January 26, 2016

Positivity: The March for Life — Fight for What’s Right, Irrespective of the Odds

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Ken Blackwell at CNS News:

January 21, 2016 | 10:27 AM EST

It has been more than four decades since the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that the unborn were of no account. Precious life created in the image of God was treated as but an inconvenience to be removed “on demand.” A Constitution drafted by those who believed in life and liberty became a license to kill the most helpless and defenseless among us. The ruling greatly accelerated what Pope John Paul II termed the “culture of death.”

Although Roe’s most devastating impact remains the thousands upon thousands of babies never allowed to take their first breath, the high court decision also spurred a generation of liberal judicial activism which has malformed America’s Constitution and system of government. The problem is not energetic judges, but jurists who rewrite rather than enforce the Constitution. Today, the Court acts like a nine-member continuing constitutional convention.

An unwanted pregnancy is a significant burden. The reasons for one are many, and the political process is not the place to judge the reasons why. But abortion is not the answer. The consequences are rarely benign for women who abort their babies. Regrets are common, physical problems are real, and psychological harm can be great. The body seems to naturally rebel against efforts to destroy what it has created.

Yet a worse fate is reserved for the child, just months away from independent existence. No one has an obligation to conceive. And contraceptives are widely available. Indeed, the federal government now insists that they must be “free,” paid for by the rest of us. So there’s little reason for an unwanted pregnancy.

However, having created life, none of us, not even the mother, has a right to end it. There’s no need to argue theology about souls and biology about the beginning of life. We all know that starting with a fertilized egg yields a crying newborn nine months later. Once on the continuum of life there’s no excuse for ending it, except in truly extraordinary circumstances, such as a threat to the life of the mother. It is fine to talk about choice, but except in the thankfully rare case of rape, the choice was to have sex. The issue then is taking responsibility.

There’s something more. Although sometimes promoted in the name of liberation, abortion long has been directed against racial minorities. Indeed, years ago, a surprising number of “good ole’ boy” Southern legislators favored legal abortion because they imagined it would be used most by those they saw as undesirables, especially African-Americans.

Liberals today inadvertently follow in the footsteps of the apostles of Jim Crow.

Go here for the rest of Blackwell’s column.

January 25, 2016

Houston DA Turns Tables: Center for Medical Progress Planned Parenthood Videographers Indicted

In an unexpected development which may ultimately qualify as a “be careful what you wish for” exercise, the District Attorney in Harris County, Texas, whose county seat is Houston, has indicted Center for Medical Progress videographers David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt.

Yes you read that right, via coverage in the Houston Chronicle (bolds are mine):

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Positivity: How can pro-lifers reach more Americans? Share God’s mercy, Cardinal Dolan says

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From New York City:

Jan 18, 2016 / 10:21 am

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has marked the upcoming anniversary of Roe v. Wade with a reflection encouraging the pro-life movement to remember the importance of mercy and to see the opportunity to reach those who do not identify as pro-life.

The Archbishop of New York said the pro-life cause backs “an essential moral vision that lifts up every human person.”

“Genuine progress must be progress for all, beginning with those most vulnerable who cannot speak for themselves,” he said in a Jan. 14 message. “May God bless our efforts to uphold human life!”

The cardinal cited Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii gaudium. There, the Pope said the defense of the unborn is “closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right … It is not ‘progressive’ to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.”

Cardinal Dolan heads the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-life Activities. His statement comes ahead of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that mandated permissive abortion laws nationwide.

“Abortion itself, despite the endorsement of our highest legal tribunal and many political and cultural elites, is as controversial as ever,” the cardinal said. “Most Americans oppose a policy allowing legal abortion for virtually any reason – though many still do not realize that this is what the Supreme Court gave us.”

Most Americans want to protect unborn children later in pregnancy, most want limits and regulations on abortion, and most want to bar taxpayer funding for abortion.

The cardinal noted that despite this, some are reluctant to adopt the pro-life mantle.

“Yet many who support important goals of the pro-life movement do not identify as ‘pro-life,’ a fact which should lead us to examine how we present our pro-life vision to others.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 24, 2016

Positivity: Carly Fiorina’s March For Life Speech

As carried at American Action News:

The establishment media and political class don’t want us to talk about what the abortion industry is doing. You saw what happened when I talked about the horrific truth of the planned parenthood videos during a Republican debate. Unlike the media, you’ve watched the videos. You’ve seen an aborted baby, it’s legs kicking, it’s heart beating while the technician describes how they would keep these babies alive to harvest their organs. The left called me a liar. They said there were no such videos. There are no aborted babies born alive. Nobody is selling baby parts.

