Saturday, July 29, 2006

An Update on Congress July-28-2006

Despite a wide margin in favor of passing the Child Custody Protection Act in the US Senate, the Senate Democratic leadership immediately erected a procedural roadblock in an attempt to kill the bill. The Senate earlier rejected all weakening amendments to the Child Custody Protection Act and voted 65-34 to approve this much needed measure. Immediately following the vote to pass the bill, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) made a routine move to allow appointment of a conference committee to work out differences with a bill already passed by the House. There was objection to this routine move on behalf of pro-aborts in the Senate led by the assistant Democratic leader, Senator. Dick Durbin (IL).

Fourteen Democratic senators voted to pass the bill, including Hawaii’s Senator Inouye, yet only minutes later, the Democratic caucus collectively objected to the routine, necessary step of sending the bill to a conference committee, thereby killing the bill. This allowed Senator’s like Inouye to have it both ways, saying they voted for the bill but then immediately blocking it from going forward. The House of Representatives has passed such legislation four times since 1998. Each time, the Senate Democratic caucus has killed the measure. Hawaii’s Senator Akaka voted against the bill with the original minority.

The Child Custody Protection Act (S.403) would prohibit a non-parent from transporting a minor girl across a state line to obtain a secret abortion when doing so would abridge a parent's legal right. Over half the states, have enacted some type of parental involvement law mandating a parent or guardian be notified before a minor undergoes an abortion. Just this year Hawaii’s State Legislators overwhelmingly passed a law allowing adult predators to take minors across state lines to circumvent these parental involvement statutes. The Child Custody Protection Act will prohibit the trafficking of minors across state lines for secret abortions.

Last week in Washington, President Bush vetoed H.R. 810, a bill that would have required the federal funding of stem cell research that kills human embryos created by in vitro fertilization. The House promptly sustained the veto, 235 to 193 (which was 52 votes short of the two-thirds margin necessary to override). The Senate, which passed the bill on July 18 by a vote of 63-37, will not vote on the veto override. Senator’s Inouye & Akaka voted for the bill as they support embryonic stem cell research that ends the life of the tiny human embryo.

Joining the President at the press conference were children who were adopted as embryos. These boys and girls began their lives as frozen embryos who were created for in vitro fertilization and remained unused after fertility treatments were complete. However, rather than be destroyed for research purposes, these tiny little ones were adopted by loving families while still in the embryonic stage, implanted in the adoptive mothers’ wombs, and are now indistinguishable from other children their age. After introducing these adopted children, the President stated emphatically, “These boys and girls are not spare parts. They remind us of what is lost when embryos are destroyed in the name of research.”

In addition, President Bush signed into law S. 3504, sponsored by Senators Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Sam Brownback (R-KS). This bill bans some forms of human "fetus farming," specifically the use of tissue and organs from humans gestated for research purposes in a human or animal womb. S. 3504 passed the Senate 100-0 and the House 425-0 on July 18. Such forward-thinking legislation is critical since some biotech researchers have already gestated cloned cows for four months and then aborted them to harvest tissues for transplantation.
For more information on human embryo research, human cloning, and related issues, please visit
HRTL, NRLC, and Stem Cell Research.

SUPREME FRAUD: Unmasking Roe v Wade, America's most outrageous judicial decision

Mahalo to Marti

For months, Americans have watched the "abortion dance" on TV. First, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, and later Samuel Alito politely fended off prying questions – couched in code words like "privacy" and "super-precedents" – about their views on Roe v Wade.

But the one thing that was left completely out of the high-profile national debate was the issue of abortion itself, or the actual merits of the infamous court ruling that delivered unrestricted abortion to America.

But what if this nation finally had, for the first time ever, a real national dialogue about abortion?

What would happen if we stopped the "abortion dance"? What if Supreme Court nominees did what Sen. Zell Miller advised on Hannity & Colmes when questioned about the Samuel Alito hearings:

"I yearn for the day ... when somebody is asked what their position is on abortion, they just look right at the person who asked them and said, 'Abortion is an abomination in the eyes of God, and there's nothing in the United States Constitution that protects it,' and not just dance around, tiptoe around the issue."

In an effort to jump-start that national dialogue, this month's groundbreaking issue of Whistleblower, titled "SUPREME FRAUD," exposes the fraudulent, immoral and unconstitutional reality of Roe v Wade.

"Readers will be amazed at what they read in this issue," said Whistleblower Managing Editor David Kupelian. "Roe v Wade is simply a judicial hoax – one that has cost the lives of tens of millions of innocent American children and destroyed millions of American women."

Highlights of February's issue include:

"The real Planned Parenthood" by Joseph Farah, unmasking the world's largest abortion provider.

"The fraud of Roe v Wade" by David Kupelian, exposing the shocking lies and deceit that led to the Supreme Court's 1973 abortion ruling.

"Roe v Roe" by Art Moore, showing how three decades later, the "winner" of the landmark abortion case is struggling valiantly to overturn it.

