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The Colosseum Cross

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Even though it is crumbling, the sight of the Colosseum is still remarkable.  No picture fully conveys the power of the imposing size of the massive structure.  The official name is the Flavian Amphitheatre — in ancient times, the Colosseum was a theatre, intended to entertain the people.  The Roman emperors cannily used it as a political tool.

With tourists cycling in and out wearing tennis shoes and carrying their cameras, it’s hard to imagine tens of thousands of ancient Romans filing into the arena, climbing the steep steps in high spirits for a day of performances.  The Emperor even provided the picnic so that they could settle in and enjoy the show.  The sub-level labyrinths were full of exotic animals and famous gladiators whose purpose was to create an elaborate and entertaining play.

Some of that entertainment included fights to the death.  And the martyrdom of Christians, mauled by wild lions.

All entertainment, set to the soundtrack of the cheers of the people.

With that history, the bustle of tourism that surrounds the Colosseum today cannot fully obscure a poignant and haunting spirit that seems to infuse the vast space.   A simple, rustic cross planted in the center of the arena, provides a moral rebuke, bearing silent witness to a culture and time nearly impossible for the modern person to imagine.

How could they have cheered while people were slaughtered right in front of them?  It seems barbaric.

And yet today we still have a modern amphitheatre of death. Every single day in our country, over 4,000 babies are killed in abortion clinics.  Every day.

One of the exhibits at the Colosseum noted that the people eventually became bored with their gruesome entertainment.  It is worth remembering that even a death pageant can become commonplace.

Similarly 50 million babies lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade is just a number.  For the cynic, it is just a statistic, signifying nothing.

Nevertheless the abortionist is on the wrong side of history.  Today it is the cross, not the sword, that speaks into the silence of the Colosseum.

And someday, the cheers will end for abortion too.  This gruesome barbarism will join gladiatorial contests, and slavery, in the category of those things that are unimaginable.

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Be Not Afraid

April 25, 2014 | By | 3 Comments

Here’s the speech I gave earlier today at the Building a Global Culture of Life: The Legacy of St. John Paul the Great at the UN conference in Rome.

In the airport on the way to this conference, a group of students were wearing t-shirts proclaiming “Be Not Afraid.”  If we are to talk of being inspired by Pope John Paul II, there can be no better tribute than that of young people carrying forward his inaugural admonition on their backs.  Be Not Afraid.  It is a simple anthem.  A powerful one that has particular resonance for our conversation today about Pope John Paul II’s legacy in defending life.

The Pope’s first words to the faithful were these:

Be Not Afraid! Open up, no; swing wide the gates to Christ. Open up to his saving power the confines of the State, open up economic and political systems, the vast empires of culture, civilization and development… Be not afraid!”

One of Pope John Paul II’s great legacies was his focus on the nature of the State and its potential to confine – even destroy – human freedom, human dignity and, at its worst, human life.

And so his inaugural words to us here, coming from Isaiah, are intrinsically words of comfort appropriate to a weary movement looking for courage to persist and endure in the face of entrenched opposition:  Fear not, for I am with you, I will strengthen you with my strong right hand.

But in this context, in which the Pontiff goes on to indict the State, the words challenge us as well.  Be Not Afraid! Do not fear to challenge the state when it works to destroy life.

This simultaneous comfort and challenge provides particular inspiration for the prolife movement as we are confronted with established and powerful regimes that are committed to advancing the right to abortion and other anti-life practices like euthanasia.

Pope John Paul II’s emphasis on the importance of the State is an antidote to those who would like to see the fight for life constrained within the boundaries of “culture.”

Pope John Paul II’s emphasis on the importance of the State is an antidote to those who would like to see the fight for life constrained within the boundaries of “culture.”  It is a gentle rebuke to those who view a politically-oriented confrontation as somehow intrinsically tainted and less holy.

