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Friday, May 13, 2011
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• Mike Huckabee May Not Run for President, Announcement Soon
• Daniels Closer to 2012 Bid, But Has He Overcome Abortion Truce?
• Democrats Continue Close Relationship With Abortion Industry
• Liberal Catholics Wrong to Bash Pro-Life Boehner s CUA Speech
More Pro-Life News
• Kansas OKs Bill De-Funding Planned Parenthood, Hits Abortion
• Pro-Life Groups Ask Villanova to Cancel Casey Graduation Speech
• Nebraska Planned Parenthood to Open Abortion Center in Lincoln
• Iowa: Pro-Life Advocates, GOP Blast New Senate Abortion Bill
• Nebraska Becomes Latest to Stop Abortion Funding in Obamacare
• Montana Governor Schweitzer Vetoes Parental Notification Bill
• Wisconsin Pro-Abortion Sen. Herb Kohl Won t Seek Re-Election
• Huckabee Backing Haridopolos Heats Up Florida Senate Race
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Mike Huckabee May Not Run for President, Announcement Soon
Mike Huckabee may not wage a second campaign for the Republican nomination for president and the former Arkansas governor is expected to announce his plans as early as tomorrow on his popular cable program. Huckabee announced today that viewers of his program on Fox News should stay tuned for an important announcement this weekend.
Governor Huckabee will announce tomorrow night on his program whether or not he intends to explore a presidential bid, Woody Fraser, the executive producer of Huckabee said in a statement. He has not told anyone at FOX News Channel his decision.
However, Ed Rollins, the republican campaign consultant who helped Huckabee in 2008, tells the Wall St. Journal his guess is the governor will announce he will not run.
I ve heard nothing, which indicates to me he s not running, he said, adding that Huckabee has not given him consistent indications he s running for president.
Rollins said Huckabee seemed fully engaged a month ago in a potential presidential campaign but, two weeks ago, he started backing off, but he still wanted to go through, could he raise the money, could he put together the operatives.
Still, Rollins told the WSJ all the answers to those questions were yes, at the time, and that they focused on winning Iowa and doing well in South Carolina and Florida after that.
There was absolutely nothing that I told him that would back him away from doing the race, Mr. Rollins said. If he said tomorrow night, I m running, and came to me, I could put together a campaign in week.
UPDATE: Huckabee himself appeared on Fox News Neil Cavuto show this afternoon and said people who claim to know what he will announce may be wrong. You re gonna hear people who act like they know all about it and they don t, Huckabee said, adding that he hadn t even informed his family of the plans until today. Full story at LifeNews.com
Daniels Closer to 2012 Bid, But Has He Overcome Abortion Truce?
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels appears closer than ever to indicating he will seek the Republican nomination for president, but, for pro-life voters, one key question remains about his talk of an abortion truce.
Last night, Daniels appeared at a campaign-style rally with more than 1,000 people changing, Run Mitch, Run, and holding signs and placards with the same message. With family considerations causing Haley Barbour, the Mississippi governor and Daniel s friend, to decide against mounting a presidential campaign, Daniels turned the microphone over to his wife Cheri and let her give a speech on his behalf.
I truly appreciate the encouragement you have given Mitch, she said.
The question of course was whether her appearance lent any credence to the suggestion that Daniels would likely run for president. The governor himself answered the question in part, saying, This whole business of running for national office I m not saying I won t do it which registered loud applause.
It s closer to a decision. We owe the people and answer. If we re going to do it, we have to get on the road to do it, Daniels told reporters after the event, according to CBS News. Full Story at LifeNews.com
Democrats Continue Close Relationship With Abortion Industry
An article published by the Washington Examiner Thursday served as a powerful reminder of just how wealthy our pro-abortion opponents are and just how much their money talks to pro-abortion politicians.
Tuesday night President Obama participating in yet another fundraising dinner which cost attendees $30,000 per plate. In attendance was Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.
This is not surprising. This is the same women who stood beside Obama when he declared, In my mind, reproductive care is essential care. It is basic care to justify including abortion in his plan for health care reform which included additional streams of governmental funding for the abortion giant.
This relationship is also based on the fact that groups such as Planned Parenthood (and for that matter other groups who would consider the taking of human life to be care ) use massive amounts of money to ensure that pro-abortion candidates like Obama stay in office to ensure that abortion is considered essential care and continues to be funded by the millions in government funding.
Consider a 2004 article from the New York Times. Reporter Glen Justice profiled one of EMILY s List founders, Ellen Malcolm, a woman unafraid to ask wealthy pro-abortion people for up to $10 million at a time. EMILY s LIST underwrites only the most militantly pro-abortion female Democratic candidates. Full story at LifeNews.com
Liberal Catholics Wrong to Bash Pro-Life Boehner s CUA Speech
A group of liberal Catholic academics, led by professors at Catholic University, have written a public letter to Catholic Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) calling for protection of social-welfare programs that they argue are mortally threatened by the current budget proposal.
