Monday, June 27, 2022

The Unborn Victims of Violence Act recognizes an embryo as a legal victim

 

Pregnant women who are allowed to abort a baby are the only human beings permitted to commit infanticide, something no other human being is allowed to do, male or female.

The Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-212) establishes a separate offense for harming or killing an “unborn child” in utero during the commission of specified violent crimes. In other words, this United States law recognizes an embryo or fetus (foetus) in utero as a legal victim, if they are injured or killed during the commission of any of over 60 listed federal crimes of violence. The law defines "child in utero" as "a member of the species Homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.

Notably, the bill explicitly contains a provision excepting abortion, which allows a pregnant woman to commit infanticide.

The overturning of Roe v. Wade gives the citizens of each state the right to decide if they wish to sanction pregnant women committing infanticide.

Additional information about the the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004 can be found at: https://www.everycrsreport.com/reports/RS21550.html

The Rest of the Story

 By Judd Garrett 


East St. Louis, Illinois, 14-year-old Mary finds out she is pregnant by her 16-year-old boyfriend, Alfred. She and Alfred were scared to death. It was an impossible situation. Neither had even graduated high school. East St. Louis was a poverty-stricken city, infested with drugs and crime. This child growing inside of Mary did not have a chance in life. Every argument for abortion easily applied to Mary’s pregnancy. Every one of life’s cards were already stacked against him; born to a 14-year-old unwed mother, living in poverty with drugs and crime all around, his only hope was a failing school system. The most logical thing to do would be to end the pregnancy, stop the life of this child just as it was beginning.

But this was 1959, 14 years before the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v Wade, making abortion a protected right in this country. If this pregnancy had occurred after 1973, the practical thing to do, the logical thing to do, would be for Mary to visit the local planned parenthood, and “take care” of her pregnancy so she could live a “normal” life.

Instead, Mary and Alfred had the baby, and faced life as two scared teenage parents. Alfred Junior was born in January of 1960. Their family rallied around the young couple, the parents and grandparents helped them out as they married and grew their family. Two years later Alfred’s sister Jacqueline, named after our first lady at the time, Jacqueline Kennedy, was born.

They lived a hard-scrabble life. They never had much in their home other than love and each other. They went to school every day, and church every Sunday. They were taught to avoid the trappings of the streets; drugs, alcohol, crime, but at the same time, they were forged by the streets. They were taught toughness, competitiveness, self-sufficiency, survivor skills. 

With their family not having very much money, Alfred and Jackie got jobs working at the local community center, to make some extra money and to avoid the streets. They spent their free time playing basketball and racing each other in the streets. They played sports in high school and ran on the track team. They were so poor that they had to use the sand in the sandbox from the local playground as their landing pit when they practiced the long jump. But they did what they were taught; work hard, stay out of trouble, believe in God.

And 24 years after 14-year-old Mary brought a young boy into this world, her son, Alfred, was standing on a platform in the Los Angeles Coliseum, having an Olympic gold medal placed around his neck as the United States national anthem played. A day later, Jacqueline, or Jackie as she was now known, had a silver medal placed around her neck. Jackie also went onto compete in three other Olympic games, becoming one of the most decorated female Olympians in history, winning three gold medals, a silver and two bronze. And Jackie was named the greatest female athlete of the 20th century. 

The two children born to teenage parents whose pregnancies would be the standard argument for abortion are Al Joyner and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, two legendary track athletes, exemplary citizens, and true role models. And now, long after their track careers are over, they are still making a difference in people’s lives. They’re back in East St. Louis, where they grew up, rebuilding and revitalizing that city, making it a much better place to live for those who are born and raised there, like they had been. They recently opened the Jackie-Joyner Kersee center. How much true human potential, and human greatness has been snuffed out at the hands of abortionists?

