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Ted Cruz Vows to Fight Trump on Abortion

Senator Ted Cruz (A, 97%) may have suspended his presidential campaign, but he is keeping his promise to continue to fight for conservative principles, vowing to challenge Donald Trump on the abortion plank of the Republican Platform.

During an interview on the “Today” Show on NBC in late April, Trump said he would change the Republican Party platform on abortion, adding exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother to the party’s pro-life position.

Cruz, speaking to Oklahoma radio host Pat Campbell, pledged to use his delegates to the Republican National Convention to fight that change.

“You have my word. One of the reasons that we are continuing to work to elect conservatives to be delegates, even though Donald has the delegates to get the nomination, we intend to do everything we can to fight for conservative principles to prevent Washington forces from watering down the platform,”

Cruz continued:

“The platform is a manifestation of what we believe as a party, and I think it is important that it continue to reflect conservative values, free-market values, constitutional liberties, Judeo-Christian principles, the values that built this country, and that is exactly what I intend to fight for.”

In his speech announcing an end to his presidential campaign, Senator Cruz made a promise:

“I am not suspending our fight to defend the constitution, to defend the Judeo-Christian values that built America. Our movement will continue and I give you my word that I will continue this fight with all of my strength and all of my ability.”

His vow to fight to keep the Republican Party platform unequivocally pro-life shows that Cruz intends to keep that promise. (For more from the author of “Ted Cruz Vows to Fight Trump on Abortion” please click HERE)

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Two-Thirds of Babies Born at 22 and 23 Weeks of Gestation Survive If Given Care

Babies born at 22 weeks and 23 weeks of gestation are likely to survive if given proper care, according to a new study of infants born at a German hospital. 25 percent “born at the border of viability and offered active care survived without severe complications.” The study appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics.

The University of Cologne Medical Center’s study, which looked at babies born from January 1, 2010, to December 31, 2014, found that 67 percent of these babies who were given “active pre-natal and postnatal care” were discharged from the hospital alive. Out of 106 babies born at 22 or 23 weeks, 86 received that kind of care and 58 survived to be discharged.

“The survival rate was 61% (17 of 28) for infants born at 22 weeks of gestation and 71% (41 of 58) for infants born at 23 weeks of gestation,” according to the online abstract for the study. Half of the babies who died died from respiratory failure and one-quarter from multiorgan failure. Others suffered from severe complications.

The study’s publication came shortly after a 21-week old unborn child was left to die at an abortion clinic in Arizona. In a statement, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser tied the study’s results to her organization’s support for a ban on abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation as well as the Born Alive Protection Act. The latter would require doctors to give proper medical care to babies who survive abortions.

The recorded 911 call made from the Arizona clinic showed that the child was not given care that would have helped it survive. According to Dannenfelser, the baby “suffered, awaiting medical care the abortion clinic was incapable of providing.”

SBA spokesperson Mallory Quigley told The Stream that the German study shows the survivability of extremely premature babies is “approaching what the survival rates would be for babies born later in pregnancy.” (For more from the author of “Two-Thirds of Babies Born at 22 and 23 Weeks of Gestation Survive If Given Care” please click HERE)

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How a Pro-Life Video Changes Minds on Abortion

A pro-life advocacy group published a series of man-on-the-street interviews to make the case that some pro-choice Americans shift to a pro-life position when encountered with the reality of abortion.

On Tuesday, Live Action,a nonprofit organization based in Arlington, Va., released a video that showcases a series of self-proclaimed pro-choice Americans watching a four-minute video made in late February. It portrays former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino describing in detail the steps of a second-trimester dilation and evacuation abortion.

Live Action aims to uncover and shed light on abortion procedures in an effort to make the practice illegal in the U.S. Their mission is to “end abortion by leading the culture to embrace the rights and dignity of every person.”

Guttmacher Institute, a sexual and reproductive policy organization, states that “nearly half of pregnancies among American women in 2011 were unintended, and about four in 10 of these were terminated by abortion.” This statistic is just one of many that prompted groups like Live Action to take action.

