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Friday, January 28, 2011
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• Mike Pence Not Running for President, Governor Bid Likely
• Obama Picks Pro-Abortion Activist to Lead Global Health Initiative
• Obama Admin Lobbies Faith Leaders for Pro-Abortion Obamacare
• Obama Renominates Rationing Czar Berwick to Medicare Post More Pro-Life News
• More Misleading Research About Abortion-Mental Health Link
• Thune Expects 2012 Decision Next Month, Barbour Considering
• US Lawmakers File Bills to Cut Funding for Pro-Abortion UN
• Abortion Centers Correct Problems Following Gosnell Horror
• Washington Bill Attacking Pregnancy Centers Faces Hearing Opposition
• Adult Stem Cells Helping Women With Breast Reconstruction
• Arkansas Senate: No Abortion Funding in Obamacare Exchanges
• Kansas: Brownback Administration Offers Unborn Protection
• Pro-Life News: Romney, Arizona, Abortion, UK, Catholic, Rhode Island
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Mike Pence Not Running for President, Governor Bid Likely
In a long-awaited announcement, pro-life Congressman Mike Pence will not seek the Republican nomination for president and will leave open the possibility of a gubernatorial bid.
Pence has ruled out a presidential bid and will tour the state over the next few months as he decides on whether to seek the governor's position or run for re-election to his congressional seat. Pence can't raise funds for a gubernatorial race until April 30 giving him plenty of time to make a decision.
"In the choice between seeking national office and serving Indiana in some capacity, we choose Indiana," Pence said. "We will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012."
Pence said he would make a decision "later this year" about his next political step, though he appeared to telegraph his next move saying saying his "calling is closer to home" and added he would "be traveling across the state to listen and learn about how Hoosiers think we might best contribute in the years ahead."
"I have learned to follow my heart, and my heart is in Indiana," he added. Full story at LifeNews.com Obama Picks Pro-Abortion Activist to Lead Global Health Initiative
President Barack Obama has selected a pro-abortion activist from Minnesota to lead the multibillion dollar Global Health Initiative the State Department is sponsoring. The move adds to the pro-abortion record Obama has crafted since taking over the White House in January 2009.
According to the Associated Press, State Department officials confirmed Wednesday that Lois Quam will become the executive director of the GHI.
Quam is a former UnitedHealth Group executive who is married to Matt Entenza, a former state legislator who lost his bid to become the Democratic nominee for governor of Minnesota to Mark Dayton last year. Quam also was a senior adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her health care task force in the 1990s that promoted a government takeover of health care including taxpayer funding of abortions and rationing.
Scott Fischbach, the head of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, told LifeNews.com "Quam and her husband have long been active in pro-abortion politics" in his state. Full story at LifeNews.com
Obama Admin Lobbies Faith Leaders for Pro-Abortion Obamacare
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is holding a conference call today in what is a new bid by the Obama administration to lobby religious leaders to support the Obamacare law in the face of a congressional repeal effort. With the House having already voted for the repeal bill and Republicans in the Senate moving on two fronts to promote it there, the Obama administration is feeling the heat over the health care reform law, which fails to stop abortion funding with taxpayer dollars or rationing.
The administration bills the call as one helping "faith and community leaders to discuss how the Affordable Care Act is helping Americans across the country gain more freedom and control in their health care choices."
Some religious left leaders who have upset pro-life Christians over their support for Obama and his pro-abortion agenda will join Sebelius on the call including Rev. Joel Hunter of Northland Church in Florida. Others participating in the lobbying effort include Rev. Linda Hanna Walling of Faithful Reform in Health Care; Right Rev. Barry Howe, an Episcopal bishop; Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman of Temple Israel in Minneapolis; and Bishop Roy Dixon of the Church of God in Christ denomination.
But Deal Hudson, the head of Catholic Advocate who has conducted religious outreach on the presidential level, says there is no whitewashing the fact that the Obamacare legislation allows abortion funding. Full story at LifeNews.com
Obama Renominates Rationing Czar Berwick to Medicare Post
Late Wednesday night, President Barack Obama renominated "rationing czar" Donald Berwick to his current post as the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the chief of implementation of the Obamacare law. Berwick has been deluged with criticism from pro-life advocates, who cite his fondness for rationing and his failure to level with a Senate committee about his pro-rationing views.
Obama previously used a recess appointment to place Berwick in the prominent position after the Senate couldn't find enough votes to overcome a Republican-led filibuster against his nomination. A recess appointment can be used when the Senate is not in session but the appointment is temporary he could serve through this year in his current role but not beyond that.
Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, ranking Republican on the committee that oversees Medicare, told the Washington Post he is disappointed Obama chose to renominate Berwick to the position. Full story at LifeNews.com
More Misleading Research About Abortion-Mental Health Link
by Dr. Michael New
On Wednesday evening, The New England Journal of Medicine released a study which purports to show that first-trimester abortions do not increase a woman's risk of mental disorders. This study utilized data from the Netherlands, specifically the Danish National Register of Patients.
It compared a cohort of women who had given birth with a cohort of women who submitted to abortions during the first trimester of their pregnancy. The findings indicate that compared to giving birth, obtaining an abortion did not increase the likelihood that women would seek psychiatric treatment for a mental disorder
Priscilla Coleman, a professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University is one of the nation's leading scholars of the mental-health consequences of abortion, and she has found a number of methodological shortcomings in this particular study. Full story atLifeNews.com
Thune Expects 2012 Decision Next Month, Barbour Considering
Sen. John Thune of South Dakota says he will decide by the end of next month whether he will mount a bid for the Republican nomination for president to face pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
The pro-life senator is joined by pro-life Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who is also considering his own potential presidential bid.
Thune joined conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday and said he will determine by the end of February whether he will join what could be a crowded Republican field seeking the GOP nod. Thune has won the respect of his Senate colleagues, who is installed in one of the top leadership roles as the Republican Policy Committee Chairman, but he would have to overcome very low name identification in early states like Iowa and New Hampshire and throughout the country. Full story at LifeNews.com
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US Lawmakers File Bills to Cut Funding for Pro-Abortion UN
embers of Congress met this week to discuss cutting some US funding of the United Nations until it undertakes "sweeping" reform measures to prevent corruption and allow for voluntary funding.
The US is the single largest donor to the UN, covering nearly a quarter of the organization's annual operating budget, which does not include the additional funds that the US provides for peacekeeping operations. US lawmakers are pressing for broad spending cuts as they seek to reduce the US budget deficit. US Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the new chairman of the House Foreign Affairs committee, pushed for "reform first and payment later," and minced no words over her displeasure with the controversial UN Human Rights Council. Full story at LifeNewscom
Abortion Centers Correct Problems Following Gosnell Horror
Pennsylvania abortion centers found to have deficiencies by state officials in the aftermath of national revelations about the horrors at the abortion business Kermit Gosnell ran have finally corrected them.
Three Pittsburgh-area abortion centers Allegheny Women's Center in East Liberty, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Oakland and Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, Downtown were found to have issues after state health inspectors examined the centers. The failure by state officials during the administration of pro-abortion Governor Tom Ridge to ensure compliance with health and safety laws is credited as part of the reason Gosnell's abortion center went so far in killing and injuring women and newborn infants during and after abortions. Full story at LifeNews.com
Washington Bill Attacking Pregnancy Centers Faces Hearing Opposition
On Monday, Jan. 24, the Healthcare and Wellness Committee held a hearing regarding HB 1366 (the euphemistically named "Limited Service Pregnancy Center Accountability Act"), a bill brought by Planned Parenthood, Legal Voice, NARAL and NOW, as they admit in their own press releases. Though the hearing began at 1:30 p.m., by the time I arrived at 11:00 a.m., there were already nearly 100 people sporting "I Love Pregnancy Resource Centers" buttons. By noon, that number had swelled to over 250, and by the time of the hearing, there were over 500 people gathered in opposition to the bill, lining the hallways and standing outside in the off-again on-again drizzle. Full story at LifeNews.com
Adult Stem Cells Helping Women With Breast Reconstruction
An announcement recently from Japanese universities that they are establishing an institute to use adult stem cells for breast reconstruction is welcome news, recognizing the current uses as well as future potential of adult stem cells for patients. Full story at LifeNews.com
Arkansas Senate: No Abortion Funding in Obamacare Exchanges
The Arkansas state Senate has said no to any taxpayer funding of abortions within the state excfhanges set up under the Obamacare health care reform law.
Under the new health care law, states will be in charge of their own health care exchanges that are available for individuals and small businesses. States like Arkansas have approved bills to keep any insurance plans in their state exchanges from offering abortion coverage. The exchange doesn't go into effect until 2014 and states are filing lawsuits seeking to stop the pro-abortion health care bill in its other pro-abortion provisions entirety, but states are also moving now to exercise their right to opt out of some of the abortion funding. Full story at LifeNews.com
Kansas: Brownback Administration Offers Unborn Protection
For 13 years, the Kansas law banning abortions of viable unborn children has been thwarted by abortionists and the state Health department. With a new pro-life governor and pro-life dominated House, however, that situation is about to end. Full story at LifeNews.com Pro-Life News: Romney, Arizona, Abortion, UK, Catholic, Rhode Island
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