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VIDEO: Pelosi Says Obamacare Is "Beautiful," Wants To Go To Single Payer, Public Option

It's rare when a politician candidly, even joyfully, admits his or her real intentions about a policy, especially when he or she wants to extend a massively unpopular policy. But U. S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is a bundle of unbridled joy when asked about Obamacare. She not only thinks the law that has forced millions out of their health insurance, to lose their doctors and/or pay drastically higher premiums is good, she thinks it's working, and that it's "beautiful." She adds that it needs to be improved. How? Go all the way with it! Single payer, public option, fully funded government provided socialized medicine! Hear it in her own words in these two brief videos from American Commitment.

First, she thinks it's a winning issue for Democrats, but that it needs to be "improved:"

Then, she calls it "Beautiful:"

The one good thing about this is that for those who refused to listen to the Left's intentions in 2008 and 2009, when some were just as forthcoming, there is no mistaking its true aims now. The American Left wants to own your health care and, therefore, your health care decisions, and ration your care. It seems the only time the Left cares about "choice" in "health care" is to allow for the abortion of unborn babies, although death is not "health care" (love how it controls the language, too). At least it is consistent. Rationing health care starts by rationing people.

Tell us what you think. Is Obamacare "beautiful"? Can it be fixed? If so, how? By a complete government takeover? Ms. Pelosi is known for saying outrageous things. Do you think Democrats really will campaign on Obamacare? If so, will they have more success than Republicans campaigning for its repeal, which she emphatically rules out?

Senator Rubio Is Correct: The Science Is Settled

By now it should be clear to everyone. The science is settled and you can't argue with science. If you don't believe the science, you are a denier and live in a world of fantasy and have never read a book in your life. No, I don't mean climate change, the topic of which is associated with the words above. They are no parody of what many on the Left accuse, say and write about conservatives who point to the fact that there is no science behind "man made climate change," but rather computer models based on hypotheses. Rather, I refer to the science being settled on the issue of Life, because it is, and recently U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) forcefully made the Left confront this Truth.

He sent the Left into convulsions of outrage with his answer to a question about climate change (see Stephen White at CathoicVote.org Blog). When he said he didn't believe that climate change, to the extent that it is happening, is man caused, he came under predictably heavy fire as uncaring about the environment and putting Earth at risk in order to support evil corporations — not to mention the assault on his intelligence.

He subsequently replied that he couldn't understand why the same people who believe "the science is settled" on that topic don't believe the obvious science (such as ultrasound imaging) that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that living beings reside inside a woman's womb. Ergo, the opening of this post.

He said:

All these people always wag their finger at me about ‘science’ and ‘settled science.’ Let me give you a bit of settled science that they’ll never admit to. The science is settled, it’s not even a consensus, it is a unanimity, that human life begins at conception. So I hope the next time that someone wags their finger about science, they’ll ask one of these leaders on the left: ‘Do you agree with the consensus of scientists that say that human life begins at conception?’ I’d like to see someone ask that question.

The Left had a conniption fit (see Molly Hemmingway at TheFederalist.com). It typically avoided the Life question and fell back to its standard of ridicule, complete with the stereotype of conservatives as intellectually feeble.

However, this more-than-usual-over-the-top-vitriol was a reaction to the particularly stinging nature of Rubio's truth (see LifeNews.com's  for msnbc's response). It forced the Left to look themselves in the mirror, a hypocritical sight in which it could not find comfort. Whereas there is ample debate and scientific studies on both sides of the climate issue, an ultrasound picture speaks a 1,000 words, and they all say Life. Senator Rubio basically said the words in the opening paragraph — the epitome of left wing intimidation — back at them.

The distinction is that his wasn't an attempt to intimidate in order to advance policy aims that could lead to a further collectivization of America. It simply was, and is, the scientific truth. There is no factual debate that what is inside a mother's womb is a life. Period. It's a truth that upsets the Left because it is something that cannot be bent into its secular gospel, nor will it go away no matter how much and how long it propagandizes to the contrary. That's what upsets the Left and catapults it into desperation and fits of retribution.

The Truth indeed sets one free and it protects as well. The only reason this Truth will shock so many is because it flies in the face of the Left's sacrament of abortion, and because the popular culture has made science its brush stroke to caricature as rubes Christians, conservatives and anyone who disagrees with it — another example of redefining an eternal truth. In this case, it's because of the secular hypocrisy toward environmentalism and abortion — save God's Earth, but kill those who are created in His image because too many people will destroy the Earth.

By the way, if the Left wants some science, I've got some science: Its beyond apoplectic hysteria to Senator Rubio proves the old theorem that every action creates an equal and opposite reaction. Now, there's some science for ya! 

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has upset the Left by telling the truth. The science IS settled, but on the issue of Life.

Quotes Of The Day: Language Matters

Today is budget day at the General Assembly. The House of Delegates Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, after weeks of work, submitted their budgets earlier this week. Today was the day each chamber debated floor amendments for hours before, finally, coming to their respective budget bills proper for yet more debate and a vote on final passage — and that was after amendments and debate on the "Caboose Bill," which cleans up and modifies the current budget. Budget day is one of the longest days on the floor during session. No other bills are discussed, generally. Today, each chamber got under way at noon and each wrapped up business at 6:00 or a little after. The point is, a lot of talkin' went on today.

