UPDATE: We will be having a guest speaker tonight from the Piedmont Women’s Center. We’ll be finding out more about their new medical clinic on Grove Road and how we can work together better to save the unborn!
Please bring a heavy hors d’oeuvre or a dessert to share.
Reminder, we continue to have our weekly prayer conference calls. You can join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday and 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings at 8:00 PM. The call in number is 712-770-4010 and the access code is 444570. Please mark your calendars for these times and join us!
GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 22, 2017) – South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster will address the Bob Jones University Public Policy Organization Tuesday, Sept. 5. The public is invited to attend the presentation. Beginning at 6 p.m., the forum will be held in Stratton Hall near the university’s Welcome Center. Following his presentation, McMaster will conduct a short […]
The governor of South Carolina today issued an executive order that blocks state agencies from using taxpayer dollars to fund the abortion industry. The order prevents the use of either state or local taxpayer funds to go to any doctor or Health Clinic that is an affiliate of an abortion business.
The order from Governor Henry McMaster makes it clear that the state will not do business with the abortion industry and specifically the Planned Parenthood abortion company. Here’s more:
The executive order directs state agencies to cease providing state or local funds – through grants, contracts, state-administered federal funds or any other form – to any physician or medical practices affiliated with an abortion clinic that is operating with or in the same physical location as one, according to the release.
“There are a variety of agencies, clinics, and medical entities in South Carolina that receive taxpayer funding to offer important women’s health and family planning services without performing abortions,” said McMaster in the release. “Taxpayer dollars must not directly or indirectly subsidize abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.”
This is good news because three clinics run by the Planned Parenthood abortion company are reimbursed by Medicaid for some abortions.
McMaster’s administration is already putting the new order into effect and helping women find health care alternatives not run by an abortion agency.
McMaster directed the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services to seek waivers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to allow the agency to exclude abortion clinics from the state’s Medicaid provider network, the release stated.
Through McMaster’s order, SCDHHS has been instructed to coordinate with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to make a public a listing of all qualified non-abortion women’s health and family planning providers operating within a 25-mile radius of any abortion clinic excluded from the state’s Medicaid provider network.
South Carolina has one abortion clinic in each of its biggest cities: Charleston, Columbia and Greenville.
The pro-life movement has come a long way in the past ten years, and these achievements are worth celebrating! While we celebrate, let’s remember that we can always do more. Our fight against the human injustice of abortion is far from over.
Below are eight of our top achievements in the past decade:
Since then, the Center for Medical Progress has exposed Planned Parenthood’s profiting from the aborted baby body parts trade.
Before Live Action’s work, the nation knew very little about the countless abuses happening within Planned Parenthood facilities or that the organization was committing more abortions than any other organization in the country. Since this information has come to light, Planned Parenthood has seen a client decrease in the hundreds of thousands.
Thanks to those who help by donating and by sharing these investigations, Live Action can continue to educate the public.
In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in Gonzales v. Carhart, which made the gruesome and barbaric procedure of partial-birth abortion illegal. In this late-term abortion procedure, a preborn child is partially born in the breech position, and then before the baby’s head emerges, the abortionist inserts a suction catheter into the back of the baby’s skull, suctioning out the child’s brain. Abortionists may often refer to this procedure as an “intact D&E” or a “D&X” abortion.
Partial-birth abortion (D&X)
The abortion industry, including Planned Parenthood, disrespects even pro-life laws upheld by the high court, finding ways to skirt these laws. Videos from the Center for Medical Progress show Planned Parenthood abortionists describing how they manipulate their abortion procedures, employing the partial-birth abortion technique, despite the fact that it has been outlawed federally.
The Court has handed down other pro-life victories, as well. The Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods cases ruled against President Obama’s contraception mandate requiring employers – even those with religious or moral objections – to provide employees with contraception. The mandate included emergency contraception, which can act as an early abortifacient.
Pro-life laws are passing at record levels. In 2016, Planned Parenthood lamented the 400 pro-life bills introduced in the first quarter of that year. Midway through 2016, Guttmacher released a report on pro-life laws, noting that the total of laws passed since 2010 had reached 334 laws. These “constitut[ed] 30% of all abortion restrictions enacted by states since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973.” In five years, states had passed nearly as many laws as in the previous 15 years.
A Knights of Columbus/Marist poll released soon after the June 2016 decision showed high percentages of Americans, across varying demographics and opinions on abortion, supporting the industry regulations the Court struck down.
