Planned Parenthood videos provide chance to change minds on abortion


Yes, please.

In my first op/ed piece for IJ Review, I discuss my time as a pro-choice liberal (which I’ve written about some here in the past) and how I eventually had a change of heart and began advocating pro-life policies that protect unborn life instead of destroying it. And how, with the release of the disturbing, gruesome undercover Planned Parenthood videos, we can use the opportunities they present to change hearts and minds. An excerpt:

Ignore the militant activists, and talk to average abortion supporters whose lives – and livelihoods – don’t revolve around abortion. Do one-on-one work with them. Be patient with the ones who seem genuinely interested in having the discussion. Don’t get upset when they ask a question that might seem obvious or annoy you. And don’t get discouraged if it seems like what you’re telling them isn’t getting through. The likelihood of someone telling you they’ve had a change of heart because of what you’ve said to them is slim to none. Your part in it isn’t to try and force someone to believe anything or think a certain way, but to merely plant the seeds in their minds that will make them curious enough they’ll begin to do their own research. And maybe one day your efforts will pay off, like my college acquaintance’s efforts at changing my mind paid off with me.

Now is the time. We can do this!

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Senate Dems, including @KayHagan, set to try & “reverse” #HobbyLobby ruling


Hobby Lobby

Because religious freedom sucks and stuff – and so do the “five white guys” on the Supreme Court. Via The Hill:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) set up the first procedural vote on a bill that would reverse the recent Supreme Court ruling that allows some employers to deny birth control coverage for women.

“After five justices decided last week that an employer’s personal views can interfere with women’s access to essential health services, we in Congress need to act quickly to right this wrong,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said while introducing the bill last week.

The Supreme Court recently ruled that companies, such as Hobby Lobby, don’t have to provide their employees birth control coverage as mandated under ObamaCare. The 5-4 decision stated that the mandate violated the religious liberties of employers who don’t believe in the use of contraceptives.

Democrats have pounced on the issue ahead of the November elections in order to draw contrast between the two parties on the issue.

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision opened the door to unprecedented corporate intrusion into our private lives,” said Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), a lead co-sponsor of the bill. “My common-sense proposal will keep women’s private health decisions out of corporate board rooms, because your boss shouldn’t be able to dictate what is best for you and your family.”

Senate Democrats will need at least five Republicans to join them in voting to end debate on the motion to proceed to S. 2578, but it seems unlikely they will get that support. That vote is expected Wednesday.

In other words, they know they aren’t going to get anywhere on the bill. It’s just election-year posturing designed to let perpetual (and in some cases “professional”) “feminist” victims on the left who dogmatically support the demagogues in the Democrat party know that when it comes to choosing between respect for the First Amendment versus abortion on demand, they’ll choose baby-killing every single time.

And yes, as the headline to this post suggests, North Carolinians, Senator Hagan (D) supports this bill:

Shameful. And out of touch with North Carolina voters. But not surprising.

Surprise! Dems plan “#WarOnWomen” offensive in response to #HobbyLobby ruling



Sure didn’t see this one coming – /sarc.  Via The Hill:

Democrats want to lure Republicans into a fight over birth control with legislation to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision that ObamaCare may not require certain businesses to include contraception in their employee health coverage.

At least three bills are being crafted in the House and Senate to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which the high court used as the basis for its ruling that the contraception mandate violated federal law.

Democrats are expected to introduce the measures prior to Congress’s August recess as part of an effort to recalibrate the party’s election-year messaging. Their hope is to turn out female voters by casting the court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby as a strike against reproductive rights.

“Last week’s decision reignited a conversation across the country reminding women once again that their access to healthcare has become a political issue, when it should be a basic right,” said Marcy Stech, national press secretary for EMILY’s List.

“It will drive women to the polls this November to vote for the women candidates who are on the right side of women’s access to basic healthcare.”

“This will be a huge motivator for women in the fall and a liability for Republican candidates up and down the map,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) spokesman Justin Barasky added.

Republican campaign officials say they’re not worried and challenged the idea that the court ruling can help individual Democrats who supported the healthcare law and are considered vulnerable next year.


At least three pieces of legislation being prepared by Democrats would help maintain access to free birth control for women affected by the court’s ruling, though staffers provided few details on Monday.

