November 20, 2015

Positivity: Pro-Life Heroine Mother Teresa to be Canonized: “Abortion is the Greatest Threat to Peace”

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 11:15 pm

From Washington:

NOV 18, 2015 1:05PM

Multiple news reports today are confirming that the Vatican will canonize pro-life heroine Mother Teresa next year on the anniversary of her death. The September 5th ceremony falls within the Year of Mercy.

Mother Teresa was well-respected for her courageous and forthright views against abortion. Famously, the Catholic known also known for her role in helping to feed the hungry and end poverty, said that abortion “is the greatest threat to peace.”

Pope John Paul-II beatified Mother Teressa on October 19, 2003 and she passed away in September 1997. Now, her canonization is based on a miraculous cure God performed through Mother Teresa of a disabled man in Brazil who had multiple brain tumors. …

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November 14, 2015

Positivity: Pope Francis to pro-life activists — You are the world’s Good Samaritans

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Nov 9, 2015 / 10:40 am

Pope Francis praised pro-life activists as “Good Samaritans” to the most vulnerable, citing their commitment to defending life at all stages and their role in affirming the dignity of women.

Meeting Nov. 6 with members of Italy’s pro-life movement, the Pope called on those present “to protect the most vulnerable people, who have the right to be born into life, as well as those who ask for a healthier and more dignified existence,” according to the Vatican Information Service translation.

“There is a need to work at different levels and with perseverance, in the promotion and defense of the family, society’s foremost resource, especially with reference to the gift of children and the affirmation of the dignity of the woman,” he said.

The pontiff’s remarks Friday came during a private audience with the 510 pro-life activists who were taking part in the Nov. 6-8 the Congress of the Movement for Life held in Sacrofano, Italy.

During the meeting, the Pope affirmed the movement’s work in accepting the most vulnerable, regardless of their creed or nationality. …

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November 10, 2015

Positivity: Supreme Court to hear HHS mandate case for Little Sisters, other non-profits

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:00 pm

From Washington:

Nov 6, 2015 / 12:20 pm

The Supreme Court will hear legal challenges to the federal contraception mandate, brought by numerous non-profit groups, including the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The court made its announcement Nov. 6. It will take up seven cases representing numerous schools, dioceses, and charitable organizations.

At the center of the controversy is a federal rule announced by the Obama administration that requires most employers to provide employee health care plans that cover birth control, sterilizations, and drugs that can cause early abortions.

Employers that do not comply with the mandate may face crippling fines as a penalty. In the case of the Little Sisters – an order that cares for the elderly poor and dying – this could mean up $2.5 million per year in fines, or 40 percent of the annual amount they beg for.

After the initial outcry that the rules violated the religious freedom of employers who conscientiously objected to providing such coverage, the administration announced revised guidelines in the form of a religious “accommodation.” Religious organizations and non-profits that opposed the mandate are instructed to sign a form directing the government to notify their insurer of their objection. The insurer will then have the burden of providing the coverage.

While the government has argued that this coverage will ultimately be free because contraception provides “tremendous” health benefits and lowers costs that would otherwise arise from bearing children, critics contend that the costs of the coverage will still eventually be passed on to the objecting employers themselves.

Many religiously-affiliated organizations – including employers, non-profits, hospitals, and universities – still objected to the revised guidelines. They said the rules still force them to cooperate in actions that they believe to be immoral. In total, more than 300 plaintiffs have filed lawsuits challenging the mandate. …

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November 7, 2015

ABC Report: Fiorina’s Factual Assertion That Planned Parenthood Is Harvesting Baby Parts Is Only a ‘Claim’

On Friday’s The View, as CNS News’s Mark Judge reported, Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar went ballistic when GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina stated that Planned Parenthood is “harvesting baby parts through late term abortion.” Part of Goldberg’s response as she serially talked over Fiorina: “You know that’s not true. Carly, you know no one’s harvesting baby parts.” Behar chimed in: “That offends my sensibility to hear you say something like that when you know it’s not true.”

Fiorina was and remains indisputably correct, while Goldberg and Behar are both embarrassingly wrong. Yet an ABC report filed at its web site Friday afternoon by Jordyn Phelps would only characterize Fiorina’s assertion of an obvious, widely-known fact as a “claim.” Beyond that, Phelps characterized the candidate’s citation of Planned Parenthood’s announced decision to cease taking compensation for harvested body as merely being (in Fiorina’s view) “proof of her point.”


October 31, 2015

Positivity: Baby With Brain Tumor Doctors Said to Abort Because She Would Die Defies the Odds

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Texas, via Life News:

OCT 30, 2015 | 1:44PM

Earlier this month, Texas Right to Life relayed the story of baby Abigail Jones.

