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God’s amazing grace: Former Planned Parenthood manager celebrates 1 year as pro-life activist

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August 20, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As Ramona Trevino celebrates the first anniversary of leaving her position as manager of a Planned Parenthood abortion referral facility in Sherman, Texas, she says she attributes the change in her life to one thing - the grace of God.  “No one can come to this change of heart on their own,” she states.  “We are all being guided whether we know it or not.  The question is, will we listen?”

Like many individuals working for Planned Parenthood, Ramona felt trapped in a job that pricked her conscience but paid the bills. At first, she justified her work since her office was just a referral facility and not an actual abortion facility.  However, she found herself compromising her Christian faith and values in ways she had not anticipated. 

Day after day, Ramona gave out birth control to girls as young as twelve.  These same girls were treated for sexually transmitted diseases already ravaging their young bodies.  When girls came in seeking abortions, Ramona and her co-workers were not trained to help them consider adoption, and were given strict orders not to deal with the local crisis pregnancy center.  Abortion was presented as the only viable option, and referrals to clinics were routine.

Ramona assumed at first that Planned Parenthood was an organization with the noble motive of helping poor women.  Once she was involved with them, it became increasingly clear that their basic priority was financial gain.  That bottom line was what really mattered.  To illustrate this fact, Ramona recounts a time when Planned Parenthood held a competition to see who could sell the most Emergency Contraception pills at their location. 

She says, “They sell themselves as being champions for women but most people that came in couldn’t afford the services.  It was several hundred dollars for a general check up.  Meanwhile, nearby, there were two other places in town with more affordable prices available.”

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God used two pivotal means in Ramona’s life to help her hear His voice and steer her back towards Him.  One day while driving in her car, she was listening to a Christian radio station.  Every listener was reminded that God will be coming back one day and, said the broadcaster, “what will we tell God we did to help stop abortion?”  It was as if the broadcaster was speaking straight to Ramona’s heart.  In that moment, God cornered her.  There was nothing else to do but acknowledge she was justifying an existence in which she was directly linking herself to abortion. “The word ‘direct,” she says, “was key to me changing.  If I had only seen a partial link, that would not have been enough.” 

Coinciding with this incident in the car were the prayers of many who would gather faithfully outside the referral facility.  God gave Ramona the desire and determination to get to know those praying and found a kind, loving group of people who she could tell cared deeply about her.  Amongst those praying were individuals from 40 Days for Life, an internationally recognized pro-life campaign that has helped her heal and get on her feet.

It was through this introduction to 40 Days for Life that Ramona met Campaign Strategist Lauren Muzyka, who is now one of her closest friends and godmother to her fourth child, five month old Philip.  Lauren Says, “Planned Parenthood divides the soul from the body.”  She has seen how hurt and wounded the women are who have been affected by Planned Parenthood - not only the women who seek abortions, but also the workers who become involved in a lifestyle of death and destruction. 

It was the loving family at 40 Days for Life who first encouraged Ramona to begin telling her story and use her experiences to shed light into what Planned Parenthood really is.  Lauren compares Ramona’s story to that of former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson’s.  “What is unique about Ramona’s story is she was doing referrals, not actual abortions.  By working in gray areas, it was easy to justify what she was doing but then the scales fell from her eyes.” 

Thanks to a bill signed into law by Texas Governor Rick Perry that left Planned Parenthood facilities without funding, the Sherman location and six others have since been shut down.  Ramona has seized opportunities this year to share her story at pro-life rallies and other events.  Recently, she was even signed with the Ambassadors Speakers Bureau.  She has found a broad audience and one of the most rewarding results of her message is when she sees people gaining a new perspective on Planned Parenthood. 

She looks at her life now and feels the hope that comes from obeying God’s voice and being surrounded by individuals committed to being His ambassadors on this earth, no matter the sacrifice.  Says Ramona, “to see people truly living for God has changed my whole perspective on life.”

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Lisa Bourne

Parents say they’re now calling four-year-old son a girl

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By Lisa Bourne

OAKLAND, CA, July 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- An Oakland, California, couple is giving their four-year old son the green light to identify as a girl.

Jack Carter Christian, the son of Mary Carter and James Christian, will now be known as “Jackie” and be allowed to dress and act as a little girl.

The family acknowledged they were already letting the boy wear his older sister’s dresses on a regular basis and also that he liked to wear pink boots. James Christian said he thought for a long time that it was a phase his son would get over.

Carter detailed in an NPR interview the conversation with her son that led to the decision to allow him to live as a girl.

“Jackie just looked really, really sad; sadder than a 3-and-a-half-year-old should look,” Carter said. “This weight that looked like it weighed more than she did, something she had to say and I didn’t know what that was.”

“So I asked. I said, ‘Jackie, are you sad that you’re not going to school today?’ And Jackie was really quiet and put her head down and said ‘No, I’m sad because I’m a boy.’”

Carter continued speaking about the details of the day she encouraged her son to act upon the emotion he’d expressed.

 “You’re really not happy being a boy?” Carter queried her son.

“I thought a little bit longer and I said, ‘Well, are you happy being you?’” said Carter. “And that made Jackie smile. And I felt like for that moment that was all that really mattered. That was ‘The Day. ”

It was then that Carter proceeded to a Walgreen’s drug store and purchase elastic hair bands picked out by her son to pull his hair into little ponytails, something that offered apparent satisfaction for mother and son.

“There she was, in these cast-off Little Mermaid pajamas and five pony tails that are sticking out of her head kind, of like twigs, and this smile on her face and I’ve never seen such a happy child,” Carter stated. “To go from maybe an hour before this, this child who looks so sad, to that- pure joy, just pure joy, right there.”

