About That Birth Control Restriction

 

Nobody is restricting access to birth control
Lauren Briggs

Within moments of the Supreme Court decision on the Hobby Lobby case, my Facebook page lit up with exclamations of glee, anger, victory and outrage. The rhetoric was so high from all corners, that I decided to delve a little deeper for my own discovery. I started with the definition of the word contraception. It’s origin goes back to the late 19th century from “contra” meaning “against” and “ception” which is a shortened form of conception, or “against conception.”

The Oxford Dictionary defines contraception as: the deliberate use of artificial methods or other techniques to prevent pregnancy.

Merriam-Webster uses a similar definition: deliberate prevention of conception or impregnation.
Hillary Clinton’s response to the ruling declared it “a setback for women’s health, denying women the right to contraceptives as a part of a health care plan.” She added, “It’s very troubling that a sales clerk…who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get that service through her employer’s health care plan because her employer doesn’t think she should be using contraception.”

The Supreme Court decision does not deny women access to contraceptives, as Hillary Clinton would lead us to believe.

There are 20 different contraceptive prescriptions, only four of which did Hobby Lobby object to. Those four include the “morning after pill” which is designed to prevent the implanting of a fertilized egg. The four are “abortion related drugs.” Drugs that terminate an already fertilized egg.

Hobby Lobby never objected to covering birth control. It only objected to paying for what it considers to be abortifacients, which don’t prevent a pregnancy, but terminate one.

This decision does not prevent women from accessing those four prescriptions, only that their employer can not be required to provide (pay for) those four. Hobby Lobby has willingly and will continue to provide the 16 or 80% of the 20 available forms of contraception. No woman is being denied access to any means of preventing conception, only a method or medicine that would in fact abort an existing fertilized egg.

I do not believe this is a Republican or Democratic issue. I do not see it as a War on Women. But I do see it as an example of government overreach, about protecting the First Amendment and religious freedom.

Charles Krauthammer said the real significance of the ruling is the court’s affirmation that, as the government expands, it is encroaching upon religious freedom. “Even when…[the government is] doing stuff unintentionally, has no intention of impinging on religious practice, it will inevitably.” He added, “Especially if you’re going to control a sixth of the economy in the most intimate interaction a citizen has, which is healthcare.”

Another interesting facet to this discussion is that there is no Obamacare contraception mandate. This issue was not covered in the Obamacare Law that was voted on by congress, but instead is a regulation added later by the Department of Health and Human Services. The 2009-10 Congress never debated the question of whether companies can be forced to provide such coverage. The HHS simply asserted they could impose such a requirement. Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review said, “Several pro-life Democrats who provided the law’s narrow margin of victory in the House have said they would have voted against the law had it included the mandate.

I am in agreement with the Supreme Court decision, but I must admit, I do not feel it is time for celebration and rejoicing. I realize it was a narrow 5-4 ruling. That means that four members of the Supreme Court of the United States did not find this a First Amendment issue and for that I am gravely concerned. I also find it ironic that this ruling was based on the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

The pro-abortion-rights lobby argues that “abortion” and “birth control” are synonymous terms, but that doesn’t make it true.

To those who believe that life begins at the time of conception, it is a huge difference.

Lauren Briggs is the president of the Redlands Republican Women’s Club. She can be reached at laurenbrgs@aol.com.

Life News: Abortion Rate Down

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Report: Abortions Drop 32 Percent From All-Time High as Roe Turns 41

by Tatiana Bergum, Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 1/21/14 4:26 PM


Today, the National Right to Life Committee issued a new report, “The State of Abortion in America.”The best news from the report is that abortions have dropped 32 percent from their all-time high as Roe vs. Wade turns 41.

