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« Reply #60 on: January 05, 2014, 04:06:23 pm »

It seems like being labeled as a "conservative" nowdays is nothing but an oxymoron - ultimately, look at all the propaganda these institutions are indoctrinating the youth with in recent years. And it's not just the public schools, even worse it's the Babel church buildings indoctrinating children with their "youth groups" and Sunday School/Vacation Bible School materials.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/gops-young-guns-program-backs-pro-abortion-pro-gay-marriage
GOP's 'Young Guns' Program Backs Pro-Abortion, Pro-Gay Marriage Candidates for Congress
December 13, 2013 - 11:58 AM

(CNSNews.com) – Although the Republican Party Platform opposes abortion and same-sex marriage, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is backing and promoting through its "Young Guns" program two congressional candidates who are homosexual, and who support same-sex marriage and abortion.

In addition, one of the "Young Guns" candidates, Carl DeMaio, has received $15,000 from the political arm of House GOP leaders Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), while the other candidate, Richard Tisei, “has won the support of the entire House Republican leadership, including a $5,000 check from the PAC run by the vice-presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)," reported the Washington Post.

Richard Tisei, who is “married” to his male partner Bernie Starr, in Edgartown, Mass., is running for a congressional seat in the 6th District in the Bay State.   Carl DeMaio is running for a congressional seat out of San Diego, Calif.

DeMaio, who is openly gay, supports abortion and same-sex marriage.  In a press release, he said, “I see myself as a 'new generation Republican' who wants to challenge the party to focus on pocket-book, economic and quality of life issues in a more positive and inclusive way, rather than issues that are, frankly, none of the government's business in the first place.”

Tisei supports same-sex marriage and is pro-abortion, having received a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. The NRCC is spending money on television ads attacking Tisei's opponent, Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.), as is YG Action, a political action committee founded by former aides to House Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), reported the Washington Post.

Concerning Tisei’s congressional run, Cantor told the Washington Post, "We all came here from somewhere. It is the opportunity that drew us here, and he will have every bit of opportunity, as an openly gay Republican, as any other Republican. I told him, we're fully behind him. I'm supportive of his candidacy and look forward to serving with him."

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced on Nov. 21 that Tisei and DeMaio were among 36 candidates placed "On the Radar" level of the "Young Guns" program.

"‘On the Radar’ is the first level of the committee’s ‘Young Guns’ program, and will help to provide candidates and their campaigns the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents," states the NRCC. "As participants in this program, these candidates will continue to work with the committee and the program’s original founders to ensure that their campaigns remain competitive, well-funded and communicative within their districts."

The NRCC also provides a website page, "Young Guns," with photos and links to individual pages for the 36 "On the Radar" candidates.  The page states that "On the Radar candidates are individuals running in competitive congressional seats. They have met the minimum threshold in campaign organization and show potential to achieve greater status in the program as the cycle progresses."

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« Reply #61 on: January 17, 2014, 05:41:31 am »

Birmingham, Alabama Abortion-Free for Now as Planned Parenthood Closes

Birmingham, Alabama is abortion free for now, as the sole abortion clinic there, run by Planned Parenthood, has temporarily closed. If it stays closed this is the second closure of an abortion clinic in 2014.
 
Local pro-life activist Fr. Terry Gensemer of CEC For Life tells LifeNews that sidewalk counselors report that the facility does not appear to have performed abortions since before Christmas. One counselor confirms that she has only seen a handful of patients show up in the past four weeks, none of which stayed long enough to have an abortion.


“But that’s just the start. On December 30th, after the facility was closed for several days, pro-lifers on the sidewalk witnessed the facility’s director being escorted from the building, followed by a repairman changing all of the locks. Three days later, a sign from Planned Parenthood Southeast (PPS) appeared stating that the facility would be closed until January 6th, 2014. After the 6th, sidewalk counselors say the facility did reopen, but only briefly,” Gensemer explained.
 

As of Tuesday, PPS posted yet another sign, now reading: “We apologize for the inconvenience, but this facility is temporarily closed.” The PPS website also removed the facility’s hours of operation schedule, as well as adding a note that reads: “Services at our Birmingham health center are temporarily slowed.”Gensemer hopes the closure will be permanent.
 

He told LifeNews, “This Planned Parenthood should have been closed long before today. It already has a lawsuit pending from a woman left infertile after the abortionist ignored her ectopic pregnancy and performed an abortion on her empty womb. Before that, the facility was caught in a round of scandal for allegedly covering up cases of statutory ****. For the sake of everyone this facility continues to harm, we are praying it remains closed.”
 


He said if the facility does remain closed, Birmingham will be the largest metropolitan area in the country free of abortion clinics – a prayer that many in the city have waited decades to see answered.
 
Ed Carrick, Director of Birmingham 40 Days for Life, comments, “We’ve done numerous prayer campaigns outside of this facility. The goal of any 40 Days campaign is to arrive at the start date and have no abortion facility at which to hold your campaign. A final shutdown would not only be an answer to many years of dedicated prayer, it would be a miracle for the city. We give God the glory for every day Birmingham remains free of these clinics.”
 


The Planned Parenthood website has removed all operating house for the Birmingham abortion facility and has noted the following:
 

Services at our Birmingham health center are temporarily slowed. Please call (205) 322-2121 for more information about our other locations.
 
“The term ‘slowed’ to them means ‘stopped’ to everyone else. In typical Planned Parenthood ‘new-speak,’ they just can’t admit they are closed and that their facility director was given the ‘perp walk.’ Obviously there are serious issues at the Birmingham Planned Parenthood and we are grateful for the respite in their grisly abortion business,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Planned Parenthood organizations around the country have a history of financial malfeasance, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case in Birmingham, given the way the facility director was removed from the building.”
 
Other troubles have plagued the Birmingham Planned Parenthood abortion business. An incompetent abortion that left a patient unable to bear children and a series of deficiency reports noting conditions and practices that endangered the public prompted Life Legal Defense to file a complaint with the Alabama Department of Public Health in September 2012, on behalf of the CEC for Life, Operation Rescue, and Alabama Physicians for Life.
 
Operation Rescue also filed a formal complaint against the Birmingham Planned Parenthood’s abortionist, Aqua Don E. Umoren, for incompetence and negligence related to the incompetent abortion, which was done on a woman suffering an ectopic pregnancy that Umoren failed to diagnose with disastrous consequences to the patient. That case remains open.
 
“We join the CEC for Life and other local groups in praying that the Birmingham Planned Parenthood abortion clinic never reopens,” said Newman. “Its permanent closure would protect the public from suffering further abortion abuses there.”
 
The Planned Parenthood facility is the second abortion clinic closure in 2014. Earlier this month, the Ft. Wayne Women’s Health Center in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, was the first surgical abortion clinic to officially shut down in 2014, following a record-breaking year where 87 surgical abortion clinics permanently closed.

http://www.lifenews.com/2014/01/16/birmingham-alabama-abortion-free-for-now-as-planned-parenthood-closes/
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« Reply #62 on: January 17, 2014, 11:52:00 am »

Sadly, for every 1-2 minor victories, there are much more major losses. Didn't the USSC strike down an AZ anti-abortion law recently?

