John Lewis Legacy on Abortion

The Democrats has lost another Civil Rights Activist turned career politician. John Lewis, a Representative from Georgia, passed away at the age of 80 of late stage pancreatic cancer.

Lewis is known for being brutally beaten on the bridge of Selma and was pivotal figure of the 1965 Civil Rights Act. He is the last survivor of the 1963 March on Washington.

Sadly, Lewis may have been a relentless champion in the advancement of Civil Rights, yet he has failed to defend the most vulnerable, the unborn.

Time and time again, he scored a perfect 100% on supporting advancements on abortion on demand by NARAL.

How should we remember the late, John Lewis? We should never forget how he never stood up for the voiceless throughout his political career.

How ironic is that a Civil Rights champion could not defend the rights of unborn African Americans in the womb.

For a full listing of his voting record, visit here.

Abortion Activists Sue Pro-Life Advocates for Calling Abortion “Criminal”

“Texas criminal prohibitions on abortion continue to exist as state law until they are repealed by the legislature that enacted them.”

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Tom Ciesielka of Life News filed the following report.  It concerns lawsuits by abortion-promoting groups in Texas against pro-life supporters. 

Citizens across the state of Texas are taking legal action to protect themselves from speech-chilling lawsuits filed by abortion proponents. Attorneys from the Thomas More Society are playing offense in the Lone Star State to protect the rights of pro-life advocates in eight separate counties from as far west as Levelland to as far east as Carthage.

The not-for-profit, national public interest law firm filed lawsuits in Texas’ district courts on July 16, 2020, seeking protections for life-advocating individuals against three abortion extremist groups that are actively attempting to silence pro-life speech.

Thomas More Society Special Counsel Erick Kaardal described the events that led to the filing of these civil rights complaints. “This trio of abortion-promoting groups is on a deliberate campaign to muzzle the voices of those who support life, especially when those voices seek to remind the public that the law of Texas continues to define abortion as a criminal offense, despite Roe v. Wade.”

The lawsuits are seeking legal protection of these individuals’ First Amendment rights. The filings were prompted by aggressive attacks against pro-life advocates by abortion promoters, Afiya Center, Texas Equal Access Fund, and Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, who sued pro-life advocate Mark Lee Dickson and Right to Life of East Texas in June 2020 for alleged defamation over statements that described abortion as “criminal.”

The Thomas More Society seeks a declaratory judgment on behalf of Texas individuals who hold life-affirming views and understand that the Texas statutes criminalizing abortion remain state law.

“We are merely requesting that the court affirm the truth about Texas law, which is that Texas has never repealed its pre-Roe statutes that outlaw abortion. Therefore, it is both truthful and non-defamatory to describe abortion as a criminal act under Texas law,” Kaardal elaborated.

“It is often assumed that the Supreme Court’s judgment in Roe v. Wade somehow cancelled or formally revoked the Texas statutes that outlaw abortion unless the mother’s life is in danger,” noted Kaardal. “However, the federal judiciary has no power to erase a statute that it declares to be unconstitutional. Roe merely limits the ability of Texas officials to enforce the state’s abortion statutes against those who violate them. The 1973 United State Supreme Court decision does not, and cannot, veto or repeal the statutes themselves. Texas’s criminal prohibitions on abortion continue to exist as state law until they are repealed by the legislature that enacted them.”

“Therefore, it is entirely truthful for individuals to describe abortion as ‘criminal,’” Kaardal continued. “Those who do so cannot be subjected to defamation lawsuits for describing abortion providers and abortion-assistance organizations as ‘criminal’ entities.”

Life News report continues

Portland, Oregon Pays Pastor $50,000 after Unlawfully Arresting Him for “Conversing with People” about Abortion and the Gospel in a Park

On June 1, 2019, Mark Mayberry was at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland holding a sign defending the unborn, passing out related tracts, and conversing with people about abortion and the Gospel when a park officer ordered Mayberry to leave.

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(Photo credit: Portland, Oregon Parks/ Wikimedia Commons)

Below is an report by John Fortmeyer from Christian News Northwest.  It concerns a recent court settlement between the city of Portland and a pastor. This portends continuing attacks on our first amendment rights of free speech and freedom of religion as Christians.  

The city government last fall acknowledged it was wrong last year to ticket and ban from a downtown park a street evangelist for preaching there.

Several weeks ago, the city agreed to pay him $50,000 to settle the matter.

As reported by The Oregonian, Portland City Council on May 27 approved the settlement with Mark Mayberry, a resident of the southwest Oregon town of Riddle. Represented by Salem attorney Ray Hacke, Mayberry had sued the city in federal court for $300,000 in damages, claiming his First Amendment rights were violated.

