Friday, August 22, 2014

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin Blasts Richard Dawkins on Aborting Kids With Down Syndrome: “My Son is Absolute Beauty”

by Steven Ertelt 

Former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin took Richard Dawkins to task after he created an international controversy with his comments saying parents of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome should abort them.
Yesterday, Dawkins doubled down on his controversial comments yesterday suggesting that parents of babies with Down Syndrome should “abort them and try again.” Dawkins said aborting babies with Down syndrome is the “moral and sensible” choice.
sarahpalinNow, Palin has some words for the atheist “bioethicist.”
Palin, who is the mother of a son with Down Syndrome, wrote a note to Dawkins on her Facebook page explaining why she loves her child,named Trig Palin.
“I’d let you meet my son if you promised to open your mind, your eyes, and your heart to a unique kind of absolute beauty,” Palin wrote.
“But, in my request for you to be tolerant, I’d have to warn Trig he must be tolerant, too, because he may superficially look at you as kind of awkward. I’ll make sure he’s polite, though!”
Thousands of people have liked the comments, shared them and shared the story Palin posted concerning Dawkins’ comments.
Palin has dealt with condemnation in the past from people who have made fun of Trig for his Down syndrome.
Palin called out vulgarian comedian Bill Maher for referring to her Down Syndrome son Trig as “retarded” — a comment Barbara Walters defended. And Hustler publisher Larry Flynt called him a “brain -dead vegetable.”

Source: LifeSite News

Guardsil and Planned Parenthood

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Why is Planned Parenthood pushing this dangerous vaccine on minority women? When I worked for Planned Parenthood, I found out.

This is not a conspiracy theory: Planned Parenthood is targeting black women with this dangerous drug

Abby Johnson

Confessions of a former Planned Parenthood director

Ben Johnson recently wrote a great article about the damaging effects of the Gardasil (HPV) vaccine. You should all take a minute and read it here.

In his article, he talks about women who have died, 96 to be exact. And those are just the ones that have been reported.  He talks about women who have lost their fertility after receiving the highly regarded HPV vaccine. But the main focus of the article is how the Gardasil vaccine is being heavily promoted to the African-American community through ad placement on BET (Black Entertainment Television).

When I read his article, my conspiracy alarms went off. Now, I’m not a conspiracy theorist (although I find people who are quite entertaining). But when I heard about these ads, my memory was triggered. Of course Planned Parenthood is trying to target minorities with this vaccine…they are getting big reimbursement for injecting their low income patients with this dangerous drug! Then I knew I had to write this article about my own experience inside Planned Parenthood regarding Gardasil.
When Gardasil came out, Planned Parenthood was PUMPED. “Such a wonderful way to serve women,” they said. “This will help prevent cancer for so many young women,” one of my coworkers raved. But then I heard the real reason behind the excitement, “We are going to make so much money off of this vaccine.” Bingo. Of course they were excited. Each injection was going to cost around $200, and women have to get three to be “fully protected.” Six hundred dollars for a vaccine. That was a lot of money.

But then I thought to myself, “Our clients don’t have $600 for a vaccine. This is going to be a huge flop.”
What I didn’t know about at that time was the “Merck Vaccine Assistance Program.” Merck is the manufacturer of Gardasil. This program would pay 100% for the cost of the vaccine itself. Our patients would just have to pay a little $30 “injection fee” per vaccine. Ninety dollars versus six hundred was definitely doable.

Next we were instructed to offer Gardasil to EVERY woman age 11-26 who walked through our doors. “Oh, you are here for a vaginal infection? How about a vaccine, too?” “Oh, I see you marked that you had Herpes and need treatment. Well, you better get this vaccine so you won’t get genital warts, too.” These may seem funny, but it was seriously how we were told to sell this vaccine to our clients.

So, we started signing people up by the dozens. We faxed off countless applications for the “Vaccine Assistance Program.” Almost everyone was approved (most of our clients were low income). We were running out of vaccines. Those little bottles were flying off our refrigerator shelves at around $170 a piece, for which Planned Parenthood was being reimbursed by the Merck program.
 I’ve never been of the belief that Planned Parenthood operates solely out of racism, but strictly sees money-making opportunities and goes for them…unfortunately, that is usually at the expense of minority women. 

