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Mom suggests wrestling coach broke federal law by calling her daughter a girl

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WILMINGTON, Ohio, March 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A transgender freshman on the wrestling team of Wilmington High School quit her team because the coach made her use the changing room that corresponds with her biological gender.

Her mother is complaining that the coach revealing her daughter’s sex was disclosing “privileged medical information,” which is illegal.

Aubry Pogue-Krabacher, who dresses and presents herself as the boy “Aidan,” wrestled as a girl (against boys) since sixth grade, and now wrestles as a “boy.” She says wrestling Head Coach Kelly Tolliver humiliated her in front of the wrestling team by “outing” her as biologically female.

The incident occurred when Pogue-Krabacher tried to go into the boys’ locker room to change clothes. She alleges that Tolliver said he didn’t want her to use the boys’ intimate facilities to change. The coach told Pogue-Krabacher the plain truth that she is a girl, and had her change in the girls’ locker room.

“He made it very clear that he didn’t want me in there, and that I shouldn’t be in there because I’m a girl,” she told Fox 19. She said told her coach she’s not a girl but he “still proceeded to say ‘yes, you are’ and kicked me out” of the boys’ intimate facilities.

Deeply offended, the girl and her mother Sheila complained, demanding that Coach Tolliver be fired for “outing” her.  

Wilmington School Board President Marty Beaugard defended the administration, but said school officials are investigating the incident.  

“We don’t discriminate against anyone,” he said.

Highly significant for legal precedent is that Pogue-Krabacher’s mother claimed to the school board that revealing Aubry is a girl was illegally disclosing “privileged medical information.” Medical records are considered confidential information under federal law.  

“Not only did Coach Tolliver announce to the entire team that [Aubry] is transgender, he publicly humiliated [her] in front of [her] classmates with privileged, medical information he had no business sharing,” the mother told the school board.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) includes a section on keeping a patient’s medical records strictly secret. Known as “the Administrative Simplification” provisions, the law is intended to protect patient privacy in healthcare. Hospitals, for instance, may not reveal medical information even to relatives unless the patient makes a prearranged agreement consenting to it.

If Pogue-Krabacher decides to pursue legal action and can convince a judge that revealing a transgender’s biological sex is a violation of HIPAA medical privacy laws, Tolliver may spend time in jail.

In 2015, a Texas hospital worker was sent to jail for a year and a half because he disclosed medical information in violation of HIPAA. In 2014, Walgreens was sued and lost when a pharmacist shared with a woman medical information about her husband’s ex-girlfriend. The plaintiffs in that case were awarded $1.4 million.

Pogue-Krabacher said at least one boy in her grade didn’t want to wrestle her because of her female anatomy, which that student apparently described in a vulgar way.

At 15 years old, Pogue-Krabacher says she is nearly three quarters of the way through her “transition” into a facade of masculinity.

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Facebook allows illegal abortion pill advertising, bans pro-life ads

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March 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – It appears that Facebook is willing to run ads promoting illegal and unsafe abortion pills.

But the social media giant does not operate with similar laxity when pro-lifers post advertisements on it, numerous instances have shown.

CNN reports that it interviewed nine women between the ages of 17 and 30 in the small African country of Lesotho. These women procured abortion-inducing pills through ads they found on Facebook, despite the fact that the pills are illegal in the country. (CNN blamed, in part, the Catholic Church for “being a prominent part of the country’s culture.”)

Each woman said the ads put her in touch with individuals claiming to be doctors. Yet despite the ads promising “safe” abortion pills, all nine say they experienced extensive bleeding and faintness after taking them – complications for which they did not seek medical attention.

Dr. Limpho Maile, a spokesperson for the Lesotho’s Ministry of Health, told CNN that 13 percent of women who abort their babies are admitted to the hospital, and that the real number of serious abortion complications is likely much higher.

The Ministry of Health said it was not aware of Facebook advertisements for abortion pills, and Facebook refused CNN’s multiple requests for comment. Police spokesman Aus Lesupi said they have not been able to trace the ads to anyone within the country.

“Usually the doctors are foreign, and later flee the country,” said Lesupi.

But the report notes that a simple search resulted in “dozens of different pages and events advertising abortions.” A CNN reporter managed to contact one of these pages posing as a teenage abortion seeker. That reporter was unable to verify whether the abortion-dispensing individual was a doctor.

‘Most uncomfortable and disgusting ten minutes of my life’

One 27-year-old woman, speaking to CNN under the pseudonym Mpho, told her story of how one such ad led her to converse with anonymous, supposed doctors through the messaging service WhatsApp.

“I didn't trust any of the doctors,” she said, because they “sounded like they just wanted money, and wanted to just rush me in and out.”

But she eventually settled on an approachable-seeming one. They later met in a “tiny, barren back room.”

“He made me take some pills, he didn't say what they were,” Mpho said. “He then forcefully inserted two pills inside of my vagina with his hands.”

In what she called the “most uncomfortable and disgusting ten minutes of my life,” she says the man joked about the “niceness” of conceiving the baby she was aborting, took pleasure from the pain she experienced during the process, and afterward raised the agreed-upon price from 800 Lesotho Loti (approximately $67) to 1,500 Loti (approximately $126).

The pills failed to successfully abort the baby. So Mpho tried other pills procured through a friend, which led to her drifting in and out of consciousness and experiencing about four hours’ worth of bleeding, followed by coldness. Despite her boyfriend’s pleas, she refused to go to the hospital for fear of being prosecuted. Today, still unexamined, she fears the experience left her infertile.

Abortion defenders argue that crises like this are the result of abortion prohibition, and that if the procedure was legalized it could be performed by “qualified” physicians and regulated to ensure safety. But as LifeSiteNews has previously reported, the legal abortion drug RU-486 has been linked to the deaths of at least 14 women and 2,207 harmful side effects in the United States alone.

Countless legal abortion facilities in “first world” countries, like the one operated by Dr. Kermit Gosnell, can’t meet basic health standards and regularly maim women. In St. Louis, Missouri, for example, the Planned Parenthood abortion center just sent two women to the hospital in 11 days. It has injured an average of one woman every 20 days over a period of eight and a half years.

On Facebook, more freedom for abortion pill vendors than pro-lifers?

In recent months, there have been numerous instances of Facebook denying law-abiding pro-lifers the latitude enjoyed by these abortion pill salesmen.

In January, Facebook blocked the creators of pro-life documentary Roe v Wade: The Movie from sharing the paid ads for its crowdfunding page.

Last December, it refused LifeSiteNews’ attempt to boost its report on Canadian pro-life activist Mary Wagner being forcibly removed from a Toronto abortion facility, claiming that the accompanying image was deceptive in some way it refused to specify.

And last November, Facebook censored, without notice or explanation, advertising by Wexford/Missaukee Right to Life in Michigan, though in that case it relented following media coverage of the scandal.

“Facebook only appears to respond to media attention to fix what they claim is a simple mistake,” Right to Life of Michigan president Barbara Listing said at the time. “We achieved no results working through Facebook’s customer service department and the Better Business Bureau.”

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Federal court: male funeral director can’t be fired for dressing as a woman

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GARDEN CITY, Michigan, March 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) ― A federal court has ruled that a male funeral director who was fired after announcing his intention to dress as a woman while performing his duties at a Christian funeral home was the victim of “gender identity” discrimination.

A three-judge panel rejected the idea that a male funeral director dressing as a woman would be a distraction for loved ones of deceased persons utilizing the professional services of the Christian funeral home, asserting that the idea is “premised on presumed biases.”