It’s a sad commentary on the state of the modern Democrat party when each election year they are reduced to trying to emotionally manipulate key voting blocs to try and motivate them to get to the ballot box and pull the lever for the party once again – and with misrepresentations and outright falsehoods to boot.   In fact, I can’t think of the last election cycle where they didn’t try to pull off some combination of the racism / sexism /classism / homophobia cards in order to “win over” voters.  

Hopefully this year, unlike previous years when one or more of the cards has successfully been played, the GOP will respond appropriately without falling into the predictable stereotype trap. I’m not  holding my breath – but will remain cautiously optimistic nevertheless.

#SCOTUS verdicts in Hobby Lobby, union fees cases to be announced Monday


The interior of the United States Supreme Court.

The Associated Press reports that Supreme Court is preparing to release verdicts tomorrow in two more key cases, most notably the one involving Hobby Lobby versus Obamacare:

The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice.

The court meets for a final time Monday to release decisions in its two remaining cases before the justices take off for the summer. The cases involve birth control coverage under President Obama’s health law and fees paid to labor unions representing government employees by workers who object to being affiliated with a union.

Two years after Chief Justice John Roberts cast the pivotal vote that saved the health care law in the midst of Obama’s campaign for re-election, the justices are considering a sliver of the law.

Employers must cover contraception for women at no extra charge among a range of preventive benefits in employee health plans. Dozens of companies, including the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby, claim religious objections to covering some or all contraceptives. The methods and devices at issue before the Supreme Court are those that Hobby Lobby and furniture maker Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. say can work after conception, the emergency contraceptives Plan B and ella, as well as intrauterine devices, which can cost up to $1,000.

The Obama administration says insurance coverage for birth control is important to women’s health and reduces the number of unwanted pregnancies, as well as abortions.


The other unresolved case has been hanging around since late January, often a sign that the outcome is especially contentious.

Home health care workers in Illinois want the court to rule that public sector unions cannot collect fees from workers who aren’t union members. The idea behind compulsory fees for nonmembers is that the union negotiates the contract for all workers, so they all should share in the cost of that work.

The court has been hostile to labor unions in recent years. If that trend continues Monday, the justices could confine their ruling to home health workers or they could strike a big blow against unions more generally.

The opinions on these cases should be revealed Monday at 10 a.m. ET. Make sure to tune in to SCOTUSblog’s live blog of proceedings as well as their Twitter feed to stay updated on the latest developments.  

Liberals were not pleased with last week’s verdicts on the issue of Obama’s recess appointments as well as their strike-down of the “buffer zones” law in Massachusetts that essentially limited the free speech of pro-life advocates.  Let’s hope the trend continues.

My personal “happy birthday” greeting to @WendyDavisTexas

Wendy Davis

TX state senator Wendy Davis (D).

Just read via Twitter that today is Wendy Davis’ birthday (5-16-1963) and I wanted to take her a moment to wish her a very, very happy birthday surrounded by the love and gratitude of friends, family, and other supporters. May she wrap herself in the laughter, tears of joy, the special feeling from warm hugs and kisses of those she most cares about.

These are all things Ms. Davis can do because, thankfully, her mother chose life.

Ms. Davis, too, chose life so her children – who no doubt will be close by helping celebrate her birthday – could have the same opportunities she did.

In fact, everyone who attends the various party gatherings for the TX state senator in the coming days has also enjoyed the benefit of their respective mothers choosing life.

At Senator Davis’ glitzy out of state fundraisers, everyone in attendance who forks over the maximum amount in between sips of champagne and spoonfuls of caviar is there because their mothers chose life.

The make-up artists, fashion advisers, photographers and various media staff who pamper, prepare her, and interview her for glowing puff pieces – all of their mothers chose life.

When Ms. Davis holds on to a baby or young child for a political photo op that would benefit her campaign, it probably doesn’t cross her mind that the families of those children would probably have not considered abortion in a million years for their unborn – now born – babies/children.

Everything Wendy Davis does, all that those with who she comes in contact do – all of of their opportunities were presented to them and they are where they are today because their mothers chose to give birth to them, didn’t view them in any trimester as a “blob of tissue”, a “parasite”, or a “choice” – regardless of whether they were “pro-choice” at the time (and perhaps still are).