"How 'cunning, wicked lawyers' legalized abortion," in which Sandra Cano, plaintiff of Roe's companion abortion case, Doe v Bolton, reveals how activist attorneys manipulated an "uneducated, defenseless pregnant woman."

"I dissent!" Scathing insight from two justices on the Roe court who blew the whistle on the activist majority's contempt for the Constitution.

"Pro-lifers hail Supreme Court ruling" by Art Moore, about a recent decision that many say "lays the foundation to chip away at Roe."

"Harry Blackmun's abortion secret" by David Kupelian, revealing the hidden reasons today's Supreme Court so easily and willingly ignores the Constitution.

"So much for 'super-duper' precedents" by Jane Chastain, on the hypocrisy of the Supreme Court confirmation process.

"Hush, little fetus ..." by Jill Stanek, in which the veteran nurse reveals that unborn babies do indeed feel pain – a fact too painful for many to face.

"Associated Press' bogus abortion poll" by Sarah Kupelian, on how major pollsters are deceiving Americans with flagrantly misleading poll questions.

'The Constitution does not explicitly mention any right of privacy.'

"Making a bloody fortune" by Dr. Kelly Hollowell, a shocking and in-depth expose of how your tax dollars and twisted science are targeting the unborn.

"7 in 10 Americans want greater abortion restrictions."

"Babies and blacks not human?"

"The real 'Jane Roe'" by Julie Foster, an exclusive interview in which the famed abortion lawsuit plaintiff says uncaring attorneys "used" her.

... and much more.
"Fortunately, Roe v Wade is on a collision course with reality," said WorldNetDaily and Whistleblower Editor Joseph Farah. "Science is on the side of life, the facts are on the side of life, and the Constitution is on the side of life. This issue of Whistleblower may well hasten the day Roe v Wade joins the Dred Scott decision in the trash heap of corrupt and inhuman Supreme Court decisions we finally realized were wrong."

National Academies of Science: Abortion Linked to Premature Birth Problems Email this article

Hat tip to Marti

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 27, 2006

Washington, DC ( -- A new report from a committee of the National Academies of Science finds that a first-trimester abortion, the most common abortion procedure, is linked to an increasing risk of premature birth. The report comes from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a NAS organization.
The IOM published a report this month titled "Preterm Birth: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention."

In the report is a list of "immutable medical risk factors associated with preterm birth" and "prior first-trimester abortion" is listed third among other risk factors that increase the risk of having a subsequent premature birth.

The report has huge consequences for abortion because premature birth can lead to a host problems, including cerebral palsy for the child and breast cancer for the mother.

The IOM reported that premature births before 37 weeks gestation represent 12.5 percent of all U.S. births, a 30% increase since 1981. Abortion became legally accessible in 1973 and the number of abortions peaked in the early 1980s as it became more ingrained in society.

The IOM said premature birth cost U.S. society $26.2 billion in 2005.

This isn't the first time a study has found that abortion increases the risk for premature birth. A 2003 article in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons finds at least sixty significant studies published since 1963 report an abortion-premature birth link.

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, a group that monitors the link between abortion and breast cancer for women, says the "IOM's findings provide further support for an abortion-breast cancer link."

"If, after having had an abortion, a childless woman is unable to carry subsequent pregnancies, then she could remain childless for the remainder of her life. Cancer organizations say childlessness (nulliparity) is a risk factor for breast cancer," the group said in a statement provided to

Other research shows that a premature birth before 32 weeks gestation increases the mother's breast cancer risk, including articles in the British Journal of Cancer and Lancet, both in 1999.

The biological reasons for this are the same as for the abortion-cancer link, the Coalition explained.

"Breast tissue is only matured from cancer-susceptible tissue into cancer resistant tissue during the last eight weeks of a full-term pregnancy. During this time, women receive protection from estrogen overexposure experienced during the first two trimesters of pregnancy," the group said.

Meanwhile, teenagers who have an abortion also have a higher premature birth risk than adults, according to several research articles, because of the higher risk of infection and weakened cervix.

The abortion-premature birth link also has legal ramifications.

The Coalition says abortion practitioners "may be sued for causing cerebral palsy, but non-abortion-performing obstetricians can use the IOM's report to defend themselves against cerebral palsy lawsuits."

The group points to a decision by an Australian court in 2004 that Dr. Alan Kaye was not responsible for Kristy Bruce's cerebral palsy because her mother had had an abortion shortly before she became pregnant with Kristy.

Ultimately, the group suggests that lawmakers in Congress and state legislatures pass legislation making sure that women are informed of the abortion-premature birth risk before having an abortion.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

11 legislators unopposed

The filing deadline for election candidates passes yesterday with little controversy except in Kona
By Richard Borreca and B.J. Reyes July 26th, 2006

There are 11 state politicians who woke up today with smiles on their faces.

The three Republican legislators and eight Democrats have no opposition in either the state primary or general election. So if they get just one vote in the Sept. 23 primary, they are automatically elected.