Ephesians 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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« Reply #63 on: January 31, 2014, 01:15:03 pm »

http://health.yahoo.net/news/s/nm/planned-parenthood-in-alaska-sues-state-official-over-abortion
Planned Parenthood in Alaska sues state official over abortion
1/29/14

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Planned Parenthood in Alaska sued the state health commissioner on Wednesday over new regulations that prevent state Medicaid from covering elective abortions.

The new regulations, set to go into effect on Sunday, require abortion doctors who receive Medicaid payments to certify that a procedure is "medically necessary" to prevent serious risk to the woman's health, or that the patient is a victim of **** and incest.

The group, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, is seeking to have the regulations struck down as an unconstitutional violation of equal protection, said Planned Parenthood spokesman Joshua Decker.

The lawsuit also seeks to prevent the state from enforcing the regulations.

Decker said the regulation will illegally restrict low-income Alaskans' access to abortion services.

Decker said a 2001 Alaska Supreme Court decision ruled that the state must fund medically necessary abortions along with other medically necessary services for low-income residents.

"State Medicaid in Alaska can't single out abortions and treat them differently from other Medicaid services," Decker said. "With every other service, Alaska trusts its medical doctors to adhere to the best interests of their patients."

A representative for Bill Streur, the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner, did not immediately return calls for comment.

The representative told the Anchorage Daily News on Wednesday that Streur would not comment until he had reviewed the lawsuit with state lawyers.

Under the regulations set to take effect next week, paperwork requesting Medicaid reimbursement will include two boxes. Doctors would check the first box if the patient was the victim of **** or incest, or the second box to certify that the procedure was "medically necessary" to prevent serious risk to the woman.

A list of medical conditions - which includes congestive heart failure, a pregnancy complication called eclampsia, and a psychiatric disorder - which could put a pregnant woman in "imminent danger" of damage to a "major bodily function" can be cited as defining the notion of "medically necessary."

Last summer, at the request of a Democratic state senator who objected to the regulation - which was then only a proposal - Alaska's Legislative Affairs Agency issued a legal memo on the abortion regulation, saying the regulation would "likely be found unconstitutional," NBC's Anchorage affiliate, KTUU, reported in August.

(Reporting By Chris Francescani; Editing by Ken Wills)
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« Reply #64 on: February 23, 2014, 03:27:51 pm »

Well, surprised that lifesite news still advertises themselves on FB. Roll Eyes

Nonetheless, yet another reason to get ride of your FB account(if you have one, that is).

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Donates $992 Million to Charity Funding Planned Parenthood
2/12/14
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/12/facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg-donates-992-2-million-to-charity-funding-planned-parenthood/

Philanthropy magazine released an article titled “A Look at the 50 Most Generous Donors of 2013.” Topping the list was Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan.

In 2013 the couple donated 18 million shares of Facebook valued at $992.2 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in Mountain View, California. The couple previously donated 19 million Facebook shares to the same foundation in 2012.

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation describes its organization as a “comprehensive center of philanthropy.” They partner with donors to fund for profit and non-profit organizations around the globe. On their website you can see a list of words that describe the values of their company. The first word listed is “collaboration.”

This word summarizes the work of Silicon Valley Community; they work as a middle-man between donors and companies, making it easy for donors to get their funds into organizations they support. They accept a number of assets such as real estate, stock, and mutual funds and offer their donors customized philanthropy services.

One of the organizations Silicon Valley Community Foundation collaborates with is Planned Parenthood. A copy of their 2012 Public Disclosure is available for online viewing. The disclosure reports that the SVCF donated over $480,000 to Planned Parenthood in 2012 alone. The donations benefited Planned Parenthoods in multiple cities: San Antonio, TX; New York, NY; San Jose, CA; Jacksonville, FL; and Burlington, VT.The donations ranged in amount from $5,000 to $361,750.

Donations were earmarked under broad terms such as “health,” “supporting families,” and “building community.” The annual donations to Planned Parenthood have almost doubled from 2011, when the SVCF report shows that SVCF gave close to $250,000.

Although Zuckerberg hasn’t publicly commented on the programs their gift will support, he did say their philanthropy would focus on children. Zuckerberg and his wife have every right to spend their money as they see fit. I’m grateful that they are donating to assist children in need. I only hope none of their funds will end up in the big pockets of Planned Parenthood.

As for Silicon Valley Community Foundation, they should cut ties with the taxpayer-funded abortion giant and funnel donations into the hundreds of Pregnancy Resource Centers, Crisis Pregnancy centers and homes for mothers. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation currently has assets of $2.9 billion, more than 1,600 philanthropic funds under management and over 60 local nonprofit partners. One can only dream of the impact those resources could have if directed into pro-life, pro-family, pro-women organizations. Perhaps someone should write Zuckerberg a letter.
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« Reply #65 on: February 24, 2014, 04:57:36 am »

Yeah, I never did sign up for any of those social apps except for very early on I was on LinkedIn just after it first got up and running several years ago, I think maybe in 2006 or so. Closed it a few years ago when I left the game industry.

No Facebook, no MySpace, no Twitter, nothin', ever. Personally, I think it's a more edifying example, and it does keep the spam down.
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« Reply #66 on: March 27, 2014, 06:40:20 pm »

Beware of the elephant in the room! Shocked

Sarah Palin backs Karen Handel in crowded Georgia Senate field
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/03/27/sarah-palin-backs-karen-handel-in-crowded-georgia-senate-field/?wprss=rss_politics


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Handel

Karen C. Handel (born April 18, 1962) is an American politician, author, and former senior vice president for public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

She served as Secretary of State of Georgia from 2007 until January 2010, when she resigned to run, unsuccessfully, for the Republican Party nomination for Governor of Georgia.[1] In 2011, Handel was appointed senior vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a leading charity in the cause of fighting breast cancer,[2] but resigned on February 7, 2012, following the foundation's controversial decisions to end, and then restore, funding for Planned Parenthood.[3] Karen Handel will be a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2014 [4]

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Uhm...Komen and PP have been one and the same from Day 1. And forget about PP's agendas, the whole "breast cancer awareness" agenda has been genocide to begin with. So who are they trying to fool? Roll Eyes
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« Reply #67 on: March 28, 2014, 05:01:28 am »

So, Palin backs abortions eh? Figures.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #68 on: March 28, 2014, 05:23:02 am »

Federal Court Rules Kansas Can Strip Planned Parenthood of Title X Funding

In a 2 to 1 ruling, a federal court in Denver has ruled that Kansas officials may strip Planned Parenthood of Title X funding, contrary to the organization’s contentions that it violated their free speech and association rights.

The Kansas legislature had passed a bill in 2011 that required funds from Title X, a federal family planning program, to first go to public health departments and hospitals. The result of the bill, some concluded, would be that the state would then pass by Planned Parenthood, as funding would already be allocated to other locations.

Planned Parenthood then filed suit in federal court to challenge the legislation, asserting that the organization was being purposefully targeted because of its advocacy for abortion. It stated that the law violated Planned Parenthood’s constitutional rights, and warned that the new law could close the Planned Parenthood office in Hays, which does not offer abortion services.

Following a hearing on the matter, U.S. District Circuit Court Judge J. Thomas Marten sided with Planned Parenthood, issuing an injunction against the law while the case moves forward in court.

But on Tuesday, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver overturned Marten’s decision, stating that there was no proof that the law was enacted to punish Planned Parenthood, but that the result was rather incidental.