The lead signatory, Professor Stephen Schneck, invokes the Gospel mandate to help the poor to ensure that the least of these get assistance from the state, especially when private charity fails. (Actually, Schneck made the very valid charity point on The O Reilly Factor on May 12, though the point is not made in the letter.)
Unfortunately, there are at least three serious flaws with the letter:
First, the tone is seriously lacking in charity to Speaker Boehner, and even borders on the rude. I was surprised that the writers, from a PR perspective alone, didn t tone down their emotions. Worse, the letter ends somewhat sanctimoniously by telling Boehner that he can rest assured that the professors will be praying for him and his vocation in public life. Their sincerity falls flat in light of their earlier language. Full Story at LifeNews.com
Kansas OKs Bill De-Funding Planned Parenthood, Hits Abortion
Kansas lawmakers have put the finishing touches on a bill that would shift funding away from the Planned Parenthood abortion business and stops abortion funding in health insurance programs.
The legislation, which pro-life Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to sign soon, follows a new law in Indiana that made the state the first to yank millions from Planned Parenthood by cutting off its revenue stream from Medicaid. The Senate passed the measure Thursday night on a 28-10 vote and the state House followed suit with an 86-30 vote Friday morning.
The insurance portion of the legislation prohibits private health insurance companies from forcing enrollees to pay for abortions and it makes those who want to potentially have abortion coverage pay for an insurance rider. On Planned Parenthood, the measure has the state budget directing over $300,000 in Title 10 money to local full-service health clinics instead of Planed Parenthood and it places $300,000 into the Stan Clark grant-matched fund for pregnancy support and adoption counseling.
Kathy Ostrowski, the Kansans for Life legislative director, says this measure and other bills the legislature approved that Brownback signed into law make it one of the most effective legislative sessions ever for Kansas and one that will likely result in reducing abortions further in the Sunflower State. Full Story at LifeNews.com
Pro-Life Groups Ask Villanova to Cancel Casey Graduation Speech
Two pro-life groups are asking Villanova University to cancel a planned graduation speech by Sen. Bob Casey, who has upset pro-life advocates by supporting taxpayer funding of pro-abortion organizations.
As LifeNews.com reported, Villanova University, a Catholic college, is facing criticism for inviting Senator Bob Casey to give its commencement address. Casey claims to be pro-life but has repeatedly supported abortion and abortion advocates. Villanova will be honoring Casey with the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, and have asked the Democratic senator to deliver the Commencement Address for the Class of 2011.
This year alone, Casey voted against a bill to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business, voted against repealing the Obamacare law that funds abortions, and voted for judicial nominees committed to supporting Roe v. Wade.
Now, two pro-life groups Students for Life and the Cardinal Newman Society sent a letter to Father Peter Donohue, President of Villanova University, asking him to reconsider the University s decision. Full story at LifeNews.com
Nebraska Planned Parenthood to Open Abortion Center in Lincoln
The Planned Parenthood abortion business announced today it is consolidating two centers in the state capital and will merge them into one and begin doing abortions in the city that is home to the University of Nebraska.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which is based in Iowa but runs abortion centers in both states, said it has completed the purchase of a new building to house the merged Lincoln centers and the new facility is expected to open late Fall and will do abortions and offer some legitimate medical services for women.
The new facility will allow us to expand services and provide quality care for more women, men and families in Lincoln, President and CEO Jill June told AP.
The affiliate of the national Planned Parenthood abortion business previously announced it would expand in Nebraska with new facilities in Grand Island, Fremont, North Platte, Hastings, Norfolk and Kearney. Responding to the decision, the state legislature passed a bill prohibiting webcam abortions of the kind the affiliate uses in Iowa where women are denied an in-person meeting with a physician before being given the dangerous RU 486 (mifepristone) abortion drug that has killed several women in the United States and injured at least 1,100 more. Full story at LifeNews.com
Iowa: Pro-Life Advocates, GOP Blast New Senate Abortion Bill
Pro-life advocates and Republicans in Iowa don t much like the new abortion bill top Senate Democrats put forward to replace legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks based on fetal pain. Full story at LifeNews.com
Montana Governor Schweitzer Vetoes Parental Notification Bill
Governor Brian Schweitzer continued his abortion advocacy in Montana on Thursday when he vetoed a bill that would have protected girls and their parents on the issue of abortion on minors. Full story at LifeNews.com
Wisconsin Pro-Abortion Sen. Herb Kohl Won t Seek Re-Election
Pro-abortion Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) announced today he would not seek another term in the US Senate. Serving since 1989, Kohl has racked up one of the worst pro-abortion records, supporting partial-birth abortion, taxpayer funding of abortion, embryonic stem cell research and the pro-abortion Obama healthcare law. Full story at LifeNews.com
Huckabee Backing Haridopolos Heats Up Florida Senate Race
The highly competitive GOP primary in the Florida Senate race is heating up with a high-profile endorsement from former Governor Mike Huckabee s HuckPAC for Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos. Full story at LifeNews.com
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