July 25, 2015

Positivity: Why the Catholic behind the Planned Parenthood videos went undercover

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

From Bismarck, North Dakota:

Jul 22, 2015 / 03:49 pm

With the façade of a fictitious biotechnology company, David Daleiden and his fellow investigators from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) infiltrated the bowels of the abortion industry at its ugliest.

For 30 months, as part of their “Human Capital” investigation, they followed the trail that led to aborted babies whose parts are earmarked for sale, even while their little hearts are still beating.

“It is a paradox that we can’t have laws that recognize unborn babies as human, and yet, it is their very humanness that makes them valuable for experimentation,” Daleiden said in an interview last week with the Register.

“It is as if they [the biotech companies] are going on a treasure hunt for the heads or hearts of babies, but how much more valuable would those heads and hearts be if they were allowed to grow up and be a part of society?”

As leader of the project, Daleiden schmoozed and lunched with people at the top of Planned Parenthood — abortionists, administrators and directors. Acting as if he wanted to procure the valuable parts of aborted babies, Daleiden secretly videotaped the perpetrators so they would be admitting their own guilt in front of what certainly would be a shocked public.

It was mission accomplished on July 14, when Daleiden released the first of a dozen videos. In just a few days, more than 2 million people had viewed the video, and five investigations were opened: three congressional and two state. And this week, his organization released a second video that has further intensified the public questioning of Planned Parenthood’s fetal-tissue policies and calls for defunding and more investigations.

But Planned Parenthoods’ callous disregard for the bodies of innocent babies should have surprised no one, according to Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

“No one should be shocked by this video,” Archbishop Chaput said in a statement for the Register. “This is who Planned Parenthood is and what it does. It’s been part of the organization’s gene code from the start. The logic of its disdain for new life is just working itself out. And it won’t stop until the money and the media adulation are cut off.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

July 23, 2015

Fiorina Rejects Tapper’s ‘Rape/Incest’ Bait, Attack Hillary Clinton’s Radical Abortion Stance

The press’s favorite abortion questions usually have nothing to do with the 700,000-plus terminations of preborn babies’ lives which take place each year in the U.S. (Note: The real figure is likely quite higher, because reporting is voluntary.) Especially when the person interviewed is a Republican or conservative, abortion questions focus heavily on the fewer than 1% of all abortions which are performed because of rape and incest. This is the equivalent of a news organization focusing all of its attention on a single house fire while an entire city a few miles away burns out of control.

2016 GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina had no interest in playing this game with Jake Tapper on Tuesday. In the process, she put on a clinic which should be mandatory viewing for any Republican or conservative who is in or wants to have a career in politics.


Positivity: Our ‘Life-saving Angels’

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

Carly Fiorina’s question in the wake of Planned Parenthood’s now-exposed sale of fetal body parts (“What has gone wrong in our nation?”) is valid. The answer is that our government and our courts have devalued human life, and many Americans, a large majority of whom have no idea what supporting abortion really leads to in the read world, have followed them down that depraved path.

The following reminder of the heroic efforts of those who work in neonatal care contained in Michelle Malkin’s latest column is quite timely (bolds are mine), and shows that there is still a mainstream respect for life which cannot and will not be extinguished:

it is worth pausing from this avalanche of evil to remind the nation that there are thousands of miracle workers in the health care industry who value life and honor their professional oath to first do no harm.

I know this firsthand as the proud daughter of a neonatologist who dedicated his life to using his medical training to save lives, not destroy them. Nowhere is the sanctity of life more vividly illustrated than in a NICU. A father in Texas wrote me with his own personal story and wanted me to share his message:

“I read your piece (last week) regarding the monstrous doctor from Planned Parenthood. Though I have tried, I really cannot grasp the horror of the PP abattoirs or the blackness of the souls that labor within.

“I want to tell you about my family’s encounter with another place that is the antithesis of the Planned Parenthood slaughterhouse.

