Supreme Court Accepts Hobby Lobby’s Challenge to Obama’s HHS Mandate

Hobby Lobby’s battle against the HHS mandate is headed to the Supreme Court, as the high court today agreed to hear its lawsuit against the controversial provision in Obamacare. The Obama administration is attempting to make it comply with the HHS mandate that compels religious companies to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs for their employees.

However, the U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to take up Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a landmark case addressing the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of business owners to operate their family companies without violating their deeply held religious convictions. This is good news to the Green family, who own the store.

“This is a major step for the Greens and their family businesses in an important fight for Americans’ religious liberty,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead lawyer for Hobby Lobby. “We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will clarify once and for all that religious freedom in our country should be protected for family business owners like the Greens.”

The Obama administration says it is confident it will prevail, saying, “We believe this requirement is lawful…and are confident the Supreme Court will agree.”

“My family and I are encouraged that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide our case,” said Mr. Green, Hobby Lobby’s founder and CEO.  “This legal challenge has always remained about one thing and one thing only: the right of our family businesses to live out our sincere and deeply held religious convictions as guaranteed by the law and the Constitution. Business owners should not have to choose between violating their faith and violating the law.”

The Supreme Court is also taking the case of the Mennonite cabinet makers forced to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs.

In July, a federal court granted Hobby Lobby a preliminary injunction against the HHS abortion-drug mandate. The injunction prevented the Obama administration from enforcing the mandate against the Christian company, but the Obama administration appealed that ruling recently. The government’s appeal makes it highly likely that the Supreme Court will decide the issue in the upcoming term.

Hobby Lobby asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review its case and decide whether the Green family will be required to provide and pay for life-terminating drugs and devices in violation of their religious beliefs, according to an email from its attorneys to LifeNews.

“Hobby Lobby’s case raises important questions about who can enjoy religious freedom,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead lawyer for Hobby Lobby. “Right now, some courts recognize the rights of business owners like the Green family, and others do not. Religious freedom is too important to be left to chance. The Supreme Court should take this case and protect religious freedom for the Green family and Hobby Lobby.”

Duncan said last June the Christian-owned and operated business won a major victory before the en banc 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which rejected the government’s argument that the Green family and their family-owned businesses, Hobby Lobby and a Christian bookstore chain named Mardel, could not legally exercise religion.

The court further said the businesses were likely to win their challenge to the HHS mandate. Since then, courts in other parts of the country have ruled differently, setting up a conflict that only the Supreme Court can resolve.

The Court will consider the government’s petition and Hobby Lobby’s response next month. If the petition is granted, the case would be argued and decided before the end of the Court’s term in June.

“The United States government is taking the remarkable position that private individuals lose their religious freedom when they make a living,” said Duncan. “We’re confident that the Supreme Court will reject the government’s extreme position and hold that religious liberty is for everyone—including people who run a business.”

After the appeals court ruling, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton issued a preliminary injunction and stayed the case until Oct. 1 to give the Obama administration time to appeal the decision.

In an opinion read from the bench, the court said, “There is a substantial public interest in ensuring that no individual or corporation has their legs cut out from under them while these difficult issues are resolved.”

Duncan says there are now 63 separate lawsuits challenging the HHS mandate. The Becket Fund led the charge against the unconstitutional HHS mandate. The Becket Fund currently represents: Hobby Lobby, Wheaton College, East Texas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University, Colorado Christian University, the Eternal Word Television Network, Ave Maria University, and Belmont Abbey College.

Hobby Lobby could have paid as much as $1.3 million each day in fines for refusing to pay for birth control or abortion-causing drugs under the mandate.

PA Pastors’ Network Urges Pastors to Connect Biblical Principles to Moral and Cultural Issues During Pulpit Sundays

PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania Pastor’s Network (PPN, www.papastors.net) is urging churches around the state to commit to preaching on the first Sunday of every month on a topic of cultural or moral relevance, using the Bible as the foundation of all truth.  This Sunday, December 1, the topic is “Marriage and the Bible” in response to Illinois and Hawaii recently becoming the 15th and 16th states, respectively, to legalize homosexual marriage. The hope is that by providing Christians with increased teaching about what the Bible says about moral issues, Christians will live out their faith with greater diligence and consistency in all aspects of life.

