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U.S. House votes to ban late-term abortions on babies who feel pain

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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. House voted 237 to 189 today to ban most abortions after 20 weeks, when the pre-born baby can feel pain.

The United States is one of seven countries with no federal limits on late-term abortion. Abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy for any reason is legal in many parts of the country.

The bill, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, was sponsored by strongly pro-life Rep. Trent Franks, R-AZ.

Two Republicans voted against the bill. Three Democrats voted for it.

Similar legislation passed the U.S. House in 2013 and 2015. It’s never passed the U.S. Senate.

The bill contains rape and incest exceptions. For an abortion to take place, the abortionist must file a medical report with a state or federal agency saying an act of rape or incest conceived the child.

At 20 weeks – halfway through pregnancy – an unborn baby is the size of a small cantaloupe. Mothers can feel their babies kicking. When they are operated on in the womb at this age, it’s standard medical practice to give the babies anesthesia.

However, it’s still legal to dismember them in violent, painful abortions.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the President of the Susan B. Anthony List, said she spoke with Trump last week and that he considers signing this legislation “high priority.” One of Trump’s campaign promises was to sign the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law.

Rep. Mia Love, R-UT, pointed out “some of the double standards that we have in this country.”

Killing a pregnant woman is considered double homicide, but abortion isn't considered murder, she noted.

“This begs the question – when does the unborn have a right to protection just like their mother?” asked Love.

The Democratic Reps. who defended late-term abortion repeatedly bleated, “we must stop the bans” on abortion. Some of them acknowledged that abortion involves a human baby with human body parts.

Rep. Brad Schneider, D-IL, shared a story from “Jessica” whose “baby had a rare birth defect.”

“Having an abortion was the most compassionate choice” available, Schneider said, quoting the post-abortive mom who said her “daughter deserved compassion.” 

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-WY, noted that in a “very unusual step,” the Congressional Budget Office determined the bill would save at least 2,000 lives. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-VA, mentioned this as well. 

“H.R. 36 is humane legislation, for innocent babies and for mothers,” said Rep. Karen Handel, R-GA, mentioning the bill's exceptions for babies conceived in rape and incest. At 20 weeks, babies “can hear music,” and “they can even respond to human voices...This bill reflects today’s medical understanding about a baby’s ability to feel pain.”

“The unborn child is a living, feeling human being,” Rep. Phil Roe, R-TN, said. Roe is a former OB/GYN who has delivered nearly 5,000 babies.

Rep. Ann Wagner, R-MO, brought a giant poster of her grandchild's 17-week ultrasound onto the House floor, explaining her heartbeat began three weeks after conception and she began kicking her mother at seven weeks old.

As the bill was debated, Democrats attacked Republicans for wanting to stop babies from being aborted rather than supporting gun control in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting. 

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-TN, was particularly heated in his remarks, complaining his pro-life colleagues “come here and talk about protecting the ‘unborn,’ forgetting the rights of women.” He also suggested Republicans are hypocrites for caring about reducing spending while wanting more babies, which would cost more money. 

“You’re right: we don’t put a price on” life, responded Rep. Mark Walker, R-NC. “We cherish it.” 

Rep. Franks quoted Thomas Jefferson, who said, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”

“A great and tragic shadow looms over America,” Franks said of abortion. It is the “greatest and most insidious human rights atrocity in the United States today.”

Franks noted under federal law, farm animals have more protection than pre-born babies late in pregnancy. He called these babies “little pain-capable children of God.”

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-CO, one of the co-chairs of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, shared the story of one of her staffers who had a late-term abortion. In her remarks, she called the one who was aborted a “child,” a “fetus,” and a “baby.” Pro-abortion Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-WA, and Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, also used the word “baby.” Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-IL, used the word “parent” as she defended late-term abortion.

Rep. Ted Deutch, D-FL, shared the story of a man who participated in the baptism of his aborted babies and “grieved their loss.” He used this to argue that there's no “one size fits all” approach to pregnancy and abortion.

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-NC, said she considers it her “solemn duty” to stand up for life. 

“We must care for these unborn children, not cruelly inflict pain…by treating them as objects,” she said.

Most difficult part of a late-term abortion 'is usually finding, grasping and crushing the baby’s head'

Some late-term abortions are committed using the “dilation and evacuation” method, which involves opening a woman’s cervix with laminaria (seaweed), draining amniotic fluid from her uterus, and pulling the baby apart limb by limb.

“The most difficult part of the procedure is usually finding, grasping and crushing the baby’s head,” AbortionProcedures.com explains.

Other late-term abortions on babies who would be viable outside the womb are committed by injecting digoxin into the womb, causing fatal cardiac arrest for the baby. The baby can feel the needle piercing its body. The stillborn baby is then delivered, usually several days later.

Live Action’s Inhuman investigation showed late-term abortionists admitting the humanity of the children they kill.

Arizona abortionist Dr. Laura Mercer explained to an undercover investigator that digoxin “stops the fetal heart.”

It will be a “quick poke through your belly,” she said.