Ronald Reagan once famously said, “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” Do abortion proponents like Wendy Davis really not grasp the irony of their collective position on the issue? These people are supposed to be our “intellectual betters”, wayyyy above us on the “smarts” scale – yet simple science on conception eludes them.  

May Ms. Davis bask in the glory of this special day in her life – the anniversary of the day she was born into the world.  The day she took her first breaths independent of her mother.   The day she first smelled the fresh air spring brings. The day she first felt warm blankets and the soft skin of her mother holding her tiny body.  The day her opportunities began.  The kind of day 50,000,000 aborted unborn children in America since 1973 never got a chance to have, because of callous, pretentious pro-abortion advocates like Wendy Davis.

QOTD: ‘Sex educator’ describes her *filmed* abortion as “like giving birth”

Abortion on Demand

Members of “Stop Patriarchy” demonstrate to support legal abortions in front of the Supreme Court 1-22-13.
Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call

I’ll just go ahead and warn you – if you read this article in full, you’re probably going to want to literally scream — or punch a wall.  The “sex educator” featured in the article about actually FILMED her abortion in an attempt to erase the “stigma” that comes attached to an act that terminates the life of an unborn child.  I’ll provide some excerpts for those too sickened to click the link:

I found out I was pregnant in November. I had been working at the clinic for about a year. It was my first pregnancy, and, full disclosure, I hadn’t been using any kind of birth control, which is crazy, I know. I’m a sex educator, and I love talking about birth control. Before this experience, hormonal birth control scared me because of complications I’d heard about from friends — gaining weight, depression, etc. So I tracked my ovulation cycle, and I didn’t have any long-term partners. I thought I was OK. But, you know, things happen. I wound up pregnant.


nce I caught my breath, I knew immediately I was going to have an abortion. I knew I wasn’t ready to take care of a child. The guy wasn’t involved in my decision. I called my supervisor and said, “Excuse me, I am going to need to schedule one abortion, please.” It was very early in the pregnancy, only two to three weeks.

Patients at the clinic always ask me if I can relate to them — have I had an abortion? Do I have kids? I was so used to saying, “I’ve never had an abortion but…” While I was pregnant and waiting for my procedure, I thought, “Wait a minute, I have to use this.”


There are three options for a first-trimester abortion: medical abortion, which is the pill; a surgical abortion with IV sedation, where you’re asleep through the whole thing; and a surgical abortion with local anesthesia during which you’re awake. Women are most terrified of being awake.

I could have taken the pill, but I wanted to do the one that women were most afraid of. I wanted to show it wasn’t scary — and that there is such a thing as a positive abortion story. It’s my story.

Had enough yet? No? Here’s the part that will make your head spin:

I knew the cameras were in the room during the procedure, but I forgot about them almost immediately. I was focused on staying positive and feeling the love from everyone in the room. I am so lucky that I knew everyone involved, and I was so supported. I remember breathing and humming through it like I was giving birth. I know that sounds weird, but to me, this was as birth-like as it could be. It will always be a special memory for me. I still have my sonogram, and if my apartment were to catch fire, it would be the first thing I’d grab.

I can’t figure out what’s worse here: “Emily” deliberately choosing the medical abortion and then filming it, the irony of her describing the extinguishing of innocent unborn life as “birth-like”, or the fact that she seems staggeringly oblivious to her callousness in casually describing the type of procedure that many on “her side” of the aisle would characterize as “cruel and inhumane” if done to a death row inmate.

National Review’s Wesley J. Smith comments:

Her bottom line message:

“I am grateful that I can share my story and inspire other women to stop the guilt.”

But you know, sometimes guilt is healthy. Sometimes there’s a reason conscience knocks on our door. Sometimes it’s the first step toward gaining wisdom. And forgiveness. Because some things are just wrong.

And not just wrong – but immoral beyond description.  There is a better way here. Abortion most definitely isn’t the answer.

Disturbing: NY Health Dept. doesn’t inspect its 25 abortion clinics very often

Coat hanger feminists

Say no to coat hangers, because vacuum suction is so much more ‘safe and humane.’ Foolish protests like this play a large role in lax abortion clinic inspections across America.
Photo courtesy of Eric Gay/AP

I wish I could say I was shocked by this news but, sadly, I’m not (bolded emphasis added by me):

The state Health Department is failing to inspect many of New York’s abortion clinics — with some facilities escaping scrutiny for more than a decade, bombshell documents obtained by The Post reveal.

