If you’ve ever watched a child trying to cover their lies, you know it’s one of the saddest, most pathetic spectacles to behold. Completely removed from truth, the child lacks the capacity to put together credible sounding explanations, and ends up foolishly undermining their own defense without even realizing it.
At the risk of demeaning the innocence of children with the comparison, this is exactly what happened two days ago when the anti-science activists at Planned Parenthood took to Twitter attempting to defend their contemptible lie that abortion is healthcare:
“No one should fear that those entrusted to protect them will harm them without accountability. Freedom from violence is reproductive justice.”
I know. How, other than complete depravity of the mind, can the bosses at the abortion giant not see the horrific contradiction this statement has with their own profession?
Even though it was coined by the social justice warriors on the left, the term reproductive justice is actually an appropriate phrase to use in the case of abortion. Just not the way those committing the injustice use it. If we are a society that claims to believe that all men possess the natural right to life, then any person who willfully denies another human being that right – whether for the sake of personal gratification, emotional peace, monetary benefit, or convenience – is committing a flagrant injustice. So long as Planned Parenthood continues dismembering infants in the womb, there will be no reproductive justice.
And that’s the stunning incongruity of this ill-advised tweet. Planned Parenthood has become so corrupt that their own words now testify against their brutality. It is a universal truism that no one person is more equipped to protect another than a mother is to protect her child.
But operating lawlessly and without accountability – even basic accountability that requires hospital admitting privileges for those performing such incredibly invasive and dangerous procedures like abortion, or medical reporting requirements, or having hallways wide enough to accommodate a stretcher should paramedics need to be called – Planned Parenthood encourages, promotes, and facilitates the most barbaric betrayal of that trusting relationship between mother and child.
It’s so sick, it’s so macabre, it’s so evil that their own words now indict their crimes.
Bill Nye has undergone quite the ideological evolution since his”Science Guy” days. Once a quirky, lighthearted kids show host, Nye is more known today for his liberal politics and for his controversial new Netflix show that includes adult language and themes.
In light of this late career change, critics have begun addressing some key issues on which they believe Nye has seemingly backtracked or changed his rhetoric. Among the purported flip-flops? The origins of human life.
“If you’re going to say when an egg is fertilized it … has the same rights as an individual, then whom are you going to sue, whom are you going to imprison?” Nye asked in a 2015 Big Think video about abortion. “Every woman whose had a fertilized egg pass through her? Every guy whose sperm has fertilized an egg and then it didn’t become a human? Have all these people failed you?”
Nye went on to say that some critics’ push-back on the life issue is “just a reflection of a deep scientific lack of understanding.” Watch his remarks below:
Earlier this week, Obianuju Ekeocha, the Founder and President of Culture for Life Africa, uncovered a 1952 pamphlet from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America that reveals the abortion provider hasn’t always been so deceptive about the nature of abortion and the risks involved with terminating a pregnancy.
In the pamphlet, the topic of birth control is discussed in a question and answer format. After defining birth control as a “safe and simple way to plan for your children and to have them when you want them,” the question is posed: “Is [birth control] abortion?”
Their answer is astounding for those familiar with the baby-killing mill that Planned Parenthood now represents. But in 1952 they said this about abortion: “Definitely not. An abortion requires an operation. It kills the life of a baby after it has begun. It is dangerous to your life and health. It may make you sterile so that when you want a child you cannot have it. Birth control merely postpones the beginning of life (emphasis added).”
It is striking to compare this statement with what the organization says today about the risks of abortion procedures. Whereas in 1952 abortion was described as “dangerous to your life and health,” Planned Parenthood’s website today says, “Unless there’s a rare and serious complication that’s not treated, there’s no risk to your future pregnancies or to your overall health.”
This is despite stories in recent years where women have actually died following abortion procedures. The horrific Kermit Gosnell case in 2013 (Gosnell was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his patient Karnamaya Mongar) is a notable example.
Although Planned Parenthood argues that abortion represents only a fraction of their services (they claim abortion comprises only 3% of their business), this claim has been repeatedly debunked. Despite claiming to be a full service women’s health organization, statistics reveal an entirely different reality. Among 650 clinics supposedly dedicated to women’s health, consider these startling figures:
Planned Parenthood’s U.S. market share for women’s Pap tests is 0.97%.
Planned Parenthood’s U.S. market share for clinical breast exams is 1.8%.
Planned Parenthood’s U.S. market share for mammograms is 0.0%.
Planned Parenthood’s U.S. market share for abortion is 34.9%.
