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Friday, June 10, 2011
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• Rick Perry Would Bring Pro-Life Record to Republican 2012 Race
• Romney Skipping Iowa Straw Poll, Pawlenty Competing Hard
• Pro-Abortion NEA to Spend $60 Million Re-Electing Obama
• Planned Parenthood Wants Evidence Hid in Illegal Abortion Trial
More Pro-Life News
• Pro-Life Group: Think Twice Before Joining Komen Race for Cure
• Russell Crowe Defends Abortion in Profane Twitter Rant
• Women Who Lose Unborn Children in Miscarriage Need Love, Support
• MTV Pregnancy Shows Up Abortion Support, Ultrasound Lowers It
• On Father s Day, Remember Dads Get No Say in Abortion
• Looking Back at Proposition 71 Stem Cell Funding in California
• Belgian Doctors Boast of Harvesting Organs After Euthanasia
• New York Times Bashes Russian Pro-Life Summit on Population
Rick Perry Would Bring Pro-Life Record to Republican 2012 Race
Governor Rick Perry of Texas is said to be significantly closer to launching a run for the Republican nomination for president to be able to take on pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
Perry had been leaning against launching a bid for the GOP nomination, but suddenly appeared to be springing towards one in the aftermath of several top political staff and aides to Speaker Newt Gingrich deciding to abandon his presidential campaign yesterday. Some of the aides are former Perry staffers or supporters who are said to be returning to Texas to help the governor prepare plans for a presidential campaign.
According to Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller, a conservative publication, Two separate and reliable sources in Texas tell me serious preparations are being made for Governor Rick Perry, 61, to seek the Republican nomination for president. Dave Carney and Rob Johnson the former top Perry aides who on Thursday left Newt Gingrich s floundering campaign are said to be heading to Texas soon to join in on preparations for the run. I am told this is now ninety percent likely to occur. Additionally, Perry allies have begun holding meetings in the state and have been instructed to quietly reach out to contacts in early primary states.
The entrance of the three-time Texas governor to the Republican presidential race would have another pro-life advocate join the field that is already replete with pro-life candidates. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and businessman Herman Cain have been pressing pro-life themes as have former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and potential presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman.
Perry delighted pro-life advocates this year when he made a bill to allow women to see an ultrasound of their baby before an abortion one of his legislative priorities. It s pretty hard to imagine people of good conscience sitting idly by through this, and in Texas we haven t, he said, saying the Supreme Court decision to allow virtually unlimited abortions, Roe v. Wade, is a tragedy. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/10/rick-perry-would-bring-pro-life-record-to-republican-2012-race/
Romney Skipping Iowa Straw Poll, Pawlenty Competing Hard
The Iowa Straw Poll in August in Ames, Iowa is traditionally the unofficial kickoff of any primary election campaign for president and it allows Iowa residents their first opportunity to weigh in on the state of the presidential field before the caucus votes the year following.
The Ames poll is often seen as the first test of presidential campaigns and their ability to rally and mobilize voters to their side. Almost every presidential election cycle, at least one candidate drops out of the race following the Ames straw poll because the campaign has not been able to attract voters.
This time, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says he will not participate in the straw poll and he appears to be focusing more attention on New Hampshire, the site of the first primary vote and the second presidential primary battleground state. Located in his backyard, and with numerous Massachusetts residents having moved there or taken up second homes in the Granite State, Romney has a sizable lead there and he plans to turn a victory in New Hampshire into a bid to run the tables in the next battleground states.
Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades says that not only is Romney not participating in the Ames, Iowa straw poll, he s not going to participate in other lesser-important straw polls in other states. The governor spent more than $1 million four years ago to win the event, only to lose the caucus vote months later. Skipping it would allow him to marshal time and money elsewhere.
Our campaign has made the decision to not participate in any straw polls, whether it s in Florida, Iowa, Michigan or someplace else, he told the Washington Post. We respect the straw poll process. In the last presidential campaign, we were both strengthened as an organization and learned some important lessons by participating in them. This time we will focus our energies and resources on winning primaries and caucuses.
Eric Woolson, a senior advisor for the campaign of former Governor Tim Pawlenty, told the Post that gives his candidate an opening to compete in the Iowa Straw Poll.
