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Pro-life blog buzz 6-12-15

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

  • Wesley J. Smith discusses a man sentenced to life in prison in Tennessee who has asked to be euthanized so he can donate his organs to his parents. Smith points out that while this won’t happen for a variety of reasons yet in the U.S., Belgium is ahead of the game in coupling euthanasia with organ donation and in giving prisoners the option of euthanasia.
  • Priests for Life has been granted a temporary stay against the HHS contraceptive mandate:

    “Without the stay granted today, we would have been in the position of being fined for failing to comply with the mandate,” Father Pavone said. “But no matter what happens, we will not obey the mandate, nor will we pay fines to the government.”The stay will remain in effect while the Supreme Court considers the case.

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Shock: NARAL sends email claiming “babies” in utero feel pain

JORDI BABY 20WEEKS_4by Kelli

The email was signed by a NARAL supporter, Dana Weinstein, asking for donations to NARAL to fight HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks (5 months). She writes, “When I was more than 20 weeks pregnant, my doctor discovered our baby had horrifying severe fetal anomalies that could not have been discovered earlier in pregnancy.”

It’s strange enough to see NARAL using the term “baby” to describe the “products of conception” that the pro-abortion movement has worked so hard to dehumanize — to the point that the media now frequently refer to abandoned babies as “fetuses.”

But even stranger is what comes next. Weinstein writes, “If I’d carried our wanted and loved baby to term, she would have survived only for a short time, in a world of immense suffering. So we chose to end our baby’s pain.”

Again, the word “baby” — even “loved baby,” as if it were possible for this valueless being in the womb to be the proper object for human love. But even more shocking is the admission that children in the womb can feel pain.

The pro-abortion lobby has declared for years that fetuses cannot feel pain, or at least not until much later in pregnancy than 20 weeks. They’ve called it “junk science” to claim otherwise (despite the fact that perinatal surgeons routinely use anesthesia when operating on unborn children).

But now Dana Weinstein is insisting that she and her husband needed to abort their child to end its pain!…

I understand why NARAL is breaking message here. It would be a heartless, unsympathetic parent who would talk about their “fetus” being diagnosed with health problems. And sounds a lot better to talk about “ending” the pain that a baby is supposedly in right now, than killing the child to keep it from feeling pain later.

But NARAL doesn’t get to have it both ways.

~ Eric Scheidler, Pro-Life Action League, June 4

[HT: Life Site News; image via babyjordi.blogspot.com]

NARAL president was afraid to tell people she was pregnant

by Kelli

NARAL-President-Ilyse Hogue

I admit, I had trepidation about telling people…. Is it going to change the way they look at me? Are they going to treat me differently?…

There is this whole mentality that anyone who fights for the rights that we fight for must hate children and not want to parent. So to have the leader of a reproductive rights organization — an abortion rights organization — show up pregnant, it’s just jaw-dropping….

[This pregnancy] is amazing for me. Because it was my own decision to do it.

~ 45-year-old NARAL president Ilyse Hogue, who is 36 weeks pregnant with twins, as quoted by The Washington Post, June 7

[Photo via moonbattery.com]

What the heck just happened with the trafficking bill? We won, that’s what happened.

human+trafficking+1280On January 13, Republican Senator John Cornyn introduced the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, legislation that would “create a federal fund for victims’ services and law enforcement tools financed by fines levied on convicted traffickers,” as U.S. News & World Report succinctly described it.

While victims of sex trafficking have been widely promoted as benefactors of this bill, victims of labor trafficking are also protected, one of a couple of important points.

The bill was sailing toward smooth bipartisan passage until March 17, when Democrats suddenly claimed to have discovered hidden anti-abortion language in the same bill many of them (including top Dem dogs Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer) had already approved in committee.

Within a day that story fell apart.

So, what we really had here was either Minority Leader Harry Reid attempting to reassert his manhood into a process that was running way too efficiently under Republican tutelage, or pro-abortion groups laying down the law.

Screen-shot-2015-03-19-at-11.21.41-AMThe latter is more likely.

What might have stirred the wrath of pro-abortion groups?

The Trafficking Act uses the same anti-abortion language as the 39-yr-0ld Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal funds from paying for abortions except in the cases of rape/incest. This verbiage was thought to be noncontroversial, since Hyde has been approved annually on a bipartisan basis for decades.

And therein lies the rub. The Hyde Amendment isn’t permanent law. Congress must sanction it each year.

But the Trafficking Act has a duration of five years, until 2019, which is why the Hyde language had to be added to it.

Pro-aborts saw this as an expansion of Hyde, a precedent.

Democrats additionally accused Republicans of expanding on Hyde by applying it in this bill to funds collected in part from private sources – convicted traffickers – when Hyde only applies to federal funds.