“My wife and I had the great misfortune three years ago of finding ourselves with two beautiful but tiny children in the Level 3 NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at the Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston.

“Our beautiful daughter spent the first five months of her life there, and our brave son spent the entirety of his life there, all 44 days.

“I want to tell you this, because I want to tell you about a very bright light that shines in this world, but it shines behind the wall of privacy and quarantine that is a necessary function of NICU life. The six neonatologists and all of the amazing nurses who cared for our children are some of the finest, most decent, devoted and caring people I have ever encountered.

“They work tirelessly to save every life, to give every child in their care as much of a chance as possible, and they truly do care for the ‘least of these.’ They go to work every day in a place where, in spite of all their efforts, tiny children pass away in their care. They are people who deserve to have the veil lifted from their works.

“I am sharing this with you as answer to the final paragraph of your moving piece. You ask what kind of a country we live in? I want you to know that we also live in a country that God has truly blessed with these amazing souls and hundreds more like them: Dr. Alagappan Alagappan, Dr. Talat Ahmed, Dr. Salim Bharwani, Dr. William Caplan, Dr. Peter Haney and Dr. David Simchowitz.

“In the face of evil, it is easy to see only the darkness. There are lights burning still.”

Thanks to the father in Texas for that timely reminder.

July 22, 2015

Planned Parenthood’s Racist Roots

Filed under: Life-Based News,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:36 pm

I understand that Planned Parenthood is bracing itself for the release of more truth-telling videos, and is particularly concerned that one or more of them might involve allegations of or allusions to racism.

That’s so unfair.

There’s nothing in Planned Parenthood’s history that would lead anyone to believe that any of its “providers,” proponents, or especially their “pioneers” like Margaret Sanger, have or ever had a single racist bone in their bodies … …

Oh, wait (original full document here; graphic below contains excerpt found near the end of that document; HT Daily Signal) …


For those having a difficult time reading the graphic, here’s the pull quote:

“We do not want the word to go out that
we want to exterminate the Negro population …”

July 21, 2015

Not News: Publisher Wins Permanent Injunction Against HHS Mandate Enforcement

In a ruling handed down on July 15, a federal court issued a permanent injunction against the enforcement of the federal government’s Obamacare contraception mandate against Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

The same establishment press which gleefully and virtually instantly covered the July 14 setback suffered by the Little Sisters of the Poor in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that the order “must allow employees to have contraception coverage,” has from all appearances ignored the Tyndale ruling for six days.


July 16, 2015

Perry Turns Planned Parenthood Scandal Back on MSNBC’s Halperin (See Note and Update)

Note: The NewsBusters post was update to reflect Mika Brzezinski’s actual reaction, which I did not properly, and for Mark Halperin’s appalling response to a question from Joe Scarborough shortly after the exchange with Perry.

As usual, much of the press has responded to scandalous behavior by leftist sacred cows by making the story about Republicans criticizing the actions instead of the scandal itself.

On the one hand, are we really supposed to believe that only pro-lifers are horrified by the evidence that Planned Parenthood, aka Planned Parthood, sells the body parts of aborted preborn babies? Gosh, I hope not. So it’s more than fair to turn the question around on anyone who tries to isolate the objections in that way. Mark Halperin at MSNBC tried that on Rick Perry, asking him, “Why are you so troubled by this video?” — as if the former Texas governor is the one with a problem.


Dancing With the Devil Has Consequences

Filed under: Business Moves,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:17 am

From Tony Perkins:

Partner with Planned Parenthood, and you’ll pay for it. That seemed to be the message yesterday from the U.S. House upon learning that the country’s largest abortion business was running its own little shop of horrors. Hours after the Center for Medical Progress exposed the group’s ghoulish side business of selling human body parts, the effects of the scandal started hitting home for organizations like Susan G. Komen — longtime donors to Cecile Richards’s group.

