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Lawsuit demands names of people involved in selling aborted babies’ organs be hidden from pro-life investigators

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SEATTLE, August 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Anonymous employees involved in the harvesting of aborted babies’ organs for scientific experiments are suing to prevent the University of Washington from revealing their names to David Daleiden and another pro-life investigator.

On February 9, Daleiden filed a Public Records Act request for “all documents that related to the purchase, transfer or procurement of human fetal tissues” or other biological material at the University of Washington's Birth Defects Research Laboratory since 2010. One day later Zachary Freeman, the communications director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW), made a similar records request.

On Wednesday, the plaintiffs sued to force the university to redact their names, phone numbers, or other personally identifying information from the documents before turning them over, saying they fear for their safety.

“Planned Parenthood and their allies have yet again stormed into federal court, this time demanding the suppression of public records about Planned Parenthood’s supply of aborted baby parts to the taxpayer-sponsored, NIH-funded fetal harvesting service at the University of Washington,” Daleiden said.

The plaintiffs in the case, Jane Does 1-10 et. al. v. University of Washington et. al., “include four current or former employees of Planned Parenthood, one employee of Cedar River Clinic (a controversial late-term abortion clinic) as well as an employee of Evergreen Hospital and the University of Washington,” according to Joseph Backholm, the executive director of FPIW.

But the group is asking to be granted class action status, saying they represent 150 people in multiple states, including employees of Planned Parenthood’s national organization (PPFA) and its state affiliate, Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and Idaho.

The lawsuit says CMP’s undercover videos of Planned Parenthood employees discussing the potentially illegal trafficking in human body parts have “heightened attention and awareness of fetal tissue donation and research, including the role played by providers of medical services who facilitate tissue donation.”

“As a result of the same climate and attention, employees of such medical providers across the country, including in Washington State and including several individual Doe plaintiffs, have been harassed, threatened, or witnessed incidents of violence due to their possible affiliation with fetal tissue donations,” the complaint continues.

Their lawyers referred to the shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs last November. The gunman, Robert Lewis Dear, had no connection to the pro-life movement and was later found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Planned Parenthood acknowledged receiving money in exchange for unborn children’s body parts in two states, California and Washington. It has always claimed these payments merely reimbursed their reasonable costs of making the donation. Any amount charged beyond that constitutes a federal felony. 

Freeman decided to ask for records after FPIW found correspondence in which Deputy Attorney General Paige Dietrich, who was investigating whether the UW’s program violated state law, asked a university official for a “contract” between the lab and an outside vendor. “You will hold those confidential and not share with anyone without consent?” asked University of Washington Government Relations Director Ian Goodhew. Dietrich then canceled the request.

“We’re looking for information about connections between entities and whether money was exchanged for human body parts,” Backholm said.

Cecile Richards, announced last October that the organization, which received $553.7 million from taxpayers in 2014, would change its guidelines to end all remuneration in exchange for fetal human remains. The material would now be donated without money changing hands, she said.

“Over the past year, the American people have watched as Planned Parenthood has scrambled to distract the public and public authorities from the scandal – even while Planned Parenthood has failed the answer the most basic questions about their baby body parts program. What is Planned Parenthood hiding about their new model baby parts program at the University of Washington?” Daleiden asked. “The American people, whose tax dollars make this entire barbaric industry possible, deserve to know the truth.”

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge James Robart granted a temporary restraining order to halt the university’s release of the unedited documents. The first hearing is scheduled for August 19.

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Doctors tried to prevent Trisomy baby’s birth, but parents refused to give in

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LONDON, England, August 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – An East London couple had to battle doctors and medical challenges to give their unborn baby a chance at life, but they are happy they did.

Denzil Amoah and Elle Brant fought for the second half of Brant’s pregnancy to get doctors at London's St. Thomas Hospital to agree to resuscitate their daughter Amelia, who was diagnosed in utero with Trisomy 18, should she have the need, and not without reason, as a newborn.

But now Amelia, whom doctors advised her parents to abort, is two months old, home with her family and thriving, the Essex Chronicle reports.

“She would have died if we hadn't fought for her,” Brant said. “They said they would put her in a cot and leave us to have some time with her (before Amelia would die).”

“But now she is doing amazingly,” Brant continued. “She has got determination all over her face.”

Amelia was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, or Edwards Syndrome, at Brant’s 20-week prenatal scan.

The condition caused by an error in cell division resulting in an extra copy of chromosome 18 disrupts the baby’s normal development and can result in miscarriage, stillbirth or serious birth defects. Most Trisomy 18 children who survive birth die within their first year of life.

And while recent studies have indicated the condition is not as lethal as previously thought, doctors often suggest or even pressure parents to abort upon receiving a Trisomy diagnosis.

Doctors encouraged Brant and Denzil to abort, Brant said, and when she refused, they indicated they would not treat Amelia, including resuscitation. Instead of acting to keep Amelia alive, the couple was told, doctors would simply put her in a cot for them to say goodbye. 

Brant recalled how after Amelia’s diagnosis doctors even skipped giving her full pre-natal care.

“They were pushing for me to terminate and when I decided against it, they said they weren't going to offer her oxygen or treatment,” said Brant, 21. “They weren't offering me monitoring during the pregnancy to check the baby's heartbeat because she had Edwards Syndrome.”

“They were discriminating against her before they even gave her a chance.”

Amoah, 32, agreed.

“For someone to turn around and say that they don't want to help your child because of their condition isn't fair,” he said. “Before we even had the baby, they tried to persuade us not to go through with the birth at all.”

“It just seems to us that they wrote her off before she was even here without giving it a second thought,” Amoah continued. “It is such a shame that women are convinced to give up their children before they are even born.”

The couple wrestled with neonatal consultants for nearly five months through weekly meetings and dozens of heated email conversations with hospital staff. But with the help of another couple who had experienced this same situation, they were able to talk the hospital into treating Amelia.

“They were being very arrogant with us,” Brant recalled. “They were saying, 'She won't survive, we won't treat her.’”

“But to see her on the growth scans and feel her kick and hiccup was so overwhelming,” she continued. “Maybe I was a little bit naive, thinking that they had got it all wrong, but I wanted her to be treated like any baby.”

Amelia was born four days past due on May 10 via C-section, weighing 4 pounds, 8 ounces. She was immediately put in intensive care and later stopped breathing, but she was resuscitated by doctors. After 16 days in the ICU, Amelia was allowed to go home.

Brant accepts that Amelia, who is thought to be deaf, might not live to adulthood, but she believes that babies with genetic conditions deserve the same chance as any other child.

“I didn't want her to be discriminated against because she had Edwards Syndrome,” she said.

Amoah concurred that a health condition does not mean a life not worth living.

“Every baby is an individual and even though it has a genetic problem, it isn't the end of the world,” he said. “Our little baby is here and she is just fine.”

“Imagine if we hadn't gone through with it,” he pondered. “We would be so gutted if we did get rid of her and we had a crystal ball to see her now.”

“A life is a life,” Amoah said. “If she had been born without us knowing the circumstances beforehand, they would have pulled out all the stops without questions.”

Brant spoke of how Amelia has defied the odds.

“Doctors told us she would never come off oxygen, but she has,” she said. “She is just on a feeding tube because she is so tiny. She breathes a lot harder than we do so she can't take bottle and breathe at the same time.”

Brant also expressed how fighting to save her daughter’s life was well worth it, despite what Amelia’s condition might bring.

“She does keep me up most of the night, but she is a little joy,” Brant said. “She is my daughter and I love her so much. She is so beautiful.”

“At the moment we aren't too sure what will happen in the future. She will only live to her thirties if she is lucky,” she said. ‘But at the end of the day she is a human being, and she is our child.”

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A look inside 4 important goals of the LGBT movement

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August 5, 2016 (DailySignal) —Despite being proud of advances they’ve made during eight years under President Barack Obama, leaders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movement say they still have work to do.

“The future of the LGBT movement hinges largely on the outcome of this election,” Kevin Jennings, executive director of the Arcus Foundation, said at a global LGBT summit held in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention.

Jennings, issuing a warning to a mostly friendly audience, said there are “two very different visions for LGBT equality in the Republican and Democratic platforms.”

More than 25 prominent leaders of the national LGBT movement, including elected officials and other influential voices, gathered for the four-day event called the Equality Forum.

The Daily Signal attended several panel discussions featuring speakers such as Janson Wu, executive director of the advocacy group GLAD; James Esseks, director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and AIDS project at the American Civil Liberties Union; and Evan Wolfson, former president of Freedom to Marry, a campaign largely credited with winning the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Looking forward, speakers said, priorities include defeating “anti-LGBT” bills, supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth through new school policies and curriculum and partnering with outside organizations on minority-driven issues such as gun control and criminal justice reform. They called for Congress to amend the Civil Rights Act to add protections in places of public accommodation, among other changes.

LGBT advocacy groups also are involved in an array of lawsuits they believe could have a major impact, including a Pennsylvania case where a transgender women alleges discrimination by her former employer.

The Equality Forum didn’t conclude without controversy. As panelists talked about outreach to millennials, blacks, and other minorities, one reporter stood up and asked why, if they care so much about diversity, was their panel composed of four middle-aged white men?

Speakers acknowledged the problem, and admitted a double standard.