I don’t know if any of these women came back in with complications. I don’t know if they presented to the ER with problems. It’s not like we did any follow up. Heck, I don’t even know if they got all three doses. My gut tells me that 80% of them did not.
Back to the conspiracy idea. Planned Parenthood just ran a series of ads promoting Gardasil on BET (Black Entertainment Television). Ninety-six women have died, several have experienced sterility, and yet Planned Parenthood launches a big campaign targeting the African-American community?
The pro-life movement has talked for years about how Planned Parenthood targets our minority community in the United States. And even if we totally scrap the fact that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a raging racist we can still look and find racism inside of the organization.
I’ve written before about the document that we were NOT to talk about inside of Planned Parenthood…the “Jaffe Memo.” Here is my article about that memo and what it entailed. This document was written in the late '60s by a high level official with Planned Parenthood. You will notice some really interesting ideas in the document.
“Fertility control agents in water supply”
“Eliminate Welfare payments after first 2 children”
“Encourage increased homosexuality”
“Compulsory sterilization of all who have two children except for a few who would be allowed three”
“Payments to encourage abortion”
The document was proposed to the Population Council (a eugenics-based population control organization led by its first president, Frederick Osborn, who also served as the President of the American Eugenics Society). This was one of Planned Parenthood’s first attempts (after Margaret Sanger’s shenanigans) to reduce the minority population.
We also know that currently over 70% of Planned Parenthood facilities are located in low income, high minority communities. We know that more than 50% of African-American pregnancies end in abortion. We know that Planned Parenthood has dumped tons of money into “Promotora” programs that go into Latino communities and convince them that Planned Parenthood is the ONLY place they can go for health care. And now, they are targeting these same communities for the dangerous Gardasil vaccine.

I mean, am I crazy? How is it that rational people can’t see what Planned Parenthood is doing here? I’ve never been of the belief that Planned Parenthood operates solely out of racism, but strictly sees money-making opportunities and goes for them…unfortunately, that is usually at the expense of minority women.

And the bottom line is that this will continue to happen until these minority communities wake up to the realization that Planned Parenthood is USING them to pad their bottom line. They don’t care about health care for minorities. They care about making money off of you! This won’t stop until people stand up to this abortion giant and say “NO MORE.” What will it take for these Black and Hispanic women to simply say, “We will not be used. We will not be your pawns. We will no longer be lied to. We are better than Planned Parenthood.”

Kris Ford, an African-American woman who runs Women’s Health and Justice Initiative, said it better than I can.  “Planned Parenthood has ignored the voices of women of color and the organizations that women of color lead for years. Planned Parenthood continues to raise large sums of money off of issues of reproductive justice while framing the issues as a binary that leaves out the experiences of women and communities of color.” It’s time to do something about it. Stop buying the lie.

Soure: LifeSite News

Just When You Think You Have Heard It All

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‘Generation Wendy’? Wendy Davis is selling baby clothes to raise campaign cash

Wendy Davis, best known for her opposition to banning abortion after babies can feel pain, is raising campaign funds by selling baby clothes. Her online store now offers a “Wendy Davis onesie” for a $25 contribution to her gubernatorial race.

The latest merchandising pitch from Davis displays “her callous and shameless disregard for her own actions,” according to Texas Right to Life.
“The same Wendy Davis who fought belligerently against protecting pain-capable Texas babies susceptible to late-term abortions wants Texas parents to parade their babies around wearing her slogan across their bellies,” the group said.

The infant apparel is available in two separate designs. The more feminine design says, “Generation Wendy.” 

“Let everyone know that you're raising the next generation of Texas Democrats with this Wendy Davis onesie,” the product description says.
Texas Right to Life is less than impressed. “Generation Wendy would mean that, even if they were developed enough to feel excruciating pain, they could be killed for the sake of their parents’ convenience,” they said.

