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Mainstream TV bans ads asking women who’ve had abortions to help expose Planned Parenthood

Ads trying to find plaintiffs were not accepted by any TV stations because of their abortion-related content.
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 8:41 pm EST
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RANCHO SANTA FE, California, September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Mainstream television channels have refused to run ads asking women who previously got abortions at Planned Parenthood facilities in California to help expose the abortion giant. The ads were not accepted by any network because of their abortion-related content.

The Thomas More Society, a pro-life law firm working together with special counsel Charles S. LiMandri, will now be using social media to distribute the ads.

In the two 30-second ads, the women – paid actresses – say, “Planned Parenthood told women their fetal tissue will be donated to science. Instead they sold it to big biotech companies for huge profits.”

“If you are a California resident who had an abortion at a California Planned Parenthood clinic in the last 10vyears, you may be entitled to compensation.”

The current potential case is an outgrowth of David Daleiden’s undercover video journalism, which revealed how Planned Parenthood sold body parts of aborted babies.

The Thomas More Society represented Daleiden in earlier cases.

“After almost 30 months as an undercover investigative journalist, David publicly unveiled the damning and gruesome results of his investigation, in a release he called the ‘Human Capital Project,’” the law firm wrote on its website.

“David uncovered evidence of infants born alive and vivisected for their organs, illegal partial birth abortions, and a host of financial and ethical violations relating to the illegal trafficking in aborted baby body parts.”

“Abortionists altered abortion procedures to procure more commercially valuable fetal organs and parts, in flagrant disregard for medical ethics and patient health,” the website’s summary added. “These altered abortion procedures were even done with the intended result of delivering fully ‘intact’ fetuses, some of whose hearts were still beating.”

Speaking about the potential class action against Planned Parenthood, LiMandri told LifeSiteNews, “We had always wanted to pursue a possible civil action against Planned Parenthood. But we were waiting to get more information, and, quite frankly, we had our hands full defending our other cases.”

“There was tons of money being made, and yet they told the women that they were donating the body parts,” the lawyer emphasized. “They never told them that there was a big market.”

LiMandri said Planned Parenthood was essentially taking advantage of the women’s vulnerability.

With the campaign of the Thomas More Society to find plaintiffs for the new lawsuit just getting started, the lawyer thinks that Planned Parenthood is “going to find out soon, if they don’t already know, because we’re just now at the point where we’re making it public.”

“Up until now, we’ve been putting everything together,” he said, including a 50-page complaint.

LiMandri expects the abortion provider, which killed at least 345,672 babies in just one year, according to its 2018-2019 annual report, to “do what they always do.”

“They’ll try to obfuscate, try to get a felony charge,” he explained.

The case has “the potential to bring down Planned Parenthood,” LiMandri is convinced. At the same time, he cautioned, “Whether that happens or not remains to be seen.”

“It could be financially crippling,” he continued. “It could be the basis for Congress to do what the came very close to doing in defunding Planned Parenthood to the tune of half a billion dollars in government money.”

LiMandri said all of the speculations also depend on who is going to win the next presidential election, and who is going to be in Congress.

When LiMandri and the Thomas More Society find plaintiffs, they would sue Planned Parenthood for medical battery and breach of fiduciary duty, as well as bring claims for violation of the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act and violation of the California Unfair Competition Law. They also would seek injunctive relief, restitution of monies received as a result of fetal tissue transfers, compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees.


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Student sues university for unconstitutional ‘retaliation’ against his Catholic beliefs

Jack Denton was ousted as Student Senate president after his private comments defending Catholic teaching were leaked.
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 7:21 pm EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida, September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A Florida State University senior is suing several officials at the university and in its student government for their alleged unconstitutional “retaliation” against his Catholic beliefs.

Jack Denton, 21, was ousted as president of FSU’s Student Senate in June after his private comments defending Catholic teaching on abortion and transgenderism and stating that Catholics should not to support Black Lives Matter were leaked.

Denton thereupon enlisted the help of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and threatened legal action, citing violation of Senate policy, FSU policy and his First Amendment rights.

ADF announced Tuesday that the university had not responded to its July 22 letter and that it filed a lawsuit on August 31.

“Jack has patiently appealed to fellow students and university administrators using the university’s internal procedures,” senior ADF counsel Tyson Langhofer said a statement. 

He is now going ahead with legal action because “students and administrators have repeatedly failed to respect Jack’s constitutionally protected freedoms.”

Denton is suing FSU president John Thrasher; Amy Hecht, vice president for student affairs; Brandon Bowden, interim director of student governance and advocacy; Student Senate President Ahmad Daraldik; and Alexander Harmon, president pro tempore, in their individual and official capacities.

Denton was targeted in June after a “queer” participant in a FSU Catholic Student Union’s private forum sent screenshots to the student senate of a discussion in which Denton advised against financially supporting BlackLivesMatter.com, Reclaim the Block, and the ACLU because “all advocate for things that are explicitly anti-Catholic.” 

“BlackLivesMatter.com fosters ‘a queer-affirming network’ and defends transgenderism,” and the ACLU “defends laws protecting abortion facilities and sued states that restrict access to abortion,” Denton wrote.

Reclaim the Block “claims less police will make our communities safer and advocates for cutting PD’s budgets. This is a little less explicit, but I think it’s contrary to the Church’s teaching on the common good,” he stated.

When it appeared his remarks had upset some participants, Denton messaged that he didn’t “mean to anger anyone” but had a duty to speak up.

“If I stay silent while my brothers and sisters may be supporting an organization that promotes grave evils, I have sinned through my silence. I love you all, and I want us all to be aware of the truth,” he wrote.

In the ensuing controversy, Denton was accused in a change.org petition demanding his removal of “transphobic and racist remarks.”

An op-ed in the student-run magazine The Spire contended Denton was “unfit” to be president and the FSU chapters of Amnesty International and Pride Student Union called for his resignation.

Most significantly, “student senators mocked and misrepresented his remarks and, after a failed attempt on June 3, removed Denton from leadership as the SGA’s (Student Government Association) student senate president on June 5,” an ADF press release stated.

The student government has since refused to fill vacancies on the Student Supreme Court to hear Denton’s appeal, “leaving him in limbo possibly until his term ends,” the College Fix reported.

The lawsuit states that although Denton appealed to Hecht to overrule the Student Governance Association’s (SGA) unlawful action against him that contravened its own internal policies, FSU officials took no action “despite having the authority and the duty to do so.” 

It claims the student government violated its constitutional obligations by subjecting Denton’s privately stated beliefs to “an ad hoc religious test for office.” 

Denton’s beliefs “have implications for some social issues that some consider offensive” but are protected by the First Amendment, it states.

The college senior suffered financial harm and “permanent” reputational damage because of his removal, the suit alleges. Denton will be out some $850 in official pay if not reinstated this fall, as well as suffering the more damaging loss of “honor” from leading the Student Senate. 

Moreover, because of the ongoing reputational harm caused by his ouster, Denton won’t be able to list his presidency on future job or graduate school applications, noted the College Fix.

The lawsuit alleges “First Amendment violations of Denton’s free speech through retaliation and ‘Content & Viewpoint Discrimination,’ and violation of his First Amendment free exercise of religion through ‘Hostility,’” it reported.

Denton is seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions to restore him as Student Senate president, and the “purge” of any files referring to his removal.

He’s also seeking nominal and compensatory damages for the violation of his constitutional rights and attorney’s fees and costs.

According to the College Fix, FSU general counsel Carolyn Egan told the university’s public radio station that Denton couldn’t sue the university because “student governments are created by students for the purpose of experiential self-governance.”

Since FSU has not “taken action to adopt the decision,” the university is protected from civil liability, she stated.

“The Student Senate voted to remove me for simply expressing my religious beliefs. That is an egregious attack on my First Amendment rights,” Denton told LifeSiteNews in July.

The student senate “has now set the precedent that they believe free expression doesn’t apply to people of Faith. However, we all know that the First Amendment is universal and extends to everyone. Florida State University’s Student Senate should recognize that,” he said.

“I was surprised that a fellow Catholic, a member of our tight-knit community, used our shared faith to oust me from my job on campus,” Denton added. 

He commented in the group chat because the organizations “we were being asked to financially support” have “explicitly anti-Catholic” positions, he said.

“As a Catholic, I had to point out this discrepancy.”

In a curious twist, the student senate voted several days after it removed Denton to allow his successor, Daraldik — one of the defendants in the suit — to stay on as president despite accusations that Daraldik formerly made anti-Semitic remarks on social media, the College Fix reported.

Notably, an anonymous Change.org petition demanding Daraldik’s resignation documents that his old social media posts include “F**k Israel” and “stupid jew.” It says he also “compares the Israeli government to Nazi Germany’s genocide on the jews (sic).” The petition has about 10,600 signatures to date.

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Biden blames Trump for leftist violence, destruction in Dem-run cities

Biden doubled-down on his mendacious claim at a campaign event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Monday. In his speech, Biden tortured the facts about the ongoing urban violence.
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 6:26 pm EST
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September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – After a summer of silence from Joe Biden on the devastating destruction and violence being perpetrated in Democrat-run American cities by Antifa and Black Lives Matter “protesters,” the Democrat presidential candidate has finally opened his mouth to condemn it, disingenuously blaming President Trump. 

“Remember: every example of violence Donald Trump decries has happened on his watch. Under his leadership. During his presidency,” Biden tweeted.

Until now, the chaos which has ravaged Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Kenosha, and other cities across America has been excused – if not cheered – by leftist Democrat politicians and their supporters in mainstream media.  

A short video montage tweeted by CaldronPool.com reminds Americans who deserves the blame for inciting three months of mayhem:     

“Americans know: Every example of violence has happened at the pressing of the left, at the doing of the left, at the mind-blowing wickedness of the left,” wrote Cheryl Chumley, for the Washington Times in a piece headlined, “Biden laughably blames Trump for Democrat-fueled violence.”   

“Americans know,” she reiterated. 

“For months, Democrats ignored or excused the chaos engulfing our cities. Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) went so far as to raise bail money for those arrested during the riots in Minnesota,” wrote the Washington Post’s Marc Thiessen. “The looting and vandalism went completely unmentioned at the Democratic convention. In his acceptance speech, Joe Biden condemned the violence in Charlottesville three years ago, but not the violence that was taking place in Portland, Ore., that very week.”