But look what happened next. Planned Parenthood came out and said they would no longer take compensation for baby organs. Sounds like an admission to me!

Hillary Clinton is giving a pro-abortion speech today in New Hampshire. She is saying that we as conservative women don’t count. But here’s the truth: they have perverted feminism into a left-leaning political ideology where women are pitted against men and used as a political weapon to win elections.

Being empowered means having a voice. But ideological feminism shuts down conversation?—?on college campuses and in the media. If you are a pro-life man?—?or a conservative woman?—?who doesn’t believe the litanies of the left, then you are “waging a war on women” or you are a “threat to women’s health” or you are variously described as “window dressing” — Joni Ernst — or offensive as a candidate — Carly Fiorina.

Ours is a fight for the character of our nation. For the value of life itself. It is a fight we must win to take our country back.

January 23, 2016

Positivity: March For Life Marchers Take the Town by Storm

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From the Family Research Council:

While the rest of the capital braces for a whiteout, thousands of pro-lifers spilled into the D.C. streets convinced that the real state of emergency is our culture. While the federal government, local schools, and area businesses hurried home to beat the blizzard, a generation undeterred by ice or snow continued their pilgrimage to the Supreme Court — determined to stir the conscience of America and end 43 years of government-sanctioned bloodshed.

In bundled-up babies to busloads of students, this year’s March for Life was a powerful reminder that Americans will do whatever it takes to protest the ugly legacy of Roe. “We are very concerned for people’s safety and want everyone to be cautious,” said a March spokesman. “However, the pro-life community is also concerned for the safety and well-being of the innocent, unborn in the womb.” And the U.S. Park Police wasn’t going to stand in the way. “This is a First Amendment event,” an official told the Washington Post, “and if people want to come and demonstrate, we want them to be able to come say what they have to say.”

For more than four decades, families have traveled over miles of wintry highways to do exactly that: be a voice for the voiceless. It will be difficult to doubt their commitment today, as the March braved one of the worst forecasts of its 43 years to highlight the travesty. It was a stark contrast to the frustrations of the Left, which were highlighted in the complaints of one of its abortion standard-bearers, DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “Here’s what I see,” she said bluntly, “a complacency among the generation of young women whose entire lives have been lived after Roe v. Wade was decided.” Compare that to today’s March for Life, which was overflowing with teenagers who are more determined than ever to end what the Supreme Court started.

As former FRCer and March President Jeanne Mancini pointed out, “Young people can see through something that isn’t true and isn’t empowering. Young people see abortion as the human rights abuse of today, and they’re really the best ambassadors for life because they haven’t been jaded, they’re not cynical, and their energy and love for life is just contagious.” And the polling bears that out. The majority of millennials reject the extremism that this administration has championed. Fifty-four percent want to outlaw abortion with just the basic exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. Another 76 percent would ban it entirely after the first trimester. Maybe what Wasserman Schultz sees isn’t youthful complacence — but enlightenment.

Fifty-eight million children have been caught in the nets of “choice,” an injustice that’s only deepened under the avalanche of the president’s radical abortion policy. Now, as the nation starts to pushback against those laws with a wave of their own, pro-lifers are starting to see a light at the end of this eight-year tunnel. Abortions have been on a steep decline (12 percent) in the last half-decade, thanks to the strong effort on the local level. With record wins for states’ pro-life laws (288 in five years!), the sea of faces at today’s March hopes to build on the progress with a commander-in-chief who makes the unborn a priority — not a target. Based on the energy in today’s crowd, we all look forward to a time when those grave errors are corrected — and a culture where all human life is welcomed and protected. …

Go here for the rest of the story and links to other posts.

January 21, 2016

Positivity: This man has been in a coma for 33 years – and his wife has stayed by his side

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Lyon, France:

Jan 20, 2016 / 03:06 am

After sustaining a damaged leg tendon in 1982, 34-year old international footballer Jean-Pierre Adams thought that a routine knee surgery at a hospital in Lyon, France would relieve some of his discomfort.

By the end of the day, the surgery had left Adams in a comatose state, unable to perform normal bodily functions like walking or talking.

That was over thirty years ago.

Today, his devoted wife Bernadette personally cares for Jean-Pierre in their home near Nimes, France, where the beloved footballer remains bedridden and comatose.

“I think he feels things. He must recognize the sound of my voice as well,” Bernadette told CNN in a recent interview, saying he can still breathe on his own but needs round-the-clock attention.

