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« Reply #120 on: November 28, 2015, 09:47:13 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/planned-parenthood-shooting-may-one-154235766.html
Planned Parenthood Shooting Wasn't the First — And It Won't Be the Last
11/28/15

On Friday, Robert L. Dear made his way into a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colorado, shooting at civilians and police officers alike, prompting a rush of law enforcement to the area and putting the entire vicinity on lockdown.

Colorado Springs police Lt. Catherine Buckley said Friday at a press conference, "We're not sure of what the connection is to Planned Parenthood."

While the shooter's motives have yet to come to be released, what we do know is that this is not the first violent attack waged at a Planned Parenthood facility, and it likely won't be the last. Mass shootings at Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health clinics might not be common, but violence and harassment are.

In August, police investigated a car fire at a Planned Parenthood construction site in New Orleans. That same month, a man was accused of vandalizing an abortion clinic in Metairie, Louisiana. In September, an arsonist set fire to a Planned Parenthood in Pullman, Washington, that forced the clinic to shut down for at least a month. On Sept. 30, another arsonist targeted a Planned Parenthood in Thousand Oaks, California, smashed a window, poured gasoline inside and then set it on fire.

Attacks and intimidation of women's health facilities and the patients who rely on them aren't new. From 1977 to 2014, there have been nearly 7,000 violent attacks against abortion providers, including bombings, burglaries and murders, according to the National Abortion Federation. It's been six years since George Tiller, one of the few doctors in the United States to provide late-term abortions, was murdered while attending Sunday church.

But the past several months have seen a rise in attacks of every kind, including a notable increase in arson, with four alleged incidents in four months. Planned Parenthood has even been subject to cyber attacks: In July, hackers published the names and email addresses of 333 people associated with Planned Parenthood.

David S. Cohen, Drexel University professor and co-author of the book Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism, told Mic at the time, "Publishing a list like this is just another way for someone out there who wants to do harm — and we know those people exist — to get more information that facilitates their harm."

But what also facilitates that harm is the fanning of flames with extremist language and viewpoints, the kind we've seen recently out of Congress and presidential debates, as conservative lawmakers and politicians use incendiary language and level questionable allegations against Planned Parenthood.


As Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) noted after the arson in Thousand Oaks, "The toxic rhetoric directed at Planned Parenthood has dangerous consequences. It sends a signal that using violence to close clinics and intimidate health care professionals and women is 'OK.' It is not."

Politicians might have a harder time justifying that rhetoric if the violence it ignited was called out for what it is: total, unabashed terror.


We may hesitate to use the word, but the attacks and intimidation — the stalking, the blockading and now the mass shooting — are meant to inflict terror and deny women their rights, not only to abortions but to the myriad other health services offered by clinics like Planned Parenthood, including testing for sexually transmitted infections and cancer screenings.

"In modern Western parlance, that term is used overwhelmingly to describe acts of violence committed by Muslims," Mic's Zak Cheney-Rice previously noted. But when we fail to note other acts of terror when they're committed and call them what they are, we're even less likely to call out the extremism that's prompting them.

As Planned Parenthood noted one day before the shooting in Colorado on Twitter, "We're especially thankful to partners & allies who have refused to let anti-abortion extremism and attacks take us back decades."


So far, Dear's actions have resulted in the deaths of one police officer and two civilians. While we're still waiting for specific clarification of his particular motives, it remains clear that extremism is still alive and well here in the U.S. — and calling it what it is is more urgent than ever.
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« Reply #121 on: November 29, 2015, 12:31:52 am »

Planned Parenthood Condemns Deadly Shooting at Facility Where They Kill Children Up to 18 Weeks

The abortion giant Planned Parenthood has condemned Friday’s deadly shooting at its facility in Colorado Springs where abortionists kill and dismember children up to 18 weeks.

Gunshots were first reported at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood after 11:30 a.m. local time, as the suspect, who has yet to be identified, began shooting at police from the parking lot. He then entered the building and continued firing at law enforcement.

Approximately two dozen people were inside the building when the incident occurred, and police used an armored vehicle to rescue those being held inside.

Just before 5 p.m. local time, authorities persuaded the gunman to surrender. Photographs show a middle-aged man with a white beard in police custody.

Eleven people were injured in the exchange of gunfire, including four police officers. One police officer died from his wounds, as well as two civilians.

Lt. Catherine Buckley told reporters that there are a lot of questions surrounding the incident, as “[w]e do not know about this person’s mentality or ideology.” It is not known whether the man has any past ties to Planned Parenthood or if a family member had obtained an abortion at the location.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains also acknowledged that “[w]e don’t yet know the full circumstances and motives behind this criminal action, and we don’t yet know if Planned Parenthood was in fact the target of this attack.”

“We condemn this heinous act of violence, regardless of the motive behind it,” Planned Parenthood’s Ohio branch also said, remarking that “[n]o one deserves to be a victim of senseless violence, whether it is based on their gender [or] skin color…”

According to the Planned Parenthood website, the Colorado Springs location performs abortions up to 18 weeks. Dilation and evacuation (D&E) is used in second trimester abortions, a procedure where the child’s body is dismembered with forceps, being removed piece by piece and laid onto a tray to ensure all of the parts have been removed from the womb. Medical abortions are also offered up to nine weeks.

In its statement Friday night, while acknowledging that the motives surrounding the incident were not known, Planned Parenthood accused those who oppose the killing of unborn children of causing terror.

“We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country,” said Rocky Mountains President Vicki Cowart in a statement. “We will never back away from providing care in a safe, supportive environment that millions of people rely on and trust.”

Pro-life groups were quick to condemn the violence just as they condemn Planned Parenthood for killing children.

“We believe the way to end serious conflict in a civil society is by ballots, not bullets,” said Brian Johnston, chairman of California ProLife, told reporters. “Whatever the motive of this shooter, this is the wrong way to address the most important issue of our time, and only clouds peoples’ emotions and understanding of what is at stake and how to bring positive change.”

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« Reply #122 on: November 30, 2015, 11:49:35 am »

https://www.yahoo.com/politics/gop-candidates-on-planned-parenthood-shooting-181258448.html
After two days of silence, GOP candidates respond to Planned Parenthood shootings
11/29/15

After two days of near-radio silence over the deadly shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, several Republican presidential candidates addressed the attack Sunday.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee condemned the alleged shooter, 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear, who reportedly told investigators “no more baby parts” when questioned following his arrest Friday.

What he did is domestic terrorism,” Huckabee said in an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. “And what he did is absolutely abominable, especially to us in the pro-life movement, because there’s nothing about any of us that would condone or in any way look the other way on something like this.”

Huckabee contrasted his reaction with Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments following the recent terror attacks in Paris. Kerry said the January assault on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris had a “rationale” that could be understood, while the attacks earlier this month did not.

“We’re not going to have the kind of language that you heard from John Kerry where he talked about legitimizing or rationalizing terrorist actions,” Huckabee said. “There’s no legitimizing, there’s no rationalizing. It was mass murder. It was absolutely unfathomable. And there’s no excuse for killing other people, whether it’s happening inside the Planned Parenthood headquarters, inside their clinics where many millions of babies die, or whether it’s people attacking Planned Parenthood.”

Three people were killed — including a veteran police officer — and 12 others were wounded in Friday’s shootings.

Carly Fiorina — whose controversial comments about Planned Parenthood videos during a Republican debate briefly elevated her candidacy — called the shootings “a tragedy.”

“Nothing justifies this,” Fiorina said on “Fox News Sunday.” “And presumably, this man who appears deranged, if nothing else, will be tried for murder as he should be. But it’s a tragedy, especially on a holiday weekend.“

The former Hewlett-Packard chief executive had called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood in the wake of videos she said showed workers discussing harvesting fetal tissue while “a fully formed fetus [lies] on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking” — a claim that proved to be false.

“We’ve experienced so much hateful language, hateful speech, such a negative environment has been created … around the idea of safe and legal abortion,” Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, said on ABC’s “This Week.” “And we’ve seen that across the country from all sorts of speakers in the last few months. I can’t believe that this isn’t contributing to some folks, mentally unwell or not, thinking that it’s OK to target Planned Parenthood or to target abortion providers.”

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suggested such rhetoric may have inspired the alleged gunman.

“While we still do not know the shooter’s motive, what is clear is that Planned Parenthood has been the subject of vicious and unsubstantiated statements attacking an organization that provides critical health care for millions of Americans,“ the Democratic hopeful said in a statement. “I strongly support Planned Parenthood and the work it is doing and hope people realize that bitter rhetoric can have unintended consequences.


Fiorina fired back.

“This is so typical of the left to immediately begin demonizing the messenger because they don’t agree with the message,” she said. “Anyone who tries to link this terrible tragedy to anyone who opposes abortion or opposes the sale of body parts is … this is typical left-wing tactics.”

Carson on Planned Parenthood shooting: “Hateful rhetoric is detrimental”

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says there is “no question” that hateful rhetoric hurts American society. The neurosurgeon gone politician says presidential candidates on both side of the aisle must act more maturely to engage in intelligent civil discussions.

Dr. Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon-turned-GOP hopeful, described the shootings as a “hate crime” and called for a “rational discussion” from those on both sides of the abortion issue.

“Unfortunately, there’s a lot of extremism coming from all areas,” Carson said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday. “It’s one of the biggest problems that I think is threatening to tear our country apart. We get into our separate corners and we hate each other, we want to destroy those with whom we disagree.”

He added: “You know, all you have to do is go to an article on the Internet and go to the comments section. You don’t get five comments down before people start calling each other names and acting like idiots, you know. What happened to us? What happened to the civility that used to characterize our society?”

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump dismissed the alleged gunman as a “maniac,” but refused to tone down the anti-abortion talk.

“I will tell you there is a tremendous group of people that think it’s terrible, all of the videos that they’ve seen with some of these people from Planned Parenthood, talking about [harvesting fetal tissue] like you’re selling parts to a car,” Trump said. “Now, I know some of the tapes were perhaps not pertinent. I know that a couple of people that are running for office on the Republican side were commenting on tapes that weren’t appropriate. But there were many tapes that are appropriate in terms of commenting on. It looks like you’re talking about parts to some machine or something. And they’re not happy about it.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who referred to Planned Parenthood as a “criminal enterprise” during a GOP debate in September, called Friday’s shootings “unacceptable, horrific, and wrong.“

“We know that police officers and civilians have been targeted and lost their lives, and our prayers are, right now, are with the families,” Cruz said while campaigning in Iowa Saturday. “I have spent much of my adult life working in law enforcement, working against murderers and those who commit violent crime, and that one officer who lost his life is particularly tragic.”