“We wanted to show America that most people who support abortion have no idea what it actually entails for the mother and the defenseless child inside her,” Live Action president and founder Lila Rose told The Daily Signal. “We also wanted to show how quickly hearts and minds can be changed when we simply expose people to the truth with the four-minute ‘Abortion Procedures’ videos . We hope this stunning man-on-the-street video encourages people to share the ‘Abortion Procedures’ videos with everyone they know until millions more have come over to the pro-life position.”

If born at 24 weeks and given sufficient medical care, a baby can make a full recovery and live a healthy life, according to Baby Center, a tool for expecting mothers. Because abortion up to 24 weeks is legal in many states across the country, Live Action decided to show Americans what an abortion at 24 weeks really looks like.

According to a statement released by Live Action, the video also includes “medically accurate animations to give viewers a window into the womb during an abortion and show how developed a baby is during the procedure.”

When asked to describe their stance on abortion, all eleven of those interviewed believed women should have the right to choose whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term. After watching the four-minute video, every one of them expressed a completely different opinion.

One interviewee’s stance changed from, “I think the person should have a choice to have an abortion or not,” to “abortion shouldn’t be legal.”

While some questioned the legality of the abortion procedure, others questioned the humanity. One observer said, “I believe that’s, like, murder right there–what I saw.” Others labeled abortion “inhumane” and “heinous” after viewing Dr. Levatino’s presentation.

Brian Gottstein, chief communications director of Live Action, told The Daily Signal that the ‘Abortion Procedures’ videos, released over the last three months, have received “over 42 million views,” and are “changing hearts and minds about abortion.” (For more from the author of “How a Pro-Life Video Changes Minds on Abortion” please click HERE)

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Alabama Becomes Fifth State to Ban Dismemberment Abortions

Alabama has become the fifth state to protect unborn children from being dismembered in the womb, as Governor Robert Bentley signed the “Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act” (S.B. 363) today.

The new law bans dismemberment, formally known as dilation and evacuation (or “D & E”) abortion, which accounts for 96 percent of all second-trimester abortions.

Alabama Citizens for Life National Director Cheryl Ciamarra said the new law will end a “barbaric inhumanity in our state.”

Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist who performed more than 1,200 abortions during his career, described the grisly procedure in a viral video, as well as heartrending Congressional testimony.

While performing the abortion, he would tear a child limb-from-limb, removing the larger limbs before having to “reach in again and again with that clamp and tear out the spine, intestines, heart, and lungs.” (Read more from “Alabama Becomes Fifth State to Ban Dismemberment Abortions” HERE)

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Alabama House Passes Bill to Keep Abortion Clinics Away From Schools

The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would ban abortion clinics from operating “within 2,000 feet of the property or campus of a public school.” The bill is now on Republican Governor Robert Bentley’s desk and if he signs it, the law will be challenged by the ACLU and a Huntsville abortion clinic.

The bill, which passed 73-18, says that “the Alabama Department of Public Health may not issue or renew a health center license to an abortion clinic or reproductive health center that is located within 2,000 feet of the property or campus of a public school.”

The bill’s sponsor, Alabama State Senator Paul Sanford (R), said in March that his hope with the legislation is that no more abortion clinics in the state “would ever open that close to small children.”

Sanford has said his bill is not intended to close clinics, but would prevent schoolchildren from seeing the “chaos” that sometimes surrounds them, according to the Decatur Daily . . .

The Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville, which is located across the street from Edward H. White Middle School, would have to move if the bill becomes law. (Read more from “Alabama House Passes Bill to Keep Abortion Clinics Away From Schools” HERE)

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Watch: As FDA Expands RU-486 Abortions, Former Abortionist Shows What They Look Like

The abortion industry and the Obama administration have made it easier than ever to have a medication abortion, a procedure little known or understood outside medical circles. Dr. Anthony Levatino, who performed more than 1,200 abortions before becoming a pro-life advocate, has released a video detailing each step of the process.

The Live Action video eschews graphic imagery in favor of animation that accurately depicts the two-step process, which takes place over two to three days.

“An RU-486 abortion cuts off blood and nutrients to the growing preborn baby, slowly starving her inside the mother’s womb,” Live Action founder Lila Rose explains in a statement released today.

“It is important to note that, even after it has been taken, it is possible to reverse the effects of RU-486 and save the baby if progesterone is administered – the sooner, the better,” Dr. Levatino says in the video.

