Tuesday, 27 January 2009
"Don't Kill the Butterfly"
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COMMENT:  The contrast could not be more dramatic between the theme of yesterday’s Rally for Life sponsored by Tennessee Right to Life and what is happening in Washington D.C. with the Obama Administration. 


 

Bluefield artists Rick Ferrell and Jennifer Hicks sang a moving song they wrote after hearing the story of regret from a friend who had had an abortion, “Don’t Kill the Butterfly”. (I found a version on YouTube, but at their website, you can hear them sing it.)

Dr. George Grant, prolific author (including Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood) and national speaker did his usual fantastic job as keynote speaker.

Perhaps the highlight was when the honoree, photographer Michael Clancy, told the story of the famous photo of ‘Baby Samuel’ and the impact that his photo has had in the pro-life community.  You MUST go to his site and read the story of the photo.  He shared several emails validating the fact that many, many babies’ lives have been saved as pregnancy centers have used his site and others have seen this picture. One of the sweetest things he shared is that shortly before he had the opportunity to take the photos, he ‘prayed for the first time in my life’ and accepted Christ as his Savior. Michael is in great demand speaking at pro-life events.

As we move forward with SJR 127 at the Capitol, you will want to be fully engaged to make sure YOUR voice is heard.  Together, we will work toward VICTORY!!  One of the best ways you can help is to encourage others to go to
REGISTER HERE, to sign up for our email network.  You will  want to stay updated on this proposal as well as other pro-family legislation.

CONTRAST THAT WITH…….

President Barack Obama Forces Taxpayers to Fund, Promote Worldwide Abortions

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Barack Obama promised during the presidential campaign that he wanted to reduce abortions and said as much in a statement yesterday in association with the anniversary of Roe. Today, however, he betrayed that promise by forcing taxpayers to fund groups promoting and performing abortions overseas.

In an executive order, the president officially scrapped the Mexico City Policy that protected taxpayers from involvement in overseas abortions for eight years. Now, Obama will send hundreds of millions of dollars to groups that aggressively promote abortions on a worldwide scale.

Obama was slated to overturn on Thursday the protections President Bush put back in place following the Clinton administration, but Obama decided to wait.

He hoped his decision today to force taxpayers to fund foreign abortions will somehow make him seem less radical because he decided to wait until after the pro-life movement mourned the thirty-sixth anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

The executive order will make non-governmental groups that do abortions in other nations or lobby pro-life countries to overturn their abortion limits eligible for public funds.

During the Bush administration, such groups were prevented from receiving the family planning money or any aid through the State Department, if they would not back down from their pro-abortion agenda
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Abortion Advocates Giddy About Obama Order Reversing Mexico City Policy

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Abortion advocates were able to check off one of the items on the 55-page memo they gave to President Barack Obama as marching orders for his administration. In comments after Obama ditched the Mexico City Policy, key pro-abortion groups were giddy with excitement.

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, whose abortion business stood to make millions from the decision, could hardly contain herself in an email to her supporters.

"I had no doubt it was going to happen, but I'm going to celebrate anyway. As one of his first official acts in office, President Obama has overturned the global gag rule," she said, referring to the derogative term for the policy and its limits on funding groups like hers that promotes and performs abortions.

"I'm sending our new president a message of thanks on behalf of ... those of us here in the U.S. who have been protesting the global gag rule since the day President Ronald Reagan first implemented it," Richards added.

Richards promised the abortion advocates that support her group that Obama is ready and willing to more to promote abortions.

"It's been a long eight years, and we have a lot more work to do to roll back President Bush's awful legacy," she claimed. "There is serious work to be done to rectify nearly a decade of bad policies, not just in the U.S. but around the world."

Next up Richards' pro-abortion agenda?

Sending taxpayer funds to the United Nations Population Fund, the agency that has worked hand in hand with the Chinese population control program that includes forced abortions and sterilizations.

"In the short term, we can keep moving in the right direction by restoring funding for UNFPA, the United Nations Popula
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Republicans Ask Obama to Back Down on Pro-Abortion Freedom of Choice Act

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A group of more than 80 pro-life Congressional Republicans have issued a letter calling on President Barack Obama to back down from his pledge to sign the Freedom of Choice Act. Obama made the pledge in July 2007 at a Planned Parenthood event.