In fact, as an aside, it was quite a day for words. This morning, Delegate Manoli Loupassi (R-68, Richmond) and Senator Steve Martin (R-11, Chesterfield) got into a frustrating debate in committee over the words "and" and "or" in an amendment to HB 1054, a bill that would allow for computer science courses to be counted toward science credit requirements. The surreal and strange is never in short supply at the Virginia General Assembly.

More substantively, statements during the House budget debate by Minority Leader David Toscano (D-57, Charlottesville) and Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D-71, Richmond) are of particular note. On one budget amendment, concerning advanced manufacturing of all things, Delegate Toscano had concerns. The responses to his questions of the amendment's floor manager, he apparently thought, were lacking. Not getting the clarity he sought, Delegate Toscano uttered:

"Language means a lot." 

It sure does!

But only when it's convenient for the Left. The statement was devoid of any recognition the the Left has perverted our language, constantly redefining the meaning of timeless institutions. Marriage and parents quickly come to mind. How about life? It's only a life if it's outside the womb, and even then, in some circumstances, that's debatable. Which takes us to Delegate McClellan's remarks.

While most people consider abortion a tragedy, Delegate McClellan has a knack for making not being able to get an abortion sound tragic. She called for the defeat of budget language that would bring Virginia in line with the federal Hyde Amendment restricting Medicaid funding of abortion in Virginia to the rarest of cases, and eliminating it for unborn children diagnosed with abnormalities, calling it . . .

the cruelest amendment. 

Saving a life is "cruel"? I wonder what Webster would say to that.

But that's not all. Far removed from the Holy City of Richmond, in Sochi, Russia, a 23-year-old, sunshine-faced American by the name of David Wise won our country an Olympic gold medal in halfpipe skiing. It so happens that, according the Olympic network NBC that Wise, who was married at 19 and has a child with his wife, is living an

alternative lifestyle.

That's, like, so different, dude! Mollie Hemingway, at The Federalist.com, expounds here.

According to the NBC article ("David Wise’s alternative lifestyle leads to Olympic gold") by Skyler Wilder, Wise's is unusual because:

At only twenty-three years old, he has a wife, Alexander, who was waiting patiently in the crowd, and together they have a two-year-old daughter waiting for them to return to their home in Reno, Nevada.

At such a young age, Wise has the lifestyle of an adult. He wears a Baby Bjorn baby carrier around the house. He also attends church regularly and says he could see himself becoming a pastor a little later down the road.

How weird! But if he was homosexual, I'm sure his "lifestyle" would be normalized by NBC. Which takes us back to abortion and Delegate McClellan. One has to wonder how pro-abortion she and the Left would be if, as they claim, homosexuals are born homosexual, and that it could be detected in the womb. What would they then call "abortion doctors" in those cases? Redefining the language wouldn't be so convenient, then, would it?

 

House Budget Advances Life; Senate Version, Not So Much

The budget (HB 30) advanced by the House Appropriations Committee Sunday included several limitations on taxpayer funding of abortion, abortion providers and, maybe most importantly, on the governor's office. For good reason. When he campaigned for governor, Terry McAuliffe infamously proclaimed that he would issue a "guidance opinion" to stop the enforcement and implementation of Virginia's abortion center health and safety standards (see video here). Never mind that no one has ever heard of a "guidance opinion" (another rookie mistake) and the fact that a Virginia governor cannot unilaterally overturn a regulatory board's decisions, McAuliffe's statement revealed his desire to undermine the abortion center safety standards.

No wonder. He received nearly $2 million in reported campaign contributions from the abortion industry, which has fought against basic health standards for its $1 billion industry for years.

The House Appropriations committee, in an effort to ensure that the governor cannot circumvent the law, has introduced a budget amendment that would prevent . . .

funding in this budget or any matching funds . . . provided to implement any Executive order, Executive directive, guidance opinion or other direction from the Office of the Governor to suspend the regulations surrounding the operation of abortion clinics.

Essentially, if the House gets its way, any efforts by the Governor McAuliffe to undermine the law that could cost taxpayers money will be unfunded.

The House appropriators also included budget language that would bring Virginia in line with the federal "Hyde Amendment," which prohibits Virginia from funding abortion beyond rape, incest and life of the mother. Virginia currently funds abortion beyond those cases to include abortions for the severely disabled.

The Appropriations Committee included another amendment to prohibit taxpayer subsidizing of Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest and wealthiest abortion provider. Nearly half of Planned Parenthood's funding comes from the taxpayers. Unfortunately, as expected, the Senate, controlled by pro-abortion legislators, included no amendments restricting abortion funding.

This week, the House and Senate will debate and amend their respective budgets, and vote on them Thursday. Later, each chamber will reject the other's budget, and a conference committee of select members of the House and Senate will work to create a final budget.

The battle over the budget is likely to last well into spring, but one thing is for sure: Thanks to the House Appropriations Committee, protecting unborn human life won't be missing from the discussion. We very much appreciate that it made protecting human life an important part of its budget.