This is ludicrous, of course, because most federal funds are collected from private sources – taxes, user fees, premiums, etc. Once the government has our money it becomes part of the federal pool.

Which brings us to how a “compromise” was reached that allowed Democrats to save face. Read this quote from Politico carefully:

The strain of the episode took a toll on Democrats….

It took six weeks, but Democratic leaders ended up cutting a face-saving deal Tuesday….

The restitution fund now has two revenue streams, one from traffickers and another from the federal government’s general fund. The money from traffickers can’t be used for medical procedures, while the general fund money is subject to Hyde Amendment restrictions on abortion, like all other federal spending.

In other words, none of the Trafficking Act funds can be used for abortion. But don’t take my word for it. From Jezebel:

In other words, then, none of the money can legally be used for abortion care. That really doesn’t look like a compromise.

From Politico:

“I don’t know that there’s much difference from what was proposed earlier,” Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) said….

There’s not.

Even NARAL’s gobbledygook attempt to claim victory still admitted defeat:

A compromise was reportedly reached to deny expansion of the unjust Hyde amendment to a private fund for the first time….

While this is a stunning loss that should serve as a strong lesson to the anti-choice zealots who repeatedly attach unjust abortion regulations to any legislation concerning women’s health, today’s tragic loss is for human and sex trafficking victims – women and girls – who will regrettably be denied full reproductive health care access as a result of today’s compromise.

In other words, we won.

One final point. Had there been no Hyde Amendment in the Trafficking Act, abortion funding would have been available to labor trafficking victims as well as sex trafficking victims, and for all five years – the duration of the Act.

So, by no means would abortion funding have been limited to pregnant victims of sex trafficking. It would have been available to trafficked victims where there was no sex crime involved at all, or to women who were subsequently in consensual relationships, perhaps four years down the road but still part of the program, such as in job training.

That’s the real reason pro-aborts wanted this amendment gone. The Act would have otherwise expanded federal funding of abortion.

Kudos to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for standing firm, going so far as to hold up the nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General. Kudos also to Senator Cornyn.

[HT: Chicken Man]

Pro-life news brief 4-15-15

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • NARAL will be hosting an event where comedians make fun of pro-life pregnancy resource centers:

    There’s no shortage of these laughably absurd anecdotes, and NARAL is now hoping to shed light on the manipulative tactics and misinformation of crisis pregnancy centers through an unconventional advocacy event this week in Oakland: a comedy show….

    On April 16 at the New Parkway (474 24th St., Oakland), four comedians will speak out about crisis pregnancy centers as part of a comedy event NARAL is organizing called Stand Up for Choice. The show will feature Kurt Braunohler, a Los Angeles-based comedian and the event’s headliner; Nato Green, a San Francisco-based comic and San Francisco Examiner columnist; Aparna Nancherla, a New York-based comic and former writer for W. Kamau Bell’s show Totally Biased; and Eliza Skinner, an LA-based comic and Funny or Die writer. Their stand-up routines will touch on CPCs and other topics….

    A majority of the centers — some licensed as community clinics by the state, others unlicensed — referred to fetuses as “babies” and told the women they were “already a mother,” NARAL reported.

    Perhaps NARAL’s next move will be to make fun of baby showers and anyone who uses the term “baby bump.”

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  • Bloomberg has an article where Congresswoman Renee Elmers signals she is in favor of a revised version of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act:

    Ellmers said the new version, as shown to her, would no longer require victims of rape to report the crime to law enforcement if they wish to have a late-term abortion under the law. She said the physician would have to know this was a pregnancy as a result of a rape.

  • A new study in Health Economics finds that making emergency contraception available over the counter hasn’t had the best results:

    Utilizing state-level variation in access to EBC, we find that providing individuals with over-the-counter access to EBC leads to increase STD rates and has no effect on abortion rates. Moreover, individual-level analysis using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth indicates that risky sexual behavior such as engaging in unprotected sex and number of sexual encounters increases as a result of over-the-counter access to EBC, which is consistent with the state-level STD findings.

[Ellmers photo via newsobserver.com]

Pro-life blog buzz 3-31-15

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

  • Josh Brahm reprints John Thorp and Clarke Forsythe’s Washington Times article showing how the abortion industry cannot claim abortion is safe with our current system of reporting:

    Abortion advocates in Congress and in state legislatures claim that abortions are “safe.” Yet numerous, long-standing problems at the state and federal level illustrate that the abortion data collection and reporting system in the United States is haphazard and dysfunctional, making assertions about “abortion safety” unreliable.