Other campaign-approved gear proclaims “Women for Wendy,” “LGBT for Wendy,” “African-Americans for Wendy,” “Latinos for Wendy,” and, curiously, “Dogs for Wendy.”
Davis shot to national recognition after an 11-hour filibuster against Texas's 20-week abortion ban last June. Pro-abortion advocates look at the speech as a galvanizing moment, although it merely delayed the bill's passage by a few weeks. Still, they commemorated the one-year anniversary on June 25.
After the speech, Davis made a national speaking sweep of feminist events, where she defended abortion-on-demand in outspoken terms. Abortion, she said, is “sacred ground” that gives women “liberty” to choose their future.

Since becoming the Democratic candiate for governor, she has tried to play down her abortion views to appear more in line with conservative Texas voters. She told an audience in Brownsville, “I am pro-life.” Her campaign later tried to walk back the statement.
But despite these efforts to sanitize her image, polls show her losing among female voters.
Today, her campaign is floundering after holes emerged in her autobiography, calling into question her image as a poor, single mother who lived in a trailer before entering the state senate. Her ex-husband, Jeff Davis, has also said he found it “ironic” that she left him the day after he paid off her last student loan to Harvard Law School.

The Democratic Party has essentially written Davis off in her bid to become the first Democrat elected governor in 20 years. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, said in April, “We’re hopeful in Texas, but we’ll be candid about the fact that we all understand Democrats haven’t won Texas in a long time.”

Source: LifeSite News

Dems and Hobby Lobby

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A protester rallies against Hobby Lobby, protesting against the Supreme Court decision Dan Holm/Shutterstock

DNC chairwoman exhorts constituents to boycott local Hobby Lobby store

The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision was nearly two months ago, but the issue as hot as ever, as was demonstrated yesterday when Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schulz, D-FL, urged constituents to boycott a Hobby Lobby store in her district.
In a press conference one lot away from the Hobby Lobby location in Davie, which opened in April, Wasserman-Schultz said that she wanted “people to know that this Hobby Lobby is here and they should vote with their purses and their pocketbooks, and women should not shop here."
"If you didn’t know this Hobby Lobby was here before, know it now and don’t shop here. They don’t deserve women’s business because they are the ones that all across the country have made it harder for women to get access to birth control,” she said.

Wasserman-Schultz said that Hobby Lobby's corporate ownership "doesn’t support its employees” and “wants to be able to get in the personal business of their employees and make health care decisions and replace their own values, replace their employees’ health care decisions, with their values…."
She also criticized the Supreme Court's late June decision in favor of Hobby Lobby, which had sued the federal government over the Obama administration's HHS Mandate.
The Green family, which owns Hobby Lobby, say it violates their conscience to pay for coverage for the four abortifacients and potential abortifacients that the mandate required them to cover.
"The Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case was not only disappointing, it was dangerous," said the Democrat. "No boss should have the right to dictate and employee’s health decisions because [they] don’t belong in the bedrooms, doctor’s offices or pharmacies of their employees.
“A woman and her doctor know what’s best for their body. Not an insurance company. Not a politician. And certainly not a manager at a Hobby Lobby."
The Supreme Court's decision allowed closely held corporations to not fund coverage of contraception or abortion drugs and devices.

Wasserman-Schultz's office did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Through a spokesperson, the Green family declined to comment about the Congresswoman's statements.

Source: LifeSite News

End of Life

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The Daily Mail reports that it is becoming routine for nurses to ask elderly patients whether they “would agree” to a Do Not Resuscitate order.

‘Do you want us to let you die?’: The bleak new reality in care homes for the elderly

“Do you want us to let you die?” It’s not exactly the sort of question one expects to hear when talking to a health professional when you’re living in a care home. But that’s exactly what happens all the time, according to an article published by the Daily Mail this week, which says that it is becoming routine for nurses to ask elderly patients whether they “would agree” to a Do Not Resuscitate order.
The first thing I thought when I read it was, “Oh yes, they’ve been doing this sort of thing for ages. Why is it only becoming news now?”
I still remember the day my dear friend John Muggeridge brought home a form they’d given him in the care facility where his wife, Anne Roche Muggeridge lived.
John and I had sat down to have our tea one day, and visibly upset, he showed me this form. It gave a long list of possible health care crises that Anne might suffer and asked John to mark down in each case what he wanted the facility’s response to be, on a scale of one to five. One of these asked whether he wanted her to receive antibiotic treatment in case of pneumonia, that killer of the elderly and fragile.