General Assembly Blog Pause: Instead, A Look At Today's March For Life

The pace of the Virginia General Assembly session is quickening. It's a grueling pace — full steam for 60 days, akin to the 400 meter sprint. It may be short, but it's an all out sprint with no chance to gasp for air. Still, today, annually, is a bittersweet day for us. We have to be in Richmond bringing all we have to bare on the General Assembly, while hundreds of thousands of loving, caring people from across the country made their voices heard for life in Washington, D.C. on the 41st anniversary of the deplorable Roe v. Wade decision. With that in mind, we taking a blogging break from the sausage making at Mr. Jefferson's Capitol, to commemorate the millions of lost lives in this country alone to the heinous crime against nature, abortion. We also salute our spiritual brothers and sisters who braved the frigid climate to march, hear speakers and energize the pro-life movement.

While many of us could not go to Washington because of work, family or the weather, we at least can bring you a taste of what went on today — a virtual March For Life. The Family Foundation urges you not only to view at least some of these great resources (and to read and view at still more sites), but to share these resources. The Walk For Life is nothing if not an educational vehicle to change hearts and minds. We have the opportunity to continue that in our own, less visible, quiet, yet no less effective way.

1. Share this graphic!

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Abortion kills, by the numbers. What say those who think we must care for the least among us, yet think abortion is an acceptable "choice"?

2. Click the image below and watch and share the terrific ProLifeCon conference from FRC about the pro-life movement, held earlier today in conjunction with the March For Life. It features some of the most prominent pro-life speakers, writers and activists, including two who have spoken at Family Foundation events at the capitol during recent General Assemblies: Ryan Bomberger and Jill Stanek.

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3. Watch and share the video below from EWTN. It is the entire March For Life coverage from today. It features brilliant studio guests as well as full coverage from Washington and the podium speakers at the rally itself.

Wexton Prefers Demonizing Conservatives To Fighting Criminals Or Protecting Unborn

If you live in the parts of Loudon and Fairfax Counties that make up the 33rd Senate District, where a special election will be held this Tuesday to fill the seat of Attorney General Mark Herring and determine which party will control the Virginia Senate, take notice of this mailer Republican nominee John Whitbeck. It's in response to the over-the-top television ad Democrat Jennifer Wexton released last week in which she equated Tea Party activists to rapists (see it here).

As it turns out, Ms. Wexton, who prides herself as a no-nonsense, tough-on-crime prosecutor, may have set up a straw man to impugn because her record isn't exactly as she has advertised. As it turns out, in recent years, she's taken on four rape cases (notice the omission of the word "prosecuted") and plea bargained them, including one perp who was charged with four counts of rape and one count of abduction. Three of the four rape counts were dropped and the remaining charge was reduced to misdemeanor sexual battery. He was sentenced to time served and two months. He's now free.

Another man was charged with rape and abduction, but Wexton pleaded the case down to misdemeanor sexual battery and a sentence of about four months. Yet another case involved rape, abduction and intent to defile. That, too, was pleaded by Wexton — to a four month sentence. The list, as they say, goes on and on.

Apparently, Ms. Wexton, an ardent pro-abortion advocate, is tougher on limited government Tea Party activists and unborn babies than she is on rapists. In the so-called "War On Women," Ms. Wexton outranks any so-called "anti-woman" conservative legislator. I suppose that's why she had the need to build up a straw man to knock down — because she hasn't demonstrated the ability to take on real scoundrels.

That's anything but the qualities needed to fight the legislative battles in Richmond, where credibility, veracity and trust are essential to be an effective legislator. Maybe Ms. Wexton should spend her time conscientiously fighting criminals instead of demonizing people who simply have a different opinion. She would be much better served and serve her constituents much better.

WhitbeckFlyerJennifer Wexton has shown an incredible ability to be tougher on political opponents and the unborn than on rapists. Yet, she thinks she deserves to be a state senator.

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#Distraction

On Saturday, Democrat Terry McAuliffe was sworn in as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and it didn't take long before he dove into the "social issues" liberals have always claimed are "distractions" from the "real issues," such as jobs and the economy. In his inaugural address, Governor McAuliffe said:

We must work . . . to ensure that someone can't lose a job simply because they are gay.

And to ensure that every woman has the right to make her own personal health care decisions. 

As expected, his first act of business had nothing to do with the economy, but was to issue Executive Order No. 1 that purports to provide special hiring protections in state government based on sexual behavior. Of course, what Governor McAuliffe failed to mention is that no evidence exists that discrimination based on "sexual orientation" is taking place. In fact, if discrimination in state hiring took place, you can be guaranteed that the ACLU, Equality Virginia and other groups would be parading that person around Virginia with the media hysterically telling everyone about it. Their silence on providing evidence is all we need to know about the needlessness of the executive order, while the evidence that elevating sexual behavior to special status is a threat to religious liberty is plentiful.

Of course, in his speech Governor McAuliffe wouldn't utter the word "abortion," instead using the liberal euphemism for taking the life of your unborn child, "health care decisions." The reality is that women in Virginia can have an abortion anytime they want and for just about any reason, and nothing interferes with their "personal health care decision" to do so. What is, interfering, however, is Obamacare, which has the full support of McAuliffe. Women in Virginia don't have the freedom to choose their own doctor. Women in Virginia don't have the freedom to choose their own insurance. But Governor McAuliffe seems perfectly content with the government taking those freedoms away. The hypocrisy is stunning.

