Governor Jindal signed a Proclamation and Louisiana Senator A.G. Crowe signed a Resolution declaring April as Abortion Recovery Awareness Month.Read the rest here
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
The Department of Health and Human Services, under the guidance of the new Obama Administration, is considering whether to lift the "conscience rule" that protects healthcare workers who refuse to participate in abortions or other medical procedures that violate their moral and religious beliefs.
If the rule is repealed, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers could lose their jobs or be punished professionally for adhering to their sincerely held religious convictions. This proposal tramples our Constitutional religious freedoms and shows a blatant disregard for the sanctity of human life.
- Without the conscience clause, healthcare access for hundreds of thousands of patients nationwide will be threatened and healthcare costs will rise because of the lack of facilities to provide needed services.
- The conscience clause is a necessary regulation to preserve the exclusive patient to doctor relationship. Without it, the government will be able to effectively limit where patients can go for care.
- Healthcare workers should not lose their jobs or be denied promotions for following their consciences. The conscience clause is necessary to ensure physicians are not penalized for following the Hippocratic Oath and putting the health of their patients first. Learn more in a video by medical professionals here.
Act now to protect healthcare conscience rights and patients' access to care. Contact your U.S. Representative and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas says there are several reasons why he will vote no on the budget, but he points to attacks on charitable donations as one of them. Under the budget, Obama would limit this deduction for charitable contributions, which Cornyn says would cost charities nationwide anywhere from $4 billion to $9 billion.
Obama has proposed to reduce the tax incentives for charitable giving and wants Congress to limit to 28 percent the tax saving from contributions for taxpayers who itemize their deductions. The president wants to use the money to fund universal health care that, ironically, could include taxpayer coverage of abortions. "Charitable organizations depend on the generosity of donors to serve our communities, and for decades we have encouraged this generosity by making charitable donations deductible," Cornyn said. Full story at LifeNews.com
ACTION: Contact your two U.S. senators and express strong opposition to the proposed budget in its current form; urge elimination of charitable tax deduction limits and prohibit abortion funding. Call 202-224-3121 to connect with any senator's office or visit http://www.Senate.gov
Johnsen, a former NARAL attorney who was its legal director from 1988-1993, has been criticized for equating pregnancy with slavery. Her views are so extreme that pro-life members of the House have called on Obama to withdraw her nomination.
Congressman Steve King and several other pro-life lawmakers went to the floor of the House Wednesday night and called for Johnsen's name to be withdrawn. “Nominating Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel is an insult to pro-life Americans who are willing to work with President Obama to find common ground," he said. "Her personal pro-abortion agenda, previous disparaging comments about pro-life Americans and past criticism of Congress' ban on partial-birth abortion are evidence that she is not interested in finding common ground with those who oppose her narrow philosophy." Full story at LifeNews.com
Sen Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, sponsored an amendment to the Senate budget bill that would protect the right of conscience for health care workers. His budget amendment was to "protect the freedom of conscience for patients and the right of health care providers to serve patients without violating their moral and religious convictions."
However, the Senate rejected the conscience amendment on a 56-41 vote with most of the chamber's Democrats voting against it along with a handful of pro-abortion Republicans. Three Democrats joined most of the Senate Republicans in voting for the Coburn amendment.
ACTION: Contact your two U.S. senators and respond to their vote on the Coburn amendment. Call 202-224-3121 to connect with any senator's office or visit http://www.Senate.gov/ Vote results and Full story at LifeNews.com
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a pro-abortion Montana Democrat, says he expects the Senate to okay her nomination, but explained that the vote will be delayed. The vote probably won’t take place until after upcoming two-week recess because one senator is objecting to the nomination. “I’m afraid there’s a senator who will not grant consent so that means it has to be delayed until after the recess,” Baucus said without naming the senator. He only confirmed the objecting lawmaker is a Republican.
ACTION: Contact your two U.S. senators and urge strong opposition to Sebelius' appointment. Call 202-224-3121 to connect with any senator's office or visit http://www.Senate.gov/ Full story at LifeNews.com
Thursday, April 09, 2009
If you haven't already sent the Department of Health and HumanServices (HHS) an e-mail calling for these rights to be protected,please do so IMMEDIATELY:
- Patients: http://tinyurl.com/hhspatients
- Healthcare Professionals: http://tinyurl.com/hhsprofessionals
If Obama's HHS follows through with their plan to rescind health careprofessionals' conscience rights, doctors, nurses and pharmacistswill be forced to cooperate in abortion -- or lose their jobs. Please make your voice heard by the HHS RIGHT NOW.
