AUL and House health care legislation

October 29, 2009

From Americans United for Life

The fight to remove the abortion mandate from the health care bill is becoming more intense by the hour., Pro-life Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) is making headlines with his announcement that 40 Democrats are prepared to block health care reform legislation from coming to the House Floor unless its abortion mandate is removed. Here at AUL Action, we are working against time to support the efforts of Stupak and other pro-lifers on the Hill, meeting with Congressmen to ensure they know what’s at stake if the health care reform bill is not amended to protect life. Even as House members express determination to remove abortion from the House bill, in our meetings we have learned that Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic leadership are working hard to convince pro-life members of Congress that the Capps Amendment “compromise” prevents abortion funding and coverage. Please, call your Congressman and tell him/her that the Capps Amendment is not a compromise. The Stupak/Pitts language must be included in the House bill.

and further:

Our online ad “Don’t Be Fooled: Abortion is in Health Care Reform” shows how abortion advocates are trying to use health care reform as a means of forcing Americans to pay for the destruction of unborn life. Please watch it on RealHealthCareRespectsLife.com and send it to your friends, your family—everyone you know who doesn’t want to see their tax dollars fund abortion-on-demand.

Read whole article here: http://action.aul.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=3441.0&dlv_id=7081

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Cameraman Assaulted at 40days for Life

October 23, 2009

This is from a press release of Right to Life of Central California. http://www.rtlcc.org/fresno-madera/40daysforlife/pressrelease-assault.html

We’re not being hysterical here.  As a matter of fact be deliberately (my word choice) matter of fact when you defend the ProLife movement.  Note who’s attacking whom any why.  We don’t encourage any resonse in kind.  Just make sure that you can explain the nature of the violence in the clinic and outside the clinic in terms of who is doing the attacks.

Its also posted here on YouTubehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoY1WSRbriA

Pattern of Threats and Intimidation Escalates Into an Assault
on a Pro-Life Volunteer at a Prayer Vigil

FRESNO, CA – Right to Life of Central California (RLCC), one of the largest pro-life organizations west of the Mississippi, today condemned the pattern of threats and intimidation targeted at pro-life volunteers, that escalated into an assault Thursday afternoon. 

On October 15th, Day 23 of our 40 Days for Life campaign, a pro-choice woman shouted obscenities at 40 Days volunteers, before attempting to break the event security camera and assaulting Victor Fierro, director of Latinos4Life. The attacker cut Fierro’s arm with an unknown object, drawing blood, and then stormed back to her car and fled the scene. Much of the encounter took place right behind the camera, but the audio was all captured, as well as her face and license plate number. A police report is being filed this morning, and the video being uploaded to YouTube later today.

RLCC’s Education Director Josh Brahm said, “We’re just trying to hold a peaceful prayer vigil out here. We’re law-abiding citizens, standing on a public sidewalk, with the full support of the Fresno Police Department, and yet several pro-abortion-choice people have been harassing us since day one. Now it’s turned physical.”


40 days for life day 29

October 21, 2009

I blogged 3 weeks ago on 40 Days for Life. They are a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program:

  • Prayer and fasting
  • Constant vigil
  • Community outreach

DAY 29: Your prayers are WORKING!

October 20th, 2009

YOU — and others like you in 212 communities — are praying and fasting for an end to abortion.

Is the tide finally turning? I pray that it is!

More and more abortion centers seem to be experiencing a decrease in customers. And I have to think the reason is all that intense prayer!


Abortion protest on a public campus

October 21, 2009

Our free speech is threatened when we say some speech is “too graphic” to be reasonable speech.   Some (most?) college campus have rules to restrict the locations and form of speech.  These restrictions are good when they prevent traffic jams (pedestrian or vehicular), protect property from vandalism, keep volume at a non disrupting level, keep building entrances from being blocked and manage other logistical issues.  Unreasonable restrictions impose on content and free speech.  This especially includes so-called “free speech” zones.

