Friday, August 14, 2009

Georgia saves lives through embryo adoption

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 8/13/2009 6:20:00 AM

Georgia's embryo adoption bill is seeing success.

Effective July 1, Georgia became the first state to legalize embryo adoption. Typically, a couple that has finished having children will donate their embryos; otherwise those embryos are destroyed or offered for scientific research that kills them. Hannah Carter, director of public relations at Georgia Right to Life, tells OneNewsNow adoption is different.

"You would legally adopt the embryos, and then from there the adoptive mother would go through the process of having the embryo implanted into her uterus, and then from there be able to actually carry the child," she explains the process. Read more.

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Pushing contraception on children

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 8/13/2009 4:30:00 AM

Planned Parenthood wants wide availability of contraception to underage children in Montana. Read more.

Abortion provider strikes again, takes tax money

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 8/14/2009 4:40:00 AM

A Planned Parenthood affiliate is accused of overcharging Medicaid and defrauding taxpayers again.

Jim Sedlak of the American Life League explains an audit was conducted at the abortion clinic in the state of Washington. "The Planned Parenthood affiliate in Spokane, Washington, has been found to have overcharged Medicaid in the state of Washington to the tune of $629,000 from the period of 2004 to 2007," he notes. State officials are asking for Planned Parenthood to return the money. Read more.

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Silent Fall Documentary Explores Global Impact of Abortion

As leaves of Autumn's silent fall, the unborn fade away; forgotten....

Each year there are more than 45 million abortions, worldwide.

Learn about Silent Fall documentary here.

Real Health Care Respects Life

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We're number...49?!? Hawai'i ranked among the least pro-life states

Americans United for Life (AUL) ranks Hawai'i as one of the least pro-life states in America (49th).

AUL's ranking criteria covers states' treatment of all life issues, and final rankings depend largely on each state's enactment of prudent and well-supported laws. Among the laws AUL looks for are informed consent, parental involvement for minors, medically-supported regulation of abortion providers, and limitations on the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion. (Read more about AUL's Hawai'i state ranking here.)

It doesn't have to be this way! Join Hawaii Right to Life as we work for change on behalf of the most vulnerable members of our society, including the unborn, disabled, terminally ill, and elderly.

The upcoming Hawaii state legislative session presents opportunities to enact helpful legislation to protect life, and we must also continue to defend against the onslaught of dangerous bills such as the so-called "death with dignity" act that would legalize physician-assisted suicide if passed. Three physician-assisted suicide bills were introduced during the last legislative session, and euthanasia advocates hope they will be successful during the next session. They must be stopped!

Your donation to the Hawaii Right to Life PAC is needed now more than ever! (Please note that PAC contributions are not tax deductible.) Your contribution will not only help us defend life during the next legislative session and beyond, but it will also be used to help elect pro-life advocates to our state capitol. This would be the start of real change in Hawai'i to protect our most precious resource--life. Please send your gift today.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Well, look, in my mind reproductive care is essential care, basic care so it is at the center, the heart of the plan that I propose."
--then-Senator Barack Obama speaking at a Planned Parenthood Action Fund Event in July 2007 during a Q&A session

Let Your Voice Be Heard at Town Hall Meetings

Healthcare reform legislation is the subject of intense debate, and rightly so. If passed, it will be the largest entitlement program enacted in decades with major financial, moral, and ethical implications. Of concern to all pro-life Americans should be the fact that the bill currently under consideration, HR 3200, contains an abortion mandate that represents one of the greatest threats to human life since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision imposed abortion on the entire United States.

Additionally, HR 3200 contains provisions that could move our country toward euthanasia by requiring "end-of-life" counseling at least once every five years. Far from being a simple conversation about living wills between patients and doctors, as some have described it, the language in the bill could result in government panels coercing healthcare providers to persuade their elderly patients to agree to withhold such basic care as food and fluids, hastening death.

Countries that already have government-run healthcare systems, like Great Britain, have rules in place that require care be withheld when patients are deemed too old, too sick, or too disabled to "waste" healthcare resources. These individuals are considered a burden on society, and some have stated publicly that they have "a duty to die." We need to avoid making these mistakes in our own healthcare reform process while there's still time.

Although many believe that healthcare reform of some kind is needed, it is critically important that our lawmakers hear from us right now that we cannot accept the HR 3200 as it is written.

Congressman Neil Abercrombie is having town hall meetings to allow Hawaii residents to discuss healthcare reform. Please take the time to attend a meeting and let your voice be heard. You can be sure that abortion and euthanasia advocates will be present to counter any critics in attendance. Mr. Abercrombie needs to hear from pro-lifers loud and clear, or he will go back to Washington, D.C. justified in saying that Hawai'i is in favor of HR 3200, abortion mandate included.