At the time, Obama said he would make the radical bill the first piece of legislation he would sign as president.

"The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act," Obama said at the time. "On this fundamental issue, I will not yield. And Planned Parenthood will not yield."

House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio sent Obama the letter signed by his colleagues asking him to reverse his pledge to sign the FOCA bill that would make unlimited abortions the national law.

"Since the beginning of your presidential transition, Americans from all walks of life have been touched by your pledge to govern from the center, and by your vow to be a president for all Americans," Boehner wrote to Obama.

"We are writing to respectfully urge you to build on this foundation by withdrawing your pledge to sign the so-called Freedom of Choice Act, which would in one tragic act overturn virtually all pro-life laws nationwide and by refusing to support legislation that incrementally enacts the FOCA agenda by rescinding or weakening existing pro-life laws piece by piece," the letter said.

“You have expressed a desire to be a president for all Americans, and to use your presidency to promote initiatives that bring Americans together, rather than drive them apart," the letter, provided to LifeNews.com, also read. "We recognize it will not always be easy for you to do this. However, too much is at stake for this divisive and destructive legislation to move forward and life-saving laws to be rolled back."

The measure has been heavily criticized by pro-life advocates because it would also overturn hundreds of pro-life laws in place across the country.
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Posted on 01/27/2009 10:38 AM by Bobbie Patray
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Friday, 23 January 2009
Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
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Today marks the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The White House press office released a powerful statement from the new President:

On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are reminded that this decision not only protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose.

While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what our views, we are united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, and support women and families in the choices they make. To accomplish these goals, we must work to find common ground to expand access to affordable contraception, accurate health information, and preventative services.

On this anniversary, we must also recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights and opportunities as our sons: the chance to attain a world-class education; to have fulfilling careers in any industry; to be treated fairly and paid equally for their work; and to have no limits on their dreams. That is what I want for women everywhere.


Amid protests, Obama backs 'right to choose' on Roe anniversary
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama affirmed his support for a woman's "right to choose" on Thursday, the 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that led to the legalization of abortion, as thousands of anti-abortion activists descended on the National Mall to challenge his position.

Roe v. Wade "not only protects women's health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters," Obama said in a statement.

The landmark 1973 decision held that a woman's right to abortion was protected by the right to privacy under the Constitution's 14th Amendment, voiding most state laws against abortion at the time.

Nellie Gray, who helped organize the anti-abortion March for Life on the Mall, invited Obama to speak at the rally.

"America needs your strong leadership as president of all the people to stop the intentional killing of an estimated 3,000 pre-born boys and girls each day and the brutalizing of mind, heart and body of pregnant mothers."

Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, said she believes that while abortion should remain an option, increasing the availability and affordability of birth control and reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies is the real solution.

"I think what everyone ought to be interested in doing, whether they are or not, is reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies," Gandy told CNN. "Because if we reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, it will by definition reduce the number of abortions and reduce a lot of the pain and despair that has befallen women in these economic times, who cannot afford to enlarge their families when they don't have a job and they don't have a way to put food on the table for the kids that they have now.

"If we could all work together to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, it would dramatically change the debate on this issue."
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Posted on 01/23/2009 8:33 AM by Bobbie Patray
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Thursday, 22 January 2009
We The Government
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In monarchies, kings and queens use the first person plural. They are “we.”

Judging from his Inaugural Address, President Obama may give this practice a modern American liberal twist.  He calls big government “we.”
 
Obama’s speech was a carefully crafted self-contradiction, with a beginning and end that could have been delivered by a conservative and a middle that envisioned government unleashed from constitutional restraints.
 
At the beginning, Obama celebrated the risk-taking, pioneering spirit, the ethic of individual initiative and self-reliance that made America great.
 
“In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never given. It must be earned,” he said. “Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been a path for the faint-hearted—for those who prefer leisure to work, or seek only the pleasures of riches or fame. Rather it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things—some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.”
 
At the end, Obama invoked God and freedom.
 
“Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter,” he said, “and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.”
 
Who could argue with that?

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Posted on 01/22/2009 5:35 AM by Bobbie Patray
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