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Number Two Senate Democrat: D.C. Abortion Rate High Because 'Residents Are Black'

As reported in today's Washington Examiner by David Freddoso (click here), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), the Senate Majority Whip, last week told fellow Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) during a committee mark-up session that Washington, D.C.'s abortion rate is high because its citizens "are black." Here's the exchange, as reported by Freddoso, starting with a comment by Brownback about his attempt to make Democrats live up to former President Bill Clinton's (cynical) abortion mantra of "safe, legal and rare:" 

"Forty-one percent of pregnancies — that's not rare,"  (Brownback) said. "We do not need to have more abortions in the District of Columbia."

Durbin's reply to this point —and Brownback's interruption of him — follows below.

Durbin: In terms of safe, legal and rare, to the Senator from Kansas, I will tell you two things. First, it is a fact that a disproportionately large number of African Americans seek abortion in America, not just in the District of Columbia, but all across the nation.

Brownback: 41 percent?

Durbin: No, but it's also a fact that a disproportionately large number of African Americans live in the District of Columbia.

Brownback: 41 percent?

Durbin: I'm telling you, look at the numbers.

Brownback: I'm telling — I'm just asking you, aren't there enough [abortions] here?

Durbin: Look at the numbers, and you will find this to be true.

Brownback: This — this is not high enough?

Read the whole article (linked above) to get Senator Durbin's full unsavory patronization of D.C.'s black community, a community liberals supposedly care so much about. Or, click to hear the senators go after each other yourself (the audio also is on the article's Web page).

Profiling

I was interviewed this morning on WRVA-AM's popular Richmond's Morning News with Jimmy Barrett about the murder of abortionist Dr. George Tiller in Kansas (click here to listen). Jimmy is a very good-natured host and I always enjoy his show.  He started out by saying about the alleged killer, Scott Roeder: "He's probably the poster child for what a lot of liberals think pro life people are . . . there are gonna be people out there who are going to take a look at Scott Roeder and say, 'Well, this is what the pro-life movement is all about.'"

Jimmy then went on and described Scott Roeder's profile like this:

"Called himself a citizen of the Republic of Kansas; didn't believe in income taxes, social security taxes; refused to register his car car; has a history of mental illness issues, etc. So this guy is a nutjob."      

Jimmy then said that this is obviously not what most pro-lifer's look like, but liberals are going to try to make it seem that way, and he's right.

As I pointed out with Jimmy on his show, there are "nutjobs" that claim all types of causes. There will always be people to take things to unimaginable extremes and frankly shame the rest of the movement.

Sadly, a perfect example of a leftist "nutjob" surfaced just one day after the murder of Dr. Tiller. In a case that has not received as much Mainstream Media coverage, a man named Carlos Bledsoe, who converted to Islam and now goes by Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, shot two people at an Army recruitment center in Arkansas (see RedState.com, here). 

So far, the profile of this shooter reads:

"Peace activist;" "One who had a 'disagreement over the military operations;'" "Opened fire 'with the specific purpose of targeting military personnel;'" and, "Held 'political and religious motives.'" 

My point is: the left best be very careful accusing all pro-lifers as being like Scott Roeder and the right better be careful not to claim all Muslims or peaceniks are like Carlos Bledsoe. Both sides need not exploit the tragedies to push extreme agendas.  

These are both incidents of extreme hatred perpetrated by cowards.  Hopefully, justice will prevail in both cases. In the meantime, it will be interesting to see if the profiling by the left continues.

Statement On The Murder Of Dr. George Tiller

Official Statement of The Family Foundation of Virginia on the Murder of Dr. George Tiller

The Family Foundation of Virginia denounces the act of unimaginable cowardice perpetrated today in Kansas. Whatever person or persons involved in the seemingly premeditated murder of George Tiller at a church service should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  

The murder of Dr. Tiller betrays not only the principle of God to value all human life but also the true purpose and intent of the vast majority of Americans who seek to end the destruction of unborn human life. We seek to protect all human life because we believe that all persons are created in the image of God. The sanctity of human life must be protected, but only through vigorous legal efforts in state houses and court rooms. 

We call on all Virginians to pray for the Tiller family and all those who will be affected by this tragedy.

Interview With Senator Sam Brownback, Part 2

Welcome to part two of our exclusive interview with United States Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), one of America's pro-life, pro-family, pro-traditional values leaders. In the first part, we got the senator's thoughts on how to win "red" states, the financial crisis, the Supreme Court and on Republican presidential candidate John McCain. In part two, we ask him about embryonic stem cell research, church leaders speaking out on public policy and politics, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (see new video), his friendship with Senator McCain and the pending new HHS medical provider conscience regulations. We hope you will enjoy part two and the entire interview. We are pleased to have brought it to you. Let us know what you think with your comments. 

familyfoundation.org: Senator McCain has supported embryonic stem cell research in the past. Catholic teaching opposes the destruction of embryos, which happens when the stem cells are extracted from them. Has his position on this made you uncomfortable at all in your support of him? Have new developments which make adult stem cells act as embryonic stem cells had an impact on his thinking? Also, since embryonic stem cell research has not yielded one medical breakthrough, while there have been dozens from adult stem cell research — how has all this affected Senator McCain's thinking on the subject, if at all?

