In 1993, freelance photojournalist Kevin Carter from South Africa went to cover the civil strife in famine stricken Sudan. After his flight touched down in the village of Ayod, Carter captured an iconic image of a starving little girl, her face and body bowed low in the dirt, with a vulture in the background waiting for her to die. The emaciated toddler was struggling to find enough energy to get to a United Nations feeding center.
Carter said he had heard the child whimpering when he had wandered into the open bush. He confessed that after coming upon the scene he was careful not to frighten away the bird. Instead he waited for 20 minutes, hoping the vulture would spread his wings for the perfect shot. Still, the picture he got would win him a Pulitzer Prize.
The photo, which was first published in the New York Times resulted in a surprising public reaction. Hundreds of people wrote in wanting to know what had happened to the child, and queried as to whether Carter had done anything to help the youngster. The paper reported that what happened to the child was not fully known, prompting many to severely criticize Carter for staying aloof of the situation and not doing anything to help. more >>
The Center for Medical Progress released its 10th undercover Planned Parenthood video Tuesday morning, which purports to show high-level officials discussing how the absensce of national PPFA guidelines for organ and tissue compensation allows affiliates to profit off the sell of babies' body parts, and keeps them from being "bullied by ridiculous laws."
As it's a federal crime for any person to profit off of the sale of aborted babies' tissue going to research, the latest video in the CMP investigative series features Planned Parenthood's national director of its Consortium of Abortion Providers, Deb Vanderhei, explaining that some "independent colleagues" do "generate a fair amount of income" from the compensation for aborted babies.
While independent colleagues could refer to unaffiliated abortion providers, Vanderhei explains Planned Parenthood's own national guidelines on tissue procurement. She says that the nation's largest abortion business intentionally lacks national compensation guidelines in order to let affiliate clinics decide whether their tissue donation policy will be "mission-based" or if they "want to engage in remuneration." more >>
The CEO of Office Depot has apologized to a Christian woman after an Illinois branch refused to print her pro-life flyers because the store claimed that printing them would violate the company's policy.
In August, Roman-Catholic Maria Goldstein went to the Office Depot in Schaumburg, Illinois, and asked an employee to print her 500 copies of a flyer she planned to distribute that listed facts about Planned Parenthood's government funding, excess revenue and lack of cancer screenings. The flyer also included a "Prayer for the Conversion of Planned Parenthood" and a link to the Center for Medical Progress' recent investigative Planned Parenthood videos.
The staff, however, told Goldstein they could not print the flyers because they deemed them be in direct violation of an Office Depot policy, and offered her the ability to use the store's self-serve copy machines, which she refused. more >>
A group of pro-life activists and leaders including presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul denied that Republicans in Congress will shut down the federal government over Planned Parenthood funding.
The Capitol Hill rally, "#WomenBetrayed: The Real Stories Rally & Lobby Day," took place amid speculation that Republicans will force a government shutdown to stop Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding.
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, told those gathered Thursday afternoon that contrary to some reports pro-lifers did not want a government shutdown. more >>
The crisis facing Planned Parenthood continues to grow. Since July, an undercover video investigation has shown top officials at Planned Parenthood — and close business partners — admitting their collusion in the trafficking of fetal organs, tissues, and bodies.
Wednesday, the first public Congressional hearings on the issue got underway. Across America, conservative governors and grassroots leaders have launched efforts to investigate and defund Planned Parenthood.
A just under 2-minute video created by viral media outlet BuzzFeed featuring a group of gay, feminist and liberal Christian millennials explaining why they don't fit the stereotypical view of Christians is now getting flak from conservatives online who argue that it does nothing to promote Christ.
The video, which was posted to Facebook on Sunday, had been viewed more than 10 million times as of noon on Wednesday. It features five women and one man declaring that they aren't homophobic, closeminded, uneducated or judgmental. One woman even noted that although she doesn't believe in sex before marriage she gives sex advice.
Days prior to the release of the video on Facebook, former White House staffer Michael Wear appears somewhat prescient in a tweet on millennials and Christianity. more >>