Holding the media accountable

inkyLive Action News covered a story yesterday, concerning the media lying about the Pennsylvania Fetal Remains Act.  The Philadelphia Inquirer was mentioned specifically for its November 24th editorial entitled “Wombs over women”.  This particular piece of misinformation went on a tangent about House Bill 1890 shaming and intimidating women. When I first read the Inquirer’s editorial I knew I wanted to respond but put it aside for a week until I had an opportunity to really synthesize what they were saying and how I needed to reply (within their 150-word limit!).

I understand that people in general will not always agree with the premise that unborn children are just that – children.  And that the media may look through a distorted lens when communicating with their target audience but this particular article was a bold-faced lie.  What I cannot understand is how an op-ed could be written by the editorial staff without at least reading the bill.  It is as if they were playing whisper-down-the-lane and by the time the story reached Page C4 of that day’s issue it had turned into Armageddon for women.

Which brings me to my next point.  We all need to take the time to respond and interact with our local publications and point out their inaccuracies.  The Philadelphia Inquirer is a Pulitzer Prize winning organization.  They need to be held to a higher standard than just rumor mongering to grab headlines.  I urge everyone to contact them whenever they do not take the time to report accurately.  Journalism is important to society as is the discussion and learning from different viewpoints but the facts need to be clear before a valid discussion can move forward.  How many people read what they wrote and believe it to be true – that is what is frightening and what is holding us back from intelligently explaining the facts about abortion.  Below is my response to the Inquirer’s piece and here is how you can contact them whenever you know they have strayed from factual reporting:  inquirer.letters@inquirer.com

I have provided links throughout this story and the letter below so you learn for yourself how the bill reads, how the Inquirer reported on that bill and Live Action’s response to the Inquirer’s piece.  That is what reporting is – gathering the facts and disseminating them so that people can come to their own conclusions.  Not wildly taking hearsay, tying it to a popular novel and television series for dramatic effect and then forming an ill conceived conclusion which is then fed to the masses.

My response ( I have not yet been contacted by the Inquirer as to publication):

In the Inquirer’s November 24th editorial entitled Wombs Over Women, the factual basis for its comments are incorrect.  Pennsylvania HB 1890 (Providing for the Final Disposition of Fetal Remains) does not insert itself between a patient and her doctor and is not insensitive to a woman’s privacy.  It is not a requirement that a woman who has an abortion or miscarriage must follow. Republican State Rep. Frank Ryan who sponsored the bill specifically noted that it is voluntary The Bill is written so that it is an option that is available to parents before the child’s remains are removed from the premises and disposed of as medical waste.   The requirement is on the medical facility that if the remains of a child are left with them that the remains be buried or cremated instead of being disposed of as medical waste.  And a reminder that PA Democratic State Representative Wendy Ullman in discussing why this bill should not be passed casually referred to a miscarriage as “a mess on a napkin” and didn’t see the need for the respectful handling of fetal remains.   If you need to look for someone who is insensitive to a woman’s privacy, just look to her. 

Thousands Gathered to Celebrate Life, Honor Courageous Witnesses and Pioneers

Since 1981, pro-lifers from all across the greater Philadelphia area to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and look ahead to recommitting to defend life from conception until natural death as a new year is just mere weeks away. On Sunday evening, 1200 pro-lifers from newborn to great grandparents gathered for a night to remember, connect with other pro-lifers, and celebrating their first inalienable right; life.

This year, the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia area, used the evening to honor award recipients who have chartered authentic healthcare for women, stood tall against the hatred of a state representative, and leading by example on a college campus. Not only did they honor those who were rewarded for their amazing works, but they also took time to recognize the medical students who were in attendance, especially those at Drexel and Thomas Jefferson Universities.

In his open remarks, Fr. Christopher Walsh and Tom Stevens reminded everyone that everything State Rep. Brian Sims said in a viral video when attacking pro-lifers this past spring was all a lie. Pro-lifers continue to do the amazing work in not only caring for babies in the womb, but to also care for the mom and their baby for a lifetime in helping with home economics, job skills, and even their education endeavors.