“If we’re going to talk about millennials and people of color, it’s important to talk with them and not to them,” the Arcus Foundation’s Jennings said.

The two dozen or so moderators and panelists included women, African-Americans, and Asian-Americans, but most appeared to be white, middle-aged men.

The ultimate goal, leaders said throughout the week, is to make life easier for the next generation of LGBT youth by passing laws and implementing policies they argue would make the world a more tolerant place.

Wu, executive director at GLAD, said:

We have got to do so much more around ensuring that LGBT children and young people are fully included, integrated, and celebrated in every aspect of life—in their families, and schools, and communities, and faith communities. If we really do that, then we can break the cycle of harm that has caused so many of us to have a lot of trauma and problems as adults.

Here’s a breakdown of four of the LGBT movement’s specific strategies, as described at the Equality Forum.

1. Passing the Equality Act

Passing this federal legislation is perhaps the most important short-term goal. Wolfson, the former president of Freedom to Marry, called it “unfinished business.”

The Equality Act, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and gender identity among prohibited categories of discrimination.

According to one of the most influential LGBT advocacy groups, the Human Rights Campaign, the legislation would apply to areas of “employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education, and jury service.”

Conservatives worry the measure undermines First Amendment rights to free speech and religious liberty.

They say it would limit the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, signed into law by President Bill Clinton, forcing private business owners to violate their religious beliefs about marriage and mandating that people be allowed into restrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms, and similar facilities based on their gender identity.

“The ‘Equality Act’ is a misnomer,” wrote Ryan T. Anderson, an expert on marriage and religious liberty at The Heritage Foundation, which is the parent organization of The Daily Signal. “The bill does not protect equality before the law, but unnecessarily and unjustly violates freedom by creating special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

According to the Human Rights Campaign, more than 80 corporations have signed on in support of the measure, including Target, Facebook, American Airlines, and Apple. (See chart below.)

Esseks, of the American Civil Liberties Union, said that support was largely a result of the relationships the LGBT movement built with private businesses while working to legalize same-sex marriage.

Conservative groups such as 2nd Vote, which urges Americans to vote with their wallets and boycott companies that financially back measures such as the Equality Act, criticize the role of large corporations.

Robert Kuykendall, spokesman for 2nd Vote, said:

Big business is helping carry the water for the policy goals of Human Rights Campaign and other LGBT advocacy organizations that are leading a dangerous assault on religious liberty on multiple fronts. The alliance between the Human Rights Campaign and its corporate sponsors like Target and Bank of America is a principle driver of the LGBT political movement.

LGBT leaders appeared confident such corporations would continue working with them as allies and that, with  a Democrat majority in Congress, they could pass the Equality Act with a few Republicans on board.

2. Defeating State and Local Laws

The biggest threat LGBT leaders said they’re facing is what they call “anti-LGBT” legislation proposed by conservatives in state and local governments.

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on same-sex marriage, many people of faith concluded they needed laws to protect their conscience rights so that they can run businessesadoption agencies, and charity organizations in accord with their deeply held religious beliefs.

Specifically, these state laws aim to protect religious freedom by ensuring that state government can’t discriminate against private schools, charities, businesses, or individuals for their beliefs. Examples include believing that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, that sexual relations should be reserved for marriage, and that gender identity is based on biological sex.

Wolfson, who spent decades advocating same-sex marriage, didn’t pay much mind to those concerns.

“Religion is not the reason people are bigots,” he said. “It’s the excuse.”

With more than 200 such measures popping up last year, Equality Forum panelists said they were dealt a major challenge from opponents who they believe are trying to use religion as a reason to discriminate.

“We knew there was going to be a backlash, but the backlash was bigger than I thought it was going to be,” the ACLU’s Esseks said, speaking of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision. “That’s an enormous onslaught of organized legislative activity coming at us.”

To defeat their opponents, LGBT groups plan to go state by state to strike down religious freedom measures and, instead, implement their own laws on sexual orientation and gender identity. They said they intend to do this until new federal law or court decisions negate that necessity.

“The national conversation around this is night and day different from where it was last fall,” Esseks said, expressing confidence the tide is shifting in their favor. “We finally got over being awkward and shy about talking about restrooms.”

3. Going to Court

Panelists said they have their eyes on an array of court cases that they believe could greatly affect the future of the LGBT movement’s agenda, including the Pennsylvania case in which a transgender woman is suing the outdoor recreation company Cabela’s, a former employer.

The employee, Kate Lynn Blatt, took the legal action under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on sex, and the Americans With Disabilities Act, arguing Cabela’s did not provide reasonable accommodations for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria.

Blatt’s supervisor “called her a ‘he-she,’ a ‘lady-boy,’” and insisted Blatt, hired as a seasonal stocker, wear a name tag with the name James rather than Kate Lynn, Wu said.

“And then when it came to the question of which bathroom she should use, [the supervisor] wouldn’t allow her to use the women’s restroom in the store, and instead, suggested that maybe she should go to the Dunkin’ Donuts across the street,” Wu said.

“This is clear discrimination based on your transgender status,” he said.

GLAD is assisting in the case, Blatt v. Cabela’s Retail Inc. The case is important, Wu explained, because of a “first of its kind litigation strategy” with the potential of overturning exclusions for transgender individuals under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

“If we’re able to remove or overturn this exclusion, then we’ve just opened up really important protections for transgender people in public accommodations,” he said.

While LGBT leaders are eyeing other legal cases — many of them involving transgender Americans — some experts said they aren’t overly concerned with cases in which private business owners, citing religious beliefs, decline to provide wedding-related services. These include bakers, photographers, and florists.

“We’re doing very well in those cases,” Esseks said. “We’ve won almost all of them.”

And if one were to land before the Supreme Court? Esseks said:

Justice [Anthony] Kennedy says people are free to believe whatever they want to believe [and] that gives me significant hope the court will say that’s not what religious freedom looks like, what you’re asking for is a license to discriminate, and that’s not something we’ll constitutionalize.

4. Partnering With Black Lives Matter and Others

The LGBT leaders also said they are beginning to discuss how they can be more supportive of other minority rights groups, specifically Black Lives Matter.

Drawing a parallel to Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton’s declaration in 2011 that “gay rights are human rights,” Jennings, the executive director of the Arcus Foundation, said that “the rights of black people are gay rights, and the rights of gay people are black rights.”

“If we remain silent then we lose, in my mind, the ability to complain when we are the victims of similar treatment,” he said. “We would lose all credibility.”

But Wolfson said he hopes LGBT organizations take more of a back-seat approach, allowing groups such as Black Lives Matter to remain in the driver’s seat.

“[We] don’t plan to lead the entire effort on curbing gun violence, but to bring meaningful contribution and meaningful voice to action,” he said.

Leaders also expressed interest in supporting criminal justice reform, the feminist movement, access to abortion, and gun control.

Gun control should be of great concern to the transgender community, said Jay Brown, communications director for the Human Rights Campaign.

“It’s all too often that there’s another [transgender] murder and it’s all too often that it goes unnoticed.”

By helping other movements, Brown said, the LGBT community will help itself.

“When you broaden access for one group, you broaden access for everyone.”

‘Make Your Dream Happen’

Overall, the tone of the Equality Forum was optimistic. Small efforts, such as introducing transgender individuals to those who never met one before, are making a huge difference, leaders remarked.

But “being out and being visible,” said Brown, who is openly transgender himself, “comes with great risk.”

So these efforts are slow, he said, and are a work in progress.

The overall message to youth who struggle to accept their identity: Dream big.

“Believe in your dream and make your dream happen,” Jennings said.

Shannon Minter, litigation director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, told an audience of about 30 not to stop at tolerance and acceptance.

“We have got to do so much more around ensuring that LGBT children and young people are fully included, integrated, and celebrated in every aspect of life — in their families and schools and communities and faith communities,” Minter said. “If we really do that, then we can break the cycle of harm that has caused so many of us to have a lot of trauma and problems as adults.”

GLAD’s Wu said:

Let’s dream bigger for a second and let’s think about students—all students, not just LGBT students—learning about LGBT history and contributions to the literature, and then let’s even dream bigger than that and let’s think about inclusive health and sex education and think about the impact that would have, particularly with regards to the HIV epidemic … There’s so much more that we can imagine if we’re able to imagine it and we work hard at it.

This report has been modified to describe more clearly state laws protecting religious freedom.

Reprinted with permission from The Daily Signal.

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What the Supreme Court’s ruling means for transgender bathrooms in schools

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August 5, 2016 (DailySignal) — The U.S. Supreme Court signaled an interest in taking on the transgender bathroom debate on Wednesday, granting a Virginia school system temporary permission to keep its bathrooms separated by biological sex.

In a 5-3 vote, the justices issued a stay in the case involving a transgender student in Gloucester County who is suing his school board to gain access to the boys’ restrooms. The stay halts a lower court’s order that said the school board must allow the transgender teen, Gavin Grimm, into the bathroom that corresponds with the student’s gender identity.

Gavin, 17, was born female but now identifies as a male.

If the Gloucester County school board’s petition for the Supreme Court to hear the case is denied, the stay will terminate automatically, and Gavin will be allowed to use the boys’ bathroom. If the court decides to take the case, the stay will remain in effect until the justices reach a final decision.

