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Sen. Cruz: Democrats support ‘abortion no matter what the consequences, no matter what the context’

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DALLAS, June 28, 2013 ( – Senator Ted Cruz had strong words for Democrats this morning, lambasting them for turning a blind eye to forced abortion and the crimes committed by late-term abortionists like Kermit Gosnell and Douglas Karpen, and favoring a policy of abortion "no matter what the consequences, no matter what the context."

The media and the Obama administration follow a “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy when it comes to late-term abortion atrocities, the senator told an enthusiastic crowd of pro-life activists at the National Right to Life Convention in his native Texas.

Referencing Gosnell, Cruz said, “I was proud to stand with Senator Mike Lee condemning those horrific crimes and calling for an investigation in the Senate for other late-term abortionists in this country committing similar atrocities.”

The senator also referenced late-term abortionist Douglas Karpen, whom former staff members have accused of twisting newborn babies' heads off, someone Cruz noted works “in Houston, my hometown.”

Senate Democrats cowered away from a motion to condemn Gosnell's atrocities, because it mentioned abortion. Instead, they sought a bland general condemnation of unsanitary conditions in any medical environment, such as denist offices.

“Apparently a physician having an unsanitary clinic that passes on disease in their mind is morally equivalent to” the actions of “Kermit Gosnell as he took the lives of living, breathing children outside their mother's womb,” he said. “What a sad statement of moral equivalence.”

The senator told the crowd that the right to life is the cornerstone of all governance, one that Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are undermining through an extreme policy that places abortion-on-demand above all other goods – including religious freedom.

The first-term senator called on attendees to reflect on the Declaration of Independence just before the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

“Without life, there is no liberty. Without life, there is no pursuit of happiness,” he said. “The ability to take life is the ultimate power, and the ultimate deprivation, of our God-given rights.”

Referring to the pro-life and Tea Party movements, he said, “I am inspired that we see Americans standing up – standing up for life, standing up for liberty...standing up for the Constitution.”

One of those first liberties enshrined in the First Amendment is the freedom of religion, something Cruz said the Obama administration undermined by “ordering those who disagree to disregard their rights of conscience, disregard their faith and provide abortifacients or contraceptives” to their employees.

“It wasn't long ago that the Democratic Party was proud to nominate the first two Catholic candidates for president,” he said. “What do you think an Al Smith or a John F. Kennedy would say to a president who says to the Catholic Church, 'Change your faith, or we will shut down your...hospitals'?”

The conservative favorite took advantage of the three-day-long national meeting, which is taking place in the Dallas suburb of Grapevine, to burnish his own pro-life credentials.

Cruz contrasted the actions of a mob of angry protesters in Austin, and of legislator Wendy Davis, who waged a 13-hour filibuster against a pro-life bill, to his own filibuster with Rand Paul and Mike Lee against the use of drones.

“We were filibustering to protect the sanctity of life from arbitrary government destruction,” he said. “When Austin Democrats stood together in their filibuster, they were standing together to protect the ability to carry out late-term abortions, to protect the ability to take yet more lives. What a contrast.”

“If you listen to the media – well, that's your first mistake,” he joked. “But if you listen to the media, those rowdy protesters were adopting a popular view. Yet the simple reality is 62 percent of Texans oppose late-term abortions after 20 weeks. Over 80 percent of Americans oppose abortions in the third trimester. And one of the sad consequences of the Culture of Death we have seen is that the policies in this country are extreme.”

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Cruz, whom NRLC says has earned a 100 percent pro-life voting record in the Senate, also rapped Senate Democrats for refusing to condemn forced abortion in China.

“China has aborted some estimated 300 million children – 300 million, the population of the United States,” he said.

“Regardless of your views on the right to life,” he stated, “you should be united against the horrific evil that is the practice of forced abortions, that is the practice of the government saying to a mother, 'We will force you to abort your child.'”

Cruz lamented, “When that came to the floor of the senate, it was defeated, as the Democrats stood together embracing their policy of abortion no matter what the consequences, no matter what the context.”

Despite these positions, many Democrats tell their constituents they are moderates on the issue of life, Cruz said.

“As you know, Harry Reid does not like for Senators to vote,” he stated, “because he wants to prevent his Democrats from having to make uncomfortable votes.”

“Truth and light has a way of counteracting those representations back home,” he said.

In concluding his speech to the conference – built around the theme “Winning for Life in 2014” – Cruz saluted the work of crisis pregnancy centers and 40 Days for Life specifically, for “explaining the consequences, explaining it not in anger but in love.”

He said the task facing the pro-life movement is to win the national argument over abortion and instill a “culture of life” against the reigning “culture of death.”

“There's nothing we need to do more than persuade our fellow Americans that there is nothing more precious than an infant child, and that every infant child has a right to life, a right to breathe, to live, to work towards a better tomorrow,” Cruz said. “In Texas last year, 80,000 children were aborted. That will change only when we persuade our fellow Americans to embrace an historic culture of life.”

In an announcement released on the same day as his NRLC speech, Senator Cruz confirmed he will be speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., in October. 

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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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