Bernadette and Jean-Pierre met at a dance in the 1960s. As an interracial couple, the two grew in resilience through the challenges they faced and married in 1969. Not long after, Jean-Pierre was playing first division side football as the “garde noire” alongside some of the best in the world.

“He was the ‘joie di vivre’ embodied in human form – a laugher and joker who liked to go out,” his wife told CNN.

That all changed on March 17, 1982 when the understaffed hospital botched Adams’ intubation, causing a heart attack, brain damage, and an eventual coma. The surgery was ruled as an “involuntary injury” and the medical workers were found guilty seven years after the incident.

Jean-Pierre, now 68, is cared for daily by his faithful wife Bernadette. She feeds him, talks to him, clothes him, and still buys presents for him to open on his birthday.

“I’ll buy things so that he can have a nice room, such as pretty sheets, or some scent. He used to wear Paco Rabanne but his favorite one stopped so now I buy Sauvage by Dior,” Bernadette told CNN. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 11, 2016

Positivity: Leading US bishop — 2016 is the time for pro-life conscience protections

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From Washington:

Jan 5, 2016 / 12:42 am

On the cusp of 2016, the president of the U.S. Bishops Conference is calling for greater protection of pro-life professionals and organizations in the year ahead.

Archbishop Kurtz, who heads the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., lamented the absence of the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) in Congress’ 2016 omnibus funding bill. He warned that the failure to include robust conscience protections against participation in abortion is a cause for grave concern.

“The principle at stake is whether people of faith and others who oppose abortion and abortion coverage should be compelled to participate in them,” the archbishop said Dec. 23. “We will continue to reach out to the White House and Congressional leaders untiringly until proper protections are guaranteed.”

“Many Catholic and other institutions, including those that provide health care and other human services to the poor and vulnerable, have joined in our support of ANDA,” the archbishop continued. “Without ANDA, these caring organizations face legal threats to their very existence, as they lack clear and enforceable protection for their freedom to serve the needy in accord with their deepest moral convictions on respect for human life.”

The Abortion Non-Discrimination Act had been included in the House of Representatives’ draft Labor / Department of Health and Human Services appropriations bills since 2013, but was never enacted. Its provisions would strengthen protections provided by the Weldon Amendment and the Church Amendments.

The Weldon Amendment has been included in HHS appropriations bills since 2005. It bars U.S. states that accept federal funds from discriminating against institutions and health care entities that do not provide coverage of abortion or refer for abortions. The Church Amendments, first passed in the 1970s, bar individuals and entities from being required to violate their religious beliefs or moral convictions against abortion as part of a government program.

In an Oct. 25 primer, the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities analyzed the proposed Abortion Non-Discrimination Act.

According to the primer, the act would protect medical professionals from being forced to take part in abortions despite their moral and religious objections. Some current protections for these persons lack a “right of action” that would allow victims to take their cause to court. Existing provisions threaten a total loss of federal funds to those who violate the law, but there are concerns this penalty is so massive it will never be applied in practice. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 1, 2016

Positivity: Former famous Brazilian feminist speaks out, declares herself pro-life

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From Red Alert Politics (HT Life News):

December 30, 2015

Feminism can become horrific when it rears its ugly head. Now, a famous former feminist is coming forward about the shocking truth, as a piece from LifeSiteNews.com highlights.
Sara Fernanda Giromin, also known as Sara Winter, was not merely feminist. She was the founder of Femen Brazil in 2012 and later of Bastardxs. Both groups gained nation and worldwide attention for their angry bare-chested protests.

In 2014, she offended religious and non-religious people alike for her stunt of “blasphemy,” which involved her kissing another bare-chested woman. There was a cross in the background and the kiss took place in front of the Church of Our Lady of Candelária in Rio de Janeiro. For years, Sara claimed to be bisexual, but in addition to repudiating feminism, she no longer affiliates with the orientation or with gender ideology.

Sara did not merely change her mind about being bisexual; she never was to begin with. As LifeSiteNews wrote, “she felt pressured by the feminist movement to declare herself “bisexual” so that she could receive maximum respect. Sara herself mentioned that “lesbian and bisexual women have much more voice and respect within the movement, so in the search for recognition of my struggle, with each day that passed, I deconstructed my heterosexuality and was substituting it with an artificial bisexuality.”