Yesterday was the deadline for candidates to file for this year's state and county elections, and there was a bit of last-minute controversy with at least one race.
Kona Republican Seth Gambee tried to file his papers to run against Rep. Josh Green (D, Keauhou-Honokohau) but learned that he had to go to Hilo, a two-hour drive, to file.
A private helicopter and pilot was volunteered to the GOP to fly Gambee to Hilo, but he then found out, according to GOP Chairman Sam Aiona, that some of the signatures on his filing petition did not match the listed home address, so he was not allowed to file.

"We are filing an appeal," Aiona said, adding that the private helicopter flight would be listed as an "in-kind contribution" to the state GOP.

The Democrats' new party chairman, Mike McCartney, spent much of yesterday working to fill as many races as possible for candidates to oppose the Republicans.
Two last-minute candidates brought in by McCartney were Kailua attorney Frank Lockwood, who will run against Sen. Fred Hemmings (R, Lanikai-Waimanalo), and Jane Sugimura, state Democratic Party treasurer, who will run against Rep. Lynn Finnegan (R, Mapunapuna-Foster Village).

Republican Gov. Linda Lingle looked at the filing deadline as a time of excitement for the state because there are 10 open House seats and also more contested GOP primaries.

"There are a lot of choices, and that makes it exciting for the public," Lingle said.
The contested primaries also show the GOP "is maturing and people are more willing to run as a Republican," Lingle said.

In the past four years, however, the number of seats in the House held by the GOP has dwindled from an all-time high of 19 to just 10 today.

McCartney echoed Lingle's interest in the contested primaries, saying that if Republicans are willing to face off against other Republicans, and Democrats challenge other Democrats in the primary election, "it makes it more interesting for the public."

Four House incumbents face primary challengers, including Democrat Bev Harbin and Republican Ann Stevens, both Lingle appointees.

Harbin was appointed in June to fill the Kakaako-Downtown district seat vacated by Ken Hiraki, who took a private-sector job. Days after her appointment, the Democratic Party and Lingle asked her to resign after it was revealed that her defunct auto-repair business closed while owing the state $125,000 in back taxes and that she had a criminal record for three misdemeanor counts of passing bad checks.

After first saying she would not run, Harbin later changed her mind, saying she was best qualified. She said she would continue to work on behalf of small business and also address concerns about crime and public safety in the district.

"Because of my proactive nature -- which everybody knows, I am in your face -- I go solve the problem," she said. Her primary opponents are Karl Rhoads, an attorney and neighborhood board member, and Carlton Middleton, a political unknown. Rhoads, who applied for Hiraki's vacancy and was one of four applicants the Democratic Party recommended to Lingle, declined to comment on Harbin's past, saying only that "honesty is always an issue."

"I'm running because the district deserves experienced and honest representation," he said, noting that he has lived there for 10 years. Middleton did not return a telephone message seeking comment.

Stevens (R, Waikiki-Ala Moana) is the newest member of the Legislature after being appointed in January to replace Galen Fox, who resigned in October after it was learned he was convicted in California for molesting a woman on an airplane.
"It's up to me to earn the seat as a popularly elected representative," Stevens said. "The nature of being appointed makes a lot of challengers feel that there's a potential to win the seat."

Stevens faces substitute teacher and hotel worker Mike Peters in the GOP primary.

"Her voting record is going to give Republican primary voters a very clear choice," said Peters, who also serves on the Waikiki Neighborhood Board. Peters specifically criticized Stevens' vote to raise the state's cigarette tax, even after signing a pledge to not raise taxes. Stevens said she supports lower taxes but voted in favor of the cigarette tax increase after hearing overwhelming support for the measure from constituents.

Other incumbents facing primary opposition are Michael Kahikina (D, Nanakuli), who is running against Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board Chairwoman Cynthia Rezentes; and Kam Tanaka (D, Olowalu-Kapalua), who is being challenged by Angus McKelvey.

Here are the state legislators without opponents:

Sen. Sam Slom (R, Diamond Head-Hawaii Kai), Sen. Brian Taniguchi (D, Moiliili-Manoa), Sen. Donna Kim (D, Kalihi Valley-Halawa), Sen. Norman Sakamoto (D, Salt Lake Foster Village) and Sen. Russell Kokubun (D, Hilo-Naalehu).

Also Rep. Dwight Takamine (D, Hawi-Hilo), Rep. Josh Green (D, Keauhou-Honokohau), Rep. Mina Morita (D, Hanalei-Kapaa), Rep. K. Mark Takai (D, Newtown-Pearl City), Rep. Cynthia Thielen (R, Kaneohe-Kailua) and Rep. Colleen Meyer (R, Laie-Kahuku).

Also Honolulu City councilmen Donovan Dela Cruz and Charles Djou are running unopposed.