Already, our policy team is working to defeat the nearly two dozen abortion or sex-related bills introduced by liberals in Richmond. While fewer Americans are working today than were when Jimmy Carter was president, secular liberals are obsessed with abortion and sex. Perhaps they think the "war on women" narrative will provide cover for them while the economy continues to sink? And you needn't worry about the media exposing them. At a Capitol Square press conference yesterday to unveil some of the 20-odd bills on the Democrats'  social issue agenda (see our reaction, here), Delegate Kay Kory (D-38, Falls Church) pleaded with reporters to "be there" when these bills are heard, even if the meetings are late at night. These legislators want the media there because they know the coverage given often is favorable to their agenda.

Last Thursday, we released some of our legislative agenda to the media. You can read our news release here. We look forward to advocating for these and other proposals in the coming weeks. Regardless of who sits in the Executive Mansion, we will work as hard as possible to advance and protect the principles and values we share.

Join #VAStands4Life14 Tweet Fest!

Today is the first day of the 2014 Virginia General Assembly session and our 2nd Annual Prayer Walk and Virginia Stands for Life Gathering. We are excited that hundreds of pro-life Virginians will gather at Capitol Square to pray and stand for the unborn. If you aren't able to come to Richmond today, you can still participate. We are working with more than a dozen state and national groups to conduct our first ever Pro-life Tweetfest. Simply send out each of the following tweets on the hour and the half hour throughout the day. As more people participate, our message is amplified and the twitter universe will be abuzz with the message of hope, healing and life. Also, follow us on Twitter throughout the day as we will be posting additional live tweets as events unfold. Please send this to your pro-life friends to expand our presence on Twitter even more.

To make things easy, if you don't already, please follow us on Twitter (click for our Twitter page) and simply retweet our tweets throughout the day. Our Twitter handle is @TFFVA.

Here are the Twitter "Feed Phrases" to tweet throughout the day today, with the hashtag #VAStands4Life14:

In 2012, 22,916 Virginia babies lost their lives to abortion #VAStands4Life14

Abortion hurts babies, mommies, and daddies #VAStands4Life14

Abortion center standards are common sense #industrycan'tselfregulate #VAStands4Life14

VA abortion clinics cited 4 violating informed consent. #VAStands4Life14

Fetal remains on freezer, bloody instruments, expired medications #can'tselfregulate #VAStands4Life14

Ultrasound requirement in informed consent means more info, less regret # VAStands4Life14

Abortion center standards need to be enforced to prevent #Gosnell incident in VA. #VAStands4Life14 #don'twanttobePAinVA

Pro-Life means fighting for unborn babies, mommies, daddies, and vulnerable #VAStands4Life14

Abortion down 16% in VA in 4 years, pro-life policies save lives #VAStands4Life14

Abortion hurts Virginia #VAStands4Life14 #prolife

VA pro-life laws save lives #VAStands4Life14

Abortion stops a beating heart #VAStands4Life14

A voice must be given to the voiceless #VAStands4Life14

Virginians of conscience have come to Richmond to stand for live #VAStands4Life14

I will continue to fight to protect the right to #life of the most vulnerable among us #VAStands4Life14

In 40 years after Roe v Wade more than 50 million unborn children have been denied the right to life #VAStands4Life14

Abortion center standards protect mothers' health #industrycan'tselfregulate #VAStands4Life14

Adoption not abortion #VAStands4Life14

Virginia Pregnancy Resource Centers are life-affirming #VAStands4Life14

I stand with thousands of Virginians at the VA State Capitol #VAStands4Life14

“Why Is This Hack Still In Business?”

"It’s incredulous to see how our government entities pass the buck and allow this ‘doctor’ to open and operate these clinics. Absolutely incredulous! Class action suit time! Against [abortion doctor] Brigham and whatever government entity that dropped the ball."

"I think state agencies were afraid of raising eyebrows about abortion, but they just should have handled it like they do any other field of medicine."

"Why is this hack still in business? He should be closed down by the state."

Any guesses on where these quotes came from? A radical anti-abortion zealot? A pro-life politician running for office? A pro-life group's fundraising letter?

Nope. These quotes are from an RH Reality Check blog post — the premier pro-abortion blog. Surprised? We're not.

The Family Foundation has said all along: The outrages committed at the hands of abortion doctor Steven Brigham (see Norfolk Virginian-Pilot), the owner of many abortion centers, including two in Virginia, are hard to ignore — unless you're the mainstream media. No matter what you believe about abortion, brash negligence, willfully breaking the law, numerous life-threatening complications and a woman dying at the hands of a physician because of poor training and atrocious practices is deplorable. Brigham's license has been revoked in up to six states, but he continues to operate in the abortion industry. It begs the question: "How long until the whole world is privy to another Lancaster Avenue house of horrors?"

The former Board chair of the National Abortion Federation (a pro-abortion regulatory agency) and Physicians for Reproductive Health, Suzanne Poppema, said of Brigham:

We thought that just getting his license revoked would take care of it. But it turns out, it didn’t do any good to revoke his license. He just goes to another state, or better yet, he figured out he doesn’t need a license to open a clinic.

