Category Archives: Life
Arizona’s duly elected state lawmakers — with the consent of the governor — have determined that you and every other taxpayer in our state shall not be required to give tax money to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion factory.
But a judicial activist — a federal court — says you will pay for the continued killing of preborn children.
This is shocking and outrageous!
Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, said the decision of the court is not the end of the legal battle to preserve a culture of life in the Grand Canyon State:
Though we are disappointed, we are not defeated as this fight is far from over. Center for Arizona Policy will continue to work with our friends and allies across the state to uphold this law and protect Arizonans from being forced to fund abortion providers.”
Steve Ertelt, of Life News, describes the decision this way:
The Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act of Arizona (HB 2800) de-funded abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood of state family planning money. The bill prioritizes family planning funds away from abortion-centered businesses like Planned Parenthood to entities that provide women with comprehensive health care. The measure prohibits the state or any local government from using public money to contract with an organization that includes abortions.
After Judge Wake’s ruling overturning the law, Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser told LifeNews she was disappointed.
“Judge Wake’s ruling thwarts the will of Arizona taxpayers to stop funding big abortion businesses such as Planned Parenthood. As a result, funds will be reduced for agencies that provide whole women’s health care. According to Planned Parenthood’s own annual report, its government subsidies have reached an all-time high, even as the number of cancer screenings and other prevention and contraceptive services they offer has dropped dramatically,” she said. “Planned Parenthood’s growing abortion toll, meanwhile, is evidence of their continued failure to show true concern for vulnerable women and girls.”
Dannenfelser added: “The overturned law would simply prioritize taxpayer funding for health care entities that provide comprehensive, whole-woman care. Arizona women seeking family planning should be able to access this service at clinics that can meet other health needs for them and their families. The SBA List will not rest until the freedom of states to put whole women’s health first is once again recognized and protected.”
Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2800 into law last May and Planned Parenthood immediately filed suit. In October, the Obama Department of Justice filed a brief in the case, at which point Judge Wake issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law. Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom, which co-authored the legislation with the SBA List, have helped state Solicitor General David Cole defend the law to date. The state is expected to appeal today’s ruling.
When she signed the bill into law, Brewer said in a statement: “This is a common-sense law that tightens existing state regulations and closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions, whether directly or indirectly. By signing this measure into law, I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion.”
For the Obama administration, Assistant Attorney General Joseph Mead claimed Arizona shouldn’t be picking who receives funding with federal Medicare tax money it receives.
Arizona Solicitor General David Cole disagreed and said federal laws have always allowed states to establish “meaningful provider qualifications” and that de-funding Planned Parenthood fits within that power. Cole said Planned Parenthood could get family planning funds if it divorces its family planning services from its abortion business.
Last year the SBA List joined the Center for Arizona Policy, Arizona Right to Life, and other local groups to host “Women Speak Out: Defund Planned Parenthood” grassroots rallies in front of local Planned Parenthood abortion clinics to draw attention to the organization’s abortion-centered business and calling for the passage of HB 2800. Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the education and research arm of the SBA List, also testified before the Arizona House Health Committee in favor of the bill in coordination with the Center for Arizona Policy.
Well the Boy Scouts of America have heard you. They are backtracking on their plan to allow children to be exposed to the risk of homosexual Scout masters. The homosexual agenda has been trying for years to capture BSA, and nearly succeeded last month when the board governing the Scouts announced it would remove its ban on homosexual leaders. After an enormous backlash from scouting families and the general public, the Scouts now say:
“After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy.”
Furthermore, the board is forming a task force to examine the issue.
It’s good that the BSA is stopping its immediate plans to put Scouts at risk of more of what happened in the past when thousands were molested by male leaders. It’s regrettable that the BSA is stubbornly digging in its heels and not closing the door completely to a very bad and dangerous idea to expose yet more children to the horrors of sexual abuse.
Some of the BSA board members may be hoping the clamor against this will die down in the next four months. Arizonans and others must keep up the pressure. Stay on the attack. Keep telling them “no!” This is not over, and they can’t change our minds just by stalling the decision until May.
