My Generation Will End Abortion.

Today, I stood with my school, my Church, and the unborn in the Walk for Life West Coast (http://www.walkforlifewc.com/).

On average, about 1 million lives are lost every year to abortion. Today, in San Francisco, California, thousands of men and women marched to voice their view that that number should be 0. Thank you to pro-life people everywhere who make a commitment to life.

After posting a picture on Instagram, I got some criticism from my liberal friends, which I expected, but it just reminds me of Matthew 5:11:

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”

You can see the post here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BA5hkGfjawu/

Remember to pray for those who disagree with you, to love your enemies, and to keep fighting for a world where all of God’s children get a chance at life (and that means providing care and resources for mothers too!).

Ted Cruz’s campaign is handing out bottled water in Flint — but only to anti-abortion groups
By Sophia Tesfaye

While most other Republican presidential candidates are feigning ignorance on the devastating lead contamination of Flint’s water stream or doing their best todeflect criticism from Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder, Ted Cruz’s campaign is out on the ground helping the people impacted by the disaster — well, only some of the people.

Campaign volunteers only stopped at Flint’s crisis pregnancy centers to show “the pro-life values of Sen. Cruz”

Through Obamacare, the current Administration has promoted the notion of abortion as healthcare. We, however, affirm the dignity of women by protecting the sanctity of human life. Numerous studies have shown that abortion endangers the health and well-being of women, and we stand firmly against it.
—  The 2012 GOP platform • Laying out the party’s official position on abortion rights, which RNC chairman Reince Priebus sought to distance from the Romney campaign last week. As had been reported in the days leading up to the platform’s release, it includes no exceptions for victims of rape or incest, but this was the first glimpse of  specific language – claiming a protection of the “dignity of women,” and referencing health risks from abortion, albeit in an entirely non-specific manner (to be sure, any medical procedure has some degree of risk involved, but scientifically unfounded claims about abortion and breast cancer have been common for years). source (viafollow)

These kids went on a school trip — and ended up as props at a Carly Fiorina anti-abortion event

During a stop at the Greater Des Moines botanical gardens, the 2016 Republican presidential candidate staged an anti-abortion event which reportedly featured some preschoolers that had not consented to take part. The Fiorina campaign went on the defensive painting a very different picture.

GOP Candidates Freaking Out About Grand Jury That Indicted Anti-Abortion Activists

After a Texas-based grand jury declined to indict Planned Parenthood on Monday, clearing an Austin-based clinic of any wrongdoing, GOP presidential candidates are simply doubling down on their opposition to the national women’s health organization. Although the jury chose to indict the videographers who tried to discredit Planned Parenthood in a misleading video campaign, rather than the organization itself, the verdict has only further inspired candidates to speak out against the nonprofit and its “disturbing” mission. Read from other candidates 
Ted Cruz Announces Anti-Choice Coalition Led by Extremists
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz announced Tuesday an anti-choice coalition to be led by extremists in the movement in order to help demonstrate his opposition to abortion rights.

tl;dr Ted Cruz is planning on officially working with gems like Troy Newman, domestic terrorist leader of Operation Rescue. In case anyone thinks he’s a better option over Trump.

GOP platform at Tampa convention won't include abortion exemptions for rape or incest
  • NO abortion exceptions for rape in 2012 GOP party platform source

» The party is to the right of their top dog on this one – though Mitt Romney’s political positions on abortion have been rather fluid  over the long haul of his political career, the campaign’s most recent statement is that his administration would not oppose abortion, in cases in which the woman is pregnant due to an act of rape or incest. The platform committee is helmed by Governor Bob McDonnell, former VP hopeful and Romney surrogate, and is tasked with adopting the party’s official policy positions, in advance of the GOP convention in Tampa.

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Carly Fiorina continued to lie about Planned Parenthood at Fox News’ undercard debate

Carly Fiorina hears only what she wants to hear, apparently. In Thursday’s GOP undercard debate, the presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard executive clung to the notion that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue for profit. Maybe she missed that huge news story earlier this week?

Constant humiliation won’t stop them: No end to the GOP’s anti-Planned Parenthood crusade — even though it always backfires
By Simon Maloy

Among Republicans and conservatives, it’s a matter of settled fact at this point that Planned Parenthood is a criminal organization that illegally harvests the organs from aborted fetuses to sell them for a profit. And not only did the act of fetal organ trafficking happen, the proof of it is so overwhelming that the full weight of the U.S. justice system deserves to be brought down upon the organization as soon as possible. “We need to prosecute Planned Parenthood,” Ted Cruz announced in July. He said Planned Parenthood officials had tacitly confessed to “multiple felonies” and called the group an “ongoing criminal enterprise.” Mike Huckabee said that he, as president, would sic DOJ on Planned Parenthood “for violating federal law and selling body parts.” The case is airtight, the verdict is preordained, and there is no punishment that is too harsh for the depraved criminals at the nation’s leading provider of women’s health services.

Still no evidence Planned Parenthood committed any crimes, but Republicans are too invested at this point to quit

Floridians, be concerned

The Florida GOP has a bill in the works to make abortion a felony and a crazy punishment for doctors for performing abortions or having an abortion clinic.

You can read the bill here: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2016/0865/BillText/Filed/PDF

Well, that’s a super unconstitutional waste of time. Also, no ableist slurs in messages to us, please! Gendered language in that link as well.

Carly Fiorina accused of 'ambushing' children for anti-abortion rally
Party of schoolchildren visiting Iowa botanical garden become part of backdrop for Republican presidential candidate’s speech on abortion
By Adam Gabbatt

Carly Fiorina has been accused of “ambushing” a group of children, after she ushered pre-schoolers, who were on a field trip to a botanical garden, into an anti-abortion rally in Des Moines.

