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Abortionists lose money when moms choose life. New Alabama bill would require them to tell women just how much

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama, March 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – An Alabama state Senator introduced a bill that would require abortionists to tell patients how much money they make committing abortions and to describe their pre-born babies' nerve endings and physical characteristics. 

State Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, introduced the bill. Called the Ultrasound Access Act, it would require abortionists to make a "conflict of interest disclaimer" about how much money they lose if a woman chooses life. 

This would consist of "a written and oral statement divulging the abortion provider's gross income from the previous fiscal year, as well as the percentage of the income that was obtained from the performance of abortions." Included in this disclaimer would be "a statement concerning the monetary loss to the abortion provider which would result from the woman's decision to carry the pregnancy to term."

Abortions can cost anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars

At least 48 hours before committing an abortion, abortionists would be required to inform women about the procedure's risks. This information includes "a description of immediate and long-term physical and psychological risks involved in the abortion procedure, including, but not limited to, the risks of infection, hemorrhage, cervical or uterine perforation, risks to subsequent pregnancies, and infertility."

They would also be required to disclose "a thorough and accurate description of the proposed method for performing the abortion, including information on the probable gestational age of the unborn child at the time the abortion is to be performed and the probable anatomical and physiological characteristics of an unborn child at that age."

Information about the pre-born child would include a "description of all relevant features of the sonogram with audible heartbeat if present" and a "description of the development of the child's nerve endings and the child's ability to feel pain at each stage of the development." Mothers would also be given "relevant information on the potential survival of the child at his or her current stage of development."

Abortionists would have to tell women where they may receive financial assistance, prenatal care, neonatal care, and other services if they wish to continue their pregnancies.

Failure to comply with the law could mean fines up to $1 million for abortionists.

The ACLU of Alabama says it will challenge the law if it passes, predicting, "the state would likely have to pay more attorney fees" if the law is struck down.

"We shouldn't let the ACLU's prediction of a court case dictate what laws we pass in the state of Alabama," Birmingham-based Father Terry Gensemer of the Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life told LifeSiteNews. "This seems to be a reasonable piece of legislation, and worth whatever money it costs the state to defend the lives of pre-born children and raise the standard of care for pregnant women."

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‘It was twins!’ New video reveals Planned Parenthood knows it’s not aborting ‘clumps of cells’

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March 13, 2017 (LiveActionNews) -- In a damning new video released by Live Action, former Planned Parenthood manager Sue Thayer describes the horrifying situations she experienced while assisting with abortion procedures, and the desensitization workers had to the deaths of innocent children.

Thayer describes how when she first began her tenure at Planned Parenthood, she was asked to stand outside the abortion room to watch a procedure because most workers fainted if they saw the abortion up close. Gradually, Thayer was ushered farther into the room until she was able to stand by the foot of the bed and assist with the procedures.

“The contents of the uterus, or products of conception,” Thayer describes, “are emptied into this gallon jar, and they turn it off and take this suction thing off the gallon jar, and set it in this passthrough.”

Thayer describes workers taking the bodies of aborted children and bringing them into a separate room to piece the body parts back together. She describes a particular moment, when she sifted through the organs and remaining parts, when she discovered that the woman was pregnant with twins.

“I remember standing there looking at that, and I said, ‘Why are there three arms?'” Thayer recalled. “And the gal that was training me said, ‘Twins — it was twins!'”

Instead of informing the mother, the Planned Parenthood worker told Thayer they concealed the information in order to avoid upsetting women. Thayer adds that children were dumped into a sink after abortions, and workers would “hint the plunger, and then it would flush.”

“I just remember standing there thinking, ‘All those babies are in the Des Moines sewer system,'” Thayer said.

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Other body parts were stuffed into “little red bags with a twist tie” and thrown into the freezer, the former Planned Parenthood manager revealed.

“I remember kind of thinking, ‘I wonder what they do with those. Because if there is a buck to be made, they will sell those.'”

Thayer’s prediction was confirmed after the Center for Medical Progress released over a dozen videos exposing top-level Planned Parenthood staff discussing the harvesting and trafficking of aborted baby parts. In the chilling tapes, executives — some over meals — discuss altering abortion procedures in order to procure “intact” fetal parts in order to make a profit.

Planned Parenthood is America’s biggest abortion chain, committing over 320,000 abortions every year — that’s 887 abortions every day, or one every 97 seconds.

As Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding is on the line with the new pro-life Congress and administration — both of which have vowed to redirect taxpayer subsidies toward comprehensive health centers — the corporation is propelling the false narrative that its focus is health care, not abortion.

However, Live Action’s “Abortion Corporation” investigation unmasks the true focus of America’s biggest abortion chain, sharing the reality that real women’s health care will still be funded if federal funding is redirected toward the 13,000 more worthy local health centers.

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Melody was born with Trisomy 18, but has continued to defy odds and today is a thriving, happy four-year-old
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Meet Melody, the little girl with Trisomy 18 who is defying all the odds

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March 13, 2017 (LiveActionNews) -- One of the most terrifying things a parent can be told is that their new child is “incompatible with life.” But for countless parents across the world, that is exactly what they hear upon receiving a diagnosis of Trisomy 18, or Edwards Syndrome. This description persists because Trisomy 18 is known to be associated with life-threatening medical complications; babies that survive pregnancy are practically guaranteed to spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). But should babies with Trisomy 18 really be described as “incompatible with life”?

Jennifer Thenhaus and her husband Andrew have five children. Their youngest daughter has Trisomy 18. During the pregnancy, they named her Melody after a family friend and because, even before birth, their little girl loved music. She would dance in the womb when their children would play the violin, as well as when she would hear the Eden String Quartet. Throughout the pregnancy, they had no idea she had Trisomy 18.

“In the first ultrasound they saw a small pocket of water on her brain (cyst), which can be a marker for Trisomy 18,” Thenhaus said in an interview with Live Action News. “It was our understanding that if that was the only marker there was almost no chance of Trisomy 18. In the second ultrasound there was mention of the fact that she was small, but nothing too alarming.”