Candidates for Federal, State and County Elections

11 legislators unopposed

Star-Bulletin staff

Yesterday was Hawaii's deadline for candidates to file for 111 elective seats in this year's election, including one U.S. senator, two U.S. representatives, 13 state senators, 51 state representatives and mayors in Maui and Kauai counties. The primary election will be held Sept. 23, and the general election will be on Nov. 7. An asterisk (*) denotes an incumbent. D=Democrat, G=Green Party, L=Libertarian, N=Nonpartisan and R=Republican


(D) AKAKA, Daniel K. *
(N) AMSTERDAM, C. Kaui Jochanan
(R) BEATTY, Mark S.
(D) CASE, Edward E.
(R) COFFEE, Jerry
(R) COLLINS, Chas. (Akacase)
(L) MALLAN, Lloyd Jeffrey
(R) PIRKOWSKI, Edward (Eddie)
(R) TATAII, Steve

1st District
(Urban Oahu)
(R) HOUGH, Richard (Noah)
(D) KAAN, Alexandra
(R) TERRY, Mark
2nd District
(Rural Oahu-Neighbor Islands)
(D) AIPOALANI, Hanalei Y.
(D) GARCIA, Nestor R.
(D) HANABUSA, Colleen
(D) HEE, Clayton
(D) HIRONO, Mazie K.
(R) HOGUE, Bob
(D) HOOSER, Gary L.
(R) KAWANANAKOA, Quentin Kuhio
(D) MENOR, Ron
(D) SCHATZ, Brian
(N) WILCOX, Robert K. IV

(D) AILA, William J. Jr.
(R) BERISH, George L.
(L) DANIEL, Ozell A.
(N) HARA, Bradley
(D) IWASE, Randy
(R) LINGLE, Linda *
(R) MANNER, Paul A.
(N) MATTES, Paul J. (Cobra)
(R) PEABODY, George
(D) TANABE, Van K.


(R) AIONA, James R. Jr. (Duke) *
(D) HENKIN, David L.
(G) ING, Renee
(D) MOOK, Michael (Manu)
(D) SOLOMON, Malama
(L) ZHAO, Li


2nd District
(D) KOKUBUN, Russell S. *
4th District
(Wailuku, Kahului)
(D) BUEN, Jan Yagi
(D) TSUTSUI, Shan S. *

8th District
(Diamond Head-Hawaii Kai)
(R) SLOM, Sam *

9th District
(R) HAYES, Gladys Gerlich
(D) IHARA, Les S. Jr. *
(R) PALCIC, Michael (Big Mike)
(D) YEE, Randall M.L.

10th District
(D) TANIGUCHI, Brian T. *

11th District
(Lower Makiki-Punchbowl)
(D) FUKUNAGA, Carol *
(R) MEYERS, Phil

13th District
(D) CHUN OAKLAND, Suzanne N.J.*
(R) SMITH, Paul E.

14th District
(Kalihi Valley-Halawa)
(D) KIM, Donna Mercado *

15th District
(Salt Lake-Foster Village)
(D) SAKAMOTO, Norman *

19th District
(D) ANTHONY, Chuck
(R) FONG, Robert (Bob)
(D) YAMAMOTO, George S.

20th District
(Ewa, Kapolei, Ewa Beach)
(D) ESPERO, Will *
(D) LACUESTA, Celeste K.

24th District
(Kaneohe, Kailua)
(R) LEONG, Keoki
(R) PICO, Tom
(D) TOKUDA, Jill

25th District
(D) LOCKWOOD, Frank T.

1st District
(D) TAKAMINE, Dwight Y. *
2nd District
(D) CHANG, Jerry L. *
(R) VANNATTA, Sharon V.

3rd District
(R) TORIBIO, Fabian
(D) TSUJI, Clift *

4th District

4th District
(D) JONES, Luana
(R) JORDAN, Brian F.
(D) SILVA, Gerard I.

5th District
(D) HERKES, Robert (Bob) *
(R) HOSLEY, Charles F.
(N) LAST, Michael L. (Mike)

6th District
(D) GREEN, Josh *

7th District
(D) EVANS, Cindy *
(R) SANBORN, J. William

8th District
(D) SOUKI, Joe *

9th District
(R) KAHULA, Henry P. Jr.

10th District
(R) AZMAN, Ben
(R) GHEAN, Kay
(D) TANAKA, Kam *

11th District
(R) FISHER, Tony
(R) MOTTOLA, Graham
(D) WEST, Stephen W.

12th District
(R) GOODIN, Wesley
(D) YAMASHITA, Kyle T. *

13th District
(D) CARROLL, Mele *
(R) DAVIS, Ron

14th District
(D) MORITA, Hermina M. *

15th District
(R) AGOR, Ronald
(D) ESTES, Linda K.
(D) TOKIOKA, James K.

16th District
(Niihau, Poipu-Kokee)
(R) GEORGI, JoAnne S.
(D) LIBRE, Rhoda L.
(D) SAGUM, Roland D. III

17th District
(Kalama Valley-Hawaii Kai)
(R) WARD, Gene

18th District
(Hahaione Valley-Aina Haina)
(D) BERG, Lyla *
(R) KIDO, Nolan Y.

19th District
(Kalani Valley-Diamond Head)
(D) ABE, Mike
(R) MARUMOTO, Barbara C. *

20th District
(St. Louis Heights-Wilhelmina Rise)
(R) ALLEN, Julia E.
(D) SAY, Calvin K.Y.

