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Hundreds of CEOs, companies launch attack against election integrity bills

Vaccine makers, airlines, and banks have joined with Target, Amazon, Google, PayPal, and Netflix to oppose basic laws that make it easy to vote but hard to cheat.
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 6:29 pm EST
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April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – More than 600 corporations, business leaders, and other entities, including Google, Amazon, and Warren Buffett, have come together to attack election integrity bills that they claim would “restrict” voting.

“We stand for democracy,” they said in a letter published in The Washington Post and The New York Times on Wednesday. “We all should feel a responsibility to defend the right to vote and to oppose any discriminatory legislation or measures that restrict or prevent any eligible voter from having an equal and fair opportunity to cast a ballot.”

The letter, which does not name any specific legislation, was a veiled shot at the hundreds of election reform bills sponsored by Republicans that are moving through state legislatures in the wake of the highly irregular 2020 election. New bills designed to bolster election integrity have been approved by at least one legislative chamber in 29 states since January. Five already have been passed into law. 

Corporate signers of the letter on Wednesday include Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Best Buy, Starbucks, Target, American Airlines, United Airlines, Bank of America, MasterCard, Netflix, PayPal, and Johnson & Johnson, among others. The letter is one of several similar initiatives organized by former American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault and Merck & Co. CEO Kenneth Frazier. 

Chenault and Frazier met virtually with nearly 100 CEOs on Saturday to develop strategies to fight election integrity bills, like one that passed in Georgia late last month. Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a close collaborator with Pope Francis and founder of the pope’s “Council for Inclusive Capitalism with the Vatican,” reportedly helped organize the call. 

The unprecedented attack on election reform efforts is the latest episode of heightened political activism by major U.S. companies in recent years. Many of corporations involved in the letter initiative on Wednesday have pledged millions in support of the violent, Marxist Black Lives Matter movement, with some, like Apple and Best Buy, excusing, or even glorifying, deadly Black Lives Matter riots. 

Multiple signers, such as Microsoft and MasterCard, also are official backers of the far-left “Great Reset” program “to revamp all aspects” of the global economy amid the COVID-19 crisis. Groups linked to the Great Reset significantly influenced American elections last year, as LifeSiteNews reported in January. 

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The corporate pushback against Republicans’ election bills follows repeated lies by the White House and top Democrats about Georgia’s new law, which strengthens voter ID requirements, a popular measure across racial and partisan lines. Other provisions of the law, known as “The Election Integrity Act of 2021,” include expanding early in-person voting while restricting absentee ballot registration time and cracking down on private funding of the election process. 

In 2020, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg granted state and local officials across the United States more than $400 million of election process funding, a move condemned as illegal by watchdogs. The funds disproportionately went to left-leaning areas, as in Georgia, where more than $24 million of Zuckerberg’s grant money helped mobilize voters in key counties for Democrats. 

Georgia’s election integrity act also strips powers of the secretary of state and other election administrators. Last March, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger signed a consent decree with the Democratic Party that loosened statutory signature rules for mail-in ballots ahead of the 2020 election. The Election Integrity Act of 2021 bans the secretary of state from entering into similar agreements in the future. Dozens of judges have ruled that extra-statutory election rule changes, like those enacted by Raffensperger, broke the law last year. 

Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, and other major companies based in Georgia quickly condemned the act after its passage three weeks ago. Major League Baseball protested the law earlier this month, moving the league’s All-Star Game from majority-black Atlanta, to bipartisan condemnation.

President Donald Trump, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and other Republican leaders have called for counter-boycotts in response. 

“Baseball is already losing tremendous numbers of fans,” Trump said in a recent message, “and now they leave Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they are afraid of the Radical Left Democrats who do not want voter I.D., which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections.”  

“Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections,” he urged. 


  amazon, election integrity, election integrity act of 2021, google, warren buffett

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Twitter suspends James O’Keefe after CNN bombshells; O’Keefe vows to sue for defamation

The Project Veritas founder denied accusations that he violated the platform's rule against 'fake accounts' and said the social media company 'will pay' for its actions.
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 5:37 pm EST
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April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Twitter has suspended the accounts of Project Veritas and its founder James O’Keefe, just days after the conservative investigative group began a series of reports on a CNN insider’s private admissions that the company engages in “propaganda” and “manipulation” to benefit Democrats.

Conservatives on Twitter began noticing Thursday afternoon that O’Keefe’s account, @JamesOKeefeIII, had been suspended, replaced with a generic message that “Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules.” 

On Telegram, O’Keefe published an email from Twitter Support declaring the ban was “permanent” and “will not be reinstated” because O’Keefe had supposedly violated the platform’s rule against “Fake accounts: You may not register or create fake and misleading accounts or use multiple accounts to manipulate Twitter conversations,” or “engage in spamming, abusive, or disruptive behavior.”

O’Keefe responded by denying the accusation and announcing he would be taking Twitter to court. “I am suing Twitter for defamation because they said I, James O'Keefe, ‘operated fake accounts,’’ he said. “This is false, this is defamatory, and they will pay. Section 230 may have protected them before, but it will not protect them from me. The complaint will be filed Monday.”

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Earlier this week, Veritas began releasing a series of undercover videos in which CNN technical director Charlie Chester admits and boasts about the news organization's use of “propaganda” and “manipulation” to oust former President Donald Trump, efforts to “milk” COVID-19 and climate change because “fear sells,” and practice of “leading” guests in such a way as to reinforce their predetermined narratives.

While most conservatives recognized the damaging nature of the revelations about CNN, and some predicted social media giants would take action against O’Keefe to prevent its spread, attorney Dan McLaughlin, senior writer for the conservative movement’s former flagship opinion journal National Review, attacked the Veritas report’s veracity by suggesting past Veritas videos have contained false or misleading information. McLaughlin ignored multiple challenges by O’Keefe and others (including this author) to produce supporting evidence for his insinuation.

Conservatives remain divided on whether and how to change existing laws to rein in social media giants’ censorship of and discrimination against conservatives, but O’Keefe’s impending lawsuit may represent, for at least some cases, a path forward without having to wrestle with contentious philosophical or constitutional issues. If successful, it would set a precedent of Twitter facing real consequences for banning conservatives under false pretenses, using existing law and long-established principles of legal defamation.


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Amazon blocks review of pro-life devotional book that reviewer said helps her pray to end abortion

'Why would Amazon ban this comment? They apparently support abortion and are afraid of prayer'
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 5:34 pm EST
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April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Amazon refused to publish a woman’s review of a pro-life devotional book that she said in her review helped her go about her day “praying for the end of abortion.” Amazon said the review went against community guidelines.

Kathy Forck, a pro-life sidewalk counselor and co-leader of the Midwest March for Life, attempted to leave a review for the newly published book “LIFE Runners Daily Devotions: All in Christ for Pro-Life.” The book offers prayer-filled, challenging, one-minute devotions all aimed at creating change to end abortion. The book includes inspiring messages from 108 authors, including Bishop (Thomas) Paprocki, Bishop (Joseph) Coffey, Bishop (Robert) Gruss, several priests, Jeanne Mancini of the National March for Life, Abby Johnson, Dr. Kevin Vost, and many more.

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Forck attempted to post the following review last Sunday: “Love this book of devotionals! Being so involved in life affirming work, this devotional is spot on as I go about my day praying for the end of abortion. I love how the scriptures blend so nicely with life affirming activities and speak to one's soul.”

Shortly after she submitted the review, Amazon responded that the review could not be published.

“Thank you for submitting a customer review on Amazon. After carefully reviewing your submission, your review could not be posted to the website. While we appreciate your time and comments, reviews must adhere to the following guidelines: Amazon Community Guidelines,” Amazon told Forck in a communication obtained by LifeSiteNews.

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It is unclear how the review violates any of Amazon’s guidelines.

Forck told LifeSiteNews that the words “‘praying for the end of abortion’ is on my mind and lips daily” and have become a kind of “mantra” for her.

“Imagine my surprise and regret that my review was rejected. ‘Heartbreaking’ was the first word that came to mind as my only intention was to tell my honest response to the book,” she said.

Forck said she loves reading LIFE Runners’ book because the devotionals “rock my soul and honor my God.”

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“It is only with prayer and fasting that the evil of abortion will be eradicated,” she said.

Dr. Pat Castle, founder of LIFE Runners, said that Amazon may have banned the ad because the company supports abortion and does not like people praying for its end.

“Why would Amazon ban this comment? They apparently support abortion and are afraid of prayer. Why is such a powerful company afraid of prayer? Prayer connects us to an even greater power, the Holy Spirit,” he told LifeSiteNews.

“I hope all Pro-Lifers order the LIFE Runners Daily Devotions book and leave a faith-filled review comment for Amazon. As Bishop Paprocki said, ‘this devotional will help you be more firmly committed to the culture of life … and will shine the penetrating power of Truth on the darkness of abortion that is being covered up by Amazon.’”


  amazon, censorship, life runners, patrick castle

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House Democrats announce bill to pack Supreme Court, increase justices from 9 to 13

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested she won't bring the bill up for a vote, though.
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 5:15 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – U.S. House Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday to add four new justices to the United States Supreme Court, though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quickly threw cold water on the proposal.

ABC News reports that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrod Nadler’s (D-NY) Judiciary Act of 2021 would formally expand the number of Supreme Court seats from nine to thirteen. It would give the president who signed it (presumably President Joe Biden) the opportunity to instantly and dramatically skew the Supreme Court majority in his party’s favor.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously attempted to pack the court in hopes of stopping it from striking down his New Deal economic policies. Modern Democrats and their supporters have called for doing the same upon regaining power, particularly as a response to the confirmation of former President Donald Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Nadler claimed his bill would “restore balance to the nation’s highest court after four years of norm-breaking actions by Republicans led to its current composition.” For years, Democrats have claimed it was illegitimate for Senate Republicans to leave vacant the seat of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died near the end of Barack Obama’s presidency, until after the 2016 election, in which Trump won and went on to nominate Justice Neil Gorsuch.

“Republicans stole the Court’s majority, with Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation completing their crime spree,” added Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). Gorsuch, Barrett, and Justice Brett Kavanaugh were all lawfully nominated by Trump and confirmed by the Senate as required by the U.S. Constitution.

However, just hours after her Democrat colleagues introduced the bill, Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said she does not support the measure and will not bring it up for a vote on the House floor, Axios reports.

“I don't know if [court packing is] a good idea or a bad idea,” she said. “I think it's an idea that should be considered and I think the president's taking the right approach to have a commission to study such a thing.”

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Throughout the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden refused to answer whether he would support the unpopular, politically-charged proposal. Biden eventually attempted to resolve the issue by instead promising to appoint a commission to study it and other ideas, and last week announced what he called a “bipartisan group of experts on the Court and the Court reform debate.” 

The body will include “former federal judges and practitioners who have appeared before the Court, as well as advocates for the reform of democratic institutions and of the administration of justice.” Among the names are Yale immigration law professor Cristina Rodriguez, former Obama administration attorneys Bob Bauer and Kate Andreas, and former NARAL legal director Carolien Fredrickson. NARAL is one of America’s major abortion lobby groups.

“When pro-abortion Democrats experience losses, they dismantle sustaining American institutions rather than work within them, in the ingenious way the Founders provided,” commented Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List. “There is no rule they won’t violate or rewrite in their drive to impose their abortion agenda before the 2022 midterm elections, no matter the collateral damage to our nation.”