Brigham's story is long and painful. He has no Virginia medical license, yet he owns two Virginia abortion centers (Virginia Health Group in Fairfax and Virginia Women's Wellness in Virginia Beach). His track record is so egregious that RH Reality Check compares him directly with the likes of Kermit Gosnell. Even Pennsylvania has banned Brigham from owning or running abortion centers there. Calling him an "imminent danger to the health of the people of New York," New York suspended his license.  Maryland (where Brigham did not have a license) had to issue a cease and desist order after Brigham severely injured a patient.

Yet, even under our newly-adopted health and safety standards for abortion centers, Virginia continues to let him operate and put women at risk.

Falls Church Healthcare Center, an abortion center which by no means abides by health and safety standards — after all, its inspection found dried blood on equipment among numerous other deficiencies — wrote on its Facebook page:

Thank you RH Reality Check for this investigative piece about Steven Brigham and the terrible care he has provided women across 5 states.  

If an abortion center like Falls Church Healthcare Center is condemning Steven Brigham, what is holding health officials back from entirely removing him from the abortion industry — from practicing medicine, from owning abortion centers, from affiliation with any abortion center?

But don't be fooled by this sudden concern the abortion industry seems to have about Brigham. The fact is that every abortion center in Virginia was found to have multiple health and safety deficiencies in their centers. Every one of them. The industry obviously wants to try to appear to distance itself from what is becoming a seemingly daily occurrence — the revelation of yet another abortion center's horrific conditions or abortion doctor's irresponsible treatment of women.

No matter how much money the industry spends on public relations, it can't overcome the fact that Steven Brigham is not the exception. He's the rule.

What’s Up Doc, Liberal Style?

Liberals in Virginia are up in arms today over Governor Bob McDonnell's signature on a bill that forces doctors to . . . Oh wait, no they aren't. Never mind.

For over a year one of the secular left's narratives on abortion center safety standards and the ultrasound bill has been to bash politicians for "getting in between the doctor-patient" relationship. At a public hearing in Alexandria in March, Senator Barbara Favola (D-51, Arlington) lamented that such interference was a violation of all that Thomas Jefferson stood for in shaping the Commonwealth. Yeah, she really did. The doctor-patient relationship is sacred liberals claim, and no one without a medical degree should be involved, least of all elected officials.

Except, apparently, when the medical procedure in question isn't abortion.

What Senator Favola (and the majority of Democrats in the General Assembly) seems to have conveniently forgotten is that she supported the Lyme disease bill this year that, you guessed it, puts the government right in the ole doctor's office and forces doctors to tell patients that Lyme disease tests are not always accurate. (TFF took no position on the Lyme disease bill.)

So next time you hear liberals hysterically attacking those dastardly politicians for interfering with the sacred medical profession, just remember that they're talking about themselves.

Poof! All Gone . . . .

The tragedies of abortion often are told, usually in very tangible, sad and horrific terms: The mental affects on the mother, the physical affects on the mother, and the grotesque dismemberment and destruction of an innocent, helpless human being. Less discussed, perhaps because it is unquantifiable, is the what-might-have-been, the lost potential of that life — its worth to others, its contributions to society . . . the joy it would bring to many family, friends and even the strangers it would encounter while doing unto others. Indeed, it's inherent love. No one can quantify that. Who would want to? Isn't that a given? It should be.

Here's a video from Alliance For Life Ministries that captures the lifetime love lost, Poof! in an instant, the pain compounded by the nonchalance of the abortionist. Is that the redeeming, compassionate attitude the other side really thinks captures human nature or our natural instincts?

In an instant . . . so much gone that never was, will be or even had a chance.

Baby, Mother And Father Make Three -- Victims, That Is, In An Abortion

Abortions kill babies. As horrific as that is, the tragedies don't stop there. As much as feminists, secularists and other assorted leftists ignore the fact or even assert otherwise, the mother lives a nightmare the rest of her life. Going against all human instinct to kill one's own baby is a psychological and spiritual trauma that hangs an unbearable burden on the mother for life. Even less recognized is the anguish wrought on the fathers of abortion victims. Sometimes the abortion is done without consulting the father. Other times, they are blindsided by the mothers who make the decision without discussing it with the father, depriving him of the chance to raise a child. That's what allegedly happened recently in Norfolk, where a woman, with the help of a former abortion center employee, is accused of inducing an abortion from a concoction of over-the-counter products — except the baby was born alive and left to die (see Steven Ertelt at LifeNews.com). The baby was six months old. Virginia law classifies self-induced abortions as a Class 4 felony that carries a 2-10 year prison sentence and up to $100,000 in fines.

The baby’s father, John Jones of Georgia, shared his story about how he looked forward to raising his child. He even told Norfolk television station WTKR that he would have raised it alone if necessary, but the mother never told him of her abortion plans. In fact, he believes she lied to him:

“She told me that he died of natural causes. Now I’m hearing that my son could have been purposely killed. It may have just been to me but he’s still special,” adding he believes his former girlfriend should go to prison if convicted.

The unspoken victims: Fathers of aborted babies.
Abortion is anything but victimless. It harms not only physically, but also spiritually, everyone who is involved, including (as glib as they may be about it) the abortionists themselves. But the victims, as inhuman as the underlying act is, involve not one, not even two; but always three.