Meanwhile, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is calling for stricter gun control measures in the wake of the shootings.

“We’ve got to try and keep guns out of the hands of people who are violent and unstable,” the Democratic governor said on CNN. “I think we have to come back and look at all aspects of why these shootings have continued to occur — you know, in Oregon or South Carolina or Colorado.”


Hickenlooper added: “The frequency is unacceptable, and … I’m not willing to say, ‘Well, we just have to sit back and accept this as the cost of freedom.’”
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« Reply #123 on: November 30, 2015, 07:45:56 pm »

Pro-Life Groups Concerned as Ben Carson Agrees Pro-Lifers Use ‘Hateful Rhetoric’

Pro-life groups are expressing concern after Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told reporters this weekend that both sides of the abortion issue use hateful language and need to tone it down.

Carson had been asked by CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday about a Tweet from Planned Parenthood that stated that Friday’s shooting in Colorado was caused by “hateful rhetoric” against abortion.

“The increase in hateful rhetoric and smear campaigns against abortion providers and patients creates an environment [that] breeds acts of violence,” the abortion giant wrote on Twitter yesterday.

“There is no question that you know hateful rhetoric no matter which side it comes from—right or left—is something that is detrimental to our society,” Carson replied when asked what his view is on whether “rhetoric” has led to violence at abortion facilities.

“Our strength in this country has traditionally been in our unity, and we are allowing all kinds of circumstances to divide us and make us hateful toward each other,” he continued. “And the rhetoric is extremely immature, divisive and is not helpful when you have outside forces—global Islamic radical jihadists who want to destroy us.”

A number of pro-life groups are now expressing concern about Carson’s statements, stating that he seemed to agree with Planned Parenthood in his remarks.

“Did Carson take his talking points from Planned Parenthood?” asked Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “He completely missed the mark, casting suspicion on pro-lifers who had nothing to do with this tragedy and only furthering the deceitful narrative that the abortion industry has already laid out in the media.”

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“Compassion and love, not violence, are at the heart of the pro-life movement and motivate us to protect life in its stages and we extend that same love and compassion to the victims and their families of this horrible tragedy,” she said.

Ryan Bombarger, the founder of the Radiance Foundation, made similar statements.

“Pro-abortion activists consider any scientifically, historically, or statistically accurate information about the violence of abortion to be ‘hateful rhetoric,'” he said. “Facts are not hate speech, Dr. Carson. Exposing the inner-workings of Planned Parenthood in an undercover investigation isn’t ‘hateful rhetoric’; it enables illuminating and civil discussion about inhumane barbarity.”

“Division is healthy, especially when it delineates right from wrong,” Bombarger continued. “The pro-life movement strives passionately, and peacefully, to educate the American public about abortion because mainstream media, including Face the Nation and certain presidential candidates, won’t.”

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« Reply #124 on: November 30, 2015, 09:07:48 pm »

Leftist media pundits and “doctors” compare speaking out against abortion to murder

 In the aftermath of the attack on a Colorado Planned Parenthood, media pundits, leftist physicians, and top abortion provider officials have gone on the record with their belief that speaking out against abortion in any way is a form of harassment that should be made illegal under threat of government force.

Couple this with the fact that these same media pundits and leftist academics have labeled the attack as “white terrorism” caused by horrible Republicans and you have a transparent portrait of the playbook being used by these control freak authoritarians.

Blame white people. Blame pro-life protesters. Blame the 2nd Amendment. Blame secretly recorded videos. Blame the entire Republican Party.

And of course the most important one of all, vote for Hillary or you hate women and support attacking abortion providers.

Speaking out against abortion now equals violence

In perhaps the most stunning narrative to come out of the left in the aftermath of the shooting at the abortion giant is the claim by multiple “doctors” and media pundits that merely speaking out against abortion is a form of violence on par with an actual shooting.

In an article for the hard left news outlet Slate, OB-GYN physician and medical “journalist” Jennifer Conti makes this startling narrative perfectly clear while also transparently revealing that without this absurd narrative the idea that abortion providers are under attack would be completely debunked.

    As news continues to unfold about Friday’s Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs, one thing is clear: Domestic terrorism remains unchecked, even on the day after Thanksgiving.

    To label this an isolated act of violence would be naïve. In 2015 alone, there has been unprecedented harassment from anti-choice extremists, including most recently, a series of slanderous manipulated videos used to attack Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue donation programs. And now this.

There you have it. In the liberal mind, domestic terrorism against abortion providers is a major issue and the proof of that is not the most recent obviously isolated incident in Colorado but the fact that a pro-life group released videos exposing the horrors of what actually happens inside a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Domestic terrorism is now being redefined as speech that liberals do not agree with and if you do not go along with this sort of new age thought control then you must hate women and want to kill people.

Americans throughout the country now find themselves at a crossroads where their first amendment protected speech is now being redefined in major media outlets as actual terrorism in a disgusting attempt at silencing ALL criticism of abortion.

And make no mistake, these authoritarian liberals are pushing and will continue to push the idea that we need the government to pass new legislation that would make speaking out against abortion a hate crime.

You do not like baby parts being sold so you shared one of the undercover videos on your Facebook page? To people like Conti you are a domestic terrorist.
CNN blatant propaganda

As if labeling speaking out against abortion a form of domestic terrorism wasn’t enough, government propaganda specialists at CNN just couldn’t help themselves in their transparent and lame attempt at convincing the public that the Colorado shooting was the “latest” in a string of attacks on abortion providers.

In reality, there literally hasn’t been an actual attack before Colorado’s Planned Parenthood shooting since 2009.

A report by Truth Revolt exposed this hysterical nonsense by CNN as nothing more than straight up leftist propaganda aimed at convincing Americans to support abortion.

“On CNN, a reporter played the “But if it is” game on whether or not the shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs was the result of the shooter targeting the clinic over their abortion practices, calling it the “latest” such incident,” reported Caleb Howe.

“If this was a targeting of Planned Parenthood it would be the latest in a string of attacks on abortion providing facilities or on doctors who work with them.”



    If it was, you see. But this is a very liberal (pun intended) use of the words “latest” and ‘string”, which imply an ongoing series of attacks. That impression is belied by the information he actually provides to back up his claim.

    The most recent fatal attack was six and a half years ago, Dr. George Tiller, shot and killed inside his church in Wichita, Kanasas, on May 31, 2009.

    If you think that is a reach on the implication of an ongoing pattern of attacks, his next one is even moreso.

    Also in October of 1998 Dr. Barnett Slepian who worked at an abortion providing clinic in Buffalo, New York, he was shot through the window of his kitchen with a high-powered rifle.

    There have also been bombings of abortion clinics in the United States. In January 1998 ….

    Well, you get the picture. 18 years ago next month. The number of fatalities in attacks on abortionists & abortion clinics between January of 2000 and October 2015: One. As of the time of this article, that number has not increased.

This is a perfect example of a major media network hoping its viewers are mostly uninformed idiots who would swallow the obvious lie that a string of attacks equals one attack in 2015 and the next most recent in 2009.

It’s also important to note that all three major cable networks, including Fox News, have aired the outright bullshit being spewed by top Planned Parenthood officials (you know the great people making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year selling abortion) without so much as one rebuttal.

This is allowing the hard left to lead the conversation and to frame speaking out against abortion as actual terrorism.

Police disinformation and obvious cover-up over real shooting motive

In yet another sign that nothing the mainstream media is reporting about this shooting should actually be believed, police “sources” in Colorado have told NBC News that the suspect mentioned “baby parts” in a rant made to police after his arrest.

This claim is being parroted by the mainstream media and hard left news websites as gospel and all the proof they need to continue to claim that merely opposing abortion and actively talking about this opposition is a form of terrorism.

The problem? For starters, anonymous police leaks are notoriously unreliable and are usually done to further whatever agenda the police and or media are already promoting. Think back to any police shooting that eventually was revealed to be illegal and you have these same anonymous leaks from police, always containing information that puts the police in a good light and or further whatever media narrative is being pushed at the time.

Couple this with the fact that the American people are being expected to believe that speaking out against baby parts has led to the shooting in Colorado yet police in the state have already declared their intent to seal the warrants, thus censoring any of the actual information as to why the shooter carried out the attack, and you have all the makings of a cover-up.

If police are so sure that the shooter spoke about baby parts why are they purposefully making it impossible to confirm this claim?

At this point there is literally no actual evidence (high possibility they are “making” this evidence as we speak) that the shooter carried out the attack because he saw the viral undercover videos and even if he did the idea that speaking out against killing babies is a form of violence is absolutely ridiculous and even more proof of the push by the hard left to criminalize any speech they disagree with.

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http://news.yahoo.com/lawmaker-gun-buyers-wait-72-hours-required-getting-211552845.html
12/4/15
Lawmaker to Gun Buyers: Wait the 72 Hours Required Before Getting an Abortion

A Missouri legislator wants to treat gun violence as a public health issue by asking colleagues to consider a bill that would treat gun rights and reproductive rights similarly. Just a day before a mass shooting killed 14 and left 21 injured in San Bernardino, California, Missouri state Rep. Stacey Newman presented a bill proposing to make it as difficult to buy a gun as it is to get an abortion.

“If we truly insist that Missouri cares about ‘all life,’ then we must take immediate steps to address our major cities’ rising rates of gun violence,” Newman said in a statement.

Both St. Louis and Kansas City rank in the top 10 U.S. cities with the highest rates of gun violence, according to St. Louis Magazine. In October, Missouri earned the unfortunate distinction of ranking first in a state-by-state Washington Post study on the number of gun deaths inflicted by toddlers. The state is also home to some of the most extreme restrictions on abortion, such as requiring a woman to wait 72 hours before getting an abortion after initially seeking one—a waiting period shared in length only by South Dakota and Utah. Missouri currently has no waiting period for prospective firearm buyers, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

The bill would require prospective gun owners to meet with a licensed physician to discuss the health risks of gun ownership during the 72-hour waiting period and to buy a gun from a dealer at least 120 miles away from the gun buyer’s home. Gun buyers would also be required to tour a trauma center at the nearest hospital between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., when gun violence victims are most likely to be present, and to meet with two families who have been victimized by gun violence.