“So, if you were to deliver” the baby by accident before the late-term abortion has been completed, “there shouldn’t be any movement.”

“We induce a demise,” she said. Demise means “death,” she explained to the potential patient. “We...literally go in and grab and pull pieces out.”

An abortion counselor at the same facility explained that if they didn’t use the digoxin, “they’ll just suction the baby and it’s possible that there may be movement as they’re taking out the fetus.”

“Sometimes” the babies are born alive and live briefly, the counselor admitted.

In advocating for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, SBA List has called attention to Micah Pickering, who was born at 22 weeks and four days. He’s now a healthy five-year-old boy. Some Republicans called H.R. 36 “Micah's Law” on the House floor.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2013 there were at least 5,770 late-term abortions on babies older than 20 weeks.

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Trump: ‘too many people still see Down syndrome as an excuse to ignore or discard human life’

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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – On Sunday, President Trump affirmed the “inherent dignity” of people with Down syndrome and decried the “tragically misguided” sentiment that underlies anti-life attitudes toward them.

Trump said this and articulated other pro-life principles in his statement for Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

He condemned discrimination against people with Down syndrome and praised “the family members, caregivers, medical professionals, and advocates who have dedicated themselves to ensuring that these extraordinary people enjoy lives filled with love and increasing opportunity.”

“This month, we renew our Nation’s strong commitment to promoting the health, well-being, and inherent dignity of all children and adults with Down syndrome,” he said.

Trump promised to “further empower those with Down syndrome to pursue the American Dream of independence, pride in work, and full participation in civil society” through “sustained advancements in education, research, and advocacy.”

“We will also continue to increase public awareness regarding the true nature of this condition, and to dispel the stubborn myths about the degree to which it is disabling,” he said.

“Sadly, there remain too many people – both in the United States and throughout the world – that still see Down syndrome as an excuse to ignore or discard human life. This sentiment is and will always be tragically misguided,” he continued.

In the U.S., the vast majority of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome prenatally are aborted. In Iceland, that number is nearly at 100 percent. Other Western countries have similarly staggering rates of Down syndrome abortions.

“We must always be vigilant in defending and promoting the unique and special gifts of all citizens in need,” Trump concluded. “We should not tolerate any discrimination against them, as all people have inherent dignity ... we will always endeavor to make sure that their precious gifts are never maligned or taken for granted.”

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VICTORY: Iowa judge upholds 72-hour waiting period before abortion

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DES MOINES, Iowa, October 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Planned Parenthood lost its bid to stop Iowa’s pro-life waiting period law.

District Court Judge Jeffrey Farrell turned down the abortion giant in its request for a permanent injunction blocking the law, which requires mothers to consider what they’re doing for 72 hours before getting an abortion.  

In doing so, Farrell ruled that pro-life waiting period laws are constitutional.

The law, which then-Gov. Terry Branstad signed in May before he became Ambassador to China, also bans abortions on pain-capable pre-borns after 20 weeks’ gestation. It also requires an ultrasound to accurately determine gestational age and gives women the choice of seeing and/or hearing the ultrasound.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (PPH) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are appealing the law, which they call “malicious” and “anti-woman,” to the Iowa Supreme Court. In the meantime, the law is on hold.

PPH president Suzanna de Baca vowed to fight the law. “This unconstitutional disregard by lawmakers — including (current pro-life Republican) Gov. Kim Reynolds — for women and their right to abortion access, is unacceptable,” she said. “We will fight with every available resource until we ensure that all women have access to the care they need.”

Waiting periods are on the books in most states. Pro-abortion organizations argue that they infringe on access to abortion because they effectively require a second appointment after the waiting period.  They say that’s an unconstitutional “undue burden” on abortion access.

“There is no question that the second trip will have some impact on low-income women and those who have to drive longer distances,” Judge Farrell acknowledged. “However, the fact that there is some burden is not dispositive if the act does not place a substantial obstacle in the way of women getting an abortion.”

“The ‘undue burden’ standard has been criticized, but it fairly balances the two competing interests of a woman’s right to choose an abortion versus the public’s interest in potential life,” Farrell wrote. “The public’s interest in potential life is an interest that cannot be denied under the law.”

Gov. Reynolds supports the law. “The law makes it so that a doctor can’t perform an abortion unless the mother has an opportunity to see her child through an ultrasound and hear the child’s beating heart,” spokeswoman Brenna Smith said, “giving her time to think about whether or not she wants to stop that beating heart.”

“If that time of reflection changes just one mind,” Smith concluded, “then the law has accomplished what it set out to do — to save a life.”

Farrell had previously ruled in favor of a state Board of Medicine case that disallowed “telemed” abortions, but his support was overruled by the Iowa Supreme Court.

Earlier this year, PPH said it was closing four of its facilities because of new laws blocking tax funds to abortion businesses.

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Pro-life woman denied gov’t committee chair after Trudeau Liberals protest

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OTTAWA, October 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Liberal-dominated parliamentary committee on the status of women voted down Conservative MP Rachael Harder as chair because of her pro-life record.