What should have been a routine vote on a commemorative breast cancer coin became anything but, once members were alerted by FRC and Heritage Action that the bill included funding for Komen — which is a major supporter of the “nonprofit” caught peddling baby parts. That association was too toxic for House conservatives, who refused to turn over $4,750,000 to one of Planned Parenthood’s biggest donors on the same day it was implicated in a Frankenstein-like plot. Komen had tried to cut ties with Richards’s group in 2012 and fund organizations actually performing mammograms, but ultimately caved to left-wing pressure.

Thanks to that cave-in, Susan G. Komen is inextricably tied to fetal organ harvesting for profit through the deliberate performance of partial-birth abortions. How can anyone, even a pro-abort, participate in a “Race for the Cure” with a clean conscience?

Even if it does distance itself from Planned Parenthood, aka Planned Parthood, now, serious and unfortunately completely deserved damage has been done to their cause.

The ideal situation would be to see dedicated prolife breast cancer awareness and treatment advocates forming an alternative organization RIGHT NOW to put Susan G. Komen out of business for deliberately and proactively supporting the cancer that is Planned Parenthood. They had their chance to reform three years ago, and blew it. Partially because of them, hundreds of thousands of additional preborn babies never had a chance.

July 15, 2015

Positivity: Spanish court recognizes pharmacists’ conscience rights

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

From Madrid, Spain:

Jul 8, 2015 / 03:44 pm

Spain’s Constitional Court has issued a ruling protecting the conscience rights of pharmacists who decline to sell the morning after pill on the basis of religious belief or other conscientious objection.

The court’s finding was based on freedoms of religion and conscience found in article 16 of the Spanish constition.

The decision concerned the case of a pharmacist in Seville who was sanctioned with a 3,000 euro ($3,300) fine by the city council of Andalusia because he decided to not sell the potentially abortion-inducing morning after pill, though local laws obliged him to do so.

In the court’s judgement, the imposed sanction infringed on his right to conscientious objection.

Nevertheless, the judges rejected the pharmacist’s decision to not sell condoms, since in their opinion in this case, there is “no conflict of conscience relevant to the constitution.”

José Antonio Díez, general coordinator for the Association for the Defense of the Rights of Conscience, described the decision as “historic and pioneering not only in Spain, but in all of Europe.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

July 14, 2015

Tony Perkins on Planned Parenthood, aka ‘Planned Parthood’

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:58 pm


Planned Parenthood’s Fetal Flaw

We may never know the full extent of evil that goes on behind Planned Parenthood’s closed doors. But we know enough. In a world where killing is currency and empires are built on the backs of innocent children, maybe nothing should surprise us. And yet, it does — with every new story of the abortion industry’s inhumanity.

This morning, pro-lifers awoke to another scandal: the news that Planned Parenthood — the same organization President Obama routinely praises, speaks to, and fundraises for — is involved in a black market of body parts. The ghoulish details are the subject of an undercover video just released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), featuring a woman extremely high up in Planned Parenthood’s chain of command: Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola.

In a nonchalant conversation over lunch, when most people would have lost their appetite, Nucatola tamely describes how she orchestrates abortions to produce the “intact parts” clients want. Posing as buyers from a human biologics company, CMP carefully pulls back the curtain on the dark world of human harvesting. Like something out of a science fiction novel, Nucatola casually explains that the organization charges anywhere from $30 to $100 per piece, depending on the demand for the specific organ or tissue.

“There is not [an abortion] provider out there,” she says enthusiastically, “who doesn’t want this. Everybody just sees this as a way to add another layer of good on top of what they’re already doing.” With shocking clarity, Nucatola sips her wine and talks about how she personally coaches clinics to perform abortions that minimize the damage on the baby’s profitable parts. “If you maintain enough of a dialogue with the person who’s actually doing the procedure, so they understand what the end-game is, there are little things, changes they can make in their technique to increase your success.”

