Ted Turner Proposes One-Child Policy, China Expert Responds with Facts

December 7, 2010

FRONT ROYAL, VA (MetroCatholic)  - Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, called on world leaders Sunday to address the global warming crisis by drastically reducing the number of people on the planet.

Maintaining that the very future of humanity was at stake, Turner urged immediate action: “If we’re going to be here [as a species] 5,000 years from now, we’re not going to do it with seven billion people,” said Turner, who went on to propose the immediate adoption of a global one- child policy.

Turner makes it clear that he is not proposing that an unplanned pregnancy be viewed as a criminal act, and women who violate his one-child policy should not be forced to have abortions and sterilizations. In fact, he flatly denies that such things happen in China at all, instead claiming that the Beijing regime has enforced the policy “without, as far as I can see, Draconian steps.”

According to Steven W. Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute and internationally recognized China expert, this notion is absurd.

“In his panic about global warming, Turner apparently hasn’t looked very far,” says Mosher, “for Draconian is precisely what China’s forced-pace population control is. I know. I have spent three decades studying it.”

“The Chinese population control police don’t merely ‘encourage people to have one child,’ as Turner says,” Mosher continues. “They arrest women for the crime of being pregnant with an illegal child, they subject them to detention without trial, and they forcibly abort them if they don’t “voluntarily consent” to an abortion.”

Mosher goes on to assert that a so-called “voluntary” population control program simply doesn’t exist. “They are entirely ‘voluntary’ until someone refuses to submit to the knife,” Mosher continues. “At which time the pretence of ‘voluntarism’ is abandoned, threats start being made, and forced sterilizations follow.”

“CNN has reported such stories before,” Mosher concludes. “But apparently Ted Turner doesn’t even watch the news network that he founded. Or any other, for that matter.”

City council unanimously votes to stop Carhart late-term abortion plans

November 24, 2010

Council Bluffs, Iowa, November 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Council Bluffs City Council in Iowa unanimously voted last night to shut down any plans late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart may have had to set up shop in the town.

Pro-life supporters packed the meeting last night to voice opposition to the announced plans of Carhart, who has said he wants to open up a late-term abortion mill there.

The abortionist has been forced to seek other locations for his late-term abortion business after Nebraska passed a fetal pain bill that banned abortions after 20 weeks, when the pre-born baby is believed to feel pain. Carhart is also interested in taking over an existing abortion facility in Indiana, where he has worked part-time for years, and Maryland.

Iowa Right to Life and other groups mobilized over 300 people to turn out to the meeting after rumors began to circulate that Carhart may have been interested in purchasing a city-owned lot for his proposed new Council Bluffs clinic.

The City Council, however, voted to sell the property only with the condition that it not be used for an abortion clinic.

While Carhart continues to raise money for the Council Bluffs facility, which he says is tentatively scheduled to open in January, Mayor Tom Hanafan told the crowd at last evening’s meeting that no one has approached the city for the needed permits for an abortion clinic.

During the meeting, Councilman Mike Shultz stated that the council had over the years tried to make the community a “positive place to work and live,” adding, “I think the council is unified on this. We’ll try to do what we can to prevent this type of activity,” according to the Associated Press.

“Carhart is desperate to relocate his late-term abortion business, because that is the only way he can make money,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Carhart is a notoriously poor businessman who seems to be in constant financial distress. He doesn’t have the money to open in Council Bluffs right now, and this strong show of community opposition will make it even harder for him to move there, if he ever were to get the money.”

Last year, Carhart vowed to open a late-term abortion clinic within 25 miles of Wichita, Kansas, but failed to do so when Operation Rescue successfully blocked his efforts there.

Ohio Democrat files election complaint over pro-life group’s billboard

October 19, 2010

Columbus, OH (CNA).- An Ohio congressman has filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission charging that a pro-life political group has misrepresented him as a supporter of federal abortion funding. The pro-life group has asked a federal court to intervene.

The Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) had intended to put up four billboards targeting Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus.

“Shame on Steve Driehaus!” the proposed billboard reads, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Driehaus voted FOR taxpayer-funded abortion.”

The candidate filed a criminal complaint with the elections commission under a statute which outlaws making “a false statement concerning the voting record of a candidate or public official.” He said that his vote for health care legislation does not mean he supports federal funding for abortions.

Last Thursday, a three-member panel of the commission ruled in Rep. Driehaus’ favor, saying the complaint had “probable cause” and the billboards’ comments were not allowable. A full hearing will take place to determine whether the SBA List broke Ohio law.