Abortion is not healthcare, and now is the time to speak up. Please attend one of the following meetings on August 18 and 20 to voice your opposition to HR 3200 as currently written. When you attend, be assertive but courteous in getting your point across.

The full text of HR 3200, the Health Care Act of 2009, is available here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Health Care Debate: End of Life Decision & the Health Care Bill

NPR - Talk of the Nation
August 10, 2009

One bill in Congress covers consultations between patients and doctors over 'end-of-life' issues. American Center for Law and Justice Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow debates the issue with Dr. Joseph Fins, chief of medical ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College.

You can listen to the broadcast here.
You can read a transcript of the interview provided by NPR at the ACLJ web site here.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Doctors should kill the pain, not the patient

Euthanasia debate should not be confused with the need for pain-relief management

MARGARET SOMERVILLE, Ottawa Citizen
July 28, 2009

Euthanasia is back in the news with the Quebec College of Physicians "tentatively proposing" legalized euthanasia. The college says that it could be seen "as part of appropriate care in certain particular circumstances."

An Ottawa Citizen editorial interprets this to say: "Terminally ill patients sometimes require increased dosages of painkillers to alleviate their pain although that can prove fatal. It certainly happens across the country that terminally ill patients are sometimes quietly given more painkillers despite the risk that they could die as a result. Many people would conclude that is the most humane course of action."

We can all endorse the last sentence: People in pain have a right to fully adequate pain-relief treatment. But that does not entail endorsing euthanasia, as pro-euthanasia advocates propose. Read more.

Cardinal blasts health reform legislation; Democrat foresees ‘massive public subsidies’ for abortion

(Catholic Culture) Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, blasted provisions of healthcare reform legislation passed on July 31 by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Read more.

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Late-term Abortionist: Man is "Malignant Eco-Tumor"

By Peter J. Smith

BOULDER, Colorado, August 7, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Dr. Warren Hern, one of the last abortionists willing to perform very late-term abortions in the United States, has written published works describing man as a "malignant eco-tumor" destroying the earth. Read more.

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When Murder Becomes a "Human Right," the First Victim is the Truth

Amnesty International has issued a report filled with falsehoods and distortions in attempt to smear pro-life Nicaragua

Commentary by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent

MANAGUA, August 6, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - "Amnesty International," an organization that was once devoted to the protection of human rights, has issued a report filled with falsehoods and distortions in an attempt to smear the nation of Nicaragua for daring to protect unborn children from the brutality of abortion.

Although most Central American countries have similar legislation penalizing abortions, Nicaragua has provoked the wrath of the international abortion lobby by abolishing the exceptions formerly contained in its penal code for "therapeutic abortions" -- a loose term that can be used by physicians to justify practically any abortion.

Amnesty International (AI), foaming at the mouth against the uppity Central American country for opposing its abortionist agenda, claims that Nicaragua has prohibited all abortions, including those that are caused by medical procedures that save the life of the mother, which is an utter falsehood.

The leadership of Nicaragua has repeatedly made clear that the existing medical code will be respected, which allows lifesaving treatments that could indirectly cause an abortion. But facts and truth are the first casualties in the war against the right to life. Apparently AI will stop at nothing to pressure Nicaragua to change its law, including the manufacturing of evidence. Read more.

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Sunday, August 09, 2009

Congressman: Would Rather Save My Soul Than Back Pro-Abortion Healthcare

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 4, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Congressman Anh Cao is the first member of the House of Representatives from Vietnam. Cao is a Catholic who strongly favors helping Americans struggling with healthcare, but he has a high calling that, he says, prevents him from supporting the pro-abortion government-run bill.

HR 3200, the main healthcare legislation in the House, faces strong opposition from pro-life groups because of its pro-abortion components.

With the Capps amendment a House committee added last week that allows both taxpayer funding of abortion and insurance mandates for abortions, the bill is now in a form that the Louisiana congressman can't support either.

Because of the "stealth mandate" for abortion present in the bill, Cao tells the New Orleans Times Picayune he would rather "save his soul" than vote for it. Read more.

Action alert: Click here to help stop one of the greatest threats to human life since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision imposed abortion on America!

Related links:
http://www.nrlc.org/
http://stoptheabortionmandate.com/
http://www.liberty.edu/media/9980/attachments/healthcare_overview_obama_072909.pdf

Pro-Life Campaign Started to Stop Late-Term Abortion Business Replacing Tiller

Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) -- Operation Rescue has started a new pro-life campaign to stop Nebraska-based abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart from opening up a new late-term abortion business. Carhart, who runs an abortion center in an Omaha suburb, has promised to take over for George Tiller, who was recently shot and killed. Read more.

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http://www.operationrescue.org/

Heisman Winner Tim Tebow's Virginity Pledge Leaves Reporters Speechless

The Heisman winner in 2007 did it again. Reporters couldn't believe what they heard, and were speechless. University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who engineered his winning the Heisman, and two national championships, actually spoke the “V” word. To the accompanying reporters’ shock, he said he was a “virgin”, and would remain so until marriage. Read more.

