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PP has a backup plan, incase abortion is made illegal

original article: ‘Miscarriage management’: Planned Parenthood’s shocking backup plan if abortion is ever made illegal
March 27, 2014 by Abby Johnson

Protocols. We had many at Planned Parenthood.  Protocols on billing, customer service, client donations, medical services, counseling…you name it, we had a protocol for it. It was my job as clinic director to know them all. And, I did.

None of the protocols were all that interesting. Well, none of them…but one.

Buried at the back of this daunting folder of protocols, there was one that wasn’t talked about that often. But we needed to have it and know it…just in case.

This protocol was simply called “Miscarriage Management.” It was preparation for when abortion was made illegal. What would all of these women do if they couldn’t walk into a Planned Parenthood for an elective abortion? We had an answer for that written in this three-page protocol.

We would instruct women to take medications and/or vitamins to end their pregnancy. We would give them instructions on how much they needed to ingest in order to terminate their pregnancy.

We would give them warning signs…signs to help them decide if they needed to go directly to the emergency room. If everything went as planned, they would be instructed to come to our facility for an ultrasound to confirm fetal demise and an MVA (Manual Vacuum Aspiration). This would not technically be considered an abortion since the death of the child had happened outside our facility.

Of course, there would also be a fee for this “miscarriage management” service. You certainly didn’t think they would do this out of the kindness of their hearts, did you?

I want you to really mull this over in your mind. Abortion supporters are CONSTANTLY talking about “unsafe abortion.”  They are ALWAYS waving around those ridiculous coat hangers. Yet, they are willing to actually coach women on how to carry out an unsafe abortion on their own?

They could talk to these women about other options. Heck, maybe Planned Parenthood could actually become a center that provided prenatal care and adoption services. They could begin giving out material assistance to women in need. But no. Instead, they will simply help women harm themselves. Why? Because they “care” so much for women? I think not. This is simply a way for them to keep their abortion dollars coming in…even if abortion were to become legally obsolete.

If this is carried out, abortion supporters will be right. Women will be dying from ‘illegal abortions.’ Not because of the pro-life movement, but because of their own so-called “women’s rights” movement in which they’re actually causing women’s death.

“Miscarriage management.” We could also call it “How to help women carry out an illegal abortion.” I’m guessing that with the closing of all of these abortion centers, and so many states with only one abortion clinic, Planned Parenthood is dusting off this protocol.

But women deserve better than abortion…legal or illegal.

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Science accidentally shows the preborn child is a distinct individual person

original article: Scientists discover cells of aborted babies living in their mothers’ brains
January 3, 2013 by Jill Stanek

Scientific American termed the research findings another way: “Scientists discover children’s cells living in mothers’ brains.”

But I wanted to drive home a touching point: Mothers who terminate their pregnancies apparently don’t completely rid themselves of their babies. The cells of murdered children live on inside their mothers to help – or perhaps – hurt them:

Cells may migrate through the placenta between the mother and the fetus, taking up residence in many organs of the body including the lung, thyroid muscle, liver, heart, kidney and skin. These may have a broad range of impacts, from tissue repair and cancer prevention to sparking immune disorders.

It is remarkable that it is so common for cells from one individual to integrate into the tissues of another distinct person. We are accustomed to thinking of ourselves as singular autonomous individuals, and these foreign cells seem to belie that notion, and suggest that most people carry remnants of other individuals.

I need to stop and note that this politically incorrect article correctly defines preborn babies as “distinct person(s),” “people,” and “individuals.”

Moving on….

As remarkable as this may be, stunning results from a new study show that cells from other individuals are also found in the brain. In this study, male cells were found in the brains of women and had been living there, in some cases, for several decades. What impact they may have had is now only a guess, but this study revealed that these cells were less common in the brains of women who had Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting they may be related to the health of the brain.

We all consider our bodies to be our own unique being, so the notion that we may harbor cells from other people in our bodies seems strange. Even stranger is the thought that, although we certainly consider our actions and decisions as originating in the activity of our own individual brains, cells from other individuals are living and functioning in that complex structure….

They examined the brains of deceased women for the presence of cells containing the male “Y” chromosome. They found such cells in more than 60 percent of the brains and in multiple brain regions. Since Alzheimer’s disease is more common in women who have had multiple pregnancies, they suspected that the number of fetal cells would be greater in women with AD compared to those who had no evidence for neurological disease. The results were precisely the opposite: there were fewer fetal-derived cells in women with Alzheimer’s. The reasons are unclear.

