GOP presidential candidates: Investigate Planned Parenthood for selling aborted baby parts

After an undercover video released from The Center for Medical Progress showed that Planned Parenthood was trafficking aborted baby parts for profit, Louisiana Governor and presidential candidate Bobby Jindal made one of the first moves to investigate the abortion profiteer. Jindal has called for a state investigation into all Planned Parenthood operations in the state of Louisiana.

The abortion giant is currently in process of building a $4.2 million, 8,000 sq. ft. abortion center in New Orleans. For now, that’s on hold, Jindal said:

“This same organization is seeking to open an abortion clinic in New Orleans. I have instructed Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals to conduct an immediate investigation into this alleged evil and illegal activity and to not issue any licenses until this investigation is complete. I am also asking the FBI to assist DHH in investigating this alleged criminal activity by this organization.”

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Representative Dr. Linda Halderman Blasts California Proposal to Allow Non-Doctors to Perform Surgical Abortions

California Representative Dr. Linda Halderman

This week California state representative Dr. Linda Halderman blasted Senate Bill 1501 which was introduced by Sen. Christine Kehoe, (D-San Diego). The bill will permit non-doctors such as midwives and physicians assistants to perform surgical termination procedures.  Pro-life representative Dr. Halderman shared her concerns about the bill in an almost 30 minute radio appearance on the Ray Appleton radio program. You can hear the audio here. The Ray Appleton show is one of the most listened to talk programs in central California.

How Some Kids With A Van Are Changing The Pro-Life Movement

David Pomerantz

On March 13, in Dallas, TX, an organization you’ve probably never heard of is going to revolutionize the pro-life movement.

It starts with a kid from Philly, a bus in New York, and an idea that brought him quite by accident to the city where Roe v. Wade started — the city where he hopes abortion will finally meet its match.

David Pomerantz, 23, does not look like a pro-lifer or a practicing Christian. He looks like a vegan hipster with emo hair. As a matter of fact, he sort of is a vegan hipster with emo hair. If you visit his loft apartment in an industrial section of downtown Dallas, he will offer you fermented tea with organic honey. You can lounge in a beanbag chair and talk about art while he surfs his Macbook and plays indie music and talks about Jesus.

A polite, friendly young man with a laconic kid-from-nowhere accent and a direct blue gaze, David Pomerantz — “Dave” to his friends — does not jibe with the stereotypical image of the angry activist holding signs outside a clinic. And he doesn’t mind, because that’s not the kind of pro-life activist Dave is.

He hails from Philadelphia, but he was attending Word of Life, a two-year Bible institute in New York, when he met Chris Slattery and Julie Beyel of EMC (Expectant Mother Care), a Manhattan pregnancy resource center. He was astonished to find that EMC had formulated a “new model” for approaching women outside abortion clinics.

EMC had a bus equipped with a sonogram machine. By approaching women outside the clinic with the offer of free help, with no mention of a pro-life ideology, they were able to see a staggering success rate. In fact, by their estimate, about 70% of women who got on the bus for a sonogram decided not to abort. In one day, they saw nine women decide on life for their children.

They did some simple math, and realized that if this success continued, 15 to 25 women a week, or about 800 a year, would choose life.

Excited by the possibilities inherent in this new approach, Dave contacted his friend and mentor Joe Baker, who flew in from Philly to see the results firsthand. Equally impressed, the two began to ferment the idea that would become Save the Storks.

Dave was already planning on attending Southwestern Theological Seminary in Dallas, so he headed down south. With Joe Baker developing the art and marketing, and the generous help of Dallas-based organization Get Involved for Life and other private donors to bring to life a sleeker, smaller, more mobile ultrasound vehicle, they were off and running.

Save the Storks was born. Or, if you prefer, flown in through the window.

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with America’s Original Feminists

Many view Roe vs. Wade as the court decision that gave women in the United States more rights. In reality, it was verdict that stripped human beings of the basic right to life, and lead women into a future of unfathomable exploitation. If today you are against abortion, you are thought to be against feminism and against women. But America’s first feminists were strong women standing up for equal rights, even for the unborn. March is Women’s History Month, which provides us with the perfect opportunity to teach our daughters about these women who have fought not only for the rights of women, but for the rights of the unborn as well.

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) campaigned across the country for the anti-slavery movement, and the rights of women to vote, to work and to own property. Throughout her life, she worked as an agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society, as the president of the Workingwomen’s Central Association, and as the president of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association (NWSA). She founded the voice of the NWSA, called The Revolution. Anthony was anti-abortion.

