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February 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In this week’s episode of American Idol it was revealed that Maddy Curtis, the 16-year-old who endeared Idol viewers with her winning personality and who advanced to the second round of the show on the merits of a soulful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” was cut from the show. But, says Maddy, from her perspective her American Idol adventure was the furthest thing from a failure.
“It was a phenomenal experience,” she said in an interview with LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) this week. Being given the opportunity to sing on the stage of the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood – the theatre where the Academy Awards take place – was an “amazing” opportunity, she said.
But, she continued, “What was so great about [the experience] was not necessarily making it that far, but the story that got out about our family, and the pro-life message that was shown to the world.”
Curtis’ January debut on American Idol won her more than a few fans, not only because of her powerful voice and simple charm (Simon Cowell famously complemented her on not being “annoying,” unlike other contestants her age), but also because of her unusual story: Maddy is from a family of 12 children, four of whom have Down syndrome. Full story.
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- New Valentine's Day cards from Planned Parenthood and a national organization for "pro-choice" doctors don't have the typical phrases like "Be Mine" or "I Love You." Instead, the promotional cards promote abortion, condoms and promiscuity.
Jodi Magee, the head of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, emailed supporters of abortion practitioners and pro-abortion doctors letting them know of their special Valentine's Day cards.
"Let pro-choice physicians know that you appreciate them. With the stigma and harassment our doctors face, they deserve to know that they make us proud," she says.
The cards feature a large heart on a white background with the message, "I love pro-choice doctors" and a link to the pro-abortion group's web site.
Blogger Valerie of 2 Seconds Faster blog noticed the cards and responded, "I can't imagine sending ANY physician a valentine, but the thought of sending one to an abortionist makes my skin crawl to say the least. But that is exactly what 'Jodi' is urging members of PRCH to do." Full story.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Dawn Johnsen has been on the top of the list of pro-abortion appointees from President Barack Obama that the pro-life movement has opposed. Now, it appears Johnsen, who could become a top assistant attorney general who advises Obama on legal matters, could receive a recess appointment.
Meanwhile, conservatives Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski, write in a new editorial that Obama could be grooming Johnsen for an appointment to either the Supreme Court or the most influential appeals court in the nation.
Republicans, joined by Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson, have been successful in holding off Johnsen's nomination with a filibuster.
As a result, Obama told reporters this week that he may consider appointing Johnsen via a recess appointment.
“I respect the Senate’s role to advise and consent, but for months, qualified, non- controversial nominees for critical positions in government, often positions related to our national security, have been held up despite having overwhelming support,” Obama said.
“If the Senate does not act …, I will consider making several recess appointments during the upcoming recess because we can't afford to let politics stand in the way of a well functioning government,” Obama said.
Two Russian mothers have won the right to rebut a journalist’s argument that handicapped children should be euthanased. Aleksandr Nikonov, of the popular tabloid Speed-Info, wrote a column contending that children with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities should be killed so that they don’t suffer, in what he termed “post-natal abortion”.
Snezhana Mitina, mother of a 10-year-old son with Hunter’s syndrome , and Svetlana Shtarkova, mother of a 3-year-old son with severe brain damage, were outraged. They filed a complaint with the Russian Union of Journalists which decided that Mr Nikonov’s words were extremist.
The two women say that many Russians share his ideas. "The opinion expressed by the author is not unique; statistics show that one-fourth of Russians share similar views," Shtarkova told the journalists’ union on February 2. "Complete strangers come up to me in the street and tell me that I'm depraved and deserve my fate. Doctors and social workers refuse to do their jobs, just because my child is severely disabled."
Mr Nikonov was unrepentant. He told the Radio Liberty “If you want to bring up a child with Down syndrome, you can do it. But if you don’t, you can euthanase him. Why is prenatal abortion legal, and postnatal abortion is not?” Full story.
"There is a lot we don't know about it," she admits, "but even with what we do know, it does not protect against all cancer-causing strains -- and we don't even know that once you receive the vaccine if it will carry you through for life," Huber notes.
But the abstinency advocate assures that the one certainty is that if a male and female wait until marriage for intimacy, there will be no HPV. Full story.
Parents for Truth http://www.parentsfortruth.org/
February 10, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Thousands of youth are gearing up to celebrate the true meaning of love by participating in the seventh annual Day of Purity the Friday before Valentine's Day.
More than 300 schools in 44 states, as well as hundreds of churches and other organizations across America have signed up to participate in the Day of Purity, which is sponsored by the Liberty Counsel.
"The Day of Purity is a day when youth can make a public demonstration of their commitment to remain sexually pure, in mind and actions," explains the initiative's website. Full story.