“Since Missouri holds the rank as one of the strictest abortion regulation states in the country, it is logical we borrow similar restrictions to lower our horrific gun violence rates,” Newman said.

This isn’t the first controversial bill introduced by Newman: In 2012, she introduced legislation that would have permitted men to get vasectomies only if the procedure would protect them from death or serious injury—another clear comment on abortion access for women. While it’s easy to dismiss both bills—doomed to fail in the Republican-controlled legislature—as campaigns that comment on the state of abortion access, Newman isn’t the first to suggest a public health approach to the crisis of gun violence. In a week when the U.S. experienced its 355th mass shooting of the year, as frustrated and terrified Americans struggle to make sense of the violence, creative responses to the lack of gun control may be welcome.

The American Public Health Association, a scientific research–based policy and advocacy group, has recognized gun violence as a “major public health problem” for more than a decade. A 2001 brief from the organization pointed out that gun violence can be reduced or prevented by using public health tools such as better data collection on firearms policy and violent crime deaths, expanded access to mental health services, and prevention programs in schools and communities.

On Wednesday, the same day as the San Bernardino shooting, a coalition of more than 2,000 physicians called on Congress to remove barriers faced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes for Health to conducting research on gun violence.

“Gun violence is a public health problem that kills 90 Americans a day,” said Alice Chen, executive director of Doctors for America, in a statement. “Physicians believe it’s time to lift this effective ban and fund the research needed to save lives. We urge Congress to put patients over politics to help find solutions to our nation’s gun violence crisis.”
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12/9/15
Planned Parenthood suspect: 'I am a warrior for the babies'

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic stunned a courtroom Wednesday when he declared himself a "warrior for the babies" and said he was guilty and won't go to trial.

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, made the outburst before he was formally charged with 179 counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and other crimes.

Bearded, unkempt and cuffed at the wrists and ankles, Dear repeatedly disrupted the hourlong hearing, interrupting his public defender, Daniel King, and objecting to King's attempts to limit publicity in the case.

King — who represented Colorado theater shooter James Holmes — has asked the judge to impose a gag order on participants in the Planned Parenthood case before a trial.

"You'll never know what I saw in that clinic. Atrocities. The babies. That's what they want to seal," Dear shouted at one point, prompting a deputy to squeeze his shoulder in an effort to quiet him.

"Seal the truth, huh? Kill the babies. That's what Planned Parenthood does," Dear yelled later.

King did not address the outbursts but raised doubts about whether Dear is competent to stand trial, saying defense attorneys wanted investigators to turn over evidence as soon as possible so they could assess the "depth of his mental illness."

"Do you know who this lawyer is?" Dear then exclaimed of King. "He's the lawyer for the Batman shooter. Who drugged him all up. And that's what they want to do to me."

Holmes was on anti-psychotic medication during his trial this year in the 2012 shootings that killed 12 people and wounded 70. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Colorado Springs police have refused to discuss a potential motive in the Nov. 27 attack, which wounded nine. But even before Wednesday's startling outbursts, there was mounting evidence that Dear was deeply concerned about abortion.

He rambled to authorities about "no more baby parts" after his arrest. And a law enforcement official told The Associated Press this week that Dear asked at least one person in a nearby shopping center for directions to the clinic before opening fire. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation and spoke this week to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

On Wednesday, Dear interjected as Judge Gilbert A. Martinez discussed a pretrial publicity order, saying, "Could you add the babies that were supposed to be aborted that day? Could you add that to the list?"

At one point, Dear yelled simply, "Protect babies!"

Later, he accused his attorneys of being in "cahoots" with Planned Parenthood to "shut me up."

"I want the truth to come out. There's a lot more to this than for me to go silently to the grave," he shouted.

Dear has lived in remote locations without electricity or water and was known to hold survivalist ideas.

One of his three ex-wives, Barbara Mescher Micheau of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, said he vandalized a South Carolina abortion clinic at least 20 years earlier, announcing to her that he had put glue in the locks of its doors, a common protest technique among activists trying to shut down abortion clinics.

Killed in the attack were Garrett Swasey, 44, a University of Colorado-Colorado Springs officer who rushed to the scene; Ke'Arre Stewart, 29, an Iraq war veteran who was accompanying someone at the clinic; and Jennifer Markovsky, 35, who also accompanied a friend at the clinic.

Five other officers were shot and wounded in the rampage.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said Monday that responding officers rescued 24 people from inside the clinic building and helped remove 300 people from surrounding businesses where they had been hiding while the shooting unfolded.

Martinez set the next hearing for Dear for Dec. 23. A first-degree murder conviction can lead to life in prison or the death penalty.

At the end of Wednesday's hearing, the judge looked at Dear and said, "Are you finished?"
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Support for Legal Abortion at Highest Level in 2 Years

Support for legal abortion in the U.S. has edged up to its highest level in the past two years, with an Associated Press-GfK poll showing an apparent increase in support among Democrats and Republicans alike over the last year.

Nearly six in 10 Americans — 58 percent — now think abortion should be legal in most or all cases, up from 51 percent who said so at the beginning of the year, according to the AP-GfK survey. It was conducted after three people were killed last month in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado.

However, just over a third of Americans want laws on abortion to be stricter than they are now, the poll shows, while a quarter think they should be less strict.

While support for legal abortion edged up to 40 percent among Republicans in this month’s poll, from 35 percent in January, the survey found that the GOP remains deeply divided on the issue: Seven in 10 conservative Republicans said they want abortion to be illegal in most or all cases; six in 10 moderate and liberal Republicans said the opposite.

Count 55-year-old Victor Remdt, of Gurnee, Illinois, among the conservatives who think abortion should be illegal in most cases. He’s adopted, and says he “wouldn’t be here talking” if his birth mother had opted for abortion rather than adoption. Remdt, who’s looking for work as a commercial driver, said he’d like to see abortion laws become more restrictive but adds that he’s not a one-issue voter on the matter.

John Burk, a conservative Republican from Houston, Texas, is among those whose position on abortion is somewhere in the middle. He reasons that banning the procedure would only lead to “back-alley abortions.” But he’s open to restrictions such as parental notification requirements and a ban on late-term abortions.

Burk, a 59-year-old computer programmer, said he tracks his beliefs on the issue to his libertarian leanings and the fact that he’s not religious. He doesn’t see the nation coming to a resolution on the divisive issue any time soon, saying hard-liners on both sides of the question are entrenched and “they’re never going to change.”

Related: Bill Nye Says Yes to Reproductive Rights and Vaccination, No to Vitamins

Among Democrats, 76 percent of poll respondents now think abortion should be legal all or most of the time, up slightly from 69 percent in January.

Independents are more evenly split, with 54 percent saying abortion should be legal all or most of the time, edging up from 43 percent in January.

For Larry Wiggins, who describes himself as a liberal Democrat from Henderson, North Carolina, legal access to abortion should be — but isn’t — a settled matter.

“A woman has the right to decide what she wants to do with her body,” he said flatly. “I don’t think the government has the right to interfere.”

Nefertiti Durant, a 45-year-old independent voter from Columbia, Maryland, sees abortion as more complex matter, calling it “kind of a Catch-22.” She thinks a woman should have the right to choose abortion but she’s “not so keen on the fact that just anybody can go and have an abortion.” She worries that young people may not understand the effects of the procedure, and the “deep issues” that go along with it.

Still, she said, abortion is legal and “let’s just leave it at that. … I don’t think it’s a matter of discussion.”

It undoubtedly will be up for discussion, though, in a presidential election year. All of the Republican presidential candidates say they favor restricting abortion rights. The Democratic candidates support broad abortion rights.

Related: Texas Law Leads to Thousands of Women Giving Themselves Abortions

Interest in the issue picked up this year after anti-abortion activists began releasing undercover videos they said showed Planned Parenthood personnel negotiating the sale of fetal organs.  Planned Parenthood said any payments were legally permitted reimbursements for the costs of donating organs to researchers, and it has since stopped accepting even that money. Republicans have sought to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, and several GOP-governed states have tried to block Medicaid funding to the organization.

Overall, the poll found, 45 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood, and 30 percent have an unfavorable opinion. A quarter said they don’t know enough about the organization to say.

The AP-GfK Poll of 1,007 adults was conducted online Dec. 3-7, using a sample drawn from GfK’s probability-based KnowledgePanel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. Respondents were first selected randomly using telephone or mail survey methods, and later interviewed online. People selected for KnowledgePanel who didn’t otherwise have access to the Internet were provided access at no cost to them.
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Government to probe fetal tissue research after Planned Parenthood scandal

A federal watchdog will conduct a full audit of all fetal tissue research supported by the federal government in the wake of Planned Parenthood's video scandal.

The watchdog will look into grants awarded for human fetal tissue research projects primarily doled out by the National Institutes of Health. It will primarily center on whether the grants violate any federal requirements.

The probe, announced Tuesday by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is in response to a letter sent by Paul and 34 other senators in October. The investigation will be conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General.

The senators wanted the audit after a series of undercover videos showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting and donating of aborted fetal body parts.

The undercover videos, produced by the anti-abortion activist group Center for Medical Progress, sparked questions from lawmakers over whether Planned Parenthood profits from aborted fetal body parts, which is illegal under federal law.

The women's health and abortion provider has repeatedly denied that it profits, saying that it only gets compensated for costs such as transportation. The organization has since ceased such donations after the scandal erupted with the videos.

Paul said he was happy that the watchdog would investigate Planned Parenthood.

"Planned Parenthood selling body parts of the unborn demonstrates that the organization deserves not one penny more of our taxpayer dollars, and I am confident this investigation will give further proof of that," the presidential candidate said. Paul currently ranks sixth in the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings.

While the senators' letter had spurred the investigation, Planned Parenthood had previously suggested such an inquiry. President Cecile Richards had said in July that such a review could help ensure the medical community was held to the highest standard possible.

The organization said Tuesday that it applauded the announcement of an investigation into fetal tissue research. It also reiterated that Planned Parenthood has never sold fetal tissue for profit.

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Federal judge blocks Arkansas restrictions on abortion pill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday granted a two-week restraining order against an Arkansas law restricting use of the so-called abortion pill, one day before the statute was to go into effect.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which operates two clinics in Arkansas, had challenged the law and U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker heard arguments on Wednesday before granting on Thursday the group's request for a temporary stay preventing the law's enforcement.

