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Planned Parenthood New Orleans building contractor fined for violations, work stopped

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Two contractors have been cited for violations in Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s latest woe while attempting to construct a new abortion clinic in New Orleans.

The State of Louisiana has fined Barre McNeely Investments, LLC, a total of $2,500 for falsely completing state forms. Company owner Larry McNeely wrote “BMI, LLC” on all permits and contracts in an apparent attempt to hide his company’s identity. But it is illegal to use other than a company’s licensed name on state documents.

Barre was also cited for hiring an unlicensed subcontractor, Quality Diamond Products, which was fined a total of $4,500.

The Planned Parenthood building project has been plagued by setbacks since its launch, thanks in large part to New Orleans’ pro-life community.

The Catholic Archbishop of New OrleansMost Rev. Gregory Aymond (pictured right), dealt a huge blow in January when he published a letter in the Clarion Herald threatening to blacklist “every person or organization” involved in building the abortion mill.

When Planned Parenthood kicked off construction in May 2013, at a church no less, it projected the 7-8,000 sq ft building would cost $4.2 million and be up and running by now.

permit filed with the City of New Orleans showed Planned Parenthood originally scheduled a final inspection for August 18, meaning this was the date it projected the building to be completed.

That isn’t going to happen.

Fox8 reported in January 2014 “the lot sits untouched” eight months after Planned Parenthood’s big ceremonial ground-breaking, this apparently because it had trouble finding anyone to build its chop shop.

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Planned Parenthood finally got something started in April, but the project has made little progress since then. Fox8 reported on August 20 there had been no work done for “several weeks.”

Planned Parenthood’s sign now says it will open in early 2015…

Planned Parenthood New Orleans abortion clinic contractor cited for violations

We all hope and pray not.

Planned Parenthood Louisiana and its parent affiliate, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, are hot messes at present.

Only last week PPL’s state director, Melissa Flournoy, pictured right, had to resign after making racist statements.

In 2013 the Louisiana state legislature directed several departments to launch an investigation after PPGC was fined $4.3 million for Medicaid fraud in Texas. While the Legislative Auditor found no wrong-doing, investigations by the Department of Health and Inspector General are ongoing.

In November 2013 Planned Parenthood Louisiana voluntarily reimbursed the state $33,739.13 after conducting “a self-audit in which they determined that one of their nurses had been writing and issuing prescriptions without proper authority,” according to Alliance Defending Freedom.

That’s called covering one’s behind.

Here’s one final shot, courtesy of Louisiana Coalition for Life, of Planned Parenthood’s New Orleans junkyard at present. May it stay this way…

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Reprinted with permission from Jill Staneks blog.

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Shocking video: Abortion facility escorts dance the Macarena in between clients

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Some people view the sidewalks outside abortion facilities as a good place to pray, offer more life-affirming alternatives, and provide physical and financial assistance to women contemplating abortion. Others consider it a great place to break out into a 1996 dance craze.

Last Saturday, pro-life sidewalk counselors showed up for their their weekly prayer vigil outside Affiliated Medical Services abortion facility, located at 1428 North Farwell Avenue in Milwaukee. The abortion escorts – usually volunteers who hurry pregnant women past the counselors and through the business' doors – decided it was time to get down.

“As pro-lifers gathered to pray outside the abortion facility in Milwaukee, they were greeted by a tragic scene: Abortion clinic escorts dancing the Macarena,” Sam Guzman, communications director of Pro-Life Wisconsin, told LifeSiteNews.com. “This flippant display epitomizes the culture of death, and it demonstrates just how little reverence these escorts have for human life.”

“At Pro-Life Wisconsin, we firmly believe there is nothing more precious than a person,” he continued. “This crude display simply encourages us to continue laboring for a day when every human life is loved and respected, and to pray for the conversion and repentance of all those involved in the abortion industry.”

“That will be a true cause for dancing,” Guzman concluded.

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Mark Sanford’s affair saga is a reminder that the grass isn’t greener

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If you've followed U.S. politics at all over the last five years, the name of South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, a Republican, has come across your computer more than once.

