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Ken Cuccinelli donated thousands to crisis pregnancy centers

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RICHMOND, VA, October 23, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – When it comes to protecting life, Ken Cuccinelli puts his money where his mouth is.

From 2008 to 2012, he donated $4,038 to crisis pregnancy centers, the alternative counseling centers that often give needy mothers everything from free ultrasounds and medical care to baby formula and diapers.

The largest of three beneficiaries was Divine Mercy Care, part of the Tepeyac Family Center in Fairfax. Cuccinelli donated $2,678 to the group, including $480 in 2012 that is listed as as a “gift other than cash or check.”

Divine Mercy Care notes on its website that in the month of March alone, “54 babies were delivered by Tepeyac Family Center doctors, with four of these new lives delivered through partnerships with pregnancy care organizations/crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs).”

“In 2012, Tepeyac Family Center served over 230 women in need,” with expectant mothers receiving discounts on care ranging from 40 to 100 percent.

The Manassas-based AAA Women for Choice received $1,340 in cash from the gubernatorial candidate, as well as an autographed Gadsden flag – the Tea Party symbol bearing the words “Don't Tread On Me” – that was raffled last April.

The current state attorney general gave another $20 to Expectant Mother Care (EMC) FrontLine Pregnancy Centers located in New York in 2011.

News of Cuccinelli's philanthropy rocketed from left-wing magazine Mother Jones and Ms. Magazine around the left-wing blogosphere.

The abortion lobby has called the pregnancy care centers “controversial” for alerting women to the physical and psychological toll of going through with a pregnancy, accusing them of misleading pregnant women – charges the pro-life movement reciprocates about abortion facilities.

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia recently released a videotape of “lies that a woman hears when she goes to a CPC” – a list that, according to Human Life International Communications Manager Adam Cassandra, contains zero falsehoods.

The total going to pregnancy care centers amounted to 13 percent of Cuccinelli's overall philanthropic giving, which also includes orphanages in AIDS-ravaged African villages, hunger relief agencies, and a home for special needs children.

The stories also note that Cuccinelli championed Virginia's “Choose Life” license plate. Each license plate provides crisis pregnancy centers with a $15 donation.

But Cuccinelli has done more than raise money for abortion's competitors. As a state Senator, Cuccinelli introduced a bill to defund Planned Parenthood in 2008. The nation's largest abortion provider received a record $542.4 million in taxpayer funds in 2011-2012, more than 45 percent of its total budget.

Planned Parenthood has retaliated by spending more than $1 million against Cuccinelli on one new round of negative advertising alone.

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Cuccinelli is running for governor against Clinton family ally Terry McAuliffe, who has refused to release his full tax returns and made a summary available to The Washington Post only on condition that it not be published.

The summary showed that McAuliffe made $9.5 million in 2012 – more than 48 times as much as Cuccinelli's $194,000 earnings.

McAuliffe has promised to stand like a “brick wall” against abortion regulations, even on late-term abortions.

“This race is our top priority this year, and the stakes couldn’t be higher,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood.

Crisis pregnancy centers, which can hardly afford to make political donations, receive much different treatment from the federal government. Chris Slattery, EMC's president and founder, told LifeSiteNews.com in May that agents of the FBI's Joint Domestic Terrorism Task Force told him they wanted to meet him to establish “a mutually beneficial relationship.”

“In other words, if I don't meet with them, it will not be beneficial for me,” Slattery told LifeSiteNews.com exclusively.

The offer came shortly after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman subpoenaed the group for not abiding by the standards of a consent agreement that Slattery believed expired more than 20 years ago, as well as a question relating to some of its paperwork.

Matched with a string of official government reports and training seminars, the feds' rate of questioning, alleged surveillance, and baseless prosecution of pro-life activists have led many leaders to conclude the Obama administration is gathering intelligence on the pro-life movement.