As part of their commitment to support pastors in preaching boldly from a Biblical worldview, PPN offers sermon notes and other helps on a variety of cultural topics, like same-sex marriage, family, and abortion, among many others as part of their PPN Resource Library. To download any of these resources in advance of the upcoming Pulpit Sunday, pastors or lay people can go to the Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network website at www.papastors.net. Details for pastors who want to participate in this Sunday’s Pulpit Sunday on December 1 are also available on the website.

Sam Rohrer, President of PPN and the American Pastors’ Network (APN, www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net), states, “As our nation turns our back on God and His Word we will not only lose our civil and religious freedoms but we will receive the judgment of God. The Lord warned His people clearly in Deuteronomy 8 that if we forget that our blessings come from Him and look to ourselves, we will end up losing all we have. The time for Christians to repent of self-dependency and return to the Lord in obedience is now. The time for pastors in the pulpit to lead the way by teaching and preaching biblical principles is now, especially when it comes to marriage as nearly one-third of our country has now legalized homosexual marriage. The time to address the moral and cultural issues of our day with Truth and boldness is now. There is absolutely no time to waste. We must act now.”

PPN purports that marriage between a man and a woman has been recognized by virtually all people during all times of history as the most foundational unit of society and the most significant environment in the upbringing of children. Marriage, according to a Biblical worldview, is God’s design in bringing the opposite sexes together into a complementary whole.  Male and female qualities are each uniquely observed and esteemed in the marriage union, according to a Biblical view.  In addition, marriage between a man and a woman is the only natural way to procreate, again presenting a foundational platform from which the next generation is brought to life.

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is urging Christians to continue to work to protect and defend marriage as God established it.

Rohrer recently completed a five-part “Stand in the Gap” radio series, consisting of one-minute broadcasts about the reasons to protect biblical marriage that air across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

“There are five basic, biblical reasons for marriage between one man and one woman,” Rohrer said. “At PPN, we emphasize the authority of scripture for deciding all issues, including marriage and urge pastors to defend what God has established.”

PPN Stand in the Gap radio features can also be streamed on the PPN website. For more information on Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network, visit www.papastors.net or call 610.584.1225.

PPN teaches that the hope for the preserving of liberty in our nation will be realized only when Christians know the Truth of God’s Word as preached from the pulpits by our pastors and then who commit to impacting the culture for Christ.  Pulpit Sundays have been instituted to advocate the following:

  • Pastors speak to congregations about the Biblical and Constitutional authority they have to educate their congregations about such issues.
  • The goal of preaching about these issues is to have Christians across the state understand the meaning of self-government under God.
  • The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network urges every Christian pastor across the state to join fellow pastors in preaching the Biblical truth about moral and cultural issues and in so doing, to become a “Stand in the Gap” pastor and church.

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is a group of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues; examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in our political process on a non-partisan basis.

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is a state chapter affiliate of the American Pastors’ Network.  The American Pastors’ Network is a Ministry Program Affiliate of Capstone Legacy Foundation (a 501 C3 non-profit organization).

Almost 80 million with employer health care plans could have coverage canceled, experts predict

Almost 80 million people with employer health plans could find their coverage canceled because they are not compliant with ObamaCare, several experts predicted.

Their losses would be in addition to the millions who found their individual coverage cancelled for the same reason.

Stan Veuger of the American Enterprise Institute said that in addition to the individual cancellations, “at least half the people on employer plans would by 2014 start losing plans as well.” There are approximately 157 million employer health care policy holders.

Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute added, “the administration estimated that approximately 78 million Americans with employer sponsored insurance would lose their existing coverage due to the Affordable Care Act.”

Last week, an analysis by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, showed the administration anticipates half to two-thirds of small businesses would have policies canceled or be compelled to send workers onto the ObamaCare exchanges. They predicted up to 100 million small and large business policies could be canceled next year.

According to projections the administration itself issued back in July 2010, it was clear officials knew the impact of ObamaCare three years ago.

In fact, according to the Federal Register, its mid-range estimate was that by the end of 2014, 76 percent of small group plans would be cancelled, along with 55 percent of large employer plans.

The reason behind the losses is that current plans don’t meet the requirements of ObamaCare, which dictate that each plan must cover a list of essential benefits, whether people want them or not.

“Things like maternity care or acupuncture or extensive drug coverage,” said Veuger. “And so now the law is going to force them to buy policies that they could have gotten in the past if they wanted to but they chose not to.”

