Tuesday, February 15, 2011

LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report 2/15/11

LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Wednesday, February 15, 2011

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Top Stories
• House Budget Bill May Push Five Pro-Life Policies on Abortion
• House Votes This Week on De-Funding Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz
• Bill to Yank Abortion Funding From Obamacare Wins Approval
• Corbett Fires State Employees After Gosnell Abortion Horrors

More Pro-Life News
• Planned Parenthood Advises Man With STD to Donate Blood
• Mike Huckabee: Abortion Most Important Political Issue
• Pro-Abortion Students Vandalize Pro-Life Chalk Display

• Bill Doesn't OK Shooting Abortion Practitioners, Despite Fear
• Iowa Bill Defines Human Life at Conception, Bans Abortions
• South Dakota Cmte OKs Bill for CPC Consult Before Abortions
• North Dakota State House Passes Bill Banning Abortions
• Pro-Life News: West Virginia, Minnesota, New Zealand, Canada

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House Budget Bill May Push Five Pro-Life Policies on Abortion
The House of Representatives is starting debate on a budget bill that could wind up promoting pro-life policies on five very important issues to the pro-life community.
House Republicans submitted a continuing resolution on Friday that would fund the federal government through 2011 and the resolution contains fixes to three situations where taxpayer dollars go to pay for or promote abortions. The resolution also provides pro-life advocates the opportunity to float        two amendments that would de-fund Planned Parenthood and put in place conscience protections for medical workers.

The House will engage in three days of debate on the spending bill that will conclude with a final vote on the measure late Thursday.

From the pro-life perspective, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 1) already fixes three abortion issues, according to a letter the National Right to Life Committee sent members of Congress, that LifeNews.com received.

Section 1590 of H.R. 1 would restore the ban on government funding of abortion in the District of Columbia. In late 2009, the Obama Administration succeeded in effectively repealing a longstanding ban on the use of federal taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions in the District of Columbia. Full story at LifeNews.com

House Votes This Week on De-Funding Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz
The House of Representatives will vote this week on an amendment that would revoke federal funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business — coming after weeks of national publicity over shocking new videos.

The video footage depicts Planned Parenthood staffers in three states helping and assisting alleged sex traffickers by helping them arrange for abortions and STD testing for the underage girls they said they were exploiting. The footage already led to the firing of one Planned Parenthood official in New Jersey and the abortion business was forced to retrain its employees nationwide because of the national scandal.

The House of Representatives will start consideration today of a continuing resolution budget bill that funds the federal government. The bill contains pro-life fixes for three separate abortion funding problems but it also gives Congressman Mike Pence a chance to float an amendment that would deny federal funds to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its affiliates since it is the largest abortion business in the nation.

The House will consider the budget bill in an open amendment process and the Pence amendment is likely slated to come up during the latter stages of the debate — perhaps on Thursday just before a final vote on the budget bill.

The amendment goes beyond even his Title X bill and asks that not one cent be made available "for any purpose"–not only to Planned Parenthood Federation, but to its 100-plus affiliates. Full story at LifeNews.com

Bill to Yank Abortion Funding From Obamacare Wins Approval
The bill that would ensure no loopholes in the Obamacare bill can authorize abortion funding under the federal law received a positive vote from House Energy and Commerce today. The legislation also protects conscience rights for medical workers. On Friday, a subcommittee approved the bill and, today the full committee voted to send the Protect Life Act, one of three measures pro-life groups are supporting to remove governmental financial support for the abortion industry, to the full House.

Democrats Mike Ross or Arkansas and Jim Matheson of Utah nd all Republicans on the Committee voted for passage of the bill. Several hostile amendments were offered, and Ross joined all Republicans on the Committee to defeat each hostile amendment.

HR 358, sponsored by the subcommittee's chairman, pro-life Republican Rep. Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania, survived amendments in subcommittee to weaken the measure and it survived attacks from pro-abortion Democrats on the full committee. Knowing most Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions, Democrats went after the conscience protections in the measure before the committee vote.

"The H.R. 358 provisions to protect the conscience rights of pro-life health care providers came under heavy attack from most Democrats on the committee," National Right to Life legislative director Douglas Johnson told LifeNews.com. "They give lip service to conscience rights, but no one should be fooled — they are fighting to provide legal weapons, in federal law, to groups like the ACLU and the National Health Law Program, to use in their ongoing campaigns to penalize health care providers who refuse to participate in providing abortion." Full story at LifeNews.com

Corbett Fires State Employees After Gosnell Abortion Horrors
Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania announced major changes today following the revelations associated with the horrific conditions and the women and children Kermit Gosnell killed in abortions and infanticides. Those changes include accepting the resignation of, or dismissing, employees who failed to follow state law on monitoring abortion centers.

Corbett said he is upset at the way state officials in the administrations before his ignored the problems reported to the state health department about Gosnell's abortion center and how it was violating health and safety standards.

"This doesn't even rise to the level of government run amok. It was government not running at all. To call this unacceptable doesn't say enough. It's despicable,'' Corbett said.