It wasn’t until Melody was born that they began to realize that something was wrong. She did not open her eyes, cry, or move. They waited for doctors to run tests to confirm the diagnosis, but doctors told the family that they believed Melody had Trisomy 18. There was one moment that gave the couple some hope, though. On Melody’s website, they explained that her love for music came through again.

“That evening my husband decided to play music from the Eden String Quartet on his phone. All of a sudden we saw movement in Melody’s little isolette,” Jennifer Thenhaus wrote. “Little toes wiggled, hands moved, and then eyes popped open! The nurse came rushing in exclaiming, ‘What is going on in here?’ Melody’s heart rate had soared. Apparently her hearing wasn’t a problem! This incident was a significant gift from the Lord that gave us a glimmer of hope. It further confirmed that her name fit her perfectly.”

A few days after she was born, the diagnosis was confirmed.

“Three very somber doctors entered our room and got right to the point,” Thenhaus said. “They confirmed that Melody had Trisomy 18. The picture painted was grim. They did give her emergency care in the hospital, but then they sent her home on hospice with no expectation that she would live.”

But the doctors couldn’t have been more wrong.

Today, Melody is a happy, thriving four-year-old girl who is very much loved by her family. And daily life with her is much more normal than people might expect.

“We homeschool, so Melody’s siblings are at home and able to spend time with her, read her books, help feed her, help with her exercises, etc.; all the kids genuinely enjoy playing with Melody,” Thenhaus explained. “Our morning starts preparing her food and feeding her. After that she plays on the floor, sits on our laps, reads books, does her exercises. She eats a couple more meals before dinner, as well having an afternoon nap. We have a lot of family time in the evening. We eat dinner together, and she joins us at the table in her little booster chair. Then we do family devotions. She usually sits on someone’s lap during that time or plays on the floor. Then we have ‘talk time’. During that time my husband reads to our son, while the girls pile on our bed and we talk, laugh, tell stories, etc. Melody loves that time. Then she goes to bed.”

Medically, Melody is also doing extremely well. So far in her life, she has not had to have any surgeries, does not have to take any medications, and is not dependent on medical equipment for daily use. She has had some health issues — notably, severe sleep apnea and scoliosis.

“For the first two years of her life she could have died every time she went to sleep,” Thenhaus said. But with the help of medical experts, Melody does not appear to have sleep apnea anymore, and her spine is almost straight. She can now sit up and stand with support. And her parents say that her cognitive capacity is constantly increasing. And it’s all because of physicians who have been willing to think outside-the-box.

“It is entirely absurd to label them ‘incompatible with life’,” Jennifer said of children with Trisomy 18. “They are certainly more vulnerable, more delicate. As parents, we have had to seek the Lord for wisdom at every turn with Melody. Yet He has been faithful to direct our steps.”

Labeling babies with Trisomy 18 as “incompatible with life” is extremely problematic.

“We are sensitive to the fact that many of these children will have challenges that do not allow them to live very long. Yet when they are labeled ‘incompatible with life’, tragic results ensue, and these little ones are robbed of the opportunity to have any hope of living,” Thenhaus said. “The first danger is the propensity for the medical community to pressure for abortion. The picture painted for a baby in the womb with Trisomy 18 is grim and horrific. Sometimes I wonder if these parents feel like they have an alien in the womb. It dehumanizes these little ones. They are precious little babies who need love and tender care like any other child. They will need more support, and they will be more fragile. Yet, they need us to ‘take their hand, not their life’.”

In addition to dehumanizing these babies, Jennifer also pointed out that labeling them as “incompatible with life” can lead to a denial of basic medical care.

“Medical practitioners throw in the towel and don’t try to help these children,” she said. “If a child is labeled ‘incompatible with life’, then there is no point in making any effort. Sometimes these babies simply need a little oxygen and a C-PAP. It is not uncommon for them to be denied these basic things.”

And ultimately, while Melody does need more care than typical children do, she is still a vital member of the Thenhaus family and has enriched their lives for the better.

“We all love having Melody as part of our family and have grown and learned so much. Melody’s life has certainly brought trials, heartache, grief, and many tears, particularly for the first year and a half. Melody definitely requires more time to care for than most children. Yet we rejoice in seeing all that God has done in our lives through little Melody. She is a blessing beyond compare,” Thenhaus said. “At this point, Melody’s health is excellent. It is impossible to know what will take her. She is still more vulnerable than our other children, but we rejoice in her current strength and good health. Obviously none of us knows what a day may hold. Yet, we rejoice in each treasured day that we have with our sweet girl.”

Reprinted with permission from Live Action News.

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Feminists stage bloody fake abortion on woman dressed as Virgin Mary

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TUCUMAN, Argentina, March 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Feminists in pink masks pretended to commit an abortion on a woman dressed as the Virgin Mary outside a northern Argentina cathedral as part of an International Women's Day protest last week.

A photo of the protest shows what looks like blood and body parts gushing from between the Virgin Mary's legs, facilitated by the pink mask-wearing feminists. The woman dressed as the Virgin Mary holds a fist in the air. She appears to be smiling and wearing a rosary around her neck. 

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The photo of the "performance art" was circulated on social media. Clarin and a Spanish EWTN affiliate reported that Tucuman Archbishop Alfredo Zecca condemned it.

"It is with great sadness that we read about this highly offensive protest in Argentina," Maureen Ferguson of The Catholic Association told LifeSiteNews. "It is gravely disrespectful to mock the faith of billions of people in the woman whom National Geographic recently described as 'The Most Powerful Woman in the World' in its cover story on the Virgin Mary. It is also highly ironic for a feminist march protesting femicide to advocate for the right to take human lives, including the lives of female babies. Annually about 25 million little girls are aborted worldwide." 

The activist group Pan y Rosas ("Bread and Roses") wrote a lengthy Facebook post defending the women who staged the fake abortion.

