NYC mayor hires strategist who led Planned Parenthood attack on Komen
NEW YORK CITY, June 16, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has hired the woman who orchestrated Planned Parenthood's scorched earth media attack on the Susan G. Komen Foundation as a communications director for his administration.
The Democrat named Andrea Hagelgans as his director of agency communications, a post that allows her to set the media strategy of all city agencies and cabinet members.
“Andrea was a senior press officer for Planned Parenthood Federation of America,” where she “developed and led PPFA’s media campaign in response to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure’s decision to withdraw funding from the organization,” her online biography states.
The Komen Foundation told the nation's leading abortion provider that it was ending its financial sponsorship of Planned Parenthood because the organization was under federal investigation and because it does not perform mammograms. Komen donated $629,159 in 2009-10 of the group's one billion dollar budget. But in January 2013, Planned Parenthood launched a social media blitz demonizing the anti-breast cancer charity and questioning its motives.
“What Planned Parenthood did to that venerable and honorable institution is nothing short of a mafia-style shakedown,” Steven Aden, senior counsel at the Alliance Defense Fund, said. However, its tactics proved effective. A Media Research Center analysis found that 76 percent of network television quotations favored Planned Parenthood. Komen's vice president for public policy, Karen Handel, resigned and wrote a book about the ordeal entitled Planned Bullyhood. Its CEO, Nancy Brinker, would step down within months.
Hagelgans is currently vice president of strategic communications and media at Camino Public Relations, a left-wing PR firm whose clients include the Population Council, Planned Parenthood, Pro-Choice Resources, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ), the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Planned Parenthood Latino Initiative, the Ford Foundation, and Auburn Theological Seminary.
Her biography also noted her work with George Soros' Open Society Institute.
“I’m thrilled to announce Andrea is joining us in City Hall, where she will help our cabinet and agencies clearly communicate this administration’s vision and policies to the people of New York City,” de Blasio, who calls himself a “democratic socialist,” announced today. Rebecca Katz, the mayor's senior communications strategist, also tweeted her support of the Planned Parenthood alumna:
During his campaign – in which he crushed pro-abortion Republican Joe Lhota with 73 percent of the vote – de Blasio promised to “craft new regulations to prevent [crisis pregnancy] centers from masquerading as legitimate health care providers.” The state's pro-life leadership greeted the appointment with unsurprised discontent.
“It's just about what we would expect from him, unfortunately, but it's a disappointment,” Barbara Meara, chairman of New York State Right to Life, told LifeSiteNews.com. “With the abortion rate so high in New York we really should not be looking for people to promote abortion.”
The Big Apple is often called the “abortion capital of the United States.” Despite the precipitous drop in New York City's abortion rate, 38 percent of all pregnancies in the city end in abortion.
Chris Slattery, national director of Expectant Mother Care (EMC) FrontLine Pregnancy Centers, told LifeSiteNews that Hagelgans' appointment was “a sign of the absolute, complete allegiance” of the New York City mayor's office with Planned Parenthood.
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He is currently locked in litigation with the city over operation of his pregnancy centers, which offer women support to carry their pregnancies to term. He cited a recent Live Action undercover investigation that caught a Planned Parenthood employee on camera suggesting a minor view pornography and engage in sadomasochism.
“It's so ironic that on heels of the perversion promoted by this organization, they're not in the least embarrassed by it but are jumping to align themselves with it,” Slattery said.
“It's a bad omen for more social engineering in the future – more abortion and sex promotion in our schools, and more tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood and their sexual promiscuous advocacy amongst our young people,” Slattery told LifeSiteNews. “This again signals that children are not safe under a de Blasio administration.”
Mayor de Blasio will receive media attention this evening, as he is scheduled to sing “I Love L.A.” on the Jimmy Kimmel Show tonight after losing a bet when the New York Rangers failed to clinch the Stanley Cup. He attended the Brooklyn Pride Parade with wife Chirlane McCray, a former lesbian, on Saturday.
‘Little miracles’: Mom gives birth to naturally-conceived quintuplets after refusing ‘selective reduction’
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
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’
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.
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.