Pregnancy Centers Fight San Francisco’s Blatant Discrimination

18 11 2011

No one should be surprised at anything that happens in San Francisco, the bastion of hyper-liberal politics. But here’s the latest one coming out of that city. According to Courthouse News Service, the city’s mayor, Edwin Lee, signed a bill on 4 November that would fine pregnancy centers if they make “untrue or misleading” statements. The bill’s sponsors readily admit that they are targeting two pregnancy centers that try to offer alternatives to abortion to pregnant women. But the centers are fighting back.

…in a federal complaint, one of those centers says the legislation is an unconstitutional restriction on speech. First Resort calls itself a “state-licensed health clinic that provides free counseling and certain free medical services to women who seek pregnancy-related information and medical care.”
“The purpose of the ordinance is to destroy or minimize First Resort’s ability to communicate with women who are or may be considering abortion,” according to the group’s 16-page complaint.
The law would allegedly have a chilling effect on organizations like First Resort “by threatening the imposition of severe fines and penalties for violations of unconstitutionally vague regulations of speech.”
Noting that it neither performs abortions nor refers clients to abortion providers, First Resort says it is being singled out for its political views.

Wait a minute…I thought San Francisco was all about freedom of expression. I mean, isn’t that what all the gay pride parades and walk-around-without-clothes-days are all about? The government shouldn’t be telling us how to live our lives, right? EXCEPT if the way we’d like to live (or work) happens to conflict with the official liberal party line. I’m sorry, but could someone please tell me the difference between what the city of San Francisco is attempting to do and what the Nazi party did in its earliest stages in 1933? If you don’t spout the official party nonsense, you shall be punished.

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Landlord Sues Doctor To Block Abortions

5 02 2011

A landlord in Wichita, Kansas, is suing to prevent a tenant from performing abortions, according to the Washington Post:

Abortion services haven’t been offered in Wichita since Dr. George Tiller was gunned down while serving as a church usher in May 2009. Tiller was of the nation’s few late-term abortion providers.

A lawsuit filed this week by Foliage Development seeks a temporary restraining order to keep Dr. Mila Means from performing abortions at its office complex.

Foliage Development argues that performing abortions in the building would be a disruption and nuisance to other tenants and create an unsafe environment.

“Unsafe environment” is a bit subtle. I was thinking of “murderous”, “savage”, “brutal”, or “bloodthirsty”.





Women’s Groups Condemn Tebow Superbowl Commercial

26 01 2010

In a totally hypocritical (but altogether non-surprising) stance, various women’s groups are up in arms over a commercial that will be airing during the Super Bowl. What, you ask, could possibly get these ladies’ dander up? Oh, it must be the perennial paragon of sexual crassness, GoDaddy.com. Or maybe another stereotypical Bud Light commercial where every girl’s brain has been traded in for a larger cup size. Actually, it’s neither of them. What these perpetual guardians of female equality are having a hissy-fit over is the Tim Tebow commercial. The St Petersburg Times reports that these women’s groups can’t stand that this commercial actually tells of how Tebow’s mother decided to give birth to her son. The nerve!

“An ad that uses sports to divide rather than to unite has no place in the biggest national sports event of the year – an event designed to bring Americans together,” said Jehmu Greene, president of the New York-based Women’s Media Center.

The center was coordinating the protest with backing from the National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority and other groups.

The ad – paid for by the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family – is expected to recount the story of Pam Tebow’s pregnancy in 1987 with a theme of “Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life.” After getting sick during a mission trip to the Philippines, she ignored a recommendation by doctors to abort her fifth child and gave birth to Tim, who went on to win the 2007 Heisman Trophy while helping his Florida team to two BCS championships.

“I know some people won’t agree with it, but I think they can at least respect that I stand up for what I believe,” Tebow said. “I’ve always been very convicted of it (his views on abortion) because that’s the reason I’m here, because my mom was a very courageous woman. So any way that I could help, I would do it.”

I can see them fuming at that one–how dare he imply that those who get abortions are not courageous! But wait, there’s more!

The protest letter from the Women’s Media Center suggested that CBS should have turned down the ad in part because it was conceived by Focus on the Family.

“By offering one of the most coveted advertising spots of the year to an anti-equality, anti-choice, homophobic organization, CBS is aligning itself with a political stance that will damage its reputation, alienate viewers, and discourage consumers from supporting its shows and advertisers,” the letter said.