Polls reflect similar support for prohibiting taxpayer-funded abortions, for limiting abortions to the first three months of pregnancy, for holding abortion facilities to medical facility standards, and for requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges.
This coincides with Gallup’s 2017 poll, which shows a majority of Americans think abortion should be “legal only under certain circumstances.”
While such legislation, and public support for it, is a welcoming trend, there is more to be done, particularly at the federal level. While campaigning, President Donald Trump made several pro-life commitments, including prohibiting abortions past 20 weeks gestation. Such legislation has been introduced several times in the U.S. Congress, and has also passed in several states, including in Texas where that part of HB 2 was unchallenged and upheld.
Votes to defund Planned Parenthood
While Planned Parenthood continues to be federally funded, those days may be numbered. Just a few years ago, the U.S. Congress successfully voted for the first time to defund the abortion giant. Such legislation was vetoed by pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
The pro-life generation brings hope. Studies show that, despite labeling issues, Americans support pro-life policies.
Young people know that being born after 1973 means they could have been aborted. They’ve also grown up seeing siblings and children on the ultrasound screen, allowing them to clearly see the humanity of preborn children.
Students for Life of America, which celebrated ten years in March, outnumbers campus Planned Parenthood groups 4 to 1, and has millennial leaders, employees, and supporters. The group is dedicated to “abolishing abortion in this lifetime” and has let it be known that this generation “survived Roe v. Wade,” but intends to end Roe.
The millennial generation is well-equipped for this task, and the pro-life movement is in good hands.
To be pro-life is to recognize the inherent value of all human individuals, to acknowledge the worth of each unique human life. Racism is directly contrary to the very foundation of the pro-life movement. And racism — in any form — must be opposed. White supremacy must be dismantled. To hate a man, woman, or child for the color of his or her skin is ignorant, evil, and disgusting to anyone open-minded enough to engage in legitimate moral reasoning.
Historically, the most prominent form of racism in America has been white supremacy: the disturbing notion that non-white races are inferior and “unfit” for the same levels of society. While it would be more comforting to believe that such a twisted ideology perished completely at the end of the Civil War, anyone familiar with American history — and current events — must acknowledge that’s simply not the case. Even in times of quiet, white supremacy survives in the shadows. As people who believe in the value of all human beings, it is our duty to call out the evil of white supremacy and fight it until it is no more.
White Supremacy at the Root of Eugenics
Some of the most disturbing manifestations of white supremacy in history involve eugenics. Eugenics includes the practice of seeking to reduce rates of reproduction among people with “less desirable” traits. In many cases, these “less desirable” traits are considered by eugenicists to include simply not being white. Hitler’s Nazi Germany is the most famous example of eugenics’ horrific history. But the truth is that eugenics was — and to some degree is — popular right here in the United States.
Early American eugenicists supported (openly, in some cases) methods of targeted population reduction for black and other minority communities. As German sociologist and professor Stefan Kühl points out:
Eugenicists recognized that Hitler’s steps toward improving the “German race” represented both the implementation of their practical proposals and, more importantly, the adoption of their basic ideology.
Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, and Eugenics
One famous American eugenicist was Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. Sanger was even a known member of the American Eugenics Society. While pro-abortion groups and mainstream media are quick to dismiss or even attempt to justify this fact, Sanger revealed in her autobiography that she spoke at a Ku Klux Klan gathering. It appears the KKK loved Sanger’s message, as she brags that a dozen invitations to speak to “similar groups” followed.
White supremacists have long supported targeting minority communities for abortion — a vision which Planned Parenthood carries out, including through a disproportionately high percentage of abortion facilities being located in or near minority communities. Ohio State Representative Bill Patmon, who is African-American and a member of the Democratic Party, expressed concern over Planned Parenthood’s targeting of his fellow black Americans:
It is my business, especially when 17 million of them [Planned Parenthood’s clients] are black women, 17 million – more than any other population – 17 million that look and act and talk …similar to myself, but even more than that, they’re Americans, and they’re human beings.
Reverend Stephen Broden of Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas recently spoke out against Planned Parenthood, explaining that eugenics — a practice intended to “purify the society of undesirables” — is the goal of the abortion corporation. “Through slick advertising and sophisticated marketing, the organization has communicated to the black community that the best answer for unintended pregnancy is to murder their children in the womb,” said Broden.
