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GOP’s Abortion Barbie causes a meltdown – of more than just the GOP


I was leaving the One Voice worship service at the Renaissance Hotel in D.C. Wednesday night, on my way to meet fellow pro-lifers at the Dubliner Pub (dichotomous activities, I know, at least for a Protestant :), when Casey Mattox of Alliance Defending Freedom stopped me in the hall.

“They’re pulling the 20-week ban,” said Casey, “and substituting ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion‘.”

Casey started walking again, but I remained frozen, with my mouth agape, watching Casey until he entered disappeared around a corner.

I knew Rep. Renee Ellmers had tried to slow progress of the Pain Capable Child Protection Act.

But it was beyond the scope of my imagination to think GOP House leadership could be so traitorous, weak, and stupid as to pull a publicly supported landmark pro-life bill they’d publicly promised to sign the following day – during the largest public annual pro-life gathering in the world, and literally in their own backyard.

My shock turned to anger, and at all involved – Ellmers for fomenting a pro-abortion talking point the other side had never even thought of, and House leadership for their “deflated balls,” as Sarah Palin aptly put it, when it came to the pro-abortion cabal, but balls of steel when it came to such a brazen and senseless betrayal of their base.

M001165I learned House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (pictured right) had broken the news to bill co-sponsor Trent Franks earlier in the evening at an inopportunely timed pro-life reception at which McCarthy was scheduled to speak.

Leaving a tearful Franks and pro-life leaders in his wake, McCarthy departed without giving that speech. What could he say?

This led to a tweet that was a bit out of character for me (two Guinnesses helped, I’m sure) but conveying the emotion I felt at the moment, which frankly hasn’t dissipated…

Yesterday morning I woke up crying, and I pretty much haven’t stopped. The emotion of holding the 21-week-old abortion survivor at Christ Hospital has returned.  Maybe I’m experiencing PTSD, dunno. I haven’t been this upset about it in years.

The 20-week ban was so close. It needed to get to Barack Obama’s desk. If he blocked it, well, been there, done that with the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.

But for our own side to abandon these babies, especially when they had the power not to, well, it makes me want to punch somebody.

Well, not really. I had the chance to do that yesterday and passed on it.

19631As I said, I woke up crying. And an idea I had broached with friends at the Dubliner the night before (that’s us brainstorming, right) to protest Ellmers’ office took hold.

More than that, for the first time since I joined the pro-life movement 15 years ago, I felt I was in the midst of an unjust moment in time for which I was willing to commit civil disobedience during the protest – in honor of that baby.

So Reverend Pat Mahoney and I started organizing our protest. And when a reporter oddly but coincidentally asked if I was prepared to be arrested, I said yes.

This piqued the media’s interest. Calls started coming in. “You’re willing to be arrested?” I was asked by MSNBC, CBS, etc.

The prospect also terrified Ellmers’ staffers, I’m told. (By the time of our protest Ellmers had gutlessly left town.)

So when we, together with a group from Students for Life of America, showed up at Ellmers’ office at the appointed time of 3 p.m., news cameras were waiting, and three of Ellmers’ staff stood outside her locked door – to preclude a sit-in – with a bucket of iced refreshments.


So after pro-life spokespersons, including me, made their statements, and Ellmers’ people responded with, “We’re here to listen, we want to hear you,” blah blah blah…


… I was ready for my sit-in but had nowhere to sit but in what was fast becoming an empty hall, which seemed pretty lame.

There were seven capitol policemen ready to arrest me, but their boss told me that would only happen if I broke a window or punched somebody. Otherwise, no.

So unable to civilly but disobediently take a stand for the little 21-weeker who was being cast aside by Republicans, along with thousands of his friends in the name of political cowardice, I glumly left to crash at my daughter’s house, drained from the emotional roller coaster of the past 24 hours, which had started on such a high note and ended with PTSD.

Today I woke up crying again.

