TIME’S Writer Thanks Rick Santorum for His Daughter’s Smile

Occasionally, in this world of liberal and biased media, a sane voice makes its way to the surface.  TIME Magazine’s Joe Klein has written a poignant salute to Rick Santorum, admitting that his daughter Bella’s smile has given him cause to stop and think.

Sometimes, it seems easy for some to stay in the same old rut, regardless of what we believe.  Pro-lifers sometimes fail to provide practical help for women who choose to keep and raise their children, though many pregnancy centers and ultrasound buses are a model of exactly what pro-lifers should be doing.  Pro-choicers seem to focus on convenience and to believe in the false weakness and helplessness of women—regardless of modern science, the amazing “window to the womb” that 3D and 4D ultrasounds provide, and the research on how abortion hurts women, too.

But I have to say that I admire any pro-choicer who allows themself to be moved by a compelling pro-life story, fact, or argument.  Or a pro-life face like Bella Santorum’s.

What, after all, does it hurt to stop and think about the consequences of your beliefs?  What do your beliefs really say about you and how you view the world?  What does your advocacy for “choice” do to the helpless and innocent who surround us in this world?
So, if you are pro-choice, I ask you to read the words of Joe Klein, look at the face of Bella Santorum, and stop and think for a minute.  Read more TIME’S Writer Thanks Rick Santorum for His Daughter’s Smile

Huffington Post Writer: Caring About Someone Else’s Baby Isn’t Christian But Creepy

Joining other ultra-liberals like Tosh.O’s star Daniel Tosh, is the Huffington Post’s Gavin Schulman.  Apparently, making light of abortion and viewing it as comedy is now the cool thing to do.  This morning, I was appalled to find an article defending abortion on Huff Post’s comedy page.  Cause yeah, people, abortion really is comedy central.

Mr. Schulman’s favorite line in his oh-so-funny article appears to be “who cares?”  Who cares about abortion?  It’s not a big deal. I mean, come on, Americans…stop giving a rip about anyone else’s baby besides your own!  Those babies who are starving to death in Africa…stop caring!  Those babies who are being killed in India just because they’re girls…stop caring!  Those babies who are being aborted in the U.S. and around the world…stop caring!

Mr. Schulman demonstrates his abhorrent lack of care for basic human decency with this toxic paragraph:

Plus, they’re just babies. It’s not like they can do anything. They can’t even walk. They just sit there and gurgle. What good does that do anyone? And even worse, they’re other people’s babies. Isn’t that the most obnoxious kind? Who actually cares about someone else’s baby? That’s not Christian, it’s creepy. That’s not protective, it’s perverse. That’s not righteous, it’s wrong. And weird. No one should take that keen an interest in someone else’s baby. You should bop them on the nose, take a picture, and go about your day.

Whether it’s written as comedy or as a true belief, it is NOT FUNNY in the absolute least to say that people who cannot walk don’t do anyone else any good.  My husband’s best friend has a little boy who can’t walk.  I know for a fact that he does this world a WHOLE LOT of good.

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Washington Post Admits “An Incomplete Picture of the March for Life”

In response the criticism of the paper’s coverage of the March for Life, the Washington Post’s ombudsman has written an article entitled An Incomplete Picture of the March for Life. The article answers some of the criticisms that were sent in response to a poor coverage of the March for Life, and admits that the photo gallery of the march was “where The Post fell down in its coverage of the march this year”.

The online photo gallery contains 10 photos: seven tight shots of antiabortion demonstrators, two of protesters from the small abortion-rights counter-demonstration on the steps of the Supreme Court and one that showed both sides confronting each other there. In fact, eight of the 10 shots were taken at the high court.

Emotional shots make better photos, yes, but I would have chosen more from the broad expanse of the rally, and at least one photo showing a lot of cheerful, festive people, which is what I see at most demonstrations that I have covered over the years, regardless of the issue at hand.

Since all of the photos were tight shots,they were unable to show the actual scale of the event.