The judge will hear further arguments, but in her ruling said Planned Parenthood had a substantial chance of prevailing in its contention that the statute is an unconstitutional infringement on a woman's right to obtain an abortion.

Attempts to restrict abortion in Arkansas have intensified in recent years as Republicans took control of both chambers of the legislature and, in January, the governor's office.

State law now requires pre-abortion counseling and a 24-hour waiting period before the procedure.

    The law the judge ruled on Thursday, which was approved by the state legislature in March, would require organizations or individuals dispensing mifepristone to maintain a contract relationship with a physician who has hospital admitting privileges. It also stipulates that the patient receive two more doses of the drug than the four presently required by law.

    Mifepristone is intended to induce miscarriage when taken in the first two months of pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood also maintained that the extra dosage is clinically unnecessary and thus imposes an undue financial burden.

The group said it had tried without success to establish contract relationships with physicians, relating in court papers that doctors were fearful to enter into such an agreement with Planned Parenthood for fear of reprisals.

    "At this early stage of the proceeding, the court finds that, in the case of medication abortion, any benefit of admitting privileges in terms of continuity of care is incrementally small," Baker wrote in her ruling.

    The judge also took issue with the state's contention that the extra dosage was necessary.  She said the law appeared to be based on "inaccurate, incomplete, irrelevant, or outdated" data.

The state argued that the law was necessary to protect women's health.

    Governor Asa Hutchinson, who signed the bill into law, said he hoped the judge would reverse her decision after hearing further arguments.

    "Planned Parenthood places a premium on the convenience of abortion providers over the health and welfare of women seeking these procedures," Hutchinson said.
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Kansas Becomes Eighth State to Defund Planned Parenthood

During his State of the State address on Tuesday, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced that he has ordered the state Department of Health and Environment to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, making Kansas the eighth state to do so.

“In 2011, I signed legislation stopping most taxpayer funding from going to Planned Parenthood. The time has come to finish the job,” he declared.

The move is reportedly due in part to a series of undercover videos released last year by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) that show officials with Planned Parenthood from various locations across the country nonchalantly discussing the strategic removal of baby bodily organs so that they can meet the demand of scientific corporations.

“Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of baby body parts is antithetical to our belief in human dignity,” Brownback stated, noting that he has consequently directed Kansas Department of Health Secretrary Susan Mosier to “ensure that not a single dollar of taxpayer money goes to Planned Parenthood” for Medicaid. He also asked legislators to submit a bill that would enshrine the move into state law.

“We must keep working to protect our most innocent Kansans, the unborn,” Brownback declared. “We have become the shining city on the hill and the champions of life. … Kansas was founded on the principal that every life has dignity, that every life has beauty, that every life has value.”

The governor, a Roman Catholic, also posted about his move on Facebook, reiterating that “[t]rafficking of ‪#‎babybodyparts‬ is antithetical to our belief in human dignity. No more Kansas Medicaid dollars will go to Planned Parenthood. ‪#‎defundpp‬ ‪#‎prolife‬”

Planned Parenthood currently receives approximately $61,000 in Medicaid reimbursement by the state each year.

Elise Higgins, a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, said that the group will fight Brownback’s efforts.

“I am disappointed on behalf of the women who rely on us for health care that the governor has chosen to make them his political scapegoat,” she told the Associated Press.

But others applauded the move.

“Not one more penny should go to Planned Parenthood, a scandal-plagued abortion business that does not provide comprehensive health care services for women,” said Casey Mattox of the religious liberties group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in a statement. “Gov. Brownback’s directive will terminate funding for Planned Parenthood, freeing up money for more widely available and more comprehensive low-cost healthcare options for women and families in Kansas.”

As previously reported, Planned Parenthood outlined in its annual report released at the end of December that the organization performed 323,999 abortions nationwide during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The organization was founded in 1921 by Margaret Sanger, which was originally known as the American Birth Control League. She later changed the name as some found it offensive.

“Birth control appeals to the advanced radical because it is calculated to undermine the authority of the Christian churches,” she wrote in a 1920’s newsletter. “I look forward to seeing humanity free someday of the tyranny of Christianity, no less than capitalism.”

Sanger, who was a staunch advocate of eugenics, also wrote in “The Pivot of Civilization,” “Constructive” eugenics … shows us that we are paying for and even submitting to the dictates of an ever increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all—that the wealth of individuals and of states is being diverted from the development and the progress of human expression and civilization.”

“The emergency problem of segregation and sterilization must be faced immediately,” she said. “Every feeble-minded girl or woman of the hereditary type, especially of the moron class, should be segregated during the reproductive period. Otherwise, she is almost certain to bear imbecile children, who in turn are just as certain to breed other defectives.”

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Average Age of New U.S. Moms at All-Time High

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NEW YORK (AP) — The average age of first-time mothers is at an all-time high in the U.S — over 26.

The change is largely due to a big drop in teen moms. But more first births to older women also are tugging the number up, said T.J. Mathews of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

He’s the lead author of a report released Thursday that put the average age at 26 years, 4 months for women who had their first child in 2014.

STORY: 54-Year-Old Woman Gives Birth to Her Own Granddaughter

The government began tracking the age of new mothers around 1970 when the average was 21. It’s been mostly climbing ever since, and spiked in about the last five years.

The number rocketed immediately after a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion, which is used mostly by young unmarried women. Also fueling the rise were improvements in birth control and greater opportunities for women, experts said.

STORY: Two-Foot-Tall Newborn Tips Scales at More Than 12 Lbs.

“Women are staying in school longer, they’re going into the workforce, they’re waiting to get married, and they’re waiting to have kids,” said John Santelli, a Columbia University professor of population and family health.

“It’s been going on in the U.S. since the 1950s,” and in many other countries as well, he added.

Overall, the average age of first-time moms has been rising in every racial and ethnic group, and in every state. Since 2000, some of the most dramatic increases were for black mothers and for moms living along the West Coast.

However, the Northeast still has the highest average ages. Topping the list are Massachusetts and the District of Columbia, each at about 29, and Connecticut and New York, at or near 28.

STORY: 44-Pound Baby Weighs as Much as a 5-Year-Old

In New York’s Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn — an enclave for families with young children — older moms are common.

Pushing a stroller on a frigid Wednesday morning, Meisha Welch said she didn’t have the first of her two children until just after her 38th birthday.

“Many of my friends I grew up with, we all have small children,” said Welch, now 42. “We had children at what in the past may have seemed like an older age. But now it feels more average.
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New Polling Reveals Voters’ Opposition To Abortion Restrictions

Many voters aren’t aware of the state-level assault against abortion access that’s been advancing over the past few years — and once they learn more about the trend, they say they’re opposed to it, according to new polling released this week.

States have passed hundreds of separate restrictions on abortion since 2010. In fact, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a think tank that tracks reproductive health policy, the past five years account for more than one-quarter of all anti-abortion laws passed since Roe v. Wade first legalized the procedure more than four decades ago.

But the new poll, which was commissioned by the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH), found a big information gap here. Fifty-five percent of respondents said they didn’t know about this recent rush of state-level legislation.

In order to get participants up to speed, researchers provided them with information from the Guttmacher Institute detailing the different categories of new state laws that make it more difficult to access abortion:
abortion poll

After receiving this information, most respondents indicated that they disagreed with the recent trend. Nearly two-thirds of participants said these state laws are going in the “wrong direction.” And, when asked to choose one word to describe their reaction to the list of new state restrictions, many chose words like “unfair,” “wrong,” “disgusted,” “ridiculous,” and “angry.”

“There is a misguided assumption that the public is divided on abortion, and that abortion restrictions have the tacit approval of the voters,” Andrea Miller, the president of NIRH, said in a statement. “But when the public learns about the staggering intensity of such laws against abortion, which place women’s safety, autonomy and dignity in jeopardy, they become outraged.”

NIRH’s new research — which was a national survey based on the information the organization previously collected from focus groups in eight different states — takes a different approach to gauging Americans’ attitudes about abortion than traditional polls typically do.

Most major pollsters ask Americans whether they consider themselves to be “pro-choice” or “pro-life.” They also tend to ask respondents whether their beliefs align with one of the following four categories: Abortion should be legal in all cases; abortion should be legal in most cases; abortion should be illegal in most cases; or abortion should be illegal in all cases.

According to NIRH, that line of questioning doesn’t deliver accurate results. It’s been clear for quite some time that Americans’ complicated views on abortion don’t fit neatly into pro-choice and pro-life labels. And questions about abortion’s legality aren’t as relevant to politics or policymaking as questions about abortion’s accessibility — after all, state lawmakers can’t overturn Roe v. Wade altogether, but they can enact an increasing number of restrictions that make it quite difficult for women to exercise the right to choose in practice.

In a previous interview with ThinkProgress, NIRH’s Miller said that finding effective ways to close the information gap about the recent trend in anti-abortion legislation could eventually move voters to take action.

“When people see the current state of affairs, in terms of what kinds of laws are in place and what women need to do if they want to get an abortion, they’re shocked and appalled and they want it to change,” Miller said. “The attacks that have been happening are ultimately an overreach so far beyond where the American public is. Awareness of that overreach,

I think, will result in a tremendous power surging forward.”

The results of the new poll hint at this potential future: More than half of participants said they plan to pay close attention to political candidates’ positions on reproductive health issues now that they’ve heard more about the current state landscape.
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The Pro-Choice Movement Just Scored a Major Win in Arkansas
1/21/16

Not everything should make a comeback.

In February 2013, Arkansas passed the strictest abortion ban in the country via the Human Heartbeat Protection Act, a bill that made it illegal for women to receive an abortion after 12 weeks if doctors could detect a heartbeat. According to Mother Jones, two doctors had challenged the bill in the lower courts, which prevented it from ever going into effect.

Nearly three years later, supporters of the bill in the Arkansas Legislature, which at the time overrode then-Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto, were still fighting to appeal the decision. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court told them tough luck and threw out a petition for the court to reconsider the ban.

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The Latest: Abortion rights backers hail Kansas court ruling
1/22/16

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The latest on the Kansas Court of Appeals decision on whether to allow the state's first-in-the-nation ban on a common second-trimester abortion method (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

A national abortion-rights group says the Kansas Court of Appeals has issued a groundbreaking ruling in blocking enforcement of a ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure.