“Then the mother takes another drug” – misoprostol, conventionally known as Cytotec – “that causes intense contractions and heavy bleeding to force her dead baby from her womb,” Rose adds. (Read more from “Watch: As FDA Expands RU-486 Abortions, Former Abortionist Shows What They Look Like” HERE)

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StemExpress Refuses to Turn Over All Documents on Purchase of Aborted Baby Parts

3166520949_b31875c53b_bThe biotech firm StemExpress is refusing to turn over all documents to Congress related to its purchasing and reselling of body parts from aborted babies sold to it from Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses.

Chairman Marsha Blackburn has sent a letter to Cate Dyer, CEO of StemExpress, requesting full cooperation with the Select Investigative Panel’s efforts to obtain all business and accounting documents from the fetal tissue procurement organization.

“Over the last several months, we have made numerous attempts to acquire business and accounting documents from StemExpress that are necessary to complete our work at the Select Investigative Panel,” Blackburn wrote in the letter.

It continues: “All of these requests have been met with verbal and written objections from your attorneys. In light of recent public comments you have made and the consensus reached by witnesses at our April 20 hearing on The Pricing of Fetal Tissue that a complete review of StemExpress business and accounting documents was necessary, I am writing to personally request you turn this information over to our investigators.”

The letter says StemExpres is failing to turn over all of the documents the investigating committee has requested. (Read more from “StemExpress Refuses to Turn Over All Documents on Purchase of Aborted Baby Parts” HERE)

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Fetus Cookies Are Just Part of the Left’s Campaign of Terror

Human_Embryo_-_Approximately_8_weeks_estimated_gestational_ageThere is more than one kind of terrorism. The most obvious variety covers acts of violence that target civilians, which Muslim jihadists commit hundreds of times a year throughout the West. The primary goal of such acts is not so much the murder of those particular concertgoers, co-workers or minority Christians. No, what the terrorist wants is to break down the sense of public order, to show how fragile the status quo really is, and make people doubt how trustworthy are their basic institutions.

As they pick through the rubble and piece together the bodies, solid citizens cannot help but ask themselves a series of radical questions: Can the police even keep us safe? Is our government really in charge? Are we spiraling down into chaos? Must we give in to these extremists’ demands, or else face even more destructive attacks? When ordinary people have to ask those kinds of questions, your society is in very deep trouble indeed. For a deeper understanding of the methods of violent terrorism, see Michael Burleigh’s definitive history, Blood and Rage.

There is another kind of terrorism, which aims at the same outcome via less gory means. It is “verbal” or “cultural” terrorism, which likewise uses fear and outrage to shatter the civic order and make room for a power-grab by radical activists, but without all the maiming and mess. It’s a bloodless method of terrorism, but it’s often much more effective. And it’s exactly what we are seeing in a long list of current political battles, from the “bathroom wars” to campus “safe spaces,” from attacks on suburban home-owners to attempts to target and ruin vocal, public Christians.

The term “verbal terrorism” was coined by my old friend, the intellectual historian Thomas Molnar (1921-2010), who lived through terror of several distinct varieties. He was jailed in a Nazi concentration camp for joining a Catholic Resistance group. Released at the end of the war, he was driven out of his native Hungary by its Soviet-imposed totalitarian regime. He taught at American colleges during the 1960s, and watched as Marxist-sponsored student groups used violence to take control of campuses and silence dissent from their agenda.

In his classic book The Counter-Revolution, Molnar exposes how leftists employ cultural terrorism to attack the three great enemies of progressive ideology, which Karl Marx identified as private property, religion, and the bourgeois family. Also targeted are less fundamental institutions on which these three rely for stability and protection, such as national sovereignty, citizenship, the military, and academic standards.

Leftists identify some vulnerability, a chink in the armor, of one of these institutions — let’s say, the perceived “unfairness” of asking some sincerely deluded “trans” person to use the bathroom that fits his biological sex. They express deep concern about this “cruel” abuse. This attracts the sympathy of kind-hearted sloppy thinkers everywhere, who won’t let themselves see the radical implications of “rectifying” this injustice. Poor Caitlyn, why can’t we just let “her” be happy?