This all reminds me of the time the Born Alive Infants Protection Act failed in Illinois for the first time. I was naive and so taken by surprise I began sobbing uncontrollably and had to be led to a bathroom by my friend Fran Eaton to compose myself.

But the first, second, third, and fourth fails of BAIPA were for a reason. Had BAIPA passed without a hitch, the pro-infanticide proclivity of then no-name state Sen. Barack Obama would never have been known. This has served more than one good purpose, I think, for instance to further educate the American public on the barbarism of abortion.

Is it a coincidence that it was only in 2009 that more Americans first told Gallup they were pro-life than pro-choice? And have polled our way five of nine times since? I don’t think so.

So I’ll return to the battle in faith that this setback, too, will somehow work for good.


[Photo of Dubliner via Brandi Swindell; photo of reporters via Andy Moore; photo of crowd via Kristina Hernandez of Students for Life of America; credit for “GOP’s Abortion Barbie”: Erick Erickson]

Some good commentaries to read on this catastrophe:

“Why everyone should be terrified of the GOP’s abortion bill debacle”

“Renee Ellmers says she won’t flip-flop on bill protecting viable infants from late-term abortion”

Planned Parenthood VP’s tweet supporting Republicans’ cave

“Why does @RepReneeEllmers want to protect rapists and abortionists?”

“The pro-life movement must stop being whores of the Republican Party”

Sarah Palin: Ironic that “war on women” mongers mocked daughter’s assault by a man

2012-02-11-gn-palin-sarah-palin-bristol-1It strikes me as bitterly ironic that the same people who tell us there is a “war on women” have no problem laughing at the recording of my daughter crying as she tells police about being assaulted by a man.

~ Sarah Palin, as quoted by Politico, October 24, on the mainstream media’s mockery of daughter Bristol’s recount to police of being attacked, transcribed here:

So we were in a limo. I walk back up. “Did you push my sister?” And some guy gets up, pushes me down on the grass, drags me across the grass. “You slut, you f—ing c—, you f—ing this.” I get back up, he pushes me down on the grass again. And he pulls me by my f—ing feet. And he’s the one that’s leaving and I have my 5-year-old, they took my $300 sunglasses, they took my f—ing shoes, and I’m f—ing just left here?

Here’s video of CNN Carol Costello’s lead-in to the aforementioned audio. Costello has since offered a written apology but has thus far refused to do so on air.

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Stanek wkend Q: Was pro-life congressman right or wrong to out pregnant teen daughter?

Pro-life aBill Cassidy teen daughter pregnant, not getting abortionWhat a tough situation. Be sure to vote your thoughts in the poll at the bottom of this post.

From nola.com, July 3:

The Bill Cassidy Senate campaign announced Thursday that the candidate’s unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant as she prepares for her senior year at a Baton Rouge high school.

Cassidy [is] a Republican congressman from Baton Rouge…. The baby is expected later this summer.

Much like Sarah Palin, who announced that her own unmarried 17-year-old daughter was expecting just before she addressed the Republican National Convention as John McCain’s surprise 2008 vice presidential selection, the Cassidy campaign chose to pre-emptively disclose the information about their daughter’s pregnancy.

The Cassidy campaign provided this statement:

“Earlier this year, Laura and I learned we will become grandparents this summer. Our children have been the greatest blessing of our lives and we welcome our grandchild as a joyous addition to our family. Our daughter now faces a more challenging future than her peers. She has our unconditional love and support.”

The Cassidy campaign didn’t provide additional information.

Palin, the former Alaska governor received mostly praise for the disclosure about her daughter, both from conservative Christian advocacy groups like the Family Research Council and Democrats. Some abortion opponents praised the daughter for not terminating her pregnancy.

It’s likely the information would have come out eventually because of Palin’s high-profile, though ultimately unsuccessful campaign, to be the first woman vice president.

It’s not as certain that word about the Cassidy daughter’s pregnancy would have been disclosed without Thursday’s announcement. But by disclosing the information, the Cassidy campaign can avoid somebody perhaps using social media to reveal the news in a gossipy way.

Both Bill Cassidy and his wife, Laura, are physicians….

Do you agree with how this father (pictured above) handled his daughter’s pregnancy news, given his high profile? Or should he just have remained mum for as long as possible, until word was leaked by another source?

On a personal note, I’d like to congratulate the Cassidy family on their new addition and their brave daughter. Cassidy’s campaign website states he “works to promote the culture of life and protect the unborn.” He and his family are showing they walk the walk.

Palin on Hillary Clinton: Grandbaby could “open her eyes” to life

palin-clintonby Kelli

Just knowing that her daughter Chelsea is pregnant, with a baby – It’s a real baby! – It’s not some disposable something, and I know that’s going to be controversial….

And of all places, it should be in the womb that these babies are protected….

So maybe even on a social issue like that, she’ll open her eyes.

~ Sarah Palin, suggesting that becoming a grandmother has the potential to change Hillary Clinton’s perspective on the sanctity life in the womb, as quoted by CNN.com, May 7

[Photo via strongsuitblog.wordpress.com]

Pro-life blog buzz 2-28-14

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

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • ProWomanProLife says a new study has found that the US and Canada are on the list of the top countries with the fewest protections for preborn life. The other countries on the list are China, the Netherlands, North Korea, Singapore and Vietnam.
  • At New Wave Feminists, Holly Fairchild has some strong words for Texas gubernatorial candidate and late-term abortion cheerleader Wendy Davis:

    Instead of assuming that women are weak and incapable (therefore needing abortion), use your own life as an example and show women how much is possible. Remind them that you don’t regret choosing life and they won’t either. Encourage adoption as a loving alternative for those who don’t believe they can raise a child.


  • Reflections of a Paralytic points out the serious inconsistency in the views of those who fight against genetically modified food but don’t bat an eye at the idea of genetically engineered children.
  • Priests for Life’s Kevin Burke shares the story of David, a post-abortive father in prison for murder and robbery, who believes his downward spiral accelerated after his passive approval of the abortion of his child:

    My consent in the abortion of my daughter was a violation of my natural purpose to protect and provide for my offspring. When this occurred, the split in my personality was a defense mechanism that allowed me to exercise denial, so that I would not have to feel the pain of my decision. This denial was forcing me to overcompensate for the damage I caused to my natural masculine identity. The problem was that this denial also meant that I was denying everything that made me human.

  • Wesley J. Smith tells why he is less than impressed with the new prenatal test touted as able to accurately diagnose Down syndrome:

    A blood test to determine problems would be very good news in a world in which all children are welcomed with unconditional love. For example, Sarah Palin has said that her prenatal testing allowed their family to prepare for her son Trig.Technology is neutral, but our hearts are not. Even though people with Down are among the most loving among us, some want to wipe them off the face of the earth by not allowing any to be born. This test, I am afraid, furthers that goal.

  • At Stand True, Bryan Kemper points out that a recent Rolling Stone piece supposedly debunking falsehoods about abortion seems to have left out some crucial information: the fact that abortion takes the life of a human being.
  • The New Feminism has a frank article about how college students really feel about the hook-up culture:

    They are deeply ambivalent about sex having any significant meaning, and in the context of their mostly ironic culture, they are wary of being duped by grand claims about intimacy, sexual or otherwise. As they say, it’s all “just a thing.” And they have plenty of evidence from their own lives, the lives of their families and friends, and from the wider, sexualized culture to prove it. But when I started to really pay attention to what young adults were saying and doing in their hookups, dating, and relationships, I found what I would call a low- level, grinding despair.

