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My experiences as the ‘celebrity spokesperson’ for Silent No More at the March for Life

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By Kelly Clinger

Note: Kelly Clinger, a performer and former backup singer for the pop star Britney Spears, had two abortions when she was in her early twenties. She recently connected with the pro-life organization Silent No More Awareness, and gave her testimony on the steps of the Supreme Court during this year’s March for Life. She blogs about her pro-life activities here.

February 9, 2011 ( - We arrived in D.C. with a chill in the air but Hope resting closely beside us.

I was introduced as the celebrity spokesperson for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign at the March For Life. I still can’t say that without giggling and using air quotes when I say “celebrity.” I mean, really, who am I? And as cliché as it sounds, I really just want to make Jesus and all that He’s done for me the most poignant part of my message, not my past “accolades.”  Also, every time I may feel my ego rising up, I can remind myself of the reason I am here … because I had an abortion. I killed my own children. That will very quickly return me to humility and plant my feet firmly on the ground.

I love my Silent No More brothers and sisters, headed by co-founders Georgette Forney and Janet Morana. This is such a powerful group … the picture of beauty for ashes. Their website contains almost 3000 testimonies of women who regret their abortions and of men who regret lost fatherhood.  Every year at the March for Life they are the first to arrive at the Supreme Court, and they begin giving their testimonies while the marchers walk by. This year there were almost 100 of us who came to speak.

I was completely blown away at the wisdom of men and women who, through their brokenness, operated in such love and meekness.  It was a beautiful example of poor in spirit … people who, because of the struggle, got a part of the Lord that perhaps others never attain.

I met people like Jackie whose boyfriend had a gun under the seat of his car and drove her to an abortion clinic where he told her it would either be her or the baby, but one of them was going to die. She is now 45 and has never been able to have children because of complications she experienced after her abortion. I met a lady who had 7 abortions, and it has taken her several decades to even be able to admit that.  Then there was Jody who had giving her testimony about abortion at the March For Life on her bucket list.  There’s something that joins your heart to another’s when you share the most painful part of your past, and they say “me too”.

And I realized that every time I tell my story, another piece of my heart heals.

As we gathered near the Capital to listen to Senators, Congressional leaders, Representatives and more tell of their pro-life stances, I felt so much hope. When you look out into a sea of tens of thousands of mostly young adults who have gathered in the freezing cold to stand for a culture of life, you feel a spirit of joy rise within. And, let me tell you, it was cold … the kind of cold that pierces through 4 layers of clothing, 2 pairs of gloves, earmuffs, hat and a scarf!

We formed lines with our “I Regret My Abortion” and “I Regret Lost Fatherhood” signs and prepared to march to the Supreme Court. We were called to the front of the line to walk alongside Janet, Georgette and Father Frank Pavone. I looked around to take it all in and began to cry. As we started walking, people would applaud and yell “thank you”. Many were taking pictures of us and I started to imagine what it would be like if every woman who has had an abortion grabbed a sign and started to march. Can you imagine what that army would look like? There would be millions of us.

We arrived at the Supreme Court and after Father Frank prayed, I was asked to sing the new song written for Silent No More…appropriately called “Silent No More”. It says, “Made a choice thinking I’d be free. But that choice, it imprisoned me and my shame until I stepped in to the light of God’s love, the healing began.” Such power in those words, I wonder if people were listening. After the song, I was the first to give my testimony. I cried. I knew I would.

We stood there for 3 hours while the hundreds of thousands of marchers came by and listened to story after story of shame, pain and an overall feeling of being incomplete. It was heartbreaking and hopeful all at the same time.

We were freezing so we headed back to the hotel for a reception with our Silent No More brothers and sisters. It was a beautiful conclusion to our time in D.C.

The next day I turned on the TV anticipating all that the news channels would say about the event. Politicians gave speeches, hundreds of thousands of people flocked to DC, so I was excited to see what parts of the march they would focus on. I channel surfed every channel and found nothing. I googled “March For Life” and found a few very small mentions of the event on local channels and pro-life websites, but that was it.

The sad reality is that many people rely on the media to get truth and therefore don’t get the whole picture. The March for Life 2011 is was an example of this.