The lawsuit alleges that by prohibiting Gavin from using the boys’ restrooms, the school board’s policy violates Title IX, the federal statute that bans discrimination on the basis of sex.

The U.S. District Court in Eastern Virginia initially rejected that argument, and sided with the school board’s claim that Title IX does not protect against discrimination based on gender identity. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit disagreed, and issued an injunction that required the school to allow transgender students to use restrooms in accordance to their gender identity.

Some in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movement downplayed Wednesday’s decision, calling it “just a temporary delay.”

“Across the country, courts and policymakers are recognizing that discrimination against transgender people is sex discrimination,” Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said in a prepared statement. “We are confident that if and when this issue reaches the Supreme Court, the court will affirm that recognition.”

Conservatives, however, call the decision a significant step in their direction.

“It’s significant that the Supreme Court said we’re going to put a hold on that — we’re going to preserve the status quo as it’s always been in society, as it’s always been in schools,” Jeremy Tedesco, a lawyer at the Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, told The Daily Signal. “That boys use boys’ restrooms and girls use girls’ restrooms.”

The implications, Tedesco added, could reach far beyond Gavin and other students in Gloucester County.

In directing schools nationwide to open their showers, bathrooms, and locker rooms to students of the opposite biological sex, the Obama administration cited the Gloucester case.

The Department of Education wrote that its interpretation “is consistent with courts’ and other agencies’ interpretations of federal laws prohibiting sex discrimination,” and linked to the case.

A total of 24 states are now challenging the legality of the administration’s mandate, in addition to dozens of private legal battles playing out nationwide.

“The Department of Education — in all the litigation that’s going on across the country and in their major, chief mandate that they sent out nationally to all the schools saying that Title IX requires schools to allow students of one sex to enter locker rooms and bathrooms of students of the opposite sex — they’re all relying on the Gloucester decision from the 4th Circuit to say that’s required,” Tedesco said. “What the Supreme Court has done is thrown that decision into serious doubt.”

Tedesco, who is involved in several of these challenges, said the decision is “a really important outcome” for Alliance Defending Freedom’s case in Illinois.

In that case, 50 families in the Chicago area are suing the Department of Education and the Justice Department for threatening to take away federal funding if the school does not comply with the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX.

Lawyers for the Obama administration, Tedesco said, “have been citing the Gloucester decision over and over again for why they should win.”

Now, he said, “it’s going to be a lot more difficult for them to rely on that case, with the Supreme Court putting the entire decision on hold and calling it into question.”

Gloucester County, located about 140 miles south of Washington, D.C., and just north of Newport News, Virginia, has more than 5,000 students in its eight public schools.

The Gloucester County school board welcomed Wednesday’s decision, saying in a press release that it “continues to believe that its resolution of this complex matter fully considered the interests of all students and parents in the Gloucester County school system.”

Josh Block, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union representing Gavin, said he was disappointed by the decision because it will leave Gavin isolated from the rest of the student body.

In a blog post, Block wrote:

Gavin was preparing to begin his senior year with a fresh start. He would finally be able to use the restroom without being isolated. Even if the Supreme Court ultimately decides to let the lower court’s decision stand, Gavin will have had to spend most of his senior year forced to use a separate restroom from the rest of his classmates, simply because of who he is.

The high court’s four conservative-leaning justices all voted in favor of the stay. They were joined by Justice Stephen Breyer, who wrote that he granted the stay “as a courtesy” in order to “preserve the status quo.”

Only four justices are needed for the Supreme Court to review a case, making it likely that the bathroom fight could be decided soon.

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Police used teargas to remove parishioners during traditional Mass in France

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PARIS, France, August 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The Parisian church of Saint-Rita was evacuated by force on Wednesday morning by riot police while the traditional Mass was being celebrated.

Law enforcement stormed the building after having broken down the doors in order to evict everyone inside and remove the furnishings in application of an administrative order obtained by the property developer who intends to take down the century-old church to build apartments.

Photos of the evacuation were circulated widely on social networks. They showed a young priest, Father Jean-Francois Billot, being dragged bodily to the altar steps by riot police while the celebrant, Father Guillaume de Tanoüarn, who had not finished the consecration, quickly consumed the Host in order to avoid desecration. He was escorted out of the building in full traditional vestments.

The priests and the faithful offered no resistance to the “legal violence” – as they called it – of the police force, despite the firing of teargas into the closed building by the CRS, or Compagnies républicaines de sécurité, who are in charge of crowd control and potentially tense demonstrations. The use of teargas by police in a confined space is illegal.

The police action took place just a week after a Catholic priest was murdered by Islamic terrorists while celebrating Mass in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, a suburb of Rouen in the north of France, in the presence of a handful of nuns and parishioners. The evacuation could hardly have come at a worse time as France remains in shock over the brutal attack on Father Jacques Hamel.

A series of spectacular attacks perpetrated by radical Muslims has cast a chilling shadow over the country since the beginning of 2015, when a young female student was knifed in Rennes while waiting for a bus to the latest 85 victims who died in Nice when an Islamic radical used a semi-trailer as a deadly weapon. Many of the attackers were known to police as radicalized Muslims.

The evacuation also was carried out at a moment when Muslim communities in France are increasingly obtaining land and buildings in order to build mosques while many churches stand empty, especially in the countryside. There are 312 churches, including 14 in Paris, currently under the threat of destruction either because local authorities are the legal owners of most churches in France and the law of separation of church and state says they cannot afford to maintain the buildings, or because selling the property is more lucrative.

The symbolism is clear: The evacuation by the police force of a church, where Mass is said daily to keep it from being destroyed while mosques are springing up all over the country, is a sign of the decline of what is left of French Christendom.

The church of Saint-Rita is of no exceptional architectural value, but it marks the visible presence of God in the city. The neo-Gothic building, standing on an enclave in the grounds of an annex of the UNESCO in a quiet part of southern Paris, dates to the beginning of the 20th century. The church was originally built for a non-Catholic Christian group that was separated from Rome but celebrated Mass in its traditional form by a Society of the “Catholic Apostolic Church,” originally an Anglican group. The church was rented from 1987 until the end of 2015 by another breakaway Christian group, the “Gallicans.” Unpaid rent led to the end of the contract and the building was put up for sale.

With the support of the local mayor, Philippe Goujon, of the 15th arrondissement of Paris, and answering the call of faithful Christians who wanted the building to preserve its religious character, Father de Tanoüarn decided to say Mass in the church on a regular basis while the building itself was occupied by young anti-liberal activists.

Father de Tanoüarn and Father Billot are members of the Institute of the Good Shepherd (Institut du Bon Pasteur), which was officially recognized by the Congregation for the Clergy in Rome in 2006, obtaining the right to celebrate the Tridentine Mass exclusively.

Since the end of 2015, one and then two dominical Masses took place every week at Saint-Rita, after Father de Tanoüarn had formally blessed the building in order to use it for the Catholic liturgy, and attendance rose from a few dozen to more than 200.

Lawsuits are in progress to determine whether the religious building could legally be pulled down. Several decisions were favorable to the Catholic community, but a recent emergency procedure at the highest administrative level allowed the use of force to evacuate Saint-Rita.

The authorities chose the first week of August, when most Parisians are away from the capital, to organize the police intervention. Mayor Goujon was informed at 9 p.m. Tuesday. He immediately gave the alert and Father de Tanoüarn decided to try to protect Saint-Rita and pray for the church. He invited the faithful to come for Mass at 6 a.m. Wednesday. More than 80 people, including altar boys, answered the call. Three Masses were said successively while waiting for the police.

Later in the day, on his blog, Father de Tanoüarn called for talks to take place between the building's owner and the real-estate developer but also the mayor and the Catholic community in order to determine whether Saint-Rita should be destroyed in order to make council flats and parking lots or “remain what it has always been, a Temple of the Holy Spirit, where all can find God who lets Himself be sought, in particular in the splendor of the traditional liturgy.”

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Pence: ‘The great work of crisis pregnancy centers is changing hearts, minds every day.’

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August 5, 2016 (PregnancyHelpNews) — Speaking on The O’Reilly Factor on Wednesday night, Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence made a strong endorsement of community funded pregnancy help organizations.

Asked about his thoughts on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that made abortion on-demand the law of the land in all 50 states, Pence said that while voters at the state level should decide the issue, he hopes recent gains by the pro-life community are an indicator of things to come.

“I hope to live to see the day when we restore the sanctity of life back to the center of the law,” Pence said. “I’m pro-life, I don’t apologize for it. I truly do believe that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and… overturned over a century of pro-life laws that had been enacted through the democratic process in all 50 states.

“But, we’re making great progress. More people today embrace the sanctity of life than ever before. The great work of crisis pregnancy centers across my state and across this nation is changing hearts and changing minds every day.”

As governor of Indiana, Pence authorized $3.5 million in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to go to pregnancy help organizations in the current budget cycle after a $1 million pilot program through Real Alternatives served over 8,400 clients in the state last year.

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Pence, who was elected governor in 2013, was tabbed July 15 by Republican nominee Donald J. Trump as his pick for Vice Presidential nominee.

Asked by host Bill O’Reilly how he responds to the abortion lobby’s allegations that he is anti-woman because of his pro-life stance, Pence brushed off the accusations.

“That just comes with the territory,” Pence said. “People who know me and look at my administration in the state of Indiana — we’ve had women in senior leadership in our cabinet positions and women in senior leadership in our executive branch. We’ve celebrated the accomplishments of women all across the state of Indiana.