From the very start of Evangelium Vitae, Pope John Paul II sets aside this narrow view that diminishes the scope of the defense of life.  In fact, he writes that “every human community and the political community itself are founded” on the “recognition of the sacred value of human life.”

And he puts a particularly fine point on the essential tutelary effect of the law in shaping the political community and informing the governing values of a civilization.

“Although laws are not the only means of protecting human life,” he said, “nevertheless, they do play a very important and sometimes decisive role in influencing patterns of thought and behavior.” 

I find this straightforward defense of work in the law inspiring because Americans United for Life was founded two years before Roe v. Wade was decided, out of concern for the increasing hostility to life that was even then becoming entrenched in American law.  As the legal architects of the prolife movement, Pope John Paul II’s recognition of the key role of the law has been a true source of inspiration and encouragement.

His explication of the foundational importance of human dignity provides the antidote to the pernicious idea that abortion is a purely personal and private act.  In fact, he argues that a “collective conscience” – one that is ennobled by an understanding and a recognition of the imperatives of natural law —  this conscience is the protector of the dignity of the human person. Without this societal mooring, peace becomes “illusory” and democracy itself becomes “an empty word.”

It is here that Pope John Paul II is speaking directly and prophetically to a culture whose conscience has been deadened by millions of lives lost by abortion.  The skeptic asks:  why should we care?  The weary warrior asks:  why should we persist?  Pope John Paul II answers both simultaneously when he reminds of us the words of Paul VI who said, “Every crime against life is an attack on peace.”

Without the defense of the least of these, we have a defense of none.  And in a beautiful and stirring passage, he calls the influence of the moral law on civil law “part of the patrimony of the great juridical traditions of humanity.”

Pope John Paul II was not just bold and consistent in speaking out in defense of life, he was also penetrating and rigorous – confronting the shallow twin platitudes of choice and privacy with a powerful explication of why the law must engage and oppose abortion.

“To claim the right to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law,” he said, “ means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance:  that of an absolute power over others and against others.  This is the death of true freedom.”

He goes on later to draw the logical conclusion, arguing that a state that sanctions the destruction of innocent human life has crossed over into tyranny.  A tyranny that no “democratic” majority can legitimize.

Let us pause and linger a little on Pope John Paul II’s connection between the aggrandizement of sheer power and the death of authentic freedom.  This is a piercing indictment of the feminist mythology surrounding their advancement of the right to abortion.

We now live in a world where abortion is posited as essential to feminine freedom.  In fact, the absolute power over others that Pope John Paul II cites as the perverse outcome of abortion is, in fact, embraced by feminist ideology as “bodily integrity.”  Our Bodies, Our Selves. . . to hearken back to a classic from the feminist canon.

But this formulation of “rights” by necessity stringently avoids the duality inherent in pregnancy.  An ideology that prides itself on respect for The Other averts its eyes.

In Evangelium Vitae Pope John Paul II looks directly where they will not, and sees the power they miss.

“A mother welcomes and carries in herself another human being, enabling it to grow inside her, giving it room, respecting it in its otherness.  Women first learn and then teach others that human relations are authentic if they are open to accepting the other person:  a person who is recognized and loved because of the dignity which comes from being a person and not from other considerations, such as usefulness, strength, intelligence, beauty or health.  This is the fundamental contribution which the Church and humanity expect from women.  And it is the indispensable prerequisite for an authentic cultural change.”

Abortion destroys not just the new life, it destroys something that Pope John Paul II called “the feminine genius.”  He called on women to promote “a new feminism” which he described as “unique and decisive.”

For many women, Abortion comes at the end of a desert of fear.  It shimmers for them as a false oasis in a parched land of desperation.

In laying out this vision and making this call, he brings us back to “Be Not Afraid.”  He acknowledges that motherhood, while sacred is also scary.  Pope John Paul II reminds us that the angel Gabriel began his greeting to Mary with these words:  “Do not be afraid, Mary.”

For many women, Abortion comes at the end of a desert of fear.  It shimmers for them as a false oasis in a parched land of desperation.