The group Socorro Rosa Tucuman praised the image on Facebook, the Spanish EWTN affiliate reported, saying the woman dressed as the Virgin Mary aborted "patriarchy" and "forced heterosexuality." The post appears to have been removed. Pan y Rosas expressed its solidarity with the Socorro Rosa group.

 

"This grotesque and blasphemous act represents what every abortion actually is, and those who are upset by it should be equally upset by each and every abortion that occurs," Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, told LifeSiteNews. "As Pope St. John Paul the Second wrote in Evangelium Vitae, every attack on a human life is an attack on God and every rejection of a human life is a rejection of Christ himself."

"This scenario serves to remind us that we have our work cut out for us," March for Life President Jeanne Mancini told LifeSiteNews. "It is symbolic of the painful confusion in our culture regarding the inherent dignity and vocation of woman. In particular, it shows a deep misunderstanding and lack of appreciation that a woman’s capacity for motherhood is a beautiful gift to be treasured, not a liability and not a right either. Thankfully Mary, mother of Jesus, was courageous despite her difficult circumstance and said yes to motherhood and the miracle of life."

"This act also shows what is at the foundation of the hard-core pro-abortion people," Pavone concluded. "They hate the church, and they literally want to abort Jesus off the face of the earth in every manifestation of his presence today."

Meanwhile, in Buenos Aires, participants in an International Women's Day march tried to set the city's cathedral on fire. They attacked a lone man who held a Vatican flag and tried to defend the cathedral. 

At the Women's March in Washington, D.C. in January 2017, a protester carried a sign depicting Our Lady of Guadalupe as a bloody vagina.

"I believe more of this persecution will occur the more the Church stands against the sin of pre-born child killing," Father Stephen Imbarrato, a priest associate at Priests for Life, predicted.

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‘Arrogant’: Toronto Cardinal slams Trudeau’s $650 million global abortion fund

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TORONTO, March 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto has condemned the Liberal government’s three-year, $650 million commitment to “address gaps in sexual and reproductive health and rights” in developing countries as “arrogant.”

In an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada’s top Catholic prelate expressed “deep concern and disappointment” with the Liberals’ decision, which he denounced as “imposing a distorted vision of the empowerment of women” on dependent countries.

Trudeau announced the $650 million fund on International Women’s Day.

Women around the world “are denied legal control over their bodies and reproductive health,” Trudeau, a Catholic, said then.

“That is why we will continue to place gender equality and rights, and the empowerment of women and girls, at the heart of our international development work.”

Those “public comments suggest that unless a woman has access to abortion or contraception, she is not empowered or able to realize her full potential,” responded Collins in his March 10 letter.

“I simply remind you and your colleagues that we have no rights at all unless we are afforded the right to life,” wrote the cardinal.

“That decision was made for you and for each one of us by a woman, determined and committed to bring a new life into this world.”

Collins also rebuked the Liberals’ for “ideological colonization.”

It is “arrogant for powerful, wealthy nations to dictate what priorities developing countries should embrace,” he wrote.

In this, Collins echoed the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, who rebuked Trudeau for “cultural imperialism” in a March 10 open letter.

The bishops cited a Global Affairs background document that reveals the Liberals intend to fund campaigns to strike down abortion laws in developing countries.

The $650 million investment goals include “removing judicial and legal barriers to the fulfilment of sexual and reproductive health and rights,” the document states.

Canadians will also pay for “addressing social norms that limit women’s and adolescents’ control over their bodies and reproductive decision-making” as part of its development aid, it states.

Pope Francis “has cautioned the rich and powerful West against the danger of ‘ideological colonization,’ in which such countries and organizations offer funding to help further a particular social agenda,” wrote Collins.

“Do we empower women by making sex selective abortions more accessible?” he added.

“Surely we can do better than imposing a distorted vision of the empowerment of women on the people of countries that deserve our support to respond effectively to the challenge of their most pressing needs,” Collins stated.

“Money spent on promoting abortion and contraception could be spent on vaccinating millions of women and girls against malaria or other diseases. $650 million could help build a lot of schools or universities, pathways to knowledge for future female leaders of our world.”

Canada “could learn from a number of inspiring examples of outreach and care that support women worldwide,” wrote the cardinal.

“Very often these programs are offered by faith-based, non-governmental organizations, which are usually the first to arrive and the last to leave any area of crisis or need.”  

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Collins ended his letter to Trudeau by stating he would “welcome opportunity to speak with you regarding this critically important issue.”

Campaign Life Coalition vice president Jeff Gunnarson said his organization was “deeply grateful” to Collins “for his leadership.”

“We thank Cardinal Collins for his strong and precise condemnation of Prime Minister Trudeau’s decision to export contraception and abortion worldwide and for calling out his arrogance in dictating ‘what priorities developing countries should embrace,’” Gunnarson said.

“We hope and pray his words will pierce through Trudeau and his government’s false sense of ‘compassion’ and misguided worldview and give cause to sober second thought before millions of women, children and families are harmed by our country’s decision.”

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Cardinal Collins’s statement can be read here, and the CCCB statement here. The Global Affairs background document can be read here.

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Alberta independent Christian schools face defunding threats from public unions, teachers

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EDMONTON, Alberta, March 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — An alliance of Alberta’s public sector unions, public school boards and teachers has called for the defunding of the province’s 225 independent, mostly Christian schools that educate 34,000 students.

“Public funding for education should be focused on building the best public, Catholic, and Francophone school systems possible,” said Joel French, executive director of Public Interest Alberta, the left-wing lobby group leading the attack. “Private schools in Alberta receive some of the highest subsidies in Canada, while core government campaign promises in education remain unfulfilled. We need a change of priorities.”

Reducing funds going to the private system will go a long way toward lessening the financial burden on families and recommit support for the public education system,” added Carolyn Blasetti, executive director of Support Our Students Alberta.

However, Donna Trimble, head of Parents for Choice in Education, said all of the alliance’s arguments rely on “false premises.”