Such promotions of lesbianism and bisexuality were one of Sara’s reasons for denouncing feminism. There are more though, with how the movement “uses women as objects” and “covers up pedophilia in its ranks.” While Sara’s own religious beliefs are not clear, she did apologize to Christians and referred to feminism as “a religious sect.”
As Sara shared, with original emphasis:

I saw the feminist movement cover up for PEDOPHILES. I saw the feminist movement PERSECUTE WOMEN … I am a witness to the fact that today in the feminist movement women are not of any importance but serve as fuel for the fires of hatred that the feminist sect cannot allow to die.

… Sara aborted her first child, but gave birth to her second, a son. It was he who helped her change her attitude on abortion. In October she repented and asked for forgiveness. She also implored “women who are desperate to abort” to “think carefully about it.” Sara was “very sorry I did it” and spoke of how “I don’t want the same for you.”

Go here for the full story.

December 18, 2015

Positivity: NFL Player Who Refused to Meet Pro-Abortion President Obama Will Headline March for Life

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Via Life News:

DEC 16, 2015 | 11:51AM

A former NFL football player for the Baltimore Ravens, who once refused to meet President Barack Obama because he;s pro-abortion, will headline this year’s March for Life. The March for Life is an annual event with more than half a million people going to the nation’s capital to memorialized the 57 million unborn babies who have been victimized since Roe v. Wade was handed down in January 1973.

Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Matt Birk is pro-life — so when it came time for the Ravens to visit President Barack Obama for the annual congratulations ceremony for the Super Bowl winners , he decided not to go.

“I wasn’t there,” Birk said in 2013 when he refused to meet with Obama. “I would say this, I would say that I have great respect for the office of the Presidency but about five or six weeks ago, our president made a comment in a speech and he said, ‘God bless Planned Parenthood.’”

Birk is a Catholic and indicated that he took offense to Obama’s comments.

“Planned Parenthood performs about 330,000 abortions a year,” Birk explained. “I am Catholic, I am active in the Pro-Life movement and I just felt like I couldn’t deal with that. I couldn’t endorse that in any way.”

“I’m very confused by [the President’s] statement,” Birk questioned. “For God to bless a place where they’re ending 330,000 lives a year? I just chose not to attend.”

Now, Birk has been announced as one of the top speakers for the March for Life.

“We are delighted to have Matt Birk speak at the March for Life this year,” Jeanne Mancini, the President of the March for Life Education & Defense Fund, told CNS News. “His experience and personal story are inspiring, and on top of that he’s a great speaker.”

Birk is a longtime pro-life advocate who has a thoughtful position against abortion and a family story to share.

Birk grew up in St. Paul Minnesota, where Planned Parenthood did abortions for decades and then the godfather of one of Birk’s five children opened a pregnancy center across the street from the abortion facility. Adrianna, Birk’s wife, volunteered at the center, and eventually the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic closed.

Birk was a featured speaker at the Maryland March for Life previously and he said his Catholic faith and being a father are two of the big reasons he is pro-life and he shared how he was overwhelmed to hold his first child.

“It was unbelievable the love that I felt for her,” he said in a prior interview, “and any parent knows exactly what I’m talking about. At that point, you know it’s not a choice. Life is a gift that’s given to us. We are supposed to accept it. It’s not our choice whether we decide a baby lives or not.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Clueless Cosmo Tweets About Making Buying a Gun As Hard As Getting an Abortion

The people who run Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Twitter account really stepped in it today — and they’re so utterly clueless that they doubled and tripled down on their ignorance.

Cosmo’s tweeters have thrown themselves behind legislation drafted by Missouri State Representative Stacey Newman. Newman, a Democrat, actually believes that it is more difficult to get an abortion in the Show Me State than it is to buy a gun; her legislation would supposedly remedy this horrible situation. Cosmo is on board with horribly unhinged proposed legislation. The good folks at Twitchy pointed that out this afternoon, but that didn’t stop Cosmo from doubling and tripling down on their ignorance (original tweets here, here and here) in the past 10 hours:

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December 12, 2015

Planned Parenthood Admits Sending Aborted Babies to Landfills; AP Plays Defense

The callousness towards human life at Planned Parenthood is such that it believes that the remains of preborn babies killed during abortions are just like any other “medical waste,” and that sending them to landfills — or, perhaps even incinerators — is therefore “humane.”

That’s what one must conclude from reading an Associated Press report Friday evening which strived mightily to play defense for the beleaguered group. The wire service’s headline only described State Attorney General Mike DeWine as an “official.” The opening sentence from Andrew Welsh-Huggins only conceded that DeWine “criticized” the practices at Ohio’s Planned Parenthood’s locations, when his press release clearly contends that it has been violating state regulations (bolds are mine):

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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. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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.”

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