Be Not Afraid.

Be Not Afraid.  These three simple words signify the triumph of hope over death.

Pope John Paul II reminded us that “life is always at the center of a great struggle between good and evil, between light and darkness.”  Being at the pivot point of such a titanic struggle, we might be forgiven a certain trepidation.  But Pope John Paul II’s simple admonition rings sure and true, and inspires us still today to remain strong and courageous in defense of life.

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Will Obama Forget FOCA? Should Parents FightFOCA?

November 29, 2008 | By | 5 Comments

So Obama keeps Bush man Gates as SecDef. Some hints at not raising taxes. Wants to reduce abortion.

Is Obama governing like a, gasp, Republican?

Will Obama not push for the so called “Freedom of Choice Act” FOCA?

No.

Obama might surrender in Iraq and to Iran even with Gates, but Obama will never surrender on FOCA.

Cecile Richards and Barack Obamacecile_richards_obama.jpg

Three reasons why Obama will fight for FOCA,

Obama will sign whatever Reid-Pelosi pass thru congress.

Obama will not veto FOCA. He does not have the political capital nor the political will to resist. Planned Parenthood paid too much money to be ignored. Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood will earn her million dollar W-2. And Hillary will not let him forget FOCA.

Obama will keep his campaign promise.

FOCA will be the first legislation Obama will sign. When Your Business Blogger(R) did a tour of duty in government the fixed point, guiding star were Campaign Promises. They were a matter a public record and private integrity. If the candidate promised, The Honorable delivered.

But, then again, I worked for a Republican…

Abortion is the religious sacrament of The Party of Death.

The religion of the abortionists appears in the book, The Sacrament of Abortion by pro-abortion Ginette Paris and Joanna Mott

The Alert Reader would well know that abortion is a religious tenet of the Democrat party. To proselytize for the abortionists is, well, Biblical:

they not only continue to do [evil] but also approve of those who practice them Romans 1:32.

Steven Ertelt, Editor of LifeNews.com reports,

Detractors Downplay Pro-Abortion FOCA Bill’s Reach, Say Pro-Lifers Exaggerate

Kathryn Jean Lopez, the editor of National Review Online, responded Tuesday to the attempts to downplay the concerns about FOCA.

“Though it’s often referred to as a mere codification of Roe, FOCA, as currently drafted, actually goes well beyond that,” she explains.

She quotes information from pro-abortion Sen. Barbara Boxer who, in a statement on her web site, explains that FOCA would nullify all existing laws and regulations that limit abortion in any way, up to the time of fetal viability.

“While there is strenuous debate among legal experts on the matter, many believe the act would invalidate the freedom-of-conscience laws on the books in 46 states,” Lopez said.

Yes, parents should continue to FightFOCA.

Please sign the petition.

Pro-Abortion Melinda Henneberger from Slate writes,

Lose-Lose on Abortion; Obama’s threat to Catholic hospitals and their very serious counterthreat,

There are also serious questions about whether FOCA as currently drafted exceeds congressional authority. But when Obama was campaigning on FOCA, he didn’t say anything about wanting to change it.

The FOCA fight will continue.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Please note The Warner Family. And see what four fun kids would look like.

The Sacrament

of Abortion Post details: Fight FOCA!

Visit Twenty Items of Interest (v.40)

Read what An Huynh said, in Fighting FOCA.

Real Choice has a better video on Only Women Bleed than seen on Reasoned Audacity.

Ou phoneuseis teknon en phthora (“Thou shalt not murder by abortion”)

Didache, late first or early second century, AD. (Yes, Anno Domini, Latin for The Year Of Our Lord, NOT CE Common Era)

Read an Amazon reviewer’s comment on the confusion of abortion and The Sacrament of Abortion at the jump,

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Charmaine on CNN Debating Condoms; Obama Will Export Abortion-Condom Funding Overseas

November 17, 2008 | By | 8 Comments

Warning: The Condom Commercial is for mature audiences.