First, Trimble told LifeSiteNews, the money at stake is not a “subsidy.” “These are not the government’s dollars. They are the taxpayers’ dollars, Alberta’s independent school parents are taxpayers too.”

Second, there would no savings for the public. In fact, “It is not rocket science to discern that even if half these children return to the public system, it would cost the taxpayers at least $750 million over five years,” said Trimble. “As it stands, independent schools receive around $5,000 for each student each year, while public school children bring over $10,000 per year to their school.”

Third, the idea that these schools are full of children from wealthy families is also false. Most are “middle class and lower-middle,” said Trimble. Therefore, they would switch to public schools if they had to pay for their child’s schooling entirely.

While it is not true that defunding independent schools would save taxpayers’ money, it would bring more money into the public system, said Trimble, that would go to the Alberta Teachers Federation and other public unions who staff that system.

Alberta’s New Democratic Party government and its education minister, David Eggen, have until lately paid lip service to the highly pluralistic education system they inherited two years ago when they ended eight decades of conservative government.

However, since last month’s call for defunding, Eggen has changed his tune. First, he responded noncommittally to challenges in the Legislature on the question last month. Then, early in March, the Calgary Herald asked him again about independent school funds. He replied, “To say everything stays static forever is to be not realistic. I’m always looking for ways by which I can provide good quality education for the most efficient use of public money.”

Along with the independent schools and their partial funding, there are 23 fully state-supported Catholic school districts and, the public system with many charter schools, each with its own guiding philosophy, including Christian ones. As well, there is a parallel Francophone public system and thousands of homeschoolers.

The socialist NDP government is also embroiled in an ideological fight with Catholic and Christian schools. It has joined the international movement to use schools to normalize same-sex relationships, gender fluidity and transgenderism.

So far, this has taken the form of forcing Christian schools to allow homosexual clubs and “trans” students who are males biologically to use female washrooms and change rooms. However, the government is also engaged in a multiyear project to rewrite the entire curriculum to favor sexual minorities and indoctrinate the next generation of Albertans.

Columnist Ted Byfield, founder of the now-defunct Alberta Report and Report news magazines, is certain the attack on private school funding and the long-term assault on the hearts and minds of Alberta’s students are connected.

“I believe Eggen not only knew that this [attack on independent school funding] was coming. I think the government organized it,” Byfield told LifeSiteNews. “Now they can do what they want to do anyway and say, ‘We are just responding to popular opinion.’”

Byfield said the Notley government’s quarrel with Christian and Catholic schools is ideological. “The ideology is that there is no such thing as any objective truth or morality. But Christians believe, ‘Yes, you can know some things to be true.’”

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Byfield said it was “outrageous” that the Alberta Teachers Association should recommend such a self-serving policy to the government, when the latter depends on ATA support for re-election. He added that it looked like “influence peddling.”

The Association of Independent Schools and Colleges in Alberta said in a statement that it “strongly rejects this proposal, and the flawed premise it is based on.” Each independent school student saved taxpayers $7,800 a year, it said. Independent schools “provide a range of choice as is appropriate in a pluralistic society.”

Adriana LaGrange, president of the Catholic School Trustees Association, told LifeSiteNews that her group supported the right of parents to choose the education their children receive. She added, “From a social justice perspective, the tax dollars would have to follow their choice. Times are tough right now in terms of funding, but this is a time for different school systems to support each other, not cannibalize each other.”

Jason Kenney, the front-runner in the Progressive Conservative leadership race, joined the fray by starting a petition in support of independent schools. It has already gathered 4,000 signatures. Kenney is campaigning to unite the PCs with Alberta’s other social conservative party, the Wildrose. The latest polls suggest they could easily defeat the NDP if united, ending its experiment on the province’s youth.

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Quebec’s euthanasia death toll stunningly almost doubled in second half of 2016

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QUEBEC CITY, March 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The statistical report on Quebec’s first full year of state-sanctioned euthanasia shows an alarming trend that raises concerns about the rights of vulnerable Quebecers.

According to the Protection of Conscience Project, “Quebec’s euthanasia rate almost doubled in the last half of 2016.”

One year after legalization of assisted death, Quebec has passed the euthanasia rate that Belgium took five years to reach, the Project reported. “If Quebec's rate continues without escalation throughout 2017, it will exceed that achieved by Belgium after nine years.”

In absolute numbers, there were 256 requests for euthanasia in the first six months of 2016 and 441 in the second half in Quebec. There were 163 patients actually euthanized in the first six months and 286 patients in the second. When the government revealed the numbers for the first six months last November, it also indicated they were three times what was expected.

Quebec’s 449 euthanasia deaths comprised 0.7 percent of all deaths in 2016. In Belgium’s first year (2003), euthanasia accounted for only 0.2 percent of all deaths.

Quebec is ahead of Belgium in its first year by another significant measure, the number of euthanasia deaths per 100,000 people in the population. In Quebec last year, 5.4 people per 100,000 died by euthanasia, while in Belgium’s first year  2.5 people per 100,000 were euthanized. Not until the sixth year in Belgium did the country reach Quebec’s rate in its first year.

The nation that pioneered euthanasia was the Netherlands. It started in 2002 with a rate of 11.7 persons euthanized per 100,000 and now has surpassed 32 per 100,000.

Sean Murphy, the director of the Protection of Conscience Project, is concerned about the increase in numbers between the first half and the second. If Quebec’s growth “continues without escalation throughout 2017, it will exceed that achieved by Belgium after nine years.”

“Potentially, the increase in numbers and rate means there could be an increase in the pressure being put on people who do not want to participate,” Murphy told LifeSiteNews, referring to health personnel.

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The data also show that there were more requests for euthanasia in two Montreal reporting agencies than any other in the province. “It could be the kind of health problems that are treated at the hospitals there,” said Murphy. As for euthanasia requests granted, Quebec City has the province’s highest rate: 12 per 100,000 of population, or 90 in all over the years. There are other wide variations from region to region, and hospital to hospital.

