Posts Tagged ‘pro-life’

Social Issues, the American Electorate and the Presidency

February 20, 2012

In this column from the “Wall Street Journal”, James Taranto examines the impact of social conservatism on presidential elections, highlighting the new book by Jeffrey Bell, The Case for Polarized Politics.  Bell makes the case that the social issues are a winner for GOP candidates, despite what the political pundits and media outlets may say.  

Some excerpts:

“Social conservatism, Mr. Bell argues in his forthcoming book, ‘The Case for Polarized Politics,’ has a winning track record for the GOP. ‘Social issues were nonexistent in the period 1932 to 1964,’ he observes. ‘The Republican Party won two presidential elections out of nine, and they had the Congress for all of four years in that entire period. . . . When social issues came into the mix—I would date it from the 1968 election . . . the Republican Party won seven out of 11 presidential elections.'”

“In Mr. Bell’s telling, social conservatism is both relatively new and uniquely American, and it is a response to aggression, not an initiation of it. The left has had ‘its center of gravity in social issues’ since the French Revolution, he says. ‘Yes, the left at that time, with people like Robespierre, was interested in overthrowing the monarchy and the French aristocracy. But they were even more vehemently in favor of bringing down institutions like the family and organized religion. In that regard, the left has never changed. . . . I think we’ve had a good illustration of it in the last month or so.’

Women’s Right to Know Bill: Right Prescription at the Right Time

January 26, 2012

For Immediate Release

(Harrisburg, January 23, 2012)  Pennsylvania Family Council, the advocacy arm of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, today applauded the introduction of HB 1077, The Women’s Right to Know Bill, designed to let women considering abortion have a full picture and information, provided by up-to-date technology,  so that they can make a fully informed decision.

“Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) and Rep. Debra Kula (D-Fayette & Westmoreland) are to be commended, along with the 111 other cosponsors of HB 10777, for putting women and their healthcare first,” said Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Council. “Abortion is an irreversible procedure, and one that is fraught with many ethical, emotional and medical considerations. Thus, women should be provided the opportunity to be fully and completely informed before making their decision,” added Geer.

“Sonograms are the gold standard of informed consent,” said Randall Wenger, Chief Counsel of the Pennsylvania Family Council.  “I cannot understand why any women’s advocate wouldn’t join in and support The Woman’s Right to Know Bill, and call for women to get all the medical information that’s available to them.”

The Pennsylvania Family Council encourages swift passage of HB 1077 in the House, the Pennsylvania Senate, and on to Gov. Corbett’s desk for signature.

Senators Block Pro-Abortion Provisions in Spending Bill

November 18, 2011

Pro-life senators joined forces to block an appropriations bill that would have opened the door to more taxpayer funding of abortion.

According to a report from the National Right to Life Committee, the bill contained seven different pro-abortion provisions, including one funneling $40 million in taxpayer money to the controversial United Nations Population Fund and another legislatively enshrining overseas abortion funding by making it impossible for a future president to reinstate the Mexico City policy.

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Watch This Powerful Adoption Story

November 11, 2011

November is National Adoption Month. Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation gave a presentation at the Family Research Council in Washington, DC. He addressed the spiritual dimensions of adoption, the eugenics resistance toward it, and the unleashing of purpose that results from adoption in his lecture, “Adopt. Be the Hope.” Bomberger is originally from Lancaster and spoke at our City on the Hill Youth Leadership Conference this past summer.

Watch the presentation.

Pitts-Sponsored ‘Protect Life Act’ Up for US House Vote

October 11, 2011

The US House will consider H.R. 358, the “Protect Life Act.” The measure, introduced by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), would prohibit federal funds from going toward any health care plan that covers abortion services; it also would block funding from being withheld from institutions that are opposed to providing abortions.

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A Stirring Motto for the Princeton University Pro-Life Student Group

October 3, 2011

I stopped by the Princeton Pro-Life website this morning, after noting that Dr. Russell Moore spoke at their Respect Life banquet last night. I was moved by the student group’s motto, Condiscipulorum Absentium Gratia, which translated means “for the sake of our missing classmates.” The website says “the motto is a reminder of the many lives lost to abortion every day, some of whom would have been here at Princeton with us now, had they been allowed to live.”   Worth thinking about today.


PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence Absurdly Wrong on SB 732

September 29, 2011

Today, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) sent a memorandum to members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, encouraging them to vote against Senate Bill 732, a bill that would simply apply the same health and safety standards to abortion clinics that have applied to all outpatient surgical facilities for decades.