21st District
(R) HU, Mike
(D) NISHIMOTO, Scott Y. *

22nd District
(R) FURUTO, Albert H.
(D) SAIKI, Scott K. *

23rd District
(Waikiki-Ala Moana)
(R) PETERS, Mike
(R) STEVENS, Anne V. *

24th District
(D) CALDWELL, Kirk *
(R) NIIMOTO, Rose I. Alarcon

25th District
(D) BELATTI, Della Au
(R) OKUBO, Tracy (Hanayo Y.L.)
(D) TURBEVILLE, Joy Matsuda

26th District
(Pacific Heights-Punchbowl)
(D) LUKE, Sylvia J. *
(R) TOM, Bob

27th District
(R) CHING, Corinne Wei Lan *
(D) MOEPONO, Sesnita A.D.

28th District
(D) HARBIN, Bev *
(D) MIDDLETON, Carlton N.
(D) RHOADS, Karl
(R) WONG, Collin C.O.

29th District
(D) CACHOLA, Earl M.

30th District
(Alewa Heights-Kalihi)
(D) CROCKETT, Charmaine
(D) MIZUNO, John
(N) PATRIA, Dana A
(D) WOODS, Bill

31st District
(Moanalua Valley-Salt Lake)
(R) PERRY, Yvonne P.
(D) WAKAI, Glenn *

32nd District
(Mapunapuna-Foster Village)
(R) FINNEGAN, Lynn Berbano *

33rd District
(D) OSHIRO, Blake K. *

34th District
(Newtown-Pearl City)
(D) TAKAI, K. Mark *

35th District
(Pearl City-Waipahu)
(R) DOMINGO, Constante A.
(D) SONSON, Alex M. *

36th District
(Pearl City-Pacific Palisades)
(R) ANDERTON, Jerilyn H.L.
(D) TAKUMI, Roy M. *

37th District
(D) YAMANE, Ryan I. *

38th District
(Mililani-Mililani Mauka)
(R) KEKUNA, George L.
(D) LEE, Marilyn B. *

39th District
(D) OSHIRO, Marcus R. *

40th District
(D) DE GRACIA, Daniel P. II
(D) HAR, Sharon
(R) MOSES, Mark *

41st District
(D) KARAMATSU, Jon Riki *

42nd District
(R) ROBERT, Norm

43rd District
(Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point)
(D) BELFORD, R. Scott
(R) PINE, Kymberly N. *

44th District
(R) AWANA, Karen Leinani
(D) KAHIKINA, Michael P. *
(R) KU, Tercia L.
(D) REZENTES, Cynthia K.L.

45th District
(R) EBEL, Bud

46th District
(R) ALAMEIDA, Jeffrey (Kalani)
(D) MAGAOAY, Michael Y. *
(R) PHILIPS, Carol

47th District
(R) MEYER, Colleen R. *

48th District
(D) ITO, Ken *
(R) NALUA'I, Sol

49th District
(D) CHONG, Pono *
(R) ELISON, Minoo

50th District
(R) THIELEN, Cynthia *

51st District
(R) KALAMA, Kimberly A.M.
(D) WATERS, Tommy *

District II
(N) DELA CRUZ, Donovan *
District IV
(N) DJOU, Charles Kong *

District VI
(N) TAM, Rod *
(N) WILCOX, Michael E.

District VIII
(N) HARMEYER, Kenneth P.
(N) OKINO, Gary H. *
(N) RAHMAN, Inam (Noodles)

District I
(N) HOLSCHUH, Fred C. *
(N) YAGONG, Dominic
District II
(N) IKEDA, Donald A. *

District III
(N) HELFRICH, Paula Z.

District IV
(N) AVERY, Justin (Pa'akaula)
(N) HIGA, Stacy K. *
(N) KA'EHU'AE'A, Wendell J.

District V
(N) EVANS, Roger B.
(N) NAEOLE, Emily I.
(N) RUDERMAN, Russell E.
(N) SAFARIK, Gary S. *

District VI
(N) HOLLEMAN, Gerald W.

District VII
(N) BASQUE, David (Kawika)
(N) FORD, Brenda
(N) ISBELL, Virginia *
(N) KIHOI, Lei

District VIII
(N) PILAGO, K. Angel *

District IX
(N) ELARIONOFF, Leningrad
(N) HOFFMANN, Pete *
(N) THOMASON, Christopher G.

(N) APANA, James (Kimo)
(N) AQUINO, Lehuanani
(N) ARAKAWA, Alan M. *
(N) KANE, Dain P.
(N) MILLER, Harold H.
(N) STROUD, William F. (Bill)
(N) TAVARES, Charmaine
(N) WAIKIKI, Nelson N., Jr.

East Maui
(N) DE NAIE, Lucienne (Luci)
(N) MEDEIROS, Bill (Kauakea)
West Maui
(NS) JOHNSON, Jo Anne *
(NS) ROCKETT, Deidre

(N) CABEBE, Rogelio Sr. (Rudy)
(N) HARRY, Blitz

(N) COLLINS, Lance D.