The kicker was when John told me that they had done this repeatedly, asking him to come into meeting after meeting to tell them whether he was “ready” to downgrade her care instructions. John, though sick with cancer himself, visited Anne every day, gently feeding her meals and praying the Rosary with her. He shook the form a bit as he said in his cultured Cambridge accent, “I want them to save her life! Every time it’s in danger!”
“It has become a common experience for people requiring medical care to be harassed if they decide they actually want medical care, and to be supported and encouraged if they decide they do not want further medical care.”

John and Anne were important and influential figures in the Catholic pro-life scene in Canada through the 1980s, and it might strike a person as ironic that towards the end of her life, Anne, the author of two important books, was briefly threatened by that same Culture of Death she and John had fought so long. It was quite clear that the administration at this care home was trying to wear him down with these repeated requests for confirmation. I was so angry, and couldn’t help thinking, “Don’t these people know who this is?”
We called Alex Schadenberg, the head of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and he arranged to attend the next meeting, and together they “explained” that there would be no downgrading, and that Anne’s life was valuable, precious, even if she could no longer recognize anyone or speak, because it was Anne.
John said it was a kindly looking hospital administrator, a social worker and a nurse at the meetings. They would talk in the warmest possible tones, but the message was cold and hard. Let them die because they’re a burden.

The Mail reports now that in the UK mobile district nurses are being sent out from GP offices under instructions from the National Health Service, asking older people to fill out forms indicating whether a DNR is what they want. The NHS is claiming, with wide-eyed innocence, that these questionnaires are merely a means to “improve care of the elderly and keep them out of hospital,” but the Mail noted, “It is not clear why DNR is on the forms.”
They quoted Roy Lilley, a health policy analyst and former NHS trust chairman, whose mother was visited by a nurse with the form,” who “described the policy as callous.”
Lilly said, “Elderly, frail but otherwise healthy people are being asked, by complete strangers, to sign a form agreeing they shouldn’t be resuscitated. It is outrageous. People will be frightened to death thinking the district nurses know something they don’t and will feel obliged to sign the form so as not to be thought a nuisance.”
The Mail says Mr. Lilley is warning patients and their families not to sign the forms, saying that by doing so they are “signing their lives away.” He related the story of a meeting with a nurse at his mother’s care home who asked her “within a few minutes” “Where would you like to die,” and, “If you ever need cardiopulmonary resuscitation do you agree to do not resuscitate.”
The cultural power in Britain of “mustn’t grumble,” particularly among that generation of English people who were raised in the old manner and depended upon it to survive the War, cannot be underestimated. My mother, a war baby, was raised in that way, and raised me with the same attitude. Older people in Britain have it written into their base programming from infancy that “making a fuss” or calling attention to oneself is simply unthinkable. There is certainly a kind of English person who would, literally, rather die that make a fuss.

But this story from the UK is only the tiniest scratch of the great iceberg that passive euthanasia has become in elder care and long-term care facilities. Alex Schadenberg told me that this kind of unsubtle pressure is becoming common around the western world.
It is particularly common in places that have come to depend exclusively upon government-funded public medical care where the goal is to spend as little money as possible. There has been a lot written about the threat of “triaging” of older people whom the strict utilitarian principles of bioethics regard as economically worthless burdens.

“Sadly, the societal attitude towards the elderly and people needing care is worsening while the government is attempting to control medical costs by examining new ways to encourage people to refuse basic care,” Schadenberg told me.
“It has become a common experience for people requiring medical care to be harassed if they decide they actually want medical care, and to be supported and encouraged if they decide they do not want further medical care.”