“Unanswerable to the electorate, the Supreme Court has already overstepped too often to legislate and impose policy on issues like abortion – not resolving debate but deepening it. The answer is not to further politicize the coequal judicial branch. After announcing a commission to ‘study’ the idea of altering the Court, President Biden’s allies in Congress have revealed their shared intention to impose a radical agenda on the American people regardless of consequences,” she added.


  court packing, democrats, jerry nadler, joe biden, judicial activism, nancy pelosi, supreme court

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YouTube censors LifeSite’s John-Henry Westen interviewing Catholic podcaster Patrick Coffin

YouTube, which is part of Google, declared the video violated the Community Guidelines, declaring it spread “medical misinformation.’
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 4:30 pm EST
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April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – LifeSiteNews has once again been subject to Big Tech censorship: A recent episode of The John-Henry Westen Show resulted in the account suffering a temporary weeklong ban from YouTube, as well as a “strike.”

YouTube took issue with the April 12 interview Westen, LifeSite’s co-founder and editor-in-chief, did with Patrick Coffin. YouTube deleted the video less than 24 hours after it was originally posted.

YouTube, which is part of Google, declared the video violated the Community Guidelines, declaring it spread “medical misinformation.”

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“YouTube does not allow content that spreads medical misinformation that contradicts the World Health Organization (WHO) or the local health authorities’ medical information about COVID-19, including on methods to prevent, treat, or diagnose COVID-19 and means of transmission of COVID-19.”

As a result of the ban, The John-Henry Westen Show account cannot post anything on YouTube for one week. The John-Henry Westen Show’s account is distinct from LifeSite’s original YouTube account, which boasted over 300,000 subscribers and was permanently banned in February.

A subsequent “strike” — after this first one — within 90 days would result in a 14-day ban for The John-Henry Westen Show. Three strikes within the 90-day period would lead to a permanent ban for the account.

Westen and Coffin discussed a variety of topics, ranging from issues about the Catholic Church, Vatican II and Pope Francis, to COVID-19, COVID injections and restrictions.

Coffin himself was recently suddenly banned by YouTube for speaking out about COVID-19, and is set to hold an online conference April 30 through May 1, entitled “Truth over Fear,” addressing the Wuhan coronavirus and the so-called Great Reset.

Coffin’s YouTube account was actually deleted on the same day he launched the website for his upcoming conference, and he noted that YouTube “violated their own terms of service” in doing so.

LifeSiteNews is no stranger to Big Tech censorship. Just two months ago, YouTube banned LifeSite’s main account and deleted all videos, after a number of temporary bans and warnings.

In the face of such censorship stemming from Big Tech companies, LifeSiteNews is emigrating to censorship-free platforms. In order to stay up-to-date on all of LifeSite’s coverage, it’s crucial that readers sign up for our email updates, including our video newsletter, so they can watch all of our latest reports.

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Danish health official passes out while announcing suspension of AstraZeneca vaccine

Tanja Erichsen was immediately taken to the hospital and has since recovered. The cause of her unexpected blackout is not yet publicly known.
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 4:16 pm EST
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark, April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The head of the Danish Medicines Agency fainted during a press conference announcing that Denmark has become the world’s first nation to permanently halt use of the British-made and abortion-tainted mRNA-derived Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

Following headlines that implicate AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine in numerous cases of blood clots, some resulting in death, Tanja Erichsen of the Danish Medicines Agency (DMA) on Wednesday suddenly fainted in the midst of the announcement, crashing to the floor and spilling her glass of water.

She was taken to the hospital and has since recovered, according to a BBC report. The cause of her unexpected blackout is not yet publicly known. It is also unknown if she had received the COVID vaccine, at what point, and which one.

Denmark’s decision to permanently stop using AstraZeneca’s jab comes one month after the country suspended use thereof following a death related to a blood clot and amid a growing number of reports of blood clots arising shortly after inoculation with the vaccine within the European Union (EU).

Danish health authorities, the first in Europe to suspend the vaccine’s use for all citizens, had launched an investigation at the beginning of March into the relationship between blood clots and the AstraZeneca vaccine “[d]ue to the temporal association” brought to light by health reports.

The DMA released a statement at the time that confirmed Denmark’s intention, “based on a precautionary principle,” to “put vaccinations with the AstraZeneca vaccine on hold … pending the results of the investigations.”

Now that those investigations are concluded, Danish authorities have deemed the vaccine unfit for stopping the spread of COVID-19, and therefore decided to permanently remove AstraZeneca’s shot from their national vaccination scheme. Officials did not explicitly cite their reasons for the decision.

The director of Denmark’s Health Authority, Søren Brostrøm, did explain that the results of their investigations demonstrated “real and serious” side effects from the AstraZeneca vaccine. “Based on an overall consideration,” he added, “we have therefore chosen to continue the vaccination programme for all target groups without this vaccine.”

A spokesperson for AstraZeneca, commenting on Denmark’s decision to cancel use of its jab, said the pharmaceutical manufacturer respects “the decision taken by Sundhedsstyrelsen [the National Board of Health] in Denmark. Implementation and rollout of the vaccine programme is a matter for each country to decide, based on local conditions.”

Danish authorities have also suspended use of the American-developed Johnson & Johnson vaccine, given the company’s recent withdrawal from the EU market over blood clotting concerns. The American firm also had its vaccine rollout put on hold in the U.S. on Tuesday after concerns were raised by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), relating to six “cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot.”

“All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination,” the joint statement reads, adding they are “recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine,” purportedly out of “an abundance of caution.”

Since Denmark’s original suspension of the AstraZeneca jab in March, a slew of European countries put their national rollouts on hold. Germany reined in delivery of the shot twice, the first time in late February for those under 65 years of age, and again at the end of March for those under 60.

Openly homosexual German Health Minister Jens Spahn announced on March 30 that there would be an age restriction on delivery of the vaccine following revelations from Germany’s vaccine regulator that 31 cases of a rare blot clot had been recorded, causing nine deaths in the country. The majority of cases were in women under 65.

Shortly after this date, French officials put a pause on the AstraZeneca rollout due to links between the shot and life-threatening thromboses.

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Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Luxembourg all suspended the use of a suspect batch of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, citing blood clot concerns.

The poor reputation of AstraZeneca’s vaccine has reached North America, too. Health Canada halted distribution of the vaccine for those under 55 following similar reports of dangerous blood clots forming after taking the jab.

In a joint statement from Canada’s provincial medical offices as well as the national Chief Public Health Officer, an announcement was made that “[a]s Chief Medical Officers of Health, we are acting decisively with our unified position to pause the use of AstraZeneca vaccine in Canada in those under age 55 at this time.”

“We are taking this precautionary measure while Health Canada as the regulator completes its updated risk/benefit analysis based on emerging data,” they said.

The U.S. has never granted an emergency use authorization for this particular vaccine.


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House GOP files petition to force vote on bill to protect newborns from infanticide

Bringing the Born-Alive Protection Survivors Act to the floor would expose the extremism of Democrats who 'have demonstrated their disregard for the most basic right.'
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 4:03 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Republicans in the House of Representatives filed a discharge petition Wednesday in hopes of forcing a floor vote on legislation that would guarantee life-sustaining medical care to babies delivered alive after failed abortions.

Federal law already protects such newborns on paper, but the the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would give that protection teeth by specifically requiring abortionists to transfer infants who survive abortions to hospitals, where they would be given the same degree of care as any wanted newborn. 

Democrats in both the House and the Senate have blocked or voted against the legislation dozens of times over the past several years. In January, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise announced that Republicans would begin working on forcing a vote via the use of discharge petitions, under which a bill will receive a floor vote regardless of House leadership’s wishes if it can secure the signatures of 218 House members. 

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This week’s discharge petition was filed by Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Florida, with support from Scalise and Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri. "Today’s discharge petition symbolizes our commitment to protecting the sanctity of life for all Americans, including the most vulnerable among us,” Cammack said. “For too long, Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi and House Democrats have demonstrated their disregard for this most basic right and it’s time we show the American people where their representatives stand on this critical issue. I'm proud to stand alongside Whip Scalise and Rep. Wagner in declaring the value of life once and for all."

According to Heritage Action’s tracker, which was last updated last June, the previous discharge petition had 205 signatures, including every House Republican and three Democrats. An additional 13 Democrats would need to be persuaded to come on board for the new one to succeed.

"There's a word for intentionally ending the life of a baby that has left his or her mother's womb: infanticide. Infanticide will never be morally acceptable or excusable, regardless of what one may think about abortion itself. Now the unthinkable has become reality — elected officials are supporting infanticide,” Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said in support of the petition. "President Biden's sweeping offers of unity continue to fall flat as House Democrats stonewall even the smallest protections for babies born alive.”

Regardless of the petition’s prospects, the Born-Alive Protection Survivors Act would not make it through the Democrat-controlled Congress or be signed into law by President Joe Biden. However, a floor vote in the House would put Democrat representatives’ position on the issue on the record, highlighting the full extent of their extremism going into the 2022 midterm elections.


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Famous Harvard-trained psychiatrist calls for ‘moratorium’ on COVID vaccines

‘The vaccine is much more dangerous than the disease.’
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 3:54 pm EST
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April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A world-renowned Harvard-trained psychiatrist and author of dozens of scientific papers is calling for a “moratorium” on COVID-19 vaccines due to the explosion of adverse reactions and thousands of deaths that have followed in the wake of those who have received the jab.

“The vaccine is much more dangerous than the disease COVID-19,” Dr. Peter Breggin, former Consultant at the National Institute of Mental Health, told LifeSiteNews’ John-Henry Westen this week.

“It's very clear now we absolutely need a moratorium on it. Don't take it. We need a moratorium,” he said.

Breggin’s comments come as American and European authorities reveal that, since December, more than 10,000 people have died after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and tens of thousands have experienced “adverse events.” His comments also come in the wake of U.S. Federal agencies halting the use of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine as they investigate the vaccine’s possible link to potentially dangerous blood clots. The AstraZeneca vaccine has also been halted in various countries such as Denmark, Norway, and Iceland while Germany has restricted its use to people over 60 years of age. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed to the Epoch Times today that 5,800 Americans contracted COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated against the virus with nearly 400 of these requiring hospitalization and 74 dying.

Breggin is a medical doctor who specializes in mental health. He made a name for himself in his successful efforts to reform the mental health field with his criticisms of psychiatric diagnoses and drugs. He is the author of such books as Toxic Psychiatry, Talking Back to Prozac, and Talking Back to Ritalin. He has been hailed as the “Conscience of Psychiatry.” His latest book is titled “Covid-19 and the Global Predators: We are the Prey.”

In his interview with LifeSiteNews, Breggin lays out his claim that COVID-19 has been used by global elites as a “cover” to bring about a new world order — called by Klaus Shawb The Great Reset — where vaccines play an integral role in controlling the population.

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“The scientific issue is everybody who takes the vaccine is an experiment. You are an experimental subject and you were planned for decades to be an experimental subject with the vaccines,” he said.

Breggin called the vaccines “highly experimental” and “highly dangerous,” pointing out that they have not even been tested on animals. The vaccines interfere “with the RNA of your cells,” he said. “They transform the RNA, which is very closely allied to the DNA, to make proteins that your own cells can then attack – your own body can then attack your T cells, your antibodies. I could go into that in some more detail, perhaps, but I just want to get across that this is a very weird thing.”

He said that the rising number of deaths that have followed the reception of the vaccine jab as reported by the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is likely only a small fraction of the actual numbers of deaths given that reporting is voluntary and many doctors choose not to report since they don’t want to become involved in a medical malpractice suit.

“It's a fraction of the deaths,” Breggin said. “It’s possible that instead of 2,000 deaths right now in the U.S. associated closely with the vaccine it might be 20,000. We have no idea. It could be even higher.”

The doctor laid out what he called the “political end” that the vaccines serve:  Compelling people to take the experimental vaccines for a virus from which the majority of those who are infected recover is ultimately about “crushing the human spirit” and making people more docile to “totalitarianism” and a “heavy authoritarianism.”

