Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., argued in Thursday night's Fox News Republican presidential debate that an unborn child's right to life is inherent under the United States Constitution and the passage of a constitutional amendment is not required to ban abortions.
Huckabee's first response at the the primetime debate, which featured the top-10 polling GOP candidates, was prefaced by moderator Chris Wallace asking him how he would persuade Independents and Democrats to vote for him when he advocates strongly for constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage and abortion.
"Chris, I disagree with the idea that the real issue is a constitutional amendment. That's a long and difficult process. I've actually taken the position that's bolder than that," the 59-year-old Southern Baptist minister responded. "A lot of people are talking about defunding Planned Parenthood, as if that's a huge game changer. I think it's time to do something even more bold. I think the next president ought to invoke the Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution, now that we clearly know that that baby inside the mother's womb is a person at the moment of conception." more >>
Franklin Graham, the CEO of Samaritan's Purse and a fierce pro-life advocate, has criticized comments made by Democratic Senator Harry Reid of Nevada who accused Republicans of losing their "moral compass" following an attempt by lawmakers to bring a bill to defund Planned Parenthood up for a vote.
Graham took to Facebook to address the comments made by Reid, and blasted the senator's pro-choice stance on Wednesday.
"Senator Harry Reid outrageously declared yesterday that Republicans had 'lost their moral compass' after they were unable to get the 60 votes needed to move the bill in Congress forward that would defund Planned Parenthood," wrote Graham. more >>
It turns out that everyone sends Christmas cards, including Planned Parenthood. I know this because several years ago a friend sent me a copy of one being sent out by the currently-being-investigated organization. The card was a Christmas homily to "reproductive freedom," beautifully designed with embossed snowflakes and stars made of glitter. And emblazoned across the card was the caption, "Choice on Earth."
The latest undercover Planned Parenthood video is out, and it is horrific. Who can watch these pirates discussing the trafficking of the eyeballs of babies, and not be shaken to the conscience? Any person of goodwill, regardless of religious faith or lack thereof, ought to be able to see the humanity destroyed by this violent organization of pirates. For Christians, though, we ought to remember that behind all of this violence is a question of the person of Jesus Christ. He has been to the abortion clinic too.
Remember: Jesus was not born into a gauzy, snowy "winter wonderland" of sweetly-singing angels and cute reindeer nuzzling one another at the side of his manger. He was born into a warzone. Jesus was chased out of his manger and into Egypt by one of Planned Parenthood's ancestors, King Herod, who also sacrificed Bethlehem's infant children for the sake of power. more >>
In a fifth undercover video highlighting Planned Parenthood's controversial sell of aborted baby parts, Melissa Farrell, director of research at the organization's Gulf Coast branch, touted the clinic's ability to deliver intact babies for a higher reward despite the sell or purchase of human fetal tissue being a federal felony.
In the video posted to YouTube by the Center for Medical Progress on Tuesday, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Farrell at the abortion-clinic headquarters of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston, Texas, to discuss a potential partnership to harvest aborted babies' organs.
"Where we probably have an edge over other organizations, our organization has been doing research for many many years," Farrell tells the actors in the video. more >>
A bill has been introduced in the Senate that would protect the freedom of religious organizations, institutions and businesses that believe an Affordable Care Act mandate, or "accommodation," requiring the coverage of contraception and abortion-inducing drugs in employee or student health insurance plans violates their religious beliefs.
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla. announced Tuesday morning that he and 13 other senators have introduced the Health Care Conscience Rights Act in the Senate to go along with a similar bill introduced in the House by Reps. Diane Black, R-Tenn., Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., and John Fleming, R-La. in February.
The act would provide an exemption to the "burdensome" Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," Department of Health and Human Services mandate to religious businesses, schools, charities, and other organizations and would ensure that those institutions are not forced to choose between following the law and compromising their religious beliefs on issues like birth control and abortion-inducing drugs. more >>
The U.S. Senate has rejected a bill to defund Planned Parenthood and transfer its estimated $500 million in federal funds to other women's health sources.
Senate Bill 1881 failed to get the 60 votes required to have debate closed and a vote on the proposed legislation granted, with the results largely falling along party lines.
Introduced by Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, S. 1881 called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and placing it in other sources for women's health. more >>