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Friday, October 29, 2010
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• Boehner: GOP Won t Compromise on Pro-Abortion Health Care
• Pro-Life Groups Make Last Push for House, Senate Candidates
• We Must Hold Obama Admin Accountable on Health Care, Abortion Funding
• Colorado Senate: Pro-Life Ken Buck Leads Bennet, Early Voting Favors GOP
• Washington Senate Poll: Pro-Life Dino Rossi Now Leads Pro-Abortion Murray
• Disputed Alaska Poll Puts Pro-Life Joe Miller in Third, Court Helps Murkowski
• Ohio Pro-Life Candidates Kasich, Portman Lead State Races
• Washington State Abortion Figures Drop to Historic Low, Teen Rates Down
• CBS News Couric Hypes Supposed Pro-Life Violence Against Abortion Docs
• Maryland Medical Board Upholds Suspension of Abortion Practitioner s License
• Planned Parenthood Misrepresents CDC Report on Teen Births, Abstinence
• Arizona Judge: Planned Parenthood Can t Have Non-Doctors Do Abortions
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Boehner: GOP Won t Compromise on Pro-Abortion Health Care
House Republican leader John Boehner, the pro-lifer who could replace pro-abortion Speaker Nancy Pelosi if Tuesday s elections produce the landslide most predict, says Republicans won t compromise.
When it comes to the abortion-funding health care reform measure Pelosi passed and President Barack Obama signed, Boehner said yesterday that the GOP won t back down on doing everything possible to combat it.
This is not a time for compromise, and I can tell you that we will not compromise on our principles, Boehner said during an appearance on the radio show of pro-life broadcaster Sean Hannity.
Boehner also responded to recent comments from new Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg that the GOP should not focus on trying to repeal the pro-abortion health care law.
I love Judd Gregg, but maybe he doesn t get it, Boehner said. We re going to do everything and I mean everything we can do to kill it, stop it, slow it down, whatever we can.
Boehner opened the door to working with Obama, but said that it would have to be on Republican-pronounced terms. Full story at LifeNews.com
Pro-Life Groups Make Last Push for House, Senate Candidates
Pro-Life groups are making their last, final push for pro-life candidates and to motivate and encourage pro-life voters to go to the polls in advance of Tuesday s election.
Emily Buchanan, the executive director of the Susan B. Anthony List, told supporters that her group is not backing down in face of a complaint from an Ohio congressman.
Steve Driehaus, a Democrat of Cincinnati, who faces a tough re-election battle against pro-life candidate Steve Chabot, filed a complaint with the state elections commission alleging SBA lied about the abortion funding in the ObamaCare bill.
In fact, it only motivates us even more to do everything we can to ensure major pro-life victories this upcoming Tuesday, she said in an email to the group s members LifeNews.com received.
That s why we ve increased our television ad buys, we re on the radio, we have billboards up, we re sending 2.3 million pieces of educational voter mail to targeted pro-life voters, we re helping deploy pro-life activists on buses to key Congressional districts, we re doing targeted voter-calls we re emptying the war chest to get the job done, Buchanan said. Full story at LifeNews.com
We Must Hold Obama Admin Accountable on Health Care, Abortion Funding
by Bill Saunders
Following an uproar by pro-life organizations over a discovery that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was approving state plans to use federal funds for elective abortions through a program created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), HHS issued a regulation prohibiting the use of these funds for abortions.
This regulation of the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Program (PCIP program, or high risk pools ) includes a list of services for which coverage is unequivocally prohibited, including [a]bortion services except when the life of the woman would be endangered or when the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest.
Americans United for Life issued a comment to HHS supporting the prohibition on the use of these funds for abortions and arguing that it should remain in place.