I have often wondered how many men and women had been sat down in those offices where John Muggridge and Alex Schadenberg sat, and ever so gently pressured to change the instructions and “let them go”. How many were confused and persuaded by this friendly talk of “end of life care” and did not have the years of experience in the pro-life movement, or the rock solid moral principles the Muggeridges had held and defended like a bastion for so long. How many would not know who to call for advice and help?

Source: NRLC News

Planned Parenthood

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A declaration that PP is an 'enemy of the Church' would mean that Catholics who work with, advocate for, or support Planned Parenthood, incur automatic excommunication. American Life League
Lisa Bourne 

New campaign asks Pope Francis to declare Planned Parenthood an ‘enemy of the Church’

The Catholic pro-life organization American Life League (ALL) is launching a campaign calling for the Catholic Church to declare Planned Parenthood an “enemy of the Church.”
Using prayer and education, ALL’s Defend the Family campaign seeks to expose the nation’s largest abortion provider for contribution to the destruction of human lives, as well as the family.
The campaign, said Jim Sedlack, vice-president of ALL, is quite simply “a way of calling attention to the fact that this is a very bad organization.”

“Planned Parenthood is attacking the family, either by killing preborn children or by robbing the souls of the older children,” he said.

A declaration that PP is an “enemy of the Church” would mean that Catholics who work with, advocate for, or support Planned Parenthood, incur automatic excommunication.
Such a declaration would not be unprecedented. Popes in the past have identified and condemned organizations that posed a grave threat to the Church, most recently Pope Pius XII in 1949 with Communism and Pope Clement XII in 1738 with Freemasonry.

While specifics would depend on the wording of the Papal pronouncement, Sedlak told LifeSiteNews if the Holy Father makes the declaration there would be no mistaking its intent.
“When the pope makes the declaration it becomes crystal clear,” Sedlak said. “There’ll be no shades of gray, it’ll be black and white, it’ll be clear to the world.”

'Now is the time'
There are still people who are not fully aware of the extent of the societal damage inflicted by Planned Parenthood, said Sedlak, including members of the Church hierarchy. He said it’s important to emphasize the truth of what the abortion giant does.
“That’s why we’re focusing on the enemy,” said Sedlak. “When people really stop and focus on Planned Parenthood, they realize it’s the enemy.”

ALL cites Planned Parenthood’s targeting of children to sexualize them as a major cause of the destruction of the family and a fundamental reason for the Defend the Family campaign.
“They really push for getting young people into lives of sexual sin,” Sedlak said. “Young people who aren’t pulled into sexual activity do not provide a cent of income to Planned Parenthood, but young people who are pulled in provide millions of dollars to the Planned Parenthood empire.”
ALL compiled a comprehensive report on Planned Parenthood titled, “The Vatican can help save souls from Planned Parenthood,” as part of the Defend the Family campaign.

“The document builds the case,” said Sedlak. “Why Planned Parenthood, why now is the time.”
Sedlak told LifeSiteNews that for its part Planned Parenthood has always recognized that its greatest enemy is the Catholic Church, even working to have the Church lose its status at the UN.
“They fight anybody who wants to take sex away from the kids in any way possible,” Sedlak said. “That’s one reason why Planned Parenthood is the sex mafia.”
And when Sedlak uses the term “mafia,” he means it literally, pointing out that the Holy Father condemned the mafia in his June 21, 2014, homily in Calabria, Italy, denouncing its, “Adoration of evil and contempt for the common good.”
“Planned Parenthood kills far more people than the mafia,” Sedlak said.
Also underscoring the need for the Vatican to act on declaring Planned Parenthood an enemy of the Church, is the convening of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family this October in Rome, which will lead into the general synod in 2015.
Sedlak told LifeSiteNews that these, along with the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, are events that ALL will rally around to raise awareness of the Defend the Family campaign.
Preliminary response to the campaign has been very positive, he said.
Sedlak told LifeSiteNews that the “Vatican can help save souls from Planned Parenthood” report was so well received upon initial presentation to Vatican officials, that ALL was asked to translate it into three more languages.
“The support we’ve gotten from talking to bishops has been overwhelming,” Sedlak said.