Mayberry travels throughout the state to share the Gospel and call for an end to abortion. On June 1, 2019, Mayberry was at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland holding a sign defending the unborn, passing out related tracts, and conversing with people about abortion and the Gospel when a park officer ordered Mayberry to leave.

Asserting that he had a constitutionally protected right of free speech, Mayberry refused. The park officer then issued him a citation barring him from coming to the park for 30 days. The city also charged Mayberry with violating an ordinance by refusing to obey the officer’s orders, and also with violating a state harassment statute.

But Mayberry’s lawyers from the Pacific Justice Institute argued his actions didn’t fit the law’s definition of harassment, specifically using insulting or abusive language or acting to provoke a violent response. Mayberry’s peaceful actions were far from that, they said, and they appealed the matter to the city’s auditor’s office.

A city hearings officer ruled the issuance of the citation had indeed violated Mayberry’s free speech rights under both the state and federal constitutions, and Mayberry’s exclusion from the park was then declared invalid.

Randy Stenquist, a liability manager for the city, said Portland has since made changes in its training within the parks and police departments.

Christian News Northwest

6 out of 10 Americans Reject Idea that ‘Human Life is Sacred,’ Survey Finds

The first installment of the report series suggests that only 6% of Americans adhere to a biblical worldview.

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The following is an article by Michael Gryboski, a reporter for the Christian Post. This report should be of great concern to all Catholic and Evangelical Churches.

Around six in 10 Americans do not believe that human life is inherently “sacred,” though more than two-thirds believe human beings are “basically good,” new data suggests.

The recently launched Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University released a report on Tuesday examining how Americans value human life.

Data for the report came from a survey conducted in January of 2,000 adult respondents in the United States, 1,000 of whom were contacted by telephone and 1,000 reached by online questionnaires. The data has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

Among respondents, only 39% said they agreed with the statement: “human life is sacred.” 

The word “sacred” is defined by the researchers as “having unconditional, intrinsic worth.”

Many respondents who identified as religious were more likely than the total sample to believe that human life is sacred. For example, 60% of evangelical and born-again Christian respondents agreed that life is sacred.

Among other respondent groups, 46% of Pentecostals, 45% of mainline Protestants, and 43% of Roman Catholics agreed that human life is sacred. 

Meanwhile, 12% of respondents said they believe people are only “material substance – biological machines.” Another 12% said that believe humans are “part of the mind of the universe.”  

While most did not believe life was sacred, 69% of respondents concluded that people were “basically good.”

The researchers argue that seeing humans as just “basically good” runs “counter to the foundational biblical teaching that human beings are created by God and made in His image but are fallen and in need of redemption.”

CRC Director of Research George Barna, who founded the Barna Group, said in a statement that the view of mankind being “basically good” is negatively influencing current debates over law enforcement and systemic racism.

“A movement to defund police departments might make sense if people are innately good. People with a humanistic worldview argue that crime and violence happen because of poverty, bad parenting, systemic discrimination, and other external forces,” stated Barna.

“Yet crime statistics, political tensions, tendencies toward anger and hatred, and America’s moral deterioration and confusion suggest that we are neither innately good nor that emotional responses to empirical challenges will solve the problems.”

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“Black Lives Matter” Activists Upset at Pro-Life Billboard Saying “Both Lives Matter”

The Black Lives Matter organization actually supports abortion, even though it destroys more black lives than any other cause. 

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Below is a Life News article by Miciah Bilger concerning a pro-life billboard in New Zealand.

A pro-life billboard in New Zealand has some Black Lives Matter activists upset because it uses the phrase ‘Both Lives Matter’ in reference to a mother and her unborn baby.

Newshub reports the Black Lives Matter activists claimed pro-lifers wrongly borrowed language from their own campaign.

The billboard displays the phrase “Both Lives Matter” along with the image of a pregnant mother holding an ultrasound photo of her unborn baby against her stomach. Under the image is the pro-life organization’s website and the phrase, “Both deserve better than an extreme abortion law.”

“I’m disgusted this was allowed to be put up. And with that ‘slogan’ in this time?? The undertone is distasteful it’s not right man,” a Black Lives Matter activist wrote online, sharing a photo of the pro-life billboard.

The post received hundreds of negative comments from fellow activists. Many expressed outrage that pro-lifers would use similar language to defend the lives of unborn babies from abortions. Some commenters even suggested trying to vandalize or remove the pro-life advertisement in Wellington, according to the report.

But, according to the local news, the billboard has been up since October 2019 — long before the recent protests over the death of George Floyd began.

Voice for Life, the oldest and largest volunteer pro-life organization in the country, is sponsoring the ad campaign. The organization has been raising awareness about extreme pro-abortion legislation that would expand the killing of unborn babies in New Zealand.