“Now, all of a sudden, Biden is finally speaking out. What changed? The polls. A new Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll finds 77 percent of Americans are extremely or very worried about crime in our nation’s cities, and a majority believe that local officials are not arresting and prosecuting the perpetrators. So, Democrats have come up with a new strategy: Instead of ignoring the violence, they are trying to blame it on President Trump,” explained Thiessen. 

Others took to Twitter to call out the former vice president under Obama for guileful remarks.

“Do you think we are too dumb to remember your democrat governors have repeated refused to let the president send help to stop your violent supporters?” asked Melissa Tate. “When he does send them anyway to help, your media called him a tyrant.” 

“The American [people] see you,” she added.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, did not mince words in his response to Biden

Biden doubled-down on his mendacious claim at a campaign event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Monday.  

In his speech, Biden tortured the facts about the ongoing urban violence, mentioning “right-wing militia” while ignoring Antifa and Black Lives Matter, the actual perpetrators.    

Biden accused President Trump of “stroking [sic] violence” and called him a “toxic presence.” 

“Fires are burning and we have a president who fans the flames, rather than fighting the flames,” declared Biden. “But we must not burn. We have to build. This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can't stop the violence because for years he's fomented it.”

“The anarchy, the vandalism and assaults on ordinary citizens in Democrat-run cities, they say, is not the fault of Democratic leaders,” said Thiessen in his commentary. “Amazingly, they are actually trying to use the violence that they failed to control to win control of the White House.”

“On Monday, Biden asked: ‘Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?’” he continued. “Translation: If you vote for Trump, your cities will continue to burn. That sure sounds like blackmail.” 


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NY priest leads congregation during Mass in pledging to ‘dismantle’ ‘white privilege…supremacy’ 

“I now invite you to stand, and join us in the prayer for racial justice, by responding ‘yes’ to each of the following statements,” the priest said after Communion.
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 6:03 pm EST
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NEW YORK, New York, September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A Jesuit priest in New York City last Sunday led his congregation in a “prayer for racial justice,” accepting the controversial concept of “white privilege” as a reality. He asked the faithful if they were willing to “transform our Church culture.”

Fr. Kenneth Boller S.J., the local pastor at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, had photos of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd – black people killed in recent months – on display at what appeared to be a side altar.

“I now invite you to stand, and join us in the prayer for racial justice, by responding ‘yes’ to each of the following statements,” Boller began after the reception of Holy Communion, and before the final blessing. Watch video here starting at minute 54:09.

He then asked his congregation a series of questions, disguised as a prayer that did not mention God or Jesus Christ. After each question, the faithful responded with “yes.”

“Do you support racial justice, equity, and compassion in human relations?” Boller started. “Do you affirm that white privilege is unfair and harmful to those who have it and to those who do not? Do you affirm that white privilege and the culture of white supremacy must be dismantled where it is present?”

A few questions later, “white privilege” came up again. “Therefore, from this day forward, will you strive to understand more deeply the injustice and suffering white privilege and white supremacy cause?” he asked. The questions begin at minute 54:09 in the video below.

The Washington Post, already in 2016, had defined “white privilege” as “the level of societal advantage that comes with being seen as the norm in America, automatically conferred irrespective of wealth, gender or other factors. It makes life smoother, but it’s something you would barely notice unless it were suddenly taken away – or unless it had never applied to you in the first place.”

Ever since the death of George Floyd in May during an arrest, the concept of “white privilege” has been referenced more frequently, especially by liberals, including many celebrities.

Most recently, singer and former Disney Channel star Demi Lovato, wrote, “So here I am, sitting in a home that I was able to afford with the money that I have from singing, while people of color are fearing for their lives every day. I realized this was a lightning bolt jolting through my body, where I was reminded of my privilege. I felt an overwhelming responsibility to help spread awareness about this injustice, so I began posting things that I thought would educate people.”

In response to the Black Lives Matter moment, Lovato at first was unsure how to show her support. “All I knew was that I hated that I shared the same skin color as the people accused of committing heinous crimes against Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and many, many other Black lives,” she added.

Kenan Malik, writing for the liberal newspaper The Guardian, was more nuanced about “white privilege” than others.

“The stress on ‘white privilege’ turns a social issue into a matter of personal and group psychology,” he explained. “Viewing white people – all white people – as ‘guilty and complicit’ distorts political issues and deflects from real causes.”

Conservative commentator Dennis Prager, however, had argued in 2016 that “no reasonable person can argue that white privilege applies to the great majority of whites, let alone to all whites. There are simply too many variables other than race that determine individual success in America.”

As one example, Prager said that “Two-Parent Privilege” is a far more tangible privilege than “white privilege.” He explained that somebody “raised by a father and mother, you enter adulthood with more privileges than anyone else in American society, irrespective of race, ethnicity, or sex. That’s why the poverty rate among two-parent black families is only 7 percent,” compared to “a 22 percent poverty rate among whites in single-parent homes.”

Fr. Boller, during his “prayer for racial justice,” also asked, “Do you support racial equity justice and liberation for every person? Do you affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person?”

The Catholic Church has always affirmed the dignity of every human being, from conception until natural death. Indeed, the Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms that each person’s dignity “is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God” and “fulfilled in his vocation to divine beatitude.”

Nonetheless, Boller asked, “Will you commit to help transform our Church culture to one that is actively engaged in seeking racial justice and equity for all, for everyone?”

“Will you make a greater effort to treat all people with the same respect you expect to receive?” he added. “Will you commit to developing the courage to live your beliefs and values of racial justice and equality? Will you strive to eliminate racial prejudice from your thoughts and actions so that you can better promote the racial justice efforts of our Church? Will you renew and honor this pledge daily knowing that our Church and our community, our nation, and our world will be better places because of our efforts?”


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Supreme Court ‘Bostock’ ruling doesn’t require girls to compete against boys, Education Dept determines

There is no right for gender-confused male students to compete against actual girls, the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights said.
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 5:50 pm EST
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September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The US Supreme Court’s decision to write transgenderism into federal nondiscrimination law does not create a right for gender-confused male students to compete against actual girls, the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) concluded in a letter explaining how the divisive ruling factors into its own judgment.

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s (CIAC’s) official handbook says the conference “shall defer to the determination of the student and his or her local school regarding gender identification,” without any conditions pertaining to physical transitions or testosterone levels. This has led to biologically male competitors consistently outperforming actual females and depriving them of numerous opportunities, according to a complaint filed by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) on behalf of runners Selina Soule, Alana Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell.

The OCR has weighed in on the side of the runners, concluding that the CIAC policy violates the civil rights of female athletes, denying them “benefits and opportunities, including advancing to the finals in events, higher level competitions, awards, medals, recognition, and the possibility of greater visibility to colleges and other benefits.”

On August 31, the OCR released a revised version of its Letter of Impending Enforcement Action. Much of the letter simply restates education officials’ previous positions and factual determinations; the change is that the letter now accounts for the Supreme Court’s now-infamous decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which redefined “sex discrimination” in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to add sexual orientation and gender identity, in addition to its original biological meaning. 

The Bostock decision “does not alter the relevant legal standard under 34 C.F.R. § 106.41, or how that provision interacts with 34 C.F.R. § 106.31 or 34 C.F.R. § 106.6,” the letter explains. “In Bostock, the U.S. Supreme Court held that an employer violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by terminating a transgender employee on the basis of their transgender status [...] However, the Court expressly declined to decide questions about how its interpretation of Title VII would affect other statutes.”

It then quotes the Bostock majority opinion, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, which expressly states that it “does not prejudge any such question” about “sex-segregated bathrooms, locker rooms, and dress codes.”

“After reviewing Bostock, the Office for Civil Rights concurs with counsel for the employee’s concession in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. EEOC, that the Bostock holding does not alter the legal authority for sex-segregated teams under Title IX,” the letter determines. “Even if Bostock applied to Title IX—a question the Supreme Court expressly declined to address—its reasoning would only confirm that Title IX does not permit a biologically male student to compete against females on a sex-segregated team or in a sex-segregated league.”

LGBT activist groups such as the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) have assailed the suit as a “desperate attempt” to “strip transgender students of the rights every student deserves and policies that provide them the same opportunities as every other student.” But science backs up the plaintiffs’ concerns.

Last June, the Journal of Medical Ethics published a paper by researchers in New Zealand finding that “healthy young men (do) not lose significant muscle mass (or power) when their circulating testosterone levels were reduced to (below International Olympic Committee guidelines) for 20 weeks,” and “indirect effects of testosterone” on factors such as bone structure, lung volume, and heart size “will not be altered by hormone therapy”; therefore “the advantage to transwomen (men) afforded by the (International Olympic Committee) guidelines is an intolerable unfairness.”

LifeSiteNews is currently running a petition in support of ADF’s complaint, which has so far collected more than 186,000 signatures.


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New York refuses to release data on COVID nursing home deaths until after election

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, under fire for his handling of the crisis, pooh-poohed the request 'all politics.'
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 5:17 pm EST
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ALBANY, New York, September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – In a move critics say is an attempt to avoid scrutiny of Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to force nursing homes to hold in coronavirus patients regardless of the danger to their elderly residents, New York health officials say they cannot provide data on nursing home deaths until after the presidential election in November.

As of September 2, the United States is estimated to have seen more than 6.2 million COVID-19 cases, an estimated 45 percent of which have come from nursing homes. New York has been one of the hardest-hit states, with more than 33,000 deaths, thanks in large part to the virus spreading within the state’s nursing homes.

For months, the pro-abortion Cuomo has been under fire for ordering that nursing homes cannot turn away patients diagnosed with COVID-19, despite the fact the virus is most dangerous to the elderly. On August 26, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) requested that New York and several other states whose governors made similar decisions supply their COVID-19 data to help determine “whether to initiate investigations under the federal ‘Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act’ (CRIPA), which protects the civil rights of persons in state-run nursing homes, among others.”

“Protecting the rights of some of society’s most vulnerable members, including elderly nursing home residents, is one of our country’s most important obligations,” Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband said. “We must ensure they are adequately cared for with dignity and respect and not unnecessarily put at risk.”

Cuomo responded Monday by dismissing the request as “all politics,” CBS New York reported. “There are about 14 states in the country that followed the same CDC guidance,” he said. “The letter only went to four Democratic states.”

