Friday, July 29, 2011

Obamacare: Mandated Contraception Collides With Religious Freedom | Daily News | NCRegister.com

"HHS is preparing a list of “preventative services for women” that every insurance plan must cover, without co-pay or deductible, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, popularly known as “Obamacare.” In a time-honored bureaucratic maneuver, HHS referred the question of what to include to a tame outside organization it could count on to give it the advice it wanted: It asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a nominally independent, if pliant, nonprofit, to identify the services that should be mandated.
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Michele Bachmann

Pennsylvania Abortion Staffers Wrongfully Prescribe Drugs | LifeNews.com

"The Associated Press indicates three staffers at the abortion business and a former registered nurse who once worked there face charges from state prosecutors. The officials say the current and former medical director for the abortion facility authorized the ordering of a prescription weight loss drug for an employee at the abortion clinic. The employees was reportedly using the drug to battle anxiety and depression and that employee also faces charges of selling the drug to a friend and the former nurse. The employee got 1200 pills of the prescription drug on demand."
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Planned Parenthood Abortion Practitioner Loses Medical License | LifeNews.com

"An abortion practitioner who works on a contract basis for Planned Parenthood in California has had his medical licensed suspended by the California Medical Board and he now faces a hearing before an administrative judge on August 2." Visit:Planned Parenthood Abortion Practitioner Loses Medical License | LifeNews.com:

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Maine House Candidate Victorious in Public Funding Challenge

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE MADISON CENTER
Friday, July 22, 2011
Contact: James Bopp, Jr.
jboppjr@aol.com

Maine House Candidate Victorious in Public Funding Challenge

On Thursday, a federal district court in Maine declared unconstitutional a provision of Maine’s system of public funding for elections that provides taxpayer funding to legislative candidates based on opposition speech.

The Maine Clean Elections Act, passed in 1995, provides taxpayer funding for Maine legislative and gubernatorial candidates who agree to limit how much money they raise and spend on their campaigns. Under the scheme, state legislative candidates receive between $500 and $19,000 in initial funding, plus additional “matching funds” of up to $38,000 if they are outspent by their opponent and independent groups.

Rep. Andre Cushing, state representative for District 39 of the Maine legislature, brought suit last August along with Respect Maine PAC, and Harold Clough, challenging the constitutionality of the matching fund. Rep. Cushing did not take public funding for his campaign, and argued the money he raises shouldn't trigger additional funding to his opponent. “I don’t support having taxpayers foot the bill for a politician’s election campaign” says Cushing, “but making me fund my opponent by giving him a dollar for each dollar I raise is simply unconstitutional.”

The federal order makes reference to the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom PAC v. Bennett, which declared unconstitutional a similar Arizona scheme.

“The court’s decision here is just a straightforward application of the Supreme Court’s decision in Bennett,” said James Bopp, Jr., counsel for the plaintiffs. “Requiring people to effectively fund candidates they opposed simply by exercising their First Amendment rights is blatantly unconstitutional.”

“The court has reaffirmed that Maine election laws must pass constitutional muster,” said David Crocker of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, local counsel for the plaintiffs. “This decision clears a roadblock to free speech, which Maine’s citizens should justly celebrate.”

The case is Cushing et al. v. McKee et al., 1:10-cv-330. Copies of the order and other documents related to the case are available in PDF online at the James Madison Center’s website, www.jamesmadisoncenter.org, under “Cushing v. McKee.”

James Bopp, Jr. has a national federal and state election law practice. He is General Counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech and former Co-Chairman of the Election Law Subcommittee of the Federalist Society.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hey, Mr. President! What about cutting Obamacare?

"WASHINGTON – A Heritage Foundation fellow and former member of Congress, U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla., says President Obama is sidestepping what could be a large part of the resolution of the nation's problem with its debt ceiling: Obamacare."Visit:Hey, Mr. President! What about cutting Obamacare?:

'Gays,' atheists oppose rights for Christians

"Homosexuals and atheists in the United Kingdom are raising objections to plans by their own government's Equality and Human Rights Commission to defend Christians who have faced discrimination because of their faith." Visit:'Gays,' atheists oppose rights for Christians:

The Kermit Gosnell of Florida: Ignoring unsafe abortions and death at the Dadeland Family Planning Center. - By William Saletan - Slate Magazine

"In the last 10 years, the clinic and its doctors have been sued 15 times. ... One doctor who worked at the Dadeland clinic was a convicted sex offender. Another was reprimanded by his state licensing board for 'gross malpractice.' A third was responsible for more than $500,000 in out-of-court settlements on abortions gone awry. Year after year, there were ruptured uteruses, perforated colons and emergency hysterectomies. ... Finally, one woman, the unluckiest of all, died.
Sixteen years after Roe, Sontag wrote, 'the back alley persists—on a commercial street, in a medical building, with a front door, and sometimes even with a state license.'" Visit: The Kermit Gosnell of Florida: Ignoring unsafe abortions and death at the Dadeland Family Planning Center. - By William Saletan - Slate Magazine:

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Brigham :Operation Rescue

Allentown, PA – A group of pro-life activists joint together on Saturday morning to warn the public and women entering the Allentown Medical Services abortion clinic of the dangerous conditions found there during recent state inspections.

