April 19, 2014

Positivity: Abby Johnson’s Ministry Has Helped More Than 100 Abortion Clinic Workers Quit

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

From Life News:

April 14, 2014

There are a number of ways of stopping abortions — whether it’s legislation, with prayer, pregnancy centers providing positive alternatives, pro-life groups working to close abortion clinics or what former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic manager Abby Johnson is doing. Johnson is working to help abortion clinic staffers quit their jobs.

What if there were no employees to staff the abortion facilities across the nation. Countless unborn babies would be saved.

“A few weeks ago, we told you that we were very close to reaching our 100th abortion clinic worker. I’m so happy to announce that we have now reached that mark! We are actually at 101 workers who have joined our ministry! Thanks to all of you who have continued to pray for us and for the workers who have come to us for assistance! Just this week, we have been contacted by four workers who are looking for help. We are so honored that they trust us enough to contact us.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

April 11, 2014

Positivity: Pro-life congressman, wife honored with Notre Dame award

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

From South Bend, Indiana:

Apr 9, 2014 / 02:22 am

In an April 5 ceremony, Notre Dame University honored prominent U.S. pro-life congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.), and his wife, Marie, who is also a pro-life advocate, with its 2014 Evangelium Vitae Medal.

In a speech thanking the university for the recognition, Rep. Smith said that pro-life individuals have the responsibility to “speak truth to power, no matter the sacrifice or cost.”

Real change “will only be achieved by persevering prayer, fasting and hard work,” he said. “It falls to us to promote and establish a sustainable culture of life both here and overseas.”

Since 2011, the Evangelium Vitae Medal has been awarded annually by Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture. The medal was inspired by Bl. Pope John Paul II’s papal encyclical, “Evangelium Vitae.”

The award is given to those who have worked to help build a culture of life and respect for the sanctity of life from its earliest stages. Previous recipients have included the Sisters of Life, George Mason University law professor Helen M. Alvaré, and the U.S. bishops’ conference associate director of pro-life activities, Richard Doerflinger.

The 2014 award was given to the Smiths at an April 5 dinner and Mass, celebrated at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame by Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit.

“In their work and in their persons, Congressman Chris and Marie Smith are extraordinary witnesses to the inalienable dignity and matchless worth of every member of the human family, born and unborn,” said Carter Snead, director of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

April 10, 2014

Positivity: More young women choosing health over birth control

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

From Rome:

Apr 8, 2014 / 02:01 am

Brianna Heldt was 20 years-old when she first started taking the birth control pill. As an Evangelical Protestant, she believed in saving sex for marriage, but the young college student was planning her wedding and wanted to delay having children for a few years.

Like many young women, Heldt visited her college’s campus health clinic and got a prescription.

What followed was an unexpected and “horribly difficult” time for Heldt and her husband.

“From the time I began taking it I had severe headaches,” she recounted. “I was constantly bloated and hungry, and worst of all, I became an emotional wreck. Things that would never have bothered me before made me cry uncontrollably. Kevin (my husband) and I had always gotten along so well but we began arguing, and I was perpetually frustrated with him.”

“Intercourse was painful,” she added. “I even saw an OB/GYN about this problem who never once connected those dots for me, and just tried to tell me that it was some sort of psychological problem. But it was not.”

It turns out that Heldt’s experience was not unique. This January, 90s talk show host Ricki Lake opted to make a documentary exploring the dangers of hormonal contraceptives.

Based on Holly Grigg-Spall’s book, “Sweetening The Pill: or How We Became Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control,” the full-length film will consider the dangers of the birth control pill, as well as other contraceptives such as Yaz and Nuvaring.

“In the 50 years since its release, the pill has become synonymous with women’s liberation and has been thought of as some sort of miracle drug,” said Lake and her co-producer, Abby Epstein. “But now it’s making women sick and so our goal with this film is to wake women up to the unexposed side effects of these powerful medications and the unforeseen consequences of repressing women’s natural cycles.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

April 8, 2014

Still Not News: UC-Santa Barbara Prof Who Admitted Destroying Pro-Life Sign Pleads … Not Guilty

On Friday, University of California Feminist Studies Associate Professor Mireille Miller-Young pled not guilty to misdemeanor theft, battery, and vandalism. To bring those who missed the two previous related posts up to speed: A video at the YouTube site of the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust (warning: profanity) shows Miller-Young taking a sign away from a participant in a campus pro-life outreach effort. Accompanied by two students, she took the sign back to her office and destroyed it.

Her attorney entered the not guilty plea on Miller-Young’s behalf despite documented admissions to police that, in her words, “I’m stronger so I was able to take the poster,” and that she, in the police report’s words, “was ‘mainly’ responsible for the poster’s destruction because she was the only one with scissors.” Various searches on Ms. Miller-Young’s full name indicate that only three local outlets, the Santa Barbara Independent and two others, filed stories on her plea. No one, as far as I can tell, has noted that Miller-Young continues to carry on without sanction as a $125,000-per-year researcher of “black cultural studies” and “pornography and sex work,” and that her tweets betray no remorse for her destructive actions.

