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.

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April 20, 2015

Positivity: HHS mandate loses again — Supreme Court order protects Pennsylvania Catholic groups

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 1:30 pm

From Washington:

Apr 18, 2015 / 04:25 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has continued its trend of decisions stopping enforcement of a federal contraception mandate against religious employers with moral objections.

On April 15, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued an order barring the federal government from enforcing the mandate against Catholic Charities affiliates, Catholic schools and social service organizations in the dioceses of Erie and Pittsburgh.

“Every time a religious plaintiff has gone to the Supreme Court for protection from the government’s discriminatory mandate the Court has protected them,” Lori Windham, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said April 17.

“How many times must the government lose in court before it gets the message?” she added. “For years now the government has been claiming that places like Catholic Charities and the Little Sisters of the Poor are not ‘religious employers’ worthy of an exemption. That argument has always been absurd.”

The plaintiffs in the case have objected to a Department of Health and Human Services rule mandating insurance coverage of sterilization procedures and contraception, including some drugs that can cause abortions.

The organizations said they cannot help employees acquire the objectionable drugs and procedures without violating their religious beliefs.

Alito’s court order requires the government to brief the court on why it should be able to fine the objecting organizations, according to the Becket Fund.

Windham noted that the court has sided with plaintiffs against the HHS mandate in four previous cases. Other plaintiffs which have prevailed against the mandate include institutions and businesses such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, Wheaton College, the University of Notre Dame and Hobby Lobby. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

April 9, 2015

Cutting-Edge Observation

Filed under: Life-Based News,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:28 pm

At TPM LiveWire, Caitlin MacNeal is apparently alarmed that a “GOP Lawmaker Says It’s Harder To Get A Vasectomy Than An Abortion,” and and is having a hard time believing it to be true.

Well, many married men have found that their doctors discourage them from having vasectomies. In many instances, the docs won’t proceed with the operation without the wife’s written permission.

Beyond that, it seems to be a culturally established norm that men shouldn’t have a vasectomy without his wife’s permission. It would appear that such permission requirements haven’t been legally challenged, or at least successfully so.

On the abortion front, we know that a husband’s or bio-father’s permission is absolutely not required for a pregnant woman to be able to take the life of the preborn baby she is carrying.

The “GOP Lawmaker” is right; Caitlin MacNeal is wrong.

April 8, 2015

Positivity: Britain stands with persecuted Christians, prime minister affirms

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 8:48 am

From London:

Apr 8, 2015 / 12:12 am

Easter is a perfect time to take note of all that Christianity has done for Great Britain and to support those persecuted for their faith, UK prime minister David Cameron said in his Easter message.

“The church is not just a collection of beautiful old buildings,” Cameron said in an April 4 video message posted on Youtube.

“It’s a living, active force doing great works right across our country.”
Cameron expressed solidarity with the persecuted church and encouraged his country to be proud of their Christian heritage.

“Yes we’re a nation that embraces, welcomes and accepts all faiths and none, but we’re still a Christian country.”

From serving the poor to comforting the grieving, the “kindness of the church can be a huge comfort.”

However, the Christian duty does not end there. He said Christians must also speak out against injustice and show their support for those persecuted for their faith.

Cameron spoke of Christians around the world who are “being threatened, tortured, even killed” for their faith.

“To all those brave Christians … we must say, ‘we stand with you.’”
His government has “put those words into action” by providing support in the form of humanitarian aid and supporting “grassroots reconciliation” in Iraq.

“In the coming months we must continue to speak as one voice for freedom of belief,” he said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

April 4, 2015

Positivity: More than 100,000 ask Mexican Supreme Court to affirm right to life

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

From Mexico City:

Mar 31, 2015 / 12:38 am

More than 120,000 people have signed a petition asking the Mexican Supreme Judicial Court of the Nation to reaffirm that “abortion is not a right.”

The petition campaign was sparked by a lawsuit over the constitutionality of the Mexican state of Tlaxcala’s abortion reform law which could open the door to abortion in the whole country.