“Planned Parenthood’s theory raises the prospect of every loser in a political battle claiming that enactment of legislation it opposed was motivated by hostility toward the loser’s speech. That is essentially what Planned Parenthood argues here,” the panel wrote. “Planned Parenthood favors abortion rights. At least some influential Kansas lawmakers take a contrary view. If they act on that view to favor legislation opposed by Planned Parenthood, is the statute to be struck down as violating Planned Parenthood’s First Amendment rights?”

“If Congress imposes a tax on oil companies, is the tax to be voided because supporters of the tax said they dislike Big Oil or because those impacted by the tax contributed to losing campaigns challenging legislators who later voted for the tax?” the court asked. “Must courts decide in cases such as this whether legislators were motivated to punish Planned Parenthood’s speech and association, or were opposed to providing funding to an organization that also provides abortion services, or were simply in favor of family-planning services associated with full-service medical care? We think not.”

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« Reply #69 on: March 28, 2014, 05:57:08 am »

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Well, duh! Of course they are, the murdering thugs.

What gets me to raise an eyebrow over all this, is how PP has somehow entrenched itself as some pseudo agency or something that is presenting itself as being entitled to public funds.

There is NOTHING governmental about the PRIVATELY run Planned Parenthood.

It's nothing more than a private social services company, that's all. More or less a privately-owned and run medical clinic of sorts that also under pressure offers "counseling".

PP has no more entitlement to US public funds than "Joe's Laundry Mat".
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There is NOTHING governmental about the PRIVATELY run Planned Parenthood.


It's also a 501c corporation(just like with these 501c churches in America that are set up as corporations).
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« Reply #71 on: August 04, 2014, 02:38:54 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/judge-ala-abortion-clinic-law-unconstitutional-145247710.html
Judge: Ala. abortion clinic law unconstitutional
8/4/14

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama law restricting doctors at abortion clinics is unconstitutional because it would unduly hamper women's ability to obtain the medical procedure, a federal judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, in a 172-page opinion and an accompanying order, said state lawmakers exceeded their authority when they passed a law last year requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges.

Thompson extended an earlier order blocking enforcement of the law and said he would issue a final order after considering more written arguments from lawyers.

"This case is not closed," Thompson wrote.

The decision came days after a federal appeals court blocked a similar law in Mississippi.

Susan Watson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, said the law wasn't designed to protect women, as supporters maintain.

"Major medical organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, oppose them," she said of the Alabama law and similar ones.

In a statement, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said he disagreed with the ruling and would appeal after Thompson issues a final order.

Clinics in Birmingham and Mobile run by Planned Parenthood Southeast and the Montgomery clinic operated by Reproductive Health Services filed the lawsuit, saying they would have to close because they use out-of-town doctors without admitting privileges and have been unable to get local doctors with privileges to serve their clinics. The state's other two clinics, in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville, use local doctors with admitting privileges.

The law's sponsor, Republican Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin of Indian Springs, said the measure would make the clinics safer, while clinic operators said it was an attempt to shut them down through a regulation they could not meet.

Thompson agreed with the clinics. In his opinion, Thompson said evidence showed doctors wouldn't be able to gain admitting privileges in Birmingham, Mobile and Montgomery, the state's three largest cities, should the law remain in place.

Two doctors who perform abortions in Montgomery live in Nigeria and Chicago and couldn't meet residency requirements and other rules set by hospitals, Thompson said. Similarly, two Georgia doctors who travel to Birmingham and Mobile to perform abortions also couldn't meet the requirements for staff privileges in those cities, he said.

"The resulting unavailability of abortion in these three cities would impose significant obstacles, burdens, and costs for women across Alabama ..." he wrote.

New doctors are unlikely to begin performing abortions in the state because of the "detrimental professional consequences" of being associated with procedure and a history of violence that includes bombings, shootings and arsons against clinics, the judge said.

Similar laws have been blocked by federal courts in Kansas and Wisconsin, while they have taken effect in Missouri, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

Two of Alabama's five licensed abortion clinics are temporarily not performing abortions, but not because of the physician requirement. Planned Parenthood Southeast closed its Birmingham clinic in January after firing two employees for selling an abortion medication to a person in the clinic's parking lot. The clinic has replaced its staff and plans to resume services after an inspection by state health officials.

Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville closed in late June because it couldn't comply with another part of the 2013 law that took effect July 1. It requires clinics to have wide halls and doors and improved fire safety systems like a surgical treatment center. The Huntsville clinic is trying to move to a new location that meets the requirements, said Brian Hale, attorney for the state Department of Public Health.

The Department of Public Health reports that 8,485 pregnancies were terminated in Alabama in 2013, with 16 done at hospitals and the rest at abortion clinics.
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http://news.yahoo.com/striking-down-alabama-abortion-law-judge-focuses-souths-182508659.html

In striking down Alabama abortion law, judge focuses on South's culture
A federal judge on Monday ruled that an Alabama law violates women’s constitutional rights by making abortions too hard to get. This follows a similar ruling last week about a Mississippi law.


8/5/14

Citing incidents of hostility against abortion providers in the South, a federal district judge on Monday expanded the scope of federal judicial pushback against a new breed of laws that make it almost impossible for abortion clinics to operate in the South and Midwest.

Judge Myron Thompson ruled that the Women’s Health and Safety Act, signed into law last year in Alabama, violates women’s constitutional rights by making abortions too hard to get. The ruling came less than a week after a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found that Mississippi, too, violated constitutional rights by trying to force the last abortion clinic in the state to close.

Five states – Missouri, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah – have put comparable rules into place, requiring that abortion providers have admission privileges at local hospitals. Oklahoma and Louisiana are set to see stricter abortion clinic rules go into effect in September. But courts have blocked similar laws in Kansas and Wisconsin and now in Mississippi and Alabama.

In the 172-page ruling, Judge Thompson zeroed in on a legal and cultural campaign in conservative states to try to decrease the number of abortions. In addressing the “backdrop” to the laws, he expanded the debate over abortion to include the impact of local cultures and religious views on the ability of American women to have access to abortion.

While acknowledging that most antiabortion protesters are peaceful, Thompson listed examples such as Eric Rudolph, who bombed a Birmingham, Ala., clinic in 1998. Using the examples, Thompson “linked past violence against Alabama abortion clinics to the current political climate against abortion providers,” writes Jim Stinson on the Alabama Media Group website AL.com.

In another unique legal argument probably aimed at a rural and mostly Southern audience, Thompson compared abortion rights with the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms – noting that a law that allowed only two gun shops in Alabama to remain open “would take a heck of a lot of explaining.”

The slew of recent abortion rulings is part of a broader debate that most legal experts say will have to be settled by the US Supreme Court. Given that it’s largely former Confederate states openly testing the extent to which abortion is supported at the federal level, states’ rights will probably be a factor in such a decision.

In the meantime, Thompson’s ruling was widely hailed by abortion rights groups, which said that it supports their contention that the new state clinic laws infringe on the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision. That Supreme Court ruling affirmed the right of states to regulate abortion clinics as long as rules didn’t put an “undue burden” on women who wanted to have an abortion. Having to travel from 150 to 500 miles for an abortion is too burdensome, the abortion rights supporters argue.