Harder’s defeat was expected after the Liberals staged a dramatic walkout last Tuesday to protest her nomination by Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.

Harder has a perfect pro-life voting record, and Liberal and NDP MPs on the committee claimed her pro-life views disqualified her from being a spokesperson for a body tasked with commenting on policies and legislation on women’s rights.

The chair for status of women committee — who is also committee spokesperson — is traditionally nominated by the opposition leader.

Although the Conservatives stood by Scheer’s choice of Harder, the committee voted Tory MP Karen Vecchio as chair against her wishes, reported CTV.

Vecchio, who told the committee in March she was “pro-choice,” could not get the committee to withdraw the motion nominating her and was essentially forced to accept the position, CTV reported.

Sheila Malcolmson, the committee’s lone NDP member, joined six Liberals to vote for Vecchio.

Malcolmson had earlier protested Harder’s appointment as shadow minister for status of women, and joined the Liberal protest walkout last Tuesday that grabbed media attention and left the committee without a chair and unable to function.

“I feel more comfortable with her being the committee spokesperson and the arbiter of the committee’s business, given that she doesn’t have as outrageous a position on reproductive rights and abortion access,” Malcolmson told CTV after today’s vote.

Campaign Life Coalition, Canada’s national pro-life lobbying group, decried Harder’s defeat.

“I think that Canadian women have been very vocal against the narrow-mindedness of the Liberal and NDP members on the Status of Women committee. The Liberals have frankly overplayed their hand,” says Johanne Brownrigg, Campaign Life’s Ottawa lobbyist.

“Losing Rachel Harder as committee chair is a loss for that committee but also for Canadian women,” Brownrigg told LifeSiteNews in an email. “Once again we see the evidence that diversity is not actually a Trudeau Liberal value.”

Harder and Vecchio released a statement after the vote also decrying the “intolerance” of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals, CTV reported.

“For Trudeau, to say a Member of Parliament is unfit to hold a procedural position because she doesn’t agree with his personal position, is ridiculous,” they said.

Last week’s Liberal walkout sparked a similar war of words between Scheer and Trudeau, with the latter endorsing the protest and the former suggesting the prime minister had a hand in planning the theatrics.

Having a chair who “would be able to stand up and unequivocally defend women’s rights” was “sort of the point of the status of women committee,” Trudeau told the reporters at that point.

Scheer for his point denounced the Liberals for rejecting Harder for “one particular personal point of view,” telling CTV News the Conservatives have no intention of reopening the abortion debate.

“The Liberals are trying to politicize this,” Scheer said. “I actually find it disgusting that the Liberals would treat a young, female Member of Parliament in this way, and it just shows the intolerance of the Liberal party.”

Harder posted a similar response on Facebook.

“On behalf of women across this country, I find it insulting that the Liberals are dictating to Canadians what ALL women believe and it is absolutely hypocritical for the Party that claims to stand for ‘choice’ to dictate to Canadians what a right choice is,” she wrote September 27.

“This is intolerance at its finest and the actions of the PM behind the scenes are dictatorial in nature.”

Harder has a stellar pro-life voting record, but Campaign Life rates her with an “amber light,” denoting “caution,” because she has yet to clarify statements on access to abortion attributed to her during the last election campaign.

Campaign Life rates Vecchio, shadow minister for families, children and social development, with an amber light, noting the Ontario MP voted “in favour of euthanasia, and Justin Trudeau's radical transgender ideology bill.”

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U.S. House will vote on bill banning late-term abortion today

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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. House is voting on a bill today that prevents most late-term abortions on pain-capable babies.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) protects pre-born babies 20 weeks and older from being killed in abortions because they feel pain.

During late-term abortions, babies are torn apart limb by limb. Sometimes, the abortionist injects the drug digoxin into them, which causes fatal cardiac arrest. They can feel the needle piercing them during a digoxin abortion.

At 20 weeks, the pre-born baby is roughly the size of a small cantaloupe. The baby’s sex, which has been determined since fertilization, is identifiable. Mothers can feel their babies kicking at this age. Babies born at just 22 weeks' gestation – 20 weeks post-fertilization – can survive outside the womb with medical care.

If the Act becomes law, abortionists convicted of committing illegal late-term abortions could spend up to five years in prison.

The bill builds the case for the reality of fetal pain by noting by 20 weeks, “pain receptors (nociceptors) are present throughout the unborn child’s entire body.”

“Mechanisms that inhibit or moderate the experience of pain do not begin to develop until 32 to 34 weeks post-fertilization,” Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand testified before Congress in 2004. This means that “any pain the unborn child experiences before these pain inhibitors are in place is likely more intense than the pain an older infant or adult experiences when subjected to similar types of injury.”

“The embryological evidence of development of nervous system is pretty well-defined,” Dr. Kathi Aultman, a board certified OB/GYN and former abortionist, told LifeSiteNews. “And there isn’t much argument about how well developed the nervous system is at 20 weeks.”

Aultman was the medical director for Planned Parenthood of Jacksonville before becoming pro-life. She is now an associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute.

