OpinionTue Jan 29, 2013 - 4:05 pm EST
Fact-checking my interview with MSNBC after the March for Life
January 29, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - By now, everyone knows that mainstream media once again neglected its duty to inform the American public. Most turned a blind eye to the hundreds of thousands that participated in the March for Life on Friday, January 25th in DC. The MSM was sure to cover the barely one thousand anti-gun/anti-2nd Amendment protestors who assembled at the same National Mall. ABC News, and many media outlets, oddly highlighted Newark Mayor Corey Booker, though, for his deep humanity in his “heroic” act to save the life of a freezing dog! Way to cover the important stuff.
MSNBC hasn't been silent on the abortion issue at all. Granted, they've taken the 40th Anniversary of Roe to heavily promote it through many hosts like Maddow, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Toure. They even invited the nation’s largest abortion chain’s spokesperson, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, to discuss the need to increase access to abortion (as if there's any lack of access now). MSNBC Host Toure had no lack of access. He "thanked God for abortion" explaining how he was in a "committed" relationship when his girlfriend got pregnant. But he knew she wasn't "the one". So much for "commitment.” She had an abortion. He thanks God.
There’s nothing like news media personalities shilling for killing.
As hard left as MSNBC feels it needs to lean to go forward, we give them kudos for asking The Radiance Foundation to share our perspective. We just don't think they were prepared for a pro-life advocate (an adoptee and adoptive father) who wasn't taking the liberal pro-abortion bait.
Breaking down the facts
Craig Melvin, who is one of MSNBC's most cordial hosts, tried to tout the latest deceptive NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. In the first question of the survey, 41% responded that they didn't have enough of an opinion of Roe v. Wade to state whether they felt it should be overturned or not. In other words...they didn't know what the Roe decision is. This is from their own poll. Shouldn't that invalidate the survey? Of course not. The false conclusion continued. And so did the deception in the poll Question #21 (the second question on the abbreviated version available on MSNBC's site) which claimed Roe allowed abortion within only the first three months of pregnancy. The 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling allowed abortion through the point of viability, which at that time was determined to be 7 months. The companion case, Doe v. Bolton, allowed abortion through the rest of the pregnancy, including partial birth abortion. The facts and the news media rarely coexist.
Anti-gun/anti 2nd amendment issue is a red herring
Any loss of life, regardless of the cause of inflicted death, is tragic. But let's not let the left define the debate. The two issues are not comparable. The number of firearm deaths for 2011 was 31,672 according to the CDC. Of those deaths, 19,392 were intentional (self-inflicted suicide), 606 were from accidental discharge of weapon, 11,078 were homicides, 252 were from undetermined intent. Apparently, the CDC can't figure out the remaining 344 deaths. There were 1,212,250 abortions in the latest reported year (2008) according to the pro-abortion, Planned Parenthood funded Guttmacher Institute. All abortions have the intent to kill human life.
There is no comparison.
More black babies aborted than born alive in NYC, home of Planned Parenthood
This is the tragedy we expose through our TooManyAborted.com campaign. These aren't "our" numbers, as the MSNBC host suggested. “I have not seen that poll,” Melvin asserted. These numbers are not from a survey. These are reports from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. More black babies are aborted in the home of Planned Parenthood than are born alive! For every 1,000 black babies that are born alive, 1,448 are aborted (38,674 abortions divided by 26,635 live births). A staggering 59.2% of viable black pregnancies were aborted in 2010 (the most recent year reported). This is "reproductive justice"? Contrast that with 244 white babies aborted for every 1,000 born alive (9,220 abortions divided by 37,780 live births). Any loss of life, as a result of abortion, is a tragedy. Women and children deserve much better than a billion dollar industry that profits from the destruction of human life and fails to prevent unintended pregnancies. (The national unintended pregnancy rate, of 49%, hasn't budged since 1995 reports the CDC, despite Planned Parenthood's syphoning of half a billion taxpayer dollars annually).
New Mexico's new proposed bill to prevent rapists from eliminating the evidence of their crime
Journalists are supposed to research, not revise. That's exactly what MSNBC tried to do with New Mexico Representative Cathrynn Brown's (R) proposed legislation (HB206) to criminalize forced abortions by those who commit sexual crimes against women. The original language of the bill called out those who had "intent to destroy evidence of the crime". Why in the world would anyone think that that would mean the victim--the pregnant woman--would be incarcerated? Rep. Brown already clarified the bill's language on Friday (a day before this interview) so as to remove any false accusation that women would be jailed, clearly declaring that it prohibits "prosecution of the mother of the fetus."
MSNBC also didn't mention, too, that all nine female Republican NM state representatives signed on as co-sponsors.
