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MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine Quoted in CBS, CNN, Politico, LifeNews, ChristianityToday: Steele on Abortion

March 16, 2009 | By | No Comments

Charmaine has been quoted in a number of media outlets on GOP Chairman Steele’s remarks in GQ on abortion as an individual’s choice.

From CBSGOP Chair Steele Again Under Fire

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Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele is once again in the news after suggesting in an interview with GQ that he believes abortion should be “an individual choice.”

Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life Action, meanwhile, characterized the remarks as “language straight out of Planned Parenthood’s messaging playbook.”

CNN Steele faces more fallout over abortion comments, From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

(CNN) — A chorus of leading conservatives continued to criticize GOP chairman Michael Steele Thursday over the Republican leader’s comments on abortion in an interview with GQ magazine….Other high-profile conservatives who have expressed criticism over the comments include … Americans United for Life and Action CEO Charmaine Yoest.

Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele Under Fire for Abortion Comments, by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor

…[P]rominent pro-life advocates have responded to Steele’s remarks.

Charmaine Yoest, the president of Americans United for Life, said she was disappointed that Steele had appeared to water down his pro-life views.

“I think it is very troubling for a public figure, of either party, particularly one who presents himself as pro-life, to describe the abortion issue as being a matter of ‘individual choice,’” Yoest said, adding that Planned Parenthood normally uses that sort of language.

“There are millions of pro-life Americans, Republican and Democrat, who are looking for leadership on the life issue and they will find Mr. Steele’s comments disturbing and demoralizing,” she continued.

Michael Steele Takes Heat after Abortion Remarks, Sarah Pulliam,

RNC Chairman Michael Steele is creating a big fuss after his interview with GQ where he said women have the right to choose abortion.

Are you saying you think women have the right to choose abortion?

Yeah. I mean, again, I think that’s an individual choice.

You do?

Yeah. Absolutely.

Charmaine Yoest, the president and CEO of Americans United for Life Action responded:

“I think it is very troubling for a public figure, of either party, particularly one who presents himself as pro-life, to describe the abortion issue as being a matter of ‘individual choice,’” That is language straight out of Planned Parenthood’s messaging playbook,” Yoest said she hadn’t heard from the RNC. “There are millions of pro-life Americans, Republican and Democrat, who are looking for leadership on the life issue and they will find Mr. Steele’s comments disturbing and demoralizing.”

In Politico, Steele, under fire, walks back ‘choice’ remark,

RNC Chairman Michael Steele said today that despite telling an interviewer he supports “individual choice” and state-level decisions on abortion, he in fact opposes abortion and supports a Constitutional ban….

Steele has also been reaching out to anti-abortion leaders to damp down the controversy, a source said.

But Steele drew fire from activists Thursday morning for his remarks.

“I think it is very troubling for a public figure, of either party, particularly one who presents himself as pro-life, to describe the abortion issue as being a matter of ‘individual choice,’” That is language straight out of Planned Parenthood’s messaging playbook,” said Charmaine Yoest, the president and CEO of Americans United for Life Action, who said she hadn’t heard from the RNC. “There are millions of pro-life Americans, Republican and Democrat, who are looking for leadership on the life issue and they will find Mr. Steele’s comments disturbing and demoralizing.”

Another anti-abortion activist and sharp critic of President Barack Obama on the subject, Jill Stanek, was even blunter.

“Michael Steele has just unmistakably proclaimed himself to be pro-choice,” she said in an email. “You thought he was ‘embattled’ last week over his Limbaugh comment? Ha. He has now stepped both feet into it.”

Charmaine Quoted in AP, Americans United for Life Action Opposes Sebelius

March 2, 2009 | By | No Comments

sebelius_dress.jpgCharmaine at AUL was interviewed by the Associated Press by phone while we were in Laguna Niguel over the weekend.

Sebelius, credit: Tony’s Kansas City

JOHN HANN writes, Abortion foes vow to fight a Sebelius nomination,

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — National anti-abortion groups promise a vigorous fight if President Barack Obama nominates Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as U.S. health and human services secretary….