The protesters came from all over Pennsylvania to protest at the clinic once owned by the notorious Steven Chase Brigham, who has such an appalling history of abortion abuses that he has been ordered not to have any involvement, direct or indirect, with any abortion business in that state. Brigham transferred control to Rose Health Services, which is a company purportedly owned by his mother. Brigham continues to solicit abortion business for the Allentown clinic through his American Medical Services web site.

The pro-life activists carried signs with slogans like “Unacceptable risk to women at this abortion facility.”

Video taken at the protest showed maintenance worker at the building where the abortion clinic operates thanking the protesters for exposing the dangers of the abortion clinic.

Violations found during an inspection that took place on May 26, 2011, discovered out-of-date medicine, metal instruments with a brown material in the hinges and inside the supposedly sterile packaging, surgical instruments tossed in unsterilized drawers, and surgical instruments stored in a “musty” smelling suitcase in broken wrappers – all of which were considered by employees to be ready for use on patients.

Also discovered was a freezer where “Infectious Waste”, (the remains of aborted babies), was stored that was smeared with what an employee acknowledged was blood and contained a thick layer of frozen blood in the bottom. Dirty recovery room blankets and a dangerous lack of patient monitoring were also documented.

No plan has been to correct these egregious violations has been filed, yet the abortion clinic continues to operate.

“Kudos to Kathy Kuhns, who did a great job organizing this protest. We must keep up the public opposition and pressure on the Pennsylvania Department of Health until this dirty and dangerous abortion mill is closed for good,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman

Anyone who is interested in participating in continued protests at the Allentown Medical Services abortion clinic is encouraged to contact krkuhns1(at)verizon.net.Brigham :Operation Rescue

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pennsylvania To Begin Issuing Birth Certificates for Stillbirths | Care2 Causes

Pro-Aborts are getting nervous:
"Last week, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill into law which will allow Pennsylvania parents who deliver stillborn babies to receive a birth certificate for their child.  This makes Pennsylvania the 28th state to allow birth certificates for stillbirths, and it is largely because of campaigning by people like Heidi Kauffmann, whose son, Kail, was born dead three weeks before his due date.  Instead of receiving a birth certificate after the tragedy, the Kauffmanns were given a death certificate." (Of course I do not agree with the last line of this article.) Visit: Pennsylvania To Begin Issuing Birth Certificates for Stillbirths | Care2 Causes:

Monday, July 11, 2011

National Association of Pro-Life Nurses

Beginning in 1973, when abortion was accepted as a legal alternative to pregnancy, healthcare professionals have been confronted by an ever-increasing number of morally challenging life issues. 

The list of ethical dilemmas continues to grow: in vitro fertilization, cloning, fetal experimentation, organ donation and transplantation, nutrition and hydration, patient rights, certain sterilization practices, looming rationing of medical resources, assisted suicide and euthanasia, and stem cell research with its promise of advances in the treatment of disease.

The National Association of Pro-Life Nurses is a valuable resource. This not-for-profit organization unites nurses who seek excellence in nurturing for all, including the unborn, newborn, disabled, mentally and or/physically ill, the aged and the dying.

Visit:Home Page: "Welcome to Nurses For LIFE                                                                                                        

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Paralyzed man freely moves after getting implant - Yahoo! News

"LONDON – After Rob Summers was paralyzed below the chest in a car accident in 2006, his doctors told him he would never stand again. They were wrong.
Despite intensive physical therapy for three years, Summers' condition hadn't improved. So in 2009, doctors implanted an electrical stimulator onto the lining of his spinal cord to try waking up his damaged nervous system. Within days, Summers, 25, stood without help." Visit;Paralyzed man freely moves after getting implant - Yahoo! News:

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Teen's transfer defuses life support battle | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

"A Sugar Land brain cancer patient was transferred from Texas Children's Hospital to a long-term acute-care facility on Thursday, beating the pediatric hospital's plan to remove his life support by five days.
In the latest conflict involving the state law that allows hospitals to discontinue life-sustaining treatment of patients they deem futile,"
Visit: Teen's transfer defuses life support battle | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle:

Family fights to keep teen alive as hospital decides to end life support | khou.com Houston

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Allen is in a coma at Texas Children's Hospital. "Rosalyn Allen and her husband Samuel Allen received a letter last week from Texas Children's Hospital saying that Jordan has both a “terminal and irreversible condition.”  The letter explains that a bio-ethicist panel has considered her son's case and decided that 'life-sustaining treatment should be discontinued.'"
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The "Not Mitt" Primary by Lowman S. Henry

The "Not Mitt" Primary
Can a newcomer win the GOP Presidential nomination?
By: Lowman S. Henry
In addition to their growing ideological divide, the two major political parties in the United States have established a completely different approach to selecting their nominees for the Presidency. The Republican nomination tends to go to a well-known, although not necessarily beloved, candidate who has run previously for national office. Democrats get swept up in the moment frequently picking a newcomer who embodies the prevailing mood of the day.