While we welcome HHS decision to prohibit the use of PCIP funds for abortions, we lament that this action was necessary. If Congress had adopted a comprehensive prohibition on the use of federal funds for abortions and insurance plans that cover abortions in the new health care law, as they had the opportunity to do through the Stupak-Pitts Amendment which was included in the House version of health care reform but not the final bill, this regulation would have been unnecessary. Full story at LifeNews.com
Colorado Senate: Pro-Life Ken Buck Leads Bennet, Early Voting Favors GOP
A new poll shows pro-life Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck leading pro-abortion Sen. Michael Bennet. Buck is also getting help by the fact that early voting numbers continue favoring Republicans.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters finds Buck earning 48% support to Bennet s 44%. Three percent prefer another candidate and six percent remain undecided.
Two weeks ago, the candidates were in a near tie with Buck leading 47% to 45%, the closest the race had been in eight months of surveying. In surveys since March, Buck has earned 44% to 51% support, while backing for Bennet has ranged from 38% to 45%, Rasmussen noted.
The new polling data comes as early voting numbers from the Colorado Secretary of State show Republicans widening their lead. Full story at LifeNews.com
Washington Senate Poll: Pro-Life Dino Rossi Now Leads Pro-Abortion Murray
Dino Rossi, the pro-life candidate for the Senate in Washington state, has come back in the polls and now leads pro-abortion incumbent Sen. Patty Murray by one percent.
With than a week until Election Day, a new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of likely voters shows Rossi picking up 48% of the vote, while Murray draws support from 47%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and two percent (2%) are still undecided.
Just over a week ago, Murray inched ahead 49% to 46%, but she has lost that lead in subsequent polls.
A Survey USA poll founds Murray leading 50-47, that dropped to 49-47 in a PPP poll, and then McClatchy had the race at 48-47 for Murray before this new survey.
Pollster Scott Rasmussen says the poll shows the Washington Senate race is a true tossup. Full story at LifeNews.com
Disputed Alaska Poll Puts Pro-Life Joe Miller in Third, Court Helps Murkowski
A new poll puts pro-life Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller in third place despite his leading the polls over the last month. Meanwhile, the state s high court helped pro-abortion write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski.
A Hays Research Group poll released Thursday showed a write-in candidate beating both Miller and pro-abortion Democratic candidate Scott McAdams.
The survey had the write-in, presumably Murkowski, leading with 34 percent to 29 percent for McAdams and 30 percent for Miller. However, the poll came under fire to surveying adults not likely or even registered voters.
Miller had a high 68 percent unfavorable rating in the new poll after poor coverage in recent weeks in the press, despite the new endorsement from a pro-life group.
But when CNN surveyed likely voters last week, Miller and Murkowski tied at 37 percent each while McAdams had 25 percent. And a Rasmussen poll just before that showed Miller leading 35-34 percent over Murkowski with 27 percent backing McAdams.
I can easily believe Joe Miller is in trouble, but I m a little wary about that new poll, National Review s Jim Geraghty said in response to the survey. Full story at LifeNews.com
Ohio Pro-Life Candidates Kasich, Portman Lead State Races
John Kasich and Bob Portman, the pro-life candidates in Ohio for governor and the U.S. Senate, are leading their respective races. That s according to new polls from Rasmussen and Survey USA.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the Buckeye State shows Kasich with 48% support, while pro-abortion Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland earns 44% of the vote.
Three percent favor another candidate and four percent are undecided.
Two weeks ago, Kasich held a three-point lead, 48% to 45%, the closest the race has been since early August and Strickland s best showing since May. This is now the sixth straight survey to show Kasich s support between 47% and 50%. Strickland has picked up 39% to 45% of the vote in those same polls, Rasmussen noted.
Meanwhile, polling firm Survey USA conducted its final look and found Kasich leads by five percent and Portman has a massive 15 percentage point lead.
Portman is well positioned to be elected US Senator from Ohio, defeating Democrat Lee Fisher the firm says. Full story at LifeNews.com
Washington State Abortion Figures Drop to Historic Low, Teen Rates Down
The Washington state health department issued a report today saying the abortion rates in the state have dropped to a historic low. At the same time, teen pregnancy rates have dropped.
