Both filled their campaign coffers with big bucks from notorious late-term abortionists. Kansas abortionist George Tiller was incredibly generous in giving tens of thousands of dollars to Sebelius. The dean of Wisconsin abortionists, Dennis Christensen and his wife, coughed up a mere $33,000 to ensure that Governor Doyle would keep dollars rolling into Christensen’s abortion clinic.
Both are ardently and unapologetically pro-abortion. Sebelius vetoed a measure to tighten restrictions on late-term abortions. Doyle vetoed several measures like the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act. Doyle stayed on the sidelines as his UW cronies approved a late-term abortion center at the Madison Surgery Center.
Both are, unfortunately, in high-level positions which they will continue to use to ensure that unborn babies are not given a chance.
It is frightening for the conscience of our nation when individuals with such radical views which violate the human rights of our most vulnerable can hold such heady positions of power. God help us.
It was widely rumored that Cardinal Francis George of Chicago met with President Obama in March. News of what was discussed reveals even further the chameleon nature of Obama’s personality. Obama told Cardinal George he is not pro-abortion and will “eventually” work to reduce abortions. Should we start the timer now?
Obama tried to convince the Cardinal that he agrees with him on the abortion issue. “It’s hard to disagree with him because he’ll always tell you he agrees with you,” George told CNS. “Maybe that’s political. I think he sincerely wants to agree with you. You have to say, again and again, ‘No, Mr. President, we don’t agree (on abortion).’”
When questioned about his decision to overturn the Mexico City policy, Obama said “…we weren’t exporting abortion.” George said “Yes we are.” Obama replied, “I know I have to do certain things here..But be patient and you’ll see the pattern will change.” George wisely responded, “Mr. President, you’ve given us nothing but the wrong signals on this issue.”
This gets us back to the ongoing Notre Dame controversy and more “toying” with Catholics. When informed that former Vatican ambassador Mary Ann Glendon (my heroine!!) respectfully declined to receive Notre Dame’s prestigious Laetare Medal because of the President’s appearance on the same podium, the White House released a statement saying Obama would deliver “an inclusive and respectful speech.”
Cardinal George and Mary Ann Glendon deserve praise and admiration for rebuffing the spin that Obama uses to spellbind an unfortunate number of Americans.
Beware the man of words whose actions deeply and unequivocally contradict what he says. But then, this is the Obama we have known for a long time.
In an incredibly disappointing move, Wisconsin State Senators, by a 17-15 vote, confirmed two individuals to the UW Hospital and Clinics Authority Board who were instrumental in approving a late-term abortion plan in Madison. No matter that the anticipated abortions are dismemberment abortions on babies who can feel pain.
Kudos to Senator Kathleen Vinehout, the only Democrat to vote against these blatantly pro-abortion nominees! One can only imagine the abuse she took from her caucus. Wisconsin Right to Life is urging her constituents to lavishly praise her convictions and right-to-life votes.
A major disappointment was Senator Jeff Plale who voted for the appointees. Plale has been strongly right-to-life in the past and it is impossible to understand why he voted “yes.” Senators Jim Sullivan and Dave Hansen also voted a pro-abortion “yes.”
The good news about the late-term abortion plan is that it has not yet begun. Email correspondence obtained by the Alliance Defense Fund indicates the officials who approved the plan are experiencing difficulties getting the plan going. As requested by Wisconsin Right to Life and other groups, doctors are not sending patients to the Madison Surgery Center and patients are canceling their appointments at that facility. The loss of the almighty dollar is getting to them — too bad it isn’t their morality.
Wisconsin Right to Life is hosting a big event in Madison at 7:00pm on May 6 at the Madison Inn on the Park featuring Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist who performed dismemberment abortions. Talk show host Vicki McKenna will MC the event. Tickets are $10. Reservations can be made by calling 877-855-5007.
Last week we learned about a briefing sent to law enforcement authorities across the country by the Department of Homeland Security alerting them to the possible rise in right-wing extremism and violence due to economic pressures and the election of a black president.
Among those cited in the briefing were individuals who are committed to a single issue like abortion.
The briefing caused a firestorm of criticism. Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security, was forced to do a media blitz to attempt to explain the briefing. When pressed, she said the briefing should not have included the reference to people who are interested in single issues like abortion.
But now Napolitano has reversed her initial position backtracking from the briefing. This past Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” Napolitano claimed that right-to-life groups have a “history” of political extremism. She said that, although “people have different points of view about abortion” and that the Obama administration values free speech rights, some pro-life advocates cause her agency concern.
Napolitano would not give any concrete examples of right-to-life organizations that caused her agency to include them the briefing, claiming the total number of organizations overall on all domestic issues were “far too numerous to mention.”
Reaction from right-to-life organizations was swift and to the point. Perhaps Jay Sekulow, head of the American Center for Law and Justice summed it up best when he said the characterization of right-to-life people in the briefing “is not only offensive to millions of Americans who hold constitutionally-protected views opposing abortion - but also raises serious concerns about the political agenda of an agency with a mandate to protect American.”
As reported yesterday, National Right to Life (NRLC) warned members of Congress that the NIH guidelines released on Friday are part of an elaborate “bait and switch” strategy. Congressional lawmakers appear to be admitting to this strategy.
Rep. Diana DeGette and Rep. Michael Castle issued a press release responding to the NIH guidelines talking abut their proposed legislation, not yet introduced, which would supposedly merely codify the NIH guidelines — just as NRLC predicted. DeGette said she is “planning to move forward with legislation that will promote all forms of ethical stem cell research.”