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Remember the homosexual activist who shot a guard at the Family Research Council in Washington D.C. last summer? World Net Daily reports …
Evidence obtained from the computer of the man who pleaded guilty today to the armed attack on the Family Research Council headquarters shows he identified his target through the website of the left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center, according to the District of Columbia prosecutor on the case.
FRC President Tony Perkins said today the evidence and admissions in a District of Columbia court justify his charge last summer that SPLC “gave license” to Floyd Lee Corkins II to attack the Christian organization’s headquarters Aug. 15.
Corkins, 28, has confessed he was motivated by FRC’s stance against homosexuality and same-sex “marriage.” He pleaded guilty today to three charges stemming from the shooting in the nation’s capital, including committing an act of terrorism.
“The Southern Poverty Law Center can no longer say that it is not a source for those bent on committing acts of violence,” Perkins said.
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Robert Graham, newly elected chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, is forming a committee of to plan for Arizona’s next redistricting process in 2020. “Arizona’s political landscape today reflects a flawed process where election districts were drawn up based on a one-sided political agenda and too much secrecy, and I’m taking action now to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” said Graham. “We are looking for an honest and open process that doesn’t favor one group of voters over another — one that is truly bipartisan and treats voters equally while putting an end to the discrimination against Republicans.” Good luck, Robert. The Department of Justice has saddled the re-districting process with ridiculous requirements like “communities of interest” and racial profiling.
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Phoenix Channel 5 News reports: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s exercise Saturday at a closed school site in suburban Fountain Hills will simulate scenarios for posse members who volunteered for patrols that the sheriff launched last month just outside schools to guard against shootings. Action-film star and posse member Steven Seagal will serve as an instructor at the event. The sheriff hopes to have as many as 400 posse members and another 100 volunteers known as reserve deputies participate in the patrols.
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We’ve been saying for years that Fox News isn’t as conservative as radical left-wingers think they are. Megyn Kelly and Shepherd Smith are all for the destruction of the family and for same-sex “marriage.” Geraldo lives on Fox. Bill O’Reilly is all over the map on issues. Kirsten Powers? Lefty.
And now here’s more proof. Dick Morris and Sarah Palin are out as Fox News analysts. Karl Rove is being retained after years of embarrassing election miscalculations.
And coming on board? Former Ohio congressman, Dennis Kucinich … a communist. Surely he’ll get Fox News’ Kremlin beat.
Two of the darkest days in American history are indissolubly linked to the U.S. Supreme Court. On a dark day in 1857, Chief Justice Roger Taney issued the court’s decision in the Dred Scott case that declared African-Americans something less than human. The vote was 7-2. The good news was that this was a nation dominated by Judeo-Christian values, and within a few years constitutional amendments abolished slavery in America.
On a dark day in 1973, the Supreme Court opposed Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justice Byron White in a 7-2 vote on Roe v. Wade that paved the way for legalized abortion on demand. The Court labeled the pre-born as something less than human. This month marks the 30-year anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and 43 million pre-born children have been slaughtered in that time. The bad news is that our government adheres to the humanist religion and its accompanying culture of death.
Roe v. Wade was based on lies, dishonesty and pagan culture. Conservatives were not yet organized enough to oppose the left-inspired string of Supreme Court victories that began in 1947 and radically altered the identity of the United States.
Justice Harry Blackmun wrote in his Roe decision, “We are also told that abortion was practiced in Greek times as well as in the Roman era, and that it was resorted to without scruple. Greek and Roman law afforded little protection to the unborn,” and “ancient religion did not bar abortion.”
Ancient religion? Whatever happened to liberals’ so-called separation of church and state? Greek and Roman law? Since when has the U.S. operated by Greek and Roman law, or even Scottish law as Sen. Arlen Specter asserted during the Clinton impeachment?
Norma McCorvey, alias “Roe” in Roe v. Wade, is today a pro-life activist. She says Roe v. Wade, “was all based on a lie. It was a lie that I told. Initially, I had told (attorney) Sarah Weddington that I had been raped, and I was not raped. I only went to one place, so I wasn’t seeking it (abortion) real hard. I had asked Sarah Weddington if there was any place I could go to have an abortion. She said she didn’t know of any place, when she had already gone to Mexico and had an illegal abortion. I think that she just needed to have a plaintiff pregnant. They explained to me that they were only going for the State of Texas. I didn’t know that they were going for the whole world. I think we all have the same dream: we’d like to see Roe v. Wade overturned.”
