Another DreamJan 17, 2017
Driving by the local abortion center at 8 am yesterday, I noticed the parking lot was packed. My first thought was, “how sad.” My second thought was, “So that’s what all these folks decided to do with their holiday?” And then it hit me. This holiday? Today? On Martin Luther King Jr. day, the abortion center is packed.
Even if our nation somehow overcomes all the other horrific racial divides and injustices that still exist, even someday should Black Lives Matters have no unmet objective, as long as abortion on demand continues, King’s dream will continue to be just a dream, an unrealized potential. The dream he had was not to see all these women ending the lives of their unborn.
King’s Dream was that our society would recognize the inherent dignity and worth of every human being, regardless of race.
Abortion is the exact opposite. Abortion, preying more aggressively in the minority communities, whispers to mothers that their child does not have worth. Abortion tells mothers that they are not worthy of the support their families and communities could give them during their pregnancy and later as a single mom. Abortion tells men that they don’t have what it takes to support their offspring.
My feminist friends attempt to downplay the beliefs of Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger, while applauding Planned Parenthood; however, its origins and continuing disproportionate impact on minorities can not be overlooked. Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, has been quoted saying “Sanger was an elitist, racist advocate of limiting, and even eradicating, those she deemed unworthy of life. She wrote of ‘weeding out the unfit,’ of preventing the birth of defectives or those who will become defective.” While no longer the stated mission of the organization, today, in the black community, there are still approximately 483 abortions for every 1000 live births.
So, on MLK day, like each day I see cars in the parking lot of the abortion center, I pray:
Lord, let each woman parked here get a glimpse of someone, a friend, a family member, a faith leader, who could help support her in her time of crisis.
Lord, let the fathers of these children rise up and tell these moms they will be there for this new family.
Lord, may these mothers sense the beauty and potential encapsulated in the life they carry.
Lord, grant each woman the moment of courage they need to stop a plan in motion they will regret.
Lord, don’t let abortion continue to devastate the black community.
Family Foundation Announces Impending Legal Action
- McAuliffe Administration Notified Today -
RICHMOND–The Family Foundation of Virginia today announced that the administration of Governor Terry McAuliffe has been notified of impending legal action regarding violations of state law by the Department and Board of Health during the abortion center health and safety standards regulatory process.
“Over and over again during the nearly three-year process of amending the standards, the administration and Board violated the Administrative Process Act, the state law that provides the framework for regulatory action, the administrative code, and the Governor’s own Executive Order 17 regarding the regulatory review process,” said Victoria Cobb, President of The Family Foundation. “Regardless of one’s belief about the need for basic health and safety standards for abortion centers – or of any regulation for that matter – we all have to agree that a regulatory body cannot act outside the law when it wields extraordinary power over business, commerce and health care. We have the Administrative Process Act for that reason, to provide legal boundaries and process for unelected regulatory bodies, to provide transparency and public input throughout the regulatory process, and to be able to hold these agencies accountable when they go beyond the scope of their authority.”
Details of the administrative appeal were not released, but will be made available when the action is filed in Henrico Circuit Court within the next thirty days. The Family Foundation is paying the legal fees for one appellant in the appeal, Itzel Melendez, from Richmond. At a Richmond press conference today, Mrs. Melendez said, “In the past, I had occasion to visit an abortion center for the purpose of obtaining an abortion. I am participating in this case because I am concerned that without basic health and safety standards, abortion centers will operate in a way that could put my health at risk if I ever decided in the future that I needed their services. The standards that were in place were there to protect women like me from harm. Without them, I am no longer confident that my health would be protected.”
Cobb did reference one of the examples of where the pro-family organization believes the administration broke the law. She stated, “The agency violated the Administrative Process Act by amending entirely separate and unrelated regulatory sections that had not been included in the regulations’ “Proposed” phase. Several regulatory sections amended by the Board were not included in the “Proposed Regulation Agency Background Document” posted in townhall.gov, and these regulatory sections dealt with matters the public did not have an opportunity to comment on in accordance with the requirements of the law.