  • Secular Pro-Life shares a graphic which turns the pro-abortion “fetus as parasite” meme on its head:


Pro-life blog buzz 10-4-13

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

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • According to Wesley J. Smith, former VP candidate Sarah Palin had a point when she talked about Obamacare’s “death panels”:

    The assisted suicide advocacy organization, the euphemistically named Compassion and Choices (formerly the Hemlock Society) was deeply involved – by the group’s own account – in drafting portions of the Obamacare legislation. So, could Obamacare lead to greater assisted suicide? You betcha.


  • ProLifeBlogs features an Operation Rescue report about a patient transported by ambulance this week from Summit Medical Center (abortion facility) in Detroit – the second such incident known since March:

    Reginald Sharpe, an abortionist with a long and sordid history, was on duty at the time of the emergency. Sharpe was known to have killed a patient in January, 2008 during a botched second trimester abortion. Sharpe reportedly perforated the woman’s uterus and “cut a uterine blood vessel, lacerated her intestines, and liver.” She died eight days later.

  • Pro-Life Wisconsin posts an article from The Population Research Institute, “[which] provides three reasons overpopulation is a myth, and not an excuse to kill weaker human beings.”
  • ProWomanProLife features a series of articles on remarkable pro-life women, including Marie-Claire Rear, the president of 1Flesh – a “grassroots movement dedicated to bringing great sex to the entire universe through the power of organic family planning.”
  • At Priests for Life, Alveda King discusses the government shutdown over a moral position:

    Now in 2013 the debate is over a ludicrous issue; birth control and easy access to abortions to be paid for with our money, our tax dollars. Oh, it’s all couched neatly and wrapped up in a “health care for all” bow, but it is still all foolishness. I’ve been saying that as the mother of two daughters and grandmother to three precious girls, they don’t need free birth control and easy abortions….

  • At Secular Pro-Life, Alycia Hartley contrasts public response to a fireman saving a kitten from a burning building, and an abortionist who takes photos of aborted babies to send home with their mothers as mementos of the baby that was just killed:

    When we live in a world that is moved by the rescue of a small kitten, yet remains largely unmoved by the daily barbaric killing of pre-born children, something seems very wrong. This disregard towards the unborn finds its epitome in the fact that some parents are not only willing to kill their pre-born children, but to have photographs taken of the murdered baby as a memento.

[Photo via Operation Rescue]

Steyn: Media silence on abortion and infanticide reflects on America

In 2011, I wrote about mass murder at Kermit Gosnell’s abortion “clinic”:MarkSteyn1

… A man is killing actual living, gurgling, bouncing babies on an industrial scale – and it barely makes the papers.

Had he plunged his scissors into the spinal cord of a Democrat politician in Arizona, then The New York Times, ABC, CBS, NBC and everyone else would be linking it to Sarah Palin’s uncivil call for dramatic cuts in government spending.

But “Doctor” Kermit Gosnell’s mound of corpses is apparently entirely unconnected to the broader culture.

And so it goes two years on, at “Doctor” Gosnell’s trial….

[T]he New York Times’ only story on the case is punctilious enough to refer to Gosnell’s victims as “viable fetuses,” and its early paragraphs emphasize the defense’s wearily predictable line that this is a “racist prosecution.” Instead of my Arizona comparison, what about Sandy Hook?

One solitary act of mass infanticide by a mentally-ill loner calls into question the constitutional right to guns, but a sustained conveyor belt of infanticide by an entire cadre of cold-blooded killers apparently has no implications for the constitutional right to abortion….

Gosnell’s murderous regime in Philadelphia reflects on him. The case’s all but total absence from the public discourse reflects on America.

~ Mark Steyn (pictured), National Review Online, March 20

[Photo via last.fm]

2012 Twenty hottest conservative women in the new media

Welcome to the 4th annual 20 Hottest Conservative Women in the New Media…

Do keep in mind that this list only covers women in the new media. That means no Fox News babes, no congressional aides, and no think tankers – unless they have a new media presence as well.

~ John Hawkins, announcing this year’s winners, which include pro-life advocates Lila Rose, Michelle Malkin, Sarah Palin, and Ann Coulter, Right Wing News, June 22