“The whole goal is to increase docility in the population. And totalitarianism, heavy authoritarianism, is crushing to the human spirit,” he said.

Breggin said that behind the coercive measures inflicted on populations in the name of keeping them safe from the virus is a desire of elite globalists to “dominate other human beings.”

“You're the end of a totalitarian web of global predators who are all godless. None of them believe in God. None of them believe in patriotism. None of them believe in America. None of them believe in freedom,” he said.

The doctor said that global elites will make sure that citizens remain sufficiently crushed so that they can obtain their goals.

“That's why when you take the vaccine, you're told you’ve still got to isolate or you’ve got to (wear masks). No, no. It's because it's never-ending. And when you read my book, you'll see that it's all been calculated to produce the ‘great reset,’ which at the heart of it is the destruction of American patriotic democracy.”


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Vatican Secretary of State implicated in financial scandal around London investment property

Cardinal Pietro Parolin Secretary of State for the Holy See since October 2013, has been implicated in a scandal that, hitherto, has mostly centred on Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu. 
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 3:13 pm EST
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VATICAN CITY, April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Pietro Parolin may soon be under the same scrutiny recently suffered by his former deputy, Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu.

On Monday an Italian magistrate issued an arrest warrant for Gianluigi Torzi, the Italian financier who brokered an expensive London real estate deal for the Vatican’s Secretariat of State in 2018, allegedly defrauding the Vatican of millions of euros. 

The prosecutor, Corrado Cappiello, suggested that the Secretariat of State has itself has violated Vatican regulations in its wheeling and dealing in high finance. 

“From the investigations carried out by the IOR [Institute for the Works of Religion, i.e., the Vatican Bank] and the office of the Auditor [of the Holy See], it emerged that the acquisitions of properties for investment purposes cannot be carried out by the Secretariat of State, being reserved for the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See,” he wrote.

“Furthermore, the investment in question does not appear in any official document sent by the Secretariat of State to the Council of the Economy and, in any case, the Secretariat of State cannot use funds received for charitable purposes in operations with a high financial risk.”

That means that Parolin, 66, the Cardinal Secretary of State for the Holy See since October 2013, has been implicated in a scandal that, hitherto, has mostly centred on Cardinal Becciu. 

“The Italian court order raises a startling assertion from Vatican authorities: that the Secretariat of State acted outside its legal authority when it invested hundreds of millions of euros of Church funds, and when it put Peter’s Pence funds up as collateral for high-risk investments,” reported Catholic online newsmagazine The Pillar, the leading English-language source for news on the ongoing Vatican financial scandals.  

“The charge could render the transactions void, and implicate Cardinals Pietro Parolin and Angelo Becciu with final legal responsibility for the scandal.”

Meanwhile, not only Cardinal Parolin but Pope Francis himself has been dragged into the controversy around the purchase of 60 Sloane Avenue, London, a renovated pre-war building that now houses shops, offices, and luxury apartments. In November 2020, a lawyer representing Cardinal Becciu’s former secretary, Monsignor Mauro Carlino, wrote a letter to an Italian newspaper, stating that the negotiations with Torzi had had the “backing” of the pontiff. 

According to The Pillar, the Secretariat of State used charity money (including Peter’s Pence) as collateral for loans of 200 million euros (over $239 million US). The loans were used to invest in the building, “through businessman Raffaele Mincione’s Athena Global Opportunities Fund,” it reported. 

Time and Life, a company controlled by Mincione had bought 60 Slone Avenue in December 2011 for £129 million. According to English court documents, in or about 2014, the Secretariat, acting through a lay official named Fabrizio Tirabassi and Monsignor Alberto Perlasca, transferred over $200 million to Mincione’s Athena Global Opportunities Fund. They used “lines of credit granted by Credit Suisse and Banca Svizzera Italiana secured on the Secretariat’s assets worth at least €454 million,” wrote High Court justice Judge Baumgartner.

However, the Secretariat of State did not receive the necessary permission from the Vatican’s Council for the Economy for either the loan or the investment in the building. 

“According to previous news reports, the then-second-in-command at the Secretariat of State, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, tried to keep the loans and investments off of Vatican ledgers, and away from scrutiny from the Secretariat for the Economy, which was then led by Cardinal George Pell,” The Pillar reported.  

The Secretariat for the Economy did, in fact, notice the transactions, but nothing was done about them. A decision was made within the Secretariat of State to buy all the shares in 60 Sloane Avenue, and Gianluigi Torzi was hired by the Secretariat of State to finalize the purchase. Later, however, the Vatican police accused Torzi of embezzlement, extortion, fraud, money-laundering, and being part of a “conspiracy” to profit illegally from the Holy See since 2014. They arrested him in Rome in June 2020, and his bank accounts were frozen. 

But according to a judge in England’s High Court last month, all the business Torzi carried out for the Vatican had been approved by senior officials of the Secretariat of State. 

“I find the suggestion that Monsignor Perlasca was kept in the dark about the way in which the transactions was to be structured difficult to accept, given the Secretariat was advised throughout by London solicitors and he was executing documents on the Secretariat’s behalf," stated Judge Baumgarten. 

Baumgarten was also critical of lacunae and misrepresentations in the Vatican’s case against Torzi. For example, while retroactively objecting to the £300 million price tag of 60 Sloane Avenue in 2018 and pointing out that it had sold for £129,000 in 2011, the Vatican’s representatives had neglected to mention that the property had been valued at £275 million in 2017. 

“I do not consider the material non-disclosures and misrepresentations that I have found to be minor,” said the judge. 

 “They are, in some instances, egregious […].”

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During this hearing, which concerned his frozen assets, Torzi alleged that Fabrizio Tirabassi had offered him the services of a prostitute during the negotiations to purchase the building. The financier also alleged that Tirabassi had threatened his life and boasted of having blackmailed high-ranking clergymen in Rome. Torzi said that he had reported these things to Pope Francis. 

Tirabassi was suspended from his position in the Secretariat after its offices were raided by police in October 2019. In November 2020, Vatican police and Italy’s financial police searched his properties, reportedly finding 600 thousand euros (over $717 thousand US) in cash. The money was confiscated but returned after a Roman court decided that there were “irregularities” in the way the raid was carried out. 

The saga of the London property is not the only financial scandal in which Cardinal Becciu is embroiled. Last September an Italian newsmagazine revealed that the investigation into the London real estate development had turned up evidence that he had funnelled Vatican assets to his own blood relations. The story appeared shortly after Becciu offered Pope Francis his resignation as Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and gave up his rights and privileges as a cardinal. On that occasion Cardinal Pell offered public congratulations to the pontiff, saying that the “Holy Father has elected to clean up Vatican finances.”


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2021 Canadian National March for Life on May 13 to be in-person and online

‘On May 13, Canadians will march peacefully on Parliament Hill and online to implore our leaders to enact laws that protect life from conception until natural death.’
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 2:53 pm EST
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OTTAWA, April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The 2021 Canadian National March for Life will forge ahead this year in a “hybrid” format with both an in-person rally followed by a march in Ottawa on May 13, and a “full program of virtual events” to be held between May 9 and 16.

“On May 13, Canadians will march peacefully on Parliament Hill and online to implore our leaders to enact laws that protect life from conception until natural death. Together, let us reach out and tell those most in need. You are not alone. Together, let us March for Life on May 13,” reads a description of this year’s event.

Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) is the organizer of the event, which last year was held virtually, due to the COVID lockdowns.

CLC says that this year’s in-person rally will begin at 12:30 p.m. EST and will be approximately 45 minutes long. It will be followed by the march on Canada’s parliament.

Josie Luetke, Youth Coordinator for CLC, told LifeSiteNews that the “pandemic doesn’t change the fact that human life is not protected in Canada.”

“We are very much looking forward to once again returning to Parliament Hill for the rally and March for Life itself, as the pandemic doesn’t change the fact that human life is not protected in Canada from conception to natural death, and it’s there, in the heart of Ottawa, where this change needs to be made, and where we will hold our elected representatives to account,” said Luetke.

On Tuesday, CLC premiered a 30-minute video special special on its YouTube page to begin the “100-day countdown” to the 2021 March for Life. The video featured David Bereit, the founder of 40 Days for Life and a pro-life speaker.

The video announced this year’s event speakers as well as the planned schedule of events.

The kick-off event for this year’s March for Life will be an online screening of the film Roe v. Wade, which will take place on April 18. Tickets for the showing are $12.99.

During the March for Life week, an online Rose Dinner will be held on May 13, emceed by Bereit, and starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Rose Dinner will feature an engaging panel discussion on “the pro-life movement in a cancel culture,” according to the CLC.

It will be moderated by Canadian filmmaker and director Kevin Dunn. The panel will include Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of AmericaRev. Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett, former Canadian Ambassador for Religious Freedom, and Tanya Granic Allen, TV host and political commentator.

Tickets for the event can be purchased by going to marchforlife.ca/event/rose-dinner-2021/.

Luetke said the 2021 events will be “even better” than last year’s.

“If you enjoyed the Virtual National March for Life last year, I assure you that you’ll find our 2021 events even better, as we’ve been working very diligently over the past few months to bring you an extremely engaging and powerful schedule, with elements that will appeal to everyone,” said Luetke.

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Luetke said she is hoping there will be a good turnout for the online youth conference, noting that registration for the youth conference — which is free of charge — is now open.

“The youth conference was indispensable in my own development as a pro-life activist, and the virtual one we have planned is every bit as educational and inspirational,” said Luetke.


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Navy lieutenant: Military members are illegally coerced into taking COVID vaccines

A Navy lieutenant explained that the severe restrictions on the military’s unvaccinated mean many sailors are taking the injection who actually don’t want it.
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 2:40 pm EST
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April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A Navy lieutenant and aviator is decrying the coercive policies in the U.S. military that have already swayed many sailors who were initially opposed to taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

“There are commands that are restricting leave to those who are vaccinated,” said the lieutenant, who is known to LifeSiteNews but wants to remain anonymous. He further revealed that his captain sent an email to his command telling them that if they get vaccinated for COVID-19, they “can have 24-hour liberty.”

“That’s coercion. That’s illegal,” the lieutenant told LifeSiteNews.

He explained that he had spoken to several sailors who did not want to take the vaccine, but took it anyway because it would lift severe restrictions such as mandated two-week confinement periods, travel restrictions, and the inability to get off their ship during port visits.

One sailor “outright” told the lieutenant, “If they let me take leave and loosen restrictions, hell, yeah, I’ll take it.”

Another sailor told the lieutenant that they wanted to take the vaccine in order to travel overseas. He asked “point blank, ‘Do you want this vaccine?’” The sailor told him, “No.” Then, the lieutenant asked, “Are you being incentivized to take it?” The sailor said, “Yes.”

“Another sailor, I told him, you don’t have to do this, this is absolutely voluntary. His words to me were, well, I don’t necessarily want it, but I want to get off the ship,” the lieutenant continued.

According to a COVID-19 operational guidance document for the Navy, “Immunized individuals on units making port calls in overseas safe haven ports” are allowed to “take advantage of base services.”

The unvaccinated are also required to undergo restriction of movement (ROM) sequester periods before and after deployment, according to the document. It states, “Interaction within ROM-Sequester location is restricted to necessities such as food delivery, health and welfare checks, etc.”

“Acceptable ROM-Sequester facilities for non-immunized sailors are: ship berthing, living barge, barracks/hotel rooms, or personal residence” (provided there is “limited contact with other residents”), the document states.

“For immunized individuals, ROM-Sequester is not required,” but “non-immunized individuals” are to “conduct a minimum 14-day ROM-sequester with test-in and test-out prior to deployment.”