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April 4, 2014

Positivity: 12-year-old speaks out on the issue of abortion

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

Watch:

God bless Lia Mills’ daughter.

April 3, 2014

In ‘Honor’ of Ann Coulter …

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:55 pm

… who has opined that Mitt Romney would be a pretty good presidential candidate in 2016, I give you the Guess Who performing the 1969 classic describing Coulter’s state of mind — “(She’s Come) Undun” (that’s how the band spelled it):

Seriously, Ann: “Don’t Feed Us This Mitt Again”

Update, April 5: More here, if you can stand it. Main delusion: “I think [Romney] was a fantastic candidate.” Lord have mercy.

April 2, 2014

Positivity: Couple Changes Their Mind About Abortion at the Last Minute: ‘We Can’t Do This’

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

From Colorado Springs, Colorado:

3/26/14 11:31 AM

Today, we are reminded that anyone can change their mind at the last moment before an abortion. And if we face any discomfort in going out to pray outside the abortion center, it’s worth it to give a mom or a dad a chance to choose life.

When they do, we are sometimes surprised. But we must trust that the voice of God will be heard and responded to in that moment. …

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO

It wasn’t hard to see the excitement in Michele’s note from Colorado Springs: “Another baby saved!!!!” Yes, four exclamations! But that’s always great to hear.

“I have some more amazing news,” she added. “I learned that another baby was saved last Friday. So there were two on the same day!”

All of this is happening at a place where the weather has often been, as Michele put it, “yucky.”

When a group from Immaculate Conception Church was praying outside the abortion center, a couple pulled over near the stop sign and talked to a vigil participant for quite a while.

The conversation went on for a bit, and the couple said they were going in to have an abortion. “The volunteer gave them some information and told them the truth about their baby,” Michele said. The young man then turned to the woman and said, “We can’t do this” – and they left!

Michele noted that the sight of sincere, determined, steadfast Christians standing in prayer in uncomfortable weather often makes abortion-minded women stop and think – and choose life for their babies.

Go to Life News for the full column, which includes another story from Campbell River, British Columbia.

March 29, 2014

In Jeremiah Denton Obit, AP Twice Rips War Hero and Senator As Too ‘Rigid’

Brickbats to Phillip Rawls and his layers of editors at the Associated Press.

Vietnam war hero and former Alabama Senator Jeremiah Denton died on Friday. He was an incredibly courageous and inspiring man who after his return from 7-1/2 years as a POW in North Vietnam became deeply troubled at where this nation was (and still is) headed. Unsurprisingly, he became a strong pro-life and family values advocate. Apparently following an unwritten rule at AP which dictates that a writer must take at least one parting shot at a conservative upon his or her death (see: Tony Snow), Rawls took two, twice describing Denton as “rigid” (includes video of a portion of his 1966 “torture” interview; bolds are mine):

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March 28, 2014

Positivity: Women rally outside Supreme Court for religious liberty

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

From Washington:

Mar 26, 2014 / 04:01 am

Women supporting employers challenging the government’s contraception spoke out in support of a vision of women’s equality that supports fertility and women’s role as employers, as the case was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday.

“All issues are women’s issues” said Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association, quoting an earlier statement by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R- N.H.).

“Women are just as entitled to religious liberty as any man, and women have as much of a stake in the outcome of this case as any man.”

McGuire was speaking at a March 25 demonstration in front of the Supreme Court building, as the high court heard oral arguments for two appeals challenging a mandate issued by the department of Health and Human Services department under the Affordable Care Act.

The mandate requires that employers provide and pay for drugs and devices including contraception, sterilization, and some products and procedures that cause early embryo death.

Both the Hahn family, the Mennonite owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties, and the Greens, an evangelical Christian family who own and operate the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby, object to the mandate’s requirements that it provide and pay for certain drugs that can kill human persons in their earliest stages of development. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

March 27, 2014

Bill Whittle Updates ‘A Modest Proposal’

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:00 pm

Devastating, and directed where it deserves to be:

The modern conceit of the left is that we are so much more tolerant and civilized now.

Horse manure.

March 26, 2014

Politico: Obama Wants ‘Halo Effect’ From Pope Francis, ‘Whose Cool Factor Far Outweighs His Own’

Someone needs to tell the Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown that it isn’t 2008 any more. While they’re at it, that person also needs to inform her that the Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, could give a rip about whether or not he is perceived as “cool,” and certainly isn’t Obama’s “replacement.”

Budoff Brown wrote tonight that President Barack Obama’s meeting tomorrow with the Pope “is a rare chance for Obama to associate himself with a world leader whose cool factor far outweighs his own.” Gag me. Obama’s ability to move merchandise, one of the supposed indicators of “cool” tanked in the fall of 2009 and has never come back. Excerpts for readers who can stand more such drivel follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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March 25, 2014

Full Transcript of UC-Santa Barbara’s Letter on ‘Free Speech at UCSB’

Filed under: Activism,Education,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:01 pm

Bottom Line: No apology or even recognition of the violent attack on a pro-life teenager by a university professor.