According to the leading textbook on clinical anesthesia, Essential Clinical Anesthesia, published by Cambridge University Press: “It is clear that the fetus is capable of mounting a physiochemical stress response to noxious stimuli as early as 18 weeks gestation.”

Eighteen weeks gestation is 16 weeks post-fertilization.

“The position, asserted by some physicians, that the unborn child is incapable of experiencing pain until a point later in pregnancy than 20 weeks after fertilization (predominantly) rests on the assumption that the ability to experience pain depends on the cerebral cortex and requires nerve connections between the thalamus and the cortex,” the Pain-Capable Bill acknowledges. “However, recent medical research and analysis, especially since 2007, provides strong evidence for the conclusion that a functioning cortex is not necessary to experience pain.”

When unborn children are operated on, “fetal anesthesia is routinely administered and is associated with a decrease in stress hormones compared to their level when painful stimuli are applied without such anesthesia,” the bill explains.

“We know that abortionists like Dr. Kermit Gosnell, convicted of murdering born-alive babies and illegally performing late abortions, too often kill unborn children late in development,” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told supporters in an email.

The U.S. is one of seven out of 198 countries that allows elective abortions for any reason more than halfway through pregnancy.

The American abortion lobby vehemently opposes the mild restrictions on abortion posed by the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

On September 29, Planned Parenthood sent a memo to all U.S. House offices blasting the bill as “dangerous.” The abortion organization informed them that they would count only a “no” vote as one in “support of women's health.”

Exceptions and reporting requirements

If the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act becomes law, it will still be legal to abort babies 20 weeks or older conceived in rape or incest.

For a baby conceived in rape to be aborted under the Act, the mother must have obtained counseling or medical treatment for the rape at least 48 hours before the abortion.

Before an abortionist aborts a baby conceived in rape, he must report it to one of several entities.

The rape must be reported in the victim’s file with “a hospital licensed by the State or operated under authority of a Federal agency, a medical clinic licensed by the State or operated under authority of a Federal agency, from a personal physician licensed by the State, a counselor licensed by the State, or a victim’s rights advocate provided by a law enforcement agency.”

This doesn’t apply “if the rape has been reported at any time prior to the abortion to a law enforcement agency or Department of Defense victim assistance personnel.”

Abortionists must report late-term abortions after rape or incest on minors by “[placing] in the patient medical file documentation from a government agency legally authorized to act on reports of child abuse that the rape or incest was reported prior to the abortion; or, as an alternative, documentation from a law enforcement agency that the rape or incest was reported prior to the abortion.”

The bill also stipulates that any abortion committed on an “excepted” baby must be done in a way that makes it most likely the baby will survive. When an abortion on a viable “excepted” baby takes place, a second doctor who is trained in neonatal resuscitation must be present.

If a baby undergoing such an abortion is born alive, he must be treated the same as “a child born alive at the same gestational age in the course of a natural birth” and immediately admitted to a hospital.

Trump-supported bill faces uphill battle in GOP-controlled Senate

On October 2, the Trump administration released a statement saying it “strongly supports” the bill.

“If H.R. 36 were presented to the President in its current form, his advisers would recommend that he sign the bill into law,” it said. “The bill, if enacted into law, would help to facilitate the culture of life to which our Nation aspires.”

It would also “promote a science-based approach to unborn life, as recent advancements have revealed that the physical structures necessary to experience pain are developed within 20 weeks of fertilization.”

The bill’s biggest obstacle will be in the U.S. Senate, where it is unlikely to garner the required 60 votes. There are only 52 Republican senators.

Pro-life groups estimate the bill would save 13,000 lives a year. Planned Parenthood commits nearly 900 abortions each day across the U.S. There are close to one million abortions annually in the U.S.

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October 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Former abortion workers revealed secrets of the industry in a new video released today, explaining abortion quotas, low standards, and how they manipulated young women.

And Then There Were None (ATTWN), the ministry started by Planned Parenthood manager turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson, released the video.

It features two former Planned Parenthood managers, Sue Thayer and Annette Lancaster. It also shows the testimonies of Shelley Guillory, a former Registered Nurse at Delta Clinic and Women's Health, and Monica Leal Cline, former HIV Health Educator/Title X Training Manager at Planned Parenthood.

“If someone called our clinic and said they needed a pregnancy test, it didn’t matter what time of the evening, what time of the day it was, someone went into that clinic and gave her that pregnancy test,” said Guillory. “If that pregnancy test was positive, the following morning she was scheduled to come in for counseling. We didn’t tell her we were scheduling her in to come and get an abortion, but when she came in that morning, she was scheduled for an abortion.”

This counseling was done by a phlebotomist, not a licensed counselor, Guillory explained.

Lancaster said Planned Parenthood’s “options counseling” that should have taken 90 minutes lasted 15 minutes and “we never gave parents or the patient any time to read the forms.”

Cline said her training on HIV education from a “gay organization” and Planned Parenthood consisted of receiving CDC pamphlets on STDs. She said she was told “to study it, and to just learn to talk to the community about it.”

“They are not trained by some medical staff, or they don’t have a medical degree of any kind,” she said.

