This is the same bunch of people now obsessed claiming Trump is dangerously overweight, the same people that want Oprah to be president. …Rush Limbaugh
“It’s hard for me to comprehend children being intentionally ripped apart — literally — in the womb while our finest Children’s Hospitals are providing anesthesia and life-saving surgeries to babies in the womb,” PFI Chief Counsel Randall Wenger said.
PHILADELPHIA, December 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf vetoed a bipartisan bill yesterday that aimed at protecting preborn babies from late-term and dismemberment abortion.
The Democrat Governor promised to veto Senate Bill 3, which passed the state House 121-70 last week and passed the Senate 32-18 in February. While Republicans hold a majority, many Democrats voted for the legislation.
Local pro-life groups expressed outrage over the Governor’s veto.
“Every day in Pennsylvania, a baby is killed in a late-term abortion. Every day, four babies are killed by dismemberment abortion in Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania Family Institute President Michael Geer told LifeSiteNews. “Governor Wolf, with his veto pen against Senate Bill 3, is proud to let these extreme abortions continue.”
The bill would have stopped late-term abortions, banning them after 20 weeks gestation, which is when science has established that preborn babies experience pain.
“Currently, the United States is one of only seven nations that permits elective abortions past 20 weeks, putting us in the company of human-rights violators North Korea and China,” Pennsylvania Family Institute (PFI) stated in a press release noted.
Bill sponsor Sen. Michelle Brooks reasoned that advances in technology make babies viable before 24 weeks, so laws must catch up.
The bill also would have prohibited dismemberment abortions (“dilation and evacuation,” or “D&E”), where the abortionist must tear the baby apart in the womb to evacuate the baby. The legislation defines the procedure as “causing the death of an unborn child by…extracting the unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments.”
“I find it radical and cruel for the governor to protect someone on death row who has raped and murdered women, but not protect the life of an innocent baby,” the pro-life champion added.
“Governor Tom Wolf is allowing the inhumane practice of dismemberment abortion to continue,” Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation’s Michael Ciccocioppo stated. “No living child should have to endure being ripped limb by limb from a mother’s womb, and no mother should have to endure the emotional pain of losing a child in such a brutal manner.”
Brooks explained her bill did not ban dismemberment abortions, but required the baby to be killed by some other means first, such as a “saline (injection) to cause its death before its arms and legs are ripped off.”
“Currently in Pennsylvania, a live, six-month-old fetus can be ripped apart and left to bleed to death,” Brooks said. “The people who say this legislation is ‘radical’ and ‘cruel’ are the same people who believe it is acceptable to tear the arms and legs off a six-month baby in utero. That’s cruel and radical.”
Supporters of the bill say that if enacted, the legislation would have saved at least 380 children a year from abortion. This is the number of abortions committed on preborn babies between 21-23 weeks gestation in 2015, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDOH). The PDOH reported 1,588 dismemberment abortions in 2015.
The bill was not flawless, allowing abortion in the case of a mother’s life or health. Medical experts have stated that saving a mother’s life never requires the direct and intentional killing of her unborn child.
The governor defended his veto.
“SB3 is a vile assault on women’s ability to make their own decisions about their own health care,” Wolf told the press at Philadelphia City Hall. “SB3 is an attack on women. It’s an attack on their health, their freedoms, their choice, their liberties.”
Calling it “the most extreme anti-choice legislation in the country,” Wolf said, “This legislation is an attempt to criminalize the decisions that women make about their own health care, and this legislation destroys health care options for victims of the horrors of rape and incest. For these reasons, I am vetoing this bill today.”
Pro-life legislators’ only remaining option is to garner enough votes to override Gov. Wolf’s veto, but that would take convincing many who voted against it to change their minds. A two-thirds override requirement means the Senate would need one more vote than in February (33) and the House would need 15 more votes (136).
Contact the governor here, and tell him not to support the murder of innocent children. Make your voice heard!
“I just felt God telling me, ‘Tell her that you will do it because you can.'” -Officer Ryan Holets
(Albuquerque, NM) Police officers sometimes go above and beyond in the line of duty, and Officer Ryan Holets is no exception. (Screengrab: Officer Ryan Holets holds Hope/via CNN.com)
Holets went the ‘extra mile’ during the investigation of a theft at a convenience store. According to a Fox News report, he walked behind the store and found there a woman about to shoot up with heroin—she told him she was “seven or eight months pregnant.”
Officer Holets began talking with 35-year-old Crystal Champ, who reportedly lives in a tent near a New Mexico highway and has battled addictions for the better part of her life.
“You’re going to kill your baby,” Holets told her—the conversation recorded on his body cam.
Later on, in an interview with CNN, Officer Holets explained, “It’s not every day I see a sight like that, it just made me really sad.”
He added, “I got so tired of seeing so many situations that I want to help, but can’t. But in that moment I realized I had a chance to help.” (Screengrab: Crystal Champ/via CNN.com)
Crystal had wanted someone to adopt her baby, and Officer Holets stepped up.
“I just felt God telling me, ‘Tell her that you will do it because you can,'” he said in the CNN interview.
According to the Fox News report, Holets—after speaking with Crystal—drove directly to his wife, who was “totally onboard” with his life-changing decision.
“He already knew my heart on the issue” she told CNN. The couple already had four children but had reportedly discussed adopting another possibly later on.
It was only three weeks later that Crystal gave birth and Officer Holets and his wife Rebecca became the adoptive parents of a little baby girl, “Hope.” (Photo: Baby Hope/CNN.com)
Due to Crystal’s drug use, Hope was born “addicted to opioids,” a condition called neonatal abstinence syndrome, according to the Fox News report.