The Republican-leaning pro-life organization has asked a federal judge to overturn the law, saying it has a chilling effect on free speech and lacks a requirement to prove “actual malice.”

According to the Enquirer, SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said the commission allowed the congressman to prevent constituents from “learning the truth about his vote in favor of taxpayer funding of abortion in the health care reform bill.”

“We are disappointed and surprised that the complaint was not immediately dismissed,” she said.

Kristin Day of Democrats for Life of America (DFLA) said on Monday that her group was “pleased” that the commission initially ruled in favor of Driehaus.

“We are disappointed in those who would mischaracterize the pro-life Democrat’s vote for political gain,” she continued, saying that the congressman did not vote for taxpayer-funded abortions because “there is no federal funding for abortion in the PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).”

Driehaus is also backed by the Democrat-leaning group Catholics United. Its president Chris Korzen said the SBA List claim lacked evidence. He charged that “the religious right continues to spread lies about federal funding of abortion in service of a partisan agenda.”

Writing at the Catholic Advocate, former President George W. Bush campaign advisor Deal Hudson charged that Driehaus wants to take away the freedom of the SBA List and its president Marjorie Dannenfelser to speak publicly about his voting record.

“Dannenfelser, if found guilty, could go to jail,” Hudson claimed. He also suggested that Driehaus originally had the SBA List’s view of the health care legislation because he sponsored the Stupak-Pitts Amendment which would have imposed statutory restrictions on the bill.

“Dannenfelser has said nothing about the health care bill that has not already been said by the Catholic bishops, speaking through the official statements of the USCCB,” Hudson continued.

While President Barack Obama signed an executive order applying the Hyde Amendment’s abortion funding restrictions to the health care legislation, critics say the order will not withstand a court challenge.

“(T)he Executive Order cannot and does not fix the statutory problems of direct funding of abortion at CHCs (Community Health Centers), and of funding insurance plans that cover abortions,” counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wrote in a March 25 memo on the topic

Silence Will Rock Thousands of Campuses Today

October 19, 2010

Troy, OH (MetroCatholic) - Today, students from thousands of schools around the world will refuse to speak as a protest against the killing innocent children. Every day in America almost 4000 human persons are killed by surgical abortion. The Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity, a project of Stand True, Christ-Centered Pro-life is observed by hundreds of thousands of students who will lose their voice in solidarity with their brothers and sisters who will never have a voice. Last year Stand True heard back from participants over 80 girls who canceled their abortions on the day of the event due to the efforts of the students.

 
“By refusing to speak the students create a huge buzz and abortion will be the most talked about subject on campus,” said Bryan Kemper, President of Stand True Ministries. “This generation is fed up with the senseless violence of abortion as is determined to bring an end the abortion holocaust.”
 
Students will not only remain silent; they will also wear red armbands and/or red duct tape on their mouths, and distribute educational flyers to anyone who asks why they are silent. Many home-schooled students will also participate in the event by visiting local malls and other public areas to distribute flyers.
 
Students are instructed to be respectful to teachers and other officials and to speak with them when required.
 
“Students for Life is proud to co-sponsor the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity. It is critical that we, the pro-life generation, take a stand for Life in our society, and I can think of no better way than standing in silent solidarity with the millions of pre-born Americans who do not have a voice. We stand in silent solidarity with them so that through our silence, they may have a voice.”
 
“As a father, youth leader and national pro-life leader, I believe we must give young people the tools to stand up for their faith and convictions,” said Jeff White, founder of Survivors. “The pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity is one of the most effective avenues for young people to take a stand for the most important cause of their generation; the fight for life.”
 
Over the past few years many schools have tried to stop students from participating and have tried to quash their First Amendment rights. Every year, attorneys from the Alliance Defense Fund defend these students and file lawsuits to protect their rights.
 
There is no cost to participate in the event. Flyers are available for download in PDF format at http://www.silentday.org/. Students can also follow the event on twitter at www.twitter.com/prolifeday
 
Legal help for students involved is available from the Alliance Defense Fund (1-800-TELL-ADF).
 
The Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity is a Project of Stand True – Christ Centered Pro-life and co-sponsored by Students for Life of America, Priests for Life and Survivors.

Needing Gifts to Help Protect the Unborn

October 8, 2010

 I am participating in the 2010 Hike for Life Texas fund raiser so I can help protect the unborn. Just think $625 can save a child’s life. Can you give a financial gift of any size so we can work together in this effort? My goal is to raise enough money to save several unborn children, but I need your help.