“We’ll let the left do their [thing], the way they like to divide things up and segment the population, but we’re going to promote the policies that are going to benefit all Americans.”

Reprinted with permission from Pregnancy Help News.

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Ohio abortionist alleged to have aborted baby while mom was high, unable to consent

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KETTERING, Ohio, August 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The abortion business run by an infamous late-term abortionist and inventor of the Partial Birth Abortion infanticide procedure has allegedly performed an abortion without consent on a woman obviously high on heroin.

The woman arrived at Martin Haskell's Women's Med Center in suburban Dayton the morning of June 11, 2015, with the help of a friend. According to an investigative report issued by the Ohio Department of Health (ODOH), the woman literally could not walk on her own or hold her head up. 

The ODOH report notes that the woman’s speech was slow and slurred, and she was unable to keep her eyes open. She was placed in a wheelchair. When she did open her eyes, her eyes twitched and she was unable to carry on a conversation.

The woman's “friend” reported to Haskell's staff that she had taken “two Soma and several Percocet, and probably both Suboxone, and perhaps some heroin, on her way in.”

The abortionist was aware of the woman's “somnolent state,” yet did not ask her consent to abort her child. Only after the abortion (and its payment) did the abortionist treat the woman's overdose and transfer her to a hospital for, according to the ODOH report, “evaluation, monitoring and detoxification from the suspected drug overdose.”

The abortionist's official diagnosis, according to the ODOH report, was “suspected recreational drug overdose.”

Haskell’s entire staff was aware that the woman was under the influence of drugs, as evidenced in the ODOH report that noted they “aministered Narcan, a drug used to counter opioid overdose, but only after the physician performed the abortion.” 

The ODOH report also stated that staff “confirmed in an interview” that the woman “had signs of recreational drug use.”

The ODOH investigation led to citing the abortion business for violating Ohio law, specifically “failure to ensure a patient was allowed to refuse or withdraw consent for treatment when her physical and cognitive condition precluded her from participating in her treatment.” 

However, the ODOH report does not indicate whether the licensed physician who performed that abortion was sanctioned for breaking the law.

Dayton Right to Life has filed a formal complaint with the State of Ohio Medical Board against the three abortionists at Haskell's clinic. 

“It is clear that the licensed physician(s) violated the law,” the complaint, signed by Dayton Right to Life Executive Director Paul Coudron, states. “The licensed physician(s) knew that the patient was under the influence of drugs and was semi-conscious. The patient was never given the opportunity to withdraw consent for the procedure, and could not have given legal consent given her state of mind at the time of the procedure.”

“Further, the licensed physician(s) did not administer medicine to stop the effect of the drug overdose until after she had completed the abortion,” Coudron continued. “This was a clear act of negligence that risked the life of the patient.”

Coudron pointed out that the abortionist risked the woman's life by delaying care for her obvious overdose. “The licensed physician(s) acknowledged the risk to the patient by having staff call EMS for transport to the hospital due to overdose. However, she also made sure to perform the abortion before having the patient transported for treatment and while the patient was physically and cognitively incoherent.”

The complaint concludes by urging the State Medical Board to investigate further. “The licensed physician(s) violated Ohio law and forced abortion on this patient, denying the patient a choice and potentially jeopardizing her health.”

“This facility clearly violated the very choice the abortion industry claims to stand for,” Coudron said in a press release.

State Medical Board spokeswoman Tessie Pollock confirmed to the Dayton Daily News that informed consent is essential to a physician’s standard of care.

Dayton pro-life leaders say the ODOH report offers more questions than answers. “We have so many questions regarding this incident,” Dayton Right to Life's Margie Christie told LifeSiteNews. “Who was the friend? Did the coercion begin before this woman even arrived at the clinic? And why does this clinic have Narcan? Has this happened before?”

“The complete disregard for this women's care and well-being is honestly heartbreaking,” the assistant executive director of advocacy and programs for the Dayton pro-life organization concluded. “But, unfortunately, this woman's health and the death of her unborn child are the 'costs' of abortion in today's society.”

The state’s Right to Life Society said the woman needed “real care, not an abortion.”

“Lack of cognition, slurred speech, indication that she had taken heroin — any one of these should have been more than enough to signal to the staff that the woman needed real care, not an abortion,” Ohio Right to Life Executive Director Devin Scribner said

“This tragic story is an eye-opening look into the abortion industry ... Ohio's abortion lobby forfeits whatever tinge of credibility it has if it refuses to condemn what happened at Women's Med Center.”

Haskell's clinic has a laundry list of citations dating to the 1990's. “They have operated without a license for years, and so these types of horrible incidents will only continue,” Christie predicted.

To rescind a physician's medical license for failure to receive informed consent is not without precedent. Ohio's State Medical Board did just that in 1988 against Dr. James C. Burt. Known as the “Love Doctor,” Burt lost his license for performing experimental surgery on women’s genitals, sometimes without their consent.

Haskell's facility terminates more than 35 babies a week, with the help of publicly funded Wright State University physicians. Despite being employed by the university, which as a state institution is strictly forbidden from any involvement in the abortion industry, physicians contracted with Haskell to provide “emergency backup services” at Miami Valley Hospital.

Maxlifer.com summarized, “The doctors are pursuing their own private pro-abortion agenda ... at the expense of taxpayers.”

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Two of California’s most dangerous cities targeting pro-life centers

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August 5, 2016 (PregnancyHelpNews) — Safe to say, it was a strange month of July for two of the most crime-ridden places in the state of California.

While one city, Oakland — home of the highest crime rate in the state — was busy establishing a new law to crack down on nonprofit pregnancy help centers, another city known for crime — Los Angeles — cited three community funded nonprofits for failing to comply with a law that is currently under review with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Pressed with the third-highest violent crime rate in the entire country, Oakland’s City Council passed an ordinance July 16 threatening the only pro-life pregnancy help organization in the city with a first-time offense of up to $500 in fines if the organization, “Support Circle,” is found to be in violation of false advertising laws.

The ordinance applies only to life-affirming pregnancy centers, subjecting the centers — which receive no government dollars — to the judgment of City Council, which has been cheered on so far by NARAL Pro-Choice California director Amy Everitt.

“Lawmakers in California are using their political muscle to benefit Big Abortion,” Jor-El Godsey, president of Heartbeat International, which has over 70 affiliate locations in the state, said. “Pregnancy centers exist because every woman deserves to have all the information she needs to protect herself and her child during an unexpected pregnancy. More than anything else, a law that only applies to one organization is a clear signal of just how beholden to the abortion industry some of these lawmakers truly are.”

Meanwhile, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, who warned pregnancy centers back in late May that he was unwilling to await the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling before he’d try to enforce the policy, made good on his threat with three letters dated July 15.

Citing a violation of the 2015 state law known as the “California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act,” Feuer sent notices to Harbor Pregnancy Help CenterLos Angeles Pregnancy Services, and Pregnancy Counseling Center.

The so-called “Reproductive FACT Act” was challenged in court with a lawsuit June 14 that pitted the state against counsel representing locally based pregnancy help organizations and their representatives from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), Pacific Justice Institute and American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

“The First Amendment protects all Americans, including pro-life people, from being targeted by a government conspiring with pro-abortion activists,” Matt Bowman, Senior Counsel for ADF, said. “The state has no legal right to force others to communicate messages or promote ideas they disagree with, especially on life-and-death issues like abortion. A government that does that threatens everyone's freedom of speech.

“If you're a pro-life organization, you're offering free healthcare to women so the women have a choice other than abortion. It's a violation of their core beliefs to have to punish them for declining to promote and facilitate abortions.”

The law would force 75 state-licensed free ultrasound facilities to give each client the following disclaimer, which includes the phone number of a county social services office where a client could obtain an abortion covered by Medi-Cal.

The notice, which the law specifies must either be posted as a public notice in “22-point type,” “distributed to all clients in no less than 14-point font” or distributed digitally “at the time of check-in or arrival,” applies to all pregnancy help medical clinics licensed by the state.   

“California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at [insert the telephone number].”

Meanwhile, pregnancy help centers that do not offer medical services will be required to post the following signage in two “clear and conspicuous” places — “in the entrance of the facility and at least one additional area where clients wait to receive services,” as well as in “any print and digital advertising materials including Internet Web sites.”

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The font required is to be “in no less than 48-point type” and will read as follows:

“This facility is not licensed as a medical facility by the State of California and has no licensed medical provider who provides or directly supervises the provision of services.”

Feuer’s letters to Harbor Pregnancy Help Center and Los Angeles Pregnancy Services both indicated they were not state licensed medical clinics and therefore must post the signage in 48-point font indicating as much.

Pregnancy Counseling Center is a state-licensed medical clinic and would be required by the law to post and disseminate the former statement, which includes a county social services office that connects women to state-funded abortion services through the Medi-Cal program.

Reprinted with permission from Pregnancy Help News.

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New mom, San Francisco pregnancy center director battling stage IV cancer

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August 5, 2016 (PregnancyHelpNews) -- Just months after giving birth to a daughter, Chastidy Ronan, an executive director of a pregnancy help medical clinic in San Francisco, was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in late July.

