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Romney a no-show as Republican candidates debate personhood at pro-life forum

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GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA,  January 19, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - Although attendees did not choose a winner at Wednesday night’s pro-life forum in Greenville, South Carolina, there was one clear loser: Mitt Romney.

Romney chose to skip the event, which was hosted by Personhood USA. That group’s co-founder, Keith Mason, said organizers “didn’t know until [Tuesday] night” that Romney would definitely not be in attendance. Ultimately, a state campaign worker told the organization “there was a conflict and he was unable to make it.”

However, all four remaining candidates chose to make time for the event, including Congressman Ron Paul, who flew to Washington, D.C., to vote on an important bill. He appeared by satellite.

Governor Rick Perry, who pulled out of the presidential race the next morning, called Romney’s change-of-heart on abortion a “choice for convenience. This was a decision that Governor Romney made for a political convenience, not an issue of his heart.”

“I’ve been around this business long enough to understand the horse-trading that goes on but there’s some principles that you don’t trade on,” Perry said. “Governor Romney has been on both sides of the issue of life.”

Senator Rick Santorum agreed that abortion is “an indispensable moral issue” and pledged to do more than pay lip service to it during election years. 

The four GOP hopefuls were questioned by a panel that included Lila Rose of Live Action, Georgia Right to Life President Danny Becker, and Gualberto Garcia Jones. The event was not a debate but rather a series of four sit-down interviews, conducted alone in alphabetical order.

When asked, all the candidates responded life began at the moment of conception. Since some have attempted to equate conception with implantation, candidates were asked for their definition of “conception,” as well. Rick Perry’s response provoked laughter. “When the sperm and the egg come together. You got a different idea?”

“I’m not a doctor…but I did grow up on a farm,” he said.

Newt Gingrich added that “all of the genetic patterns needed are in existence at that moment, and therefore the rights should attach at that moment.”

Rick Santorum said, “I don’t believe life begins at conception. I know life begins at conception.”

Ron Paul relied upon his history as an obstetrician to for proof that his pro-life convictions were steeped in science as much as his Christian faith. He said one of the greatest breakthroughs in pro-life history was the invention of the ultrasound. “I can talk to [opponents] and say look,’ I’ll show you on the ultrasound,’” he said. “I’ll show you what they’re doing. This is an act of violence. And this has helped me convert many, many people.”

Paul revealed the machine convinced a colleague who committed illegal abortions to change his ways.

All the candidates also agreed Planned Parenthood should be defunded.

Beyond those points, they differed about which policies their presidencies would emphasize.

Gingrich reminded attendees that the next president could make several Supreme Court appointments, tilting the balance of the court. Raising the issue of judicial activism, he said, “If the court makes a fundamentally wrong decision, the president can in fact ignore the courts.”

In response to a panelist’s question, Gingrich warned debates over human genetic experimentation will be “at the heart of the next 40 years.” 

Santorum also saw human experimentation as the next major challenge to human dignity. “Every child has dignity and value,” he said.

Santorum called his special needs child, Bella, who was born with Trisomy 18, “the greatest gift I’ve ever been given in my life.”

Ending abortion is one of the few issues Ron Paul supports strongly enough to amend the Constitution. He reiterated his long-running advocacy of a Constitutional amendment affirming the Right to Life.

Until it passes, he would like the federal government out of the issue, allowing states to enact bans on a state-by-state basis. “It repeals Roe v. Wade immediately,” Paul said. “It would’ve saved a lot of lives a lot sooner.” 

Santorum had an unwelcome surprise waiting for him after the forum: flyers describing him as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” had been plastered on attendees’ cars.  The letter, which purports to be written by a concerned citizen named Elizabeth Leichert, criticizes his wife Karen’s former relationship with abortionist Tom Allen, and Santorum’s vote for a larger appropriations bill that also provided funding for Planned Parenthood.

Santorum addressed the funding for Title X “family planning” services on the campaign trail and again during the forum. He admitted he “fought vehemently against” funding for Title X but could not defeat it. He instead touted his support for abstinence education, the National Fatherhood Initiative, Healthy Marriage Initiative, and other pro-family government programs

The remaining four presidential hopefuls will face off in one last debate this evening.

The whole debate can be seen in two hour-long videos here.

(Questions for the candidates do not begin until 26 minutes into the first video.)

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Hillary Clinton: ‘I’m proud to stand with Planned Parenthood’

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WASHINGTON, D.C., August 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Seven days after calling videos of Planned Parenthood officials harvesting fetal parts "disturbing," leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is throwing her support behind the embattled abortion giant.

In an ad released on Monday, just hours before the U.S. Senate failed to defund Planned Parenthood, Clinton called such legislative efforts "a full-on assault on women's health."

She also described Planned Parenthood as "the nation's leader in providing reproductive health care."

“Unfortunately, these attacks aren’t new," Clinton said. "They’re more of the same. We have seen them in Wisconsin, where Governor Walker defunded Planned Parenthood and left women across the state stranded with nowhere else to turn. We have seen them in Florida, where Jeb Bush funneled millions of dollars into abstinence-only programs while gutting funds for crucial family planning programs. And we have seen them in Texas, where Governor [Rick] Perry drastically cut funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings."

"And then [Perry] signed legislation that forced health centers across the state to close their doors in an attempt to wipe out access to safe and legal abortion all together,” Clinton said.

