Tuesday, April 26, 2011

LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report 4/26/11

LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Top Stories
Pro-Abortion Vandals Turn Pro-Life Display Into Satanic Scene
• Majority of Americans Still Favor Repealing Obamacare Law

Record Shows Planned Parenthood Not Actually Helping Women
• Ron Paul to Announce 2012 GOP Presidential Committee Tuesday

More Pro-Life News
• Texas Bill Against RU 486 Drug Gets Abby Johnson s Testimony
• North Carolina to Hold Hearing on Key Pro-Life Abortion Bill
• Washington State May Increase Planned Parenthood Funding
• Planned Parenthood Divides Pence, Gregg in Indiana Gov Race
• Florida Senate OKs Bill for Better Parental Notification on Abortion
• Kansas Governor Brownback: Zap Planned Parenthood Funding
• Catholics for Choice Group Holds Event at Planned Parenthood
• Driver Who Refused to Take Women for Abortions Wins Lawsuit
• Russian Duma Drafts Bill to Cut Abortions Citing Underpopulation

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Pro-Abortion Vandals Turn Pro-Life Display Into Satanic Scene
Last week, during the Holy Week leading up to Easter, a group of pro-abortion activists vandalized and desecrated a Christian pro-life display students at Clarion University put up at their Pennsylvania campus.

The display, called the Cemetery of the Innocents, features crosses erected to memorialize the 53 million unborn children who have been killed in abortions since Roe v. Wade allowed virtually unlimited abortions in 1973.

In their attack, pro-abortion students vandalized the Clarion University Students for Life display by turning the crosses upside-down to form satanic symbols, and they dripped fake blood over many of the crosses the took up from the ground and placed in a pile. The abortion advocate then wrote the word Pro-Choice in the blood on the sidewalk in front of the sign the pro-life students put in front of their display to explain its meaning.

Kristan Hawkins, the director of Students for Life of America, described the desecration to LifeNews.com.

In a breathtaking public display of anti-Christian and anti-Life motivations, 350 crosses were pulled up and re-inserted in inverted fashion, a well-known anti-Christian symbol, she explained. Additionally, red paint was splattered on crosses and signs. Even eerier was the mock bloody footprints of an infant painted in front of the display. Full story at LifeNews.com

Majority of Americans Still Favor Repealing Obamacare Law
At the same time that the Supreme Court announced it would not expedite the lawsuit one state has filed against the abortion-funding Obamacare law, a new national survey shows Americans still support repealing it.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected a request from the state of Virginia, which has filed one of the successful lawsuits that lower courts have agreed should overturn at least part of the abortion-funding health care law.

Meanwhile, a new national poll from Rasmussen Reports shows most voters still favor repeal of the national health care law and believe it will drive up the federal deficit even as President Obama and Congress are stepping up the debate on how to cut the government s massive debt.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the law passed by Congress in March of last year. Forty percent (40%) are at least somewhat opposed. The new findings include 42% who Strongly Favor repeal and 31% who Strongly Oppose it.

Overall support for repeal is little changed as it has ranged from a low of 50% to a high of 63% in surveys since late March 2010.

Fifty-three percent (53%) of all voters think the health care law will increase the federal deficit. Just 18% say its implementation will decrease the deficit as the law s supporters claimed during the congressional debate. Seventeen percent (17%) say the law will have no impact on the deficit, while 12% are not sure. Since passage of the bill, the number of voters expecting the law to increase the deficit has ranged from 51% to 63%. Full story at LifeNews.com

Record Shows Planned Parenthood Not Actually Helping Women
Charmaine Yoest, the president of Americans United for Life, has a new opinion column appearing in National Review taking the Planned Parenthood abortion giant to task over its claims to help women. She says statistics from the abortion business own annual reports make it clear that selling abortions takes a higher priority than providing women with legitimate health care and prenatal support.

She presented her comments to National Review in response to a column Clare Coleman, CEO of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, wrote in the Washington Post defending Planned Parenthood because the Post would not print her response. Yoest explains:

Planned Parenthood is the nation s largest abortion provider, performing (and profiting from) one out of every four abortions in the United States.

In 2009, abortion was a service that Planned Parenthood provided to 12 percent of its patients overall, and to 97.6 percent of its patients who reported themselves pregnant. It performed 332,278 abortions in that one year alone. That is an average of 910 abortions each and every day.

Since the average cost of an early surgical abortion was $451 (according to the Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood s former special affiliate ), abortion accounted for approximately 37 percent of Planned Parenthood s health-care-center income in 2009. And that figure nearly $150 million in revenue from abortion is a low estimate, considering that Planned Parenthood also performs later and more expensive abortions. Full story at LifeNews.com

Ron Paul to Announce 2012 GOP Presidential Committee Tuesday
Republican congressman Ron Paul is expected to announce tomorrow that he is establishing an exploratory committee to gauge whether or not he will officially mount a repeat bid for the Republican nomination for president.

Such an announcement would come one day after pro-life Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour announced he would not run for president.

Paul s campaign energized libertarian Republicans in 2008 but it failed to gain him support among the conservatives and independent voters who make up the lion s share of the Republican electorate. Thus, while he raised significant amounts of money and developed a massive following on the Internet, he did not win any of the leading primary and caucus states and eventually withdrew from the campaign.

