t’s official. We’ve finally moved into our new building!
But it’s not just any building. A mid-nineteenth century four-story Greek Revival historic town house tucked among city sky scrapers in downtown Richmond, buttressed by a significant rear add-on with additional space, accented with a large and fully-enclosed courtyard and three walk-out balconies, all just a block and a half away from the state Capitol. And only by God’s unforeseen but abundantly clear leading, coupled with the faithful partnership of supporters like you, we are now the owners
This afternoon, in an extremely rare and unexpected twist in the abortion industry’s zealous efforts to strike down nearly all of Virginia’s abortion restrictions, Judge Henry E. Hudson issued a sudden 180-reversal from his devastating decision last week declaring that non-doctors can commit abortions in Virginia.
With virtually no control over what happens next, this is yet another moment for all pro-life Virginians to reflect on one unasailable reality: Elections have consequences. That being true, while we may have little control, we have the ear of the One who has all control. Please join me in praying for the outcome of this case to be fully argued on May 20th. So much is at stake for so many who need the laws' protection.
A few weeks ago, I told you about an attempt by a state agency to target and punish faith-based counselors who would simply help a minor work through struggles with unwanted sexual attractions or gender dysphoria. Now, there are several state licensing boards with clear ideological motives that are aiming to do the very same thing. This time, it’s the Board of Counseling, and they need to hear from you!
If only we had such pols in Virginia. Joannie Ernst, an Iowa Senator, is running for the U.S. Senate in a crowded Republican primary. Trailing badly, she now has momentum, recognition and possibly drawn an inside straight to the nomination (see John McCormick at Business Week).
The "Why?" is her unfailing principled conservatism. The "How?" is much more integral to the story. It's her unique ad that is resonating not only in agriculture rich Iowa, but across the nation:
Joannie Ernst is trying to castrate politics as usual.
Now, Ernst has a background that lends itself to this type of ad. But it's not only her background and the humor (and shock) inherent in it. It's the determined, purposeful, forceful stand she communicates. A candidate can be forceful and not dour. Why don't more conservatives take this approach? What are they afraid of?
There are those on the Right who claim saying "no" isn't enough, but when the Left is foisting unneeded, unwanted and destructive policies disguised as solutions to issues where no problems exist; that are deconstructing our nation's greatness, "no" often is the best and only answer.
Limited spending. Pro-life. No doubt it's not only the Left that are squealing, but the GOP establishment as well. I don't know how this primary will turnout, but at least Ernst has injected enthusiasm and promise into a campaign many had conceded to the likely Democrat nominee. Those two elements are sorely lacking among many right-of-center in Virginia and, indeed, around the country.
From our friends at Susan B. Anthony List, here is the first of four graphics detailing the truth about Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. The enormity of its enterprise and income is startling.
Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry would have the public believe it's in the not-for-profit sector and deserves taxpayer funding through state and federal contracts for "women's healthcare services" governments don't offer. But it rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars aborting unborn children. Doesn't sound healthy for women — and certainly not the children.
Terry McAuliffe Opposes Abortion Clinic Regulations Supported by Gosnell Attorney
Jack McMahon Says He Supports Increased Regulation of Clinics, Late-Term Abortion Limit
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week Jack McMahon, defense attorney for convicted murderer and late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, told FOX News' Megyn Kelly that he supports increased regulation of abortion clinics as well as a ban on abortion past 16-17 weeks in order to forestall crimes like those Gosnell committed. In light of McMahon's statements, Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President Marjorie Dannenfelser blasted Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's opposition to increased health and safety standards for the Commonwealth's abortion facilities.
"Weeks of graphic testimony detailing the horrors and conditions inside Kermit Gosnell's Philadelphia abortion clinic was enough to sway even Gosnell's own attorney,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “If McMahon can agree that women going into abortion facilities must be treated with basic dignity and respect, why can't Terry McAuliffe? Virginia women are increasingly disturbed that a politician who seeks to represent women would oppose such elementary efforts to protect our health and safety.
“Kermit Gosnell isn't alone. More than 80 violations were discovered inside Virginia abortion facilities last year. Unsafe, unsanitary conditions — not to mention barbaric abortion practices — continue to be exposed nationwide. Shame on McAuliffe for refusing to join the General Assembly and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in standing up for Virginia women. Women deserve better than his extreme abortion ideology.”
Last month, McAuliffe's campaign was asked by the Washington Post to confirm or deny that he supports “a platform of abortion on-demand at any time, for any reason, paid for by Virginia taxpayers,” including “sex-selective abortion, late-term abortion, partial-birth abortion, and abortions on teenage girls without parental consent — all paid for by Virginia taxpayers.” McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin declined to comment to the Post.
The SBA List has compiled an ever-expanding fact sheet on abortion industry negligence and brutality toward women and children occurring nationwide.
Terry McAuliffe: Too extreme for Bill Clinton; too extreme even for convicted killer Kermit Gosnell's attorney!