Murphy told LifeSite News that the statistics raised “important questions about the reasons for such variations or trends,” such as possible differences in the quality or accessibility of palliative care or the nature of patient illnesses.

The Protection of Conscience Project usually looks at what provisions there are in different provinces for protecting the consciences of health workers who morally oppose medical procedures such as abortion, contraception and euthanasia.

Correction: LifeSiteNews regrets errors in reporting Sean Murphy’s analysis in our original story. This is a corrected version.

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Trudeau Liberals seek to scrub abortion, under-18 anal sex ban from Criminal Code

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OTTAWA, March 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — In a new bill the federal Liberals are aiming to scrub the remains of Canada's ban on abortion, which was struck down nearly three decades ago by the Supreme Court, from the law books.

The same bill (C-39), which seeks to remove so-called "zombie laws," would also repeal Section 159, the ban on anal sex between more than two people, in public, and for anyone under age 18.

Zombie laws refer to sections of the Criminal Code that have been struck down as unconstitutional by the courts.

However, although the anal sex ban has been declared unconstitutional by federal courts and appeals courts in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, it is not a “zombie law” as such.

The Liberals have elected to have Bill C-39 absorb and replace Bill C-32, a stand-alone bill introduced last November that would have repealed the anal sex ban. 

When introducing Bill C-32 Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould stated that Section 159 was “discriminatory” to the LGBTQ community and the bill was a substantive, not symbolic change, according to the CBC.

Sixty-nine people were charged under Section 159 from 2014 to 2015, but no one was convicted, reported the CBC.

Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould tabled Bill C-39 on International Women’s Day.

She highlighted at a press conference that the Criminal Code section banning abortion is among the Criminal Code provisions to be repealed.

The Supreme Court struck down the law prohibiting abortion in its 1988 Morgentaler decision, ruling that it violated the Charter right of security of the person.

The Court instructed Parliament to pass a new abortion law, but this was never done, leaving Canada with a legal vacuum on abortion. Consequently, abortion is legal in Canada up to birth without restriction.

“Our government without equivocation recognizes and acknowledges the constitutional rights of women and are taking the courageous step to ensure that we remove this section from the Criminal Code,” Wilson-Raybould said.

“We’re not opening or reopening the abortion debate,” the minister said in response to a media question if pro-life protests on the bill could spark renewed debate on abortion, reported Canadian Press.

“We are simply taking a leadership role and hoping that we will have this bill passed through and we can clean up the Criminal Code once and for all,” said Wilson-Raybould.

As for Section 159, “The intent of the law has always been to protect children from exploitation by prosecuting the adults involved, which took priority over concerns about equality,” observed Gwen Landolt, vice president of REAL Women of Canada.

“Anal intercourse is one of the riskiest behaviors associated with the transmission of AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases,” she wrote.

“Given the interest of some adults in having sex with youngsters, which is well documented, why then are those who should be protecting them compromising children’s physical and emotional health?"

Bill C-39 in general is “a monument to the power of the court, that they can throw out anything that Parliament puts in,” Landolt observed.

“What’s happened is the court has thrown out laws put in place by elected representatives in Parliament not on the basis of what is legal but really out on the basis their liberal ideology,” she told LifeSiteNews.

Landolt faulted Wilson-Raybould, who as minister of justice “should know better” for saying women “have a constitutional right to abortion.”

Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau also stated this, and it is the conviction of Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well, noted Landolt.

But the Supreme Court’s Morgentaler decision striking down the abortion law in 1988 “was simply to say the law itself was unconstitutional for technical reasons.”

The Court also said at the time that “Parliament could go back, if they so willed, to put in other legislation on abortion.”

“There is no, no constitutional right to abortion,” emphasized Landolt. To draw that conclusion is “a superficial, dimwitted response to what actually occurred.”

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Will Trump’s Obamacare replacement REALLY defund Planned Parenthood? Pro-lifers aren’t sure

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The long-promised legislation to repeal ObamaCare and its forced abortion coverage mandate was released last week, but pro-life leaders have concerns about possible loopholes.

The “American Health Care Act” would, in fact, defund Planned Parenthood Medicaid reimbursements for one year. One section of the bill explicitly says that states may not directly spend federal funds for healthcare on any business that “provides for abortions.” The legislation also prohibits federal tax dollars from paying for insurance that covers abortion.

However, pro-life leaders are saying the bill’s “tax credits” could be manipulated to pay for abortions. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins wrote that the American Health Care Act “could allow funds from the refundable credits to pay for abortions in health savings accounts.”

Americans United for Life, the National Right to Life Society, the March for Life Action (MFLA), and Students for Life of America agree that the proposed legislation needs fixing.

MFLA president Tom McClusky advocated immediate changes “specifically with regards to tax credits and healthcare savings — ensuring that neither go to pay for abortion.”

Students for Life president Kristan Hawkins told The Daily Signal that any possible use of taxes for abortion is “a deal breaker.”

“No taxpayer funding of abortion is acceptable, ever,” she said.

Each pro-life organization offered hope that the bill could eventually be supported.

“We look forward to working within the legislative process to fix such problems and guarantee that pro-life protections are included,” McClusky concluded.

Consternation within their party is causing House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell deep concern. For the ObamaCare replacement bill to pass, they need every Republican on their side. The bill will fail if they lose just three senators, or if 23 representatives waver.

Sensing in-house division, the Trump administration hosted a “listening session” with select pro-life leaders on Friday with Vice President Mike Pence.

The core problem is that the “budget reconciliation” process is being used to pass the bill, so the Senate only needs a simple majority and not 60 votes (Republicans have only a 52-48 majority in the Senate). That “budget reconciliation” process, however, has an added rule that limits legislation to only policies specifically related to the budget.

If a single pro-abortion senator invokes the added rule, the pro-life provisions would be taken out.

“If the abortion funding restrictions for healthcare credits and state funds in this new bill fails in the Senate, then these provisions will subsidize abortion,” Perkins summarized. “In that case, the pro-life community could not support the overall bill and should oppose it.”