The funeral home is Michigan’s R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home. The male employee who wishes to dress as a woman goes by “Aimee Stephens.”

Cross-dressing not sensitive to grieving families 

The court rejected not only the funeral home owner’s assertion that a high level of propriety is necessary to conduct business, but also his appeals to faith and conscience.

These were dismissed as nothing more than “stereotypical notions” about how a person’s sexual organs determine whether he or she is man or a woman.

“This to me seems like interference in a business’s need to present a good face to the public,” commented one small business owner familiar with the case, who wishes to remain anonymous. “Only a small segment of people would want to have a man dressed as a woman conducting services at a funeral home or cemetery.”

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) – the attorneys who have represented the funeral home since this case began winding its way through the courts – explained in a 2016 statement:

The former employee who filed a complaint with the EEOC was at all times free to dress as desired outside of work, but was required, as all other employees are, to abide by the dress policy while on the job.

The funeral home hired the biologically male employee as a funeral director and embalmer at its Garden City location in 2007. Funeral directors at the company regularly interact with the public, including grieving family members and friends. After informing [funeral home owner] Rost of an intention to begin dressing as a female at work, the employee was dismissed for refusing to comply with the dress code.

Not only would Rost be violating his faith if he were to pay for and otherwise permit his employees to dress as members of the opposite sex while at work, ADF attorneys explain, but the employee dress policy is also designed to be sensitive to interaction with customers at an especially delicate time of their lives.

The statement also noted:

R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes has locations in Detroit, Garden City, and Livonia. Preferred Funeral Directors International awarded it the Parker Award in 2011 for demonstrating exemplary service, and the Livonia location was voted “best hometown funeral home” just last month. The company’s sole corporate officer and majority owner, Thomas Rost, is a devout Christian whose faith informs the way he operates his business and how he presents it to the public.

U.S. Circuit Judge Karen Nelson Moore, a Clinton appointee, said in the 49-page unanimous opinion issued by the court that R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes “engaged in unlawful discrimination” against Stephens under Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964.

“Simply permitting Stephens to wear attire that reflects a conception of gender that is at odds with Rost’s religious beliefs is not a substantial burden under RFRA [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act],” wrote Moore.“We hold that, as a matter of law, tolerating Stephens’s understanding of her sex and gender identity is not tantamount to supporting it.”

“An employer cannot discriminate on the basis of transgender status without imposing its stereotypical notions of how sexual organs and gender identity ought to align,” she continued. “There is no way to disaggregate discrimination on the basis of transgender status from discrimination on the basis of gender non-conformity, and we see no reason to try.”

“The unrefuted facts show that the Funeral Home fired Stephens because she refused to abide by her employer’s stereotypical conception of her sex, and therefore the EEOC is entitled to summary judgment as to its unlawful-termination claim,” Moore wrote.

Gary McCaleb, senior counsel at ADF, said the decision “misreads court precedents that have long protected businesses which properly differentiate between men and women in their dress and grooming policies.”

“Court opinions should interpret legal terms according to their plain meaning when Congress passed the law,” he said. “This opinion instead rewrites federal law and is directly contrary to decisions from other federal appellate courts.”

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Euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands up and rising

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March 8, 2018 (Euthanasia Prevention Coalition) – The DutchNL news is reporting that the regional euthanasia review committee's annual report was released indicating that 6585 assisted deaths were reported in 2017, increasing by 8% from 6091 reported assisted deaths in 2016.

According to the DutchNL news, the number of assisted deaths for dementia or psychiatric reasons also increased in 2017, with 169 people dying by euthanasia for dementia (3 were advanced dementia) and 83 people dying by euthanasia for psychiatric reasons.  

In 2016 there were 141 people who died by euthanasia based on dementia, up from 109 in 2015 and 60 people who died by euthanasia for psychiatric reasons, up from 56 in 2015. 

In January 2017, a Netherlands euthanasia review committee decided that the death of a woman with dementia, who died by euthanasia against her will, was done in "good faith." The woman was held down while the doctor lethally injected her. On January 1, 2018, Berna van Baarsen, a euthanasia assessor for 10 years, resigned over the acceptance of euthanasia for dementia in the Netherlands. On January 26, 2018 a 29-year-old woman died by euthanasia for psychiatric reasons.

The DutchNL article indicated that 12 of the euthanasia deaths were questionable:

Twelve cases were labeled by the monitoring committee as not being carefully carried out – these were mainly problems with medical care or not having an independent second opinion.

The Netherlands euthanasia review committees are lying when they state that nearly all of the deaths are done according to the law. The fact is that they simply do not know how many assisted deaths occur outside of the law.

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) (August 3, 2017) published a Netherlands study titled: End-of-Life Decisions in the Netherlands over 25 years.

The study indicates that in 2015 there were 7254 assisted deaths (6672 euthanasia deaths, 150 assisted suicide deaths, 431 terminations of life without request) in the Netherlands.

A woman in the Netherlands was interviewed for the upcoming Fatal Flaws Film explaining how her mother died by euthanasia without request.

Since the Netherlands 2015 euthanasia report indicated that there were 5561 reported assisted deaths in 2015 and yet the data from the study indicated that there were 7254 assisted deaths in 2015. Therefore, based on the data from the study, 1693 (23%) of the assisted deaths were not reported.

The Netherlands euthanasia law uses a voluntary self-reporting system, meaning the doctor who lethally injects the patient also submits the report. Since doctors do not self-report abuse of the law, therefore the law enables doctors to cover-up "abuse" of the law. The 431 terminations of life without request are usually not reported.

Due to the design of the Netherlands law, it is impossible to know how many people actually die by an assisted death in the Netherlands. Sadly the Belgian and Canadian euthanasia laws contain the same Fatal Flaws as the Netherlands law.

Published with permission from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

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This adopted 10-year-old boy is making a difference for kids like him

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March 8, 2018 (Pregnancy Help News) – Kyle Gudger is like most 10-year-old boys – he enjoys Legos, robotics, and playing drums. However, he is also unique. Kyle is among the one percent of children whose birthmother made an adoption plan when she faced an unplanned pregnancy.

His biological mother's choice to not abort eleven years ago, and her story is a primary reason Kyle participated in the Baby Bottle Boomerang, a winter fundraiser for True Care Women's Resource Center in Casper, Wyo.

"I want to give kids the same option I had – I want to give them the chance to live by helping the moms," Kyle said. "Putting a couple of coins in can change the course of history. That person [saved from abortion] could become famous, could become president, could make a difference in the world."

Kyle collected just over $24 and put the bottle of money into the basket with other coin-filled baby bottles his church presented to True Care last month.

Seeing youth like Kyle participate in events and other ways to help True Care is inspiring, said the organization's president.

"We always welcome young people who would like to help with fundraisers," said Terry Winship, who has overseen the center for more than 18 years. 

"I remember when [True Care's former board chairman] brought his middle school kids in to help empty bottles," Winship said. "They were amazed and delighted to discover a few hundred dollar bills and some large checks. It showed them just how generous our community is, as well as the fact that there really are people in our community from lots of different denominations who are passionate about the mission of True Care."

Students from a local private school have also contributed to the center's mission. The kindergarten class filled baby bottles and came to the center with their teacher, presenting the bottles to Winship.

"I had a chance to thank them and tell them their bottles would help babies and moms who were in need," she said.

