Add the name “Nancy Pelosi” to the official US delegation attending the installation March 19 of Pope Francis. Nancy Pelosi has said not having an abortion could be a death sentence for women; Pope Francis has said abortion is a death penalty for the unborn.
Pro-life advocates oppose ObamaCare because of its abortion provisions. The Hyde amendment, which must be renewed each year, is like a Dutch boy holding his finger in the dike. The moment the Hyde amendment is not renewed, ObamaCare prescribes abortion for any pregnancy. At a gathering of conservatives in DC, Senate leader Mitch McConnell stood next to a pile of papers 20,000 pages high-stacked flat, showing the volume of regulations from ObamaCare. He pledged Republicans would not give up repealing the measure and cited one report indicating that healthcare premiums will as much as double in the year 2014, which happens to be the next election for the U.S. Senate.
The UN has failed to address violence against women. Powerful western developed countries held the agreement hostage, demanding international abortion rights in exchange for protections. Reuters, AP and the New York Times are all falsely saying that some unnamed delegation wanted religious exemptions for violence against women.
From the day Pope Benedict resigned, much of the media attention focused on those who treated the selection of a new pope as somewhat of a lobbying event, in hopes that a new pope could somehow not be so ardently pro-life. Pope Francis may have subtly squelched any consideration of such. On his first full day as pope, Francis found a mother carrying an unborn child for his first individual moment of prayer and blessing.
A Florida Republican, considered a possible 2016 presidential candidate, directly took on abortion and the so-called war on women. Senator Marco Rubio did not mince words saying, “science has proven that life begins at conception.”
In other pro-life news, the trial of Kermit Gosnell gets underway Monday with the prosecution showing the jury evidence from his gruesome Philadelphia abortion business.
Tom Monahan, the founder of Domino’s Pizza, won a preliminary injunction against the HHS mandate protecting his property management firm from participation in a ‘gravely immoral’ practice.
A woman documenting the fourth botched abortion in recent weeks at a Wilmington Planned Parenthood abortion business was attacked by someone coming from the abortion clinic. Police are investigating and a suspect remains at large.
The U.S. Senate is scheduled to take up the continuing resolution to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. When it does, newly elected pro-life Senator Ted Cruz of Texas says he is prepared to use any procedural means available to him to force an up or down vote on defunding ObamaCare for the remainder of the fiscal year.
The New York Times is leading a mainstream media charge and they are accusing the Holy See, the Vatican, and pro-life allies of obstructionism. The battle is at the United Nations and seems to be over a phrase, “inherent right to life”. That phrase is something the US and European Union nations are trying to strip from United Nations documents like the UN charter and the Universal Declaration on human rights. Somehow the word “obstructionism” misses the point.
Thomas Beckwith has filed the 50th lawsuit against the HHS mandate requiring employers to pay for government-sponsored interdiction of pregnancy. What makes his action interesting is that Beckwith’s ancestors came to America in the 1600-hundreds to escape religious persecution and also fought in the Revolutionary war. The Thomas More Law Center filed the lawsuit in a Florida federal district court.
A pro-life Congressman is calling his colleagues to insert into the country’s fiscal deadline an affirmation of conscience rights in accordance with the First Amendment of the Constitution. Representative Steve King of Iowa says conscience as a constitutional principle is not something to negotiate.
Meanwhile, in Washington State, pro-life advocates are calling a bill that would mandate abortion coverage in all maternity coverage plans the Conscience Coercion Act. Peggy O’Ban of Human Life of Washington says that since Quakers objected to military service, our nation has affirmed a right to freedom of conscience and that Washington state would be the only state to force employers to pay for abortion.
The pro-life movement has long endeavored to understand the complex emotional struggle behind a woman’s decision to continue or abort an unplanned pregnancy. The Vitae Foundation released in last week’s American Thinker an in-depth study of interest to anyone working with women in a pregnancy at risk of being interrupted by abortion. Utilizing cutting edge research, they found and quantified numerous difficulties faced and opened strategies to meet the needs of these women. More information is at Vitae Foundation dot org.
After failing to pay a $6000 fine for her seven-month pregnancy, Feng Jianmei was ambushed, beaten and dragged into a car which took her to a Shanxi Province, China clinic for a forced abortion. To get medical treatment and to avoid painful memories, eight months later, Feng and her husband are living in another city. Now, we discover, she still suffers medical and other effects from the abortion, has run up thousands in medical bills but, says Feng, “what we lost the most, we lost a baby.”
With the rise of prenatal testing, detection of so-called anomalies is spiking and, tragically, the solution given to most parents is simply “abort”. Recent news has given us not only tragic stories of lives lost and harmed, but heroic stories of parents who defied the presumed odds and now hold in their arms beautiful and very often entirely normal, healthy babies. There are numerous such stories at LifeNews.com.
In other news, pro-life advocates are pointing out during February’s Black History Month that part of that history in America includes 16 million black children dead from abortion. And a hearing Monday in Texas is to determine whether parents can pressure their teen daughter into an abortion.
The White House’ new development of HHS rules takes aim at conscience held by business owners and backs away from imposing on many religious groups the contraceptive mandate, the same one that includes abortifacient drugs and most anything that interdicts childbearing. Companies like Hobby Lobby are left out in the cold, which is in keeping with the White House stated view that people who own businesses somehow give up any right to conscience.
Get accustomed to the initials, “I-P-A-B”. It stands for the Independent Payment Review Board and is the rationing panel set up by ObamaCare. The controversial board has, for now, hit a snag. No one wants to be on the board of what has been called, “15 unelected strangers in charge of Americans’ health care decisions.”
In other news, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is opposing a call by three MPs for an investigation into Canadian government figures showing that nearly 5-hundred children have been born alive and subsequently left to die following failed abortions. And while there is no call from the medical community to screen for the 40 percent of abortions that are coerced, a committee of gynecologists are calling for screening of what they are calling ‘reproductive coercion’.