From an electoral viewpoint this has generally worked well for the Democrats. The notable misfire was the nomination of the anti-Vietnam War candidate George McGovern in 1972 who was routed by Richard Nixon in the general election. But starting with Jimmy Carter in 1976, continuing with Bill Clinton in 1992 and most recently Barack Obama in 2008, candidates rising from obscurity have resulted in Democratic electoral victories.

Republicans have rewarded persistence - but with mixed results. Ronald Reagan prevailed in 1980 after having lost to Gerald Ford in 1976; George H.W. Bush won in 1988 after having run in 1980 and then serving as Reagan's Vice President. George W. Bush won in 2000 without having previously lost, but had the built-in advantage of the Bush family name and network in claiming the nomination.

The GOP's habit of selecting a previous year's also-ran has produced some notable flops. U.S. Senator Robert Dole had lost to George H.W. Bush in 1988, but was rewarded with the party's nomination in 1996 only to lose to Bill Clinton. In 2008, the 2000 primary runner-up U.S. Senator John McCain became the Republican standard-bearer, and was run down by Barack Obama.

This brings us to the upcoming 2012 race and once again the front-runner is a losing candidate from a previous campaign cycle. The GOP race has begun to take shape over the past few months with several potential heavy weight candidates declining to run, and others making their candidacies official. Through all this former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has emerged as the front-runner. He consistently leads in national polls. More importantly, his fundraising has left the other candidates in the dust. Romney is expected to report having raked in close to $20 million in the second quarter, about four times more than any other candidate is expected to have raised.

Despite his financial showing and strong polling numbers there is unease about a Mitt Romney candidacy that permeates the party. Driven in large measure by Romney's Massachusetts health care plan, which was disturbingly similar to the reviled Obamacare, many Republicans are looking for a fresh face.

This has created a second tier of candidacies vying in the "not Mitt" primary. In recent weeks Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, a favorite of the tea party movement, has emerged as the leading challenger to Romney moving into a statistical tie with him in the crucial first caucus state of Iowa. Georgia businessman and talk show host Herman Cain, another grassroots darling, is also showing viability.

But evidence of the degree to which the race remains unsettled is the continued pining for additional candidates to enter the race. A delegation of power brokers from Iowa paid a visit to Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey in an effort to entice him to run. He declined. Currently, the most talked about non-candidate is Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is by all accounts seriously considering jumping into the fray.

If Perry decides to run the dynamics of the contest would dramatically change. Although he would start out behind, the sitting Texas governor would quickly be able to compete with Romney financially. Perry's persona and policies also appeal to the conservative base of the party, giving him a shot at winning over those currently supporting Bachmann and Cain.

Perry has the potential to quickly emerge as the leading "not Mitt" candidate. The big question then would be: can Perry or any fresh face convince the broad spectrum of Republican voters to abandon their historic tendency to nominate the known quantity and take a chance on a national newcomer?

In 2010, as the tea party movement swept the nation, we learned that the old rules of politics no longer necessarily apply. As the economy continues to sputter and foreign wars drag on voters are going to be looking for fresh faces and new ideas.

Thus the stage is set for historic and current trends to collide. Will the GOP again nominate an also-ran, or will it be more like the Democrats and go with a fresh face that captures the national mood. The answer to that question will ultimately determine whether Mitt Romney or the "not Mitt" ends up as the 2012 Republican nominee for President of the United States.

(Lowman S. Henry is Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal. His email address is lhenry@lincolninstitute.org.)
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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

State by State Scoreboard | SBA-List- Defund Planned Parenthood

"After Washington failed to defund Planned Parenthood because of special protection from President Obama, states across the country are picking up the fight and working to defund Planned Parenthood themselves." Currently eight states, Wisconsin, Texas, Tennessee, New Jersey, New Hampshire,North Carolina and Kansas and Indiana have voted to defund Planned Parenthood to the tune of $60,399,000. For a chart visit:State by State Scoreboard | SBA-List:

Friday, July 01, 2011

Historic Polish bill to ban all abortion clears first vote 254-151 | LifeSiteNews.com

"WARSAW, July 1, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A massive grassroots campaign in Poland to implement a total ban on abortion witnessed an important victory Friday as the lower house of the Polish parliament fought off a first round of voting intended to scrap the historic bill." Visit:Historic Polish bill to ban all abortion clears first vote 254-151 | LifeSiteNews.com: