The sixth video and the need for visionary prolife leadership

I have said many times that I am a single-issue voter. I do not believe that being right on any single issue qualifies a candidate for office. But I do believe that being wrong on certain issues can disqualify a candidate. And for me, abortion is one of those issues. If a candidate supports abortion rights, then he is disqualified from my vote as long as there are other alternatives in the field.

Over 57 million people have been killed legally under the regime of Roe v. Wade. There is no question that abortion-on-demand is the greatest human rights crisis of our time in our country. That is why we have to have the singular focus of ending that immoral regime. For me, this issue transcends every other contentious issue in public life. Continue Reading →

Try not to think about the baby

Ruben Navarrete has written a riveting piece for The Daily Beast titled, “I Don’t Know If I’m Pro-Choice After Planned Parenthood Videos.” Navarrete says that he has been pro-choice since his college days 30 years ago. In a rather frank admission, he describes how he came to his position:

I still consider myself pro-choice, as I have for the last 30 years. I staked out this position during my freshmen year in college. Even then, I understood the abortion debate was a tug-of-war between competing rights—those of the mother versus those of an unborn baby. I sided with the mother. And I tried not to think about the baby.

Navarrete goes on to describe how the recent videos have awakened his conscience to the reality of abortion. How had he been able to avoid this reality until now? He explains, “I tried not to think about the baby.”

It has long been the strategy of pro-choice propaganda to get people to do exactly what Navarrete did—not think about the baby. They talk about “choice” and “women’s health” and number of other slogans that do not address the central moral issue—the life of the baby. The pro-choice movement advances only insofar as it suppresses that question.

To anyone reading this who favors abortion rights: Are you pro-abortion on principle? Or are you pro-abortion because you’ve disciplined your conscience not to think about the unborn baby?

Senator Rubio makes pro-life case on “Meet the Press”

It is frustrating when pro-life politicians are unable to answer tough questions about abortion. There are very few who can defend the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. When asked about exceptions for rape or incest, their principles often go right out the window.

That is why Chuck Todd’s interview with Senator Marco Rubio yesterday was a stand-out appearance. Rubio was principled, compassionate, and articulate. We need more of this from pro-life politicians. The other presidential candidates need to watch the video above and take notes. This is how you do it.

Target to move away from gender-based signs

Here’s the lede from a report on CNN.com that a reader just sent me:

Attention Target shoppers: Say goodbye to “girls’ building sets” and “boys’ bedding.”

The big box retailer announced Friday that it will start phasing out gender-based signage in some departments. The shift comes in response to customer feedback that distinguishing between products for girls and boys is unnecessary and maybe even harmful.

Parents and gender equality advocates welcomed the news as a significant step with potential to inspire other retailers.

We’ve gone from traditional gender distinctions being outmoded to being “harmful”? Is it really “harmful” for the Barbies to be in a different section from the G.I. Joes?

I have a hunch that this will not be well-received—not because shoppers have thought clearly about the underlying worldview issues but because people are in a hurry and are served by age-graded and gender-divided toy sections. We’ll see.

Ross Douthat shreds the totems of sexual liberation

I’m convinced that The New York Times didn’t know what they were getting into when they brought Ross Douthat on as a columnist. He writes in a way that is deeply subversive to the values of sexual liberation. And you have to wonder if it troubles the editors to be standing so close to the woodchipper when Douthat shreds the totems of liberal orthodoxy like he did in his article yesterday, “There is No Pro-Life Case For Planned Parenthood.”

In his essay, Douthat exposes the absurdity of the claim that Planned Parenthood’s abortion mills actually reduce the number of abortions in this country. You should read the whole thing, but the conclusion is a must-read. Here it is: Continue Reading →

Robbie George on Democrats and Planned Parenthood

After the Senate failed to defund Planned Parenthood, Robbie George explained why he had to leave the Democratic Party:

Even after pro-abortion forces gained the upper hand in the Party in the 1970s (causing me and countless others to bolt) there remained a substantial and, for a while, far from powerless “Democrats for Life” caucus. Even as an Independent (I hadn’t yet joined the Republicans), I was proud to work for the Real Bob Casey when, as governor of Pennsylvania, he was the national leader of the pro-life Democrats. We worked with Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy, former New York Governor Hugh Carey (who had returned to the fold), liberal theologian Ron Sider, Village Voice writer Nat Hentoff, and many others. But those days are gone. The Democrats today are the Party of Abortion, and nothing the abortion industry does, however heinous, and nothing its leaders say, however callous, can shake their allegiance. No Wall Street fat cat or Hollywood mogul ever had a more willing or devoted mistress.

The fifth undercover video of Planned Parenthood

It is hard to imagine that these undercover videos could get any worse, but they do. Each one is worse than the one before, and this fifth video is no exception. You will again see Planned Parenthood officials haggling over baby parts, admitting that they alter abortion procedures to preserve parts (which is illegal), and bragging about how much money they bring to the clinics by selling baby parts.

But what makes this video worse than what came before is footage of an 18-week baby torn from his mother’s womb. As they pick through the carnage, you see that the little hand is a human hand. The little leg is a human leg. The little eyes are human eyes. And Planned Parenthood chops them up and keeps them in the refrigerator. Then they casually discuss the best way to use those parts to beef up their bottom line. It is sickening.

Planned Parenthood will no doubt complain that these videos have been highly edited and will try to convince you not to believe your lying eyes. But there is no “context” that would mitigate the horror of this footage. This is not complicated. You will know what you are seeing.

Only the most cynical person whose conscience has been burned over by pro-abortion propaganda will conclude that the main problem is video editing. We know what this is, and after viewing this video you are responsible for this knowledge. There is no excuse for indifference at this point.

How Planned Parenthood’s defenders in the Senate are trying to distract you

I’ve been listening to the Senate debate about defunding Planned Parenthood. Two things stand out: (1) the moral clarity of Senators arguing to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider (2) and the inane, morally retrograde defense of Planned Parenthood offered by Senators on the other side.

Let’s be clear what Senators defending Planned Parenthood are arguing. They do not dispute that Planned Parenthood crushes and dismembers babies in utero and that Planned Parenthood sells their mutilated bodies to researchers. If you are waiting for them to dispute those facts, don’t hold your breath. That much is not in dispute. Their argument boils down to this—a woman’s access to “affordable healthcare” is a more weighty interest than a human baby’s life. Continue Reading →

Eric Metaxas has stimulating interview with Owen Strachan about “The Colson Way”

Owen Strachan is the author of the fantastic new book The Colson Way, a book about the life and influence of the late Chuck Colson. Last week, Owen visited “The Eric Metaxas Show” to talk about the book (listen above). This is a stimulating conversation about an important book and person. Listen to the podcast. Get the book. Continue Reading →

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