What the abortionist do not understand is that quality of life cannot be measured on an excel spreadsheet where are you tally up your assets and debits to determine whether your life is worthwhile or not. These two people were born and raised in a family of riches, not riches by America’s standards, money and consumer products, they were born and raised in a family filled with love, and commitment, and devotion to each other, and a strong faith in God. Those are the riches that give children a chance at a better life, those are the things that make life worthwhile, the things that don’t cost anything, but are worth everything. And those are the things, more than anything is what’s lost in the abortion culture, where a child’s worth is determined based on how much money or net worth or how big of a house the child will be born into. We value children, we determine whether their life is worthwhile based on the meaningless, the worthless things in the world. And we therefore make the child just as disposable as the consumer goods that we are using to determine their worth. 

Whether Al Joyner or Jackie Joyner-Kersee ever won a medal in the Olympics or whether they ever even ran one race, their lives are inherently and infinitely valuable just like yours and mine are, just like everyone who has ever lived, just like every single one of the 60 million babies whose lives were ended in abortion since 1973. Al Joyner and Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s lives were valuable and worth protecting not because they were going to win Olympic medals, not because they would go on to make millions of dollars, not even because they were going to give back so much to the community, they grew up in. Their lives were valuable because they are human beings, human beings from the moment of conception. And they, like all unborn babies, were worth protecting.

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Judd Garrett is a graduate from Princeton University, and a former NFL player, coach, and executive. He has been a contributor to the website Real Clear Politics. He has recently published his first novel, No Wind.

The Rest of the Story (objectivityistheobjective.com)

BREAKING: Another Big Win for Religious Freedom at SCOTUS

By Katie Pavlich | Townhall.com

Source: (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Monday in favor of public High School football coach Joseph Kennedy’s right to pray on the field after games.

“Joseph Kennedy lost his job as a high school football coach because he knelt at midfield after games to offer a quiet prayer of thanks. Mr. Kennedy prayed during a period when school employees were free to speak with a friend, call for a reservation at a restaurant, check email, or attend to other personal matters. He offered his prayers quietly while his students were otherwise occupied,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the majority opinion. “Still, the Bremerton School District disciplined him anyway. It did so because it thought anything less could lead a reasonable observer to conclude (mistakenly) that it endorsed Mr. Kennedy’s religious beliefs. That reasoning was misguided.”

“Both the Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the First Amendment protect expressions like Mr. Kennedy’s. Nor does a proper understanding of the Amendment’s Establishment Clause require the government to single out private religious speech for special disfavor. The Constitution and the best of our traditions counsel mutual respect and tolerance, not censorship and suppression, for religious and nonreligious views alike,” Gorsuch continued.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2022/06/27/another-big-with-for-religious-freedom-at-scotus-n2609371

Dems Pause Focus On January 6 Hearings To Demand Overthrow of SCOTUS as ‘Illegitimate’

By Walt Rasinger


As expected, the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v Wade, returning the decision to regulate abortion to the states where elected officials can write any laws they like on the matter. Written by Justice Alito, the majority opinion of the Court stated, “The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives.”

The last part is the most important. The Court has returned power to the people, something you’d think those who have spent the last two years yelling “our democracy is at stake!” would support. But, as also expected, especially from the antics of Keith Olbermann and others yesterday, this wasn’t the case.

Democracy for Democrats, apparently, only matters when it’s validating things they want. Raise the potential that they might have to bring something in front of the voters, negotiating something the people support, like say a 15 week abortion ban, and all of a sudden the Court, and the democracy it protects, is “illegitimate.” 

Fox News broke down the reactions from Democrats in the aftermath of Dobbs. Democrats lashed out Friday following the Supreme Court’s historic ruling to overturn Roe vs. Wade with chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) calling the high court “illegitimate.”

In response to a tweet by South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham championing the Friday ruling as a “long overdue” decision Jamie Harrison, a South Carolina native, issued a scathing retort. “It isn’t up to you, this illegitimate court, or a bunch of state elected officials to decide what happens to a woman’s body… that choice belongs to a woman and no one else! Period!!!” the DNC chairman said.