South Maui
(N) ANDERSON, Michelle *
(N) BORGE, Pat
(N) MOLINA, Michael J. *

(N) BAISA, Gladys Coelho
(N) FASI, Paul F.

(N) HOKAMA, Riki *

(N) MATEO, Danny A. *

(N) BAPTISTE, Bryan J. *
(N) HOFF, John R.
(N) PLEAS, Bruce J.
(N) TAYLOR, Janee M.
(N) TOULON, Eric V.
County Council (7)
(N) ANDERSON, George H.
(N) ASING, Bill (Kaipo) *
(N) BYNUM, Tim
(N) DE COSTA, Billy D.
(N) FANG, Ming
(N) FURFARO, Joseph J. *
(N) ISERI-CARVALHO, Shaylene C. *
(N) KAAUWAI, Joseph H.
(N) KANESHIRO, Daryl W. *
(N) KOUCHI, Ronald D.
(N) LUM, K.C.
(N) RAPOZO, Mel *
(N) RICHMAN, Monroe F.
(N) YUKIMURA, JoAnn A. *

(N) COCHRAN, Mary J. *
Central Oahu
(N) CLARKE, Eileen K.
(N) ROBINSON, Shirley A. *

Windward Oahu (1)
(N) DEREGO, Kris
(N) VIERLING, Paul *

At-Large (3)
(N) BASS, Michael
(N) CHING, Darwin L.D.
(N) GOLOJUCH, Carolyn M.
(N) HOEFT, Henry W. Jr.
(N) IKEDA, Donna R.
(N) IWAMOTO, Kim Coco
(N) KESSLER, Brian
(N) KNUDSEN, Karen
(N) LEE, Philmund
(N) LINVILLE, Marcia L.
(N) STONE, Nancy J.
(N) TOM, Terrance W.H.
(N) YAMANE, Brian Y.

At-Large (3)
(N) AKANA, Rowena M. Noelani *
(N) ANDERSON, Whitney T.
(N) BEIRNE, D. Ululani
(N) BENHAM, Roy L. (Ilikea)
(N) BOYD, Manu
(N) DANNER, Robin Puanani
(N) HARBOTTLE, Newton D.
(N) HEW LEN, D. Kehaulani
(N) KALIMA, Leona Mapuana
(N) KANAHELE, Dennis (Bumpy)
(N) LYMAN, Melissa M.
(N) MEYERS, Willy (Kealakahi)
(N) STENDER, Oswald K. (Oz) *
(N) WAIHE'E, John D. *
(N) YOUNGQUIST, Arvid Tadao
(N) FEITEIRA, Blossom
(N) MOSSMAN, Boyd Poki *

(N) BURKE, Jackie Kahookele
(N) CARPENTER, Dante Keala *
(N) HEEN, Walter Meheula
(N) KAWELO, Frankie Kay
(N) NA'AUAO, S. Kau'i
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Source: Illinois Family Institute


4/27/2005 8:41:00 AM
By Jill Stanek -

A real ultrasound picture of Ryan, 3 months before birth.

Another picture of Ryan, 6 months after his birth.

Ultrasound images of crying, pre-born babies interrupted the abortionist's otherwise relaxing nightmare about dismembering them in utero. He awoke with a start in a cold sweat.

"Ultrasounds are ruining us!" he fretted aloud in the dark (although the demons flying around his bed heard). "Our 'blobs of tissue' sound bite will soon be worthless!"

Indeed, ultrasounds are worthy adversaries against abortion. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case mothers in crisis pregnancies are seeing their pre-born babies via ultrasound and bonding with them when they otherwise wouldn't have.

In fact, a November 2003 Focus on the Family study showed a whopping 79 percent of abortion-minded mothers change their minds after viewing their baby's ultrasound - and until recently, these have only been the black-and-white, murky 2D models.

In the past 10 years, 3D and 4D ultrasounds have gone further to revolutionize attitudes toward preborn babies. 3D ultrasounds provide remarkably detailed color images, and 4D ultrasounds add the dimension of movement to provide video imaging

Recently, 3D-4D ultrasound shops have sprung up around the country, commercial enterprises wherein a mother pays for a virtual bonding experience with her pre-born baby via a half-hour ultrasound session that includes keepsake pictures and a video. Dads, sibs and grandparents may also get in on the experience.

This, of course, has pro-aborts in a dither. As these shops locate in malls - with huge and amazing photos of pre-born babies plastered on their storefront windows - the covert negative public relations the other side gets is unfathomable, inadvertent pro-life propaganda that thousands of people see every day. Horrors!

Pro-aborts have already tried and failed to shut the window to the womb at pregnancy care centers. In early 2002, fetal-vicious New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer began bullying pregnancy care centers, only to retreat after two short months when it became impossible to spin himself from looking like anything but a jerk.

Likewise, Illinois' pro-abort AG Lisa Madigan, launched a similar assault, only to also back away - perhaps because she became pregnant and discovered her "blob" kicked.

The other side has not abandoned its ultimate goal, though, to return fetuses to the literal dark ages.

