WASHINGTON – Pro-life advocates rallied outside of the ABC News office in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, demanding even-handed media coverage of abortion and the pro-life movement.
"It's time to stop censoring the news about this most important issue of the day," proclaimed Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action, an new media organization that is known for its undercover videos of abortion clinics.
As Rose began speaking, around 60 supporters gathered, along with an ABC cameraman and various reporters from other outlets. After a half-hour, the crowd had swelled to well over 130. more >>
Does this sound familiar? Congress is more partisan than ever; Republicans and Democrats do not know how to work together; the Parties are so divided that nothing gets accomplished. But there have been a number of issues for which Republicans and Democrats have recently worked across the aisle with one another.
Here are eight issues where Republicans and Democrats demonstrate a spirit of bipartisanship:
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The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has declared that the legal recognition of same-sex marriage is an "apocalyptic symptom" that should be combatted. Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow stated after a service held last Sunday at the Kazan Cathedral that same-sex marriage should never be sanctioned.
"This is a very dangerous apocalyptic symptom, and we must do everything in our powers to ensure that sin is never sanctioned in Russia by state law, because that would mean that the nation has embarked on a path of self-destruction," said Kirill. "We face enormous temptations when countries start approving sin and codifying it into law in order to justify it."
Kirill's words come as the Eastern European power continues to pass legislation meant to curb LGBT activism and homosexuality in general. Even as other European nations like France and the United Kingdom pass increasingly pro-gay legislation, over the past year Russia has gone in the opposite direction. more >>
The recent bans on abortions of fetuses older than 20 weeks has prompted some critics to complain that the bans would prevent aborting those with Down syndrome.
Since tests used to detect Down syndrome are typically conducted near or after the fetus is 20 weeks old, most parents who discover their child has Down syndrome would not be able to abort him or her. Some recent studies suggest that somewhere between 81 and 92 percent of those who receive a positive test for Down syndrome choose to abort their children.
The pro-life community is lauding the Rev. Thomas Vander Woude, pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, Va., for his parish's efforts to save the life of an unborn baby who has Down syndrome from being aborted by finding parents who might qualify to adopt the infant when he's born.
Early Monday morning, Geraldine Zahn Erikson posted a message on the church's Facebook page that read: "Posted by request of Fr. Vander Woude: There is a couple in another state who have contacted an adoption agency looking for a family to adopt their Downs Syndrome unborn baby. If a couple has not been found by today they plan to abort the baby. If you are interested in adopting this baby please contact Fr. VW IMMEDIATELY. we are asking all to pray for this baby and the wisdom that this couple realize the importance of human life and do not abort this beautiful gift from God."
Martha Drennan, director of adult faith formation at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, told The Christian Post on Thursday that replies to the urgent plea were overwhelming. more >>
"When the government has the power to deny legal rights and due process to one vulnerable group, everyone's rights are at risk."
So says the American Civil Liberties Union on the section of their website dedicated to the issue of immigrants' rights. "No Human Being Is Illegal" reads the banner at the top of the page, a tacit indictment of any who don't tow the liberal line when it comes to immigration policy.
Scroll over to a different section of the website, and you'll find this: more >>