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Pro-Life Speaker Ben Shapiro Answers Pro-Abortion Student’s Question With an “Epic Takedown”

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By Micaiah Bilger
LifeNews.com
September 15, 2017

Popular conservative author and speaker Ben Shapiro continued to impress his audience Thursday at UC Berkeley when he rapidly refuted a young man’s abortion arguments.

Shapiro’s speech at the liberal California university drew massive media attention because of the violent protests that have broken out on campus during past conservative speakers’ talks. The university and local police increased security, and several people were arrested Thursday.

Inside the sold-out auditorium, Shapiro received a huge applause when he quickly destroyed a young man’s arguments in favor of first-trimester abortions. A video of the exchange received a lot of attention Friday, and some described Shapiro’s argument as an “epic takedown” of abortion.

During the question and answer period Thursday, a young man asked Shapiro why he believes abortion is wrong.

“Why do you think a first-trimester fetus has human value?” the young man asked, explaining that he believes sentience is what makes humans valuable.

“Ok, so when you’re asleep, can I stab you?” Shapiro asked. The young man said no.

“Ok, if you are in a coma from which you may awake, can I stab you?” Shapiro continued.

Again, the young man said no. “But that’s still potential sentience!” he added.

“Do you know what else has potential sentience? Being a fetus,” Shapiro said, followed by a massive applause.

 

 

Pope Francis: “Abortion is the Murder of an Innocent Person”

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By Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com
September 6, 2017

A new book released today contains thoughts and commentary from Pope Francis based on a series of interviews has the leader of the Catholic Church. The book makes it clear Pope Francis believes there should be no compromise on the longstanding pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church.

The Pope makes it clear that the Catholic Church takes two heartfelt positions when it comes to abortion. First the church takes a clear cut stance in opposition to abortion itself as the destruction of human life.

As the Blaze reports:

Pope Francis, 80, minced no words when it came to abortion, but did offer a gentle sentiment to women who have opted to abort their unborn children.

“[Abortion is the] murder of an innocent person,” Francis said. “But if there is sin, forgiveness must be facilitated.”

Secondly the Catholic Church also believes in restoration for women who have had abortions.

As the Bible plainly teaches, there is no sin too big for God to forgive via the redemption found in the life-saving death and resurrection of his son Jesus Christ. Both Catholic and Protestant organizations have spent decades reaching out to post-abortive women and offering Bible studies and counseling to help repair their relationship with God and provide them emotional and spiritual support.

Francis stressed those themes of Mercy, Grace and forgiveness during the conversations he had in the interview.

He added that many women are emotionally and spiritually scarred before finding God’s forgiveness for her sin.

“Think of a woman who has physical memory of her child, which oftentimes happens, and who cries, who cries for years without the courage to go to see a priest,” the pope explained.

“Do you realize how many people can finally breathe?” he asked, reminding people that forgiveness is there for those who seek it.

Francis said that while women who abort their children need to seek and accept the Lord’s forgiveness, it is imperative that they never commit the sin again.

Teen with Down Syndrome Surprises Merkel on Live TV With Late-Term Abortion Question

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By Lauretta Brown
Townhall
September 12, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was put on the spot Monday by a German teen with Down syndrome during a live “Vote Debate” event in the northern city of Lübeck.

“Mrs Merkel, you are a politician. You make laws. I’m an editor at a magazine for people like me who have Down Syndrome,” Cologne-native Natalie Dedreux told the Chancellor according to a translationby The Local Germany.

“Nine out of ten babies with Down Syndrome in Germany aren’t born,” she said.

“A baby with Down Syndrome can be aborted days before the birth, in what is called ‘late stage abortion.’ My colleagues and I want to know what your opinion on late stage abortion is, Mrs Merkel. Why can babies with Down Syndrome be aborted shortly before birth?”

“I don’t think it’s good politically. This topic is important to me,” she added.

“I don’t want to be aborted, I want to be born,” Dedreux concluded, receiving loud and sustained applause from those gathered.

Merkel was visibly flustered by the question, some in the media noted, according to the Express. She replied that she grew up in communist East Germany where handicapped children were given no support.

“There was no support at all, there was nothing. And this is one of the great advantages of German unity, that today you can see what you could do with support,” she said.

Merkel argued that her party, the Christian Democrats (CDU), had fought for years to require that parents receive a compulsory consultation before an abortion.

“It was unbelievably difficult to win a majority for that,” she said.

“She attributed the fact that so many parents opt for abortion to people being unaware of the support that is on offer to them if their child is born with a handicap,” the Local Germany noted.

“Everyone has so much potential and every one can do something for society,” Merkel said.