“It’s not just that she has a pro-abortion rights viewpoint,” said Charmaine Yoest, president and chief executive officer of Americans United for Life Action. “It’s her very close association with one of the most infamous abortionists in this country.”…

Abortion foes said Friday an important issue is a reception Sebelius once had with a late-term abortion provider who’s now facing criminal charges.

Administration officials disputed the idea that abortion is an issue as to whether Obama nominates Sebelius. She is considered a leading candidate for the HHS job, although the White House has said others are being considered.

Abortion opponents acknowledged Friday that they’ll probably be uncomfortable with nearly anyone Obama nominates, but they’re particularly upset by the prospect of Sebelius.

A major reason is an event in April 2007 at the governor’s residence with Dr. George Tiller and his Wichita clinic’s staff. Abortion foes eventually obtained photos from the reception and posted them last year on the Internet.

Charmaine’s reports that Sebelius opposes and has voted against Parental Notification and safe, clinical standards for abortion offices. See the Americans United for Life Action blog,

The need for this critical legislation was predicated, in large part, on evidence of shocking conditions in Kansas abortion clinics.

For example, two inspections of the same Topeka abortion clinic discovered fetal remains stored in the same refrigerator as food;

a dead rodent in the clinic hallway;

overflowing, uncovered disposal bins containing medical waste;

unlabeled, pre-drawn syringes with controlled substances in an unlocked refrigerator;

improperly labeled and expired medicines; carpeted floor in the surgical procedure room; and visible dirt and general disarray throughout the clinic.

Dr. Krishna Rajanna, who operated the unsanitary clinic, also consistently violated the practice guidelines for conscious sedation.

These unsanitary medical practices would close a restaurant, let alone an abortion office. Other issues that disqualify Sebelius,

On balance, Gov. Sebelius’ record demonstrates that she is unfit to serve as HHS Secretary and should not be in a position to make such important policy determinations including:

* Whether to rescind, modify, or retain HHS rules requiring that recipients of certain federal funding certify their compliance with existing federal law supporting healthcare fights of conscience;

* Whether to expand the over-the-counter availability of abortifacients such as “Plan B” (so-called “emergency contraception”) to allow minors to obtain these controversial and dangerous drugs without a prescription or doctor’s involvement; and

* Whether to rescind approval for or, at a minimum, review the safety and efficacy of RU-486 (“the abortion pill”) which has killed at least 7 women in the U.S. since it was approved by the FDA in September 2000.

Alert Readers know that Your Business Blogger(R) worked in a restaurant as a teenager. My boss was always worried that the Health Department Inspector might find some random rat dropping. My restaurant manager would have nothing to fear if Sebelius was the governor. Sebelius is not qualified to oversee a food service business. And she is not qualified to run Health and Human Resources.

See KansasCity.com

Pro-Life State Rankings by Americans United for Life

February 9, 2009 | By | One Comment

Americans United for Life has released a state-by-state review of local abortion laws. The ranking is based on a numerical evaluation-criteria. See State by State Legal Guide to Abortion, Bioethics and the End of Life.

The Best States

1. Pennsylvania

2. Louisiana

3. South Dakota

4. Oklahoma

5. Mississippi

6. Texas

7. North Dakota

8. Nebraska

9. Arkansas

10. Indiana

The Worst States

50. California

49. Hawaii

48. Vermont

47. New Jersey

46. Connecticut

45. Nevada

44. Oregon

43. New York

42. Washington

41. Illinois

And please sign the FightFOCA petition!


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Thank you (foot)notes:

The KansasJackass loves abortion and Planned Parenthood.

Also see LifeNews reports, Missouri Bill Introduced for Ultrasound, Better Informed Consent Before Abortion

See 12 States Weigh Ultrasound Abortion Bills, by Christianity Today.

Is The State You Live In For Or Against Life?

See Craig’s Cogitations.

Is your state for or against life?

Read the outstanding writing by Meredith Turney at California Ranks DEAD Last.

SwampFox discusses FOCA

Jeremy Alford blogs How pro-life is Louisiana?