In addition to the award recipients, the attendees had the opportunity to hear from two amazing speakers. The first was Dr. Monique Ruberu. Dr. Ruberu shared her experience while in residence at Hahnemann University Hospital of how she was forced into taking part in an abortion and she knew from that day that she will never do it again. She encouraged all in attendance to stand tall for their faith and the most vulnerable in our society with her.

The second speaker was Rachel Guy. She thanked everyone for all they do to defend the unborn child.  While in the womb, doctors gave a grim diagnosis to her parents who were encouraged to abort Rachel. Her parents chose life instead. Rachel was born at 1 lb. 2 oz. and became healthy during her five-month stay in the NICU. She founded His Love and Care, a ministry that connects expectant mothers with pro-life OB/GYNs and physicians.

As 2019 draws to a close, this is one of the most amazing events that every pro-lifer from conception to senior citizens look forward to when it’s an opportunity to recommit to fighting for the good in the world and even their faith no matter what our professions are in life.

 

 

Planned Parenthood Funding Bill Scheduled for Assembly Vote on November 25th – New Jersey Action Alert!

If you live in New Jersey, please read Marie Tasy’s request below and take the necessary action.  It’s about time we stop funding through out tax dollars the killing machine known as Planned Parenthood.  And please try to make the Rally at the State House in Trenton on Monday, November 25th!  

 

no tax dollars for pp

from Marie Tasy, Executive Director, New Jersey Right to Life 

The Assembly has scheduled a vote on the Planned Parenthood funding bill, A5802 on Monday, November 25, 2019.

The Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee has not yet scheduled a hearing on the Senate companion bill (A4103), but may do so in December.  Right now, it is critically important that you do the following:

1.  Please call and email your 2 Assembly Members and State Senator to urge them to Vote No on A5802/S4103.  Please do this even if you have contacted them previously.  You can call and email them by clicking on the link here: Vote No on S4103/A5802

You can obtain the names of your 2 Assembly Members by calling the Office of Legislative Services at 1-800-792-8630 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  You will need to provide your town and zip code when calling.     You can also search for your 2 Assembly Members and State Senator by looking up your municipality: Here

2.  Please plan to come down to Trenton on Monday, November 25, 2019.   Planned Parenthood will be there demanding the use of our tax dollars so they can continue to destroy the lives of precious babies and injure women, and we must be there on November 25th as well to oppose and resist this shameful funding scheme.   It is vital that we continue to have a strong presence at the State House on this day to lobby our Assembly Members to Vote No on the bill and let them know we are watching how they vote.   

What You Should Know if You are Coming to the State House on November 25th:

Plan to meet in the State House Cafeteria on Monday, November 25th by 9 a.m.  Bring your photo ID which you will need to go through security at the State House and for parking in the Underground State House Garage.  Inform the security guard(s) that you are there to attend the Assembly Voting Session. For parking locations and directions to the State House, click here

Please remember to be cordial when speaking to legislators even if they disagree with our point of view.  Our message:  Please Vote No on A5802/S4103. I don’t want my tax dollars used to fund Planned Parenthood’s abortion business.  We will provide labels to wear on your clothing.

Please do not engage with proponents of the bill while you are at the State House. I can’t stress this enough. Please remember, we are there to use our valuable time to convince our lawmakers that this bill should be defeated.

I look forward to seeing you in Trenton on Monday, November 25th!  Please help us keep up the pressure on our legislators to Vote No on this bill.   RSVP to feedback@njrtl.org by Friday, November 22nd to let me know if you can join us in Trenton on November 25th.  

Please also mark your calendar and plan to attend our Annual Rally for Life in Trenton on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.  Click here for details and do share with friends and family!

Save Unborn Babies from being Treated as ‘Waste’ in Pennsylvania

Have you viewed the video of Pennsylvania State Rep. Wendy Ullman where she states, “an early miscarriage is just some mess on a napkin?”  You can view the video below and then as Tom Shaheen, Vice President for Policy of the Pennsylvania Family Council suggests contact your State Representative today for their support of HB1890! Links are provided below to send your message to your Representative.  

Don’t Equate Miscarried and Aborted Babies with ‘Waste’ – Show Respect and Help Pass HB1890!

Contact your State Representative  TODAY!

Sadly, right now there is growing pushback against some Pennsylvania elected officials who are trying to show respect to human life by passing a bill to provide for the proper disposition of a baby that is miscarried or aborted in any health care facility. Sad but true that Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby not only refuse to acknowledge the life of the unborn child, but can’t even allow families the option to properly acknowledge a baby’s death.

