Rubio to Crist: "Come down on the side of life"

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Last week the FL legislature passed HB 1143, a bill that would require ultrasound viewing for women seeking1st-trimester abortions and would permit FL to opt-out of covering abortions as required by the federal health care bill....

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Front pg USA Today: Sudden surge in pro-life legislation; now a "free-for-all"

Family Research Council reported yesterday:

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Most of us would like to forget that March afternoon when President Obama signed his health care agenda into law. It's difficult to see those "reforms" as anything but a stinging defeat for our nation - but from it, new victories are springing up! In fact, the local response has been so overwhelming that USA Today dedicated a front-page story to the pro-life legislation that's spreading like wildfire through the states.

Indeed, here are excerpts from that April 26 USA Today story...

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Redux: CO personhood initiative

From a press release today:

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CO Right To Life and Personhood USA will submit language for a new Personhood initiative to the CO Legislative Council Staff on July 2, 2009, marking the beginning of the 2010 Colorado Personhood Initiative. The state's largest pro-life organization joins with this national political action group based in Denver to fight for the affirmation of the rights of all humans from the beginning of their biological development....

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Breaking news: Oklahoma becomes 1st to pass sex-selection abortion ban

Thumbnail image for breaking.jpgIt's hard to find news in MSM on this groundbreaking legislation today. Maybe it doesn't understand the ramifications. Maybe it does.

10th paragraph down in Tulsa World today:

[Gov. Brad] Henry also signed a measure banning abortion based on gender.

That's it. But I've checked with 2 national pro-life groups this morning, and to their knowledge this is the 1st sex-selection abortion ban to pass in the country....

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New Zealand's abortion law under question: anti-life lobby panics

by intern Andy M. (who hails from New Zealand)

A monumental case is brewing in New Zealand, the biggest development since abortion was legalized in 1977.

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Justice Forrest Miller, High Court judge in the June 2008 case of Right to Life NZ v. The Abortion Supervisory Committee, made a statement which put panic into the complacent members of the anti-life lobby in NZ, while pro-life groups rallied at the official recognition of what they had been saying for so long...

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Flaws found in liberal Catholic abortion study

UPDATE, 10/31, 8:20a:Dr. New's longer analysis of the CACG study is available here.
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During this election cycle a study on abortion released by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good has received plenty of attention from Democrats and Barack Obama supporters.

cacg.jpgThe spin is that state pro-life laws only have a small impact on abortion rates, and increasing welfare expenditures is the superior way to reduce abortion.

But in today's National Review Online, Professor Michael New of the University of AL and the Witherspoon Institute identified - surprise - errors in the study's methodology.

New conducted a proper analysis of the exact same data used by CACG and found pro-life laws - specifically public funding restrictions and informed consent laws - are effective at lowering abortion rates.

New also found the amount of money spent on welfare appears to have only a marginal impact on the incidence of abortion.

Important SD abortion ban call tomorrow night

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For the 2nd consecutive election cycle, SD will vote on an abortion ban this November.

Last time pro-aborts successfully fought the ban because it had no exceptions. This time it has a rape/incest exception and - surprise - pro-aborts have found new reasons to fight the ban. According to SupportSouthDakota.com:

In addition to launching a massive multi-million-dollar media campaign -- filled with lies and misinformation -- Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry have brought in hired-gun political consultants who are using every trick in the book to try and kill this lifesaving law.

The sad thing is that Planned Parenthood's scheme seems to be working so far.

Tomorrow night at 9p EST there will be a massive nationwide fundraising teleconference. On the call with be SD ban organizer Leslie Unruh as well as 40 Days for Life David Bereit and others. Please go to SupportSouthDakota.com to register for the call.

New abortion ban: saline

Big in the early 70s, saline abortions fell out of favor by the mid-80s because they were - shock - dangerous to the mother.

By 2004 the Centers for Disease Control estimated saline abortions accounted for only 0.6% of all abortions. They are done in the 2nd trimester, between 16-24 weeks.

saline%203.jpgTo commit a saline abortion, the abortionist first removes some amniotic fluid by needle through the abdomen. S/he then injects a concentrated salt solution. The baby's sensitive skin is burned as well as internal organs when the baby swallows or "inhales" (practice breathes) the searing liquid.