The report summarizes key legislative developments at the state and federal levels, finds that the annual number of abortions continues to decline, and shows that a majority continue to oppose the vast majority of abortions allowed under the doctrine of Roe v. Wade.

prolifeimage45“While the most recent data indicate a decrease in the annual number of abortions, tragically, more than 3,000 unborn children are still killed every day in the United States under the legal doctrine of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton,” said National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. “As we observe the 41st anniversary of the twin decisions that legalized abortion in America, the pro-life movement remains committed to restoring legal protection to unborn children and providing help and support to their mothers.”

As noted in the report, on the basis of the most recent reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and by the Guttmacher Institute (originally founded as a special research arm of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America), National Right to Life now believes that there have been over 56 million abortions in America since 1973, the year that the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand.

The report also observes that after reaching an all-time high of over 1.6 million in 1990, the number of abortions performed annually in the U.S. appear to have dropped to around 1.1 million a year.

This drop in the annual number of abortions can be traced to pro-life legislative efforts at the state and federal level that have raised awareness about the humanity of the unborn child These laws not only encourage life-affirming alternatives to abortion, they seek to inform and empower women facing unexpected pregnancy.

“Laws enacted at the federal and state levels have helped immensely in reversing the disturbing trend established by Roe and Doe,” observed Tobias. “As just one example, it is estimated that the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions in the Medicaid program, has saved well over one million unborn children since it was first enacted in 1976.”

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Posting Of 40 Days For Life Information

I received the following valuable information from the 40 Days for Life organization and I post it here in the hope it will help to defeat abortion in the future.  There are great training opportunities coming very soon.  Don’t miss your change to help drive positive desirable change in the abortion industry:

January is a HUGE month for pro-life activities, and we wanted to let you know in advance about the major events 40 Days for Life will be part of, so hopefully we can see you in person!
Click links on events for more information and/or registration details.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 7
 
Applications open for those wishing to lead a local 40 Days for Life campaign from March 5 – April 13. Watch your inbox tomorrow for details!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19
Paris March for Life
Paris, France
David Bereit will be a keynote speaker
TUESDAY, JANUARY 21
 
First Baptist Church of Glenarden
Upper Marlboro, MD (right outside of Washington, DC)
David Bereit will deliver a keynote session
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave NW; Washington, DC
David Bereit and 40 Days for Life board member Matt Britton speak
Adult training track at Students for Life conference
1:45-4:45 PM
First Baptist Church of Glenarden
Upper Marlboro, MD (right outside of Washington, DC)
David Bereit, Shawn Carney, Steve Karlen, and Robert Colquhoun will deliver intensive training focused on three key topics:
  • Recruiting Others: Attract more churches, organizations, and people into your local pro-life efforts than ever before
  • Overcoming Challenges: Navigate through opposition, setbacks, and frustrations, while making life-saving progress
  • Maximizing Results: Plan — and successfully implement — the most effective pro-life strategies based on your community’s needs
The Leadership Summit is open to any adult pro-lifer wanting to hone leadership skills, but space is very limited. To attend, you must register for the Students for Life of America conference, and indicate that you will be attending the “Adult Leadership Summit”
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22
 
Meet-and-Greet with 40 Days for Life team
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill (look for signs in the lobby)
400 New Jersey Ave NW; Washington, DC
Come meet the entire 40 Days for Life headquarters team: David Bereit, Shawn Carney, David Brandao, Steve Karlen, Robert Colquhoun, Chantel Poisel, and Colleen O’RourkeMarch for Life
National Mall
Washington, DC
Starting at 12:00 Noon
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24
 
Law of Life conference
St. Mary’s Cathedral Conference Center
San Francisco, CA
David Bereit, Shawn Carney, and Robert Colquhoun speak

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

 Meet-and-Greet with 40 Days for Life team

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Walk for Life Info Faire table

Civic Center Plaza; San Francisco, CA

Come meet 40 Days for Life team members: David Bereit, Shawn Carney, and Robert Colquhoun

