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Abortion fund brags about covering rape, funding abortions for minors

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January 3, 2011 (Bound4Life.com) - When is covering up incest and rape acceptable? If you’re the DC Abortion Fund (DCAF), the answer seems to be when someone needs money for an abortion and you can cover it up with a legal technicality. The tax-exempt DCAF is one of a network of organizations whose purpose is to help women pay for abortions. Its most recent annual report is laden with disturbing information, including about its funding abortions for children under 18, working with late term abortionist Leroy Carhart, and providing abortions at over 24 weeks, as well as helping a victim, raped by her father, secretly abort without any reporting of the crime of rape or domestic violence.

The recent Penn State scandal was marked with cover up and collusion like this. When football coach and hero Joe Paterno was accused of covering up sex crimes, the nation was outraged. Though his acts were considered “legal” at the end of the day, they certainly were not considered ethical. That’s why it’s abhorrent to see a report only weeks later from the DCAF boldly bragging about how it “helped” 19-year old Camille, 18 weeks pregnant, abort. DCAF pushes every line of the law and medical ethics with its actions. Legal doesn’t equal ethical, and it certainly doesn’t equal justice for this poor rape victim.

Here’s part of the story from DCAF:

Camille was a 19-year-old teenager who had graduated from high school the year before and was living at home with her father. She called the DCAF helpline, whispering her message into the phone. She had been raped a few months ago and had not wanted to tell anyone about it, but realized she was pregnant and decided to have an abortion. The man who assaulted her was her dad…. Camille was scared of what would happen if she reported her dad to the police, but without a police report, she couldn’t use her Virginia Medicaid to cover her procedure. On top of that, she was 18 weeks pregnant by that point, meaning she would have to go out of state since most clinics in Virginia only provide first-trimester abortion care.

Sadly, in the state of Virginia, there are no mandatory reporting laws for rape, even incestuous rape, when the victim is over 18. However, can anyone who knows about sex abuse believe that the day Camille turned 18, Daddy decided to rape her — and only once? That a place that exists to help fund abortions would help pay for one is not shocking, but that they would use a year end report to brag about how they helped cover a father who raped his daughter is shameful. In a sense, this protects the assailant, allowing a rapist, arguably of the worst kind, a father who rapes his daughter, go free. Should a year or two in age permit incest and domestic violence to be legal? Certainly there are flaws in the law here, but the fact that a place purporting to help women and care about them would use the law to its advantage and then publicly brag about it is a sick instance of values.

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The DCAF is not alone in its work. It’s part of the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) a registered non-profit agency that receives tax-exempt benefits for its work in areas such as covering up rape on technicalities, providing late-term abortions, and helping underage children get abortions. In 2010, its most recently available IRS 990 tax form declares it to be a “charitable and scientific educational” organization, which is part of its basis for receiving its tax-exempt status. Its income is reported as $827,802.

The DCAF not only helps hide parents who rape their children, but it helps fund those expensive later-term abortions, and brags about that as well, working in conjunction with people like late-term abortion doctor Leroy Carhart, known for being willing to abort babies who could survive outside the womb. DCAF reports:

n Maryland, with Dr. LeRoy Carhart providing advanced abortion care, our fund has taken on even more responsibility to help women in dire circumstances be seen by a provider.”

Actually, if you want to see them and live out of state, they’d prefer you coming for a later-term abortion:

Women coming to the DC region from outside of the above areas will also be eligible for funding; – 9+ weeks into the pregnancy with priority given to women in the second trimester.

In its annual report for last year, DCAF says it subsidized 127 first trimester abortions, 388 second trimester abortions, and 48 abortions at the age of 24 Weeks plus.

What’s notable about Carhart’s involvement is that he opened his practice in Maryland in Dec. of 2010, and the DCAF fiscal year for which this report is applicable ended on June 30;  this is the first recent year in which DCAF is reporting 24 week and later abortion funding — and 48 babies 24 weeks or older were aborted because of the help of this tax-exempt organization.

Rounding out the list is DCAF’s report that “of the 515 patients, 10.5% were under 18 years of age.” Minors are being given money for abortion, as well. We certainly cannot presume that there was more sexual abuse or statutory rape simply from these unrelated reports, nor can we assume there wasn’t parental consent, but it does call into question their practices and at least poses questions about their criteria for funding the abortions of minors.

The DCAF is a tax-exempt corporation that openly tells its supporter how it helped cover up an incestuous, domestic violence relationship, with no comments about following up with the girl involved or how they helped her beyond that. Then they openly report that 10.5% of people for whom they pay for abortions are under the age of 18.