In the 1990’s CNN had a terrific talking-heads-shouting-show called Crossfire. Regular Hosts included Michael Kinsley, liberal, then moved to Slate. Pat Buchanan, conservative, former GOP, now gone from the Republican Club but still Pro-Life.

The show ran five nights a week for 30 minutes. Hosts earned about $200K and were worth every dime.

Charmaine appeared in a number of segments. In this episode she debated Kristine Gebbie from the Clinton administration on the marketing and efficacy of condoms. Charmaine’s points are valid today — truth is, well, timeless. John Sununu is in the conservative chair, on the right, of course.

Oddly, liberals demand that conservatives use science in any debate — but whenever a conservative uses real science with real data, we are then accused of “imposing our values.” A liberal pivot.

The actual condom failure rate is some 20 percent. The cost of failure could be pregnancy. Could be death.

This is described by anti-science liberals as “fear based sex ed.”

So what will Obama do about abortion and condoms?

Even before Obama gets legislation from congress on abortion, Obama will, by Executive Order, repeal the The Mexico City Policy (1984) which,

Prohibits the use of federal funding for organizations and programs “which perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.”

Media Alert: Obama may very well use the Clinton’s Dancing Condom Marketing Campaign. For the Domestic and International markets.

Watch the video and let us know what you think.


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Thank you (foot)notes:

CatholicCitizens writes,

For starters, we may expect removal of the present administration’s ban on destructive embryonic research, and rejection of the Mexico City accords which restrained abortion and eugenics.

Crossfire: The Condom Campaign first aired on January 4, 1994.

Media Alert: Americans United for Life in US News & World Report

November 14, 2008 | By | One Comment

us_news_world_report_logo.pngAmericans United for Life recently started a campaign to encourage the public to Fight FOCA through the FightFOCA website.

US News & World Report reports, Abortion Foes Mobilize Against Obama

Activists seek to prevent new administration from reversing Bush administration policies, by Paul Bedard, Posted November 14, 2008

The antiabortion movement is mobilizing its forces to challenge President-elect Barack Obama should he move quickly to restore federal funding of international family planning services and make good his promise to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, or FOCA.

Americans United for Life has been in the lead on this battle,

Led by Americans United for Life and other antiabortion groups, the movement is gathering signatures to fight FOCA and meeting this weekend to map out a strategy. [Yep, we are here now…]

There are some pundits who feel that Obama will not push for FOCA in his first term. But what is certain is that Obama will not veto any legislation coming out of the Reid-Pelosi legislative machine.

While it is unclear if Obama will move swiftly on the abortion issue, activists on both sides expect him to reverse a Bush executive order implementing the so-called Mexico City language that bars nongovernmental family planning organizations from using federal money to perform abortion services in other countries or to inform patients there about such procedures.

The activists expect that move to propel action in Congress on FOCA, which sets in law a woman’s right to choose and challenges recent Supreme Court rulings on the issue.

According to foes, the new strategy to fight both will seek to capitalize on taxpayer anger at the recent Wall Street bailout.

cecile_richards_obama.jpg“Our strategy will be, ‘Do we want to use federal tax dollars to bail out the abortion industry?’ ” says one of the activists working to build a coalition to fight Obama. “Why are we using taxpayer money to fund abortion services overseas?” he said. (However, federal funding has not been used in the past to directly fund abortions overseas.)

Cecile Richards and Barack Obama

Cecile Richards is the president of the one billion dollar Planned Parenthood. Tax dollars indirectly fund Cecil Richards’ $1,000,000 annual salary. The tax payer provides the abortion provider over $300,000,000 each year. Your money. Funds Abortion. Three Hundred Million Dollars.

USN&WR closes,

While it’s an issue that was largely avoided in the presidential campaign, conservatives see it as a key test of which way Obama will move on social issues in his first year.

We Pro-Life conservatives know exactly how Obama will move — he will payback his backers, his buddies. To those he’s beholden. Cecile Richards is first in line.