CBS has also responded to criticism of their coverage of the March, and posted photos of the event.

Media Coverage of Pro-Life Protest at Mercy Hospital

Live Action President Lila Rose, along with a sizable group of pro-life men and women, endured the rain in Durango, CO Thursday to protest at Mercy Regional Medical Center. While Mercy Regional identifies itself as a Catholic hospital, its relationship with long-serving physician Dr. Richard Grossman – also a Planned Parenthood abortionist – seems to contradict their affiliation with the Church. From LifeNews:

“The fact that Mercy Hospital allows Dr. Grossman, the local Planned Parenthood abortionist, to maintain his private practice on hospital grounds is a scandal and an outrage,” Rose said.“No hospital should promote so-called doctors who make their living off of killing defenseless pre-born children, and a Catholic hospital should know better. Mercy Hospital should immediately sever all ties with Dr. Grossman and evict him from their premises, and if not, the Archdiocese of Denver must intervene to end Mercy Hospital’s cooperation with the abortion industry.”

The Diocese of Puebo weighed in, in support of the pro-lifers who came to protest:

“A deep concern for Life has brought people of good faith together at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango.  It is most unfortunate that a doctor who performs abortions elsewhere also exercises medical privileges in this Catholic hospital.

“We in the Diocese of Pueblo remain firmly committed to the Culture of Life.  This most unfortunate situation at Mercy Regional Medical Center is a clear sign of the absolute necessity of our continuing to advocate in favor of the Culture of Life in our society.”

— 2011 (c) Live Action —

Girl Kidnapped and Forced to Abort; “Not That Much Different” from “The Sex Slaves”

There’s a disturbing case out of Ohio where a 15-year-old runaway girl was held by a couple as a sex-slave and taken to an abortion clinic in Michigan after she became pregnant:

The girl met Richard Morris on an Internet chat room in late 2009. After talking via the web for several months, Morris began picking her up from her house and she told authorities she began engaging in consensual sex with both the husband and wife.

According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris never told the girl he had HIV and ended up getting the teen pregnant. That’s when Morris created a fake ID for the teen and drove her to Detroit for an abortion.

Tips led Cleveland police to the home on multiple occasions, but they could never find the girl.

What if the abortion clinic had reported the clear case of sexual abuse? No word on whether the clinic was Planned Parenthood, NAF, or independent…

[P]rosecutors would later discover Morris had a video surveillance system that alerted him to when police were coming.  When they searched the apartment the victim was always hiding in a compartment inside a couch.

“This is not that much different than when they’re moving young children from one city to another city and having the sex slaves,” said Mason.  “This is not that much different except that it was happening here in our neighborhood.”

In the end Mason says it was the victim who alerted police.  “They began to beat her and and assaulted her when she wanted to leave.  She then left their house and ran to a neighbor’s house and called 9-1-1,” said Mason.

Lila Rose Discusses Defunding of Planned Parenthood in Indiana on The O’Reilly Factor with Laura Ingraham

Lila Rose discusses the defunding of Planned Parenthood in Indiana and the attempts by the Federal Government to bully Indiana into forcing taxpayers to fund the biggest abortion chain in America.

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Check out Lila’s Commentary from FoxNews.com on Why Planned Parenthood is Irrelevant to Women’s Health

From Fox News:

Indiana has become Ground Zero in the national battle to defund the largest abortion chain in America, Planned Parenthood.

As it well should be.

When I walked into the Bloomington, Indiana Planned Parenthood clinic posing as a 13-year-old girl impregnated by a 31-year-old man, I knew what would happen — because the same thing had happened in all the other Planned Parenthood clinics I had already visited.

The counselor or nurse may acknowledge that she is required by law to report the abuse to Child Protective Services, but then assures me in the strictest confidence that she won’t. Then she will coach me on how to circumvent parental notification laws by going out of state for the abortion, and tells me to lie about her boyfriend’s age. Ultimately, I am promised an abortion and sent out the clinic door–back to the “boyfriend.”

