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. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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.”


August 29, 2015

AP Treats Obama Admin’s Kansas Funding Cutoff in Planned Parenthood Fight as a Local Story

Three weeks ago, concerning Associated Press coverage of investigations into Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts business, I noted that “Bad news for Planned Parenthood gets only local coverage,” while “Exculpatory news, even if artificially concocted, gets national exposure.”

Add the following to that observation: Obama administration attempts to punish states for attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, clearly nationally significant, only get local coverage. Kansas provides such an example.


Positivity: NFL Player, Wife Will Keep Unborn Baby Despite Defect — ‘Who Are We to Determine a Baby’s Life?’

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

From Tampa, Florida (video at link; HT CNS News):

POSTED: 1:34 PM, Aug 19, 2015
UPDATE: 5:58 PM, Aug 19, 2015

Olivia Rodriguez, wife of former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Evan Rodriguez, is due to have the couple’s first child together in December. They’ve already given her the name Layla Sky. “It’s because I always zone out and look at the sky and wonder what else is out there,” Evan said.

The couple is already completely in love with their unborn child, after having to make the toughest decision of their lives. “I prayed to God that I want to make the right decisions,” Evan said.

Doctors told the couple early in the pregnancy that Layla Sky will be born with the rare and severe birth defect anencephaly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in every 4,859 babies is born with anencephaly in the U.S each year.

More from the CDC about anencephaly:

Doctors told the couple Layla Sky will likely be born missing parts of her brain and skull and could only live for days, if not hours.

“From that moment on, I’m like what can we do? He was like, either terminate it or move forward with the process,” Evan said about speaking to doctors.

Evan and Olivia said they pray together each morning, but it was in these times while making this decision that they leaned on their faith more than ever before. Olivia prayed, “God, show me what it is that you want to do through all of this. What’s the good to come out of it?”

After about a week of wrestling with the decision, Evan and Olivia came to a shared decision to move forward with the pregnancy. “We decided to continue with the process because we felt like who are we to determine a baby’s life. So, we are going to leave it in God’s hands,” Evan said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

August 28, 2015

Positivity: Tens of thousands protest at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:26 am

From across the USA:

Aug 23, 2015 / 06:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of demonstrations were held outside of Planned Parenthood clinics across the U.S. this weekend with protesters calling on the federal government to stop funding the abortion giant.

After videos were released last month showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing their fetal tissue donation program in graphic detail, the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League called on a national day of protest.

Eric Scheidler, the group’s executive director, said that “with 240 out of 342 cities reporting” over 58,000 people turned out to protest Aug. 22.

“Great day! Except for Planned Parenthood!” he tweeted that evening.

His organization teamed up with other pro-life groups including 40 Days for Life, Created Equal and 40 Days for Life to organize the national protest in a matter of a few weeks.

#ProtestPP was trending on Twitter Saturday as photos of the crowds poured in.

Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life, posted photos on Twitter of demonstrations around the country showing crowds of protesters wrapped around city blocks in front of Planned Parenthood facilities.

Lila Rose of Live Action posted along with a collage of protesters holding signs with the slogan “Planned Parenthood sells baby parts” and commented that, “America is waking up and speaking out! May we see a world where every life is protected.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

August 25, 2015

Remembering the Real Ted Kennedy, Six Years After His Death

This post is an annual BizzyBlog tradition.


Chappaquiddick_Kennedy_Car_25First, excerpts from Doug Patton’s barn-burner of a column in 2009, followed by a telling remembrance relayed by a close friend of Kennedy’s (the remembrance is that he liked to hear jokes about Chappaquiddick):

Let Us Not Confuse Longevity with Statesmanship
September 2, 2009

It was almost nauseating to watch the media fawning over Ted Kennedy’s corpse as though he were the last brother of King Arthur, and his passing was signaling the end of a real place called Camelot. In fact, there’s an argument to be made that Chris Matthews and company actually believe in that mythical kingdom.

… Even one of my formerly favorite columnists, Cal Thomas, had glowing, gooey things to say about his “old friend Ted Kennedy,” the most laughable of which was that Kennedy never personalized his politics. Tell that to Robert Bork. Remember Kennedy’s ridiculous speech on the floor of the United States Senate, wherein he hyperventilated that “Robert Bork’s America is one in which women will be forced into back-alley abortions and blacks will be sitting at segregated lunch counters”?

… what we have witnessed in his passing is the near-deification of a man merely because he came from a rich, powerful family, because he lived a long time and because he managed to bamboozle his gullible state into re-electing him simply because his name was Kennedy. What has been sorely missing in all this is a sense of perspective. This was more than just a flawed man. This was a man who cheated, lied and undermined his family, his friends, even his own country.

Perhaps Ted Kennedy’s most contemptible moment — many consider it treasonous — came in 1983. President Ronald Reagan was in the process of bringing the Soviet Union to its knees. In one of the hotter moments of the Cold War, Kennedy sent word to Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov through an old friend and former senator offering Kennedy’s help in undermining the Reagan administration in its dealings with its old arch enemy in exchange for Andropov’s help in defeating Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. Think of that. A United States Senator offers to help our sworn enemy in exchange for political propaganda to win an American election.