On Wednesday, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive embarked on a day of campaigning across Iowa, in an attempt to boost her ailing presidential campaign.

The alleged ambush occurred when Fiorina hosted a “right to life” forum at the Greater Des Moines botanical garden. Entering the rally, before a crowd of about 60 people, she directed around 15 young children towards a makeshift stage.

The problem, one parent said, was that the children’s parents had not given Fiorina permission to have their children sit with her – in front of a huge banner bearing the image of an unborn foetus – while she talked about harvesting organs from aborted babies.

“The kids went there to see the plants,” said Chris Beck, the father of four-year-old Chatham, one of the children Fiorina appeared with. “She ambushed my son’s field trip.”

Fiorina has made abortion a central plank of her campaign, seizing on videos distributed by an anti-abortion group that purported to show staff members from the women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood discussing the sale of foetal tissue. The accuracy of the videos and of her claims about them has been disputed.

Beck, who lives in Ankeny, north of Des Moines, said he was not asked if Fiorina could interact with the children, or whether she could take them into her rally. He said the first he knew of it was when his childcare provider told him the children had encountered the candidate at the botanical garden.

“Taking them into a pro-life/abortion discussion [was] very poor taste and judgment,” Beck said. “I would not want my four-year-old going to that forum – he can’t fully comprehend that stuff. He likes dinosaurs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers.”

During the rally an anti-abortion activist, carrying a scale model of four-month-old foetus, joined Fiorina at the front of the room.

“This is the face of abortion,” the activist told the crowd as Fiorina looked on. The foetus model was sucking its thumb.

In answer to a detailed series of questions from the Guardian, a Fiorina spokeswoman said in an emailed statement: “We were happy that these children chose to come to Carly’s event with their adult supervisor.”

Fiorina’s day had begun inauspiciously. She hosted an 8.30am Coffee with Carly event in Guthrie Center, a town of about 1,500 people, 40 miles west of Des Moines.

The coffees were served in Prime Time cafe, on Guthrie Center’s high street. Outside there was snow on the sidewalks, slush on the roads. Inside were about 15 people, huddled in a dimly lit back room.

The crowd were seated at round wooden tables on a dark green carpet. They faced a banner carrying Fiorina’s campaign slogan: “It’s time to take our country back”. According to Fiorina, there are six steps to taking our country back. They include “standing for life” and “radically simplifying our tax code”.

A Carly Fiorina gift set had been placed in front of every chair. There was a small blue flyer and a large red flyer. Both talked of the need to “take our country back”. There was also a 50-minute DVD, Citizen Carly: The true story of Carly Fiorina, narrated by the actor James Woods.

Fiorina, who is polling at 1.5% in Iowa, spoke for about 15 minutes before taking questions from the audience. The crowd was elderly.

“When are we going to start doing big things again?” asked a grey-haired man, who said the country did big things when he was a boy.

“We have to take our country back. We have to take our country back,” Fiorina said. “We can do big things again but we’ve got to take our country back.”

The Guardian asked Fiorina about her recent comments about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner and the only other woman in the race.

Fiorina said that when in last week’s Republican debate in South Carolina she discussed the former secretary of state’s marriage to the former president Bill Clinton, “What I was implying was that Hillary Clinton has done and said whatever is necessary to gain power. That’s the story of her life she has done and said whatever is necessary to gain power. That’s what she’s doing again. She’s the ultimate insider.”

The Guardian asked about what may have been her most successful debate line in Charleston, when she said Clinton did not like spending time with her husband, whereas she really liked spending time with her husband.

“What I said was that I enjoy spending time with my husband,” Fiorina said. “That’s a fact.”

Campaigning at small venues in small towns is known as “retail politics”. If a candidate can win over a few people, the theory goes, they might go and tell their friends, who might go and tell their friends.

It is unglamorous. It is hard work. There are no private jets flying Fiorina – or many of the other candidates – into airports. When the Fiorina bus leaves one event it drives straight to the next, along the highway, through town centers, subject to the same traffic regulations as every other road user.

If you follow one candidate for a day, as the Guardian did with Fiorina, you are likely to encounter their campaign bus on the road between events. Driving past the Fiorina bus – it is red and says: “It’s time to take our country back!” on the rear – it is strange to think that the next president of the United States could be sitting inside, staring out at the road or at the snow-covered fields.

The buses of higher-profile candidates usually roll up to side entrances, where their cargo is ushered inside by aides. Fiorina simply stepped out of her bus at each location and walked in through the main entrance.

On Wednesday, her plea to those attending her events was vague and somehow unambitious. “Send me out of Iowa with the wind at my back,” she said, time and again.

Whether Fiorina succeeded in wooing new voters, and attaining that wind, remains to be seen. She certainly managed to alienate one Iowan.

“I do not know enough about Carly to support her,” Beck said of the woman who introduced his son to the idea of terminating a pregnancy.

“And after today, she wouldn’t get my vote for sure.”

h/t: Adam Gabbatt at The Guardian

Do you want the government to stop raising your taxes? To stay out of your healthcare? To keep their hands off of your guns? To stop newborns from being killed before they can even exit the womb? To stop grabbing people’s lands for itself? To not let Hillary Clinton assume the chair of the highest position?

Well, Donald Trump isn’t going to change any of that. In fact, he endorses most of it. He supports higher taxes, single-payer healthcare, gun control, partial-term abortions, eminent domain laws, and even endorsed Hillary Clinton as president back in 2008.

But I guess none of that matters because he hates Muslims and Mexicans? (P.S.: Obama has killed more Muslims and deported more Mexicans than Bush, so why don’t you love him for that?)