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, AUL president, says the ranking offers every reason for optimism for conservatives in Louisiana, especially with the election of Democratic President Barack Obama, who is pro-choice. “Since the election, we have seen a huge outpouring of grassroots support for our work opposing the radically pro-abortion Freedom of Choice Act as well as hundreds of inquiries about life-affirming legislation,” Youest says.

Life as it Happens has more on Obama and FOCA.

Kyrie Eleison gives a link.

The Spin Cipher has Freedom of Choice for who?

Cellar dweller has California at bottom of list in pro-life group’s ranking of states.

Charmaine on the Obama Abortion Business Bail Out; Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times

January 24, 2009 | By | 3 Comments

baby_boo_march_for_life_2009.jpg Charmaine was busy with media interviews while she marched in the March for Life.

(This was quite an act: no child was left behind…) Obama is beginning to fulfill his campaign promises to bail out the abortion business.

Baby Boo working the crowd at the March for Life

If you support abortion or not, you are now going to pay for abortion…the world over.

Your Business Blogger(R) does not care for the government bail out of any business. Especially not the abortion business.

Obama lifts restrictions on abortion funding, 24 Jan 2009, Source: Reuters

By Jeff Mason and Deborah Charles (Additional reporting by Ed Stoddard)

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday lifted restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, reversing a policy of his Republican predecessor George W. Bush…

“When we wake up every morning to a deepening financial crisis, it is an insult to the American people to bail out the abortion industry,” said Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life.

“Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar company and they do not need additional resources to burden the American taxpayer.”…

The United States spends more than $400 million on overseas family planning assistance each year.

Jon Ward writes in The Washington Times, Obama changes policy on abortion, Saturday, January 24, 2009

“What a terrible way to begin a new administration: with an abortion business bailout that will exploit women in developing countries for political ends,” said Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life Action.

Mr. Obama’s promise to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would repeal all state and local restrictions on abortion, such as parental notification laws and measures allowing physicians to deny abortions based on their own faith convictions, came under fire Thursday from congressional Republicans.

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LAURA MECKLER reports in The Wall Street Journal, Obama Intends to Lift Family-Planning ‘Gag Rule’; Move Would Restore Funds to International Groups Involved With Abortion; Timing Shows Sensitivity to Foes of Roe v. Wade,

Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, thinks the change in policy amounts to U.S. tax dollars funding abortion and sees no positive outcome.

LifeNews.com Editor, Steven Ertelt, reports

Pro-Life Advocates: Obama Has Already Betrayed Promise to Reduce Abortions January 23, 2009,

Charmaine Yoest, [Ph.D.] the president of Americans United for Life, also responded to the news.

“What a terrible way to begin a new administration: with an abortion business bailout that will exploit women in developing countries for political ends,” she told LifeNews.com.

“We should not export the tragedy of abortion to other nations, and we certainly shouldn’t do so via the hard-earned dollars of American taxpayers,” she said.

Denise Burke, [Americans United for Life] Vice President of Legal Affairs said the move also creates foreign policy headaches because it has the U.S. funding pro-abortion groups that are actively lobbying other nations to reverse their long-standing pro-life laws.

“Pro-abortion organizations like the International Planned Parenthood Federation are actively working to impose radically pro-abortion laws on developing nations, showing no regard for the will of the people in these countries,” she said. “This move is a significant step backwards in respecting the sovereignty of nations, in empowering women, and in protecting unborn.”

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Thank you (foot)notes,

Notae Zuinglii, Bible and Theology writes, Legitimizing Murder

Yes we can, use your money to fund abortions

“The time has come to set aside childish things.” Barak H. Obama 1/20/09

See Mike’s Noise, We Surrender! “Bailout” plan is now law

Visit Tradition Catholic Reflections

President Bush writes,

In 2002, I was honored to sign into law the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which extends legal protection to children who survive an abortion attempt.

Born Alive protection is opposed by Obama.