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In 2015, Congress passed an ObamaCare repeal bill with explicit pro-life provisions using the budget reconciliation process, but everyone knew it would be vetoed by President Obama (and it was).

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and others advocate simply reintroducing that 2015 ObamaCare repeal legislation. The concern, however, is that with a president who is sure to sign it, the budget reconciliation’s added rule will be invoked.

Many conservatives advocate for outright repeal of ObamaCare in its entirety, then the passage of healthcare reform that does not put the federal government in charge of socialized medicine. Perkins voiced this position.

“What’s troubling is that the GOP seems to be surrendering to the view that healthcare is a government entitlement,” he said.

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#Ru486RuCrazy campaign warns women about the dangers of abortion drug

Campaign Life Coalition

This is the second in a series of videos. The first is available here.

March 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Campaign Life Coalition’s awareness campaign against Canada’s newest abortion drug, RU-486 or Mifegymiso, included a video posted on International Women’s Day warning women about the hypocrisy of radical feminists who put abortion access above women’s health.

So far, eight videos have been produced in the #Ru486RuCrazy campaign and are being released every few days. Marie-Claire Bissonnette, youth coordinator for Campaign Life Coalition, says more are in the works.

For more videos, check out Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube @CLCYouthProLife.

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CARDINAL COLLINS: Prime Minister Trudeau, your $650 million abortion fund won’t help women (FULL TEXT)

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Editor's note: The following is the complete text of a letter sent by Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 10, 2017. The letter was in response to Trudeau's announcement that the Canadian government would be spending $650 million to support so-called "sexual and reproductive health programs," including efforts to legalize abortion in countries where it is currently illegal.

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I am writing to express my deep concern and disappointment at your government’s decision to provide $650 million to support “sexual and reproductive health programs” globally. While it is commendable and necessary to foster initiatives that further the rights of women and young girls worldwide, your public comments suggest that unless a woman has access to abortion or contraception, she is not empowered or able to realize her full potential.

I simply remind you and your colleagues that we have no rights at all unless we are afforded the right to life. That decision was made for you and for each one of us by a woman, determined and committed to bring a new life into this world.

It is praiseworthy to offer international aid; it is arrogant for powerful, wealthy nations to dictate what priorities developing countries should embrace. Pope Francis has cautioned the rich and powerful West against the danger of “ideological colonization,” in which such countries and organizations offer funding to help further a particular social agenda. Do we empower women by making sex selective abortions more accessible? Money spent on promoting abortion and contraception could be spent on vaccinating millions of women and girls against malaria or other diseases. $650 million could help build a lot of schools or universities, pathways to knowledge for future female leaders of our world.

Our country could learn from a number of inspiring examples of outreach and care that support women worldwide. Very often these programs are offered by faith-based, non-governmental organizations, which are usually the first to arrive and the last to leave any area of crisis or need. They understand the reality of the local situation, and respect the dignity of the people who live there.

Canada is blessed with prosperity and a wealth of resources. Surely we can do better than imposing a distorted vision of the empowerment of women on the people of countries that deserve our support to respond effectively to the challenge of their most pressing needs.

I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you regarding this critically important issue.

Sincerely yours,
Thomas Cardinal Collins
Archbishop of Toronto

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Opinion

Think unborn babies are just ‘clumps of cells?’ New technology will make you think again

Kristi Burton Brown

March 13, 2017 (LiveActionNews) -- Former Planned Parenthood manager Sue Thayer describes in a new video how abortion facility workers can see with their own eyes that the children being aborted are real human beings and not just ‘clumps of cells,’ despite what they may tell women. Thayer describes seeing “three arms” after an abortion where twins had just been dismembered.

But it’s not just the gory — and accurate — details of abortion that reveal the humanity of children in the womb. It’s also the amazing windows to the womb that modern science reveals to us. We can glance at an ultrasound screen, go to a website, or even just get on YouTube and be astounded at the miracle of life in all its stages.

Recently, “a team of medical researchers at Kings College in London, St Thomas’ Hospital, Imperial College London, University of Firenze, and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and Philips Healthcare developed a new MRI scan hoping to get more detailed images of preborn children, which can be difficult to get when they are being active.” The results are in the stunning video below:

The scientific nonprofit, The Endowment for Human Development (EHD), partnered with National Geographic to create a DVD called, “The Biology of Prenatal Development.” EHD’s website is full of scientific facts, detailed and clear ultrasounds, and in-utero pictures that show the step-by-step development of humans in their mothers’ wombs. Below is a video of a preborn child’s heart beating at only 6.5 weeks gestation. While science has known for decades that a child’s heart starts beating by 21 days, a recent scientific discovery suggests that the first beats may actually occur at 16 days.

More in-utero movies from EHD can be viewed at the site’s movie theatre here.

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Alexander Tsiaras’ TedTalk powerfully reveals the humanity of each preborn child. His work reveals the steps of human development between conception and birth and has been viewed over eight million times between YouTube and the TedTalk website. Mathematician Tsiaras has worked for NASA and is also “an artist and technologist whose work explores the unseen human body, developing scientific visualization software to enable him to ‘paint’ the human anatomy using volume data.” He has authored a book called “From Conception to Birth: A Life Unfolds.

In addition to the videos that vividly reveal the humanity of every child long before birth, ultrasound photos capture the awe of human development at various stages. The sound of a tiny heart beating has caused countless mothers to choose life and cancel their abortion appointments. Mothers of miscarried babies have shared their photos with the world, demonstrating that children at very early ages are just that — children, not clumps of cells or “potential life.”

If we will only open our eyes and our ears, we will see that precious lives are all around us. These human beings ought not to be dismissed or pretended out of existence. Instead, it is our duty to use our peaceful strength and our courageous voices to protect their right to live, develop, and grow.

Reprinted with permission from Live Action News.

