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WaPo fact checks “inaccurate” Dems on Hobby Lobby ruling

by Kelli Both Democrats and Republicans use adverse Supreme Court rulings to rally their respective bases, but lawmakers have a responsibility not to succumb to overheated and inaccurate rhetoric…. The Fact Checker generally does not award Pinocchios for “misspeaking” or for statements of opinion. And we obviously take no position on the Supreme Court opinion. […]

Democrat senator vows to force contraception coverage

by Carder Since the Supreme Court decided it will not protect women’s health, I will. ~ Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) announcing her intention to push for a bill that would require for-profit corporations to subsidize contraception for their employees, New York Times, July 8 [HT: Hot Air]

“It’s not just Hobby Lobby: the pro-life movement is winning”

Hobby Lobby decision: Victory for religious freedom!

Hobby Lobby pro-life SCOTUS decision and against abortion

UDPATE 6:20p: Americans United for Life notes:

The Court acknowledged the dangerous and radical view advanced by the Obama Administration: “Under HHS’s view, RFRA would permit the Government to require all employers to provide coverage for any medical procedure allowed by law in the jurisdiction in question—for instance, third-trimester abortions or assisted suicide.  The owners of many closely held corporations could not in good conscience provide such coverage, and thus HHS would effectively exclude these people form full participation in the economic life of the Nation.” (45-46)

UPDATE 5:10p: Ha…

Obamacare mandate “the beginning” of conscience problems

by Kelli All told, 300 plaintiffs are involved in 100 challenges to the anti-conscience mandate. But it is important to remember that all this commotion is the result of one small aspect of one set of regulations concerning preventive care under Obamacare. And that means we’ve only just begun to see the potential conscience problems […]

NY birth/abortion center hopes to “lessen stigma” of abortion

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At a time when abortion rights are in jeopardy — Louisiana’s governor recently signed a bill that would close three of the state’s five clinics that offer abortions, Texas is likely to have only six clinics by September, because of a draconian new law, and other states are cracking down — fresh ideas like this might lessen the stigma of abortion….

VICTORY! Supreme Court unanimously rules in favor of pro-life group

Driehaus-billboard Susan B. Anthony List Obamacare abortion

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.

Planned Parenthood CEO’s annual salary now exceeds $500,000

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Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards 2012-13 salary now exceeds $500k
According to Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s 2012 IRS Form 990, CEO Cecile Richards made over one-half million dollars – $523,616, to be exact – for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2013.

May 28: Pro-lifers to hijack pro-choice Twitter event promoting abortion as healthcare

UPDATE 5/28 3:28p: Ha! Aljazeera is reporting the story, “Anti-abortion activists ‘hijack’ #WomensHealth.” Great job, pro-lifers! Still plenty of time to join in! 5/27 9:15p: Pro-life alert: Tomorrow, May 28, is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, established in 1987 “as a means to speak out on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.” To […]

Singer Charlie Daniels supports Catholic nuns in Obamacare legal battle

by Carder It’s a disgrace when the only people with the guts to face down Obama is a group of Catholic Nuns. God bless you Sisters. ~ Country singer Charlie Daniels tweeting his support for the Little Sisters of the Poor in their legal ordeal with the Obamacare/HHS contraception mandate, via Twitchy, January 3 Extra: Tea […]

Obamacare maternity benefits get a mixed review

by Carder Some of the free preventive care would probably help some. But a 62-year-old woman doesn’t need maternity. She doesn’t need abortion. ~ Medicare beneficiary Ted Baumgartner, giving a mixed review of the “benefits” of Obamacare after spending more than 80 hours online attempting to sign up his wife on the insurance exchanges, ABC […]

Dr. James Dobson sues over HHS contraception mandate

by Carder As Americans, we should all be free to live according to our faith and to honor God in our work…. The Constitution protects that freedom so that the government cannot force anyone to act against his or her sincerely held religious beliefs. But the mandate ignores that and leaves us with a choice […]

Catholic hospitals under fire

by Carder What we have heard from the private Catholic systems is that they are going to be respectful of LGBT people, and we actually don’t doubt that… but here’s the question for us — it’s different if a person goes in with a broken arm. We know they’ll be treated with respect. The question […]

Planned Parenthood uses star power to push Obamacare

Next week, a number of celebrities will join in an effort organized by an independent group to boost enrollment on the online exchanges, said a person familiar with the plan, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about it. An advertising blitz will begin in January after the holiday season has ended, said the person. Scarlett […]

Goldberg: Liberals are the ones forcing beliefs on society

rosaryby Kelli

The right to own a gun is a far more settled issue constitutionally, politically and legally in this country, but not even the National Rifle Association would dream to argue that we have a right to free guns, provided by our employers. If your boss were required to give you a gun, your new employer-provided Glock still wouldn’t be free because non-cash compensation is still compensation. The costs to the employer are fungible, which means whether it’s a pistol or a pill, the cost is still coming out of your paycheck — and your coworkers’ paychecks….

