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Monday, June 27, 2011
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• Pro-Life Rep. Michele Bachmann Officially Launches 2012 Bid
• Wisconsin Becomes Fourth to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding
• Texas Legislators Cut Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Funding
• CDC Refers to Planned Parenthood Telling STD Man to Donate Blood
More Pro-Life News
• Conjoined Twins and Their Parents Glad They Refused Abortion
• Planned Parenthood Sues Kansas Over Law Yanking Tax Funding
• Scientists File Briefs in Lawsuit to Stop Obama s ESCR Funding
• Planned Parenthood Forming Massive Midwest Abortion Business
• Florida Gov. Rick Scott Signs Two Pro-Life Bills on Abortion
• House Committee Backs Keeping D.C. Abortion Funding Ban
• Pennsylvania Panel OKs Post-Gosnell Abortion Ctr Inspection Bill
• Activists Fail to Censor Oakland Black Abortion Billboards
• North Carolina Governor Perdue Vetoes Pro-Life Abortion Bill
• Nevada s New Pro-Life Sen. Heller Will Face Pro-Abortion Berkley
• Indiana: Two Hospital Doctors Stop Doing Abortions After Law
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Pro-Life Rep. Michele Bachmann Officially Launches 2012 Bid
Rep. Michele Bachmann, a member of Congress from Minnesota, officially launched her campaign today for the Republican nomination to take on pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
Bachmann becomes the first woman to enter the race ahead of former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor whom many political observers are watching to see whether she decides to become a candidate for the GOP nod. Already, Bachmann has cruised to a second place position in some national polls and one in Iowa, her birthplace, as she is pulling support from Palin supporters because Palin is not in the race.
My name is Michele Bachmann and I stand here among many friends to announce that I am formally running for the president of the United States, she said at a rally in Iowa. Together, once again, we can secure the promise of the future for America. I want to bring a voice your voice to the White House, just as I brought your voice to the halls of the United States Congress.
As a constitutional conservative, I believe in the founding fathers vision of a limited government that trusts in and preserves the unlimited potential of the American people. I don t believe that the solutions to our problems come from Washington: more than ever, Washington IS the problem, and the real solutions will come from our businesses, our communities, our schools and the most basic and powerful unit of all-our families, Bachmann added. My voice is part of a movement to take back our country, and now I want to take that voice to the White House.
Bachmann joins an increasingly crowded Republican field that includes several pro-life candidates. Former governor Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman, Buddy Roemer, and pro-abortion Gary Johnson are running as are former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul, former Sen. Rick Santorum, and former Godfather s Pizza CEO Herman Cain.
Bachmann, who had adopted two dozen foster children, is solidly pro-life and recently shared her pro-life convictions in a Skype speech before hundreds of pro-life advocates at the National Right to Life convention. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/27/pro-life-rep-michele-bachmann-officially-launches-2012-bid/
Wisconsin Becomes Fourth to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding
With pro-life Gov. Scott Walker signing the state budget into law in Wisconsin, the Badger State becomes the fourth to cut funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business following decisions by Indiana, North Carolina and Kansas to revoked funding entirely.
The legislation redirects $1 million in state and federal family planning funds away from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. In 2010 Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin received more than $18 million in federal and state family planning funds that it claims has reduced abortions. However, the abortion business did 5,439 abortions in 2009, a 56% increase from 2008.
Wisconsin Right to Life praised Walker, with legislative director Susan Armacost saying, Governor Walker and the state legislature acted courageously to protect Wisconsin taxpayers from having their tax dollars used to destroy human life. While there is more work to be done to protect taxpayers from paying for abortions, this state budget has greatly improved the situation. On behalf of Wisconsin Right to Life members and supporters throughout the state, we extend our heartfelt thanks to Governor Walker and the legislature.
Sen. Glenn Grothman, a Republican, said he is glad Planned arenthood is losing some of its taxpayer funding in Wisconsin, but he wants to see the de-funding effort move forward with eliminate all or most of the remaining $18 million Planned Parenthood receives annually.
There s a very ugly side to this organization, and I regret that they re going to take such a tiny cut in this budget, Grothman said. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/27/wisconsin-becomes-fourth-to-cut-planned-parenthood-funding/
Texas Legislators Cut Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Funding
The Texas state legislature has approved the Senate Bill 7 Conference Committee Report that would revoke the taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business. With the actions by the state House and Senate, the measure now heads to pro-life Gov. Rick Perry for his signature.