The Association for the Prevention of Torture defines solitary confinement as “the confinement of prisoners for 22 hours or more a day without meaningful human contact,” and states that “according to the literature surveyed, some of the harmful psychological effects of isolation can become irreversible” after 15 days. That is why a period of solitary confinement this long is considered by the United Nations to be torture.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson remarked on his show last month, “Apart from the death penalty, the harshest thing we do to criminals in this country includes separating them from other people. Prisoners have chosen lethal injection over solitary confinement. That’s how badly human beings need to be close to one another.”

The lieutenant further explained, “The document also states that if an entire crew of a ship were to get vaccinated, then potentially they won’t have to have the restrictions, they won’t have to wear masks, they can go to the gyms, they can all be normal.”

“Crews who achieve 100% immunization may immediately take advantage of this benefit by eliminating ROM-sequester” and “relaxing health measures,” the guidance reads.

However, “For fully immunized crews all health protection measures continue to be required if non-immunized individuals penetrate the immunized unit and for all immunized unit personnel interacting with non-immunized personnel while onboard.”

The lieutenant remarked, “So along those lines, now we’re looking at peer pressure side effects, where if one person is not vaccinated because of deeply held religious beliefs such as myself, you’re going to have all the sailors in the crew peer pressuring them to say, ‘Well, because you want to have your religious beliefs, we can’t have our lives back, so you need to do it for us.’”

He explained that he refuses to take the COVID-19 vaccine because of its “connection to abortion,” but he also believes “there’s not enough testing.”

“I believe these COVID vaccines are going to be dangerous and there will be a lot of side effects, harmful side effects later on in life. And I don’t believe it’s necessary. COVID has something like a 99.97% survival rate, it is pointless,” said the lieutenant.

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Because the COVID-19 vaccines are currently still only under emergency use authorization (EUA), the vaccines cannot yet be mandated by the military. However, the military is planning to require the vaccine as soon as it officially approved by the FDA.

The lieutenant told LifeSiteNews that his captain explained this in an email in early April. “Looks like Pfizer will be fully approved for usage as early as May, then the shot will no longer be optional,” wrote the captain.

At the moment, the lieutenant explained, “My commanding officer and my executive officer, they respect my firmness on my religious convictions. But when it becomes mandatory, they will tell me to do it, or else, basically.”

Following orders is fundamental in the military, and the COVID-19 vaccine issue is no exception. “My commanding officer said his job is to enforce the policy,” said the lieutenant.

The lieutenant said he is applying for a religious exemption, which will be needed as soon as the vaccine is mandated. He expects this “before the year is over.”

“Now whether that’s approved or not, I don’t know, I’m just hopeful that they’ll play along with us, because there’s a lot of us. If it’s approved, then we’re exempt, and we move on, we keep trying to serve our country as best we can in this mess.”

“However, if it is denied — it’s an honor to serve my country in the military, but if they’re going to make me compromise my faith and my conscience, then I’m going to basically say, kick me out. And there’s a lot of us like that,” he continued. “It won’t be pleasant, but okay. We can suffer.”

“In my defense, I’ve been one of the most outspoken officers here. Because I’ve had a really consistent firm stand against it, they haven’t really messed with me too much yet. I think they see I’m willing to fight. They know I’m contacting senators, representatives, they know I’m not going to be quiet,” the lieutenant explained.

“I’m sure once it becomes mandatory, that will change, they will enforce the policy on me. They will do what they need to do to keep their jobs, to keep their careers. There’s a lot of compromise in the military right now, a lot of officers not standing up for their oath of office, not upholding the Constitution. It’s pretty blatant in many areas.”

If many aren’t willing to forgo their military careers, many also don’t want to forgo basic freedoms as they do their job. Discussing the reasons why so many sailors caved and received the COVID-19 injection, the lieutenant explained, “They want their freedom back, they want their lives back like so many people in the world do since we’ve been locked under COVID restrictions and tyranny.”


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Alabama legislature plans to ban puberty blockers for minors

‘And so, puberty is not a disease. We want to outlaw and make sure those medications are not available to minors.’
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 1:30 pm EST
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April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Following in the footsteps of Arkansas, the Alabama legislature is attempting to ban chemical castration for gender-confused minors.

Last week, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson had vetoed House Bill 1570, known as the Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act, which would ban minors from harmful puberty blockers and sex re-assignment surgery. The Arkansas legislature, however, was able to override the governor’s veto and turn the bill into law. The Arkansas House voted 71 to 24 to override Hutchinson’s veto, followed by a 25 to 8 vote in the Senate.

Now, Alabama State Rep. Wes Allen (R-Troy) and State Sen. Shay Shelnutt (R-Trussville) are proposing similar legislation before the Alabama legislature.

“We’ve been watching very closely what happened in Arkansas,” Rep. Allen said during an appearance on Mobile radio’s FM Talk 1065. “They had a very similar proposal that outlaws and prohibits the administration or issuance of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and outlaws transitioning surgery for minors. So, we watched that go on, and, of course, the governor out there vetoed that. But the legislature overrode that veto and it’s now law in Arkansas. And I want to congratulate our counterparts out there for doing that to protect children. And our bill HB1 — and SB1, Senator Shelnutt has the companion bill in the Senate — and our bill does very similar.”

“For anyone that is a minor, these medications, which are powerful medications that seek to arrest … natural puberty — you know, we’ve all been through that,” Allen explained. “And so, puberty is not a disease. We want to outlaw and make sure those medications are not available to minors because they’re just not mature enough to make those decisions on their own. And we want to make sure we protect them, and want to make sure we protect their bodies.”

Rep. Allen and other Alabama legislators are concerned about the harmful effects puberty blockers will have on minors, not to mention the irreversibility of surgery. According to Allen, when puberty blockers are administered while so much brain, bone, and muscle development is happening, they depress and restrict the growth of that young person.

“When they come off blockers they are behind their peers in physical development and 98 percent must go on to take cross-sex hormones to catch up with their peers.”

“We’ve got laws that prevent doctors from prescribing anabolic steroid hormones for child athletes —even if the parents want them!” asserted Allen. “So, we are in this to protect our children until they get to the age of maturity.”


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Vatican hosting Fauci, Chelsea Clinton, Pfizer CEO, Big Tech oligarchs at ‘health’ conference

Vaccine developers, Mormon elders, pro-abortion Chelsea Clinton, population control advocate Jane Goodall, a New Age activist, a prominent UK Muslim scholar, and a pro-abortion American actress known for posing nude, are all speakers at an upcoming Vatican conference on ‘health.’ There are only two Catholic clergy listed amongst the 114 speakers.
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 1:25 pm EST
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VATICAN CITY, April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The Vatican has announced its fifth International Health Conference on “Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul,” and will host scores of globalist and abortion-promoting speakers such as Chelsea Clinton, the CEOs of abortion-tainted vaccine companies Pfizer and Moderna, the director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Anthony Fauci.  

The conference, entitled “Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul. How Innovation and Novel Delivery Systems Improve Human Health,” is due to take place May 6 through 8.  

An incredible 114 speakers are set to appear at the event, which is hosted by the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Cura Foundation, the Science and Faith Foundation (STOQ), and Stem For Life (SFLF). 

The speakers include prominent and diverse names such as the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna, the former of which produces abortion pills; the Director of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Francis Collins, who advocates using fetal tissue in research projects; the head of Google Health, David Feinberg; and Dr. Anthony Fauci from the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, whose advice to government officials played a major role in shutting down American churches last year.  

NIH director Francis Collins has a long history of anti-life policies, and has previously acclaimed the “scientific benefits” which come from fetal tissue research, claiming that such work could be conducted “with an ethical framework.”  

He is joined at the Vatican conference by Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff, who has firmly aligned himself with the globalist, liberal elite, by banning emails from Republicans and the Trump campaign in the wake of the January 6 Capitol protests, as well as prohibiting all clients from even questioning the 2020 U.S. election. Benioff has a history of promoting LGBT issues, and is described by Time as “one of the most outspoken executives,” for LGBT affairs. 

Also speaking at the conference will be United Nations representative and conservationist Jane Goodall, who supports population control; new age activist Deepak Chopra; rock guitarist Joe Perry; Mormon Elder William K. Jackson; executive chair of the British Board of Scholars and Imams, Shaykh Dr. Asim Yusuf; pro-abortion model Cindy Crawford; and disgraced ex-prefect of the Secretariat for Communication, Monsignor Dario Viganò. 

Numerous other medical professionals, representatives of U.S. federal agencies, university lecturers, high-ranking company officials, and musicians also form the number of speakers. There are only two Catholic clergy listed amongst the 114 speakers.  

Taking place within Vatican City, the event is being promoted with the social media messaging of “#UniteToPrevent and #UniteToCure.” 

The image promoting the conference (featured at the top of this article) appears to be based on Michelangelo’s famous depiction of the Creation of Adam. In the new image two hands reach towards each other, with both hands covered by disposable gloves.  

Indeed, the logo for the conference is a circle of people linking hands, colored in the tones of the LGBT rainbow flag, and positioned next to the crossed keys and Papal tiara of the Pontiff. 

The event is hosted by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, along with the General Secretary of the STOQ Monsignor Tomasz Trafny, and Robin L. Smith, who is the founder, president and chairman of Cura Foundation and Stem for Life, and vice-president and director of STOQ.  

However, the trio will not be moderating the event, as this role will fall to ten “world-renowned journalists,” such as the executive VP of Forbes Moira Forbes,, Katie Couric, and journalists from major left-wing media corporations such as CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and the Wall Street Journal.  

Will Vatican conference ignore God? 

Perhaps as a sign of the Vatican’s recent declaration of financial difficulties, the conference is supported by numerous large organizations such as Sanford Health, Akkad Holdings, John Templeton Foundation, vaccine company Moderna, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 

The first stated aim of the conference is to foster “open dialogue” and to nurture “an interdisciplinary approach to tackle major health care challenges around the globe.” 

Another goal is to “Examine the mind, body and soul interaction and discuss what it means to be human, and how transformative medical technologies are raising new challenges around human enhancement and the interpretation of the mind, body and soul.” 

Given the minute presence of Catholic clergy at the conference, and the moderation by secular journalists, it remains to be seen whether this goal will reference to Catholic teaching on the relation between man and God, and whether it will ignore Catholic theological and philosophical thought regarding the soul.  

Pope Francis’s recent environmental encyclical Laudato Si, is a guiding theme of the three-day conference.  

Quoting from the document, the conference aims to “facilitate a conversation…‘about how we are shaping the future of our planet (...) which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all’.” 

In the ten goals listed for the upcoming 2021 conference, the Pontifical Council for Culture made no reference to God or the Catholic Church.  

As part of the conference, a smaller roundtable event will also take place, entitled “Bridging Science and Faith,” and is directed at the “relationship of religion and spirituality to health and wellbeing, including the relationship between mind, body and soul.” 

Fauci to deliver conference’s opening address 

The opening day of the conference will be headed by an intervention from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Joe Biden’s chief health advisor, who recently assured the World Health Organization of the Biden regime’s commitment to funding abortion, and last year suggested that sex with strangers was safer than receiving Holy Communion during COVID times.  

Fauci has spent more than a year stoking fear in the American public over the Wuhan coronavirus, despite it only having an infection fatality rate of 0.15%, and able to be effectively treated using Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine, vitamin D, and zinc. 

Topics for the conference range from “Are We What We Eat?” and “Human Enhancement,” to “Living Healthily to 120 and Beyond” and “Sustainable Health Care: Protecting Our Environment.” 

Only six of the topics are remotely connected to religion, and deal with themes such as “Religious Dietary Practices and Health” and “How Do You Define the Soul?” 

The conference will also address issues related to the current domination of global affairs by governmental responses to COVID-19. 