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VIDEO: Live Action’s Lila Rose on FNC’s Huckabee (6/25/11)

Live Action president Lila Rose discusses the on-going battle in Indiana to defund Planned Parenthood and how the Obama Administration is going to the mat to restore funding, even at the expense of poor and elderly. She also shares why abortion is the greatest human rights abuse our nation faces.

Lila also teases a new Indiana-based initiative and undercover video to be released soon. Watch this great video and then use the link below the player to sign up to be among the first to see this new, exclusive investigative film.

Click here to sign up to receive an exclusive first-peek before Live Action releases its latest hard-hitting video.

TV ALERT: Lila Rose on Fox News Channel’s Huckabee this Weekend!

Make sure to tune in for Lila’s one-on-one interview with former Arkansas Governor Mike “Huck” Huckabee.

Huck will talk to Lila about Live Action’s decisive undercover investigations that ripped back the veil on Planned Parenthood’s blatant illegal activities. They will also discuss the situation in Indiana, where the Obama Administration is threatening to withhold several billion dollars in Federal Medicaid funds from the state unless they reverse the state’s recent vote to defund Planned Parenthood.

You won’t want to miss it because Lila will also talk about Live Action’s latest investigation that includes yet another shocking sting operation.

TUNE-IN DETAILS:

WHO: Lila Rose
WHAT: Huckabee
WHEN: 8 p.m. ET Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26, 2011
WHERE: Fox News Channel (Check local listings for channel number)

Canadian March For Life Draws 15,000 Pro-Lifers, A Few Crazies

Photo courtesy zombietime.com

About 15,000 people – a record number – attended the National March for Life  in Canada this past Thursday, May 12th, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. This event takes place every year on the same date to commemorate the passage of legislation making abortion legal in Canada in 1969.

Unfortunately the media gave almost as much attention to a few pro-aborts as they did to the thousands of pro-lifers. They do make themselves hard to ignore, though, by abiding by that old maxim that there is no such thing as bad publicity.

My friend, a pro-life activist who attends the march almost every year, was an eyewitness to some anti-life shenanigans. She related to me how she saw police forcing counter-protesters from the site for “bizarre and inappropriate” behavior, including a group of women wearing nothing from the waist up but tassels. I don’t exactly see how that goes along with the pro-“choice” message of women’s empowerment, but then what do I know? I’m just an anti-choice wacko.

All this made me remember an online account (please exercise discretion before clicking as there is strong language and offensive behavior in some of these photos) of the January 2006 Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. One fellow took it upon himself to chronicle the whole thing, with little editorializing or side-taking except to describe what he observed. The pro-choice side, in a staggering display of irony, attempted to stretch banners across the street in front of the pro-life marchers – banners decrying the contemptible condemnation of freedom and embrace of totalitarianism on behalf of the “anti-choicers” – in order to stop the march.

Let me repeat that for you so you understand: these people were so incensed by the pro-life cause’s injury to “freedom” that they attempted to stop them from exercising their right to peaceable assembly, or in other words, their freedom.

My favorite part of the whole pictorial essay is when police escorts on motorcycles rode directly through the banners without slowing down.

Similarly, a group of anarchists attempted to cover up a pro-lifer’s sign and became irate when police stopped them. Anarchists are the ones who don’t believe in rules, remember? But they were deeply upset that police wouldn’t force “the Christians” to leave. I don’t know how many times I can use the word “irony” before I get tired.

As a former resident of San Francisco, I am not terribly surprised by this account of the 2006 counter-protest: women in “blood”-spattered nightgowns carrying coat hangers, anarchists with black bandannas over their faces shouting obscenities, transvestites dressed as monks throwing condoms at marchers, and so on and so forth. Signs and buttons specifically denounced everything from heterosexual sex to Christianity to God Himself to the “fascist right” to Bush to breeding. Signs demanded free abortion on demand and expressed a genuine concern that the U.S. was about to deploy troops to every uterus in America.