Statistically, Planned Parenthood performs a minuscule percentage of the health services that American women actually need- clinical breast exams, cancer screenings, Pap tests, etc. However, they perform 35% of the nation’s abortions! In 2015 alone, they exterminated the lives of 320,000 babies (887 abortion every day). Also revealing is that for every child Planned Parenthood refers for adoption they abort 160.
In retrospect, it is fascinating to read the 1952 pamphlet Ms. Ekeocha discovered this week. It lays bare the hollowness of the organization’s claims about the gruesome reality of abortion. It also reveals the culture of death’s progress in the last few decades. What was once viewed as “dangerous” is now declared to be “safe.” And even if Planned Parenthood is right that abortion procedures are relatively “safe” for the mother, they can’t say the same for the baby.
Abortion, the intentional murdering of a human being, stands at the very core of Planned Parenthood; it’s who they are and what they do. Planned Parenthood knows this. And they also know (and have known) the truth about abortion. This is evidenced by this pamphlet. Despite the euphemisms they now employ to refer to the unborn, they know what they’re doing.
Thus, people concerned about human dignity and human flourishing should observe in the discovery of this old pamphlet the searing of an organization’s conscience; an organization that used to have the courage and honesty to at least admit what is now plainly evident to everyone else- that abortion “kills the life of a baby” and that it is “dangerous to your life and health.”
After this weekend, followed by conservative talker, Glenn Beck’s tweets on the matter this morning, we knew some sort of news would be coming down regarding Tomi Lahren’s position with The Blaze.
Now sources close to the situation seem to indicate that Lahren’s attempts to be the edgy, “WOO-girl” of conservatism – more flash than principle – may have earned her a time out.
Lahren’s show is suspended for effect for at least one week starting Monday, according to TheDC’s sources. A source with direct knowledge of the situation previously told TheDC that Lahren’s contract with the company goes until September, but that she may leave the company before then.
That “at least one week” part is what you should focus on.
Weeks can quite often stretch into the realm of “indefinite” and beyond, when you walk into the camp of the opposition and in effect, turn to bite the hand that feeds you.
In her appearance on The View, Lahren said she is pro-choice and called pro-lifer conservatives hypocrites, saying, “I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies.”
It isn’t hypocrisy.
It’s decency, and at the very core of conservatism is life. If you are willing to compromise on something so very vital to who we are as a movement, then everything else must be counted as suspect.
As Peter Heck pointed out so supremely this weekend, “there’s a reason why it usually doesn’t end well when someone who lacks any meaningful or serious understanding of political philosophy and ideology is thrust in front of a camera and promoted as a conservative spokesman.”
Indeed, one is left to wonder: Who was the boy Tomi Lahren was trying to impress when she decided to play conservative?
Montgomery, Alabama – Over the past several weeks, an incredible thing has happened in Alabama. A group of people – mostly pregnant women and/or mothers of young children – have taken the State House by storm. Attention and progress that is usually reserved for high-paid lobbyists is being earned by the hard work of these pro-life, pro-family grassroots activists. This group, organized by the Alabama Birth Coalition, is pushing HB316, also known as The Childbirth Freedom Act – sponsored by Rep. Ken Johnson (R-D7) that would legalize and regulate certified professional midwives in the state.
Kaycee Cavender, a mother and the President of the Alabama Birth Coalition, sums up the bill by explaining that “The Childbirth Freedom Act will establish a state board of midwifery in order to license and regulate Certified Professional Midwives to practice legally in Alabama.”
Currently, despite home births being legal, it is a criminal offense for a Certified Professional Midwife to practice anywhere in the state. Nurse Midwives are legal, but very few – and there are no birthing centers in the state. Alabama has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the country, and only 17 of Alabama’s 54 rural counties have a hospital capable of delivering a baby. There are areas of the state where a pregnant mother in labor could potentially have to drive up to two hours to reach a care facility capable of helping them. This has created the phenomena known as “border births” – where a mother who does not wish to have their child in a hospital for financial, religious, or other reasons is forced to cross the border into a neighboring state to give birth. This puts additional logistical and financial strain on the family, and introduces additional risks.
It was initially difficult for this group – primarily stay-at-home-moms – to build any traction with their bill. Legislators didn’t take them seriously, and they didn’t have access to the resources or training of large lobbying organizations. They’ve attempted to push the bill in previous years with no success. But this year, they started organizing letter-writing and phone banking campaigns through a Facebook group, and landed an energetic sponsor in State Representative Ken Johnson. Combined with the pressure from the constituent letter-writing campaign, Representative Johnson was able to gain real traction with the bill, and started accumulating co-sponsors. Currently, the bill has 36 co-sponsors, including the Speaker of the House, Mac McCutcheon.
