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Archive for June, 2010

Abortion facts are regularly lied about to the public, without any penalty.  3 new events illustrate that point:

  1. the unearthed abortion memos that will not doom U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan,
  2. last week’s FDA -panel approval of an abortion-causing drug that will be marketed only as a contraceptive, and
  3. Friday’s denial of fetal pain by the U.K.’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists,  despite the existence of fetal anesthesiology as a medical specialty.

1. Recently released documents show that, as deputy assistant for domestic policy under President Clinton, Kagan was instrumental in promulgating gravely distorted assertions about partial birth abortions, although more accurate information had been published (more…)

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Stem cells from non-embryonic sources — also called ASC for “Adult stem cells”– are saving lives now and offering hope to patients who suffer from injury or more than 70 other diseases.

This past week saw 4 exciting announcements about new ASC successes, and a court decision advancing access to federal funding of such work.  First the lawsuit: a federal appeals court today has upheld the right of two scientists specializing in ASC to sue the Obama administration for funding destructive human embryonic research.

The lawsuit claims that Obama’s 2009 executive order harms their ability to be funded and violates the 1995 Dickey-Wicker budget amendment, renewed annually, that bans the use of federal tax money to harm human embryos.

Though the over-hyped and unethical use of human embryos remains unsuccessful (more…)

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The U.S. House rushed approval late this afternoon of a nasty bill undermining free speech, called the DISCLOSE act. UPDATE, June 29: Liberal McClatchy media, including KCStar, editorializes against the bill.

The so-called campaign finance disclosure bill will disable grassroots political voices. The bill was altered behind closed doors last night and forced to a floor vote, breaking the protocol of a minimum 24-hour waiting period.

National Right to Life  calls the bill, “unconstitutional, unprincipled, and nakedly partisan.”  Even the ACLU agrees that this bill protects those groups that don’t challenge the status quo while suppressing those groups that do challenge the status quo.

The bill has numerous odorous provisions, including, but not limited to, these:

  • every time an organization runs a campaign ad, its CEO must appear in the ad and twice state his name and the organization’s name;
  • the top five funders of the organization behind the ad – even if they had nothing to do with the ad’s funding – must also have their names listed in the ad;
  • the most “significant” donor to the organization must –three times in the ad– list his name, rank, and organization.

Thus the new “DISCLOSE” (more…)

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Abby Johnson quit PP

The selection of Abby Johnson, former clinic director for Planned Parenthood, to speak at Kansans for Life’s July 14 Kansas City regional breakfast couldn’t be more timely.

This week, Planned Parenthood has not explained their national accounting discrepancy of $1.6 billion dollars.  A recent report from the Government Accountability Office revealed Planned Parenthood spent $657 million in federal funds between 2002 and 2008, while another report showed they took in more than $2 billion in grants and programs during that time.

Scandals don’t seem to deter Planned Parenthood supporters. The nation’s largest  abortion business has failed to explain over 2 years of regularly revealed incidents of medical misinformation and illegal counseling in various states’ clinics.  Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson has twice strongly funded Planned Parenthood, despite the unresolved 107 criminal charges awaiting PP’s Overland Park facility.

In 2009 and 2010, Parkinson vetoed the same Huelskamp/ Kinzer budget provision that would have bumped Planned Parenthood from consuming (more…)

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A federal proposal that would silence pro-life and conservative campaign speech [the so-called “DISCLOSE” Act, H.R. 5175] is being rushed to a vote this week in Congress.  UPDATE, June 18: Today’s vote called off for the DISCLOSE act, details here.

NRLC (our parent group, the National Right to Life Committee) has issued several warnings about this blatant attack on our right to participate in a free government.

Under this proposal, the federal government would dictate to a 75-year old woman with health problems, who holds strong religious convictions and who wishes to promote enactment of the Protect Life Act, that

she is “free” to donate money to a pro-life group to be used for broadcast ads to urge specific elected officials to vote for the bill – but ONLY if she (as a “significant funder”) is willing to submit to the INTIMIDATING REQUIREMENTS: that she appear in those ads herself, and also have her name and address posted on the Internet, so that she can be subjected to verbal abuse or even threats by those who disagree with her views.

Enactment of such a law is not a curb on corruption, but itself a type of corruption – a corruption of the lawmaking power, by which incumbent lawmakers employ the threat of criminal sanctions (more…)

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"shoe phones" = as outmoded as the nightly local news

Summer is here and we suggest that instead of reading novels at the beach, you take your laptop, iPad or blackberry and get educated about life issues online!

Too many Kansas public policy issues are grounded in bad science and twisted polling, notably Obamacare and some Kansas legislative proposals.  So KFL started this blog to add details to news events before they fly by, and to provide analysis with live links for in-depth information.

But while this blog emphasizes pro-life news that involves or affects Kansans, we encourage readers to keep abreast of other pro-life events and commentary.  Start every weekday with Lifenews.com (top of our right-hand column) to learn what events on the national pro-life scene alarm– or inspire– you.  Lifenews has a helpful and comprehensive search engine.

Our blogroll (on the lower right) is worth regular browsing: (more…)

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HHS head Kathleen Sebelius empowered 2,500 times in Obamacare provisions

It is becoming more evident that Obamacare will ration health treatment and Kathleen Sebelius –with breath-taking powers as HHS head in the reform provisions — is misleading the public about rationing and her support for it.

Sebelius would not respond Thursday to media questions about the expressed affinity for health rationing by the new nominee to run Medicare and Medicaid, Donald Berwick. She instead praised him, although Berwick has spoken favorably about Britain’s notoriously rationed government-run health system.

A 2002 article Berwick co-wrote on end-of-life care said, “Most people who have serious pain do not need advanced methods; they just need the morphine and counseling that have been available for centuries. Last June, Berwick said,

“The decision is not whether or not we will ration care–the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open”

And last week, Sebelius was excoriated by Kansas lawmakers for her politicized mailer to seniors asserting a glowing outlook (more…)

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