Through it all, though, you can observe photographs of the marchers, silently forging ahead. They did not shout, they did not throw things back, they did not stop.

I have been to several pro-life demonstrations in my time. I have been sworn at, given the finger, instructed to go to hell, and compared to Satan. One of my close friends even had a projectile thrown at her, hitting her nine-months-pregnant belly. Granted, it was a small plastic ramekin of ranch dressing, but still.

I have never observed such behavior on the part of pro-lifers. I’m not saying it never happens, just that in my personal experience, it’s the other side throwing things, yelling, being hateful. I have never answered back with hatefulness. I have never seen anyone do so.

Who was it who said, “You shall know them by their fruits”?

In the face of such hatred, it is imperative that we remain calm and act with discretion and intelligence. It’s what sets us apart from the other side. There aren’t a lot of examples of people who are both right and completely nuts. Generally it’s not the guy in a thong on roller blades carrying a sign promoting infanticide who will have the most clear and logical argument. If he did, he would probably be wearing pants. In other words, if you’ve got a good argument, if you’ve got Truth on your side, you don’t need the theatrics.

I also find it interesting how invested the anti-life side is in hyperbole. You don’t see pro-lifers giving any credence to anti-life accusations by wearing T-shirts that say “WE HATE WOMEN AND WANT THEM PIERCED BY COAT HANGERS” or “WE MUST DEPLOY TROOPS TO ALL UTERI IMMEDIATELY.” However, pro-aborts think nothing of “I HEART ABORTION” T-shirts, like the one above, or signs encouraging people to “KILL YOUR CHILDREN.” Do they think the rhetorical device of exaggeration works that well? It doesn’t make them seem sober, clever, or right-thinking. It makes them seem not only wrong, but also negligible. Do they not understand it’s easy to dismiss the crazy? (Let’s not tell them!)

It frankly never fails to surprise me how bitter, angry, and somehow desperate pro-abortion protesters seem. I am sometimes so bewildered as to ask, “What are you so upset about? It’s legal.” And it is: the law, at this point, is overwhelmingly on their side in the U.S., Canada, and many other countries.

So why the venom? Why the hysteria?

Is it because they know we’re gaining on them?

Texas Sonogram Law And The Power of Truth

Rick Perry, governor of the Great State of Texas – and I’ll admit I’m a bit partial – is about to sign a bill into law that will require women considering abortion to receive a sonogram at least 24 hours before the procedure. According to the New York Times, “Though the woman can choose not to view the images and hear the heartbeat, the doctor must describe what the sonogram shows, including the existence of legs, arms and internal organs.”

This law will save lives.

Sonogram laws are a powerful victory against abortion because sonograms provide a window into the hidden world of the womb. In other words, sonograms tell the truth. Because the abortion industry subsists on secrecy and lies, the greatest weapon against abortion is truth.

Based on personal experience, it is my firm belief that most people who support abortion don’t know what it is they’re supporting, and most women who have abortions don’t truly understand what abortion is.

I was pro-choice until November of 2006, when a pro-life friend had a Conversation with me. I capitalize it because it was a Conversation that changed my life forever. I began it with the firmly held belief that being pro-choice was the enlightened, humane way to be; pro-choice was on the side of human rights, caring about women, and just generally being an intelligent, ethical person. When I saw pro-life bumper stickers on my friend’s car, I scoffed openly. “You’ve gone a little too far, don’t you think?” I said to her. She was calm and polite when, later that night, I brought it up again.

“How can you possibly be pro-life?” I asked her.

She explained the issue to me with clarity and reason, and told me that photos had played a large part in convincing her of the inherent wrong of abortion. Towards the end of the Conversation, almost (but not quite) persuaded against my will, I asked to see the photos. When I was done looking at them, I was pro-life. And not only was I pro-life, I was an activist, and have remained one.