This will defund Planned Parenthood, stop taxpayer funding of elective abortions, and regulate adult stem cell research in Texas, says Texas Alliance for Life. The final step is for pro-life Gov. Rick Perry to sign this bill into law, which will defund Planned Parenthood $34 million or more over the biennium.
The passage of the measure came after a Friday setback, when the Texas House of Representatives could not hold session because there was not a quorum. Legislators in the House were supposed to consider Senate Bill 7, a bill that, if passed, will defund Planned Parenthood of $34 million or more over the next two years.
Joe Pojman, the director of Texas Alliance for Life, was deeply disappointed after witnessing the missed opportunity and his group was present at the state legislature today to take pictures of the empty chairs of any legislators who did not attend.
Texas voters have elected a pro-life supermajority in the House to protect mothers and unborn babies from elective abortion and taxpayers from having to fund abortions. On Friday morning, more than a few Texas legislators let their constituents down by not showing up for work, he said.
Senate Bill 7, authored by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) and Rep. John Zerwas (R-Simonton), has three significant pro-life provisions strongly supported by Texas Alliance for Life and leading pro-life organizations and individuals. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/27/texas-legislators-cut-planned-parenthood-abortion-biz-funding/
CDC Refers to Planned Parenthood Telling STD Man to Donate Blood
The Centers for Disease Control is telling people to go to a Planned Parenthood clinic for HIV testing where staffers told one man who admitted he believed he had a sexually transmitted disease to donate blood.
Planned Parenthood in Virginia, in May, had to take corrective action regarding an employee who encouraged an undercover investigator who said he may have an STD to donate blood. During the video shoot Live Action conducted showing Planned Parenthood staffers helping alleged sexual traffickers get abortions and STD testing for the underage girls at the Roanoke, Virginia abortion facility, a staffer told the Live Action undercover agent to attempt to donate blood because he can get free testing.
David Schmidt, the research director for Live Action, said the advice was problematic because it was not a mere hypothetical scenario involving a fake patient. The employee actually said unreservedly on her own initiative that she has been tell[ing] a lot of people who might have sexually transmitted diseases to do the same thing.
I tell a lot of people, I say if you know, you re not quite sure, you re not having any symptoms, but for peace of mind, go donate blood cause if you go donate blood, they have to test for everything anyway, The Planned Parenthood staffer said.
Now, according to Kelsey Hazzard, a law student at the University of Virginia and the head of Secular Pro-Life, today is National HIV Testing Day. However, the Centers for Disease Control has a website, HIVTest.org, which lists testing locations throughout the country, that refers to Planned Parenthood s Roanoke, Virginia abortion center as a place to obtain rapid HIV testing. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/27/cdc-refers-to-planned-parenthood-telling-std-man-to-donate-blood/
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Conjoined Twins and Their Parents Glad They Refused Abortion
Most parents and most people could not imagine life as a conjoined twin or giving birth to twins who are attached at the head. But brothers Stefan and Tyler Delp, who are 19, are glad they are alive.
In a heartwarming new Philadelphia Inquirer profile story, they and their parents talk about how they are glad a suggestion from doctors to consider abortion was refused.
From the story:
Brothers Stefan and Tyler Delp have spent every second of their lives together. They go to the same schools, play the violin in tandem, and recently sang a duet, Put Your Arms Around Someone, at their school s spring hop. But the boys have never seen each other s faces except for some sleight of hand with mirrors or computers.
The boys, born at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital 19 years ago, are a rare set of identical twins, joined at the head so one faces forward while the other is turned backward. When they walk down the hall at the public high school where they take morning classes, one moves ahead; the other steps in reverse.
The best thing about having a brother with whom I m conjoined is that I always have a best friend to talk to, Tyler says.
Tyler is my best friend, echoes Stefan. I wouldn t have it any other way.
Tim Delp and Nancy Hoffman-Delp, who live in South Jersey, were 26, married four years, and thrilled at the prospect of becoming parents. At 14 weeks into an uneventful pregnancy, they eagerly kept an appointment for a routine ultrasound. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/27/conjoined-twins-and-their-parents-glad-they-refused-abortion/
Planned Parenthood Sues Kansas Over Law Yanking Tax Funding
The Planned Parenthood abortion business filed a lawsuit today in federal court against the state of Kansas over a law pro-life Gov. Sam Brownback signed to revoke its taxpayer funding in the Sunflower State.
