First, let's be clear — wantonly killing another human being in the supposed defense of the sanctity of human life is grotesque and obscene. Everyone espousing the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death must condemn without reservation (as they overwhelmingly have) the heinous actions of Ronald Dear in murdering three of his fellow human beings in the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic on November 27th.
Putting a human face on these victims makes the heart break and tragedy even more personally compelling.
Jennifer Markovsky, 35, a mother of two children, Ke'Arre Stewart, 29, a father of two children as well as an Iraq War veteran, and Garrett Swasey, 44, a father of two children, a police officer killed in the line of duty, and an elder at his Evangelical church. more >>
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported abortion statistics for 2012. Overall, the news is good for pro-lifers.
Among the states consistently reporting data, abortions fell by nearly 4 percent between 2011 and 2012. Overall, the number of abortions fell in 36 of the 46 states that reported data to the CDC in both 2011 and 2012.
Declines were consistent across regions. The largest percentage declines took place in New Jersey, New Mexico, and Rhode Island — each of which saw abortion declines of over 10 percent. The largest percentage increases took place in the relatively low population states of North Dakota and Hawaii. Both of these states saw increases of around 6 percent. more >>
The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to strike down key provisions of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, though President Barack Obama has indicated he will veto the bill.
USA Today reported that the Senate voted 52-47 in favor of the bill, which would take away federal funding away from Planned Parenthood for one year. The legislation is also aiming to repeal provisions to the health care law which encourage subsidies for abortion coverage.
On Wednesday Obama's administration affirmed, however, that it will be vetoing the bill, even if it is approved by the House and reaches his desk. more >>
As expected, no sooner had blood been spilled at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado than accusations of "Christian terrorism" began to fly across the internet, despite the fact that: 1) no motive had been announced; 2) there was no hint of a connection between the murderer and any pro-life organization; and 3) pro-life leaders immediately denounced the killings as soon as the news was released.
In the words of Jason Benham, posting on Twitter, "True pro-lifers care about all life, including employees and clients of #PlannedParenthood. Praying for those in #ColoradoSpringsShooting."
Or, as stated by Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, "While the investigation into the shooting at the Planned Parenthood center continues, regardless of what the motive is determined to be, we strongly condemn this violence . . . . Only through peaceful means — not violence — can we truly become a nation that once again values all human life, born and unborn." more >>
By now most people are aware of the shooting that took place at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs last Friday. Robert Lewis Dear, Jr., killed three people and wounded several more, purportedly in retaliation for the activities documented by the Center for Medical Progress in which Planned Parenthood officials are seen and heard discussing the sale of fetal body parts obtained via abortion.
The President has addressed the issue from the perspective of gun violence and the media is abuzz with talk of domestic terrorism and the radical nature of America's pro-life cohort.
Of course, the actions of Mr. Dear should be condemned unreservedly, as should all acts of violence perpetrated by activists who think that the righteousness of their cause justifies cold-blooded murder. Such actions undermine the notion that all human life should be respected and protected under the law, and individuals who seek to take the law into their own hands, like Mr. Dear, should be prosecuted. more >>
The shooting in Colorado Springs was immediately used to further an agenda. But this doesn't change our agenda at all.
Three lives were taken by a shooter at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic on Friday. The two civilians killed were both parents of young children, as was police officer Garret Swasey who, in performing his duty, ran into the line of fire to save lives. He was also an elder at Hope Chapel and on Sunday was lovingly remembered as a husband, father, and church member.
Now much of the social media traffic surrounding this event, including by pro-abortion leaders around the country, implicated the entire pro-life movement in what was, from what we know of Robert Dear, the actions of a mentally unstable recluse who systematically chose violence in dealing with things he didn't like: like neighbors, strangers, and even animals. more >>