The agency noted that, for all women, aged 15-44, the abortion rate dropped to 16.7 per 1,000 compared to 18 in 2008.
Allison Cook, spokesperson for the state Health Department, indicated abortion rate for teens 15 to 19 was 16.6 compared to 18.7 in 2008.
Looking at the overall number of abortions, there were 22,642 abortions in Washington state last year, a decline of 6.7 percent over the previous year. That means there are fewer annual abortions now than at any point since 1985.
The state reached a high of 30,613 abortions in 1990 and the figure has declined steadily ever since.
The overall abortion ratio, the number of induced abortions per 1,000 live births, dropped 5.7 from 2008-2009 to 254 abortions for every live birth meaning just over 25 percent of all pregnancies end in abortion. Full story at LifeNews.com
CBS News Couric Hypes Supposed Pro-Life Violence Against Abortion Docs
On Tuesday s CBS Evening News, anchor Katie Couric warned of violence against abortion doctors, based flyers being circulated by a pro-life group: Their pictures are showing up on posters. Now doctors who perform abortions fear for their lives. The posters in question did not call for any violence whatsoever.
Despite that fact, Couric later introduced the story by declaring: Now some doctors in North Carolina fear they re being marked for murder.
Correspondent Michelle Miller reported: They look like wanted posters from the wild west, but they re not photos of criminals, but of doctors in North Carolina who perform abortions. She noted how the doctors in question asked us to block their faces. In dramatic fashion, a doctor with a blurred face and altered voice argued: It doesn t say wanted dead or alive, but the implication is very clearly there.
Miller went on to explain: This doctor is one of the targets. Fearing for his life, he asked to remain anonymous. She then wondered: Are you ever looking over your shoulder? Full story at LifeNews.com
Maryland Medical Board Upholds Suspension of Abortion Practitioner s License
The Maryland Board of Physicians has ruled that the medical license of abortion practitioner Nicola Riley should remain suspended. Riley is part of the troubled abortion business Steven Chase Brigham runs in four states.
In September, the state medical board suspended Riley s license along with that of George Shepard, Jr., of Delaware, who also does abortions at Brigham s abortion centers.
Riley s license was suspended on an emergency basis complaints were filed against her and Brigham for a severely botched late-term abortion that required emergency surgery to save the woman s life.
We are thankful that Riley will not be allowed to victimize more women, and we renew our call for criminal charges against Riley, her boss Steven Brigham, and all their associates who participated in illegal late-term abortions in Maryland, said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. Full story at LifeNews.com
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A pro-life group is accusing the national Planned Parenthood abortion business of misrepresenting a recent Centers for Disease Control report on teen birth rates.
The new CDC report provides more evidence that abstinence education decreases teen sexual activity and pregnancy, but Planned Parenthood put its own spin on the numbers to promote its childhood sex education programs, says officials with American Life League.
This is another illustration of how Planned Parenthood uses deception at every level to promote its deadly agenda, said Rita Diller, national director of Stop Planned Parenthood International (STOPP), an ALL project.
The recently released CDC report entitled State Disparities in Teenage Birth Rates in the United States acknowledges that teenage birth rates have continued to decline since their peak in 1991. It then examines the ethnicity of teen mothers in 2007, and finds they are predominantly Hispanic and black in almost every state. Full story at LifeNews.com
Arizona Judge: Planned Parenthood Can t Have Non-Doctors Do Abortions
To hear abortion backers like Planned Parenthood tell the story, abortion is supposed to be between and woman and her doctor.
But a county judge denied a request from the abortion business to subject women to abortions done by someone other than a licensed physician.
A Superior Court judge denied Planned Parenthood s motion to block a law from taking effect. The law, containing regulations on abortion businesses, was passed by the state legislature 10 years ago after Lou Anne Herron s tragic death in an Arizona abortion center.
The rules ensure, among other things, that non-doctors may not perform surgical abortions, but Planned Parenthood has held up the health and safety standards ever since. Full story at LifeNews.com
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