“There is so much in each person’s abilities and possibilities,” Merkel told Dedreux. “Say something like that again and again.”

She asked Natalie about the Cologne Caritas group that she works for and told her, “maybe I’ll stop by.”

Natalie ended the exchange with a smile, telling Merkel that she felt like Merkel had fought for the rights of the handicapped during her time as Chancellor and that she was a “big fan.”

Abortions are permitted in Germany if the woman presents the doctor with a certificate indicating that she obtained counseling at least three days before the operation and not more than twelve weeks have elapsed since conception. However, late-term abortions are permitted after counseling when there is a risk to the health of the mother or when a prenatal diagnosis shows that the unborn baby has a severe disability.

 

 

Liberal Group Raising Funds for Hurricane Harvey Victims to Have Abortions

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By Micaiah Bigler
LifeNews.com
September 1, 2017

Abortion activists are fundraising so that more people will die in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

The death toll from the massive hurricane reached 46, as of Friday afternoon, according to the New York Times. But no one will count how many more human lives will be lost to abortion as a result of abortion activists’ fundraising off the natural disaster.

The Free Beacon reports one of the groups capitalizing off Hurricane Harvey is the Lilith Fund, which funds abortions and abortion advocacy.

The Texas-based group set up an “Emergency Fund for Harvey Survivors” to raise money for women who are “seeking an abortion but cannot afford it,” according to the group’s Facebook page.

“With increased barriers like temporary clinic closures, displacement, loss of homes/vehicles, and more, access to abortion just got even more difficult for those affected by Harvey,” the group wrote.

Other abortion activists also have been urging people to donate to abortion groups to help hurricane victims abort their unborn babies. And the pro-abortion blog Romper dedicated a whole article to urging donations for abortions in Texas.

“May I suggest that, among your donations for #Harvey relief, you consider also donating to a Texas abortion fund? This, too, is needed,” pro-abortion writer Verónica Bayetti Flores wrote on Twitter this week.

“Disasters mean missed appointments,” she continued. “Mass disruptions like this wreak havoc on people’s lives, particularly w this time sensitive care.”

Here’s more from the report:

Some other groups have also been focused on goals outside of funding rescue, food, water, clothing, or shelter, and still disagree with Lilith’s fundraising approach. Members of New Wave Feminist are focused on empowering women during the tragedy. The group has collected supplies and has reminded women “they are not alone,” RedState reported.

The founder and president of New Wave Feminist, and a Texan, Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, said of Lilith’s approach:

The fact that this group would use a natural disaster to fundraise is absolutely appalling. For so many struggling right now, they need to know that their fellow Texans are here to support them with resources and real help so that they can make nonviolent choices. Just because they’ve lost everything, that doesn’t mean their child has to lose their life.

In contrast to abortion activists’ life-destroying fundraising efforts, pro-life pregnancy centers, ministries and others are providing support for pregnant and parenting moms in the wake of the hurricane.

Meredith Phillips, who helps operate a Christian housing ministry for pregnant moms called LifeHouse in Houston, told Pregnancy Help Newsthat they had to relocate nine pregnant women and several staff members because of the flood.

Since then, Phillips said they have been reaching out to other expectant moms in the area and providing any resources that they can.

Here’s more from that report:

By the end of the day Wednesday, Phillips had talked at length with five expectant mothers who had lost their homes and had nowhere to go. She was able to immediately place one of the women in LifeHouse, which has the capacity for as many as 18 moms at a time, while the team helped connect 10 more women to vital resources within the community.

“We really worry about that pregnant woman who has been in this kind of stress,” Phillips said. “We want to be able to give her an environment where she can rest physically and emotionally and be able to nurture the baby who is growing inside of her.”

Several Houston-area pregnancy centers and maternity homes affiliated with Heartbeat International also have reopened and are reaching out to flood victims. Others were damaged by the hurricane and floods.

Cecile Richards: “Planned Parenthood Believes Every Person Has a Right to Live”

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By Steve Ertelt
LifeNews.com
September 5, 2017

Cecile Richards is upset that Trump ended DACA because the Planned Parenthood abortion business will get fewer customers as a result. She says she is “heartbroken” by the decision.

As everyone knows, the Planned Parenthood abortion company has a long history of preying on minorities to sell abortions. It has frequently located its abortion centers in historically minority neighborhoods in order to prey on Black and Hispanic women.

In an email sent to the abortion company’s supporters today, Richards indicated she is very upset that Trump for ending the DACA. The email makes it very clear that Planned Parenthood hopes to continue it’s attempt to keep Black and Hispanic women in its corner so it can sell them abortions down the road.