There’s no doubt that most who come to a place like this are probably desperate and scared, but is the answer to toss money at them, take the baby (sometimes viable) from their womb and send them on their way? Giving someone a phone number of a crisis clinic isn’t help. And giving cash for abortions to women with bigger crises than an undesired child may be the real damage done to women, because when someone like Camille goes home, what’s to stop her dad from raping her again? This baby is gone, but the real problem isn’t.

While DCAF and its parent network NNAF may operate on legal technicalities, it would behoove us to look at this organization closely and ask tough questions, especially related to underage abortion funding and incest. These are areas in which the victims need people watching out for the “helpers.”

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Vatican pressing forward with reform of US feminist nuns: Cardinal Müller

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Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, says the Vatican is pressing forward with plans to reform the U.S.-based Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

In an interview published in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, the cardinal said that the reform of the LCWR, which was undertaken after an assessment of the group found serious doctrinal problems, will be carried out with the goal of helping them "rediscover their identity.”

“Congregations have no more vocations and risk dying out," Müller said. "We have first of all tried to reduce hostility and tensions, partly thanks to Bishop Sartain whom we sent to negotiate with them; he is a very gentle man. We wish to stress that we are not misogynists, we are not women gobblers! Of course we have a different concept of religious life but we hope to help them rediscover their identity.”

Moreover, the cardinal said that problems specific to the LCWR are not a reflection of all the women religious in the US.

"We need to bear in mind that they do not represent all US nuns, but just a group of nuns who form part of an association,” Müller said.

“We have received many distressed letters from other nuns belonging to the same congregations, who are suffering a great deal because of the direction in which the LCWR is steering their mission.”

Cardinal Müller's remarks confirmed the assertion he and the Holy See’s delegate to the LCWR, Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle, made in an address to LCWR officials in Rome on April 30, that the theological drift the feminist nuns are taking constitutes a radical departure from the foundational theological concepts of Catholicism.

The Holy See “believes that the charismatic vitality of religious life can only flourish within the ecclesial faith of the Church,” Müller said in the address.

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“The LCWR, as a canonical entity dependent on the Holy See, has a profound obligation to the promotion of that faith as the essential foundation of religious life. Canonical status and ecclesial vision go hand-in-hand, and at this phase of the implementation of the Doctrinal Assessment, we are looking for a clearer expression of that ecclesial vision and more substantive signs of collaboration,” he stated.

The LCWR has openly defied the mandate of reform intended to bring their organization into line with basic Catholic doctrine on the nature of God, the Church, and sexual morality.

Among the CDF’s directives, to which LCWR has strenuously objected, is the requirement that “speakers and presenters at major programs” be approved by Archbishop Sartain. This, Müller has explained, was decided in order to “avoid difficult and embarrassing situations wherein speakers use an LCWR forum to advance positions at odds with the teaching of the Church.”

The LCWR has invited speakers to their Annual Assembly such as New Age guru Barbara Marx Hubbard, and Sr. Laurie Brink, who is particularly noted for flagrantly denying the Divinity of Christ and telling the sisters that to maintain their “prophetic” place in society they need to “go beyond” the Church and even “go beyond Jesus.”

In one of the first public statements of his pontificate, Pope Francis affirmed that the investigation and reform of the LCWR must continue.

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Birth mothers: real heroes of the pro-life movement

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What does it mean to be brave? Is it the doctor who dedicates himself to improving the health of a third-world nation? Is it the woman who faces her third round of chemotherapy to fight the progression of cancer? Is it the teacher who forgoes the comforts of a suburban school to reach minorities in the inner city? All of these are examples of bravery demonstrated in exceedingly challenging circumstances. And our society longs for stories of bravery to inspire us and fill us with hope.

As someone who works day in and day out with those on the front lines of helping rescue babies from abortion, I’m no stranger to stories of bravery. I see courage every day in the eyes of the men and women who sacrifice their time and energy to help women facing unplanned pregnancies. I see it every time a young mom — despite being pressured by her parents or significant other to get an abortion — chooses LIFE. And perhaps more profoundly than in any other situation, I see it when an expectant mom with no relational support, job, or income chooses to place her baby for adoption rather than abort her son or daughter.

This was Nicky’s situation.

When Nicky found herself pregnant with her boyfriend’s child, her life was already in shambles. During her 26 years, Nicky had already given birth to and surrendered sole custody of a little girl, committed several felonies, lived in her car, lost several jobs, and barely subsisted on minimum wage. So when she met up with an old boyfriend, Brandon, Nicky believed she was being given a second chance at happiness. “Our first year together was beautiful. We were getting to know each other and deciding if we would stay together forever.” Unfortunately, a positive pregnancy test result changed everything.