The pro-life organization CitizenGo, which launched the petition drive, will send the signatures to Luis Maria Aguilar Morales, president of the Mexican Supreme Court; Supreme Court Associate Justice José Fernando Franco González Salas who is presenting the case for the law’s unconstitutionality, and Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico. CNN reported that in 2011, González Salas unsuccessfully petitioned the court to overturn pro-life laws in the Mexican states of Baja California and San Luis Potosi.

A letter sent along with the signatures points out that the case on Mexican Supreme Court’s schedule will be dealing with the unconstitutionality of the abortion laws in the state of Tlaxcala and that their ruling would be obligatory for all the country’s judges.

“Declaring the law unconstitutional would entail a grave violation of the first of all rights, the right to life and would be contrary to international treaties,” CitizenGo warned.

The petition acknowledged that the court is “debating the exceptions in the penal code for abortion in the state of Tlaxcala.”

“Nevertheless, if eight associate judges vote to declare Tlaxcala’s law unconstitutional, the immediate effect would be to invalidate Tlaxcala’s abortion reform law, and the secondary effect would be that the court’s ruling would be obligatory for all the judges in the country. As a result, in every state any person could have an abortion by means of appealing for constitutional judicial relief from the penal code.”

As a result, “(t)he judges would be obliged to grant judicial relief, and nothing would protect the unborn child.”

The more than 120,000 signers of the petition reminded the court that “the right to life from conception is recognized in the International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights (ICCPR) of which Mexico is a signatory.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

March 27, 2015

Positivity: Peruvian march for life draws half a million

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

From Lima, Peru:

Lima, Peru, Mar 26, 2015 / 11:16 am

More than half a million Peruvians participated in the historic March for Life 2015, held March 21 in Lima, rejecting abortion and speaking out in defense of life from conception to natural death.

In Peru, the right to life from conception is protected by the Constitution of Peru, the Civil Code, the Code of Children and Adolescents, and the American Convention on Human Rights. March 25 is celebrated in the country’s Day of the Unborn, according to law.

Young people played a leading role in the march, as both volunteers and participants.

The massive demonstration doubled last year’s figures, when 250,000 people marched for life. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

March 19, 2015

Slippery Slope Update, Belgian Edition

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:53 am

Belgium slip-slides further into its culture of death (bolds are mine):

Euthanasia deaths double in Belgium (actually, it’s far more than a doubling — Ed.)

In 2007 only two percent of deaths were attributed to euthanasia. By 2013 the figure had jumped to 4.6 percent according to figures produced by a research group linked to the universities of Ghent and Brussels (VUB).

Researchers from the Care Research Group see two grounds for the rise: more and more people are requesting the procedure, while more and more doctors are prepared to carry it out.

In only six years the number of people requesting euthanasia soared from 3.5 percent of the number of deaths in 2007 to 6 percent in 2013. In 2013 three-quarters of requests were met, while in 2007 the figure was only half.

The researchers point to growing acceptance of euthanasia in society at large. Researcher Luc Deliens, “For the first time the figures are higher in Belgium, though the Netherlands has a longer history with the practice.”

With roughly 105,000 deaths per year in Belgium, this means that there were roughly 4,800 assisted suicides in 2013 (4.6 percent of 105,000), up from just over 2,000 in 2007, when there were about 101,000 deaths.

As prolife advocates predicted, “right to die” is turning into “duty to die.”

March 14, 2015

Positivity: Lila Rose Rocks UN Audience

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

From C-Fam:

March 13, 2015

A UN conference room filled with nearly 400 young people sitting in diplomats’ chairs leapt to their feet to applaud a young woman last night. Lila Rose and her undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s callous aborting of children made their debut appearance in the august building.

“I am asking for forgiveness for how my nation has exported violence against the most innocent” around the world, she said. “And I want to share what my teams have seen inside the abortion industry.”