Once the sentimental “moderates” are on board and public opinion is shifting, the radicals launch a campaign of activism designed to outrage the sensibilities of conservative citizens, and goad them into violent reaction. The leftists ratchet up their demands, and when they meet resistance, stigmatize any opponents as hard-hearted bigots infected with “hate” for helpless, marginalized victims.

If this step succeeds, then the witch-hunt begins. The left targets any dissenters as nasty, inhuman extremists and tries to publicly destroy them, through boycotts, pressure campaigns and, where possible, government action. If this step succeeds — and it worked like a charm in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act wars in Indiana, Georgia, and other states — then the battle is all but won: Conservatives are terrified to defend a position that just a few months before was taken for granted as mainstream. We are helpless, frightened, and paralyzed by a futile sense of rage, as we pick through the rubble of one more vital institution of our culture.

Now that we’ve established the pattern, let me pick just the five most recent examples of leftist cultural terrorism, and briefly note how they work. I could do the same next week, and the week after that, and never run short of material — since the left’s campaign is unremitting and tireless, a World War I-style war of attrition whose aim is destruction for its own sake. All leftists need not agree on the shape of a future Utopia that will accommodate all their impossible and incompatible fantasies. It’s enough that they want to smash what now exists. Once it’s flattened, they can hash out how to restack all the rubble.

This Week’s Top Five Terror Attacks, Listed by Target

1) The Family: Bite the Heads Off the Fetuses

Matt Walsh reports on the latest pro-choice outrage, one intended to render the pro-life movement ridiculous and encourage the brazen contempt for unborn human life: Fetus-shaped cookies, which students were invited to consume, while they wrote little pro-choice slogans. As Walsh writes, the display was

put together by the campus atheist club last week at the University of North Georgia. Yes, those are cookies in the shape of babies. … [T]he pro-abortion folks were eating the baby cookies or breaking the heads off and laughing. Another picture … shows a cookie lying next to its severed head over top a sign reading “Abortion should remain legal because it’s constitutionally protected.”

2) Religion: Put Jesus On a Dartboard.

According to Campus Reform:

An alleged “art display” at Rutgers University featuring a figure of Jesus Christ on a dartboard, with darts inserted where He was wounded on the Cross, is being held up as a contradiction of the school’s professed commitment to diversity.

Natalie Caruso, who describes herself as a former Rutgers student, posted a photo to a Facebook group for the Class of 2016 showing the display, which she claimed is currently hanging in the Art Library on College Ave. “It is surprising that a state university would allow this,” she wrote in the post. “I asked them to take it down because I found it disrespectful and they refused. How is this acceptable!?”

Campus Reform is currently awaiting comment from Rutgedartsrs on the matter. This story will be updated to include their reply if and when it is received.

Assuming it’s not a social media hoax, the point of such a stunt is to demonstrate the power-relationships in place at schools like Rutgers. It’s a trial balloon, sent up to see how much Christian-bashing the administration will tolerate. If the school takes action against the display, “free speech advocates” will howl in protest — though they’d stay silent if the school took action against an anti-Muslim display, as it surely would within minutes. If the school does nothing, Christians on campus will get the message: You’re marginal, and our “diversity” protections do not apply to you.

3) Religion and the Family: Publicly Fire a Sportscaster for Expressing Conservative Views.

You probably already know that Curt Schilling, former Boston Red Sox pitcher, has been fired by ESPN for a single social media post that supported North Carolina’s “bathroom law.” The Stream’s Tom Gilson has documented that this is not Schilling’s first “offense” against the unspoken political litmus test in place at ESPN and many other large corporations. In fact, as Gilson noted, Schilling has made a number of conservative statements over the years, which clearly were being compiled in a dossier in some back office at ESPN:

USA Today described him as expressing pattern of opinions that were “appalling, insensitive and nasty, over and over again,” adding, “there was more to this firing than the hatred contained in his words.”

His first error, apparently, was suggesting (“blurting out,” said the AP in a story today) in a TV interview several years ago that people vote for George Bush. Nasty.

Later he compared the firing of General George Petraeus for lax security with confidential information with Hillary Clinton’s email carelessness. … Schilling was a member of the mainstream media who supports conservative views. That was his real crime. So as of this week ESPN, a self-described “inclusive company,” has excluded him.