The 8th grade class from the same school raised money at their recent Winter Festival and donated the funds to True Care. 

Far from a localized trend, True Care's support from school-age children, teenagers and young adults reflects a generation that is increasingly mobilized to meet the needs of women in unexpected pregnancies with life-affirming alternatives to abortion.

The current generation appears to be more pro-life compared to past generations. In fact, a 2016 poll, commissioned by Students for Life, found that 53 percent of millennials believe abortion should be illegal in nearly all circumstances, while 17 percent of respondents said abortion should never be legal and 36 percent believe abortion should only be legal in extreme cases, such as rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at risk.

Coverage in The Washington Times pointed out that, "a majority of millennials support increasing restrictions on abortion, even if many of them do not identify as 'pro-life.'" 

Back in Wyoming, Alyssa Schaff, a college sophomore, started volunteering at True Care more than a year ago. She helps with events like the Baby Bottle Boomerang and the summer Walk for Life, collecting data and counting money. 

She also volunteers two hours a week at the office making copies for staff, creating packets for monthly Vision Tours, and helping fold and store donated items like blankets and baby clothes. After this month's spring break, she plans to help staff a table at the local community college, providing information about True Care to her fellow students.

"I like what True Care does. There are so many people that think Planned Parenthood is the only place to go for help – that isn't true," Schaff said. "I like helping how I can. Everything is important. If you volunteer and are just making copies, you have a part in giving women hope."

Helping the pro-life organization has a special significance to Kyle Gudger, who turns 11 on March 14 – his adoptive parents' wedding anniversary. His birthmother went to a pregnancy resource center, and he knows she could have made a different choice. 

"It's a privilege to be adopted," he said. "I think it's important for a kid to have a father and a mother and to feel loved. I wouldn't be sitting here if it hadn't been for my birthmother and the decision she made. I'm thankful." 

Published with permission from the Pregnancy Help News.

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Take your kids out of class: Tucker Carlson and Jordan Peterson discuss the decline of masculinity

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NEW YORK CITY, March 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — American men are in serious trouble, but few people seem to care.

That was Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s theme last night when he introduced a new series for his show called “Men in America.” It will air on Fox on Wednesdays in March.

In a stirring monologue, Carlson laid out statistics, ranging from lifespan to addictions to incarceration to unemployment to wages, that prove that it is boys and men--not girls and women--who are seriously disadvantaged in the USA today.  

“American men are failing, in body, mind and spirit. This is a crisis. Yet our leaders pretend it’s not happening,” Carlson said. “They tell us the opposite is true: Women are victims, men are oppressors. To question that assumption is to risk punishment.”  

“Our politicians and business leaders internalize and amplify that message,” he continued. “Men are privileged. Women are oppressed. Hire and promote and reward accordingly.”

“That would be fine if it were true. But it’s not true. At best, it’s an outdated view of an America that no longer exists. At worst, it’s a pernicious lie.”

Dr Jordan Peterson, author of the bestselling 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, told Carlson that there is a “directed policy” to emphasize that there is something wrong with masculinity and it should be limited in “all sorts of arbitrary ways.”

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“The fact that male behaviour is often diagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder is a manifestation of that,” he said.

Carlson asked Peterson why people would want to deemphasize or punish masculinity.

“Because it’s easy to mistake masculine competence for the tyranny that hypothetically drives the patriarchy,” the psychologist replied. “It’s part of an ideological worldview that sees the entire history of mankind as the oppression of women by men, which is a dreadful way of looking at the world.”

Peterson underscored that human history has been a cooperative endeavor between men and women and that to describe it as “centuries of oppression of women” is “an absolutely reprehensible ideological rewrite of history.”

This dystopian vision is taught as “unassailable fact” in universities and, increasingly, the public school system, demoralizing boys and young men.

Peterson advised parents to encourage their sons, that is, to instill courage in them, to teach them to be competent and to rely on themselves “to prevail, even in the darkest of circumstances.”

He had even more specific advice for parents regarding their children’s education.

“If you have your children in a school, and [teachers] talk about equity in class--equity, diversity, white privilege, systemic racism, any of that--you take your children out of that class,” Peterson said. “They’re not being educated; they’re being indoctrinated. And there’s absolutely no excuse for it.”

“You might run out of schools pretty quickly, though, here in this country,” Carlson quipped.

But Peterson wasn’t in a joking mood.

“That would be just fine,” he said, stony-faced. “The sooner, the better.”

The statistics Carlson provided--like the fact that 77% of suicide deaths are suffered by males or that 7 million working-age American men are now unemployed--were dire. However, the problem that he found most terrifying is that men are becoming “less male.”

“Sperm counts across the west have plummeted, down almost 60 percent since the early 1970s,” Carlson said. “Scientists don’t know why. Testosterone levels in men have also fallen precipitously. One study found that the average levels of male testosterone dropped by one percent every year after 1987. This is unrelated to age. The average 40-year-old-man in 2017 would have testosterone levels 30 percent lower than the average 40-year-old man in 1987.”

The host stated that low testosterone in men is associated with depression, lethargy, weight gain and decreased cognitive ability.

“You’d think we’d want to know what exactly is going on and how to fix it. But the media ignore the story. It’s considered a fringe topic,” he said.

Scientists don’t seem interested either.

“We checked and couldn’t find a single NIH-funded study on why testosterone levels are falling,” Carlson said. “We did find a study on, quote, ‘Pubic Hair Grooming Prevalence and Motivation Among Women in the United States’.”

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U.S. taxpayers gave abortion groups $1.6 billion in three years: gov’t report

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Abortion organizations received approximately $1.6 billion of U.S. taxpayer money from 2013 to 2015, according to a new government report.

This report comes from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which examined federal funding for providers of “preventive, reproductive, and diagnostic health care services in the United States or abroad.”

According to the report, during the fiscal years 2013 to 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) gave away a total of roughly $27 billion in such funds. Some of this money funded abortion entities International Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes International, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).

Some money also went to organizations like federally qualified health centers, which don’t commit abortions but often do dispense potentially abortifacient drugs.

Most of the $1.6 billion went to PPFA. This is consistent with the more than $500 million in federal funding the abortion giant reports annually.

The London-based Marie Stopes received $110 million over the three year period. Planned Parenthood’s international arm received $14 million.

“No matter our views on abortion, or the party label beside our name, we must ensure that our money is spent responsibly and with integrity,” said Rep. Diane Black, R-TN. She was among the lawmakers who commissioned the report.

“Abortion is not family planning,” said Black. “Abortion is family destruction, and the fact that $1.5 billion in taxpayer dollars is funneled to this industry is sickening. The American people deserve better.”

Planned Parenthoods that received the most money are under investigation

The report also breaks down Planned Parenthood subsidies by affiliate. It indicates that the five biggest beneficiaries of government money were Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, and Planned Parenthood Northern California.

In December 2016, the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives referred all of these affiliates except for Orange and San Bernardino to the U.S. Justice Department for criminal investigation for trafficking aborted baby body parts.

The Justice Department is still investigating Planned Parenthood over the scandal.

The Susan B. Anthony List noted that these particular abortion affiliates received $544 million, or more than a third of the total funding.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dorothy Fulgerson was quoted in promotional literature for biomedical company StemExpress that highlighted the “financially profitable” nature of partnering with abortion facilities, despite federal laws against selling human organs.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles harbored PPFA Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who was filmed discussing how to alter abortion procedures so as to obtain organs in usable condition, in direct violation of federal law.

