Silencing and marginalization of conservative voices have become commonplace in the United States, as recently highlighted by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Democrat strategist Kirsten Powers, who herself supports same-sex marriage.
Last week, Bloomberg spoke about universities becoming bastions of intolerance.
"This spring, it has been disturbing to see a number of college commencement speakers withdraw - or have their invitations rescinded -- after protests from students and - to me, shockingly - from senior faculty and administrators who should know better," Bloomberg said Thursday at a commencement speech at Harvard University, according to CNN. more >>
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has once again vetoed a bill that would set up a legal framework for surrogacy births in the state, saying the legislation "still raises concerns for many in the pro-life community."
"Despite the good intentions and hard efforts of the author, this legislation still raises concerns for many in the pro-life community," Jindal wrote in his veto message Saturday. "Thus, I cannot in good conscience, sign this bill."
Contracts governing surrogacy are not enforceable in the state's courts, but the legislation would allow couples and a woman to enter into a contractual surrogacy birth relationship. The House voted 72-7 for the bill, and the Senate voted 22-11. more >>
Several Southern Baptist and secular organizations have filed a friend-of-the-court brief to support a legal challenge to the Obama administration's contraception mandate by the Southern Baptist Convention's insurance provider and evangelical ministries.
"Scripture and Southern Baptist belief prohibit not only direct and personal wrongdoing, but also the enabling, authorizing, incentivizing or aiding of another in doing what the Christian believes to be sin," states the brief filed by Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. and other Southern Baptist leaders.
The brief filed during this week urges the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to uphold a lower court's temporary and preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the Department of Health and Human Services mandate, which requires employers to provide insurance coverage for some abortion drugs, sterilization and contraception. more >>
Former actress and abortion counselor Emily Letts, who posted a video on YouTube that allegedly shows her having a surgical procedure for an early first trimester abortion, is being called out by some pro-life advocates as having possibly faked the video due to its glaring inconsistencies.
Letts, 25, is working as an abortion counselor at the Cherry Hill Women's Center in New Jersey, and was awarded a cash prize from a pro-abortion group for submitting a 3-minute video of herself allegedly having an abortion as an entry in the "Abortion Stigma Busting" contest. Her video has already garnered over 2 million views on YouTube and she also wrote a column that was published in Cosmopolitan magazine to help promote the abortion video.
In 2003, the clinic that employes Letts paid an undisclosed settlement in a malpractice lawsuit that was filed against the facility after the abortionist on staff, Charles Benjamin, performed a second trimester abortion on a 17-year-old student from Pennsylvania without obtaining parental consent. more >>
Lila Rose, president of the pro-life youth led organization Live Action, distributed a 60-page six-year investigative report on Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, to members of Congress Wednesday, asking them to defund the organization.
According to Live Action's multi-state investigative report, "Lies, Corruption, and Scandal: Six Years of Exposing Planned Parenthood," which was distributed to members of Congress and is available online here, Rose and her investigative team have documented the abortion provider covering up the sexual abuse of children; aiding the sexual exploitation of girls; accepting donations to abort black babies and girls; and not informing women about post-abortion PTSD, among other illicit and illegal activities.
To launch their new national campaign, Rose, along with volunteers and interns, walked the halls of Congress to deliver their findings to Republican and Democratic Senate and House members, asking them to review the report and pass legislation to stop using taxpayers' dollars to fund the abortion provider. more >>
PolicyMic, a news organization that claims to know and report on what matters most to young people, tells readers that their promise is to report on "perspectives that aren't typically showcased at other outlets." Yet, a recent article regurgitated one piece of fiction that almost all of the other media outlets have already showcased ad nauseam. And I can't be the only Millennial who is getting annoyed by the lack of integrity in reporting about my generation.
Their recent article, Dear American Women: You Are Being Lied to, lists nine ways in which American women are supposedly being duped by "a society still steeped in the sexism of years past." This is as specific a description that the elusive guilty party of accused liars merits in the piece. (The site has a penchant for churning out lists of reasons why Millennials --well, mostly women and minorities-- are victims of one thing or another. If PolicyMic becomes the paradigm of Millennial reporting, today's young people will undoubtedly go down in history as the self-proclaimed victim generation.)
Number six in the list of nine reasons why women have it so bad in America is, "You are not capable of making your own medical decisions." The accusation reads: more >>