Friends of Ronan, who has served with Alpha Pregnancy Center since 2008, have set up a GoFundMe.com page to raise support for Chastidy, her husband, Matthew, and their newborn daughter, Catica (KAH-tee-tsa).

Launched July 22, the GoFundMe.com page, “Chastidy’s Cheerleaders,” has raised over $3,900 of a $15,000 goal as of mid-afternoon Aug. 3.

“Symptoms that [Chastidy] had related to pregnancy discomforts and a traumatic delivery, and then new-mom fatigue were actually subtle signs of cancer,” Kellie Sheets, the page’s organizer, wrote. “At a time when she should be able spend her days cuddling her beautiful baby, she will be coping with chemotherapy and fighting for her life.”

Ronan and her husband relocated to San Francisco from Cincinnati back in 2006, and sought out help at Alpha Pregnancy Center, located on Mission St. near Balboa Park.

Within two years, she was involved with the center as a peer counselor, before taking on executive director responsibilities in August of 2009.

“My best friend exudes the most wonderful combination of strength and peace,” Sheets wrote. “She's a beautiful melding of stubborn intensity and flexible willingness to grow. So it won't surprise you that she is preparing her heart and her body to take this on.

“She told me this isn't a diagnosis — this is a battle, and she is determined to fight.”

You can give to support the Ronan family at the “Chastidy’s Cheerleaders” GoFundMe.com page. 

Reprinted with permission from Pregnancy Help News.

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New ‘Credo for Catholic families’ affirming key teachings has Cardinal Burke’s support

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Aug. 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Today, LifeSite is releasing a Credo of faithful families. It is a statement of the truths of the Catholic faith around family and marriage which are under such attack today. It was developed by the U.K. Association of Catholic Families and LifeSiteNews with input from various prelates. It is a simple, short statement of faith in the unchangeable teachings of the Church which, as Catholic families, we have a right to hear taught unambiguously by all our pastors – the Pope included.

We hope you will prayerfully consider signing on to the Credo so that it may presented to the Pope with numerous affirmations. You will notice it has been signed already by many prominent and faithful Catholics from all over the world, including members of the hierarchy, Catholic professors, and life and family leaders. But the most important signatures are yours -- those of the faithful Catholic families for whom this Creed was developed.

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The creed has the prayerful support of various Bishops who approve of its wording, including:

  • His Eminence Raymond Leo Burke, Prefect Emeritus of the Apostolic Signatura (Vatican)

  • The Most Rev. David D. Kagan, Bishop of Bismarck, ND

  • The Most Rev. David L. Ricken, Bishop of Greenbay, WI

Life and family leaders from all around the world have also signed on publically, including:

  • Vice John Batarelo, President of Vigilare (Croatia).

  • Colleen Bayer, Papal Dame and founder of Family Life International New Zealand (New Zealand)

  • Clemens and Natalija Cavallin, Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of Religious Studies in the Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (Sweden)

  • Drs. Anca-Maria and Vincent-Jean-Pierre Cernea, both are members of the association of Catholic Doctors of Burcharest (Romania), Anca is also the president of Ioan Bărbuş Foundation (Romania)

  • Steve and Bonnie Jalsevac, co-founder of LifeSiteNews.com (Canada)

  • Gabriele Kuby, German sociologist, book author and international speaker (Germany)

  • Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph. D. in theology (US)

  • Patrick and Michele Novecosky, Editor-in-Chief of Legatus magazine (US)

  • Virginia Coda Nunziante, President of March for Life Committee (Rome, Italy)

  • Michael and Sheila O’Brien, renowned Catholic Canadian artist and author (Canada)

  • Stephen Phelan, the director of mission communications for Human Life International (US)

  • Jean and Angelika de Poncharra, Choisir la Vie-France, delegate for foreign relations (France)

  • Fenny Tatad, executive director of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines' Bishops-Legislators Caucus (Philippines)

  • Christine de Marcellus Vollmer, founder and president of the Alliance for the Family and the Latin American Alliance for the Family (Venezuela)

  • Dr. Thomas Ward, Founder and President of the National Association of Catholic Families, Corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for life (UK)

  • John-Henry and Dianne Westen, Co-founder and Editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews.com, Co-founder of Voice of the Family (Canada)

  • Mercedes Arzu Wilson, Founder and President of the Family of the Americas (USA)

 

Credo of Christ’s faithful families:

1. We believe that marriage was created by God and raised by Christ to the dignity of a Sacrament for the baptized. Marriage is, of its nature, a bond between one man and one woman, freely entered, faithful, indissoluble, and open to life.

2. We believe that sexual intercourse is of its nature procreative and unitive, and exclusively reserved for marriage.

3. We believe that the unchaste misuse of sexual intercourse is radically harmful to body, soul and civilization.

4. We believe that due to our fallen nature we must safeguard chastity with custody of the eyes and modesty of dress and behaviour.

5. We believe that children have the right to be conceived in the loving union of a husband and wife.

6. We believe that parents, by virtue of their gift of life and love to their children, have the absolute primary right and non-renounceable duty to educate and protect them.

7. We believe that human life must be protected from the moment of conception until natural death.

Because the happiness, freedom, salvation and very existence of our families and those of our children depend upon these God-given truths, we expect the Catholic hierarchy and Catholic institutions to teach them unanimously. We pledge to uphold these truths and stand against their being undermined by silence, ambiguity or falsehoods.

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People in homosexual ‘marriages’ almost 3 times more likely to commit suicide: study

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Aug. 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Homosexuals who “marry” each other are almost three times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual counterparts, even in very gay-friendly Sweden, according to a study published in the May issue of the European Journal of Epidemiology.

The authors of the study noted that social intolerance of homosexual behavior could not so easily be blamed for increased suicide risk, given that Sweden is known for its accepting attitude towards same-sex relationships.

“Even in a country with a comparatively tolerant climate regarding homosexuality such as Sweden, same-sex married individuals evidence a higher risk for suicide than other married individuals,” the authors note.

The study, “Suicide in married couples in Sweden: Is the risk greater in same-sex couples?” used the government of Sweden’s detailed databases to compare a population of over six thousand homosexual “married” couples to the larger population of heterosexual couples who married during the period between 1996 and 2009, following them until 2011.

The study found that participants in homosexual marriages had an overall 2.7 times greater chance of suicide than participants in heterosexual marriages, with the true value having a 95% probability of falling somewhere between 1.5 and 4.8.

Homosexual men in same-sex “marriages” were found to have a higher elevated risk (2.9) than women (2.5).

The study’s results are similar to numerous other studies in recent years that have found a strong relationship between homosexual behavior and a variety of negative psychological outcomes, even in countries that are very accepting of homosexual behavior.

Studies done of homosexuals in the Netherlands, which is the country most accepting of homosexual behavior in the world, have found that homosexuals suffer from significantly higher rates of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders, suicide attempts, eating disorders, and panic attacks.

The behavior of homosexuals, which often involves high levels of promiscuity and instability in their interpersonal relationships, results in rates of 10-20% HIV infection of homosexuals living in urban areas, as well as elevated incidence of herpes and the cancer-causing Epstein-Barr virus, syphilis, anal cancer, and other diseases. 

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West turns blind eye toward Islam’s attack on Middle East Christians: patriarch

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TORONTO, August 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Developed countries motivated by a need for oil and desire for profits are abandoning their principles to allow Islamic Jihadists to destroy Middle Eastern Christianity, the “cradle” of the faith.

So said the patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church of Antioch, His Beatitude Ignatius Joseph III Younan, to the annual international gathering of Knights of Columbus here last week.

“We have to understand that totalitarianism based on Islamic creed is the worst among all systems of government. Yes, my friends, the very survival of Christians in the cradle of Christianity is quite in danger,” the patriarch said.

“Why shall we wonder at the rise of the Islamic State or its new ‘Caliphate,’ when these ‘allied rich countries’ – with among the most retrograde systems of government – continue to channel funding and weapons to terrorists spreading hatred and committing barbaric atrocities in the name of a religion?” (This was an obvious reference to Saudi Arabia, America’s chief ally in the Middle East, whose royal family supports radical Islamic believers in return for their endorsement of the Saud family’s rulership.)

In a straight-from-the-heart cry for help for the rapidly vanishing but 2,000-year-old Christian presence in Middle East, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph told the Knights that Saudi Arabia was funding Muslim jihadists to act out a new kind of murderous intolerance, and the Western democracies were letting them do it.

Quoting New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, the patriarch said, “For decades, Saudi Arabia has recklessly financed and promoted a harsh and intolerant Wahhabi version of Islam around the world in a way that is, quite predictably, producing terrorists.”

While the West practices separation of church and state in its own countries, he noted, it has been happy to support Middle Eastern regimes that unite Islamic intolerance with government and “do not hesitate to talk about ‘Muslim political parties,’ ‘Muslim Civilization’ and ‘Muslim World.’” Yet the West is unwilling to admit its own Christian roots or “mention anything reminding Europe of its history, which was for millennia permeated by Judeo-Christian values.”

The patriarch noted that the acceptance by the West of political Islam has been dangerously combined with support for Muslim rebels fighting to bring down  Syria, “a country that had one of the most secularized governments in the Middle East” and protected Christians and other minorities.

“We, the Church pastors, kept warning Westerners who pretended to have the right to interfere in Syria in the name of democracy, that fomenting violence would surely lead to terrible sectarian war because of the complex religious and ethnic diversity in Syria. We knew innocent people, primarily Christians and minorities, would suffer most.”