"Beacon Of Hope," A 40 Days For Life Webcast, Tonight At 9:00!

Where is the pro-life movement? How successful can we be? What successes have we had? Tonight, the 40 Days for Life campaign is hosting Beacon of Hope, a webcast and teleconference at 9:00. It's accessible via phone as well. To register for this special online event, click here. During the event, you'll discover:

* The stunning results you helped to accomplish during this spring's 40 Days for Life — the largest and most successful spring campaign ever;

* How one city's 12th 40 Days for Life campaign resulted in saved seven babies, two abortion workers quitting and one abortion center closing;

* What a first-time 40 Days for Life location did to expose abortions taking place at a medical building — without the owners' knowledge — getting the abortions stopped and the abortionist evicted;

* The breaking news of how a 63-year-old grandmother — who was assaulted while praying at 40 Days for Life outside a Planned Parenthood — used media coverage of her attack to prompt a state health department investigation into dangerous conditions at the abortion center, which then suspended abortions;

* The powerful story of one mom who chose life during a previous 40 Days for Life before becoming a volunteer and helping another mom in a similar situation choose life during this spring's campaign; and

* How you can help make a profound impact and stop abortion right where you live!  

To register, or for more information about the topics, click the link above or copy and paste this link (http://40daysforlife.com/beaconofhope) into your browser. This is a one-time event. So, if you want to get a great view of the pro-life movement from those on the front lines, and what you can do to further the pro-life cause, please tune in to Beacon of Hope tonight.

By the way, here's a great sign of how things are changing and you do make an impact: Notice the use of the phrase "abortion center." That's something we started at The Family Foundation to help change the debate because "clinics" are where people go to get well. Now, because pro-life Virginians have pushed "center" into the lexicon of the debate, we see it now being used by national organizations using it and helping frame the issue. It's another way the pro-life movement is gaining traction.

Our Message Vs. Their Message

It's no wonder Americans' attitudes toward abortion are changing. As a recent nationwide poll revealed, 53 percent of Americans oppose 99 percent of all abortions (see LifeNews.com). As the abortion industry and its radicalized supporters become more and more shrill and turn from persuasion to intimidation as their lies are found out, and as more and more states enact pro-life legislation, the contrast in messages is clear: Pro-life = love and caring for the most vulnerable among us. Pro-abortion = destruction, anger, vanity and selfishness. Could that be why they are terribly afraid of women seeing a simple video? Here's a classic example of the pro-life message. Someone needs to rerun this 30-year-old series, or create a new version of it:

Who's afraid of a short video? Life IS a beautiful choice! Now that the abortion lobby's misinformation has run its course and been found out, it has nothing to offer but vitriol. 

The ads may be old, but they are timeless. It summarizes the difference between the two visions. One affirms a culture of life and joy. The other, a culture of death and misery. Who can defend that? No one. The other side can't engage on the issue or the vision its ideology entails. So it resorts to attack and denigration. It's not very appealing. But, by definition, it's arguments cannot be appealing.  Life: What a beautiful choice, indeed. Even when we must endure the insults and hardships of the culture of death, Life is always worth it.

Any More Proof Needed?

Is there any more proof needed that Christianity is the last "safe" institution to mock, belittle, ridicule or offend than this bilge from last weekend's Saturday Night Live?  Imagine if it produced a segment that similarly demeaned Islam — or even a so-called "civil rights" movement, such as homosexual marriage. Of course, SNL produced this piece precisely because it is foundational Christian principles that are the bulwark against the cultural decay of abortion, redefinition of marriage, the infringement of parental rights and the like. Warning: This video contains foul language and very offensive scenes.

Cultural rot celebrated: Saturday Night Live takes glee in offending millions of Christians in this heinous, sacrilegious video  

It is particularly mean in its intentional timing — the first weekend of Lent. One wonders where are those who preach tolerance? Or the people who never hesitate to lecture Christians for "forcing their views on everyone." Is this not a mammoth in-your-face-secularist-mud-pie, launched from the secular culture's most influential weapon — the mass (mainstream) media? Not only is no more proof necessary that Christianity is safe to offend (in fact, secularists believe it is good to offend Christians), there is no more proof needed on their double standard, either.

Planned Parenthood Targets Ken Cuccinelli

A Politico article today revealed that Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest and richest abortion business, is coordinating with Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe to target Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in the article that

Cuccinelli's ongoing attacks on women's health and economic security should be a warning to us all: women's health will be on the Virginia ballot in 2013.

A website created by the coordinated campaign targets the Attorney General's positions on abortion, forced taxpayer subsidizing of contraception, abortion-causing drugs and President Obama's taxpayer-funded health insurance scheme. According to Politico, the website includes "a disclaimer at the bottom of the site [that] says it was authorized by the campaign of Terry McAuliffe."

Of course, it should come as no surprise that Planned Parenthood would coordinate with a liberal Democrat campaign. Its political entities have spent tens of millions of dollars on partisan activities while whining consistently that it doesn't have enough money to bring its abortion centers up to basic health and safety standards. It is, however, committed to forcing you, the taxpayer, to fund its operations to the tune of more than half a billion dollars annually!

I guess it's all about priorities.

