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Media repeatedly ignores violent attacks against pro-lifers, but lots of Tom Cruise divorce coverage

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By Lauren Thompson

August 13, 2012 ( - Lila Rose the 24-year-old founder and CEO of LiveAction told liberal website Jezebel she would sacrifice her own life to stop abortion. “I’d die to protect another life. I’m all in for this cause,” she stated in an interview with Katie Baker.

Oozing condescension, Baker confessed herself a “little taken aback because this is the first fanatical statement I’ve heard from Rose since I hopped into her Hyundai an hour before,” and “I was prepared for extremism.”

“Fanatical.” “Extremism.” They’re the kind of words often applied to abortion opponents, and indeed, over the last year there’s been a drastic increase in violent attacks over the abortion issue.

The problem is that fanatical extremism is taking the form of violence against pro-lifers. Peaceful protestors exercising their First Amendment rights have been repeatedly physically attacked.

Just in July there have been five attacks against pro-lifers without any mention in major media outlets. But what was news? What were the major news outlets – say, ABC, CBS and NBC – covering instead?

The divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. 

ABC covered the Cruise divorce 59 times in July, and reporters mused obsessively over the couple’s scientology background. NBC devoted 39 stories to the Cruise divorce. While CBS reported on the Cruises just three times, it, like ABC and NBC, made no effort to cover the increasing attacks on pro-life conservatives. 

NBC’s Lester Holt gushed on a July 8 episode of Dateline, “In a summer of blockbusters, it’s Hollywood’s biggest cliffhanger, the real-life split of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. Friends say there’s a lot more at stake than a movie star breakup. A child’s fate hangs in the balance.”


While the media was busy slobbering over a failed celebrity marriage, vandals attacked Personhood USA leaders Keith and Jennifer Mason’s home while the family was asleep. Pro-abortion fanatics heaved a rock through the Mason’s double-paned front door which shattered glass across their home.

The criminals then spray painted vulgarities in large letters, and crude depictions of coat hangers on the front and sides of the Mason’s house. The Masons have three small children, and Jennifer was pregnant with their fourth child at the time of the attack.

The vile attack on the Masons followed a Newsweek profile about Personhood’s mission to pass state amendments certifying that life begins at conception.

The Masons are the latest casualties of what is becoming an increasingly savage abortion debate, one of many that the media refuses to acknowledge.

Kate Bryan, Communications Director for LiveAction, told CMI, “You never see these attacks against pro-lifers covered in the media. The journalist from The Daily Caller who kept interrupting Obama – that’s what the media treats as a violent attack, but these violent assaults against peaceful pro-life activists are never reported.” 

LiveAction is the leading new media investigative and educational organization committed to the protection and respect of all human life.

Bryan was at the Supreme Court during the Obamacare ruling, and said she felt extremely nervous around the pro-choice activists. “Although one of my friends has a broken leg, an abortion activist approached her and threatened to step on her broken foot and kick it,” Bryan said. “The activist told my friend that by injuring her he would show her how great Obamacare really was.”

“This is the difference between pro-life and pro-choice, Bryan told CMI. Pro-life is always willing to dialogue, but the left is prone to vicious and violent attacks. This is their strategy,” she said. 

Days after the attack on the Masons, 69-year-old Personhood volunteer Everett Stadig was brutally attacked while collecting petition signatures outside a grocery store. The pro-choice offender repeatedly cursed and yelled at Stadig before throwing him to the ground, fracturing the elderly man’s hip.

Once again, the media shunned coverage of the attack on Stadig.

Violence against the elderly and disabled is becoming a regular pro-choice tactic. On June 30 pro-choicers shoved and injured disabled veteran, Steve Kinn. The attack on Kinn also went unnoticed by the media.

Kinn walked with a cane due to injuries sustained to both of his knees. He and other pro-lifers were passing out fliers at a concert when they were told to leave. They did, but Kinn’s handicap did not allow him to exit the event fast enough for the venue’s owner, who pushed him roughly. Kinn was taken to the hospital immediately following the assault with injuries to one of his reconstructed knees.

The group 40 Days for Life is regularly targeted for their peaceful gatherings. South Carolina abortionist Gary Boyle pointed a loaded gun at peaceful 40 Days for Life participants outside his clinic in June. Boyle was only charged with a misdemeanor and fined $100 for his threats.

In Montana an abortion-backer tossed a homemade firebomb at 40 Days for Life participants last March. Their offense? Praying outside an abortion clinic.

“There is a lot of violence against those who don’t choose abortion,” Kristi Hamrick, spokesperson for Americans United for Life, told CMI. “The pro-choice movement will go to extreme lengths if you don’t make their choice. It’s time we acknowledge this openly,” she said.

