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U.S. Department of Justice investigating Planned Parenthood for selling baby parts

U.S. Department of Justice investigating Planned Parenthood for selling baby parts

Claire Chretien WASHINGTON, D.C., December 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is officially investigating Planned Parenthood for selling baby body parts, more than two years after the release of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) videos. “It is time for public officials to finally hold Planned Parenthood and their criminal abortion enterprise accountable under the law,” said David Daleiden of CMP. Fox News broke the story Thursday evening, reporting that they had obtained a letter from Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. This letter asked for unredacted documents from that committee, which had been investigating Planned Parenthood. Read More

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Priest: Challenge your pastors to ‘speak the truth’ against abortion

Priest: Challenge your pastors to ‘speak the truth’ against abortion

Pete Baklinski | LifeSite News  FLORIDA, November 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Healthcare, women's rights, and social justice are all good things, until they are taken over and used by the enemy to kill by abortion and now euthanasia, said a Catholic priest during a National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children in a video published on Youtube November 22.  “The enemy has co-opted the language,” said Father Michael Orsi, former Ave Maria Law School chaplain, in a speech during the September 9 event in Florida.  We want everyone to have healthcare, he said, except the term is often used by lawmakers for “another agenda” which is “the main agenda, which is abortion.” Read More

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‘I am a mass murderer,’ former abortionist tells Congress

‘I am a mass murderer,’ former abortionist tells Congress

  WASHINGTON, D.C., November 2, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – “I am a mass murderer,” a former abortionist who is now pro-life told a U.S. House committee yesterday as she testified in favor of legislation banning abortions on babies with beating hearts. Dr. Kathi Aultman, a board certified Ob/Gyn and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), bluntly told this to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Wednesday as it discussed the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017. Read More

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Federal Heartbeat Bill would ban abortion once a heartbeat is detected

Federal Heartbeat Bill would ban abortion once a heartbeat is detected

LIVE ACTION It’s the first time for the United States, and it might allow babies their first breaths. The Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017, known as the “Heartbeat Bill,” (H.R. 490) is the first ever heartbeat bill introduced at the federal level. It’s headed to a hearing next Wednesday, November 1. The text of the bill is simple, though its implications are profound. H.R. 490 says, in full: This bill amends the federal criminal code to make it a crime for a physician to knowingly perform an abortion: (1) without determining whether the fetus has a detectable heartbeat, (2) without informing the mother of the results, or (3) after determining that a fetus has a detectable heartbeat. It provides an exception for an abortion that is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical (but not psychological or emotional) disorder, illness, or condition. Read More

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Abortion Fact #11: Abortion is more dangerous than childbirth.

Abortion Fact #11: Abortion is more dangerous than childbirth.

The Virginia Christian Alliance recommends to our readers to visit "Abortion Facts", which lists 20 facts on abortion.  We have published Abortion Fact #11 and the link to all 20. If you know just a few of these facts, you will handily defeat any pro-choice advocate with the facts in any balanced debate format, hands down. Not only does every abortion kill an innocent human being in the womb; but abortion is also more dangerous to the mother than if she were to give birth to the child. The evidence overwhelmingly proves that the morbidity and mortality rates of legal abortion are several times higher than that for carrying a pregnancy to term. Abortion is not safer than full-term pregnancy and childbirth. Less than one in ten thousand pregnancies results in the mother's death. [1] Government statistics indicate that the chances of death by abortion are even less. But while deaths from childbirth are accurately reported, many deaths by legal abortion are not. This completely skews the statistics. Furthermore, “abortion actually increases the chance of maternal death in later pregnancies.” [2] This means that some maternal deaths in full-term pregnancies are actually caused by earlier abortions, which creates a double inaccuracy. Read More

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‘Regular’ Voter In Democrat’s Ad Is Actually A Professional Abortion Activist

‘Regular’ Voter In Democrat’s Ad Is Actually A Professional Abortion Activist

VIRGINIA, October 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Ads for the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor depict an abortion activist as a “regular” voter. Ralph Northam, the current Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, is competing against pro-life Republican Ed Gillespie to be the commonwealth’s next governor. Erin Matson, the co-founder of Reproaction, appears in two ads for Northam that criticize Gillespie for his pro-life views. “Ed Gillespie wants to end a woman’s right to choose,” the ad “Want to See” says as Matson sits on a porch with her small daughter. The ad says Gillespie wants the “government in charge of women’s personal decisions,” not mentioning that these “decisions” involve the killing of a tiny human being. Matson and her daughter also appear at the end of the pro-Northam ad “Sold,” which doesn’t mention abortion.  (read on) Read More

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Abortion Fact #10: Uncertainty of Human Life Beginning? Then Preserve LIFE

Abortion Fact #10: Uncertainty of Human Life Beginning? Then Preserve LIFE

The Virginia Christian Alliance recommends to our readers to visit "Abortion Facts", which lists 20 facts on abortion.  We have published Abortion Fact #10 exerpt  and the link to all 20. If you know just a few of these facts, you will handily defeat any pro-choice advocate in any balanced debate format, hands down. It is a scientific fact that life begins at conception. However, if one personally has even a shred of uncertainty about when life begins, then they are still morally obligated to err on the side of life and NOT have an abortion. Why Because to make a mistake about the exact time when life begins is to kill an innocent human being. Suppose there is uncertainty about when human life begins. (Hint: There isn't. It is a scientific fact that life begins at conception.) If a hunter is uncertain whether a movement in the brush is caused by a person, does his uncertainty lead him to fire or not to fire Read More

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Abortion Fact Fact #9: To be only “personally pro-life” is to not be pro-life at all.