No matter the prolife protection, pro-abortion activists and organizations fight against every effort. Abortionists like Kermit Gosnell are free to maim and kill without intervention by many states. Gosnell's House of Horrors in Philadelphia was allowed to commit heinous acts of murder, sterilization and botched abortions for over 10 years. Pro-abortion activists remained silent. The state failed to enforce existing laws. The incredible new documentary, 3801 Lancaster, shows this grisly story. Pro-abortion groups denounced laws passed after Gosnell’s clinic was closed. Go figure. They show their lack of concern for the lives of women and children at every turn. Their actions prove they’re focus is on protecting abortion.
America needs more than media cheerleaders for the abortion industry. We need the truth. And in this MSNBC interview, we speak it.
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Pro-life group asks: Pray for abortionists who sell baby body parts
February 11, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - This Lent, a pro-life group would like you to pray for an abortionist - specifically, an abortionist who facilitates the sale of unborn babies' body parts.
The Pro-Life Action League is asking for people to pray for three people in particular throughout the 40 days of Lent. All three were caught on video by the Center for Medical Progress.
Dr. Deborah Nucatola appeared in the first video released last July, sipping red wine and stabbing her salad as she discussed the dismemberment of aborted children, including where to “crush” their bodies for a "less crunchy" technique.
The second is Dr. Mary Gatter, who appeared in the second undercover video, haggling over the prices Planned Parenthood expected to receive for the aborted children's organs and tissue. At one point, she joked that she wants the revenue to pay for “a Lamborghini.”
And the third is Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, who was also caught in the first video praising Dr. Nucatola.
Despite the shocking evidence uncovered by CMP, Richards has insisted her organization did not receive any profit for what she dubs its "fetal tissue donation program." She apologized only for Dr. Nucatola's "tone." She has since said that Planned Parenthood will not receive any remuneration for babies' body parts.
"These three architects of Planned Parenthood’s baby parts scheme have devoted their lives to the destruction and exploitation of human life in the name of ‘choice,’" said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League. "If we won’t pray for them, who will?”
He asked Christians to pray for these three abortion industry profiteers - and for Richards, who is a post-abortive woman - in order to fulfill Jesus Christ's commandment in the Bible, “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you” (St. Matthew 5:44).
“In God’s eyes, what abortion has done to these three women may be worse than what they’ve done to unborn children, who now rest in our Lord’s loving arms," Scheidler said.
For most Catholics, Lent began yesterday on Ash Wednesday, and lasts 40 days.
Texas AG faces ethics probe for saying clerks can refuse to issue gay ‘marriage’ licenses
AUSTIN, Texas, February 11, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The attorney general of the state of Texas is facing an ethics investigation for having affirmed the constitutional religious freedom of state workers to decline to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if it goes against their religious beliefs.
Attorney General Ken Paxton took steps to address the issue of conscience protection in his state before and after last June's Supreme Court's Obergefell decision imposing same-sex "marriage" on all 50 states, first issuing a statement the day prior clarifying that Texas law recognizes the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman and recommending that state officials wait for direction from his office should the High Court move to redefine marriage.
Paxton then issued a statement two days after the ruling, his office allowing county clerks and their employees to retain religious freedoms that may allow accommodation of their religious objections to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and said as well that justices of the peace and judges would similarly retain religious freedoms.
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A month later, a group of some 200 attorneys filed a complaint asserting that Paxton's position encouraged officials to violate the U.S. Constitution and break their oaths of office, according to ABC News.
The complaint was dismissed at first by the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel of the State Bar of Texas, but it was reinstated February 2 by a state Supreme Court-appointed appeals board, which contended that the complaint alleges a "possible violation" of professional conduct rules.
The appeals board decision to reinstate the case does not mean Paxton violated professional ethics, according to the ABC report, but does require him to respond to the complaint in conjunction with the investigation.
"The complaint has always lacked merit," said Paxton spokeswoman Cynthia Meyer, "and we are confident the legal process for resolving these complaints will bear that out."
Paxton was among several state officials across the U.S. who moved to ensure conscience protection in the immediate aftermath the Obergefell ruling, at times garnering the ire of homosexual activists.
Last July, South Dakota's attorney general granted permission to county clerks with conscientious objections to opt out of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as long as another clerk in the office would issue the license.
In a highly contentious case, Davis had asked for a religious accommodation allowing her office to issue altered licenses to homosexuals without her name on them, which was eventually granted by Kentucky's Governor Matt Bevin. However, the ACLU sued, seeking to force Davis to issue the old forms with her full name on them. A federal judge rejected the suit earlier this week.