This is why I urge you to please take just a few minutes to contact your State Representative and ask for their support of House Bill 1890 (HB1890). 

State Representative Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) is the leading sponsor of the legislation. He and his wife suffered a late-term miscarriage of their first son, Eddie. A few hours after the baby was born, he tried to claim the remains, but they were gone.

As Rep. Ryan puts it,

It’s important that people hear the word that’s used. It’s medical hazardous ‘waste.’ And for me – that’s my child.

This legislation has drawn national attention after State Rep. Wendy Ullman (D-Bucks) callously commented in the committee vote on the bill that “an early miscarriage is just some mess on a napkin.”

Rep. Ullman has since apologized for her “poorly chosen” words but continues spreading lies about what the bill would do, claiming it requires “ritual burial or cremation” following a miscarriage. That’s just false and something we have outlined now on our website.

Thank you for your help by contacting your State Representative. Health care facilities currently treat a baby that has died from a miscarriage or abortion as medical waste. These are babies, not medical waste and we should treat them with the same dignity as other human remains.

Exciting New Pro-life Legislation Kicks off Monday, Oct 21 in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania Heartbeat Bill Being Introduced on Monday

 

The following is from the Pennsylvania Family Institute.  They are looking for as many people as possible to attend this rally.  Please gather in the Media Room in the Capitol basement at 10:00 am.  

On Monday, October 21st, Senator Doug Mastriano (R-Adams) and State Representative Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton) will help lead other elected officials and pro-life Pennsylvanians in introducing Senate Bill 912 and House Bill 1977 – the Heartbeat Bill. The introductory press conference is open to the public and we encourage you to join us at the announcement starting at 10 am at the PA State Capitol.

What is the Heartbeat Bill? This legislation would improve our current state law by protecting unborn children from abortion after a heartbeat is detected. Under current law, abortion is permitted up through 24 weeks into pregnancy (six months in pregnancy) – an outdated determination of life based on the subjective nature of viability. Pennsylvania’s Heartbeat Bill would protect thousands of babies every year throughout our state.

Take Action: When you hear a heartbeat, you hear life. Please contact your State Senator and State Representative in support of the Heartbeat Bill – click here to email them your support.

If you would like to attend the Heartbeat Bill press conference / rally on Monday, October 21, please contact Dan Bartkowiak at dbart@pafamily.org.

We will have plenty more to share on Monday and in the weeks to come so stay tuned.

 

Pennsylvania Action Alert! Please Contact Your Legislators – SPREAD THE WORD!

The following urgent request is from Ted Meehan of Delaware County, Pennsylvania. 
Please residents of Pennsylvania, take the actions below on the Down Syndrome Bill in the Senate,  the Censure Motion of Rep Brian Sims in the House,  the Heartbeat Bill in both the House and the Senate. 
Ted has supplied the contact information for you on these bills. When you’ve completed these tasks, please share with all your pro-life family and friends in Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania action alert
When our founders gave us our Constitution, they emphasized three categories of rights above all others. Life, Liberty, and Property. The first of these has been under assault for the past half century – but you and I have stood up to demand protection of Life from our elected representatives.

And today I am asking you to do THREE Tasks – and spread the word to your networks so that we flood the offices of our senators and state reps. Please send an email AND leave a voicemail.

1) PASS HB 321 (in Subject Line)
 To Senators
Joe Scarnati  jscarnati@pasen.gov
             (717) 787-7084
Jake Corman  jcorman@pasen.gov
             (717) 787-1377
Michele Brooks  mbrooks@pasen.gov
             (717) 787-1322
“Please move the Down Syndrome Bill (HB 321) out of the Health Committee and bring it up for a vote by the Full Senate.” (This bill has already passed in the House 117-76.)

2) To Reps in the House Censure Motion of Rep Brian Sims
Please contact the State Rep in your area (Find contact info here  and ask them to co-sponsor the Censure Motion of Rep Brian Sims – who last spring had harassed and intimidated ladies and young girls who had been praying outside Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia. He used his status as a State Rep to try to scare them, while he insulted their religious beliefs, and offered a $100 reward for anyone who could identify these ladies and girls so he could harass them further in their own neighborhoods. He then posted a video of the entire assault on the internet! Despite many calls upon him to apologize, Sims remains defiant. So a Motion to Censure is to be introduced next week. Please ask your state rep to co-sponsor this Motion AND vote to Censure Rep Sims.