"It will be up to a jury to decide Dr. Gosnell's guilt or innocence. It is up to me to decide how to stop such horrors from taking place again,'' Corbett said. Full story at LifeNews.com

Planned Parenthood Advises Man With STD to Donate Blood
By now, many Americans are already familiar with the slate of new videos showing Planned Parenthood staffers helping alleged sexual traffickers get abortions and STD testing for the underage girls the said they exploited. But one section of one of the videos contains another concern.
At the Roanoke, Virginia abortion facility, a Planned Parenthood staffer suggests the sex trafficker consider going to the health department instead of taking the girls he is victimizing to the Planned Parenthood — because it would be easier to hide the illegal activity.

"They're discreet. They're confidential. They, you know, don't tell people what's going on, because — frankly — it's nobody's business," the female Planned Parenthood staff person is shown saying on the video. "And the thing is, see this is the thing a lot of people don't know that. . .Right, through the Health Department."

But the video also shows Planned Parenthood staff in Roanoke, Virginia told the Live Action undercover agent who said he thinks he might have an STD to attempt to donate blood because he can get free testing. Full story at LifeNews.com

Mike Huckabee: Abortion Most Important Political Issue
During an appearance at a pro-life fundraising event on Monday night, pro-life potential Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee confirmed that, for him, abortion is the most important political issue.

"For me this is an issue that — as I've said before — it transcends all of the political issues," he said. "I've often said I would gladly lose an election before I would ever yield on the issue of the sanctity of human life."

At the event, held at the Knoxville Convention Center, the former Arkansas governor confirmed he is "seriously looking at" running for president again in 2012 and may do if only to "elevate the issue of life." Palm Christian Ministry arranged the dinner, which gave Huckabee an opportunity to meet with top sponsors of the event beforehand, according to the News Sentinel newspaper.

Huckabee does well in most Republican primary election polls and is one of the stronger candidates matched up against pro-abortion President Barack Obama. But Bob Vander Plaats, an Iowa conservative and confidant to Huckabee, tells the Wall St. Journal the former governor may hold back on announcing a presidential bid and see if any other candidates catch fire.

He said: "I have told many of these candidates that they may make Huckabee's decision for him. If a Pawlenty or Thune or Bachmann catch fire among the base, I could see Huckabee saying, 'I think I will sit this one out'." Full story at LifeNews.com

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Pro-Abortion Students Vandalize Pro-Life Chalk Display
On February 3rd, Students for Life of America co-sponsored the first National Pro-Life Chalk Day and one participating campus, The University of Mary Washington, had their chalk display vandalized by pro-abortion students on their campus. The pro-abortion opposition vandalized the Mary Washington Students for Life group's pro-life sayings with threatening statements such as, "Death to Facists" and "Pro-Life=Anti-Choice."

The fact that students at Mary Washington University have been threatened by their peers for their pro-life beliefs is outrageous. All universities should be places for education and open discussion not hostile and threatening environments for students with a pro-life view. Students, such as those at the University Mary Washington, deserve to have their first amendment rights protected on campus. I call on the University of Mary Washington to condem these attacks and hold the pepetrators accountable for their actions. Full story at LifeNews.com

Bill Doesn't OK Shooting Abortion Practitioners, Despite Fear
Abortion activists are up in arms today over legislation in South Dakota that they claim would allow state residents to shoot abortion practitioners in an effort to save unborn children and face no criminal punishment. The left-wing magazine Mother Jones published a story today that is making its way around the Internet saying it would allow a form of "justifiable homicide" in certain circumstances — most notably when it comes to abortion. Full    story atLifeNews.com

Iowa Bill Defines Human Life at Conception, Bans Abortions
A three member Iowa state House subcommittee approved a pro-life bill on Monday that would define human life beginning at conception. The bill, which purports to ban all abortions, likely won't make it out of the state legislature. The measure is an effort to go against the Roe v. Wade decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason. The Supreme Court has affirmed the ruling and is currently split at least 5-4 in favor of continuing abortion on demand. It has also allowed states like Missouri to define human life beginning at conception, but said those laws can't be used to    prohibit abortions. Full story at LifeNews.com

South Dakota Cmte OKs Bill for CPC Consult Before Abortions
A South Dakota state legislative panel has signed off on a bill that would require women to visit a pregnancy center before going to an abortion business if they are considering having an abortion.
The idea behind the bill — which goes further than legislation in other states — is to get women tangible pregnancy help and support that they won't normally find at an abortion center. 
A September 2010 report the Planned Parenthood abortion business issued of its own abortion numbers found, while abortions are on the rise at Planned Parenthood, adoption referrals declined to just 2,405 — a 51 percent drop since 2007. Planned Parenthood now does 134 abortions for every adoption referral it makes. Full story at LifeNews.com

North Dakota State House Passes Bill Banning Abortions
Last week, the North Dakota state House passed the Defense of Human Life Act, HB 1450, by a majority of 68-25, that would ban all abortions in the state. However, the measure would likely be declared unconstitutional in court. Introduced by Representative Dan Ruby, The Defense of Human Life Act recognizes that every human being is a person in the state of North Dakota and every person has certain unalienable rights. The text defines: "Human being" as an individual member of the species homo sapiens at every stage of development." 
Full story at LifeNews.com

Pro-Life News: West Virginia, Minnesota, New Zealand, Canada
The following are pro-life news updates from across the country and around the world. 
Full story at LifeNewscom



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