Aided by the presence of the CEOs of both Pfizer and Moderna, whose abortion-tainted vaccines are increasingly followed by deaths and serious injuries in the thousands, the conference will discuss the “revolutionising” of cell therapy, as well as “Comprehensive COVID-19 Solutions” and “A New Generation of Vaccines.” 

Pope Francis will close the event by giving the participants a private, virtual “audience.” 

With the first such conference taking place back in 2011, previous events have seen individuals such as pro-LGBT pop star Katy Perry addressing attendees on the subject of transcendental meditation. 

This year’s iteration of the event has the largest number of speakers by far, and with its advertised line up of speakers and topics, looks set to continue the irreligious and anti-Catholic themes of previous conferences.  

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‘Another body blow to the Church’s prophetic witness against the abominable crime of murdering pre-born babies’ 

Already, faithful Catholics have taken to social media to express their consternation at the conference. Commenting on the manipulated image of the Creation of Adam, U.K. commentator Deacon Nick Donnelly, wrote: “The Vatican’s pastiche of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam exposes their promotion of ‘a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God’ (CCC 675).”  

In a comment provided to LifeSiteNews, Deacon Donnelly said that Pope Francis’s condemnations of abortion are undermined by the choice of speakers due to appear at the event. 

There is a strange disjunction between Pope Francis’ words about abortion and his actions.  While Pope Francis has issued some very strong statements condemning abortion these have been gravely undermined by his actions. 

In 2016 he publicly praised Emma Bonino who boasts about facilitating 10,000 illegal abortions and who spearheaded the legalisation of abortion in Italy. 

In 2018 he gave a major papal honor to the Dutch militant abortion activist Lilianne Ploumen, six months after she led a campaign to raise $300 million to fund abortions around the world.  

In 2020 the world’s media trumpeted the pope accepting the use of cell lines in COVID vaccines that originate from aborted babies.  

Now he’s welcoming to the Vatican, Chelsea Clinton, the vice-president of the Clinton Foundation that has deep ties with industrial scale abortionists Planned Parenthood, and the CEO’s of Moderna and Pfizer, experimenters on aborted babies. 

The inclusion of prominent abortion advocates such as Chelsea Clinton as speakers at the Vatican’s Conference is another body blow to the Church’s prophetic witness against the abominable crime of murdering pre-born babies.  

In the case of abortion, actions really do speak louder than words.

Similar concerns were expressed by Restoring the Faith Media, who noted how “The COVID Religion appears to have eclipsed the Catholic Faith in Rome. Complete with its own liturgy (socialist distancing), sacramentals (masks, hand sanitizer), and even its own sacraments (unless you inject this tainted serum, you have no life in you), the overt mockery of the faithful is on full display.” 

A representative of Restoring the Faith commented to LifeSite: “Rather than correcting course, officials in the Eternal City appear to be accelerating towards that Great Apostasy Our Lady warned us would someday be upon us.” 


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Israel is ‘petri-dish’ for vaccine passports, injections: ‘a new Holocaust’

Liberal author Naomi Wolf highlights how Israel is swiftly becoming a “bio-security state” where vaccine status permits access to normal life.
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 11:25 am EST
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April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — As part of her wide-ranging interview with conservative radio show host Eric Metaxas, liberal author Naomi Wolf highlighted how Israel is swiftly becoming a “bio-security state” where vaccine status permits access to normal life, warning that the whole world could swiftly follow suit.

Vaccine passports proving the status of one’s injection for COVID-19 are being discussed in nations across the world, notably the U.S. and the U.K. Wolf noted how such a tactic effectively mandates injections, since refusing to receive the jab instantly means expulsion from society.

“This is a technique, and every closing society uses this technique of creating an insiders’ and an outsiders’ society, and then starting to shove opportunities at those who go along, and close down jobs, professional advancement, access to kids schooling to those who don’t go along.”

“It’s absolutely classic building up of a fascist culture as well as a fascist economy.”

Israel is in many ways the testing ground for the technology, with a green pass system being brought into place, enabling those who have been injected to access society, and restricting those who have not.

Wolf described the deployment of vaccine passports in Israel as the destruction of society, noting how it has undermined the rights of citizens and created a surveillance state.

“This is a global rollout, I can’t stress this enough; Denmark was forced into vaccine passports, Israel was that bellwether four months ago, got vaccine passports and within four months it’s destroyed civil society.”

“Activists faced 360-degree surveillance, nobody is free to challenge it, parents are being told their own vaccine passports will be switched off unless they allow their children to be vaccinated.”

With the Israeli passport scheme, access even to grocery stores in order to buy food, is limited to the injected citizens, Wolf declared.

“Israel is the first petri-dish for Pfizer aligning with the Netanyahu government, to roll out a full biosecurity state via vaccine passports. So Israelis have to show their vaccination passport, which is digital — Why is it not a piece of paper which wouldn’t have all these problems? — in order to get food at the grocery store.”

In fact, Wolf warned that such a system did not merely draw strongly from China’s infamous social credit scheme, but was simply a reproduction of it: “The vaccine passport is the social credit system that China has, it doesn’t lead to it, it is that, because it takes no engineering, it takes literally a flip of the backend … no special addition to merge your Google Wallet, or your Apple Pay, or your PayPal with your vaccine status.”

Later in the interview, she again referred to Israel as an example of the “bio-security state” which stems from using vaccine passports, commenting how it took only “a matter of months” to destroy the freedoms found in a liberal society.

The hidden reality of Israel’s new society

Wolf’s warnings are by no means isolated, as numerous reports are emerging about the manner in which Israel is restricting its citizens through vaccine passports, although the stories are not reaching the mainstream media headlines.

Back in February, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed a law allowing personal information of those who refused the COVID-19 experimental vaccines to be collected and shared with relevant bodies by the Health Ministry. This collection of the “names, ID numbers, addresses and phone numbers” was apparently being done in order to “encourage” uptake of the experimental injections.

Just recently, Celeste McGovern reported on Israeli citizens who described a “medical apartheid” resulting from the passports. One video, from the Facebook page Radiant Israel on February 18, showed Israeli Gilad Rosinger describing the green passport system as a “pre-holocaust agenda.”

“If you do not submit to this wicked, demonic, tyrannical agenda, if you choose to say, ‘you know what, I’m not ready to participate in this experimental program,’ then you are now considered a second-class citizen in Israel,” Rosinger said.

“My grandfather was the only survivor out of his whole family of the Holocaust and this is exactly how it started. With discrimination, with essential and non-essential businesses, with people saying that Jews are second class citizens,” he said.

The New York Times’s Jerusalem correspondent unwittingly confirmed the impact of Rosinger’s words when she described life in the vaccinated state of Israel. Isabel Kershner mentioned how she was “a member of a new privileged class: the fully vaccinated,” membership of which is proven by the Green Pass.

Painting a picture of life with fewer closures of businesses, Kershner noted how society was open, but “the Green Pass is your entry ticket.”

Such measures prompted Business Insider to describe the country in February as “waging a war on the unvaccinated.”

A deadly, country-wide trial of an experimental drug

As of April 12, 58.7% of Israelis had been given the first dose of the injection, with a similar 54.4% having taken the second dose.

The country’s swift and heavily promoted injection campaign has prompted figures such as America’s Dr. Anthony Fauci to style Israel’s vaccination response as “extraordinarily good,” and won praise from global media.

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The reason for the aggressive and speedy roll-out is that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered to use the country as a mass trial for the Pfizer/BioNTech injection.

The agreement reached between the Israeli government and Pfizer stipulates that Israel provide weekly reports on the injection roll-out, including cases of the virus, hospitalizations and deaths from the virus, and comprehensive details about the injection recipients and their effectiveness.

Germany’s Deutsche Welle noted that the vaccine companies would thus receive “much more data than they would from any other study. It is an invaluable source of information for the pharmaceutical companies.”

In return for this information, Pfizer gave Israel “a huge quantity of millions of vaccine portions, and with preference over other countries.” This arrangement was publicly affirmed when Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, Netanyahu’s “dear friend,” referred to Israel as the “world’s lab” for the experimental gene therapy treatment in an NBC interview in February.

This led the Israeli human rights commission, the Helsinki Committee, to accuse the government of conducting clinical trials without the committee’s approval, thus making the agreement with Pfizer illegal.

A lawsuit was subsequently filed in the International Criminal Court against the Israeli government and other officials by “Anshei Emet,” a group of “attorneys, physicians, public and general activists who made the choice to exercise their democratic right not to receive the [Pfizer COVID-19] experimental medical treatment” despite “great pressures, hard and illegal,” from the Israeli government.

The group accused the government of crimes against humanity and violations of the Nuremberg Code due to their high-pressure and coercive implementation of a national experimental COVID-19 vaccination program.

Anshei Emet stated that the injection was “known” to have “caused the death of many, injury, and severe damages (including disablement and paralysis),” adding further that this had “already been proven.”

The lawsuit also noted how the Ministry of Health “openly admitted that 41% of police, military, educational and medical personnel who were vaccinated suffered severe side effects and life-endangering” complications.

This high death rate following the injections would seem to be supported by analysis performed by Dr. Hervé Seligmann of Aix-Marseille University’s Faculty of Medicine Emerging Infectious and Tropical Diseases Unit, and engineer Haim Yativ. After re-examining the official data from the Health Ministry, as well as Israeli news site Ynet, email and adverse effect reports they received, as well as data from the U.S. vaccine reporting system VAERS, they suggested that “about 40 times more [elderly] people [died in connection with the vaccine] than the disease itself would have killed.”

Seligmann and Yativ also wrote that Pfizer’s injection had killed “about 260 times more people than the disease among the younger age class.”

The purpose of the speedy roll out of the experimental injection, they explained, was to enable vaccine passports and to “promote Pfizer sales.”

Noting that “vaccinations have caused more deaths than the coronavirus would have caused during the same period,” Seligmann and Yativ described Israel as undergoing “a new Holocaust.”


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Two pastors in Finland arrested during outdoor worship service

During the arrest, police made up new rules, including the claim that family groups should allow five meters between each other, not two.
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 11:17 am EST
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April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Two Christian pastors were arrested and detained in Espoo, Finland, for over four hours last Sunday, presumably in order to stop them from resuming an outdoor worship service that had been interrupted by police because of COVID-19 regulations. The two pastors were unable to obtain clear information about why they had been detained, according to a video report posted in English on YouTube by another pastor, Miska Wilhelmsson, who is a friend of the two men, and who sometimes preaches during their services.

The incident took place on Sunday, April 11, when a few dozen members of the Baptist-affiliated “home church” (Kottikirko) gathered on a large, airy plaza surrounded by closed shops and restaurants for their public worship that was also being filmed for faithful to follow on internet. According to the congregation’s website, it was the fifth Sunday running that the Christian group held its Sunday gathering in the open air in the southern Finnish town of Espoo.

The Espoo Kottikirko is a fully registered and officially recognized church in Finland, with all the legal and constitutional rights afforded to religious assemblies and churches in the country. In his video, Wilhelmsson stated that despite local “misunderstandings” about the fact, national or regional health restrictions do not apply within religious congregations, and public authorities may not interfere with religious gatherings.

In normal times, their preaching and worship take place in a restaurant which they are able to rent because it does not cater to the general public on Sundays. But COVID restrictions have forced restaurants and other public venues to remain closed for the last weeks in the Espoo and Helsinki areas. The church run by Tommi Matikka simply moved its gatherings from the restaurant to the public plaza in front of it — with “permission,” according to Wilhelmsson, because the church does not own premises adequate for worship.

Nothing untoward happened until last Sunday, when masked police officers came to warn the worshipers that they must leave the area because their public gathering was illegal.

