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‘Pro…LIFE!’: 1000+ youth pack bigger, better, high-tech March for Life Youth Rally (PHOTOS)

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Jan 21, 2013 ( – The chant was deafening. “Pro….LIFE!...Pro…LIFE!”

Outside the temperatures had plummeted below freezing as the warned-about winter storm blew its way into Washington, D.C., but inside the ballroom at the Washington Hyatt Regency Hotel things were just heating up.

Eric Scheidler of Pro-Life Action League, the MC for the 2014 March for Life Youth Rally, was leading the over 1000 youth present in a raucous pro-life chant.

For the next two and a half hours, a veritable who’s-who list of pro-life leaders would address the hordes of youth, exhorting them to take a stand for life, punctuated by entertainment provided by pro-life rock musician Moxy Anne.

Speakers included pro-life superstars like Abby Johnson, Lila Rose, Ryan Bomberger, Troy Newman, Fr. Frank Pavone, and many others.

Rose recounted how she began her organization Live Action when she was 15, never guessing that ten years later it would have grown into the influential national pro-life group that it has. 

“It’s really dangerous to ever ask God to use you for something,” she told the youth, while urging them to do just that. “He wants to use us for our purposes. He loves us. He loves each child into life.

“Today we’re born into this country for a reason. And when you look around at the culture, there’s over 3400 abortions a day in our country. These are people who could have been my friends, one-third of my generation that’s missing,” she said. 

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Bryan Kemper, the organizer of the event, sounded exhausted, but pleased when he sat down with two-thirds of the way through the rally.

What's different about this year’s event? “I’m more tired,” Kemper joked, but then added. “It’s packed out. It’s bigger than last year. Last year we only had half this ballroom. It’s just more and more people are coming.” 

In fact, the 1,000+ in attendance were only a fraction of the nearly 5000 who applied to participate in this year’s rally. Thousands had to be turned away. The ballroom at the Hyatt just couldn’t accommodate them.

But next year, Kemper promised, the rally would be moving to a venue that can pack a much larger crowd. 

The Youth Rally also had a new, high-tech face this year, as newly-minted March for Life President Jeanne Monahan opened the event by urging the youth to download the brand new March for Life mobile app, which will provide live 360-degree video footage of the March, and instructed them on how to receive March-related updates to their mobile phones.

She also warned the youth that the media likely won’t accurately report on the massive March for Life on Wednesday, but that they can help remedy that by sending out photos and other updates on social media using the hashtag #whywemarch.  

“We need you, we desperately need you,” Monahan told the youth. “We love you. It’s our goal to give you a platform so that your voices can speak, because your voices are the most powerful in this debate.” 

Indeed, if there was a theme to the speeches, it was that the youth shouldn’t view the March for Life as their annual “pro-life event,” but rather as simply the beginning of a year packed with life-saving work.

“This right here, coming here, this isn’t what it is to be pro-life,” Abby Johnson said during a short, but punchy address. “This right here, this is not your pro-life activity for the year.

“You have the opportunity to be pro-life, to live as a pro-lifer every day of your life. I want you young people to hear this. You probably already know this, but it’s hard to be pro-life. It sucks. Sometimes I get tired of the persecution, I get tired of being told that I’m uneducated and I don’t know what I’m talking about,” she said. “But even though it’s hard, it’s right. So I want you all to feel courageous, and to know that your generation, our generation, will be the one that ends abortion!” 

Perhaps the loudest applause was reserved for veteran pro-life activist Joe Scheidler, who has been fighting abortion before Roe v. Wade, who was introduced to the crowd as the “godfather of the pro-life movement.” 

Joe received a resounding standing ovation as he took to the stage. “You’ve been sent, no question about it,” he told the youth. “You are an apostle, one who is sent. You are called by God by name, he knows you personally. You’re an apostle of life, and that’s what God is all about.” 

A single human being, he told the youth, is worth more than the whole physical universe. And so, he said, “When you go out to an abortion clinic, when you are doing pro-life things, you are saving the universe, you are saving the world, you are doing God’s will.”

In his remarks to, Kemper praised the unity” in the pro-life movement, that he said made organizing the event possible. “The unity that’s out there in the pro-life movement right now is awesome,” he said. “Everybody’s just working together.”

As for what he hopes the Youth Rally will achieve? That’s simple. “The end of abortion.”

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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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