Babies are known to writhe quite dramatically during the procedure, taking between 12-48 hours to die and causing the mother discomfort....

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Pro-life victory in US Senate

american%20indian.jpgThis morning the US Senate voted 52-42 to ban Indian Health Service funds from being used for abortions except to save a mother's life, or for rape or incest of a minor.

This has been long-standing US policy since 1982, when President Reagan closed a loophole and Congress later agreed, in conjunction with the Hyde Amendment for Medicaid funding.

But the fix has never been permanent. The House must also pass the measure, although a DC insider noted, "I doubt the House will take up this measure anytime soon."

Democrats voting yes...

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New abortion bill to require fetal consent

From the Onion News Network:


New Abortion Bill To Require Fetal Consent

[Hat tip: Bethany]

Priests tell pro-abort politicians to quit one or the other

I'm not Catholic but appreciate the faith for many reasons, the foremost being its strong stand against abortion.

church and state.jpgLast week the Pope, answering a reporter's question whether Catholic pro-abortion politicians should be excommunicated, said, "Yes, this excommunication was not an arbitrary one but is allowed by Canon law which says that the killing of an innocent child is incompatible with receiving communion, which is receiving the body of Christ."

Eighteen pro-abort Catholic members of the U.S. House had the gall to write a letter reprimanding the Pope, including this hogwash even a pig would roll its eyes at:

We are concerned with the pope's recent statement warning Catholic elected officials that they risk excommunication and would not receive communion for their pro-choice views. Advancing respect for life and for the dignity of every human being is, as our church has taught us, our own life's mission.

But now two wonder priests are calling these bullies on their bluff. One has told the Gang of 18 to resign from politics if they can't function in keeping with Church teachings, and the other has said to resign from the Church if they can't. I love it....

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Minority rules

Late this afternoon President Bush sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stating he will "veto any legsilation that weakens current federal policies and laws on abortion, or that encourages the destruction of human life at any stage."

bush2.jpgOver the past decades many important pro-life riders have been attached to appropriations bills, ensuring taxpayer funds do not support funding for abortion, embryo destruction, and coercive population programs, and also providing conscience protections, etc.

Democrats are expected to drop all those provisions as well as attach riders to appropriations bills to fund the abortion industry in various ways. Planned Parenthood advocacy alerts have stated they want a $100 million increase for Title X, for instance.

President Bush has said not to bother.

His letter follows a letter 155 pro-life congressmen sent him on March 30 encouraging him to take just that stand and promising to vote to sustain any such veto. 146 votes are necessary to sustain a veto.

We'll see if Democrats will waste everyone's time uselessly pandering to pro-aborts. They likely will.

Bravo to pro-life congressmen and President Bush.

Post-partum/post-abortion depression

Today in Washington there will be a hearing in the House Subcommittee on Health on post-partum depression.

depressed.jpgIL Democrat Rep. Bobby Rush will introduce noncontroversial legislation that directs the National Institutes of Health to expand research into post-partum depression and the Dept. of Health & Human Services to make grants for services for women with post-partum depression and their families.

Now wouldn't common sense dictate that if there is such a malady as post-partum depression there must be such a malady as post-abortion depression?

Yet post-abortion depression goes widely unrecognized - even disparaged - and untreated.

Realizing the lack of information available on post-abortion depression, Republicans have chosen to use their opportunity today to call witnesses to discuss post-abortion depression. Bravo....

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Guest column: "Are you alive because of the laws against abortion?"

crusade.jpgFrederick N. Dyer, Ph.D., is the author of the 2005 book, The Physicians' Crusade Against Abortion.

In his thought-provoking commentary today, published exclusively at www.jillstanek.com, Dr. Frederick writes, "It is almost a certainty if your roots go back to the 19th century that you would not exist if it had not been for the laws that protected children from death in the womb."

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Other side agrees: "Roe was terribly reasoned"

A Fox News story yesterday reported:

The two vacancies on the Supreme Court have activists on both sides of the abortion debate sounding the death knell of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling overturning state laws that criminalized abortion.

But some legal scholars who support abortion rights say that may not be such a bad thing.

"Roe was terribly reasoned," said Scott Powe, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law. "I think there's some requirement under the Constitution that if you cannot explain a decision and its relationship with legal materials, it's not a valid decision."

