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Pro-life protest of Speaker Boehner, Part 2

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On March 25 I was one of eight people arrested outside Speaker Boehner’s office in Washington, DC, as we protested the House GOP’s failure to pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act two months after they had failed to pass it on the day they’d promised to pass it.

One of our two goals was to get movement on this 20-week abortion ban, when movement had otherwise stalled by all outward appearances (the other goal being to refocus attention back on the 20-week-plus preborn baby, who feels the excruciating pain of being torn limb from limb when aborted).

Once our protest was announced, we learned movement had indeed stalled. Several sources confirmed the hold-up was with amended language.

Amazingly, the bottleneck was unclogged just one week before our protest, when more than one solution was suddenly presented to interested GOP House members. They went from 0 to 200% in just a few short days.

Nonetheless, no vote was announced before our protest. Then, on March 30, the congressional Easter Break commenced, which will run through April 10.

We are hopeful GOP House leadership has not let the Easter Break interfere with reactivated plans to move the Pain Capable Act forward. We are hopeful there will be an announcement of a vote soon after representatives return to Washington.

But we are not waiting. The movement to press GOP House leadership to vote on this bill is growing, from three pro-life activist groups to 11. Last week this larger group announced plans to hold a protest at Speaker Boehner’s office on May 7, at 12:00 p.m., if by that time the House has not yet passed the Pain Capable Act. This group includes:

CEC For Life
Christian Defense Coalition
Citizens for a Pro-Life Society
Created Equal
Defend Life
Issues4Life Foundation
JillStanek.com
Operation Rescue
Maryland Coalition for Life
Pro-Life Action League
Pro-Life Action Ministries

Other groups are most certainly welcome. Please email me if interested. And if you live in the DC area, please make plans now to attend.

To be clear, the vote must have happened by May 7 for us to call off our protest. It won’t be enough to announce an upcoming vote date. Been there, done that, been burned.

Also, be sure to sign Concerned Women for America’s petition.

And Susan B. Anthony List has just launched a call drive.

Back from vacation…

im-backI’ve done “blog light” the past 2-1/2 weeks, away from my desk quite a bit in lieu of family time – visiting  Andy and Daena in DC and camping (Starved Rock for Illinoisans) with the grandsons, Rich and my parents.

If you’ve been wondering where I was, that’s where. Tomorrow I’ll be back.

Thanks to Kelli, Carla, Susie, LauraLoo, Hans, Carder, and the other mods for holding down the fort. Missed ya’ll!

How abortion proponents view current pro-life tactics

Robin Marty-As I wrote in my post, “How abortion proponents view the current abortion landscape,” I have developed a collegial relationship with Robin Marty, pictured right, senior political reporter for RH Reality Check.

This past weekend Robin was in Chicago for a National Organization for Women convention, and we got to meet. She had asked if she could interview me for a piece she’s writing.

Through the course of our lunchtime conversation (which she paid for, thanks!) Robin enlightened me on how abortion proponents view current pro-life efforts, particularly since 2010, when pro-lifers began passing laws in unprecedented numbers. Robin agreed to let me share her thoughts. I’m not going to pick them apart, I simply find them fascinating and thought you might, too.

Playing fair

Robin shocked me when she accused pro-lifers of not playing fair. Of course, pro-lifers think pro-choicers (using Robin’s preferred terminology for this post) are underhanded and conniving. But us?

Robin acknowledged, “It’s fair to say both sides think the other side isn’t playing fair.” But Texas was a glaring example of pro-life chicanery in the eyes of abortion proponents, even as pro-lifers thought just the opposite.

“In Texas you had a legislative session that finished with no abortion bill, and then the governor added a special session,” Robin explained. “And we feel we won that special session. We organized as quickly as we could. We had a massive filibuster.”

What about the infamous mob that kept a vote from happening by midnight?

“I can see how your side can say the debate was finished at 11:48p, and it should have been time for a vote, and we broke the rules by not letting that happen,” said Robin. “But at the same time there was a series of events leading up to those 12 minutes.  Our people watched Wendy Davis filibuster and be told she went off-topic [broke filibuster rules], although we thought she was completely on-topic. Those 12 minutes were a culmination of events that led up to them.”

Robin gave another recent example of Republican legislators in North Carolina gutting a bill about Sharia law and inserting pro-life provisions. Robin said such tactics have been disheartening to some pro-choicers, who proceed to walk away from politics. I responded that legislators do this all the time. IMO it’s simply politics. Politics are dirty. Politics aren’t necessarily fair. I reminded her of our classic example of Democrat dirty politics: Obamacare.