Prayer is priority #1
The Defend the Family campaign consists first and foremost of prayer, Sedlak told LifeSiteNews.
“Our approach is that we need prayer support,” he said. “The only way that we’re going to succeed is through prayer to the Blessed Mother; the only way it will succeed is if God wants it to succeed.”
Participants are asked to say regular prayers after Mass, to offer prayers for the pope and to initiate communication with local bishops about the dangers that Planned Parenthood poses to the faithful.
Sedlak also added that The Defend the Family campaign is for everyone, not just Catholics.
He said pro-life supporters of all faith traditions are invited to contact ALL for assistance in encouraging their religious denomination or church leader to declare Planned Parenthood an enemy.
In addition to prayers for the campaign, ALL is asking people to sign and submit ALL’s Declaration of Encouragement to the Holy Father, enroll in the Spiritual Bouquet for the Holy Father and to share ALL resources on Planned Parenthood.

Information, links and resources are available on the campaign website,
Sedlak told LifeSiteNews that ALL is giving the success of the Defend the Family campaign up to God.
“This is all happening in God’s time, and so far he’s been blessing us mightily,” Sedlak said. “And we’re going to go wherever God takes us.”

Source: LifeSite News

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Breaking: Haskell’s attorneys will not appeal, surgical abortions to end Friday

martin-haskellOn Monday, a judge ruled that late-term abortionist Martin Haskell had to close his abortion clinic for good. Haskell was given five days to appeal the judge’s ruling. Operation Rescue has revealed that Haskell’s attorneys have decided not to file an appeal, meaning that the clinic will close permanently, with surgical abortions to end tomorrow.
Attorneys for Martin Haskell’s Sharonville abortion facility have announced that they will not appeal a ruling issued last week by Judge Jerome Metz upholding the Ohio Department of Health’s closure order. Haskell must cease surgical abortions his Sharonville office by Friday, August 22, 2014.
“This is such a huge victory for all who respect life and the rule of law,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which worked with Greater Cincinnati Right to Life to expose Haskell’s abortion abuses. “Haskell had the attitude that he was above the law and deserved to operate under a different standard as everyone else. Today, the law has prevailed.”
Haskell is the abortionist who pioneered the notorious partial-birth abortion method which was banned in 2003.

Source: LiveAction News

Abortion and Disability

Richard Dawkins: it’s ‘immoral’ NOT to abort babies with Down syndrome

In a bizarre rant on Twitter earlier today, atheist Richard Dawkins wrote that choosing not to abort a child with Down Syndrome would be "immoral."

The conversation started when Dawkins tweeted that "Ireland is a civilised country except in this 1 area." The area was abortion, which until last year was illegal in all cases.
A Twitter user then asked Dawkins if "994 human beings with Down's Syndrome [having been] deliberately killed before birth in England and Wales in 2012" was "civilised."
Dawkins replied "yes, it is very civilised. These are fetuses, diagnosed before they have human feelings."
Later, Dawkins said that "the question is not ‘is it 'human'?’ but ‘can it SUFFER?’"
In perhaps the most shocking moment, one Twitter user wrote that he or she "honestly [doesn't] know what I would do if I were pregnant with a kid with Down Syndrome. Real ethical dilemma."
Dawkins advised the writer to "abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice."
According to Dawkins, the issue of who should be born comes down to a calculation based upon possible suffering. "Yes. Suffering should be avoided. [The abortion] cause[s] no suffering. Reduce suffering wherever you can."
Later, however, he said that people on the autism spectrum "have a great deal to contribute, Maybe even an enhanced ability in some respects. [Down Syndrome] not enhanced."
When Dawkins received some blowback from Twitter followers, he replied: "Apparently I'm a horrid monster for recommending WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS to the great majority of Down Syndrome fetuses. They are aborted."

It is estimated that in many Western countries the abortion rate of children diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome is 90%, or even higher. The development of new and more accurate tests for the condition has raised concerns among Down syndrome advocates that that number could rise even higher.