The law shifts funding away from the Planned Parenthood abortion business and stops abortion funding in health insurance programs. The legislation 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 Kansas Senate passed the measure on a 28-10 vote and the state House followed suit with an 86-30 vote.
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. It also ensures abortions can t be paid for with taxpayer dollars through the state exchanges set up under the federal Obamacare health care law.
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.
But abortion advocates are not happy with the law and Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed its lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas that alleges the budget provision violates the pro-abortion group s free speech and due process rights. The lawsuit names Brownback and Robert Moser, his secretary of health and environment, as defendants, according to an AP report. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/27/planned-parenthood-sues-kansas-over-law-yanking-tax-funding/
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Scientists File Briefs in Lawsuit to Stop Obama s ESCR Funding
Adult stem cell researchers James Sherley and Theresa Deisher have filed their brief asking federal court to grant their pending motion for summary judgment and finally ban federal funding of illegal, unnecessary, and unethical research in which human embryos are knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death in violation of federal law.
Both sides in the lawsuit agreed to supplemental briefs after a U.S. Appeals Court panel overturned the preliminary injunction in the case.
Brief filed by attorneys for the plaintiffs, adult stem cell researchers James Sherley and Theresa Deisher.
Dr. Sherley has also filed a supporting declaration demonstrating that the NIH Guidelines are creating a virtual certainty that more human embryos will be destroyed.
Brief filed by attorneys for the defendants, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, NIH Director Francis Collins, HHS and NIH. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/27/scientists-file-briefs-in-lawsuit-to-stop-obamas-escr-funding/
Planned Parenthood Forming Massive Midwest Abortion Business
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, the Iowa-based abortion business that operates abortion centers in Iowa, has announced it is merging with Planned Parenthood affiliates in eastern Oklahoma and Arkansas to put together a massive Midwest abortion business. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/27/planned-parenthood-forming-massive-midwest-abortion-business/
Florida Gov. Rick Scott Signs Two Pro-Life Bills on Abortion
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed two pro-life bills that would help stop abortions including one that calls for tightening parental involvement laws on teen abortions and another that allows women to see an ultrasound of their baby before the abortion. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/27/florida-gov-rick-scott-signs-two-pro-life-bills-on-abortion/
House Committee Backs Keeping D.C. Abortion Funding Ban
A U.S. House Committee last week voted for legislation funding the District of Columbia that retains a ban on taxpayer funding of abortions in the nation s capital a key provision Speaker John Boehner secured earlier this year. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/27/house-committee-backs-keeping-d-c-abortion-funding-ban/
Pennsylvania Panel OKs Post-Gosnell Abortion Ctr Inspection Bill
A Pennsylvania state House panel today approved a bill that would subject abortion centers into the state to regular inspections that could result in fines or closing them if they breach state health and safety laws like the one run by Kermit Gosnell. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/27/pennsylvania-panel-oks-post-gosnell-abortion-ctr-inspection-bill/
Activists Fail to Censor Oakland Black Abortion Billboards
Pro-abortion activists have failed in their bid to take down pro-life billboards in Oakland, California that point to how abortion disproportionately affects the African-American community. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/27/activists-fail-to-censor-oakland-black-abortion-billboards/
North Carolina Governor Perdue Vetoes Pro-Life Abortion Bill
Gov. Betty Perdue, fresh from vetoing the state budget containing a provision de-funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business, has vetoed a pro-life bill to allow women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn children. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/27/north-carolina-governor-perdue-vetoes-pro-life-abortion-bill/
Nevada s New Pro-Life Sen. Heller Will Face Pro-Abortion Berkley
The pro-life movement is full of converts. From pro-life President Ronald Reagan to former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson, the movement is filled with impressive personal testimonies leading individuals to embrace the fundamental belief that each human life has dignity and should be protected under law. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/27/nevadas-new-pro-life-sen-heller-will-face-pro-abortion-berkley/
Indiana: Two Hospital Doctors Stop Doing Abortions After Law
New reports indicate doctors at Indiana University and Wishard Hospital have decided to stop doing as many as 70 abortions annually thanks to the state law Governor Mitch Daniels signed de-funding Planned Parenthood. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/27/indiana-two-hospital-doctors-stop-doing-abortions-after-law/
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