The couple says they will tell Hope about her adoption when the time is right, reports Yahoo News.
Crystal says, “I just want her to be safe and secure and be in a family and be loved and have a chance.”
Watch the CNN video report here.
Paul Johnson, the Tennessee grandfather who was forbidden to read his Bible in the public square without a permit, has received a response from the municipality that banned him.
“Thank you for your email/letters to the City of Sweetwater, its mayor, recorder and attorney regarding Paul Johnson’s exercise of his first amendment right to freely express his religious beliefs on public ways in Sweetwater, Tennessee,” wrote City Attorney John Cleveland, Sr., in a letter dated last Friday.
“You may accept this letter as your requested written assurance that the City of Sweetwater, Tennessee, will allow Mr. Johnson to peacefully share his religious beliefs in Sweetwater without requiring him to apply for or obtain any permit pursuant to Ordinance 16-110 of the Municipal Code of the City of Sweetwater, Tennessee,” he continued.
Johnson’s attorneys threatened to pursue legal action if the city did not send him a letter of assurance that his religious liberties would be respected the next time he chose to read from his Bible on the sidewalk. In addition to granting his request, the City of Sweetwater actually encouraged his feedback.
“The City appreciates your bringing to its attention the constitutional infirmities in the ordinance identified in your correspondence. We would appreciate any suggestions you might have regarding potential amendments to or replacement of Ordinance 16-110 that would meet your perceived constitutional requirements.”
City Recorder Jessica Morgan provided this statement to the press:
“As discussed, The City of Sweetwater appreciates the rights of free speech. We have never banned anyone from reading any book in public on a sidewalk.
Liberty Deputy General Counsel Jeremy Dys responded to the statement, saying it “indicates significant progress toward a positive resolution.”
This story illustrates the effective change which is brought about as the result of all Americans speaking out in defense of free speech.
A New York public school teacher has been suspended after one of her seventh-grade students brought home a packet of information about transgender surgeries that included graphic sexual definitions, outraging the students’ Christian father.
“Children might start school knowing the difference between boys and girls – but they are quickly encouraged to unlearn this knowledge. Criticising the views and values of home vastly alters the remit of the school away from education and towards the promotion of a distinct political outlook. The role of the teacher becomes policing the values, thoughts and language of children to bring them in line with one particular ideological position.”Dr. Joanna Williams
The teacher from Cambridge Central School in Albany, New York, was placed on paid administrative leave after school parent Sirell Fiel posted a live video on Facebook expressing outrage at the material shared with his 11-year-old child during a health class, WRGB-TV reports.
In the video, Fiel said he sat down with his son one day to do homework and was apalled to discover the boy had been given 40-page “gender identity” packet containing graphic details about genital reassignment surgery, including a diagram of a “genderbread person.” Additionally, the packet contained a list of more than 50 sexual definitions and slang terms the children were to be tested on the following day.
“You’re going to tell me this is something our kids need to know in 7th grade to pass 7th grade health class,” Fiel said. “This is stuff our kids in 7th grade don’t need to be learning in school.”
“We are increasingly reminded that schools are struggling financially. Yet the time, effort and money that goes into producing and monitoring transgender policies is out of all proportion to the tiny number of trans children currently in British schools.” Dr Williams
Part of his anger, Fiel said, stemmed from the fact that he never received any kind of warning or permission slip from the school stating that this information would be distributed in class.
“I understand we live in a…world [where] everyone’s got their thing and not everyone’s going to be the same, but, as we come with our own Christian values, we live by our own expectations and when it comes to teaching our kids certain things, that should be left up to us, not the school districts. Not health class in seventh grade, no.” Field
Field said the health lesson and packet were little more than “state funded porn.”
“They’re really desensitizing all our kids, it’s ruining America,” Fiel said. “It’s not bad enough that their innocence is being robbed from us through the frickin’ news on the TV everyday, they’re literally taking the innocence out of our kids everyday with this BS.”
He urged parents to stand with him on the issue: “This is well beyond that line that the school needs to be teaching our kids. They are way outside their boundaries.”
Field later told the Glen Falls Post Star that he has no problem with talking about diversity, but the information shared with the 11 and 12-year-old students was “too much.”
In a letter posted on the school district’s website, superintendent Vincent Canini wrote that the gender identity information packet was handed out by a guest speaker from the Pride Center of the Capital Region, an LGBTQ education and advocacy group, who was invited by the school’s health teacher.
After a review of the packet, the guest speaker was then “uninvited” from presenting in the school district and the teacher was placed on paid administrative leave, the letter said.
Canini admitted to WRGB that the teacher had requested permission to host a guest speaker in the class, but had not presented the handouts for review in advance.
‘There’s a district policy that certain materials should not be distributed. This is not what we would normally do, and you can be rest assured it will not happen again.”
Statistics from the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) reveal that the number of children referred to “gender identity clinics” has quadrupled in the past five years. In 2016, 84 children aged between three and seven were referred to gender identity clinics, compared to just 20 in the year of 2012 to 2013.
Dr. Joanna Williams, author of Women vs Feminism, told the Telegraph that the results suggest that transgender issues are being “over-promoted” in schools.
“Children – encouraged by their experiences at school – are beginning to question their gender identity at ever younger ages,” she said.
“In doing more than just supporting transgender children, and instead sowing confusion about gender identity, schools do neither boys nor girls any favors,” Williams said, adding that recent changes to school policies could be forcing children to “unlearn” the difference between boys and girls.