Cline said Planned Parenthood hates parental involvement and “they would tell me themselves, ‘Parents are a barrier to service. We don’t want parents involved.’”

Thayer said the Planned Parenthood abortion facility where she worked had sales quotas for abortions, birth control pills, and DepoProvera shots. She said Planned Parenthood classified a woman picking up a pamphlet about adoption an “adoption referral.”

“In all my years there, not in any of 17 centers all across Iowa did we have one adoption,” said Thayer. “Not once.”

“They are a sales team,” said Cline. “They want to make money, and they want as many customers as possible.”

ATTWN is hosting a live webcast on October 9 at 9 p.m. EST. Former workers will discuss their experiences in the abortion industry, answer questions, and encourage their former peers to quit.

“We are pulling back the curtains on what really happens behind closed doors at abortion clinics and helping abortion workers speak for themselves,” said Johnson. “Their stories are heartbreaking, persuasive, and unfortunately not uncommon. This is how we are going to end abortion in our nation – by helping all abortion workers leave their jobs, leaving clinics empty of those willing to do the bidding of the abortion industry.”

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Bishop cancels Netflix over concerns about sexual content for kids

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, October 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The retired Catholic bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas, stopped his Netflix subscription due to some of the streaming platform’s explicit sexual programming for kids.

“I have just cancelled my DVD membership in Netflix and so should everyone who cares about the moral well being of young Americans,” Bishop Rene Henry Gracida wrote in his blog Abyssus Abyssum Invocat. 

Bishop Gracida shared promotional specifics in the post about Netflix’s series Big Mouth, an animated comedy that premiered last week.

Pro-family advocates have said the show sexualizes children and is fantasy fodder for pedophiles.

Big Mouth features graphic masturbation and pornography. Most offensive, pro-family advocates say, is the cartoon literally showing the genitals of pre-adolescent children.

In Bishop Gracida’s post, he pulled a teaser for the program from a entertainment news outlet to illustrate the depravity of the content.

The series “is trying to find the fun in arguably the most horrific time in a person’s life: puberty,” the industry outlet said.

“The first two teasers have arrived to reveal the monsters lurking behind a teenager’s transition into adulthood,” the report went on. “Meet Hormone Monster and Hormone Monstress, the personifications of puberty.”

In the first clip “a perfectly normal gross little dirt bag” named Andrew is visited in the middle of the night by the Hormone Monster, “who encourages him to do something that should not be done while his best friend is sleeping right beside him.”

The Hormone Monstress welcomes the nighttime visitor in the second teaser. Here, “the creature teaches the young girl to “listen to Lana Del Rey on repeat while you cut up all your t-shirts,” “scream at your mother and then laugh at her tears.”

“That’s the nightmare … sorry, beauty of adolescence,” the report concludes.

The graphic for the program shows a group of cartoon adolescents, hunched over, holding their hands across their erogenous zones with various distressed and awkward expressions on their faces.

The graphic states, “Big Mouth – Coming of age all over the place.”

Netflix has also been used by Bill Nye to promote transgenderism and population control. It has been charged with broadcasting pornographic content previously.

Bishop Gracida has been a vocal proponent of the Catholic faith and Christian morals via his blog and other avenues.

In February, Bishop Gracida blogged in support of the dubia submitted by four cardinals to Pope Francis seeking clarification on Amoris Laetitia.

In an August blog post, he criticized papal biographer Austen Ivereigh for Ivereigh’s assertion that converts to Catholicism who had questioned the pope suffered from mental illness.

He is currently the only U.S. bishop who has signed the Filial Correction issued to Pope Francis in August by 62 Catholic academics, researchers and scholars from 20 countries — the number of signatories more than doubling since the Correction’s public release last month.

Netflix’s lewd Big Mouth program comes as the streaming platform announced a billion-dollar push to fund streaming content, its plans to offer its services on airline flights, and as it competes with Disney for market share.   

A CNN Money report from last month said the streaming giant’s more than 100 million subscribers will have endless content choices in the next few years with the company having made  $15.7 billion in obligations committed to streaming content deals.

Disney announced recently that it will pull its content from Netflix in 2019 to launch its own streaming service. Other networks are leaving to do so as well.

Netflix plans 10 half-hour episodes of Big Mouth.

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Trump promises to sign law protecting babies from painful late-term abortions

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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Trump administration “strongly supports” protecting pain-capable babies from abortion, it said in a statement Monday.

The Trump administration released a statement confirming President Trump would sign the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act if it reached his desk in its current form.

“The United States is currently out of the mainstream in the family of nations, in which only seven out of 198 nations allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy,” it said.

The U.S. House is voting on the bill, which bans most abortions after 20 weeks – halfway through pregnancy – today. It’s not expected to pass the U.S. Senate, where it needs 60 votes.

The Trump administration “applauds the House of Representatives for continuing its efforts to secure critical pro-life protections,” the statement said. “The bill, if enacted into law, would help to facilitate the culture of life to which our Nation aspires.”