“In addition, several regulatory sections the Board amended were not even in the agency’s “Final Regulation Agency Background Document” posted in townhall.gov, let alone its “Proposed Regulation Agency Background Document”. The Code of Virginia requires that the notice requirement contain “(i) a statement of the date, time and place of the hearing at which the regulation is to be considered; (ii) a brief statement as to the regulation under consideration; [and] (iii) reference to the legal authority of the agency to act; ….” Yet, that never occurred for all of the regulatory topics for the sections that were not included in the agency’s “Proposed” regulations. This is an important matter of transparency – providing to the public a clear list what areas of regulation are intended to be reviewed and amended. The public and the entities being regulated should know from the beginning what areas of regulation the agency intends to change. By avoiding disclosing all the areas the Department and Board intended to amend they violated both the letter and spirit of the law.
“In this case, the Department and Board initially indicated they would review and amend only six areas of the regulations, and instead ended up changing more than 20. The public had no ability to weigh in on these changes until after the Board had already voted.”
Cobb said, “There is a specific, detailed, and yes sometimes cumbersome regulatory process that, whether we like it or not, is the law of Virginia. Without a framework, and without criteria and accountability for regulatory agencies, one can only imagine the damage that could be done in any arena by regulatory bodies.”
“The Family Foundation fully supports the actions taken by these appellants,” added Cobb. “It is unfortunate that the McAuliffe administration has in its ideological zeal consistently ignored or violated state law throughout this process, but it must be held accountable for those actions. The regulatory process has rules that must be followed. Again, this appeal is about that legal process and this administration’s ignorance of or disdain for that process.”
Appellants in the case who appeared at today’s press conference were Virginia Board of Health members Megan Getter and Henry Kuhlman, and Itzel Melendez of Richmond. The attorney representing Mrs. Melendez is Dan Carrell of Carrell, Blanton Ferris and Associates, Richmond.
Accountability for Abortion Centers: Six Years and Counting
Accountability for Abortion Centers: Six Years and Counting
Six years ago today, the Virginia General Assembly passed the law to hold abortion centers to reasonable health and safety standards for the first time. Virginia, like many other states, resolved to make certain that the Kermit Gosnell's of the world could no longer remain unaccountable for the ghastly practices and horrific conditions inside their abortion facilities. But that accountability didn't happen overnight. Even though the bill included an "emergency provision" in order to take prompt effect, the Board of Health still had to write the regulations.
Several months later, after much deliberation, the regulations went into effect, opening the door to periodic inspections which have allowed us to discover what was really going on inside these abortion centers and to see whether they were actually complying with the law. And just as we had suspected, the evidence has shown substantial and widespread health and safety violations. Since the first Health Department inspections of mid-2012, beginning with 20 abortion centers statewide, over 1,300 individual regulatory violations have been cited in official records from the Health Department. And those were just the ones cited, though certainly not representing exhaustive searches. In that time, six centers have closed their doors, with 14 remaining.
One abortion center - Virginia Health Group in Fairfax - was so bad, that within 24 hours of a 52-page report of violations, Governor McAuliffe's own Department of Health suspended its license, effectively shutting it down for good. Yet remarkably, the evidence does not show that many of these centers are improving their health and safety record over time. In November of 2016, during the most recent round of biennial inspections, the Annandale Women and Family Center was cited for 117 regulatory violations in a 144 page report - the most ever cited in a single abortion center inspection report. The record of these centers is replete with egregious examples of health violations including bloody, unsterilized medical equipment, doctors and nurses not washing hands or re-gloving between patients, and violations of state and federal drug laws.
It is within this context that Governor McAuliffe and his majority-appointed state Board of Health have spent the last three years doing everything they can to roll back and water down the abortion center health and safety regulations. Despite overwhelming evidence of their necessity, this administration will clearly stop at nothing to pay back favors to the billion dollar abortion industry. We spent that time resisting these attempts at every turn, but elections do have consequences, and time and power eventually prevailed in stripping the regulations of their force.
As of Monday, the final amended regulations have been posted for one final 30-day period before which they will take effect. Our options now are limited, but we are committed to continuing the fight where we can. We recognize, after all, that every life has tremendous value. That includes the lives of the babies whose lives are taken in these halls of death, but it also means the women who are permanently impacted by their experience there and who also deserve to be treated with care according to high standards of health and safety. We believe that ensuring that has led to positive and meaningful results that promote and preserve life in our state. And that's something worth fighting for.
It was quite an interesting morning outside the Governor’s Mansion on Capitol Square today. Late yesterday Governor Terry McAuliffe’s office released his “Public Schedule” for the week:
You’ll note that his “Public Schedule” includes “Governor McAuliffe to act on legislation impacting womens health” at 9:45 am today at the Executive Mansion. Now, we are well aware that the so-called “progressive” left has some difficulty discerning what is public and private (see bathrooms), and we learned this morning that this apparently includes what constitutes a “public” event.
You see, several of us who wanted to see the Governor’s “public” activity showed up at the Mansion and tried to gain access. Only when we did we were informed that no, the event wasn’t “public,” it was private. Yet we watched as several people entered the event without showing any form of ID, so how the Capitol Police could distinguish between those invited to the public/private event is anyone’s guess. Perhaps it was the signs we were carrying that said things like “Defund Planned Parenthood” and “Planned Parenthood Lies” that made us undesirable.
So undesirable, in fact, that we were then informed that we couldn’t hold up our signs because we “didn’t have a permit.” This was a bit perplexing since we know that permits aren’t granted for any areas of Capitol Square with the exception of the area around the Bell Tower, far removed from the Capitol and the Executive Mansion; and this despite having witnessed numerous groups all session long being allowed to hold up signs wherever and whenever they pleased. We’ve watched Planned Parenthood apologists line the sidewalks of Capitol Square with their signs. Apparently, they are permitted to do that. In all fairness to the Capitol Police, they were just “doing what we’re told,” apparently by the administration, because we did hold up signs when we first arrived, but then we couldn't.
While standing outside the fence surrounding the Governor’s Mansion unable to hold up our signs, we were able to hear the Governor pontificate on how it is so important to have an “open and inclusive” Virginia where everyone feels welcome. While we were standing outside the fence. Barred from being welcome.
The Governor then very publicly (sort of) vetoed legislation that would have redirected taxpayer dollars away from Planned Parenthood toward real health clinics that offer comprehensive care for women. McAuliffe was joined at this public (oh, never mind) campaign rally by candidate for Governor Ralph Northam and candidate for AG Mark Herring.
For the second year in a row, the Governor celebrated vetoing a bill supported by 54 percent of Virginians; last year he did so at a Planned Parenthood abortion center. At least this year he did it in public/private/behind a fence.
It’s “March Madness” all over again, appropriately playing out in the Tar Heel state – only this time without the basketball.
On March 23 of last year, in response to an outlandish ordinance passed by the City of Charlotte, North Carolina’s state legislature passed House Bill 2, daring to affirm what had always been the case – that in public facilities, men should use the men’s restrooms and women should use women’s. (Novel concept, eh?) And of course as we all know, protests soon-after ensued. Lawsuits were filed. And perhaps most notably of all, the NCAA and the ACC threatened to pull their basketball tournaments from the state if it did not repeal the law – a threat they made good on.
Well according to some North Carolina lawmakers, two can play this game.
In fact, some state legislators are seeking to challenge the NCAA and ACC’s tax-exempt status in response to their retaliatory removal.
According to The Associated Press, “The House members filed a bill Monday directing Senate and House leaders to file IRS complaints against the sports organizations. They would allege the groups are lobbying beyond what their charters allow through "economic retaliation" if House Bill 2 is not repealed.”
My, my, how the tables are turning. The other team picked up the ball, with time still on the clock.
