Common Myths about the HHS Mandate

The Contraceptive Mandate from the Department of HHS is actually both a contraceptive and an abortion mandate, since it includes abortion and sterilizations too. It has been a big blow to religious liberties, especially to the Catholic Church, and others who oppose contraceptives and abortion.

Nancy Frazier from the Catholic News Service explained in an article recently a couple of these myths. One of them is that the term “self insurance” is a type of insurance mainly used by church organizations to avoid paying for abortion and contraceptives. However, Frazier points out from the Congressional Research Service and the Kaiser Family Foundation that the percentage of Americans on self-insured plans was 44 percent in 1999 to 60 percent in 2011, and it is unclear as to what percentage of those are affiliated with a Church. She also pointed out that 96% of those who work in large companies, with over 5,000 workers, were on a self insured plan.

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As Number of Planned Parenthood Facilities Drops, So Do American Abortion Rates

No Planned ParenthoodKaren Hildebrand, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of West Texas, claimed that “we are gonna see an increase in abortion rates” upon the closing of a Planned Parenthood facility in Odessa, Texas.

This is one of the top pro-Planned Parenthood mantras: claiming that without them, abortion rates are going to jump up.  However, statistics and Planned Parenthood’s own numbers throughout the years prove otherwise.

In 1995, there were 938 operating Planned Parenthood clinics in the country.  That number is down to 785.  Another number down?  Annual number of abortions in America.

The number of annual abortions performed annually in America slowly but surely declined since 1990, when it peaked at 1.6 million abortions yearly.  That number is down to 1.2 million.  Planned Parenthood’s abortion rate, on the other hand, has increased annually since 1996, and only declined for the first time between 2009 and 2010, going down from 331,796 to 329,445.

A declining number of Planned Parenthood facilities has correlated with a declining number of annual abortions in America.  The only time those abortion numbers have increased is within the walls of their own clinics.

Obama Administration Pulls Medicaid Funds from Texas, Planned Parenthood Blames Texas

Planned Parenthood is spewing misguided rage towards Texas governor Rick Perry, claiming he is to blame for the recent Medicaid funding revocation in the state that will impact 130,000 Texas women.

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Choosing Life and Beating the Odds: Accepting Down Syndrome

When my husband and I found out we were having another baby, it was a surprise. Our son Ben was only six months old at the time and Matt was preparing to leave for another deployment. He won’t be home for the birth of this baby. It was definitely not the way we had planned to have our next child, but we shrugged our shoulders and started making plans. The pregnancy began the same as it did with Ben. I went to the naval hospital, confirmed the pregnancy, and made arrangements to go to the same practice out in town where I went while pregnant the first time. And, like with Ben, I opted to have a first trimester ultrasound called the nuchal translucency screening.

This test measures the thickness behind the baby’s neck. That, plus a blood test, tells you if there’s a chance the child has Down syndrome. Like most of my friends, I got the test done purely for the ultrasound — to get a chance to see the baby for the first time. And, to my shock and dismay, the test came back positive. There was a 1 in 6 chance the baby would have Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome. The doctors were quick to tell me that there was no need to worry, that these tests come back with false positives all the time, and that there was still an 80% chance that the baby would be perfectly healthy. Still, to be safe, I was referred to a specialist an hour away to get a higher level ultrasound done.

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BREAKING: New statement from Komen

Tom Benning at the Dallas Morning News is reporting that Komen for the Cure has  released the following statement from Nancy Brinker and the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors:

We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.

The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.

Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair.

Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process. We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities.

It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause, slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women. We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics – anyone’s politics.

Starting this afternoon, we will have calls with our network and key supporters to refocus our attention on our mission and get back to doing our work. We ask for the public’s understanding and patience as we gather our Komen affiliates from around the country to determine how to move forward in the best interests of the women and people we serve.

We extend our deepest thanks for the outpouring of support we have received from so many in the past few days and we sincerely hope that these changes will be welcomed by those who have expressed their concern.

Miss Delaware: “Life is Beautiful, and Life Begins at Conception”

Maria Cahill is not your typical Miss Delaware. Underneath the glittery dresses, and dazzling smile is a girl who is down-to- earth, motivated, and courageous.

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She is determined to redefine the “pageant girl image” by proving that your favorite meal can be a Big Mac from McDonald’s (don’t forget the large fry!), and you don’t have to think twice before playing video games with your brothers.

She couldn’t care less if she broke a nail; but most importantly she couldn’t care less about what people think of the principles she lives by and the causes she is adamant about. Where is the golden rule that if you are a beautiful and confident young woman in the spotlight you must either conceal your conservative values or pump your fist high for “women’s rights”? Well, it’s her body, her choice, and she has chosen to stand for life.

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