SB 732 was drafted in direct response to the “House of Horrors” situation uncovered at Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic in West Philadelphia. In fact, the report of the Grand Jury convened by the Philadelphia District Attorney specifically calls for such equivalent regulation of abortion clinics and other surgical facilities. It’s simply common sense.

However, not only does common sense escape PCADV’s Executive Director, Peg Dierkers (the author of the memo), but so too do the facts. Throughout the memo, Ms. Dierkers says that SB 732 “would regulate Pennsylvania family planning clinics as Ambulatory Surgical Facilities.” Wrong. SB 732 only applies to abortion clinics that do surgical abortions after 9 weeks gestation (typically when general anesthesia may be used). The bill is not aimed at “family planning clinics”; in fact, such clinics are not mentioned in the bill.

Incredibly, the word “abortion” is not mentioned in Ms. Dierker’s memo! That’s right. In a several-hundred word memo written in opposition to a bill to regulate abortion clinics, the word “abortion” does not even appear once! Why?

I contend it’s because it really doesn’t make any sense for an organization that fights domestic violence to also be fighting a bill that protects women from unscrupulous abortionists. And so, extreme verbal gymnastics were employed, along with blatant factual misstatements, to try and justify PCADV’s incongruous position on SB 732.

Severe violence, including murder, was perpetrated against women and babies for decades at the Gosnell clinic. Without question, some of those women were at the clinic under duress, forced there by men seeking to erase the life they helped create. I’ve seen men strong-arming their girlfriend, wife or daughter into an abortion clinic, participating in what truly is the ultimate act of domestic violence, the taking of life in what should be the safest place on earth: the mother’s womb.

PCADV would do well to not only support SB 732, but to rethink its stand on abortion altogether.

Pennsylvania Family Council Calls for Passage of Critical Abortion Bills

September 26, 2011

Released to the media today:

The Time to Act is Now!
Pennsylvania Family Council Calls for Passage of Critical Abortion Bills; Safety of Women and Children at Stake

For Immediate Release

September 26, 2011

(Harrisburg,PA)  – “The time to act is now – to end the special treatment and political protection forPennsylvania’s abortion clinics,” announced Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Council.

“The time to act is now – to hold abortion centers to the same health and safety regulations as all other outpatient surgical centers.

“The time to act is now – to protect taxpayers from public funding of abortions through the back door of the new federal health care law.”

The Pennsylvania Family Council supports the pro-life House and Senate members who today stand committed to passing two key pieces of legislation:

1) Senate Bill 732 would further protect women and children by preventing future tragedies like Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors” inPhiladelphia; SB 732 (like HB 574) is common- sense legislation that would require the state’s abortion clinics to be regulated like every other ambulatory surgical facility.

2) Senate Bill 3 would protect taxpayers from backdoor funding of abortion through the federal health care law, and protect longstanding Pennsylvania policy. The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act permits states to prohibit insurance providers in a state health exchange from covering elective abortions.

The Philadelphia Grand Jury report stated: “There is no justification for denying abortion patients the protections available to every other patient of an ambulatory surgical facility, and no reason to exempt abortion clinics from meeting those standards.”  We agree.

The Pennsylvania Family Council calls on the full House of Representatives and the Senate for swift passage of the bill, so it can go to Gov. Tom Corbett for his signature.  The tragedies occurred, the Grand Jury investigated, the hearings were held. Now is the time to get these meaningful laws on the books.


Sponsorships Available for Nov. 4th Evening with Lila Rose in Lancaster!

September 22, 2011

2011 Friends of the Family Banquet — in Lancaster, PA

Friday, November 4, 2011
Lancaster Host Resort
2300 Lincoln Highway East (Route 30)
Lancaster, PA

Keynote speaker, Lila Rose, is founder of Live Action Films, and has gone undercover to expose the seedy side of Planned Parenthood. At age 22, her recent exposes have been featured in numerous news outlets, including the O’Reilly Factor, CNN, The Washington PostUS News & World ReportThe New York Times, and NPR. Watch this clip from an interview with Lila Rose.

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New VA Abortion Clinic Regs. Misportrayed in News

September 20, 2011

The abortion regulations recently adopted by Virginia’s State Board of Health have generated considerable criticism from mainstream media outlets. But the purpose of the rules is to regulate abortion clinics in a manner similar to hospitals.

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