pro-life movement

Second Annual Ride For The Unborn Is This Saturday!

The Family Foundation and motorcycle riders? Rallying for the unborn? Might seem a bit of an odd couple arrangement, but not really. There are many motorcycle ministries around Virginia and for the second consecutive year numerous riders will descend on Richmond to demonstrate that the pro-life movement cuts across a remarkably diverse segment of society at the family-friendly Second Annual Ride For The Unborn. It's not too late to sign up for the Ride for the Unborn, which takes place this Saturday, September 14. It starts at The Heights Baptist Church in Colonial Heights, will ride through the City of Richmond, into Capitol Square and back to the church. Motorcycle ministries and pro-life advocates will join from across the commonwealth to celebrate God's precious gift of life. If you don't ride but know of riders or a motorcycle ministry, please forward them this information or share it on your social media sites.

The program and ride are free, but there is a $10 fee for those desiring to stay for a delicious barbeque lunch from King's Korner Catering. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the program starts at 10:00. We expect the ride to end around 12:30 and those who are able to stay can then join us for lunch.

As we enjoy the scenic route, we want to make a tangible difference by supporting our local Pregnancy Resource Centers. This year, we would like to support one of the newer local PRCs, The East End Pregnancy Resource Center. A representative from the PRC will be onsite to receive donations. We hope you will consider donating any of the following items on its needs list this: Wal-Mart gift cards, Pampers, baby toiletries, onesies, blankets, crib sheets, boys and girls outfits, sleepers, diaper bags, wipes, almost anything baby! If you can't stay, you can drop by and drop off your donation, or if you can't come, call us at 343-0010 and we'll find a way to get it to the East End PRC.

Even if you don't ride, come join us for this incredible event — it is an experience you will not want to miss. Imagine more than 100 motorcycles roaring into Capitol Square in support of life. What a statement on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. Click here to view some pictures of last year's event or click here to see a video of 2012's successful ride.

So that we can provide enough food and make the proper preparations, please register at www.familyfoundation.org/bike. If you are staying for lunch and do not pay online, please bring cash or a check on Saturday as we will not be equipped to process credit cards.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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Pro-life biking enthusiasts ride through historic Capitol Square last year to show support for the unborn.

"Violence Of The Most Intimate Sort"

Now that the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell is over, many in the Left-Wing apparatus — the mainstream media (which never had an interest in covering the trial), pro-abortion advocates, the abortion industry, so-called academics, the entertainment and infotainment industry, the chattering and pundit class, protest groups, so-called "women's rights" groups, anti-religious freedom and anti-Christian groups, and the like; in short, the entirety of the "Professional Left" as then-Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dubbed them — will be quick to dismiss Gosnell as a one-off or, as Planned Parenthood perversely stated, a victory for women's safety (despite the fact that it opposes abortion center safety standards) with nary a mention of the children who were butchered to death. But we, the pro-life movement and specifically The Family Foundation, will not let it go because Gosnell is not a one-off. He is, in fact, the tip of the iceberg. There are emerging investigations from Texas (see LifeNews.com) to Iowa to Maryland to Delaware to D.C. and elsewhere.

One of this country's most eloquent voices for the unborn is Charles J. Chaput, who happens to be Archbishop of Philadelphia, where Gosnell performed his brutality. Archbishop Chaput released this statement last week (see Gloria.TV):

The trial of Kermit Gosnell is over. His convictions will surprise very few. But nothing can bring back the innocent children he killed, or make up for the vulnerable women he exploited. We should keep the repugnance of his clinic conditions sharp in our memories, and we should remember the media's inadequacy in covering his case, because Kermit Gosnell is not an exception. Others just like him run abortion mills throughout our country.

We need to stop cloaking the ugliness of abortion with misnomers like "proper medical coverage" or "choice." It's violence of the most intimate sort, and it needs to end.

"Violence of the most intimate sort," is chillingly accurate, made more so by the Orwellian use of term, such as "women's healthcare" and "reproductive choice" to obfuscate abortion's uniquely cruel and inhuman wickedness. The exposure of these crimes will continue, convictions will happen, the true meaning of euphemisms will be restored and, eventually, abortion will end. No matter how much the Left tries to ignore, cover-up or apologize for it.

"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.

Tomorrow Is Your Chance To Stand Up To Virginia's $1 Billion Abortion Industry!