So who exactly is Cecile Richards, who would deserve this liberal Democrat payback?

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, contributor to all issues liberal is a very special liberal Democrat.

She is the daughter of liberal Democrat Ann Richards.

Fight FOCAThe fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree. And like Eve, Planned Parenthood is coming for a bigger bite of the apple.

Payback is coming to Planned Parenthood.

But the taxpayer, the voter is fighting back.

Fight FOCA.

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Thank you (foot)notes,

Your Business Blogger(R) recommends, Obama Transition Team in Lockstep with Planned Parenthood

Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., is president and CEO of Americans United for Life.

See Our Journey.

Visit Jimmy Akin at FightFOCA.

Ten Reasons

Jay Anderson, a smart guy from University of Virginia Law School (redundant, I know), Fight FOCA.

25 year-old Chelsea Zimmerman from Holts Summit, Missouri has a perspective on life and on Life well beyond her years. The world is a better place for her blogging.

Ronald L. Caravan has a compelling article in The Valley News Online, Between the Lines: How ironic that Obama action might threaten ‘separation of church and state’ Liberals make little sense…,

In simple terms, under the Freedom of Choice Act, Catholic hospitals would eventually be forced to perform abortions or go out of business, and Catholic bishops this week were signaling that they would go out of business before they would start aborting babies.

“This is not a matter of political compromise,” Bishop Daniel Conlon of Steubenville, Ohio was quoted in news reports. “It’s a matter of absolutes.”

Commenting on Catholic elected officials, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City stated, “They cannot call themselves Catholic when they violate such a core belief as the dignity of the unborn.”

And Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Chicago frankly stated that if Catholic hospitals were given no choice but to perform abortions, they would close rather than comply.

The Freedom of Choice Act is not a brand new proposal. So why the heightened concern now? Because of what President-elect Obama announced at a Planned Parenthood banquet in July of 2007: “The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act…. On this fundamental issue, I will not yield and Planned Parenthood will not yield.”

“Freedom of Choice sounds so benign, but people have simply no comprehension of what a radical piece of legislation this is,” stated Daniel McConchie of Americans United for Life. “The bottom line is that if FOCA passes, you’ll have abortion on demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy for any reason in all 50 states and pay for it with our taxes.”…

Unlike the continuous left-leaning efforts to obliterate God from all aspects of public life in the name of “separation of church and state”–which it is not–the Freedom of Choice Act actually does threaten to impose government interference on a church–exactly what Thomas Jefferson promised would not be done when he coined the “separation” phrase in a letter to a church in Danbury, Connecticut so many years ago.

Leave it to the relativistic left to wrongly accuse everyone else of violating a principle, then commit that very sin themselves.

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Proposal for Action by Conservative Organizations

November 12, 2008 | By | 4 Comments

obama_cnn_malkin_credit.jpgConservatives are giving voice to moving ideas to govern. Heidi Brennan developed this article which deserves a wide audience.

Obama: Did we elect a president?

or a logo?

A man?

or a Brand?

Proposal for Action by Conservative Organizations

By Heidi L. Brennan

The results of last week’s national election are being endlessly dissected and discussed in news rooms, board rooms, and living rooms, but the following should be clear:

The loss of the White House and substantial losses in both houses of Congress are NOT due to a failure of conservative policy. They are the failure of those in the Republican Party who neutralized, ignored, and/or fought every conservative principle over the past eight years.

The Democratic Party outspent and outmaneuvered Republicans, especially at the grassroots level and in sophisticated internet communications strategy.

The two most interesting people to emerge in this campaign are: Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber.

The current collapse of our economy is shrinking everyone’s budget, and the consequences will include reduction of donations to non-profit advocacy institutions, including those promoting conservative values. Though funding will lessen (initially), a strong conservative values base continues to exist and will make every effort to contribute to dynamic advocacy. Conservative voters are poised to become new community activists. They may rightfully expect new ideas and strategies for promoting enduring principles. Education and policy organizations must find ways to engage these grassroots conservative values advocates with new resources, developing simplified ways to deliver timely political information along with easily usable policy research information.