Some plans already have been canceled and employers are getting sticker shock at the new, higher prices under ObamaCare.

One of them is David Allen, president of a company bearing his name in Boulder, Colorado. He told a Congressional hearing recently that his carrier discontinued his company policy because it wasn’t compliant with ObamaCare.

“It does not meet the minimum standards as stipulated under the law. Due to this one change,” he said, “our premiums are now scheduled to increase by 52.3 percent in January 2014.”

Roy said that is not unusual. “The old plans that are being cancelled are meaningfully cheaper than the new plans that are ObamaCare compliant.”

A new wave of cancellations and sticker shock will emerge just before next year’s elections.

“They’re going to start doing that in the summer or early fall but certainly before the midterm elections,” said Veuger.

Absence of 'Christmas' garners nat'l electronics retailer 1-month boycott

A nationally known pro-family, pro-traditional values group is focusing attention on yet another business – a major consumer electronics chain – that turns its back on the reason for the Christmas season.

The American Family Association has already released its “Naughty or Nice” list of businesses that either do or do not identify Christmas during the biggest selling season of the year for retailers (see earlier story). Randy Sharp, director of special projects for the pro-family group, zeros in on one of the retailers currently on the naughty list.

“We’ve been monitoring the Radio Shack company for several years, and each year they have refused to recognize or incorporate the term ‘Christmas’ in any of their advertising,” he tells OneNewsNow. “It’s very clear to us that they are specifically targeting Christmas shoppers in their advertising.”

Sharp, Randy (AFA)Sharp adds Radio Shack has apparently decided to stand on the politically correct way of doing business. For that reason, AFA is calling for a one-month boycott of Radio Shack.

“… In their ads we see the holly, we see the trees, we see the wreaths, the bows, the decorations – but they just refuse to use ‘Christmas,'” says the group spokesman. “This boycott will help us to let Radio Shack know that if you refuse to use ‘Christmas’ in your advertising, we’ll refuse to do business with you.”

According to Sharp, Radio Shack isn’t in the best financial situation to begin with and has many competitors who do appreciate Christians and their patronage.

“So they need every customer they can get,” he continues. “But when they refuse to use ‘Christmas’ in their advertising, they’re simply driving customers away. Radio Shack has a lot of competitors who gladly use Christmas in their advertising – and so Christmas shoppers should do business with those who appreciate them, those who recognize the reason that they’re out shopping.”

AFA has posted its Naughty or Nice list of retailers on its website as a guide to Christians shopping for the holiday.

– See more at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/business/2013/11/25/absence-of-christmas-garners-natl-electronics-retailer-1-month-boycott#.UpNcp-KL_V4

Illinois Becomes 16th State to Legalize Gay Marriage; Law Group Warns of Threat to Religious Freedom

While Illinois became the 16th state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage on Wednesday, with Gov. Pat Quinn calling it an “epic victory” for America, a non-profit law group has warned that the new law may threaten religious freedom for those opposed to the practice.

“This new law is an epic victory for equal rights in America. Illinois is moving forward. We are a model for our country. If the Land of Lincoln can achieve marriage equality, so can every other state in the nation,” Quinn said after signing the bill.

The gay marriage law, which takes effect on June 1, 2014, was pushed by the Illinois governor throughout the 2013 legislative sessions. Quinn has been a long-time supporter of expanding the definition of marriage, and in 2011 signed a civil union legislation, which has allowed more than 6,000 couples across the state to join in civil unions.

The new law, however, which ran as Senate Bill 10 sponsored by State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and State Representative Greg Harris (D-Chicago), guarantees equal access to status, benefits, protections, rights and responsibilities for all couples entering into marriage and their families.

“I couldn’t be prouder of Illinois today as we become the 16th state to write equality into our marriage laws,” Senator Steans said. “This is a day to celebrate the hard work of so many Illinois families whose commitment to human rights and basic fairness made this moment possible.”

“This is a very proud day for the state of Illinois and a happy day for thousands of Illinois families who will now be treated equally in the eyes of the law. I want to thank Governor Quinn, Speaker Madigan and my colleagues for making this day possible,” Representative Harris added.

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The Roman Catholic Church in Illinois with Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield have taken a defense of traditional marriage, however, with the bishop insisting that same-sex marriage goes contrary to God’s intentions.