Cuomo has repeatedly claimed that a federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance forced him to put the infected back in nursing homes. But Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-New York, explained that the CDC actually called for elderly housing decisions to be made on a case-by-case basis, factoring in the “ability of the accepting facility to meet the recommended infection control practices,” such as the “ability to place residents in a designated COVID-19 care unit that is equipped with the resources and (personal protective equipment) to safely prevent the spread of infections.”

Perhaps more significantly, the the New York Health Department responded to another request for the data, this one from the Empire Center for Public Policy, by claiming it cannot yet send the data “because a diligent search for relevant documents is still being conducted, and “estimat(ing) that this Office will complete its process by November 5, 2020,” the New York Post reported – two days after the U.S. presidential and congressional elections.

“A search of any kind should not be necessary,” responded Empire Center health analyst Bill Hammond, who explained that state nursing homes are already required to file daily reports pertaining to the COVID-19 outbreak, including death counts.

“Those numbers are the basis for the partial count that the department does make public – which stood at 6,639 as of Aug. 29, but omits potentially thousands of residents who died in hospitals,” Hammond noted. “It makes it hard to compare New York to other states, or to gauge the merits of particular policies, such as the Health Department’s much-debated March 25 directive compelling nursing homes to accept coronavirus-positive patients being discharged from hospitals.”

The Cuomo administration has “been stonewalling for months,” New York state Assemblyman Rom Kim, a fellow Democrat, complained. “This is just a way to make sure the governor doesn’t look bad.”

Cuomo’s placement of individuals known to be infectious among the state’s most vulnerable residents contrasts sharply with the extreme measures New York leaders have taken to prevent spreading the virus in less risky situations, such as restricting in-person religious services. 


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WATCH: Hundreds of Virginians rally against making COVID vaccine mandatory

Families came to Richmond to 'support medical freedom'
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 5:14 pm EST
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RICHMOND, Virginia, September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Hundreds of freedom lovers came together in Virginia’s capital of Richmond earlier today to protest the mandates imposed by the government in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, specifically regarding vaccination. LifeSite’s Jim Hale was on site, interviewing speakers and participants at the “March Against Mandates.”

Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver, an unelected official, first said in August “that he plans to mandate coronavirus vaccinations for Virginians once one is made available to the public,” according to a report by a local ABC station.

Kathleen Medaries, Director of Communications and Strategy at Virginia Freedom Keepers, which organized today’s “March Against Mandates,” said that Oliver has the power to force Virginians to take the vaccine. 

“He’s appointed by the governor’s office. And under emergency powers law, he is given the right to mandate that every adult and child receive a COVID shot if he deems it appropriate,” she said. 

The law currently does not provide exemptions for those who do not want to take a vaccine mandated by the state government, and it does not allow even for a delay in getting the shot.

“We have a situation where this unelected official has unilateral authority to make a medical choice for all Virginians, and Virginians are gathered together to say: That’s a problem, we don’t approve.”

Medaries also pointed out the irony that the Virginia government, which in the context of abortion affirmed women who claimed, “my body, my choice,” now flips the script and says, “it’s your body, and it’s my choice.”

One of the speakers, Dr. Leland Stillman, a general physician, told LifeSiteNews that “it’s quite clear from the data” the COVID-19 “is not nearly as virulent or deadly as it was made out to be originally.”

He added that the people dying from the virus “are clearly people who are sick previously,” often “by their own choices: they ate poorly, they smoked, they didn’t exercise, they made choices.”

On the other hand, “the public at large who may work very hard and spend a lot of money keeping up their health, is being told that they’re going to be forced to vaccinate with a vaccine that, again, we don’t know the efficacy of, and we don’t know the side effects.”

He said an attitude like this “certainly violates the principle … that I was taught as a physician, which is primum non nocere, which means, ‘first, do no harm.’ So it’s just, this is all political theater, and it’s an agenda to get people vaccinated because it serves certain special interests.”

In the context of talking about “special interests,” Stillman encouraged people to “look at the National Vaccine Injury Compensation [Program]. I mean, it’s $4.4 billion, at least, of taxpayer dollars that have been paid out … to people who’ve suffered from privately held products. And the vaccine industry doesn’t have liability.”

“That’s unprecedented,” the young doctor continued. “Your builder’s liable if your house collapses on you. Your gun manufacturer is liable if your gun misfires. Your plumber is liable if they make a mistake and there’s a massive leak in your house, and your house floods, and you have to do hundreds of thousands of dollars in remediation.”

“But if your child is injured by a vaccine,” Stillman explained, “the vaccine manufacturers have no liability. That’s a recipe for corporate malfeasance. And, of course, the vaccine manufacturers, the pharmaceutical industry has been convicted many, many times of criminal activity. Are they ever sent to jail? No. They get fined. They get fined, and they get slapped on the wrist. And then they go back to business.”

Stillman said Americans “need to wake up to the fact that the mainstream media is not telling them the truth about their health. Because the reality is that the mainstream media works for the people who pay their salaries. And that’s the top advertisers.”

“And you can go through the list of the top advertisers on any mainstream media network, and you will see that they are producing things that either make you sick, or treat the sicknesses that you have. Why would anyone who’s got that agenda tell you how to be healthy?” he asked.

Joe Ordia, another of the speakers at the event, told LifeSite’s Jim Hale that he and his family had come to Richmond “to support medical freedom.”

“We’re very, very concerned that with the current state of fear and hysteria surrounding COVID-19, the government might feel that it’s necessary or proper to force a mandate, certain medical treatments that really aren’t fully tested and may not really be in our interest. So we’re here to stand up for our right for medical freedom.”

Ordia explained that he decided not to vaccinate his children. “I felt that there was just too much conflicting information out there. You’re going to hear from some people today that have personal testimony of themselves being personally injured or their children being vaccine-injured.”

“I just didn’t feel a compelling need that I had to vaccinate my kids at such an early age. And it may be something that we address as they get older. But as far as for now, we haven’t felt a compelling need to do so.”


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Abortion orgs sue Tennessee to block word of abortion pill reversal spreading

Abortion Pill Reversal has helped more than 1,000 women save their babies since 2007.
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 4:45 pm EST
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URGENT PETITION: Tell the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade! Sign the petition here.

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The abortion lobby filed a lawsuit Monday to block another provision of a sweeping pro-life law enacted in Tennessee this year, this time targeting language requiring that abortion-minded women seeking abortion pills be given information on how to reverse them should they change their mind.

The omnibus law already faces legal challenge over its ban on abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, and the latest suit, brought by Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), challenges the requirement that women seeking a chemical abortion (the “abortion pill”) to be made aware of the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) technique. 

The abortion pill mifepristone (better known as RU-486) works by blocking the natural hormone progesterone that developing babies require to survive. APR consists of administering extra progesterone to counteract mifepristone’s effects, ideally within 24 hours of taking the abortion pill. 

Specifically, anyone dispensing abortion pills must inform women of the possibility of reversal in person or by phone (depending on how the drugs are being dispensed), as well as post the information in the waiting areas of any facility that commits more than 50 abortions per year. Failure to comply could result in a $10,000 civil penalty as well as a felony charge.

ABC News reports that the lawsuit claims that the provision violates the First Amendment by requiring physicians to “communicate a content-based, viewpoint-based, and/or controversial government-mandated message that they would not otherwise recite concerning an experimental medical treatment that has not been shown to be safe or effective.”

In fact, informational requirements are extensively regulated without objection in most areas of medicine, however, and the American Medical Association calls informed consent “fundamental in both ethics and law.”

Detractors argue that APR is harmful and unproven, but as pro-life OB/GYN Dr. William Lile has explained, the technique is based on principles that are well understood from progesterone’s common, FDA-approved use in a variety of other pregnancy-related situations. APR has helped more than 1,000 women save their babies since 2007, according to Heartbeat International.

Tennessee’s Republican Gov. Bill Lee has vowed to do “whatever it takes in court” to defend and uphold the pro-life law.


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Pregnant Australian woman arrested at home for promoting anti-lockdown protest on Facebook

28-year-old Zoe Buhler faces a possible $20,000 fine, according to local media.
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 3:58 pm EST
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PETITION: No to mandatory contact tracing and government surveillance for the coronavirus! Sign the petition here.

BALLARAT, Australia, September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A pregnant woman in Australia was arrested in her own home in front of her two children for the “crime” of promoting an anti-lockdown event on Facebook. 

Footage of the incident was filmed and broadcast live over Facebook, where it has now been viewed over 3 million times.

Police told Zoe Buhler, 28, that she was under arrest for “incitement” and that they would be seizing all computers and mobile devices on the property, whether or not they belonged to her.

Buhler, who uses the name “Zoe Lee” on Facebook, had used the social media platform to advertise an event called “Freedom Day” this coming Saturday, September 5 in Ballarat, a city to the northwest of Melbourne in the state of Victoria. The event was described as a “peaceful protest,” with the aim of ending lockdowns and standing up for human rights.Those planning to attend were urged to wear a mask and observe so-called social distancing rules.

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The police officers made no response when Buhler informed them that she is pregnant and was scheduled to go for an ultrasound in an hour. The young mother told the police that she hadn’t done anything wrong, but that she would delete the post rather than be arrested in front of her two children. 

“How about she just doesn't do the event? It's not like she’s done it, she made a post,” Buhler’s boyfriend, James Timmins, can be heard saying to the police.

Nevertheless, she was handcuffed while still in her pyjamas and taken into custody, before later being released on bail. Her case is due to be heard at Ballarat Magistrates Court January 25, 2021. Local media report that she is facing a $20,000 fine.

Buhler, who describes herself as a “witch,” has been using Facebook regularly to criticize the Victorian lockdown regime under which police have the power to enter private homes without a warrant among a host of other draconian measures. 

Last month Victoria police chief commissioner Shane Patton was unapologetic as he explained that police had in some instances been smashing car windows due to people inside the cars not cooperating with police or following the newly imposed health guidelines.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius recently described anti-lockdown protestors as “selfish,” “boofheads,” and “bats***t crazy.” Mainstream Australian media celebrated Cornelius’ comments, describing them as a “stunning take-down of the ‘tin foil hat brigade.’” 