It would “promote a science-based approach to unborn life, as recent advancements have revealed that the physical structures necessary to experience pain are developed within 20 weeks of fertilization.”

“If H.R. 36 were presented to the President in its current form, his advisers would recommend that he sign the bill into law,” the administration’s statement said.

“We have an obligation to speak and defend for those who can’t speak for themselves,” House Majority Leader Sen. Kevin McCarthy, R-California, said upon announcing the October 3 vote. “I welcome every member of the House and the Senate to unite together and say that when children can feel pain, when you can see their noses and ears, when you can hear their heartbeats and feel their movement — at the very least we can all agree these children should be protected.”

“We are grateful to President Trump, Leader McCarthy, and our pro-life allies in the House of Representatives for championing this compassionate, popular bill,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, one of the pro-life groups pushing hardest for the bill. “We urge Congress to pass it swiftly ... It’s past time for Congress to pass a nationwide law protecting unborn children from the unspeakable cruelty of late-term abortion.”

Signing this law was one of Trump’s pro-life campaign promises.

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Babies can feel the abortionist ripping them apart: here’s the scientific evidence

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October 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. House voted 237-189 today to protect pain-capable pre-born human babies from grisly late-term abortions.

There's no federal law protecting babies halfway through pregnancy when they can feel pain.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prohibits abortions on most babies 20 weeks and older on the basis that they feel pain when they are ripped apart limb by limb in dismemberment – or dilation and evacuation (D&E) – abortions.

If the bill passes the Senate and President Trump signs it as he says he will, the U.S. will no longer be one of seven countries with no federal limit on late-term abortions. 

Abortion supporters say it’s “pseudoscience” and “fake science” that five-month-old babies in the womb feel pain as they are torn apart and/or injected with a poison called digoxin to stop their beating hearts. The “junk science” smear often comes from abortionists themselves or organizations that explicitly support abortion with few or no limits.

For example, a 2005 statement from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) claims there is “no legitimate scientific information that supports the statement that a fetus experiences pain.”

ACOG supports and lobbies for abortion. Some of its members commit abortions.

But the basic science of embryology and mainstream medical research prove that babies can feel pain at 20 weeks. Some of this research even suggests that babies at that age feel pain more acutely than adults.

'The fetus ... can survive for a time while its limbs are being torn off'

Some late-term abortions are committed using the “dilation and evacuation” method, which involves opening a woman’s cervix with laminaria (seaweed), draining amniotic fluid from her uterus, and pulling the baby apart limb by limb.

“The most difficult part of the procedure is usually finding, grasping and crushing the baby’s head,” AbortionProcedures.com explains.

Other late-term abortions on babies who would be viable outside the womb are committed by injecting digoxin into the womb, causing fatal cardiac arrest for the baby. The baby can feel the needle piercing its body. The stillborn baby is then delivered, usually several days later.

“The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn from limb from limb,” Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote of D&E abortions in his dissent for Sternberg v. Carhart in 2000. “The fetus can be alive at the beginning of the dismemberment process and can survive for a time while its limbs are being torn off.”

Born and unborn babies feel pain

As medicine advances, more and more babies born prematurely can survive outside the womb.

One such baby is Micah Pickering, who was born prematurely at 22 weeks and four days. He’s now a healthy five-year-old. The pro-life group the Susan B. Anthony List, which has lobbied extensively for the Pain-Capable Bill, has featured him and his parents in ads and press conferences.

No later than 16 weeks after fertilization, pain receptors are present throughout the baby’s entire body, according to DoctorsOnFetalPain.com.

“Pain receptors (nociceptors) are present throughout the unborn child’s entire body and nerves link these receptors to the brain’s thalamus and subcortical plate by no later than 20 weeks after fertilization,” the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act says.

20 weeks is a “uniquely vulnerable time, since the pain system is fully established, yet the higher level pain-modifying system has barely begun to develop,” according to Dr. Paul Ranalli, a neurologist at the University of Toronto. This suggests 20-week-old babies might feel pain more acutely than older people.

“The embryological evidence of development of nervous system is pretty well-defined,” Dr. Kathi Aultman, a board certified OB/GYN, ACOG fellow, and former abortionist told LifeSiteNews. “And there isn’t much argument about how well developed the nervous system is at 20 weeks.”

“It is clear that the fetus is capable of mounting a physiochemical stress response to noxious stimuli as early as 18 weeks gestation,” the leading textbook on clinical anesthesia, Essential Clinical Anesthesia (published by Cambridge University Press), says. Eighteen weeks gestation is 16 weeks post-fertilization.

Aultman is now an associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Before she became pro-life, she was the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Jacksonville and participated in second-trimester abortions, some when the baby was older than 20 weeks.

Aultman explained that 20 weeks from fertilization, “the actual age of the fetus,” would be classified as 22 weeks gestational age, which is what most doctors use.

But “for the purposes of this bill, I’ll use the age from fertilization,” she said.

“We know how developed the nervous system is at [20 weeks],” Aultman told LifeSiteNews. “All the connections are made by that point so that the fetus can feel pain. Those that are against this bill say that they agree that all the neurological structures are there. However, they feel that the connections between the cortex and the thalamus are not yet developed or not well enough developed and therefore the fetus can’t feel pain the way you or I would feel pain.”