Richards is clearly unhappy the decision could cost the abortion business its customer base.

“The Trump administration just announced a plan to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — an attack that will leave 800,000 young people who have grown up in this country at risk of deportation, including members of the Planned Parenthood community,” Richards complained. “I’m infuriated. I’m heartbroken.”

She claims “DACA has helped so many young DREAMers” to go to Planned Parenthood abortion centers.

“We are resolved to fight back against this cruel and heartless decision — and I hope you are, too,” Richards says to her pro-abortion supporters.

Then Richards, as she is prone to do, offers one of her incredibly ironic statements. It appears she really never fully understands the words she is uttering in light ofher role presiding over the biggest abortion business in the world.

“Here at Planned Parenthood, we firmly believe that every person has the right to live, work, and raise a family freely and without the threat of deportation or separation,” she says.

Right to live? Tell that to the 300,000 unborn babies whose lives Planned Parenthood snuffs out every year. Fear of deportation or separation? From the womb perhaps.

“We believe in every person’s right to control their own destiny and their own body,” Richards continues — ignoring such right for people before birth.

“We stand with our allies who are leading this fight and will never stop fighting for this vision. Protecting immigrant families from inhumane attacks, assault, and deportations is critical to making that vision a reality,” Richards continues.

In other words, we love immigrants because they form the basis of our customer base and we can kill more of their babies in abortions.

Late-Term Abortion Business That Kills Babies Through All 9 Months of Pregnancy Closes Down

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By Cheryl Sullenger
LifeNews.com
August 31, 2017

Somehow, calling the 1-800-Got-Junk people seemed appropriate for Germantown Reproductive Health Services as it prepared for its permanent closure.

A local pro-life activist snapped a photo of a junk truck at GRHS on August 30, 2017, as it was loaded up with office equipment and furnishings from the notorious late-term abortion facility.

“I’m not sure there is a sweeter sight than a junk truck coming for the contents of an abortion facility,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

GRHS and an affiliated abortion facility, Prince Georges Reproductive Health Center, have been bought and closed by the Maryland Coalition for Life.

It was Operation Rescue that first identified GRHS as the new location of LeRoy Carhart’s late-term abortion business in 2010, after Carhart’s home state of Nebraska passed the first-in-the-nation 20-week ban on abortions due to evidence that pre-born babies can feel pain.

GRHS was one of the few facilities to conduct abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

So, what will Carhart do now that GRHS is closed? Read Operation Rescue’s recent report for a “heads up” on possible plans.

LifeNews.com Note: Cheryl Sullenger is a leader of Operation Rescue.

Charlottesville Mayor Wants To Be Able To Suspend Second Amendment

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By Tom Knighton
Bearing Arms
August 24, 2017

What happened recently in Charlottesville was one of those things no mayor wants to experience while in office. Demonstrations happen, sure, but the magnitude of what took place and the national attention focused on the city are the kinds of things most communities probably think they can live without.

But that doesn’t excuse Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer’s request that the state essentially throw out the constitution when it’s convenient.

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer called on the Virginia state legislature on Friday to convene a special session to push for new laws that would give local governments power to decide the fates of their Confederate war memorials.

Signer, a Democrat, also asked that localities be able to suspend some gun laws after his city was besieged by violence during a white nationalist rally last weekend.

Signer issued a lengthy, six-page statement outlining what he views as the next steps for the progressive Southern college town reeling from the fallout of the violence, attention and outrage that has made Charlottesville the center of a national debate about Confederate history and white supremacy.

“Last weekend changed not only Charlottesville, but America,” Signer wrote. “While we are getting back on our feet, we are still traumatized. . . . But we will overcome this hatred.”

It’s unsurprising that Signer would ask to suspect gun laws despite there being zero loss of life due to firearms. After all, he’s a Democrat. That’s not a party particularly eaten up with Second Amendment advocates.

Of course, here lately, it’s not a party particularly eaten up with advocates for any other part of the Constitution either.

Signer appears to be an adherent to the “never let a good crisis go to waste” school of policy, and is trying to seize on this opportunity to gain some ground in the left’s battle against the Second Amendment. After all, such a win could help elevate him to higher office someday.

The sad thing is that I can actually see this happening. Signer will undoubtedly claim that his officers couldn’t stop the violence because of the militia—a group that claims it stopped violence plenty in its own right—and will hope that no one remembers that despite all the guns present, not a single shot was fired.

Not. A. One.

This is despite the fact that Antifa came to fight just like they always do. They came to fight when they stormed a free speech rally in Berkeley, CA. They did the same thing when President Trump spoke in Phoenix, AZ the other day, though the outcome of that one was just hilarious.