Hike for Life Texas’ signature event is held once a year in cities in Texas. Proceeds of this event go to crisis pregnancy centers throughout the state. A crisis pregnancy center is a place a woman, who suspects that she is pregnant, can go to receive counseling, pre and post natal care, monetary assistance if needed, and, if she chooses, adoption services for her baby in the event she is unable to care for the child.

No abortions are held at any of these crisis centers! As Christians we do not believe that abortion solves any problem… it only creates numerous problems in the life of the mom, dad, families, and of course the baby who will never know the joys of life.

Please visit my personal donation page below.

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FRC Action and Pro-Life Coalition Urge the FDA to Reject New Abortion-Causing Drug

July 29, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC (MetroCatholic) -  Yesterday FRC Action joined 19 pro-life groups in a letter sent to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg requesting that Ella, a drug under consideration for FDA approval that can cause abortions but is misleadingly labeled as an “emergency contraceptive,” not be approved.

Tom McClusky, FRC Action’s Senior Vice President, made the following comments:

“The Obama Administration has repeatedly promised a commitment to science and transparency, but approval of Ella as an ‘emergency contraceptive’ would deny women the right to informed consent on something as important as a baby’s life and their health. Ella can cause an abortion after implantation, just like RU-486.

“Additionally, given the recently enacted Obama health care plan, approval of this drug could open yet another backdoor to taxpayer funding of abortions,” McClusky concluded.

Click here to download FRC’s new Ella fact sheet, “Myth and Fact: The Truth About Ella and How it Works.”

http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IF10G01

Click here to download a copy of the group letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

http://www.frc.org/ella-group-letter

Interview: Bus Driver Fired for Refusing to Drive Woman to Abortion Clinic

July 21, 2010

By Kathleen Gilbert

AUSTIN, Texas, July 20, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An Austin area bus driver has filed a lawsuit against a rural transportation system after being fired for declining to drive a woman to an abortion clinic, citing a violation against his Christian beliefs.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court, accuses Austin’s Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) of having discriminated against Kyle resident Edwin Graning  “on the basis of his religion.”

The native Texan told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) that CARTS officials abruptly terminated him for declining to drive a woman to Planned Parenthood’s South Austin facility, after he discovered that the facility performed abortions.

Graning had asked his wife to call the facility; she heard a recording directing callers to call 911 in case of abortion complications. “I said, dear God in heaven, this woman’s gonna have an abortion,” he said.

Graning said that no protocol for orders to drive people to abortion clinics had ever been discussed. “I’m a Christian … I love the Lord and I’m not going to be a part of something like this,” said Graning, a former pastor. He pointed out that the woman quickly received a ride from another bus.

When he told his supervisor that he would not make the drive, Graning says the supervisor replied, “Then you are resigning.” He objected, but was later directed to bring his vehicle and belongings back to CARTS, and received a letter of termination on grounds of insubordination.

Graning, 63, who celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary last month, is a father of two and grandfather of three.

He is being represented by lawyers from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

The “worst part of it all,” he said, was that he was not allowed to collect $1000 worth of leave time built up over 8 months. “I never missed a day’s work, I was never late, I never got written up or anything or ever corrected verbally or anything. I never did anything wrong,” he said. “To me, that was the height of just awful.”

The lawsuit seeks compensation for suffering and emotional distress, in addition to reinstatement, back pay, legal fees, and other relief.

“I’m not out for revenge or anything like that,” said Graning, who said he felt obligated to stand up for his beliefs.

“I pastored years ago, and I’ve done a lot of things - and normally I wouldn’t have made any issue out of this - but you know, I’m really getting tired of Christians getting kicked around,” he told LSN. “I mean, we see other things as going on in this country, and somebody somewhere along the line is just got to quit bending the knee to Baal and letting this government run over us.”

Graning said he has enjoyed an outpouring of support and prayers following the termination. “God has been good to us,” he said.

CARTS general manager David Marsh did not respond to LSN’s request for comment on the litigation as of press time.

The Pill’s 50th: Documentary Reveals Largely Hidden Controversy

July 13, 2010

MEDIA ADVISORY (MetroCatholic) — Dr. Albert Mohler, Seminary President has stated, “I cannot imagine any development in human history, after the Fall, that has had a greater impact on human beings than the pill.”

View the full documentary “28 Days on the Pill” now by clicking: vimeo.com/12090300

A Christian worker, his family and a nurse friend investigate throughout North America to uncover the truth about the birth control pill. The debate has been raging for over a decade and yet many people don’t know about it. How could this be? How does the pill really work? Can everyday oral contraceptives really cause abortions? Why are so many people uninformed?