The cortex is the part of the brain responsible for sensation. The thalamus is the part of the brain “through which sensory impulses pass to reach the cerebral cortex.”

Similar claims about a lack of connection between the thalamus and cortex have been made to argue that babies can’t really feel pain like other humans for the first year of their life, Aultman said.

“And that’s the reason why, when I was a resident, the OB/GYNs used to do all of the circumcisions and we did not give [the babies] any sort of pain relief,” she said. “We didn’t give them local [anesthesia] or anything else. We just operated on them. And it was a horrible experience because they yelled, they screamed, they cried, they just – they quivered.”

“It was terrible,” she said. “And they continued to be upset long after we finished the circumcision. The rationale was that they really couldn’t experience pain and they wouldn’t remember it and so we didn’t need to give them anesthesia. That belief has been thankfully changed, and now we do give babies anesthesia for circumcisions.”

“The physicians who are against this Act supposedly because they feel that the cortical connection isn’t there,” preventing babies from feeling pain the way older humans do, use “the same rationale that was used for these [neo-natal babies],” said Aultman.

“When I did my rotation in the neonatal intensive care unit, there were little babies there not much older than 20 weeks and they definitely felt pain,” she continued. “When you would stick their heel to get blood, or try to start an IV, they definitely felt pain. They certainly reacted. Now, these physicians would say…it’s just a reaction like a knee-jerk reaction.”

It wasn’t just a “knee-jerk reaction,” said Aultman. “Those babies were in pain and they did not do well.”

The same doctors who deny the full reality of fetal pain “also recognize that it’s important to treat pain in the fetus because…they acknowledge that if the fetus experiences pain, it can” negatively affect their nervous systems, “which can be detrimental to them later.”

“It’s interesting to me that they would agree with that and yet keep saying, ‘but, they don’t really experience pain because they don’t have the cortical development,’” she said.  

“The position, asserted by some physicians, that the unborn child is incapable of experiencing pain until a point later in pregnancy than 20 weeks after fertilization [predominantly] rests on the assumption that the ability to experience pain depends on the cerebral cortex and requires nerve connections between the thalamus and the cortex,” the Pain-Capable Bill acknowledges. “However, recent medical research and analysis, especially since 2007, provides strong evidence for the conclusion that a functioning cortex is not necessary to experience pain.”

Anesthesia for wanted babies of the same age

When wanted babies receive an intrauterine operation, it’s standard medical practice to give them anesthesia.

“Anesthesiologists believe they feel pain and they feel it needs to be treated if they’re doing intrauterine surgery,” said Aultman. “What they’ve found is that [babies] need narcotics or something to actually treat the pain in order for their outcomes to be improved.”

Just as it would be “awful” for an adult to undergo surgery paralyzed but not anesthetized by drugs, it’s similarly traumatizing for a baby in the womb.

“Surgeons entering the womb to perform corrective procedures on unborn children have seen those babies flinch, jerk and recoil from sharp objects and incisions,” DoctorsOnFetalPain.com explains. “During fetal surgery, anesthesia is routinely administered to the unborn baby and is associated with a decrease in stress hormones compared to their level when painful stimuli is applied without such anesthesia.”

Even if babies didn’t feel pain during late-term abortions, those abortions would still be wrong. Every abortion ends the life of a whole, distinct, living human being, even if the baby is in her earliest part of life at only a few weeks old. Feeling pain isn’t what makes a human a human.

Perhaps the barbarity and gruesomeness of painful late-term abortions will cause Americans to re-think whether we should at all be tolerating the dismemberment, poisoning, and starving of babies at anytime during pregnancy.

More information about the evidence for fetal pain can be found at the Charlotte Lozier Institute and DoctorsOnFetalPain.com.

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October 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — During the spring of 2006, Washington, D.C.’s historic Ford’s Theater produced a revival of the classic Civil War musical Shenandoah. When first performed on Broadway in the mid-1970s, the show enjoyed a long a run because it expressed a message that many in America were happy to embrace.

It told the story of a successful 1860’s Shenandoah Valley farmer, Charlie Anderson, a principled man with a very libertarian approach to life, and his attempts to keep his family out of the war that was creeping ever closer to his beloved homestead.

To a nation that was sick and strung out after Watergate and our long involvement in Vietnam, Shenandoah offered a welcome cathartic experience, striking just the right chord with its familiar folksy setting and characters, suddenly overtaken by war and its accompanying personal tragedies and triumphs.

My oldest son, Michael, at age 12, was the youngest cast member. It was a very exciting time for our family.

A couple weeks before Christmas 2005, we received a call from a Ford’s producer inviting Michael to audition for the role of the slave boy, Gabriel. At the time, Michael was performing as a member of the ensemble in a local theater’s holiday production of Oliver! The next day we drove through a snowstorm to Ford’s for his quick audition. On the way home, my cell phone rang with another call from Ford’s: “Can you and Michael fly up to New York City tomorrow so he can audition for the show’s director?”