Recall that it was these groups who warned North Carolina that its decision to protect women and children in bathrooms could cost the state millions. I doubt at the time the NCAA and ACC considered that their decisions could come with an equally steep price tag. The tax liability for organizations that large surely must reach into the millions.
I can’t say that I think this kind of economic warfare is a very constructive outlet for civil discourse. However, I do think that if the NCAA and ACC are going to “fire a shot across the bow”, they shouldn’t feel surprised or mistreated when the other side fires back. And no matter how many people love watching the basketball games they sponsor (myself included), the NCAA and ACC are not above the law, and they certainly don’t get to make them. May this be a poignant reminder to them of that reality.
A Day Without Whiney Women
A Day Without Whiney Women
First, let me say right up front, as a woman, I have nothing in common with the whiney women who are staging this pout-out other than, possibly, we have the same plumbing. I have taken pleasure for over 40 years in defining the difference between this type of woman and what I call, a Renaissance Woman.
Renaissance women are Winners not Whiners, Leaders not Followers, and most importantly, Victors, not Victims. Either you are one or aren’t. No one can turn you into one because it is a function of self-confidence, an optimistic view of the world, and refusal to be intimidated, marginalized, ridiculed or coerced into believing one point of view over another.
I remember years ago, debating Gloria Steinem on the Phil Donohue Show. I learned as a young woman that there was no way I was going to change the mind of this entrenched feminist who embraced socialist beliefs. So, I addressed my concerns to the audience and appealed to them to think for themselves and express their own opinions, apart from these self-appointed spokesmen.
I must have hit a nerve with the audience because there was a pile-on against Gloria and it was later reported that she was furious at Phil that he did not step in and defend her position.
Isn’t that rich? Here she is, a veteran TV personalty, very much my senior, claiming women are strong and don’t need men, yet she whined when one didn’t defend her against a young novice who had only done TV one other time.
That is who is marching today. They are privileged women who have had the luxury of spending four or more years in universities, sitting at the feet of their adored indoctrinators, who tell them they are victims and deserve safe places to be able to hear the echoed sounds of their own voices without trigger words that hurt their itty bitty feelings.
Yeah, girls, that’s not reality. I don’t have the luxury of not working today because I run my own business and lots of people depend on me to be here. I would be hurting myself and real people, not some politician or political cause by not working. These women are as embarrassing as the ones who wore pink vaginas on their heads the day after the inauguration telling everyone not to touch their private parts. Well, don’t wear them on your heads you goofy women. They demand respect yet show none for themselves. They want men to turn the other way when they march topless in the street and claim men are the ones with the issues when they happen to look at a topless woman. Seriously?
Who are these women and who in the world would ever hire them? They are the whiners who clog up a system, poisoning the atmosphere with their petty, selfish demands, and turn on a dime to accuse anyone of anything who doesn’t agree with them. They remind me of little wild animals that are cute to watch, until you get too close and they spring, biting your nose and clawing your face.
They have lost all credibility with real women who just shake their heads with embarrassment at the rantings of the Ashly Judds and Madonnas of their movement. Who on the “right” could say they want to blow up the White House and would not be sitting in jail today?
And why aren’t these women defending another woman, Ivanka Trump, who has two major department stores boycotting her line? Why aren’t they marching in support of her? Isn’t that just blatant sexism and misogeny? It is also a little anti-Semitic considering the fact that Ivanka is Jewish. Why aren’t they storming the doors of Nordstrom’s and Neiman Marcus, demanding they put her dresses and shoes back on the racks? Because … she is not one of them … thank goodness.
She is one of the renaissance women who got up today and went to work because dozens of people are depending on her to be the leader. She did not run to any organization or government agency to complain that she was a victim of a boycott. No, she put her big girl pants on and did what she does every day …. including today … she went to work. Because unlike these women today who think they will be missed … Ivanka truly will be missed because she actually is creating, building, doing, making, expanding, influencing, and fulfilling her destiny as … yes … a Renaissance Women.