There is a lot of debate in the pro-life community about whether graphic images are a good idea. I looked at graphic photos a million times as a pro-choicer, and all I saw was something to anger me at pro-lifers. It didn’t register to me that I was looking at a dead baby. It was simply one more thing about which to get angry and indignant at the anti-choice wackos. However, when a person is ready to see them, to really see them, as I was after that Conversation, they are the most powerful tool we have against the ignorance that is the calling card of the pro-choice base.

Most people think, as I did, in terms of “tissue,” “clumps of cells,” “the products of pregnancy,” all the euphemisms Planned Parenthood and the entire anti-life front use to dehumanize an unborn child. An image of an aborted baby says in one second what even the most well-informed and eloquent pro-life crusader could not say in two hours. It says: “This is a human being, and it is dead.” A picture of an abortion does not show you a terminated pregnancy or some discarded tissue. It shows you, clearly and finally, a child that has been killed. Legally.

Most people, almost all people, have a conscience, which means most people have a visceral reaction to such photos if they have been prepared to see them. Something in them says, “That is wrong.”

The sonogram image is the most powerful visual tool in the pro-life arsenal. It is far more effective and powerful to the woman considering abortion than even the most horrifying photo of an aborted baby, because the child is alive and the child is hers.

Women who go to abortion clinics are bombarded with the aforementioned euphemisms: tissue, clump of cells, product of pregnancy. But a moving image of the child inside her, in some cases fully formed and active, its strong little heart beating away: this belies the euphemisms. It negates the propaganda. It is the truth, in front of her eyes, and it is the most powerful weapon we have to fight the people who would kill that child and collect their fee.

Planned Parenthood and their many allies and supporters are furious about the sonogram bill in Texas and others like it all over the country. They are angry because they are not concerned with helping women make an informed decision. They are concerned with the money they make committing abortions.

Sonogram laws are devastating to the abortion industry. The last thing in the world they want is for the woman to think about the living child inside her as a living child. After all, then she might act on her instinct to protect it and, God forbid, leave with her body, soul, and baby intact, and her money in her pocket.

As usual, organizations like NARAL clamor that the law is “designed to shame women.” This is ludicrous and condescending. If abortion is the empowering act organizations like NARAL would have us believe, they would shrug off sonogram law. If abortion is the nonchalant casting-off of useless tissue anti-lifers would have us believe, a woman could look unflinchingly at the “clump of cells” on the sonogram and say to the abortionist, “Go for it.” But NARAL, Planned Parenthood, NOW, and their ilk know that the woman is going to see a baby. And to NARAL I say, if it is shame that makes her decide not to kill it, then so be it.

But it is possible, and I like to believe probable, that it is a higher emotion that will cause a woman to keep her baby upon viewing a sonogram. I think it might even be appropriate to call it something very silly, like love.

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Kristen Walker is Vice President of New Wave Feminists for Life. Her personal blog can be found here.

What Do Planned Parenthood and Playboy Have In Common?

What do Planned Parenthood and Playboy have in common?

An easier question to answer would be, what do they NOT have in common?

Planned Parenthood and Playboy are quite comfortable bedfellows, pun most definitely intended. Hugh Hefner contributes money to PP as well as NARAL, as a matter of fact. (Radical pro-choice feminists don’t like to talk about that.) Allan Guttmacher, former PP director and founder of its research arm, The Guttmacher Institute, was heavily influenced by Alfred Kinsey, the radical and infamous sociologist whose “research” helped shape the sexual revolution and by extension Playboy and the porn industry. His motives and methodology have since been widely discredited.

Both Planned Parenthood and Playboy encourage women to take little pink pills every day that cause early abortions, hormone imbalances, and quite possibly a host of other diseases after long term use, such as breast cancer and heart disease.

Both are super duper A-okay with abortion. Because after all, if you can convince a woman to take that pill and “take care of her problem,” you can continue to view her as an object and use her for your pleasure. If her eggs and her babies are disposable, why then, so is she.