Black’s press release also quotes Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ, as thanking President Trump for reinstating and expanding the Mexico City Policy, which forbids tax dollars from funding overseas abortions.  

Marie Stopes International and the International Planned Parenthood Federation opted to forego U.S. aid money under the Trump administration rather than spend it exclusively on non-abortion purposes.

“A similar protection should become the standard for all government funding; abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood – responsible for killing more than seven million unborn children – must no longer be subsidized by the American taxpayer,” said Smith.

Money is ‘fungible’

Smith has introduced legislation to permanently forbid taxpayer funding of abortion. It has passed the U.S. House 238 to 183. It has not been acted upon in the U.S. Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, has suggested he will not pursue pro-life legislation without 60 votes to break a Democrat filibuster.

Black, meanwhile, has introduced legislation that would place a one-year moratorium on federal funding to Planned Parenthood and redirect the money to community health centers. Black has argued that defunding Planned Parenthood year-by-year rather than permanent law can overcome this hurdle, since budget measures can still pass the Senate by simple majority.

Planned Parenthood’s defenders argue that because existing law forbids tax dollars from being spent on abortions, defunding it would only hinder the organization’s other alleged health services. But pro-lifers note that money is fungible, meaning that public funding Planned Parenthood uses for approved purposes frees funds from other sources to be spent on abortions. The Susan B. Anthony List reports that the $326,400,000 rise in Planned Parenthood’s federal funding from 2000 to 2013 “resulted in a 66 percent increase in the number of abortions and a 61 percent decrease in the number of adoption referrals.”

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Court vindicates Christians who lost foster girls for refusing to say Easter Bunny is real

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HAMILTON, Ontario, March 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – An Ontario has vindicated a Christian couple who had their foster children removed because they refused to teach them that the Easter bunny is real.

The decision, released Tuesday , declares that the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton violated Derek and Frances Baars’ freedoms of conscience, religion and expression by ordering them to tell the two young girls in their care that the Easter bunny is real, and by closing the Baars’ foster home when they refused to lie.

The Court said “the Baars were constantly promoting the children’s wellbeing” and “were clearly operating with the children’s best interests in mind.” The Court also found that the Baars “complied with all of the [biological] mother’s requests.”

In its decision the Court reiterated the question of “is it more important to have the Easter Bunny or permanency?” before finding “[t]he [CAS] very clearly chose the Easter Bunny.”

The Court was “more than satisfied that the CAS’ actions interfered substantially with the Baars’ religious beliefs,” including their belief that it is wrong to lie.  Further, in finding that CAS violated the Baars’ freedom of expression, the Court noted that the social worker’s “arbitrary conduct effectively sought to compel the Baars to express an opinion with regard to the Easter Bunny that was not their own.”

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Derek and Frances Baars, who now reside in Alberta, still desire to serve as foster or adoptive parents, but the decision of CAS to abruptly remove their foster children and close their foster home tarnished their record.  The Court ordered that when responding to inquiries from foster or adoption agencies concerning the Baars, CAS “shall fully apprise that agency about this ruling.”

The court application was launched in April 2017, after CAS had closed down the Baars foster home because the couple refused to tell the girls in their care that the Easter Bunny is a real entity.

“The Court’s decision vindicates the Baars and allows them to finally pursue adoption without fear of being blacklisted by the actions of the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton,” stated lawyer John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which represented Derek and Frances Baars in their court application against CAS.

“It’s unfortunate that a court ruling was necessary to make clear that people can be good foster parents even if they refuse to say that the Easter Bunny is real,” continued Carpay.

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Late-term abortionist under investigation after 23-year-old abortion patient dies

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, March 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The New Mexico Medical Board is investigating a late-term abortionist for his ties to the death of one of his patients, 23-year-old Keisha Marie Atkins.

Boyd, an aging abortionist who has been aborting babies since before it was legal, works at Southwestern Women’s Options, New Mexico’s notorious late-term abortion facility.

In February 2017, Boyd committed an abortion on Atkins. Atkins’ late-term abortion began on January 31. When she returned to the facility on February 3, she displayed labored breathing and signs of sepsis, a systemic, life-threatening infection.

According to her autopsy report, Atkins was “preparing for labor,” the final stage of a late-term abortion when the pre-born baby is delivered stillborn, having had his heart injected with poison beforehand.

Atkins’ autopsy said there appeared to be blood clots in her lungs. She was “emergently to the operating room to complete the abortion procedure.” It was then that Atkins went into cardiac arrest and was unable to be resuscitated.

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Local pro-life group Abortion Free New Mexico complained about Atkins’ death to the medical board.

On March 2, the medical board sent Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico a letter confirming “the Board's Executive Committee have reviewed [your] complaint and have determined that the allegations contained in it warrant further formal review to determine whether the licensee is in violation of the Medical Practice Act.”

The letter says Shaver and the public won’t any material on the investigation, but if “the case proceeds to a hearing, portions of the investigation file may become public information” that can be obtained by a written request.

“Curtis Boyd's unregulated late-term abortion practices will finally come under scrutiny by the New Mexico Medical Board, and this is long overdue,” said Shaver. “It is unfortunate that one woman had to die to produce this investigation, but we are hopeful that what is uncovered will serve to protect many babies and their mothers from late term abortions at the hands of Curtis Boyd in the future.”

Boyd, a former Baptist minister has admitted to a Texas television station, “Am I killing? Yes, I am. I know that.”

He said he prays that “the spirit of this pregnancy will be returned to God with love, with understanding” as he commits abortions. During that same interview, he also said he commits abortions on girls as young as nine and ten.


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Pro-life activist Mary Wagner freed on bail after 3 months in jail

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TORONTO, March 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Pro-life prisoner of conscience Mary Wagner walked free Wednesday after three months in jail even though her trial on charges of mischief and breach of probation isn’t over.

Justice Neil Kozloff signalled he was open to releasing Wagner when it became clear the proceedings would carry over to a third day.

Wagner refuses to sign bail conditions requiring her to stay away from abortion centers, which Kozloff noted when pointing to the difficulty of booking an early court date to finish the trial.

“I’m going to address the elephant in the room,” he told Wagner’s lawyer Peter Boushy and Crown attorney Kasia Batorska.

“I don’t want her kept in custody for the convenience of the Court.”

Boushy suggested Wagner be released without conditions, pointing out she is already under two probation orders forbidding her to go near abortion centers in Ontario, and there is provincial legislation establishing zones outside of abortion facilities.

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Kozloff and Batorska both agreed Wagner could go free on the sole condition she keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

Wagner, 44, will return for the last day of her trial on April 26.

Boushy thanked the judge on behalf of Wagner and her 25 or so supporters, who were packed into a courtroom so small several had to stand.

Wagner has pleaded not guilty to one charge of mischief and two of breach of probation. These arose from her December 8, 2017, arrest at the Women’s Care Clinic, located on the 5th floor of a medical building at 960 Lawrence Avenue West.

She and a companion entered the abortion center carrying red roses and pro-life literature and attempted to persuade women in the waiting room to choose life for their unborn children.

“I think it’s really significant that today is the feast of Felicity and Perpetua,” a clearly elated Wagner told her supporters outside the courthouse after her release.

“Felicity and Perpetua were martyred in the year 204, with Felicity in her 8th month of pregnancy. So I think that little baby was interceding for us today.”

Julia Haag, a longtime sidewalk counsellor arrested in a Red Rose Rescue in Washington D.C. in December, was one of three Americans, including a Catholic priest, who drove up from Washington to attend the trial.