In effect, “politicians passed this law in order to make it impossible for women in Alabama to get abortions, plain and simple," Staci Fox, president of Planned Parenthood Southeast, argued in a statement after Thompson’s ruling.

More practically, the new admission rules for abortion providers “are expected to leave behind a patchwork-quilt of access in low-clinic states,” abortion rights activist Robin Marty writes on Talking Points Memo. “But reproductive rights advocates are cautiously optimistic that recent court rulings may finally stem the tide on these medically unnecessary restrictions.”

Those who have supported the new clinic laws argue that the restrictions improve standards at abortion clinics and institute important protections for women using such services.

In his ruling, Thompson cited Rep. Mike Hubbard (R), Alabama’s House speaker, who said after the law passed last year, “Republicans boldly defended the rights of the unborn and courageously safeguarded the health and safety of Alabama women.”

Thompson’s ruling took note of just how successful antiabortion activism has been in the South. In Texas, for which a Fifth Circuit panel found new admissions procedures constitutional, and where another legal challenge begins Tuesday, half of all abortion clinics have closed since last year.

While the number of abortions has declined nationally over the past decade, Mississippi has the lowest rate in the United States: Four out of every 1,000 women in Mississippi have had one, compared with 27 out of every 1,000 California women.

In his ruling, Thompson documented the challenges of getting an abortion in Alabama, which would lose three of its five remaining clinics if the law takes effect.

He described how Alabama clinics rely on three traveling doctors – one from as far away as Nigeria – to perform the abortions because of cultural antipathy toward the providers. Pressing the issue, Thompson allowed those doctors to testify from behind a curtain, for their safety.
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http://m.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/boehner-and-pelosi-unite-pass-bill-funding-planned-parenthood
Boehner and Pelosi Unite to Pass Bill Funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, Syrian Revolutionaries
9/17/14

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) joined forces early Wednesday evening as the House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government after the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that will permit funding for Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest abortion provider), the entirety of Obamacare, and an amendment requested by President Barack Obama "to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition."

The bill passed 319 to 108 with four members not voting. But there were not enough Republican members to pass the bill without significant support from Democrats. While Pelosi sided with the Republican leadership and voted for the bill, 53 Republicans joined with 55 Democrats in voting against it.

**Uhm...the Repubs control the House...ONLY 53 voted against it?
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In addition to Pelosi, some of the other Democrats voting for the Republican leadership's bill, included Rep. John Conyers (D.-Mich.), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schlultz (D.-Fla.), Rep. Xavier Becerra (D.-Calif.), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D.-Ore.), and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D.-Ill.).

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R.-Texas), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R.-Minn.), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R.-S.C.), Rep. John Fleming (R.-La.), Rep. Jim Jordan (R.-Ohio), and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R.-Calif.) were among the Republicans who voted against it.

The Syrian opposition, which is seeking to overthrow the secular authoritarian regime of Bashar al Assad, includes al Nusrah Front, the al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, and the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS), which used to be an al Qaeda affiliate and now controls parts of Iraq and Syria.

ISIS recently beheaded two American journalists and a British aid worker.

The training and arming of Syrian rebels is aimed at combating ISIS and Islamist terrorism, so ISIS and al Nusrah Front would not be among the Syrian rebels deliberately armed and trained by the new U.S. policy authorized by this bill.

The bill will fund the government through Dec. 11, when a "lame-duck" Congress, which will include members thrown out by the voters in November, will be able to return to Washington and vote for programs and governmental actions that they may not have wanted to vote for before the election. That new funding bill will also be passed before the newly elected members of Congress will be sworn in and have a say in what the government does.

Before the inclusion of the amendment to train and arm revolutionaries in Syria, the House Appropriations Committee had described the continuing resolution as a "clean" bill that did not include riders affecting current spending programs and policies. The committee affirmed to CNSNews.com last week that the bill does not prohibit funding for Planned Parenthood or for any element of Obamacare.

Twenty-four minutes before it voted on this final spending bill, the House voted on the amendment sponsored by House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R.-Calif.) that added to the bill the authorization for President Obama to arm and train the Syrian revolutionaries. That amendment passed by a vote of 273 to 156, with 3 members not voting.

Pelosi and Boehner joined together to vote for the amendment to arm and train Syrian revolutionaries, as did House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R.-Calif) and House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R.-La.).

Among the 71 House Republicans standing in opposition to Pelosi and Boehner and the other Republican leaders on this amendment were Rep. Trey Gowdy (R.-S.C.), Rep. Jim Jordan (R.-Ohio), Rep. John Fleming (R.-La.),  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R.-Tex.), Rep. John Duncan (R.-Tenn.), Rep. Thomas Massie (R.-Ky.), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R.-Calif.) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R.-Wisc.)

“President Obama is choosing the wrong locals to support,” said Rep. Rohrabacher on the House floor. “With this vote, Congress approves the arming and training of the Free Syrian Army, which is riddled with radical Muslims. In short, we may again be arming insurgents who will end up our enemy. We are told that the Free Syrian Army has been vetted and that we can trust them. This is wishful thinking, not realistic planning.”

“The truth is that, if you look back under this president as commander in chief, we trained people in Libya,” said Rep. Gohmert. “We provided weapons to Libya that were then used against us in Benghazi. There are Americans dead because this administration felt compelled to go in and take out Qadhafi."

“Because Libya fell, so did Algeria and Tunisia," said Gohmert, "and it jump-started, as I have said before, the new Ottoman Empire, the new caliphate that the Muslim brothers and so many of the radicals are saying they are going for."

“One of the big problems, too, when we go in and train, as this President wants to do for the Syrians, they learn our tradecraft,” said Gohmert. “They use it against us, as they did at Benghazi.”

“I am opposed to the president's vague and inadequate strategy for dealing with ISIS; and, therefore, I rise in opposition to this amendment,” said Rep. Fleming.

“If we are going to degrade and destroy them [ISIS] it will not happen through an indecisive strategy that relies on unreliable and largely unknown help from Syrian rebels, whose own motivations and goals are mixed, and almost impossible to be certain of,” said Rep. Fleming.

Planned Parenthood--whose federal funding is permitted under the continuing resolution--said in its most recent annual report that it did 327,166 abortions in fiscal 2012. The same Planned Parenthood annual report said the group received $540.6 million in funding from local, state and federal governments in the year that ended on June 30, 2013. (Federal funding through Title X family planning grants cannot go to directly pay for abortions, but can pay for other Planned Parenthood activities.)

The CR also put no restriction on funding any provision of Obamacare or any regulation issued under Obamacare. That includes the preventive services regulation that requires individuals and families to purchase health insurance plans that cover contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs even if doing so violates their religious faith.

“It is a critical piece of legislation, and my committee has crafted the bill in a responsible, restrained way that should draw wide support in the House and Senate," House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R.-Ky.) said last week when his committee released the bill--before the amendment was added to arm and train Syrian revolutionaries.

"This bill is free of controversial riders, maintains current levels, and does not seek to change existing federal policies," Rogers said.

Rogers voted for the amendment to arm and train Syrian rebels and then for the overall bill.
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http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/10/17/3581470/planned-parenthood-abortion-story/
10/17/14
Cecile Richards Shares An Important Abortion Story: ‘It Wasn’t A Difficult Decision’

Cecile Richards — the head of Planned Parenthood and one of the most prominent figures in the reproductive rights community — opened up about her personal abortion story in an essay published in Elle on Friday, writing that women who feel comfortable enough to share their experiences with the medical procedure can help decrease some of the stigma surrounding it.

