Christian convictions I hoped to see when I came to Biola six years ago. In her convictions about saving the unborn, she represents what Biola is about—the desire to speak up against injustices that break the heart of God. Like Diana, Biola is and has been passionately pro-life.
A campus security guard was caught on video threatening to have Jimenez arrested, and the director of the nursing program, Dr. Susan Elliott, ordered her staff not to write letters of recommendation on Jimenez’s behalf.
[Rob] Port said this was the wrong way of spreading the anti-abortion message. He wrote a blog, “Dear Pro-Lifers: Can You Stop Being a Bunch of Weirdos?” on July 21: “Whatever group is out there trying to promote the pro-life message by handing out squish alien babies, stop. You’re doing more harm than good.” Dina […]
[I]f the case were about transparency, then the City Council — and state legislators — should get busy passing legislation requiring abortion clinics to post how many abortions they have provided, how many women have been seriously injured or died in a clinic and whether the clinic has ever lost its license. That would be […]
Students for Life of America’s Brendan O’Morchoe showed me this photo yesterday, staged and snapped by pro-life students at a Planned Parenthood rally in Austin, Texas, last week. I thought it was the best pic I’d seen of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards – ever! Click to enlarge…
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Caleb Parke at Live Action News reported last week that three major newspapers rejected an ad submitted by Heroic Media, which showed a life size image of a preborn baby between the ages of 20-24 weeks.
Created Equal’s Executive Director Mark Harrington says his organization has pioneered the use of “cutting edge video technology to represent the victims of abortion” to audiences across the country. “Now it’s time to bring it to cities like Cincinnati,” Harrington said. “Not until now has abortion been represented in such a profound way.” Created Equal […]
The vandal was identified as OSU student Calysta Santacroce, and Created Equal filed charges.
On May 7 criminal charges were lowered to “disorderly conduct” on the condition that Santacroce plead guilty and pay restitution of $126 to Created Equal, which she paid in cash that day.
When the judge asked Santacroce to explain herself, she said it had been a bad day, and she did something she knows she shouldn’t have. “He [CE staff member] provoked me,” Santacroce claimed.
When the judge asked how so, Santacroce responded, “He asked me, ‘What do you think of my signs?’”
Santacroce was fined $50, in addition to the restitution.
Here again is that video. Warning: Profanity…
Four months ago Diana Jimenez had an epiphany.
“I was pro-life but had no idea what an abortion looked like,” Diana told me today by phone. “Then I actually saw a video of an abortion, and my heart broke in pieces.”
A senior nursing student at Biola, a Christian university in La Mirada, California, Diana (pictured right) promptly launched a pro-life group and invited Gregg Cunningham, executive director of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, to speak. After a great deal of energy was expended to publicize, only four students showed up.
Diana was compelled to attempt greater outreach, and the clock was ticking, with graduation just around the corner.
this year was our fourth annual pledge a picketer fund drive…. of course we count the babies in carriers and strollers, and yes, i count the obviously pregnant ladies for two. afterall, they are displaying their big bellies as tools of shame, same as they are their toddlers.. and besides, they count them, right? (this […]
About 120 pro-lifers attended the “Stop the Killing” rally today, sponsored by Live Action in front of late-term abortionist Cesare Santangelo’s Washington, D.C. clinic – only three blocks from the White House. Click both photos to enlarge… I was pleased that the press came out in force, including CNN, Washington Post, Washington Times, World Magazine, […]
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Following Live Action’s video release today, which captured Washington, D.C., abortionist Cesare Santangelo endorsing infanticide and other barbaric acts of inhumanity, Live Action will hold a “Stop the Killing” rally at his clinic this Wednesday, May 1, at 12:30p EST. Location is: 2112 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Erickson and his students reasoned that any serious quest to reduce abortions would not focus exclusively on women, and so they satirically brainstormed potential roles that men might play in such a push. They came up with such ideas as a “Mandatory Sex Savings Fund,” which would require men to pay $25,000 into an account […]
Several people wearing florescent yellow vests labeled “Clinic Escort” helped women find parking places and walked with them into the cherry pink building in a Jackson retail district. Outside an iron fence that separates Jackson Women’s Health Organization from the street, abortion opponents stood on a sidewalk and implored women not to end their pregnancies.
In response to a lawsuit filed in February by pro-life leader Ryan Bomberger, accusing the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People of intimidation, the NAACP has fired back with a countersuit.
The Thomas More Law Center has announced that the Student Government Association Judiciary Committee of Johns Hopkins University issued a unanimous decision last night overturning an SGA ruling of March 24 that denied recognition to Voice for Life as an official student club of the school.
Johns Hopkins University’s Student Government Association has denied Voice for Life [an anti-abortion student group] status as a recognized student group, for two reasons: VFL’s website links to other organizations that display graphic images of aborted babies. And VFL plans to engage in peaceful, quiet “sidewalk counseling” outside a local abortion clinic, which the SGA […]
[Apparently], it is much more important for the school to have Planned Parenthood at Benson than it is to have a teacher teach computer science and math. ~ High school teacher Bill Diss (pictured), who was escorted by police out of his classroom at Benson High School in Portland, Oregon, last week because of […]
I think it’s unfair for women facing what must be the hardest decision of their lives to now have to drive down Ontario Street and be reminded of that, and judged for it, and face more stigma about this really important decision. ~ Pamela Arnott, a resident “offended by the message” of the pro-life billboard […]
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No surprise, a Planned Parenthood panel will tonight kick off a two-day event to be held March 7 and 8 at the University of Cincinnati, sponsored by UC’s LGBTQ Alliance and UC Feminists.
On January 28, in my capacity as social media manager for a coalition of national black pro-life leaders, I set up accounts on Facebook and Twitter to promote our upcoming demonstration in Los Angeles of the NAACP Image Awards on February 1.
We had a number of press releases going out that morning, and I wanted to take advantage of social media platforms to raise awareness about what I call the “Black Betrayal” – NAACP’s gross failure to put black America’s best interest first, demonstrated by its willingness to not only ignore the black genocidal agenda of Planned Parenthood but to go so far as partner with this organization that racially targets black communities with abortion.
My first Tweet was at 9:17a: “Black Leaders prepare to protest @NAACP for its #Betrayal of the black community.”
Only six tweets and less than two hours later we got our first suspension, after I hit “reply” to a tweet sent out by @NAACPIMAGEAWARD promoting their show, wherein I linked to our press release and the hashtag #BlackBetrayal.
They had told her that she was 26 weeks [pregnant] and they would either fudge it to 24 (the legal abortion limit), or they would have her go to Maryland and have her abortion up there where it’s legal to go past 24 weeks in a clinic.