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The University of California-Santa Barbara’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs has issued an email on Wednesday in the wake of the incident earlier this month involving “alleged” theft and vandalism of a pro-life and a battery committed against a pro-life person exercising her 1st Amendment rights in the school’s “free speech zone” (The person involved has admitted to at least one of the crimes with which she has been charged; hence the quote marks around “alleged.”) Previous related posts are here and here.

Vice Chancellor Michael Young’s letter makes no reference to the incident involving UCBS Associate Professor Mireille Miller-Young. I must assume, given the length of the letter and the obvious missed opportunity he had to say something, anything, about the incident, that the university has no intention to comment on it. How shameful.

Here it is (HT to Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, whose representative was assaulted and whose sign was taken on March 4, via Life News):

Memo to students and faculty from UC Santa Barbara Vice Chancellor Michael D. Young:
On Behalf of Vice Chancellor Michael Young:
Students and Free Speech at UCSB
Deans, Department Heads, Management Services Officers, Administrative Assistants:

The memo below is being sent to the dlist-l listserv. Thank you for serving as one of the representatives for your department to receive this memo.

Please distribute this message to the colleagues in your department. Thank you.

***PLEASE GIVE WIDEST DISTRIBUTION***

By all means. Let’s let it rip (bolds are mine):
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March 24, 2014

Sometimes I Understand Why People Don’t Want to Follow Hard News

This is one of those times.

Just three stories did it to me this morning, in this order:

1. At Powerline: “THE POST: DEPANTSED BUT NOT DELOUSED”

Long story short: Two Washington Post reporters published a pack of Koch Brothers-related lies, proven beyond doubt. Not only have they not corrected their work, they apparently have no intent to. They’re essentially giving the finger to those who have called them out, and daring someone to do something about it. If the Post won’t, its reputation will be in tatters. Imitators will come out of the woodwork with a disinformation campaign at the level of Tass, Izvestia, and the old Pravda.

That’s obviously very bothersome, but not enough to send one over the edge.

The next item got me much closer.

2. At Pando: “Revealed: Apple and Google’s wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees”

If you can stand it, read the whole thing. It presents overwhelming proof that there has been a clearly orchestrated scheme to suppress wages and prevent “poaching” of high-tech talent for nearly a decade. It should deservedly tarnish the reputations and legacies of virtually every industry pioneer during the past decade, from Steve Jobs at Apple to Google’s founders to Meg Whitmnan, Michael Dell … it goes on an on.

The idea that over a million workers deliberately had their wages suppressed and lost opportunities they had sought to improve themselves, while hosannahs have rained down on the companies and founders involved, should be very tough to take.

Here’s the one that finished the job.

3. At the UK Telegraph: “Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals”

The remains of more than 15,000 babies were incinerated as ‘clinical waste’ by hospitals in Britain with some used in ‘waste to energy’ plants

The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.

Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat.

Last night the Department of Health issued an instant ban on the practice which health minister Dr Dan Poulter branded ‘totally unacceptable.’

At least 15,500 foetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone, Channel 4’s Dispatches discovered.

The health minister’s outrage can only rise to the level of “totally unacceptable”? I’m still waiting for “savage,” “barbaric,” or even “abhorrent.”

So what’s next? Fetal remains as food? Fetal blood for transfusions?

I wish I could just go back to bed, wake up, and pretend I didn’t see these three things … obviously and especially the third.

Unfortunately, they, and their separate implications relating to the state of what we still bravely call “civilization,” will still be there.

March 22, 2014

Positivity: Picture of Baby Miscarried at 12 Weeks Saves Unborn Baby From Abortion

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

From Life News:

When LifeNews featured the story of Baby Noah, who died from a spontaneous miscarriage on February 20th, 2014, the image went viral as pro-life people shared it with friends and family. Noah’s mother, Lara, named him Noah because it means “rest” and “peace.”

Kristen Benfield is one of the pro-life people who shared the moving image of little Noah, who unfortunately lost his life before he ever had a chance to live one day outside of his mother’s womb. Fortunately, because of Kristen’s desire to share the image of Noah with others, another baby will get that chance who could have been killed in an abortion.

After Kristen shared the image on Facebook, she received a note from a woman named Lara who had been considering an abortion.

“So, not really sure how I know you exactly or why were Facebook friends just know that your 12 week old image and article had a profound effect on me and my current situation. Thank you… Just know that your post has changed my outlook. Thanks girl for more than you know,” her friend Lara emailed her. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Unrepentant Pro-Life Sign-Destroying UC-Santa Barbara Prof Formally Indicted; Press Attention Is Minimal

In another development most of the establishment press, with the usual exception of Fox News and the unusual exception of Reuters, has thus far predictably ignored, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced on Friday the indictment of University of California-Santa Barbara Associated Professor Mireille Miller-Young on charges of “theft from a person, battery, and vandalism.” The case’s first hearing is scheduled for April 4.

To bring those who didn’t see your truly’s Monday post up to speed: “As seen in a video at the YouTube site of the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust (warning: profanity), a UCSB associate professor (Miller-Young) took a sign away from a participant in a campus pro-life outreach effort. Flanked by two students, she took the sign back to her office and destroyed it.” Excerpts from the Reuters report by Laila Kearney follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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