But Western countries ignored Church leaders and “today, Syria is the most dangerous spot on the planet. Half a million Christians are gone. More than 140 churches and ancient monasteries were desecrated, abandoned or completely destroyed. Two Archbishops were kidnapped three years ago. Their fate is still unknown. Clergy are slaughtered. Civilians used as human shields. Most of all, Islamic Wahabism, the worst among radical religious groups, is rising and spreading. It is as we warned.”

A similar Western policy of overthrowing secular, autocratic regimes has resulted in the expulsion, he charged, of “150,000, some 40 percent of all Christians still living in Iraq” two years ago.  

The patriarch accused Western leaders of being “naïve and complicit” in this destruction, motivated by fear and greed. They have naively pretended that political Islam is peaceful while being afraid to act decisively when it is violent.

He recited the motto of the Muslim Brotherhood to underline the violence in Islam:

“Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way and dying for God is our ultimate desire.”

Patriarch Joseph Ignatius contrasted Western political leaders with the behavior of the Western church. “Church leaders and courageous Catholics from North America and Europe,” he said, “have visited those refugees to alleviate their dire conditions. Like the Good Samaritan, they emulate Jesus, sharing in their suffering, consoling, encouraging and reminding them that the Lord will never abandon them. Even in the worst living conditions, Christians are always messengers of the ‘Hope against all Hope.’”

But Christianity in the Middle East was now “an endangered species that could be wiped out for good. We have to understand that totalitarianism based on Islamic creed is the worst among all systems of government. Yes, my friends, the very survival of Christians in the cradle of Christianity is quite in danger.”

Though he did not offer concrete proposals in his prepared speech, the Crux news organization reported his verbatim comments suggested a change to national policy: “You can’t be allied with regimes that discriminate, or do not accept the religious freedom of non-Muslims. It’s not honest or sincere to be allied to such a regime and to say we have an annual report about religious freedom.” The U.S. government and Congress both produce annual reports on religious freedom.

Robert Spencer, the director of Jihad Watch, told LifeSiteNews: “The patriarch is right. The exhortations to violence against unbelievers come from the very heart of Islam — the Qur'an and the example of Muhammad. The Pope should heed his words and stop retailing politically correct fantasies.”

In related news, a new leader emerged among the militant Boko Haram Islamic terrorist group in Nigeria. Sbu Musab al-Barnawi reportedly told an Arab news agency his group would cease all attacks on mosques but “booby trap and blow up every church that we are able to reach, and kill all those we find from the citizens of the cross.”

But the Sunni Muslim theological center of Al Azhar in Cairo hailed Pope Francis for his comments made while flying home to Rome from the World Youth assembly in Poland denying Islam was a violent religion. "This statement reflects the pontiff's understanding of the true nature of Islam and its teachings of tolerance,” the center said.

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UK police commissioner pushes for mandatory sex-ed in primary school

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August 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The newly elected chair of the United Kingdom’s Association of Police and Crime Commissioners is pushing for compulsory sex education in all schools, including primary, stating that children must be taught to protect themselves from sexual predators.

Vera Baird launched her lobby in a Guardian August 1 op-ed, warning of the skyrocketing costs of investigating a “dramatic escalation” of reported child sexual abuse cases in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Re-elected in May as Police and Crime Commissioner in England’s northeast district of Northumbria, Baird asked those who “care about protecting our young people” to get in touch with her: “It may be we can tip the desirable into the attainable if we act together now.”

But Anthony Ozimic, communications director for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), says the new APCC chair was a minister in Tony Blair’s Labour government and “is a hard-core anti-life/anti-family apparatchik.”

And she “is using the issue of child abuse as a red herring to promote the sexual rights agenda,” Ozimic told LifeSiteNews in an email.

Contrary to what Baird claims,“exposing pre-pubescent children to information about sex will not protect them from abuse but may well in fact lead them to being sexualized,” he observed.

“It is no coincidence that the abortion and contraception industry is among one of the most vocal supporters of compulsory sex education,” Ozimic said. “Groups like IPPF, the Family Planning Association and Brook have carefully prepared sex education materials which they know will provide them with a steady stream of clients for years to come.”

According to Baird, Britain’s Operation Hydrant — the national hub coordinating several ongoing police investigations into reports of non-recent child sexual abuse by public figures or within public institutions — will be investigating 200,000 cases by 2020 “if current trends of reporting continue.”

Reporting such cases has burgeoned since the government established the Goddard inquiry in January 2015, which projected a five-year scrutiny into alleged incidents of institutional child sexual exploitation. (Justice Lowell Goddard, however, just announced her resignation.)

The inquiry was launched in response to the Savile scandal. After a damning police investigation, a BBC inquiry concluded in early 2014 that Savile, a television presenter and DJ who died in October 2011 at age 84, had sexually abused and raped thousands of girls and boys on BBC premises, as well as in hospitals and schools.

Now the “annual cost of child sexual abuse investigations is already more than £1bn – and, if the projected rise in reporting materialises, could be £3bn by 2020,” wrote Baird.

She added that “we need compulsory PSHE [personal, social and health education] to protect future generations from harmful behavior that, in the post-Savile era, we now realize has blighted so many lives.”

“Taught well,” sex education would “give children who are victims of abuse the education to judge earlier that it is wrong and develop the confidence to report,” Baird said.

UK schools are currently obliged to provide sex education “only from the age of 11 and only in maintained schools, not academies,” she wrote.

A February 2015 Commons education committee report recommended compulsory sex education in all primary and secondary schools, and Baird wrote that the children’s commissioner, the chief medical officer, “the Labour front bench, two royal societies, six medical royal colleges, all the teaching unions” and her association, the APPC, support the move.

Moreover, the chairs of the government’s education, health, home affairs and business committees wrote then-education secretary Nicky Morgan this January, requesting compulsory sex education in all schools, reported the BBC.

Morgan publicly nixed the idea, but the Independent reported that she personally supported it and had “battled” with then-Prime Minister David Cameron over the issue. It also reported that ministers Theresa May, Anna Soubry and Justine Greening sided with Morgan.

Baird echoed this in her op-ed, writing that “obstacles appear to have come from David Cameron and some religious groups.”

With Cameron gone, May now Prime Minister, and Morgan replaced by Greening, it’s unclear where the Conservatives will fall on the question.

But what is clear is that the lobbying will continue apace, and that, as SPUC’s Ozimic points out, “today’s primary-school children have been targeted to become tomorrow’s teenagers in the queue for abortions and morning-after pills” -- which, he adds, “in turn can serve to hide the evidence of sexual abuse.”

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August 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Imagine that you knew that a kindergarten class in your neighborhood was to be targeted tomorrow by some terrorists, with all the children destined to be killed.

A not so far-fetched idea, considering the almost regular deadly attacks by so-called “refugees” in Belgium, France, and Germany. How would you mobilize yourself and others to prevent such a horrific kindergarten scenario?

That was a very poignant question posed to a large audience attending a July 20, 2016 Pro-life Meeting/Film night in Kitchener, Ontario, by Canada’s most influential pro-life heroine Miss Mary Wagner. She proposed that “there is a desensitization in Canada which we don’t see.” It is to the great injustice of abortion, where human lives (as in the kindergarten scenario) are barbarically eliminated, not in our imagination but in our reality.

Aside from Miss Wagner, who was the main guest of honor to this first assembly organized by a Kitchener based group “Pro-life Friends in Solidarity with Mary Wagner,” other guests that spoke at length were: Dr. Charles Lugosi (attorney at law); Jack Fonseca (Campaign Life Coalition spokesperson); and Stephen Woodworth (former Member of Parliament). Pat Morgan (40 Days for Life representative) spoke briefly to the very attentive crowd, gathered at St. Mary Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, with Pastor Father George Nowak kindly opening the Meeting with an excellent prayer for the unborn, health care workers, politicians, and all those attending.

The purpose of the Meeting/Film night was primarily to introduce Mary Wagner, a humble yet very courageous pro-life activist, who has spent over three years in a Milton, Ontario jail for trying to speak solemnly for the voiceless victims of abortion.

The second purpose was to introduce other pro-life experts and build solidarity amongst pro-life groups.

Miss Wagner showed her deep Catholic faith when she pointed out that “there are many injustices in the world, but the first is that we have turned away from God,” urging us to “trust more God, and put our lives in His hands.” After the meeting, Wagner, when asked about her greatest hardship to endure while in jail, sadly responded that it was the inability to attend regular Holy Mass. This was caused primarily by too few priests being available for this type of ministry to the prisoners.

Dr. Charles Lugosi, Wagner’s lawyer who will represent her this coming September in the Supreme Court of Canada — the first time an abortion case heard there since the constitutional challenge of Borowski v. Canada (1989) — said “civil laws don’t necessarily match God’s laws.” He also proposed various strategies for pro-lifers and warned us that the government wants to have the power to say you are not a human being — as with slaves in Africa, U.S.A., British Empire, and Jews, and other “undesirables” in Hitler’s Germany. Furthermore, Mr. Lugosi astutely indicated that when one removes the definition of a human being, the government can then do with anyone as it pleases, e.g. the unborn are still legally classified as non-human beings, to be discarded as one pleases, much like an unwanted wart or mole.