3) Both Senators and State Reps Heartbeat Bill
Please ask them to co-sponsor HB 1977 – Heartbeat Bill. You can find contact info here.
May the Lord of Life bless your efforts and multiply them to His greater Glory and Honor!

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Urge your PA State Leadership and State Senator to Pass the Down Syndrome Protection Act

We need your help to pass the Down Syndrome Protection Act

Below is an article from Sue Swayze Liebel, State Director of the Susan B. Anthony List. She is urging us to take action and to pass on the following information.

Right now, you have a chance to put Pennsylvania on the map as a state that proudly protects the right to life of unborn babies with Down syndrome. In Pennsylvania, prenatal testing for Down syndrome is on the rise and the majority of babies given the diagnosis are aborted.

Your elected officials have a choice: accept the targeting of children with Down syndrome for or celebrate their lives from the moment of their diagnosis. That’s why I’m calling on you to take two important pro-life actions right now:

1Call your State Senator at their Harrisburg office and encourage them to do all they can to pass the Down Syndrome Protection Act this year. For a phone number for your State Senator, click here. For more on the legislation: pafamily.org/protect

2. Recruit others to do the same.
Share this action alert pafamily.org/protect or stories that convey the importance of passing this into law:
A Life Worth Living” photo series and videos: Senator Scott Martin , Lead sponsor, Down Syndrome Protection Act, Senator Joe Scarnati and Disability Rights Champion, Karen Gaffney

Can I just tell you how thankful I am for our friends at the PA Family Council who have been advocating for years now, on behalf of children with Down syndrome by fighting for the passage of the Down Syndrome Protection Act.

There’s just seven session days left this year for the PA Senate to pass the bill before heading into 2020. The time for you to act is NOW.

Below I’ve included even more action items for you, once you’ve done the first two above.

Here’s a list of Harrisburg office phone numbers for senators in leadership roles that can influence a vote taking place:
Majority Leader Jake Corman: (717) 787-1377
• President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati: (717) 787-7084
• Majority Whip Senator John Gordner: (717) 787-8928
• Senate HHS Committee Chair Senator Michele Brooks:
(717) 787-1322

Another simple (but effective) action you can take is to use social media to call on legislators to bring the bill up for a vote this month. Feel free to retweet/share these social media posts, or create your own:
Majority Leader Jake Corman
President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati
Majority Whip Senator John Gordner
Senate HHS Committee Chair Senator Michele Brooks

Thank you for speaking UP and being a voice for the voiceless!
For Life,
Sue Swayze Liebel
State Director, Susan B. Anthony List

Take Action! New Jersey Democratic Leaders & Governor Murphy Plan to Fund Planned Parenthood

Below is an urgent message for those who live in New Jersey from Marie Tasy, Executive Director of the New Jersey Right to Life. 

Please take a few moments to contact your two Assembly Members and State Senator to vote NO to funding Planned Parenthood with your tax dollars. Suggest they give the 8.8 million  they are planning to give Planned Parenthood to local pregnancy helps centers where women actually receive the help they need. 

 

Defund Planned Parenthood

As as you know, Planned Parenthood has refused  to comply with the new Title X regulations which require that in order to continue receiving federal tax dollars they can no longer refer, or counsel for abortion  as a method of family planning. It also requires they physically separate their abortion facilities from their  family planning services locations.

Please take action immediately!

Please click on the link to the story below to find out more about this scheme and then call and email your 2 Assembly Members and State Senator NOW and tell them to Vote No on any measure to use taxpayer money to fund Planned Parenthood’s abortion  business. As indicated, they are going to try to vote on this measure some time in September. Please  share this with all pro life friends and family and individuals  who don’t want their tax dollars to fund abortion.

You can find and search for your 3 state legislators  here

Here is a link to the NJ.com story

Ohio Defunds Planned Parenthood, Funnels $7.5M Over Two Years to Life-Affirming Pregnancy Centers

The Senate bill now needs to be reconciled with the House version and signed by Gov. Mike DeWine.