So then, she explains, “you’re just kind of cognizant of where you put your graspers. You try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that, you know, we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m going to basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.” Sometimes, Nucatola shares, she studies the abortion schedule of the day on the lookout for marketable organs. “I’ll actually collect what you want sometimes, and put it aside.” So you do that, CMP asks? “If I see it. Why not? I’m right there. Oh, for sure, I mean to me, I don’t know, it makes the procedure that much better…”

Of course, Nucatola cautions over and over again, Planned Parenthood is extremely careful not to look like they’re cashing in on the arrangement — despite the bodies of evidence to the contrary. For obvious reasons, the organization doesn’t openly admit to scavenging unborn children for their parts. Like most of its business model, this wouldn’t exactly help Planned Parenthood’s struggling PR image.

But public opinion should be the least of the group’s concerns. Trafficking in human body parts is a serious crime (not that the law has ever stopped Planned Parenthood before). Violating the partial-birth abortion ban alone is punishable by $250,000 and/or up to 2 years in prison. Add selling human fetal tissue, and Cecile Richards’s group is looking at a federal felony with a half-million dollar fine and 10-year jail term. Yet when CMP explained in a separate video what help Nucatola had been with their harvesting efforts, Richards replied, “Oh, good. Great. She’s amazing.” Meaning that the knowledge of this fetal farming goes all the way to the top.

For an organization whose hands are already dirtied by sex traffickinggender targetingunsanitary clinic conditionsmulti-million dollar fraud, and sexual abuse cover-ups – dismembering babies for sale is hardly the kind of retail business you want to hang a shingle over. And yet Americans continue to be unwilling investors in this taxpayer-funded Frankenstein. If this doesn’t persuade the government to act, I don’t know what will.

Neither do I. If Congress can’t de-fund Planned Parenthood and override a virtually certain presidential veto, we may be too far gone to ever recover.

Gruesome and Grisly: What Will the Government Do About Planned Parenthood, aka Planned Parthood?

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:01 pm

This government? Likely nothing.

“Planned Parenthood Uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts” (original link; direct YouTube):

Watch closely. To ensure that as much as possible can be harvested from the murdered preborn baby, the butcher does a partial-birth abortion.

June 12, 2015

Positivity: Court ruling means Texas abortion clinics won’t meet safety standards

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

From New Orleans:

Jun 11, 2015 / 06:02 am

Pro-life advocates welcomed a federal appellate court’s Tuesday decision upholding a Texas law that increased safety regulations for abortion clinics and abortionists.

“Texas women and their preborn children will no longer be subjected to the grotesque reality inside Texas abortion facilities,” Emily Horne, senior legislative associate with Texas Right to Life, said June 9.

Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, who defended the law against legal challenges, also praised the ruling.

“Abortion practitioners should have no right to operate their businesses from sub-standard facilities and with doctors who lack admitting privileges at a hospital,” he said.

The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the law to be applied across most of Texas. It recognized as legitimate the legislature’s stated purpose for the law. In the court’s words, the law aimed “to provide the highest quality of care to women seeking abortions and to protect the health and welfare of women seeking abortion.”

Because some abortion clinics cannot afford upgrades to meet the stronger safety standards, the law could mean that as many as 13 clinics will close. That would leave eight abortion providers in the state, the New York Times reports.

The law requires all abortion clinics to follow ambulatory surgical facility standards for their building, equipment, and staffing.

Some backers of the law cited the case of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who in 2013 was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter as a result of negligent practices. The grand jury report in the case said that surgical facility standards for Gosnell’s clinic, like wider hallways for paramedic access, could have saved the life of one young woman who died.

The federal appellate court largely upheld the 2013 Texas law’s requirement that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic. On this point the court allowed an exemption for a doctor who performs abortions in McAllen, Texas, on the grounds that in this case the requirement would create an unconstitutional burden on women seeking abortions there.