One can extrapolate and see how dangerous such secular ideology can be, with dehumanization leading to potential massive genocide — as with state-sanctioned extermination of the unborn worldwide, exceeding even in number the Holocaust from WWII. In Canada alone, at least 4 million (yes, human beings) have been killed by abortion from the time it became legal in 1969. With the recent passing in June by the Canadian Parliament of the most extreme euthanasia law in the world, are the elderly and handicapped next in line to lose their humanity status – with more millions to be eliminated, as with the unborn?

The next guest Jack Fonseca spoke very eloquently, comparing our society to Roman times where infanticide was common. However, he stated that it was thanks to Christian witness to the dignity of human life (when pagans in comparison placed no importance to infants), that a ban was finally established to end infanticide, by one of the Emperors. That was an excellent parallel to the barbarism of abortion in our secular society, which falsely refers to it as a human “right.” These topics and some film clips from another excellent pro-life film “The Silent Scream” (available on YouTube), were referred to and shown in the actual film of the night, entitled “Not About Mary Wagner” – a documentary outlining the history of the pro-life movement in Canada.

Stephen Woodworth, our last main speaker, spoke very fluently and with authority about being compassionate when delivering truth and justice. He indicated that “Miss Wagner inspires us since she has made herself vulnerable.” Also, Mr. Woodworth left the audience with an uplifting thought and complimented her and another very determined and unassuming Canadian pro-life activist by stating that “persistence is a true test of character,” and “this is the light that shines in Miss Mary Wagner and Mrs. Linda Gibbons.”

The organizers of the event wished to thank everyone that contributed to the success of the evening, including the very attentive and supportive audience totaling approximately 200 people.

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The U.S. bishops just responded to Biden celebrating that gay ‘wedding’

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In a blog post signed by U.S. Conference of Bishop Executive members Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Bishop Richard J. Malone and Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, the U.S. bishops have made a weak response to Vice President Joe Biden, who recently publicly rejoiced after having officiated at a homosexual ‘wedding’.  The U.S. bishops did not even name Biden in the post nor announce that he would no longer be given Holy Communion.

The strongest statement in the release said:

“When a prominent Catholic politician publicly and voluntarily officiates at a ceremony to solemnize the relationship of two people of the same-sex, confusion arises regarding Catholic teaching on marriage and the corresponding moral obligations of Catholics. What we see is a counter witness, instead of a faithful one founded in the truth. “

The statement concluded asking for prayers for “Catholic leaders in public life, that they may fulfill the responsibilities entrusted to them with grace and courage and offer a faithful witness that will bring much needed light to the world.”

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Charges dropped against Daleiden: 8 facts you need to know

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August 5, 2016 (PregnancyHelpNews) -- On July 25th, the Harris County District Attorney’s office dropped all charges against Center for Medical Progress CEO David Daleiden, clearing him of any prosecution in what started out as an investigation of Planned Parenthood’s attempts to sell human body parts procured from abortion.

Daleiden’s videos spawned several investigations of the abortion giant, some of which are still ongoing.

But in Houston, Texas, the investigation curiously turned away from Planned Parenthood and its outrageous acts and onto Daleiden, who was attempting to shine light on the dark, back-alley side business of Planned Parenthood.

In January of this year, Harris County, Texas District Attorney Devon Anderson not only dropped the investigation of Planned Parenthood; she went on to lead the grand jury to target Daleiden and one of his co-workers, Sandra Merritt. While many were shocked, the pro-life community quickly understood: When Planned Parenthood is attacked, it pulls out all stops.

Now that the charges were dropped, here are 8 facts regarding this case which pregnancy help organizations need to know:

Daleiden was originally charged with two crimes

On January 25, 2016, a Texas grand jury - led by District Attorney Anderson - cleared Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (TX) of selling human organs for profit - a charge based on videos by the Center for Medical Progress.

At the same time, Anderson held over the grand jury to consider charges against Daleiden and Merritt. The grand jury charged Daleidon with attempting to solicit a sale of human organs, and charged both Daleidon and Merritt for tampering with government documents by using fake driver’s licenses as part of their undercover investigation. The latter charge can lead to up to 20 years in prison.

Both Daleiden and Merritt refused plea bargains, ready to fight the charges and prove their innocence.

Daleiden and Merritt were cleared of one charge in June

On June 13, Judge Diane Bull threw out the charge against Daleiden of attempting to solicit the sale of human organs, pointing out that the indictment did not properly address a clear exception to the law.

The Tuesday dismissal of the remaining charges is a “surprise,” but shouldn’t be

The Houston Chronicle reports that before a hearing on the legitimacy of the indictment, the charges regarding “fake government documents” (driver’s licenses) were dropped.

Though the Chronicle calls the move a “surprise,” one can draw the conclusion that because the other charge was thrown out so easily by a judge, the Harris County prosecutor’s office may be trying to avoid another embarrassment.

The Harris Co. DA’s office has ties to Planned Parenthood and colluded with the abortion giant

At the time of the indictment in January, District Attorney Devon Anderson told reporters she was determined to “go where the evidence leads us.”

Yet, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast attorney Josh Schaffer was forced to admit under oath that the DA’s office broke the law by sharing information with him as the investigation unfolded; an act expressly forbidden by the Texas Attorney General’s office.

While she was not directly implicated in the wrongdoing, it was noted that Assistant DistrictAttorney Lauren Reeder is a board member for Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast, having served since 2013. She is also a leading fundraiser for the organization.

Devon Anderson has close tie with abortionist's attorney

Anderson’s push to prosecute Daleiden fits what may be a pattern. In 2013 Operation Rescue released evidence of abortionist Douglas Karpen killing babies born alive after botched abortions, forcing Anderson to convene a grand jury.

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Stunningly, Anderson handled the prosecution so poorly that the grand jury failed to bring charges.  Perhaps related? Karpen’s attorney, Chip Lewis, has poured $25,000 into Anderson’s campaign coffers.

Anderson is not the only one targeting Daleiden

California Attorney General Kamala Harris also has Daleiden in her sights. In April of this year, the state’s department of justice raided Daleiden’s California home and seized many of his videos, including one yet to be released.

Shock! Harris has a strong link to . . .

Harris, now a candidate for the U.S. Senate, also has ties to Planned Parenthood. During her AG re-election campaign in 2014, Harris pulled in $15,000 from the abortion giant. This year, she posted a petition on her Harris for Senate campaign page asking supporters to sign up in favor of keeping funds flowing to Planned Parenthood.

President Obama recently endorsed Harris in her run for the U.S. Senate. Harris is running against fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez in the race, where the top two primary vote-getters (no Republican made a serious run) will face off in November.

Daleiden is not backing off

In a statement after the final charges were dropped, Daleiden’s Center for Medical Progress said, “Planned Parenthood tried to collude with public officials to manipulate the legal process to their own benefit, and they failed. A year after the release of the undercover videos, the ongoing nationwide investigation of Planned Parenthood by the House Select Investigative Panel makes clear that Planned Parenthood is the guilty party in the harvesting and trafficking of baby body parts for profit.”

Reprinted with permission from Pregnancy Help News.

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4 babies who prove children born before 24 weeks can survive

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Amillia Taylor’s tiny feet.
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Ward and his mother.

August 5, 2016 (LiveActionNews) -- There’s a misconception that babies born before 24 weeks have no chance of survival. This idea is so engrained in our minds that in many cases doctors won’t even help a baby who is born before that point. Even some pro-choicers will argue that abortion is only okay up until that magic moment of viability.

But premature babies are proving them wrong by surviving and thriving, not only at 25 weeks, but as young as 21 weeks. As science and technology progress, that age could become even younger.

Amillia Taylor

Amillia Taylor was born at 21 weeks, 6 days gestation, and doctors helped her to survive. Her mother, Sonja, had lied to doctors, knowing that if they knew the real age of her daughter, they would likely let her die.

So she told doctors that she was 23 weeks and 6 days, asking them if they would help her daughter even though she was one day shy of the age of viability. Doctors said they would. It wasn’t until later that she admitted how young her daughter really was.

Amillia weighed just 10 ounces and was only 9.5 inches long, just slightly longer than a pen. Her skin was translucent, and she was kept in bubble wrap inside her incubator to keep her body temperature up. Amillia spent 4 months in the neonatal intensive care unit before finally going home.

Naomi Joy Bakker

Michael and Angela Bakker were told at about 23 weeks gestation that their baby girl was not going to survive. She had been diagnosed with intrauterine growth restriction and the couple was advised to abort.

“There were four hours left until the abortion cut off,” explained Mrs. Bakker, who was 23 weeks and 6 days pregnant. “But they told us that in cases like ours, they make exceptions. They said, ‘The law doesn’t even apply to you. That’s how bad your case is.’ She started kicking, and I thought, that’s her little voice. That’s all she can say.”

Naomi was born at just 25 weeks gestation, but she was the size of a 19-week preborn child. She weighed just 364 grams and her eyes were still fused shut. Doctors promised the Bakkers they would try to help their daughter, however they were convinced that the breathing tube she would need would never fit down her tiny throat. But it did.

Naomi is now five months old, and while she still uses oxygen and is monitored carefully, she is doing well for a child who wasn’t supposed to live at all outside the womb.