Victorian police have now introduced an online system to encourage people to report on “suspected COVID-19 breaches” committed by their fellow Australians.


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Pope Francis again uses COVID outbreak to push globalist environmental agenda 

The Pope called man to ‘repentance’ for having ‘broken the bond’ of his relationship with creation
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 3:57 pm EST
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VATICAN CITY, September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis declared Tuesday that the Wuhan virus outbreak has brought humanity “to a crossroads,” and is a “wake-up call” to “rediscover simpler and sustainable lifestyles.”

The Pope’s letter opens by acknowledging 2020 as the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day. The Pope calls man to “repentance” for having “broken the bond” of his relationship with creation. His message is one of admonishment directed at industrialized nations, calling them to repentance for being poor stewards of the world’s natural resources amid what he said is a “climate emergency.” 

“Our way of life is pushing the planet beyond its limits. Our constant demand for growth and an endless cycle of production and consumption are exhausting the natural world,” said Francis. “Creation is groaning!”  

He further warned, “We are running out of time.”

The Pope has previously on a few occasions (here, here, and here) linked the coronavirus outbreak to a response from the planet to environmental pollution. 

In his letter marking the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation,” Pope Francis called for adherence to the Paris Climate Agreement, urged support of U.N. measures to deem 30% of the Earth as protected habitats, and touted the upcoming Summit on Biodiversity (COP 15) in Kunming, China as a “turning point” in “restoring the earth to be a home of life in abundance, as willed by the Creator.” 

He also called for the cancellation of debt for vulnerable countries due to the medical, social, and economic crises caused by the lockdowns. 

“Today we hear the voice of creation admonishing us to return to our rightful place in the natural created order – to remember that we are part of this interconnected web of life, not its masters,” said Francis.  “The disintegration of biodiversity, spiralling climate disasters, and unjust impact of the current pandemic on the poor and vulnerable: all these are a wakeup call in the face of our rampant greed and consumption.”

The Pope had harsh words for multinational companies ––and more broadly, industrialized western economies–– twice pairing the terms “superfluous” and “destructive” in a single paragraph to describe their impact on less developed nations. 

“The pandemic has brought us to a crossroads,” asserted the Pontiff.  “We must use this decisive moment to end our superfluous and destructive goals and activities, and to cultivate values, connections and activities that are life-giving. We must examine our habits of energy usage, consumption, transportation, and diet. We must eliminate the superfluous and destructive aspects of our economies, and nurture life-giving ways to trade, produce, and transport goods.”   

A ‘radical crisis’ and ‘epochal change’

“COVID-19 is also pushing the Church into refining its mission,”said Father Augusto Zampini, adjunct Secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and member of the Vatican’s COVID-19 commissionin a panel discussion Monday.  “The COVID-19 emergency is pushing the world to a different scenario.”

“The Church needs to respond to this crisis in a radical way because it’s a radical crisis,” said the Argentine priest who said the COVID-19 crisis will speed up some of the reforms that Pope Francis is proposing for the world, according to a report by Inés San Martín in Crux. 

The Vatican’s COVID-19 commission was launched by Pope Francis because he’s convinced that humanity is currently living at “a time of epochal change.” 

50th anniversary of Earth Day 

The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation was established by Francis following the publication of the Encyclical Laudato Si’ in May, 2015.  The September 1 day of prayer is followed each year by “the Season of Creation,” which concludes on the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on the fourth of October.

The Pope said he was pleased that the theme chosen for the celebration of the 2020 Season of Creation is “Jubilee for the Earth” since this year “marks the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day,” coinciding with the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’.

“A Jubilee is a time to turn back in repentance,” he explained.  “We have broken the bonds of our relationship with the Creator, with our fellow human beings, and with the rest of creation. We need to heal the damaged relationships that are essential to supporting us and the entire fabric of life.” 

“We also rejoice to see how the Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year is inspiring many initiatives at local and global levels for the care of our common home and the poor. This year should lead to long-term action plans to practise integral ecology in our families, parishes and dioceses, religious orders, our schools and universities, our healthcare, business and agricultural institutions, and many others as well,” said Francis.  

“We rejoice too that faith communities are coming together to create a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. We are particularly happy that the Season of Creation is becoming a truly ecumenical initiative. Let us continue to grow in the awareness that we all live in a common home as members of a single family,” he added. 


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Democrats to open floodgates to taxpayer-funded abortions if they win in November

Nancy Pelosi and a cohort reportedly plan to exclude the Hyde Amendment from government funding bills in 2021.
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 3:53 pm EST
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URGENT PETITION: Tell the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade! Sign the petition here.

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Democrats plan to oppose the Hyde Amendment if they take control of the full federal government in November, upending a decades-long consensus against direct federal funding of elective abortions.

Included every year in federal budgets with little objection, the Hyde Amendment is estimated to have saved more than 2 million lives since its adoption more than 40 years ago by forbidding most taxpayer dollars from funding abortions except for cases of rape or incest, or to save a mother’s life.

But House Democrat leaders intend to change that going forward. The Los Angeles Times reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, privately told fellow Democrats last month that they will not include the Hyde Amendment in any government funding bills considered in 2021.

“Although this year’s bill includes it, let me be clear, we will fight to remove the Hyde Amendment to ensure that women of color and all women have access to the reproductive health they deserve,” DeLauro reportedly declared. Pelosi’s office would not confirm or deny the report, telling the Times simply that the “House will work its will.”

The move is only the latest manifestation of the Democrat Party’s rising absolutism for abortion in recent years. Former Vice President and current Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden disavowed his own past support for the Hyde Amendment last year, and is now campaigning on a pledge to enshrine virtually-unlimited abortion into taxpayer law at taxpayer expense. 

By contrast, President Donald Trump has worked to oppose federal funding of abortion and the abortion industry, including restoring and expanding the Mexico City Policy (which bars foreign aid to abortion groups), disqualifying organizations involved in abortion from family planning funds, and endorsing legislation to fully defund Planned Parenthood.


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20 senators to FDA: Classify abortion pill as ‘imminent hazard to the public health’ and ban it

The abortion pill has had a 'devastating impact on American women and children,' the pro-life senators wrote.
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 1:18 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― Twenty Republican senators, including Ted Cruz, have asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban RU-486. 

National Review reported yesterday that they had seen a letter from the Republican senators asking the FDA to “classify the abortion pill as an ‘imminent hazard to the public health’ that poses a ‘significant threat of danger’ and remove this pill from the U.S. market.”

The September 1 letter has now been published. It was signed by U.S. Senators Ted Cruz, Keven Cramer, Steve Daines, Joni K. Ernst, Mike Braun, James M. Inhofe, Roger F. Wicker, Michael B. Enzi, M. Michael Rounds, Kelly Loeffler, Mike Lee, Rob Portman, Cindy Hyde-Smith, James Lankford, Pat Roberts, Tom Cotton, Mike Crapo, Marsha Blackburn, James E. Risch, and John Hoeven.

The senators wrote that they were “especially proud of the FDA’s defense of the safety of women and children” as the “abortion industry” tries to circumvent its regulations. They described the abortion pill as “highly dangerous” and stated it has had a “devastating impact on American women and children.”

The letter details ways in which the FDA has been struggling with the abortion industry, which has been violating FDA protocols. First, the agency has tried to stop the illegal import of mail-order abortion drugs from foreign countries such as through Aid Access and Rablon. The senators note that there has been an increase in illegal trafficking of these drugs, helping predators kill the unborn babies of unsuspecting women. 

“By openly violating FDA requirements, these foreign actors attempt to kick open the doors for sexual predators and men like Jeffrey Smith to obtain the pill for illegal purposes,” they wrote.  

“You may be aware that [Jeffrey] Smith tried to slip abortion pills into his pregnant girlfriend’s water bottle after illegally obtaining the pills from online seller named Ursula Wing.”

Wing has called upon other sellers to carry on the illegal trade.

Second, the FDA has resisted the efforts of the abortion industry to use the coronavirus emergency to set aside the agency’s protocols, called the Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy or REMS. On July 13, 2020, a federal judge actually sided with the abortion profiteers, suspending the requirement that women who take the dangerous drug do so in person under medical supervision. 

U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang agreed to the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU’s) request to block the requirement on behalf of several groups, including the pro-abortion American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG).

Chuang was under the erroneous impression that killing one unborn’s child is a woman’s “right.” He agreed that requiring mifepristone, the first half of the chemical abortion cocktail RU-486, to be administered in-person posed a “substantial obstacle” during a pandemic, and ruled that, “particularly in light of the limited timeframe during which a medication abortion or any abortion must occur, such infringement on the right to an abortion would constitute irreparable harm.”

The senators stated that Chuang’s decision was “rogue judicial activism,” a “gross breach of the separation of powers” which undermines the FDA’s  authority to ensure drug safety, and “recklessly endangered” women and children. 

“The FDA must resist this opportunistic ploy to expand access to abortion under the fallacy that the REMS imposes an undue burden on women’s rights,” they wrote. 

The senators also asked the FDA to examine an experiment abortion program conducted by a research group associated with Planned Parenthood. For five years this company, Gynuity, has been conducting a mail-order abortion experiment and it now directly affects 13 states. The study includes as young as 10. Gynuity uses women in the developing world as their abortion guinea pigs. 

“In addition to placing the lives of American women and children at risk by offering their clinical study to girls as young as ten years old, they use women in Burkina Faso in their second trimester as research subjects, despite the high risk of infection and uterine rupture,” the senators wrote. 

“This is also a region where emergency services and blood products for transfusions are in short supply. We find these practices and uses of human subjects to be highly suspect, and we ask the FDA take immediate steps to review these activities.”

The senators argued that these examples proved that there have been well-funded attempts to get the abortion pill deregulated ever since it was first approved by the FDA in 2000. They stated, too, that the Clinton administration approved it in the first place because of lobbying by the same groups. The senators believe this never should have happened. 

“We believe this deadly pill should never have been approved, yet the abortion industry was politically rewarded with an accelerated approval process normally reserved for high-risk drugs that address life-threatening illnesses like AIDS,” they wrote.

“As you are surely aware, pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness, and the abortion pill does not cure or prevent any disease. Nevertheless, this pill that is specifically designed and intended to kill preborn children was raced to the market, with devastating consequences.” 