His sentiments were echoed by March For Our Lives, a student-led group that supports gun control legislation, said they were “appalled” by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn 50 years of abortion rights.

“It’s clear to us that the Court is more interested in scoring political points that protecting the rights enshrined to us in the Constitution,” the group said in a statement. “We are watching the erosion of rights promised to us long before we were born by an unelected, unaccountable, undemocratic Court packed with illegitimate judges forced through by a president who lost the popular vote.”

New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also reportedly joined protestors in front of the Supreme Court Friday to chant, “This decision is illegitimate” according to posts on Twitter.

Democratic supporters were even more outrageous. The Capitol Police had to deploy riot police almost immediately after the ruling as crowds gathered in front of the Court. Previously, radical pro-choice groups called for a “night of rage” if Roe were overturned. A group of protestors burned an American flag while others shouted that they wanted to burn down the Supreme Court. 

As protests began to erupt across the country, protestors planned to “carpool” to Justice Clarence Thomas’s house. The flyer, which zoomed across Twitter, said: “Protesters headed to Justice Clarence Thomas’ house on Friday night in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning the landmark abortion-rights decision Roe v. Wade. Enraged? Devastated? Pissed the f-ck off? So are we,” before listing the address of the Thomases [Here at NCP we don’t publish people’s addresses, so we are not linking the tweet, you’ll have to trust us].

The protest went to the Thomas home just weeks after authorities stopped an assassin in front of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home a few weeks ago. It didn’t occur that sending an angry mob to the front yard of the only Black Supreme Court Justice to rule on the case might not be a great look.

Threats to churches and pro-life organizations have also risen over the past few months. Fox News recently noted that there have been roughly “40 incidents of violence against pro-life supporters since the Supreme Court abortion case leak.”

Woke corporations also got in on the act, as well. The clothing company Patagonia released a statement saying that they would pay bail for any employee arrested for protesting “for reproductive justice.” 

According to CBS News the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods announced that “company will provide employees across the U.S., who need to travel to a different state for abortion access, up to $4,000 in travel expense reimbursement, Hobart said in the post.”

This topic was so talked about on the left today that “assigned female at birth” became a “trending topic” on Twitter. 

The most ghastly response to the ruling came from Ana Navarro, essentially saying that handicapped people would be better off aborted. She told the CNN audience: “And because I have a family with a lot of special needs kids. I have a brother who’s 57, and has the mental and the motor skills of a one-year-old. And I know what that means financially, emotionally, physically, for a family, and I know not all families can do it,” she added.”

“And I have a step-granddaughter who was born with Downs syndrome, and you know what? It is very difficult in Florida to get services. It is not as easy as it sounds on paper and I’ve got another, another step-grandson who is very autistic, who has autism.” 

“Mothers, and people in that society in that community will tell you that they’ve considered suicide because that’s how difficult it is to get help. Because that’s how lonely they feel. Because they can’t get other jobs, because they have financial issues, because of the care that they are unable to give their other children.”  

Jeff Blehar, host of the podcast Political Beats, spoke for many of us shocked by Navarro’s cruelty and calls for violence against the most vulnerable, writing, “That Ana Navarro clip from CNN really is just the most inhumanly repulsive thing I’ve seen all day related to the abortion issue. I shouldn’t have watched it. She comes across as thinking special-needs children are little more than cumbersome houseplants all better off aborted.”

Other very online and paranoid liberals focused on “period apps,” suggesting that those apps would somehow help the government catch those who did illegal abortions or something.

Another self-described socialist Twitter user, confused about how federalism works, took things a bit further, writing, “what the f-ck is the federal government going to do when this patchwork mess of laws inevitably creates conflict between the states? when states refuse to extradite for felony miscarriage? when lawsuits over abortion bounties end up in federal court?”

Conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey how misguided these ideas are: “Miscarriage care and the removal of an ectopic pregnancy are not abortions,” she wrote. “When someone makes this claim, make them cite the exact line from the specific bill or law that forbids these procedures. They won’t, because they can’t.”