I had an abortion. It was the right decision for me and my husband, and it wasn’t a difficult decision,” Richards writes. “Before becoming president of Planned Parenthood eight years ago, I hadn’t really talked about it beyond family and close friends. But I’m here to say, when politicians argue and shout about abortion, they’re talking about me — and millions of other women around the country.”

There’s been a move toward encouraging more women like Richards to speak up about the fact that they’ve had an abortion, a type of “coming out” process that can help shift societal attitudes about the procedure. While advocates say that no one should be obligated to disclose their personal medical history, putting a personal face on the common reproductive health experience — one in three U.S. women will have an abortion before the age of 45 — can help influence the national conversation.

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TRENDING: MORE COLLEGE STUDENTS SUPPORT POST-BIRTH ABORTION
by MAIREAD MCARDLE - THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE on OCTOBER 29, 2014

A trend seen by prolife activists that frequently engage college students on campuses nationwide is the growing acceptance of post-birth abortion, or killing the infant after he or she is born, campus prolife outreach leaders tell The College Fix.

Anecdotal evidence by leaders of prolife groups such as Created Equal and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust said in interviews that not only do they see more college students willing to say they support post-birth abortion, but some students even suggest children up to 4 or 5-years-old can also be killed, because they are not yet “self aware.”

“We encounter people who think it is morally acceptable to kill babies after birth on a regular basis at almost every campus we visit,” said Mark Harrington, director of Created Equal. “While this viewpoint is still seen as shocking by most people, it is becoming increasingly popular.”

Campuses where the high school, college students, local activists and staff members of Created Equal have encountered this opinion include Purdue, University of Minnesota, and University of Central Florida. And at Ohio State earlier this year, the group captured a debate on video between one of its members and an older woman on campus who defended infanticide.

“This is the whole problem with devaluing human life at any stage—it will naturally grow to include other groups of humans; in this case, born humans as well as preborn humans,” Harrington said. talked with one young man at the University of Minnesota who thought it was alright to kill children if they were under the age of 5 years old, as he did not consider them persons until that age.”

Kristina Garza, spokeswoman for Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, a prolife organization that often sets up anti-abortion displays on campuses along the West Coast, said her group also frequently encounters college students who accept infanticide.

“For those who are firmly for abortion, because they understand it kills a human being, it’s very easy for them to accept killing a human being after birth,” Garza said. “There is this notion that is common on campus, that it’s OK to kill babies because somehow we don’t become human until we are self aware.”

“A common number that is going around is 4 years old,” she adds.

As for the trend, Garza said there’s an explanation for it. For one, the arguments put forth by Peter Singer and other philosophers who support infanticide are given as reading assignments to college students.

**And not to mention too the entertainment industry pushes a culture of violence. And not to mention too rock music(both "secular" and "contemporary christian").

Singer wrote in 1979 that “human babies are not born self-aware, or capable of grasping that they exist over time. They are not persons … [therefore] the life of a newborn is of less value than the life of a pig, a dog, or a chimpanzee.”

“He has been saying things like this since the 70s, but I think it has been more recently that this type of ideology is being promoted on college campuses,” Garza said. “When he said this stuff, there was a very select few who accepted it. But nowadays, we have become so desensitized, and college students lacking in a moral fiber easily accept this kind of strange ideology.”

But prolife advocacy and engagement on campuses has helped turn students away from pro-choice stances, she adds.

“While the number of students who believe it is OK with killing children after birth is growing, the number of students who accept that life beings at conception is also growing, and that is growing at a larger and faster rate than those who accept infanticide,” Garza said.

“The trends I am seeing is it’s not so much students are better grounded in morals, it’s that we as a prolife movement have done our job in presenting a better argument, and we are pushing people out of the middle,” she said. “We are seeing more students who see the logic and choose to be anti-abortion.”

**But have you been preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ? Doesn't sound like it.

Yet staunch opposition to the prolife philosphy remains.

Asked about the incident at Ohio State, at which a woman responded to a prolife display by defending infanticide, a pro-abortion activism group at the campus stated its views were similar to those of the woman in the clip.

“As for post-birth abortion, I would imagine that my colleagues would think the ‘post-birth’ part was largely irrelevant, as we believe very strongly in abortion on demand, without apology, and it’s plain and simple that we should look to the woman’s morals and not shove our opinions where they, frankly, don’t belong,” Devin Deitsch, leader of VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood at Ohio State University, said in an email to The College Fix.

“Speaking as the primary leader of VOX, I assure you we are very pro-choice,” Deitsch also noted. “… We are not here to advocate for women to get abortions, we advocate for her ability to make that choice without fear, heckling, or barriers. Essentially, we ask for a woman (and her body) to be respected. Nothing more, nothing less.”
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http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/health/oklahoma-supreme-court-puts-new-state-abortion-law-on-hold/article_7ec5227b-327b-5623-bdc6-6e8ae2197955.html
Oklahoma Supreme Court puts new state abortion laws on hold
11/4/14

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold two laws that restricted abortions.

Reproductive Services in Tulsa and the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice filed suit against House Bill 2684 alleging it violated provisions of the Oklahoma Constitution. The measure put restrictions on medication used to induce an abortion.

An Oklahoma County district judge last month put a portion of the law on hold. That decision was appealed by the plaintiffs to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Plaintiffs sought to have the entire law put on hold.

The state's high court sent the case back to district court to be litigated.

"This court expresses no opinion concerning the validity of the Act," the opinion said.

The law took effect Saturday.

Norman abortion provide Dr. Larry Burns filed suit in Oklahoma County district court against Senate Bill 1848, which requires doctors with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital to be present during the abortion. It also took effect Saturday.

A district judge declined to put the law on hold. That decision was appealed to the state’s high court, which put the law on hold, according to an opinion released Tuesday.

The district court is expected to issue a ruling on the constitutionality of the law.

Both cases were handled by the Center for Reproductive Rights.

“Today the Oklahoma Supreme Court handed the women of Oklahoma a crucial victory by protecting their constitutional rights and restoring critical options for those seeking safe and legal abortion services,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “Time and time again, courts are seeing that the true motive behind these underhanded and baseless restrictions is to push essential reproductive health care services out of reach for as many women as possible.

“We will continue to stand with Oklahoma women and their health care providers to ultimately see these sham restrictions overturned and ensure their rights are never determined by virtue of their zip code.”
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http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/la-na-abortion-20141106-story.html
On abortion, election delivered mixed messages
11/5/14

The 2014 midterm election was a mixed bag for abortion rights supporters: Two out of three state ballot measures that would have regulated the procedure went down to defeat, but control of the U.S. Senate swung to the Republican Party, with its antiabortion candidates claiming victory.

"It is a happy day for us, a great day for pro-lifers," said Marilyn Musgrave, vice president for government affairs with the Susan B. Anthony List, which advocates for female antiabortion candidates. "The life issue won."

It is a happy day for us, a great day for pro-lifers. The life issue won.

During a Family Research Council webcast Wednesday, Musgrave ticked off the Senate races that social conservatives viewed as victories, including the defeat of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado and the forced runoff for Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu in Louisiana.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said voters were delivering a message that was "not so much an embracing of a GOP vision, but a denouncing of the policies of this administration, which have been pro-abortion, anti-family, anti-faith. But in order to keep that confidence and secure it, the Republicans will have to deliver."