Palin and the Plumber captured the enthusiastic support of voters because they transcended debate by doing more than espousing basic conservative principles. They told their personal stories in an authentic, simple manner effectively linked to election debate. There were no gimmicks, and no controlled published biographies in advance. Today’s most successful public relations and marketing plans tell a story, engaging the targeted consumer, voter, or client so that they are motivated to act.

Conservative organizations should consider the following:

· Prepare stories and recruit/prepare effective storytellers to reflect their mission/values.

Assess current databases and develop others, especially directed at grassroots conservative activism.

Increase the use of internet-based media/information-sharing tools.

Expand leadership training opportunities beyond the college age population, to include high school and middle school students.

Recognizing that all parents are their children’s primary teachers, especially of moral and civic values, develop easily-accessible internet-based materials for parents to utilize within their families.

Conservatives cannot afford to wait until January’s inauguration of our next President and Congress to implement new thinking and approaches. Organization development should begin now.

more at the jump

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Media Alert: Charmaine on The Live Desk on FOX

November 10, 2008 | By | 2 Comments

“The hospital can get me the operation now?” Charmaine asked.

“Sure,” I said. “Where do you think you are, England?”

Charmaine’s gall bladder removal was uneventful and, more important, immediate. There was no rationing of health care — which we will get under an ObamaNation Health Plan.

That was exactly one week ago — the latest surgical techniques have made recovery times shorter, less painful and less expensive. Good ol’ American know-how.

Alert Readers will recall that Your Business Blogger(R) ran a number of medical device start up companies where we risked investors’ investments to lower a patient’s hospital ‘length of stay’ or LOS.

And the products and services made the world a better place as we improved patient care in a cost effective manner.

We assumed a risk in hope of a big payday, a big reward. Obama will kill this golden goose of innovative entrepreneurship.

Charmaine will be discussing the future on The Live Desk panel this afternoon. The other panelists will be Doug Schoen and Alex Burns.

The topics will be:

obama_finger_insult.jpg1) Obama’s Administration – a recreation of the Clinton Administration? What’s in store for Obama and his new team? and

2) A discussion on how Sarah Palin handled the campaign.

Obama Congratulates McCain YouTube.

Hit time will be at 2:30pm eastern. Please tune or tivo and let us know what you think.

Background at the jump, Obama, Candidate of Change, Looks to Old Hands from Clinton Era By Catherine Dodge and Kristin Jensen,

Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — Barack Obama, elected president as an agent of change, is building his new team with old hands from the Clinton administration.

His first appointment, chief of staff, went to Rahm Emanuel, an Illinois representative and veteran of the last Democratic White House. Leading Obama’s transition team is John Podesta, who was President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff.

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Media Alert: Charmaine in CitizenLink;Conference Call with Americans United for Life

November 7, 2008 | By | 2 Comments

Charmaine was interviewed by CitizenLink, a publication of Focus on the Family.

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Friday Five: Pro-Life Hero Charmaine Yoest

by Devon Williams, associate editor

‘With Barack Obama in the White House and Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi controlling Congress, we confront a very difficult pro-abortion political situation.’

As the nation prepares for the most pro-abortion president in history, Charmaine Yoest vows to continue the fight to protect women and preborn children.

The new president and CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL) said she’s hopeful that, despite the challenges, life advocates will recharge and re-energize their efforts at the state and federal levels.

“The life movement will reassess and regroup for the next election cycle with new ways to communicate that even the weakest amongst us should be welcomed in life and defended in law,” Yoest said Wednesday.

Yoest spoke with CitizenLink about her pro-life work and her hopes for the future.

Read the entire interview here.

Charmaine also participated on a conference call with 60-some pro-life leaders across the country. Click here to listen. Forgive the extra click to the Americans United for Life web site.