A post-abortive mother who gives any of this much thought will reach either distressing or comforting conclusions, depending on whether she has made peace.

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If you think pro-life equals anti-choice you’re an idiot, and worse

A curious attitude among the vast majority of the “pro-choice” crowd is that a woman’s right to choose is typically treated as the only legitimate perspective on the matter. Those opposing the killing of babies are often treated as opposing women’s rights, as if opposing the killing of babies somehow equals opposing all women’s rights.

But that’s what myopia does to people. Having a small, narrow minded view of “rights” in this matter prevents the pro-choice crowd from seeing any possibility that the child in the womb has any rights to violate.

This is precisely the same problem encountered by abolitionists who tried to end slavery in the United States. Abolitionists argued that to demean any person by robbing them of humanity places us all in danger. After all, if the government can play semantic games with personhood with one group it can do the same with another. But the myopic view of slave holders required them to attack abolitionists. Rather than merely disagreeing, slavery supporters accused abolitionists of attacking all property rights, because “property rights” was the excuse championed by slavery’s supporters. Thus, in their mind, claiming it was constitutionally invalid to treat a person as property was tantamount to denying the right to property at all. To defenders of slavery the issue was never about oppression except when their right to enslave other people was at risk.

Such a dishonest tactic was necessary for slavery supporters because it became increasingly difficult to defend slavery as discussion continued, as it should. If discussion was minimized or stopped, slave holders would have no reason to defend the evil they practiced. So the best way to end debate on the matter was to shut up those who wanted to debate it. And the best way to do that was to demonize and marginalize those who opposed slavery. That included accusations of being anti-property rights, anti-self government, and even being on the wrong side of history.

Abraham Lincoln, in his speech on the Kansas-Nebraska Act, made an argument similar to what the pro-life movement argues today against abortion. In our modern age pro-lifers often argue that to have the “right” to kill your own babies is not freedom, but oppression, among other things. Lincoln argued against slavery in much the same way:

The doctrine of self-government is right—absolutely and eternally right—but it has no just application, as here attempted. Or perhaps I should rather say that whether it has such just application depends upon whether a negro is not or is a man. If he is not a man, why in that case, he who is a man may, as a matter of self-government, do just as he pleases with him. But if the negro is a man, is it not to that extent, a total destruction of self-government, to say that he too shall not govern himself? When the white man governs himself that is self-government; but when he governs himself, and also governs another man, that is more than self-government—that is despotism. If the negro is a man, why then my ancient faith teaches me that “all men are created equal;” and that there can be no moral right in connection with one man’s making a slave of another.

Not only do abortion activists shoehorn the issue into a “women’s rights” perspective, they also fraudulently force abortion into a scientific perspective, as if science was actually equipped to determine when personhood begins. [UPDATE: Science, Embryonic Autonomy, and the Question of When Life Begins]

It does a disservice to us all to ignore science or to treat opinion and fact as the same thing. In the first couple months the argument that the fetus is merely a blob of cells has some merit; but one still must choose to view it as “not a person” in development. It’s just as viable to believe the fetus at this stage is a person in development. Neither of these opinions are purely scientific – they are opinions. In fact, American law never official declared black people were people; and it shouldn’t have to.

But after the first couple months, for the remainder of the pregnancy, the child in the womb is not merely a blob of cells and cannot honestly be called such. A recent video was released showing abortion professionals attempting to train activists in defending abortion. One abortion professional actually suggested activists cease lying about the nature of the “person” in the womb and admit that after a certain period of time, the fetus is indeed a person, and that abortion is killing a person. The point of the training was to move past these vapid denials and teach activists how to divert the discussion to some other matter.

In a daytime TV talk show, which I find unworthy of being mentioned by name here, the show’s hosts recently ridiculed Dr. Ben Carson for his insistence that killing babies is a bad idea. But to those ridiculing him, they thought he was talking about controlling women. He wasn’t. No one fighting for a child’s right to live is fighting against “women’s rights”.
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What’s more, abortion supporters are acting as if women have a right that, in fact, no one has. While arguing for a woman’s right to choose the assumption is that women have the absolute right to control their own body. The problem is there is no such right.

Imagine this scenario: a 14 year old girl driving a car in the United States. This alone violates at least three laws: (1) there is an age requirement for driving the automobile (which she has not attained yet) and therefore she is (2) driving an automobile without a drivers license and (3) without auto insurance. In most places in the US these three laws are in effect, thus the 14 year old girl is violating all of them. But let’s add a few more details to this hypothetical. She is driving the car with an open beer bottle which violates at least two more laws: (4) under age drinking and (5) there is an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. Now imagine she is (6) driving without wearing a seat belt, (7) texting while driving, (8) driving faster than allowed on that particular stretch of road, (9) driving on the wrong side of the road, and (10) driving while nude.

I doubt all these things violate the law in all areas of the US, but in some places this fictional character is violating the law in all ten ways. And here’s the catch: if you’re reading this chances are you approve of at least one law alluded to in the hypothetical scenario. And since you support at least one of those laws, you support restricting what a person can or cannot do with their own body. No one has the absolute right to control their own body, and no one believes in such a thing.

So what’s so wrong with laws like these? It depends. Most people support such laws because of how they affect others. Admittedly, seeing a teenage girl driving naked could very well have a similar effect on other drivers as driving a car while texting or while drunk could have on the girl herself. It’s because of the effect on other people that most of us find ourselves willing to accept laws restricting our freedom. And that’s why abortion opponents oppose killing babies: because it’s KILLING PEOPLE!

Another lie abortion supports offer is that opponents want to force women to be mothers, completely ignoring the fact that pro-lifers frequently argue for adoption. No one arguing against abortion is arguing for the enslavement of women.

To the defenders of abortion the issue has never been about babies. The issue has always been about control of women, because being able to kill one’s own child is somehow deemed as empowerment and liberating, and a right. That’s how abortion supporters see it, and they are welcome to their view. But they are not entitled to define other people’s opinions. Their elitist stance drives them to pretend everyone treats abortion as about whatever abortion supporters say it is about. And they have to, because recognizing personhood for the child threatens the entire abortion economy and power structure, just like recognizing personhood for slaves threatened that of slavery.

Opponents of abortion are not interested in controlling women any more than opponents of slavery were opposed to property rights. To abortion opponents the issue has always been about babies. Those who call abortion opponents “anti-choice” are just as small minded and dishonest about abortion as slave owners were about abolitionists. I’m not asking or demanding abortion supporters agree with opponents, I’m merely asking supporters to stop lying about what opponents actually want and fight for. Purposefully misrepresenting your opposition makes you look like a fraud, and it makes you look incapable of tolerating dissenting points of view. And your reputation for being small minded and dishonest has had such a negative effect on your movement that even an abortion professional is suggesting you simply admit you support killing babies.

No one fighting against abortion is trying roll back women’s rights. If you can’t see that you are either a blithering idiot or a liar. And possibly both. I’m talking to you, Chauncey DeVega.

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Will America listen to this baby’s story?

Abortion supporters have produced a book of a 3-year-old defending the abortion of his sister. It’s a work of fiction designed to remove the stigma of abortion.

Listen to the Baby Planned Parenthood Can’t Silence

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The awesomest “pro-choice” defense of Planned Parenthood…ever

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Pelosi won’t watch Planned Parenthood videos, but is SURE they’re fake

original article: Pelosi won’t watch Planned Parenthood videos, but is SURE they’re fake
September 27, 2015 by Carmine Sabia

Listening to Nancy Pelosi speak is like watching somebody’s mouth fall down the stairs.

On Sunday, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked the House minority leader if she had watched the undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress that show Planned Parenthood officials engaging in the sale of the body parts of aborted babies.

As usual, nimble Nancy sidestepped the question.

“I don’t stipulate that these videos are real,” she said, in the stilted, lawyer talk commonly used by people named Clinton and other liars. “No I haven’t seen…I’ve seen some news reports of it, but I also know that some of it is not real and you can create any reality that you want.

“I think they [the Center for Medical Progress] should be investigated. As to how they obtained those and doctored those and had them be accepted as something that was an indictment against Planned Parenthood, because that’s not true.”

Tapper did his best to make Pelosi look like a human as he reached for any reason she might be angry at Planned Parenthood officials — even if only for the fact that they allowed themselves to get caught — but Pelosi, appearing well-rehearsed, just handed him more gibberish.

“I think that Planned Parenthood has excellent leadership. Cecile Richards, the president, is a spectacular leader in our country,” she said. “I do think that Planned Parenthood is many people that consist of many state organizations and some of them not as, how shall I say, aware of the assault that was going to be made on them and they spoke in a way that could be misinterpreted.”

Pelosi hasn’t watched the videos, but she’s sure they’re fake, and the party she wants investigated are the people who produced them. The people actually selling the dismembered lungs and hearts of infants destroyed in their mothers’ wombs? They’re the kind of “excellent leadership” America is pining for.

Hey, Nancy,  you have to watch them first to see what’s in them. Sound familiar?

Social media blasted the former House speaker. (see full article)

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Does Hillary Clinton know about Protestants?

Let’s see if you can follow the logic. First, Catholics are supposed to oppose abortion and birth control. Second, many Republicans oppose abortion. Therefore Republicans oppose birth control or all Republicans are Catholic.

If you see a flaw in that reasoning you may be capable of independent thought, in which case you can see through Hillary Clinton’s glib propaganda in defense of Planned Parenthood. It’s not even artful propaganda. It’s shallow, mindless drivel offered by a supposedly smart woman in an attempt to turn the tables on Republicans in light of the recent scandal Planned Parenthood found itself in. To defend Planned Parenthood and to help deflect attention away from the astonishing undercover videos, Mrs. Clinton is trying to help her liberal base make logical connections that make no sense whatsoever. If she can suggest all Republicans oppose birth control I can suggest she doesn’t know Protestants exist.

original article: Hillary Clinton Again Defends Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Babies, Lies About Pro-Lifers
September 23, 2015 by STEVEN ERTELT

Abortion advocate Hillary Clinton is trying to turn the tables on the pro-life Republican presidential candidates who have gone after her for defending Planned Parenthood even after it was caught selling aborted babies and their body parts. Now, Clinton is trying to go on offense by making false claims that they oppose contraception.

Clinton recently had a long interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board in which she dismissed and refused to answer questions about how Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby body parts.

“I will continue to defend Planned Parenthood, because services that Planned Parenthood provides are broad, and necessary for millions of American women. Five hundred thousand breast screening exams. A lot of other screening programs that are carried out. Family planning and contraceptive testing for HIV AIDS.

“The Republican have made it clear in recent years that they are not only opposed to abortion, which they have been for quite some time. They’re increasingly opposed to family planning and contraception. This is a direct assault on a woman’s right to choose health care. Forget about abortion, which is something that a limited number of Planned Parenthood facilities perform, with not a penny of federal money.

“The money they want to cut off…is money that goes to health services. That is why it’s important that we continue to try to educate the public and draw a very clear line in defense of Planned Parenthood.”

Never mind that not only do pro-life Republicans support contraception they have pushed to support the sale of non-abortifacient birth control over the counter. Clinton’s claim that pro-life republicans oppose birth control is patently false — as polling data showsRepublicans support contraception.

Clinton ignores the 10 videos showing Planned Parenthood apparently violating multiple federal laws in order to maximize the profit it makes selling aborted babies and their body parts.

She also ignores Planned Parenthood’s own figures showing it doing more and more abortions. The abortion giant Planned Parenthood released its 2013 annual report and the new numbers indicate it did more abortions than the year before — killing 327,653 babies in abortions while taking in millions in taxpayer funds.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America  released its 2013-2014 Annual Report and Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League, broke down the numbers.The report indicates Planned Parenthood did 327,653 abortions in 2013, an increase over the 327,166 abortions it did in 2012.

While it remains America’s biggest abortion corporation, the “nonprofit” continued to make money — bringing in $305.4 million last year and $305.3 million this year. Planned Parenthood continued to receive over a half-billion dollars in taxpayer money, as it took in $540 million in 2012 and $528 million in 2013.

“Despite this lack of increase in its primary business, Planned Parenthood continued to receive over a half-billion dollars in taxpayer money,” Sedlak said. “It has such a tremendous publicity machine that it convinced corporate and private donors to increase donations by more than $75 million (from $315.4 million to $391.8 million).”

“The increased donations, plus an increase of $28 million in “other operating revenue” and the reduction in costs from closing clinics, led to a near-record $127.1 million in profits for the largest abortion chain in the nation. This was the second highest reported annual profit in Planned Parenthood’s history,” he explained to LifeNews.

