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You Go Mad Max

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By Elvis Dunn

Yes, the walls around the radical Leftist Democrat National Committee “political plantation” are crumbling. It is obvious to even the most casual observer because the overseers such as “Mad Max” Maxine Waters are trying to get everyone back on script. She is doing it by publicly shaming free thinkers in her “community” and telling them to go to the back of the bus and shut up.

Kanye West is a very creative young man who has presented some of the most revolutionary material in the African-American community. But we also think that sometimes Kanye West talks out of turn and perhaps sometimes he needs some assistance in helping him to formulate some of his thoughts. We don’t think that he actually means to do harm but we’re not sure he really understands the impact of what he’s saying, at the time that he’s saying it and how that weighs on, particularly the African American community — and for young people in general. … And I think maybe he should think twice about politics, and maybe not have so much to say.
– Maxine Water, Politico interview, May 1, 2018

Really?

Thank you for your words of wisdom, Mad Max!

 

Open Letter to Donald J Bush

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Dear Mr. “Empty Suit” Donald J Bush,

You are the same as all the weak-kneed blowhard New Yorkers, you talk-the-talk yet lose your moral courage when the time comes to walk-the-walk.

I could go on and on about your betryal to your loyal supporters. But you know what!?

FORGET ABOUT IT!

Thank you, thank you very much,

Elvis Dunn

Nearly 200 Dems Vote Against Bill to Protect Babies Who Survive Abortions

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By Courtney O’Brien
Townhall
January 19, 2018

Friday marks the 45th March for Life in Washington, D.C. Tens of thousands of pro-life activists have arrived in the nation’s capital to defend the rights of unborn children. What better day to pass a piece of legislation that protects those precious lives.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act passed by a vote of 241-183. Many would agree that it’s not only a piece of pro-life legislation, but one that is rooted in common sense. As you can see by the numbers, however, not everyone thought it was a good idea to try and save babies who had survived an abortion.

The law ensures that abortionists treat a baby who survived an abortion the same way they would treat any other baby, and give them medical care needed to keep them alive, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) explained on Twitter. Any abortionist who refuses to take care of the child will face the following penalties:

This bill contains criminal penalties or enforcement mechanisms to punish abortion providers who fail to give medical attention and care to these infants. It mandates that any child born alive after a failed abortion be transported to a hospital instead of remaining in the care of the abortionist. It requires that health-care practitioners and hospital employees report violations of the law, and it institutes penalties for the intentional killing of a born-alive child, including fines and up to five years imprisonment. The bill would also grant the woman on whom the abortion is performed civil cause of action and protection from prosecution if her child is not cared for after birth. (National Review)

Six Democrats voted for the bill: Matt Cartwright (PA), Henry Cuellar (TX), Jim Langevin (RI), Dan Lipinski (IL), Collin Peterson (MN) and Tim Walz (MN).

For the first time in history, a sitting president addressed the March for Life. Speaking from the Rose Garden, President Trump noted that more and more Americans support abortion restrictions.

“Every child is a precious gift from God,” he said.

Clinic Confirmed Baby Survived Abortion, Offered to Kill Her Again. Her Mom Refused: “God Preserved Her”

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By Gwen Irwin
LifeNews.com
January 11, 2018

When “Lisa,” a 25-year-old woman, called Crossroads Care Center in Auburn Hills, Mich., in the fall of 2015, she felt like she was out of time, out of options, and destined to endure the remaining stages of an abortion she already regretted.

A week earlier at a nearby abortion business, Lisa had ingested mifepristone—the first of two pills in the chemical “abortion pill” regimen, meant to end the life of her preborn child. She had even taken the second pill in the regimen (misoprostol) to induce labor, but the contractions never came.

Lisa felt something was going drastically wrong.

In a follow-up appointment at the abortion business, Lisa told the clinic staff about her symptoms, and they confirmed via ultrasound that the chemical abortion had failed and her baby was still alive.

From there, abortion workers gave Lisa two “options”: they could finish the abortion via surgery or make another attempt at a chemical abortion.

“She chose neither of those,” Tracey Fish, a physician assistant who works with Crossroads Care Center, said. “She wanted to keep her child, but they didn’t offer her that option. So, she called us wondering if we could help her.”

Calling during off-hours, Lisa—who’d been to Crossroads while she was still trying to decide whether or not to keep her baby—reached Tim Stickel, the center’s executive director, who happened to be in the office.