Last year, homosexual activists sent harassing messages, including threats of violence, to Oklahoma State Senator Joseph Silk and his family after the Republican legislator sponsored a bill that would have given the state's business owners the freedom to follow their religious convictions in regard to homosexual "marriage."
Paxton faces penalties varying between a reprimand and disbarment resulting from the ethics complaint. The Texas attorney general is also facing securities fraud charges.
This pro-abortion billionaire may run for president
NEW YORK, February 11, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - He's an upwardly mobile, socially liberal billionaire whose political affiliation has changed numerous times over the years. He's teased numerous presidential campaigns in the past, but this time he's talking like he's serious. And no, he's not who you think he is.
Michael Bloomberg, who served three terms as mayor of New York City, has confirmed to media sources that he is considering running for president as an independent in 2016.
Bloomberg told told the Financial Times this week that he finds American political "discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters," and that he's “looking at all the options."
The 73-year-old tycoon was a registered Democrat before switching parties to run in the less contested Republican primary in 2001. He became a registered independent in 2007.
As mayor, Bloomberg governed as a social liberal who strongly supported abortion and the LGBT political agenda.
In 2011, Bloomberg signed a controversial gag order directed at crisis pregnancy centers. A year later, he endorsed Barack Obama's re-election, saying that abortion-on-demand is part of "the world I want to leave my two daughters, and the values that are required to guide us there."
That's the same year Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a $50 million undertaking to expand "reproductive health," including a major partnership with Planned Parenthood-Global to overturn pro-life laws in four nations: Nicaragua, Sengal, Uganda, and Burkina Faso.
Mayor Bloomberg played a pivotal role redefining marriage in New York state, giving the four Republican state senators who voted for New York’s same-sex “marriage” bill the maximum campaign contribution allowed by law. One retired and a second lost his primary fight.
His strong emphasis on health regulations, such as attempting to ban soft drinks larger than 16 ounces, did little to enhance his popularity and were deftly parodied by Sarah Palin. (A state court struck down the proposed regulation.)
The financial heft he could bring into the race, as well as his quirky politics, has tempted Bloomberg to enter presidential politics in the past. He considered a presidential run in 2008 and thought more strongly about a third party bid in 2012, after hosting the inaugural convention of the “No Labels” movement in New York City in 2010, but he backed off each time after not seeing a viable path to victory.
With an estimated fortune of $39 billion, he has said he would be willing to spend more than $1 billion on his campaign in 2016 - but he would only enter the race if the Republican Party nominates Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, and the Democratic Party nominates Bernie Sanders.
He called Jeb and Hillary Clinton "two quality” candidates and "the only two who know how to make the trains run." Jeb reciprocated last month, telling CNN that Bloomberg is "a good person, and he’s a patriot and wants the best for the country.”
At least one of his competitors is eager to see Mike run. "I hope he gets into the race," Donald Trump told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Wednesday night. "I'd love to compete against him...I would love to see Michael in the race."
That is likely because polling shows Bloomberg would draw most of his support from the Democratic candidate. "Although he is characterized as the New York counterpunch to Trump, Mayor Mike Bloomberg is more the nemesis of Bernie than he is of Donald," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
Bernie Sanders would defeat both Trump and Cruz in a head-to-head match, according to Quinnipiac. But if Bloomberg entered the race, he would win 15 percent of the vote largely from Sanders, giving Trump a one-point victory in the popular vote (and narrowing Cruz's loss to one point).
However, he could throw a major wrench in the Democrats' electoral college total, according to columnist Pat Buchanan.
"Not only would Bloomberg lose the Big Apple, his statewide vote would come mostly from the Democratic nominee, giving Republicans the best opportunity to carry the Empire State since Ronald Reagan coasted to re-election in 1984," wrote Buchanan, who served as White House communications director during Reagan's second term.
“It’s not beyond imagining that he could get in and have an effect on the race,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, told The Hill.
Perhaps sensing this, numerous Democrats - including Senators Claire McCaskill and Jeanne Shaheen - have thrown cold water on a Bloomberg presidential run.
Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, said this week that an independent Bloomberg candidacy "won't be necessary" - because the Democrats already represent social liberals.
"I really think when he takes a good hard look, he will conclude that the issues that are important to him...[have] a natural home among our Democratic candidates," she said. "And so, I think Michael Bloomberg's agenda is well cared-for and advanced among our Democratic candidates, and his candidacy, I think he will find, won't be necessary.""
His entrance into the race would be a true injection of "New York values" - making him the third or fourth New Yorker in the race - alongside fellow billionaire Trump from Queens, the Brooklyn-born Sanders, and onetime New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
Annie Linskey, a reporter for the Boston Globe who once worked for Bloomberg, told Fox News on Monday that there is "about a four" percent chance that Bloomberg will run.