“I’m really happy and feel blessed to be able to spend some time with her,” said Haag, who goes to trial in June.

“I believe she’s a beautiful role model. If everyone had the passion for children and ending abortion, and if every Catholic prayed and acted with such conviction, [abortion] would be over.”

Abortion center owner grilled on legality of business

Much of the trial’s second day was taken up with Miroslav “Mike” Markovic, the owner of the Women’s Care Clinic, testifying on the abortion center’s operations.

Wagner is charged with mischief, which is defined as the interference with the lawful operation of a business, and her lawyer Boushy told the Court an essential ingredient of the case was to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the abortion center was a lawful operation.

Markovic testified he is the director and majority shareholder of the Women’s Care Clinic Limited, a management company incorporated in Ontario in 1996. He is paid by the clinic’s two abortionists, his wife Saira Markovic, a general practitioner, and Rosa Magalios, an obstetrician gynecologist.

The abortion center also employs five nurses and “three or four support staff.”

Markovic said the Ontario government licensed one Ottawa and four Toronto abortion facilities, one of which has since closed, under the Independent Health Facilities Act in the early nineties so abortion centers could get facility funding from the ministry of health.

The Women’s Care Clinic applied for a license but was turned down because the government thought four Toronto abortion centres was sufficient, Markovic testified.

The ministry has since stopped licensing abortion facilities “because they did not want to provide funding,” he told the Court.

His abortion facility is registered as an “out-of-hospital premise,” a category established in 2010 by the government and the College of Physicians and Surgeons “in order to cover all procedures that are done with anesthesia outside hospitals,” Markovic testified.

Questions on $60 abortion center fee

When Boushy began intensely quizzing Markovic over the $60 fee the Women’s Care Clinic charges its clients, the judge repeatedly questioned the relevance, finally saying he would “bear with” Boushy no further.

Boushy then asked Markovic to leave the courtroom so he could explain his rationale to the judge, adding sharply that he was trying to defend Wagner, who “is entitled to a fair trial.”

“Mr. Boushy, don’t lecture me on what she is entitled to,” snapped Kozloff, whereupon Boushy shot back that the judge had “interfered with my cross-examination…you have sir, yes, you have.”

He then told the Court he had a Ministry of Health email statement advising him abortion centers are not required to be licensed under the Independent Health Facilities Act.

However, the ministry also stated that “abortion services are insured services. As such, a patient acquiring abortion services from a clinic cannot be charged for anything related to the abortion service or the abortion service itself. Such payments are considered as illegal facility fees under the Independent Health Facilities Act (IHFA).”

Boushy asserted the Women’s Care Clinic is governed by the IHFA insofar as it cannot charge illegal fees, and that he was attempting to establish whether the $60 fee was illegal.

Pre-abortion counselling separate from abortion?

When Markovic returned to the courtroom, he testified that the $60 covered uninsured services, and that the abortion facility waived the fee for women who couldn’t pay. But he couldn’t say for what percentage of patients the fee was waived.

When pressed by Boushy and Kozloff to specify the uninsured services, Markovic listed “the work that the nurses do,” a hotline, “birth control counselling”, “free birth control”, letters for employers and pre-abortion counselling.

When Boushy questioned him about pre-abortion counselling, Markovic insisted it was “completely separate from the abortion procedure” and done not by the abortionists but by nurses.

Patients had occasionally complained to the ministry about the fee and the ministry had ruled “it was okay,” he told the Court.

The Crown asked Markovic to submit copies of the letters between his abortion facility and the Ministry of Health “with respect to fees,” as well as a copy of the Women Care Clinic’s incorporation papers.

The trial resumes April 26 at 9:30, Room 310, Ontario Court of Justice, 1000 Finch West.

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March 8, 2018 (Human Life International) – For the first time ever, Gerber has chosen a baby with Down syndrome as their official "Gerber baby." Baby Lucas, whose infectious smile is certainly an attention grabber, was chosen from among 140,000 applicants. The position comes with a $50,000 prize, which Lucas' parents say they intend to put towards his education.

While Gerber's decision may ultimately be motivated more by good marketing than the desire to do a good deed, I strongly applaud their decision. After all, if there's anything that activists have learned over the decades, it's that visibility matters. Part of the reason that as many as 90% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in utero are aborted, is because of the pervasive ignorance that surrounds the condition.

By beaming Lucas' smiling face, and the self-evident love that his parents have for him, all around the world, Gerber is giving visibility to the dwindling Down syndrome community, and helping to correct the some of the many myths about Down's – myths with literally murderous consequences.

Down Syndrome Is Not a Life Sentence

The Down syndrome abortion holocaust is driven primarily by ignorance and fear. The antidote to fear is hope, and the antidote to ignorance, facts. And in the case of Down syndrome the facts strongly support hope.

The authors of one study, which I will never tire of citing, interviewed thousands of people with Down's, as well as their parents and siblings. They found that 99% of people with Down's describe themselves as "happy." Meanwhile, 99% of parents said they love their child with Down's, and only 4% said they regretted having their child.

This isn't to say that there aren't sometimes enormous challenges in raising a child with Down's – but what it does say is that for the vast majority of people, the positives overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives. Unfortunately, many parents of children diagnosed with Down's aren't given the facts, and without the facts, are robbed of hope.

Famous actress Sally Phillips was one of these women. In 2016, she teamed up with the BBC to make a film arguing against the introduction of a new, non-invasive test that is purported to be 99% accurate in detecting Down syndrome in utero. In that film, Phillips describes the moment doctors told her that her son Olly had Down's, shortly after Olly's birth.

"The doctor said to us: 'I'm sorry, I'm so sorry.' The nurse on duty cried. I don't think anyone said anything at all positive," says Phillips, known for her role in the Bridget Jones Diary movies. "It wouldn't have been any different if they'd told me my child wasn't going to make it."

Phillips was lucky, however, in that her son was already born. Had her son been diagnosed in utero, there's every chance that she would have been strongly pressured into aborting. And given that she is pro-choice, she may well have given in. Phillips, instead, was given the chance to experience what life is actually like for a child with Down's. And what she found didn't at all measure up to the doom and gloom of medical professionals or the pity of her friends.

"I was told it was a tragedy and actually it's a comedy," she says. "It's like a sitcom where something appears to go wrong but there's nothing bad at the end of it."

Another mother, Dr. Lise Poirier-Groulx, says that when her child was diagnosed in utero with the condition, it was simply "assumed" that she was going to abort. "Everywhere I went it was assumed."

"I got mostly cold stares and silences – Is this doctor for real? What is she doing? – that kind of attitude. We had to constantly state it: No, we don't want to terminate. There was none of this talk – the pros and cons, positives and negatives of having a handicapped child. We never got that. It was just negative, when do you want to do it (the termination) type of thing."

This pervasive atmosphere of hopelessness in the medical community can have a profound impact on vulnerable mothers and fathers, preying upon their already existing fears of the future, and magnifying them outside of any due proportion. In the end, they are never given the chance to see Down syndrome for what it is – a part of their experience as parents, and one that comes with very real difficulties, but difficulties that are dwarfed by the physical reality of the beauty and dignity of their child.

Overwhelmed by their fears, many parents will simply opt to abort as the quickest way out of their predicament. They are thus robbed of the opportunity of facing those fears, and of finding the enormous joy and love that are on the other side.