So, with that one example we can see the distinction between the whiners and the winners, the leaders and the followers, the victims and the victors. And I can guarantee you that ALL those renaissance women are at work today, fulfilling their obligations, and making a positive difference in the lives of others. They aren’t out protesting, blaming someone else for their sad pitiful lives of empty anger directed at anyone who does not approve of their tantrums.
Look how these same women have trashed every conservative, Republican woman for years at the same time claiming they speak for all women. No, ladies, you don’t. We can speak for ourselves and our identity is not wrapped up in our sexuality, our political affiliation or our philosophical persuasion.
We are uniquely different and each of us has our own ideas, opinions, beliefs and do not need a movement to break glass ceilings. We broke those years ago, but still operate in shadows of success because the liberal establishment has determined strong women, who think for themselves, are dangerous and must be destroyed.
You can march and scream and cry and rant and rave all you want. Heh, it’s a free country … but do not claim you do that on my behalf against a man you hate, but who sits as the President of the United States, whether you like it or not.
Take a cue from the conservative women who lost twice to a man with opposing views to theirs. They kept their powder dry and reloaded in 2016 to elect people who understand that America is the greatest country in the world, that promotes freedom of expression and the choice in the way that is carried out.
Travel the world and see how women in many other countries are treated and decide if you would rather live there or not. Lot’s of people promised to move if Trump was elected, but I didn’t see one moving van pull into Beverly Hills to take gilded furniture to Canada. So much for that empty promise.
So, they should take the day to go shopping. At least they can do something positive by stimulating the economy. I think I saw a new line of “big girl pants” in Ivanka’s fashions. I would suggest all these whiney women, who embrace the idea that they are victims, follow the example of real women and go buy a pair … on line.
By Nina May, Founder and Chairman of The Renaissance Women
When I was a kid, I was the good girl type. Until one day, I got busted in class passing notes with cuss/crass words on them back and forth with a boy. Candidly, I didn’t know what the words he used meant… but he was cute.
When I got a little older, I knew if I said one of those “bad” words, I was doing something rebellious. Sometimes my friends and I would bust them out just to feel grown up. They were “adult words” but truth be told, they weren’t even words the adults around me used. The adults in my world had nothing to prove. The adults in my world had wide vocabularies and class. They could fully express themselves and talk about adult subject matter and still maintain refinement.
The thing about vulgarity is that for most people, the novelty wears off when we grow up. The use of these words proves nothing except possibly that we lack the creativity and class to have conversations of substance and meaning.
I fear that much the same principle applied to those that attended the misnamed “March for Women.” Given everyone appeared to be angry for different reasons and the march itself had no centralized purpose, it left a void that vulgarity filled. Sign after sign used words and images that should make us cringe. Rather than symbolizing some liberation of women, it should embarrass us. Does it represent our gender to be unable to express our specific, legitimate concerns with this administration with civility? I get that our new President hasn’t exactly set a high bar in this arena. I just find it odd that those that dislike him so much gladly follow him into the gutter.
Rather than organizing an anti-Trump rally, organizers tried to make it the summation of what it is to be a woman. The only problem with that plan is that in today’s gender-confused society, it’s very hard to describe what it is that makes one a woman. If visuals in D.C. yesterday are any explanation, womanhood comes down to the existence of a uterus and the ability to kill the next generation of girls. This left the march with conflicting messages because on the one hand, it is the uterus that defines “womanhood,” but on the other hand, even a uterus doesn’t guarantee your exclusive stake on a women’s locker room or shower room.
Ultimately, this left a march celebrating the taking of human life, sporting Cecil Richards as Grand Marshall. Pro-life women knew this all along because we were shut out of the march, even though we have uteruses too.
Organizers and attendees alike were thrilled with the turnout but I suspect, deep inside, they just wish the majority of white women had turned out for Hillary, not Trump in November. Because it is in fact women, defined somehow, that handed Trump the Presidency in the first place.