Walker boasted of defunding Planned Parenthood at a Republican presidential candidate in New Hampshire last night.

As governor of Florida, Bush put millions of dollars towards pro-life pregnancy care clinics, which are pro-life alternatives to abortion clinics.

The measures Perry signed in 2013 banned most abortions after 20 weeks' gestation, forced abortion centers to upgrade to the same level as ambulatory surgical centers, and required abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

However, according to Clinton, defunding America's largest abortion company is "cutting people off from the health care provider they know and trust."

“When they attack women’s health, they attack America’s health," Clinton said. "And it’s wrong. And we are not going to let them get away with it."

"We are not going back. We are going to fight back," she vowed.

She concluded, "I’m proud to stand with Planned Parenthood."

Her video came between the releases of undercover video footage revealing Planned Parenthood's work in harvesting the organs of aborted babies and turning them over to research firms for a fee.

Clinton has long supported abortion-on-demand, saying earlier this year that religious beliefs opposed to abortion "must be changed."

Last year, she said it was "a bedrock truth" that "you cannot make progress on gender equality or broader human development, without safeguarding women’s reproductive health and rights."

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Bobby Jindal cancels Planned Parenthood funding in wake of body parts scandal

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BATON ROUGE, LA, August 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The state of Louisiana has canceled its contract with the state's two Planned Parenthood centers.

Louisiana governor and 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal said that the decision came because of new videos showing illegal activity by top Planned Parenthood officials.

“In recent weeks, it has been shocking to see reports of the alleged activities taking place at Planned Parenthood facilities across the country. Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the people of Louisiana and shows a fundamental disrespect for human life,” he said. “It has become clear that this is not an organization that is worthy of receiving public assistance from the state.”

Jindal, who had ordered the state to investigate Planned Parenthood for potential felony violations following the release of the first video, canceled the contract because of its "at will" provision. That means that "either party can choose to cancel the contract at will after providing written notice,” according to a press release from the governor's office. “Governor Jindal and DHH decided to give the required 30-day notice to terminate the Planned Parenthood Medicaid provider contract because Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the State of Louisiana in regards to respecting human life."

"Pending the ongoing investigation, DHH [the Dept. of Health and Hospitals] reserves the right to amend the cancellation notice and terminate the provider agreement immediately should cause be determined," it states.

This action is just the latest by the pro-life governor, who last year signed a law requiring all abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Louisiana has been named the number one pro-life state by Americans United for Life for six years in a row.

A Planned Parenthood official told the left-wing blog Talking Points Memo that no Planned Parenthood facilities provide abortions, although the abortion provider hopes to build a facility to do so.

Gov. Jindal also halted the building that 8,000-square foot abortion megaplex, scheduled to be built in New Orleans, following the release of the first video.

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This one shot from the latest PP sting video might be the most disturbing thing you see all year

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I’m about to show you something that, if you're alive and have a heartbeat, will deeply disturb you, and then make you hopping mad.

I warn you, it’s graphic. But everybody needs to see this. Because this is the truth. And even if the truth is difficult, and gruesome, and challenging, it must be known.

This morning the Center for Medical Progress released the latest in their series of undercover sting videos exposing the fact that Planned Parenthood is harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies.

The first part is plenty disturbing, as director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, discusses how she “diversifies” Planned Parenthood's “revenue stream” by selling aborted baby parts, and how their abortionists can modify the abortion procedure (Note: totally illegal) to obtain “intact” fetuses.

But then the camera moves into the lab, where workers are actually involved in dissecting and dismembering aborted babies to get the useful body parts.

Describing their “last case” of the day, one of the workers tells an actor posing as someone interested in purchasing fetal body parts, that “it was a twin” at about 20 weeks gestation.

The camera then pans over to a dish, filled with what Planned Parenthood describes as “tissue.” One of the workers uses tweezers to pick up the intestines, and boasts about how sometimes “the organs come out really, really well.”

And that’s when I saw it. A little, beautiful, perfectly formed hand, gently clenched in a fist – a hand attached to an arm that had been torn from its owner's body, and thrown in a dish swimming with body parts.

...And then I saw the foot. And the other foot.

I wish I could say I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. But I could, because I know what Planned Parenthood does. But there’s a difference between believing, and seeing.

And that’s why these photos must be shared as far and wide as possible.

After that, it gets even worse, as the man behind the camera uses his tweezers to pick up and inspect an arm and hand...and then the leg...and then another leg.

Yes, it is horrifying that Planned Parenthood is apparently lying about the fact that it makes a tidy profit off trafficking in the body parts of aborted babies.

But the worst thing of all is that Planned Parenthood has body parts to sell in the first place. That Planned Parenthood is daily, constantly, aborting babies that have hands, and feet, and hearts, and lungs.

The worst part is that every time Planned Parenthood sells a body part, it is because they have killed a baby, a human being like you and me – a human being that had the right to live, and love, and be, a baby whose life was summarily snuffed out, and turned into a “revenue stream.”

The worst part is that year after year, decade after decade, we let Planned Parenthood get away with the canard that they are only aborting "blobs of tissue," or "products of pregnancy" - as if we don't all know perfectly well what the product of a pregnancy is: a baby. 

I say, enough is enough. Shut Planned Parenthood down, now!

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