Unfortunately, as they gained momentum, they also gained attention. Midwife-assisted births have been proven to be just as safe as hospital births for non-high-risk pregnancies, but unfortunately for this group, they are also known to be much less expensive. This means that hospitals (and thus, medical lobbying associations) stand to lose significant amounts of money if the bill passes. The Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA), the Alabama Hospital Association, and the Alabama Nurses Association have all come out in opposition to this bill. Even more unfortunately for HB284 (the 2015 bill), it was assigned to the Health Subcommittee in the House. The Health Subcommittee is chaired by Representative April Weaver (R-49), a former Hospital executive and public affairs official that until very recently still sat on the board of a Hospital. Her husband, Dr. Darrell Weaver, currently serves as the Associate Medical Director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, which has a virtual monopoly on medical insurance in the state. Last year, the movement was killed unceremoniously by Representative Weaver when she refused to even allow a vote on the bill in committee after delaying the public hearing twice. In the short hearing that was allowed, lobbyists opposing the bill were consistently allowed to exceed their time limit, while the same limit was strictly enforced on the bill’s supporters.
At this point, context is important. How did someone with such a clear conflict of interest be appointed as Chair of such a powerful committee? As it turns out, she was appointed by former Speaker Mike Hubbard. Why is Hubbard no longer Speaker of the House? He is currently in jail. Among the many pay-for-play schemes he was convicted on, two stand out that are relevant to this situation. He was convicted of two felonies relating to his voting on legislation that benefited the American Pharmacy Cooperative, a medical organization that was paying Hubbard several thousand dollars a month in “consulting fees.” Specifically, it was discovered that he used his position as Speaker to affect the language in certain bills and to affect when they were voted on. Ultimately, he was convicted on 12 out of the 23 ethics charges issued by the grand jury.
With Representative Weaver, the cycle appears to be completing itself. Her family’s income comes primarily from organizations that have a vested financial interest in the defeat of the Childbirth Freedom Act. In fact, the “Alabama Medical PAC” included a shout out to her on their magazine, claiming that “Representative April Weaver is working for physicians” and that she “co-sponsored legislation amending the state’s chemical endangerment law to shield pregnant women and their doctors from prosecution for routine maternity care.” Yet she continues to serve as the Chair of the Health Committee, and continues to actively oppose this bill. Now, the above-mentioned organizations (MASA, etc.) have filed a competing, hostile bill – HB 344. This bill is a “poison pill” for the Childbirth Freedom Act – designed to defeat the movement while appearing publicly as a compromise. Primarily, this bill requires that all births take place in a “birth center,” none of which currently exist in Alabama, and for which no rules or regulations currently allow. This language is being pitched as addressing safety concerns, but is designed to kill the Childbirth Freedom Act. This bill is being backed by the medical lobbyists, and will soon be up for a vote in the Health Subcommittee, still chaired by April Weaver.
Fortunately for the Childbirth Freedom Act, Representative Johnson appears to have more political savvy than your average state legislator. He was able to get the Childbirth Freedom Act moved this year to the Boards, Agencies, and Commissions Subcommittee because the bill would create a new state board of midwifery. With Weaver’s opposition out of the way, the Childbirth Freedom Act is finally making progress – it came up for a hearing this week, and a vote is expected in the committee soon. With 37 bipartisan sponsors and cosponsors (including the Speaker), it will most likely cruise through the House as soon as it gets out of committee. The Senate may be another story.
But the drama isn’t over. This epic battle between corporate lobbyists and stay-at-home-moms has spilled over into another conflict. The House Majority Leader, Micky Hammon, recently resigned his position due to pressure from conservative and tea party Republicans after various personal and legal scandals started to surface. This past week, the GOP Caucus held a vote to replace him. Although caucus meetings are not matters of public record, The Resurgent has been informed by anonymous sources that the vote came down to two people – Representatives April Weaver and Nathaniel Ledbetter. Not only that, but the vote was decided in Ledbetter’s favor by a razor-thin margin. Weaver represented the establishment side of the caucus, while Ledbetter was backed by the minority (more conservative) anti-establishment side. According to these sources, one of the main points of contention that helped to sway several votes from Weaver to Ledbetter was frustration with how Weaver handled the midwifery bill. These legislators were hesitant to give her more influence over committee assignments and bill scheduling after witnessing such a blatant conflict of interest. While this issue may not have single-handedly decided the race, it certainly contributed to the outcome.
In other words, this scrappy group of pro-life activist moms had a measurable impact on the leadership choices of the Alabama House of Representatives.