Begins at Civic Center Plaza at 12:30 PM
San Francisco, CA
SUNDAY, JANUARY 26
St. Mary’s Cathedral Conference Center
San Francisco, CA
David Bereit will deliver a keynote session
Adult training track at Students for Life conference
1:45-4:15 PM
St. Mary’s Cathedral Conference Center

San Francisco, CA
David Bereit and Robert Colquhoun will deliver intensive training focused on three key topics:
  • Recruiting Others: Attract more churches, organizations, and people into your local pro-life efforts than ever before
  • Overcoming Challenges: Navigate through opposition, setbacks, and frustrations, while making life-saving progress
  • Maximizing Results: Plan — and successfully implement — the most effective pro-life strategies based on your community’s needs

The Leadership Summit is open to any adult pro-lifer wanting to hone leadership skills, but space is very limited. To attend, you must register for the Students for Life of America conference, and indicate that you will be attending the “Adult Leadership Summit”

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29
 
Application deadline for those wishing to lead a local 40 Days for Life campaign from March 5 – April 13.
 
Well, that’s everything for the moment. It’s going to be a busy January. Hope to see you at one or more of these events, Chuck!

For Life,
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40 Days for Life 1511 S. Texas Ave #335 College Station, Texas 77840 United States (888) LIFE-316
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Where The Sewer For The Obama Administration’s Waste

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It isn’t hard to guess where it starts, where the sewer line for transportation of the waste begins and stops for the biggest portion of the waste falling to the bottom of the scat pond, and why it continues year after year.

No idea for the answer?  Really? Then try the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services Department led by Secretary Katherine Sebilius. Read about it at the Brietbart piece found below and find examples of smaller waste and fraud at the Related Articles following the main story:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimated that in 2013 it improperly spent about $65 billion in taxpayer funds through waste, errors, and fraud, a figure that was primarily fueled by an estimated $60 billion in overpayments to Medicare and Medicaid.

According to the HHS FY 2013 financial report released in mid-December, last year HHS improperly spent a total of $65.3 billion under all its programs, an increase from the $64.8 billion misspent in 2012.

Erroneous payments by Medicare increased by almost 12 percent, from around $44.3 billion in 2012 to almost $49.9 billion in 2013. That means that last year, nearly $1 out of every $10 spent on Medicare beneficiaries was doled out by mistake. 

Conversely, Medicaid saw a substantial decrease in payment errors of about 25 percent, down from about $19.2 billion in 2012 to $14.4 billion in 2013.

HHS made an estimated $64.3 billion in erroneous payments last year under Medicare and Medicaid combined, an increase from the $63.5 billion in 2012. 

The majority of improper or mistaken payments in 2013 came in the form of overpayments. Improper payments were broken down by overpayments and underpayments in the HHS financial document.  

All in all, in 2013 HHS overpaid a total of $60.6 billion; that is more than 90 percent of the $65.3 billion in improperly spent taxpayer funds for last year. 

Of the $64.3 billion in improper payments just accounting for Medicare and Medicaid last year, $59.6 billion were overpayments, including $45.7 billion spent by Medicare and $13.9 billion by Medicaid.

To put it in perspective, the estimated $60 billion in Medicare and Medicaid overpayments made in 2013 are about three times the expected $20 billion in deficit reduction under the budget deal struck by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his Senate counterpart Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).

Please click here for the remainder of the article and don’t forget the “Related Articles,” found below.

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Late-Term Abortion Foes Remain Optimistic

MEDIA ADVISORY
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
For Immediate Release
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Protect ABQ Women & Children Remains Optimistic about Ending Albuquerque’s Lucrative  Late-Term Abortion IndustryPro-Life Groups Outspent by Planned Parenthood, ACLU and Obama’s Organizing for America 4 to 1

Albuquerque – Despite being outspent by nearly a million dollars, the local New Mexico pro-life groups that started this ballot initiative remain upbeat in passing a statewide late-term abortion ban in New Mexico.”This was truly a grassroots movement driven by local New Mexicans, though we did not receive the result we would have liked tonight, many eyes have been opened to the fact that New Mexico is still one of the few states that permits abortions for all nine months of pregnancy and that we are home to the nation’s largest late-term abortion facility. Just because this didn’t pass, doesn’t mean the 20-week ban isn’t right,” said Elisa Martinez, executive director of Protect ABQ Women & Children.

