Thursday, December 8, 2016

abortions

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Abortions

In a recent ruling by the Obama Administration, churches in California are being forced to pay for abortions through the Affordable Care Act.

Abortions are covered in Obamacare under “basic health services”, but the Obama Administration has ordered all insurance companies to pay for surgical abortions.

No church in California is safe.

In October 2015, a number of churches joined in a lawsuit against the ruling that has been moving though the courts.

The Department of Health and Human Services was investigating the matter and found that there was no violation, so they are closing the investigation. They will not look into this matter any further.

What does that mean? It means that the Obama administration is mandating churches to pay for abortions even though it is against their religious beliefs.

Pro-life leaders in congress are speaking out. Rep. Chris Smith, who is also the co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, had this to say after the ruling:

“Nearly two years after California imposed its draconian mandate that requires all insurance companies to pay for abortion the Obama Administration has reached a new low. This means that Californians, including churches, will continue to be forced to pay for elective abortions in their insurance plans.

Congress must not let this discrimination stand. We must take this issue out of the hands of the Obama Administration by moving enforcement of current conscience protections to the courts. Congress needs to enact legislation so churches and other victims have a “private right of action” so they can have their day in court.”

Currently a couple of large churches have joined together to ask the courts permission to sue the state of California.

This is far from over.

Right now, Obama is making Christian churches pay for abortions through tax dollars and it isn’t right. Stay tuned to Liberty News Now for more updates as this story develops.

What do you think? Should churches be forced to pay for abortions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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planned-parenthood

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is adding to the considerable controversy that engulfed Planned Parenthood this week, over reports that it’s selling body parts of aborted babies.

Now, he’s calling for Congress to investigate and defund Planned Parenthood altogether.

Cruz released the following statement:

“Today’s news regarding allegations that Planned Parenthood is possibly selling the body parts of the babies it has aborted is sickening.

“There is no place for taxpayer funding of organizations that profit from taking away innocent life, much less profiting off the bodies of the lives they have stolen. Congress should immediately begin an investigation of Planned Parenthood’s activities regarding the sale and transfer of aborted body parts, including who is obtaining them and what they are being used for. And it should renew efforts to fully defund Planned Parenthood to ensure that its morally bankrupt business receives not one penny of taxpayer money.

“I proudly stand on the side of life and remain committed to fighting for all innocent life to be valued and protected under the laws of this nation.”

Planned Parenthood has long been a controversial organization for many on the right, due to its willingness to push for abortion at seemingly any cost.

But the latest scandal has shocked both people on both sides of the aisle–even some of those who have been supportive of Planned Parenthood in the past.

During a meeting with two undercover journalists–who were posing as executives at a biotech company–Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, casually sipped a glass of wine and described in graphic detail how Planned Parenthood sells baby body parts.

“Yesterday was the first time she said people wanted lungs,” Nucatola casually told the undercover journalists. “Some people want lower extremities, too, which, that’s simple. That’s easy. I don’t know what they’re doing with it, I guess if they want muscle.”

She went on to describe how doctors are careful not to “crush” key body parts, like the baby’s liver, when removing the fetus after an abortion–in order to keep up with demand.

Planned Parenthood has, naturally, claimed this video is a lie, putting out a statement that read, in part:

“A well funded group established for the purpose of damaging Planned Parenthood’s mission and services has promoted a heavily edited, secretly recorded videotape that falsely portrays Planned Parenthood’s participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research.”

It remains to be seen what happens to Planned Parenthood–but conservative-leaning hidden camera videos have been successful at shutting down organizations in the past.

Back in 2009, the liberal non-profit ACORN was shut down–after their employees were caught on video giving advice to undercover journalists about how to engage in human trafficking and tax evasion. ACORN’s reputation was so badly damaged that Congress pulled funding–and the entire organization folded just a year later.

While Planned Parenthood is far larger than ACORN, this scandal may be the tip of the iceberg–and may ultimately seal the fate for Planned Parenthood.

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abortions-for-illegals

Earlier this week, top healthcare officials inside the Obama Administration admitted a new mandate would give unaccompanied illegal immigrant children unprecedented new access to abortions–all on the taxpayers’ dime.

While these latest regulations, quietly issued on Christmas Eve 2014, are touted by Health and Human Services (HHS) as “first regulation to comprehensively address the issues of sexual abuse and sexual harassment” for illegal minors, they will in fact have sweeping consequences when it comes to both abortion laws and religious freedom.

The regulation itself doesn’t specify which medical procedures are mandatory. But HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has recently clarified via email that, under these new regulations, illegal children must be given taxpayer-funded access to abortion on demand. The law also contains mandates that will supply abortion-inducing drugs like Plan B.

Surprisingly, this regulation doesn’t just apply to federally-funded health care providers offering services to illegal immigrants–it also applies to faith-based charities, many of whom are morally opposed to abortion.

In a statement, ORR addressed the potential moral issues with an abortion mandate, but refused to make any meaningful changes:

“ORR is mindful that some… contractors may have religious or moral objections to providing certain kinds of services… At the same time, ORR is also committed to finding ways for organizations to partner with us, even if they object to providing specific services on religious grounds.”

Under these new rules, Christian aid organizations will have no choice but to offer free abortions or partner with organizations who do, if they want to continue providing healthcare to illegal children.

These regulations come on the heels of a number of under-the-radar executive actions, directly aimed at expanding access to abortions. Earlier this year, the Obama Administration controversially issued another mandate that would force Christian relief groups operating overseas to give abortions to women who request them.

Organizations working with ORR will be forced to comply with these new regulations as of June

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