Discover how this could be a deadly silence. Find out what has shocked doctors and nurses.

Whether Christian or not, women across the board do not have a real understanding of how the pill actually works. Does it only prevent ovulation? What do the inserts and pharmaceutical guides really say? How is it that women consume something when they know very little about how it actually works? Do women and men really care?

The producers believe they should be given the opportunity to make an informed choice. No matter what one’s conclusions are, they believe everyone has a right to full information and informed consent. Whether on the left or the right, we should all agree, informed consent in the medical community is paramount.

This is a good start to the investigative work of how informed we really are, what we take for granted, who might know and may not want to tell.

The question is why? Why the silence? The topic that for many has been too hot to handle.

The documentary features: Dr. Albert Mohler (quoted in Time Magazine’s recent article on The Pill), The Duggars (19 children and counting), Christian author Randy Alcorn (i.e. Heaven, Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?) and Dr. Walt Larimore (formerly with Focus on the Family).

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Christian Defense Coalition Condemns Obama Administration’s Push for Abortion Rights in Kenya Constitution

July 7, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC (MetroCatholic) - The Obama administration is offering incentives to Kenya to approve a controversial new constitution that would legalize abortion for the first time, promising that passage will “allow money to flow” into the nation’s coffers, including U.S. aid.
 
Prior to the election of President Obama, the Washington DC based Christian Defense Coalition warned, “If elected, Barak Obama would become ‘The Abortion President,’ even forcing Catholics and Evangelicals to pay for abortions.” See original press release.
 
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, states,
 
“When then Senator Obama was campaigning for President, the Christian Defense Coalition launched a national campaign called ‘Barak Obama the Abortion President.’ In that campaign, we said if elected Mr. Obama would be the most pro-abortion President in American history.
 
“Sadly, this has turned out to be the case. President Obama lifted the Mexico City Policy which had prevented federal dollars from being used to fund and refer abortions in foreign countries. President Obama’s national health care plan allows tax dollars to be used to provide and subsidize abortions. And now, his administration has linked aid and support to Kenya in return for them allowing abortion in their Constitution.
 
“This is a gross trampling of human rights by the President and it should now be clear to every person of faith and good will that Mr. Obama has no regard for the dignity of human life and no commitment to social justice. To link economic aid with abortion is a betrayal of all the America stands for and once again shows the extreme and radical pro-abortion policies of this administration.”

Bishops Urge Senate to Remove Abortion Amendment from Defense Bill

June 30, 2010

WASHINGTON DC (MetroCatholic) - A Senate committee amendment that would authorize the performance of elective abortions at military hospitals in this country and around the world is “misguided” and should be removed from the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 3454), said the Chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. In a June 29 letter, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston urged Senators to remove this amendment on the grounds that it breaks with longstanding federal and military policies on government promotion of abortion.
           
Cardinal DiNardo said it was disingenuous to suggest, as the amendment’s proponents have, that the amendment is “moderate” in requiring patients at military facilities to pay for their abortions. “Which is a more direct governmental involvement in abortion: That the government reimburses someone else for having done an abortion, or that the government performs the abortion itself and accepts payment for doing so?” the Cardinal wrote. He cited a 1989 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court saying that “the State need not commit any resources to facilitating abortions, even if it can turn a profit by doing so.”
           
Cardinal DiNardo also noted the longstanding nature of the current policy against providing abortions at military health facilities, which has been in place for 22 years with the exception of 1993-1995.
           
“During the brief period when these facilities were told to make abortions available, scarcely any military physician could be found in overseas facilities who was willing to perform abortions,” the Cardinal added.
           
Cardinal DiNardo also said that the current military policy is in keeping with federal policy in general, noting: “Other federal health facilities also may not be used for elective abortions, and many states have their own laws against use of public facilities for such abortions.”
           
Calling on the Senate not to approve the bill unless it maintains current law, as the bill approved by the House of Representatives already does, Cardinal DiNardo concluded that “this amendment presents Congress with the very straightforward question whether it is the task of our federal government to directly promote and facilitate elective abortions.  During the recent health care reform debate, the President and congressional leadership assured us that they agree it is not.”
           
Archbishop Broglio of the Archdiocese of Military Services had written an earlier letter to the Senate against the proposed policy change.  Cardinal DiNardo endorsed his letter as well, noting that it urges Congress “not to impose this tremendous burden on the consciences of Catholic and other health care personnel who joined our armed services to save and protect innocent life, not to destroy it.”
           
Full text of the letter can be found online at: www.usccb.org/prolife/DiNardo-Ltr-Military-Abortions-6-29-2010.pdf

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