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Outspent four-to-one, Santorum scores wins in three states, Romney wins six

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STEUBENVILLE, OHIO, March 7, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Although three of the four Republican presidential candidates could claim victories in the Super Tuesday primaries Tuesday night, analysts say it has become a two-man race between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

Romney won the most delegates: 208 of 419 at stake in the 10 contests held last night. He narrowly edged out Rick Santorum in the biggest contest of the night, Ohio, a political bellwether pivotal to any Republican who hopes to win the White House. Romney also scored clear wins in the Massachusetts, Vermont, and Virginia primaries, as well as the Idaho and Alaska caucuses.

Rick Santorum fulfilled his promise to “get at least a couple of gold medals and a whole passel full of silver medals” by winning primaries in Oklahoma and Tennessee, and a caucus in North Dakota.

Santorum was pushed into third place only in Georgia and Vermont. Romney was first or second everywhere except North Dakota, where Ron Paul had a strong showing.

Newt Gingrich won his home state of Georgia, making it his second win of the primary season after his victory in South Carolina in January.

Ron Paul, who won no primaries last night, made a strong second place showing in Vermont. He also came in second in Virginia, where only Romney and Paul qualified for the ballot.

Ohio’s razor-thin margin and late reports from large metropolitan areas meant the race was called well after midnight. Romney won in Ohio by eight-tenths of one percent - 37.9 percent to Santorum’s 37.1, or just over 12,300 votes.

Amidst the close loss, Santorum’s supporters point to their candidate’s lack of funds. Romney’s campaign and his super PAC, Restore Our Future, outspent Santroum and his allied groups by a margin of 4-to-1 in Super Tuesday states. Santorum’s name did not appear on the ballot in certain parts of the state, such as Steubenville, a heavily Catholic, conservative city just minutes from Pennsylvania.

Exit polls showed a stark contrast between the two men’s constituencies.

Romney won urban voters in the state’s three largest cities: Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati and their surrounding suburbs. He did well in Dayton, Akron, and Canton. Santorum swept the state everywhere else, piling up large majorities in the state’s rural districts.

Romney’s supporters, in Super Tuesday as in other contests, have been the best educated, the most affluent, and those whose top priorities are the economy or electability.

Ohio exit polls follow a familiar trend for Rick Santorum, showing he polled best among evangelical Christians, and those who said they support the Tea Party or consider themselves “very conservative.”

Mitt Romney won Ohio’s Catholic voters by 12 percentage points.

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The scattered results and fluid nature of the race keep any of the candidates from establishing themselves as prohibitive favorites. All vowed to fight on last night.

Speaking before his home state in a speech that lasted 27 minutes, Newt Gingrich reflected on previous Republican challengers, including Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry. “There’s lots of bunny rabbits that run through,” he said. “I’m the tortoise.”

He then challenged Barack Obama to seven, three-hour debates, offering that the president could use a teleprompter.

Flanked by his 93-year-old mother, Rick Santorum saluted the Greatest Generation in a speech in Steubenville, Ohio, before talking about his own resilience. “We’ve won races all over this country against the odds,” he said. “When they thought, ‘Oh, OK, he’s finally finished,’ we keep coming back.”

Taking note of growing government dependence, Santorum said once the president’s health care law takes effect, “every single American will be looking to the federal government – not to their neighbor, not to their church, not to their business or to their employer, or to the community or nonprofit organization in their community” as “the allocator and creator of rights in America.” 

“This is the beginning of the end of freedom in America,” he said.

Taking aim at Mitt Romney, he said, “I’ve never been for an individual mandate at a state or a federal level.”

Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, spoke to an enthusiastic crowd in Boston, thanking state chairs and coordinators like Alaska’s U.S. Senator, Lisa Murkowski.

After thanking all his opponents by name, Mitt Romney turned his attention to the general election.

“President Obama seems to believe he’s unchecked by the Constitution,” Romney told the crowd. “He’s unresponsive to the will of our people. He operates by command instead of by consensus. In a second term, he’d be unrestrained by the demands of re-election. And if there’s one thing we cannot afford is four years of Barack Obama with no one to answer to.”

Over the next week the states of Kansas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Hawaii will choose their candidates for the GOP presidential nomination.

 



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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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