Dave Andrusko

President Obama’s extremist record on abortion - and why that truth is so hard to come by

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By Dave Andrusko
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Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News

August 27, 2012 (NationalRighttoLifeNews) - It’s hard to click on political news on the Internet and not be reminded that the Democratic Party is eager to make unlimited support for abortion the calling card for its national convention in North Carolina. Pro-abortion President Barack Obama believes the sharp contrast between himself and pro-life team of Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan will redound to his benefit.

National Right to Life surely agrees that the nation will have a clear choice come November. But NRLC believes the advantage pro-life presidential contestants have consistently enjoyed for decades will continue. Why?

For one important reason, because the electorate is closer in its views on abortion to the pro-life perspective than it is to the pro-abortion view. For another, because the intense focus on abortion over the last week is helping to bring to the surface what was almost entirely buried in 2008: just how extreme Obama has been on abortion-related issues - before he became President and since.

Put another way, there is the imaginary Obama middle-of-the-road record which the President wants to contrast with an equally fanciful caricature of the abortion records of Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan. But this will not stand, ironically because of all the massive attention focused on abortion.

This week NRLC has helped shine light on Obama’s record. One terrific source with links to important stories can be found here. What will you learn?

That like the details of so much of his life, Obama simply rewrote where he had stood on important state and federal legislation dealing with abortion. Here is just a sample.

Veteran pro-lifers are aware of the federal Born-Alive Infants Protection Act which passed in 2002. But even many pro-lifers have only a vague understanding of how as an Illinois state Senator Obama three times opposed a very similar state bill to provide legal protection for babies who are born alive during abortions.

But there is so much more dirty laundry that needs to be aired. Take Obama’s support for the so-called “Freedom of Choice Act.” Misrepresented as a “codification of Roe v. Wade,” in fact had FOCA been enacted, it would have invalidated virtually all state and federal limits on abortion, and re-legalized partial-birth abortion. In other words, out with all those laws that enjoy widespread support.

How about more recently, in his role as President? It was like pulling teeth, but just before the House of Representatives voted on a bill to prohibit performing or coercing abortions to eliminate unborn babies of an undesired sex – almost always girls – we found out that the President opposed the measure.

So far: no protection for babies born alive during an abortion; support for the most radical pro-abortion bill ever (FOCA); and a willingness to oppose a law to ban sex-selection abortion! But thanks to a blanket of media indifference, who knows?

However, surely even President Obama would agree that to allow abortion for any reason or no reason until birth – the status of abortion in the District of Columbia - goes too far? When the House voted to replace that anything-goes policy with a ban on abortion after 20 weeks fetal age (the beginning of the sixth month), except to save the life of the mother, the President had a chance to voice an opinion.

He chose not to. There was one brief inquiry just before the vote and the reporter was told by the White House press secretary that he had not asked the president. And that was that.

ObamaCare funds abortion in many creative ways and makes rationing of medical care inevitable. Obama opposes the Hyde Amendment which has saved well over a million lives. The Obama HHS mandate forces religious institutions and businesses to pay for health insurance plans that cover medical procedures and drugs over their religious or moral convictions. And so on and so on and so on!

With all that to critically assess - Obama’s long-held support for positions only a tiny percentage of Americans support - NRLC quite correctly wrote, “The mainstream news media is again busy ginning up stories exploring the outer parameters of the abortion-related policy positions of pro-life Republican candidates, even where this involves remote, theoretical scenarios — while demonstrating a near-total disinterest in putting the spotlight on the outer parameters of the ‘abortion rights’ positions embraced by President Obama, even on matters under current legislative consideration.”

Be sure to go here. Once you read that release and the stories to which it links you will be equipped to help get the truth out that (as columnist Rich Lowry writes) “President Obama is an extremist on abortion. He has never supported any meaningful restriction on it, and never will.”

Reprinted with permission from NationalRighttoLifeNews

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‘You can’t have’ marriage equality ‘without polygamy’

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July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Motivated by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing homosexual “marriage,” a Montana polygamist has filed for a second marriage license, so he can be legally wed to two women at once.

"It's about marriage equality," said Nathan Collier, using homosexual advocates’ term to support marriage redefinition. "You can't have this without polygamy."

Collier, who has has appeared on the TLC reality show Sister Wives with his legal wife Victoria, and his second wife Christine, said he was inspired by the dissent in the Supreme Court decision.

The minority Supreme Court justices said in Friday’s ruling it would open the door to both polygamy and religious persecution.

“It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts.

Collier and his wives applied for a second marriage license earlier this week at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings, a report from the Salt Lake Tribune said.

Collier, who was excommunicated from the Mormon Church for polygamy, married Victoria in 2000 and had a religious wedding ceremony with Christine in 2007. The three have seven children between them and from previous relationships.

"My second wife Christine, who I'm not legally married to, she's put up with my crap for a lot of years. She deserves legitimacy," Collier said.

Yellowstone County officials initially denied the application before saying they would consult with the County Attorney and get him a final answer.

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Bigamy, the holding of multiple marriage licenses, is illegal all 50 states, but Collier plans to sue if his application is denied. Officials expect to have an answer for him next week.

While homosexual “marriage” supporters have long insisted legalization of same-sex unions would not lead to polygamy, pro-life and family advocates have warned all along it would be inevitable with the redefinition of marriage.