New York City is the birthplace of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in the U.S. and a powerful political player internationally, she noted.

Lila showed clips of Planned Parenthood employees explaining how to obtain a sex-selection abortion, a late-term abortion and how to fraudulently obtain government aid.

“If we don’t treat the weakest members of society with the respect that we have for ourselves, how is that justice? How is that equality? How is that upholding human rights?” Lila told the crowd. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

March 11, 2015

Positivity: Touchdown! Notre Dame scores big on HHS mandate at Supreme Court

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 7:55 am

From Washington:

Mar 9, 2015 / 12:21 pm

In a potentially groundbreaking decision, the Supreme Court nullified a federal court ruling against the University of Notre Dame on the HHS contraception mandate and sent it back for reconsideration by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

The university is “gratified” by the decision, said vice president of public affairs and communications, Paul J. Browne. They had requested the case be remanded by the Court in light of the Hobby Lobby decision last June.

“Notre Dame continues to challenge the federal mandate as an infringement on our fundamental right to the free exercise of our Catholic faith,” Browne said.

Notre Dame is one of well over 100 non-profit institutions to sue the federal government over a mandate requiring that employers provide health care plans covering contraception, sterilization and some drugs that can cause early abortions.

After the initial mandate was announced, hundreds of organizations, churches, and business across the country voiced their religious objection. The government subsequently developed an “accommodation,” under which non-profit employers who religiously objected to offering such coverage could send a notice of objection to a third party who would then offer the coverage.

Notre Dame and other plaintiffs have argued that they would still be violating their religious convictions by cooperating in such a way with the contraception coverage, which they believe to be immoral.

The university’s request for an injunction offering protection from the mandate was initially denied, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling last February. The university then appealed its case to the Supreme Court.

The contraception mandate “violated our religious beliefs by requiring Notre Dame’s participation in a regulatory scheme to provide abortion-inducing products, contraceptives, and sterilization,” Browne stated.

Last June, the Supreme Court issued a major ruling on the contraception mandate, saying that the federal regulation cannot be applied to “closely-held corporations” – including arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby – if their owners have religious objections to it.

Now, the Supreme Court is instructing the appeals court to reconsider Notre Dame’s case, taking into account the Hobby Lobby ruling in support of religious freedom.

Go here for the rest of the story.

March 6, 2015

The Cincinnati Enquirer’s (and Others’) Disgraceful John Willke Obituaries

This column went up at PJ Media and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Wednesday.

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Enduring the Cincinnati Enquirer’s seemingly interminable attempts to round up new subscribers is among the more annoying trials Greater Cincinnatians must face. Their recruiters often appear in local grocery stores, desperate to almost give away three-month “trials.”

This once respectable full-throttle newspaper, which now looks as if it was cobbled together and produced at Fedex/Kinko’s on the fly overnight — and is actually produced 100 miles away in Columbus — is clearly hurting for readers. All the groveling in the world won’t gain my subscription as long as they publish disgraceful obituaries like the one which appeared on Saturday about national prolife legend and Cincinnati resident John Willke, who died on Friday at age 89. Other national establishment press outlets also participated in smearing Willke, but his local paper had a far higher duty to at least try to be fair — and failed.

Perhaps the best way to familiarize readers with Willke before illustrating how horrid the Enquirer’s obit was — as well as those found elsewhere — would be to excerpt the following paragraphs from the National Right to Life organization’s Monday tribute (bolds are mine throughout this column):

National Right to Life Mourns the Death of Dr. John C. Willke

In the early days of the right-to-life movement, Jack and Barbara Willke helped form the foundation of right-to-life educational efforts through the development of the “Willke slides” on fetal development and abortion, and their first book, “The Handbook on Abortion,” which sold an estimated 1.5 million copies. Both were considered must-haves for local activists.

“Every pro-lifer relied on the ‘Willke slides’ on fetal development that beautifully depicted the development of the unborn child as well as the brutal reality of abortion,” Tobias said.

