Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Compare and contrast - Republican Platform vs. Democratic Platform on abortion and sanctity of human life

Both major parties in the United States have released of their party platforms.  On the issue of abortion and the sanctity of human life, the party platforms couldn’t be more diametrically opposed. 

The Republican platform discusses abortion in the Rebirth of Constitutional Government section of their platform under a sub-heading entitled, “The Fifth Amendment: Protecting Human Life,” starting on page 14.

That section affirms the unborn have the right to life, supports a human life amendment, opposes tax funding of abortion, opposes the non-consensual withdrawal of treatment, and calls for Congress to ban the use of body parts of aborted children for research.  It reads as follows:

The Constitution’s guarantee that no one can “be deprived of life, liberty or property” deliberately echoes the Declaration of Independence’s proclamation that “all” are “endowed by their Creator” with the inalienable right to life. Accordingly, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth.

We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare. We urge all states and Congress to make it a crime to acquire, transfer, or sell fetal tissues from elective abortions for research, and we call on Congress to enact a ban on any sale of fetal body parts. In the meantime, we call on Congress to ban the practice of misleading women on so-called fetal harvesting consent forms, a fact revealed by a 2015 investigation. We will not fund or subsidize healthcare that includes abortion coverage.

We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We oppose the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from individuals with disabilities, newborns, the elderly, or the infirm, just as we oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide.

We affirm our moral obligation to assist, rather than penalize, women who face an unplanned pregnancy. In order to encourage women who face an unplanned pregnancy to choose life, we support legislation that requires financial responsibility for the child be equally borne by both the mother and father upon conception until the child reaches adulthood. Failure to require a father to be equally responsible for a child places an inequitable burden on the mother, creating a financial and social hardship on both mother and child. We celebrate the millions of Americans who open their hearts, homes, and churches to mothers in need and women fleeing abuse. We thank and encourage providers of counseling, medical services, and adoption assistance for empowering women experiencing an unintended pregnancy to choose life. We support funding for ultrasounds and adoption assistance. We salute the many states that now protect women and girls through laws requiring informed consent, parental consent, waiting periods, and clinic regulation. We condemn the Supreme Court’s activist decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt striking down commonsense Texas laws providing for basic health and safety standards in abortion clinics.

We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for leading the effort to add enforcement to the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act by passing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which imposes appropriate civil and criminal penalties on healthcare providers who fail to provide treatment and care to an infant who survives an abortion, including early induction delivery whether the death of the infant is intended. We strongly oppose infanticide. Over a dozen states have passed Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Acts prohibiting abortion after twenty weeks, the point at which current medical research shows that unborn babies can feel excruciating pain during abortions, and we call on Congress to enact the federal version. Not only is it good legislation, but it enjoys the support of a majority of the American people. We support state and federal efforts against the cruelest forms of abortion, especially dismemberment abortion procedures, in which unborn babies are literally torn apart limb from limb.

We call on Congress to ban sex-selection abortions and abortions based on disabilities — discrimination in its most lethal form. We oppose embryonic stem cell research. We oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. We support adult stem cell research and urge the restoration of the national placental stem cell bank created by President George H.W. Bush but abolished by his Democrat successor, President Bill Clinton. We oppose federal funding for harvesting embryos and call for a ban on human cloning.

The Democratic Party is extreme on abortion. Democrats’ almost limitless support for abortion, and their strident opposition to even the most basic restrictions on abortion, put them dramatically out of step with the American people. Because of their opposition to simple abortion clinic safety procedures, support for taxpayer-funded abortion, and rejection of pregnancy resource centers that provide abortion alternatives, the old Clinton mantra of “safe, legal, and rare” has been reduced to just “legal.” We are proud to be the party that protects human life and offers real solutions for women.

The Democratic Party draft platform discusses abortion on page 24 under a sub-heading entitled, “Reproductive Health Rights, and Justice.”  That section says they believe every woman has a right to an abortion, calls for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment (which bans federal funding of abortion) and defends Planned Parenthood, America’s leading abortion provider.    

That section of their draft platform reads as follows:
Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice
Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion—regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured. We believe that reproductive health is core to women’s, men’s, and young people’s health and wellbeing. We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people. We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment. We need to defend the ACA, which extends affordable preventive health care to women, including no-cost contraception, and prohibits discrimination in health care based on gender.

We will address the barriers that inhibit meaningful access to reproductive health care services, including those based on gender, sexuality, race, income, and other factors. We recognize that quality, affordable comprehensive health care, evidence-based sex education, and a full range of  family planning services help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. And we strongly and unequivocally support a woman’s decision to have a child, including by ensuring a safe and healthy pregnancy and childbirth, and by providing services during pregnancy and after the birth of a child, including adoption and social support services.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Start With Life TV ad

Our newest ad playing on television throughout Michigan is Start With Life. It debuted last night.

"It is in politics that the battle for life can have its greatest repercussions. The answer to which political candidate to vote for and how to bring hope and vitality back to our nation, has always been one and the same … Start With Life."

The ad is on our YouTube channel and will be on all of our social media networks. Feel free to share it!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Conscience Protection Act passes U.S. House

By a vote of 245-182, the U.S. House voted to pass the Conscience Protection Act on July 13.  The goal of this legislation is to strengthen federal law to protect health care providers who are being coerced by state government into providing abortions. 

In a letter to U.S. House members, National Right to Life described the legislation by saying:   
The Conscience Protection Act that will come before the House as S. 304 (containing the same text as H.R. 4828) would prohibit any level of government from mandating that health care providers participate in abortion. It would protect doctors, nurses, hospitals, and health plans (and employers who purchase the plans). Most importantly, the bill empowers those who are affected by abortion mandates to file private lawsuits in federal courts – without the need for intervention by the pro-abortion activists who draw paychecks at the federal Department of Health and Human Services.       
In Michigan, the nine Republican representatives voted in favor of this legislation while the five Democratic representatives voted no. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Woman in Battle Creek found dead after abortion

Local news station WWMT is reporting that a woman in Battle Creek was found dead after recently having an abortion.  The woman had an abortion and then went to Bronson hospital complaining of pain.  She was treated there and then went to her mother’s house where she was found dead two days later. 

"After leaving the hospital she just thought it was best that she just stay at her mother's house, it was only a block away from the hospital just so they could help take care of her," Gilleylen said.

Two days later, she was found dead.       

"She was laying on her mother's bed in the basement. There was no signs of any foul play or any external injury or anything that appeared to be out of the ordinary for us," Gilleylen said.

Gilleylen says detectives are looking into whether this was a natural or medical-related death. And also if there is a criminal element.       

But he says that will take time, because the full autopsy report is not expected to be complete for another three to four weeks.

According to her grandmother, the woman had a 1-year-old son.