ADF: Va. legislature strips Planned Parenthood funding from license plate bill

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund reports that the Virginia state legislature has stripped Planned Parenthood from funding it was due to receive from its own license plate bill.

The license plates, with the slogan “Trust Women, Respect Choice,” would cost $25, with Planned Parenthood receiving $15 of that fee.

But in a move sure to delight pro-life organizations, the legislature passed an amendment which will send all money from the license plate sales to the Virginia Pregnant Women Support Fund, a local pro-life organization.

Liberty Counsel: Protesting Planned Parenthood’s “racial genocide”

by D. Bennett

The Liberty Counsel announced that its leader, Mat Staver, will be among several conservative leaders protesting the opening of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Houston, TX on January 18.

The clinic, not slated to open until April, will be the largest aborition clinic in the nation. The conservative groups chose Martin Luther King Jr. Day to launch their protest due in part to what they see as a genocide targeting racial minorities.

“On the memorial day of Martin Luther King Jr., we will gather to stand for life,” the Counsel writes. “African-American and Hispanic communities have been particularly hit hard by Planned Parenthood’s genocide.” The neighborhood in which the clinic will open is made up of over 80% minorities, according to the Counsel.

Other leaders planning to attend the protest include Tony Perkins, Richard Land, and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez.

ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC noted that Richard Land was “honored during the first Weyrich Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.,” commented on the vote by the Senate to table the Nelson-Hatch amendment, reported on the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case “of the University of California Hastings College of the Law’s refusal to recognize the Christian Legal Society as a ‘registered student organization,'” discussed the vote in the House in the omnibus spending bill that would “drop a longstanding ban on government funds for abortions in the District of Columbia,” and discussed in detail decision made by the woman who quit her job at Planned Parenthood because of a “turn of heart.”

The latest Life Digest post from the group commented on the Berkley City Council’s decision to send coat hangers to pro-life members of Congress and on secret videos on Planned Parenthood “deceit.”  The group also reported on a new “pro-life study” from the World Economic Forum that “showed countries with more restrictive abortion laws have better maternal mortality rates than those with liberal policies.”  Here is some of the evidence they offer:

Ireland, a strongly pro-life country, ranked No. 1 in the world with only one death for every 100,000 live births, according to the report. The United States has a maternal mortality ratio of 17 deaths per 100,000 live births.

Family Research Council

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC criticized the FBI for not “swooping in” when they saw the emails between “the terrorist Hasan” and “a jihadist imam in Yemen,” criticized NARAL and Planned Parenthood for threatening not to fund two congressmen because of their votes on the Stupak Amendment, criticized the Democrats for not being able to identify a place in the Constitution that gives Congress the authority to mandate that Americans buy health insurance, criticized Obama for not creating jobs and listed some suggestions for how to create jobs.

A Washington Update email from the FRC discussed the symbolism and creation of Veteran’s Day, voiced opposition to Judge Hamilton’s nomination and urged subscribers to do the same, and criticized the health care bill for helping veterinarians but not doing much for veterans.

A second Washington Update email from the group criticized the D.C. City Council for voting legislation out of committee without creating exemptions for religious organizations, criticized the AMA for its “liberal agenda,” and discussed the penalties for not having health insurance under the current health care reform bill.

A third Washington Update email criticized end-of-life consultations in the current health care bill, discussed the start of the FRC’s new awareness campaign called “Adult Stem Cells Saved My Life,” Lou Dobbs’ retirement, and advertised FRC Radio’s Washington Watch Weekly.

BreakPoint: 14, not 13

by Ruth Moon

Don’t forget there were 14 victims of the Fort Hood shooting, not 13 — one of the soldiers was pregnant.

Abortion causes more deaths daily than the 114 children who have died from swine flu so far.

How many deaths does it take to raise awareness of overseas violence? The death toll in Democratic Republic of Congo is over 5 million, compared to Darfur’s 300,000.

A Massachusetts store manager should sue over a recent free speech/gay marriage run-in.

People complaining over religious leaders’ influence in Congress should remember there were similar complaints over church criticism of slavery back in the 1850s.

The Planned Parenthood employee who resigned should share things she learned at the clinic with those at the anti-abortion clinic she now works with.

Center for Moral Clarity: Unexpected Victory

by R. Burge

In an email dispatch by the CMC they acknowledge the unlikely victory that occurred over the weekend in the fight for health care reform. The Stupak amendment was passed in the House on Saturday. “As a result, the House version of this important bill now prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion, and bans any requirement that a government-approved health-benefit plan includes coverage for abortion.”

They also tout the victory in Maine on the issue of same sex marriage. The CMC believes that Question 1 in Maine was more important to the fight for marriage than Prop. 8 in California.

Additionally the CMC fights back against being labeled part of the Religious Right. “CMC has often been mis-labeled as a “Religious Right” organization. That is somewhat understandable because on the most prominent social issue of our time, the sanctity of human life and the definition of marriage, Republicans and other conservatives tend to agree with us. But we reject the phony labels of “religious right” and “religious left” because our calling is simply to advocate for God’s truth in the public square.”

Finally, the CMC discusses the recent resignation of Abby Johnson from Planned Parenthood after having personal differences with the organization that could not be overlooked.

Center for a Just Society takes on Planned Parenthood

by R. Burge

The latest article from Ken Connor at CJS is a head on critique of Planned Parenthood. At issue is a recent investigation by James O’Keefe who called local branches of Planned Parenthood and asked if he could give donations to the organization that would only pay for the abortion of African American fetuses.

Connor surmises, “Its unabashed advocacy of pre-marital sexual experimentation, promiscuity, and abortion reveals a radical anti-family agenda that has no respect or regard for the role of parents in guiding kids’ sexual choices, no use for the sexual mores that go along with the institution of marriage, and little concern for the emotional or physical health of children.”

Connor notes that Planned Parenthood is funded by the federal government, receiving $350 million last year and they performed 300,000 abortions.  Connor advocates for the defunding of this organization.