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“House of Cards” episode features photos of abortion victims

House_of_Cards_Season_1_PosterI’m suddenly hearing and reading about the television series, House of Cards, everywhere. The show’s backdrop, quoting Wikipedia:

Set in present-day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democrat from South Carolina… and House Majority Whip who, after getting passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, decides to exact his revenge on those who betrayed him. The series also stars Robin Wright….

House of Cards is produced by Netflix, which releases an entire season all at once for viewing via its livestream service. Netflix dumped all 13 episodes of season two on February 14. This season Underwood has been appointed vice president. We featured House of Cards in a quote of the day on February 22, wherein Underwood’s wife Claire (Wright) admitted in a CNN interview (screenshot below) to having three abortions – one because of a rape, which was a lie, but which was fine by feminists. season_2_chapter_17 2014-02-24_1735 As an aside, blog reader Del noted that Claire sure looks a lot like Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards. And both the fictional Claire and real Cecile are heads of large nonprofits. The resemblance is indeed notable up to this point. Beneath the facade, Claire is manipulative and evil. But I digress. Following the revelation of Claire’s three abortions, House of Cards mischaracterizes pro-life response in typical Hollywood style. According to National Right to Life News:

In episodes following the abortion becoming public, pro-life advocates are portrayed not only as angry and hateful–picketing Claire’s events with signs reading “Shame” and “Baby Killer”- but far worse. Claire’s husband… remarks that a portion of the country sees her as a “baby killer.” She receives death threats and in one episode, a deranged young man tries to bring explosives to her house after he finds out his own wife had an abortion without his knowledge.

But there is a point in the story line where fiction meets reality. Gregg Cunningham, CEO of Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, wrote in a February 23 email alert that some of CBR’s abortion victim imagery was used in a protest scene:

CBR appears in the credits of a recent episode in this series because we licensed the House of Cards production company to use our abortion photos. Though we did not expect our pictures to make the final edit, our photos did appear beginning near the 20 minute point of season 2, Episode 11. Our pictures are depicted on signs held by protestors who are seen from inside a slowly passing car.  Barack Obama is a fan of House of Cards and tweets about the series.  We thank God for the opportunity to force him to look at the bodies of the babies butchered by his abortion policies. A few years ago, British TV Channel 4 used substantial quantities of our abortion video in a widely-viewed documentary on abortion.  One London abortion clinic told a reporter the next day that their business had dropped off because of the documentary. Abortion imagery saves lives.

Here’s one screenshot of the abortion victim signage from inside the motorcade. Click to enlarge… house of cards abortion UPDATE 11:10a: After I wrote this post I was reminded of two times, of I’m sure many, when President Obama was actually forced to pass photos of abortion victims in a motorcade. Who knows if he averted his eyes, but the truth was placed in front of him. These photos, which include abortion victims, come from Created Equal (click to enlarge)… image image

Pro-life blog buzz 12-7-12

by Kelli

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  • Down on the Pharm juxtaposes the story of a man who has been jailed for putting live kittens into a freezer with our own Jill Stanek’s testimony of living aborted children left to die in the soiled utility room at Christ Hospital in a Chicago suburb.
  • Moral Outcry notes the hypocrisy of different businesses who tout their use of “Merry Christmas” during this season but support Planned Parenthood.
  • The FRC Blog discusses research which shows “growing up in a stable married household decreases a young woman’s likelihood of having either an abortion or an out-of-wedlock birth.”

  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life shares an article from National Right to Life News on the irresponsible claim made by British medical publication The Lancet that “women’s choice is the key to reduce maternal deaths”:

    Maternal mortality is more a function of the overall medical circumstances than of the legal status of abortion. Ireland and Chile are two of the safest places in the world for women, and they do not permit the killing of unborn children. And some countries, like Guyana, have legalized abortion but have not seen maternal deaths decline (Guyana’s rate only increased)….

Developing countries must not neglect the basics of maternal health care in order to promote abortion — or implement WHO’s dangerous new abortion “guidelines,” as the Lancet editorial recommends. Women and unborn children deserve better.

