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Young pro-lifers vow to give up something they enjoy Until Abortion Ends

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GLENDALE, California, May 10, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – They care about the dignity of all human life, especially the dignity of unborn children. They come from nowhere in particular, but can be found in practically every humble town or great metropolis that spreads across the North American continent. And they have united together under a common cause to deny themselves something they like until the day comes when babies in the womb can no longer be legally killed.

Until Abortion Ends is a movement from a new generation of pro-lifers who are aware of the spiritual merit of personal sacrifice in the battle for the lives of the unborn.

“I have vowed not to eat chocolate until abortion ends! And even if it means I never have it again, I want my actions to make a difference for the unborn,” states one young person on the group’s website.

The pro-lifers in the group say they believe their sacrifice will make a difference in the fight over the greatest humans rights issue in history.

Some have vowed to give up their favorite soft drink until abortion end. “I’m 16 and I love Mountain Dew,” vowed one person. “I have at least 2 a day. But one thing I hate is abortion. So I am officially giving up Mountain Dew until abortion ends.”

Others have giving up their favorite junk food. “Until abortion ends, I am giving up the one and only candy bar that I LOVE, Snickers. This is my go-to junk food, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them, but until the murdering of innocent babies is stopped, I will never have another one.”

Social media addicts say they are willing to sacrifice their online social life for the cause for life. “I Promise to give up my Facebook account until Abortion ends,” vowed one young person.

Even die-hard computer-gamers are willing to unplug themselves as a sacrifice in the fight for life. “Until abortion ends I will no longer play Call of Duty,” vowed another young person.

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Marion Jones, 20, National Director of I Am Whole Life, a pro life organization that began the Until Abortion Ends project, shared with LifeSiteNews the reason for her conviction that abortion will end in her lifetime.

“More than half of the U.S. is pro-life,” Marion pointed out. “Our country is having a change of heart. It is so encouraging to see the thousands of high school and college students who are active in Students for Life of America and the number of followers of groups such as 40 Days for Life.”

Marion pointed to the growing number of states that have successfully put Personhood initiatives on their ballots as a “clear indication of our inevitable victory”.

But that victory, Marion believes, will not come without sacrifice.

Famed Catholic author Michael D. O’Brien recently explained to pro-life leaders at LifeSiteNews’ 15th anniversary gala the importance of sacrifice in the pro-life movement.

“It is a commonplace that we are involved in a great war … a war that will last until the end of time,” said O’Brien.

“[Pro-life] work, based in a deeper and higher and broader understanding of the nature of reality, entails a great deal of sacrifice, always,” he observed. “Many tests will try our faith in God. But at every moment we must keep in mind that Our Lord Jesus Christ is the victor.”

Marion explained how her father, Jason Jones, famous pro-life activist and producer of the award winning film Bella, once met a friend in Vancouver, B.C. who had vowed to give up chocolate as a personal sacrifice until the slaughter of the innocent by abortion had come to an end. 

“My dad was so inspired that he decided to do the same, except he would give up coffee. The idea caught on and thus began Until Abortion Ends,” said Marion.

Marion herself has relinquished her ipod until abortion ends.

Marion noted that the beauty of the Until Abortion Ends movement is how it has united the pro-life movement in “prayer and sacrifice”.

“As a Christian, I believe in the power of prayer,” she said.

Marion believes that young people are attracted to the movement “because they sincerely care about the dignity of all human life.” She thinks that in the consumerist culture of the West, people of faith are “searching for opportunities for prayer and penance.” Until Abortion Ends has already inspired hundreds of people to give up their favorite luxury. People can make their sacrifice public by signing a pledge on the group’s website.

The group has received the ridicule of abortion proponents in the liberal media.

Jay Smooth, a popular video blogger for ill Doctrine, poked fun at the group when he thanked them for making “pro-choice activism look more virtuous.”

Smooth made a personal pledge to “help everyone at untilabortionends.com keep improving their diet so that they can live longer and healthier lives” by his own efforts to make certain that “a woman’s reproductive rights never come to an end.”

Until Abortion Ends even appeared on the Comedy Central show Tosh.O in February where, despite show host Daniel Tosh’s attempt to throw mud on the pro-life position, Marion and her pro-life friends more than matched his challenges and attempts at mockery.

Jill Stanek, prominent pro-life columnist and blogger, noted that Marion’s appearance on the show was “absolutely amazing.”