Senator Brownback: I think with the new developments in stem cell research, we are reaching the days when embryonic stem cell research is rendered moot, and John McCain has repeatedly pointed out the successes in non-embryonic stem cell research.    

familyfoundation.org: Are the Catholic bishops correct in their outspokenness and in taking so bold a stand or should Church leaders of all faiths stay quiet on issues of governance? To what degree should Catholic and Christian voters look to their bishops and pastors for guidance in voting?

Senator Brownback: Church leaders should lead the Church. I leave it to their discretion how they choose to do that. 

familyfoundation.org: What did you think of the two presidential candidates' performances at Pastor Rick Warren's "Saddleback Forum"? What impressed and/or concerned you about some of their answers to Rev. Warren's questions?

Senator Brownback: I think John McCain proved, again, that he is the right candidate for values voters. Anyone watching the forum could see that John McCain will lead the country in the right direction. 

familyfoundation.org: How far did the selection of Governor Sarah Palin go toward bringing pro-life, pro-family voters back toward Senator McCain?

Senator Brownback:Governor Palin really energized the pro-life and pro-family base of the party. She has brought out huge crowds and has really amped up the excitement level. Governor Palin is a real-life example of values voters' ideals. She has a beautiful child with Down Syndrome, which is something to be celebrated. Eighty to 90 percent of women who find out their unborn baby may have Down Syndrome choose to end the pregnancy. Governor Palin has reminded us all that being pro-life and pro-family is something to be celebrated.     

familyfoundation.org: What did you know about her previously and what have you learned about her since that adds to your belief she'll make a great vice president?

Senator Brownback:Governor Palin is known as the most popular governor in America. And she brings critically important and historically relevant executive experience to the ticket. With 75 percent of this year's presidential and vice presidential candidates being male senators, it is remarkably valuable to have on the ticket a woman who has executive experience.    

familyfoundation.org: The Department of Health and Human Services is considering new rules on "Provider Conscience" regulations so medical professionals and hospitals who don't believe in abortion and other things contrary to their faith do not have to provide those services. What is the status of those proposals, do you think they will get approved and how will they be an improvement over the current rules? Does Senator McCain support these new proposed rules?

Senator Brownback: For more than thirty years, the letter and the spirit of federal law has required that medical providers not be discriminated against for refusing to perform abortions if they have moral or religious objections to abortion. The HHS regulations under consideration are intended to support this law against such discrimination. Like John McCain, I have defended conscience protection laws in the past. Medical workers should be free to choose to stay true to the Hippocratic Oath to "do no harm." 

familyfoundation.org: Senator Brownback, thank you very much for taking your valuable time to provide Virginians with your thoughts on these paramount issues concerning life and traditional values, when so many critical issues face Congress. We look forward to hearing from you again in the future.

Senator Brownback: Thank you, I enjoyed visiting with you. And for more information on John McCain, please go online to catholics.johnmccain.com or johnmccain.com/phonebank

Interview With U.S. Senator Sam Brownback, Part 1

Welcome to part one of our exclusive interview with United States Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS). In this first part, we get the senator's thoughts on how to win "red" states, the financial crisis, the Supreme Court and his thoughts on Republican presidential candidate John McCain. We hope you enjoy reading through this and leave us your comments. Part two will appear tomorrow. familyfoundation.org: Senator Brownback, thank you for taking our questions today. It is a real honor to have you appear on www.familyfoundation.org, as it were. We're not quite a year old, but already are one of the most read Virginia public policy and politics blogs, and we know thousands of voters are looking forward to reading this interview. You are the first federal office holder to do an interview with us and the first non-Virginia politician. Congratulations . . . a couple of career firsts you probably never expected. ; - )

Hope that doesn't add any pressure . . . are you ready for some questions?

Senator Brownback: I am ready for some questions, and I thank you for talking with me today. 

familyfoundation.org: What is at stake for pro-life, pro-family, pro-traditional values voters in this election?

Senator Brownback: Much is at stake for values voters in this election. For example, let's consider the courts. People need to look at each candidate and assess the type of judges he will appoint to the Supreme Court. John McCain will nominate conservative judges who will not legislate from the bench. I think values voters understand how important it is that the next president might nominate as many as 3-4 new justices to the Supreme Court. Who sits in the Oval Office may determine whether Roe v. Wade is finally overturned.    

familyfoundation.org: Are the stakes higher than normal given other significant issues, including the economy and the Wall Street financial crisis? Can you give us an outline as to how you think the final legislation will look when eventually passed? (Note: This was asked before the final votes in the House and Senate.

Senator Brownback: Negotiations over legislation to help ease the credit crunch are still on-going so I won't speculate on what the final package may look like. I will say that the stakes are always high when electing a new president. Each voter must be informed about the issues and truly understand the power of his or her vote. Our nation is facing financial hard times, and John McCain has proven over the years that he has the leadership experience to lead America through such difficult times. 

familyfoundation.org: Why do you think states such as Virginia, which normally are safe "red" states, are up for grabs this campaign?