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Thank you (foot)notes:

How does the party of death do it? How do they sell abortion? And how will Life win? See The Obama Abortion Marketing Machine, by Your Business Blogger(R).

“The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it,” Margaret Sanger, Founder Planned Parenthood

See VERITATEM IN CARITATE

WOW

Jer 1:5, Pro-life

Little Saints in the Making

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AUL Action Enthusiastically Welcomes McCain’s Strong Pro-Life Pick for Vice President

August 29, 2008 | By | 4 Comments

Charmaine and Your Business Blogger(R) spent most of the week here in Minneapolis getting ready for the convention next week while the Penta-posse was in the care of the grandparents.

We got an idea, as did Alert Readers that it was Palin when FOX reported that a jet was bringing the Palins et al to Dayton. Yes, the McCain professionals were using misdirection to keep the VP pick a secret. But chartering a Gulf Stream 4 from Alaska is a $50,000 head fake.

Conservatives don’t spend money like that.

So Charmaine and her AUL team in Chicago and Minneapolis were researching and drafting talking points and a press release the instant Carl Cameron, from FOX of course, would confirm his early clues and make the call.

We watched the announcement in our hotel room. We cried (501C-4) tears.

Later, we ran into Dan Coats who spoke to a luncheon today. The McCain people asked him to speak and talk about the VP selection.

The challenge was that Coats didn’t know who the VP nominee was — so he wrote two speeches — and gave the “better speech.” It was a very happy, happy room full of conservatives.

Follows is the AUL Action press release.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 29, 2008

Media Contact

Matthew Eppinette

202-289-1479

matthew.eppinette@aulaction.org

AUL Action Enthusiastically Welcomes McCain’s Strong Pro-Life Pick for Vice President

Chicago, Illinois — Presumptive Republican Presidential Nominee Sen. John McCain today announced that his Vice Presidential running mate will be Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

AUL Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest stated, “With this bold and inspired selection, Sen. McCain has verified his stated commitment to assembling a truly pro-life administration.”

“The Republican ticket stands in stark contrast to the stridently pro-abortion ticket put forth by the Democratic party,” added Yoest. “You can be sure the vice presidential selections will have far-reaching ramifications in this race.”

As governor, Palin has been a solid pro-life champion. For example, Palin expressed her disagreement with the Alaska Supreme Court when it overturned a 1997 parental consent law in 2007, and supported a constitutional amendment requiring parental consent for abortions.

Denise Burke, AUL Action Vice President & Legal Director, said, “Parental consent laws are essential tools for protecting young girls from the negative consequences of abortion and for defending the constitutional rights of parents to raise their children.”

Studies have clearly demonstrated that the risks of abortion — both long- and short-term — are more pronounced for teenagers. Parents are best positioned to safeguard their children’s health and welfare. Moreover, parental consent laws also protect teenagers by reducing the demand for abortions and increasing teenage sexual responsibility. Polling consistently shows that 70% of American public supports these common sense laws.

In a world where actions speak louder than words, Governor Palin shouted through a megaphone when she gave birth to a son with Down Syndrome in April of this year. In spite of the fact that nearly 9 in 10 babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted, Governor Palin gave birth to Trig Paxson Van Palin on April 18, 2008.

About AUL Action

AUL Action is the legislative arm of Americans United for Life (AUL). The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971. In addition, AUL has been involved in every pro-life case before the Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade.

An Ironic Juxtaposition of Headlines

October 18, 2007 | By | One Comment

Maine Middle School to Offer the Pill

Kansas Planned Parenthood Clinic Charged

Phill Kline is a hero for going after Planned Parenthood. At much personal cost.

Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline charged the Overland Park, Kan., clinic with 107 counts, 23 of them felonies. Besides 29 misdemeanor counts of providing unlawful late-term abortions, the clinic is charged with multiple counts of making a false writing, failure to maintain records and failure to determine viability.