Abigail was born with Down syndrome and a tumor doctors thought would claim her young Life. The Joneses started a blog to share their journey with Abigail, who was believed to be dying. In mid-September, Abigail’s mother, Erika, penned the following poignant words on the blog:

[…]Abigail has no nursery, no cute, themed room especially designed for her. In fact, I have no idea where she’ll sleep when she has outgrown the bassinet. We haven’t planned that far ahead. In an effort to guard my heart, I’ve made every attempt to prepare for Abigail’s impending death.
But what if she lives?

The family had accepted Abigail’s dark prognosis and was settling into a phase of acceptance. The potentiality that Abigail would live was weak, but Erika saw the glimmer of hope amidst the family’s sadness.

And then something extraordinary happened. The family’s shred of hope exploded into a joyous reality. Abigail was taken to Boston to see a neurosurgeon the family hoped would have a different opinion of the tumor in her head – the tumor that her team of doctors in Florida believed was malignant and deadly. And the neurosurgeon in Boston did have a different opinion.

“The doctors were wrong. Way wrong! And I’m so, so glad! I cannot wait to march this girl into their offices and say ‘Look at her!’”

Of Abigail’s doctors in Florida, Erika said: “The doctors prepared us for every scenario, except life. But hope is always an option!” In fact, the neurosurgeon in Boston not only had a different opinion; he also removed Abigail’s tumor and sent her home to live a healthy, happy life with her family.

Go here for the rest of the sto

October 27, 2015

Latest CMP Video Confirms That Fetal Tissue Harvesting Has Been More Widespread Than Planned Parenthood Has Admitted

Earlier today, Katie Yoder at NewsBusters posted and described the latest video from the Center for Medical Progress on Planned Parenthood’s late-term abortion business and its related ghoulish work in harvesting fetal tissue from abortions for research.

Yoder’s work and that CMP video caused me to remember how the Associated Press wrote up Planned Parenthood’s announcement that it would cease taking compensation for fetal tissue harvesting on October 13.


October 10, 2015

Positivity: Woman Gets Off the Operating Table Right Before the Abortion Begins and Walks Out

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Buffalo, New York, and Arizona:

OCT 7, 2015 10:54AM

The 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign is already paying dividends and the latest campaign has saved more than 140 babies from abortion. In an update today, 40 Days director Shawn Carney shares the amazing story of a woman in Buffalo, New York who got off the operating table right before the abortion procedure began and walked out.

Here’s the amazing story:

The 40 Days for Life team in Buffalo reports two babies saved from abortion … including one amazing story that certainly cannot be a coincidence.

Two prayer volunteers met with a young woman outside the abortion center.

She’s about 20 years old and was 11 weeks pregnant … and she told them when she was inside, the abortion procedure was about to begin. The staff had set up an IV, but for some reason it just wasn’t working. So they had to start over and try again.

When they were trying for the second time to administer the IV, the woman called out, “Stop, stop, stop!”

So they did – and she left the building!

Volunteers were able to give her information about the local pregnancy outreach center as well as additional resources. She took the material … smiled … and waved goodbye.

Earlier this year, LifeNews reported on another case of a woman getting up off the operating table and leaving.

Jeff Dublin, a pastor from Apologia Church in Arizona,talked about invited a woman named Tina to come up and share how their sidewalk ministry impacted her. She said, “We’re very, very grateful for them saving our baby’s life and opening our eyes; and they’ve really helped us so much and changed our point of view. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have my baby. So if you guys can do this and help people, I think it would be great. I mean, they’ve helped me so much, and opened my eyes and opened my husband’s eyes and we are forever grateful.”

Go here for the rest of the story.

September 30, 2015

Richards to Congress: ‘I’ve Never Heard of’ Child Surviving Abortion Attempt

In three previous posts yesterday and today, I have noted obvious distortions and untruths in Cecile Richards’ testimony this week before a House committee.

I didn’t mean to save the best (really the worst) for a fourth post, but I came across an jaw-dropping item at this afternoon. It covers an assertion Richards made during the House hearing that is either one of the biggest lies of the 21st century thus far or its most glaring example of hermetically sealed ignorance. Either way, the fact that it hasn’t made its way into the establishment press virtually proves that their mission is to protect Richards and her organization, not to tell its readers, listeners and viewers what is really happening.


Not News: Richards Criticizes ‘Heavily Doctored’ CMP Vids Just As Forensic Experts Say Otherwise

Tuesday afternoon, Alan Fram laughably headlined his coverage of Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards’ appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at the Associated Press as follows: “FACING CONGRESS, PLANNED PARENTHOOD CHIEF REBUTS VIDEOS.”