Ponnuru: HHS Mandate contradicts Religious Freedom Restoration Act

by Kelli

ponnuruFrom reading the New York Times, you might think that religious conservatives had started a culture war over whether company health-insurance plans should cover contraception. What’s at issue in two cases the Supreme Court has just agreed to hear, the Times editorializes, is “the assertion by private businesses and their owners of an unprecedented right to impose the owners’ religious views on workers who do not share them.”

That way of looking at the issue will be persuasive if your memory does not extend back two years. Up until 2012, no federal law or regulation required employers to cover contraception (or drugs that may cause abortion, which one of the cases involves)….

Planned Parenthood Obamacare “navigator” fined for campaign finance violation

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LA Times columnist compares HHS Mandate objections to 1960s racism

The Supreme Court is expected to decide in the next week or so whether to take up the question of whether a for-profit company can deny its female employees contraception coverage in employer-provided health plans because the company owner has a religious objection. We’re not talking about religious institutions here. We’re talking about a secular […]

New Stanek poll: Will the Obamacare website be fixed by November 30, as promised?

imageEveryone knows what a debacle the Obamacare website rollout was on October 1.

This was just one small part of the catastrophe. Everyone also knows President Obamacare has now admitted welching on his oft-stated promise, “If you like your plan you can keep it.” At least five million people have thus far lost their insurance thanks to Obamacare.

Janine Turner: Democrats treat women as sex objects

by Kelli The Democrats’ promise of independence for women is an empty promise. As we approach two pivotal elections in 2014 and 2016 it’s rather vital for the survival of our democratic republic that women pay heed to the fact that not all forms of independence stem from the womb…. They hold the baby rattle […]

Obama soaking the very young people who idolize him

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What we are witnessing today is a historic inter-generational transfer of wealth. Past generations could expect a better life, but today’s youth are picking up the tab for the baby boomers. What’s more, it is the policies of the man they held up as a hero that are inflaming the problem.

Men forced to pay for maternity benefits under Obamacare

Correct me if I’m wrong, do men not have to cover maternity coverage?… We’re forcing them to buy things that they will never need.  To the best of your knowledge has a man ever delivered a baby? ~ Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC)  grilling Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius  “for the government forcing men to […]

Obamacare: Filling abortion industry’s coffers to tune of ~$1 bil/yr

In reality, the abortion fee is a dollar or more a month. Doesn’t seem like much, right? Well, those pennies add up. Alliance Defending Freedom does the math. Say just half of American workers are forced to pay only a dollar each month. That’s $924,000,000 – all funneled into an abortion-on-demand fund each year. That […]

Join #BeTransparent TweetFest tomorrow

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Tomorrow pro-lifers will take to Twitter to pressure Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to #BeTransparent about abortion coverage in Obamacare.

Obama, Dems shut down Amber Alert website; restore under pressure

Above was the headline on Drudge until a few moments ago. Below was the message one got when trying to access amberalert.gov until a couple hours ago: The latest, from The Guardian: The Amber Alert child abduction notification system remained fully functional during the government shutdown, the Department of Justice insisted on Monday, despite its website being taken […]

Obamacare opens unprecedented gateway to illegal invasion of privacy

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From UPI, yesterday:

Limbaugh: Congress, staff, families can get “any abortions they want, paid for by you”

Members of Congress and their staffs are going to have any abortions they want — and any abortions on members of their family or friends who are covered by their policy — paid for by you… You know, I got a question. If the Democrats can just exempt themselves from having to pay for Obamacare, […]

Obamacare to fund congressional, staff abortions

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Paging Bart Stupak.  On March 24, 2010, he and other congresspersons calling themselves pro-life Democrats smiled for the camera as they watched President Obama sign an executive order no one but them believed would keep abortion out of Obamacare. (Stupak is in the photo above off of Obama’s right shoulder, wearing a grey suit. Click to enlarge.)

Not part of the plan: 21 states ban private abortion coverage

What they’re trying to do make abortion more difficult to access and unaffordable for women, and this is one of the ways they can do that…. It’s part and parcel of the larger effort to make abortion harder for women to get…. Abortion should just be part of the comprehensive plan that women get because […]

Obamacare’s covert support of assisted suicide

ObamaCaredeathtaxesGuest post by Michael Cahill, Vista Health Solutions

Within the voluminous Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) legislation, if you look closely enough, you can find some interesting things that have been glossed over by the mainstream media. Things like secret abortion surcharges and assisted suicide, just to name a couple.