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Magalia Frazier

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I cancelled my abortion when the clinic told me what they did with the bodies

Magalia Frazier

March 13, 2017 (PregnancyHelpNews) -- Having a baby changes everything—physically, mentally, emotionally and financially.

Even though having a baby is challenging, it has its rewards too.  

After you’ve had a rough day at work, for example, and you come home or pick your child up from school, their excitement at seeing you is the best feeling in the world. Or, when you child is ill and under the weather, all they really want is to be near you as a parent and have you nurse them back to health.

As a parent, it’s a pleasure to watch your child learn to put into practice an everyday activity you’ve taught them that will be useful to them the rest of their lives.

I’m enjoying every bit of this roller-coaster ride with my 4-year-old daughter. But, our journey together hasn’t always been gumdrops above the chimney tops. I’m taking the good with the bad, and I have Elizabeth’s New Life Center to thank for that.

I’ve come a long way—far from the verbally abusive relationship with my daughter’s father, far from the dependence on government assistance to take care of my child and myself.

It all began when I found out I was pregnant. I was terrified and didn’t know where to turn or what to do next. Both of us come from strict families with strong moral and religious beliefs, so we were both afraid of what they would say once it came out that we were pregnant.

So, we Googled places nearby to make sure that the home pregnancy test was correct. That’s when we found Elizabeth’s New Life Center in Dayton, Ohio. We scheduled an appointment where they verified that we were indeed pregnant. We received an ultrasound and heard her heartbeat—it was so strong and fast-paced.

The Ugly Truth that Changed My Mind

I couldn’t believe I had a little person living in my body I was suddenly responsible to care for. I started to cry.

I was in college full-time, working part-time. Things were going great until this happened. What would my mom think of me? What about the rest of the family? I knew I’d brought shame upon my mother and myself.

With all these thoughts running through my head, the only thing I could think of was to keep it a secret and see about an abortion. I Googled abortion clinics and found the clinic in Kettering, Ohio. We drove to the clinic together. As I spoke to the receptionist, she told me what to expect, including the fact I’d have to pay a $200 down payment, with the remainder due the day of the procedure.

After my boyfriend and I paid the down payment for the abortion, I had one more question for the receptionist: “What do you do with the babies after the procedure?”

“We throw the fetus in the trash,” came the reply.

In that moment, I remember thinking how inhumane that sounded. Whether or not I felt ready to raise a child, I knew my baby was not going in the trash. Even the thought made me sick to my stomach.

Our appointment was scheduled for a week later. Even though I did my best to hide my pregnancy from my mother, she knew something was wrong. A mother always knows her child. When I told her I was pregnant and that I had already scheduled an abortion, she said, “You cannot abort my grandchild!”

On the day of the procedure, I felt sick to my stomach, my knees were buckling and I could barely stand. I called the facility to see if I could cancel the appointment and get my down payment back, but the receptionist told me I couldn’t.

I had had a change of heart. Something had come over me. Plus, I wanted my money back to help take care of my baby—the baby I was going to now raise.

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Almost immediately, I began searching for baby names and dreaming of the sex of my baby. When we found out we were having a daughter, I was excited and nervous at the same time—because I know girls can tend to be a bit much at times—but I was ready for all the loops I would endure with her.

Now that I had experienced this change of heart, I remembered Elizabeth’s New Life Center offered parenting classes to help me prepare for my baby’s arrival. I called and spoke with Meg at the center and signed up for classes right away. I went every week, whether my boyfriend came or not.

Nothing was going to keep me from providing from my child—not her father or anyone else. As my body started to change, I was excited to read up on the different weeks and stages of her gestational growth. I never missed a prenatal vitamin or a doctor’s visit. I was so proud to be a mom.

The Friends I Never Knew I Had

The staff at Elizabeth’s New Life Center and myself grew close. They called to check in on me and steered me to programs in our community that would benefit us. I received clothes, baby formula, socks, wipes, a car seat with a matching stroller, pacifiers, baby powder, baby shampoo, wash clothes and more.

On the day I gave birth, I called the nurse on duty at Elizabeth’s New Life Center almost 30 times. I had started labor and I was scared. The nurse helped to walk me through the early stages of labor, and never once grew impatient or irritated with me—even though I kept calling back.

When I went to the hospital later that day, to give birth to my daughter, Meg came to the hospital to meet my daughter. She brought along an Easter Bunny onesie with a matching hat and a card, and asked me if there was anything she could help me with.

Once my baby came, the relationship between her father and I broke down quickly. He became verbally abusive and had fits of anger where he would break things in our house that my friends and family had given us.

It has been hard to accept that I would need to raise my daughter as a single parent, but the support I’ve received from Elizabeth’s New Life Center has helped so much. I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have them in my life.

Magalia Frazier is part of a team of seven moms who will bring their babies to Washington, D.C. this January 26 as part of Heartbeat International’s Babies Go to Congress. The moms will each have a chance to tell their story of how pregnancy help organizations have helped them welcome their children to their congressmen on Capitol Hill.

Reprinted with permission from PregnancyHelpNews.

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U.S. Bishops indicate to Sec of State Tillerson Global Warming is their top foreign-policy priority

Chris Manion

Following is the text from a revealing March 2nd podcast by Chris Manion of the Population Research Institute.

March 13, 2017 (Population Research Institute) – Shortly after Rex Tillerson was confirmed as Secretary of State, senior officials of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services wrote him an impassioned plea. It was their way of introducing themselves to the foreign policy community of the new administration, so the Secretary undoubtedly considered their letter to be a statement describing the highest foreign-policy priorities of Catholics in America.

Is that what it was? Well, we report – you decide. The letter contained no mention, no condemnation, of the government’s existing programs that have spent billions of dollars on family planning, including contraception and abortion, in recent years. The bishops did not demand that the government cease its policy that requires that “family planning” programs be included before Third-World countries could receive any foreign aid projects for clean water, hygiene, health clinics, and other basic necessities.