No. 1 on the social conservatives' wish list, Musgrave said, is a federal ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, followed by "no taxpayer funding of abortion. ... And I think we're going to have some great allies in the United States Senate. It is a new day."

The 20-week limit would appear to exceed Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing a constitutional right to abortion. That ruling permitted states to restrict abortion after viability — the fetus' ability to survive outside the womb, which is generally from 22 to 24 weeks.

Voters in Tennessee passed a measure, with 53% in favor, that abortion rights activists say will strip the state constitution of protections for a woman's right to safe and legal abortion. Tennessee becomes the second state after Rhode Island to take such an action.

In 2000, the Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed that a woman has a right to an abortion, a right that is protected by the state constitution, said Elizabeth Nash, senior state issues associate with the Guttmacher Institute, which advocates for abortion rights.

Since then, Nash said Wednesday, abortion opponents have been trying to roll back that protection, "and last night the voters voted for it."

Tennessee already has restrictions in place, including parental notification if a minor seeks the procedure and limits on public funding, she said, and more measures probably will be debated at the state level in the next session.

"The Legislature is very conservative and so is the governor," Nash said. "So it would not be surprising to see multiple restrictions passed in 2015."

But voters in North Dakota and Colorado soundly defeated so-called personhood measures on Tuesday. Although the two used different language, the probable outcome of both would have been to ban abortion outright.

North Dakota's Measure 1, for example, stated that "the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected." An overwhelming percentage of those who cast ballots — 64% — voted no, even though North Dakota is one of the most restrictive states in the country for abortion access and has only one clinic.

Colorado's version, Amendment 67, would have given a fertilized egg the same rights as a person. Again, about 64% of voters were opposed. Voters rejected similar efforts in 2008 and 2010, also by wide margins.

"The two measures in North Dakota and Colorado were personhood initiatives, and we have never lost one of those in the country so far," said Sarah Stoesz, chief executive of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. "There have been five. We've won every time in very conservative places."

Stoesz also said Wednesday that social conservatives were "disingenuous" if they proclaimed that the Senate switching to Republican control would give them a mandate for restricting access to abortion.

Republicans who won Tuesday "did not run on those issues," Stoesz said. "They ran on other issues — 'Washington is broken. Fix the gridlock.' ... I would argue that, had they run on an antiabortion platform, they would not have won."

**Hate to say it, but she's telling the truth.
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"It is a happy day for us, a great day for pro-lifers," said Marilyn Musgrave, vice president for government affairs with the Susan B. Anthony List, which advocates for female antiabortion candidates. "The life issue won."

FYI - Susan B. Anthony started the first wave of the feminist movement(shortly after 1881 Westcott and Hort) - she HATED Christianity(and wrote her own "women's bible").

Why all of these conservative, pro-life, evangelical, etc groups hold her in high regard, I have no idea why.
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http://news.yahoo.com/ruling-mississippi-abortion-law-remains-blocked-163817118.html
Ruling: Mississippi abortion law remains blocked
11/20/14

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court said Thursday that it won't reconsider its earlier ruling that a 2012 Mississippi abortion law is unconstitutional.

The law required abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

The clinic, Jackson Women's Health Organization, sued the state to try to block the law as it was taking effect. A federal district judge in Jackson blocked the state from enforcing the law while the clinic tried, unsuccessfully, to get admitting doctors' privileges.

On a 2-1 decision, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 29 that the law could block access in Mississippi to a constitutionally protected medical procedure by closing the only abortion clinic in the state. Attorneys for the state had argued that if the clinic closed, women who live in Mississippi could travel to other states to obtain abortions. The 5th Circuit panel said Mississippi may not shift its obligation for established constitutional rights of its citizens to another state.

The U.S. Supreme Court established a constitutional right to abortion in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Days after the ruling this summer, the state's attorneys asked the full, 15-member appeals court to reconsider. The 5th Circuit denied that request Thursday, without explanation.

Asked whether the state would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, Schaefer, spokeswoman for Mississippi attorney general Jim Hood, said Thursday: "We are in the process of reviewing the order and considering our options."

Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement Thursday that the new ruling means "the sole clinic providing safe, legal abortion care can keep its doors open for the women of Mississippi."

"Earlier decisions in this case have rightly recognized the very real and severe harm that would befall countless women in Mississippi if the state's only abortion clinic were shuttered," Northup said. "We are confident the federal district court will once again see through the sham justifications for this underhanded clinic shutdown law and ultimately strike it down permanently as a gross violation of women's constitutional rights."

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who signed the law, said it was designed to protect women's health by ensuring that a woman who has complications from an abortion could receive hospital treatment from the same doctor who performed the procedure. Bryant has also said repeatedly that he wants to end abortion in Mississippi.

For year, Jackson Women's Health Organization has had an agreement with a local physician who will meet a patient at a Jackson hospital in case of complications, clinic owner Diane Derzis has said. Derzis said such complications are rare.

Opponents of the law say the admitting privileges requirement is unnecessary, since patients in distress are automatically treated in emergency rooms, and that it gives religious-affiliated hospitals veto power over who can work in an abortion clinic and, by extension, whether a clinic can stay in business.

About 10 other states, including Alabama and Texas, have similar admitting privileges laws that have forced a growing number of clinics to close.
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Indiana abortion clinic law ruled unconstitutional
12/4/14

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled against an Indiana law that changed the classification of abortion clinics in a way that opponents said targeted a Planned Parenthood facility that only provides drug-induced abortions.

The law violated equal protection rights by treating the Lafayette clinic differently than physician offices that provide the same medications, U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson said in a ruling released Wednesday.

Planned Parenthood would have had to take steps, such as adding a recovery room and scrub facilities, so that the Lafayette clinic met the same standards as surgical abortion clinics in order to continue offering the abortion pill under the GOP-backed law signed by Gov. Mike Pence in 2013.

The law had not yet taken effect because Magnus-Stinson put it on hold last year after the ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit on Planned Parenthood's behalf. The judge's ruling didn't immediately void the law, with details of a permanent injunction still to be decided.

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http://news.yahoo.com/court-strikes-down-north-carolina-ultrasound-abortion-law-175812728.html
12/22/14
Court strikes down North Carolina ultrasound abortion law

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina law requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound and describe the displayed images to women seeking abortions constitutes compelled speech that violates the patients' free speech rights, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge's decision that struck down the 2011 provision, agreeing that doctors could not be forced to disseminate the state's message discouraging abortion.

"This compelled speech, even though it is a regulation of the medical profession, is ideological in intent and in kind," Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III wrote in a unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel.

"While the state itself may promote through various means childbirth over abortion, it may not coerce doctors into voicing that message on behalf of the state in the particular manner and setting attempted here," the ruling said.

North Carolina's Republican-led legislature passed the abortion measure over a veto by then-Governor Beverly Perdue, a Democrat.

Several groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, challenged the law on constitutional grounds. They said requiring abortion providers to explain the images in an ultrasound to patients before performing the procedure infringed upon their right to free speech.

“We're thrilled that the appellate court rejected this unconscionable attempt to intrude on the doctor-patient relationship,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

The U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide in 1973 but lawmakers in more conservative states have enacted laws that seek to place restrictions on the procedure.

