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Thursday, September 22, 2010
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• New GOP "Pledge to America" Calls for Tax-Funded Abortion Ban, HCR Repeal
• Pro-Abortion Democrats Try to Salvage 2010 Elections, Pro-Life Outcome Likely
• Obama Promotes Pro-Abortion Health Care on Its Anniversary, Democrats Flee It
• Paul Ryan Disagrees With "Truce" Between Pro-Life, Fiscal Issues in GOP
• Microbiologist: Hundreds of Studies Confirm Abortion-Breast Cancer Link
• Senate GOP Puts Pro-Life Barrasso in Pro-Abortion Murkowski's Leadership Spot
• New Jersey Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closes After Christie Cuts Funds
• University of Notre Dame Hires Pro-Life Director After Having Pro-Abortion Obama
• Louisiana Judge Criticized for Allowing Unsafe Abortion Business to Stay Open
• Men in California, Australia Attempt to Force Girlfriends to Have Abortions
• Pro-Life News: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Colorado
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New GOP "Pledge to America" Calls for Tax-Funded Abortion Ban, HCR Repeal
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- House Republican leaders plan to officially released the 21-page "Pledge to America" on Thursday morning, but advance copies of the yet-to-be-approved document show it includes a call for a ban on all taxpayer funding of abortions and an aggressive strike against the ObamaCare law.
"With this document, we pledge to dedicate ourselves to the task of reconnecting our highest aspirations to the permanent truths of our founding by keeping faith with the values our nation was founded on, the principles we stand for, and the priorities of our people. This is our Pledge to America," the document says.
The document focuses primarily on economic issues with a reference in the "preamble" section to pro-life concerns.
"We pledge to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values," the document is expected to say.
When it comes to abortion, the Republican "Pledge to America" says "Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to using tax dollars to pay for abortion, and the executive order issued by President Obama in conjunction with congressional passage of the health care law is inadequate to ensure taxpayer funds are not used in this manner."
The pledge document calls for a bill to "Permanently Prohibit Taxpayer Funding of Abortion."
"We will permanently end taxpayer funding of abortion and codify the Hyde Amendment," the document promises. Full story at LifeNews.com
Pro-Abortion Democrats Try to Salvage 2010 Elections, Pro-Life Outcome Likely
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Leading Democrats insist the 2010 election campaign can be salvaged even though polling data in races across the nation suggests a pro-life landslide will occur in November. On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer claimed pro-abortion Democratic candidates were experiencing a resurgence."
At a press briefing, Hoyer touted a new Gallup poll giving Democrats a one percentage point advantage when Americans are asked which party they plan to support in November.
But that poll differs from others from polling firms like PPP and Rasmussen that show a Republican advantage and specific House and Senate polls showing pro-abortion Democrats may lose control of either chamber of Congress.
That doesn't sound like a death knell to me," Hoyer insisted, according to a report in The Hill. "That sounds like a party that s on the move. I not only don't think there s a death knell. I think there s a resurgence of Democrats throughout the country.
Hoyer ignored the fact that the Gallup, and a new Zogby poll, show significantly more enthusiasm from Republican and independent voters, who say they generally plan to support pro-life Republican candidates, than from Democrats.
Despite the rosy picture Hoyer tries to paint, some Democrats are trying to create distance between themselves and the pro-abortion leaders who run the party in Congress.Full story at LifeNews.com
Obama Promotes Pro-Abortion Health Care on Its Anniversary, Democrats Flee It
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- President Barack Obama is promoting the pro-abortion health care plan he signed into law on the six month anniversary of him signing it. Despite the hoopla, Democrats are fleeing from ObamaCare on the campaign trail and polls showing Americans strongly opposing it explain why.
Obama will appear at a backyard party at a home in northern Virginia to attempt to show how the health care law, which includes taxpayer funding of abortions, is helpful for the average American.
But the festive, celebratory atmosphere is lost on many Democratic candidates who are finding their House or Senate fortunes doomed in part because of their support for the pro-abortion legislation.
Appearing to realize that's the case, Obama appealed to religious leaders to help him make the case for the pro-abortion law.
During a White House conference call on Tuesday, according to Politico, Obama "beseeched thousands of faith-based and community organizations" to help him, saying, Get out there and spread the word."
The debate in Washington is over, the Affordable Care Act is now law ... I think all of you can be really important validators and trusted resources for friends and neighbors, to help explain what s now available to them," he said.
White House Office of Faith-based and Community Partnerships director Joshua DuBois followed up on the president's comments, saying, Get the word out there, get information out there. Make use of the resources we've described on this call: the website, door hangers, one pagers and so forth. We've got work to do. Full story at LifeNews.com
Paul Ryan Disagrees With "Truce" Between Pro-Life, Fiscal Issues in GOP
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Congressman Paul Ryan, a respected Republican leader on the health care debate, had pro-life advocates recalling the words of governors Mitch Daniels and Hailey Barbour in recent comments -- but he said today he doesn't agree with a so-called "truce" between social and fiscal issues within the GOP.
Ryan endured criticism from pro-life advocates and other pro-life advocates like Mike Pence and Mike Huckabee, responding to some of the hubhub in recent weeks about a truce, told the Values Voter Summit last weekend that pro-life issues can't be placed on the back burner.
In an opinion column from February that is newly-posted this week on his congressional web site, Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, is expanding on his previous remarks.
The title of the column -- "The Cause of Life Can't be Severed from the Cause of Freedom" -- appears to indicate Ryan disagrees with the "truce" language Daniels and Barbour proffered.
"All conservatives should find it easy to agree that government must uphold every person s right to make choices regarding their lives and that every person s right to live must be secured before he or she can exercise that right of choice," he said then.
Ryan also released a statement today that LifeNews.com received saying pro-life issues are not on a list of menu items that have to be given up during the election season.
"Healthy debate should take place within the Republican Party on specific policies, but it is a false choice to ask which natural right we should discard: 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' is not a menu of options," Ryan says.
"All planks economic liberty and limited government; keeping our nation secure; championing America s founding truths and the dignity of every human person are rooted in same timeless principles, enshrined in our Founding and the cause of our exceptionalism," Ryan added. "The American family must remain at the core of our free society, and I will remain ever-vigilant in its defense. Full story at LifeNews.com
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Microbiologist: Hundreds of Studies Confirm Abortion-Breast Cancer Link
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A microbiologist says there are so many published studies confirming the link between induced abortion and breast cancer that he plans to publish one every day on his blog until he's mentioned them all. It will take Dr. Gerard Nadal so many weeks to cover them all, the blogging will continue until early next year.
Nadal, who has a has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from St John's University in New York, has spent 16 years teaching science, most recently at Manhattan College.
He will report on one abortion-breast cancer study daily until he has exhausted all of the abortion-breast cancer studies and he anticipates he may be reporting on these studies as late as January or February of 2011.
"Today begins the inexorable presentation of the scientific literature on the abortion/breast cancer link," Nadal writes. "Women s lives depend on us getting the truth out to them. In short order we'll generate plenty of pros armed with the simple truth of science!"
His first article reviews a 1997 epidemiological study by Julie Palmer, Lynn Rosenberg and their colleagues, "Induced and spontaneous abortion in relation to breast cancer," published in the journal, Cancer Causes and Control. Full story at LifeNews.com
Senate GOP Puts Pro-Life Barrasso in Pro-Abortion Murkowski's Leadership Spot
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- With pro-abortion Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski having lost her primary election bid to pro-life candidate Joe Miller, and with her running a smarmy write-in campaign that has former GOP colleagues up in arms at the betrayal, Senate Republican leaders replaced her in her party leadership role.
Murkowski, as one of the few women in the Senate Republican caucus, rose to the fifth-highest leadership rank in the party, the position of vice-chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.
With the leadership role open, GOP senators early Wednesday afternoon cast a unanimous vote for Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso.
"I am grateful that I have earned the confidence and the support of my colleagues to represent them as Vice Chairman," Barrasso said in a statement following the vote. "I'm looking forward to the hard work and the challenges ahead of us."
Barrasso maintains a consistent pro-life voting record and was heralded as a pro-life leader in the state legislature, where he was the main sponsor of an unborn victims bill to protect pregnant women and their unborn children, like Laci and Conner Peterson, and ensure they are provided proper justice when killed or injured in violent crimes. Full story at LifeNews.com
New Jersey Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closes After Christie Cuts Funds
Trenton, NJ (LifeNews.com) -- After the New Jersey state Senate defeated an attempt to override the decision of Gov. Chris Christie to cut off state taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood abortion businesses, the first facility run by the national abortion giant is closing.
The Cherry Hill Courier Post newspaper says a Planned Parenthood facility located on Haddonfield Road and operated by Planned Parenthood of Southern New Jersey will close down.
PP-SNJ stands to lose as much as $160,000 in taxpayer funds because of Christie's decision and the upholding of his veto. With the closing of the Cherry Hill center, Planned Parenthood customers seeking abortions or other "services" must go to PP centers in Camden, Bellmawr, and Edgewater Park.
Parenthood of Southern New Jersey president Lynn Brown told the newspaper, "We are in think mode and creative mode and we are doing all that we can to try and salvage to see as many people as we need to see."
"We all know it's strictly ideological," Brown said of the funding cuts to the abortion business. "This is a very frustrating and perplexing time for us."