For months, the pro-life organization has been facing complaints about its billboard campaign.

The Advertising Standards Authority Complaints Board heard one complaint last fall, alleging the ad was offensive and could lead to harassment of women seeking abortions, according to the report.

However, the board rejected the complaint, noting that differing political ideas should be “encouraged” as an “essential and desirable part of the functioning of a democratic society,” the report states.

The advertising company said the ad campaign is scheduled to end later this week.

The Black Lives Matter organization actually supports abortion, even though it destroys more black lives than any other cause. In the United States alone, since 1973, more than 20 million unborn black babies have been killed in abortions.

Life News article 

VOICES FOR LIFE SEEKING BLOGGERS

Voices for Life is looking for any college, high school, and even young adults who are passionate about the pro-life message to join our team.

We have been getting attention through our social media outlets to the point that we are getting a following on a national level.

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Blog 1-2x a week regarding pro-life issues

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Pitch to the team ideas for review (media discussing the pro-life message in it), interview, and even reflections

No experience is needed. However, we welcome your ideas to help us grow.

A creative and open mind is a plus

Email Patricia Dowling at defendlife@voices4life.blog or Mickey Kelly mickeykelly96@gmail.com if interested.

Note: This is an internship and may help you in your professional development

Dozens of Legislators Demand Update on Investigation into Planned Parenthood

Members of Congress want a progress report after the latest undercover videos showed the abortion giant acknowledging ‘trafficking human fetal tissue from aborted infants.

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The following report from Life Site News concerning the sale of fetal body parts was authored by Martin Burger.  

A group of over 60 members of Congress asked the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide “an update on the status of the Department’s investigation into Planned Parenthood and its affiliates,” as well as “an explanation of steps it is taking to prioritize the enforcement of fetal trafficking laws altogether.”

The legislators sent their letter to U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr on June 26 after the release of a video by the Center for Medical Progress showing Planned Parenthood executives admitting under oath to selling body parts of aborted babies.

“In a shocking compilation of incriminating testimonies released in May, Planned Parenthood executives openly admit to trafficking human fetal tissue from aborted infants,” the letter pointed out. “For instance, uncovered exchanges in the video footage between Dorothy Furgerson, MD, the Director of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM), and research company, StemExpress, outline a contract for PPMM to sell fetal body parts to StemExpress at a rate of $65 per usable specimen.”

Not mentioned by the members of Congress, the video also showed how Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), while under investigation in 2015, told Congress that its Gulf Coast affiliate (PPGC) in Houston had “rebuffed” an undercover proposal to sell fetal livers for $750 per liver and $1,600 for liver/thymus pairs. But Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast senior director of abortion access Tram Nguyen testified that she “wanted to move forward with it,” as documented in contemporaneous emails between her and PPGC regional director Dyann Santos.

According to the more than 60 legislators, these admissions are “not only morally repugnant, to strip an unborn child for parts and sell them to the highest bidder, it is also a federal crime.”

In fact, federal law “clearly states that it is illegal for any person to ‘solicit or knowingly acquire, receive, or accept a donation of human fetal tissue for valuable consideration.’”

Life Site News article continues

Happy 4th of July

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Thomas Jefferson

Those words can be no further from the truth in the 21st Century. Even our founding fathers knew that right to life cannot be infringed. Sadly, that has been the case from Roe V Wade to scandals surrounding covid-19 positive patients in nursing homes and everything in between. Life is being infringed because statesmen, lawyers, judges, doctors, and even wealthy people can play God.

Our founding fathers risked their lives for giving up our freedom. Today, it is pushed to the back burner due to political correctness and even the popularity of marxist ideologies among younger people. 20% of Americans do not even know one signer of the Declaration of Independence, yet they can tell you about Che Guevara.

Let us never forget why we celebrate Independence Day. It’s more than BBQ, beach excursions, and fireworks. It is a day we celebrate America becoming a nation under God. Ronald Reagan once made the remark that if America forgets that their nation is under God, they will falter. He was right.

Our nation is so divided. We need to ask God to pour out his precious blood over our land and plead for him to heal it.

Suggestions To Celebrate the 4th

  1. Pray the Patriotic Rosary. Substitute the quotes with a reflection or scripture
  2. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Offer it for the intention of the restoration of faith in America for every state. Example: Have mercy on Pennsylvania and on the whole world.
  3. Read the Declaration of Independence
  4. Learn about the Catholic roots of the Declaration of Independence
  5. Educate your family, friends, and even neighbors on the importance of life being an inalienable right.
  6. Offer communion, mass, and even Holy Hour for the reparations made against America.

On behalf of the Voices for Life team, we want to wish our fellow Americans a safe, Coll, and blessed Independence Day Weekend.

May God Bless and Save America

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD” Psalm 33:12