Ethical to DeGette is expected to include federal funding for creation of human embryos, including clones and hybrids, for purposes of destruction for research. A spokesperson for DeGette did not refute NRLC’s claim that the new legislation is a “bait and switch.” President Obama is expected to support this strategy.
On Friday, the National Institutes of Health announced guidelines for funding embryonic stem cell research following President Obama’s Executive Order in March opening up federal funds for destruction of living human embryos.
While appearing to limit funding to killing embryos supposedly “leftover” in in vitro fertilization clinics, National Right to Life views Friday’s announcement as a step-by-step approach to “desensitize the public to the concept of killing human embryos for research purposes.”
National Right to Life fully believes, as documented in a letter sent to members of Congress on March 31, that the NIH guidelines are part of an overall “bait and switch” strategy. Congressional leaders will bring up a bill which supposedly codifies the NIH guidelines, but goes much further by authorizing the creation of human embryos, including clones and hybrids, for the sole purpose of destroying them for research.
You can read National Right to Life’s letter here.
Far from dying down, the controversy over Notre Dame inviting President Obama to give the commencement address and receive an honorary degree continues to boil.
The latest is the formation of a new organization of alumni who are calling for Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins to be replaced. This follows on the heels of Jenkins refusing to meet with Notre Dame pro-life student groups who want to discuss their objections with him.
Some 300,000 pro-life advocates have signed a petition opposing the Obama appearance on campus.
The alumni group seeking to replace Jenkins issued the following statement: “Although we love Notre Dame, our conscience requires that we withhold all financial support from our University until such time as Father Jenkins is replaced as Notre Dame’s President with someone who will be more loyal to the teachings of the Catholic Church.” They have set a Replace Jenkins.com website.
Kudos to these principled alumni who refuse to allow their right-to-life values to be swept away.
By now, you may have heard about a briefing sent to law enforcement authorities across the country by the Department of Homeland Security, alerting them to the possible rise in right-wing extremism and violence due to economic pressures and the election of a black president.
So, who are these potential right-wing extremists? Among others cited in the briefing, individuals who are dedicated to a single issue like abortion. I guess that means you and me.
Perhaps it is far-reaching to claim all right-to-life advocates are targets of the briefing. Are we being over sensitive? Or do we just smell a political rat?
The Washington Times reported that the federal government “will be working with its state and local partners over the next several months” to gather information on “right wing extremist activity in the United States.” The Times goes on to state that the Obama administration does not have “specific information that domestic right-wing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence.”
Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security, appeared on Fox and Friends this morning, stating she had been briefed on the report and then tried to downplay it. When pressed, Napolitano said the report should not have included the reference to individuals who are interested in single issues like abortion. Groups on the left like animal rights activists could be included in the “assessment.” she said. However, they weren’t. And, there has been no apology from anyone in the Obama administration.
Wisconsin Right to Life was audited twice by the IRS when Clinton was president. So, it raises the question — are we now on an Obama administration political “enemies” list?
Along with our parent organization, National Right to Life, Wisconsin Right to Life is watching and working on two major issues being considered in Congress right now regarding taxpayer abortion funding.
The first is the appropriations process through which Congress funds the various agencies each year. There are over 20 right-to-life public policy provisions included in various appropriations bills every year. The provisions are now up for grabs.
The highest stakes reside in the Hyde Amendment which for over 30 years has prohibited the use of your federal tax dollars to pay for abortions. Another measure protects you from having to pay for abortions for federal employees. If these two provisions alone are jettisoned, abortions will increase dramatically. Planned Parenthood estimates that the Hyde Amendment has decreased abortions 18-38%.
Other appropriations bills right-to-life measures involve embryonic stem cell research, conscience protections for medical professionals, and international abortion funding issues.
Wisconsin Congressman David Obey oversees all of these bills. WRTL is spearheading a major letter-writing campaign in Wisconsin CD 7 which includes numerous counties in the northwestern part of the state.
If you aren’t shuddering yet, consider the second track which the pro-abortion crowd is pursuing to force you to pay for abortions — health care reform. Congress is fast-tracking this reform to passage this summer — probably without debate or amendments, just as they have been jamming other measures through both houses.
Planned Parenthood, of course, is lobbying hard for mandated abortion coverage as needed “health” care. Mandated abortion coverage will not only increase abortions, but will force companies and medical institutions to comply with providing abortion coverage for employees. So much for “choice” and conscience.
It has Planned Parenthood written all over it. Included in Governor Doyle’s budget is a revision of BadgerCare Plus. The good news is the revision makes more pregnant women eligible for benefits. The bad news is the revision calls for deletion of benefits eligibility for the “unborn child.”
Fascinating. As you read current law on BadgerCare Plus, there are numerous references to the unborn child and the unborn child’s mother. Apparently, the mere words “unborn child” are so distasteful to PP, the Governor and their allies, that they must be stricken from the statutes. Wouldn’t want a “progressive” state like Wisconsin to be considered backwards because it legally recognizes that “blob” in the womb.
But, even more disturbing are the practical results. With today’s technology, the unborn child is clearly a patient separate from the mother. When a premature birth is expected, it is established medical practice for the baby to have surfactant replacement therapy to develop the lungs and give the baby a better chance to survive. This therapy is not done for the mother, it is done for the child. So, is the mother going to have to pay for this life-enhancing treatment because her unborn child is not covered?
What about in utero blood tranfusions, heart surgery or spina bifida corrective surgery? It makes the concept of increasing care to the woman, but denying benefits to the child, pretty ridiculous. All because some noses are out of joint to have “unborn child” as words in our statutes.