Republican Leader John Boehner is blogging. Read his post at Americans United for Life Action, Mr. President: Reconsider FOCA

January 22, 2009

A Guest Post by Republican Leader John Boehner

Yesterday, on the eve of the 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision, 105 Members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama requesting that he reconsider his support for overturning pro-life laws–even laws enacted by the States. Specifically we asked the President to withdraw his pledge to sign the so-named Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which would in one tragic act overturn virtually all pro-life laws nationwide, and to refuse to support policies that incrementally enact the FOCA agenda by rescinding or weakening existing pro-life laws….

Charmaine Quoted in The Wall Street Journal; Planned Parenthood Forbids the Science of the Sonogram

January 23, 2009 | By | 4 Comments

cecile_richards_obama.jpgWhile we were marching in yesterday’s March for Life, Charmaine was interviewed by the WSJ on the Obama Abortion Bail Out executive order.

Cecile Richards, from Planned Parenthood and Obama

The reporter, LAURA MECKLER, asked about the current Mexico City Accord which prohibits USA taxpayers funding education on “reproductive freedom” to other countries. (The Alert Reader knows well that reproductive freedom/education is code for abortion.) The reporter also asked about Obama’s “sensitivity” on not signing the abortion bailout on the anniversary of Roe v Wade; 22 January — a day Pro-Lifers yearly recognize as the day the Supreme Court legalized abortion in all 57 50 states. Abortion is now legal through all nine months of pregnancy.

Meckler wrote,

…[A]bortion opponents were not mollified. Charmaine Yoest, [Ph.D.] president of Americans United for Life, thinks the change in policy amounts to U.S. tax dollars funding abortion and sees no positive outcome. But she called the delayed timing “a politically savvy move” by the White House.

Meckler also interviewed Cecile Richards,

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which offers abortion and family planning, says she doesn’t care when President Obama changes the policy, as long as it is changed. “He has clearly stated his opposition to the global gag rule and his intention to overturn it,” she said.

Cecile Richards makes money selling and preforming abortions. If women and other countries cannot afford an abortion. The American tax payer will now pay for them in a Planned Parenthood office.

sonogram_side_by_side.jpg

There is one gag rule that Cecile Richards demands that Obama not change: No pregnant woman should see a sonogram of her baby.

85 percent of women who see the first picture of the child, do not have an abortion.

Planned Parenthood cannot have the science of the sonogram help women to choose.

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Over 530,000 have signed the Americans United for Life petition to Fight FOCA. Be sure to sign up!

Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine spend time yesterday talking with Lila Rose who regularly captures on video Planned Parenthood covering up rapes. See

Planned Parenthood Rape Cover-up: Is a Sting Operation Ethical?

Abortion Bailout; The March For Life; Blogs 4 Life

January 22, 2009 | By | One Comment

March_for_life_yoest_dan_mcconchie_2009.pngYour Business Blogger(R), Charmaine and the Penta-Posse joined some 300,000 of our closest friends and marched for life “celebrated” each January 22nd. Charmaine worked the event with her team from Americans United for Life.

It took over three hours for the March to pass.

Obama was invited.

He didn’t show.

The Yoests and Dan McConchie supporting AUL’s FightFOCA

at the March for Life 2009

But Obama did offer to make nice: He won’t sign an abortion bailout executive order…until tomorrow, Friday.

Tomorrow, the 23rd, he is expected to issue by presidential fiat an order which will permit your tax dollars to pay for abortions around the world.

We all may differ on when life begins. Or if a baby is being aborted. Or if there is a link between breast cancer and abortion.

But most of the country does not want our tax dollars to pay for abortions. Especially overseas.

No one wants a bail out for the off shore affiliates of Planned Parenthood.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

See the post from PoliPundit, LIVE From Blogs 4 Life

Visit Blogs 4 Life.

Professor Robert George of Princeton writes,

Obama is being served and abetted by a small number of Catholic and Evangelical intellectuals and activists who have been peddling the claim that Obama, despite his pro-abortion extremism, is effectively pro-life because of his allegedly enlightened economic and social policies will reduce the number of abortions. This is delusional.

The truth is that Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to serve in the United States Senate or seek the Office of President of the United States.