“It is scandalous that so many Catholic politicians are responsible for enabling the passage of this legislation and even twisting the words of the pope to rationalize their actions despite the clear teaching of the church,” Paprocki said in a statement. “All politicians now have the moral obligation to work for the repeal of this sinful and objectionable legislation. We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church.”

And although the new law promises to protect religious freedom, non-profit law firm the Thomas More Society has argued that it is not fair to people with religious convictions.

“Because the general assembly left out specific protections for individuals, businesses, religious organizations, and religious charities, we will have to discover the boundaries of this act through litigation,” said Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel of the Thomas More Society.

Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel at the Thomas More Society, added that “the idea that free people can be ‘compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives’ as the ‘price of citizenship’ is a chilling and unprecedented attack on freedom.”

Brejcha warned that people can be affected by the new law in a number of ways, including how they live out their faith, educate their children, and operate their business. The law group has also written a letter to legislators warning that the same-sex marriage bill “would be the worst in US in protecting religious liberty,” which can be read on its official website.

Obama Approval Sinks to Record-Low 37% as Obamacare Scandal Continues

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has crashed to the lowest level of his presidency as the scandal over Obamacare and millions of Americans losing their health care insurance plans continues. A record 57 percent of Americans disapprove of the job he’s doing.

According to a CBS News poll released Wednesday, 37 percent say they approve of how Obama is doing his job and his approval dropped nine points, from 46 percent in October. Meanwhile, just 49 percent believe Obama is honest and trustworthy — down from 60 percent during his re-election campaign.

The public’s approval of abortion-funding Obamacare has also dropped to its lowest level, according to the CBS survey. Thirty-one percent approve of the law — a drop of 12 points from the 43 percent who supported it last month. Just one-third of Americans say they are confident the Obama administration can fix the Obamacare web site by December 1.

Americans disapprove of Obamacare on a 61-31 percent margin and 46 percent say they “disapprove strongly” of the law. Eighty-eight percent of Republicans disapprove of the law — little changed from last month’s 87 percent figure. But approval among independents fell from 38 percent to 27 percent, and approval of Democrats dropped from 74 percent to 58 percent.

The CBS News poll of 1,010 adults was conducted from Nov. 15-18 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network Offers Five Reasons for Biblical Marriage, as 16th State Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

PHILADELPHIA—Today, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign legislation that will make same-sex marriage legal in his state. His signature follows that of Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie last week, making gay marriage legal there as well.

Same-sex weddings are set to begin in Hawaii on Dec. 2 and in Illinois on June 1. The recent legislation marks a cultural shift in the U.S., as 1 in 3 Americans now live in 16 states and the District of Columbia where same-sex marriage is legal. Same-sex marriage is banned in all other states, except New Mexico, which has no state law either way. Some counties in New Mexico have begun allowing same-sex marriage.

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network (PPN, www.papastors.net) is urging Christians to continue to work to protect and defend marriage as God established it.

Sam Rohrer, President of PPN and the American Pastors’ Network (APN, www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net), recently completed a five-part “Stand in the Gap” radio series, consisting of one-minute broadcasts about the reasons to protect biblical marriage that air across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

“There are five basic, biblical reasons for marriage between one man and one woman,” Rohrer said. “At PPN, we emphasize the authority of scripture for deciding all issues, including marriage and urge pastors to defend what God has established.”

PPN’s reasons for biblical marriage between one man and one woman are moral, historical, physiological, emotional and economical, and include these excerpts from Rohrer’s one-minute broadcasts:

Reason #1: “Because the biblical concept of marriage and family is God’s, and He is truth, no one  has a right to change it. On matters of moral truth,  opinions don’t  count, only God’s opinion counts. Since He created and defined it, God alone retains the authority and just claim upon it and how marriage can be legitimately defined.”

Reason #2: “Because God established the three institutions of family, church and civil government, the legs upon which rest every prosperous and free society, each institution must relate to each other within the limits of their authority. This means that all three have both an interest and duty to acknowledge and follow God’s ordained model. When each one diligently operates within their sphere, the legs are strong, the community is strong and the nation is strong.”

Reason #3: “Because the concept of family is God’s, and because He defined marriage as the union of only one man and one woman, neither humankind nor civil government can legitimately alter or change it. While government may possess the power to legally alter or redefine marriage or family, it has no moral or jurisdictional right (to do so).”

Reason #4: “Because God has clearly established that any variation of marriage or human sexuality outside the bounds of marriage between one man and one woman is sin, rejection of His model will bring predictable consequences to individuals, communities and nations. This means heterosexual infidelity, sex outside marriage, same-sex marriage or marriage between multiple men and women all violate God’s order. Defending marriage means opposing not just same-sex marriage but all violations of God’s standard.”

Reason #5: “Because God has declared in Ephesians 5 that physical marriage between one man and one woman is the picture of the spiritual relationship of Christ and the church, it’s clear why all variations of marriage outside the framework of one man and one woman are sin. God’s plan of redemption through Jesus Christ and to the church is the picture of true love and unity between God and man. All efforts to redefine what God’s established are therefore a direct attack on God Himself, his plan of redemption and Jesus Christ.”

PPN Stand in the Gap radio features can also be streamed on the PPN website. For more information on Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network, visit www.papastors.net or call 610.584.1225.

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is a group of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues; examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in our political process on a non-partisan basis.

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is a state chapter affiliate of the American Pastors’ Network.  The American Pastors’ Network is a Ministry Program Affiliate of Capstone Legacy Foundation (a 501 C3 non-profit organization).

Pa. pastor expects to be defrocked for gay wedding

Frank Schaefer gets to keep calling himself a Methodist pastor – at least for the next 30 days.

The United Methodist clergyman convicted of breaking church law for officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding was suspended late Tuesday, and ordered by a jury of his fellow pastors to surrender his credentials in a month if he can’t bring himself to adhere to the laws of the church’s Book of Discipline.

Schaefer said he had no intention of changing his mind about the church’s teaching on homosexuality, declaring he would perform more gay marriages if asked.

“I feel I have to be an advocate, an outspoken advocate for all lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people,” Schaefer told reporters after learning his sentence, adding that he expects to be defrocked when his 30-day suspension is up.

Before the punishment was announced, Schaefer, who was convicted for presiding over his son’s 2007 wedding ceremony in Massachusetts, told the jury that he is unrepentant.

Rather than beg for mercy, the pastor upped the stakes.

The church “needs to stop judging people based on their sexual orientation,” he told jurors. “We have to stop the hate speech. We have to stop treating them as second-class Christians.”

After the jury pronounced its sentence, Schaefer’s supporters began overturning chairs in the courtroom — symbolizing the biblical story of Jesus overturning the tables of the money changers — and held an impromptu communion service. A few supporters scuffled briefly with the church’s trial staff.

Schaefer’s trial rekindled debate within the nation’s largest mainline Protestant denomination over church policies on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The denomination accepts gay and lesbian members, but it rejects the practice of homosexuality as “incompatible with Christian teaching.”

Schaefer donned a rainbow-colored stole on the witness stand and told jurors it symbolized his commitment to the cause.

“I will never be silent again,” he said, as some of his supporters wept in the gallery. “This is what I have to do.”

Jon Boger, who filed the initial complaint against Schaefer, was outraged by the pastor’s recalcitrance. The career Naval officer grew up in Zion United Methodist Church of Iona, the church in Lebanon that Schaefer has led for 11 years.

“Frank Schaefer sat here and openly rebuked the United Methodist Church, its policies, standards and doctrines,” Bolger said when called as a rebuttal witness. “He should no longer be in service as a minister of the United Methodist Church, not at Iona, not anywhere else.”

Earlier Tuesday, the Methodists’ prosecutor called former members of Schaefer’s church who said his conduct split the congregation, and experts who said the punishment should serve as a deterrent to other like-minded clergy.

Christina Watson said her family left Schaefer’s church because they no longer wanted to be “subjected to the preaching and teaching” of Schaefer.

“To me, it wasn’t a good Christian example for ministers to say it’s OK to break the rules of your church,” she testified.

Schaefer had previously testified that he performed his son’s wedding out of love, not a desire to flout church teaching on homosexuality.

But Tuesday’s testimony made clear he has had a change of heart.

“I have to minister to those who hurt, and that’s what I’m doing,” Schaefer said.

The prosecutor, the Rev. Christopher Fisher, invited Schaefer to “repent of your actions” and pledge never again to perform a homosexual union.

“I cannot,” Schaefer replied.

His son, Tim Schaefer, told jurors he knew he was putting his father in a difficult position by asking him to officiate at his wedding. But he concluded he would hurt his father’s feelings if he didn’t ask.

Schaefer said he hoped his father’s trial would start a larger conversation in the denomination.

Pro-Abortion Bill Would Take Women Back to the Back Alleys

Abortion activists are always complaining that pro-life legislation supposedly relegates women to dangerous back-alley abortions. But new legislation Planned Parenthood and its pro-abortion allies in Congress have proposed would do just that.

LifeNews has already profiled the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act” that would overturn pro-life laws across the country that protect women from dangerous legal abortions. Yet, as Tom McClusky, of March for Life, analyzes, it is this bill, not making abortions illegal, that threatens women.

From his piece examining the “Women’s Health Protection Act:”

Earlier this week, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), along with Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA), Lois Frankel (D-FL) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH), introduced the ironically named “Women’s Health Protection Act” (WHaPA).  The WHaPA would override the tremendous success we have seen in the states of protecting women’s health while also putting limitations on abortion.  Not since the abortions for all “Freedom of Choice Act,” supported by President Obama, have we seen a bill that is so anti-mother and child.

Section 4 of the bill is loaded with prohibitions for the states:

Want to require that only licensed doctors perform a surgical abortion?  That would be outlawed under this bill.  Actually this bill would allow an abortionist to designate anyone, regardless of training, to perform the procedure.   This protects the unlicensed abortionist, but not the woman.

Want legislation that restricts the off counter use of a drug that has proven to both harm and kill women when used for a chemical abortion?  That would be illegal under this bill.  This protects the lazy abortionist, but not the women who have ended up dying from unlicensed use of abortion causing drugs.

Want to make sure a doctor can’t “phone in” a chemical abortion?  This legislation would restrict that – allowing presumably anyone designated by an abortion doctor to distribute life ending drugs via the Internet.  Again, this protects the lazy abortionist, but not the women who have ended up dying from unlicensed use of abortion causing drugs.

Want to stop future abortionists like Kermit Gosnell, who butchered two women and countless babies to death?  The “Women’s Health Protection Act” protects Kermit Gosnell, but not the woman.

Want to pass a law that requires an abortionist to report cases of statutory rape for girls as young (or younger) than 12?  Or at least get the permission of a legal guardian to have the invasive and destructive procedure known as abortion?  The “WHaPA” protects the predator, not the 12 year old girl or the parents.

Section 6 then gives Attorney General Eric Holder virtually unrestricted powers to abuse the office against pro-lifers as well as possibly legislators or elected officials who would enforce ANY law that seeks to protect a woman.

This is legislation only Planned Parenthood could love, and love it they do.  The bill has 36 sponsors in the Senate and 60 in the House of Representatives; however, it is clear this is the wish list of many pro-abortion folks in DC.  This bill would not only lead to more abortions, it would also lead to more deaths of both mothers and children.

No Amount of “Easing” Will Fix China’s Brutal Population Control Policy

There are serious questions about the limited impact of the so-called revised one-child policy announced by China this week.

Let’s be clear, nothing in today’s announcement changes the brutal, abusive elements of China’s population control program in which women’s cycles are monitored by the government. Women must still get a birth permit before they can have a child, and fines and penalties will continue for anyone who has a child without government permission.

The announced minimal change in China’s one-child policy is grossly inadequate in light of the coercion they have employed for three decades against women and children. Left unchanged is the Chinese government’s strangle-hold on deciding who can have children, when they can have children and how many children a family can have.

The policy does nothing to address the regular use of forced abortion, when women are dragged into clinics where their children are then killed.

Until the Chinese government abolishes all coercion in their population control program, until they eliminate once and for all the use of forced abortion, its program will still be the most draconian in the world.

There are reports indicating that it was not new-found respect for fundamental human rights that brought the minimal change, but rather the government’s desire to bolster its own economy and power.

Perhaps motivated by the tens of millions fewer girls than boys as well as the ticking social time bomb of an aging population with fewer new workers and family members to care for the elderly, the token policy change now only allows a second child to live if that child has an urban-dwelling parent who is from a one child family.

This is currently allowed for rural families and does little to address the brutality of the program and the grave injustices Chinese women and families face if they seek to have children without government permission.