Common ground

“There’s no such thing as common ground,” Robin agreed, “when we believe this is a civil rights issue for women, and you believe it’s a civil rights issue for the unborn. I don’t think we will ever agree.”

“But I think it is interesting that we both have common ground in the opposition,” Robin noted. “There are a lot of parallels between both the pro-choice and pro-life side when it comes to what each side thinks is justified and not justified and thinking the other side is not playing by the rules.”

Robin hearkened back to the Texas fiasco. “Maybe that 12 minutes wasn’t a traditional tactic,” Robin explained, “but in this case it was justified. And on your side, exposing a bloody fetus poster to a 5-yr-old would be justified because that’s what’s necessary for you to make abortion end.”

Robin noted that we both have factions we cannot control. We have factions that move too fast and factions that move too slow. She said we also both now often the same civil justice language.

Is the sky really falling this time?

I so often hear wild exaggerations from the other side that I never know if and when they think something is a real emergency. I asked Robin about this. Do they see these particular times as truly alarming?

“I can only speak for myself and a lot of activists I have talked to,” Robin responded. “‘The sky is falling’ is a bit extreme, but I do think there has been a significant shift. The language has changed, the tactics have changed. Local stories – such as when Ohio added abortion restrictions to their budget, or when North Carolina gutted that bill – are now national news events.  There is a sense that abortion access could be changed forever. People who weren’t necessarily engaged are paying attention. The public is becoming more aware that abortion isn’t a settled issue, which many believed was until now.”

 Losing my religion

I asked Robin about the perceived thrones of pro-choice power in Washington and New York. Do they call the shots for the movement, and if so, how does the movement like that?

“I do believe a lot of the policy is being made in DC and New York that I don’t think resonates with people who live in the Midwest or South,” Robin responded, “especially messaging that can come across as anti-religious. I think the pro-choice position needs to be discussed in a way that can be taken to churches – embracing faith, family, and community.

Robin noted “a rift between the religious and nonreligious side of our movement.”

Planned Parenthood

How does the movement view Planned Parenthood, I asked?

“The feeling toward Planned Parenthood  has more to do with your interaction with them,” said Robin. “I don’t think there is an overarching belief that Planned Parenthood is helping or hurting the movement. It does fantastic work trying to obtain access for contraception. It is also doing quite a bit with litigation and keeping clinics open – not just their own. I think  overall Planned Parenthood continues to be something the movement supports.”

 Who will win?

Simple question.

Robin answered, “Your side wins if you convince everyone there is a baby at the point of conception. Our side wins if we convince people this fight is not just about disallowing those who don’t want to be pregnant to not be pregnant, but it’s also about stopping people from not getting pregnant in the first place. This will end up being a game of who appeals most to the vast majority of people who aren’t taking a side.

“The topic of contraception is necessary to be discussed. We are focusing more on birth control not because abortion isn’t a winning issue but because we never thought birth control was in jeopardy. That’s frightening to us.”

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Thanks to Robin for going out on a limb and accepting her first “hostile” interview, as she put it. I appreciate her candidness.

Sometimes I see everyone on the other side as a big lump of evil people, even though I pray to see them as Jesus does. I’m sure many think the same of us. Robin is a reminder to me that even though we couldn’t be more at odds on the most important issue of our lifetime, many pro-choicers are fellow human beings with good – albeit terribly misled (sorry had to say it :)) – intentions.

Pro-life actor disgusted by Obama’s Planned Parenthood speech

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Everything you need to assess Obama’s character was displayed at the #PlannedParenthood speech. No mention of #Gosnell. Horrendous. #prolife

~ Actor Ken Wahl, commenting on President Obama’s “God bless you” speech at a Planned Parenthood event in DC, via Twitter, April 28

Limbaugh: Obama’s a hypocrite for “blessing” Planned Parenthood

rushobamaPlanned Parenthood cannot afford to condemn any abortion, after birth, partial birth, they can’t condemn any. They can’t take action in one way, one syllable, one word, they can’t oppose any type of abortion or they destroy their own purpose.

To Planned Parenthood, every abortion is good, every pregnancy is a potential disease, every pregnancy is the result of male domination. Every abortion equals female freedom and emancipation. Every abortion equals women saying, “Screw you.”

Barack Obama, who, as a senator in Illinois, actively, maybe more than any other legislation, supported the idea that a baby surviving a botched abortion should go ahead and be killed, because that was the original intention of the mother. And when we’re talking about the original intention of abortion, we should always be loyal to it.

Now, the original intention of the Constitution, no, no, no, no, no. No, no, no. The Constitution’s a living, breathing document. The female body is not….