“The next court cases coming will push for polygamy, as Chief Justice John Roberts acknowledged in his dissent,” said Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, after the Supreme Court ruling. “The chief justice said “the argument for polygamy is actually stronger than that for ‘gay marriage.’ It’s only a matter of time.”

In a piece from the Washington Times, LifeSiteNews Editor-in-Chief and the co-founder of Voice of the Family John-Henry Westen stated the move toward legal polygamy is “just the next step in unraveling how Americans view marriage.”

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Chris Christie: Clerks must perform same-sex ‘marriages’ regardless of their religious beliefs

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TRENTON, NJ, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Chris Christie is not known for nuance. This time, he has turned his fiery personality loose on county clerks and other officials who have religious objections to performing same-sex “marriages.”

In a tone usually reserved for busting teachers' unions, Christie told clerks who hold traditional values, “You took the job, and you took the oath.” He would offer no exemption for an individual whose conscience would not allow him to participate in a union the vast majority of the world's religions deem sinful.

“When you go back and re-read the oath it doesn’t give you an out. You have to do it,” he said.

He told a reporter that there “might” be “individual circumstances” that “merit some examination, but none that come immediately to mind for me.”

“I think for folks who are in the government world, they kind of have to do their job, whether you agree with the law or you don’t,” the pugnacious governor said.

Since the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to legalize homosexual “marriage” last Friday, elected officials have grappled with how to safeguard the rights of those who have deeply held religious beliefs that would not allow them to participate in such a ceremony.

Christie's response differs markedly from other GOP hopefuls' responses to the Supreme Court ruling. Mike Huckabee, for instance, has specifically said that clerks should have conscience rights. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed an executive order granting such rights and ordered clerks to wait until a pending court case was fully adjudicated before any clerk issues a marriage license to a homosexual couple.

Christie gave up a legal appeal after a superior court judge struck down his state's voter-approved constitutional marriage protection amendment. New Jersey is the only state where such a low court overturned the will of the voters.

The decision to ignore conscience rights adds to the growing number of Christie's positions that give conservatives pause.

The natural locus of support for a Christie 2016 presidential run is the Republican's socially liberal donor class, for personal as well as political reasons. His wife works on Wall Street, and some of the GOP's high-dollar donors – including Paul Singer – have courted Christie for years.

However, this year Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and to a lesser degree Scott Walker have eclipsed Christie as the preferred candidates of the boardroom donors – who sometimes prefer Democrats to Republicans.

Christie also used language during a speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition last year, which concerned some major GOP donors.

Christie is reportedly spending this weekend with Mitt Romney and his family at Romney's New Hampshire home. Romney declined to enter the 2016 race himself and may be able to open his donor list to Christie's struggling campaign.

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After having a girl with Down syndrome, this couple adopted two more

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LINO LAKE, MN, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – For most people, having five biological children would have been enough. In fact, for many Americans, large families are treated as a scandal or a burden.

But one family made the decision, not just to have a large family, but to give a home to some of the most vulnerable children in the world: Girls born overseas with Down syndrome.

Lee and Karen Shervheim love all seven of their children, biological or otherwise. Undeterred by having twin boys – Daniel and Andrew, 18 – they had Sam four years later.

They now have three daughters who are all 11 years old. All three have Down syndrome.

And two of them are adopted.

About the time their eight-year-old son, David, was born, Lee and Karen decided to adopt a child with Down syndrome to be a companion to their daughter, Annie.

They made the further unexpected choice to adopt a child from Eastern Europe with the help of Reece's Rainbow, which helps parents adopt children with Down syndrome.

“Between my wife and I, we couldn’t get it out of our heads,” Lee told the Quad City Press. “So many children need families and we knew we could potentially do something about it.”

After originally deciding to adopt Katie, they spent six weeks in Kiev, visiting an orphanage in nearby Kharkov. While there, they decided they may have room in their heart, and their home, for another child.

When they saw a picture of Emie striking the same pose as their biological daughter in one of their photographs, they knew they would come home with two children.

Both girls were the same age as their Annie. She would not lack for companionship, as they worried.

Lee said after the Ukrainian government – finally – completed the paperwork, they returned to the United States, when the real challenges began.

“The unvarnished truth,” Lee told the Press, is that adopting the Russian-speaking special needs children “was really disruptive to our family. They came with so many issues that we had not anticipated.”

After teaching them sign language and appropriate behavior, they moved to Lino Lake, Minnesota and found a new support group in Eagle Brook Church. There they found personal assistance and spiritual solace.

Every year in the past seven years has been better and better, they say.

“I think my girls can do almost anything they want to do,” he said, “and that’s what I want to help them become.”

The family's devotion is fueled by their faith, and it informs the sense of humor Lee showed in a tweet during the 2014 midterm elections:

It takes a special person to believe in the potential of the “mentally retarded,” as they were once labeled. Today, 90 percent of all babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb will be aborted. The percentage is higher in some countries. Some have even spoken of "a world without people with Down syndrome."

Their God, and their experience, tell them that every child has infinite worth and potential, Lee told local media, and he would encourage anyone to follow his footsteps and adopt a Down syndrome child – or two.

“The message is that it really doesn’t matter where you started or where you came from,” Lee said. “There are endless opportunities for everyone, whether they have disabilities or not. They deserve a shot.”

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