But the 35 members of the 40-strong community remained, observing 2 meter distancing between family groups.

The police then returned in larger numbers — up to four police vans closed in on the group, according to Miska Wilhelmsson — and after warning the two pastors who had been preaching in a calm manner, turned down their loudspeakers, argued about the group’s compliance with COVID regulations, and threatened to arrest everyone.

At one point, the police even told Tommi Matikka that his family that was present at the worship was not “socially distancing” correctly. The pastor looked surprised and argued that his wife and five children — “one in the womb,” explained Wilhelmsson in his video — were at least two meters distant from other family groups. The police answered that while it is true that families may remain close together inside their homes, outside each member, even toddlers, should observe the 2 meter rule. Matikka asked the police to repeat that statement, and laughed when the police confirmed his Kafkaesque statement. According to witnesses, the police officer even said family groups should allow five meter distances between them, despite the fact that no such rule exists to that effect.

Several police officers then seized the two pastors by the arms and led them to separate police vans before frisking them and taking them away while the congregation, by now holding hands, sung hymns. The two pastors were held in jail cells: While they were apparently being held for questioning, they were not in fact given a real opportunity to express themselves and ask their own questions regarding the justification of the violation of their freedoms.

There are full videos online of the police forcibly putting an end to the group’s worship and refusing to give clear answers, only saying that the Christian worshipers needed to comply with police orders.

The Espoo Kottikirko community clearly does not intend to let itself be trampled on or to be intimidated because its two pastors, who reacted peacefully throughout the incident, were treated “like criminals,” as Wilhelmsson put it.

The community’s website published a communiqué for the media this Wednesday under the title: “[April 11] meeting was not illegal.” The site’s front page announced that worship will again take place next Sunday, April 18, at 10:30 at the same location, adding: “You are all welcome.”

The church’s media statement says the two pastors were arrested despite the fact that the service being held last Sunday could not be considered to be “in violation of current assembly law”:

The restrictions on assembly imposed by the Regional Government Agency do not apply to worship services organized by religious communities or to other similar public religious practice on the community's own or equivalent premises.

As the Espoo Kotikirkko community does not have its own space, Restaurant Sointo, which is located next to the market square, is normally used for services. With the closure of the restaurants, the services were moved to the market square. It was already the fifth consecutive Sunday that the service was held in the market square. When the restaurant is closed, the adjacent market is the corresponding space for us, says Tommi Matikka, the director of the Espoo Home Church Parish.

The statement quoted earlier comments by Oona Mölsä, Chief Inspector of the Southern Finland Regional State Administrative Agencies, to Kotimaa magazine:

The matter is open to interpretation as regards the premises, but based on the wording of the law and its preamble, I do not think it is possible to state categorically that a church service could not be held, for example, in a designated outdoor space if it could be regarded as a corresponding space within the meaning of the law. However, the question of whether an event falls within the scope of the assembly restrictions must be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Since last Sunday’s incident, the Regional Administrative Office further clarified in writing on April 12: “The activities of religious communities are regulated by the communities themselves. The Regional Administrative Authority has no legal competence to restrict such events.”

After a police officier told another media outlet, Kotimaleete, that the group was not observing “safety distances,” Tommi Mattika stated:

Video recordings from the Espoo Home Church clearly show that the families were two meters distant from each other. One of the videos we published shows how the safety distances were assessed in cooperation with the police. The police insisted that even members of the same family should be seated two meters apart. There were young children in the families at the event, and breaking up families has nothing to do with preventing the spread of an infectious disease, nor is such a restriction found in any publicly available official guidelines. It was only when the police threatened to break up the meeting and take people to police cars that people started holding hands. At no point was there any violent resistance to the police.

While insisting that “a Bible-believing Christian is a law-abiding Christian,” Mattika added that “the Finnish Constitution stipulates that no attempt may be made to interrupt or even disrupt a religious service.” Indeed, “Chapter 17 (§ 10 and 11) of the Criminal Code states that ‘anyone who disturbs a religious service, church service, other such religious exercise or funeral service by noise, threatening behavior or otherwise, shall be sentenced to a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months for violating religious peace.’”

In the face of police persecution, the Espoo Kotikirkko stands firm. The congregation’s statement quoted Matikka’s words: “It is therefore clear that religious worship has always been seen as a core function of a society based on the Bible. Of course, a wise community will plan its worship service to take into account any hygiene guidelines and members of at-risk groups.” The statement announced next Sunday’s new gathering, adding that the event had been notified to the authorities “because the service may now attract more than 200 people.”

Under current national and regional COVID restrictions that will probably be relaxed in the coming weeks, masks are merely “recommended” in the Espoo area, public gatherings of more than 6 people are prohibited until the end of April and “social distancing” is compulsory. In practice, police seemingly does not intervene in the region when fewer than 200 people find themselves in a public location.

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More stringent action appears to be building upon public recommendations in the temporary amendments to the Finnish Communicable Diseases Act that entered into force on February 22, 2021. These allow the authorities to take measures such as closing down certain shops and businesses with very little notice, and also considerably augment the authorities’ “right to obtain information and executive assistance.”

In its written statement to Espoo Kottikirko last Monday, the Regional Administrative Office recalled that religious communities are largely free to regulate themselves: “A religious community means the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Orthodox Church and any other religious community registered under the Freedom of Religion Act. The activities of religious communities are regulated by the communities themselves. The Regional State Administrative Agencies do not have the power or competence under the law to restrict such activities.”

However, the statement added: “Religious communities are subject to a security injunction made possible by an amendment to the Communicable Diseases Act: Restrictions on the use of customer and business premises,” which would seem to indicate that there is a push to restrict the constitutionally recognized rights and freedoms of at least some Finnish religious communities.

Finland, with its population of 5.5 million, has had a total of 82,564 individuals test positive for SARS-CoV-2, and 877 deaths have been ascribed to the virus —this is a lower rate than in countries such as France, Italy, or the U.K. Since last November, the average number of daily deaths over a seven-day period attributed to COVID-19 peaked at 7 on December 23, and has presently reached 2. New daily “cases” peaked at 863 on March 20 after a steady rise that began mid-January, without a corresponding rise of the death toll; the numbers have declined steeply since then and reached 286 on April 13.

Finland offers its population a COVID-19 symptom checker which assesses patients’ risk of suffering from thrombosis because of the infection in order to prescribe anti-coagulants, which means that at least some form of early treatment beyond paracetamol is being recommended. Interestingly, women using a contraceptive pill are officially quoted in the questionnaire as being at a higher risk for blood-clots because of COVID.


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National Institute of Health awards $500K grant to General Electric to build COVID-detecting microchip

The project is to create a device, small enough to fit inside a phone or watch, that can 'directly capture, detect, and identify' COVID-19 virus particles.
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 10:34 am EST
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BETHESDA, Maryland, April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The National Institute of Health (NIH) has awarded a two-year grant to multinational company General Electric to develop a microchip that can detect the presence of COVID-19 particles. 

The two-year contract began on December 21, 2020, and funding for the initial year amounts to $581,785.

General Electric has been awarded the grant by the government health agency as the NIH looks to fund development projects for “novel, non-traditional approaches to identify the current SARS-CoV-2 virus.” 

The project is to create a device, small enough to fit inside a phone or watch, that can “directly capture, detect, and identify” COVID-19 virus particles. The idea is that the “bioreceptors” would be able to detect particles of the virus, and able to differentiate between them and other particles they come into contact with. 

Once the sensors have determined the presence of the virus, they would “automatically” transmit this information “to a touchscreen or other digital device.”

General Electric’s New York based team is led by one of their principal research scientists, Radislav Potyrailo, who hailed the project as creating one of the “first lines of defense.” 

“The holy grail is to detect a single virus particle,” he said.

Potyrailo’s team is thus designing a “digital bloodhound,” a “microchip smaller than a dime with nanowells, or tiny pores, that can only be activated by a particular molecule — in this case, a molecule from the coronavirus causing COVID-19.”

Each of the nanowells will contain “bioreceptors” which would only be activated upon recognition of the virus particles that they were designed for. 

Despite the small size of the sensors, Potyrailo declared that they would have “the same detection capabilities as the high-end analytical instruments the size of a microwave oven.”

Although the initial focus is on using touchscreen devices to collect such data due to their exceptionally widespread usage in every day, the technology is not limited merely to phones. The NIH predicted that it could be “integrated into keyboard, mouse and other frequently touched surfaces.”

Additionally, the sensors could be built into “the surface of specialized virus detectors,” which would thus be used in public places to detect presence of the virus “in respiratory droplets in the air.” Envisaging the sensors being as commonplace as fire alarms or smoke detectors, the NIH proposed that they could be installed in locations like “senior living centers, hospitals, airplanes, and meeting spaces.” 

The technology would thus become a part of daily life, and “other digital apps for health and disease conditions will capture the immediate impact of viruses or other pathogens on health and behavior in real-time.”

A new digital age of microchip tracking

While General Electric’s project has made the news headlines, the company is by no means on its own in being tasked with developing technology that could force people to have their surroundings and health constantly monitored. The NIH has predicted it would fund projects up to a total of $10 million.

A number of other, similar projects are being funded by the NIH, focussed on creating sensors for the detection of COVID-19. 

The University of Washington, is also developing a “touchscreen-compatible,” virus sensing device, after being awarded $466,500 from the NIH. 

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Emory University has received $449,696 to develop technology for “automatic surveillance and tracing of airborne” COVID particles. This would be based on “‘Rolosense’ technology” which is a “DNA micromotor” to detect the virus, and can be seen by a normal smart phone camera connected to an app, providing “both geographical tracing and surveillance.”

Washington University in St. Louis has accepted a grant of $433,266 to develop an “electrochemical biosensor,” which would detect airborne particles of COVID-19, as well “other and future pathogens.”

These, and many others, are all part of the NIH’s “Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program,” which has been drawn up to accelerate development and roll-out of novel technologies for COVID-19 testing. 

As a further sub-group of this initiative, NIH also launched the “RADx Radical (RADx-rad) initiative,” which is focussed on using new or existing technologies in unique ways, including “unconventional screening, biological or physiological markers, new platforms, and point-of-care devices.”

The RADx-rad, whilst initially drawn up under the guises of detecting and sharing information about COVID-19, will also be used with reference to “other, yet unknown, infectious agents.”

Concerns regarding privacy and potential breach of human rights are not hard to imagine, as all data collected by the various projects are sent to a newly created “hub” - the Data Coordination Center (DCC) - and then in turn to the larger NIH framework. This would include information from the sensors themselves, but also data from “public sources” such as census data, electronic health records, and administrative data.

The DCC will additionally co-operate with other “large-scale COVID-19 research efforts,” by sharing its own harvest of data.

Such revelations come alongside the Pentagon’s own invasive technology in the state funded drive for the recording and tracking of individual’s health and daily life. Scientists from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), have manufactured a gel tissue-like substance, which is to be inserted underneath the skin. 

The insert would “continuously test your blood,” and react with substances in the body, to emit a low level light, visible to a sensor or a smart phone app. 

Dr. Kayvon Modjarrad, a scientific researcher based at the Pentagon, echoed the peculiar comments expressed in the various grants awarded by the NIH, claiming that they were working on technology and vaccines which would be universally effective: “We’re trying to not just make a vaccine for this virus, we’re trying to make a vaccine for the whole family of coronaviruses.”


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Connecticut lawmakers to vote on repealing religious exemption to vaccine mandates

A full vote could take place as early as April 19 on two bills, passed out of committee last month, that would repeal Connecticut’s religious exemptions. Vaccine safety advocates are asking for help in defeating the bills.
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 7:03 am EST
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April 15, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) — Two bills that would repeal religious exemptions to mandatory vaccinations in Connecticut are one step closer to passing.