Carter and Christian are one of a number of couples turning up in media stories saying that their young children will no longer live life as their biological gender. The confusion they describe is a disorder classified by the American Psychological Association as gender dysphoria.

San Diego parents Jeff and Hillary Whittington appeared in late May with their six-year old daughter Ryland, who is identifying as a boy, at the 6th annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. Milk, the first openly homosexual candidate elected to office in San Francisco as City Commissioner, was also notorious for preying sexually upon underage, drug-addicted, runaway boys, and was murdered by a political rival in 1978.

Massachusetts couple Mimi and Joe Lemay have also decided to allow their five-year-old daughter Mia, now going by Jacob, to live as a transgender child, turning to NBC News with the specifics.

They said an April DailyMail.com report that it was “his” choice to become transgender, and also that they shared their story hoping to prove there is no such thing as “being too young” to identify as transgender.

“I realized he had never really been Mia,” Mimi Whittington said. “That had been a figment of my imagination.”

Author and public speaker Walt Heyer, who underwent sex reassignment surgery to become a woman and then later returned to living as a man, told the Daily Caller children cannot be born as one gender and identify as another by accident. He now performs outreach to those experiencing gender confusion.

“There’s a lot of questions here. Kids are not born transgender,” Heyer said. “Childhood developmental disorder that comes out of some event or series of events or abuse or neglect or trauma or overbearing mother or father or someone or a lot of times its sexual abuse.”

Heyer said the experience of having parents or caretakers entertain the idea of gender confusion is at issue and this is what happened to him.

“My grandmother kept cross-dressing me and loving on me as a girl and not as the boy God made,” he said.

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Lisa Bourne

Utah man faked anti-gay ‘hate crimes’

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By Lisa Bourne

July 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – A Utah man who faked a series of anti-gay “hate crimes” may face charges after his actions were debunked by rural authorities.

Rick Jones said someone beat him, leaving facial and head bruising, and carved a homosexual slur in his arm, part of a series of staged attacks that spanned from April to June.

Jones, 21, told a local TV news station in June he believed he was being targeted because he was homosexual.

Jones is also implicated in spray-painting a slur on his family’s home, throwing a rock and a Molotov cocktail through his home’s window, spray-painting the family pizza business, and also breaking in and stealing $1,000 from the business.

The Millard County Sheriff’s office found discrepancies with evidence in the case and Jones ultimately admitted to perpetrating the harassment himself.

Jones could face charges of filing a false report and reckless burning.

His lawyer said the incidents were a cry for help geared toward the people close to Jones, and that Jones didn’t realize how much attention they would get.

Attorney Brett Tolman said that Jones has since begun treatment for mental health.

Tolman said his client did not have any criminal intent and praised the community’s response to the fake accusations, saying that the outpouring of support after the hate crime claims became public still was a good message.

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox was one who had publicly declared his support after the false accusations surfaced. Cox said Tuesday he’s relieved the allegations weren’t true, and expressed concern for Jones and his family.

Tolman also used the faked crimes as evidence that gays face discrimination.

“I think it’s such good evidence of the difficulties members of the gay community deal with,” said Tolman, “and some make better choices than others.”

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U.S. senator: Individuals don’t have religious freedom, just churches

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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The freedom of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment applies only to churches, not to individuals, a U.S. senator said on national television recently.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI – the nation's first openly lesbian elected to the U.S. Senate – addressed the Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges decision on June 27 on MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki.

"Should the bakery have to bake the cake for the gay couple getting married?” the host asked. “Where do you come down on that?"

Baldwin responded that the First Amendment gave Americans no right to exercise religion outside the sanctuary of their church, synagogue, or mosque.

“Certainly the First Amendment says that in institutions of faith that there is absolute power to, you know, to observe deeply held religious beliefs. But I don’t think it extends far beyond that,” she said.

Sen. Baldwin then likened the issue to the Obama administration's contentious HHS mandate, requiring employers to furnish contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs to female employees with no co-pay.

“We’ve certainly seen the set of arguments play out in issues such as access to contraception,” Baldwin said. “Should it be the individual pharmacist whose religious beliefs guides whether a prescription is filled, or in this context, they’re talking about expanding this far beyond our churches and synagogues to businesses and individuals across this country.”

“I think there are clear limits that have been set in other contexts, and we ought to abide by those in this new context across America.”

That view contrasts with a broad and deep body of law saying that individuals have the right to exercise their religion freely under the First Amendment, not merely to hold or teach their beliefs.

“At the Founding, as today, 'exercise' connoted action, not just internal belief,” wrote Thomas C. Berg, the James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

That body of cases shows the First Amendment is an individual, not merely a corporate, right.

Further, the extent – and the constitutionality – of the HHS mandate is far from settled.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has won 28 injunctions against the ObamaCare regulation and lost six.

The most significant statement to date has been the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision last June, when the justices ruled 5-4 that closely held corporations do, indeed, exercise conscience protections under the terms of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

"We reject HHS's arguments that the owners of the companies forfeited all RFRA protection when they decided to organize their businesses as corporations rather than sole proprietorships or general partnerships," they added. "The plain terms of RFRA make it perfectly clear that Congress did not discriminate in this way against men and women who wish to run their business as for-profit corporations in the manner required by their religious beliefs."

However, the justices did not invoke the First Amendment's guarantee to freedom of religion – the “first freedom” that many say has been increasingly constricted under the Obama administration. The president rhetorically has spoken only of the “freedom of worship,” while conservatives say the “free exercise” clause grants Americans the right to practice their religion inside or outside church, in any relevant aspect of their lives, subject only to the most extreme provisions.

The RFRA holds that the government may not substantially burden any religious belief without having a compelling governmental interest.

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