This is how democracy is supposed to work. This nonpartisan group of volunteers have organized to support a cause that directly affects them, their children, their pocketbooks, and their health. By sheer force of will, they have created a formidable presence in the State House, getting the Speaker of the House on board with a bill that is strongly opposed by several powerful lobbying organizations. As Samuel Adams once said, “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” Or women, as the case may be. They are fighting for more freedom and improved health of unborn and young children. They are kicking butt, and taking names.
To the fine women of the Alabama Birth Coalition, Representative Ken Johnson, and their grassroots allies – good luck, and Godspeed.
Several weeks ago, I brought you the story of Teen Vogue magazine featuring an article that glorified abortion by highlighting trendy, funky little “gifts” to help celebrate your friend’s abortion.
One truly horrible aspect of the article is the knowledge that Teen Vogue is marketed to girls as young as 13-years old. The attempts to normalize abortion to such a young age group should be enough to cause gut-churning disgust in any decent human being.
I know from my own experiences that thirteen is a tough age for young women. You’re not a little girl, but you’re far from a grown woman, and you are most definitely not ready to take on the very adult emotions of a sexual relationship, or to handle the aftermath, should a pregnancy occur.
Teenagers want to be liked. They want to be popular. Peer pressure holds more sway than even the voice of their families, in most cases.
Did the writer of the abortion article in Teen Vogue know this, before taking to a teen forum to glorify and romanticize abortion as a glorious coming of age, “girl power” event?
She absolutely did.
With that in mind, you can imagine how relieved I was to hear from Autumn, a 16-year old member of Students for Life.
Autumn posted a video response to the article that was nothing short of AMAZING!
“Since I’m a teen, this is directed toward me and I would like to respond,” Autumn said.
“The point of the (Teen Vogue magazine) article is to make the situation as light-hearted and nonchalant as possible, in order to convince girls my age that abortion is no big deal,” Autumn explained.
She said that saying abortion is not a big deal is “simply feeding us a lie.”
“Abortion is a big deal. Abortion is scary,” she said. “No one skips into that room as if they’re having their hair highlighted or their nails painted.”
OH, preach, little sister!
Autumn critiqued the article’s whole idea as misguided. “None of these gifts would make me feel better, and if they did make me feel better, that would mean I need serious counseling,” she said.
As a Christian counselor, I’m going to second that statement.
She went on to call the article “disgusting” and “disrespectful.” She is, of course, absolutely correct.
The Teen Vogue article suggests renting “a fun movie” for adolescent girls after they’ve undergone an abortion. “How offensive to think a comedy would be a good antidote to the pain your friend might be feeling,” Autumn commented.
The article lists another post abortion gift: “underwear you can rock after your abortion.” Referring to a specific brand of panties designed for menstrual periods, the Teen Vogue article reads, “These revolutionary panties allow you to free bleed like our foremothers wish they could. Technically, they’re made for your period, but that’s no reason not to rock ’em for your post-abortion woes. Especially because there will be blood.”
“This is so deplorable,” Autumn assessed. “The language and flippant tone is appalling. … (Abortion) is traumatizing, and cool underwear will not make it all better.”
“Abortion seems to be the opposite of girl power,” Autumn opined. “It is the most invasive and degrading thing that could happen to a girl.”
Furthermore, Autumn noted, “More than half the aborted babies are girls. What about their rights? When will they have ‘power’?” she asked.
“This is a human rights issue, not a ‘girl power’ movement,” the pro-lifer concluded.
Another gift suggestion from Teen Vogue is to buy the post-abortive teen an “F-Uterus Pin.” “Some of the proceeds go to Planned Parenthood,” Autumn pointed out. “I think the motive here is to support Planned Parenthood, rather than being there for your friend.”
Hammer, meet nail.
I’m pretty sure that’s the exact motive, as the talk out of Washington regarding defunding Planned Parenthood is causing many liberals to go into full panic mode.
Abortion is the sacred cow they do not want to burn.
Young Miss Autumn closes out her exceptionally well-done video with this:
“What I want to tell girls who’ve had abortions (is that) there are organizations out there that will help them where they’re at,” Autumn said. “There are places that will provide counseling, such as Rachel’s Vineyard, a safe place to renew, rebuild, and redeem hearts broken by abortion.”
“The national hotline for abortion recovery is 866-482-LIFE,” Autumn stressed, “and for local pregnancy resource centers in your area, visit HealingAfter.com and enter your zip code.”
“If you know someone who has had an abortion, don’t buy them a gag gift and disguise it as a celebration,” Autumn advised. “Treat it for what it is: a terrible loss.”