Later, the abortion crowd exploited Sandra Cano in much the same way to legalize the barbarism of infanticide. They call it partial-birth abortion, but a grisly murder by any name is still a grisly murder.
Lies and worse are common today among the abortion advocates. As reported by the Los Angeles Lay Catholic Mission, California Right to Life documented nearly 3,000 incidents of pro-abortion violence and illegal activities. CRL detailed violence against pro-lifers, including a March 1989 incident where three pro-abortionists were charged with igniting an incendiary device in a church filled with 2,500 pro-life activists. Had there been an explosion, any speakers would have been badly wounded and possibly killed.
While 55 million American victims of Roe v. Wade are in heaven today, many of their reluctant mothers face physical and emotional scarring that wreaks havoc with their lives. Women can experience a variety of emotions following an abortion: grief, depression, anger, guilt, physical pain, and others. At least 70 percent of women having abortions say it is immoral to do so. Two in three say they were coerced or pressured to kill their child, and the decision was not entirely their own. It is precisely because so many women who abort are acting against their consciences and maternal instincts that the psychological impact of abortion can be so profound.
In 27 of 35 major research studies, it has been revealed that there is a considerable link between abortion and breast cancer. Scientific evidence exists to suggest a 50-percent risk of breast cancer among women who had an abortion before a first live birth. Multiple abortions can increase the risk to as much as 100 percent.
Less than one percent of abortions are performed to save the life of the mother. Abortion is largely used as birth control.
Individuals who served significant and powerful roles in the lucrative abortion industry and since defected say it is one big scam. The late Bernard Nathanson once directed the most prolific abortion mill in New York and co-founded National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League. He said the abortion industry used mere slogans to soothe people’s aversion to the killing. Dr. Nathanson converted to Christianity and spoke out against the abortion obsession.
Carol Everett, who directed four abortion mills in Dallas-Fort Worth, said money is the governing force behind the abortion industry. “It is the largest unregulated industry in our nation. Most of the clinics are run in chains because it is so profitable,” she says. A woman died having an abortion in her clinic.
Forty years after Roe v. Wade, we know that legalized abortion has not prevented “front alley” butchers from killing women. The cases of abortion mill deaths are documented.
After 40 years of hearing women claim they have the right to choose because, after all, it’s their body, I don’t think much of individual rights that result in someone else’s death. In fact, if choice really mattered to the pro-aborts, they would consider the child’s choice as well. And no child is going to choose to die a horrible, violent death or any other kind of death.
Most importantly, we have met women who had abortions and who have suffered for it and who regret having done it. These are the people we have spent 30 years attempting to heal the horrific emotional – and sometimes physical – scars. For some women, abortion made it impossible to have children later in life.
A major disappointment of the last three decades is the church’s silence on the abortion issue. Many churches are afraid of offending the congregation by talking about it, and some churches fear taking a hit in memberships and offerings if the offended parties walk out. That’s not a church; that’s an institution of compromise. The church has an important role to play in speaking out against abortion and reaching out to those who have been ravaged by its specter.
One church in Texas has gone so far to say that if anyone in its community is contemplating abortion that person may give the baby to the church and it will find a good home for the child. It’s a shame that one church stands out in the crowd for doing the right thing. Many liberal churches don’t even discourage abortion.
Lutheran pastor Laurence White compares the American church’s passivity on abortion to the German church looking the other way while Hitler was exterminating millions of Jews. White says that God’s people cannot afford to accept the status quo and that it is a betrayal of God. He encourages pastors to speak out on values that contribute to a culture of life.
Today, the para-church organizations — such as Focus on the Family, the American Family Association, Americans United for Life, Susan B. Anthony List and Life Dynamics — speak out against abortion in the void left by the church on that account.