Terry O’Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women, said she had respect for the private choices made by women such as Pam Tebow but condemned the planned ad as “extraordinarily offensive and demeaning.”

Seriously, that’s just sad. Does anyone hear NOW or any other liberal women’s groups protesting the commercials of the companies I mentioned earlier? I don’t think so. Don’t forget–these females (I hesitate to call them ladies again) haven’t even seen the commercial or read the script. Let’s hear it for open-mindedness.





Pro-Life Group Asks For Cheating Posters Removal

11 12 2009

A Catholic pro-life group helped donate a nativity manger scene to Old City Hall in Toronto. They had put up a poster that explained who had donated the nativity scene, only to have the poster removed because it supposedly violated human rights. So now The Toronto Sun is reporting that this group, Gethsemane Ministries, is requesting that ads on streetcars that encourage cheating be removed.

“It is totally inappropriate for a city streetcar,” said Suresh Dominic, founder of Gethsemane Ministries and an anti-abortion activist.

“Forget the city’s streetcars, it should not be promoted at all anywhere in Canada,” Dominic said. “If we want to build this country as a stable nation, we should promote strong families.”

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Pro-Lifer Challenging Oakland Law

25 02 2009

Walter B. Hoye is challenging a recent ruling by the Oakland City Council that prevents a person from standing within 100 feet of an abortion clinic, on public property, if they try to pass out pro-life literature or persuade women to choose alternatives to abortion. His challenge comes in the form of taking said actions within 100 feet of the clinic. He’s been arrested already. He might be arrested again.
Here’s his story…

I am praying with two African-American women (a ninety (90) year old and an eighty-four (84) year old) and a dear Catholic sister who is a very good friend of mine. We are asking God to use us to reach the men and women going into the abortion clinic, right across the street, with the love of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

We agree that the women will stand across the street with literature sharing alternatives to abortion while I stand on the same side of the street near the door of the abortion clinic with the same literature and a sign that says “God loves you and your baby. Let us help you.”

As we take our positions, I am fully aware that this may be my last opportunity to do all I can to save my people.

This morning may be the last morning I will have a chance to stop the shedding of innocent blood in the African-American community.

This hour may be the last hour available to me to reach out to the men and women with child considering pre-natal murder.





NBC Refuses to Air Pro-Life Ad During Super Bowl

30 01 2009

UPDATE: According to MSNBC’s blog, NBC has also rejected PETA’s ad. I still don’t see why they can’t air the pro-life ad.

Original Post:Catholic Culture is reporting that NBC has refused to air a Pro-Life ad that depicts an ultrasound of a baby and tells of the challenges that were against President Obama when he was born.

Network executives explained that their standards bar advertisements involving “political advocacy or issues.” But Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.org, the group that produced the ad, noted that NBC has accepted an ad from People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, another advocacy group.





New Zealand Study on Mental Effects of Abortion

30 11 2008

Medical News Today is reporting that researchers have recently completed a study to determine the mental impact on women who have had abortions.

The study found that women who had had abortions had rates of mental health problems that were about 30% higher than other women. The conditions most associated with abortion included anxiety disorders and substance use disorders. In contrast, none of the other pregnancy outcomes were consistently related to significantly increased risks of mental health problems.

However, the overall affects of abortion on mental health were found to be small. The researchers estimated that exposure to abortion accounted for between 1.5% and 5.5% of the overall rate of mental disorders in this group of women.

Writing in the British Journal of Psychiatry [the researchers] said: “Specifically, the results do not support strong pro-life positions that claim that abortion has large and devastating effects on the mental health of women. Neither do the results support any strong pro-choice positions that imply that abortion is without any mental health effects.

“In general, the results lead to a middle-of-the-road position that, for some women, abortion is likely to be a stressful and traumatic life event which places those exposed to it at a modestly increased risk of a range of common mental health problems.”

When I first read this article, the 30% rate of mental health problems caught my eye as being a rather large number. It sounds to me as if the researchers are saying that since having an abortion may not cause an actual mental disorder in a large number of women, this means the overall impact is small. I would think that a 30% higher rate of anxiety disorders and substance abuse would be something that women should be counseled about when weighing their options–especially since pro-abortion folks are constantly using the mental impact of a woman having to deliver her baby as an argument for abortion.