Now, they think they have found a way. Because keepsake ultrasound shops have operated largely unregulated to this point, pro-aborts are seeking not to standardize them, but to criminalize them through legislation, tacking on language they think will stop pregnancy care centers from using ultrasounds, too.

Mind you, there are no demonstrated risks from ultrasounds, which have been used in the medical field almost 50 years and have been studied ad nauseum.

While the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) and medical organizations disapprove of commercial use of ultrasounds at this point, the FDA has approved most, if not all, of the ultrasound machines in use.

But pro-aborts are suddenly concerned about the "what-ifs." This is out of character, since they scoff at the 41 worldwide studies demonstrating a link between abortion and breast cancer, and repeatedly battle legislation around the country to inform pre-abortive women of the verified harms of abortion.

So, in Illinois, fetusphobic state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan, who never saw a pro-life bill she didn't hiss at or a pro-abort bill she didn't rub her face in, with the encouragement of IIllinois Planned Parenthood, has introduced the toughest anti-ultrasound bill in the country to date, House Bill 2492. It would criminalize fetal ultrasound centers, and just to be sure, also prohibit doctors from writing referrals for keepsake ultrasounds.

Even liberal Chicago Tribune Columnist Eric Zorn thinks banning entertainment ultrasounds is over the top, making the following good points:
My sense, after looking through megabytes of material from both sides in this debate, is that non-medical ultrasound should be studied further, regulated but not banned.

Since science hasn't demonstrated harmful effects of non-medical ultrasound ... yet experts remain cautious, it seems to me that women who choose to undergo it should be provided in advance with the Food and Drug Administration's statement on why the agency doesn't approve and then be allowed to make their own decision.

If we want to protect fetal health with strict new laws, how about making it illegal for pregnant women to drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes, as some readers suggested?
Clearly, pro-aborts want to shut what is for them a Pandora's Window. "See no fetus, hear no fetus" is one way to keep mothers barefoot and aborting. They bring new meaning to the term, "Dark Ages."

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Jill Stanek fought to stop "live-birth abortion" after witnessing one as a registered nurse at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. In 2002, President George W. Bush asked Jill to attend his signing of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. In January 2003, World Magazine named Jill one of the 30 most prominent pro-life leaders of the past 30 years.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Hat tip to Marti for sharing the following:

The Conservative Voice

by Jim Sedlak

Although the Planned Parenthood Federation of America has had a number
of presidents over its 90 years of existence, I only consider an individual who has served for five years or longer to be a "major president" of the organization. That list has just four names: Margaret Sanger, its founder, who was leader from 1916 through 1962; Dr. Alan Guttmacher (1962-­1973); Faye Wattleton (1978­-1991); and Gloria Feldt (1996­-2005).

Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood hired Cecile Richards as its latest president. The obvious question when the organization brings in a new president is, "Will she be one of the 'major presidents' or just a place holder?"

In an article in the July edition of Vogue magazine, one of the former "major presidents," Faye Wattleton, said of Richards, "For the first time in a long time, I'm feeling optimistic. If the organization doesn't eat her alive, she'll be a success."

That caveat by Wattleton is very significant. As a number of leaders of Planned Parenthood have discovered, there is much tension and division within this seemingly homogenous organization. Wattleton herself is reported to have left in 1991 because of internal squabbling. Her successor, Pamela Maraldo, lasted less than three years as internal strife and a "no confidence" vote by the board of directors forced her to resign. Her major faux pas was trying to steer the organization away from abortion and into the mainstream of health care.

Of course, those of us who oppose the programs and philosophies of Planned Parenthood are not surprised by this internal conflict. As we understand that Planned Parenthood's activities result in drawing millions of young people into lives of sexual sin and the killing of over a quarter of a million babies a year in Planned Parenthood-operated abortion facilities, it is clear there can be no real peace in the organization.

Although Richards has only been at the helm of Planned Parenthood for a few months, the impact of the organization on her is beginning to make itself known. Take, for example, the Vogue article mentioned above.

Planned Parenthood, of course, runs the largest chain of abortion facilities in the country: at least 175 locations that committed 255,015 abortions last year and 3.8 million since it opened its first abortion facility in 1970.

The first task of any Planned Parenthood president has to come to grips with is the killing that this organization does. Both Wattleton and Feldt embraced that part of the organization: Pushing for increased acceptance of abortion, opening more facilities and increasing the number of abortions each year. That's one of the reasons they lasted so long at the helm.

The Vogue article seems to indicate that Richards is not comfortable with this. In the two-page picture at the beginning of the article, Richards is seen at the desk in her office surrounded by five beautiful toddlers wearing nothing but diapers. For those of us that have been fighting Planned Parenthood for sometime, the immediate reaction was one of remembering a Planned Parenthood of Minnesota 1986 ad that proclaimed, "Babies are loud, smelly and expensive. Unless you want one."

That Richards would import these babies for a photo shoot with a major magazine shows that she is not comfortable leading an organization that is the largest single abortionist in the country ­ doing 20 percent of all U.S. abortions each year.