The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights noted that the Friday decision was the first time an appellate court in the conservative state said the Kansas Constitution protects abortion rights independently of the U.S. Constitution.

The decision was 7-7, allowing a trial-court judge's injunction against the 2015 law to stand.

Other abortion rights advocates also hailed the decision. Julie Burkhart, founder of the group Trust Women and the South Wind Women's Center, says she's elated.

Burkhart says "women deserve the right to access necessary reproductive health care without undue governmental interference."

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11:15 a.m.

An anti-abortion leader and a top Kansas legislator are dismayed by a Kansas Court of Appeals ruling that blocks enforcement of the state's first-in-the-nation ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure.

David Gittrich of Kansans for Life said his group will work to oust Kansas Court of Appeals judges in elections later this year. Gittrich says the judges aren't accountable to voters, but "they will be accountable to God."

Kansas Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce says he can't imagine a scenario where the framers of the Kansas Constitution meant to legalize abortion.

Appeals court judges split 7-7 in a ruling Friday over whether the Kansas Constitution protects abortion rights independently of the U.S. Constitution. The split means a lower court judge's injunction blocking the law remains in effect.

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10 a.m.

The Kansas Court of Appeals ruled in a split decision that the state's constitution protects a woman's right to an abortion independent of the rights granted by the U.S. Constitution.

The court made the statement Friday in a 7-7 ruling that maintains a temporary hold on the state's first-in-the-nation ban on a common second-trimester abortion method.

Tie votes from the appeals court uphold the lower-court ruling being appealed. That means seven judges agreed with a lower court judge, who ruled that the Kansas Constitution's Bill of Rights has general statements about personal liberties that create independent protections for abortion rights.

___

9:40 a.m.

The Kansas Court of Appeals has refused to allow the state's first-in-the-nation ban on a common second-trimester abortion method to take effect.

The court released the ruling Friday, the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.

A lower court put the law on hold last year. The state's second-highest court upheld that decision Friday, though an appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court is expected.

The case comes in a lawsuit filed by two abortion providers who say the 2015 law unconstitutionally burdens women seeking abortions.

The law prohibits doctors from using forceps or similar instruments on a live fetus to remove it from the womb in pieces. The Center for Reproductive Rights says the procedure is the safest and most common second-trimester abortion method in the U.S.

___

1 a.m.

The Kansas Court of Appeals is deciding whether to allow the state's first-in-the-nation ban on a common second-trimester abortion method.

The court is expected to release its decision Friday, the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.

The lawsuit was filed by two abortion providers who said the 2015 law unconstitutionally burdens women seeking to end their pregnancies. A lower court has temporarily put the law on hold.

At issue is whether the Kansas Constitution's broad language about individual liberty protects abortion rights.

The law prohibits doctors from using forceps or similar instruments on a live fetus to remove it from the womb in pieces. The Center for Reproductive Rights says the procedure is the safest and most common in the U.S. in the second trimester.
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Justices won't let North Dakota enforce tough abortion law
The Supreme Court will not allow North Dakota to enforce a law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected as early as 6 weeks into a pregnancy

1/25/16

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to review lower court rulings overturning North Dakota's ban on abortion at six weeks of pregnancy — before many women know they're pregnant.

The justices turned away the state's appeal of decisions striking down the 2013 fetal heartbeat law as unconstitutional. The law never took effect, and abortion-rights supporters said it was the strictest anti-abortion measure in the country.

The high court last week rejected Arkansas' bid to enforce its own fetal heartbeat law, banning some abortions at 12 weeks. Both measures had been struck down by a unanimous panel of three judges appointed by President George W. Bush to the St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

"We knew it was unlikely and it came as no surprise," North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said of the high court's refusal to review the case.

The Supreme Court gets about 7,500 requests each year but takes on fewer than 100 cases.

"It was a long shot," Stenehjem said. "And it's the end of our litigation on this issue. Even some of staunchest pro-life groups agree there isn't much more we can do at this point."

The appeals panel judges said the laws were inconsistent with the standard set by the Supreme Court that generally ties abortion restrictions to the viability of the fetus. But they urged the Supreme Court to re-evaluate its abortion cases to take account of changes in medicine and science, and the wishes of elected state lawmakers. The current framework "discounts the legislative branch's recognized interest in protecting unborn children," Judge Bobby Shepherd wrote for the panel, which included Judges William Benton and Lavenski Smith.

North Dakota's Republican-dominated legislature approved the law in 2013, though it was quickly put on hold after the state's lone abortion clinic, the Red River Clinic in Fargo, filed a lawsuit that July.

Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple has called the law "a legitimate attempt by a state Legislature to discover the boundaries of Roe v. Wade." But opponents called it an attempt to shutter the clinic that is backed in its legal fight by the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Nancy Northrup, president and CEO of the New York-based group, praised the high court's refusal to review the law.

"This utterly cruel and unconstitutional ban would have made North Dakota the first state since Roe v. Wade to effectively ban abortion," she said in a statement.

North Dakota lawmakers set aside $400,000 to defend lawsuits arising from a spate of new abortion laws in 2013, and the Legislature added another $400,000 last year. Records obtained by The Associated Press show the state had used $320,029 to defend the abortion laws as of December, most of which was spent on the fetal heartbeat measure.

No new abortion measures were introduced by the Legislature last year, after two of the most ardent anti-abortion state lawmakers were ousted by voters in the highly religious red state.

"Lawmakers need to know that citizens care about all issues, not just one," said Stenehjem, a Republican seeking the nod for governor to replace Dalrymple, who is not seeking re-election.

The Fargo clinic, which performs about 1,250 abortions a year, is served by out-of-state physicians licensed to practice in North Dakota. The nearest other abortion clinics are four hours south to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and four hours away in Minneapolis.
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Appeals court upholds health care law contraceptive mandate

By the Associated Press | February 20, 2016 | 4:45 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court in Atlanta on Thursday upheld a contraceptive mandate included in the president's health care law but is delaying the implementation of its ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court can weigh in on the issue.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to reject challenges to the mandate in a single opinion addressing two separate cases, one filed by nonprofit organizations affiliated with the Catholic Church in Georgia and the other by Catholic broadcaster Eternal Word Television Network in Alabama.

The organizations had argued the mandate and a related rule against those entities would violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, which prohibits the government from imposing a substantial burden on a person's religious practice.

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments March 23 on the question, and the 11th Circuit said the mandate and associated opt-out rule should not be enforced against the Georgia and Alabama organizations until the high court rules.

Under the health care law, most health insurance plans have to cover all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives as preventive care for women, free of cost to the patient. Catholic dioceses and archdioceses are exempt from the mandate, but the other affiliated organizations, including schools, charitable institutions and hospitals are not.

Those groups are required to submit a form to their third-party insurers saying they object to the coverage. The insurer will then make the coverage available at no cost to the institution or the employee.

The religiously affiliated groups had claimed that this requirement was overly burdensome to their practice of their religion because it makes them a party to something that is against their religion.

"Congress included the contraceptive mandate in the ACA to improve women's health and public health generally. There is no evidence whatsoever that the mandate was enacted in an attempt to restrict religious exercise," Circuit Judge Jill Pryor wrote in the majority opinion.

In a dissenting opinion, Circuit Judge Gerald Tjoflat decried government efforts to "force them to participate in a complicated regulatory scheme."

"Doing so, these parties sincerely believe, would make them complicit in violating the sanctity of human life," he wrote.

EWTN chairman and CEO Michael P. Warsaw said in an emailed statement that the broadcaster is extremely disappointed.

"This decision by the Court of Appeals ignores the arguments that EWTN and numerous plaintiffs around the country have made with regard to this mandate," he said. "In effect, this decision orders EWTN to violate its religious beliefs and comply with the government's HHS mandate or pay massive fines to the IRS."

EWTN, which has studios in the Birmingham suburb of Irondale, offers programming available in more than 140 countries and territories.

Lawyers for the Georgia Catholic organizations did not immediately respond to after-hours emails seeking comment Thursday.
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Georgetown is a JESUIT university!

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“Catholic” Georgetown University Defends Hosting Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards

The Cardinal Newman Society broke the news yesterday that the Lecture Fund at Georgetown University invited Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President Cecile Richards to campus this April. The University defended its decision to allow Richards to speak on campus in a statement released today citing Georgetown’s commitment to “the free exchange of ideas.”

“As the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university, Georgetown University is proud to be a university that deeply values our faith tradition and that encourages the free exchange of ideas,” according to the statement. “We respect our students’ right to express their personal views and are committed to sustaining a forum for the free exchange of ideas, even when those ideas may be difficult, controversial or objectionable to some.”

“They said the same thing when Larry Flynt and Barack Obama spoke at Georgetown,” Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly told CNSNews.com in response to Georgetown’s statement. “Besides a clear bias in the choice of speakers, there’s no sense of moral truth, which is the central point of a Catholic university. Either you accept Catholic moral teaching as true or you do not. In the case of Georgetown, they simply do not.

“In bringing in someone with such a horrendous record of not only advocating ideas that would be contrary to Catholic teaching, but is herself responsible for the deaths of more than two million babies under her watch, Georgetown demonstrates that it does not understand the nature of a Catholic university,” Reilly added.

As the Newman Society reported yesterday, PPFA’s records of “abortion services” disclosed in annual reports show that Richards has overseen the deaths of over 2.8 million babies since taking charge of the organization in 2006. The number of reported abortions increased steadily from 2006-2011 before waning in recent years.

“Ms. Richards is not being paid to speak,” Georgetown’s statement continued. “Student groups may invite any outside speakers and guests to campus. An appearance of any speaker or guest on campus is not an endorsement by the university.”

The University added: “We work very hard to ensure that [Catholic and Jesuit] values maintain a privileged place in our community while at the same time providing a forum that does not limit speech either in the content of the view being expressed or the speaker expressing the view.”

And despite a long history of Catholic identity abuses, including many documented by the Newman Society in the current academic year, Georgetown’s statement asserted, “Our Catholic and Jesuit identity on campus has never been stronger.”

According to the University’s Speech and Expression Policy, there are some limits the administration is willing to impose on free speech.