The Willkes crisscrossed the nation for four decades speaking out on behalf of society’s most defenseless members. They inspired some of the earliest state and local right-to-life groups combatting abortion before the Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. The Willkes co-founded Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati in the early 1970s.

In September 1973, Dr. Willke joined the National Right to Life board of directors representing his home state of Ohio, and served continuously until his retirement in 2012. He served in a variety of capacities throughout the 1970s, including terms as vice-chairman of the board and vice president. He was elected president of National Right to Life (1980-1983 and 1984-1991), serving a total of ten years. During his tenure, he helped raised the profile of the organization through countless radio and television appearances, and trips across the country and around the world as an ambassador for the right-to-life movement.

To expand National Right to Life’s efforts to educate the nation, on January 7, 1985, Dr. Willke premiered Pro-Life Perspective, National Right to Life’s daily radio program. The show, now in its 30th year and hosted by National Right to Life president Carol Tobias, has served as an educational resource for countless millions of Americans concerned about the right-to-life issues.

… In addition to his work locally and nationally, Dr. Willke expanded right-to-life efforts with the formation of the International Right to Life Federation, which brought together pro-life organizations operating in countries around the world. He was president emeritus of the organization at the time of his death.

Now let’s see how the Enquirer’s Emile Eaton wrote Willke’s obituary.

Incredibly, especially considering that Willke said nothing false or misleading at the time, Eaton spent five paragraphs dishonestly tarring him with Todd Akin’s 2012 U.S. Senate campaign blunder, and followed that exercise with a clumsy paragraph creating the impression that Willke and his wife Barbara, who died several years ago, were stubborn old coots who wouldn’t let go of the outlook which sunk Akin (numbered tags are mine):

Willke’s view on abortion didn’t come without criticism. Willke, who was a retired general physician [1], believed the stress of rape caused the female body to inhibit conception. [2] Former Missouri congressman Todd Akin also touted that idea, saying victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant. The 2012 comments caused a media sensation and national debate on the subject. [3]

Willke first put forward that theory over 30 years ago and in 1999 he said rape “can radically upset (a woman’s) possibility of ovulation, fertilization, implantation and even nurturing a pregnancy.” [2]

“I’m not saying she doesn’t get pregnant from assault rape,” Willke said. “She can and she does. It’s just very rare.”

David Grimes, an obstetrician and gynecologist in North Carolina who was a chief of the abortion surveillance branch at the Center for Disease Control, criticized Willke for this. [4]

“For Dr. Willke to say a woman can avoid getting pregnant by squeezing her Fallopian tubes is ridiculous,” he told The Enquirer in 2012. [5] “To suggest this doesn’t happen is cruel, cruel, cruel. Rape is an ugly and common occurrence.”

The Willkes maintained their viewpoints. [6] Their daughter Marie Meyers told The Enquirer in 2013 after Barbara died that the couple felt it was the right thing to do and believed they would be rewarded in heaven.

[1] — Willke was an obstetrician. National Right to Life says so, as does the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press in their respective otherwise similarly tasteless obits. Wikipedia says that he “was an obstetrician in Cincinnati, Ohio, but ceased practicing medicine in 1988 in order to devote himself full-time to the anti-abortion movement.” In 1988, Willke was 63. Eaton’s claim that he was a “retired general physician” could conceivably be technically true, but it’s obviously misleading. The default assumption, given that others got it right, has to be that it’s deliberately so, to downplay upcoming Item [2] and to make Items [4] and [5] appear credible.

