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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
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• Ex-Planned Parenthood Director s New Book Exposes Abortion Biz
• Pro-Life Win: Defense Bill OKd, No Military Hospital Abortions
• GOP Chair Candidates Priebus, Anuzis, Collins: We re Pro-Life
• Romney, Huckabee Lead GOP for 2012, Voters Want a Gov
More Pro-Life News
• Michigan Planned Parenthood Exec Stole 5K From Abortion Biz
• Advocates Mount Campaign for Pro-Life Republican Party Chair
• Obama Leads in Florida, North Carolina for 2012 Election
• Catholic Health Association Bashes Bishop on Abortion-Hospital
• Windows of Pro-Life Leader s Vandalized Home Get Replaced
• Key Pro-Life Leader Backs Priebus for Republican Party Chair
• What if One-Child Forced Abortion Policy Existed in Jesus Time
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Ex-Planned Parenthood Director s New Book Exposes Abortion Biz
Former Planned Parenthood abortion facility director Abby Johnson was sitting at her desk when a co-worker at the center asked for some help with a woman getting an abortion.
I could not have imagined how the next ten minutes would shake the foundation of my values and change the course of my life, she says in her new book Unplanned, an expose of the abortion business and the abortion industry.
Johnson ran that abortion facility a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Texas, the home of Texas A&M University. She spent ten minutes assisting with an ultrasound-guided abortion, and her reflection on it would change her life as she stepped down from her position.
Oh, dear God, she writes, what had I done?
In UnPlanned, Johnson tells the dramatic story of the journey that unfolded as a result of that fateful day in September 2009 and how she literally crossed the fence from Planned Parenthood leader to an advocate fighting for women in crisis and the lives of their unborn babies. Full story at LifeNews.com
Pro-Life Win: Defense Bill OKd, No Military Hospital Abortions
The pro-life movement has received a significant legislative victory with today s vote in the Senate passing a Department of Defense funding bill without a change in the policy prohibiting military base abortions.
Earlier this month, the Senate turned back a second attempt by pro-abortion Democrats to stop a Republican filibuster against a Defense Department funding measure that would also allow abortions at military base hospitals.
Subsequently, the House passed a bill, H.R. 6523, that leaves current pro-life law in place and does not contain an amendment offered in the Senate by Senator Roland Burris which would permit the performance of abortions in both domestic and overseas military facilities.
Today, the Senate approved that abortion-free bill with an amendment on an unrelated political issue and, once the House signs off on the changes, it will go to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it into law.
That will put the final stamp on a victory that should keep the ban on abortions at military base hospitals in place for years to come given that pro-life Republicans now control the House and increased their numbers in the Senate. That will likely prevent another attempt to force the performance of abortions at military base hospitals until at least the 2013 session of Congress or beyond. Full story at LifeNews.com
GOP Chair Candidates Priebus, Anuzis, Collins: We re Pro-Life
Three of the candidates for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee have said in new interviews that they take a pro-life position on abortion.
Former Michigan state GOP chairman Saul Anuzis, Wisconsin Republican Chairman Reince Priebus, and former Republican Party political director Gentry Collins answered questions from Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, in Skype interviews.
All three promised to uphold the Republican Party s stance supporting a human life amendment and opposing abortion. Full story at LifeNews.com
Romney, Huckabee Lead GOP for 2012, Voters Want a Gov
Another new poll examining the Republicans looking to take on pro-abortion President Barack Obama continues to have some of the same names at the top of the stack.
The survey, conducted by Clarus Research Group, also found GOP voters appear to want a pragmatic governor who is a mainstream conservative without being too much of a firebrand.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the former leaders of Massachusetts and Arkansas who ran in 2008 as pro-life candidates, top the poll with 18 percent each. Another pro-life former governor, Sarah Palin of Alaska, received the support of 17 percent.
The poll included a larger number of other potential candidates, some of whom either have already said they will not run or are unlikely to do so.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich received 10 percent in the poll to come in fourth place, but the next two finishers do not appear to be potential presidential candidates based on the fact they are newly elected to their current jobs. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie received 9 percent and Florida Sen.-elect Marco Rubio received 5 percent. All three are pro-life advocates. Full story at LifeNews.com
Michigan Planned Parenthood Exec Stole 5K From Abortion Biz
An audit has discovered that the Director of Finance at the Planned Parenthood of Southwest Michigan abortion business used donations to pay for personal expenses.
Rene Davis used approximately $5,000 in abortion company money to pay for personal expenses but, instead of getting fired, she became the organization s Chief Operating Officer. This wasn t the first time Davis has used personal funds from her business and she had been made to take a diversion course after she did so on her last job.
WWMT News Channel 3 obtained a statement from Rev. Mark Pawlowski, the Planned Parenthood CEO.
It came to our attention and we were duly diligent in investigating it. The employee faced disciplinary action and is no longer responsible for any financial duties within the organization, he said.
But the television station indicates Davis was not fired but was named the COO of the abortion business at a time when other Planned Parenthood employees have been laid off because of economic reasons. Full story at LifeNews.com
Advocates Mount Campaign for Pro-Life Republican Party Chair
PThe Susan B. Anthony List announced a new campaign today that will encourage pro-life voters to get involved in the process of electing a new Republican party chairman.