For more information on the race, see the websites of Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe



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‘Little miracles’: Mom gives birth to naturally-conceived quintuplets after refusing ‘selective reduction’

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AUSTRALIA, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- A 26-year-old Australian mom has given birth to five healthy babies, all conceived naturally, after refusing the doctor’s advice that she must abort three of them in order to give the remaining two a better chance at life. 

“After my initial ultrasound I was told I could consider the selection method to give 2 babies the best chance in life,” wrote mom Kim Tucci in a Facebook post last September. 

“I watched a YouTube video on the procedure and I cried. I could never do that! Was I selfish for not giving two the chance of 100% survival? All I knew is that I already love them and that every heart beat I heard I connect with them more. For me life starts when a heart starts beating and all I know for sure is that I will do whatever it takes to bring them into this world healthy,” she wrote. 

Last Thursday Kim and her husband Vaughn welcomed the five new members into their family — one boy and four girls —increasing the number of their children from 3 to 8. The babies were born at 30 weeks, 10 weeks early, due to insufficient space in Kim’s womb. They weighed on average about 2.5 pounds. 

The quintuplets’ story began last March, after Kim and Vaughn had been trying for six months to conceive just one more child for their family. Due to health complications, Kim wondered if she would ever become a mother again. 

After what she thought was an extra long cycle, she decided to take a pregnancy test. 

“I was feeling tired and a little nauseated and thought I would take a pregnancy test just to get the ‘what if’ out of my head. To my shock and utter excitement it was positive,” she wrote on a Facebook post.

The parents got the shock of their lives when doctors confirmed in an ultrasound examination that there was not one baby, but five. 

“After a long wait for the ultrasound we finally went in. The sonographer told me there were multiple gestational sacks, but she could only see a heart beat in two. I was so excited! Twins!”

“I was moved to another machine for a clearer view and had the head doctor come in and double check the findings. She started to count, one, two, three, four, five. Did i hear that correctly? Five? My legs start to shake uncontrollably and all i can do is laugh. The sonographer then told me the term for five is ‘quintuplets,’” Kim wrote.

Even though Kim began to feel stretched to the limit with all those human lives growing inside her, she chose to focus on her babies, and not herself, referring to them as “my five little miracles.” 

“It's getting harder as each day passes to push through the pain, every part of my body aches and sleeping is becoming very painful. No amount of pillows are helping support my back and belly. Sometimes I get so upset that I just want to throw my hands up and give in.”

“Sometimes my pelvis becomes so stiff I can barely walk and my hips feel like they are grinding away constantly. I'm finding it hard to eat as I basically have no room left in my stomach, and the way it is positioned it's pushed all the way back with the babies leaning against it.” 

“My skin on my belly is so stretched its painful and hot to touch. It literally feels like I have hives! No amount of cream helps relieve the discomfort. I have a lot of stretch marks now. Dealing with such a huge change in my body is hard.” 

“Is it all worth it? Yes!!!! I will keep pushing through,” she wrote in one Facebook post days before the babies were born. 

The newborns' names are Keith, Ali, Penelope, Tiffany, and Beatrix. They were born at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco, Western Australia. Mother and babies are reported to be doing well. 



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UN rights chief tells Catholic countries to legalize abortion over Zika virus: bishops and cardinal react

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GENEVA, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- The United Nations, following the lead of international abortion activists, is now urging Latin American countries hit by the mosquito-borne Zika virus to lift restrictions on abortion for pregnant women who have contacted the virus and whose pre-born children may be at risk for birth defects, including having smaller than normal heads. 

The UN human rights office said today that it is not enough for South American countries to urge women to postpone pregnancy without also offering them abortion as a final solution. 

“How can they ask these women not to become pregnant, but not offer… the possibility to stop their pregnancies?” UN spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly told reporters. 

UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said that governments should make available contraception and abortion services.

“Laws and policies that restrict (women’s) access to these services must be urgently reviewed in line with human rights obligations in order to ensure the right to health for all in practice,” he said.

But Brazil’s bishops strongly asserted yesterday that efforts should be made to eradicate the virus, not the people who may be infected by it. 