“Go sit with her in her grief,” Autumn suggested. “Pray for her. Remind her of God’s redemption, and comfort her in her suffering.”
“Offer your friendship and promise to help her find healing.”
When I see and hear from young people like Autumn, it gives me hope that we have not completely lost our future to the darkest, most reprobate places in the human heart. A light still shines in our youth, beyond that which Teen Vogue has targeted.
I encourage you to watch the full video, and then pass it on.
Let it fire you up, in the same way it did for me.
Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade, has passed away at the age of 69. She served as the plaintiff of the landmark but tragic Supreme Court case that legalized abortion without restrictions in 1973. Despite being a plaintiff for the case, McCorvey eventually became a staunch pro-life advocate and devout Catholic later in life.
Here’s how people have responded to her passing:
RIP Norma McCorvey, "Roe" who came to the truth re life; and shared her story at @March_for_Life. May she be at peace.
What largely explained McCorvey’s conversion? Christianity treated her better than the pro-choice movement did, Vanity Fair wrote:
Publicly, the pro-choice movement more or less shrugged. McCorvey’s former lawyer, Sarah Weddington, said, “All Jane Roe ever did was sign a one-page legal affidavit.” But Charlotte Taft, the women’s-rights advocate, regrets that the pro-choice camp did not make McCorvey feel more needed or more special. And, she says, evangelical religion provided Norma with something the pro-choice movement could not: the comfort of absolute truth. “She got to know she is right,” says Taft.
In 1998, McCorvey redefined herself yet again, converting to Roman Catholicism after instruction by Fr. Frank Pavone of the organization Priests for Life. At McCorvey’s First Communion, a priest spoke of “her complicity in the evil” of Roe, and of her subsequent transformation. McCorvey saved copies of the homily.
McCorvey stated her biggest regret in life was getting involved in Roe v. Wade during a speech she delivered at the 2003 March for Life. In 1980, she publicly admitted she was “Jane Roe” in the notorious Supreme Court case.
Many others like McCorvey have realized how misleading, anti-life, and dehumanizing the pro-abortion cause is since this court case went into effect. Pro-lifers are forever indebted to Ms. McCorvey for her testimony and contributions in attempting to help reverse Roe v. Wade. May she RIP.
The name of the man responsible would also have to be disclosed, and while Humphrey admits it may not be constitutional, the bill was moved forward Tuesday by a state House committee.
“My bill would stop an abortion if a father does not agree to the abortion,” Humphrey told the state House Public Health Committee, according toThe Oklahoman.
“The thing that I wanted to spark in a debate is that fathers have a role. Exactly where that role is, I’m not sure,” he told reporters later.
Their role is to be the complementary agent to the mother’s role, Sir.
They provide for, nurture, give guidance and protection to their children.
Why is this a difficult concept?
The legislation does exempt abortions sought because of rape, a threat to the health of mothers, or incest, but research has shown that only a very small percentage seek abortions because of those reasons.
If you combine rape, incest, health of the mother and possible health of the baby as reasons for obtaining an abortion, the number is still less than 8 percent.
The vast majority of abortions are due to irresponsible sex practices, with an uncomfortable portion of that number being because the mother is angry at the father.
The state House committee also approved a measure to block abortions performed solely because a fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome or another genetic condition.
The Oklahoma actions are part of a wave of new measures restricting abortion rights in state legislatures across the country.
While abortion advocates rage and wail, these states are setting in place commonsense restrictions to the abortion industry.
Texas legislators are hearing testimony on Wednesday on a bill that would ban so-called partial birth abortions, and on another that would ban what abortion opponents term “dismemberment” abortions. A third bill would tighten restrictions on how an aborted fetus would be disposed of.
In South Dakota, the state House this week passed a measure increasing penalties on abortions performed after 19 weeks of pregnancy.
The Arkansas state House on Tuesday passed a measure banning abortions on the basis of a fetus’ sex. And in Florida, legislators are working on a bill to allow patients who have had abortions to sue physicians for physical or emotional damage up to 10 years after the procedure took place.
Pennsylvania’s state Senate passed a measure early Wednesday to block abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, though Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has said he will veto the measure if it makes it through the Republican-controlled state House.
Wyoming legislators are debating whether to make selling fetal tissue or cells a felony, and considering another measure requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound.
Note to Wyoming legislators: JUST. DO. IT.
The Guttmacher Institute has pointed out that in 18 states, 50 new restrictions on abortion have been enacted in the last year.
They also point out that the restrictions are coming, even as the reported cases of abortion in the U.S. seems to be on the decline.
Yes. This is a good thing, so let’s continue to push those numbers down, shall we?