And like the Albuquerque Journal Editorial “Update Abortion Law but Not at the City Level,” released Sunday said, our state’s abortion laws need to updated statewide to protect unborn children who feel pain and to protect women from this mostly elective procedure that is more deadly than birth. The facts are with us and I am confident with time we will end the lucrative late-term abortion industry in our state.”

In July, Protect ABQ Women & Children, along with other pro-life groups, turned in nearly 27,000 signatures, more than double the necessary needed to put the measure on a city-wide ballot, in half the allotted time. Protect ABQ Women & Children is a local advocacy campaign that is working to raise awareness of the dangers of the late-term abortion industry in Albuquerque and to garner support for the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance,” which bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. For more information on our efforts, please visit: www.ProtectABQWomen&Children.com.

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The Dirt And The Facts Are In

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 We are posting the information found below because we support this organization and its goals.  We have not and will not receive any compensation for the posting of this material.

Should you wish to donate to the organization (Protect #ABQ Women & Children) there is a link for such toward the bottom of this post.

 

Dear Supporters,

 

  

 

Are you undecided, or perhaps unsure how to vote? You MUST see this video and please share!

 

 

ABQ, THIS IS LATE-TERM ABORTION.  Despite the distractions and rhetoric about women’s health, the reality is that women are being told to deliver their dead baby into a toilet — without the supervision of a doctor, nurse or even within a medical facility.  THIS IS NOT WOMEN’S HEALTH,  THIS IS A DISGRACE TO WOMEN AND CHILDREN. 

 

 

Watch this video and hear for yourself!

  

 

STILL NOT SURE HOW TO VOTE? 

 

Hear what experts in the field of late-term abortion and fetal pain have to say.  

 

Don’t listen to unqualified, ideological statements from just anyone about the medical facts–especially a retired General Family Medicine Doctor with no professional experience in the matter. 

  


   

Need more proof? 

 

At a Public Forum in Albuquerque on Friday, Dr. Anthony Levatino — New Mexico OB/GYN and former late-term abortionist who provided his expert testimony in front of the U.S. House on the issue of 20 week abortion and beyond — commented on this video,   
 

These people who care about women are telling her to deliver a 7 month pregnancy in a hotel room, in a toilet, with no medical attending at all. No nurse, no doctor. These are the people who ‘care about women’ . . . They’re lying when they’re talking about this being safer. They’re lying when they say that they care about women — when they tell them to deliver 7 month babies on toilets. DO SOMETHING. Please, this is your chance.”

 

Believe it or not, Albuquerque, this is just the tip of the iceberg. More facts and reasons why you should vote FOR this ordinance on behalf of women and children to come . . . stay tuned!

 

View Dr. Levatino’s expert testimony of the horrors of late-term abortion by clicking on the link below.  

 

In addition to Dr. Levatino, Dr. Steffan Brown, a University of New Mexico physician completing a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine has also voiced his support FOR this ordinance. Brown, who performs minimally invasive procedures with fetuses at UNM Hospital, stated that he uses painkillers on both mothers and fetuses to improve outcomes of these life-saving fetal surguries.

READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE

 

 

“Do something. Please, this is your chance.”

 

 

Please forward this urgent message to your family and friends. Albuquerque voters must understand what late-term abortion is and it’s dangers to women and brutality toward children!Regards,
Elisa Martinez
Executive Director
Protect ABQ Women & Children 
 
 
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Molly Anne Dutton: In Her Word, “Impactful!”