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have defended the ultrasound requirement as providing crucial information for women making an irrevocable decision. Under the law, women could avert their eyes and not listen to the explanation of the fetus images.
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Planned Parenthood’s newest low: Abortion-themed s’mores at Christmas?



Just when you thought sexualizing children as a revenue plan, playing “healthcare hero” to maintain grip on the multi-million-dollar government dole, committing Medicaid fraud, advocating immoral behavior, and snuffing out unborn life for profit wasn’t enough, the nation’s abortion behemoth stoops low again with a bizarre money-grubbing ploy.

Planned Parenthood has put out a promo with a customized s’more kit where the product’s maker will donate $5 to the nation’s largest abortion provider for every unique hash tagged-photo posted promoting Planned Parenthood, Wayne Dupree is reporting at Biz Pac Review.

The hash tag is #PPsmoresupport. Isn’t that cute?

The marshmallow in the kit has the Planned Parenthood double “P” logo on it. A clinical-looking confection promoting abortion -- yum.

The kit looks like sterile medical supplies somehow got mistakenly crammed in the wrong plastic baggie with someone’s sack lunch dessert.

So unappetizing on so many levels.

And weird. Not sure how the candy designer or Planned Parenthood thinks this could stimulate someone’s palette or their charitable inclinations, but then Abortions-R-Us never ceases to surprise in the surreal arena.

It has pushed gift certificates for Christmas in the past, promoting them by saying they “allow you to give the gift of life to your loved ones.” What??

Planned Parenthood has had “Choice on Earth” Christmas cards for years, claiming at one point that Jesus Christ “was for choice.” Again, what?

Earlier this year Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards promoted abortion for Valentine’s Day. Nothing says “I Love You” like ending a life.

Go to its PAC Twitter page this holiday season and you’ll see cards with snowflakes designed with IUDs and the Pill. You can’t make that stuff up.

The messed-up marshmallow promotion got attention from Ebony magazine’s Jamilah Lemieux posting a pic encouraging support for ooey-gooey Planned Parenthood, saying, “Cute gift from my friends at @PPact (and I appreciate them for using a small WOC-owned business!) #PPsmoresupport.”

WOC stands for women of color, a demographic of which Lemieux and s’more abortion candy stylist Nila Nicholas both belong.

Did Lemieux and Nicholas miss the woolly mammoth in the room, which is the fact the abortion industry originated from the eugenics movement? And that Planned Parenthood targets minority women? Did they also miss when Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s Louisiana state director was forced to resign earlier this year for her racist remarks to a women of color gathering?

Santa brought poetic justice to those in the respect life movement this Christmas, as Dupree is also reporting that the Planned Parenthood Please Sir, May I Have S’more Money for Abortion campaign has backfired, with some great resulting humor.

There was one hashtag in the abortion marshmallow’s favor, as of Dupree’s reporting, and from what I saw it was Lemieux’s. But, and here’s the cue to look in your pro-life stocking, there’s many s’more making a mockery of it.

We won’t link because many are crude, but it begs the question, that gosh, if the abortion-and-destroying-lives-for-profit movement weren’t so dog-gone nasty, then why would those responding feel the need to meet it where it is?

I think a more honest marshmallow would tell the real deal about Planned Parenthood, but that tale’s already been scripted in Hell, and the poor little guy would burn up before Cecile Richards could say, “My ginormous half-million-dollar salary helps low-income women.”

https://www.lifesitenews.com/pulse/planned-parenthoods-newest-low-abortion-themed-smores-at-christmas
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http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/01/16/3612731/gop-women-abortion-bill/
1/16/15
Republicans Introduce An Anti-Abortion Bill So Extreme That GOP Women In Congress Are Revolting

Several Republican congresswomen are reportedly splitting from their party on a national abortion bill that’s scheduled for a vote in the House next week, raising concerns that the legislation is too extreme and will alienate female voters.

The GOP-controlled House will vote on a proposed 20-week abortion ban next Thursday — the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion throughout the United States. The legislation has passed the House for the past two years and was expected to have broad support in the 114th Congress, particularly as Republicans have set their sights on later abortions as an area where they believe they can advance their agenda.

However, the National Journal reports that a group of GOP women led by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) have started pushing back against the legislation, expressing concerns during a closed-door meeting of House Republicans. Ellmers reportedly said she is worried that voting on the 20-week ban will alienate young female voters, urging her colleagues “to be smart about how we’re moving forward.”

As Politico reports, Ellmers is also concerned that the proposed abortion ban has a particularly narrow exception for **** victims. As the bill is currently written, in order to qualify for the exemption, women who became pregnant from **** must have reported their assault to law enforcement officials. The assumption that sexual assaults are only valid crimes if they’ve been reported to the police ultimately fuels the idea that some rapes are more “legitimate” than others. The Republican Party has been haunted by “legitimate ****” ever since former Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) infamously claimed that victims of legitimate **** don’t often get pregnant “because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Now, Ellmers is reportedly trying to get the language changed to stave off similar controversy around the 20-week abortion ban.

In a press release on Friday afternoon, Reps. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) — the leaders of the Pro-Choice Caucus — criticized House Republicans for the narrowly defined **** exception in the proposed abortion ban. “Families across this country don’t want politicians inserting themselves into these extremely personal decisions, much less defining whether a **** or case of incest was legitimate or not,” the congresswomen said.

Republicans have recently been attempting to appeal more to female voters, particularly after the party lost women’s votes by wide margins in the 2012 elections. Part of that effort has involved giving female Republicans a more prominent role in the party. In 2012, a group of two dozen Republican congresswomen formed a new women’s caucus.

From both a policy and public relations standpoint, however, the party has largely botched its outreach strategy — blocking equal pay legislation and releasing political ads relying on sexist stereotypes, for example.

And the emerging split among Republicans in the House reveals another potential pitfall of attempting to appeal to women: More women in Congress can lead to more pushback against policies that the GOP establishment supports.
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« Reply #85 on: January 16, 2015, 04:36:11 pm »

Titus 2:3  The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
Tit 2:4  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
Tit 2:5  To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

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House Republicans encounter divisions over abortion bill
1/21/15

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans ran into divisions Wednesday over the new Congress' first abortion bill, and leaders were searching for a way to advance the legislation without an embarrassing split over the issue. By evening, one leading GOP dissident said she would support the bill, suggesting that the revolt might be ebbing.

Legislation scheduled for a vote Thursday would criminalize virtually all abortions for pregnancies of 20 weeks or longer. It would offer some exceptions, including for victims of **** that have already been reported to authorities.

Some Republicans, including female members of Congress, objected to that requirement, saying that many women feel too distressed to report rapes and should not be penalized. A 2013 Justice Department report calculated that just 35 percent of rapes and sexual assaults were reported to police.

"The issue becomes, we're questioning the woman's word," said Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C. "We have to be compassionate to women when they're in a crisis situation."


Wednesday evening, Ellmers posted on her Facebook page that she would vote for the bill. And while last-minute changes remained possible, they seemed unlikely, said a top House Republican speaking on condition of anonymity to describe internal conversations.

"I have and will continue to be a strong defender of the prolife community," Ellmers wrote.

There were also objections to the bill's exemption for minors who are victims of incest and have reported the incident.