“When I told him I was pregnant, Brandon sat down on the bed, looked me in the eyes, and told me to ‘get an abortion’.” Nicky says those three little words changed everything for her. “I became depressed living with someone who wanted his child ‘dealt with.’”  Like thousands of women every day, Nicky began searching online for information on abortion, hoping her boyfriend would eventually change his mind. Through our strategic marketing methods, Online for Life was able to guide Nicky to a life-affirming pregnancy center where she received grace-filled counsel. “The woman I sat with was beyond wonderful. She helped me to just breathe and ask God what to do….And so I did.”

Nicky left the pregnancy center that day with a new resolve to choose life for her child, even though she still wasn’t sure how she’d financially support a child. “I was alone with just $10 in my pocket…and without any type of plan for what I was going to do.” So Nicky relied on the support of the staff she met at the life-affirming pregnancy center. With their help and through a chain of fortunate events, Nicky was put in contact with the couple who would eventually become her daughter’s adoptive parents.

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After meeting this couple face to face and coming to terms with her own desperate situation, Nicky conceded that the best thing for her unborn child would be to place her in someone else’s loving home. She told Brandon about her plans and he agreed that adoption would give their child the best chance at a happy and secure future. He even returned home to help Nicky prepare for the birth of their child. “The weeks leading up to my delivery were filled with a mixture of laughter, tears, protectiveness and sadness,” Nicky recalls. But one sentiment continued to be shared with her. “Brave…so brave.” That’s what everyone from the life-affirming pregnancy center to the adoption agency to the birthing center kept calling Nicky. “The nurses kept coming up to me and telling me they were honored to care for and treat someone like me.” After several weeks of preparation, Nicky finally gave birth to a healthy baby girl, and she made the dreams of a couple from the other side of the country come true.

Nicky’s adoption story continues to be riddled with a strange combination of pain and joy. “I cry every day, but I know my baby, who came out of a very bad time, ended up being loved by people from across the country.” When asked what message she’d like to share with the world about her decision to give up her child for adoption, Nicky responds, The voice of the mother who gives up a baby for adoption isn’t heard. We need to change that.”

To learn more about Online for Life and how we’re helping to make stories like Nicky and her daughter’s story a possibility, please visit OnlineforLife.org.

Author, speaker, and business leader Brian Fisher is the President and Co-Founder of Online for Life, a transparent, metric-oriented, compassion-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to helping rescue babies and their families from abortion through technology and grace.

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New York farmers stop hosting weddings after $13,000 fine for declining lesbian ceremony

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New York farmers Robert and Cynthia Gifford, who were ordered last week to pay $13,000 for not hosting a same-sex "wedding," say they are closing that part of their operation.

"Going forward, the Giffords have decided to no longer host any wedding ceremonies on their farm, other than the ones already under contract," said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) lawyer James Trainor. ADF represented the Giffords in their legal fight against New York's non-discrimination law.

Last week, the Giffords were ordered to pay a $10,000 fine to the state of New York and $3,000 in damages to a lesbian couple, Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin, who approached them in 2012 about hosting their "wedding." The Giffords, who are Roman Catholic, said their religious convictions would not let them host the ceremony, but that McCarthy and Erwin could hold their reception on their property.

Unbeknownst to the Giffords, the lesbian couple recorded the two-to-three minute conversation. After declining to hold the reception on the Giffords' farm, on which they live and rent property, the lesbian couple decided to make a formal complaint to the state's Division of Human Rights.

Eventually, Judge Migdalia Pares ruled that the Giffords' farm, Liberty Ridge Farm, constitutes a public accommodation because space is rented on the grounds and fees are collected from the public. The Giffords argued that because they live on the property with their children, they should be exempt from the state law, but Pares said that this does not mean their business is private.

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Trainor told TheBlaze that the Giffords' decision to end wedding ceremonies at Liberty Ridge “will hurt their business in the short run," but that was preferable to violating their religious beliefs.

“The Giffords serve all people with respect and care. They have hired homosexual employees and have hosted events for same-sex couples,” he said.

However, "since the state of New York has essentially compelled them to do all ceremonies or none at all, they have chosen the latter in order to stay true to their religious convictions," Trainor explained to LifeSiteNews. "No American should be forced by the government to choose between their livelihood and their faith, but that’s exactly the choice the state of New York has forced upon the Giffords."

"They will continue to host wedding receptions," said Trainor.

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