It was nothing short of a miracle yesterday afternoon: The General Assembly passed Governor Bob McDonnell's pro-life amendment to HB 1900. The amendment prohibits health insurance plans that are part of federal health insurance exchanges required by Obamacare from covering abortion services except in cases of rape, incest and life of the mother. With the passage of this amendment, pro-life Virginians will no longer be required to violate their consciences and fund the unethical destruction of human life. To put it precisely, as one legislator who voted for the amendment said:
I truly believe that this amendment will save more lives than perhaps anything we've ever done.
The amendment's passage was a tale more convoluted than the typical legislative labyrynth, complete with procedural moves unfamiliar to most, dramatic back room conversations and mistakes that turned into miracles. Suffice it to say, God was at work — mightily. He alone deserves the credit for this success. We'll tell the complete and detailed insider story in a later post.
Regardless of how legislators may feel about Obamacare health insurance exchanges, the vote on this amendment was solely about the taxpayer funding of abortion. Many who voted for this amendment oppose the concept of exchanges overall. Please note when checking how your legislator voted, that a vote for this pro-life amendment cannot be considered a vote against health care freedom. Some type of exchange must be created, by law, so this was to make the best of a bad situation.
Conscience and life were protected today. Please thank God first, but secondly those above who deserve our gratitude for their principled stand for life. The complete details and inside story tomorrow.
Susan B. Anthony List, the pro-life women's political action committee, has launched a new web ad (see below) countering the false statements made by President Obama and Vice President Biden in their recent debates with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, respectively, as well as claims made during their stump speeches (see LifeNews.com). It specifically takes aim at two misleading claims on major issues: That Planned Parenthood, the abortion industry's biggest company, provides mammograms but does not provide abortions; and, contrary to all fact, that religious institutions (including schools, hospitals and charities) are not required to provide coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception under the new HHS mandate.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of SBA List, told LifeNews.com:
With Obamacare and the HHS mandate, President Obama has launched an unprecedented attack on freedom of religion and the rights of conscience. President Obama knows this — and in an effort to distract the media and grassroots, he and his team have resorted to using scare tactics with women's health.
Planned Parenthood's own annual report reveals that it is the largest abortion provider in the nation — it does not provide comprehensive, whole woman’s health care, including mammograms. The HHS mandate forces religious institutions and Americans of faith and conscience to violate their beliefs and pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs. Women want and deserve leaders that care about access to comprehensive, whole woman care, not those who promote only abortion-centered institutions and policies.
The video's claims are thoroughly documented. Particularly stinging is a letter by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that documents vice president's false assertions about the HHS mandate in his debate with Representative Ryan. Both candidates are Catholic and the vice president's claims were part of his reply to a question about how his faith shapes his public policy. The Bishhops' October 12 letter stated, in part:
This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain "religious employers." That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to "Catholic social services, Georgetown Hospital, Mercy Hospital, any hospital," or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.
The quoted line in the excerpt of the Bishops' letter came directly from the vice president's debate statement. President Obama seems to take great pride in his "compromise" on the HHS mandate, as he believes he changed the originally drafted version adequately to resolve the Catholic Church's objections. Of course, he didn't consult the Bishops, which led us to wonder how he reached a compromise without negotiating with those with whom he disagreed. (That's got to be difficult, even for the chosen one.) As the Bishops note, the federal government will define what qualifies as a religious institution, thereby carving out only the slimmest of exemptions to the mandate.
The Susan B. Anthony List, a leading pro-life organization, earlier this week released a compelling one minute television ad featuring Melissa Ohden, who not only survived an abortion but also her subsequent abandonment. She describes her own life or death ordeal then juxtaposes it with the stated position, and legislative voting history, of President Barack Obama, which includes his opposition to bans on late-term and sex-selection abortions, and protections for abortion survivors (i.e.,letting born alive babies die). It's a chilling contrast.
While all three of those proposals enjoy consistent super majority approval in public opinion polls, pro-abortion activists turn logic on its head with their claim that defending life is somehow an extreme position. Ms. Ohden's testimony demonstrates which side truly is extreme.
. . . it's important Americans know the President's best-kept secret: his extreme record on abortion. Melissa Ohden's powerful story draws a stark contrast to his unbending support of abortion and the abortion industry and reveals the human face to this debate. President Obama's appalling record on abortion is not just limited to his four votes to deny rights to abortion survivors but spans to his recent heartless refusal to support bans on sex-selection and late-term abortions. These actions fly in the face of mainstream American views and run counter to the President's first term pre-election talk of finding common ground. Recent polling reveals the majority of Americans support bans on these horrific practices.
How will you answer? President Obama's action, or rather inaction, speaks louder than his many words words about common ground.
» In a 2007 speech to Planned Parenthood Action Fund, then-candidate Obama told the audience, "On this fundamental issue, I will not yield, and Planned Parenthood will not yield."