The partisan political activity of Planned Parenthood and its targeting of Virginia should come as no surprise. But it should serve as a reminder of just how important this year's elections in Virginia are going to be. Because only Virginia has a potentially competitive statewide race, national interest groups are going to spend millions of dollars to influence the outcome.

It's also notice to pro-life Virginians that we have to communicate with everyone that we know the truth about the Attorney General's record, the truth about the fact that Virginia's abortion centers are the real threat to women's health and, speaking of threats to women, that the current federal administration's debt-ridden agenda is a horrendous threat to women's "economic security."

We are not going to have the resources of a billion dollar industry such as Planned Parenthood and we certainly aren't going to be able to rely on the "mainstream" media. But we will have the truth.

40 Days For Life: Truly Helping Women In Need

Abby Johnson has dedicated her life to helping women in need. For many years, she thought being a part of Planned Parenthood was an excellent way to accomplish this. She even became the director of a Planned Parenthood center in Texas when the 40 Days for Life campaign knocked on her center's door and changed her life forever. Now, she has joined 40 Days for Life and truly is helping women in need by traveling the world telling her story and advocating for the pro-life cause (see ABCNews.com). You, too, can become a part of the movement that is changing hearts and minds everywhere. February 13 will mark the beginning of the first 40 Days for Life campaign for 2013. This pro-life initiative has united Christians across the globe to fight against the idea that abortion is a morally acceptable choice for pregnant women. In the past, 40 Days for Life has affected the lives of thousands. Nearly 6,749 children have been spared from undergoing an abortion. Twenty-six abortion facilities have completely shut down (including one in January, before this year's campaign even began) and 76 abortion workers, including Abby, have walked away from the abortion industry following 40 Days for Life events. But none of these remarkable results would be possible without God.

The core of the 40 Days for Life movement is prayer. It, as well as  The Family Foundation, believe that without involving the Giver of Life, the fight against abortion will be hopeless. Peaceful prayer vigils that take place outside of abortion centers are the most important part of the 40 day campaign. The organization pulls from the many Biblical accounts in which God used a 40 day period to encourage transformative change in His people. Volunteers will also participate in fasting and community outreach.

Being a part of 40 Days of Life is a simple, yet effective way, to help fight for every child's most fundamental right. There are nine different locations across Virginia with which you can get involved (click here and scroll to Virginia). At each location, multiple events will be held so there will be plenty of opportunities to be a part of this movement.

A woman considering an abortion truly is a woman in need. Prayer and Godly counseling truly helps women in such a circumstance. Join with us to support 40 Days for Life and to continue shedding light on the tragedy of abortion.

Time For Pro-Lifers To Leave The Republican Party?

As Virginia Republicans meet this weekend for their annual "Advance," there will be plenty to talk about. From this year's election results to this week's stunning announcement in the Virginia's governor race (which we were one of the first to blog about), there's plenty of debate going on between the so-called "establishment" and the "grassroots" of the Republican Party. As usual, the primary target of some in the debate is pro-life voters. Many words have been spilled from pundits and politicians over this debate, not just this year, but in nearly every election cycle as far back as many of us can remember. It's important to recall that in 1980 the political experts told Ronald Reagan to "tone down" the rhetoric on abortion and talk only about the economy. Of course, most will remember that the 1980 election focused almost entirely on the economy, foreign policy and moral decay. Abortion wasn't a major "theme" of the election or of Reagan's agenda.

But when asked, he wasn't ashamed to be pro-life. In fact, he used the opportunities his leadership position presented to persuade people to his position — one he believed most Americans shared. Was he offensive? No. Was he restrained? Never. He simply was willing to talk and sought to convince people of the legitimacy of his position that the unborn should be protected.

Unfortunately, in our culture of "all or nothing" politics, even those seeking to be incremental and strategic in advancing conservative causes with reasoned rhetoric are labeled and attacked as "putting ideology ahead of winning."

It's time we pro-life, pro-family, pro-limited government, pro-religious liberty conservatives require the candidates we support hold strong, principled — dare I say — ideological positions, but who also are able to persuade people in a logical, approachable, reasonable way that those principles are really what is best for America and our commonwealth.

Why must we so often have to choose between angry belligerence and cowardly silence? Is there no room in the Republican Party tent for reasoned, rational and principled pro-life voters? Certainly, as evidenced by this year's Democrat convention, there's little room in that party's tent for pro-lifers.

In a recent opinion piece in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, a well-known political commentator made the statement that wherever I go, "a fight breaks out." Truth be told, I believe The Family Foundation has been very good at using reasonable and logical arguments to persuade people to our position, never personally attacking people or throwing "rhetorical bombs" that drive people away. After 10 years of doing this, we're still attacked by the media as the group that "picks fights," while it falls at the feet in worship of those who were arrested on the Capitol steps in violation of the law, and who daily use vile, vulgar rhetoric (click links to see examples).

Let's face it: We live in a commonwealth where those who believe that women making the sad choice of abortion should enter sanitary facilities with emergency equipment are attacked by the media and secular left as "extreme" and "out of touch." All the while, those who support abortion through the ninth month of pregnancy (as our president does) are considered "centrist." That's the environment, that's the playing field. We can whine all we want about how unfair it is, or we can do something about it.