The following article authored by Bridget Sielicki of Life Site News is an encouraging report for crisis pregnancy centers and bad news for Planned Parenthood in Ohio.

UPDATE, 8/7/19: The Charlotte Lozier Institute reports that Governor Mike DeWine signed a budget bill on July 18 funneling millions to pregnancy centers. The group writes:

As Planned Parenthood is being defunded of $1.5 million in annual state funds this year, pro-life pregnancy centers are being allocated $7.5 million in Ohio’s state budget. Taken together, these two changes represent a bold stride for protecting unborn lives and supporting women’s well-being at the state level….

Ohio pregnancy centers have been the recipients of $1 million in annual funding through the Parenting and Pregnancy Support Program in previous budgets. The recent appropriation of $7.5 million over two years represents a major increase and opens up considerable funding to the 200 pro-life pregnancy help centers across Ohio. The final two-year budget bill was signed by pro-life Governor Mike DeWine on July 18.

7/1/19: Legislators in Ohio have omitted funding for Planned Parenthood in the state’s annual budget and have pledged to substantially increase funding for crisis pregnancy centers. The Senate’s spending bill cuts $1.5 million in funding from Planned Parenthood and allocates $5 million for the state’s more than 200 pregnancy centers. This is five times the amount of funding that these pregnancy centers have received in the past.

The move comes after a federal appeals court upheld a 2016 Ohio law stripping funding from Planned Parenthood. That law was challenged, with a lower court initially ruling in Planned Parenthood’s favor. However, in March of this year, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the lower court’s ruling, upholding the state’s right to restrict funds to abortion providers.

“Governments generally may do what they wish with public funds, a principle that allows them to subsidize some organizations but not others and to condition receipt of public funds on compliance with certain obligations,” Judge Jeffrey Sutton wrote concerning the ruling. “The Ohio law does not violate a woman’s right to obtain an abortion.”

READ: ‘Major blow to Planned Parenthood’: Appeals court lets Trump admin defund abortion providers

Senate President Larry Obhof spoke of the ruling to Tony Perkins on Washington Watch. He reiterated the state’s desire to funnel funds away from abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood while increasing the funds available to pro-life alternatives. “This is the first budget opportunity we’ve had since [the ruling] to invest additional funds into crisis pregnancy centers, and I’m proud of the work we’ve been able to do so far,” he said.

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Pro-Life Groups Renew Push for ‘Born Alive’ Bill

If a newborn is intentionally killed, the abortion doctor would face fines or up to five years behind bars.

The following report regarding the ‘Born Alive’ Bill was authored by Rachel del Guidice. She is a congressional reporter for The Daily Signal.

Beginning Monday, pro-life activists are renewing efforts to convince members of Congress, home for the August recess, to support a vote on legislation that would protect babies who survive abortions.

In the House, Democrats in the majority have blocked Republicans 80 times from setting up a vote on the “born alive” bill that would protect babies who survive abortion procedures.

Most Americans, however, support a requirement that medical personnel not leave a newborn to die after a failed abortion attempt, Marilyn Musgrave, a Republican who represented Colorado’s 4th Congressional District in the House from 2003 to 2009, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. 

“We’ve done polling on it showing 77% of voters support legislation like [Rep. Ann] Wagner introduced,” Musgrave, now vice president of government affairs for the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said in the interview Friday. 

The House’s Democrat majority has “ignored several issues that really matter to the American people,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal.

“One particularly egregious issue they’ve neglected is protecting the lives of babies who survive abortions, a mandate that is not currently illegal in every state,” McCarthy said, adding:

“After refusing 80 times to bring this necessary, commonsense legislation to the floor for a vote, this majority has revealed to the country that it doesn’t believe all living babies deserve proper medical treatment. That is infanticide. My Republican colleagues and I wholeheartedly disagree, and we will continue to fight for and defend life.”  

The Susan B. Anthony List announced Monday the start of a digital ad campaign targeting nine House Democrats: Cindy Axne of Iowa, Collin Allred of Texas, Abby Finkenauer of Iowa, Lizzie Fletcher of Texas, Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania, Lucy McBath of Georgia, Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, and Haley Stevens of Michigan.

Monday marks six months since introduction in the House of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

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