[2] (tagged twice) — Willke didn’t just “say” it in 1999. He fully documented his reasoning in an April column that year. Emile Eaton and others obsessed with diminishing Willke should actually read it. Using a set of reasonable assumptions based on data available at the time, the doctor estimated that there were perhaps 450-740 potential instances per year of forcible rape-related pregnancy (as opposed to instances involving statutory rape) nationwide. He further expressed the following informed, expert opinion as an obstetrician as to why that number was probably lower:

To get and stay pregnant a woman’s body must produce a very sophisticated mix of hormones. Hormone production is controlled by a part of the brain that is easily influenced by emotions. There’s no greater emotional trauma that can be experienced by a woman than an assault rape. This can radically upset her possibility of ovulation, fertilization, implantation and even nurturing of a pregnancy. So what further percentage reduction in pregnancy will this cause? No one knows, but this factor certainly cuts this last figure by at least 50 percent and probably more. If we use the 50 percent figure, we have a final figure of 225 (or 370) women pregnant each year. These numbers closely match the 200 that have been documented in clinical studies.

The obit at the New York Times, in a rare bow to fairness, noted that Willke drew on a New England Journal of Medicine report which “suggested that rape victims typically experience a level of shock that prevents their bodies from functioning normally.” So the idea that being raped influences the odds of getting pregnant compared to consensual sex isn’t some crackpot idea John Willke concocted out of thin air.

Willke’s (and Akin’s) naysayers often absurdly assert that there are 32,000 “rape-related” pregnancies per year, over 100 times greater than Willke’s midpoint estimate. That number is based on a study which extrapolated a grand total of 34 cases of rape-related pregnancy over a three-year period out of a group of 4,008 to the general population of adult women 12-45 years of age. The researchers absurdly contended that “The national rape-related pregnancy rate is 5.0% per rape” (italics are mine). Readers comparing that figure to Willke’s careful calculations will see how who’s really practicing pseudoscience. The correct number, if it could ever be determined, is far closer to Willke’s than it is to 32,000.

[3] — Akin’s comments didn’t spur a national debate. They spurred a national smear. Almost no one is any smarter on this subject as a result of the press’s coverage of Akin’s failed 2012 U.S. Senate campaign. More than a few people, though they feel really smart, are instead quite a bit dumber.

[4] — Eaton makes sure we know that Grimes in an ob-gyn. So we’re supposed to believe he’s smart about these things. As noted above, Eaton characterized Willke as a “general physician” to diminish his relative stature.

[5] — Contrary to what Grimes claims, Willke never stated or implied in any way, shape, or form that “a woman can avoid getting pregnant by squeezing her Fallopian tubes.” In fact, as seen above, he indicated the exact opposite, i.e., that the act of rape causes emotional trauma. While he did correctly observe that a woman’s Fallopian tubes can be “spastic” in a 2012 interview, he never stated or implied that such spasms can be willfully controlled.

[6] — To complete the smear, the first sentence of Eaton’s following paragraph, which presumptively refers to the previous five unless the reader is told otherwise, will cause many readers to believe that the “viewpoints” the Willkes “maintained” concerned forcible-rape pregnancies. It would have been so easy to write “The Willkes maintained their prolife viewpoints”  — or, if you must, “their anti-abortion viewpoints.” But Eaton, and the Enquirer, apparently had no interest in letting accurate writing get in the way of a “good” hit piece.

Though addressing the technical matters Eaton risibly raised is important, the overriding point is that she — and for that matter, the rest of the establishment press — had no business devoting any verbiage to this matter in the obituary of a man who arguably did more to save pre-born babies than any other prolife activist has before or since.

From a local perspective, that Eaton would even have thought to go there, let alone carry the idea into her piece, and that the Enquirer’s editors didn’t say, “Whoa, this is way out of line,” tells you everything you need to know about why I won’t subscribe to the paper even if they bring a copy to my door on a silver platter every day.

I’m not alone. In early 2006, the Enquirer had 201,000 daily subscribers. By late 2011, that number was down to 149,000. Now it’s 111,000. The Internet doesn’t even begin to explain that degree of decline. Being out of touch with your community and allowing outrageous bias to permeate every aspect of coverage, even your obituaries, does.