It is imperative for us to understand that abortion does not exist in a vacuum. A culture steeped in certain attitudes was necessary to bring about the paradigm shift that enabled legalization to occur and to continue. These attitudes are represented perfectly by Planned Parenthood and the porn industry, soft-core and otherwise.

First, there is the idea that sex is a recreational activity designed for physical gratification, and that it’s therefore perfectly acceptable and even healthy to divorce the act completely from love or procreation. Putting aside religious beliefs or a lack thereof, it’s apparent that this increasingly prevailing attitude has led to a culture in which sex has been stripped of all significance beyond how fun it is. To take a random example, let’s look at two prime-time television shows on major networks. First there’s “Glee,” marketed to teenagers, and literally encouraging them to fornicate and telling them they’re frigid if they don’t. Then we have “Two and a Half Men,’ featuring a (now almost grown) child, in which the child’s uncle, played by a real-life lothario, drug addict, and woman-beater, is characterized solely by his rampant promiscuity and total disregard for women as anything other than objects by which to achieve pleasure. He loves to talk about these things in front of his under-age nephew. These are on during the family hour. Children watch these shows, and they learn simply and merely that sex is something fun to do, not that it’s serious or sacred in the least.

So what outcome does this laissez-faire attitude have? Teen pregnancy. Single motherhood, which even after correcting for poverty is the greatest single indicator of whether a child will grow up to be a criminal. A bloated welfare state, in which taxpayers watch their money pay to feed children born because their parents met in a club one night and felt like “doing it,” and she never even got the guy’s number. I could go on, but you get the idea. The state of the American family, and by extension our entire society, is what you might call in the current vernacular a “hot mess.”

Meanwhile, in Playboy/Planned Parenthood Land, the only gravitas reserved for the subject of sex is not for issues of morality or even ethics – what are those? – but the dreaded outcomes of STDs and pregnancy, which by the way are considered more or less equal in terms of desirability. In fact, as a friend of mine was told at a Planned Parenthood appointment in the late 90s, it’s better to be pregnant than get herpes, because you can always have an abortion, but there’s no cure for herpes.

Then there is the completely erroneous yet still common idea that it’s somehow liberating for a woman to be viewed as an object and used as a vehicle for a man’s pleasure. It’s obvious how Playboy encourages this, and by extension all of popular culture. Consider the nauseating TV hit “The Girls Next Door,” in which Hugh Hefner’s three “girlfriends” earnestly spoke to the camera about how normal and fulfilling their lives were. Methinks the ladies did protest too much.

Planned Parenthood goes even further to encourage the objectification of women. Part of it is their ferocious peddling of contraceptives and prophylactics, but abortion is the most direct way in which PP helps men see women as objects. Abortion places the onus of responsibility for a pregnancy on the woman. Because abortion is legal and encouraged by organizations such as PP as a valid and responsible choice, men in our society often feel quite justified in offering a woman the money for an abortion, and… that’s it. At that point, he has “done right by her.” He offered to pay for it, so he did his part. I have known a few women personally who aborted their children because the father didn’t want them. It’s no excuse, but this is a terrible burden to place on women.

The idea that abortion is pro-woman is patently ridiculous when you consider how much the industry has in common with pornography. When we think of exploiting women, we immediately think of sexually explicit photos and videos. But abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women. The sight of a Planned Parenthood sitting in a strip shopping center in a poor neighborhood in my hometown is more offensive to me than a million photographs of a saline-enhanced blonde in an American flag bikini straddling a Corvette.

Playboy, Hustler, Maxim, Sports Illustrated, and their ilk, not to mention hard-core porn, denigrate a woman’s soul by viewing her as a body without one, but abortion places a woman’s soul in danger by making her party to her own child’s death. The abortion industry exploits a woman’s fear and ignorance, invades her body, and brings death to her very womb. Then, unlike Christ, who told the woman taken in adultery to “go and sin no more,” they tell her, “Go do whatever you want with whoever you want. You have our number.”

Which reminds me: something else Playboy and Planned Parenthood have in common? Millions and millions of dollars.