As one mother who admits she was terrified and in a "dark place" for a long time after receiving the diagnosis says: "The only way out of grief is through it. You have to feel it. You have to cry. You have to get pissed off. But do all this with a hopeful heart. The love for your child just comes, whether you want it to or not."

A Twisted Irony

Last year, a woman with Down syndrome, Charlotte "Charlie" Fien, gave a moving speech to the U.N. She was inspired to write the speech after seeing Phillips' documentary. In her speech, Fien compared the systematic elimination of babies with Down syndrome to the Nazi's targeted elimination of individuals with disabilities.

"I am not suffering," Fien said told the U.N. delegates. "I am not ill. None of my friends who have Down's syndrome are suffering either. We live happy lives."

"We just have an extra chromosome," she added. "We are still human beings. We are not monsters. Don't be afraid of us. … Please don't try to kill us all off."

At the end of the speech Fien received a standing ovation.

There is a twisted irony in the positive reception of Fien's speech, however. Many of the U.N. delegates who stood and applauded her likely support abortion on demand. While they might be willing to applaud a woman like Fien, and even appreciate her defense of the disabled, they would not have had any objection had Fien's parents chosen to abort her.

One such U.N. delegate is Ben Achour, ironically a member of the U.N. Human Rights Committee. After he gave a speech defending aborting babies diagnosed with Down syndrome, Fien shot back with a video of her own.

In his speech, Achour had stated: "If you tell a woman your child has …Down syndrome. If you tell her that, or that he may have a handicap forever, for the rest of his life, it should be possible for her to resort to abortion to avoid the handicap [as] a preventive measure."

Fien's response to Achour was blunt. "It's disgusting and evil," she said. "You need to apologize for your horrible comments. You should also be removed from the Human Rights Committee as an expert. You are not an expert about Down syndrome. You sir, do not speak for my community. … I will fight for our right to exist for the rest of my life."

This exchange between Fien and Achour exposes the twisted irony at the heart of our society – that we profess to be willing to bend over backward in order to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities, and yet that we have no problem with eliminating those very same people before birth. Even as we have a U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that lays out myriad ways that the rights of people with disabilities should be protected on a global scale, we also have members of the U.N. Human Rights Committee openly defending the slaughter of those same people

Gerber Baby "Shines Light"

The timing of Gerber's decision couldn't be perfect. March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day. It's a great opportunity to raise awareness about Down syndrome – in particular by sharing the unsung positive reality of life with Down syndrome.

Lucas's mom, Courtney, has expressed her hope that Gerber's choice of her son as Gerber Baby "shines light to the special needs community, showing that they are just like you and me. They should be accepted, not based on their looks, but based on who they are."

"My biggest concern always with Lucas was how people were going to treat him," she told the Today Show." I was always afraid he would be bullied or people would be scared of him. It's never once changed how we felt about him. He was always our son."

So why not mark March 21st on your calendars, and on take the opportunity that day to share some of the manymany positive stories of Down syndrome? Our brothers and sisters with Down syndrome are under attack globally. The best way to stand up for their inherent dignity and right to life is by making them visible to the world. Gerber has lent a helping hand with their choice of Lucas. Now let's all pitch in, and bring a message of hope, not fear, to any parents who may find out that their unborn child has Down syndrome.

Published with permission from the Human Life International.

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March 8, 2018 (Pregnancy Help News) – Ireland has long upheld the idea that a woman and her unborn baby have equal value, enshrining that conviction in its Constitution in 1937.

In fact, the stated essential equality of mother and child in Ireland's guiding law builds upon a national tradition framed as the 1861 "Offences Against The Person Act," which became the foundation for abortion thought in Ireland and held that mantle boldly amid a changing West.

In short, Ireland's stance on the sanctity of life has long been a model to a world that has abandoned the most vulnerable in society.

That is, until recently, as abortion activists in Ireland push to dismantle the views the country has sustained for over 150 years.  

Proponents of a new referendum are vying to repeal the eighth amendment of the Irish Constitution and potentially introduce language that could allow for the abortion of an unborn baby up to 12 weeks' gestation. 

As reported by The Guardian, abortion advocates hope to force a vote by the end of May, to make sure the nation's students are represented. Pressure from outside Ireland's borders has no doubt played a key role in the current drive to dismantle a cornerstone of Irish law.

Because Ireland protects unborn lives, abortion campaigners have complained that women are forced to choose between a "non-viable pregnancy" and traveling outside the country to abort their babies. In one specific instance, an Irish woman, Amanda Jane Mellet, learned at 21 weeks that her baby had a heart defect in 2011.

After further examination, doctors determined that her baby had Trisomy 18 and he or she would die in utero or shortly after birth. She went along with the doctors' advice to abort the child, traveling to Liverpool to carry out the procedure.

As related by the 2016 U.N. Human Rights Committee, on her way home from Liverpool, 

"[Amanda] was bleeding, weak and light-headed. The hospital in Liverpool did not offer any options regarding the baby's remains, and the author was compelled to leave them behind. She received the ashes, unexpectedly, three weeks later by courier, which deeply upset her. The travel abroad also interfered with her ability to mourn her loss." 


"The hospital's failure to offer her bereavement counselling, before and after the termination, hampered her ability to cope with her trauma." 

While Amanda's story was meant to exemplify the evil of Irish law, it's rather the opposite. Amanda's experience is yet another tragic declaration of the injurious effects abortion has on women – both physically and emotionally. What's more, Amanda's recognition of the need to grieve her baby speaks to the fact that deep inside, she knew this precious human being had value. 

Sadly, Amanda did not choose life. But, Hannah, a young American woman, did. 

Just like Amanda, a friend of mine named Hannah found out her daughter was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 in the womb. Because she lived in the U.S., Hannah could abort her baby after that diagnosis, but instead, she chose life. 

Here's what she had to say about her daughter Evelyn:  

When the news came back that Evelyn had Trisomy 18, my OB's partner had already scheduled my termination and told the specialist who delivered the news that I would be aborting Evelyn. Praise God for the day I found a new doctor's office who honored every wish I had with Evelyn and still congratulates me to this day. 

Disability is not a means to justify abortion, and these babies, unlike what their medical textbooks say, ARE compatible with life. I know we don't know half of the issues that Evelyn may have or develop, but I also know that if Evelyn has 10 years ahead with us, and we pray we do, I will also be 10 years older, with more grace, knowledge and love, to care for those issues that may arise better than I could now at 24.

Even on my worst day of being pregnant with her, being told by other doctors I would likely wake up one morning and she would be dead, I knew the privilege of carrying her was something to not take for granted. Many women who can't have children would gladly take my worst day with Evelyn in exchange to be able to carry a baby of their own. Each life is a gift, with his or her days already numbered and laid out before our God. 

And for that small percentage which is less than 3% but every pro-choice person likes to zone in on, if a woman's life is sincerely at risk, an emergency C-section will then save the woman's life and give her child a chance to see life-saving intervention as well. Abortion is never the option. Every life matters.

Evelyn celebrated her first birthday in October 2017, and is now a big sister to Esmè, who was born in September 2017. 

We in the pro-life movement know it wasn't the travel that broke Amanda's heart. It didn't matter where the "procedure" was carried out. It was the termination of her unborn baby's life. A beautiful child, who, like Evelyn, could have celebrated her first birthday and met her baby sister.  

The current law in Ireland promotes a culture of life and encourages stories of beating the odds – stories like Evelyn's. As we approach the coming months, we pray along with our Heartbeat International affiliates in Ireland that the country would stand firm against the external pressure to conform.