Another indication of how uncomfortable she is with the killing is the fact that, according to the Vogue article, "In her inaugural speech to the national conference of Planned Parenthood affiliates, she admitted that she, like millions of American women, once made the difficult
decision to have an abortion." The author of the Vogue article said that, when she asked Richards about the abortion, "she declined to discuss it any further."

So, here we have the president of the largest abortion chain in the country refusing to discuss her own abortion and surrounding herself with live, cute babies in an obviously staged picture to accompany an article in a fashion magazine. Not the stuff of which "major" Planned
Parenthood presidents are made.

The Vogue feature is revealing in other ways.

First, the thing that strikes you about the babies in the staged shot with Cecile is that none of them are smiling. The child in Cecile's lap has the most neutral look, while the one standing at the front of the desk appears to be screaming. An African-American baby, who is
standing in the back against a credenza, seems to have a fearful look on his face. The baby closest to the camera has a wide-eyed expression that almost screams, "Get me out of here!"

Second, many post-abortive women find solace in building a relationship with God. Yet the article describes Richards' religious affiliation as being a "lapsed Unitarian."

So what do you do when you say that you have been responsible for the death of your own child and you find yourself in the position of leading the largest chain of abortion facilities in the country? You bury yourself in work and you surround yourself with images that belie
what is happening in your soul. You give fiery speeches, all the while punctuating your words "with karate chops," and hope nobody notices the pain within.

Cecile Richards is just beginning her tenure as head of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. There is no certainty, at this point, where she will wind up in the history of the organization.

In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Richards said, "I've been involved in reproduction rights issues for years as a board member and fund-raiser working with foundations, so I have a history with Planned Parenthood." She also noted that Planned Parenthood is "the largest reproductive health care provider and it has been for 90 years. It has the strongest grass-roots base in the country to impact public policy. It's a uniquely important organization."

In a speech at the "Take Back America" conference, Richards told the audience that Planned Parenthood has 860 health centers around the country in 50 states and has more members, employees and staff than the 50 state Democratic parties combined. She said, "We have the
potential to swing the vote in 2006, 2008 and 2010, and that's a lot of power."

It appears Richards, who is by profession a political organizer, sees Planned Parenthood as a big political machine‹one that can win elections and change the balance of political power. But that is a lie. Planned Parenthood is actually a killing machine.

We predict that she will be able to fool herself and get by on her charm and drive for a year or so, but after that, it will be the babies that get to her. She will wake up one morning and realize that she not only killed her own child, but is responsible for the deaths of millions more. Then, she will be gone‹another "place holder" president.

Jim Sedlak is vice president of American Life League. Jim is known worldwide as an expert on Planned Parenthood and has authored books and articles about Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Jim is also a regular
guest on TV and radio shows.

Interstate Abortion Bill Nears Passage

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Taking a teenager across state lines to get an abortion without a parent's knowledge would become a crime punishable by prison under a bill that headed toward Senate passage Tuesday.

Struggling to defend their majority this election year, Republican sponsors said the bill supports what a majority of the public believes: that a parent's right to know takes precedence over a young woman's right to have an abortion.

"No parent wants anyone to take their children across state lines or even across the street without their permission," said Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. "This is a fundamental right, and the Congress is right to uphold it in law."

Bowing to public support for parental notification and the GOP's 55-44-1 majority, Democrats spent the day trying to carve out an exemption for confidants to whom a girl with abusive parents might turn for help. They complained that the measure is the latest in a series of bills designed chiefly to energize the party's base of conservative voters.

"Congress ought to have higher priorities than turning grandparents into criminals," said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.

The measure would make taking a pregnant teenager over state lines to obtain an abortion a crime punishable by fines and up to a year in prison. The girl and her parents would be protected from prosecution and an exception would be made in cases where the pregnancy endangered the teen's life.

Polls suggest there is widespread public backing for the bill, with almost three-quarters of respondents saying a parent has the right to give consent before a child under 18 has an abortion.

States that do not have parental notification or consent laws are Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, New York, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The District of Columbia also does not have such laws.

No one knows how many girls get abortions in this way, or who helps them do it. But Democrats say the policy would be dangerous to pregnant teens who have abusive or neglectful parents by discouraging other people from helping them. "We're going to sacrifice a lot of girls' lives," said Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., countered that opponents "want to strip the overwhelming majority of good parents their rightful role and responsibility because of the misbehavior of a few."

Democrats proposed several amendments during Tuesday's debate, including one sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Ca., to protect such confidants as grandparents, clergy and others to whom a girl might turn for help.

Another, sponsored by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., would have encouraged the federal government to provide money for more sex education, but it failed 48-51.

"If we do nothing about teen pregnancy yet pass this punitive bill, then it proves that this (bill) is only a political charade and not a serious effort to combat the problem," Lautenberg said.

Abstinence is the best way to prevent teenage pregnancy, responded Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.
"How many people really think it's in the best interest of young people to be sexually active outside of marriage? Does anything positive ever come from that?" Coburn asked.

The bills are S. 403 and H.R. 748.