The controversy over federally endorsed abortion and its hidden surcharges has been well documented in conservative media. But there hasn’t been much coverage of late about the legislation’s covert support for physician-assisted suicide.

Goldberg: Only “women’s health” issue libs care about is abortion

Sebelius: Abortion between woman, doctor – and priest

I’m alarmed about restrictions being passed by various legislatures that take out of the control of women, and their partners, and their doctors, and their priests, their own decisions about their healthcare. ~ Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asserting that abortion restrictions “interfere with a woman’s relationship with her priest,” via Gateway Pundit, […]

TODAY: Religious Freedom Action Day

religious-freedomV2As you know, President Obama is trying to crush our religious freedom by forcing religious employers to provide contraceptives, abortion drugs, and sterilization coverage in their insurance plans.

To that end, several pro-life/pro-family organizations have banded together to synchronize an email/Facebook/Twitter/blog alert to their people, asking them to contact their members of Congress during a two hour window this morning: from 10a to 12p EST, and to tweet during those same hours.

The message to Congress is to support H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act. As Eric Scheidler of Pro-Life Action League explained to his email list this morning:

Democrat senator sees Obamacare “train wreck” looming

I am very concerned that not enough is being done so far—very concerned. When I’m home, small businesses have no idea what to do, what to expect, they don’t know what affordability rules are, they don’t know what penalties may apply… A lot of people have no idea about all of this…. I just see […]

Baby death panels

Guest post by Jacqueline Halbig, principal at Sovereign Global Solutions and former senior policy adviser for the Dept. of Health and Human Services

Services_CSI_NICUIf Obamacare is supposed to increase health care access and affordability, why does it seem to punish those most in need? Consider minority babies, both unborn and born.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that an administration which redefines abortion as health care continues to expand funding to Planned Parenthood, which operates the nation’s largest abortion chain.

Arguing abortion, contraception as money-savers a “smokescreen”

So a brief blog post today on one of the more utilitarian reasons that I have heard for abortion/contraception – it saves money…. This sounds to me like something I heard from a colleague last year that the reason that New York’s prison population was down… because of Roe v Wade – since then, thousands […]

Show support tomorrow on Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day!

I was thisclose to Jo-Ann Fabrics today but am holding out to make my Valentine’s Day craft purchases tomorrow at my local Hobby Lobby.

That’s because tomorrow is Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day, and we pro-lifers need to participate if possible (which can also be done online!).

Ireland’s abortion ban at center of controversy in mother’s death

I don’t do abortions, I’ll tell you right now. … But I’d have to tell the mother, ‘Your baby doesn’t have a chance and to save your life, I have to do this.’

~ Dr. John Coppes, medical director at Austin Medical Center-Mayo Health System in Minnesota, stating his opinion regarding the recent controversial death of Savita Halappanavar (pictured right) in Ireland, CBS News, November 15

The hospital’s refusal to perform an abortion as she was miscarrying allegedly contributed to her death, according to her husband and pro-abortion activists.

The other side of the story, from World magazine, November 16:

Obama admin: Business owners forfeit First Amendment rights

The Greens [who own the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain] weren’t arguing that morning-after pills should be illegal. They weren’t even trying to keep their employees from using them. They just didn’t want to implicate themselves in what they saw as immoral activity. The [Obama] administration responded with an unsettling argument: The Greens aren’t […]

Surprise! Feminists push to repeal Hyde Amendment

Now is the time to reopen the conversation about Hyde and abortion access: the public and the administration have been clear in their support of reproductive rights and affordable access to health care. We have a long way to go and a hard history to overcome, but we cannot back down. We must ensure that all services, including abortion, are affordable in order to secure people’s reproductive rights and ability to make decisions.

Fed employee’s wife: “Tough” paying for abortion of “the fetus”

The baby would likely be stillborn in the seventh or eighth month. If carried, miraculously, to term, it would suffer from Trisomy 18, likely Down syndrome and heart failure. It did not possess a nasal bone….

Other women may have carried to term, or as close to term as possible, a child whose condition could allow it to live for a few days, or weeks, or maybe a few years. But faced with the impossibility of this loss, we chose to face it then, before a child had the chance to win our hearts and let us hope for the impossible.

Put another way, “Cecile, would you still get your $400k salary if Planned Parenthood were stripped of its $500 mil in fed funding?”

After the presidential debate Tuesday night, The Daily Caller’s Nicholas Ballasy caught up with Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards in the media spin room.

Ballasy asked a good question: “Do you think that that’s appropriate to get federal funding when you take such a high salary?” Richards earns over $400,000 annually.

If only Muslims were rioting over the HHS mandate, Obama would apologize

Muslim radicals chose yesterday, September 11, to storm, torch, and loot the American embassies in Egypt and Libya, killing the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three staff members in the process. This is not only a tragedy but an international crisis.