I am so grateful to my husband, Matt, for always standing by my side and for being a voice for the fathers who’ve participated in abortions. I am also forever grateful to have been a part of the March for Life, and I look forward to the years ahead when I will continue to march and be a voice for our precious babies in heaven. If you’d like to add your voice to mine, please go here.

Also, if you’d like to read more about the event, you can see pictures on this website here.

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For Hillary Clinton, abortion access trumps religious liberty

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 1, 2015 ( -- For Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, apparently abortion trumps religious liberty.

It may have gotten bipartisan support in the House of Representatives last night, but a spokesperson for the Democratic Party's leading presidential candidate says a resolution protecting religious liberty in the District of Columbia "overrule[s] the democratic process" and hurts women.

The vote, which saw three Democrats join the GOP majority and 13 Republicans stand with Democrats, was meant to protect pro-life and religious organizations in the District from the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA).

RHNDA was signed by the mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, in January, and makes it illegal for any employer, including religious and pro-life organizations, to use a person's belief or actions about abortion in employment considerations. It also requires employers to provide abortion coverage.

The resolution now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to fail due to the Senate being on recess. Under existing federal law, the measure has 30 legislative days to be disapproved by Congress and President Obama. If this does not happen, it becomes law.

The 30-day window ends on Saturday. President Obama promised a veto of the resolution on Thursday, even though RHNDA was opposed by former District mayor Vincent Gray. According to Gray, while he "applaud[s] the goals of this legislation," the former mayor believes RHNDA could violate the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal treatment under the law.

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The statement by the Clinton campaign left no doubt that she stood with Obama and a majority of Democratic legislators. Spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri told CNN, "Hillary Clinton has fought for women and families and their right to access the full range of reproductive health care without interference from politicians or employers."

"Hillary will fight to make it easier, not more difficult, for women and families to get ahead and ensure that women are not discriminated against for personal medical decisions."

The remarks come a week after Clinton took criticism for saying that "religious beliefs" critical of "reproductive rights" must "be changed."

“Yes, we've cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health,” she told the Women in the World Summit on April 23.

“Rights have to exist in practice, not just on paper," said Clinton in her speech. "Laws have to be backed up with resources, and political will."

“Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed,” said the candidate.

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Social conservatives may be funding the destruction of marriage: corporate watchdog

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May 1, 2015 ( -- With over $55 million in annual revenue, the Human Rights Campaign may be America's most powerful LGBT activist group. And according to a conservative corporate watchdog, that's in part because social conservatives are funding it.

"Conservatives would be surprised to know that many of the dollars they spend every day are helping fund an agenda that seeks to destroy traditional marriage and undermine religious freedoms," said 2nd Vote National Outreach Director Robert Kuykendall. "Even when they purchase a beverage from a company like Coca-cola or Starbucks, their dollar is going to support HRC's liberal agenda to redefine marriage."

Less than 18 months old, 2nd Vote has graded hundreds of corporations on six issues -- corporate welfare, the environment, education, support for the Second Amendment, abortion, and as of two weeks ago, same-sex "marriage." Using their "scoring" system, 2nd Vote ranks corporations on their direct or indirect involvement with these hot-button public policy and cultural issues.

And according to them, some of America's favorite corporations are making the radical HRC agenda possible.

"HRC is the largest LGBT lobbying organization in the United States with reported revenues of over $55 million," Kuykendall told LifeSiteNews. "The redefinition of marriage and the undermining of religious freedom are major components of HRC’s policy agenda. To fund their policy goals, HRC has enlisted the help of many major corporations that we do business with every day to help fund. Over a third of the contributions received by HRC are listed as 'Corporate/Foundation Grants.'" 

Why should conservatives care about corporate donors to HRC? Kuykendall says the organization is both politically influential and publicly deceptive. "Last election cycle, HRC spent around a million dollars on electioneering activities and in support of liberal candidates willing to push their legislative agenda. HRC is responsible for spreading much of the misinformation regarding [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] laws and has also mischaracterized the protections provided by these laws."

"HRC organized a massive grassroots campaign in support of the legal battle to overturn state laws protecting marriage and influence the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges," said Kuykendall.