The Alt Right is Not Pro-Life
Alt right commentator Alymer Fisher argues in a disturbing piece called “The Alt Right is Not Pro-Life,” and condemns the pro-life movement’s opposition to racism and support of human rights:
Not only is the pro-life movement dysgenic, but its justifications rely on principles we generally reject. The alt Right is skeptical, to say the least, of concepts like “equality” and “human rights,” especially as bases for policy…
It is no coincidence that some of the most pro-life politicians are those most excited about adopting children from Africa and those in their movement are among the conservatives most likely to denounce the “racism” of their political opponents.
White supremacist Richard Spencer echoes a similar (and equally welcome) attack on the pro-life movement:
You do not have some human right, some abstract thing given to you by God or by the world or something like that. You’re part of a community and that’s where you gain your meaning or your rights. The anti-abortion crusade is often associated with family, the traditional family, but to be honest it’s descended into not just a human rights dogma but a kind of dysgenic “we are the world” dogma.
Planned Parenthood Cannot Legitimately Speak Against White Supremacy Until it Discontinues Abortion
Following recent events, some pro-abortion groups such as NARAL and Planned Parenthood turned to social media to express opposition to racism — an opposition which pro-lifers share. However, thinking people were quick to point out the logical inconsistencies of Planned Parenthood promoting abortion despite its racist/eugenicist tradition, while simultaneously claiming to oppose white supremacy. Claims never mean as much as actions, and the people below are a small sampling of those who responded to NARAL and Planned Parenthood on Twitter, calling out the groups’ own violence against the black community.
Bunk. No one in the world loves when more black children in NYC are aborted than birthed than Nazi White Supremacists Its all they get
Not only has Planned Parenthood refused to distance itself from Sanger, it openly continues to give out the Margaret Sanger Award annually as its highest “honor.” As black activist Ryan Bomberger points out, there is no excuse for Planned Parenthood’s, and the pro-abortion movement’s, continued association with racism and eugenics — and that includes the violence of abortion itself. To abort any human child is to say that she is “unfit” for life and worth cruelly casting away, based on circumstances beyond her control. “No amount of seeming beneficence [e.g. the decreasing breast cancer exams Planned Parenthood does] makes up for the violent mutilation of hundreds of thousands every year,” says Bomberger. “Even the KKK runs bake sales.”
“Are you against the Confederacy?” I couldn’t help but laugh at the desperate question thrown at President Trump during Tuesday’s press conference. Really? A “journalist” is asking an American president…a New Yorker…152 years after the Confederacy…if he’s “against” the failed cause. Mainstream media, unable to pick any more meat off the carcass they made of Ferguson, is making a feast out of Charlottesville, gorging themselves on stupidity and crying “racist” between every bite.
MSM has been obsessing over daily demonizing Trump and the GOP that it’s become psychotic. I’m no fan of President Trump (forever grateful that it’s not President Hillary), but he can never seem to say the right thing, the right way, or the right amount of times. He has denounced white supremacists, repeatedly. (Former President Obama wouldn’t call out Islamic terrorism in eight years.) Trump further inflamed the Left’s sensibilities by denouncing the violence and racism on the far-Left as displayed by wannabe-communists, #BlackLivesMatter activists and Antifa.
Trump was asked by reporters, 3 days after the event, when he planned to go to visit Charlottesville. It took President Obama 16 days to visit San Bernadino after the Islamic terrorist couple, Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook, slaughtered 14 people and wounded 21 others. Which mainstream “journalists” and Democrat politicians demanded that he call out Islamic terrorism?
Funny. #FakeNews media will completely ignore hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers gathered in the nation’s capital, but will fixate on a handful of racist clowns craving relevance in a small college town in Virginia. The racist “Unite the Right” tiki-torch tantrum could have gone down like a tree in an empty forest, but, instead, the Left made it into a spectator sport. Timber!!! That’s the sound of civility crashing to earth as anarchists, racial activists and social justice whiners clashed, enabled by police acting as bystanders.
And one precious soul was killed. Heather Heyer shouldn’t have been a casualty. But Charlottesville, because of political reasons, was allowed to erupt with hatred and violence.
As someone who is biracial, my heart grieves that the poison of racism is treated so recklessly. After witnessing over 8 years of Barack Obama’s squandered opportunities to engage constructively on racial issues, I’m now listening to the Left’s daily obsession with calling everyone who disagrees with them a racist. That’s the liberal way to end the conversation.