The revocation of the Hyde Amendment, the Mexico City Policy, funding limitations on embryo-destructive research, informed consent laws, parental notification statutes–all of which Obama has promised to his pro-abortion base–will dramatically increase the number of abortions, and will do so for reasons that have been articulated by the abortion lobby itself.

It is the pro-abortion side that tells us that the Hyde Amendment alone has resulted in 300,000 fewer abortions each year than would otherwise be performed–and that is why they so desperately want it to be repealed. Yet the putatively pro-life Obama apologists claim that the man who pledges to repeal it is going to reduce the number of abortions. Let me say it again: this is delusional.

Why Obama Really Voted For Infanticide from National Review

Is Abortion a Right? The Inauguration of Obama

January 20, 2009 | By | 3 Comments

People are divided. The country is divided.

However one feels, Obama has promised to make this division worse. He has promised to sign the Freedom of Choice Act or FOCA.

The Coweta-FayetteRTL blog reminds us that FOCA would,

* Provide for taxpayer-funded abortion on demand at all 9 months of pregnancy

* Grant abortionists protections from legal action

* Allow abortionists to perform abortion on minors without parental notification

* Deny health care workers the right to refuse to make abortion referrals as a matter of conscience

* Take away legal protection from religiously-affiliated hospitals who refuse to allow abortions within their facilities

* Overturn laws requiring abortions to be performed by a licensed physician

In April 2007 the Senate considered FOCA. Read the bill foca_2007_senate.pdf.

The Supreme Court has allowed abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. Obama goes further (and later) and supports post-birth abortion. A civilized people will not stand for the destruction of its most defenseless citizens. Obama is in for a fight.


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Obama’s Inauguration

December before last Your Business Blogger(R) followed Charmaine as she worked on the Huckabee presidential campaign. I drove the Penta-Posse in the monster Huck-a-truck and we lived out (lots!) of suitcases across Arkansas, Iowa, New Hampshire.

All of the campaigners, liberal and conservative, stayed in the same hotels. We often crossed paths and chatted in the elevators.

Sometimes we’d compliment the Obama team. “He’s a very attractive candidate,” I remember saying to an Obama worker at one time…

Anybody was better than Hillary.

Now we have both of them.

So what do we do now with the coming socialists? Waiting for the party of death?

Sign FightFOCA, to start.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Be sure to see Charmaine speak at Blogs 4 Life this Thursday, the 22nd in Your Nation’s Capital.

Random Thoughts has graphics of partial birth abortion, which would be permitted under Obama’s Freedom of Choice Act.

Thank you to NRL for the FOCA legislative link.

Please sign the petition. Almost 470,000 have signed to date.

Pro-Life and Pro-Obama?

See the Americans United for Life blog.

See Major Scoop on FOCA.

Read Father Jim,

As Catholics, we must oppose passage of the evil “Freedom of Choice Act.” To read more about our U.S. Bishops’ opposition to FOCA, visit www.usccb.org/prolife/issues/FOCA. Americans United For Life is also encouraging pro-lifers to sign a petition against FOCA at www.fightfoca.com. Also certain to arise soon is the issue of federal judgeship nominations. President Obama’s picks for these key positions are all expected to be pro-choice, as are his choices for the Supreme Court. Committed pro-life Catholics have ample opportunity to pray for our nation, the very anti-life direction we are going towards now and our new President. God help America!

Abortion and FOCA is uniting all different religious traditions. See Making My Own Colors.

Be sure to bookmark Jill Stanek. We will need her insight over the next 4 years.

Obama: Abortion & The Death of a Live Birth, “Let all the babies be born. Then let us drown those we do not like.”

Watch the videos on Lisa’s blog. And thank her for installing the FightFOCA code on her template.

ComMITTed to Romney has Sign FightFOCA.com’s Petition to Protect Human Life!

A former submariner is Fighting FOCA.

A and A have got the code.

Barbara takes on “Choice.”

Abortions are decreasing.

And no, Abortion is not a right.

Tom McMahon asks about The Change.

2nd Cup of Coffee has Just One Wish.

Who Declared Jan 22nd as National Sanctity of Human Life Day?

