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Thousands demand abortion defunding in mini rallies at MPPs offices across Ontario

Thaddeus Baklinski
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ONTARIO, October 16, 2012 ( – This past Saturday morning, thousands of pro-life Ontarians held simultaneous rallies at 44 constituency offices of MPPs across the province, demanding that their legislators defund abortions from Ontario’s Health Insurance Plan and that tax dollars be used for legitimate health care issues, not for killing babies.

Alissa Golob, Youth Coordinator for Campaign Life Coalition and organizer of the Defund Abortion campaign, said that though organizers had hoped for a rally at each of the 107 electoral districts in the province, the simultaneous turnout of from 25 to over 100 pro-lifers at 44 constituency offices, for a total of nearly 3000 pro-life demonstrators, made for an “unprecedented event” in Ontario.

“On October 13, taxpayers sent a message to their elected representatives that they do not want to be forced to pay for someone else’s elective abortion,” said Alissa. “Abortions are not medically necessary and our tax dollars should not subsidize life-style choices while genuine areas of health care such as doctor and nurse shortages, elder care, and treatment for autistic children, is neglected.”

“I am very excited about this initiative considering the great success of the Defund Abortion Mini Rallies that took place across the province on Saturday,” Alissa told LifeSiteNews. “Obviously this legislation is something Ontarians want and are ready to fight for publicly.”

Organizers noted that because MPP offices are normally located in high traffic areas, the protestors, their signs, and their message were seen by the broader community and reported on by local media.

Approximately 50 pro-lifers rallied outside PC Leader Tim Hudak’s constituency office in Beamsville, according to local media.

“We are here because we want the government to defund abortions, but also to make people aware that abortions are taking lives,” Beamsville resident Brenda Riesebosch told West Niagara News. “Abortion is killing and the fact that the government pays for it is very wrong.”

“Between $30 million and $50 million every year, just in Ontario, of our health care dollars is spent to kill unborn babies. Vulnerable, tiny, helpless babies in the womb are killed,” said rally participant Nancy Winslow. “Abortion is supposed to be about allowing people to have a choice, and I choose not to pay for abortions with my tax dollars. A lot of other people feel this way too.”

Campaign Life Coalition’s Johanne Brownrigg said that about 75 people gathered at Premier Dalton McGuinty’s riding office in Ottawa on Saturday.

“Let’s be clear about this elective procedure,” she told the pro-lifers. “It is disingenuous to claim that abortion is necessary for a woman’s health. It is illogical to have a health care system that is cash-starved and yet continues to allocate scarce dollars towards the killing of children.”

According to the Windsor Star about two dozen pro-lifers gathered at the Windsor constituency office of Finance Minister Dwight Duncan.

Organizer of the rally Mike Cowan said, “I don’t think a lot of people in Ontario understand that abortion is being paid for 100 per cent by the Ontario taxpayer,” adding, “We are all pro-life here and would like to see abortion stopped, but what really hurts me even more is that I’m paying for it out of my taxes.”

The Defund Abortion mini-rally in Chatham was organized by 16-year-old William Bain, who said his age didn’t deter him from answering the call to defend life.

“I might just be a teenager, but this is something I can do,” Bain told the Chatham Daily News.

Alissa Golob said the rallies were an effective way of sending a powerful message that defunding abortion is not just an issue at Queens Park, but something that MPPS constituents are demanding.

“These rallies exemplified that our elected officials can no longer hide their heads in the sand when it comes to abortion,” she said. “We will continue to bring this issue forward, both at the local level, and provincial level, until we’re no longer forced to comply with the tyranny of forced, tax-payer funded abortions.”

The mini-rallies are a lead-up to the huge Defund Abortion Rally to be held at Ontario’s legislature on Oct. 30th, which Campaign Life Coalition Youth organizers expect will be attended by thousands of pro-lifers from across Ontario.

“These mini-rallies brought a new excitement and invigoration to the movement,” Alissa said to LifeSiteNews.

“This is something Ontarians can fight for in their own backyard. I encourage anyone who has not yet participated in this campaign, to join us at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, October 30th from 12-2pm for our large Defund Abortion Rally. It’s important our numbers surpass last year’s to properly exemplify the popularity and momentum of this campaign,” she concluded.

In preparation for the 2nd annual Defund Abortion Rally to be held at Queen’s Park, Campaign Life Coalition Youth has launched a Defund Abortion petition campaign demanding that the Legislative Assembly of Ontario “cease providing taxpayers’ dollars for the performance of abortions by passing legislation to remove abortion as a service covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan.” The signed petitions will be presented to Ontario’s Members of Provincial Parliament.

Petitions are available for download here. Signed petitions should be returned to Campaign Life Coalition Youth, Attention: Alissa Golob. (Address: 104 Bond St, Suite 300, Toronto, ON, M5B 1X9)

Campaign Life Coalition Youth’s Defund Abortion Facebook page has posts and scores of pictures from the mini-rallies held across the province on October 13th.

Information on the De-Fund Abortion Rally happening at Queens Park on Tuesday, October 30th is available through the CLC website here, and on Facebook here.

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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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