At first, it was because Sanford's experience as a member of Congress and as governor of South Carolina led him to be a potential favorite for the 2012 presidential nomination. Then it was because of his 2009 affair with a woman from another country and his subsequent divorce from his wife Jenny. After he won an unlikely victory to once again represent in Congress, he seemed like the comeback king -- at least, until a few days ago, when he broke off his engagement to the woman with whom he cheated.

While Sanford is an easy target for Democrats who want to criticize unfaithful social conservatives as hypocrites, and for politicos in general to get click-throughs to their websites, his experience also provides a lesson for a culture too often stuck on self-centeredness when it comes to relationships.

For practicing Christians, marriage is a lifelong commitment that entails self-sacrifice for the good of the other person in the relationship, as well as any children the relationship may bear. By its very nature, cheating is a selfish activity that entails lying, often ends in divorce, and maximizes the always-dangerous "grass is greener" mentality. And despite the excitement an affair may bring at first, the damage is both deep and wide.

In a 2013 book, relationship expert Jean Duncombe noted that interviews with people who cheat, as well as marriage counselors and psychologists, showed that the damage to children is devastating. She told the Daily Mail:

‘I’m puritanical when someone tells me they’re having an affair — because of the work we’ve done on the impact of divorce on the children.

‘If people say to me that the children don’t know, I say: “Are you sure?” or “Think about what you’re doing to the children” — and I never would have said that 20 years ago.’

That damage is often not seen for years, sometimes decades. And it can crush the next generation's physical health, mental health, and relationship health.

But surely the affair is necessary for the happiness of the person cheating, right? One therapist and published relationship author, Esther Perel, says that the answer is no -- that, in fact, many people who cheat are, essentially, mistaking a lack of Disney Princess-like excitement for an unhappy marriage.

And the affairs don't last. According to MarriageAdvocates.com, half of affairs last from one month to one year, and according to Oregon "individual and couples therapist" Alec Wilson, affairs last only three to seven percent of the time.

Additionally, Americans who remarry after divorcing have much shorter marriages than their first one. A 2012 study showed that over half of couples who have a cheating spouse get divorced, though Wilson says that the divorce rate is as low as 30 percent.

What this means is that rather than being greener, the grass is devastatingly less green than where most married couples are currently standing.

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All 2016 GOP presidential candidates back fetal pain ban – except Chris Christie (so far)

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All but one of the likely 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls support limiting abortion after an unborn child can feel pain, according to CBN News.

CBN's David Brody collected letters from numerous potential GOP candidates stating their support for a 20-week national abortion ban.

Its backers include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Rand Paul, former Alabama Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Ted Cruz, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Sen. Marco Rubio, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

CBN reported:

In letters of support obtained by CBN News former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush calls the bill "humane" and "compassionate." Mike Huckabee says the effort is "pro-life and pro-woman." And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal considers it "common sense”...

As for other potential Republican candidates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a similar version of the bill in his state. And Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., supported the House version.

However, not everyone had responded yet:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has yet to provide a letter.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Christie is testing the presidential waters by meeting potential contributors on “wealthy Kiawah Island” – but the Palmetto State's voters are “skeptical of his views on conservative issues such as gay rights and abortion, along with his electability and his roots in the party's Northeast wing.” The faction conservatives called the Eastern Liberal Establishment, now often dubbed the Republican establishment, has made Chris Christie its candidate of choice at the moment.

So far Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have generated the most excitement in South Carolina, the Journal reports.

Last June, the House of Representatives passed the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” introduced by Trent Franks, R-AZ. Then-House Minority Leader Eric Cantor insisted on adding exceptions for rape and incest to the bill shortly before its passage. A year later, Cantor lost his Republican Congressional primary to the underfunded but more populist conservative candidate David Brat.

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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced the fetal pain ban in the Senate five months later. "I don't want anybody carrying the Republican banner that doesn't get this,” Graham said of the 2016 primaries. “If you don't get this, then you're the extremist.”

If the bill becomes law, abortionists who perform late-term abortions may face a fine or up to five years in prison. A congressional report showed that 11,000 late-term abortions take place in the United States each year.

Although the Supreme Court has only granted the American people the right to restrict abortion after the point of viability, which it defines as 22 weeks, pro-life intellectuals hope, and some signs indicate, that the High Court's justices may reconsider that criteria if confronted with the realities of fetal pain.

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