January 16, 2009 | By | No Comments

Question: Who Declared Jan 22nd as National Sanctity of Human Life Day?

Answer: Ronald Reagan.

January 22nd is commemorated each year as National Sanctity of Human Life Day; the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs Wade.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Sunday, January 22, 1984, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day.

I call upon the citizens of this blessed land to gather on that day in homes and places of worship to give thanks for the gift of life, and to reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of every human being and the sanctity of each human life.

No wonder liberals hate Ronald Reagan.

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Join Fight FOCA Charmaine was interviewed for Moody Bible Radio on the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), Sanctity of Life Sunday and The March for Life.

Visit Paul Butler’s blog for the audio link. Good stuff.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Paul Butler at Paul Butler’s Production Blog points us to Ronald Reagan’s proclamation of January 22nd.

Reagan issued the Proclamation on January 13, 1984,

“The values and freedoms we cherish as Americans rest on our fundamental commitment to the sanctity of human life.

The first of the “unalienable rights” affirmed by our Declaration of Independence is the right to life itself, a right the Declaration states has been endowed by our Creator on all human beings — whether young or old, weak or strong, healthy or handicapped.”

Conservatives are now the protectors of the “little guy.”

The text of Reagan’s proclamation at the jump.

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Charmaine to Speak at Blogs for Life; Chuck Norris will Fight FOCA Fight FOCA on Sanctity of Life Sunday

January 15, 2009 | By | No Comments

charmaine_obamacon_me_yoest.pngSanctity of Life Sunday is being celebrated on the 18th — before the March for Life on Thursday, January 22nd.

In between these two dates, the most pro-abortion president in history, Barack Obama, will be sworn in on Tuesday the 20th.

What a week.

Alert Reader Gary K sends us Charmaine’s ObamaCon.me

Americans United for Life has a church bulletin insert available to alert voters on the Obama abortion agenda. See the full page insert here. Read Charmaine’s letter at the jump.

The Family Research Council writes,

Blogs for Life is scheduled to take place the day of the 36th annual March for Life, during which hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates gather in the nation’s capitol to celebrate life and demand the reversal of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

The conference will feature several prominent conservative voices including Senator Sam Brownback, Amanda Carpenter, Jill Stanek, Michael New, Ph.D., Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., Michael Illions, Chris Gacek, J.D. and Martha Shuping, M.D. all speaking with bloggers live from Family Research Council headquarters.”

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Join Fight FOCA To date almost 425,000 people have signed the FightFOCA petition.

It just might get Obama’s attention.

Because it is the right thing to do.

How can Your Business Blogger(R) be so sure?

Because Chuck Norris approves of FightFOCA.

Chuck Norris writes at Human Events,

“Please, before FOCA flies onto the congressional floor in the upcoming days, sign the online petition to fight FOCA (www.fightfoca.com), and then contact your representatives and senators to tell them how you expect them to vote on the bill.”

Chuck Norris is always right. He’s smart. As The Dude says, ‘Chuck Norris can divide by zero.’

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Thank you (foot)notes:

The Dude worked backstage with Chuck Norris on the Huckabee presidential campaign trail in December 2007.

Pro-Choice abortion-approver Christina doesn’t care much for the Fight against FOCA. She used to work for Planned Parenthood and says there is no such procedure as a partial birth abortion. I don’t think she’s seen the pictures…warning: graphic dead baby unwanted human tissue.

The Secular Heretic telling the news as it really is, has the FightFOCA code in his template. A good-guy.

UPDATE: Blogs 4 Life is on the Right Wing Watch list from People for the American Way. The anti-American PfAW has more time for abortion, now that Obama will soon be surrendering in Iraq and to Iran.

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Will Pro-Lifers Quit? Father Neuhaus Eulogized; Charmaine Quoted in Christianity Today

January 13, 2009 | By | No Comments

obama_new_yorker_cover.jpgThe church was full to overflowing. Even visiting priests had to stand in the aisle.

I’m sure this exceeded the Fire Marshal’s Max Occupancy. But no NYFDer was going to stop this Mass demonstration.