Despite the escalating violence against pro-life activists the Department of Homeland Security has lumped pro-life groups in with terrorists, according to a new report.

“Two years after incensing pro-life conservatives and believers in limited government, the Department of Homeland Security has funded another report fingering anti-abortion groups, “fundamentalists,” and those “suspicious of centralized federal authority” as sources of potential terrorism,” wrote Ben Johnson of

Got that? Anti-abortion groups, fundamentalists and small government proponents are powder kegs that could go off at any time. Unlike this peace-loving liberal who respectfully disagreed with lawfully assembled religious opponents of ObamaCare by screaming “Get the hell outta here!” and shoving one of them to the ground.

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BREAKING: Planned Parenthood shooting suspect surrenders, is in custody: police

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Nov. 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - Five hours after a single male shooter reportedly opened fire at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, chatter on police radio is indicating that the suspect has now been "detained."

"We have our suspect and he says he is alone," said police on the police radio channel. 

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers also confirmed via Twitter shortly after 7:00 pm EST that the suspect was in custody.

The news comes almost exactly an hour after the start of a 6:00 pm. press conference in which Lt. Catherine Buckley had confirmed that a single shooter was still at large, and had exchanged gunfire with police moments before.

According to Lt. Buckley, four, and possibly five police officers have been shot since the first 911 call was received at 11:38 am local time today. An unknown number of civilians have also been shot.

Although initial reports had suggested that the shooting began outside the Planned Parenthood, possibly outside a nearby bank, Lt. Buckley said that in fact the incident began at the Planned Parenthood itself.

She said that the suspect had also brought unknown "items" with him to the Planned Parenthood. 

Pro-life groups have started responding to the news, urging caution in jumping to conclusions about the motivations of the shooter, while also condemning the use of violence in promoting the pro-life cause. 

"Information is very sketchy about the currently active shooting situation in Colorado Springs," said Pavone. "The Planned Parenthood was the address given in the initial call to the police, but we still do not know what connection, if any, the shooting has to do with Planned Parenthood or abortion.

"As leaders in the pro-life movement, we call for calm and pray for a peaceful resolution of this situation."

Troy Newman of Operation Rescue and Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, also issued statements.

"Operation Rescue unequivocally deplores and denounces all violence at abortion clinics and has a long history of working through peaceful channels to advocate on behalf of women and their babies," said Newman. "We express deep concern for everyone involved and are praying for the safety of those at the Planned Parenthood office and for law enforcement personnel. We pray this tragic situation can be quickly resolved without further injury to anyone."

"Although we don't know the reasons for the shooting near the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs today, the pro-life movement is praying for the safety of all involved and as a movement we have always unequivocally condemned all forms of violence at abortion clinics. We must continually as a nation stand against violence on all levels," said Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, based in Washington, D.C.


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Rubio says SCOTUS didn’t ‘settle’ marriage issue: ‘God’s rules always win’

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WASHINGTON, D.C., November 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Surging GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, says that "God's law" trumps the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision imposing same-sex “marriage” nationwide.

The senator also told Christian Broadcast Network's David Brody that the Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage is not "settled," but instead "current law."

“No law is settled,” said Rubio. “Roe v. Wade is current law, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t continue to aspire to fix it, because we think it’s wrong.”

“If you live in a society where the government creates an avenue and a way for you to peacefully change the law, then you’re called to participate in that process to try to change it,” he explained, and "the proper place for that to be defined is at the state level, where marriage has always been regulated — not by the Supreme Court and not by the federal government.”

However, when laws conflict with religious beliefs, "God's rules always win," said Rubio.

“In essence, if we are ever ordered by a government authority to personally violate and sin — violate God’s law and sin — if we’re ordered to stop preaching the Gospel, if we’re ordered to perform a same-sex marriage as someone presiding over it, we are called to ignore that,” Rubio expounded. “We cannot abide by that because government is compelling us to sin.”

“I continue to believe that marriage law should be between one man and one woman," said the senator, who earlier in the fall was backed by billionaire GOP donor and same-sex "marriage" supporter Paul Singer.

Singer, who also backs looser immigration laws and a strong U.S.-Israel alliance, has long pushed for the GOP to change its position on marriage in part due to the sexual orientation of his son.

Despite Singer's support, Rubio's marriage stance has largely been consistent. He told Brody earlier in the year that "there isn't such a right" to same-sex "marriage."

"You have to have a ridiculous reading of the U.S. Constitution to reach the conclusion that people have a right to marry someone of the same sex."

Rubio also said religious liberty should be defended against LGBT activists he says "want to stigmatize, they want to ostracize anyone who disagrees with them as haters."