Community, students and parents clash over freedom of speech

Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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Photos by Christopher Carter and Ted Copeland/The Olympian

Olympic College student Jonathan Terry argues with Jacob Ferman over abortion issues Wednesday. A crowd gathered during the day to engage in discussion and protest the signs the Kitsap Anti-Choice Project has been showing on campus.

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Photos by Christopher Carter and Ted Copeland/The Olympian

Olympic College students Matthew Kunkel (left) and Mark McConnell (right) hold signs protesting the presence of the Kitsap Anti-Choice Project and its supporters on the Bremerton campus Wednesday.

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Words were fired back and forth between anti-abortion protesters and Olympic College students and community members on Oct. 7.

Repulsed by the graphic content of signs from the Kitsap Anti-Choice Project, students responded by making signs of their own and attempted to expel the group from campus.

The response to the content of the protesters message has raised questions about the First Amendment at OC. Questions regarding who has the right to free speech at OC; if there are any limits to what can be said or displayed; by what methods it is acceptable to present a message and if there are any restrictions to where protests can occur have arisen.

According to OC President David Mitchell, everybody at the college is granted free speech.

OC is an open campus and non-students are not restricted in First Amendment rights.

read the whole article at: http://www.ocolympian.com/news/community-students-and-parents-clash-over-freedom-of-speech-1.793251

The organization Justice For All http://www.jfaweb.org/organizes this type of display though I don’t know of their involvement here.  See their website for information on how they present this argument.   They came to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (close to my neck of the woods) in the spring of 2009 and created just such a debate.

There’s a pro-abortion group that advertises itself as a women’s reproductive rights group.  They call themselves Feminist Campushttp://www.feministcampus.org/default.asp  They hold such anti-life opinions as abortion is health care and that Crisis Pregnancy Centers and Abstinence Education are bad yet Planned Parenthood is good.  I mention them so you know what the opposition is saying.


WSJ Tax Dollars Shouldn’t Fund Abortion

October 17, 2009

Tax Dollars Shouldn’t Fund Abortion

Every Democratic health bill so far on offer would change 30 years of federal practice.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704107204574472921151318650.html


ProLife online video ad

October 17, 2009

Americans United for Life

has produced an excellent video

Dear Friend,

Pro-abortion politicians in Congress are still trying to slide through abortion “stealth care” into your health care.

We can defeat these efforts–but we need your help!

Yesterday, we premiered an online video ad, “Don’t Be Fooled: Abortion is in Health Care Reform,” showing how taxpayer-funded abortions are in the current health care reform proposals. The ad is a part of our Real Health Care Respects Life campaign, an effort to educate citizens about the proposals in health care reform that are a threat to the sanctity of life.

We need your help spreading the word.

Can you take a minute and forward the video to six friends?

http://action.aul.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=3341.0&dlv_id=7021


Sex Ed and a Culture of Life

October 17, 2009

The Culture of Life Foundation gives us much to think about.  This essay the last in a series tells us how the culture – our laws, our behaviors and our expectations – need to change to fundamentally improve the respect for children.   The culture seemingly denies where children come from – like in a 1950’s sitcom.  If we fix that and acknowledge the hard truths of the facts of life we will improve our culture.

http://culture-of-life.org

Admitting Sex is Procreative – a Surprising Proposal to Curb Nonmarital Births

…the conceptual nub of my proposals, I would suggest that any response to these issues must “put the baby back into sex.”
By this I mean that men and women need to acknowledge the overwhelming importance of heterosexual relations’ orientation to the procreation of children – helpless creatures who require decades of intensive labor, a lifetime of interaction, and who apparently come into the world with an inbuilt desire to remain connected to both their father and their mother. No matter the heights and depths of couples’ romantic aspirations and experiences, these can never be divorced from the crucial reality that heterosexual relations are procreative. The law has always known this. Most churches did or still do. And now couples must acknowledge it too, with help from every possible governmental, religious and other social institution. Once the baby is re-introduced into couples’ sexual consciousness, they can better understand that nonmarital sex has its own intrinsically public significance.

http://culture-of-life.org/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=598