Crossroads then connected Lisa with a high-risk ob-gyn for emergency treatment, and for care the rest of her pregnancy. In the meantime, Stickel, Fish and others spent precious hours in prayer, mentorship and biblical counseling with Lisa and the father of her baby—both during and after pregnancy.

In the spring of 2016, Lisa gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

“It was God who preserved her,” Stickel said. “We’ve never cried more and prayed more for somebody. It was an emotional roller coaster. There was a huge time investment, but it was only after God had done His work of preserving this child.”

As Stickel and his team at Crossroads—which serves over 200 clients each month—watched Lisa change her mind and successfully rescue her baby from an in-progress abortion, they began exploring new ways to help women like her.

Starting this March, Crossroads is joining the Abortion Pill Reversal Network—over 350 medical providers that are equipped to rescue babies from abortion with the Abortion Pill Reversal protocol.

Well over 400 mothers have successfully rescued their babies through Abortion Pill Reversal since 2007, when two doctors pioneered the life-saving treatment—an emergency injection and follow-up schedule of progesterone treatments that have been used to prevent miscarriage since the 1950s.

For Stickel, as well as Fish, the decision to join the network has been an easy one, especially after watching Lisa rescue her child.

“We want to open up opportunities for women to have options if they change their mind,” Fish said.

Putting Clients First

Determining to help women, meet their needs and offer options has been Crossroads’ focus since it opened its doors in 1984 in nearby Rochester. At the end of 2017, its local Chamber of Commerce honored the center—which relocated to its Auburn Hills location 17 years ago—as exemplifying the Golden Rule.

Stickel knew Crossroads was nominated for the award, but he didn’t expect too much.

“I was totally surprised,” Stickel said. “In most cities, pro-life organizations are not very welcomed. We are blessed with a great Chamber of Commerce.”

In fact, the Chamber of Commerce was on hand when Crossroads held an open house and ribbon-cutting for its newly rebranded facility in early 2017. There was a significant reason for the rebrand—from Crossroads Pregnancy Center to Crossroads Care Center—better identifying the center’s concern for its community.

“We started doing STD testing in March 2016 and we thought it advantageous,” Stickel said. “It’s changing the face of who we are. Our clientele is changing, [seeking] more medical services: more ultrasounds, more pregnancy tests, more STI/STD testing.”

Services Beyond the Center

Stepping outside the center’s walls, Crossroads brings a sexual risk avoidance program to about 10,000 students in 52 schools in nine districts—another way the center positively affects Auburn Hills.

Those opportunities, which are often criticized by abortion advocates, often bring about better long-term results than Stickel and his team could expect to find. Recently, one high school senior who had mocked a Crossroads teacher as a freshman stood up to tell his classmates the real change their sexual risk avoidance program had made in his life, Stickel said.

“I took to heart what she said four years ago,” the young man had said. “I’ve been celibate the whole time, and I have no intention of having any sexual relations until I get married, and I just want to say thank you.’”

Stickel, who has guided Crossroads for 13 years, is quick to credit the God for any success the center has seen as it seeks to bring about a cultural shift in its community.

“It’s nothing we do—it’s all God,” he said. “God knows what He’s doing, and He’s been very gracious to us.”

LifeNews Note: Gayle Irwin writes for PregnancyHelpNews, where this originally appeared. File photo.

Well Done, Hollywood Left: You Just Got The Second Amendment Totally Wrong (Again)

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By Matt Vespa
Townhall
December 29, 2017

If there’s a reason why Hollywood should just stay out of politics, especially gun politics, and this is your classic example. Ed Asner and Ed Weinberger, a screenwriter, decided to teach the National Rifle Association a history lesson on the left wing site Salon. It dropped a little before Christmas, and it ended with both men getting a face full of buckshot. They argued that our Founders were pro-gun control, which is odd given that the first shots fired in our American Revolution at the battles of Lexington and Concord, were in response to British soldiers trying to seize our guns. Still, let’s go through their arguments:

Now that we have your attention, let’s consider the case made by the NRA, its Congressional hired hands, the majority of the Supreme Court, and various right wing pundits who claim the Second Amendment is not simply about state militias but guarantees the unfettered right of everyone to own, carry, trade and eventually shoot someone with a gun.