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New Video Exposing Overpopulation Myths gains Traction, Hate From Opponents

by Colin Mason
August 4, 2009
LifeNews.com Note: Colin Mason is the director of media production for the Population Research Institute, an organization that tracks population issues and monitors abortion and demographics on an international scale.

Have you seen this video yet?

As of Monday, the first episode in PRI's mini-cartoon series, entitled “Overpopulation: The Making of a Myth,” had garnered over 27,000 views. Of course, anything less than a million views is not a landslide by YouTube standards, but this healthy (and steadily growing) number represents real interest—interest that is being fed by dozens of blogs and web sites that have picked up the video for a variety of reasons.

It also represents a personal best for PRI. Since we started producing videos back in 2006, nothing we have done has garnered so much attention so quickly. Most of the credit for this goes to the video's primary architect, PRI's Joseph Powell, who wrote, narrated, and animated the video himself.

The video's rising numbers—and the raging “flame wars” in its comments section—prove that it has struck a nerve with people on the other side of the aisle. A rant-inducing, hate-mail-producing kind of nerve.

To me, that in itself seems like a kind of victory. Pro-lifers are used to being marginalized, ignored, or ridiculed by members of the Leftist elite. We're used to our videos and literature being laughed off or simply ignored. So it's nice that our video has created such a stir.

And what a stir it has been.

Within hours of posting the video, the emails and comments began to fly in with a vengeance. Our critics insulted our math and accused us of making up our facts; this despite the fact that the video's science is very clearly laid out at overpopulationisamyth.com. Read more.

British MP to Propose Bill Prosecuting Suicide Tourism After Debbie Purdy Case

London, England (LifeNews.com) -- Now that the British House of Lords has sided with Debbie Purdy in her case to make sure her husband isn't prosecuted for taking her to Switzerland to kill herself, an MP plans a bill to limit suicide tourism. Last week, the House of Lords said Purdy can avoid the national law. Read more.

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Federal Court OKs Law Stopping Pro-Life Pastor Outside Oakland Abortion Center

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 5, 2009

Oakland, CA (LifeNews.com) -- A federal court has upheld a law the Oakland city council passed specifically to stop pro-life African-American pastor Walter Hoye from helping women outside a local abortion center. Hoye has been offering women abortion alternatives but the Oakland officials don't want him to continue.

Hoye had appeared outside the Family Planning Specialists abortion center until the city council approved an ordinance that targets the free speech rights of pro-life advocates.

It places a “bubble zone” in place within eight feet of women entering any local abortion business.

Attorneys from the Life Legal Defense Foundation, a pro-life legal group, challenged the law in court as an unconstitutional infringement on the First Amendment rights of Hoye and other pro-life advocates.

But, yesterday, federal district court judge Charles Breyer ruled the law constitutional and set the stage for an appeal and a battle at the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court.

In a 25-page memorandum opinion, Breyer held that the ordinance, which applies only outside abortion businesses, was not content- or viewpoint-based on its face. Breyer also ruled that the law is narrowly tailored, even though it prohibits someone giving a brochure on abortion alternatives to a woman entering an abortion center.

Mike Millen, an LLDF attorney, said he is very disappointed by the ruling and its free speech implications.

"Mark this day down," Millen told LifeNews.com. "On this day, a federal court judge ruled that it is constitutional to put someone in jail for a year for holding out a hand with a leaflet."

He said Breyer's ruling runs counter to Supreme Court decisions that have upheld First Amendment rights.

"The Supreme Court clearly wanted to leave at least that channel of communication open to speakers, but the federal district court blocked even that peaceful form of expression," he said.
Millen promised that his group would appeal the decision to the Ninth Circuit. Read more.

Related links:
Life Legal Defense Foundation http://www.lldf.org
Issues4Life Foundation http://www.issues4life.org

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Colorado Personhood Amendment Gets OK to Move Ahead

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 5, 2009

Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) -- A second effort to get residents of Colorado to endorse a measure that would grant legal personhood to unborn children has received a go-ahead from state officials. Three state lawmakers voted to allow the state ballot proposal to move forward despite complaints from abortion advocates.

Pro-abortion groups had claimed the personhood amendment does not meet the required single subject rule and that the language of the measure is misleading.

The offices of the Colorado Attorney General, The Secretary of State, and Legislative Legal Services voted 3-0 against both claims today.

Leslie Hanks, a pro-life advocate who is behind the measure, explained that this year's version differs from the 2008 proposal, Amendment 48, that Colorado voters strongly rejected last November on a 3-1 margin.

"Our decision to use the words 'the beginning of biological development of a human being' as opposed to 'the moment of fertilization' allows us to protect all human beings, even those originating from asexual forms of reproduction," Hanks said. Read more.