Father Richard John Neuhaus was buried today. We were reminded of his final writings on abortion. That we would never tire nor grow weary in defending Life.

Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine talked about the funeral on the train back to DC. Pleased and humbled and encouraged by what Father Richard accomplished.

We were resolved to do two things to help carry on his work:

1) Continue to fight the good fight for the sanctity of Life. And,

2) Have more dinner parties.

We will pass on the cigars.

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The abortion debate will have some challenges during the Obama administration.

Sarah Pulliam writes in Christianity Today, Battle Fatigue

Abortion opponents head into Obama presidency after big losses

“The first thing I’d do as President,” Barack Obama told Planned Parenthood in 2007, “is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.” The bill would remove almost all state and federal restrictions on abortion. But observers wonder if the anti-abortion movement has enough life in it to successfully fight the legislation or similar measures…

Signs of fatigue aside, observers agree that abortion will remain a major political issue.

“People are still energized and ready to fight a radical agenda on abortion as it comes down the pipe,” said Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life.

[She should have said ‘pike’ not ‘pipe.’ She has a delightful way of mixing the metaphor: Belly up to the plate; Step up to the bar, Easy as cake, It’s a piece of pie. She is a fun woman to live with…]

Polls and other research suggest that younger evangelicals are more supportive of abortion restrictions than older evangelicals are. A 2007 study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life showed that 70 percent of younger white evangelicals favor “making it more difficult for a woman to get an abortion,” compared with 55 percent of older white evangelicals.

The Pro-Life Movement as the Politics of the 1960s by Richard John Neuhaus

Copyright (c) 2009 First Things (January 2009).

Whatever else it is, the pro-life movement of the last thirty-plus years is one of the most massive and sustained expressions of citizen participation in the history of the United States. Since the 1960s, citizen participation and the remoralizing of politics have been central goals of the left. Is it not odd, then, that the pro-life movement is viewed as a right-wing cause?…

These are the issues addressed in a remarkable new book out this month from Princeton University Press, The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right, by Jon Shields, a political scientist at Claremont McKenna College…

The pro-life movement is a movement for change, indeed for what some view as the radical change of eliminating the unlimited abortion license. “Meanwhile,” writes Shields, “the pro-choice movement is a conservative movement defending the status quo. Pro-choicers have little to gain from engaging their opponents and from the deliberative norms that facilitate persuasion.”

…the abortion battle is over abortion and whether the unborn child counts as a human person, but where one comes out on that question is, I believe, powerfully influenced by a host of other beliefs and attitudes aptly summarized in the pro-life language of a culture of death versus a culture of life. There are two cultures, one focused on rights and laws and the other on rights and wrongs; one focused on maximizing individual self-expression and the other on reinforcing community and responsibility….

“One of the great political ironies of the past few decades,” writes Shields, “is that the Christian Right has been much more successful than its political rivals at fulfilling New Left hopes for American democracy. Far more than any movement since the early campaign for civil rights, the Christian Right has helped revive participatory democracy in America by overcoming citizens’ alienation from politics.” As one has all too many occasions to observe, history has many ironies in the fire. To the 1960s proponents of participatory democracy, the maxim applies: Be careful what you hope for. To those flirting with despair in the face of an Obama presidency, the advice is offered: You might want to get a copy of The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right by Jon Shields. And all of us would do well to ponder the wisdom in the observation that there are no permanently lost causes because there are no permanently won causes.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

We had dinner last night at the Algonquin Hotel, birthplace of the New Yorker. Where writers and what-not would gather at the The Roundtable in the 1920′s and 30′s. We sat at The Roundtable and learned about the literary giants who walked those floors and sat at these places. We stared at the large wooden table and marveled and mumbled something about history to the waiter.

“The Table? Nevermind. It’s a replica. Dunno where the real one is,” he said. “New owners did something with it…”

The table was a fake. Made us think about all those authentic pro-choicers at the New Yorker.

Read more from First Things at the jump.

Vital Signs also recommends First Things.

Also see Wake for Father Richard John Neuhaus.

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