Although it is widely believed that people with Down syndrome are doomed to a life of suffering, in one large survey 99% of respondents with Down syndrome said they were "happy." At the same time, 99% percent of parents said they loved their child with Down syndrome, and 97 percent said they were proud of them.

Only 4 percent of parents who responded said they regretted having their child.
A number of Dawkins' statements in the Twitter thread about fetal development are at odds with scientific realities. For example, it is well-established that 20 weeks into a pregnancy, unborn children can feel pain. Likewise, unborn children have emotional reactions to external stimuli -- such as a mother's stress levels -- months before being born.

Source: LifeSite News

Porn and Planned Parenthood


Porn and Violence: What Planned Parenthood’s role models have to offer

In 1892, Lizzie Andrew Borden stood accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an axe. Apparently that made her something of a role model: over a century later, “extreme” porn director Janet Romano began releasing films under the name “Lizzy Borden.” Taking a colorful approach to cinema, many of her early works featured women drinking blood and urine. The most famous of these, Forced Entry, included scenes of a pregnant woman being gang raped, tortured, and killed.
Ms. Romano’s fans once had to purchase her material on DVD, but that’s no longer the case. Websites modeled after Youtube now offer clips from every porn genre, all free of charge. These probably aren’t the best sites for teens to hang around on. After all, given the amount of porn that doesn’t involve condom use, they may get the impression that this “safe sex” business is overblown. In any event, no responsible adult would ever introduce a 15 year-old girl to  such a site. Doing so would be reckless, unconscionable, and could result in a felony conviction.

Or it could get you a job at Planned Parenthood.

Live Action has released videos shot by undercover volunteers in half a dozen states. In each case, the volunteer visited a Planned Parenthood facility and identified herself as an underage teen looking for relationship advice. Time and again, those volunteers were instructed by staff to visit porn sites and act out what they saw. The recommendations included whipping, bondage, and asphyxiation–a sexual practice that has the potential to turn fatal.

Planned Parenthood president Betty Cockrum maintains that this behavior “does not reflect our professional standards or training protocols.” The fact that Planned Parenthood staff in multiple states engaged in the same misconduct suggests that those “standards” and “protocols” could use some work.

Such lapses aren’t uncommon at Planned Parenthood; staff often forget that they have a legal duty to report sexual abuse rather than cover it up. While it’s certainly deplorable, this sort of callousness isn’t surprising. After all, being callous is essential to Planned Parenthood’s business model.
Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion provider, performing over three hundred thousand of them every year. The bulk of these take place in the first trimester and consist of vacuum aspiration, i.e. sucking someone’s son or daughter out through a tube. More aggressive measures are needed around the start of the second trimester, with the fetus typically being pulled apart by a set of forceps. That’s probably not a pleasant experience, especially in light of evidence compiled at the University of Tennessee by Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand. His research suggests that a fetus can feel pain at twenty weeks gestation.

You might think it’s reasonable that lawmakers consider the potential for fetal suffering when they decide how abortion should be regulated. If so, then I have two pieces of news.  First, polls show that you’re well within the political mainstream. Second, your chances for a career at Planned Parenthood just got a lot more iffy.

Planned Parenthood argues against fetal pain legislation–bills designed to restrict abortion after 20 weeks. And, while many pro-abortion advocates will at least concede that a newborn should receive legal protection, Planned Parenthood seems to feel otherwise.
In 2012, Florida passed legislation to protect children delivered during botched abortions. While testifying before the state legislature, Planned Parenthood spokesperson Alisa Snow said that if a baby is delivered following a botched abortion, that child’s fate should be left up to the “the patient and her doctor.” When state representative Jose Oliva asked if an infant gasping for air and wracked with pain wouldn’t also qualify as a patient, the question seemed to produce confusion. Judging by Ms. Snow’s facial expression, it appears that the idea had never occurred to her.
How does such an outfit can stay in business? Well, getting a half billion dollar check probably helps. Last year, Planned Parenthood received over five hundred million in federal funding, some of it to pay for the “sex education” efforts described above. If you aren’t completely enthused about this, you’re not alone.