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First, here’s that elusive Second Amendment as it now appears in the Bill of Rights: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Arguably not the clearest amendment in the Constitution. And that’s the problem with it: While stating the need for a “well-regulated Militia,” does it at the same time also guarantee the individual citizen the personal right to “keep and bear arms?” In 2008, Justice Antonin Scalia, ruling for the Majority, said that it was. Ignoring over 200 years of precedent, historical context, the Framers’ Intent and the D.C. laws of its elected officials, Scalia relied solely on the text, arbitrarily dividing the Amendment into two parts. The first – “a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State” — he called the prefatory clause. The second part – “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” — he called the operative clause. Claiming that second part was all that really mattered; Scalia discarded as irrelevant that inconvenient reference to a “state militia.

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Here is Madison’s first draft of the Second Amendment:

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, a well-armed and well-regulated militia being the best security of a free country; but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person.”

Madison’s intent could not be more obvious: his Second Amendment refers only to state militias. If not, why include that exemption for what we now call “conscientious objectors?”

When Madison’s amendment was rewritten by a joint committee from the House and Senate in 1791, the “religious” exemption was lopped off as too cumbersome in language and too complex to enforce. Thus, the Amendment as it now stands.

Okay—what am I missing here? Asner and Weinberger really just ignore the Supreme Court to peddle a recycled liberal talking point. Of course, the anti-gun Left peddled the tired and disregarded state militia provision, just as they ignore the Citizens United decision and its implications on expanding free speech rights. Also, this line, “the unfettered right of everyone to own, carry, trade and eventually shoot someone with a gun” is just pure trash. Law-abiding gun owners are not killers in waiting. Second, it’s not an unfettered right; Justice Scalia said so in the Heller decision, which they don’t mention in their piece:

Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of fire- arms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.

You hear that guys. You have the right to own a firearm unconnected to a militia, but states have the right to impose their own restrictions, like on concealed carry rights. This is a rather explicit recognition of federalism, along with limiting the Court’s impact so as to not produce challenges to laws prohibiting domestic violence abusers, the mentally ill, and convicted felons from owning firearms—all common sense provisions. Stephen Gutowski found some of Madison’s quotes about the Second Amendment as well. It doesn’t help the pro-gun control hypothesis that’s rather shoddy in this piece. In fact, if these two guys had read Heller, they would see it’s not some SCOTUS opinion intended to turn the country into the Wild West. Anti-gunners, you guys have lost this debate. Gun rights have expanded since this landmark 2008 decision. Every state recognize concealed carry rights, even in Washington D.C. The Second Amendment isn’t going anywhere. Deal with it.

 

Pro-Abortion Student Defends Infanticide. Killing a 2-Year-Old Baby is Okay Because “It Can’t Communicate”

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By Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com
January 4, 2018

A pro-abortion student has been filmed on video defending infanticide, saying there is nothing wrong with killing a two-year-old baby. The student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville bragged about his support for infanticide up to two years of age.

The video, provided to LifeNews by Students for Life of America, shows a pro-abortion student defending his position in favor of ending the lives of unborn children.

During the video, the student also defends infanticide and says that there’s nothing wrong with killing newborn babies because they are not capable of taking care of themselves or holding an intellectual conversation. The twisted logic claims that because babies are not on the same level as someone old enough to feed and clothe themselves and to carry on a conversation that apparently their life is somehow less valuable.

That is the same contorted and twisted logic that abortion advocates use to defend abortion. Supposedly because unborn babies are something less than capable adult human beings their lives have no value. It is the same kind of logic that also persecutes the elderly and disabled and says that their lives have less value because they are supposedly less capable.

“The fact of the matter is without communication, we have no way of knowing of you are sentient or not,” the unidentified student says in the video clip. “It’s no different than this tree. It’s alive, but is it sentient? I don’t know. I cannot communicate with it.”

Then he defends killing infants.

“Can the two year old talk to me? In some instances I’m fairly certain that is,” the student said. “But generally speaking the child still has the inability to communicate. And until we determine that as such at what point does sentience become an issue. We can’t really debate whether or not that is the situation or not.”

 

 

The head of the pro-life student group was not surprised by the warped thinking.

“The idea that someone could support infanticide is incredibly disturbing. Yet, it reflects the kinds of attitudes our staff members and students can face on a daily basis on high school and college campuses,” Students for Life of America president Kristan Hawkins said. “Life is only valuable if I can talk to it?”

