WASHINGTON — The progressive, New York-based Union Theological Seminary hosted the first-ever Congressional Faith Orientation on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, which was attended by five Democratic Congress members who addressed the role religion and faith play in determining how they vote on public policies.
While it is a widely-held notion that the Republican Party is more beholden to faith and religion when it comes to integrating them in federal public policy decisions, the Democratic panel members discussed how their own religious beliefs have driven them to support policy items like welfare assistance, public funding for Planned Parenthood and criminal justice reform.
Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, R-Texas, Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, and James Clyburn, D-South Carolina, claimed that the biblical call to "feed" and "clothe" the needy, has influenced their continual advocacy for welfare assistance programs like the food stamp program, which Republicans have in the past tried to make significant cuts to. more >>
The Pro-Life Acton League has sent over 500 plastic handcuffs inside "care packages" that are being delivered to abortion clinics throughout the U.S. this week and include a picture postcard showing the recent arrest of an Oklahoma abortionist with a handwritten message asking: "Could you be next?"
The packages were sent to the nation's abortionists on the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in all 50 states. The postcards containing the handwritten note from Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, encourage abortion clinic employees to leave the billion dollar business that he says is killing millions of babies every year.
Featuring the image of Oklahoma abortionist Naresh Patel who was arrested near Oklahoma City on Dec. 9, 2014, for fraud after he sold abortion-inducing drugs to women who weren't pregnant, the postcard reads: "Could you be next? If you want to get out of the abortion business, give me a call," and includes Scheidler's cell phone number. more >>
Even though pro-lifers were criticized for saying that "Obamacare" funds abortion, some liberals, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, are now complaining about Obamacare abortion funding that the U.S. House voted to remove Thursday.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which passed 242-179, would require that insurance plans that receive government funding no longer cover elective abortions.
In reaction, some liberals have argued that the bill would increase taxes on small business. "Republicans Include Tax Hike In Latest Abortion Bill," announced the headline of a Huffington Post article by Jennifer Bendery. more >>
This past December, the CDC released abortion numbers for the year 2011. The CDC's figures indicated that among states consistently reporting data, the number of abortions fell by 4.6 percent between 2010 and 2011. This is consistent with the long-term decline in the number of abortions performed since 1990. In fact, America's abortion decline has been remarkably durable: Abortion numbers have continued to fall regardless of demographic trends, the strength of the economy, or which party controls the White House.
Of course, as pro-lifers are quick to point out, the CDC's abortion-reporting requirements are notoriously weak. California, to take just one example, has not reported any abortion data to the CDC in over 15 years. That said, the abortion-trend data provided to the CDC correlates strongly with abortion-trend data released by the Guttmacher Institute, which has a more consistent data-collection mechanism. And the 2011 decline is fairly consistent among states, so it's unlikely that it was caused by yearly idiosyncrasies or changes in reporting requirements. In fact, the number of abortions fell in 42 of the 46 states that released data in both 2010 and 2011.
Why are abortion numbers falling? Pro-life legislation is playing a role. This past September, State Politics and Policy released a study of mine which shows that a range of state-level pro-life laws have resulted in lower abortion rates. But abortion numbers are falling everywhere—even in states that have not been active in passing pro-life legislation. Many credit contraception, but despite increased contraceptive use, the unintended pregnancy rate has remained fairly constant over the long term. Much of the decline is due to the fact that a higher percentage of women with unintended pregnancies are carrying them to term. more >>
Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley has said that American women have shown they are more pro-life than men, who sometimes attempt to force them into having abortions. O'Malley vowed that the Catholic Church will continue its fight against abortion, and predicted that it "shall overcome" in the cultural battle.
"The church cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for a better world," O'Malley said at the opening mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life, Catholic News Service reported.
"In our country, people have come together in the fight to overcome racism" and other social ills, he added. more >>
And yet our "leaders" can't quite seem to muster up even that level of faux backbone. The House bailed on a late-term abortion ban? Really?
In a vote where lives were at stake — a vote with the overwhelming majority of the public behind them – the House GOP blinked. They blinked in the face of . . . what? Angry columns from Jezebel or the HuffPo? Cold feet from a handful of members?
If you are a Republican office holder, and you find yourself incapable of making the public case for a late-term abortion ban — for banning procedures that dismember living children who feel every agonizing tear of their flesh — then resign. Please. I can assure you that there are thousands of conservatives in your district who can make that case and would be eager to make that case. more >>