Health inspectors regulate 25 diagnostic and treatment clinics and surgery centers that provide abortion services — though pro-choice advocates say there are 225 abortion service providers in New York state.

Eight of the 25 clinics were never inspected over the 2000-12 span, five were inspected just once, and eight were inspected only twice or three times — meaning once every four or six years.

A total of just 45 inspections were conducted at all 25 facilities during the 12-year period.

By comparison, city eateries are inspected every year and graded, while a new law requires tanning salons to undergo inspections at least once every other year.

Frightening. Remind y’all of anything?

Disclosure of the state’s failings came after a Freedom of Information request by the New York-based Chiaroscuro Foundation. The organization was concerned about the safety of the state’s abortion clinics following the trial and conviction of Philadelphia late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

Last May, Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three infants who were born alive after botched abortions performed in his run-down West Philadelphia clinic. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old woman who died from an overdose of anesthetic drugs during an abortion procedure.

Prosecutors and former clinic workers had testified to the decaying, dangerous operating rooms of Gosnell’s clinic, stocked with “filthy, corroded” instruments and outdated machines. Yet, as the almost 300-page grand jury report noted, Gosnell’s clinic had gone uninspected by state department of health officials for over 16 years.

Unfortunately, Gosnell’s “house of horrors” is not unique in the abortion industry. Abortion clinics across the country are under investigation for dangerous, unsanitary conditions that jeopardize women’s lives and health.

I’m sure the “women’s health advocates” like NOW, NARAL, and other so-called “feminist” groups will be all over this demanding more inspections and a crackdown on the lax oversight — just as soon as they get done protesting in states like TX and North Carolina over legislation designed to make abortion clinics safer for women by way of using ambulatory surgical center standards. /sarc

#NCSen: Pro-abortion group Emily’s List forms SuperPAC in NC to help @SenatorHagan

Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC)

Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) faces a tough reelection battle this year.

Get ready for the  next round of “war on women” demagoguery. Bloomberg News reports that embattled Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) will be receiving some more Super-PAC help soon as the pro-abortion group Emily’s List has launched a political action committee here in North Carolina specifically to aid her in her reelection fight:

Emily’s List, a Washington group that advises and funds the campaigns of Democratic women who support abortion rights, has set up super-political action committees to independently aid candidates in North Carolina and Georgia.

And there are Democratic women who support abortion rights running for the Senate in both states: incumbent Kay Hagan in North Carolina and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

The committees, “North Carolina Women Vote!” and “Georgia Women Vote!”, were created this week and can raise funds in unlimited amounts to independently aid candidates like Hagan, who’s seeking a second term, and Nunn, who formerly led the volunteer-service organization Points of Light.

“Georgia Women Vote will seek to educate women voters about the most pressing issues facing Georgia families in the 2014 election,” Marcy Stech, a spokeswoman for Emily’s List, said in an e-mail. Emily’s List has emphasized issues like equal pay.

In North Carolina, Republican groups have targeted Hagan for defeat in a state that President Barack Obama lost by 2 percentage points in the 2012 election. Americans for Prosperity, a limited-government group founded by industrialists Charles and David Koch, has run ads in the North Carolina Senate race more than 5,500 times, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG.

Since she wasn’t quoted in the piece, I suspect the Senator – who is on record as decrying “special interest” aka”dark money” in politics – had no comment on the “dark money” groups that have emerged to assist her.  No surprise there.

While I’m not happy that liberal groups are upping their ground game to rally around Hagan, what will be good about this Emily’s List NC launch is that it will highlight Hagan’s little known pro-abortion record in a Southern state that is still reliably pro-life.   The group will, of course, characterize Hagan’s stance as “pro-women’s health” while predictably denouncing whoever her eventual opponent is as a proponent of “waging a war on women”, but that’s easy enough to debunk as long as those opposed to Senator Hagan – including her eventual opponent – stick to the facts about her record and not allow militant feminists and their like-minded allies in the local and national mainstream media to set the narrative and narrowly frame the debate.  Also, it goes without saying that the eventual GOP nominee needs to make sure to be prepared for the inevitable “abortion in the cases of rape” question.  No more Todd Akins, please.