Live Action has created an online petition asking Congress to defund Planned Parenthood. You can find it here, along with other evidence of Planned Parenthood’s misdeeds. There are plenty of organizations that can provide youth with advice, guidance, and role models. A group that encourages teens to emulate violent pornography isn’t one of them.

Source: LiveAction News

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Wonderful Story


Parents of baby diagnosed with anencephaly are helping him live life to the full from the womb

By Lauren Enriquez
baby-shane-2I recently came across this touching Facebook group, Prayers for Shane. It was created by the mom and dad of baby Shane, a little boy who is due in October.
Baby Shane has been diagnosed with anencephaly, a malformation of the baby’s skull and brain. Many parents, upon receiving this heart-wrenching diagnosis, lose hope for their child’s future. But Shane’s parents, Dan and Jenna Haley, are no ordinary parents. With a deeply-rooted faith in God, which has remained unshaken by the unclear path set before them and their son, Dan and Jenna have relinquished their anxiety and fear and chosen to embrace the time they have with Shane — however long or short that may be.
On their Facebook page, they record memories they are making with little Shane, using the hash tag #shanesbucketlist. They have visited family, gone to the zoo, and attended sporting events. In fact, Dan is a semi-professional baseball player, and little Shane is his biggest fan.
I spoke with Dan about his and Jenna’s journey awaiting the birth of baby Shane. I asked Dan how they found out that the baby was not developing as expected. He shared that he, Jenna, and little Shane had experienced a car accident, and although no one was injured, they decided to have the baby checked out to make sure that he had not been injured in the accident:
The doctors informed us that there had been some fetal bleeding but that it was nothing serious and Shane should be absolutely fine but they decided to send us to a specialist to do a more detailed ultrasound. Jenna decided that she would be fine just going with her Mom while I was at work so they went and I waited to hear the good news that everything was fine with Shane. I remember getting a text from Jenna and all it said was “call me.”
I had a feeling that something wasn’t right. I called her and I could tell she had been crying by the tone of her voice when she answered. Through a cracking voice she just said ‘I’ll be home in a few minutes and I have something to tell you.’ She got home and was bawling her eyes out and I remember her showing me some new ultrasound pictures and she said that’s our baby. I could see that something wasn’t normal about his head and she showed me the note the doctor gave her. All it said was ‘anencephaly”. Not knowing what it was or what it meant I asked her to explain. But all she could remember was the doctor telling her that babies with anencephaly do not survive.
Here, Dan and Jenna faced a crossroads. How they responded to the unexpected news speaks volumes about their character:
We were in shock to say the least and didn’t want to believe that all of this was happening. It was in the car that day that we both agreed that God was blessing us with such a special baby for a reason greater than we could understand and that no matter how hard it was to feel the way we did, that we had to keep the faith and believe in His plan for our lives. We wanted people to never question how proud we were to be Shane’s parents and that we were thankful and felt blessed that God chose us to bring him into the world. Shane is our son and we are so proud of him and he’s had such a positive impact on the lives of so many people that have heard his story.
I asked what inspired the couple to share Shane’s story in such a public way on Facebook. For Dan and Jenna, it was only natural to celebrate and publicize a life that they firmly know is growing and thriving at this moment. They don’t know how long Shane will be with them, but they do know that he deserves to have his time on earth celebrated. Dan shares that it has also been helpful to their little family to know how many people are praying for them:
We understood from the beginning that our time with Shane could be very limited. We pray every night for time with our son but also pray that we accept God’s will and plan, whatever it may be for our son. Knowing that most babies with anencephaly live no more than twenty four hours we wanted to share Shane’s journey with the world so that people would know that although he hasn’t been born yet and has a terminal diagnosis he is very much alive and experiencing life in the womb.
We wanted people to know that we are so proud to be his parents and that we wouldn’t change anything. We wanted to allow him to positively impact others through his story and the response has been overwhelming. Shane is making a difference in so many people’s lives and we our so grateful for all the love and support that so many people have shown for Shane, Jenna, and I.
Follow Shane’s journey on Facebook.

Source: NRLC News