She did no such thing. Most notably, Fram quoted Richards making the following statement to the committee: “The outrageous accusations leveled against Planned Parenthood, based on heavily doctored videos, are offensive and categorically untrue.” Not merely “heavily edited,” but “doctored,” which according to the dictionary in this context means “to tamper with; falsify.” Unfortunately for Richards and her group’s supporters, in a report released yesterday, forensic experts have concluded that the Center for Medical Progress videos she criticized are “authentic” (bolds are mine throughout this post):


September 29, 2015

Shaky: Cecile Richards’ Claim That ‘Less Than 1%’ of PP Clinics Dispose of Fetal Tissue for Compensation

In Congressional testimony Monday and Tuesday, Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards twisted the truth in several instances.

One of them had to to with how many of its facilities are involved in the provision of fetal tissue for compensation. She may be technically telling the truth about how many are involved at this moment, but it’s clear that far more have been — at least until recently.


September 25, 2015

Positivity: Pope Francis made surprise stop at Little Sisters of the Poor to show support

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington:

Sep 23, 2015 / 08:39 pm

Pope Francis paid a short visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor community in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to support them in their court case over the contraception mandate, the Vatican’s spokesman revealed.

It was a “short visit that was not in the program,” Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said at an evening press conference during the papal visit to the nation’s capital.

“This is a sign, obviously, of support for them” in their court case, he affirmed.

The sisters had filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration for its 2012 mandate that employers provide insurance coverage for birth control, sterilizations, and drugs that can cause abortions employee health plans. The sisters have maintained that to provide this coverage would violate their religious beliefs. …

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September 22, 2015

AP: CMP Videos Merely Describe PP ‘Sending Fetal Tissue to Researchers’

The Associated Press, serving as the left’s de facto Praetorian guard, came through for its abortion-supporting masters once again today.

The wire service’s Alan Fram, in a sentence describing the Center for Medical Progress’s Planned Parenthood videos, told readers that they show “how they sometimes send fetal tissue to medical researchers” without noting that doing so routinely generates money for the organization.


September 20, 2015

Positivity: House votes to transfer federal funding from Planned Parenthood to health centers

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington:

Sep 18, 2015 / 02:24 pm

In a 241-187 vote on Friday, members of the United States House of Representatives voted to freeze funding for Planned Parenthood for one year, following months of political debate surrounding information revealed in a series of undercover videos on the abortion provider.

“This is about ensuring that laws are followed, that Americans know how their money is being spent, and that the conscience rights of taxpayers are respected,” Rep. Diane Black (R. – Tenn.), sponsor of the bill, said Sept. 18 on the House floor before the vote.

Black added that the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (H.R. 3134) will redistribute more than $235,000 saved from funding the organization to more than 13,500 health care clinics around the country.

The vote was largely along party lines, though three Republicans (Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Robert Dold (R-Ill.) and Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.)) voted against the bill, and two Democrats voted in its favor: Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.).

Meanwhile the House of Representatives will continue an investigation into allegations that the abortion provider has broken federal laws banning the profit off of human body parts harvested during abortions, changes in abortion procedures in order to harvest body parts, the use of illegal “partial birth abortion” techniques to harvest body parts, and the refusal of medical care to infants who survive abortion attempts.

The vote and the investigation follow a string of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing modification of abortion procedures, suggesting that some victims of abortion are born alive at Planned Parenthood clinics, and a former technician recounting an incident where organs were harvested from an intact deliver that still had a beating heart. …

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September 19, 2015

Positivity: Here’s what Cardinal O’Malley has to say for Respect Life month

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington:

Sep 16, 2015 / 04:02 am

While people might think of illness, disability age or inconvenience as something that detracts from human dignity, every life is “worth living,” says Cardinal Sean O’Malley, head of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee.

“An elderly man whose health is quickly deteriorating; an unborn baby girl whose diagnosis indicates she may not live long; a little boy with Down syndrome; a mother facing terminal cancer – each may have great difficulties and need our assistance, but each of their lives is worth living,” the Boston cardinal said in his statement for October as “Respect Life Month.”

“We were made to love and be loved; we are meant to depend on one another, serving each other in humility and walking together in times of suffering,” he added. “Our relationships are meant to help us grow in perfect love.”

October is “Respect Life Month” as observed by U.S. Catholics. It marks the beginning of a year-long program for Catholics to learn more about respect for the dignity of human life, as well as encouraging prayer for a greater respect for life. …

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August 31, 2015

PolitiFact Howler: Saying That PP Does No Mammograms Is Only ‘Half True’

In the course of evaluating a claim made by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a prolife group, PolitiFact Georgia’s crack investigators learned from a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Federation of America that the organization “does not provide mammograms at any of its health centers.” Since such facilities must be licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, no PPFA facility can legally perform a mammogram.

The claim ADF made in a tweet is that “ZERO @PPFA facilities are licensed to do mammograms.” On August 21, despite PPFA’s de facto acknowledgment that ADF is correct, PolitiFact Georgia determined that ADF’s claim is only “Half True.”