Despite strong opposition by some lawmakers, members of Connecticut’s Public Health Committee on March 31 passed SB-568 and HB-6423 out of committee. The bills passed along party lines, with 22 Democrats voting in favor and 11 Republicans opposed.

A floor vote could take place as early as April 19.

If the bills pass as currently written, the religious exemption would be removed immediately for children in daycare, preschool and kindergarten through sixth grade in public and private schools. However, religious exemptions already on file for students currently enrolled in grades seven through 12 and college would be upheld and those students would be allowed to remain in school. New students would be unable to obtain religious exemptions.

Connecticut health freedom advocates faced a number of challenges this year, including changes in membership on the Public Health Committee. State Reps. Jack Hennessy, D-Bridgeport, and David Michel, D-Stamford, who were the only two democrats to vote against the measure last February, did not get reappointed to the health committee.

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When asked about the shuffle, Speaker of the House Matt Ritter (D) Hartford stated, “I did my very best to give people the committees they wanted to be on. But there are dozens of members of the caucus who were not able to get all the committees they wanted. It’s a tough juggling act.”

Connecticut families opposed to the bills are fighting back. Many are canvassing neighborhoods, arranging town halls, launching petitions, throwing rallies, setting up group Zoom calls with legislators and sending out press releases — but they need your help.

Consider signing this national petition, “5 Reasons To Veto, a Petition to Governor Ned Lamont,” even if you don’t live in Connecticut.

The petition covers these five main points:

  1. The repeal of the religious exemption is unnecessary: School vaccine mandates and religious exemptions can co-exist without harming public health according to Connecticut’s own school survey.

  2. The fetal DNA issue alone makes this a legitimate religious issue, and protecting religious liberty is also a compelling state interest.

  3. Mandates violate the human right to informed consent.

  4. Mandates violate international bioethics standards, which prioritize the individual over the state.

  5. Repealing religious liberty creates religious freedom refugees within the U.S. as families move to states which respect religion.

Other ways you can help:

If you live in Connecticut, please sign your senate district petition.

Consider donating to our proactive efforts to assemble a dream legal team to challenge the repeal if it were to go through.

Consider donating to our efforts to push our petition to Governor Lamont in as media outlets as we can.

Keep Connecticut a place people will want to move and attend school. Please sign for every member of your household, even children, and share with others.

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The Democrats plans for election reforms will destroy the process of fair elections in America

The For the People Act of 2021 is the antonymic title for the most openly unconstitutional and unpopular piece of legislation ever to pass muster in the House of Representatives
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 3:52 pm EST
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April 15, 2021 (American Thinker) – If congressional resolutions had a voice, House Bill 1 (HB1), at 30 pounds a considerably obese tome, would let slip the parts usually kept at bay from the electorate.  The For the People Act of 2021 is the antonymic title for the most openly unconstitutional and unpopular piece of legislation ever to pass muster in the House of Representatives.  It is intended to destroy the process of fair elections in America, turn the watchdog Federal Election Commission into a partisan body, and forestall any state challenges by remanding them to the activist 9th District Court for the District of Columbia.

Passed by the 117th House on March 3, 2021, all 800-plus pages of HB1, redesignated Senate Bill 1 (SB1), made a hard landing in the well of the Senate on St. Patrick’s Day, where it is now being reviewed in hearings before the Committee on Rules and Administration.  So long as the Republicans hang tough, it gridlocks and falls upon the sword of the filibuster.

During the Trump presidency, there were five Republican wings within the House and Senate, ranging from those loyal to Trumpism, such as Jordan and Gaetz, to the most Trump-skeptical, Murkowski, Collins, and Romney.  Diverse allegiances and stylistic differences with the chief executive encouraged bickering, internecine rivalries, and splintering on issues that demanded consensus.  Cloistering in blocs and factions kept them from uniting in the interest of their constituents.  

Since the Dems assumed control of the three branches, the Constitution has been repeatedly annotated by presidential executive orders. Paper-thin congressional majorities are breaking the back of the Treasury and indenturing generations through the process of budget reconciliation.  The extremism of the Biden regime now appears to have accomplished that which the Trump presidency could not -- unanimity among Republicans and an opportunity to repatriate the working class.

In a refreshing turn of events, Chuck Schumer is now the majority leader suffering dissension within his own ranks.  Obstructing the partisan path to passage of SB1 are two Democrat holdouts, Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema.  Both senators have vowed that they will not cast their lot behind any motion or process that will erode the filibuster or stonewall debate.

The 2016 election of Trump confirmed a decades-long trend and bared an Achilles Heel for the Democrats.  The Dems have slowly isolated and have eventually dispossessed their blue-collar base, installing a loyal corporatocracy in its place. These boardroom types with Ivy League pedigrees are all in with the Machiavellian maneuvers of the Democrat regime, throwing bags of money at their campaigns, conspiring to influence election outcomes, and imposing woke practices on their employees and customers in the hope of dodging boycotts, disapproving media, and rabid street militias.

Energized Republican voters returned to the ballot box with a vengeance in 2020, including increased support from Black and Hispanic voters. Simple mathematics exposed incidents of massive fraud in swing states, yet legal challenges to the count were brushed aside by the high courts, ignoring the merits and evidence in plain view. For Republicans and their constituents, it was a familiar obstructive pattern. With Democrats holding a two to one advantage in appointed judges in the most influential federal court districts, Trump administration initiatives concerning immigration, health care, sanctuary cities, and the census, were stopped in their tracks in seventy different rulings over four years.

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If the cabal succeeded in handing number 45 his hat, it couldn’t conceal a 2020 red wave that nearly overtook the Congress and gave rise to an angered voter base who believed themselves and their vote ill-treated. As the Biden administration continues to spend money willy-nilly with an economically destructive and globalist wish list driven by Sanders’ Marxists, Republican chances are looking better and better to take back the House in 2022.

Democrats have placed their stock in SB1 as the only means to avoid the upcoming rout. Without SB1, the current landscape of American elections could do much harm to their party. Moreover, there is a trend in key states like Pennsylvania, Arizona, New York, and Georgia to come to grips with fraud by patching up the holes in loose voter practices in time for the next general election.

At present, thirty-two states, excluding the territorial possessions, still require photo or non-photo identification. Of the eighteen states that don’t require identification, eight are controlled entirely by Democrat executives and legislatures. Six states split party control of the executive and legislature, and four others have a Republican triumvirate.

For the Democrats, thirty-two voter ID states and ten others under split-party or Republican control leaves far too much to chance, not only in a presidential election cycle, but in the state congressional races more specifically. Asserting federal control over state elections via SB1 hedges the bet that Democrats running against odds-on Republican favorites in red or purple states will be able to mount challenges and gain victories through fraud-prone practices such as mail-in voting, ballot harvesting, and extended voting deadlines that allow collections and counts to continue until Democrat candidates prevail.  Increasing Democrat margins in the states also assures less pushback or secession from Biden executive actions and regulatory controls that diminish constitutional protections.

Democrats rally around the idea that requiring identification invites voter suppression in that otherwise eligible minority voters do not possess drivers licenses, personally-addressed correspondence, or other free and available forms of government identification.  It also presumes that they also don’t drive cars, fly in airplanes, open bank accounts, serve on juries, obtain library cards, book hotels, possess credit cards, or get COVID vaccines.  Such straw arguments also conveniently ignore the historic minority voter turnout in the 2020 presidential election.

The rest of the free world appears to exert more common sense in preserving the integrity of their national elections.

Throughout the COVID epidemic, the French continued to traipse to their city halls to vote, with access to sanitizers, social distancing, and sporting their own stylos for signing a registry that required personal identification.  They saw no logic in shutting down in-person voting while food market patrons down the boulevards of Paris backed up in the chute to the cashier.

Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, and Slovenia require photo IDs.  So do Germany, Hungary, Canada, Israel, and Mexico.  The entirety of the rest of Europe, throw in Iceland, all of Scandinavia, and the former Soviet states, the latter no strangers to past voter oppression and rigged elections, follow suit. George Soros, Hilary Clinton, and virtually every Congressional Democrat apparently believe that the world has it all wrong.

As written by Arthur Conan Doyle and stated by his protagonist, Sherlock Holmes, when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.  If you remove outright stupidity as a premise in the creation of SB1, you’re left with a nefarious intent to seize power in perpetuity.  

In SB1, a free America is facing the Rubicon.  For Republicans, this may be their finest hour. In unanimity they will prevail, as they now hold tight the cord upon which dangles a representative democracy.

Reprinted with permission from the American Thinker.


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Opinion

Vaccine passports are the gateway to the most radical slavery the world has ever seen

What is needed in the meantime is urgently to unwind the cycle of compliance
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 11:57 am EST
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April 15, 2021 (The Conservative Woman) – In the early stages of the ongoing ‘war on terror’, which started twenty years ago, a nebulous conception of the enemy, non-existent victory conditions and the consistent dishonesty of warmongering politicians such as Blair led some to wonder if the threat of the global ‘Axis of Evil’ had been exaggerated to achieve some other set of goals.

Today, in similar circumstances of unanswered questions and ambiguous realities underpinned by systematic deception, reinforced by Boris Johnson on Monday as he launched the new phase of the psychological and economic war he is waging on the British people – vaccine passports (and after that?) – this question is being asked:

Is there a pandemic? Was there ever a pandemic? 

Perhaps the most important point to grasp is that a pandemic is a construct, not an object. There is nothing you can point at which is the pandemic, only various data points indicating that one exists.

The World Health Organisation changed its definition in 2008 to exclude the criterion of ‘enormous numbers of deaths and illness’. In other words, the definition of a pandemic is ultimately a matter of interpretation. There is no data that currently supports the claim there is a pandemic in Britain at this moment, and whether any data ever did is doubtful.

The scientific process has happened in reverse. Starting in January last year, the existence of a deadly new pandemic, unlike anything previously confronted, was conjectured on the basis of terrifying rumours and unreliable reports from China, not scientifically established facts.

Once the existence of an extraordinary pandemic was assumed, extraordinary measures were justified to fight it, including the rapid deployment of highly unreliable PCR protocols developed by the Gates Foundation-funded Christian Drosten, shock propaganda messaging, a massive and drastic reduction in health care provision (which has functionally destroyed the NHS in order to ‘protect’ it) and de facto euthanasia policies in care homes, based on Neil Ferguson’s Gates Foundation-funded models.

Compromised administrative procedures recorded deaths as lives lost to the pandemic, providing further evidence for its existence.

As is now well known, an overwhelming majority of pandemic casualties also suffered from other conditions and the average age of victims tracks life expectancy in every country.

If the pandemic had not been assumed to exist, and the reckless and cynical interventions against it had not taken place, how would anyone know there was one?

Data clearly demonstrates that lockdowns and related policies were never necessary or effective. Experimental therapies have been deployed which are unreliable and potentially dangerous. Vaccination may or may not prevent contagion or transmission. The fact that governments and their paid experts are unable or unwilling to incorporate these matters into their thinking testifies either to their sinister intentions or the extent to which their mental processes have been corrupted.

Either they believe that some clandestine end justifies repressive and deceptive means, or else they are insane, or mindless through conformism: there is no other explanation.

Phenomenologically, the most important evidence for the existence of the pandemic is its external signifiers, especially face masks, this mass psychological theatre.

Here again, the conjecture of the pandemic itself justified the imposition of the mandate, and nothing else: no evidence supports the thesis that masks have any positive medical effect and the more plausible scenario is their medical effect is negative. Nonetheless the Gates Foundation-funded behavioural psychologists of Sage and their equivalents in other countries argued that mandating them was necessary (‘because most people still did not feel sufficiently threatened’). 