When does David get to face off against Goliath on equal terms? In our democratic process. Tomorrow, at the Virginia Board of Health meeting. That's when volunteer, pro-life grassroots activists will have their chance to express their support for abortion center safety standards in the face of Virginia's $1 billion abortion industry, which is mobilizing college students and protestors to flood the meeting in hopes of intimidating the Board into watering down the proposed health and safety standards.

Of course, Planned Parenthood and NARAL are counting on your silence. If there's any doubt as to what their ultimate, ghastly aims are, please see this video of a Planned Parenthood lobbyist.

Please do all you can to join us Friday and show that we are the voice of Virginia. We must show the Board of Health that we are pro-life and we are the majority! This could be a seminal day in the pro-life movement in Virginia.

By voting to adopt the standards tomorrow, the Board will ensure that Virginia's abortion centers will be required to meet basic health and safety standards and will no longer be protected by a veil of secrecy. Showing up and voicing your support of these new standards is extremely important in the fight for life as it is crucial the Board see and hear from pro-life Virginians when deciding on final passage of the regulations.

Please plan to join us tomorrow and forward this link to your pro-life friends and share it on your social media sites. Plan to arrive at the Perimeter Center (9960 Mayland Drive, Richmond, 23233) at 7:00 a.m. (earlier if possible) to prevent pro-abortion activists from filling the room and silencing your voice. Seating is very limited, so not everyone will be able to get into the meeting, which is why it's important to arrive early. We encourage you to bring a handmade sign showing your support for life. The public comment period will be in the morning, so if you want to speak in support of the regulations, please prepare a two-minute testimony (you cannot testify if you are not in the room, so you have to be there early to get in line). A final vote will likely take place after lunch, and the meeting is scheduled to adjourn at 3:00.

For a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Board meeting, click here. Please contact The Family Foundation if you have additional questions (804-343-0010 or vafamily@familyfoundation.org).

The regulations, passed by the Board this past September, would promote safer conditions in Virginia abortion centers, resulting in a higher level of respect and dignity for the women who make the unfortunate choice to get an abortion. Since the announced inspections of Virginia's 20 abortion centers, more than 100 health violations have been discovered. Some of these include:

» Blood-stained tables and equipment

» Unsterilized equipment

» Untrained staff members

» Crucial parts missing from emergency life-saving equipment

You can read more about the grisly findings here.

Voicing your support of these new standards is imperative. Please join us at the Board of Health meeting in Richmond tomorrow. Do not let NARAL and Planned Parenthood speak for Virginians in your silence. Make it known that Virginia is a pro-life state!

Of course, if you cannot attend the meeting, please take time today and tomorrow to pray for the meeting, the outcome, the Board members and for the safety and protection of pro-life activists in attendance.

No More Excuses!

Throughout the last several weeks on this blog we've asked you to come to Richmond this upcoming Wednesday, January 9, for the Virginia Stands for Life Prayer Walk and Gathering. If you have RSVP'd that you will attend, thank you! We are thrilled that you will join us. If you have pushed aside making a decision — as yet another event bombarding you after the hectic holiday season — we urge you to reconsider. Be willing to inconvenience yourself for just one day in order to stand up for those who cannot stand for themselves. Our legislators desperately need to hear Virginia proclaim the sanctity of human life. We have already heard that pro-abortion activists plan to rally weekly at the capitol. Don't let them be your voice in your silence.

Remember, this year we are not holding our normal Day at the Capitol or "Lobby Day" as it is commonly called. This is it! This is your chance to make contact with your legislators and show them Virginia is a pro-life state.

Still not convinced? Here are the answers for some possible excuses to not attend:

Excuse 1: It’s too cold.

Actually, January 9's weather is predicted to be 52 degrees and sunny. Not bad for January in Virginia!

Excuse 2: I've been to my fair share of pro-life rallies. This won't be any different?

The point of this event is to show legislators and elected officials that we are pro-life and that we are the majority. The Virginia pro-life movement took a beating last year from late night comedy show hosts and the liberal media. This year, we need to generate a sizeable crowd that legislators and the media cannot ignore. The pro-life movement must return strong and reinvigorated! The success of our pro-life message depends on it.

Excuse 3: I haven't registered.

No problem. The event is free and registration is as simple as clicking here! Don't wait any longer. Register to let us know you are coming!

Excuse 4: I might not know anyone.

Invite a friend. Visit the event's web page for information and forward the link to a friend, and share it on your social media sites. That'll turn up the interest by your friends.

Excuse 5: I don't want to stand all day long.