Pro-life Pregnancy Center Files HHS Complaint Over Illinois Law that Requires Them to Promote Abortion

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By Lauretta Brown
Townhall
January 5, 2018

The Thomas More Society filed a complaint Thursday with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) against the state of Illinois over a new law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to discuss the benefits of abortion and sterilization procedures. The law also requires the centers, if asked, to refer patients to abortion providers despite the centers’ opposition to these procedures.

The Thomas More Society is representing Dr. Jim Gallant and Hope Life Center, a pro-life pregnancy center in Sterling, Illinois.

In the complaint, the groups argue that the new requirements violate existing federal law including the Hyde-Weldon Amendment which forbids state and local governments from discriminating against healthcare providers based on their refusal to “provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for” abortions.

They argue that the law also specifically targets pro-life healthcare providers and infringes on their First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of religion.

Thomas Olp, Vice President and Senior Counsel for the Thomas More Society, said that federal and state courts have issued injunctions blocking the law while litigation is pending.

He explained the group’s purpose in filing a complaint to HHS.

“We believe that P.A. 99-690 violates several federal laws that protect the conscience rights of physicians and other healthcare providers,” he said. “But some courts have held that only the federal government, not individual citizens, can enforce these laws. Our administrative action is designed to trigger enforcement action by the federal government. We are hopeful the Trump administration will act on the pro-active pro-life principles it has articulated since the President took office.”

The complaint also calls on HHS to “issue interpretive guidelines making it clear that the cited federal laws reach, and prohibit, any state law which, like P.A. 99-690, targets and punishes religious and conscience-based opposition to the practice of abortion. The cited federal laws were enacted precisely to protect conscience-based refusals to participate in abortion, and should be interpreted so as to be effective in prohibiting state laws like P.A. 99-690, which seek to force conscience objectors to participate in and promote abortion against their will.”

“Without this office’s interpretive guidance some states will continue to interpret these laws in ways contrary to their manifest purpose, and will continue to enact laws punishing conscience-based refusals to participate in abortion, as did Illinois through enactment of P.A. 99-690,” the complaint continues. “Such state actions flouting the federal laws cited should not be countenanced. This office’s regulatory guidance would facilitate that desired outcome.”

The Illinois law is similar to a California law, which the Supreme Court will examine this year, that requires pregnancy centers, despite conscience objections, to disseminate a message to their clients promoting free and low cost contraception and abortion services.

Planned Parenthood Closes Abortion Clinic Operating for 18 Years After It Loses Taxpayer Funding

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By Steve Ertelt
LifeNews.com
December 27, 2017

LifeNews can report excellent news today from the state of Iowa. There, a Planned Parenthood abortion business that had been killing unborn children for 18 years is closing down. The abortion company blamed the Iowa state legislature for revoking its taxpayer funding as the reason why.

“After nearly two decades [of doing abortions] in the Quad Cities, on Friday, December 29, 2017, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (PPHeartland) will officially close their Bettendorf location, a move directly resulting from defunding by extreme Iowa lawmakers,” the abortion giant grumbled in its press statement.

Earlier this year, PPHeartland announced the Quad Cities health center, located at 2751 Tech Drive, would stop dispensing contraception after June 30th but would continue profiting from abortions until the sale of its building. Now the abortion center will close.

“Gov. Kim Reynolds and anti-woman lawmakers forced us to make some extremely difficult changes this year in order to continue providing care for as many patients as possible. It is as devastating today as it was last spring to announce that we are no longer able to serve our patients in Bettendorf,” said Suzanna de Baca, PPHeartland president/CEO.

Planned Parenthood is apparently sore that Reynolds supports defunding the abortion business. She doesn’t want Iowa linked to a company that aborts baby girls. Because she hates women. Or something.

The Planned Parenthood abortion affiliate in Iowa received about $2.7 million in tax dollars per year from the grant and the state. Instead the money is going to places that don’t do abortions. Iowa will now spend an equal amount on family planning services by tapping a separate federal grant. This money will go to organizations that don’t perform abortions.

While Planned Parenthood no longer would receive tax dollars, community health care facilities would. These clinics are far more numerous than Planned Parenthoods, and they offer comprehensive health services that the abortion chain does not.

In 2015, Alliance Defending Freedom and the Charlotte Lozier Institute reported there are 13,540 medical clinics providing whole-woman healthcare in the United States versus 665 Planned Parenthood facilities, which offer only limited services including abortion.