Under the provisions of the FDA’s REMS, abortion pill providers have to be able to accurately date a pregnancy, recognize an ectopic pregnancy, and to be able to perform or arrange for a surgical abortion. However, without even those minimal safeguards, women are essentially performing DIY abortion on themselves. Meanwhile, RU-486 has caused the deaths of millions of unborn babies and at least 24 women.  

“According to FDA reporting, the abortion pill has taken more than 3.7 million preborn lives, caused 24 maternal deaths, and resulted in at least 4,195 adverse maternal reactions including hemorrhage, excruciating abdominal pain, and severe life-threatening infections,” the senators wrote. 

“Of course, adverse events are notoriously underreported, which makes the true number impossible to assess.”

The senators added that “the abortion pill poses a four-times higher risk of complication than surgical abortion in the first trimester.” While supporting the FDA in its fight to keep minimal safety standards and shut down illegal abortion pill businesses, the senators concluded by repeating their request that the Agency remove the lethal drug from the market and declaring it an “imminent hazard to public health.”


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Journalism today is about ‘personalities and memes rather than substance’

Alessandra Bocchi is an Italian journalist well-known for her freelance reporting all over the world. She believes the mainsteam media is driven by ideology rather than a desire for truth.
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 1:16 pm EST
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September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Alessandra Bocchi is an Italian journalist well-known for her freelance reporting all over the world. During an appearance on the Van Maren Show today, Bocchi states that the mainstream media is “driven by ideology” and that it panders to a small group of progressive “elites.”

Bocchi has appeared on the Van Maren Show before – once to discuss the negative effects of globalization and again to report on her experiences at pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. Watch all previous episodes of the Van Maren Show by clicking here.

Bocchi told Van Maren that it hasn’t been easy transitioning into a more opinion-based role at her new employer The Wall Street Journal, but that even she can’t deny the mainstream media is “more rooted in ideology” and more afraid of the backlash of the liberal elites than ordinary people.

It’s “hard to find a nuanced and informed view” on current events, Bocchi said. Journalism today is “all about personalities and memes rather than substance.” It’s more concerned with “catering to [the progressive elite] as opposed to reporting the truth…they’ve lost their integrity and credibility in many respects.”

“I think we have so many opinion writers today so few of them actually have the expertise to really know what they're talking about,” she added. 

Bocchi was recently awarded the prestigious Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism from The Wall Street Journal. Rago won a Pulitzer Prize for his essays on the healthcare debate during the Obama administration. He passed away in 2017 at the age of 34.

Bocchi and Van Maren also delve into the future of journalism as a profession. The rise of independent and activist reporters who go on the ground in places like Portland and other cities where riots are breaking out was also analyzed. 

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California abortionist with gruesome history faces license revocation

Donald Clyde Willis's record includes sending a mother into cardiac arrest requiring a hysterectomy, along with killing countless unborn babies.
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 9:27 am EST
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SACRAMENTO, California, September 2, 2020 (Operation Rescue) — In 2017, the Family Planning Associates in Bakersfield, California, was considered one of the most dangerous abortion facilities in America. That was due largely to a man named Donald Clyde Willis.

Willis wasn’t always an abortionist. 

His life changed when he went through a divorce in 1993. Despondent over the breakup of his marriage, Willis walked over to a park near his Oregon home on the night of September 20, 1993, put a revolver to his head and pulled the trigger. The next morning, a passerby found him and called 911.

Willis claimed in a 1996 medical board case that he never lost consciousness after he attempted suicide. He underwent surgery to remove bone and part of his brain. Once he recovered enough, he was admitted to a mental ward where he was treated for three months.

In danger of losing his medical license, Willis made a voluntary agreement with the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners to numerous restrictions on his ability to practice medicine.

It was then that Donald Clyde Willis decided to become an abortionist.

During the year 2017, Willis worked for Family Planning Associates, a chain of California abortion facilities now known as FPA Women’s Health. During a nine-month period that year, he was responsible for sending six women to the hospital, all of which suffered abortion complications due to his abortions. On January 17, 2018, he sent his seventh woman by ambulance to the hospital after she suffered complications to a botched laminaria insertion conducted the day before in preparation for a second trimester abortion.

Operation Rescue lodged a complaint against Willis with the Medical Board of California on October 3, 2017, the same day that the sixth medical emergency took place at the Bakersfield FPA.

Accusation filed by Medical Board

Nearly three years later, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a formal Accusation on behalf of the Medical Board of California (MBC) against Willis based on three of those 2017 emergencies. The complaint involves three Causes for Discipline related to multiple allegations of gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records.

The MBC is seeking disciplinary action up to and including license suspension or revocation.

Patient A

According to the accusation, dated August 7, 2020, Patient A, 28, was 17 weeks 3 days pregnant when she reported to the Bakersfield FPA for the final day of a Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) dismemberment abortion on February 4, 2017.

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After her abortion, her bleeding began to increase. Willis returned her to the operating room when he conducted an aspiration abortion under ultrasound guidance and removed a “small amount of additional tissue.”

Fearing he had perforated her uterus, Willis had Patient A transferred by ambulance to the nearby Kern Medical Center. Emergency room staff found no evidence of perforation. The patient stabilized and was discharged.

However, Willis’ medical records were a disaster. He failed to document several aspects of Patient A’s abortion, including “what tissues were removed” during the abortion, leaving hospital physicians in the dark. His failure to provide accurate and complete medical records rose to the level of gross negligence according to the formal accusation.

Patient B

Patient B was 23 years old when Willis conducted a D&E abortion on her baby at 14 weeks 2 days gestation on August 19, 2017.

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According to the accusation, “Towards the end of the procedure, Respondent [Willis] noted that Patient B was suddenly jerking, and the tenaculum caused a tear of the cervix with subsequent blood loss of approximately 200 ml.”

Two hundred milliliters is equivalent to just over 7 ounces of blood.

Patient B was considered to be morbidly obese. Because of that, Willis claimed he could not address the tear and was unsure whether the baby’s head was inside her uterus or vagina at the time she was transported by ambulance to the Kern Medical Center.

At the hospital, an Ob/Gyn was called in and Patient B underwent emergency surgery where the remainder of her baby’s body was removed and her cervical tear repaired. She was then discharged from the hospital.

Once again, Willis had failed to document what body parts had been removed during the incomplete dismemberment abortion, which left the hospital surgeon at a disadvantage. The MBC noted that this failure also rose to the level of gross negligence.

Patient C

Patient C suffered the worst from her botched abortion done by Willis on October 3, 2017. Patient C was a 23-year old with a history of two prior cesarean section deliveries. She was 11 weeks 1 day pregnant at the time of her suction aspiration abortion.

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Due to her unusual anatomy, Willis could not visualize the opening of the cervix, yet he blindly continued on with the abortion without the aid of ultrasonography. During the surgery, Willis was unable to remove any parts of the baby, but the mother lost 500 ml of blood, equivalent to 17.6 fluid ounces.

When her vital signs became unstable, she was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. The MBC accusation detailed what happened next:

Patient C was treated for hemorrhagic shock at the hospital, and imaging revealed a right adnexal mass consistent with an intraperitoneal [abdomanal cavity] hematoma. Patient C received 4 units of blood and proceeded to surgery. In surgery, Patient C suffered a cardiac arrest, was successfully resuscitated. The surgeons conducted an exploratory laparotomy, total abdominal hysterectomy, right salpingo-oophorectomy [removal of ovary and fallopian tube] for a right sided uterine perforation and extensive damage to the right ovary and right fallopian tube. Patient C’s pregnancy was removed with the uterus, and she received 10 additional units of blood. Five days later, on October 8, 2017, Patient C was discharged from the hospital.

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Again, Willis’ medical records, which should have documented his treatment of Patient C, were woefully incomplete. The Board determined that Willis did not account for potential risk factors when conducting her abortion and failed to reschedule her abortion for when he had ultrasound assistance available.

Instead, Willis essentially butchered Patient C, causing severe internal injuries that nearly cost her life. 

Faces license revocation

Willis faces disciplinary action that could include license revocation or suspension, if found culpable for these actions. 

“It has been our experience that in the vast majority of cases where an accusation is brought by a medical board, the respondent faces disciplinary action. It is very rare for an abortionist to escape discipline in these cases,” said Troy Newman, whose organization is responsible for complaints leading to disciplinary action against dozens of abortionists.

Operation Rescue acknowledges that this disciplinary case would not have been possible without the help and documentation provided by Tim and Terri Palmquist, long-time pro-life activists in Bakersfield. At the time, the Palmquists told Operation Rescue that they observed Willis living out of his car and reporting to work in a disheveled condition.

Willis left Bakersfield in 2018, around the same time that he stopped conducting surgical abortions. He continues to work for FPA Womens’ Health, providing gynecology services in Fresno and Modesto.

“We anticipate that Willis will have his license revoked because of the severity and frequency of his negligent acts, and due to his previous discipline in Oregon,” said Newman. “It will be a relief to know that Willis will never be able to hurt another person or kill another baby again.”

Read the Accusation

Published with permission from Operation Rescue.


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‘Baby Lives Matter’ chalked on street in front of infamous Carhart abortion facility

The facility belongs to LeRoy Carhart, one of America's most notorious and dangerous late-term abortionists.
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 7:49 am EST
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BELLEVUE, Nebraska, September 2, 2020 (Operation Rescue) — As pro-life activists arrived for their shifts this morning at LeRoy Carhart’s notorious Bellevue, Nebraska abortion facility, they were greeted with a surprise. On the street near the front door of the clinic were painted the words, “Baby Lives Matter, Including Black Babies” in bright pink and blue paint.

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Pro-life message painted in the street outside LeRoy Carhart’s abortion business on Bert Murphy Blvd. in Bellevue, Nebraska. The door on the far right is the clinic entrance.

Recently, two activists with Students for Life were arrested in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Washington, D.C. for simply applying pro-life messages to the sidewalk with chalk.

There have been no arrests in Bellevue — so far anyway.

Those who painted the street in front of Carhart’s abortion business remain anonymous, but their message will be the last thing women see before they walk into the facility for abortions. We pray it touches those ladies’ hearts and helps them make a decision to walk away.

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H/T to the Nebraska pro-lifer who sent us the video and photo!

Published with permission from Operation Rescue.