For those who cannot participate in the Prayer Walk or stand for a long time due to physical limitations, we have reserved House Room 3 in the Capitol from 9:00-10:00 a.m. where you can go to wait for the start of the gathering at 10:00. Enter the Capitol at the Bank Street entrance (at the bottom of the hill) and it is the first room on your right.

Excuse 6: Richmond is too far. I don’t want to drive in at the break of dawn.

We have reserved a block of rooms for Tuesday, January 8 at the Holiday Inn Express, 201 East Cary Street. They are only $89 per night. There is a combination of king and double rooms. The hotel will provide shuttle service to the Bell Tower (eight blocks) for the gathering and to the Greater Richmond Convention Center (six blocks) for those attending the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast and/or the Prayer Walk. To reserve a room at this special rate, call the hotel directly at 804-788-1600 and tell them you are booking with The Family Foundation. Check out time is 11:00 a.m., but there is a room to hold your bags and you can leave your car there past checkout (parking is $10.00 in addition to the room charge), so you won't have to pay for parking twice. This is also the cheapest parking you will find in Richmond that day.

Excuse 7: I don’t know where to park.

For those coming to the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast and/or the Prayer Walk, the best parking will be at the Convention Center itself. You enter its lot on 3rd Street. If you are only coming to the Gathering at the Bell Tower, there is limited parking at the SunTrust Building. You enter that lot off of Cary Street between 9th and 10th Streets. We have posted a map of parking lots on our website, although during session some of these are monthly parking only. Click here and scroll to the third page to view the map. You should plan to arrive early to ensure plenty of time to find a parking place, especially those coming for the Gathering only at 10:00 a.m.

That's it. Not much to it. Just click, register and attend. Then feel free to look up your legislators afterward. We look forward to seeing you in Richmond at this most important pro-life event!

Who's Extreme? Quinnipiac Poll Shows Large Majority Of Virginians Support Abortion Center Regulations

Christian conservatives are extremists. Out of touch. Want to force their view of the world, indeed, their religion, on all of us. 

That, basically, is what the Far Left, posing as pragmatists, even as self-styled libertarians, would have the public believe about Christian conservatives and the pro-life movement. No matter how much common sense a law about abortion center safety makes, for example, the Far Left rants hysterically about lost rights and a pending Christian theocracy. They pontificate about diversity of thought and redefine the founding ideals of Virginia and America — which is perfectly peculiar: Who knew there was a range of thought on the deaths of babies and the potential serious physical injuries to women as well as subsequent mental problems? In fact, don't the abortion-on-demand crowd cite vague "mental health" concerns as a be-all exception to allow abortion?

More disturbing is the pro-abortion side's assertion that Americans, and Virginians in particular, have somehow removed themselves from their centuries-long shared traditions, upbringings, faith and shared sense of values because fleeting, temporary political winds, often mild, and rarely caused by a serious discussion of "social issues." The fact is, whether rank and file Democrat or Republican, the vast majority of Americans and Virginians understand common, practical sense and know what is patently wrong and unfair. They know injustice and they know danger. They know a problem when they see one and demand it get fixed. Some things are simply inherent and instinctive.

Now, on the heels of tomorrow's meeting of the Virginia Board of Health to consider safety regulations for abortion centers, a Quinnipiac University Poll proves that the loud rantings of a few on the fringe mask a large consensus. Either that or Virginians are massively intolerant Christian bigots and zealots, or even uniformed, uneducated, backward simpletons, or maybe both — in the Far Left's view. Really, though, Virginians are just real. The essence of the poll:

Quinnipiac interviewed 1,368 registered Virginia voters from September 6-12 and 55 percent of them support holding abortion centers to tougher health standards and only 22 percent opposed. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.7 percentage points. Even the 50 percent who believe abortion should be legal (versus 41 percent who do not) said the proposed regulations are necessary to protect the health of women who have abortions.

Those are large numbers and you cannot get a majority on most any issue in a politically competitive state such as Virginia with only those from one party. Especially on abortion. It's an issue even many Republicans don't feel easy about. But most Virginians — Democrat, Republican, independent, Tea Party or true libertarian — know that societies form governments for core functions. Protecting its people is the primary one. It's just common sense — mainstream thought — that everyone but the Far Left has yet to figure out.

Thank Senators, Lt. Governor Bolling For Voting For Abortion Center Regulations!