It’s bizarre considering the projection that seems to be going on from the Party of Slavery and Jim Crow. Discontent with just revising history, they now want to purge it. I’m a staunch defender of the First Amendment. Even (non-violent) ignorance has the right to be voiced. If former dunce-cap-wearing David Duke wants to talk about “taking this country back” for the extremely small minority of white folks who think like he does, he’s entitled to that lunacy. He might want to listen to that folksy tune “This Land Is Your Land” again. Black, white and every hue in between. Rich, poor and every socioeconomic status in between. Legal immigrant and native-born. Republican, Democrat, Independent, or anywhere along the political spectrum. America belongs to all of us.
The gun-toting, swastika-waving, alt-right, “white-pride” brigade did raise a valid First Amendment issue in the midst of the mayhem. Are all Americans entitled to free speech? Sorry, Antifa, #BlackLivesMatter, Workers World Party and other leftist organizations and activists. There is no Freedom from Offense or Freedom from a Statue. Today, the Left can’t seem to purge enough from the public sphere—religious symbols (well, at least those Christian ones), sidewalk chalk, gender-specific pronouns, and Confederate anything.
Should statues of NAACP co-founder, W.E.B. Du Bois, be toppled? Du Bois was kicked out of the (now far-Left) civil rights organization because he supported segregation. He became a Communist, renounced his U.S. citizenship (became a citizen of Ghana in 1963), and praised mass murderers Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong as great leaders.
I’m no fan of the Confederate battle flag or anything from that defeated nation, but if you want to tear down present vestiges of “white supremacy”, let’s start with Planned Parenthood. Yes, the nation’s leading abortion chain birthed in eugenic racism and elitism. They seem to inject themselves into every social issue these days, using $554.6 million annual taxpayer dollars to pander, no matter what. They’ve been tweeting about Charlottesville and bringing an “end to white supremacy”. Uhhh, that would be like Penthouse wanting to bring an end to pornography or Ashley Judd wanting to bring an end to nasty faux-feminist rants.
Planned Parenthood kills over 260 unarmed black lives every day in America, yet the Left praises them. How many black deaths are attributed to neo-Nazis, KKK, or the alt-right? I hate racism. But I hate the shedding of innocent blood even more, regardless of the hue of the aborted.
We need to have honest conversations about what dehumanizes. And for a nation that is split about our present national sin of aborting 1 million innocent human lives each year, it’s hard to have any moral standing to address anything else that diminishes our humanity. In an increasingly secular culture that is hostile to Truth, the Scriptural prescription for peace gets lost: “Love the Lord God with all of your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. There is no commandment greater than these.” Jesus spoke these words. When we fail to apply them, we get the bigotry and violence that used Charlottesville as its stage.
Healing and racial reconciliation will never come through toppling statues or shouting mantras at each other. You can take down all the Robert E. Lee statues across the nation, and it won’t change what lies in the heart. You can’t hate hate away. Racism will never end racism. Until we stop seeing ourselves as hyphenated Americans whose identities are fixed in the superficial, we’ll never experience the unity that can only happen through the supernatural.
Pro-life undercover investigator David Daleiden won a victory in court this week against the University of Washington after researchers who use aborted baby body parts asked for key information to be redacted from public records.
However, the university and several employees of the University of Washington Birth Defects Research Laboratory sued to block certain information from the records, claiming they would “likely face threats, harassment and violence” if information about their work was disclosed to the public.
Fox News reports a U.S. court of appeals ruled in Daleiden’s favor this week, reversing a lower court decision to block information from the public records.
Thomas More Society Special Counsel Peter Breen, who argued the appeal, told Fox News that the decision is a victory for taxpayers who deserve to know how their money is being used.
Breen explained: “[Daleiden] asked that names and personal contact info be redacted from the records, but the abortion advocates and government employees pressed for full censorship, even of entity names, job titles and departments within the university. Such heavy redactions render these public documents useless for investigative purposes.
“The Court of Appeals, by reversing this decision and remanding this case back to district court, has prevented a serious threat to the public’s right to know how their tax dollars are being spent,” Breen continued.
The Family Policy Institute of Washington also requested public records from the university pertaining to its use of aborted babies’ body parts in research.
“We know that Planned Parenthood and the University of Washington have a relationship,” Joseph Backholm, a spokesman for the Washington pro-life group, told NBC K5 last year. “What are the invoices? What are the contracts?
“We’re not looking for information on people,” he continued. “We’re looking for information about connections between entities and whether money was exchanged for human body parts.”