4) Citizenship: Make Violent Lawbreakers’ Votes Count as Much as Anyone’s.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe evaded existing law and used his executive authority to restore the vote to more than 200,000 convicted felons — boosting likely Democratic vote totals in that vital swing state, and undermining one of the last few shreds of respect for civic virtue: the idea that in order to help make the laws in a community, you not be convicted of flagrantly breaking them. This move was presented, of course, as a blow against racism — since many of the felons happen to be black. Opponents who try to repeal this unilateral act can expect to be compared to Jim Crow politicians who denied the vote to law-abiding black U.S. Army veterans in the 1940s and 50s.

5) Private Property: Force Home-owners to Build New Federal Slums in Their Neighborhoods.

As The Federalist reports, President Obama’s Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is using “de-segregation” as a pretext to force suburban neighborhoods to divert their tax money to nearby, failing Democrat-run cities, or else build massive low-income housing projects with public money. When one local elected official, Rob Astorino, the County Executive of Westchester, N.Y. criticized the federal attack on the taxpayers who elected him, the “federal monitor” in charge of redistributing the wealth asked a judge for a “gag order” to silence Astorino. As The Federalist notes:

We’re not just talking about crippling the ability of local governments to design zoning rules (God forbid you be free from the meddling of a far-off bureaucracy seeking to redistribute people as ethnic units), but the ability of local officials to even criticize the federal government’s intrusion into their local affairs. This is outright censorship.

As next week’s chain of outrages unfolds, understanding the consistent pattern of leftist attacks on sanity, order, and decency might help to steel you in the need to resist. You might as well, since you cannot escape. (For more from the author of “Fetus Cookies Are Just Part of the Left’s Campaign of Terror” please click HERE)

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Oklahoma Approves Major Bill That Revokes Licenses of Abortion Doctors

University_of_Toronto_pro-life_protest_1In a bold move for the sanctity of life in Oklahoma, the state legislature approved a measure that could revoke the medical license of any doctor who performs an abortion.

According to a Reuters report:

The Republican-dominated legislature, the state’s House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a Senate bill late on Thursday. Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, has not yet indicated whether she will sign it.

Under the bill, doctors who perform abortions would risk losing their medical licenses. Exemptions would be given for those who perform the procedure for reasons including protecting the mother or removing a miscarried fetus.

Senator Nathan Dahm, who authored the bill, called it a “proper function” for the legislature to protect life.

Opponents of the bill, however, argue it is unconstitutional to prohibit a doctor from performing a legal medical procedure, and promise an intense legal battle if the law goes into effect.

Lobbying groups opposed to the bill argue the “cash-strapped” state cannot afford expensive court proceedings and likely warn against the boycott by businesses that could follow.

But David Brumbaugh, one of the bill’s sponsors, fought back saying, “if we take care of morality, God will take care of the economy.” (For more from the author of “Oklahoma Approves Major Bill That Revokes Licenses of Abortion Doctors” please click HERE)

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Pro-Abort Students Bake Baby Cookies, Then Bite Heads Off

CgcyQcAW4AAbIyZFollowing the episode of Scandal that featured actress Kerry Washington’s character undergoing an abortion while the song “Silent Night” relayed over the soundtrack, the University of North Georgia’s “Skeptic Society” has now stepped up to take the prize for most heinous display of bad taste.

At a pro-abortion rally held by UNG’s “Skeptics Society,” students promoted abortion by baking cookies in the shape of babies and sperm, then proceeding to bite the heads off and cruelly give them to nearby protesters.

Protest of the rally was put on by UNG’s “Students For Life,” who peacefully and respectfully decked out the campus “free speech zone” with pro-life materials while simultaneously passing out flyers that simply asked “Abortion Should Remain Legal Because.” Though the students expected some hostility, nothing could prepare them for what the pro-aborts proceeded to do next. President of UNG Students for Life Carly McCurry said the following took place in a statement:

Students from the Skeptics Society baked baby and sperm cookies, so that students could kill the babies as they ate them.

The booths only activity was to hand out blank pieces of paper asking why people thought abortion should be legal. One person laughingly wrote “It is constitutionally protected” and broke off the baby cookie’s head in a seemingly amusing gesture. (Read more from “Pro-Abort Students Bake Baby Cookies, Then Bite Heads Off” HERE)

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