    The U.S. abortion data and reporting system, unlike many other countries, relies completely on voluntary reporting. No federal law requires the reporting of abortion numbers, complications or deaths. (Denmark, in contrast, requires mandatory reporting by providers of all induced abortions.)

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  • Abstinence Clearinghouse says 75% of parents would not approve of one South Carolina school district’s sex ed program, Making Proud Choices. AC says that in the program, girls are taught how to sexually arouse boys, put on the condom, remove it following intercourse, and relax after sex.
  • Big Blue Wave was cautiously optimistic when the Quebec Health Minister wanted to limit the number of abortions performed – knowing the devil was in the details. In BBW’s update, we learn that this caution was well founded:

    The Health Minister says [a] new health law will increase access to abortion, because all family physicians will be able to perform them. Career abortionists will be able to obtain special dispensations to perform all the abortions they want.

  • 40 Days for Life rejoices that just in their most recent campaign, at least 402 babies that had their death sentences vacated because of the presence of volunteers at countless abortion facilities across the US and participating countries abroad.

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  • At Live Action News, Alexandra Liebl discusses the “imprecision” of abortion language. As seen in the book and movie, The Giver, the main character, Jonas, learns that “precision of language” in his society is important “to ensure that unintentional lies were never uttered.”

    Liebl “implore[s] President Obama to be more precise in his use of language” when lauding abortion providers as he did two years ago when he said “We… gather to recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their healthcare”:

    em>Precision of language please, President Obama. What he really must mean is that women should be able to make their own choices not just about their own bodies but about the child’s body that they carry within them….

    If women were treated fairly in every aspect of life, they would be protected in their mother’s womb from the moment of conception. If Obama believed in a nation where all Americans should have the freedom and opportunity to reach their potential, he would protect our most innocent, defenseless Americans to ensure they get the opportunity and freedom of life itself….

    In language I saw as more accurate and fit in conveying President Obama’s message, I have rewritten the last excerpt: To everyone at NARAL Pro-Choice America, thank you for your tireless advocacy for the exploitation of women and the destruction of preborn children and families. I couldn’t be prouder of the work each of you is doing to make the world an intangible place for select, preborn Americans.

Pro-life news brief 3-18-15

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • This week a Planned Parenthood in California received a package with their address as the return address after the postal service was unable to deliver the package to an address in Georgia. Some employees were suspicious of the package so they called in the bomb squad:

    Inside the package was about four pounds of marijuana, baby diapers and a thank you card….

    The card wasn’t written on in the inside, but was left blank with a generic greeting….

  • Kay Hymowitz discusses the class gap in unplanned pregnancies:

    One way of examining the question of whether hardship is at the root of the unplanned-baby gap is to ask whether locales with more publicly funded family-planning clinics have less unplanned pregnancy. Guttmacher estimates the percentage of the need for publicly funded services that is met in each state and the number of women per 1,000 who have unplanned pregnancies. But as the scatterplot below shows, there is no solid relationship between the two.

    Alaska and California outperform other states in terms of servicing needy women: About 60 percent of the need for publicly funded care is met. The states’ unintended-pregnancy rates, though not the highest in the nation, are still impressive: 50 out of every 1,000 women. That’s about the same as a number of states, including Arizona, Ohio, and Illinois, that are only helping about 20 percent of the women who need it. That sure makes it look like money and access by themselves cannot explain the unplanned-pregnancy gap.

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  • Mollie Hemingway writes on how Planned Parenthood and NARAL got the Senate Democrats to vote against the human trafficking legislation they all favored just weeks ago:

    Prior to March 10, no Democrats opposed the bill and Planned Parenthood and NARAL didn’t issue a peep about it. Since the afternoon of March 10, when Barbara Boxer [pictured left] dropped her support and Planned Parenthood decided to launch its public relations campaign against the bill, Planned Parenthood has tweeted some 60 times trying to gin up opposition — more than 60 percent of its tweets during that time. Cecile Richards, the head of Planned Parenthood, tweeted a couple dozen times, also beginning on March 10. And NARAL tweeted against the bill nearly 47 times, again beginning on March 10. Heck, almost like it was all coordinated.

    It’s certainly not a surprise that the Democratic Party is so controlled by Planned Parenthood, but it was still remarkable to watch the whole thing transpire in real time.

[Photo via philly.com]

NARAL director: Pro-choicers use “logic,” not glitter bombs

fetusfetishby Kelli

It’s all talk with no actual facts or proof to back it up.

In the pro-choice movement, we advocate using logic, reason and the strong values of our issue rather than glitter.

~ NARAL Pro-Choice Texas executive director Heather Busby, responding to an email from the TX Department of Public Safety which stated that glitter bombs have become a “weapon of choice” for pro-choice and pro-gay advocates, as quoted by the Texas Tribune, March 6