  • The Chiaroscuro Foundation has launched a new site, ReproductiveResearchAudit.com, in which Professor Michael New and bioethicist Dr. Jacqueline Harvey will regularly critique current reproductive research published and promoted by the pro-choice, pro-contraceptives crowd in order to advance their agenda. It will be the job of RRA to help keep the researchers honest and to counter the media’s promotion of contraception as a panacea for societal ills.
  • At Ethika Politika, Andrew Haines notes the problem of the United States’ low national birthrate.
  • Euthanasia Prevention Coalition says that despite reports to the contrary, Montana has not legalized assisted suicide.
  • Live Action refers to a report which now shows Savita Halappanavar, who died in Ireland after allegedly being refused an abortion, may never have actually requested an abortion:

    The Irish Times journalist who broke the story now says that it may be found that Savita made “no request for a termination.” The reporter, Kitty Holland, is the daughter of two abortion activists: Mary Holland and Eamonn McCann. Previously, the Irish Health Service Executive investigation reported that no request for an abortion was documented in Savita’s medical records. If true, it may be that her tragic death was intentionally lied about, hijacked by sensationalist journalism, and used as a vehicle to push a pro-abortion agenda upon the people of Ireland:

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[Photo via Ms. Magazine]

Landmark: House to vote on DC fetal pain ban

I wrote July 19 that the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HR 3803) was in danger of not getting a vote in the House in the final days of session.

But now word comes from National Right to Life that a vote will indeed be held July 31:

“This roll call will be a landmark – the House has never before voted on the question of whether to endorse legal abortion for any reason until birth,” said NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson. “Under the Constitution, members of Congress and the President are ultimately accountable for the current abortion-until-birth policy. Any lawmaker who votes against this bill is voting to ratify the extreme policy currently in effect in the nation’s capital, where abortion is perfectly legal for any reason until the moment of birth.”

“If we can achieve a big majority on this groundbreaking initial vote, it will lay the foundation to achieve legal protection for pain-capable unborn babies in the not-distant future,” Johnson said.

In other words, legislators voting against the DC fetal pain ban will be endorsing abortion for any reason whatsoever until the moment of birth, as is currently the law in our nation’s capital. As was noted in The Weekly Standard on July 25:

The Washington Surgi-Clinic, located just five blocks west of the White House, advertises on its website that it performs abortions 26 weeks (6 months) into pregnancy. The website of another clinic advertises second- and third-trimester abortions involving the “intercardiac injection of medication into the fetal heart” at a “private facility in the Washington, D.C. area.” All of this is perfectly legal.

While abortion proponents continue to deny medical advances demonstrating preborn and born babies by at least 20 weeks gestation feel pain when being torn limb from limb via the late-term dilation and evacuation abortion, eight* states have now moved ahead since 2010 with fetal pain legislation banning abortions past that age.

H.R. 3803 currently has 223 House cosponsors. Check the list. If your rep isn’t on it, please call him or her and urge support.

*Those states are Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Arizona, meanwhile has enacted a ban on abortions past 18 weeks gestation.

Life Links 5-31-12

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • At the Huffington Post, Cassie Farrell responds to a piece by Canadian abortion proponent Joyce Arthur:

    What Choice Joyce and her cronies need to understand is that their lies simply aren’t cutting it in Canada anymore. Instead of formulating a sound argument, they attack the legitimacy of the debate. However, the debate is on, and isn’t going away until the right to life for all Canadians is acknowledged and ensured.

  • National Right to Life News points out the need for RH Reality Check’s Robin Marty to open mouth, insert foot. It’s amazing how the regular bloggers there like Marty and Jodi Jacobson have an incorrect understanding of what Roe v. Wade did. They assume it actually protects children/confers rights after viability as opposed to allowing states to pass laws. If the state doesn’t have a law on the books, there’s no protection:

    Marty writes, “In D.C., an abortion post-viability is allowable for the exact same reasons it is allowed under the established criteria in Roe v. Wade: life or health of the mother.” Let’s stop right there. Marty has just made what used to be known as a “schoolboy error.” (Are we still allowed to say that?) She apparently slipped into thinking that Roe v. Wade itself imposed some affirmative limitations on abortion — by which I mean, some limits that are constitutionally required and that therefore, somehow, are in force everywhere.

    But that premise is entirely erroneous. I am not aware of any attorney, on any side of the abortion issue, who has ever defended such an assertion.