Abortion Fact Fact #9: To be only “personally pro-life” is to not be pro-life at all.

The Virginia Christian Alliance recommends to our readers to visit "Abortion Facts", which lists 20 facts on abortion.  We have published Abortion Fact #8 exerpt  and the link to full informative article below. If you know just a few of these facts, you will handily defeat any pro-choice advocate in any balanced debate format, hands down. If abortion doesn't kill children, why would someone be opposed to it If it does kill children, why would someone defend another's right to do it Being personally against abortion but favoring another's right to abortion is self-contradictory and morally baffling. To be pro-choice about abortion is to be pro-abortion. Suppose drug-dealing were legalized, as some have advocated. Then suppose you heard someone argue this way for selling cocaine: Read More

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Abortion Fact #8: Less than 1% of all abortions are performed to save the life of the mother.

Abortion Fact #8: Less than 1% of all abortions are performed to save the life of the mother.

The Virginia Christian Alliance recommends to our readers to visit "Abortion Facts", which lists 20 facts on abortion.  We have published Abortion Fact #8 exerpt  and the link to full informative article below. If you know just a few of these facts, you will handily defeat any pro-choice advocate in any balanced debate format, hands down. It is an extremely rare case when abortion is required to save the mother’s life. Of course, when two lives are threatened and only one can be saved, doctors must always save that life. However, abortion for the mother’s life and abortion for the mother’s health are usually not the same issue.  Since every abortion kills an innocent human being, it is morally abhorrent to use the rare cases when abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother as justification for the millions of on demand "convenience" abortions. While he was United States Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop stated publicly that in his thirty-eight years as a pediatric surgeon, he was never aware of a single situation in which a freeborn child's life had to be taken in order to save the life of the mother. He said the use of this argument to justify abortion in general was a “smoke screen.” Due to significant medical advances, the danger of pregnancy to the mother has declined considerably since 1967. Yet even at that time Dr. Alan Guttmacher of Planned Parenthood acknowledged: [1] Today it is possible for almost any patient to be brought through pregnancy alive, unless she suffers from a fatal illness such as cancer or leukemia, and, if so, abortion would be unlikely to prolong, much less save, life. Just for the record, go ahead and re-read that quote again and pay close attention to the source. Read More

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Abortion Fact #7: The differences between embryos and adults are differences of degree not of kind.

Abortion Fact #7: The differences between embryos and adults are differences of degree not of kind.

The Virginia Christian Alliance recommends to our readers to visit "Abortion Facts", which lists 20 facts on abortion.  We have published Abortion Fact #7 exerpt  and the link to full informative article below. Like toddler and adolescent, the terms “embryo” and “fetus” do not refer to nonhumans but to humans at particular stages of development. Human beings inside the womb are smaller, less developed, and more dependent than human beings outside the womb. These are differences of degree, not differences of kind. We can all point to other people who are bigger, stronger, smarter, or less dependent than we are, but that doesn't make our life any less valuable or any less deserving of protection.  The lives of newborn children are protected by law. The lives of embryos and fetuses are not, at least when the context is abortion. If you asked the average abortion-supporter why this is, why it is generally legal to kill a human being before birth but not legal to kill the same human being after birth, they would likely point you to some of the differences that exist between humans in the womb and humans out of the womb. Stephen Schwarz, in his book, The Moral Question of Abortion, notes that there are four basic ways that an embryo or fetus differs from a newborn baby. He coined the acronym SLED to help people remember and categorize these differences. They are: Size, Level of Development, Environment, and Degree of Dependency. By looking at each of these differences in context, it is easy to see that none of them are sufficient to justify abortion, because each of them are equally applicable to many people outside the womb. Size The first difference is size. Embryos are smaller than fetuses who are smaller (usually) than newborns. But what does size have to do with rights of personhood Smaller people are no more or less human than those who are bigger. Embryos and fetuses are smaller than newborns, just as newborns are smaller than infants, just as infants are smaller than toddlers, just as toddlers are smaller than adolescents, just as adolescents are smaller than teenagers, and teenagers are smaller than adults. Size doesn't matter. It is lawful to kill a fly and unlawful to kill a person, not because the person is bigger, but because the person is human. Trees are generally bigger than people, but while it is lawful to cut branches off of trees, it is unlawful to cut arms off of people. Why Because humanity, not size, is what Read More