The riots were apparently instigated by a (strange and really bad) film depicting Muhammad as a religious fanatic, rapist, philanderer, pedophile, homosexual, torturer, and “murderous thug.”

Before the attack, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo issued this statement, not condemning but apologizing for the free speech that went on to trigger the attack of its own embassy. One wonders if the apology bolstered the mob. I’m surprised the link is still live. Here’s a screen shot in case it is removed. Click to enlarge…

Strange sting by Planned Parenthood ally makes case for Texas defund

Another title for my post might be, “Andrea Grimes is no Lila Rose.”

Pro-abortion RH Reality Check reporter Andrea was horrified that her investigation of the Texas Women’s Health Program turned up “only” 13 – 13! – healthcare providers in the vicinity of Downtown Austin Planned Parenthood that will give pap smears to low income women.

Andrea was trying to make the case that the State of Texas’s court-upheld decision to exclude Planned Parenthood from its state Medicaid program will leave low income women in the lurch.

Andrea thinks having 13 healthcare providers available to fill the shoes of one Planned Parenthood is somehow deplorable.

Whose side is Andrea on again?

Stupak: Democrats will never regain majority without pro-lifers

“We will never get to be a majority again unless we have pro-life Democrats,” argued former Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak, who retired in 2010 and is on the board of Democrats for Life. Thirty-five years ago when the Democrats enjoyed a 292-seat majority in the House, there were 125 anti-abortion Democrats – including a young […]

Obama takes Fluke on “war on women” road show; releases yet another pro-Planned Parenthood ad

An ABC headline today reports, “Obama to Stoke ‘War on Women’ Debate in Colorado,” confirming the president’s “return to the gender politics of earlier in the cycle,” as reported by Politico a few days ago.

Obama is upping the ante, taking Georgetown Law School grad Sandra Fluke on the road with him on a two-day campaign trek through Colorado. Rush Limbaugh infamously called (then retracted) Fluke a “slut” for testifying in Congress she thought she should get free contraceptive through her Catholic university’s insurance plan.

Actress dismisses “that little five percent” of abortions Planned Parenthood commits

A web ad released by the Obama campaign yesterday features actress Elizabeth Banks touting both Planned Parenthood and Barack Obama.

Banks promotes Planned Parenthood as a provider of ”essential services for women all over this country.” What about abortion? Pfff.

“What is it, 95% of them don’t involve anything controversial?” asks Banks in the ad. “So for that little 5% that Mitt Romney decides he doesn’t agree with, he’s going to take away cancer screenings? What is he doing?”

Banks, of course, is referring to abortion when speaking of “that little 5%,” without, of course, saying the unpopular A-word.

Pro-choice graphic of the day: The elephant in the womb

This graphic pretty much sums up the past few years of Republican lawmaking. ~ Maya at Feministing, August 7 [Click graphic to enlarge.]

“War on Women” 2.0: Obama attacks Romney on Planned Parenthood

The Obama campaign launched a television ad over the weekend attacking Mitt Romney for attacking Planned Parenthood.

Airing in seven battleground states (Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Nevada, North Carolina, and Virginia), the ad manages in 30 seconds to hit Romney on several liberal reproductive talking points.

The well-crafted piece starts with a pitchwoman assailing Romney for opposing contraceptives. One must read over what she is saying (see above right) to know the complaint is actually about Romney’s opposition to the Obamacare contraception mandate.

Evangelicals and Catholics unite against HHS mandate

Before Wheaton’s move, most plaintiffs suing over the mandate were Catholic colleges and organizations that follow the Vatican’s teaching against birth control. Most of the 58 plaintiffs in the 24 lawsuits are Catholic dioceses, colleges and charity groups. But Wheaton’s involvement shows that Catholics aren’t alone in opposing the mandate, since many evangelical Christians view […]

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Quotation-Timothy-S-Goeglein-culture-politics-Meetville-Quotes-216001I think as we descend into more cultural and societal chaos on the road to the last day, it will be more and more important for those of us in politics to decide which comes first, faith or politics. They can be balanced. I try, sometimes fail, but keep trying. A growing number of people on the right are no longer trying to balance. They are either going completely out of the public square, or all in without Christ in their heart or on their tongue thinking they can just visit him on Sunday.

We should find balance. We may fail, but we should keep trying. We should not recede from the public square and a growing number of conservatives are showing more willingness to drive from the public square those who urge greater measures of Christian grace and charity than they prefer.

On the last day there will be a narrow gate. That makes me pessimistic about my future in politics and the future voices on the right when cultural and social issues come to the forefront. But for those here and elsewhere, though I may fall short because I’m a sinner, I’m with Jesus first and all the rest comes after.

~ Erick Erickson, Red State, August 21

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