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Baby saved as mother suffers apparent stroke while approaching abortion appointment

'She’s just — yeah, she can’t move.'
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 7:41 am EST
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By Cheryl Sullenger

CLEVELAND, Ohio, September 2, 2020 (Operation Rescue) — A 22-year-old woman reported to a scheduled abortion appointment at Preterm in Cleveland, Ohio, when she began to feel ill. She and her friend were seen entering the clinic, but moments later left and returned to their car, according to pro-life activist Fred Sokol, who was on the scene and photographed the incident.

The 911 call recording, obtained by Operation Rescue, showed that a sobbing and hysterical woman had suffered symptoms that caused the emergency dispatcher to screen her for a possible stroke. The 911 call, placed on August 19, 2020, was so chaotic, it took several minutes to determine the woman’s symptoms.

“She’s about to have a heart attack. We need an ambulance,” the woman’s friend told the 911 dispatcher. Throughout the call the woman could be heard crying and shouting for help because she could not move.

A synopsis of the call is transcribed below.

911: Okay, tell me exactly what happened.

Caller: Nothing happened. She’s just — yeah, she can’t move.

Caller: She’s numb and stuff all over her body. She can’t breathe or none of that. She says she’s about to pass out.

. . .

911: Did she ever have a stroke before?

Caller: No, she never felt like this before, ever.

Caller: She was on her way to get an abortion, she just started feeling like this. She ain’t never got sick like this before.

911: Ask her to smile.

Caller: She — she ain’t about to do that. She trying.

Woman: The only thing I can move is my fingers!

The woman was also unable to raise her arms straight out in front of her. But it was when she was asked to repeat the phrase, “Early bird catches the worm,” that her patience ran out.

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The woman began to scream and sob. “Just get here,” she said, then later cried, “I’m about to die!”

Finally, about ten minutes after the call for help was placed, a fire truck arrived at Preterm, followed by an ambulance. By then, the woman had recovered enough to walk under her own power to the ambulance.

After being treated in the ambulance for about five minutes, the woman was transported to University Hospital for additional care.

“If there was any bright side to this frightening incident, it appears that the woman did not have an abortion that day. Maybe her possible stroke was a sign from God or maybe she just had a panic attack, but whatever happened, her baby was given a reprieve from suffering a brutal death by abortion,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We pray she recovered fully and that she had time to reconsider her decision. We hope she will not return to Preterm for an abortion. That indeed would be a happy ending to her traumatic experience.”

Published with permission from Operation Rescue.


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News

New study finds hormonal contraceptives affect ‘brain structure and function’

Among other findings, birth control use during puberty was linked with structural changes in areas of the brain linked to emotion and memory.
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 7:34 am EST
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September 2, 2020 (Live Action News) — A new study has found that using hormonal birth control can change a woman’s brain structure and function. Nafissa Ismail, the corresponding author of the study and an associate professor at the University of Ottawa, spoke to PsyPost about their findings. The study was published in Hormones and Behavior, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

“Millions of women worldwide use oral contraceptives (i.e., birth control pill; OCs), often starting during puberty/adolescence,” the study abstract read. “[W]e examined stress reactivity, and brain structure and function in OC users using the Trier Social Stress Test and structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Our results show that OC use during puberty/adolescence gives rise to a blunted stress response and alters brain activation during working memory processing. OC use, in general, is also linked to increased prefrontal brain activation during working memory processing for negatively arousing stimuli.”

To sum up, “OC use is also related to significant structural changes in brain regions implicated in memory and emotional processing. Together, these findings highlight that OC use induces changes to brain structure and function and alters stress reactivity.”

“Oral contraceptives have been commercially available for over 60 years and are currently used by 150 million women worldwide. However, little is known about their behavioral and neurophysiological effects, especially during puberty/early adolescence, a critical period of development,” Ismail told PsyPost. “We were particularly interested in investigating the effect of oral contraceptives on brain structure and function, especially in women who began taking oral contraceptives during puberty and adolescence.”

Using brain imaging, 75 women were given a test of working memory, which is a cognitive system made to hold information temporarily, allowing someone to keep something in mind while they’re doing something else. Additionally, 140 more women were given the Trier Social Stress Test, a laboratory test designed to increase stress levels while participants perform math exercises and give a speech. Women who began using birth control during puberty or adolescence had a “blunted” cortisol response to the stress test.

“We found that there are differences in brain structure and function between oral contraceptive users and non-OC users. Oral contraceptive users display different brain activity during working memory processing of negative images compared to non-OC users,” Ismail said. “Women who started using oral contraceptives during puberty/adolescence display a blunted stress response and experience different brain activity during working memory processing of neutral images compared to women who started using oral contraceptives during adulthood.”

Birth control use during puberty was also linked with structural changes in areas of the brain linked to emotion and memory. Ismail explained that this “could provide a neural mechanism for why some women develop mood-related disorders following oral contraceptive use.” She added, “One possibility is depression. Some women have complained of depression symptoms during oral contraceptive use. We need to be aware of it and talk to our physician if we are experiencing these symptoms.”

There are numerous potential side effects of hormonal birth control, including various mental health issues. Many women are not informed of the risks before taking it even though some side effects — like blood clots — can be deadly.

The aim of studies like this one is not necessarily to discourage women from taking birth control, but to ensure that women truly have informed consent before taking it. “The goal of our research is not to worry women or to discourage them from taking oral contraceptives,” Ismail said. “We just want to advise them so that they can make an informed decision about what is best for them. There is still a lot of work to be done to fully understand the impact of oral contraceptives on women’s health.”

Published with permission from Live Action News.


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News

Statue of Virgin Mary decapitated in Toronto, police seek suspect caught on camera

'The suspect is described as 5'11''- 6'1'', thin build, long dark swept back hair, and clean shaven.'
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 6:00 am EST
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TORONTO, September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary that stands outside Our Lady of Lebanon in Toronto was decapitated early Sunday morning in what the parish described as a “deplorable and malicious act.”

The head of the profaned statue could not be found, the church related in a Facebook post.

“Sunday August 30th, 2020, before we started our Masses at Our Lady of Lebanon church Toronto, we were shocked to discover a horrible act of vandalism: We found that the statue of the Virgin Mary, erected in front of the church, was completely decapitated!” the statement said.

“We couldn’t find the head anywhere near the statue...Our parishioners, when exiting the church, were horrified to see such a deplorable and malicious act.”

Toronto police say the statue was vandalized about 3:15 Sunday morning. They released security camera images of the suspect and are asking witnesses to come forward to help with the investigation.

“The suspect is described as 5’11”- 6’1”, thin build, long dark swept back hair, and clean shaven. He was wearing a black t-shirt with a large white design on the front, a thin red vest over the t-shirt, beige shorts and dark Birkenstock-style sandals,” the police description reads.

The police are classifying the crime as mischief, not a hate crime, Rebel News tweeted.

Neil MacCarthy, spokesman for Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto, also took to Twitter to deplore the desecration as a “despicable act of cowardice”:

The Catholic Civil Rights League likewise “decries the violence done against the statue of Our Lady at Our Lady of Lebanon, a wonderful church and a wonderful community in Toronto’s west end,” said the League’s executive director Christian Elia.

“We do alert people that vandalism against our churches in Canada, North America and in Europe are on the rise, from dramatic cases overseas to more benign but nevertheless disturbing ones here,” he told LifeSiteNews.

It’s worth noting that “this decapitation of a statue of Our Lady seems to have struck a nerve,” added Elia.

“We are pleased with the response that civic authorities have made in denouncing this, when other times in the past they have remained silent,” he said.

Indeed, Mayor John Tory tweeted Sunday that he was “horrified” to see that a vandal had decapitated the statue, the Toronto Star reported.

Tory said he contacted the church and that the city “deplores any violence or vandalism against places of worship.”

Newly elected Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, who is pro-abortion in spite of his Catholic faith, also lamented the incident on Twitter, as well as denouncing the destruction of a statue of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, in Montreal over the weekend.

In May, vandals used power saws and grinders to behead eight bronze statues in broad daylight at the historic Stations of the Cross at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Sudbury, Ontario. There are no reports as yet of any suspects being arrested in that case.

Moreover, during a recent spate of vandalism in the United States, notably in June, vandals pulled down and desecrated statues of Catholic missionary St. Junípero Serra in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The St. Junípero statue in Ventura, California was targeted by a left-wing mob to suffer the same fate, but a group of young Catholics courageously placed their bodies between the statue and those who wanted to tear it down.

The statue was subsequently removed in the middle of the night and placed in a storage facility because city and local Catholic authorities agreed that it was in danger.

San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone led prayers of reparation and exorcism at the base of the statue of St. Junípero Serra after it was profaned.

The statue had been “blasphemously torn down,” and an “act of sacrilege” had occurred where they prayed, he said. “This [sacrilege] is the activity of the Evil One, who wants to bring down the Church, who wants to bring down all Christian believers. So we have gathered together to pray to God in an act of reparation, asking God’s mercy upon us, upon our whole city, that we might turn our hearts back to Him.”


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News

After defeating govt in court, California megachurch now faces eviction notice

Grace Community Church has held a lease from the county on a section of their parking lot since 1975. Now, after winning in court the right to hold worship services, the organization received an eviction notice.
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 6:00 am EST
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LOS ANGELES, California, September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A lawyer for a California Christian megachurch is calling out Los Angeles County for terminating a 45-year-old parking lot lease, saying the county’s deed is an act of “retaliation” for the church fighting to win the right to worship after challenging “unreasonable” state coronavirus health orders. 

"Los Angeles County is retaliating against Grace Community Church for simply exercising their constitutionally protected right to hold church and challenging an unreasonable, unlawful health order,” said Jenna Ellis, special counsel to the Thomas More Society, who represents Grace Community Church as legal counsel in a statement sent to LifeSiteNews.

“In America, we have a judicial system to ensure that the executive branch does not abuse its power, and Grace Community Church has every right to be heard without fear of reprisal. The Democrats’ message to Americans is clear — if you don’t bow to every whim of tyranny, the government will come after you.”

Grace Community Church has held a lease from the county on a section of their parking lot since 1975. A letter dated August 28 from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works gives them a total of 30 days to “vacate” the area by October 1.