We live in a culture of cynicism and skepticism making it even more difficult to persuade. But giving up is not an option, and neither is compromising our principles. We, the whole of the conservative movement — not just social conservatives — must figure out a way to improve our message. Then, perhaps more importantly, find new ways to go around the Mainstream Media to get our message out. Blogs aren't enough. Social media isn't enough. Cutesy Facebook posters won't cut it.

Could the answer be going back to the basics (and hard work) of grassroots organization and mobilization? It's how conservatives changed the course of the nation before. Its successes are proven.

So, back to the question at the top. Is it time for pro-lifers to leave the Republican Party? Frankly, trying to answer that question is a colossal waste of time. While many are debating it, secularist liberals are unified and mobilized to take our state. Let's stop arguing about 30-year-old partisan struggles that may never be resolved. Let's start telling others about our principles, and let's put together the plan that will save our commonwealth.

President Obama And Abortion: Not One Restriction

The following article was written by John McCormack at The Weekly Standard Blog:

At the end of the vice presidential debate Thursday night, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan lobbed charges of extremism at one another on the issue of abortion. "The Democratic party used to say they want [abortion] to be safe, legal, and rare," Ryan said. "Now they support it without restriction and with taxpayer funding, taxpayer funding in Obamacare, taxpayer funding with foreign aid. The vice president himself went to China and said that he sympathized or wouldn’t second-guess their one-child policy of forced abortions and sterilizations. That, to me, is pretty extreme."

Biden shot back, saying that Ryan has "argued that, in the case of rape or incest, it was still — it would be a crime to engage in having an abortion. I just fundamentally disagree with my friend." Debate moderator Martha Raddatz followed up with Ryan, asking if pro-choice Americans should be "worried" about Romney, but she didn't follow up with Biden.

In the spin room following the debate, I asked top Obama officials, as well as Planned Parenthood chief Cecille Richards, if Obama's position on abortion is as extreme as what Ryan claimed. The Obama campaign denied the president favored abortion without restriction, but top Obama officials Jim Messina, Stephanie Cutter, and David Axelrod could not name a single restriction the president supports.

TWS: Mr Messina, the issue of abortion came up tonight with both sides trying to paint the other as extremist. Can you say, are there any restrictions that the president supports at any stage of pregnancy on the issue of abortion?

MESSINA: Look, we have been absolute[ly] clear. I think as you saw an absolute difference between the president and Romney on this. Romney’s position has been on four different sides. But I take him at his word that he says he will be happy to sign a bill outlawing all abortions in the United States of America. That’s not our position that’s not where the American public is. And I think it’s going to be a very difficult position for them to defend in the battleground states. Swing women voters in places like Colorado and Virginia looked at that exchange tonight that you talked about and said we cannot support this guy.

TWS: So the president doesn’t support any restrictions on abortion?

MESSINA: Look, we’ve been very clear. You know our position on abortion.

TWS: No. I asked, can you say what it is?

MESSINA: Look, don’t put words in my mouth. I’ve been very clear about our position. And that’s what it is.

TWS: Can you name one restriction?

Messina ended the exchange and moved on to another question.

Stephanie Cutter also said Obama supports some restrictions on abortion, but wouldn't say what they were:

TWS: Are there any restrictions he supports at any stage of pregnancy? Or there's no restrictions whatsover? Is that the president's position?

CUTTER: No, that’s not his position.

TWS: Then can you name one restriction that he supports on abortion?

CUTTER: He has several votes on this. We can get them to you.

David Axelrod similarly ducked questions. So I turned to Cecille Richards, the head of Planned Parenthood. "There already are restrictions on the books," she told me. But does the president support any of them? Richards said she didn't know. "I haven’t spoken to him about those," she replied.

In 2003, Barack Obama was asked if he was "all situations including the late term thing?" He answered in the affirmative.

The record doesn't appear to show that the president has ever supported any restriction on abortion. He opposes the Hyde amendment, which means he favors taxpayer funding of abortion. He opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion. And he opposed parental consent laws. We'll let you know if the Obama team is able to come up with any evidence showing that Obama's position is anything short of taxpayer-funded abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy.

The New Puritans

The Left tries to caricature conservatives as those who want to take away liberties, freedoms and rights. They accuse conservatives, especially Christians, of "forcing your religion on us" and of wanting to instill a Puritanical government. It seems to escape them that their secularism is every bit as much of a religion as Christianity; intolerance of those with whom they disagree and a willingness to punish them, their commandments; and abortion their sacrament. It's a typical tactic of the Left: Accuse your opponents of that which you yourself do. Whether it's forcing people to buy a product or to attend a certain school or even denying people the right to eat what they want, the Left proves times and time again that its goal is a less free America. It proves the axiom, "More government, less freedom." The Left hangs its libertarian hat on "choice" — until you press them, that is. It turns out its idea of choice is the freedom to abort unborn children. The Left's idea of "free to choose" isn't what Milton Friedman had in mind. Proving all this is the video below, a sampling of delegates to the Democrat National Convention by reason.tv. Reason, mind you, isn't exactly pro-life. But it recognizes the all-encompassing, Big Government, control freak nature of the Left. Watch the truly New Puritans explain their definition of liberty.

Not exactly free to choose: No to school choice, no to eating what you want, but yes to the government telling you how, what and when to do everything.  But they still support "choice."