Obamacare is going to be the central issue in the North Carolina Senatorial race like it will be in many other key battleground states as Democrats attempt to maintain their hold on the US Senate for the final two years of President Obama’s time in office.  Understandably, Kay Hagan doesn’t want to talk about it.  Nor do her supporters. So don’t underestimate the ability of so-called “women’s rights” groups like Emily’s List to try to take the heat off of Hagan’s deciding Obamacare vote by working to shift the focus of the election from the job-killing legislation to a debate on “war on women”  issues, a tactic that has played well for the left in states like Virginia.   The key here for people who want to see Hagan out of office this year – and I count myself among them – is to be prepared to push back and push back  hard.   Starting now.  Keep Obamacare as the Priority Issue.  At the same time, be ready to accurately discuss Hagan’s history on abortion. Don’t allow her nor Emily’s List-type groups to get away with distorting her record on either. The best way to neutralize left wing talking points is to effectively counter them before they get started full strength so they can’t gain much traction in the long run.

I’m ready, North Carolina pro-lifers.  Are you?

From horror to hope: DE clinic where Gosnell worked PT will become food pantry, shelter

Good news

Read on. : )

A wonderful story with which to start off your weekend:

A Delaware building where convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell performed abortions is being turned into a emergency food and support center for low-income families.

Lutheran Community Services purchased the building in Wilmington, formerly known as Atlantic Women’s Medical Services, to serve as its new headquarters — giving the once notorious facility a chance to transform itself into a force of good.

“It’s going to be a place of hope and life,” Jean Warren, the group’s executive director, told The facility was purchased last year by the social services group, which knew of Gosnell’s connection to it, Warren said.


At one point in his career, Gosnell worked one day a week at Atlantic Women’s Medical Services. According to the Philadelphia Grand Jury report, Gosnell would induce late-term abortions at the Delaware clinic — where they were illegal — and then finish them off at his clinic in west Philadelphia. None of the charges Gosnell was ultimately convicted of stemmed from his actions at the Delaware facility.

Atlantic Women’s Medical Services was shut down by authorities in 2011. Under Lutheran Community Services’ ownership, the new facility will provide low-income families with emergency food, housing assistance and clothing, Warren said.

It’s not clear when the group will reopen the building, which Warren said needs “a lot of renovations.”

Sounds like one of Gosnell’s houses of  horror will undergo an amazing – and much-needed – transformation. Bravo to LCS! Hopefully the renovations don’t take too long.  Wishing them the best of luck, and all the success in the world in helping those truly in need to get back on their feet.

QOTD: Unhinged “feminist” @AmandaMarcotte compares abortion to cavities

Amanda Marcotte

”Feminist” Amanda Marcotte: A ‘vagina demagogue’ in the extreme.

Via Kristine Marsh at Newsbusters:

Lest there be any doubt, Amanda Marcotte really hates pro-lifers. In a two-part rant posted March 14 and 17 on Raw Story, the morally challenged feminist writer attacked pro-lifers as “consummate liars,” “anti-choice kooks” with “boring,” “half-baked nonsense” and “shit arguments.”

But Marcotte’s hate doesn’t stop at pro-lifers. It extends to the babies they want to protect.

“Either way, what she [the woman] wants trumps the non-existent desires of a mindless pre-person that is so small it can be removed in about two minutes during an outpatient procedure. Your cavities fight harder to stay in place.” Did she just compare an unborn child to a cavity?

Yep, she did.  And she wasn’t through, as Marsh also notes:

Marcotte then goes on a seriously mature rant about the reasons she does not want a child:  “I don’t particularly like babies. They are loud and smelly and, above all other things, demanding. No matter how much free day care you throw at women, babies are still time-sucking monsters with their constant neediness.”

On the topic of adoption, Marcotte sums up her feelings simply:  “Adoption? Fuck you, seriously.” That’s a heck of an argument.

About all you can do is pity and pray for cold, callous types like Marcotte who carry so much hot venom and  red rage inside them that they simply can’t contain it.  Unfortunately, she’s not the lone pro-abortion feminist with such blatantly heartless, unfeeling attitudes about the developing unborn.  Most abortion activists think the same way, in spite of the moderate face they like to put on both themselves and the deadly procedure they routinely advocate.

This is who and what we’re up against, folks. Doesn’t hurt to be reminded of it every once in a while.