 “All the articles on this subject (abortion) that I have read have been from men. They denounce women as alone guilty, and never include man in any plans for the remedy. . . Guilty? Yes. No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed (abortion). It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; But oh, thrice guilty is he who drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime!”

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China Attempts to Make One Child Policy More Palatable

China has undertaken a project to make their “slogans” for the One Child Policy sound better to the ear.  Well, at least that’s their goal.  According to the BBC News, China’s Communist Party conducted research on the slogans found around China concerning the policy.

Research by China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission, published in the People’s Daily, concluded that a quarter of slogans posted in furtherance of its policies had been crude and harsh in the past. It described some as spine-chilling.

Among the examples it cited were, “Kill all your family if you don’t follow the rule” and, “If you escape (sterilisation), we’ll hunt you down; if you want to hang yourself, we’ll give you the rope”.

The research said milder expressions should be used to “avoid offending the public and stoking social tensions”.

Of course, the Chinese media—which is the government’s media—blamed officials in local areas for the unpalatable slogans.  They also ensured that everyone knows the One Child Policy will go nowhere.  According to those in power in China, the policy is there to stay.  Read more China Attempts to Make One Child Policy More Palatable

Help Keep Abortion Out of Prince Edward Island – Act Now!

Canada’s “ACTIVE-8” Campaign has the motto “I can make a difference“. In the last 2 years, the organization has brought together 16 young Atlantic Canadians who are an “inspiration for all of us who dream of a better world.” Together, these 16 ambassadors have contributed 5,433 acts toward the common good.

Right now, these ambassadors are competing for a $1,000 scholarship by rallying people to “pledge” for them. Each candidate has chosen a platform to run on by selecting an issue they feel strongly about, and will use the award toward.

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Fetal Pain Legislation Would Halt Abortion 20 Weeks into Pregnancy

“I’m just concerned this abortion legislation de-humanizes and objectifies women, turning them into mere incubation machines for babies.”

It was a strange objection to hear from the black, female, Democratic State Representative sitting on the Judicial Non-Civil Committee considering Georgia House Bill 954, legislation that has become known as “the Fetal Pain Bill.” If anyone should be able to appreciate the horror of discrimination against babies in the womb, one would think a member of a “double minority” (black + woman) would, but on this day, two black, female Democrats were tag-teaming to pummel those speaking in favor of the bill with questions and objections.

One of these State Representatives said she’s so upset with pro-life legislation like the Fetal Pain Bill (which in her opinion, “legislates women’s reproductive rights”) that in protest, she introduced a counter bill that would ban Georgia men from having vasectomies. Regardless of whether someone likes the idea of vasectomies, of course, no one believes that a vasectomy kills a human person.  But these kinds of red-herring arguments are a common way that anti-life opponents are now attempting to obscure the child.

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Outrageous: Ethicists Argue For Acceptance of “After-Birth Abortions”

According to two Australian ethicists, the baby in that photo should be killed if the parents so wish it, in what they call “after-birth abortion”. It’s not infanticide or murder to them. No, it’s just another form of abortion, because newborns aren’t really people yet. And while it sounds crazy and horrific, this unfortunately isn’t something I’m making up.

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The MORAL Basis for Defending All Human Life

“Moral” is defined as “concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character.”  I think most of us can agree that there are right and wrong ways to behave and that humans can demonstrate both good and bad character.  So, on the issue of abortion—and the issue of defending human life in general—what is the moral position to take?

First, in order to come to any sort of moral conclusion in the matter, we need to make a basic assumption that this article is predicated on:  we’re talking about human lives.  You can’t argue against my conclusions on the basis that an unborn child isn’t a unique, living human being.  We’re already assuming that based on the Scientific Basis for Defending All Human Life.  If you don’t believe that an unborn child is a human being, you have an issue with science and morality, but you may need to resolve your science first.

Abortion: equally immoral as the Holocaust.

Next, let’s ask and answer four questions.  1)  What is the result of declaring certain classes of humans as “less” than others?  2)  We all agree that Hitler’s genocide of the Jews was wrong and immoral.  How does this relate to abortion?  4)  Is it actually wrong to fail to stand up for innocent lives?  5)  What should good moral character compel me to do?  Read more The MORAL Basis for Defending All Human Life

Abortion Funding Muddies the Waters of DC Budget Controversy

Because it is the nation’s capital, the District of Columbia works a little differently from most localities.