New Episcopal Divinity School prez: "Abortion is a blessing... holy work," abortionists are "saints"
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
March 27, 2009
Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) -- Scientists have made a major advance in an ethical embryonic stem research alternative that does not involve the destruction of human life. Stem cell pioneer James Thomson and his team were able to take direct reprogramming, which is used to create iPS stem cells, to the next level.
Thomson was originally able to use the reprogramming method to turn back adult stem cells to an embryonic-like state.
In doing so, the methods left behind viruses and outside genes which would cause problems if the iPS cells were ever used in a treatment to cure or help patients with various diseases or conditions.
Thomson and his team developed a safer way of creating the cells without the viruses and mutations by delivering the special genes with a plasmid, a small, very stable circle of DNA. The problematic genes were eventually diluted and what remained were cells that are like embryonic stem cells but that don't require the destruction of human embryos to obtain.
Stephen Duncan, a stem cell researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin, who was not involved in the research, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that this is a major advance.
"You don't need to make viruses. You don't need to have special precautions. This is a technique any basic molecular biology lab can use," he said. "I think we're getting to a position where we can start to think about using these cells therapeutically."
Noted bioethics author and attorney Wesley J. Smith hailed the advance and said the politics involved shows President Bush was ahead of his time and President Obama is standing in the way of progress.
"Under President Bush's 2007 executive order, this type of research was required to be federally funded as a way to surmount the bitter cultural divides over biotechnology and its impact on the intrinsic importance of human life," he explained. "In other words it was pro ethics and pro science."
"This is the very kind of policy President Obama promised that he would pursue as president--but instead, he stealthily broke that promise by revoking the Bush order," Smith added.
Although human iPS cells were only announced in November 2007, Smith says the "advances made since then have been breathtaking."
"Let's hope they and/or other alternatives someday render embryonic stem cell research superfluous," he concludes.
American Stem Cell Therapy Association (for doctors) http://www.stemcelldocs.org/
Safe Stem Cells Now (for patients) http://www.safestemcells.org/
April 8, 2009
Oakland, CA (LifeNews.com) -- A pro-life pastor in Oakland, California who was convicted of helping women outside abortion centers find life-affirming alternatives has been released after spending 18 days in jail. Reverend Walter Hoye was charged with violating an anti-free speech ordinance Oakland officials put in place to target him.
Oakland officials had enacted the law that prohibited contact within eight feet of women entering abortion businesses without their consent.
Last month, Hoye began serving a 30 day sentence and he received three years probation as well as a requirement to pay a $1,000 fine and a $130 restitution fee. He was ordered to stay 100 feet away from any abortion center in the city of the Oakland.
Judge Stuart Hing of the Alameda Superior Court denied the defense motion to stay the sentence pending appeal.
After serving two and a half weeks of the sentence, Hoye was released on Tuesday and was met by a large contingent of pro-life supporters.
Dion Evans, pastor of Alameda's Chosen Vessels Christian Church and on hand to greet Hoye, told the Contra Costa Tribune that the Oakland anti free speech ordinance has backfired. That's because he says more pro-life advocates will turn up at area abortion centers to help women.
"They would have been in a better position if they would have left him alone. They picked on one man on one street, one day a week trying to reach one woman at a time with one sign for one hour," he said. "Now a mobilization has come together because they've created an unjust law. People like myself who have been cheerleading are not on the sidelines anymore. We're now in the game."
Hoye made good use of his time in prison and regularly talked with inmates about pro-life issues, but also led six men to adopt the Christian faith.
His wife Lori said pro-life advocates visited Hoye in prison, including Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, the Diocese of Oakland's bishop-designate.
"He visited Walter Hoye because he respects Hoye's affirmation of the value of human life," said Diocese spokesman Mike Brown.
But Nancy Nadel, the Oakland council member who drafted the ordinance, complained to the Tribune about the pro-life people.
"Even though there are more people out there and they're noisy and annoying," she said.
The potential news of a conviction on what Hoye considered an unjust law didn't get him down.
At a hearing on February 19, Judge Hing stated that he had not intended to impose any fine or jail time on Rev. Hoye if he would agree to stay away from the abortion center. Reverend Hoye refused to agree not to offer alternatives to abortion-minded women.
"If you are reading this email then it can only mean that I have been incarcerated," he told LifeNews.com in an email sent by his attorneys. "I will be back. Thank you all so much! May God bless you and keep you always."