I m certainly not privy to the Romney strategy, but he and his campaign staff have clearly shown they believe the straw poll is not important and that he can win Iowa without participating in it, he said. We ll know on Feb. 6 if they are right or wrong. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/10/romney-skipping-iowa-straw-poll-pawlenty-competing-hard/
Pro-Abortion NEA to Spend $60 Million Re-Electing Obama
The nation s biggest educational lobby, which has advanced a pro-abortion agenda, will advance it further now that it has committed to spending $60 million to support the re-election campaign of pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
National Education Association executive director John Wilson says he is prepared to pull out all the stops to ensure the pro-abortion president has another four years in office to promote taxpayer funding of abortions and pack the Supreme Court and other federal courts with abortion activists.
We ve got a lot of selling to do. Our members are very unhappy, Wilson told Politico. We ve got to explain to them the stakes. We cannot wait until a few months before the election.
The executive board of the NEA voted to endorse Obama s re-election bid last month after waiting until the last minute to support his presidential campaign in 2008 and Wilson said the NEA would need more time to pressure its members to stick with Obama once again. He said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel recognized some NEA members are not happy with the way Obama has performed in the White House but, at the end of June, its members are expected to ratify the decision at their annual convention.
Wilson talked with Politico about the massive amount of money the NEA will pour into the race to re-elect Obama, who supports erasing another generation of students via abortion. He explained that part of the $60 million it plans to commit will go towards convincing the estimated 1 million NEA members who are Republicans to vote for Obama.
Quite frankly, we don t have the money the Koch brothers have, but one thing we do have is, we have boots on the ground, Wilson said. We are going to invest a lot of our resources and people power to convince our voters, which are reflective of our members. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/10/pro-abortion-nea-to-spend-60-million-re-electing-obama/
Planned Parenthood Wants Evidence Hid in Illegal Abortion Trial
A Kansas-based Planned Parenthood abortion business wants to hide evidence and prevent it from appearing in court as a trial moves forward concerning 107 charges it faces of violating state late-term abortion laws.
After two years of delay, the case with 107 charges against Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri has finally moved forward. The charges, initially filed by former state attorney general Phill Kline, allege the abortion business potentially engaged in illegal abortions and violated state record-keeping laws. Former state attorney general Phill Kline, as the then Johnson County District Attorney, filed 107 charges, including 23 felonies, against the abortion business for allegedly violating state law.
Now, attorneys for Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood, located in Overland Park, Kansas, have filed two motions for protective orders in advance of a scheduled motion hearing on July 15.
According to information Operation Rescue provided LifeNews today, the Planned Parenthood motions request that the court set up a complicated computer system to ensure that no one attending the public trial can see the evidence except for the judge, jury, and attorneys even though all evidence has already been heavily redacted to prevent the identification of any particular patient. In some cases, OR says, the data in question is public information available on a web site operated by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
Assistant Johnson County District Attorney Christopher L. McMullin objects to the Planned Parenthood motion and filed a formal response filed with the court on May 25. Notwithstanding the competing rights of the defendant to a public trial, of the media to a public trial, of the public to a public trial these measures are unnecessary (and perhaps unconstitutional), wrote McMullin. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/10/planned-parenthood-wants-evidence-hid-in-illegal-abortion-trial/
Pro-Life Group: Think Twice Before Joining Komen Race for Cure
A statewide pro-life group in Missouri has a message for pro-life residents considering participating in the upcoming Race for the Cure this weekend in St. Louis sponsored by the Komen foundation.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer).It isn t an exaggeration to say that almost all of us know someone who has been affected by this devastating disease and want to do what we can to raise awareness and help find a cure, Missouri Right to Life tells its members in an email today. As the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure makes its way into St. Louis, MO this weekend, pro-lifers should keep a few things in mind.
The pro-life organization is concerned about public admissions by Komen officials saying its affiliates have provided grants to local Planned Parenthood abortion businesses for health care services. Komen spokesman John Hammarley, in an interview in late 2012, disclosed that 20 of Komen s 122 affiliates have made donations to Planned Parenthood and, last year, those contributions totaled $731,303. The Komen spokesman also confirmed Komen affiliates contributed about $3.3 million to the abortion business from 2004-2009.
Missouri Right to Life says the grants are problematic because Planned Parenthood does so many abortions. And, while Komen officials argue the money was only used for breast cancer screenings, the group points out Planned Parenthood does fewer of those screenings but has increased the number of abortions.
