Political columnist and evangelical Kirsten Powers, who helped raise attention about late-term abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, recently spoke about her decision to write the fateful article on the issue back in April 2013 when other mainstream media outlets had failed to do so.
In a brief interview with Carl Cannon of "Real Clear Politics," Powers reflected on the column, which was published in USAToday on April 11, 2013 with the tagline: "We've forgotten what belongs on Page 1."
Powers, who has a regular column with USAToday, writes for The Daily Beast, and serves as a political pundit on Fox News, told Cannon in her recent interview that she first heard of Gosnell's murder trial in 2013 from an old college friend who was staunchly pro-life and had been following the case. Powers admitted to Cannon that she had been dismissive of Gosnell's case at first, assuming that it would be national news if any of the abortion doctor's charges had any truth behind them. more >>
NASHVILLE – Public policy experts at this year's National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville asserted that the government religious liberty and freedom issues facing Christians today are fundamentally and intrinsically tied to the future of culture in America.
Janet Parshall, host of the daily radio talk show "In the Market," moderated a panel on Tuesday that included Todd Starnes of Fox News, Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, Pastor Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and NRB Sr. VP and Chief Legal Counsel Craig Parshall.
Janet Parshall said finding the subject matter for this year's event was not difficult. "It took us about three nano-seconds to decide what we were going to discuss here today," joked Parshall. "It's the most important issue Christians are facing today." more >>
A pro-life senator from Virginia has come under fire for describing childbearing women as "hosts," in a Facebook post denouncing abortion. Although the senator has been criticized for his word choice, he has defended his statement, saying it was meant to mimic the pro-abortion advocates' view of women.
Sen. Stephen H. Martin (R-Chesterfield) wrote the controversial Facebook post in response to a card he received on Valentine's Day from the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition encouraging him to change his opposition to abortion. Martin has previously supported tougher regulations for abortion clinics, a fetal personhood bill, as well as legislation that requires women to undergo an ultrasound before going through with the life-ending procedure.
"All women deserve access to their full range of reproductive health options – including preventing unintentional pregnancies, raising healthy children, and choosing safe, legal abortion – and your votes only make it more difficult for Virginians to plan and provide for their families," the note from the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition read. more >>
Black women in New York City aborted more than half of their pregnancies in 2012, topping the number of abortions recorded by women of every other racial or ethnic group in the city, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Statistics provided by the city's Bureau of Vital Statistics in a report titled, Summary of Vital Statistics 2012, The City of New York, revealed that not only were black women leading every other racial or ethnic group of women in abortions, they also had the highest rate of pregnancies and the most miscarriages as well.
Black women had a chart-leading 115.7 pregnancies for every 1,000 women, but a total of 31,328 of those pregnancies were aborted in 2012 and an additional 3,446 of those pregnancies were reported as miscarriages. Only 24,758 black babies were born alive. more >>
A Maryland-based order of nuns has sent a formal appeal before a federal court in order to be exempted from having to provide contraceptive services to its employees.
The Little Sisters of the Poor filed their appeal Monday before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, requesting an exemption from the Department of Health and Human Services' "preventive services mandate."
The Little Sisters are being represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is handling several legal challenges nationwide to the HHS mandate. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take a case involving an Arizona law that sought to deny Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions. The court left in place a lower court decision that overturned the law.
Proponents of the law argued that taxpayer funds should not go to help an abortion provider. Even though Medicaid does not reimburse for abortions, the payments free up resources to help the organization promote and perform abortions, they claimed.
The appellate court that reviewed the case reasoned that Arizona did not have the authority to decide which providers were eligible for Medicaid reimbursements. Federal law allows patients to see any "qualified provider," the court ruled. more >>