While the Cherry Hill center does not do abortions, it gives abortion referrals to Planned Parenthood offices in Hamilton Square, Princeton, and Trenton where abortions are done on women and unborn children. Full story at LifeNews.com
University of Notre Dame Hires Pro-Life Director After Having Pro-Abortion Obama
South Bend, IN (LifeNews.com) -- The University of Notre Dame continues to try to make amends with pro-life Catholics in the wake of its allowing pro-abortion President Barack Obama to deliver the college's commencement address and presenting him with an honorary degree. The Catholic school has now hired a director of pro-life activities.
The new coordinator will work to advance the pro-life and Catholic identify of the educational institution, which is in need of much repair following the national controversy.
After the blowup, Father John Jenkins, president of UND, created the Task Force on Supporting the Choice for Life to advise him on how he and the college can better advance pro-life principles. Naming the pro-life coordinator is one recommendation and he has put pro-life advocate Mary Daly in the position.
Jenkins' appointment of Daly is ironic given that she was the president of Notre Dame Right for Life and was a spokeswoman for NDResponse -- the student-led coalition of groups on campus speaking out against the Obama degree and speech. Full story at LifeNews.com
Louisiana Judge Criticized for Allowing Unsafe Abortion Business to Stay Open
Baton Rouge, LA (LifeNews.com) -- A Louisiana judge who allowed an abortion business to remain open despite a state health department report showing it violating health and safety standards is coming under criticism. District Judge Mike Caldwell granted the injunction against the state health department's closing the Hope Medical Group for Women.
State health officials suspended the medical license of the Hope abortion facility on September 3 but the judge ruled it could remain open until a lawsuit challenging the law used to close the clinic can be resolved.
They told Caldwell during a hearing that the "suspension in this matter was legal" and "this is about health."
But J.E. Cullens, the lawyer representing Hope Medical Group for Women argued the state was picking a political fight and claimed it "is a safe clinic."
We are disappointed that this abortion facility can remain open while we go through the process of revoking its license, DHH spokeswoman Lisa Faust said, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper. We want to assure Louisiana women that we will continue to fight to protect them from unsafe abortion facilities. Full story at LifeNews.com
Ventura, CA (LifeNews.com) -- Abortion advocates tell the public legalizing abortion is important to promote women's rights and that women should have control over their own bodies, and those of their unborn children. Two incidents in California and Australia show legal abortions frequently empower men to pressure their partners to have one.
In Ventura, California, a 22-year-old man is facing 25 years to life in prison for paying two men $500 to fake a robbery attempt and punch his pregnant girlfriend to cause a miscarriage and end the life of her baby in an abortion.
Olmos did not want to become a father and his girlfriend rejected his pressured attempt to get her to have an abortion against her will.
KABC indicates a Ventura County Superior Court Judge found Jaime Solis Olmos guilty on Monday on one county of conspiracy to commit murder and a second count of attempted murder.
In January 2008, while the couple was in their car at a Newbury Park overlook, the two men Olmos paid attacked the woman and punched her in the face and stomach. However, she and her baby survived the attack and the woman eventually gave birth to a boy, who is not a healthy 2-year-old child. Full story at LifeNews.com
Pro-Life News: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Colorado
Wisconsin: Pro-Abortion Russ Feingold trails Pro-Life Candidate Ron Johnson
Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) -- The new DailyKos/Public Policy Polling survey in Wisconsin shows pro-life Ron Johnson (R) leading pro-abortion Sen. Russ Feingold (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 52% to 41%.
Pennsylvania "Pro-Life Democratic" Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper Trailing in Poll
Harrisburg, PA (LifeNews.com) -- Count Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper among Pennsylvania's most endangered Democrats. She is one of the "pro-life Democrats" who pro-life groups say betrayed their principles in voting for the health care bill that contains taxpayer funding of abortions.
Louisiana Senate: Pro-Life David Vitter Leads Melancon in New Magellan Poll
Baton Rouge, LA (LifeNews.com) -- In Louisiana, pro-life Senator David Vitter maintains an 18 point lead over Congressman Charlie Melancon, 52% to 34%, based on an automated survey fielded September 19th of likely general election voters.
Michigan Democrat Gov Candidate Virg Bernero Gets Planned Parenthood Nod
Lansing, MI (LifeNews.com) -- On September 20, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero used a news conference to advertise being endorsed by Planned Parenthood and attack Republican candidate Rick Snyder for opposing abortion.
Assisted Suicide Decision in Montana Underscores Need for Legislation
Helena, MT (LifeNews.com) -- Engage, a quarterly legal journal from The Federalist Society, is featuring an article from William Saunders, AUL s Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs.
Colorado Personhood Amendment 62 Backers Say Blue Book Biased
Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) -- Amendment 62 sponsors filed a lawsuit today against the Colorado Legislative Counsel, attempting to stop the continued publication and statewide distribution of the "Colorado Blue Book".
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