March 4, 2015

Latest PJ Media Column (‘Newspapers’ Obituaries Smear Pro-life Legend’ John Willke) Went Up Early This Morning

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Friday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Here’s two other “little” things almost no one in the press chose to report about Willke:

Dr. Willke encouraged pro-life advocates to focus on both pregnant women and their unborn children and was a leading popularizer of the phrase “Why can’t we love them both?”

“They were, from the very beginning of their work, strong advocates for pregnancy help centers, maternity homes and positive alternatives,” Mr. Donovan wrote in a Feb. 23 essay at First Things.

He noted that the Willkes were always hosting an expectant mother or a troubled teenager at their Cincinnati home.

RIP, John Willke. Well done, good and faithful servant.

January 30, 2015

Positivity: Assisted living centers defeat HHS mandate in court

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:53 pm

From Denver:

Jan 29, 2015 / 04:56 pm

A federal court has permanently barred the Obama administration from enforcing the federal contraception mandate against the group of Evangelical-owned senior citizen and assisted living centers.

“All Americans should oppose unjust laws that allow the government to force people to surrender their constitutionally protected freedom to live and work according to their deepest beliefs,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Michael J. Norton said Jan. 27.

Norton’s legal group filed the challenge to the federal rule on behalf of Stephen W. Brisco, who owns several Colorado companies that operate senior citizen residences, assisted living centers, and skilled nursing facilities and related businesses that mange them.

Brisco, an Evangelical Christian, objected to federal mandates that he provide employees with insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs that can cause abortions.

Refusal to provide the coverage would have resulted in heavy fines.

Norton said that Americans have a “clearly protected right” to be “free from this type of government coercion at home, in their family businesses, and in non-profit endeavors that benefit everyone.”

On Jan. 27 a U.S. District Court for Colorado issued a permanent injunction against the federal government from enforcing the mandate. It cited the Supreme Court’s June 2014 ruling that the mandate’s application to closely-held private companies like Hobby Lobby violated the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The Supreme Court had said the government had not shown that the mandate was the least restrictive means of achieving its goal of providing free contraceptives to employees.

The Obama administration announced the controversial mandate in 2012. It requires employers to cover sterilization, contraception and some drugs that can cause abortions. Its narrow exemption for those with religious and moral objections to the coverage drew much criticism and prompted many legal challenges.

Norton said the Obama administration should give up what he described as “its blind and indefensible efforts to punish people of faith.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 28, 2015

Positivity: Why She Marched — A Mom’s Story of Raising Her Daughter With Down Syndrome

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

From Washington (video at link):

January 23, 2015

For Eileen and Sadie Haupt, this year’s March for Life, centered around the theme “Every Life is a Gift,” held special meaning.

During her pregnancy with Sadie, her second daughter, doctors asked Eileen if she wanted to undergo prenatal testing to see if her child had any health issues. Just as she had done with her first child, Eileen, who was then 39, opted out.

But when Eileen held Sadie in her arms for the first time after giving birth, she noticed something slightly different about her child when looking into her eyes. Sadie’s eyes were puffy, and in her head, Eileen told herself that her newborn had Down Syndrome.

“It’s not to say that it wasn’t emotional—it was emotional at times. But we just adapted pretty well, I think,” Eileen told The Daily Signal.

When Sadie was an infant, Eileen stumbled upon a statistic that said 90 percent of babies with Down Syndrome are aborted.

That moved her to action.

She and another mother of a child with Down Syndrome, Leticia Velasquez, started the group Keeping Infants with Down Syndrome in 2008 to raise awareness about the abortion rate of babies with the disorder. They come to Washington, D.C., every year to participate in the March for Life.

“We really felt there needed to be a presence in the march for families who have children with special needs, and in our case Down Syndrome,” Eileen said.

And this year was no different.

More than 15 parents and their children traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to March with KIDS and the hundreds of thousands of other attendees.

Though they, too, came from across the country, the families bonded with one another over their experiences with Down Syndrome. At the March, blue and yellow balloons traveled with the group as a symbol of their efforts to raise awareness about the disorder. …

Go here for the rest of the story.