“The right of free speech and expression does not include unlawful activity or activity that endangers or imminently threatens to endanger the safety of any member of the community or any the community’s physical facilities, or any activity that disrupts or obstructs the functions of the University or imminently threatens such disruption or obstruction,” the policy states. “Moreover, expression that is indecent or is grossly obscene or grossly offensive on matters such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation is inappropriate in a university community and the University will act as it deems appropriate to educate students violating this principle.”

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But the policy goes on to stipulate that “these qualifications are naturally subject to interpretation,” and students can file an appeal to the vice president for student affairs through a “Speech and Expression Committee” if they believe the policy has been misapplied.

Many would argue that Richards, as the head of an organization that kills human beings on a daily basis, is a far more controversial speaker than pornography tycoon Flynt, whom the Georgetown Lecture Fund hosted in 1999.

During that controversy, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, who at the time was Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, criticized Georgetown and then-President Father Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., for allowing Flynt to speak on campus.

Speaking on behalf of Cardinal James Hickey, who was out of the country at the time, Bishop Lori said Flynt speaking at Georgetown is “utterly contrary to the Catholic identity of Georgetown University. The university’s actions are indefensible.”
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The Incredible Extent Of Planned Parenthood’s Hatred For Human Life Revealed

Ms. Arellano and Planned Parenthood are not advocating for abortion as it is already legal and Hillary Clinton is very much in favor of it. No, what has Ms. Arellano so incensed is that Clinton has the audacity (pun intended) to actually refer to that "growing lump of cells" in a pregnant woman's body as a child, a baby, a (gasp!) human being. Unwittingly, Arellano revealed in a moment of time the true agenda of the rabid Left in America. Death by doctors.

4/4/16

The trail of Planned Parenthood blood that flows through the streets of America via abortion is catastrophic, with no end in sight.

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:” Matthew 5:21 (KJV)

Let me just say at the outset that this is not an anti-abortion article, it goes far deeper than that. No one will argue that abortion in America, while a sin according to the Bible, is quite legal and readily available. We all get that. But information has recently come across our desk that is actually breathtaking in it’s scope when you consider the full ramifications of it.

The other day, a Planned Parenthood political advocacy executive changed her identification on Twitter after she slammed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for referring to a “fetus” as an “unborn child” and saying she is open to restrictions on abortion later in pregnancy. Diana Arellano, manager of community engagement for Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, tweeted Sunday that Clinton “calls a fetus an ‘unborn child’ & calls for later term restrictions,” a statement Arellano says “further stigmatizes #abortion.”

Now let that sink in for a moment. Ms. Arellano and Planned Parenthood are not advocating for abortion as it is already legal and Hillary Clinton is very much in favor of it. No, what has Ms. Arellano so incensed is that Clinton has the audacity (pun intended) to actually refer to that “growing lump of cells” in a pregnant woman’s body as a child, a baby, a (gasp!) human being. Unwittingly, Arellano revealed in a moment of time the true agenda of the rabid Left in America. Death by doctors.

Margaret Sanger co-founder and the demonic Negro Project:

Margaret Sanger, hero to the Liberal Left in America, was an evil, bitter, jaded old woman who hated babies, but most of all hated black babies. On many levels she was worse than Hitler because her legacy is much more far-reaching, and her total number of “kills” makes Adolf look like a rank amatuer. Her infamous ‘Negro Project’ is still being carried out to this day.

Modern day America is a fractured, lost, and hopelessly confused society. The ruling elite fight tooth and nail for the “rights” of the LGBTQP movement to be given, and yet, has absolutely no love, respect or compassion for the smallest of our citizenry, unborn babies. In Nazi Germany, Hitler said that the Jews were “subhumans” that had no soul and deserved any horrible act that came their way. That thinking led to 11,000,000 people killed in the Nazi concentration camps, and when it was found out the world rightly recoiled in horror. Yet, the statistics on the number of aborted babies far and away exceeds those killed in concentration camps in WWII.

Number of abortions in America and worldwide:
•Number of abortions in the United States today – 2,693
•Number of abortions in the United States since Roe v. Wade – 58,870,500
•Number of abortions by Planned Parenthood so far in 2016 – 84,472
•Number of black babies aborted since 1973 – 17,661,151
•Number of abortions globally since 1980 – 1,410,428,839 source


On NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, Clinton told host Chuck Todd, “the unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.”:


My position is in line with Roe v. Wade, that women have a constitutional right to make these moment intimate and personal and difficult decisions based on their conscience, their faith, their family, their doctor. And that it is something that really goes to the core of privacy. And I want to maintain that constitutional protection. Under Roe v. Wade as you know there is room for reasonable kinds of restrictions after a certain point in time. I think the life, the health of the mother are clear. And those should be included even as one moves on in pregnancy. So I have been — I’ve had the same position for many years.

When asked by Todd “when or if” an unborn child has constitutional rights, Clinton responded:


Well, under our laws currently, that is not something that exists. The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights. Now, that doesn’t mean that we don’t do everything we possibly can in the vast majority of instances to, you know, help a mother who is carrying a child and wants to make sure that child will be healthy, to have appropriate medical support. It doesn’t mean that, you know, don’t do everything possible to try to fulfill your obligations. But it does not include sacrificing the woman’s right to make decisions. And I think that’s an important distinction that under Roe v. Wade we’ve had refined under our Constitution.

The trail of blood that flows through the streets of America via abortion is catastrophic, with no end in sight. Planned Parenthood and it’s supporters have a deep and abiding hatred for human life whose roots are so deep that calling it a ‘child’ provokes waves of anger from them.

Planned Parenthood is nothing more than a modern-day altar to Molech, and the slaughtered children their daily sacrifice to him.

In 1926, Sanger spoke at a Ku Klux Klan rally in 1926 in Silver Lake, New Jersey. Following the invitation, Sanger describes her elation after receiving multiple speaking requests from white supremacy groups. She writes of the experience on page 366 of her book, An Autobiography:


I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan … I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses … I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak … In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.

We will leave you with a quote from Sanger, who when asked how she felt about the unborn babies of the poor, had this to say about them:

“They are…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ’spawning… human beings who never should have been born.”


And that’s exactly why Planned Parenthood and it’s supporters get enraged when you call the unborn baby a ‘child’. Because to them it is not a child, it’s a weed, a piece of garbage that needs to be disposed of.

Mark my words, one day Planned Parenthood will be more than just the number one source of dead babies in America. One day they will perform euthanasia on any and all of those poor souls deemed ‘unfit to live’ under the dictates of the Obamacare death panels.

That day is surely coming.
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California Attorney General’s Office Searches Apartment of Man Behind Planned Parenthood Expose’

Representatives from the California attorney general’s office searched the apartment of the pro-life investigator behind the series of expose’ videos on Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and sale of aborted children.

“The California Attorney General’s office, led by Kamala Harris, [who] Planned Parenthood supported with thousands of dollars, is now searching David’s apartment,” the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) posted on Facebook on Tuesday.

As previously reported, David Daleiden, the director of CMP was indicted in January on a felony charge of “tampering with a governmental record” for creating a fake driver’s license in conducting his undercover investigation, as well as a misdemeanor count related to the purchasing of aborted babies.

Daleiden, 27, had posed as a representative of a fetal tissue procurement company in order to engage in discussions with Planned Parenthood officials as a potential buyer of bodily organs. He recorded the interactions, conducted at various locations across the country, as part of his “human capital” investigative series that was released last July.

The first of nearly a dozen videos was released by CMP featured Planned Parenthood Medical Director Deborah Nucatola, who nonchalantly munched on salad and sipped wine as she talked about adjusting the child so as not to crush certain organs due to the demand for the body part.

“I’d say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps,” she explains.

“[Y]ou’re just kind of cognizant where you put your graspers,” Nucatola outlines. “You try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that—-you know. We’ve been very good at getting the heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so ‘I’m not gonna crush that part. I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.’”

The second video showed Mary Gatter, the president of Planned Parenthood’s Medical Directors Council, haggling with the undercover investigators about the compensation for the fetal organs, laughing, “I want a Lamborghini.” Other footage showed an actual aborted baby being dissected in a dish, with an assistant declaring, “Another boy!” and another video showed an abortionist laughing about how harvesting an intact baby head would be “something to strive for.”

Planned Parenthood apologized for the insensitive “tone” of the first video, but denied that it profits from its agreements with scientific organizations. It soon announced that it would stop receiving reimbursement for “expenses” surrounding the provision of body parts of aborted babies. The abortion giant argued that the dead babies were beneficial in research to find cures for diseases.

On Tuesday, Harris’ office searched Daleiden’s apartment and seized all of his videos from the undercover investigation. Daleiden posted a statement afterward, remarking that the investigation is lopsided as Harris’ office ignored information surrounding the working relationship between former buyer StemExpress and Planned Parenthood. StemExpress discontinued its work with the abortion giant after CMP released videos revealing its involvement with the organization.

“Today, the California Attorney General’s office of Kamala Harris, who was elected with tens of thousands of dollars from taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood, seized all video footage showing Planned Parenthood’s criminal trade in aborted baby parts, in addition to my personal information,” Daleiden wrote.

“Ironically, while seizing my First Amendment work product, they ignored documents showing the illicit scheme between StemExpress and Planned Parenthood,” he said. “This is no surprise—Planned Parenthood’s bought-and-paid-for AG has steadfastly refused to enforce the law against the baby body parts traffickers in our state, or even investigate them—while at the same time doing their bidding to harass and intimidate citizen journalists.”

Daleiden vowed to “pursue all remedies to vindicate [his] First Amendment rights.”

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Planned Parenthood Donated $81,000 to Kamala Harris, Who Ransacked David Daleiden’s Home

Since the California Department of Justice, under the leadership of Democratic State Attorney General Kamala Harris, searched the home of David Daleiden on Tuesday, there have been numerous news stories noting an apparent conflict of interest in Harris’ investigation of Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress that ignores obvious evidence of illegal conduct on the part of Planned Parenthood.

California authorities seized a laptop and hard drives containing the video footage collected during Daleiden’s 3-year investigation of Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the illegal sale of aborted baby remains, according to a written statement made by Life Legal Defense Foundation, which is helping to defend Daleiden.

Harris, a pro-abortion Democrat, chose to focus her investigation on Daleiden and his associates rather than Planned Parenthood, even though the video footage so far released by Daleiden’s Center for Medical Progress shows clear evidence that Planned Parenthood was illegally altering abortion procedures to endure intact organs targeted for harvesting then selling the organs for profit.

