Make the Hyde Amendment permanent 

Even the majority of those who believe in abortion agree that taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for it.  The Hyde Amendment, which was passed 40 years ago last week, prevents taxpayer dollars from paying for abortions.  The problem is, it has to be approved every year.

In the past, this has always received routine bipartisan support.  But today pro-abortion militants are targeting the amendment, so it is losing Democratic support.  In fact, Hillary Clinton is calling for ending the Hyde Amendment.  She wants taxpayers to foot the bill for killing unborn children.

There is a measure before Congress to make the Hyde Amendment permanent.  Oklahoma Senator James Lankford writes about that after the jump. [Read more…]

Makers of Planned Parenthood videos cleared of all charges

You will recall how a Texas grand jury investigating whether or not Planned Parenthood was trafficking in fetal tissue, as revealed in some undercover videos,  instead indicted the video makers, for trafficking in fetal tissue, since they posed as buyers to the abortionists eager to sell their products.  The filmmakers were also charged for using fake IDs, which is punishable by 20 years in prison.

Pro-abortionists rejoiced at the prospect of imprisoning the journalists who exposed them.  But a Houston judge has dismissed all charges against the filmmakers. [Read more…]

How feminism was hijacked by the pro-abortionists

Feminism at first was not pro-abortion.  Not only were the 19th century Suffragettes pro-life, pioneering 20th century feminists like Betty Friedan were at most ambivalent about abortion.  The fact is, the early pro-abortion movement was led by men.  In 1967, though, the pro-abortionist leader Larry Lader gained the endorsement of the National Organization for Women and abortion became a feminist cause.

This story is told by an early activist, Sue Ellen Browder, who later converted to Catholicism in her book Subverted:  How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement.   Abigail Rine Favale reviews the book for First Things, excerpted and linked after the jump. [Read more…]

The abortion empire strikes back

Planned Parenthood is rallying, attempting to prosecute the filmmakers and getting lots of support from other liberal judges, state Attorney Generals, and Democratic lawmakers.  That’s like in Ben Jonson’s Volpone, when the villain, though caught red-handed, plays the legal system so that the good guys who caught him are the ones who go jail!

Also the Obama administration is threatening states who cut off funding for the organization, saying this would violate federal law.  (See this  for those threats, other legal action, and some latest developments in the Planned Parenthood scandal.)

That group that made the Planned Parenthood videos has another one  showing the goings on at an annual meeting of abortion providers.  It must be very incriminating, since the abortionist activists went to a federal court to prevent its release.  The judge who issued the restraining order is himself a big fund-raising bundler for President Obama, and his wife is a pro-abortion activist.   Mollie Hemingway tells the tale after the jump. . . .

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Pro-abortion activists plan new strategy

The strategy of abortion apologists up to now has been to employ euphemism (“pro-choice”) and use extreme situations (rape, incest) to make their case.  Activists have now decided that to “normalize” abortion and to present it as a good thing, they need to use the word they used to draw away from, “abortion,” and emphasize the vast majority of cases motivated by convenience.  And, of course, as in the rhetorical move that can be used to justify about anything to a sentimental public, they will put a “human face” on the issue by having sympathetic women who have had abortions tell their “stories.” [Read more…]

Abortion as a moral good?

Most arguments for abortion have treated it as a tragic but sometimes necessary choice, something regrettable.  The goal should be to make abortion “safe, legal,” but also “rare.”  But tolerating a morally questionable practice is no longer enough; now that practice must also be affirmed as good.  A new book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt, argues that we need to start thinking of abortion as something that is morally good, just as good as letting the child be born. [Read more…]