"I believe, as do a significant percentage of Americans, that the institution of marriage, an institution that existed before government, that existed before laws, that institution should remain in our laws recognized as the union of one man and one woman," he said.

Rubio also hired social conservative leader Eric Teetsel as his director of faith outreach this month.

However, things have not been entirely smooth for Rubio on marriage. Social conservatives were concerned when the executive director of the LGBT-focused Log Cabin Republicans told Reuters in the spring that the Catholic senator is "not as adamantly opposed to all things LGBT as some of his statements suggest."

The LGBT activist group had meetings with Rubio's office "going back some time," though the senator himself never attended those meetings. Rubio has publicly said that he would attend the homosexual "wedding" of a gay loved one, and also that he believed "that sexual preference is something that people are born with," as opposed to being a choice.

Additionally, days after the Supreme Court redefined marriage, Rubio said that he disagreed with the decision but that "we live in a republic and must abide by the law."

"I believe that marriage, as the key to strong family life, is the most important institution in our society and should be between one man and one woman," he said. "People who disagree with the traditional definition of marriage have the right to change their state laws. That is the right of our people, not the right of the unelected judges or justices of the Supreme Court. This decision short-circuits the political process that has been underway on the state level for years.

Rubio also said at the time that "it must be a priority of the next president to nominate judges and justices committed to applying the Constitution as written and originally understood…"

“I firmly believe the question of same sex marriage is a question of the definition of an institution, not the dignity of a human being. Every American has the right to pursue happiness as they see fit. Not every American has to agree on every issue, but all of us do have to share our country. A large number of Americans will continue to believe in traditional marriage, and a large number of Americans will be pleased with the Court’s decision today. In the years ahead, it is my hope that each side will respect the dignity of the other.”

The Florida senator said in July that he opposed a constitutional marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution to leave marriage up to the states because that would involve the federal government in state marriage policies.

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Court orders Sherri Shepherd to pay child support for surrogate son she abandoned

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November 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Sherri Shepherd, a Hollywood celebrity who co-hosted the popular talk show The View for seven years, has lost a maternity suit launched by her ex-husband Lamar Sally, forcing her to pay him alimony and child support for their one-year surrogate son LJ. The decision follows an unseemly fight which pro-life blogger Cassy Fiano says has exposed how surrogacy results in “commodifying” the unborn.

Shepherd, a co-host of the View from 2007 to 2014, met Sally, a screenwriter, in 2010 and they married a year later. Because her eggs were not viable, they arranged a surrogate mother in Pennsylvania to bear them a baby conceived in vitro using Sally’s sperm and a donated egg.

But the marriage soured in mid-term about the time Shepherd lost her job with The View. According to one tabloid explanation, she was worried he would contribute little to parenting responsibilities.  Sally filed for separation in 2014, Shepherd filed for divorce a few days, then Sally sued for sole custody, then alimony and child support.

Earlier this year she told PEOPLE she had gone along with the surrogacy to prevent the breakup of the marriage and had not really wanted the child.

Shepherd, an avowed Christian who once denied evolution on The View and a successful comic actor on Broadway, TV, and in film since the mid-90s, didn’t want anything to do with LJ, as Lamar named the boy, who after all carried none of her genes. She refused to be at bedside for the birth, and refused to let her name be put on the birth certificate and to shoulder any responsibility for LJ’s support.

But in April the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, and now the state’s Superior Court, ruled that Shepherd’s name must go on the birth certificate and she must pay Sally alimony and child support.

“The ultimate outcome is that this baby has two parents and the parents are Lamar Sally and Sherri Shepherd,” Shepherd’s lawyer Tiffany Palmer said.

As for the father, Sally told PEOPLE, “I'm glad it's finally over. I'm glad the judges saw through all the lies that she put out there, and the negative media attention. If she won't be there for L.J. emotionally, I'll be parent enough for the both of us.”

But Shepherd said, “I am appealing the ruling that happened,” though in the meantime, Sally will “get his settlement every month. There’s nothing I can do.”

Commented Fiano in Live Action News, “What’s so sickening about this case is that this little boy, whose life was created in a test tube, was treated as nothing more than a commodity…Saying that you don’t want a baby but will engineer one to get something you want is horrific.” As for trying to get out from child support payments now that the marriage had failed, that was “despicable.”

Fiano went on to characterize the Shepherd-Sally affair as a “notable example” of commodification of children, and “by no means an anomaly.” She cited a British report than over the past five years 123 babies conceived in vitro were callously aborted when they turned out to have Down Syndrome.

“When we’re not ready for babies, we have an abortion,” she added. “But then when we decide we are ready we manufacture them in a laboratory and destroy any extras. Children exist when we want them to exist, to fill the holes in us that we want them to fill, instead of being independent lives with their own inherent value and dignity.”

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