This country is not better off because Edward Moore Kennedy sat in the United States Senate for 46 years. He was unqualified when he was first elected. He disgraced himself, his family and our nation throughout his long, tedious career. But the event for which Ted Kennedy will be remembered by most Americans — and by historians, if they are honest — is Chappaquiddick. Forty years ago this summer, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne died in the drunken senator’s Oldsmobile when he drove off a bridge and left her to drown.

You or I would have gone to prison for the negligence he displayed that night. Kennedy went on to become “the lion of the senate.” He lived a life of power and luxury, and was even arrogant enough in 1980 to think this country would elect him president.

Ted Kennedy served a very long time in the U.S. Senate, but let us not confuse longevity with statesmanship. He died a death none of us would wish on anyone — a brain tumor at age 77 — but I’m guessing Mary Jo Kopechne would have preferred to die at age 77 of almost anything.

Now to a 2009 remembrance of Ted Kennedy ‘s alleged sense of humor. I’ll never forget it, and I intend to make sure readers here don’t either.

It came in an interview between Katty Kay of NPR and former Newsweek editor Ed Klein shortly after Kennedy’s death:

Former Newsweek Foreign Editor: Chappaquiddick One of Ted’s ‘Favorite Topics of Humor’

… Klein: Well y’know, he, I don’t know if you know this or not but, one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, “have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?”

I mean, that is just the most amazing thing. It’s not that he didn’t feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne (background music begins building), but that he still always saw, um, the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too.

Kay: Ed Klein, former foreign editor of Newsweek, and author of a new book on Ted Kennedy.

Audio of the full interview is in the YouTube that follows (direct link):

What a guy.

Too bad Mary Jo Kopechne was never available to join in the laughter.

It is mildly comforting to know that what the Democrats called “Ted Kennedy’s seat” really wasn’t.


UPDATE, August 31, 2010: An example of the type of pathetic attempts at historical revisivionism we’ll probably be seeing for the next hundred years –

Rewriting History on Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick Accident

… Now, a year after Kennedy died, his lifelong biographer Burton Hersh, armed with fresh interviews with Kennedy’s mistress at the time, tells Whispers that the whole July 1969 episode should have been handled as a simple crash, leaving the senator’s legacy untainted. “It was a car accident,” he says. “Ted was a terrible driver. He never paid much attention to where he was going.”

“He took a tremendous blow on the head,” says Hersh. In interviews following the crash, Kennedy displayed confusion and amnesia, he says.

“If the thing had been handled properly, the first thing they would have done is put him in a hospital. Then they would have said he was a victim of an auto accident and didn’t know what he was doing and couldn’t be held responsible for anything that happened really after that, which would have been a fair explanation,” says author-journalist Hersh, who knew Kennedy since they were classmates at Harvard. “But instead, he felt terribly guilty about the whole thing … tried to take responsibility and … just confused the issue.”

Horse manure.

August 24, 2015

Miami Herald Columnist: ‘All Lives Matter’ Preference of the Vast Majority of Americans of All Races Is ‘Moral Cowardice’

Columnist Leonard Pitts may not have caught wind of Thursday’s Rasmussen poll before he wrote the column published Saturday at the Miami Herald. Perhaps he still doesn’t realize that Rasmussen reported that 64 percent of blacks and 78 percent of likely U.S. voters overall say that “All lives matter” is closer to their own views than “Black lives matter.”

In his column, Pitts accused what turns out to be a vast majority of Americans of all races of “moral cowardice” for holding that view. In doing so, he gave the (white guy George Soros-funded, co-led by a guy who his family says he is white) ”Black Lives Matter” movement an undeserved pass for the radical lunacy it promotes to this day, while he absurdly argued that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. himself would likely be behind that movement (bolds are mine throughout this post):


August 22, 2015

Defending Planned Parenthood, LA Times Relays ‘Abortion Is 3 Pct. of Its Services’ Myth

Earlier today, I noted that Los Angeles Times reporter Maria L. La Ganga compared the heroic undercover work done by investigators at the Center for Medical Progress to the 2004 efforts of the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth. She meant it as a negative, claiming that the Swift Vets’ assertions about Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s service in Vietnam and his antiwar activities after he returned home are “considered by many one of the ugliest, most unfair attacks in recent political memory.” She even claimed — knowingly engaging in falsehood, in my opinion — that “the Swift boat claims were later discredited.” Sorry, ma’am. The Swift Vets’ truths stand tall to this today.

Though the Times Seattle bureau chief doesn’t reference it in her writeup, an Associated Press chart contained therein relays a falsehood Planned Parenthood routinely promotes. This one claims that “Abortion is 3 percent of Planned Parenthood Services”:


August 19, 2015

Center For Medical Progress: ‘Live Babies are Killed for Organs with Scissors at Planned Parenthood’

Filed under: Activism,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:11 pm

Each week it gets worse. Each week the position of those who defend Planned Parenthood becomes more untenable. What kind of moral monsters find this acceptable?

Warninggraphic and extremely disturbing:

From Operation Rescue:

“Today’s video is evidence that babies are being born alive during abortions at Planned Parenthood and then intentionally killed for their organs. This is no less than cold-hearted, premeditated murder,” said (Troy) Newman. “Furthermore, there is evidence that Planned Parenthood abortionists alter procedures to ensure the organs can be harvested. This is also a crime. We call on authorities in San Jose, Houston and everywhere else that Planned Parenthood is selling baby parts to immediately open murder investigations and swiftly bring those involved in killing born alive babies to justice.”