“Marion was more than up to him, articulate and personable and near the end delivering a poignant – and I’m sure unexpected – heart grabber about how abortion has personally affected her,” she wrote.

After the episode ran, Marion wrote on a blog that Until Abortion Ends had hundreds of people sign their pro-life pledge to “always promote and protect human dignity from the moment of our beginning until our natural death, no matter the cost to myself.”

Stanek commented on her blog that with groups like Until Abortion Ends, the “pro-life baton is being passed to those who are more than able.”

“Their generation will see the end of abortion,” she concluded.

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For Hillary Clinton, abortion access trumps religious liberty

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 1, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- For Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, apparently abortion trumps religious liberty.

It may have gotten bipartisan support in the House of Representatives last night, but a spokesperson for the Democratic Party's leading presidential candidate says a resolution protecting religious liberty in the District of Columbia "overrule[s] the democratic process" and hurts women.

The vote, which saw three Democrats join the GOP majority and 13 Republicans stand with Democrats, was meant to protect pro-life and religious organizations in the District from the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA).

RHNDA was signed by the mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, in January, and makes it illegal for any employer, including religious and pro-life organizations, to use a person's belief or actions about abortion in employment considerations. It also requires employers to provide abortion coverage.

The resolution now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to fail due to the Senate being on recess. Under existing federal law, the measure has 30 legislative days to be disapproved by Congress and President Obama. If this does not happen, it becomes law.

The 30-day window ends on Saturday. President Obama promised a veto of the resolution on Thursday, even though RHNDA was opposed by former District mayor Vincent Gray. According to Gray, while he "applaud[s] the goals of this legislation," the former mayor believes RHNDA could violate the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal treatment under the law.

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The statement by the Clinton campaign left no doubt that she stood with Obama and a majority of Democratic legislators. Spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri told CNN, "Hillary Clinton has fought for women and families and their right to access the full range of reproductive health care without interference from politicians or employers."

"Hillary will fight to make it easier, not more difficult, for women and families to get ahead and ensure that women are not discriminated against for personal medical decisions."

The remarks come a week after Clinton took criticism for saying that "religious beliefs" critical of "reproductive rights" must "be changed."

“Yes, we've cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health,” she told the Women in the World Summit on April 23.

“Rights have to exist in practice, not just on paper," said Clinton in her speech. "Laws have to be backed up with resources, and political will."

“Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed,” said the candidate.

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Social conservatives may be funding the destruction of marriage: corporate watchdog

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May 1, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- With over $55 million in annual revenue, the Human Rights Campaign may be America's most powerful LGBT activist group. And according to a conservative corporate watchdog, that's in part because social conservatives are funding it.

"Conservatives would be surprised to know that many of the dollars they spend every day are helping fund an agenda that seeks to destroy traditional marriage and undermine religious freedoms," said 2nd Vote National Outreach Director Robert Kuykendall. "Even when they purchase a beverage from a company like Coca-cola or Starbucks, their dollar is going to support HRC's liberal agenda to redefine marriage."

Less than 18 months old, 2nd Vote has graded hundreds of corporations on six issues -- corporate welfare, the environment, education, support for the Second Amendment, abortion, and as of two weeks ago, same-sex "marriage." Using their "scoring" system, 2nd Vote ranks corporations on their direct or indirect involvement with these hot-button public policy and cultural issues.

And according to them, some of America's favorite corporations are making the radical HRC agenda possible.

"HRC is the largest LGBT lobbying organization in the United States with reported revenues of over $55 million," Kuykendall told LifeSiteNews. "The redefinition of marriage and the undermining of religious freedom are major components of HRC’s policy agenda. To fund their policy goals, HRC has enlisted the help of many major corporations that we do business with every day to help fund. Over a third of the contributions received by HRC are listed as 'Corporate/Foundation Grants.'" 

Why should conservatives care about corporate donors to HRC? Kuykendall says the organization is both politically influential and publicly deceptive. "Last election cycle, HRC spent around a million dollars on electioneering activities and in support of liberal candidates willing to push their legislative agenda. HRC is responsible for spreading much of the misinformation regarding [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] laws and has also mischaracterized the protections provided by these laws."

"HRC organized a massive grassroots campaign in support of the legal battle to overturn state laws protecting marriage and influence the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges," said Kuykendall.