The day after last week's historic pro-life victory in the General Assembly (see Richmond Times-Dispatch), Planned Parenthood and its abortion industry allies rallied in Richmond to decry the government's "attack on women." Those senators who voted in favor of abortion center safety regulations, and Lt. Governor Bill Bolling who broke the tie in the Virginia Senate, now are likely targets of their action. We need to make sure that those who stood for life and safety receive the thanks they deserve. So please contact Lt. Governor Bolling and the senators who voted in favor of improving the health and safety standards at Virginia's abortion centers (SB 924) and thank them for their vote (see below)! These elected officials deserve our gratitude for their action and political courage for voting to regulate abortion centers after years of stiff resistance and pressure by liberal and pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL. 

Before too long, after more than two decades of hiding behind a veil of secrecy, Virginia's abortion centers will have to meet basic sanitary and safety standards. While the media is framing the legislation as "forcing abortion clinics to become hospitals," the facts are entirely different. Virginia has several categories of hospitals (inpatient, psychiatric, rehabilitation, outpatient surgical, etc.). These categories of hospitals are subject to different regulations. They are not required to meet the standards of general hospitals. Instead, they are regulated according to their specialty. Likewise, abortion centers now will be categorized as a type of hospital and the Board of Health will create regulations that are appropriate.

We hope that you are savoring last week's victory. At our weekly General Assembly session devotion Friday, we were reminded that God is sovereign and directs those in power. While we know that a lot of hard work went into this legislative victory, and many legislators and elected officials took a brave stand, we are well aware that our God is deserving of all the praise for this historic vote!

We also acknowledge our good friends at the Virginia Catholic Conference and the Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists for their help in getting this legislation passed. Both organizations worked tirelessly on this and a host of other issues this session. Their partnership is vital to our, and the pro-life movement's, success.

To thank your senator who voted for SB 924 and Lt. Governor Bill Bolling for breaking the tie vote, click here!

Update: Senate Delays Historic Pro-Life Vote Until Thursday, Don't Delay Contacting Your Senator

It's never easy to negotiate a straight road through the General Assembly. This year, even as many issues long ago were decided, a stunning development has presented us a monumental last minute vote — but even that's been pushed back a day.  The Virginia Senate, after some debate today, put off until tomorrow a vote on the pro-life House amendment to SB 924. The bill, patroned by Senator Ryan McDougle (R-4, Mechanicsville), directs the Board of Health to create regulations regarding hospitals, nursing homes, and certified nursing facilities. However, Delegate Kathy Byron's (R-22, Lynchburgfloor amendment (read here) Monday tacked on abortion centers to the types of facilities to come under these regulations. Once the House of Delegates approved the amendment and then the bill, it moved back to the Senate which will have to approve or reject the amendment and the bill.

In effect, the new version of bill requires the Board of Health to create abortion center safety regulations — an initiative The Family Foundation has pushed for more than a decade. But pro-abortion lawmakers successfully negotiated a one-day delay in the vote, presumably to pressure two pro-life Democrats. The Washington Post's Virginia Politics blog reported today that Democrat Senators Chuck Colgan (D-29, Manassas) and Phil Puckett (D-38, Tazewell) have committed to support the amendment. We're hopeful one more may come around as well. If the 18 Republican senators vote as a block, the addition of Senators Colgan and Puckett would result in a 20-20 tie, in which case Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling would cast the deciding vote. A pro-life advocate during his time in the legislature, Lieutenant Governor Bolling is likely to support the amendment.

During today's debate, opponents inaccurately portrayed the bill as forcing abortion centers to become hospitals with identical regulations. In fact, the bill as amended simply states that abortion centers are a type of hospital and that the Board of Health would have to promulgate regulations for this new classification of hospital, just as there are regulations for ambulatory surgery centers.   It is likely that tomorrow pro-abortion legislators will pull out every procedural move in the book in an attempt to derail this monumental win for the pro-life movement. Simply put, any attempt to monkey with the process (for example, attempting re-refer to committee or declaring the amendment not germane) will be seen as a deliberate attempt to prevent passage of the amendment and in effect the same as a vote against the amendment. After years of waiting for this day, pro-life advocates deserve an up or down vote on abortion center safety on the Senate floor.

Pressure and parliamentary tricks. That's what the pro-abortion movement has come down to. Will it be enough to overcome what is right and the will of the people?   Thank you to those who have already contacted their Senators to support  this critical amendment. For those of you who have not yet done so, we urge you to do so immediately and affect this historic and monumental opportunity. 