Senator Brownback: I think we do ourselves a disservice when we think that any states are ‘safe.' Each election cycle, both parties need to actively demonstrate to the voters what they stand for and how they will help the county. I hope Virginians take a good look at the two candidates and recognize that John McCain really would best represent them, both in social policy and fiscal policy.    

familyfoundation.org: You are recognized as a prominent national leader in the pro-life movement. When you ended your own presidential campaign earlier this year, you soon endorsed John McCain. What is it about Senator McCain that makes you think he is the best man to be our 44th president?

Senator Brownback: John McCain has proven time and again that he is a great leader who always puts country first. He is a brave war hero, who even as a young man demonstrated a very strong sense of patriotism. And during his tenure in the United States Senate, John McCain has shown that he is a man willing to reach across the aisle and work with is colleagues on the other side. I've seen first hand John McCain's willingness to lead and stand up for what he thinks is right. All of these are very important qualities for the next president.     

familyfoundation.org: You are national co-chairman of Catholics For McCain. At one time, Senator McCain and some pro-life Christian leaders in Virginia didn't see eye-to-eye. Are pro-life Christians comfortable with Senator McCain now? Why should Catholics and other pro-traditional values voters vote for Senator McCain?

Senator Brownback: Pro-life voters should vote for John McCain because John McCain is pro-life. Unlike some who talk about promoting a culture of life, Senator McCain has the record to prove it. He has voted to confirm strong conservative judicial nominees like Justices Roberts and Alito.    

BREAKING NEWS: Exclusive Blog Interview Starts Monday With U.S. Senator Sam Brownback

We just confirmed today that starting Monday, and continuing Tuesday, we will post an exclusive Virginia blog interview with United States Senator, and former presidential candidate, Sam Brownback (R-KS), one of this nation's most prominent pro-life, pro-family officeholders.

We are extremely excited to have secured this exclusive blog interview. It was arranged and conducted over the last couple of days and we are extremely grateful to all who helped us pull it off. It will be an informative look at the presidential campaign as it relates to values voters, as well as other topics, with one of the most principled pro-traditional values officeholders in American today.

We're very happy that, as we approach the this blog's one-year anniversary in two weeks, we could provide you with such a scoop. As always, please accept our warmest thanks for making us one of the most read and most influential blogs in Virginia.     

  

Planned Parenthood's Obscene Profits Made Possible By Us Taxpayers

This is a must read. It's somewhat common knowledge, but with Michelle Malkin's intense, go-get'em style and attitude. Here's an excerpt:

In April, the annual report for Planned Parenthood Federation of America revealed that the abortion giant had a total income of $1.02 billion with reported profits of nearly $115 million. Taxpayers kick in more than $336 million worth of government grants and contracts at both the state and federal levels. That's a third of Planned Parenthood's budget. (Click here to read this important column in its entirety.)

It's usually my style to comment at least some . . . but Michelle basically says it all. One more gem, but read the entire article:

Where's the subpoena-wielding Henry Waxman? Can Orrin Hatch spare a moment from investigating the New England Patriots to probe Planned Parenthood's efforts to advise underage teens on how to circumvent parental notification laws to secretly obtain RU-486, the abortion drug cocktail? Where is the concern for the women and children who were mistreated by Planned Parenthood clinics in Kansas, where Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline has filed a 107-count criminal complaint against the abortion racket, with charges ranging from falsifying documents to performing illegal late-term abortions?

As exposed as Planned Parenthood is to pro-lifers, and as tenacious as writers such as Michelle Malkin are, not everyone is aware of what goes on at Planned Parenthood, even in our own backyard. Here is an article about a Washington, D.C.-area woman suing Planned Parenthood (click here) for a botched procedure. Where is the article from? The Canada Free Press. In Canada people know about it, but what about here? More needs to be done to shine the light on this organization to the general public.

Update: Interview With Rich Galen Confirmed, Brownback Getting There

What do you know? I'm doing a little prep work before I call Rich Galen to confirm our blog interview. So I go to his mullings.com site and — wow! — he's made the news himself, agreeing to take a job with U.S. Senator Kay Baily Hutchison (R-Texas). He will be her senior counselor. Seems he also had some to-the-point comments in USA Today about Scott McClellan's book about his time at the White House.

In any case, I called, he answered, I talked, he remembered. So we plan to submit to him some questions later this week (probably Wednesday) and will then post them. We'll ask him about questions on national politics, blogging and on a variety of issues and how conservatives can move them forward.

I also talked with with Susan Valentine, the Virginia coordinator for Catholics for McCain. She confirmed to me that she made some contacts toward getting U.S. Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) for us. Senator Brownback, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination earlier this year, is one of the most effective and ardent pro-life public servants in America today. We're optimistic we will have some news soon regarding an interview with him.

Sorry we didn't have any commentary today. We've been busy laying the groundwork for some of these big events and more, and working on some marketing for this site. We're excited about some contacts we made recently and hope to have more announcements in the not too distant future about new developments. Tomorrow we'll be back in full commentary mode.