The SBA List and a coalition of like-minded groups plan to mobilize half a million activists to lobby voting members of the Republican National Committee (RNC) to elect a pro-life chairman in the January voting.
They see the process as crucial to the effort to defeat pro-abortion President Barack Obama in 2012 as the new national Republican Party chairman will head the party s fundraising and voter turnout efforts that could make the difference in the outcome of the race.
The current chairman, former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele, is pro-life but has upset grassroots Republicans with curious comments about abortion and poor fundraising and management of the party. His record has prompted a handful of candidates to declare they will challenge Steele when the 168 members of the RNC s leadership board vote for a new chairman. Still, he has announced he will seek a second term.
Through e-mail outreach, activists across the country will ask local RNC members to vote for a chairman who will provide pro-life leadership in the 112th Congress and beyond. Full story at LifeNews.com
Obama Leads in Florida, North Carolina for 2012 Election
President Barack Obama has leads in Florida and North Carolina against some of the major candidates who appear to be most likely to run against him in his 2012 re-election bid.
Both swing states will be crucial for the likely pro-life Republican nominee to wrest back from Obama after he took them out of the GOP column when they supported pro-life President George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.
Obama leads Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, and Sarah Palin in Florida by greater margins than his victory over John McCain in the state in 2008, with only Mitt Romney running closer to Obama than McCain did, according to a new poll from the PPP polling firm.
Obama s approval rating in the state is just 45%, with 49% of voters disapproving of him. Democrats support his job as president on a 69-24 margin while 81 percent of Republicans oppose his performance. But Obama s numbers with independents are among his best anywhere in the country at 59% approving and 35% disapproving of him and that puts his overall numbers at least at a respectable level. Full story at LifeNews.com
Catholic Health Association Bashes Bishop on Abortion-Hospital
The Catholic Health Association is going after Bishop of Phoenix Thomas Olmsted, who declared St. Joseph s Hospital and Medical Center as no longer a Catholic institution.
The issue stems from an incident last year, where St. Joseph s Hospital elected to terminate the pregnancy of a seriously ill pregnant woman because they considered the pregnancy put the mother s life at risk.
Olmsted did so because the hospital signed off on an abortion that he says was not a legitimate case of the life of the mother at risk because of the pregnancy.
Sister Carol Keehan, who leads the CHA and has been repeatedly in trouble with pro-life Catholics for endorsing abortion-funding ObamaCare and President Barack Obama s pro-abortion appointees, claims Olmsted was wrong. Full story at LifeNews.com
Windows of Pro-Life Leader s Vandalized Home Get Replaced
A Christian company has generously offered to replace the windows at no cost of a national pro-life leader whose house was vandalized by abortion advocates recently.
Earlier this month, Joe Scheidler s home was attacked in the middle of the night, at approximately 2:00 a.m., with an abortion advocate throwing bricks of asphalt through two front windows. One of them contained a threatening note making it clear the source of the vandalism supports legalized abortions.
In the wake of the pro-abortion violence, a Cincinnati window company has offered to replace the damaged windows at the home of the Pro-Life Action League founder.
I have to admit it s a little unsettling, Scheidler said. But I have never tried to hide where I live or keep my phone number a secret. I think you have to be accessible, even if that means some of your enemies might show up.
After reading the story of the window vandalism online, Mike Gilkey, owner of Gilkey Windows in Cincinnati and passionate pro-lifer, wanted to do something to help the Scheidlers. Full story at LifeNews.com
Key Pro-Life Leader Backs Priebus for Republican Party Chair
Respected pro-life leader Jim Bopp, the legal counsel for the National Right to Life Committee and a key Republican attorney, has made an endorsement in the race for the Republican Party chairmanship.
Bopp, who has also represented Republican and conservative groups and is considered the foremost expert on both abortion and campaign finance law, is backing Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus, who is pro-life, for the key position.
The post is important because the new national Republican Party chairman will head the party s fundraising and voter turnout efforts that could make the difference in the outcome of the race to defeat pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
In an email to fellow Republicans, Bopp wrote that Priebus has successfully employed in Wisconsin and intends to implement in the RNC a leadership team approach, which I believe is vital for any Chairman s success. Full story at LifeNews.com
What if One-Child Forced Abortion Policy Existed in Jesus Time
by Ken Connor
A few weeks back, media-mogul and mega-millionaire Ted Turner (himself a father of five and prominent among the do as I say, not as I do liberal elite) garnered some media attention after suggesting that the nations of the world adopt China s one-child policy as a means of curbing global warming.
I have to hand it to Mr. Turner: He manages to combine the tenets of neo-Malthusianism and eugenics into one repugnant proposition:
Mr. Turner a long-time advocate of population control said the environmental stress on the Earth requires radical solutions, suggesting countries should follow China s lead in instituting a one-child policy to reduce global population over time. He added that fertility rights could be sold so that poor people could profit from their decision not to reproduce. Full story at LifeNews.com
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