Dozens in the African-American and pro-life communities from around the nation who came out in support of Rev. Hoye were outraged by the sentence.
“It is absolutely incredible that in America an individual can be sentenced to jail for engaging in peaceful free speech activity on a public sidewalk,” Allison Aranda, an attorney for the Life Legal Defense Foundation, told LifeNews.com. “Rev. Hoye is being singled out for particularly harsh punishment because he refused to agree not to offer help to women considering abortion. Where is the justice in that?”
Hoye is an African-American pastor who feels a special calling to work for the end of the targeting of black Americans by abortion.
According to 2004 statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics, about 37 percent of pregnancies among black women end in abortion, compared with 12 percent for non-Hispanic white women and 19 percent for Hispanic women.
As part of his efforts, he stands in front of an abortion clinic in Oakland with leaflets offering abortion alternatives and a sign reading, “Jesus loves you and your baby. Let us help.”
Hoye spent 40 days fasting prior to beginning the jail sentence, which made Bill May, the chairman of the pro-life Catholics for the Common Good, describe him as slight and gaunt as he was calmly led from the Alameda County courtroom.
When he returns to the streets to help women, Hoye will have one less abortion center to visit. That's because the nation's oldest abortion center, located in Oakland, has been forced to close because of financial issues.
Life Legal Defense Foundation - http://www.lldf.org/
Hear Pastor Hoye speak at a free pro-life conference in Hilo, HI - June 26 & 27! Contact Dave DeCleene, Hawaii Right to Life-Hilo for more information, 808-938-0616 or firstname.lastname@example.org
April 8, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America has released its annual report for fiscal year 2007-2008. The document shows the nation's largest abortion business is getting bigger as it showed an increase of five percent more abortions and increased taxpayer funding.
According to Planned Parenthood's latest report, abortions increased to 305,310 abortions up from 289,750 in 2006.
That 5.3 percent increase came at a time when the Alan Guttmacher Institute, its former research arm, showed abortions were at near-historic lows.
Thus, while abortions were on the decline in the United States, and while Planned Parenthood sought to distance itself from its abortion business, Planned Parenthood did more abortions than it has done in years.
The annual report showed more government funding heading to the abortion business even if the taxpayer funds did not directly pay for abortions.
The total government grants and contracts received by PPFA affiliates from government sources including state, local and federal governments, increased from $337 million to $350 million.
Looking at Planned Parenthood data from 1997 to the present, the increase in government funding corresponds with an increase in the number of abortions. (See image)
In 1997, Planned Parenthood did about 160,000 abortions and received approximately $160 million in total taxpayer funding from various levels of government. Both the number of abortions and the amount of money received from government, supposedly for family planning to reduce abortions, has double since then.
In previous annual reports, Planned Parenthood had been criticized for a lowering of the number of adoption referrals and then leaving the referral number entirely out of its previous annual report.
This new document boasts that the number of adoption referrals provided by Planned Parenthood increased by over 100 percent from 2,410 referrals in 2006 to 4,912 referrals in 2007.
However, the total number of adoption referrals still amounts to a number equal to only one-third of the increase in the number of abortions done by Planned Parenthood affiliates.
Planned Parenthood also says it helped just under 11,000 women in 2007 with prenatal care and pregnancy help services.
Yet, prenatal care and adoption referrals resulted for only 5 percent of the total services provided to women in 2007 while abortions accounted for 95 percent of the services that year, according to Planned Parenthood's own figures. (See image)
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Dr. Priscilla Coleman, a professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University headed up the study with Vincent Rue of the Florida-based Institute for Pregnancy Loss and post-abortion researcher Catherine Coyle. "For both men and women the experience of an abortion in a previous relationship was related to negative outcomes in the current relationship: perceptions of improved quality of life if this relationship also ended and intimate partner violence," they write.
Published in the latest issue of the peer-reviewed medical journal Public Health, the study finds an abortion within a current relationship causes more arguing when discussing future children and more domestic violence -- respective increased risks of 116% and 196%. After an abortion, partners are 75% more likely to argue about money than when having the baby, argue about the man's relatives 80% more, and there is a 99% increased risk of arguing about the woman's relatives compared to couples who give birth.
"Men whose current partners had an abortion were more likely to report jealousy (96% greater risk) and conflict about drugs (385% greater risk). These results suggest that abortion may play a vital role in understanding the etiology of some relationship problems," the authors explain. Full story at LifeNews.com