As LifeNews previously reported, a 2015 public opinion poll conducted in Iowa found that the majority of the state’s residents support de-funding Planned Parenthood and sending government funding to legitimate health care clinics instead. The survey, commissioned by the pro-life legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, found that 69 percent of Iowans agree that taxpayers should not subsidize groups like Planned Parenthood that perform abortions.

Donald Trump: “As President I am Committed to Protecting the Right to Life” and Defunding Planned Parenthood

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By Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com
December 22, 2017

The Planned Parenthood abortion business is highlighting a letter from President Donald Trump to constituents and slamming his pro-life responses. But the majority of Americans, who are pro-life on abortion, will be encouraged.

The president expresses his firm belief in the right to life of unborn babies.

“Thank you for taking the time to express your views regarding abortion,” the letter from President Trump reads. “The right to life is fundamental and universal. As your President, I am dedicated to protecting the lives of every American, including the unborn.”

Trump then launches into a defense of defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

“As I have made clear, organizations like Planned Parenthood should not receive Federal funding if they perform abortions. For that reason, I was proud to sign into law a bill that allows States to prioritize how they spend their Federal family planning grant money, including the choice to withhold taxpayer funding from organizations that insist on performing abortions,” he said.

Trump also defended signing a bill to defund Planned Parenthood on an international level.

“I am also dedicated to ensuring that America does not fund abortions abroad. That is why one of the first actions I took as President was to reinstate and modernize the Mexico City policy, which ensures that American taxpayer dollars are not used to fund organizations that perform abortions in foreign countries,” he said.

Although he opposes abortion, like all pro-life Americans President Trump is a staunch supporter of women’s health.

“At the same time, I am deeply committed to investing in women’s health and support Federal funding for programs that provide world-class services for women, such as cardiovascular care, breast and cervical cancer screenings, family planning and gynecological care, and obstetrics and prenatal care. I will continue to advocate for policies that promote better healthcare for women,” he says.

The letter concludes: “Thank you again for your suggestions. As President, I am committed to protecting the right to life and supporting women’s health services. Please visit www.WhiteHouse.gov to read more on how I am delivering on these issues for the American people.”

Planned Parenthood Tweets ‘Gift Ideas’ for Mike Pence Including Condoms and Hamilton Tickets

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By Lauretta Brown
Townhall
December 25, 2017

Planned Parenthood marked the Christmas season Friday by mocking Vice President Mike Pence’s opposition to their organization with a list of “gift ideas” and soliciting donations in a tweet.

“Want to make it a holiday season Mike Pence will never forget?” they ask. “Consider donating to Planned Parenthood ‘in honor’ of the vice president — or check out some of our other ‘gift’ ideas.”

The nation’s largest abortion provider listed nine gift ideas for Pence including tickets to the Broadway show Hamilton where the cast booed him last November, condoms, and, of course, donations to Planned Parenthood.

“Last November,” they write, “Mike Pence enjoyed a personalized showing of the musical Hamilton, in which the cast called him outwhile the audience booed him. This holiday season, send him back to the hit Broadway show for another history lesson!”

Pence dealt with the incident very graciously at the time saying he nudged his kids and “reminded them, that’s what freedom sounds like.”

Planned Parenthood also suggests that you “spoil Mike Pence with some condoms this holiday season!”

“Since the 2016 election, supporters have pitched in and given 205,000 gifts to Planned Parenthood Action Fund ‘in honor’ of the VP,” they continue. “If you do the same, you’ll be supporting patients, protecting birth control access — and making Pence’s holiday a little brighter.”

Actress Mila Kunis revealed in November that she donates to Planned Parenthood in Pence’s name. Pence responded by encouraging donations in his name to the pro-life advocacy group the Susan B. Anthony List.

Planned Parenthood also encouraged people to “give Mike Pence a Colin Kaepernick jersey. It’s a lot more affordable than getting him tickets to an Indianapolis Colts game, just so he can leave after 20 minutes and fly back to D.C. on a private plane chartered by taxpayer dollars!”

The vice president walked out of the game because some of the players did not stand for the national anthem as a form of protest against police brutality and racial inequality. A majority of Americans also consider refusing to stand for the anthem as a form of protest to be unpatriotic.

This is not the first time Planned Parenthood has recognized a holiday by making a political point. In November, they released tips on “how to deal with difficult people” during Thanksgiving which was focused on relatives who disagreed politically on issues like abortion.

Pence, on the other hand, tweeted his wish Saturday that “no matter your belief may you find renewed strength this season.”

 

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