» In its 2008 endorsement of then-candidate Obama, Planned Parenthood Action Fund made just its second presidential endorsement in its history, noting his 100% voting record with Planned Parenthood dating back to his time as a state senator in Illinois. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards exclaimed, "there is no organization better positioned to reach out to women voters than the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. We will do all that we can to support Barack Obama. …"
» During the 2008 and 2010 election cycles alone, Planned Parenthood spent over $1.7 million dollars to help elect President Obama and support his fellow pro-abortion Democrats.
» During fiscal year 2009, Planned Parenthood reported receiving over $363 million dollars in government grants and contracts — an all-time record — boosting their annual budget to over $1 billion.
Perhaps most egregious, the Obama administration has shoved aside states such as Indiana, which have defunded Planned Parenthood, and forced "federal money" (i.e., our tax dollars) into those states. Earlier this month, the president ignored New Hampshire's rejection of a $1.8 million dollar contract with Planned Parenthood, and rammed the money into the state by contracting directly with Planned Parenthood. Anything to showoff for a sweetheart. Also done in certain Central American countries. Here's the video:
There's a story Planned Parenthood doesn't want you to hear and for good reason. It's the story of Abby Johnson, a former director there, and she's talking and writing. Planned Parenthood doesn't like that much and is trying to squelch this new ad by our friends at CatholicVote.org and the Susan B. Anthony List. But Ms. Johnson knows all about Planned Parenthood's motives and inner workings. Her testimony is another voice to the many horrors that organization has perpetuated on our society. As we wrote earlier this week, it's best to hear it from the source, directly, when it is blunt about its intentions. Now we have another voice, a brave, composed voice, shedding a necessary light on Planned Parenthood.
Abby Johnson knows first hand about Planned Parenthood and its deceptions and nefarious practices.
We alerted you yesterday to an informative Americans For Prosperity tele-town hall about Washington's attempt to take control of the nation's health care. It's important to stay informed on this critical issue as the time approaches on a historic Congressional vote that could transform one-sixth of the U.S. economy into a European, government-run model.
In case you could not catch last night's event, the Family Research Council is offering an opportunity to participate in another one, on Tuesday, March 16, at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. This Webcast town hall also will feature U.S. Representative Mike Pence (R-Ind.), the featured speaker at the AFP tele-town hall last night. Congressman Pence is the third highest ranking member of the Republican House caucus and one of the country's most principled free-market leaders.
Tomorrow, the Family Research Council will join tens of thousands of Americans on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to march in remembrance of the tens of millions of unborn children whose lives were ended as a result of Roe v. Wade. Before the March for Life begins, FRC will once again host Blogs for Life, the fifth annual gathering of pro-life bloggers and new media activists. The event will also be webcast live from 8:30-11:30 a.m., so no matter where you live, you can go online to hear speakers such as:
Congressman Todd Akin, (R-Mo.); Congressman Jim Jordan, (R-Ohio); Jill Stanek, Blogger and Speaker, JillStanek.com; Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., President and CEO of Americans United for Life; Dr. David Prentice, Senior Fellow, Family Research Council; Joseph Farah, Founder and CEO, WorldNetDaily; Kristen Day, Executive Director, Democrats for Life; Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List, and more.
If you are unable to travel to our nation's capital for the March for Life, you can join FRC on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade by participating in the Virtual March for Life — a creation of our friends at Americans United for Life. To do this, visit the website join the Virtual March, and choose the avatars with the "FRC" T-shirts. You'll be marching with us (virtually) on the National Mall (we promise there won't be any blue creatures or flying things). It's a great way to speak up for life if you can't be in Washington on Friday.
As of earlier today, 24,000 people have registered for the pro-life Webcast we mentioned Tuesday (see here). Of course, more are welcome. It begins at 9:00 p.m. and will last for about 70 minutes. Click on the above link for more details or visit stoptheabortionmandate.com (click here).
Below is a list of featured speakers, an all-star line-up of individuals and organizations who and which do non-stop work in the defense of innocent, unborn life. Participating in an event with them is sure to be a very highly educational and motivating experience, and very much worth your time. One person we are particularly happy to see participate is Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life. She is particularly helpful to us during the General Assembly in lobbying for pro-life legislation.
CONGRESSMAN CHRIS SMITH, U.S. House of Representatives
MARJORIE DANNENFELSER, Susan B. Anthony List
FR. FRANK PAVONE, Priests for Life
CONGRESSMAN JOE PITTS, U.S. House of Representatives
KRISTAN HAWKINS, Students for Life of America
DOUGLAS JOHNSON, National Right to Life Committee
DR. JAMES DOBSON, Focus on the Family
DR. CHARMAINE YOEST, Americans United for Life
TOM MINNERY, Focus on the Family
KRISTEN DAY, Democrats for Life
PEGGY HARTSHORN, Heartbeat International
DR. RICHARD LAND, Southern Baptist Convention ERLC
MELINDA DELAHOYDE, Care Net
DAY GARDNER, National Black Pro-Life Union
CARMEN PATE, Point of View Radio Show
DAVID BEREIT, 40 Days for Life (moderator)