The same Texas law bans abortions after 20 weeks, on the ground that an unborn baby at that age can feel pain. This provision has not faced legal challenge. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

June 11, 2015

Positivity: Abortion rates are dropping – and it could be thanks to millennials

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:17 am

From Washington:

Jun 11, 2015 / 03:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Abortion rates have declined by 12 percent nationwide since 2010, and pro-life groups say changing attitudes among the younger generation could be the cause.

“We’re seeing the attitudes shift,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of the group Students for Life of America, which conducts pro-life outreach on college campuses. “People are talking about abortion differently.”

Abortions rates have declined in almost every state since 2010, with only two states seeing significant increases since then, according to a survey by the Associated Press.

The biggest declines took in Hawaii – a 30 percent decrease – and New Mexico, Rhode Island, Nevada, and Connecticut, all with over a 20 percent drop.

The declines occurred in both states that recently passed pro-life laws restricting abortion and in states that did not, the AP noted. This is evidence of a “comprehensive trend,” said Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List.

Although many factors – including increased practice of abstinence, a change in the use of contraceptives, and more state pro-life laws – are probably behind the shift in numbers, the “bottom explanation is a shift in public opinion,” Donovan told CNA.

“More children are being born and probably raised in families with a pro-life disposition,” he said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

May 26, 2015

Positivity: 25,000 march for life at Canada’s Parliament

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

From Ottawa:

May 14, 2015

Forty-six years to the day after Canada legalized the killing of children in the womb, nearly 25,000 people marched on Parliament Hill in Ottawa with the message to Canadians, and particularly parliamentarians, to “Let life win!”

Organized by Canada’s national pro-life lobby group Campaign Life Coalition, the 18th annual March for Life took place under sunny skies, with the only discordant note a noisy protest by a half-dozen topless women from the feminist group Femen, who were quickly removed by police.

The march, Canada’s largest national pro-life event, commemorates Canada’s “day of infamy,” when Pierre Trudeau’s Liberal Omnibus bill legalized abortion in Canada on May 14, 1969.

Since then, an estimated four million unborn children have been killed by abortion, or 100,000 abortions annually.

In 1988, the Supreme Court struck down the country’s abortion law, leaving children in the womb with no legal protection or recognition in Canada. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

May 15, 2015

Positivity: March for Life in Rome draws 40,000 participants

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

From Rome, Italy:

May 10, 2015 / 04:01 pm

One of tens of thousands of people to take to the streets of Rome for this year’s March for Life, Mary Rathke is living proof that those conceived in rape deserve life, and not abortion.

“Many people use the reason for rape to accept abortions,” said the Michigan native in a May 10 interview with CNA.

Rathke, 35, was conceived when her mother was raped on her way home from work.

“They say that it is the rapist’s baby, that it is a monster’s baby, and that no one would want this child,” she said.

“I am not a monster’s baby. I am not the rapist’s baby. I am my mother’s child, and I’m a child of the most High God, and I am made in His image.”

Rathke, now a pro-life advocate, was one of an estimated 40,000 people to take part in Rome’s fourth – and Italy’s fifth – annual March for Life.

This year’s march, which took place on Mother’s Day, centered on the theme “For life, no compromise.”

During his weekly Regina Caeli address earlier in the day, Pope Francis greeted the pilgrims who were in Rome for the event, saying: “It is important to collaborate together to promote and defend life.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

April 25, 2015

AP’s Julie Pace Covers Up Hillary’s Desire to Force Changes in ‘Cultural Codes, Religious Beliefs’

You can usually set your watch to it.

First, you learn about a “progressive” or liberal darling who makes a controversial, over-the-top statement which would get him or her in serious trouble with the general public if widely known. About 24 hours later, you visit establishment press coverage of the event, especially at the Associated Press, and find not a hint that anything controversial occurred. Such is the case with Hillary Clinton’s comments yesterday at the annual Women in the World summit in Washington. Video, a transcript, and a portion of Julie Pace’s AP whitewash follow the jump.