The disease is “no justification whatsoever to promote abortion,” they said in a statement, adding that it is not morally acceptable to promote abortion “in the cases of microcephaly, as, unfortunately, some groups are proposing to the Supreme Federal Court, in a total lack of respect for the gift of life.”

Honduras Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has also come out strongly against the notion of “therapeutic abortions” as a response to the problem. Unlike Brazil where abortion is legal in the case of rape or health of the mother, abortion remains entirely illegal in Honduras.

“We should never talk about ‘therapeutic’ abortion,” the cardinal said in a homily at a February 3 Mass in Suyap. “Therapeutic abortion doesn’t exist. Therapeutic means curing, and abortion cures nothing. It takes innocent lives,” he said. 

While the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international public health emergency February 1 on account of concerns over the virus, critics have pointed out, however, that not one death as resulted from the virus. Even on WHO’s own website the virus is described in mild terms. 

“It causes mild fever and rash. Other symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain, headache, pain behind the eyes and conjunctivitis. Zika virus disease is usually mild, with symptoms lasting only a few days,” the website states. “To date, there have been no reported deaths associated with Zika virus,” it added. 

Critics suspect that the crisis is being manipulated to advance an anti-human agenda on the pre-born. 

“Is Zika, actually, a hideous virus that threatens to spread uncontrollably across the world creating an army of disabled children with tiny heads and low IQ’s? Or might this be a willful misinterpretation of the scarce data to manipulate public opinion and legislatures?” wrote pro-life critic Mei-Li Garcia earlier this week.

“It becomes very clear that the publicity surrounding this story has a very little to do with medicine and a lot to do with a convenient crisis that is being used by those pushing for the legalization of abortion around the world,” she wrote.



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Hillary’s litmus test for Supreme Court picks: They must ‘preserve Roe v. Wade’

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DERRY, NH, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Hillary Clinton has a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees - several, in fact. At a Democratic event on Wednesday, Clinton unveiled her criteria in selecting a judge for the nation's highest court.

“I do have a litmus test, I have a bunch of litmus tests," she said.

"We’ve got to make sure to preserve Roe v. Wade, not let it be nibbled away or repealed,” she said.

There have been over 58,000,000 abortions since the 1973 court ruling legalizing abortion in all 50 states, according to National Right to Life.

That echoes her recent call to arms speech before Planned Parenthood last month, when she stated that taxpayers must fund abortion-on-demand in order to uphold the "right" of choice.

“We have to preserve marriage equality,” Clinton said, referring to last summer's Obergefell v. Hodges case, a 5-4 ruling that redefined marriage nationwide. “We have to go further to end discrimination against the LGBT community."

Her views differentiate her from the Republican front runners. Ted Cruz has called the court's marriage ruling "fundamentally illegitimate," and Donald Trump told Fox News Sunday this week that he would "be very strong on putting certain judges on the bench that I think maybe could change things." Marco Rubio has said he won't "concede" the issue to the one-vote majority.

All Republican presidential hopefuls say they are pro-life and will defund Planned Parenthood.

Her husband, Bill Clinton, raised the makeup of the Supreme Court early last month in New Hampshire, saying it receives "almost no attention" as a campaign issue.

On Wednesday, Hillary said "the next president could get as many as three appointments. It’s one of the many reasons why we can’t turn the White House over to the Republicans again.”

Clinton said her judicial appointees must also reverse the Citizens United ruling on campaign finance and oppose a recent decision striking down a portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In 2013's Shelby County v. Holder, justices struck down Section 4(b) of the act, which said that certain states and jurisdictions had to obtain permission from the federal government before changing their voting laws.

At one time, most politicians frowned upon any "litmus test" for judicial nominees, emphasizing the independence of the third branch of government. "I don't believe in litmus tests," Jeb Bush told Chuck Todd last November.

But with the rise of an activist judiciary in the middle of the 20th century, constitutionalists have sought to rein in the power of the bench.



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