The bishops did not mention any concern regarding the slaughter of Christians, including Catholic priests and bishops, as well as untold thousands of the faithful, throughout the world. They failed even to bring up the Obama State Department’s refusal to allow Christian refugees to enter the country,­ a policy which prefers importing Moslems from those very countries where Moslem terrorists were killing Christians. Nor did they request that the State Department cease its international campaign to promote and to celebrate active homosexuality.

Regarding our country’s relationship with China, the Catholic prelates did not urge Mr. Tillerson to include a stern rebuke to China for that country’s abusive forced-abortion policies. They could have insisted that the U.S. demand an improvement of human rights in China as a condition for pursuing closer ties with that country’s communist government – but they did not.

No, instead, Bishops Oscar Cantú and Frank Dewane, joined by the new president of the scandal-ridden government-funded welfare agency called Catholic Relief Services, urged Mr. Tillerson to share with them their fundamental article of faith – that carbon dioxide, without which plant life could not even exist on the planet, is a dangerous pollutant. Guided by that spirit, and speaking for American Catholics, the bishops requested that Mr. Tillerson oppose Global Warming, by supporting Obama’s notorious Paris Agreement that creates a new international bureaucracy to dictate energy policy to the world. The bishops even begged the Secretary to fully fund the “Green Climate Fund,” a slush fund run by elitist bureaucrats at the rabidly pro-abortion United Nations.

Why would our leading bishops make Global Warming their highest moral priority in this secular and degenerate age? Perhaps they were trying to gain some fans in the foreign-policy bureaucracy, which supplies the bishops’ welfare agencies with hundreds of millions of dollars a year in taxpayer funding. Or perhaps they were signaling to the permanent bureaucracy that America’s Catholic bishops oppose President Trump as strongly as the rest of the Washington establishment does. Their public statements across the board have certainly made that clear.

But the State Department brags of its highly professional character. Why would its employees welcome the bishops’ adamant opposition to the President and his policies? Aren’t those employees sworn to carry them out?

Tillerson faces major challenges to reform the Department of State

Let’s leave the bishops aside for a moment and take a closer look at the United States Department of State.

State is one of the most abidingly secular and internationalist cabinet agencies. Many years ago the Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff investigated the so-called "Foreign Service Exam" that is celebrated as the most selective and elite instrument of its kind. At the time, senators from 50 states were surprised to find that fully one third of the career ambassadors in the Foreign Service had gone to only one college – Princeton – while the graduates of the various state colleges and universities in their states had no such entrée.

The investigators were interested in one clear goal: they wanted the State Department to hire only the best-qualified applicants available. So they inquired into the standards that the State Department used to identify such prospects.

Initially, George Vest, Director General of the Foreign Service, waffled about the examination and its goals. Eventually he admitted that the State Department did not publicly announce a competition for the contract to produce the examination. Normally, a public advertisement of the contract is routine requirement in government procurement.

But the elitist State Department was above all those rules required of the masses. Instead, Mr. Vest relied on one crony outfit year after year to write the exam. Strangely enough, that organization was located in Princeton, New Jersey.

All series examinations aim to determine the capability, knowledge, and mental acuity of the examinee. The investigators pressed the Director General on just what attributes the examination was designed to discover, in order to identify the best possible public servants available for service in the State Department. Was at their knowledge of history? Their knowledge of geography? Their possession of difficult-to-identify but critical qualities such as patriotism, enthusiasm, and character? Of course, we explained, the department had gone to the very best supplier year after year, so the examination must have proven to be successful at identifying these attributes.

Mr. Vest was nonresponsive, then evasive, and finally abrupt: "we know who we like," he said flatly.

And that they do. With no regard to the values of the American people, the self-anointed elites of the United States Foreign Service seek not to find those who possess the qualities of the best Americans for their organization; instead, year after year, they seek to replicate themselves.

The rules that apply to everyone else do not apply to them.

Yes, the notion of “public servant” these days has sunk as low as everything else “public."

As Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson will bring a wealth of experience managing a superbly performing organization whose employees were consistently motivated to achieve the highest results. In the culture of the State Department, he will find an entirely foreign country, populated for eight years by arrogant Obama appointees who have now burrowed into every nook and cranny of the so-called "career employee" population.

That embedded culture is diametrically opposed to that of President Trump and the people who elected him. Since the State Department is part of the Executive Branch, the Chief Executive will have every reason to make sure that it conforms to the best management practices to which he and his Secretary of State have become accustomed to apply during their entire successful and professional business lives.

Unfortunately, the bureaucratic culture of Washington digs in and opposes, rather than standing up and supporting the democratically elected officials for whom its members supposedly work.

Mr. Tillerson, the President, and the Congress will have a mountain to climb in bringing back the professionalism that the State Department lost long ago. It is a daunting task, but a necessary one.

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Planned Parenthood CEO: ‘obscene’ of Trump to ask us to give up abortions to keep our funding

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March 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – President Trump's offer to continue Planned Parenthood's federal funding if it stops committing abortions is "obscene and insulting," the organization's president said in an email to supporters on Saturday.

"Planned Parenthood doesn't respond to bullying," Cecile Richards wrote. "President Trump's offer to not 'defund' Planned Parenthood health centers if we turn our backs on people seeking abortion is obscene and insulting. It's also a sign that he knows just how unpopular it would be to block millions of people" from using Medicaid at Planned Parenthood instead of non-abortion health centers.

Richards wrote that Planned Parenthood is "doing everything we can to stop" the Republican Obamacare replacement bill.

"It blocks people on Medicaid from using their insurance at Planned Parenthood health centers, threatening access to care for millions of people," she wrote.

"I've said this is the fight of our lives ... and I mean it," Richards' nervous email continuned. "At no time in Planned Parenthood's 100-year history have our patients' access to care been so threatened. At no time have lawmakers tried to divide us and turn us against each other as much as they are right now."

"Make an emergency gift to protect Planned Parenthood patients' access to life-changing care," the email suggested. Yes, the "care" Planned Parenthood provides is "life-changing," all right – and life-ending for its preborn human patients.  

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