Day of Purity web site: http://www.lc.org/dayofpurity/about/
By Carolyn Plocher
Culture & Media Institute
February 9, 2010
“Their choices are up to YOU” is the tagline for the new pseudo-reality show “Bump+.” A fictional Web series designed to look like a reality show, “Bump+” follows the stories of three women facing “unintended pregnancies.” Their decision as to whether to abort, or bring their babies to term and either put them up for adoption and keep them, rests on the viewers, who weigh in via the “Bump+” Web site. Yes, killing of the unborn has now become interactive entertainment. Full story.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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By Peter J. Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 5, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – After one year of waiting, Dawn Johnsen, Obama’s radical pro-abortion nominee to head the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), has seen her chances for Senate confirmation delayed once again. The Senate Judiciary Committee decided on Thursday that they had run out of time to consider her selection and agreed to postpone a vote to a later date.
In fact, the sun may be setting altogether on Johnsen’s confirmation hopes, as Senate Republicans have expressed their opposition, and the seating of Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown brings the word “filibuster” back into the GOP lexicon.
The Senate Judiciary Committee postponed the vote to next Thursday citing time constraints, and moved Johnsen’s nomination to the top of the agenda for when they reconvene.
Johnsen’s nomination moved out of the Senate Judiciary Committee in March 2009, but the Senate failed to act on her nomination before concluding its session on December 24. Obama again nominated Johnsen to head the OLC on January 20, 2010.
But delay gives more time for pro-life advocates to rally political pressure on senators to oppose the nomination through filibuster. The arrival of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) to the Senate may be the 41st vote that Republicans and Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska need to keep her confirmation at bay. Brown describes himself as moderately “pro-choice,” while Johnsen has embraced legal opinions that put her on the extreme edge even of the abortion movement. Full story.
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Focus on the Family Super Bowl commercials featuring Tim Tebow and his mother Pam have been the subject of national attention for weeks. Below, LifeNews.com has obtained the videos and text of the two 30-second Super Bowl commercials withPam Tebow sharing her story of not having an abortion.
Pam: I call him my miracle baby. He almost didn't make it into this world. I can remember so many times when I almost lost him. It was so hard. Well he's all grown up now, and I still worry about his health. You know, with all our family's been through, you have to be tough...
Tim tackles his Mom.
Pam: Timmy! I'm trying to tell our story here.
Tim: Sorry about that, Mom... You still worry about me, Mom?
Pam: Well, yeah, you're not nearly as tough as I am.
February 6, 2010
Miami, FL (LifeNews.com) -- When tens of millions of people around the world tune in for the Super Bowl tomorrow, they will finally get a chance to see the commercial celebrating the life of Tim Tebow. But viewers may not know Clyce Christensen, the assistant head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, has his own potential abortion story that changed his life.
Christensen's mother was an unwed teenager who gave birth to him when she was 15 -- an age where many teens have an abortion because their pregnancy is frequently a result of sexual assault.
"I also can't help but look back and think of how easily my life and thus generations to follow could have been snuffed out before it ever got started," Christensen shared last year at a site for adopted people.
"I can't help but think of a 15-year-old, unwed, pregnant teen who made a courageous decision not to abort her child, but instead gave him a chance at life that over 50 million children since have not had. That child was me," he said. Full story.
February 7, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Focus on the Family Super Bowl commercials featuring Tim Tebow and his mother Pam has been the subject of national attention for weeks. Below, LifeNews.com has obtained the video and text of the pre-game 30-second Super Bowl commercial withPam Tebow sharing her story of not having an abortion.
PAM TEBOW: I call him my miracle baby. He almost didn't make it into this world. I remember so many times when I almost lost him. It was so hard. Well he's all grown up now, and I still worry about his health. Everybody treats him like he's different, but to me, he's just my baby. He's my Timmy, and I love him.
TIM TEBOW: Thanks mom. Love you too.
The much anticipated commercial featuring the pro-life story of Tim Tebow and his mom is set to air this Sunday during the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, a Philadelphia-based ministry is on site in Miami at the Super Bowl, hoping the commercial will spark dialogue as they spread the pro-life message. Full story.
"The documents confirm that UW is already involved in research using aborted baby body parts," she explains. "This is something that Pro-Life Wisconsin has known for many, many years, but these documents in print confirm that."
The records also indicate the School of Medicine is involved, so Hamill concludes that the documents reveal plans for the new abortion facility. "They reveal that it is very likely that babies that will be aborted, should this late-term abortion facility open, will become an in-house source of fresh, economic fetal body parts for UW-Madison medical research," she says. Full story.