Contact your senator by e-mail.

Contact your senator by phone.

Learn who your senator is.

One Group's Mission: Improve Constitutional Literacy

Taking a page out of the 40 Days For Life playbook — by its own admission — WeReadThe Constitution.com, a project of Let Freedom Ring, is advancing the constitutional literacy of Americans one neighborhood, one community, one city and county at a time. The organization is promoting the reading of the U.S. Constitution in groups large and small, in public places and private homes, throughout the nation on September 18, the first Saturday after Constitution Day (September 17). Its Web page includes an interactive map which locates areas where such gatherings are taking place and for people to make known their own events. The idea is to increase its presence throughout the country each year on Constitution Day to encourage further understanding of the constitution and the limits on federal power it contains. In fact, just reading the constitution in one sitting — it takes about an hour, including all 27 amendments — makes it clear that the founding document was written to protect individual liberty by strictly limiting the authority of the national government. 

If We Read The Constitution can replicate the growth and effectiveness of what 40 Days For Life has had on the pro-life movement, where the numbers of people who silently pray in front of abortion centers for 40 days have grown exponentially over the last three years, the day will be soon when Americans will have a full understanding of the our blue print of self-governance. That, in turn, may finally lead to a Congress, courts and president that understand such limits.

Right now, there are 96 such events registered at WeReadTheConstitution.com, including six in Virginia: Alexandria, Arlington, Centreville, Gainesville, Locust Grove and Purcellville. That's a good start, but we wish there were more and encourage Virginians to, as we did in framing the constitution, and as we are in defending it now, to lead in a rebirth of its understanding. So, if at all interested, please get involved and organize an event. With the Internet and a week still to go, it doesn't take much to get one started — and an important movement rolling.

People interested in learning more or who want to get involved may, in addition to visiting its Web site, contact Peter Knickerbocker at 540-775-2332 or at peter@lfrusa.com for more information.

Virginia News Stand: May 20, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations The Left Over The Long Term

Remember Tim Kaine? Barely? Yeah, that's him. He's in the news today, throwing it down at the Republicans. As we say in sports, that's why we play the game. In other news, the guy who succeeded Mr. Kaine, Governor Bob McDonnell, appointed a Family Foundation alumnus to his administration while arrogant academics scream foul at Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Also, the AG speaks frankly about what's at stake in the legal battle over the government takeover of health care. Meanwhile, Mark Preston and Dick Morris, in Analysis, get the gold medal in telepathy today with almost identical headlines. You'll have to read their columns to see if they are on the same wavelength about the midterm elections. Christopher Adamo adds his two bits in Commentary.

But there's more to scare liberals than pending elections. Education reform and freedom is gaining more momentum, yet the Left stubbornly resists to a long-failed ideology and continues to pander to unions. Joshua Mercer at CatholicVoteAction Blog comments on a Michael Steele op-ed and the we also posted the op-ed itself. Worse yet for the Left, long term, the pro-life movement looks bright. More and more young people are involved as the pro-abortion crowd dwindles in numbers and energy — a victim of age and technology. David Bass at The American Spectator explains.

News

*McDonnell announces appointments (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Kaine: Democrats will hold congressional majorities (Richmond Times-Dispatch

Cuccinelli: Federalism itself is at stake in health care debate (Woodbridge/Manassas News & Messenger)

Cuccinelli’s demand for U.Va. decried (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Academics fight Cuccinelli's call for climate-change records (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

National News

GOP stops $40 billion in future spending for science bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Senators press for National Guard troops on border (AP/GOPUSA.com)

'Modifying' Miranda modifies the political debate (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Senate fails to end debate on bank regulation bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Obama ramps up criticism of Ariz. immigration law (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Analysis

Open season on political incumbents (Mark Preston/CNN.com)

Open Season on Incumbents (Dick Morris/GOPUSA.com)

The Golden Age of Centrism Wasn't So Golden (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary

Pro-Choice Twilight Years (David N. Bass/The American Spectator AmSpecBlog)

Another Judicial Power Grab (Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)

Steele: Democrats fail on school program (Michael Steele/CNN.com)

Michael Steele slams Obama for killing DC voucher program (Joshua Mercer/CatholicVoteAction Blog)

Immigration and Liberty (Walter E. Williams/GOPUSA.com

May Primaries And The Coming Electoral Tsunami (Christopher G. Adamo/GOPUSA.com)