Some other takeaways from Planned Parenthood’s own figures:

  • In 2013, abortions made up 94% of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services.
  • For every adoption referral, Planned Parenthood performed 174 abortions.
  • While abortions rose, Planned Parenthood adoption referrals dropped 14% in one year, and prenatal care services dropped 4%.
  • Planned Parenthood’s cancer prevention services are down 17% over one year, and contraceptive services dropped by 4%.
  • During fiscal year 2013-2014, Planned Parenthood received more than $528 million in taxpayer funding, or more than $1.4 million per day, in the form of government grants, contracts, and Medicaid reimbursements.
  • Taxpayer funding accounts for 41% of Planned Parenthood’s overall revenue.
  • Planned Parenthood reported more than $127 million in excess revenue, and more than $1.4 billion in net assets.

While it did more abortions, Planned Parenthood’s contraceptive business declined from 3,724.558 customers in 2012 to 3,577,348 customers in 2013.

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Pro-Abortion Students at American U. Tear Down Pro-Life Fliers

original article: Pro-Abortion Students Tear Down Pro-Life Fliers, Take Pictures Bragging About the Vandalism
September 24, 2015 by KRISTAN HAWKINS

The #WomenBetrayed National Day of Student Action has had its first vandalism case. This one is at American University in Washington, DC, where flyers AU Justice League – Ripping Down Fliers (2)exposing Planned Parenthood were posted around campus late last night and then subsequently torn down and mocked on social media by the liberals on campus (tolerance? yeah right).

Planned Parenthood is terrified of pro-life students on college campuses because that’s where the base of their clientele are at. They and their allies will do everything they can to stop the pro-life message from reaching students, even resorting to vandalism and destruction. It’s thanks to courageous pro-life students, like those at American University, who are fearless in the face of injustice and will fight to make sure their message is heard loud and clear that Planned Parenthood betrays women and their babies.

We’ll let Tristan Justice, a freshman at AU, tell us what happened:

I am a freshman here at American University studying communications, law, economics, and government. I am an active participant in the College Republicans and am bringing in projects for the group to participate in such as the Women Betrayed National Day of Action.

Last night at 10 PM, I rallied together a few college republicans to put up pro-life fliers around campus in preparation for the Women Betrayed National Day of Action. However, the posters did not last long, as another student group known as the “AU Justice League” tore them down just hours later and tweeted “We had some fun with the collegAU Pro-life Fliers (2)e republican posters tonight. Let us know if we missed any guys!” with a picture of the torn down posters crumpled together with what appears to be someone’s middle finger pointed at them. I went to bed shortly after we were done posting the fliers around campus but woke up this morning and saw the tweet mentioned by another college republican.

This is a classic example of liberal intolerance occurring on college campuses. The posters were not even up overnight until the left decided they were offended by them and tore them down. It goes to show that when the left is challenged, they respond with intolerance.

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Planned Parenthood Guts Babies And Sells Their Organs, But Who Really Cares?

original article: Planned Parenthood Guts Babies And Sells Their Organs, But Who Really Cares?
September 15, 2015 by Matt Walsh

Not to spoil the ending, but to answer the question in the headline: apparently, not very many people. And now there’s a new Planned Parenthood undercover video out that’s sure to give our country another opportunity to disgrace and damn itself by ignoring the holocaust of children.

It’s the 10th one in the series, and possibly the most revealing. Unless you regularly read pro-life news sources (and you should, especially LifeSiteNews, which is one of the best websites on the entire internet), you probably won’t see much reporting on the subject. I’m a commentator myself, not a reporter, but because both the new and old media have so profoundly failed to do their job, I’ll dedicate the first part of this post to simply giving you the straight news.

Here are the bullet points summarizing each clip in the video, which appears to have been recorded during some sort of ritzy conference for well heeled baby killers:

1. Dr. Carolyn Weshoff, Planned Parenthood’s senior medical adviser, sips some tasty wine while discussing dividing up the dead children and selling them to various clients. She says the people she works with don’t want stem cells, but “particular tissues” like “cardiac” or “eyes” or “neural” or “spinal cords.” She says they can sell any part of a murdered baby. Laughing heartily, she reminds the undercover investigator that they can provide “gonads — oh my God, gonads.” She promises that all of the body parts are “fresh,” like meat from the local deli. She smirks and says that selling the fresh testicles of murdered children can become a “huge PR issue,” and urges secrecy and discretion.