“If Grace fails to vacate the premise as required, the District may enter the premises and remove Grace's personal property in accordance with the Agreement and applicable law, and Grace will be responsible for any resultant expenses incurred by the District,” reads the lease termination notice letter from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works.

“The Church has peacefully held this lease for 45 years and the only reason the County is attempting eviction is because John MacArthur stood up to their unconstitutional power grab,” said Ellis in a message sent to LifeSiteNews. “This is harassment, abusive, and unconscionable."

Grace Community Church won the right to worship indoors after a weeks-long battle in the California Superior Court with the County of Los Angeles.

In July, the megachurch headed by Pastor John MacArthur defied California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ban of indoor religious services, imposed ostensibly to fight the coronavirus.

Newsom’s ban affected a total of 29 counties, which is around 80 percent of the state of California.

Grace Community Church sued the state over the “unconstitutional and onerous coronavirus” health orders. Los Angeles County counter-sued.

After a legal battle back and forth, Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff ruled that Los Angeles County could no longer try to stop the megachurch from holding indoor worship services.

In the past, Lost Angeles County officials have threatened the megachurch with fines of up to $20,000 against the church should it hold indoor services. 

Numerous churches have defied Newsom’s order banning indoor worship, such as Grace Community Church, Cornerstone Church of Fresno, Destiny Christian Church of Rocklin, and Harvest Rock Church of Pasadena. A recent video report by LifeSiteNews’s Jim Hale goes over how a Christian church in southern California defied Newsom’s orders and continued to operate indoor services.


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News

UK govt funds development of kids’ game normalizing LGBT sexual practices

‘Children are encouraged to throw the dice twice and talk about the sexual acts that can happen using the two body parts.’
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 6:00 am EST
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DROP Disney+: New teen film 'Out' features openly homosexual main character! Sign the petition here.

LONDON, England, September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The British government has been funding a game teaching 13-year-old students about sexual acts, including homosexuality.

“The government has funded a toolkit written by the Proud Trust, an LGBT charity, which includes dice featuring words such as ‘anus,’ ‘vulva,’ ‘penis’ and ‘hands and fingers,’” reported The Times on Monday. “Children are encouraged to throw the dice twice and talk about the sexual acts that can happen using the two body parts.”

Proud Trust reveals on its website that the game has been produced to normalize homosexuality and gender ideology.

“For many years, the young people that we work with have been telling us that their needs are not being met through the sexual health education that they have received through mainstream education,” the Proud Trust wrote.

“Lesbian, gay and bisexual young people tell us they feel excluded for sexual health education, due to a heavy focus on pregnancy and contraception,” the organization continued. “Trans young people tell us they feel disempowered to engage in sexual health education programmes, due to incorrect assumptions being made about them and their body parts, by the subject facilitator.”

Accordingly, the Proud Trust concluded that “a sexual health toolkit specifically for LGBT+ young people is not what is needed. Rather, a toolkit that enables a broader set of conversations with all young people is what is required.”

The game was developed using a government grant of almost £100,000. The grant was financed through the “Tampon Tax Fund, which allocates money from VAT receipts on women’s sanitary products to projects that benefit disadvantaged women and girls,” wrote The Times. It is unclear how promoting homosexuality and gender ideology among 13-year-old students helps disadvantaged girls.

Tory MP Jackie Doyle-Price admitted she had “fully supported” introducing relationship and sex education classes in schools. “I firmly believed it would be a force for empowering girls to take more control of their bodies and their relationships against a background of increasingly sexualised behaviour in schools and abuse of under-age girls,” she said.

Now, however, it is “with horror that I see materials being produced which do the exact opposite. Schools should be teaching about mutual respect and consent and safe sex. That such materials have been funded by tampon tax grants is just appalling.”


  bisexual, gender ideology, homosexuality, jackie doyle-price, lesbians, lgbt, mp, proud trust, schools, tampon tax fund, tory

News

Catholics rally to have 5,400 Masses offered for President Trump

‘The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the most powerful spiritual weapon we have against the forces of evil in the United States of America.’
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 6:00 am EST
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PETITION: Urge Catholic bishops to refuse Holy Communion to pro-abortion Biden! Sign the petition here.

September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – After completing 900 Novena Masses in support of Trump on the feast day of The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven, a Catholic group is calling for an additional 5,400 Masses to be said in support of U.S. President Donald Trump’s re-election hopes, “during this time of unprecedented evil.” 

“Due to the overwhelming support and dire need for this Novena we expanded the Novena for President Trump to a Nationwide Novena of 5,400 Masses, 2,700 Masses in Petition and 2,700 Masses in Thanksgiving,” said Richard Manougian, founder and coordinator of the group The Novena of Masses for President Donald Trump, in an email message sent out this past Sunday.

“As of this writing over 1,000 Masses have been pledged. The Graces of the Mass will greatly assist and direct President Trump and our nation during this time of unprecedented evil, as you well know.”

Manougian told LifeSiteNews that he founded The Novena of Masses for President Donald Trump just before the 2016 presidential election. 

The initial Novena consisted of 81 Novena Masses from a total of nine people who each donated nine Masses. With 2020 being an election year, Manougian told LifeSiteNews he wanted to do something “bigger.”

“With the 2020 election looming and with so much at stake for our faith, families and country I wanted to do something bigger than the original 81 Masses. Building on the support for this Novena, I got the idea to do a Nationwide Novena of 900 Masses for President Trump,” Manougian told LifeSiteNews. 

“Being devoted to the 54 Day Rosary Novena and being inspired by others promoting the 54 Day Rosary Novena for President Donald Trump and our Country, in consultation with my wife and supportive friends, I knew what to do. I decided to expand the Nationwide Novena to 5,400 Masses for President Donald Trump.” 

The group is calling upon Catholics in the United States as well as those globally to visit their website, CatholicWorld.net, where one can register their Mass to be said for Trump. 

Registrants are to provide their contact information, which includes where the Masses will be said, and are asked to answer a question as to how they learned about the Novena Masses for Trump campaign. 

“As an influential Catholic voice in the United States, we need your support in promoting this Nationwide Novena,” Manougian wrote in his email. 

“With your promotional support our goal of 5400 Masses for President Trump will be attainable.” 

As of Tuesday, the page lists 1,039 Masses as pledged in support of Trump. 

“By the grace of God, President Trump has defended the Rights of the Unborn, upheld Religious Liberty and is fighting the Tyranny of Socialism/Communism,” the page’s website says. 

The CatholicWorld.net site lists in real-time the names and places of those who have registered Masses for Trump, and to date includes names from the United Kingdom, Australia, Africa, and India, in addition to hundreds from all over the United States.

The group lists two ways in which one can register a Mass to be said for Trump. The first choice, which the group says is the recommended route, is to have individuals have their Mass said at their local church and then register that Mass online. Another option is to donate a $20 Mass stipend to their GoFundMe page, where the money is used to have a Mass said for the president.


  2020 presidential election, catholic, donald trump, rosary, the novena of masses for donald trump

Opinion

Despite warnings of lawsuits, Alaska city bans therapy to nix same-sex attractions

A pro-family expert informed Anchorage's assembly that similar ordinances in Florida and New York earned those who passed them much legal trouble. The assembly went ahead anyway.
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 6:00 am EST
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September 2, 2020 (FRC Action) — Late on the night of Wednesday, August 26, the Anchorage (Alaska) Assembly (the municipal legislative body) passed an ordinance, AO-65, to prohibit sexual orientation or gender identity change efforts (SOCE or GICE) by any licensed professional counselor. The final vote was 9-2 in favor.

The vote came despite widespread community opposition, with a majority of the 65 people who testified opposing the bill. Credit goes to a large local church (Anchorage Baptist Temple) and the Alaska Family Council for raising the alarm. Assembly Members Jamie Allard and Crystal Kennedy made heroic efforts to either defeat the measure or amend it to mitigate some of its harmful effects.

However, Family Research Council had a strong virtual presence in the form of Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg. Last month, Peter spoke to the Anchorage Baptist Temple by video and, together with Matt Sharp of the Alliance Defending Freedom, briefed a group of Anchorage pastors via Zoom to educate them about the ordinance and encourage them to speak out against it. The following week, in late July, the Assembly postponed action on the proposal to August.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the Anchorage Assembly is currently not allowing members of the public to attend its meetings in person. When the bill was taken up again on August 25, Peter delivered prepared testimony by telephone from his home in the Washington, D.C. area (see video here, beginning at 3:21:15). When action on the proposal continued on August 26, Assembly Member Allard called Peter as an expert witness. That night, Peter remained on the phone with the Assembly for nearly three hours (from 11:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. Eastern time, due to the four-hour time difference), answering questions about the legislation and about proposed amendments periodically as they were raised.

In response to questions from Assembly Member Allard, Peter pointed out that the ordinance would violate a number of constitutional principles — such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and parental rights — as well as core ethical principles of the counseling profession, such as confidentiality, privacy, and client autonomy. He noted that even organizations critical of SOCE, such as the American Psychological Association, have made many statements which undermine the case for a legal prohibition — such as saying that concern about coercion of minors could be addressed through "developmentally appropriate informed consent." Peter also endorsed an amendment that revealed the fundamental hypocrisy of the bill. It would have banned the far more dangerous efforts to change a minor's sex — through puberty-blocking or cross-sex hormones and gender reassignment surgery — which were explicitly protected in the ordinance as written.

Although his prepared testimony the first night of the hearing was limited to only three minutes, Peter's contribution the second night was so extensive that one member referred to him sarcastically as "the 12th member of the Assembly." Assembly Member Christopher Constant — unable to refute the facts Peter presented — chose to attack Peter personally instead.

If and when the new ordinance faces legal challenge, members of the Assembly will not be able to say that they weren't warned about the risk. Peter informed them that a similar ordinance in Tampa, Florida was struck down by a judge who ruled that regulation of health care is a state function, not a local one. New York City actually voted to repeal its local therapy ban and settled a lawsuit against it filed by an Orthodox Jewish rabbi who is also a therapist — paying $100,000 in attorney's fees. That decision, in turn, was likely prompted by a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year. In a case (NIFLA v. Becerra) in which the court overturned a California law regulating pro-life pregnancy centers on free speech grounds, the court explicitly rejected the idea that there is a category of "professional speech" that is not protected by the First Amendment — speaking negatively of earlier lower court rulings which used that argument to uphold state therapy bans.