The Washington state program is a key component of the abortion group’s aborted baby parts transactions. In October 2015, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards sent a letter to director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, after Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress released the first undercover videos. In the letter, she stated that all Planned Parenthood affiliates would henceforth imitate the PPGWNI model and not receive any payment for the provided baby parts.
However, it is unclear what the Washington state affiliate’s model is.
As Daleiden pointed out, if the abortion business does not have anything to hide, it would not need to conceal documentation. He emphasized that he is not asking for individuals’ names or other personal information.
“They have recruited eight anonymous plaintiffs to assert–entirely falsely–that my public records request seeks the personal contact information of UW, Planned Parenthood, and other associated employees. My public records request nowhere seeks any one individual contact information whatsoever,” Daleiden said previously.
(CNN) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed two abortion-related bills into law Tuesday, including one that his office calls “pro-life insurance reform.”
That measure, House Bill 214, limits insurance coverage for abortions.
“This bill prohibits insurance providers from forcing Texas policy holders to subsidize elective abortions,” Abbott said. “As a firm believer in Texas values I am proud to sign legislation that ensures no Texan is ever required to pay for a procedure that ends the life of an unborn child.”
The second bill, HB 13, expands reporting requirements for complications resulting from abortions.
The passage of HB 13 means doctors must report complications from abortions within three days of the diagnosis or treatment. Doctors must also give the patient’s birth year, county of residence, race and marital status.
“The health and safety of women is of the utmost importance, and we must have the most accurate data available in order to create good policy,” Abbott said.
More than 54,000 Texans had abortions in 2015, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. But many state leaders have tried to pass legislation that would add restrictions to abortion access or clinics.
Last year, Texas’ controversial House Bill 2 required doctors performing abortions to have hospital admitting privileges. It also required some abortion clinics to upgrade their facilities with more hospital-like standards — even though many abortions are now performed with pills, not surgery.
In the end, the US Supreme Court ruled against Texas in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The judges ruled that the legislation placed an “undue burden” on women seeking abortions.
Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, applauded the Supreme Court’s decision last year.
“After years of fighting heartless, anti-abortion Texas politicians who would seemingly stop at nothing to push abortion out of reach, I want everyone to understand: You don’t mess with Texas, you don’t mess with Whole Woman’s Health, and you don’t mess with this beautiful, powerful movement of people dedicated to reproductive health, rights, and justice,” she said.
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The article is a puff piece to the extreme. Early on, McNeil describes Richards as “a marathon-running, passionately committed dynamo whose activism started in middle school and who’s now marshaling thousands in the battle with President Trump’s GOP over women’s health and the availability of abortion services.”
As extreme as the article is in puffing up Richards, the real travesty of McNeil’s article is that it misleads the American public and is in no way actual journalism. Just as many media outlets have previously done, the glowing feature hypes Planned Parenthood’s “nonabortion basic health services” — you know, the same services which clients can acquire at the thousands of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) nationwide, which vastly outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities. This fact goes unmentioned, with McNeil instead pretending that Planned Parenthood’s 600 centers are an impressive number.
In choosing to highlight Planned Parenthood’s cancer screenings, McNeil doesn’t focus on the real story here. The real news is that Planned Parenthood’s cancer screenings have been on a long-term decline. The abortion giant holds only a 1.8 percent market share of the nation’s breast cancer screenings (not mammograms, as they do none of those) and a 0.97 percent market share of Pap smears (cervical cancer screenings).
But McNeil is accurate is in ways she may not intend to be. She provides a glimpse of Richards’ lavish lifestyle; the Planned Parenthood CEO currently makes a salary of nearly $1 million. She says Richards “rallies millions around a healthcare vote as smoothly as she recently organized a party for 100 — complete with Velveeta queso dip and margaritas — while vacationing in Maine.” Why is Richards being portrayed as some sort of domestic goddess/party hostess extraordinaire? And does McNeil realize how stark a contrast Richards’ lifestyle is from that of the average American family? The annual amount of taxpayer funding (about $553 million) to Planned Parenthood continues to grow, along with the number of abortions they commit — and along with Richards’ and other executives’ exorbitant salaries. Yet, at the same time, Planned Parenthood bills itself as a non-profit organization and tells the public that women will die if Planned Parenthood is defunded.
The People feature’s conclusion keeps in line with undermining those who don’t agree with Richards:
“Until we have more people in office who can get pregnant, we will continue to have these fights,” [Richards] says. “It is very frustrating to talk to members of Congress who will never need maternity benefits, never have to deal with an unintended pregnancy or think about whether they can afford birth control. That’s a problem.”