Most of these people want to imagine the worst-case scenario because it gives meaning to their lives to worry about something unlikely to happen, but that doesn’t mean elected leaders won’t spur that fear to benefit themselves. 

Journalist Tom Elliot summarized the paranoia stemming from Democrats in the wake of the Dobbs ruling. He documented eight conspiracy theories that high-ranking officials “have recently predicted the following will be criminalized post-Roe:

— Birth control (Harris) 

— Same sex marriage (Harris & Biden) 

— Interracial marriage (Harris & Biden) 

— Period-tracking apps (CNN)

— Right to privacy (Harris & CNN) 

— Brown vs. Board of Ed (Warren) 

— LGBT students being allowed into classrooms (Biden) 

— Interstate travel (CNN)”

The Supreme Court still has seven more cases to rule on over the coming weeks.

Dems Pause Focus On January 6 Hearings To Demand Overthrow of SCOTUS as 'Illegitimate' - New Conservative Post

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Is This What AOC and Pelosi Wanted? Christian Pregnancy Clinic Torched in Colorado

BY ROBERT SPENCER | P J MEDIA

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

At 3:17 on Saturday morning, a fire broke out at Life Choices, a Christian pregnancy clinic in Longmont, Colorado that offers “’Christ-centered ministry providing education, support, healing, and limited medical services for sexual life choices.” Police regard the fire as an arson attack. The building was also daubed with graffiti reading “Bans off our bodies” and “If abortions aren’t safe neither are you,” along with the anarchist symbol. With all the incendiary language coming from Democrat leaders, the only surprise here is that more such clinics haven’t been torched thus far.

There certainly has been plenty of incitement. One of the rising stars of the Democrat Party, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Swizzle Stick) demanded that pro-abortionists go “into the streets,” and party elder stateswoman Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Eye-Popping Fury) declared, “The hell with the Supreme Court. We will defy them!” The eminent and universally respected speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-Ice Cream Freezer), sent out a fundraising email calling on her supporters to “RISE UP” and “make every last anti-choice Republican REGRET what they’ve done.”

Barack Obama’s call was more muted: “Join with the activists who’ve been sounding the alarm on abortion access for years – and act. Stand with them at a local protest.” At a time when Leftist protests so easily become violent, it was noteworthy that Obama didn’t say anything about protesting peacefully (unlike, say, Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021). Jill Biden tweeted: “For nearly 50 years, women have had the right to make our own decisions about our bodies. Today, that right was stolen from us. And while we may be devastated by this injustice, we will not be silent. We will not sit back as the progress we have already won slips away.” And: “Tomorrow, we will continue to fight — for our daughters and granddaughters, and for ourselves — until all women can decide our own futures once again.”

Well, they didn’t sit back in Longmont, Colo. They fought. Is the torched pro-life clinic, which suffered extensive fire and smoke damage, what all these Leftist leaders wanted? Will they condemn this arson? It’s much more likely that they will ignore it altogether, just as they ignored the Antifa and Black Lives Matter riots of the summer of 2020.

Democrat leaders are also likely to ignore the Saturday morning attack on the Vermont State House, where the attackers also painted “If abortions aren’t safe you’re not either” and caused over $25,000 in damage. Here once again the basic intelligence of Leftist rioters is in serious question. Are they not aware that there probably isn’t a single person in the Vermont State House who is happy that Roe v. Wade was overturned? Do they seriously not know that Vermont is one of the least likely states to outlaw abortion now that states are able to do so? Don’t they realize that Vermont has given us Howard Dean and Bernie Sanders? If this attack had taken place at the state house in Texas or Alabama, it would at the very least make some sense, but Vermont? If anything proved that these thugs are indoctrinated bots bereft of the most elementary critical thinking skills, it was this attack.