Homecoming queen shares inspirational abortion story | Fox News Video

In Her Word … Impactful

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Keep Them Alive

This Speaks For Itself

Dear Friends of Protect ABQ Women & Children,

My name is Yvette Herrell, and as a New Mexico State Representative, I applaud the work of the local, grassroots-led effort, Protect ABQ Women & Children, to ban late-term abortions in Albuquerque.  

 

Sadly, New Mexico is one of the few states that allow for abortions for any reason until the day of birth because it is difficult to pass common-sense restrictions through state legislative committees. Year after year, measures to protect the health and safety of women and children fail because of a handful of legislators who block those measures from getting to a full vote in the House or Senate. It is for this reason that nail salons have more oversight than abortion facilities in New Mexico. 

The abortion industry lobby has a stronghold in our state. Those that do not want this ban to pass, are not telling the truth about protecting women’s health — as it is much more dangerous for a mother to have a late-term abortion than to give birth. That’s why we must work even harder to reach every voter in Albuquerque and get them out to vote for the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance.”  This is a history-making vote that you can be an important part of.
I am asking on behalf of Protect ABQ Women & Children for any donations that you are able to make to help pass the 20-week abortion ban that will ban abortion halfway through pregnancy and beyond.
Early In-Person and Absentee voting begins on October 21. That means we only have a few days to get the message out to ban this horrific and dangerous practice in Albuquerque.
Your contribution of $15, $35 or $50 can go a long way in helping to protect our women and children — and put a stop to the thriving late-term abortion industry in Albuquerque — which is home to the largest late-term abortion facility in the country.
Thank you for your assistance, we look forward to a victory with your help.
Again we are asking for any amount that you can help with. Please donate here, now.
Thank you for your generosity and support.
Sincerely,

 

Representative Yvette Herrell
New Mexico House of Representatives
District 51
 
In July, members of Protect ABQ Women & Children, along with other groups, turned in nearly 27,000 signatures, more than double the necessary needed to put the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance” measure on a city-wide ballot, in half the allotted time. Protect ABQ Women & Children is a local advocacy campaign that is working to raise awareness of the dangers of the late-term abortion industry in Albuquerque and to garner support for the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance” which bans abortion after 20 weeks, or halfway through pregnancy. 

To learn more, visit www.ProtectABQWomenandChildren.com.

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RPNM: Senate Must Act, White House Must Stop Playing Games

RPNM Update

SENATE MUST ACT, WHITE HOUSE MUST STOP PLAYING GAMES

ALBUQUERQUE - As the government shutdown continues, the Obama administration says it won’t negotiate with Republicans. This weekend, the White House told The Wall Street Journal, “we are winning,” and that “it really doesn’t matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts. (See article here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303492504579113781436540284.html)
 
“President Obama’s stubborn political games are absurd, and as he refuses to negotiate for the good of Americans, the government remains shutdown,” said RPNM Chairman John Billingsley. “Republicans in the House of Representatives have shown a great willingness to find common ground and have continued to bring new proposals to the table; yet, Democrats are childishly refusing to negotiate at all.”
 
The House of Representatives passed multiple bills to avert a shutdown—all of which were refused by the Democrat-controlled Senate. The House has also passed numerous other measures over the last few days to fund critical services, including cancer research, veterans’ benefits, National Guard and Reserve paychecks, low-income women and children nutrition assistance, emergency and disaster recovery, reopening of national parks, and back-pay for furloughed employees.
 
“Despite the efforts, hard work and leadership of those in the House, Senate Democrats are blindly sticking to the failed leadership of President Obama,” continued Billingsley. “As Speaker of the House John Boehner said: ‘this isn’t some damn game.’ This is an issue of getting the U.S. government back up and running, and it is time for Democrats in the Senate and the White House to take this situation seriously, instead of refusing negotiations or joint conferences. The House is simply asking for a conference to sit down and have a discussion and to reopen the government. It all starts with simple discussions, and we commend the leaders in the House who are actively working for the good of all Americans.”

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