2. Dr. Vanessa Cullins, another high ranking Planned Parenthood official, admits that these transactions could “destroy” their organization if they don’t “time the conversations correctly.”

3. Deb VanDerhei, the national director for the Consortium of Abortion Providers at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, asks the buyer if he “just wants livers.” He says he’s looking for everything. She asks about “remuneration,” which is a fancy word for financial compensation. She brings up the question of profits on her own and without prompting, and worries that the kickbacks be handled “carefully” because “the headlines would be a disaster.”

This theme is returned to at multiple points throughout the footage. Planned Parenthood was obviously very concerned that their black market human trafficking would end up landing them on the front pages or in prison. Perhaps the most depressing part of the video is that there hasn’t been any headlines or any jail time for any of these people. Even they, it turns out, are surprised that nobody cares about them carving up and cannibalizing dead infants. She says PPFA doesn’t have a policy on “tissue procurment,” which, she admits, “is relatively intentional.”

4. Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who we’ve met in previous installments, smiles coyly and confirms there “are no guidelines” and “there will never be guidelines.” Basically, PPFA affiliates can do whatever they want. “Nothing is written,” she says again. She’s practically screaming subliminally that clinics can sell babies for whatever price and for whatever reason. There are absolutely no ethical restrictions imposed from within. From her facial expressions, she appears to be rather proud of this fact.

5. VanDerhei, again worrying about the “headlines,” says she wants clinics to only sell dead babies if it’s “worth it.” She says she knows they can “generate a fair amount of income doing this,” which is a statement that flies directly in the face of pro-choice propaganda claiming PPFA isn’t motivated by profit. She openly plots the cover up for this illegal operation, telling the buyer she’s “not comfortable having the conversation through email.”

6. Vanessa Russo, an official with Planned Parenthood Keystone, talks very openly about her intention to break the law. She says she “won’t be bullied by ridiculous law” (because laws that protect children from being dismembered and sold for parts are, in her mind, ridiculous). She denies that Planned Parenthood “should curtail its business for ridiculousness” (the law is the “ridiculousness” in this case). VanDerhei responds by telling Russo that PPFA doesn’t plan to curtail its business at all. They’ve been given the all clear to “go for it” and collect “remuneration.”

To summarize, Planned Parenthood murders children, thinks its funny to sever their testicles, sells the body parts to generate income, and conspires very explicitly to skirt the laws and hide their illegal activities. We knew all of these facts already, but it’s no less outrageous, despicable, depraved, evil, revolting, and infuriating. Even if none of these points are revelations, this video is still the most important news item since the last video was released. If you haven’t shared the video, you should, because it’s more relevant than anything else you’ve shared or talked about today, guaranteed.

It’s been established well beyond a reasonable doubt that these serial killers are breaking the law. Wake up, fools of America: they’re admitting it on camera. How many times do they have to say “this law is ridiculous and here’s how we intend to break it” before we arrive at the conclusion that perhaps they think the laws are ridiculous and have no problem breaking them? Besides, whichever parts of their operation are legal — like the part where they slaughter the innocent lives to begin with — shouldn’t be. Legal or not,none of this should be funded by the American taxpayer; none of this should be tolerated by a supposedly “Christian country;” none of this should be allowed to go on; none of this should be ignored by so many millions; and none of these activities should elicit anything but a deep and primal hatred from the pit of your soul.

Decent people hate abortion. Moral people hate abortion. God hates abortion. I suppose, then, it’s no wonder our culture is so indifferent on the subject.

I pledged that I would continue writing about these videos for as long as the Center For Medical Progress releases them, but I must admit I’m feeling rather defeated nowadays. After the first bit of footage was made public a few months ago, I hoped an awakening might be on the horizon. I prayed this heroic campaign by CMP would be a devastating blow to the abortion industry. I begged God that He might use this to slap our dull, tired, and distracted populace out of its pathetic stupor. I believed that, so long as these videos continued to surface, there might be a chance for real change. I hoped, at the very least, everyone who calls themselves “conservative” or “Christian” would rally together, realizing that protecting our children from these mercenaries ought to be our primary and most crucial goal. I wished — perhaps I even had a little faith — that “the right” would rise to the occasion and absolutely obsess over this issue until something is done about it.