Last week Barack Obama talking about what happened in Boston said, “If we can save just one child. If we can save just one child,” and today Obama goes and celebrates an abortion factory and closes by saying “God bless you” to Planned Parenthood.

~ Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, reacting to President Obama’s speech at a Planned Parenthood event in DC last week, RushLimbaugh.com, April 26

[Photo via illuminatielitemaldita.blogspot.com]

Protest Wednesday at clinic of umbilical-cord snipping DC abortionist

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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.

Live Action president Lila Rose will speak, as will abortion survivor Melissa Ohden and Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser.

I will be in D.C. and plan also to attend.

If you live in the D.C. area, please plan to attend this rally as well, to demand the protection of women, an end to abortion, and the prosecution of Santangelo.

Feel free to promote this event through your networks and to use the graphic above. A Facebook event page has been created, where you can sign up.

Obama bails on Planned Parenthood gala

ap489865548864_s640x451UPDATE 4/26, 11:00p: So much for not wanting to be filmed. Obama’s speech to Planned Parenthood will be live streamed this morning, to begin at 11:20a, here.

We also now know the Planned Parenthood event is being held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., according to The Christian Post.

[HT: Kristina at CRC Public Relations and Mallory at Susan B. Anthony List]

4/24, 4:21p In a perfect pro-abortion world, the White House would proudly boast of President Obama’s plans to keynote a Planned Parenthood Federation of America event.

Particularly after his 2012 War on Women conquest, Obama should relish the opportunity to take a victory lap with his pro-abortion bff, PP CEO Cecile Richards, and all that Planned Parenthood stands for – contraception, abortion, and reproductive FREEEEDOM! (imagining that as Braveheart would say it).

But as quickly as the White House let slip that Obama would be attending Planned Parenthood’s annual gala tomorrow, it has retreated. Reported the Washington Times today:

President Obama has canceled plans to deliver a keynote address at Planned Parenthood’s annual fundraising dinner Thursday night after critics decried his high-profile role at the abortion rights group amid new concerns about the brutality of illegal forms of abortion.

White House spokesman Jay Carney… attributed the schedule change to Mr. Obama’s desire to spend more time at a memorial service in Waco, Texas, for family members of the victims of the fertilizer plant explosion.

Mr. Carney said the president will still address Planned Parenthood and its supporters Friday morning. Still, the shift to a lower-profile address at a more low-key morning event, rather than an evening gala fundraiser, is significant.

Earlier this week, abortion opponents pressed Mr. Obama to rescind his agreement to speak at the Planned Parenthood fundraiser, considering the gruesome revelations emanating from the trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.

An interesting side note is it has been impossible thus far to find out where the Planned Parenthood event is actually being held. All PP will say is it’s in Washington, DC, somewhere. Our people have been calling reporter friends, etc., and no one seems to know.

obamappSince Obama is now speaking Friday morning, this must be some sort of conference and not just a one-night stand for “supporters and national and local leaders from across the country,” as the PP press release portrays attendees.

This shroud of secrecy is another sign pro-lifers are having a negative impact on PP. PP appears to be trying to stave off our protesters, and/or President Obama prefers not to give us any more video or photo opps.

This is not a good news cycle to be pro-abortion, and particularly to be associated with Planned Parenthood, since a PP lobbyist recently indicated infanticide is a-okay, and a PP affiliate CEO let slip PP knew all about mass murdering abortionist Kermit Gosnell but did not report him. Of course, Obama is vulnerable on Gosnell as well.

St. Patrick, Obama, and the Dubliner

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The Dubliner, in Washington, DC, is the beloved Irish pub where pro-lifers congregate to inspire, conspire, and console before and after the March for Life each January as well as other meeting times throughout the year.

It is fitting, since Ireland is abortion free.

Last year President Obama violated our sacred space on St. Patrick’s Day.

imageA few words for President Obama from the saint himself…

I am at a loss to know whether to weep more for those they killed or those that are captured: or indeed for these men themselves whom the devil has taken fast for his slaves.

and…

You shall not murder. A homicide may not stand beside Christ. Even “He who hates his brother is to be labeled murderer.” Or, “He who does not love his brother dwells in death.” Therefore, how much more guilty is he, who has stained his own hands in the blood of the sons of God….

and this, also our prayer…

May God inspire these men sometime to come to their senses in regard to God again, so that they may repent, however latter day, of their grave crimes, namely homicide against the brothers of the Lord, and that they free these baptized women whom they have taken, so that then they may deserve to live to God and be made whole once more, here, now and for eternity.

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[Top photo via the White House, middle photo via the Associated Press, bottom photo via the New York Post]