Signer doesn’t care about Antifa. He doesn’t care about a group of militant, angry anarcho-communists who exist solely to fight anyone they disagree with in the streets of any American city. He won’t get a pat on the head from his party for that.

Instead, he targets the one group of people present that literally no one can honestly say took part in any of the violence in Charlottesville: The people with guns.

No, he’s not alone in that, but being second doesn’t make his requests to the state legislature any more idiotic, wrongheaded, or unconstitutional.

Claire McCaskill’s Ironic Planned Parenthood Question: “Why Defund the Entity Preventing Abortions?”

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By Micaiah Bilger
LifeNews.com
August 22, 2017

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill either does not know or does not want the voting public to know what the abortion chain Planned Parenthood actually does.

The pro-abortion Democrat from Missouri tried to explain her support for the No. 1 abortion business in the United States on Saturday by claiming Planned Parenthood does more to prevent abortions than any other group.

The Dunklin Democrat reports McCaskill described her support for the abortion chain during a town hall meeting Saturday in Kennett.

According to the report:

McCaskill shared her views on Planned Parenthood after an audience member questioned the practices on the organization.

“Teenage pregnancy is at an all time low in this country,” shared McCaskill. “Abortion is at the lowest rate that it’s been since Roe v. Wade was decided. It’s because we’ve made access to birth control so readily available.”

“It’s the most utilized source for birth control for millions of women,” stated McCaskill. “So why would we shut down the funding to the very entity that’s helping us prevent abortions? It makes no sense to me.”

The statement is almost laughable, except for the fact that McCaskill actually believes it or at least wants her constituents to. The abortion giant Planned Parenthood makes millions performing more than 300,000 abortions on unborn babies every year. It throws pizza parties and gives awards to abortion clinics that exceed their abortion quotas. And it promotes risky sexual behavior to teens in public schools across the country.

Abortion is Planned Parenthood’s main business, and its leaders have refused to give it up to focus on providing real health care to women. Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood leaders even refused an offer for an increase in tax funding as long as they stopped doing abortions. CEO Cecile Richards called the offer “obscene and insulting,” making it clear that abortions – not women’s health care – are Planned Parenthood’s primary focus.

McCaskill must have missed this. Or she had other motives for ignoring it. In 2015, Fox News reported the Missouri Senator received at least $26,000 in campaign donations from Planned Parenthood PACs since 2006.

She has a strong pro-abortion voting record. Back in 2015, she also made sexist remarks against men in a video for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” On a range of issues, McCaskill said men should just “shut the hell up.”

The abortion chain that McCaskill supports to the tune of about half a billion taxpayer dollars per year aborts more unborn babies than any other group in the United States. In 2015, it performed 328,348 abortions on unborn babies, nearly 5,000 more than the previous year. That same year, it provided less birth control, saw fewer patients and received more taxpayer funding.

Abortions are down in the United States as a whole. In 2014, abortion numbers dropped below 1 million for the first time in four decades, according to the Guttmacher Institute. But Planned Parenthood’s market share has been increasing, and it now performs about one third of all abortions in the United States.

McCaskill does not have to look far to find this information. Planned Parenthood itself provides these numbers publicly through reports and statements. But maybe McCaskill just does not want to know the truth.

Apple Will Donate $1 Million to Pro-Abortion Group

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By Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com
August 21, 2017

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook has announced that the tech company will make a $1 million donation to a pro-abortion organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center. However the organization not only supports abortion but was linked to a liberal activist who shot up the office of the pro-life group Family Research Council.

The donations were made supposedly to counter white supremacy.

Mr. Cook called the events in Charlottesville, Va., “repulsive” in an email to employees, saying he disagrees “with the president and others” who see a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis on one side and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights on the other.

“Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans,” Mr. Cook wrote in the email late Wednesday, a copy of which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. He said he felt compelled to speak out on the events, which he found personally troubling, in part because he heard from many people at Apple “who are saddened, outraged or confused.”

“What occurred in Charlottesville has no place in our country,” he wrote. “We must not witness or permit such hate and bigotry in our country, and we must be unequivocal about it. This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality.”

But, in a chilling Federal Bureau of Investigation interrogation video, Floyd Lee Corkins, who shot up the offices of the Family Research Council on August 15, 2012, says that he picked his target from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) website. Corkins entered the lobby armed with a loaded semi-automatic pistol, 100 rounds of ammunition, and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches. He started firing at FRC’s building manager Leo Johnson who heroically tackled the shooter after a gunshot shattered his arm.

SPLC was the motivation behind the shooting.