I don’t want to throw in the towel or abandon all of these hopes, but 10 videos later, it appears I was overly optimistic. The polls tell us public opinion of Planned Parenthood has remained basically unchanged. Those who supported the slaughter of babies before all of this, still do. The disgraceful wimps who were too weak and selfish to have much of a perspective on the matter before all of this, still don’t. The true civil rights champions who gave voice to the voiceless and fought for life and liberty before all of this, obviously still are. There isn’t much evidence that people have crossed over from one category to another. It is a staggering and comprehensible indictment on our culture that 10 videos of abortionists chopping up and selling infants hardly moved the needle at all.

Naturally, the story has been buried by the news media. Even Fox, the supposedly conservative outlet, treats it like a relatively minor item. In the debates last month, they asked one candidate onequestion about Planned Parenthood, and it was more of a cheap “gotcha” attempt than an opportunity to actually hear where these people stand on defunding the abortion industry. Some conservative commentators have been all over this scandal, but many others, like Ann Coulter, remain utterly and shamefully silent (although to be fair, Coulter did take the time to call pro-lifers “p*ssies”). Social media hasn’t been much better. As I write this, the most recent video is not a trending topic on either Facebook or Twitter. Instead, the top stories are Donald Trump, college football, and Hispanic Heritage Month.

And, in the midst of all of this, which Republican leads in the polls? Not the ardently pro-life Ted Cruz, who vows to prosecute Planned Parenthood officials and open a federal investigation into the abortion industry on the first day of his tenure, but the moderate, former partial birth abortion advocate Donald Trump, who brags of donating to rabidly pro-abortion politicians, says that an extremist pro-abortion judge would make a “phenomenal” Supreme Court justice, recently insisted that Planned Parenthood “does good work,” repeated debunked pro-choice talking points about how abortion is “only a small part of what they do,” andpromised to keep funding them. Children are dying by the millions, the abortion industry has been exposed, the time is ripe to wage a serious battle against the most evil institution of our time, and this is who “conservatives” are turning to. Again, staggering and incomprehensible.

Many conservative thought leaders, like Laura Ingraham and Michael Savage and Sean Hannity, have exacerbated the problem, turning their backs on the pro-life movement and the conservative cause by shilling for the most pro-choice Republican in the race. Meanwhile, allegedly conservative websites likeBreitbart make passing mentions of baby harvesting before going right back to incessantly advocating for one of the only guys in the field who promises to keep the status quo on Planned Parenthood. Principled conservatives are learning who they can trust and who they can’t, and the latter category is rapidly growing.

As for our “conservative” representatives in the federal government, they’ve already forfeited the fight, saying they won’t try to strip tax funding from the murderers of babies if it means risking a politically inconvenient government shutdown. Instead, they’ll give us show votes on impotent legislation whileworking to undermine any effort that might actually achieve some sort of result. Several states have responded much more forcefully, but these were mostly states that already provided strong protections for unborn life. Overall, the paradigm doesn’t appear to have shifted very much.

Pro-lifers have suffered a complete betrayal. Much more egregiously, our children have been betrayed. At precisely the moment in history when the pro-life movement is gifted with the best ammunition it’s ever had, many who are supposed to be on our side have deserted us. We are standing here on the battlefield ready to wage war in the name of life and liberty, and as we look around we see our compatriots dropping their weapons and running for the hills. Pro-lifers are finding out what our country and our alleged allies are truly made of, and it’s not pretty. It’s just not pretty.

If you’re looking for someone to offer up a cheerful angle, I’m not the guy. I feel a deep rage and sadness, and it grows every day, especially when I see these videos and I think about all of the children who are murdered by “doctors” and forsaken by their families and their nation. I have never in my life been more disgusted with the country that I love. I feel like flags should be flown at half mast or taken down altogether, in mourning not only of the lost lives, but of America’s lost soul. How can I take “pride” in a culture and a country that fails in its most basic and fundamental task — to protect and love its children? How can I call this the “home of the brave” when we aren’t even brave enough to come together and stop the abortion industry from exterminating a million babies in the next year? How can I say “God bless America” when inside I am really begging Him to finally rain His perfect justice upon us, whatever the cost?

I will still fight. I will still do whatever I can in my own insignificant way to pull us out of this abyss of self-centerdness and moral depravity. I will still desperately pray that God will cure me of my own cowardice, weakness, selfishness, and sin, so that I can be a more effective and dedicated advocate for life and truth. I will still search for the hope and purpose in all of this, but it’s a struggle.