Marriage isn't the only issue on which conservatives may be at odds with HRC's corporate backers. "2nd Vote’s research into other issues such as life, the environment, and the 2nd Amendment shows that many of the companies supporting HRC have taken liberal stands on other issues as well,” he said. “For example, Apple, Citigroup, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola are Platinum Partners, the highest level of HRC’s National Corporate Partners, that have also funded the liberal Center for American Progress [CAP]."

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"Bank of America, Google, Goldman Sachs, Starbucks, PepsiCo, and Morgan Stanley are also HRC Corporate Partners that have funded CAP. Furthermore, all of these companies signed the amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn state marriage laws."

In Indiana, the state's religious liberty law was modified because of corporate pressure led by Tim Cook, Apple's gay CEO. Kuykendall says conservatives should not give up, though he acknowledges that "for too long, conservatives have let liberals and groups like HRC bully companies into not just going along with their agenda, but actively funding and promoting it."

"However, conservatives have also proven their ability to mobilize and use their dollars in support of traditional values as we’ve seen through the fundraising campaigns for the pizza parlor and wedding cake makers who have been attacked by liberals for their beliefs. Conservatives need to turn the tables on the left, and groups like HRC, and motivate companies to stop funding the liberal agenda through the power of their shopping habits."

Only nine companies have ranks of "five" or "four" on 2nd Vote's ranking system, indicating a pro-marriage perspective. They are outnumbered more than 10 to 1 by organizations that support redefining marriage.

Concerned citizens can download the app on 2nd Vote's website. The full list of corporation scores can be found here.

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First graders exposed to book about transgender boy—without parental notification

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KITTERY POINT, ME, May 1, 2015, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Parents at one Maine school are upset that children as young as six were exposed to a book promoting transgender issues, in the name of "acceptance."

Parents were not only not consulted, they were never even notified of their children's exposure to transgenderism.

Horace Mitchell Primary School read the book I Am Jazz to first-grade students. The book is about a boy who identifies as a girl from the age of two, "with a boy's body and a girl's brain." He eventually finds a doctor who tells his parents, "Jazz is transgender."

Parents began to inquire about what was being taught at Horace Mitchell Primary after children came home with questions about their own sex and wondering if they, too, might be transgender.

One mother, upset that teachers would broach the subject of transgenderism with her little boy, said the primary school ignored her complaint. "I feel like my thoughts, feelings and beliefs were completely ignored...My right as a parent to allow or not allow this discussion with my child was taken from me," she told Hannity.com.

"When I spoke with the principal he was very cold about it," the mother continued. "It's amazing how thoughtless the school has been with this whole thing."

Only after Sean Hannity made national inquiries did Horace Mitchell Primary School suggest that teachers should have told parents ahead of time.

Allyn Hutton, the superintendent of the local district, said she supported reading the book but admitted that parents should have been given advance warning about the subject matter. "We have a practice of – if a topic is considered sensitive – parents should be informed. In this situation, that didn't happen," she said. "We understand that toleration is tolerating people of all opinions."

Horace Mitchell Primary School sent an e-mail, after the fact, to concerned parents, including a link to a blog post of the school's guidance counselor, explaining their motivation was "cultivating respect."

"Some may think primary school students are too young to worry about addressing issues surrounding gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students. Not so, experts say,” the school's guidance counselor wrote. “It’s never too early to begin teaching children about respecting differences."

Homosexual activists say they support the teaching of transgenderism to first-graders, with or without parental notification. "The staff of Mitchell School is...shedding a light on [LGBTQ] issues,” said a column in Gay Star News.

The LGBT puublication goes even further, advocating homosexual propaganda be commonplace in elementary schools across the country. "LGBTQ issues should never be classified as a 'sensitive subject,' [because] there is nothing sensitive about the way we are born. Blonde hair, brown hair, gay, straight or somewhere in-between."

Brian Camenker of MassResistance commented on the infiltration of homosexual propaganda in children's schools. "We deal with parents and teachers a lot, and the idea that teachers would do this is unconscionable. It's like the people that promote this stuff are evil. It's demonic. You can't imagine adults that would do this to other people's children, and do it with such anger, and such vitrol.”

Camenker emphasized that this is “not an isolated incident with just one, rogue teacher. This happens because the whole administrative hierarchy buys into it.”

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“The new generation of educators is very, very frightening,” he said.

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