Former U.S. Ambassador Alan Keyes said, “Our founders said that we are all ‘created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.’ We acknowledge that it is by God’s authority, not by a human decision, that human beings have dignity. And that means that whether it’s a mother deciding about her child or Osama bin Laden applying the fanatical standards of his moral puritanism, no human power has the right to withdraw respect from other human beings because we consider them not quite human enough for us.”
What can we do? Oppose abortion vocally and peacefully. Teach the children the value of human life, that we are made in the image of God, and that those who advocate for it are on the wrong side of history and humanity. Write to the newspapers and the elected officials to let them know it is wrong. Do not participate in activities, such as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, that support Planned Parenthood and contribute to a culture of death. Participate in Sanctity of Life activities in your community. Speak out against Planned Parenthood and abortion providers. Pray for a revival in America’s declining culture.
PHOENIX – Governor Jan Brewer today celebrated the news that Americans United for Life (AUL) has named Arizona its “2013 Pro-Life All Star.” AUL also ranked Arizona the nation’s 5th most pro-life state, based on regulations in place here that protect women and the unborn.
“As a proud and passionate champion of pro-life legislation, I am truly elated and honored by this announcement,” said Governor Brewer. “I thank AUL for this recognition, and I vow to continue to support policies that safeguard Arizona women, families and, of course, our most
vulnerable population – the unborn.”
AUL is a pro-life organization dedicated to the passage of life-affirming legislation. Every year, the group awards each state a ranking based on its efforts to endorse and enact measures that protect the unborn, women and families. This year, AUL selected Arizona as the Nation’s Top “All Star” for its significant pro-life successes in 2012. These successes are the reason Arizona climbed 9 spots in AUL’s rankings between 2011 and 2012.
Last year, Arizona enacted the Mother’s Health and Safety Act – legislation that bars abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy due to increased risks to the mother and the likelihood the unborn will feel pain. The State also passed a measure to ensure women considering an abortion receive critical information about their decision – including the opportunity to view an ultrasound and listen to their child’s heartbeat. Finally, in May, Governor Brewer signed into law the Whole Woman’s Health Priority Act to ensure taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortion providers, whether directly or indirectly.
By Tony Perkins, Family Research Council
903. That’s how many children are aborted by Planned Parenthood every single day. That’s one baby–one unique, God-created life and future–erased every 96 seconds. In 800 clinics across America, the body count keeps growing–thanks in part to the staggering amount of money that Congress is funneling to Cecile Richards’s group. Americans have known for years that their government is a major shareholder in the international abortion business. What they didn’t know–until recently–was how much Planned Parenthood relies on unwilling taxpayers to keep their grisly operation afloat.
Based on its annual report, Richards’s group rakes in almost half of its budget (46%) from federal, state, and local grants. The government’s contributions are a whopping $487.4 million, mostly from Title X funds. Of course, Planned Parenthood is quick to point out that, by law, none of those dollars can directly finance abortions. But by paying the clinics’ other bills–like overhead–there’s no telling how many millions of dollars the government is freeing up for Planned Parenthood to pursue the darkest side of its business.
And, as of New Year’s Day, abstaining from abortion is no longer an option for Richards’s clinics. In its words, “…[Planned Parenthood Federation of America] does not provide abortion care itself, but its member affiliates offer that service throughout the United States , and as of January 2013, all member-affiliates will be required to do so.”
That makes what Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) is proposing all the more important. Today, the Tennessee Congresswoman introduced a bill that would stop HHS from wiring “family planning funds” to abortion businesses under Title X unless they certify that they won’t provide or refer for abortions. That eliminates Planned Parenthood altogether, now that Richards is ordering affiliates to offer the procedure. Rep. Black, who led this fight as far back as 2011, is hoping to build on the support her former colleague, Gov. Mike Pence, won for the legislation in previous Congresses.
Obviously, Planned Parenthood isn’t the only abortion company that receives Title X funds, but it’s certainly the largest. And since abortion still makes up a jaw-dropping 91% of Planned Parenthood’s services for pregnant women, it’s time for Congress to put some meaningful distance between taxpayers and the Left’s “health care.” You can help by contacting your representative and asking him to co-sponsor Rep. Black’s Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. In the meantime, find out where your tax dollars are going by checking out FRC’s pamphlet: What Everyone Should Know about Planned Parenthood.