Much more important, however, is the Left’s increasing taste for political violence. Remember that the Biden administration refused to condemn the illegal protests at the homes of the Justices who were seen as likely to vote to overturn Roe (and did so). Remember that back in 2018, speaking about the separation of migrant children from their putative parents at the Southern border, Pelosi said, “I just don’t even know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country. And maybe there will be, when people realize that this is a policy that they defend.” At that time, Waters called on her followers to confront and menace Trump administration officials: “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” And in 2020, Kamala Harris said of the Left’s riots, “They’re not going to stop. This is a movement, I’m telling you. They’re not going to stop and everyone beware, because they’re not going to stop. They’re not going to stop before Election Day in November and they’re not going to stop after Election Day. Everyone should take note of that on both levels. They’re not going to let up and they should not and we should not.”

As the incidents in Colorado and Vermont have shown anew, they haven’t stopped. And they won’t stop, because the incitement is coming from the top.

Happy Now, AOC and Pelosi? Pregnancy Clinic Torched in Colorado – PJ Media

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Pro-Abortion Mob Defaces Memorials to Korea, World War II Veterans in Arizona Capitol Siege

By Richard Moorhead | The Western Journal


The Arizona Capitol was the target of a riotous pro-abortion protest on Friday night.

Aggressive protestors attacked the doors of the Capitol, and state lawmakers inside briefly had to halt proceedings and move to a secure location when riot police deployed tear gas against the mob.

Arizona state Senate President Karen Fann described the event as an “insurrection.”

While the rioters were kept outside of the Capitol, they had full access to the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza outside the building.

The mob defaced and vandalized several of the memorials to the state’s fallen service members, veterans and police officers in the plaza.

Arizona State Sen. T.J. Shope shared photo imagery of the damage and vandalism following the event.

The Arizona Korean War Veterans Memorial was defaced with the phrase “F*** SCOTUS” in purple graffiti.

Similar graffiti defaced the 158th Regimental Memorial, which commemorates a unit of the Arizona National Guard who fought in World War II known as the Bushmasters.

A monument to Frank Luke, an Arizona World War I veteran and decorated fighter pilot, was also found vandalized.

The Luke memorial was vandalized with the phrases “F** Ducey” in a reference to Arizona’s governor, and “F*** GOP.”

Even a memorial to K-9 police dogs wasn’t left unscathed.

In a news release, the Arizona Department of Public Safety described the event as involving 7,000 to 8,000 demonstrators and resulting in “significant criminal damage” to seven of the numerous monuments and memorials in the plaza.

The Wesley Bolin Memorial Amphitheatre, 158th Regimental Memorial, Arizona Peace Officers Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Memorial, Operation Enduring Freedom Memorial, and the Lt. Frank Luke Jr. Memorial were cited.

“The violence of their efforts literally shook the building and terrified citizens and lawmakers who occupied the building,” the news release stated.

The cost of the damages to the monuments hasn’t been determined.

Authorities said there were no arrests following the aggressive protest, according to The Associated Press.

Pro-Abortion Mob Defaces Memorials to Korea, World War II Veterans in Arizona Capitol Siege (westernjournal.com)

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Wisconsin Voters Sue Democrat Cities Over Illegal Drop Boxes In 2020 Election

By: Shawn Fleetwood | The Federalist


Wisconsin voters took legal action against their state’s five largest cities over the illegal use of unmanned drop boxes during the 2020 election.

Filed by the Thomas More Society on behalf of voters against Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine, the legal complaints allege that city officials ignored state law by implementing unmanned drop boxes over the course of the 2020 cycle.

“In 2020, the cities of Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, Kenosha, and Green Bay made an agreement with the nonprofit Center for Tech and Civic Life [CTCL] to use the drop boxes to get these cities’ residents to vote,” said Thomas More Society Special Counsel Erick Kaardal in a press release. “This so-called ‘Wisconsin Safe Voting Plan,’ involved $8.8 million of private grants to these five cities, to target specific populations to vote. It had little, if anything at all to do with keeping voters safe from Covid-19, as it purported to do.”