    As far as I know (and I’ve done some reading on this subject), the U.S. Supreme Court has never held, in Roe v. Wade or any other ruling, that any legislative body is required to adopt a limitation on abortion, at any stage in pregnancy, with respect to any jurisdiction. Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, all other abortion-related Supreme Court decisions deal entirely with what limitations on abortion the Supreme Court will permit state, local governments, or Congress to apply to abortion.

  • Michael Hiltzik hits back at the response from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine’s president and chairman to his original column lambasting their misleading ad campaigns. Hiltzik claims his characterization is fair and points to CIRM’s own ads to prove it:

    So let’s look at the record. It may be true that no ads for Proposition 71 used the term “miraculous cures,” but then neither did I. What did the ads promise, however? Several of them have been archived by UCLA, and here’s what we find.

    [The late actor Christopher] Reeve [pictured above with wife, Dana] taped an ad shortly before he died, in which he observed, “Stem cells have already cured paralysis in animals. Stem cells are the future of medicine.”

    Michael J. Fox taped an ad in which he urged, “Vote yes on 71, and save the life of someone you love.”

    Joan Samuelson, a leading Parkinson’s patient advocate, is shown in another ad asserting, “There are more Americans than I think we can count who are sick now, or are going to be sick in the future, whose lives will be saved by Prop. 71.” Shortly after the measure passed, Samuelson was appointed to the stem cell program’s board.

    Do these ads amount to promising “miracles”? Given that the essence of scientific research is that no one can predict the outcome, to assert as fact that “lives will be saved by Prop. 71” is plainly to promise something downright extraordinary, if not outright miraculous.

[Photo via LA Times]

Abortion makes lonely toys cry on Christmas billboard

An AdWeek blogger is one of those who doesn’t like a new pro-life billboard now on display in Toronto, Canada:

OneToronto’s Niagara Region Right to Life organization blames abortion for the “coarsening of politics and civic life,” but they’re the ones guilt-tripping people with sad-toy-themed billboards a week before Christmas.

If this is the only alternative to all the inappropriately sexual Christmas ads I’ve been seeing, then bring on the smut.

Niagara Region Right to Life’s Suresh Dominic told me this morning the organization gets calls from both sides, supporters and opponents, when it erects its controversial crying toy billboard for a month each Christmas season, which it has been doing for five years.

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Breaking: Judge enjoins NYC rule attacking pregnancy care centers

UPDATE, 1:40p: Just spoke with Tom Glessner, founder of National Institute of Family and Life Advocates and also an attorney, and he had great insights: “The court victories against these anti-pregnancy resource center ordinances serve as a turning point in this legal battle. Let all municipal councils beware that attempts to restrict the free speech of prcs now subjects them to serious civil liability risks.”

2:07p: Great news. New York City has become the second of three major cities* where pro-abortion edicts attempting to force pregnancy care centers to post signage that they do not commit abortions are meeting constitutional resistance.

Congrats to LifeSiteNews.com, which broke the story:

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Stanek Sunday quote: “It takes three to make a baby: a man, a woman and the Holy Spirit.” ~ Rev. Jesse Jackson, 1977

[O]nly once in a while do the egg and sperm bring about fertilization. Some call that connection accidental, but I choose to call it providential. It takes three to make a baby: a man, a woman and the Holy Spirit….

Human beings cannot give or create life by themselves, it is really a gift from God. Therefore, one does not have the right to take away (through abortion) that which he does not have the ability to give….

What happens to the mind of a person, and the moral fabric of a nation, that accepts the aborting of the life of a baby without a pang of conscience? What kind of a person, and what kind of a society will we have 20 years hence if life can be taken so casually?

~ Reverend Jesse Jackson, when pro-life in 1977, National Right to Life News op-ed

Newly empowered House pro-life leader calls for investigations of Obama/Clinton for exporting abortions worldwide

On December 21 the “worst nightmare” of abortion proponents was realized when pro-life leader Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) was named chairman of a House subcommittee that is very important to pro-lifers.  I’ll let pro-abort Jane Roberts explain their fears, who wrote at RH Reality Check right after the November election:

And if Chris Smith (R-NJ), an arch enemy of reproductive health and family planning, chairs one of the subcommittees – the Africa and Global Health Subcommittee that has jurisdiction over FP/RH [family planning/reproductive health], our worst nightmare will be realized. He was the one under George W. Bush who engineered the false charges against UNFPA which resulted in 7 years of the U.S. refusal to release funding….

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