Marriage isn't the only issue on which conservatives may be at odds with HRC's corporate backers. "2nd Vote’s research into other issues such as life, the environment, and the 2nd Amendment shows that many of the companies supporting HRC have taken liberal stands on other issues as well,” he said. “For example, Apple, Citigroup, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola are Platinum Partners, the highest level of HRC’s National Corporate Partners, that have also funded the liberal Center for American Progress [CAP]."

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"Bank of America, Google, Goldman Sachs, Starbucks, PepsiCo, and Morgan Stanley are also HRC Corporate Partners that have funded CAP. Furthermore, all of these companies signed the amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn state marriage laws."

In Indiana, the state's religious liberty law was modified because of corporate pressure led by Tim Cook, Apple's gay CEO. Kuykendall says conservatives should not give up, though he acknowledges that "for too long, conservatives have let liberals and groups like HRC bully companies into not just going along with their agenda, but actively funding and promoting it."

"However, conservatives have also proven their ability to mobilize and use their dollars in support of traditional values as we’ve seen through the fundraising campaigns for the pizza parlor and wedding cake makers who have been attacked by liberals for their beliefs. Conservatives need to turn the tables on the left, and groups like HRC, and motivate companies to stop funding the liberal agenda through the power of their shopping habits."

Only nine companies have ranks of "five" or "four" on 2nd Vote's ranking system, indicating a pro-marriage perspective. They are outnumbered more than 10 to 1 by organizations that support redefining marriage.

Concerned citizens can download the app on 2nd Vote's website. The full list of corporation scores can be found here.

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First graders exposed to book about transgender boy—without parental notification

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KITTERY POINT, ME, May 1, 2015, ( – Parents at one Maine school are upset that children as young as six were exposed to a book promoting transgender issues, in the name of "acceptance."

Parents were not only not consulted, they were never even notified of their children's exposure to transgenderism.

Horace Mitchell Primary School read the book I Am Jazz to first-grade students. The book is about a boy who identifies as a girl from the age of two, "with a boy's body and a girl's brain." He eventually finds a doctor who tells his parents, "Jazz is transgender."

Parents began to inquire about what was being taught at Horace Mitchell Primary after children came home with questions about their own sex and wondering if they, too, might be transgender.

One mother, upset that teachers would broach the subject of transgenderism with her little boy, said the primary school ignored her complaint. "I feel like my thoughts, feelings and beliefs were completely ignored...My right as a parent to allow or not allow this discussion with my child was taken from me," she told

"When I spoke with the principal he was very cold about it," the mother continued. "It's amazing how thoughtless the school has been with this whole thing."

Only after Sean Hannity made national inquiries did Horace Mitchell Primary School suggest that teachers should have told parents ahead of time.

Allyn Hutton, the superintendent of the local district, said she supported reading the book but admitted that parents should have been given advance warning about the subject matter. "We have a practice of – if a topic is considered sensitive – parents should be informed. In this situation, that didn't happen," she said. "We understand that toleration is tolerating people of all opinions."

Horace Mitchell Primary School sent an e-mail, after the fact, to concerned parents, including a link to a blog post of the school's guidance counselor, explaining their motivation was "cultivating respect."

"Some may think primary school students are too young to worry about addressing issues surrounding gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students. Not so, experts say,” the school's guidance counselor wrote. “It’s never too early to begin teaching children about respecting differences."

Homosexual activists say they support the teaching of transgenderism to first-graders, with or without parental notification. "The staff of Mitchell School is...shedding a light on [LGBTQ] issues,” said a column in Gay Star News.

The LGBT puublication goes even further, advocating homosexual propaganda be commonplace in elementary schools across the country. "LGBTQ issues should never be classified as a 'sensitive subject,' [because] there is nothing sensitive about the way we are born. Blonde hair, brown hair, gay, straight or somewhere in-between."

Brian Camenker of MassResistance commented on the infiltration of homosexual propaganda in children's schools. "We deal with parents and teachers a lot, and the idea that teachers would do this is unconscionable. It's like the people that promote this stuff are evil. It's demonic. You can't imagine adults that would do this to other people's children, and do it with such anger, and such vitrol.”

Camenker emphasized that this is “not an isolated incident with just one, rogue teacher. This happens because the whole administrative hierarchy buys into it.”

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“The new generation of educators is very, very frightening,” he said.


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