During the 2020 election, CTCL received $400 million from Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg to finance “the infiltration of election offices at the city and county level by left-wing activists” and use them “as a platform to implement preferred administrative practices, voting methods, and data-sharing agreements, as well as to launch intensive outreach campaigns in areas heavy with Democratic voters,” in the words of William Doyle in The Federalist.

According to a report from the Capital Research Center, CTCL “distributed a total of 31 grants above the $5,000 minimum to Wisconsin cities and townships,” with 28 going “directly to specific cities” rather than counties.

“Out of those 28 grants just 8 of the recipient localities were won by Trump, while 20 were won by Biden,” the report reads. “Together, these 20 cities received $9 million or 90 percent of all CTCL funds in Wisconsin.”

The Capital Research Center findings also reveal that “[f]or grants over $5,000, 9 of CTCL’s 10 largest per capita grants went to cities which Biden won,” with Racine ($21.83), Green Bay ($11.60), Kenosha ($8.63), Milwaukee ($5.91), and Madison ($4.71) receiving the most out of all localities in the state.

The lawsuits from Wisconsin voters come after the Wisconsin Elections Commission refused last month to launch investigations into the five cities for their use of unmanned drop boxes, despite a January ruling from a Waukesha County Circuit Court judge saying that such drop boxes and ballot harvesting “violate state law and cannot be used in the upcoming midterm elections.”

https://thefederalist.com/2022/05/27/wisconsin-voters-sue-democrat-cities-over-illegal-drop-boxes-in-2020-election/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wisconsin-voters-sue-democrat-cities-over-illegal-drop-boxes-in-2020-election&utm_term=2022-05-28

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Supreme Court Rules Parents Can Send Their Children To Religious Schools With Public Funds

BY ALN STAFF


In a major win for , the  ruled on June 21 that parents could use state-provided vouchers to send their children to religious schools.

The court ruled 6-3 in the decision issued in the case of Carson v Makin.

Justice Roberts issued the majority opinion and Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett agreed with it. Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan made up the dissent.

Per NBC News, the major issue at hand in the case “was a state program in Maine that made taxpayer money available to families who live in remote areas without public high schools. Under the state law, they could use the money for their children’s tuition at public or private schools in other communities, but not for sectarian schools, defined as those that promote a particular faith or belief system and teach material “through the lens of this faith.”

In the opinion, Chief  wrote the following:

“There is nothing neutral about Maine’s program. The State pays tuition for certain students at private schools—so long as the schools are not religious. That is discrimination against religion. A State’s antiestablishment interest does not justify enactments that exclude some members of the community from an otherwise generally available public benefit because of their religious exercise.”

As summarised by Fox News, Justice Breyer wrote in the dissent that this ruling “runs afoul of the First Amendment. Roberts said in his majority opinion that this was “wrong,” because “Maine chose to allow some parents to direct state tuition payments to private schools; that decision was not ‘forced upon it.”

Breyer further claimed that the “situation ripe for conflict, as it forces Maine into the position of evaluating the adequacy or appropriateness of the schools’ religiously inspired curriculum.”

Texas Republican Ted Cruz celebrated the ruling via a Tweet issued by his office.

Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino called the court’s decision “a victory for religious liberty” in her own Twitter thread.

The America First Policy Institute also shared a similar sentiment, calling it a “BIG WIN for parents and students.”

The American Federation for Children – a conservative pro-school-choice group – issued the following statement from their President Tommy Schultz:

“This is a thunderclap for  freedom. Parents across America can celebrate today as the Court has affirmed their fundamental right to choose an education that works for their family. With today’s ruling, the rights of American students have been resoundingly confirmed. Now, legislators in every state must take action to provide as many options as possible to families in their state. AFC stands ready to support this goal.”

Supreme Court Rules Parents Can Send Their Children To Religious Schools With Public Funds - American Liberty News