Michael sang, danced and charmed them at Manhattan's Chelsea Studios the next day. Several hours later as we walked in the front door at home, my cell rang once again. Michael had landed the part. We were told at that time that Michael’s only serious competition for the role had been a boy who was then playing young Simba in The Lion King on Broadway. Wow.

Throughout the spring, Michael held his own with the mostly Broadway-based cast. A month later, he and Shenandoah’s other young star, Kevin Clay, reprised their duet from the show for Ford’s annual nationally televised July Fourth Presidential Gala with President and Mrs. Bush sitting front row center and Tom Selleck serving as Emcee.

An important truth this adoptive dad needed to comprehend and accept

The most significant experience from the show — for me — occurred not on stage but in the audience, in row seven, stage left. It is a moment permanently etched into my memory.  

Act II opened with Shenandoah’s upbeat showstopping duet, Freedom, a joyous response to the Emancipation Proclamation. It brought down the house night after night. Seated next to me was Michael’s brother, Christopher, age 10.   

When the song was over and the applause died down, my son, the slave boy, was asked, “Gabriel, you’re free! What are you going to do now?”  

Barefoot, ragged-clothed 12-year-old Gabriel answers, “Well, I’m pretty sure my Ma is down in Georgia somewhere, and I think my Pa is in Mississippi. I’m gonna go find ‘em.” And with that he takes off over a hill, waving goodbye.  

Gabriel’s goodbye was the only time in the show where the audience is clued in to his tragic forced separation from his parents.

I had seen the scene countless times during rehearsals. I loved the music and the choreography, but that was all that registered with me. I applauded enthusiastically.

I glanced over at Christopher. He wasn’t clapping. I was expecting to see a big smile on his face, but instead there were tears streaming down his cheeks. And in the blink of an eye, I understood.  

I put my arm around him.

Michael and Christopher are adopted. Watching his brother up on stage say, I’m pretty sure my Ma is down in Georgia, and I think my Pa is in Mississippi, I’m gonna go find ‘em, resonated deep within his soul — touching something that had lain dormant his entire life, something that had never been allowed to bubble up to the surface before.  

I hadn’t anticipated that, not at all. But the expression on his face communicated an important truth — one that I, his father, desperately needed to comprehend and accept.

It was a teachable — pivotal — moment for me.

On the day he was born, the bond Christopher shared with his biological parents was severed. He had no power to say or do anything. It was all decided for him. Like the character Gabriel on stage, it hit him that he didn’t know where his biological parents — the ones with whom he shares facial features, skin color and other family traits — were or how to find them. He was suddenly faced with the realization that his biological parents were phantoms and that he had been “given up.” Waves of emotions washed over him. He felt a little lost.

That’s the moment I learned about the deprivation that many children in our day and age experience, providing me one of the first puzzle pieces that would help me understand the supreme importance of intact biological families.  

This also helped me to begin to make judgments about my own life as a gay-identifying man who, up until that point, had been open to the idea of raising children with no mom in the house.

It eventually helped me to recognize the danger of third party reproduction and divorce, where adult desires and actions unfairly trump the best interests of children.

That moment launched me toward becoming a child, family and marriage activist.  

And all it took was a few tears streaming down a little boy’s cheeks — my own son's — for me to get the message.

My impossible dream

Our sons have grown into fine young men, now in their early 20s. I’m exceedingly proud, not just of their accomplishments but of their character. If they were not my sons, they are the type of men I would want to have as best friends.  

As I get older, especially when Christmas and New Year’s roll around and everybody is making their wish lists and expressing their hopes and prayers for their families and the world, I find I have just one item on my list.

If I could rub a Genie out of a lamp, snap my fingers, twitch my nose, or pray a powerful prayer and have my wish come true, it would be this: to somehow be transformed into my sons' biological father.  

I wouldn't love them any more than I do now — that's impossible. And I know they love me. But it would heal the wound on their hearts from having been given up for adoption as infants. Other than those tears I witnessed in the dark quiet of Ford’s Theatre, neither Michael nor Christopher has ever vocalized a thought, a worry or a resentment about this. But as their Dad, I know. That wound is there, no matter how old they are or their stations in life. It will still be there when they are my age. How could it not be?  

Alternatively, if my boys were to make a wish to have never had those biological bonds broken in the first place, to have had a happy home with the mother and father who gave them life, I think I would reluctantly trade my cherished memories in order for them to be restored to the wholeness every human being deserves. I would hope I could find enough selflessness within myself to be like the mother who went before King Solomon and begged him not to divide her son in two, and to give him to the other woman who had laid claim to him (1 Kings 3:16-28).  

I would freely do it, because I love them.

Blest be the tie that binds

Over the years, I have become aware of how much hurt and distress has been inflicted on children who are the products of divorce, surrogacy, single parenthood, gay parenting, abandonment, or simply the selfishness of the adults in their lives. Kids deserve so much more.

Even if my kids don’t consciously grieve, I do ... for those very precious, blessed, biological bonds forsaken on the days they were born.

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