We pray Ireland would continue to uphold the tenets of human dignity in defense of those the rest of the world has long since abandoned.

Published with permission from the Pregnancy Help News.

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Reminder for Hollywood: Gun deaths don’t shine a candle to abortion deaths

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March 8, 2018 (American Life League) – This year's Academy Awards took place this past Sunday with a show full of political symbolism and the pushing of the progressive agenda.

One performance was even an attack on the National Rifle Association by a pair of rappers. Of course, the NRA has come under increasing attack from the Hollywood crowd because of the NRA's support of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. You know, the right to bear arms.

The wailing cry of those who think that the Second Amendment needs to be abridged is that gun violence causes too many deaths. The national statistics show that there are approximately 15,000 deaths a year from gun related violence. Unfortunately, that number has slowly risen in recent years. In an effort to put some significance to that number, the CDC reports that there are 2,712,630 deaths annually in the United States. Gun related deaths from all sources (violent acts, accidental discharge, suicides, etc.) total 38,000 and account for about 1.5 percent of all deaths.

The latest outrage stems from the most recent school shooting in Florida where 17 innocent human beings lost their lives because of one deranged shooter. The backlash has been tremendous, and people have pointed fingers in many directions – most especially at the NRA. This incident clearly prompted the performance of the rappers at the Oscars.

That performance, however, was nullified and made ridiculous by the presence of one individual on the stage for the attack on the NRA. That person was Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The fact that the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would allow the leader of the organization that commits the most egregious acts of mass murder in United States history to participate in a performance that is supposedly prompted by the killing of 17 innocent human beings in Florida is unbelievable. Planned Parenthood kills that many innocent human beings every 30 minutes of every day of every year.

The deaths of babies in the womb are not counted in the national statistics of deaths in the United States. Although the exact number of these deaths is not known, the widely accepted estimate is that there are 920,000 medical and surgical abortions in the United States each year. Each of these abortions kills an innocent human being.

If we add that number to the annual US death toll, there are about 3,632,630 deaths from all causes in the United States. Abortion can then be seen as accounting for 25 percent of all deaths in the United States each year. Richards' organization runs the largest abortion chain and admits to committing 321,384 abortions a year.

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What makes matters even worse – given the fact that the Oscar rappers were minorities and one of the other people standing on the stage was a cofounder of Black Lives Matter – is that Planned Parenthood kills at least 112,000 black babies every year. That's over 300 innocent black lives snuffed out every day at Planned Parenthood. Does anyone in Hollywood care?  

Shoot innocent people in schools, theaters, or on the streets and the Hollywood elite react with swift calls for "justice" and the banning of guns. Kill innocent human beings by abortion and not only do the Hollywood elite not care, but they are quick to shower gifts of money on the organization that does more of the killing than any other organization or individual.

Perhaps if Planned Parenthood's abortionists found a way to commit abortions by shooting the innocent preborn children, Hollywood elites might finally get upset! Then we could get them involved in abolishing abortion in this great country and reducing the national death rate by 25 percent.

Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a live talk radio program on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successfully fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.

Published with permission from the American Life League.

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Politics and Christianity: Here’s how they’re supposed to mix

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March 8, 2018 (BreakPoint) – Like it or not, it's another election year. Which means it's time for Christians to think clearly about political engagement.

Fellow Christian, it's time for a "DTR" with politics. Christian college alums like me will know what that means. "DTR" stands for "define the relationship." It's that talk a young man and a young woman must have to clarify one another's romantic intentions. Every Christian college in America has a "DTR spot," a designated place for these important talks: the chapel, the quad, the gazebo, or the lake.

Well, when it comes to politics, the Church is long overdue for a DTR.

Debates are raging about how we, as Christians, should relate to politics and government. Some have called for a hiatus, for Christians to step away from politics, to refocus on the Kingdom of God, and to work on our damaged reputation. Others have called for a heightened national allegiance in Jesus name, especially to our current leadership, with some even proclaiming that to question our leadership is to question God Himself.

Well, neither of these are appropriate responses for Christ-followers.

There's no question that the last presidential election has made this DTR all the more necessary, and all the more complicated. Self-identified evangelicals are constantly told how hypocritical they've been for voting for and now continuing to support Donald Trump, given his moral failings.

On the other hand, the Democratic Party, particularly the previous administration, has made abortion, the advancement and expansion of new sexual ideologies, and the compromising of conscience rights, its top policy priorities.

Given where we'd be had the other candidate been elected, it's important to note that Trump has kept key campaign promises to Christians, such as rolling back outrageous Obama-era policies that threatened religious liberty and placing a staunchly pro-life justice on the Supreme Court.

And yet, accusations of past immorality, and, shall we say a "Twitter problem," have plagued this President, not to mention that yet another Republican Congress has failed to provide a budget that defunds Planned Parenthood – something the GOP has pledged to do for years.

So we're back to the tough question: What should our relationship with politics be, as Christians?

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Let's begin with this: to expect a government or a political party to fix problems that are non-political at root is indeed a form of idolatry. The most pressing cultural issues we face as a nation are cultural, upstream of politics. And yet, policies will either contribute to, or counter, our cultural confusions. So politics matters. Still. A lot. We must stay engaged.

And in doing so, here are three things worthy of our attention.

I've just mentioned the first: policies. If we are to love our neighbors as Christ commanded, we should care deeply about policies that impact their lives.

Another is character. It matters. Still. A lot. And it matters on "our" side as well as "their" side. We can walk and chew gum at the same time. It's perfectly consistent to be critical of moral failings, while applauding decisions and policies. It may even be necessary at times to thank a candidate or officeholder for some good work, and still call on him or her to step aside to make way for someone with less baggage.

A final consideration is company. Every candidate comes with a team, and that's especially relevant when we're talking about the 2,000 or so folks that come along with highest office in the land. We'd never vote for Nebuchadnezzar, but wouldn't we be glad to have Daniel in an influential position? We have to evaluate a candidate's company in our electoral decisions, urge our leaders to surround themselves with wise advisors, and warn, when necessary, of dangerous ones.

Heading into yet another election year, this "DTR" talk is long past due for all of us. But Christians can faithfully live out our dual citizenship, without moral compromise.

Let's Talk about Christians and Politics: An Election Year D.T.R.

Policies, character, and company, as John points out, all matter when it comes to Christians engaging in the political process. So as the upcoming election season looms, do your research, and consider these three elements as you make decisions.


GOD & GOVERNMENT: An Insider's View on the Boundaries Between Faith and Politics
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Politics - According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture
Wayne Grudem | Zondervan Publishers | September 2010

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March 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – After months of backlash, the “abortion attestation” inserted by the Trudeau Liberals into the application requirements for the Canada Summer Jobs Program finally hit the floor of the House of Commons on March 1, when the Conservatives proposed a motion:

That, in the opinion of the House, organizations that engage in non-political non-activist work, such as feeding the homeless, helping refugees, and giving kids an opportunity to go to camp, should be able to access Canada Summer Jobs funding regardless of their private convictions and regardless of whether or not they choose to sign the application attestation.

Considering the fact that the Liberals—and Justin Trudeau himself—have consistently claimed that their attestation was meant to specifically target those who do pro-life activist work, you’d think that the Liberals would have no problem voting for the motion—especially after universal condemnation from the commentariat, a request from nearly 90 different religious organizations of every stripe that the attestation be scrapped, and a nonstop deluge of news indicating that many organizations doing much-needed community work felt that they couldn’t in good conscience “just check the box.”