The vague objective of an incomprehensible ambition, opposed against a nightmare, discloses a more concrete aim: control.

Why the authors of this initiative want control presents a complex question. Either they just want it without even knowing why, or they want it for another reason. Perhaps they have a broader plan which demands dramatically upgraded repression.

Either way, what they seem to desire is control over the bodies of their populations. In the idea of vaccine passports, what is being implemented is a political and legal climate in which experimental genetic therapies on human populations are normalised and inescapable. Armed with vaccine passports, global governments and their corporate allies would be able to establish the foundations of a global surveillance state, with the power to monitor every social interaction.

Vaccine passports are the gateway to the most radical slavery the world has ever seen. It now seems likely that creating a psychological and social climate in which to impose them was always the aim behind the engineered pandemic. The pandemic was needed to impose the vaccinations, and the vaccinations are needed to impose the passport.

This transformation of one part of the population into the vaccinated simultaneously invents the unvaccinated, a problem which could eventually be resolved through liquidation, but meanwhile offering opportunity for politically profitable stigmatisation. The vaccinated (via vaccine passports) are granted ‘privileges’ that the unvaccinated are denied in order to compel compliance.

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Like accepting being forced to wear a government mandated gimp mask, for no reason whatsoever, a person accepting vaccination implicitly accepts the terms of the new normal. At the same time, vaccination is a ritual, substantiating membership in a psychological community.

Anyone who supposes the vaccine passport could lead to discrimination fails to grasp that this is the whole purpose of this document. The entire point is to divide society, to rule it. By creating checkpoints everywhere, power flows to the authority controlling access, in this case Johnson and his faction: a criminal cartel.

Accepting vaccination does not automatically imply a happy ending. The privilege to resume the semblance of a normal life (a ’new normal’ life) is linked to vaccination status now, but the reasoning behind this privilege is contingent on the existence of the non-vaccinated. Once non-vaxxers vanish, the reason for continuing to offer privileges is also gone. At this point a new status category can be introduced, and the same selective sequence played again. In this way, it would be possible progressively to eliminate a significant percentage of the population.

So far the theatre of the pandemic has been organised as a campaign of psychological manipulation with policies conceived to ‘nudge’ compliance by alternately dangling rewards (which are usually snatched away) and making threats. This campaign has also featured systematic censorship and intimidation directed against some of the most accomplished scientists in the world.

Although these tactics make a mockery of the principle of informed consent, they are of the ‘softer’ variety. Ultimately, more aggressive tactics will be deployed. The intensifying lawlessness of the police now points in this direction.

What can be done? The government is ruling via a threadbare fraud. When that disintegrates what will remain is force, but the real command authority of Johnson and his collaborators over the monopoly of violence that defines the British state has barely been tested.

Would British police or soldiers open fire on peaceful protesters on Johnson’s, Gove’s or Starmer’s orders? The question may arise. So far, the Territorial Support Group have been used by Johnson to attack protesters, and a strategy of tension is being used to increase antagonism between the people and the police, but further escalation would be risky.

What is needed in the meantime is urgently to unwind the cycle of compliance, beginning with the mass removal of the mask, extending to the deconstruction of the narrative, and culminating in total disobedience against the tyranny now represented by this illegitimate and shameful government.

Reprinted with permission from The Conservative Woman.


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Opinion

The totalitarian undertow of social distancing

Once given a power, even temporarily,' government rarely surrenders new power willingly.
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 10:01 am EST
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April 15, 2021 (American Thinker) – Social distancing, mask mandates, and lockdowns have put civil society on ice. Church congregations either do not meet, “meet” in socially distancing congregations, or try to fellowship over video conferencing. Many schools are still closed, still trying to replace face-to-face learning with farcical “distance learning.” Public sporting events have been almost nonexistent. Many small businesses have gone under, and many of the survivors are struggling. Most remaining social interaction has been pushed to social media, which at its best is a weak substitute for face-to-face human interaction. Even ardent supporters of mask-wearing can’t deny that they stifle communication, verbal and nonverbal. When was the last time you saw someone smile in public?

Some restrictions were perhaps unavoidable, even prudent measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, but the restrictions have clearly harmful side effects. Our government has deliberately fragmented society to protect ourselves from a disease.

What are the unintended consequences of allowing government to overwhelm civil society, even for good reasons?

The closest parallel in recent history to prolonged social distancing may be the atomization of societies under totalitarian regimes. Totalitarian regimes usually take power during periods of massive social and political upheaval, and they must perpetuate the upheaval through reigns of terror in order to retain power. This completely isolates the individual, subjecting him or her to the full power of the central government to prevent any coherent political opposition from forming. Intervening institution such as families, churches, schools, media, unions, and political parties are co-opted or eliminated. Local and regional governments, the military, and the police are brought under central control. Any legislative and judicial bodies are either dissolved or converted into rubberstamps for the ruler, whether one man (e.g., Hitler) or an oligarchy (e.g., the Soviet and Chinese politburos).

The net result is no one can truly trust anyone in a totalitarian state. Against such overwhelming state power, the isolated individual cannot stand. The individual does not matter. He or she must either submit, take a fun-filled vacation to a “re-education camp,” or die.

This contrasts sharply with American democratic society. Aristotle observed, “Man is by nature a social animal,” and American society demonstrates that truth in spades. Alexis de Tocqueville wrote:

Americans of all ages, all conditions, and all dispositions, constantly form associations. They have not only commercial and manufacturing companies, in which all take part, but associations of a thousand other kinds – religious, moral, serious, futile, extensive, or restricted, enormous or diminutive. . .  Wherever, at the head of some new undertaking, you see the government in France, or a man of rank in England, in the United States you will be sure to find an association.

The strength of the United States lies in its people and their voluntary associations, not their government – regardless of how well organized or well run it may be.

The measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 may ultimately prove more harmful in the long term than the disease itself. Marriage rates in the U.S. have “dropped between 26% and 44% since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Deaths from drug overdoses reached a record high. More adults have seriously considered suicide. Preventative medical care has understandably taken a back seat to dealing with the coronavirus, but the payment will come due in reduced health for some, possibly resulting in otherwise avoidable deaths.

Educators now routinely refer to the “lost year” of K–12 instruction in which children fell far behind, despite “distance learning.” Even worse, many abused children are likely suffering in silence because teachers don’t see them in school and therefore can’t report suspected cases of abuse or neglect.

The pandemic’s indirect toll on physical and mental health may never be known, but we know the devastating results of social fragmentation: Russia is still trying to recover from the effects of Soviet totalitarianism (e.g., rampant alcoholism, declining life expectancy, and a shrinking population).

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Looking at the collateral damage to society and the individual in the United States, it’s reasonable to reassess whether our leaders have chosen wisely. The government’s response to the pandemic has taken giant steps toward centralizing control of some very basic personal decisions – an extreme of government intervention into their personal lives that Americans would have considered unimaginable and absolutely intolerable before the pandemic.

Once given a power, even “temporarily,” government rarely surrenders new power willingly. Those in power either find ways to prolong the crisis and their power, or they discover new crises that justify maintaining and expanding their centralized power. With the pandemic apparently waning, would-be benevolent despots are already finding other crises – such as fighting climate change – to justify continuing their control.

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Opinion

Tucker Carlson: Either the vaccines work. Or they don’t

Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson says health officials can’t have it both ways — either the vaccines are “highly effective” and the fully vaccinated can stop wearing masks and self-isolating, or the vaccines don’t work.
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 9:12 am EST
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April 15, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) — In the segment below on last night’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the Fox News commentator said there are two things the public wants to know about COVID vaccines “and neither has anything to do with how many professional athletes or Netflix stars have been vaccinated.”

People want to know: Are the vaccines safe? And, are they effective?

Carlson said the public was assured the vaccines are safe, that the risks were so small we could ignore them completely. In fact, we were told that the clinical trials revealed “no evidence at all” that the vaccines could cause any life-threatening injuries,” Carlson said.

But after Tuesday’s decision by federal health officials to shut down the Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout — because six people experienced blood clots, including one who died — Carlson had a lot of questions.

And those questions aren’t being answered by federal health officials, who are sending a lot of mixed messages these days, Carlson explained.

What about the question of effectiveness, Carlson asked.

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After being told that everyone must get the vaccine, the rollout is “more important than the moon shot,” health officials are telling people even if they’re fully vaccinated, they must avoid crowds and wear masks.

“That’s not what we expected at all,” Carlson said. “If the vaccines work, why are the vaccinated still banned from living normal lives?”

It’s a “legitimate public health mystery,” Carlson said, adding: “Either it works, or doesn’t. But it can’t be simultaneously ‘highly effective’ and at the same time not restore people’s lives to normal.”

As for journalists asking these questions on behalf of the public, forget it, Carlson said. “Journalists have decided their job is to enforce the regime’s rules, no matter how often those rules change.”

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For abortion activists, COVID is the perfect opportunity to achieve their political goals

Hawaii now permits Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to prescribe abortion pills as well as perform suction aspiration abortions on ‘non-viable’ fetuses.
Thu Apr 15, 2021 - 10:22 am EST
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April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — As COVID-19 restrictions make it more difficult to procure abortions, Democrats are moving to make the killing of children in the womb as available as possible. The Biden administration’s FDA has just made abortion pills available via mail without the requirement for in-person consultations or medical provision. Also this week, Hawaii’s Democratic Gov. David Ige signed House Bill 576, which permits Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) to prescribe abortion pills as well as perform suction aspiration abortions on “non-viable” fetuses — those that are too young to survive outside the womb.

Twelve other states already permit some nurses to perform or prescribe first-trimester abortions, including Vermont, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, California, New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. This move comes not due to new medical information — Hawaii restricted the practice of abortion to doctors prior to Monday — but rather because there is a shortage of physicians willing to commit abortions, and thus abortion is virtually inaccessible on many of the Hawaiian islands.

Those seeking abortions often fly to Honolulu, Hawaii’s capital on the island of Oahu, where most of the abortionists live and work. Abortions can be procured on the island of Hawai’i, but only in Hilo on the northeastern side.

According to several media outlets, there are no abortionists on Kauai, Molokai, and Lanai, while an abortionist flies into Maui twice monthly (as is the case in many other states with no local abortionist, as well.) Last year, when COVID-19 restrictions were in place, abortionists were not able to fly in, making abortion inaccessible for months.

House Bill 576 not only permits nurses to perform early abortions, but also permits them to do so in their offices as well as in hospitals or clinics. (Abortion is illegal in Hawaii after viability except in cases where the mother’s life or health may be at risk — an admittedly vague standard.) This permissiveness is in some way unsurprising — Hawaii has been a largely pro-abortion state for many decades. Hawaii was the first state to legalize abortion on demand in 1970, three years before Roe v. Wade. According to the Pew Research Center, 66% of adult Hawaiians believe that abortion should be legal in most or all cases.

Despite this permissive attitude, both the number of locations providing abortions as well as the number of abortions are steadily declining. According to the Guttmacher Institute, there was a 14% decline in abortions in Hawaii between 2014 and 2017, the last year for which there are comprehensive numbers. There were 3,200 hundred abortions in Hawaii in 2017, and 28 facilities — four clinics — offering abortion. At the same time, 40% of counties in Hawaii had no abortion clinics. This is an increasingly common state of affairs across the United States — 89% of American counties had no abortion centers in 2017.

The pro-life movement has been very successful at shutting down abortion clinics over the past several decades, and for this reason abortion activists have long wanted to loosen restrictions to restore access in areas where obtaining an abortion is next to impossible. The Democrats are doing their best to deliver on this, with legislation expanding abortion access or enshrining legality passing in New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, and now Hawaii. For abortion activists, COVID-19 is the perfect opportunity to achieve a laundry list of political goals they have long desired.


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