Ward Miller

Baby Ward was born 15 weeks early at 25 weeks gestation. He weighed just one pound, 13 ounces, and remained in the hospital for 107 days. Brain scans revealed serious brain bleeding, and his parents and doctors were scared for his life.

 

My firstborn, little Ward Miles came 15 weeks early yesterday. Long way to go, but he is a fighter. Please keep him in your prayers!

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Just to give you an idea of how small my little guy is...

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“The bleeds could lead to severe problems down the road,” Miller shared with MailOnline. “He may not be able to walk. He may have cerebral palsy. He may be mentally handicapped. The list goes on and on.”

 

1st time I was able to hold my son. Proud daddy.

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The brain bleeds stopped, and today Ward is a happy and healthy two-year-old boy.

E’Layah Pegues

Baby E’Layah was born at 24 weeks gestation in September 2015. Her mother was suffering from extremely high blood pressure and E’Layah had stopped moving. Doctors performed an emergency C-section to save both mother and child.

E’Layah weighed just 10 ounces at birth and doctors weren’t sure if she would survive. However, her mother never lost faith or hope, and E’Layah proved to be a fighter. She has overcome numerous health complications, and in February 2016, E’Layah finally left the hospital to go home with her parents.

“She has grown, and she has been able to breathe on her own and she looks around. She pays attention to her surroundings, she knows her mom’s voice, she knows her dad’s voice… and I’m amazed she has come this far,” Dr. Jessica Clark-Pounder of Levine Children’s Hospital told CBS News.

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E’Layah’s mother Megan Smith is excited to bring her daughter home and see what the future holds. Doctors have said E’Layah should live a normal, healthy life.

It’s estimated that about 9,000 abortions occur each year during the third trimester, but that number is completely unreliable in large part due to doctors like Kermit Gosnell who have performed hundreds of late-term abortions, even murdering babies who survived those abortions.

Abortionist Dr. Susan Robinson has also admitted that many late-term abortions are performed because of financial concerns, not health concerns, as abortion advocates claim, and that the babies in those cases are indeed viable.

In a 1995 speech at a National Abortion Federation Convention, George Tiller, the late abortionist who was murdered, also admitted to aborting late-term, healthy children.

“We have some experience with later terminations; about 10,000 patients between 24 and 36 weeks and something like 800 fetal anomalies between 26 and 36 weeks in the past five years,” he said.

That means the overwhelming majority are healthy in just his experience alone.

Yet, while abortionists admit to aborting health third trimester babies and falsifying the paperwork, many Americans still believe that late-term abortions are only happening to unhealthy children and that this somehow makes it okay.

Every day, babies at the same stage of development as Amillia, Naomi, and Ward are aborted despite the fact that they could have survived outside the womb at time of their deliberate deaths.

Reprinted with permission from Live Action News.

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Debunking the myth of ‘back-alley’ abortions

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August 5, 2016 (LiveActionNews) — The abortion industry claims that if abortion was outlawed, it would mean a return to the “coat hanger” or “back-alley” abortions. They argue that abortions would no longer be the “safe” procedures they are now, and women would continue having them at much the same rate. However, research shows that these arguments are false.

Former abortionist Dr. Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of NARAL, discussed how the abortion industry purposely fabricated the number of illegal abortions prior to Roe v. Wade.

Nathanson admitted that fictional polls were created in order to convince the public of the need for legal abortion. He said abortion activists sold Americans the lie that thousands of women were dying annually from back-alley abortions, when the actual figure was in the hundreds.

Knowing that if a true poll were taken, we would be soundly defeated, we simply fabricated the results of fictional polls. We announced to the media that we had taken polls and that 60% of Americans were in favor of permissive abortion. This is the tactic of the self-fulfilling lie. Few people care to be in the minority.

We aroused enough sympathy to sell our program of permissive abortion by fabricating the number of illegal abortions done annually in the U.S. The actual figure was approaching 100,000 but the figure we gave to the media repeatedly was 1,000,000. Repeating the big lie often enough convinces the public. The number of women dying from illegal abortions was around 200 – 250 annually. The figure constantly fed to the media was 10,000.

These false figures took root in the consciousness of Americans convincing many that we needed to crack the abortion law. Another myth we fed to the public through the media was that legalizing abortion would only mean that the abortions taking place illegally would then be done legally. In fact, of course, abortion is now being used as a primary method of birth control in the U.S. and the annual number of abortions has increased by 1500% since legalization.

Nathanson’s admissions reveal that the abortion lobby generated a false media hysteria that led to the Roe v. Wade decision. Under the guise of protecting women, activists pushed abortion into the American culture.

But although a procedure may be “legal,” it does not mean it is safe or sanitary. The term “back-alley” is another abortion lobby misnomer that masks the violence that every abortion procedure inflicts. Abortion always destroys the life of an innocent human being, and it is an invasive procedure that poses many health risks to the woman.

In addition, many abortion facilities still hold the “back-alley” conditions reminiscent to eras before Roe. Abortion centers today — such as ones in New York City — are inspected less than tanning salons. Over the years, the public has learned of facilities like Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors,” which contained dirty equipment, jars of baby body parts, a freezer full of aborted children, blood-stained blankets, and “a flea-infested cat… wandering through the facility.”

While many contend Gosnell is an outlier, the American Center for Law and Justice reported in 2013 that 362 babies had been born alive in the last decade as a result of botched abortions. Stories continue to emerge of botched abortions in legal abortion facilities.

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The notion that regulating abortion will cause women to seek an illegal “back-alley” procedure is a myth. A study in 2012 reveals that outlawing abortion in Chile not only saved children, but advanced women’s health. Chile was a prime nation to study this effect because before the country banned “therapeutic” abortions in 1989, abortion was largely legal.

The study, led by epidemiologist Elard S. Koch from the University of Chile, showed that restrictive abortion laws were good for women’s health.

Similar to restrictions on alcohol or tobacco, restrictive abortion laws acted to dissuade. The study concluded that even with these restrictions, Chile has one of the lowest abortion-related maternal mortality rates in the world.

These data suggest that over time, restrictive laws may have a restraining effect on the practice of abortion and promote its decrease. In fact, Chile exhibits today one of the lowest abortion-related maternal deaths in the world, with a 92.3% decrease since 1989 and a 99.1% accumulated decrease over 50 years.

The study also found that when combined with public health services for women, abortion restrictions are actually effective at saving lives. It also affirmed that making abortion illegal does not increase maternal deaths.

While the abortion industry asserts that abortion regulations or bans would result in a back-alley abortion surge, the facts simply say the opposite.

Reprinted with permission from Live Action News.

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NOW president: ‘I don’t care’ if life scientifically begins at conception

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August 5, 2016 (LiveActionNews) — In a recent interview with KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz, Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), made clear the state of pro-abortion rejection of modern science.

O’Neill was asked whether she would still promote abortion, even if science conclusively proved that life begins at conception….which it, umm… has.

“I don’t care. Of course, I would support abortion,” replied O’Neill.

Rantz, apparently taken aback by O’Neill’s admission of indifference toward science, provided the opportunity for O’Neill to clarify. “Clear something up for me, because if I hear your answer correctly, it seems very extreme,” he said. “…[W]e have shown through science that life begins the moment that a fetus is created. This is not the potential for life — that is life. You are saying that you do support abortion. Isn’t that the textbook definition of murder in that case?”

But instead of answering the question, O’Neill attempted to debate religion. “Take religion out of it and we are not even having this conversation,” she said, in an obvious attempt to avoid a scientific discussion. O’Neill went on to state that she has no idea when life begins – an interesting claim for an individual living in 21st century America. 

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Continuing to harp on religion, O’Neill proceeded to imply sexist motivations behind objections to abortion…

I do know that a vasectomy, a reproductive health issue for men, is a sin. Just as much as abortion and birth control are. But you don’t see Catholic bishops going up and down the halls of congress trying to criminalize, stigmatize, regulate and put restrictions on vasectomies the way they demand that sort of thing for women. So they are discriminating against women and our access to reproductive healthcare.

Like much of what O’Neill said in this interview, the vasectomy-sexism argument is, frankly, laughable. First, we’re clearly going off on a rabbit trail at this point. Countless pro-lifers are not religious, and countless pro-choicers are very religious. But even for those who may fit O’Neill’s stereotype of pro-lifers as ultra-conservative Catholics, the important difference between an abortion and a vasectomy is not the gender of the individual seeking the procedure. This really should go without saying, but for those who may be gravely ignorant on the topic and/or happen to be named Terry O’Neill, here is the difference: In a vasectomy, the potential to create a new human life is blocked (which some Catholics personally oppose, but few politically oppose) whereas abortion kills a new human life which has already been created, thus leading many Catholics, Protestants, and Atheists alike to oppose abortion – because murder is universally considered wrong. Interestingly, that transports us off the religion rabbit trail, right back to the main topic… what was it again? Oh yeah, science.

So, scientifically, when does life begin? O’Neill believes, and would have you believe, that the answer has not yet been found. Of course, modern science would disagree with her. But instead of facing the music, pro-choicers would apparently rather argue about religion, vasectomies, or maybe even why Coke is superior to Pepsi. (Okay, they’d be right on that last one.) But seriously – Terry O’Neill, can we please discuss science and science alone with regard to abortion? Maybe mix in a little logic, if you’re willing? Let’s leave those religious stereotypes at home.

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