The Conservatives pointed out that the attestation was being condemned by Canadians right across the country—MPs Diane Finley, Stephanie Kusie, Alice Wong, Rosemarie Falk, Bob Saroya, and Linda Duncan all presented petitions that opposed the attestation, while Harold Albrecht referred to an electronic petition that had already been signed by more than 6,000 Canadians. “It is a totalitarian action to force groups to agree with the ideological position of the government,” Albrecht told the House.

“In my riding, over the last 12 years, there are probably hundreds of groups, organizations, and small businesses that have benefited from this funding and they would continue to benefit,” he continued. “This year many of them have signed the application without signing the attestation. According to what we are hearing, they will be rejected. They are the ones who drew my attention to the fact that there was such a thing. They came to me. Many of them, even after reading the full application along with the attestation, are not going to bother to apply. That is the bigger shame.”

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“The notion that people who disagree with the government on controversial moral issues...must either adopt the government’s view or be excluded is acceptable in totalitarian regimes,” MP Karen Vecchio concurred. “It is not acceptable in Canada — a country that strives, in the words of the Charter, to be a ‘free and democratic society.’”

Lethbridge MP Rachael Harder reminded the Liberals that this attestation was impacting faith groups of every kind—and attack true diversity. “Government is in place to serve the people of the country, and in this case, a very vast country,” she said, “composed of people from different ethnic backgrounds and religious or faith backgrounds. People from different countries all over the world come to Canada and call it home. The government has decided it is going to create an attestation statement within the summer jobs grant application. That attestation statement is incredibly discriminatory in nature toward Canadians and the diversity that exists within our country.”

The Liberals, for their part, responded by again insisting that those organizations who felt they could not sign the attestation simply did not understand the attestation, proving that they fundamentally do not understand what “conscience” means: You cannot tell someone else that their conscience is wrong when they explain that they have a conscientious objection to being asked to do something. Several MPs even accused the Conservatives of being at fault for the “kerfuffle,” and the Conservatives had to patiently explain that many of them had not even been aware of the issue until concerned constituents brought it to their attention. The Liberals simply accused Conservatives of being associated with social conservatives and reiterated that those who felt they could not sign the attestation were either essentially too stupid to realize what was being asked of them, or should revise their consciences in order to more closely resemble that of the Liberals’.

Perhaps Robert Sopuck, who is incidentally a pro-choice MP, put it best. “Mr. Speaker, the other two parties in this House always claim that they are progressive,” he noted. “I am reminded of what the great free market economist Friedrich Hayek said: That inside every progressive is a totalitarian screaming to get out.”

That sums up the Trudeau Liberals extremely well.

Editor’s Note: The final vote on the motion will take place on March 19.

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Judge not? What Billy Graham and Hugh Hefner teach us about Jesus’ real message

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By Dr. Michael Brown

March 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – If you asked your average American today, especially a millennial, to repeat something Jesus taught, many would respond, “Jesus said, ‘Judge not.’” That’s about all many people know these days about Jesus. He taught us not to judge.

But not only have we forgotten what Jesus really meant when He said, “Judge not.” We’ve also forgotten a whole lot of His other words. Are you ready for a refresher course?

I’ve written on this subject before, explaining that Jesus taught us not to judge superficially or hypocritically, and that He taught us not to condemn.

But the subject came up afresh for me in response to a meme we posted on our Facebook page, picturing Hugh Hefner and Billy Graham. The text of the meme read: “2 men. Both died recently in their 90’s. Both influenced the world. Both born into Christian homes. 1 saw only religion & led millions astray. The other saw the Savior and led millions to faith.”

That was it. Simple. Powerful. Clear.

Yet some folks protested the meme, with one man writing, “Really? Let God be the judge! Negative example for Christianity! Prime example why people have issues with Christians. Very poor taste!”

This man even had 19 people like his comment. How insane is that?

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Aside from the fact that the meme said nothing about Hefner’s eternal state (heaven or hell), there was nothing debatable in the meme.

Hefner vocally rebelled against his strict Christian upbringing and was a key player in the terribly destructive sexual revolution. To dispute his negative influence is like disputing that a hurricane causes destruction.

But no, not today. We dare not judge! What a misinterpretation and misuse of the words of Jesus.

So, to set the record straight, since “Judge not” is taken from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), allow me to quote for you some other sayings of Jesus from the very same sermon.

He said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell” (Matt. 5:27-30).

When is the last time you heard a sermon on this? Does this comport with your image of Jesus?

Then, in the very next verses, He said this: “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery” (Matt. 5:31-32).

Heard many sermons on this topic either?

How about this? The Lord said, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” (Matt. 6:24).

Jesus did not play games.

And He said all this before His famous teaching to “Judge not, lest you be judged.” What did He say after those words?

In contrast with the idea that, when it comes our faith, you can have your way and I can have mine, Jesus said this: “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matt. 7:13-14).

Then He gave this stern warning, which contains a call to judge righteously: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits” (Matt. 7:15-20).

That’s exactly what that Facebook meme was doing. It was judging the tree by the fruits. And while deathbed conversion is certainly possible, based on what we know up until the time of death, Hugh Hefner was a God-rejecting man who produced much terrible fruit. (And in his case, he hardly came in sheep’s clothing.)

And for any who think that just calling on Jesus’ name without following Him is enough, He had this to say: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matt. 7:21-23)

Do you feel the weight of these words?

So, I’d like to make a simple proposal. The next time someone tells you that Jesus said, “Don’t judge,” how about saying this? “Did you know those words are from the Sermon on the Mount? How about we read that sermon together?”

It might just rock a few boats – and perhaps save a few lives.

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Breitbart: Facebook algorithm change hits many conservative sites - CNN, NY Times, etc unaffected

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March 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A rapidly increasing assault against conservative information services, blogs and websites by the Internet giants Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter and Apple is causing major loss of readership and consternation for the conservative entities.

The censoring of conservative views appears to be Silicon Valley’s attempt to ensure that the upcoming mid-term elections are not permitted to repeat the massive conservative successes during the last presidential election period. That success was in large part due to widespread and very successful use of the Internet and social media by conservatives.

The Internet gatekeepers have been horrified that their services were used to bring about such a truly democratic victory that overrode the usual influence of the leftist establishment media and other information controllers.

Breitbart writes

report from the Outline finds that conservative sites including Breitbart News and Fox have also seen dramatic falls in engagement, while mainstream sites like CNN and the New York Times were unaffected.

LifeSiteNews and very many other conservative websites are being hit hard by the blatant discrimination and abuse of the Internet giants’ virtual monopoly on communications via the Internet. The conservative services are finding it very difficult to communicate with their core audience that has expressed an active interest in receiving their alternative materials.

Breitbart notes,

Using data from analytics service Buzzsumo, the online publication found a stark contrast in the engagement rate for conservative media vs. mainstream media, with the former dropping sharply while the latter held steady. 

The Outline reports that engagement for conservative media, much like the decline in engagement on President Trump’s page, cannot be attributed to a decline in posting frequency.

…though Steve Bannon’s Breitbart was only posting roughly 9 percent less content, Breitbart’s engagement dropped by nearly 28 percent, and interactions with the wildly popular Prager U decreased by nearly 32 percent despite the fact that the site was publishing approximately 18 percent more content than in January.

Mainstream media saw their engagement hold steady or even increase, despite a moderate decline in posting frequency.

Read the full report at The Outline. 

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