Operation Rescue has obtained evidence that supports accusations that Harris’ investigation was politically retaliation, and that the raid on Daleiden’s home represents a frightening attack on free speech, freedom of the press, and our precious guarantee of equal (not biased) protection under the law.

SIGN THE PETITION: Drop the Charges Against David Daleiden and Charge Planned Parenthood

Records obtained from the California six California Planned Parenthood organizations along with several individuals from around the nation who have identified themselves as Planned Parenthood Board Members, have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Harris’ election campaigns over the past five years, both to Harris’ campaigns for Attorney General and her current campaign for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Planned Parenthood organizations that have contributed funds to Kamala Harris’ political campaigns include:

    • Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles
    • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest PAC
    • Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties PAC
    • Vote Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific
    • Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte Candidate PAC

In total, over $81,000 has flowed into Harris’ campaign coffers from Planned Parenthood and other abortion promoters. She owes these people for her political livelihood.

Harris has shown that she is a puppet of radical leftists with Planned Parenthood and the rest of the Abortion Cartel paying for the right to pulling her strings.

Kamala Harris Abortion Cartel Contributions

https://www.scribd.com/doc/307336860/Kamala-Harris-Abortion-Cartel-Contributions

But what could have motivated Harris to order the raid now?

Life Legal Defense Foundation pointed to an OpEd column published by the LA Times on March 25, 2016, where so-called “journalist,” Robin Abcarian, chided Harris for taking so long to take action against Daleiden.

“Over the last few days, advocates for reproductive rights have wondered aloud during interviews whether Harris’ campaign to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate has anything to do with her apparent lack of urgency on this case,” Abcarian wrote. She concluded her missive by asking, “But what is Atty. Gen. Harris waiting for? I’d sure love to know.”

Abcarian also took to task Operation Rescue president, Troy Newman, repeating blatantly false accusations that Operation Rescue may have been somehow involved in the murder of late-term abortionist George Tiller in 2009, and that Newman believed the killing of an abortionist should be considered “justifiable homicide.”

In parroting this dishonest pro-abortion propaganda, which was fabricated to destroy a pro-life organization that has been very effective at documenting and exposing abortion abuses, Abcarian has only destroyed her own credibility as a journalist.

Obviously, there is little if any evidence of reading comprehension, contextual analysis, or critical thinking skills in her prattling.

But there is evidence that Abcarian was acting as a surrogate for an impatient Planned Parenthood, urging Harris to quickly move on Daleiden. So move Harris did.

But if large amounts of campaign financing from Planned Parenthood, the NAF, and abortion promoters isn’t enough to see that Harris is working to protect Planned Parenthood and punish those who are calling attention to their misconduct, one need only look at Harris’ own website.

Harris is promoting her petition to “protect” Planned Parenthood “and the important work it does.”

“Once again, we need you to take a stand and join Kamala in defending Planned Parenthood,” the petition states.

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So, by her own admission, Kamala Harris’ goal is to “protect” Planned Parenthood, and one way she appears to be doing that is by misusing her authority as State Attorney General to silence the one who is inflicting the most damage on Planned Parenthood’s carefully crafted veneer of legitimacy and respectability.

Dispatching eleven law enforcement agents to toss Daleiden’s home and confiscate his journalistic work product was an oppressive overreach of the kind that harken to mind terms like “Gestapo” and “reign of terror.”

Operation Rescue is calling for the resignation of Kamala Harris for her conflict of interest and agenda-driven abuse of power. In what is supposed to be a country that cherishes First Amendment Freedoms, her brand of political corruption and heavy-handedness against those with which she ideologically disagrees, makes her unfit to serve as Attorney General, U.S. Senator, or even as dog catcher.

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Pro-Life Groups Demand Kamala Harris Resign After Raiding David Daleiden’s Home, Stealing Videos

Pro-life groups are calling on the California attorney general to resign as her ties to Planned Parenthood become increasingly apparent.

On Tuesday, in what appears to be a politically motivated move, officials from California AG Kamala Harris’s office raided the home of David Daleiden, the undercover investigator who exposed Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of aborted babies’ body parts. Officials with Harris’ office took personal property from Daleiden — including camera equipment and copies of unreleased Planned Parenthood videos.

Daleiden, the head of the Center for Medical Progress, has been a target of abortion activists and their political friends ever since he released the first undercover video last summer showing a top Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of aborted babies’ body parts. Since then, CMP has released a dozen undercover videos of the abortion giant’s employees and partner research groups, exposing their horrendous baby body parts trade. However, pro-abortion politicians have been ignoring the evidence of wrong-doing at Planned Parenthood and attacking CMP instead.

SIGN THE PETITION: Drop the Charges Against David Daleiden and Charge Planned Parenthood

Susan B. Anthony List and other pro-life groups believe Harris abused her government power to go after Daleiden, according to Politico.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement that Harris ought to drop her bid for U.S. Senate and resign from her current position.

“The fact that Ms. Harris is seizing private property of a pro-life California activist who has exposed horrific practices conducted by Planned Parenthood, which donated thousands to her last campaign, while her Senate campaign promotes and defends them — the nation’s largest abortion provider — is a conflict of interest and abuse of government power,” Dannenfelser said. “Ms. Harris should resign from her attorney general post and end her bid for the U.S. Senate. She has abused her government office and no longer deserves the public trust.”

Since the news of the raid hit the mainstream media, information has surfaced about Harris’s close connection to Planned Parenthood. The abortion group and its partners donated more than $81,000 to Harris’s election campaigns, according to documents obtained by Operation Rescue.

Harris also was endorsed by the pro-abortion National Organization for Women. NOW describes her as a “longtime, vocal supporter of Planned Parenthood” who promised to investigate CMP and fight for taxpayer funding of the abortion business.

Here is more from the report:

    The call from SBA follows similar ones this week from the anti-abortion group Students for Life of America and Concerned Women for America.

    “California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who sent agents to raid the home a citizen journalist who exposed Planned Parenthood’s practices of harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies, is using her Senate campaign website to advocate for the abortion giant, promoting a petition to defend Planned Parenthood,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said in a statement Wednesday.

    “Kamala Harris is engaged in the highest level of corruption and abuse of power. While she uses her KGB-like tactics to seize personal property of an innocent American citizen, the Concerned Women of America CEO and president said in a statement Thursday. “The American people and the citizens of California have had enough of corrupt politicians who abuse their power for political gain.”

    And in a statement Tuesday, Daleiden accused Harris of not investigating Planned Parenthood because of her political ties.

    “This is no surprise — Planned Parenthood’s bought-and-paid-for AG has steadfastly refused to enforce the law against the baby body parts traffickers in our state, or even investigate them — while at the same time doing their bidding to harass and intimidate citizen journalists,” Daleiden said in a statement. “We will pursue all remedies to vindicate our First Amendment rights.”

Politico reports Harris’s office would not comment about the situation.

Harris oversaw the raid — but she has significant conflict of interest problems. She is funded by Planned Parenthood and her web site is currently promoting a petition for the abortion business.

“To storm into a private citizen’s home with a search warrant is outrageously out of proportion for the type of crime alleged.  It’s a discredit to law enforcement, an oppressive abuse of government power,” said Matt Heffron, a former federal prosecutor in Phoenix AZ and now a legal adviser to David Daleiden.

Daleiden’s legal team at the Life Legal Defense Fund highlighted the issues with Harris in an email to LifeNews:

    “California Attorney General Kamala Harris has obtained a warrant to search and seize David Daleiden’s property in retaliation for his investigation into Planned Parenthood’s trade in fetal body parts. Harris threatened to pursue Daleiden after the first undercover video was released last July and is now making good on her threat,” it said. “Yesterday, Department of Justice agents searched David’s home and took away many of his personal belongings.”

    “The timing of the warrant appears suspect, as only days ago the Los Angeles Times taunted Harris by asking ‘What’s taking California so long?’ to dispense ‘swift poetic justice’ to David Daleiden,” it added.

    “Kamala Harris is a staunch supporter of Planned Parenthood and has received campaign donations from numerous Planned Parenthood affiliates. These affiliates are the beneficiaries of millions of dollars in state and federal funds annually—a portion of which is funneled into political campaigns so the billion-dollar abortion cartel can call in favors as needed,” Life Legal continued.

It added:

    In video after video, David Daleiden exposes Planned Parenthood officials skirting or violating federal and state laws governing fetal tissue harvesting. The CEO of California-based StemExpress is shown discussing “making it financially beneficial” for abortion providers to sell aborted tissue to fetal tissue brokers. StemExpress is currently resisting requests from Congress seeking information related to buying the bodies of intact and dismembered human fetuses aborted at California Planned Parenthood facilities.

    Nevertheless, California’s Attorney General has decided that her loyalty to Planned Parenthood requires her to turn a blind eye to the abortion giant’s unlawful activity. Instead, she has launched an inquisition into David Daleiden, starting with the seizure of his private property and papers.

    In contrast, when an undercover investigation of a meat-packing plant revealed potential violations of the law, Kamala Harris defended legislation to stop the barbaric treatment of animals. At no time fit the Attorney General’s office call for an investigation into the undercover journalist who exposed the illegal activity.

Daleiden is facing politically-motivated attacks on multiple fronts. Earlier this year, a Texas grand jury whose task was to investigate Planned Parenthood turned on the pro-life citizen journalist instead.

A Texas grand jury indicted Daleiden and another pro-life activist, Sandra Merritt, behind the videos. Instead of prosecuting Planned Parenthood for selling aborted baby parts, Daleiden was indicted for buying them.

Daleiden rejected a deal for probation on those charges in February, and his attorney said he demands an apology from the Texas district attorney who filed the bogus charges.

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GOP Congressman: The Relentless Investigation Into Planned Parenthood Is A Waste Of Time And Money

This week, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) submitted an appropriations amendment that would have defunded the House panel currently investigating Planned Parenthood over allegations the organization is selling “aborted baby parts.”

The amendment was defeated 28-20 — but for the first time, a Republican congressman crossed party lines and voted to end the congressional investigation into the women’s health care provider.

Rep. David Jolly (R-FL), currently vying for Marco Rubio’s open Senate seat, voted for McCollum’s amendment. Defending his vote on Facebook, Jolly said that the committee is an unnecessary use of millions of taxpayer dollars and of Congress’ time.