The shooting at the pro-life group’s office captured national attention and the Family Research Council, today, released the video. The partial transcript reads:

FBI: Now how did you . . . This building, this organization. Did you . . .

FBI: Did you, how did you find it earlier? Did you like look it up online?

Corkins: It was a uh, Southern Poverty Law, lists, uh anti-gay groups

Corkins: I found them online. I did a little bit of research, went to the website

FRC president Tony Perkins said Corkins act of terrorism has put sunlight on SPLC, which has targeted a wide swath of Americans for standing up for traditional values, most often Christian and conservative.

“The SPLC’s reckless labeling has led to devastating consequences,” said FRC President Tony Perkins. “Because of its ‘hate group’ labeling, a deadly terrorist had a guidemap to FRC and other organizations. Our team is still dealing with the fallout of the attack, that was intended to have a chilling effect on organizations that are simply fighting for their values.”

“The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has now been linked to domestic terrorism in federal court, should put an immediate stop to its practice of labeling organizations that oppose their [agenda],” continued Perkins.

“In a civil society, shutting down debate is not how reasonable people and organizations operate. Intimidating and bullying others shreds the ‘ordered liberty’ of which our Founders wrote and for which they advocated, and places all of us in jeopardy of losing our sacred rights as militant extremists claim the public square exclusively for themselves,” concluded Perkins.

Pro-Life Democrat Says Democrats Will Lose Seats if Party Leaders Kick Out Pro-Lifers

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By Micaiah Bilger
LifeNews.com
August 21, 2107

Pro-life advocates warned the Democratic Party this week that its devotion to the abortion industry and rejection of pro-life candidates could lose them more seats in Congress.

Kristen Day, executive chairwoman of Democrats for Life, told The Washington Times that the party has become too radical and out of touch with voters on the abortion issue. Seats once held by pro-life Democrats now are Republican seats because the party is not backing pro-lifers like it once did, she said.

“When you look at the 1st Congressional District in Michigan, we’ve pretty much handed that over to Republicans,” Day told the newspaper.

The abortion issue has become a huge debate again in the Democratic Party. Some prominent Democrats are demanding support of abortion from all candidates, while others say the party should welcome pro-life candidates again.

The debate really flared up in the spring after abortion activists with NARAL criticized Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez, Sen. Bernie Sanders and others for supporting Heath Mello, a Nebraska Democratic mayoral candidate who has a pro-life voting record.

Amid pressure from abortion activists, Perez described abortion as a “fundamental value” and said every Democrat should support it. But afterward, Perez faced pushback from members of his own party.

Then, a few weeks ago, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Ben Ray Luján said his committee will not deny support to candidates who are pro-life. However, another committee member contradicted Luján last week and told the Atlantic that they have “no interest” in working with Democrats for Life or other pro-life groups.

This is a huge mistake, Day said.

Here’s more from her interview with the Times:

The chief example of a seat where pro-life stances matter is Michigan’s 1st District, which was held by Rep. Bart Stupak, a pro-life Democrat, for years until his 2011 retirement. Mr. Stupak led the push for pro-life protections to be written into Obamacare.

After his retirement, the seat went GOP.

Ms. Day says that’s because Democrats keep running candidates that are too extreme on issues like abortion and discount the importance of the issue to voters. She says this problem is seen across the country in “Middle America.”

“I think it’s become much more hard-line now. What happened is the pro-choice Democrats kinda felt like Hillary Clinton is going to win, and they made the abortion platform more radical. But what they didn’t realize is they alienated pro-life Democrats who didn’t vote for her,” she said.

Democratic Party leaders have been pushing an increasingly radical pro-abortion position. Last summer, the Democratic National Committee adopted a platform calling for full support of abortion for any reason up to birth and taxpayer funding of abortion – positions that most Americans oppose.

Abortion activists do not seem to realize just how radical and out of touch their position on abortion is with voters. Polls consistently show that most Americans do not want their tax dollars paying for abortions.

A Politico/Harvard University poll in October 2016 found that a majority of voters oppose taxpayer funding for abortions. Just 36 percent of likely voters supported the issue, while 58 percent opposed it. These findings are consistent with previous polls from various groups.

Most Americans also oppose most abortions and want laws to limit abortions or make them illegal. According to a recent Gallup poll, just 29 percent of Americans want unlimited abortion up to birth.

Democrats for Life estimates more than 23 million Democrats in the U.S. are pro-life. Last year, Pew Research found that 28 percent of Democrats say abortion should be illegal in most or all cases. Marist/KofC polling also found that 23 percent of Democrats consider themselves pro-life and 40 percent say abortion is morally wrong.

 

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