"So the exception would apply to a 16-year-old but not a 19-year-old?" said Rep. Charles Dent, R-Pa. "I mean, incest is incest."


The divisiveness over the measure comes as Republicans, looking ahead to the 2016 presidential and congressional elections, hope to increase their support from women. In control of the entire Congress for the first time in eight years, Republicans also want to demonstrate that they can focus on issues that matter to voters and not get bogged down in gridlock.

"My own view on this stuff is I prefer we as a Republican conference avoid these very contentious social issues," Dent said.

Thursday's debate was timed to coincide with the annual march on Washington by abortion foes marking the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 legalizing abortion.

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., a chief sponsor of the bill, called it "a sincere effort" to protect women and "their unborn, pain-capable child from the atrocity of late-term abortion." He also said GOP leaders "want to try to create as much unity as we can."

The White House has threatened to veto the legislation, calling it "an assault on a woman's right to choose."

Democrats were strongly against the legislation and said the measure was nothing more than a political gesture.

"This is not only insulting to the women of this country, but it's just another pointless exercise in political posturing," said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. "It will never become law."

The GOP rift on the issue was discussed Wednesday at a private meeting of House Republicans, who by a large majority are strongly anti-abortion.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said in a brief interview that he believed the House would debate the bill as planned. But he did not rule out changes.

"We're moving forward," he said. "There's a discussion and we're continuing to have discussions."

The legislation would also allow an exception where an abortion is necessary to save the mother's life.

Under the bill, those performing the outlawed abortions could face fines or imprisonment of up to five years.

A report this week by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office cited estimates by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that about 10,000 abortions in the U.S. are performed annually 20 weeks or later into pregnancies. The budget office estimated that if the bill became law, three-fourths of those abortions would end up occurring before the 20th week.

The House approved a similar version of the bill in 2013, but the measure was never considered in the Senate, which was then controlled by Democrats. Its fate remains uncertain in the Senate, where anti-abortion sentiment is less strong than in the House.
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Eccl 11:5  As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/11/sarah-davis-texas_n_6850038.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592
3/11/15
There's A New Davis In Texas Standing Up For Women's Health -- And She's A Republican

Two years ago, former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) stood and spoke for 11 straight hours to filibuster a bill that eventually shut down multiple abortion clinics in the state. Now, a lawmaker from the other side of the aisle is standing up to protect women's health clinics in Texas: state Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston).

Davis, 38, is bucking her party to fight against a provision in the proposed state budget that would put Planned Parenthood and other private women's health clinics at the bottom of a tiered priority list for cervical and breast cancer screening funds. She worries that the move could cause the federal government to retaliate by pulling all federal cancer screening funds out of Texas, which could negatively impact many women's health clinics throughout the state.

"It's not good public policy to target one type of clinic, and then as a result, lose 51 other clinics," she told The Huffington Post in an interview.

In 2011, the federal government cut off all Medicaid family planning money for Texas after the state tried to defund Planned Parenthood. This forced Texas to set up a state-run Women's Health Program with far fewer providers, since many clinics had lost funding. Davis fears that the same thing will happen if the current effort to put Planned Parenthood on the lowest-priority tier is successful.

“I don’t think it is appropriate to continue to fund the Women’s Health Program so that we can make some type of a political statement as Republicans that we care about women, only to chip away at the safety net of the providers,” Davis told her colleagues at a committee hearing on Tuesday. “If we don’t have the provider network, women cannot be served. And they will die.”

Davis, who survived breast cancer at the age of 32, told HuffPost that she is frustrated that her colleagues are using women's health as a political football.

"I believe the sole purpose is to ensure that Planned Parenthood clinics don't receive any funding," she said. "The problem with that is I know Planned Parenthood can be a partisan issue, but I don't think women's health should be."

Davis said she also opposes cutting funds for Planned Parenthood itself, because she believes it has been "an efficient and cost effective provider of women's health services for a long time." She is one of the rare Republicans in Texas who supports abortion rights, and was the only Republican lawmaker in the state House of Representatives to vote against HR2, the package of anti-abortion restrictions Wendy Davis tried to block in 2013.

"I think abortion is a horrible way to end a pregnancy, but it's a constitutionally protected right," Davis said. "As Republicans, we have always believed in personal freedom, individual responsibility and limited government, and that is embodied in the right to make decisions over your body and who you're going to spend time with in your bedroom as well as what's in your wallet."

Davis said she is gearing up for a passionate fight over cancer screenings in the coming weeks. On Tuesday, she tried to remove the tiered funding system entirely from the House budget, but was unsuccessful. She did, however, manage to include a rider that says the state must drop the tiered system if the federal government does decide to pull cancer screening money out of Texas, and she said she will defend the rider "without hesitation" when the budget goes to the full House for a vote.

"I'm a breast cancer survivor myself because of screenings like this," Davis said. "So I take it very personally, and I'm very passionate about it."
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3/20/15
Judge rules Wisconsin abortion law unconstitutional

A federal judge on Friday struck down a Wisconsin law requiring DOCTORSperforming abortions to get hospital admitting privileges, ruling that any benefits to women's health from the requirement are "substantially outweighed" by restricting women's access to abortion.

U.S. District Judge William Conley, who earlier had put the law on hold, ruled that the 2013 law is unconstitutional. He issued a permanent injunction blocking its enforcement.

Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services had sued the state, arguing the requirement will force AMS's Milwaukee clinic to close because its DOCTORS can't get admitting privileges.

The groups argued that would amount to restricting access to abortions in Wisconsin. State attorneys contended the mandate will ensure CONTINUITYof care for women hospitalized with abortion complications.

In his ruling, Conley wrote that the "marginal benefit to women's health" by requiring hospital admitting privileges "is substantially outweighed by the burden this requirement will have on women's health outcomes due to restricted access to abortions in Wisconsin."

"While the court agrees with the State that sometimes it is necessary to reduce access to insure safety, this is decidedly not one of those instances," Conley wrote. "In particular, the State has failed to meet its burden of demonstrating through credible evidence a link between the admitting privileges requirement and a legitimate health interest."

In a statement, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union noted that only four health centers provide abortions in Wisconsin. If the law took effect, the groups said, the largest of those centers would be forced to close immediately, and the remaining three "will not be able to absorb the unmet need."

"Politicians, not DOCTORS, crafted this law for the sole purpose of shutting down women's health care centers and preventing women from getting safe, legal abortions," ACLU deputy legal director Louise Melling said in the statement.

"We all want to protect patient safety — this law doesn't do that, as the court recognized," said Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin CEO Teri Huyck. "Politicians passed this law in order to make it extremely difficult for women in Wisconsin to get safe and legal abortions, plain and simple."

A spokeswoman for Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel did not immediately respond to messages for comment.

Conley said at the hearing on the lawsuit that he was worried the law was too rigid. He noted that the law required providers to get privileges within three days of its enactment. Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed the law on July 5, 2013, and it required providers to have privileges in place by July 8.

In his ruling, Conley noted that the "sudden adoption" of the permitting requirements, without giving enough time for compliance, "compels a finding that its purpose was to impose a substantial obstacle on women's right to abortions in Wisconsin."

Fourteen states require DOCTORS performing abortions to either have hospital admitting privileges or some sort of alternative agreement, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights. Five other states have passed such restrictions but courts have put them temporarily on hold.
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