“The truth is, we already have had three panels look into the matter and we don’t need a fourth. We’re either a party of less government or not,” he said.

The Select Panel on Infant Lives, named by the conservative lawmakers who initially formed it, was convened following allegations made last summer by the Center for Medical Progress’ widely-debunked sting videos.

The central claim made in those videos — that Planned Parenthood illegally profits off fetal remains — has not been substantiated despite numerous state and federal investigations. In January, after a months-long investigation, a Texas grand jury decided not to indict Planned Parenthood and moved to indict the videographers who made the sting videos instead.

Across the aisle, many Democrats in Congress have already denigrated the ongoing investigation as a waste of time and money. In April, 98 Democratic lawmakers wrote to the chairman of the committee and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) urging that the committee be disbanded, saying it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars and is serving “no other purpose than to carry out politically-motivated attacks on Planned Parenthood.”

However, the House panel continues to operate, going after not only Planned Parenthood but also the scientists who use fetal tissue for medical research, searching for the cure to debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) even compared the crusade to the Salem witch trials.

"This time, those being burned at the stake are our scientists, who hold future medical breakthroughs in their hands," said Speier at a March hearing convened by the committee. "They are joined by brave women’s health care workers who are simply trying to care for their patients."

Though repeated investigations have turned up no credible evidence of wrongdoing, 24 states have moved forward with attempts to cut off Planned Parenthood funding anyway -- a move that, since Planned Parenthood does not use federal funding to provide abortions, in reality means cutting off federal funding for family planning services like birth control, STD testing, and cancer screenings. In April, the Obama administration warned all 50 states that attempts to strip funding from Planned Parenthood is likely illegal.
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5/20/16
Oklahoma governor vetoes bill criminalizing abortion

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed legislation to make it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion, a measure that would have effectively outlawed the procedure in the state.

In vetoing the measure just a day after the Legislature passed it, Fallin, a Republican who opposes abortion, said it was vague and would not withstand a legal challenge.

"The bill is so ambiguous and so vague that doctors cannot be certain what medical circumstances would be considered 'necessary to preserve the life of the mother,'" Fallin said. "While I consistently have and continue to support a re-examination of the United States Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, this legislation cannot accomplish that re-examination."

The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Nathan Dahm, said the measure was aimed at ultimately overturning the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Dahm said he was considering whether to try to override the governor's veto, which would require a two-thirds majority in each chamber, a threshold it did not meet in the House when it first passed. The bill passed on a 33-12 vote in the Senate with no debate on Thursday; it passed 59-9 in the 101-member House on April 21.

"Of course I'll consider it," Dahm said. "I'm weighing my options."

The bill would have made it a felony punishable by up to three years in prison for anyone who performs an abortion, including doctors. State law already makes it a felony for anyone who's not a doctor to perform an abortion, and Dahm's bill would have removed the exemption for physicians.

The bill, which abortion-rights group Center for Reproductive Rights said was the first of its kind in the nation, also would restrict any physician who performs an abortion from obtaining or renewing a license to practice medicine in Oklahoma.

Dahm had said Thursday after the bill's passage that he hoped it could lead to overturning Roe v. Wade.

"Since I believe life begins at conception, it should be protected, and I believe it's a core function of state government to defend that life from the beginning of conception," said Dahm, from Broken Arrow.

But abortion-rights supporters — and the state's medical association — said the bill was unconstitutional. Sen. Ervin Yen, an Oklahoma City Republican and the only physician in the Senate, described the measure as "insane" and voted against it.
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restrictions in Major Win for Abortion Rights
6/27/16
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The Supreme Court ruled in favor of abortion rights groups Monday, striking down a Texas law that imposed restrictions on abortion providers in the state that forced the vast majority of clinics to close.

The 5-3 ruling in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt is a major win for abortion rights groups. It struck down a Texas law, called HB2, saying it imposed an "undue burden" on women seeking abortions in the state.

HB2 created stricter standards both for doctors performing the procedure and the clinics that offer abortions, and ultimately shuttered three-quarters of the state's abortion clinics.

Abortion rights groups said the law was specifically written to shutter clinics and thwart women's access to obtain a legal abortion, a right granted by the landmark Roe v. Wade case.

The state department of health, led by John Hellerstedt, said the law was intended to protect women's safety when seeking an abortion.
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Pro-choice Child sacrifice advocates just won the biggest Supreme Court abortion case in decades

In a huge victory for the pro-choice movement, the Supreme Court voted 5-3 Monday to strike down two major anti-abortion provisions that were part of an omnibus anti-abortion law Texas passed in 2013.

The court's ruling in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt also strikes a blow to a strategy by the pro-life movement to limit abortion access incrementally, through state laws.

To provide abortions at any stage of pregnancy, the provisions forced doctors to have "admitting privileges" with a nearby hospital (which are difficult to get for abortion providers specifically), and forced clinics to undergo often expensive renovations to become "ambulatory surgical centers," which haven't been demonstrated to make abortion safer (though abortion is already quite a safe medical procedure.)

While pro-life advocates said these laws made abortion safer for women, their most significant effect was forcing roughly half of the state's abortion clinics to close. The overwhelming consensus from doctors is that the laws had no medical benefit, and actually made abortion less safe because they forced quality clinics to close for no compelling medical reason.

The central constitutional question was: Did the policies put an "undue burden" on women when they are forced to drive hundreds of miles because their nearest clinic has closed due to regulatory hurdles?

The Court found that it did.

"Both the admitting-privileges and the surgical-center requirements place a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, constitute an undue burden on abortion access, and thus violate the Constitution," read the decision.

"I am beyond elated," said lead plaintiff Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman's Health, in a statement on Monday. "Every day Whole Woman’s Health treats our patients with compassion, respect and dignity—and with this historic decision, today the Supreme Court did the same. We’re thrilled that justice was served and our clinics stay open."

What the opinion said

The majority opinion, authored by Justice Stephen Breyer, said that neither restriction "offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes."

In short, there was no good evidence in the record to support Texas's key argument: that admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical centers make abortion safer for women. Abortion already has an extremely low complication rate, and performing it in surgical centers doesn't change that. Furthermore, admitting privileges do nothing to give women easier access to a hospital in the rare event of a major complication.

Breyer noted that HB2 was basically a solution in search of a problem. Before HB2 was passed, abortion in Texas had been "extremely safe with particularly low rates of serious complications and virtually no deaths occurring on account of the procedure." And even Texas's own solicitor general admitted that there was no evidence in the record of even one woman who would have gotten better treatment as a result of the laws.

Meanwhile, the majority found, there was good evidence that the requirements put a "substantial burden" on women seeking abortion. Under the landmark 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision, which upheld Roe v. Wade but weakened its legal standards, states were allowed to pass laws designed to convince women to change their mind about having an abortion. But, crucially, those laws couldn't actually stand in women's ways and present an "undue burden" to accessing the procedure.

"In our view, the record contains sufficient evidence that the admitting-privileges requirement led to the closure of half of Texas’ clinics, or thereabouts," the majority opinion read. "Those closures meant fewer doctors, longer waiting times, and increased crowding."

Many women also had to drive much farther to reach their nearest clinic than they would have before HB2.

Increased driving distances alone don't necessarily constitute an "undue burden" under Casey, the opinion noted: "But here, those increases are but one additional burden, which, when taken together with others that the closings brought about, and when viewed in light of the virtual absence of any health benefit, lead us to conclude that the record adequately supports the District Court’s 'undue burden' conclusion."

The Court also found that there was just no way the nine remaining surgical centers could do the work 44 clinics had done before HB2 was passed. The centers would have to increase their capacity about fivefold, and the state didn't present evidence that this would be feasible.

As Ruth Bader Ginsburg put it in her concurring opinion, "It is beyond rational belief that H. B. 2 could genuinely protect the health of women." She added that women may resort to "unlicensed rogue practitioners" if abortion is severely limited, "at great risk to their health and safety."

Dissenting were Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts. Thomas was the only justice who would have actually voted to uphold the Texas laws; the other two would have remanded the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for additional findings.

The dissenting justices argued that the majority's opinion had procedural problems, and that it "simply disregards basic rules that apply in all other cases." Thomas wrote separately to argue that the Court has a "habit of applying different rules to different constitutional rights — especially the putative right to abortion."


Background of the case

If the Supreme Court hadn't intervened, a ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals would have immediately closed 10 clinics in the state last year, leaving just nine ambulatory surgical centers to do the work that more than 40 clinics used to do.

The Fifth Circuit had overturned a District Court injunction blocking the admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical center requirements from going into effect. The Fifth Circuit did allow a limited exception to the admitting privileges requirement for one clinic in McAllen, Texas, but it only applied to one 75-year-old physician, who would have then become the only abortion provider in four counties.

Pro-life leaders had aimed for a 5-4 decision in their favor, which could have meant a sweeping, nationwide validation of anti-abortion laws like the ones in Texas. But with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the composition of the court, a 4-4 split was the most pro-life advocates could hope for.

Such a split would have still spelled trouble for abortion providers in Texas. It would have probably meant that those 10 clinics would close for good. It also probably would have spelled trouble for Louisiana abortion providers, since Louisiana is also in the Fifth Circuit's jurisdiction and has passed similar laws (which are also currently blocked by the Supreme Court). And it would have meant inconsistent nationwide policy, where some states are allowed to pass laws like these and others aren't.

This ruling should be able to prevent other states from passing admitting privilege or ambulatory surgical center laws, which are some of the most popular tools that anti-abortion lawmakers currently use to limit the procedure at the state level.

It should also invalidate similar laws that other states have already passed — particularly Louisiana, where the Supreme Court recently blocked similar restrictions, and Mississippi, where the last remaining abortion clinic in the state has been threatened with closure. But that process is not automatic and will have to be litigated, since each state has slightly different laws and circumstances. The clinics in those states will remain open while the litigation continues.

The decision could jeopardize other anti-abortion laws among the hundreds that states have passed in the past five years, although the extent of this isn't yet clear. For now, many other anti-abortion provisions remain law, including in Texas. Other provisions in HB2 still stand — including a ban on abortion after 20 weeks, and severe restrictions on how medication abortion is dispensed.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, in typical fashion, was the Court's swing vote. He's voted to uphold abortion rights in the past, more or less, but it's well known that he generally opposes abortion as a practice. In this case, however, he voted for abortion access.
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