Cardinal Uses Bill to Peck Apart Marriage Myths
After a four-state sweep in November, homosexual activists had plenty of reason to celebrate. But in the weeks following the votes on marriage, it looks like liberals are getting a little ahead of themselves in their nationwide campaign. With their sights on Ohio, Minnesota, and Illinois, homosexual lobbyists are doing what they can to capitalize on their success. But is America really ready for a march down the same-sex aisle?
In the land of Lincoln, homosexuals could be pushing their luck with an overzealous push to make Illinois the 10th state to approve same-sex “marriage.” Although a Senate committee voted 8-5 yesterday to advance a homosexual “marriage” bill, gay rights groups still didn’t have enough support to move the bill before the session adjourns on January 9. And that was with a 35-24 Democratic majority!
Maybe they were persuaded by the strong words of Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George, who blasted the legislation as an “affront to human reason.” In the archdiocese’s newspaper, George wrote that the idea of same-sex “marriage” is so contrary to natural law that the “legislature might just as well repeal the law of gravity.” The nature of marriage, he insisted, “is not a religious question. Marriage comes to us from nature. Sexual relations between a man and a woman are naturally and necessarily different from sexual relations between same-sex partners. This… was true before the existence of either Church or State, and it will continue to be true when there is no State of Illinois and no United States of America.” Agreeing to this bill would mean that “we are all pretending to accept something we know is physically impossible,” he wrote.
No doubt Cardinal George would have the backing of Pope Benedict XVI, whose Christmas homily was roundly criticized for celebrating the natural family. On the official White House website, the Left has launched a petition calling for the entire Catholic Church to be labeled a “hate group.” Again, this liberal intolerance proves that anyone who holds to traditional sexual ethics–no matter how compassionate they are–is vulnerable to attacks from the homosexual movement. FRC’s Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison tackle the subject in their new op-ed, “What Does the Reaction to Pope Benedict’s Christmas Message Reveal?“
Something Special Is in the Air–and on It!
Starting this Monday, you can get your daily fix of FRC in our new daily radio show, “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins.” Live from 5:00-6:00 p.m. (ET) every Monday through Friday, we’ll be offering our unique perfective on inside-the-beltway news on the American Family Radio (AFR) network and other stations. Don’t miss the exciting launch January 7 by listening live on AFR, TonyPerkins.com, or Sky Angel (channel #114). Our first weeks’ guests include Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Pat Toomey, Rep. Jim Jordan, Sen. David Vitter, Dr. David Jeremiah, Dr. Russell D. Moore, and others! For a list of stations near you, click here.
** Tune in to Washington Watch Weekly with Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who drops by to talk about the new Congress, as well as his new role as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee. Also, Freshman Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) will be on the show to talk about his goals for the House. For more information or to find a radio station near you, visit FRCRadio.org.
By Cathi Herrod, President, Center for Arizona Policy
Commemorate. Support. Believe.
Tuesday, January 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade – the United States Supreme Court case decision that has allowed for nearly 55 million preborn lives to be lost to abortion.
This devastating decision also opened the floodgates to untold pain for women and men who have been forever scarred by the abortion industry.
For many Americans like me, our life’s work has been dedicated to seeing an end to abortion. It is deeply saddening that our country has continued to allow abortion over the last 40 years.
Yet in recent years, there has been reason for hope and optimism that one day, we will see the end to this atrocity.
In recognition of the 40th Anniversary, the Arizona Life Coalition is hosting a rally in downtown Phoenix. Our theme is “Commemorate. Support. Believe”:
Commemorate the 55 million preborn children who have lost their lives, and countless women and men who have been forever harmed by the devastating procedure.
Support women facing crisis pregnancies, or who have been harmed by the abortion industry, and elected officials who stand for life.
Believe that one day soon, America will be free from abortion.
Prolife Rally: 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Commemorate. Support. Believe.
Tuesday, January 22
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
United States District Court Building
401 West Washington Street, Phoenix
Prolife leaders from across the state will be joining us for this special rally.
Hope to see you there!