Should Paul decide to seek the GOP nomination to take on pro-abortion President Barack Obama it would make the third presidential bid he would have mounted following a 1988 campaign on the Libertarian Party ticket that saw him lose to President George Bush. The third time could be a charm for Paul if only because the Republican party has moved in a conservative economic direction with Tea Party supporters embracing longtime Paul standards of reducing the debt and deficit.

Paul is not only expected to announce the exploratory committee, but he will also name some of the leadership team he has assembled in Iowa which is said to include three of the Republican members of the Iowa Republican Party. Full story at LifeNews.com

Texas Bill Against RU 486 Drug Gets Abby Johnson s Testimony
The former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion business who is now pro-life is in Austin, Texas at the state capital today to testify in favor of pro-life legislation that would limit the RU 486 abortion drug.

The mifepristone abortion pill has already killed more than 13 women worldwide, including several women in the United States, and has injured 1,100 women in the U.S. alone as of 2006 FDA figures. Johnson will testify today before the Texas Senate on behalf of legislation that would further regulate the dangerous drug and protect women s health.

The measure, HB 3408 and SB 1780, was inspired by model legislation developed by Americans United for Life and sponsored by Rep. Jodie Laubenberg and Sen. Dan Patrick.

Charmaine Yoest, the AUL president, noted that abortion practitioners are increasingly expanding their market share of abortions through prescription drugs.

Women and girls are vulnerable to dangerous drugs cavalierly distributed in ways that the drug manufacturers do not advise. This kind of off-label drug use can have deadly consequences, she told LifeNews.com.

The bill before the Senate would regulate the dispensing of abortion inducing drugs and would require that they can only be dispensed in accordance with the FDA drug label. The bill would further require that a licensed physician must do a physical examination of the woman before prescribing the sometimes-deadly drugs. Full story at LifeNews.com

North Carolina to Hold Hearing on Key Pro-Life Abortion Bill
Members of the North Carolina state House will soon hold a hearing on a key pro-life bill that will help reduce abortions by giving women more information about its risks and alternatives that they don t normally receive.

The House Judiciary Subcommittee B will soon hold a hearing on the Woman s Right to Know bill, H 854, that other states have passed and that has been proven to reduce abortions. When women are given information about abortion that Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses don t routinely provide, they frequently consider alternatives.

North Carolina Right to Life president Barb Holt says the pro-life group strongly supports the legislation.

This bill will provide women considering abortion with all the facts to make an informed decision 24 hours before an abortion, she explained. It will also ensure that she can view the ultrasound of her unborn child. Many women who later regret their abortions say seeing the ultrasound would have helped them choose birth rather than abortion for their unborn children.

Holt says the bill will also ensure better enforcement of the state s parental involvement law because it would close a loophole that allows minors to forge their parent s signature without the abortion provider having to verify that the parent has actually signed the consent for abortion form.

Similar laws in other states have saved many thousands of unborn children from abortion and their mothers from making a decision many later regret. We have the opportunity to save thousands of lives in our state by passing this bill, Holt says. Full story at LifeNews.com

Washington State May Increase Planned Parenthood Funding
While the movement in the rest of the nation for revoking taxpayer funding of the Planned Parenthood abortion business is growing, lawmakers in Washington state are considering increasing taxpayer funding.

The Washington legislature will convene a special session tomorrow and, when lawmakers meet, the state Senate will continue to consider how best to close the $5.5 billion deficit the state currently experiencing. On solution has been offered that has been met with a curious eye from pro-life advocates.

On Tuesday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 5912, which would increase spending on contraceptives by $2.5 million. The bill proposes expanding eligibility for Take Charge, the state s primary state supported contraceptive program, to those who make up to 250% of the federal poverty level. Full story at LifeNews.com

Planned Parenthood Divides Pence, Gregg in Indiana Gov Race
The 2012 campaign for governor of Indiana is many months away from beginning in earnest but, when it does begin, and if Mike Pence and John Gregg become the nominees, Planned Parenthood funding could divide them. Full story at LifeNews.com

Florida Senate OKs Bill for Better Parental Notification on Abortion
A Florida state Senate committee passed a bill today that would strengthen the parental notification law voters approved years ago to ensure abortion advocates are not abusing it. Full story at LifeNews.com

Kansas Governor Brownback: Zap Planned Parenthood Funding
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wants his state to become the next to yank taxpayer funding from the Planned Parenthood abortion business. He says the money should be diverted to places that provide legitimate health care for women. Full story at LifeNews.com

Catholics for Choice Group Holds Event at Planned Parenthood
Catholic League president Bill Donohue has noticed that the pro-abortion Catholic group Catholics for Choice has scheduled a workshop or April 28 at Planned Parenthood of Collier County, Florida. Full story at LifeNews.com

Driver Who Refused to Take Women for Abortions Wins Lawsuit
An Austin, Texas-based drive for the public Capital Area Rural Transportation System has won a settlement in a lawsuit he filed against the agency when he was disciplined for refusing to take two women to appointments for abortions. Full story at LifeNews.com

Russian Duma Drafts Bill to Cut Abortions Citing Underpopulation
Abortion has become such a pervasive form of birth control that the nation is seeing worker and population shortages that are already beginning to take an economic toll. The nation s Duma is considering legislation to address the problem. Full story at LifeNews.com


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