Maybe I’ve despaired too quickly. Maybe there are pro-life victories ahead, even if it doesn’t look like it now. Maybe we will finally snap out of our apathetic haze and see that the ground we’re walking on is covered in the bloody bodies of our own children. Maybe we’ll wake up and be a good, decent, Christian people again.

Maybe.

I have to believe it’s possible. These days, belief is all I have.

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When a law is revised eight times, it’s worth asking whether or not it should ever have been enacted in the first place

August 22, 2014 by BARRETT DUKE AND ANDREW T. WALKER

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new ruleregarding its requirement for certain faith-based non-profit organizations and closely held for-profits to provide abortion-causing drugs and devices to their employees through their health plans. This is the eighth revision to the Health and Human Services Mandate. And regrettably, the government still falls short of understanding the concerns surrounding religious liberty. We are pleased that HHS recognizes that they cannot force some of our nation’s faith community to violate their consciences on a matter as significant as life, but we are deeply disappointed that they still believe they should be the arbiters of the line between what constitutes protected religious activity and what does not.

This new regulation was drawn up partly in response to the Supreme Court’s decision protecting Hobby Lobby and other faith-based businesses from the HHS mandate to provide these items to their employees. The Administration also felt the new regulation was necessary because many faith-based organizations complained that they were being treated differently from other faith-based organizations in the application of the original regulation. These groups rightly complained that the administration had taken on itself the task of determining which faith-based groups qualified for exemption from the mandate, mostly “houses of worship.” All others were required to submit a form justifying their claim for exemption and authorizing the government to contact their insurer to arrange for the provision of these drugs and devices.

The new rule does little to change that dichotomy. All it does is move the line. Non-exempt faith-based organizations, i.e., just about everyone except “houses of worship,” will still be required to submit paperwork to the government declaring their religious claim of exemption. The government has resorted to shuffling paperwork, not ceasing its conscience-paving ways. The new rule no longer puts these organizations in the position of authorizing the government to contact their insurer to require the provision of these abortion and contraceptive items. But the result is the same. Upon notification by the organization, the government will take it on itself to notify the organization’s insurer and require provision of these items. In other words, if you do not meet the government’s classification as an “exempt” organization, your insurer will still be providing abortion and contraceptive services to your employees, regardless of your objection.

Essentially, the administration has set itself up as the grand inquisitor, determining who is religious enough to merit the government’s benevolence and who is not. The religious liberty violations that led to countless court cases, remains. Some of the non-favored organizations still affected by this rule have been providing faith-based ministry for more than 100 years. Their claims of faith-informed conscience objections are well established and deserve unqualified, unquestioned accommodation in the same way “houses of worship” receive them. If “houses of worship” and similar groups are exempted from having these items provided to their employees, these other groups should receive the same exemption. A second proposed rule stipulates the regulations for defining what constitutes a closely-held for-profit company, a move in response to the government’s loss in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., case earlier this summer.

The Administration’s new rule for the HHS Mandate has not alleviated our concerns about its disregard for religious freedom. The rule reveals the administration remains committed to advancing sexual liberty over First Amendment protected religious liberty. The rule still runs afoul of faith and conscience in the following ways:

● It empowers the government to decide whose faith-driven activity is religious enough to merit its exemption.

● It requires taxpayers to cover the cost of abortion-causing drugs and devices.

● It violates the administration’s commitment in the original passage of the ACA not to include abortion in its approved plans.

● It forces some faith-based organizations with clear conscience objections to choose between violating their consciences regarding abortion or contraception and government prosecution.

As Christians, we can respond in the following ways:

● Remember that God is aware. He has not abandoned His people.

● Pray that God will give understanding to those continuing to try to force people of faith to violate their consciences.

● Pray that God will help Congress respond in a way that will assure conscience protections.

● Call your congressman and senators and ask them to act on behalf of people of faith. You can get their contact information here.

● Write a letter to the editor of your local paper explaining why you oppose the new regulation.

● Contact the White House and express your opposition in a courteous but firm manner.

●Contact any ministries or businesses that you know are affected by the mandate and let them know you are praying for them.

● Pray that God will raise up the leaders our nation needs to restore legal protections for the unborn at any stage of life.

original article: New HHS Rules Still Problematic for Religious Liberty

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