Though Komen s grants were for breast health care services, Planned Parenthood (the largest single abortion provider in the country) stated in its 2007-2008 annual report that 31,729 fewer breast exams and 15,560 more abortions were provided in 2007 than in 2006, it said. Also, a recent undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood by the Los-Angeles based Live Action contradicts the claim that they perform mammograms. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/10/pro-life-group-think-twice-before-joining-komen-race-for-cure/
Russell Crowe Defends Abortion in Profane Twitter Rant
In a late night profane rant on Twitter that is causing him significant negative press today, actor Russell Crowe defended abortion and opposed circumcision in a series of tweets that one pro-life advocate says are contradictory.
Crowe took to Twitter to share his opinions on male circumcision, tweeting, Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect.
The star of movies like Gladiator and Robin Hood added that he will always stand for the perfection of babies, i will always believe in God, not man s interpretation of what God requires. Crowe tweeted: last of it, if u feel it is yr right 2 cut things off yr babies please unfollow and **** off, I ll take attentive parenting over barbarism.
Then, in a seemingly contradictory tweet, Crowe went against his view of supporting God and nature and protecting children by encouraging the support for women ending their pregnancies by destroying the lives of their unborn children.
Abortion should always be a woman s choice, there is no benefit to forced motherhood you got it? don t like it then bye, he tweeted. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/10/russell-crowe-defends-abortion-in-profane-twitter-rant/
Women Who Lose Unborn Children in Miscarriage Need Love, Support
The wound comes from well-meaning people. Well, it wasn t that far along. You can always have another child. Lots of people go through this.
Miscarriage is a tragedy that so many people misunderstand. They are not quite sure how to console a friend or relative who has suffered this loss.
While there are no magic formulas, there is one fundamental truth that needs to stay front and center: a miscarriage is the loss of a child who is just as real and has just as much value as any other child of any age. A woman who has a miscarriage is a parent who has lost a child, as is the father of the child as well.
In a society which continues to have a legal and cultural blind spot for the unborn, many suffer from the illusion that miscarriage doesn t grieve a parent as much as the loss of, well, a real child. And that is precisely what hurts so much. We can never console someone in grief if we imply, even remotely, that the person they lost wasn t real.
Dr. Byron Calhoun, President of the American Association of Pro-life Ob-Gyns, has observed that prior to 1970, the loss of a child before or during birth was often treated in medical literature as a non-event, but that now there is a growing awareness of the grief associated with such loss. In fact, Dr. Calhoun has developed a hospice program for unborn children. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/10/women-who-lose-unborn-children-in-miscarriage-need-love-support/
MTV Pregnancy Shows Up Abortion Support, Ultrasound Lowers It
One aspect of a new poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute showing Americans and young people believe abortion is morally wrong is drawing additional attention: the influence of MTV shows on teen pregnancy. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/10/mtv-pregnancy-shows-up-abortion-support-ultrasound-lowers-it/
On Father s Day, Remember Dads Get No Say in Abortion
June is unofficially the month of men. Father s Day falls on June 17th this year. The release of X-Men: First Class last week helped to begin the month with a testosterone-infused rush to the box office. Like similar holidays, we take time this month to celebrate those whom we love, those who have loved us from the start, and sometimes, those we may not see as often as we wish. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/10/on-fathers-day-remember-dads-get-no-say-in-abortion/
Looking Back at Proposition 71 Stem Cell Funding in California
Back in 2004, California voted to fund embryonic stem cell research to the tune of $3 billion dollars, $6 billion with interest. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/10/looking-back-at-proposition-71-stem-cell-funding-in-california/
Belgian Doctors Boast of Harvesting Organs After Euthanasia
I can think of few things that would undermine universal human equality than for society to think that killing despairing people with serious illnesses or disabilities could be a splendid means of increasing the supply of transplant organ. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/10/belgian-doctors-boast-of-harvesting-organs-after-euthanasia/
New York Times Bashes Russian Pro-Life Summit on Population
An article in today s New York Times ( Russians Adopt U.S. tactics In Opposing Abortion ) mischaracterizes the upcoming Moscow Demographic Summit: The Family and The Future of Humankind June 29-30 a the Russian State Social University as an international anti-abortion meeting. . http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/10/new-york-times-bashes-russian-pro-life-summit-on-population/
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