Powe, who describes himself as "100 percent pro-choice," is far from alone in his criticism of Roe. Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas have made no secret of their revulsion toward the decision on legal grounds.

Even some who believe abortion should be legal are uncomfortable with the arguments in Roe.

Jack Balkin, a professor at Yale Law School, asked some of the nation's foremost constitutional law scholars to imagine how they might have written Roe. The results are compiled in "What Roe v. Wade Should Have Said: America's Top Legal Experts Rewrite America's Most Controversial Decision."

"Rights are most secure when they are supported by legislative enactment," Balkin told FOXNews.com.

The right to abortion would have been better settled if it had been articulated through congressional channels, Balkin said....

Read entire story on page 2.

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Birkett stands out

Potential ILGOP guv candidate Joe Birkett has made parental notification an issue of his would-be campaign. See article. Sign petition at www.joebirkett.com. (Site appears to be down at the moment.)

Pankau clarification

Amy Allen/Obiter dictum said ILGOP rep Matthew Leffingwell was flat out wrong when he told The Hill that GOP state Sen. Carole Pankau is positioning herself as pro-abortion in contrast to state Sen. Peter Roskam for a potential primary competition to replace retiring Congressman Henry Hyde.

So I asked them.

Leffingwell said the quote was a mistake. Pankau told me she is and always has been pro-life with the rape/incest/life exceptions and reminded me she has always voted pro-life, which I knew. I asked her if she has a health exception. She said NO.

Ok, Amy!

Who loves you, baby?

Reuters reported today:

The most-used Internet site, has shut down all its user-created Internet chat rooms amid concerns that adults were using the sites to try to have sex with minors....

The user-created chat rooms in question, where Internet users converse in real time, had names including "Girls 13 And Under For Older Guys" and "Girls 13 And Up For Much Older Men" and were all listed under "education chat rooms"....

The concern over online safety for children using the Internet has surged with the number of people using the Internet, which allows for anonymous and sometimes hard-to-trace communication and content....

Also surging is the number of men who support minor girls getting contraceptives and abortions without parental consent.

Hat tip: LifeSiteNews.com

The man who would beat King

terry.jpg PalmBeachPost.com reports today:

Randall Terry, the anti-abortion activist who was a prominent voice in the losing battle to keep Terri Schiavo alive, said Tuesday he's going ahead with a Republican primary challenge of state Sen. Jim King in northeast Florida.

King drew the ire of social conservatives this year when he and eight other Republican senators blocked legislation that aimed to reconnect Schiavo's feeding tube....

Terry founded the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue in the 1980s but has since parted ways with the organization. He has lived in Ponte Vedra Beach since 2003.

[Photo, courtesy of ChristianWireService.com, is of Terry, Bob Schindler, and Bobby Schindler.]

The President on judges and Life at today's Southern Baptist Convention...

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THE PRESIDENT:

... And for the good of our legal system, I will also continue to nominate federal judges who faithfully interpret the law and do not legislate from the bench. Every judicial nominee deserves an up or down vote on the floor of the United States Senate, and I thank you for your strong support of the fair-minded jurists I have named to the federal courts.

Building a more compassionate society also depends on building a culture of life. A compassionate society protects and defends its most vulnerable members at every stage of life. A compassionate society supports the principles of ethical science. When we seek to improve human life, we must always preserve human dignity, so that's why we stand against cloning. A compassionate society rejects partial-birth abortion. And I signed a law to end that brutal practice and my administration will continue working to defend that law. To advance a culture of life, I was proud to sign the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

A compassionate society will not sanction the creation of life only to destroy it. At the White House I recently met with 21 remarkable families, each of whom either adopted or gave up for adoption frozen embryos that remained after fertility treatments. The children I met confirm our shared belief that America can pursue the tremendous possibilities of science and at the same time remain an ethical and compassionate society. With your continued dedication and work, we will continue building a culture of life in America, and America will be better off for it.

Report on TX guv parental consent bill signing hoopla

On Sunday, June 5, Gov. Rick Perry (R) signed the Texas Parental Consent Bill into law at Calvary Christian Academy in Ft. Worth. A friend was there and wrote details on the event....

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