For starters, its budgets are subject to review by the United States Congress. The legislative branch of the federal government is currently considering whether or not to give DC greater control over its own budget, but the specter of abortion is complicating the decision.  The Huffington Post states:

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which oversees D.C. affairs, expressed his commitment late last year to giving budget autonomy to the District to help city government avoid a shutdown whenever Congress appears unable to pass a spending bill.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), Mayor Vincent Gray and others welcomed the proposal but reluctantly rejected the plan Issa unveiled in November because it contained a provision barring local funding for abortions — a move Issa said was necessary to win Republican votes. Read more Abortion Funding Muddies the Waters of DC Budget Controversy

Chinese Mothers Forced to Flee to U.S. to Give Birth

Jenny Liu of the Epoch Times interviewed three Chinese couples who were forced to flee to the United States to save their babies.  For all three of the couples, the babies they wanted to save were second children and deemed “illegal” and “out-of-plan” by China.

In order to enforce their long-standing One Child Policy, China slaps heavy fines on parents who have out-of-plan pregnancies.  Or, if the parents are too poor to pay, forced abortions are the order of the day.  Women are dragged into clinics and their babies are violently taken from their wombs if they do not voluntarily submit.

Reggie Littlejohn of Women's Rights Without Frontiers speaks out against China's forced abortion policy.

Though it’s a difficult and harrowing task to escape Chinese authorities, some mothers are able to flee outside the country—including to the U.S.—to give birth to their babies.

Take, for example, the compelling story of Mrs. Liu who has already had a previous abortion due to China’s policy:

The day before she left China, the officials came to her mother’s home to check on her. To look thinner and not pregnant, she tied a belt around her waist before meeting with them, Mrs. Liu said.

“They asked me to sign a guarantee statement saying that I was not pregnant, and that I would take responsibility for any consequences if I were [pregnant].”

Mr. and Mrs. Liu thought that the worst thing that could happen to them was paying the fines or losing their jobs. But later they found that the water supply, electricity, and heating of their apartment were cut off. Mrs. Liu’s parking space was also taken away, and they realized that they might even lose their apartment.

In order to save the husband’s job, the couple even considered divorce as a last resort, because if their apartment were confiscated, they would not be able to afford another one, even if they spent their life savings, Mrs. Liu said.

Mrs. Liu was eventually able to leave China and come to the United States, using the opportunity of accompanying her son to study abroad. But officials didn’t stop harassing them even after she left China.

“They even planned on sending someone over to ‘settle the score’ with me, but gave it up after learning that it wouldn’t work in the United States.”

On Dec. 2, Mrs. Liu gave birth to a healthy baby in Los Angeles.

“After seeing my baby, I felt that I could give up anything,” she said.  Read more Chinese Mothers Forced to Flee to U.S. to Give Birth

San Diego Senator Pushes for Greater Abortion Access at the Expense of Women’s Health

On Friday, Sen. Christine Kehoe proposed a bill in the California Senate that would greatly expand who can be an abortion provider in California.  Apparently, there is current confusion in California over exactly who can perform abortions.  Kehoe’s bill would

…clarify that the estimated 16,000 trained nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants in the state could provide first-trimester abortions in outpatient clinics and doctor’s offices.

Likely referring to the oft-cited claim that 86% of U.S. counties do not have an abortion provider, Kehoe claims that her bill will give greater access to abortion to rural women who would otherwise incur what Kehoe considers multiple hardships and great expense.  Ironically, the U-T San Diego News article reports that one of those hardships would be missing time away from “other children.”  “Other children” of course admits that the sought abortion is designed to kill a child, but I digress.

According to California Senate Bill 1501 the new category of “providers” would be allowed to perform “an abortion by medication or aspiration techniques.”  Basically, these providers would be allowed to give women the necessary medication for a Mifeprex/Misoprostol “do-it-yourself” abortion (read about these; they are horrifying), and they would also be allowed to use a vacuum machine to suck out the baby in the first trimester.

 

Kehoe’s bill does face opposition, notably from Assemblyman Brian Jones who makes several excellent points.

“That’s pretty aggressive,” he said. “My immediate question is where and how are they going to do these procedures. It sounds like they want to turn the clock back to the back ally practices they were against.”  Read more San Diego Senator Pushes for Greater Abortion Access at the Expense of Women’s Health