Unfortunately, despite Peter's best efforts, the Anchorage Assembly chose to move forward with a measure that is not anchored in constitutional law, professional ethics, or scientific truth.

Published with permission from FRC Action.


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Blogs

The deadly truth about lockdowns and masking policies

There's little to gain and much to lose from the misguided actions of political leaders.
Wed Sep 2, 2020 - 9:13 pm EST
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September 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – LifeSite staff were horrified today when we first saw this story from the city of Victoria in Australia - Pregnant Australian woman arrested at home for promoting anti-lockdown protest on Facebook. The insensitive abuse of power by those police officers and the ones who sent them is a warning to all of us that we must actively and strongly oppose these totalitarian restrictions that have proven to not make any medical or scientific sense.

If we don’t do this, I guarantee the ongoing violation of basic freedoms and rights will only get worse. It will lead to what the liberal, globalist supporters of these oppressive impositions have been calling “the new normal” from which they are determined we will never be able to go back to the way things were before.

As the renowned Dr. John Ioannids of Stanford University recently stated, “No dictatorship could imagine a better precedent for absolute control.”

Arresting, handcuffing and taking that pregnant mother away from her young children and partner was itself a criminal act by the two police officers.  Peaceful protesting has always been one of the most fundamental rights in democratic, free societies.

The policies that she was organizing a protest against not only cannot be proven to have been necessary, but they have also been devastatingly harmful to the economic and social fabric and well-being of every nation and community that has implemented them during this pandemic. They are wrong regardless of how many citizens have foolishly succumbed to the propaganda that they have been necessary.

In Victoria, the mask mandate law is medically useless no matter what anyone tells you. I reported on that subject in detail, quoting many physicians, scientists and government agencies in my two-part series on mandatory masking.

Lockdowns and isolating both the sick and all the healthy have proven to be a disaster everywhere they have been implemented. There has been no evidence of long-term medical or other benefits from them. In fact, the evidence coming out now is that lockdowns have caused enormous harm and likely led to a larger number of deaths than the number who died from the virus itself. And yet, Australia, California and other states and countries are still implementing them.

If you don’t accept that:

1) Immediately stop watching and reading ALL mainstream media. They have proven to be the source of the most fake news on the Wuhan virus.

2) Read the article excerpts below, which are only a small sampling of many more reports strongly indicating that the lockdowns were a tactic that should have never been approved and implemented.

The real danger of the Wuhan virus for the majority of the public ended some time ago. Like most viruses, it has gradually become much weaker and the medical establishment has learned how to treat it. Very few hospitals experienced the flood of virus-infected patients that was predicted by the deeply flawed Ferguson model. At the same time, a large number of people died or became very ill because they were either denied ordinary, but critically needed medical services during the lockdowns, or they wrongly believed that they would become infected by the Wuhan virus if they went to a hospital or clinic and would die from it. Instead, they died as a result of NOT going to the hospital or local clinic.

Liberal politicians and civil servants became evilly addicted to the enormous power over all citizens that they could only have dreamed that they could ever possess. They actually got away with it during the pandemic that has turned out to be far less lethal than media-concocted hysteria made it out to be.

There eventually has to be some serious justice arranged for what all these virus Nazis have done to their citizens and communities. They have to be held accountable for the great suffering and loss of lives they caused and the severe abuse of their positions meant to serve, rather than to lord it over the citizens. There must be crimes against humanity and other criminal charges laid in many instances, and some of these people put away in jail for a long time. 

The terrible truth about lockdowns:

The lockdown has gone from a mistake to a crime
Dennis Prager, Aug. 31 (selected excerpts from article noting Sweden did not implement lockdowns)

As Reuters reported July 15, the number of Swedish children between 1 and 19 years of age who have died of COVID-19 is zero. And the percentage of children who contracted the illness was the exact same in Sweden as it was in Finland, which locked down its schools.

In regard to teachers, Sweden's Public Health Agency reported that "a comparison of the incidence of COVID-19 in different professions suggested no increased risk for teachers." Nevertheless, with few exceptions, teachers in Los Angeles and elsewhere refuse to enter a classroom that has students in it. Their disdain for their profession has been superseded only by that of the Los Angeles teachers’ union, which announced that teachers will not resume teaching until the police are defunded.

For more than a month, Sweden has had almost no deaths from COVID-19 while the entire society remains open and almost no one wears masks. (In Holland, too, almost no one wears masks.) For all intents and purposes, the virus is over in Sweden.

The lockdown is a crime. But even more upsetting is that it is supported by so many Americans. This country is unrecognizable to those of us who lived through the 1968-1970 pandemic, which killed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 100,000 Americans – the 2020 equivalent of 170,000 Americans. Nothing shut down. Not one mask was worn.

Lockdowns and Mask Mandates Do Not Lead to Reduced COVID Transmission Rates or Deaths, New Study Suggests
Stephen Miller, American Institute for Economic Research, Aug. 26

Governments have conducted an unprecedented social, economic, and political experiment in controlling whole populations’ behavior, with high economic and human cost. The authors ask the right question: Has this experiment in government-managed virus control and suppression made a difference? The startling answer they found, after examining data from around the country and the world, is that the evidence simply is not there. 

If we are concerned about the evidence on this global experiment, we must concede that most government authorities have likely acted in error.

More Experts Concede: COVID Lockdowns Were A Disaster
Daniel McAdams, Ron Paul Institute, Aug. 25

From mainstream publications like The Wall Street Journal to top government health advisers in the UK, a consensus is building that the sledgehammer of COVID lockdowns has been an unmitigated disaster. It's good news that more mainstream sources are coming our way, but the dark forces of authoritarianism are not about to release their grasp so easily.

New Thinking on COVID Lockdowns: Overly Blunt and Costly
Wall Street Journal, Aug. 25

In response to the novel and deadly coronavirus, many governments deployed draconian tactics never used in modern times: severe and broad restrictions on daily activity that helped send the world into its deepest peace-time slump since the Great Depression.

The equivalent of 400 million jobs have been lost worldwide, 13 million in the United States alone. Global output is on track to fall 5 percent this year, far worse than during the financial crisis, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Despite this steep price, few policy makers felt they had a choice, seeing the economic crisis as a side effect of the health crisis. They ordered nonessential businesses closed and told people to stay home, all without the extensive analysis of benefits and risks that usually precedes a new medical treatment.

There wasn’t time to gather that sort of evidence: Faced with a poorly understood and rapidly spreading pathogen, they prioritized saving lives.

Five months later, the evidence suggests lockdowns were an overly blunt and economically costly tool. They are politically difficult to keep in place for long enough to stamp out the virus. The evidence also points to alternative strategies that could slow the spread of the epidemic at much less cost. As cases flare up throughout the United States, some experts are urging policy makers to pursue these more targeted restrictions and interventions rather than another crippling round of lockdowns.

“We’re on the cusp of an economic catastrophe,” said James Stock, a Harvard University economist who, with Harvard epidemiologist Michael Mina and others, is modeling how to avoid a surge in deaths without a deeply damaging lockdown. “We can avoid the worst of that catastrophe by being disciplined,” Mr. Stock said.

During the 1918-1919 flu pandemic, some American cities closed schools, churches and theaters, banned large gatherings and funerals and restricted store hours. But none imposed stay-at-home orders or closed all nonessential businesses. No such measures were imposed during the 1957 flu pandemic, the next-deadliest one; even schools stayed open.

World-Leading Infectious Disease Expert Explains Why Government Lockdowns Should End
Foundation for Economic Education, June 16

Dr. John Ioannidis is the C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention at Stanford University. He has authored some of the most cited medical journal articles in history.

Prolonged lockdowns fuel economic depression, creating mass unemployment. Jobless people may lose health insurance. Entire populations may witness decreased quality of life and mental health. Gun sales in the United States have increased sharply since the lockdown began, with unpredictable consequences.

Underprivileged populations and those in need are hit harder by crises. People at risk of starvation worldwide have already exceeded one billion. We are risking increased suicides, domestic violence, and child abuse. Malaise and societal disintegration may also advance, with chaotic consequences such as riots and wars.

And how long a lockdown is enough? If we open now, will lockdown recur in autumn? Next year? Whenever authoritarianism so wishes? No dictatorship could imagine a better precedent for absolute control.

Lockdowns were desperate, defendable choices when we knew little about covid-19. But, now that we know more, we should avoid exaggeration. We should carefully and gradually remove lockdown measures, with data driven feedback on bed capacity and prevalence/incidence indicators. Otherwise, prolonged lockdowns may become mass suicide.

Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul called for the New York state legislature to impeach Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Daily Caller, July 23

“New York had a lockdown and had 30,000 people die. New York had the worst death rate of any place in the world amidst a lockdown,” Paul said on a Fox News podcast Wednesday. “I think Governor Cuomo should be impeached, you know for what he did, for the disastrous decision he made to send patients with coronavirus patients back to nursing homes.”

Lockdown Deaths, Not COVID Deaths
Iain Davis, UKCOLUMN, July 14

COVID-19 has been circulating for at least a year and yet there was no notable increase in unseasonable mortality anywhere until Lockdown regimes were imposed between late February and late March 2020. Let me repeat that: everywhere, the overall or "all cause" mortality data consistently tells the same story: there was no notable deviation from the statistical norm in any country until lockdown regimes were imposed.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at the time of writing, with 11,841,326 supposedly confirmed cases and 544,739 alleged deaths, this is a global pandemic that has infected approximately 0.15 percent of the global population and has allegedly led to the deaths of 0.007 percent. This makes it slightly less deadly than a bad seasonal influenza, which can kill 0.0085 percent of the world's populace in a single year.

Yet governments around the world decided that the only way to respond to this particular respiratory infection was to roll out the most oppressive form of governance ever seen in the west, outside of a time of war.

The measures taken by our "elected representatives" have already killed many people and will prematurely end the lives of many more in the weeks and months ahead.

In light of all the other factors we have discussed, it is reasonable to conclude that the majority of deaths reported as COVID-19 mortality, by the world's mainstream media (MSM), were not attributable to the syndrome itself, but rather to the various national and statewide lockdown policies.

These were lockdown regime deaths not COVID-19 deaths. By restricting access to health care for the most vulnerable, any claim that Lockdown Regimes save lives is patently absurd.


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