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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Pro-life warriors, this week is the week to step up for the babies in Austin TX. - Governor Perry, #Stand4Life, Senate Bill 5 (SB5) Special Session

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Support Special Session Pro-Life Legislation



6/28/2013 -- Calling all pro-lifers: the new pro-life bill for the 2nd special session could be heard as early as Tuesday, July 2, at 2 pm at the TX Capitol. Prepare a 3 minute testimony on how abortion has hurt you or someone you love. Wear blue. Please join this event page to RSVP and to receive updated dates and times of committee hearings and floor debates.

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Perry Calls 2nd Special Session in Response to Disruption of Passage of Pro-Life Bill

6/27/2013 AUSTIN, TX -- Monday Governor Perry called a second special legislative session only sixteen hours after the first special session ended to consider the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities. Perry stated that, "We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do."

Late Tuesday night the Texas Senate nearly passed Senate Bill 5 (SB 5) at the end of the special session. SB 5, a pro-life bill to improve safety standards for women and unborn children at abortion facilities, was strongly supported by Texas Alliance for Life and a broad coalition of pro-life organizations. At ~11:45 PM, a large, disruptive crowd of protestors in the Senate gallery erupted and drowned out the debate through midnight.

Joe Pojman, Ph. D., Executive Director of Texas Alliance for Life said, "We are disappointed that a disruptive mob in the gallery prevented the Legislature's successful passage of this common sense measure, but we are thrilled for this opportunity to pass legislation that will increase safety standards at abortion facilities across Texas. "

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Check with your local church as they may have a caravan going to Austin.
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ATTENTION!! This is our opposition. These are tweets, FB pages and web site from the Pro Choice camp, to let you know how they are organizing. It appears some are planning an OCCUPY situation at the Capitol starting Monday. It also appears this will involve between 7,000-20,000, according to their sources and Carol Everett of the Heidi Group. We need to be a presence.
http://whotalking.com/twitter/%23KBV2 follow the opposition in real time.
#KBV2 - Who is talking about #KBV2 on TWITTER
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Check who's talking about #KBV2 right now on TWITTER
6:58pm  Andy Moore  excuse my ignorance but what does kbv2 stand for?
7:00pm  Brazos Valley Conservatives
https://www.facebook.com/events/1393039450908378/
Kill The Bill - Volume 2  Monday at 10:00am
Texas Capitol Building in Austin, Texas
Join · 7,020 people are going  7:00pm  Andy Moore
7:01pm
Brazos Valley Conservatives
here are their objectives - basically, show up in force on Monday and stay all month - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FD9NpZjiNQzlQgR2k6mXd027rFGacGJ958y6tfHIquk/edit?pli=1
#KBV2 - Who is talking about #KBV2 on TWITTER
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Life Blast Prolife Social Media Project posted in #Stand4Life TweetFest: Grassroots Campaign to Pass Texas Pro-Life Bill

UPDATE: Please Invite, invite, invite (use...
Life Blast Prolife Social Media Project6:28am Jun 30
UPDATE: Please Invite, invite, invite (use "Invite Friends" button above). I guarantee that we can get #Stand4Life trending if we get approximately 5,000 attending this event. We've done it before. We can do it again. Get inviting!

(The reason we need to get #Stand4Life trending is to demonstrate to the media, legislators and public that most Americans support the #Texas #Prolife bill.)

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#ProLifeFollowChain RT Join The ➙ #Grassroots TweetFest 2 pass the #ProLife bill in #TX ➙ http://bit.ly/stand4life use ➙ #Stand4Life #ProLife

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Gov. Rick Perry has called for a second special session at the Texas Legislature so that the Pro-Life Omnibus Bill can be voted on again.

HB2 (Former SB5) the Omnibus Pro-Life Bill has been filed. The bill will be heard in the House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday, July 2nd at 12:00 noon.

**Students for Life of America is sponsoring a Texas #Stand4Life Team to head to the Texas State Capitol the week of July 8th - email Brendan O'Morchoe at bomorchoe@studentsforlife.org to join in or get more information! http://stand4life.net/
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What you can do about Senate Bill 5 (SB5) 
 We have been bombarded with phone calls, text messages, Facebook posts and tweets about what we should do during this second session.
We are currently waiting for the bill to be filed. You might have heard that a committee hearing will be on Tuesday but this has not been confirmed. Representative Laubenberg has filed House Bill 2 but it may not be the bill that is debated this session. We do know it will not be called Senate Bill 5 again. 
So we ask for your patience. When we know the bill that will be debated and the most effective and efficient time to be in Austin, we will let you know via Facebook, Twitter (@SACFL) and email. We are working with prolife groups across Texas and some even outside of the state to make sure we come in overwhelming numbers ...peacefully and prayerfully. 
Starting right now you can certainly PRAY! For legislators on both sides, for prolifers to get active, for abortion supporters to have a change of heart and in thanksgiving for all that God has done so far.
Also, if you are able, you can listen to KKYX on Monday morning at about 8:45am. I will be on the air with Krissie Mornin to talk about this legislation and our organization. If they take calls please call in! Click here to listen online. 
   
Here are some of the events happening Monday that were confirmed as I was finishing the email. SACFL is not going to be an official part of these but we will assemble a group and caravan for the committee hearings and debates on the floor.  

10am-5pm Stand4Life prayer on the second floor of the Rotunda in the capitol

11:30am Press conference with Senator Donna Campbell and post abortive women

12pm Prayer with red LIFE tape in peaceful prayer at the Planned Parenthood rally on the south steps.

If you plan to go please wear blue and if you are on Facebook or Twitter be sure to use the hashtag #Stand4Life. You can also use the below cover photo.


There is a possibility of free tshirts coming soon. Please email info@sacfl.org with your name and size(s) if you are interested. http://www.sacfl.org/
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Recently, I praised members of the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1787 - a bill which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy We have made great strides on protecting life since 2003, when I led the fight to ban partial birth abortions. This was an important step to preserving and protecting life.  
Now we have another opportunity to take a step for life, going toe-to-to against abortion supporters in Texas.
On Monday, July 1st, the Texas legislature will reconvene for a special session to vote on Senate Bill 5 which will outlaw abortions after 20 weeks.

You may recall last week the attention that Texas State Senator Wendy Davis received for filibustering this legislation, and you may be even more familiar with the misguided praise she's received from the liberal media for her efforts.
Well, we're giving this issue some attention, too.


Patriot Voices has launched a petition which we will deliver to Gov. Rick Perry asking Americans to stand with life and go 'toe-to-toe' against Senator Wendy Davis and anyone else who supports abortion at any time and for any reason.
Will you join us and sign our petition HERE? By signing you are saying this:  

  • Yes! I will go #toe2toe4life against Wendy Davis and anyone else to save an innocent life.
  • Yes! I #StandWithLife in support of Texas Senate Bill 5 (#SB5) which bans abortions after 20 weeks.
  • Yes! I #StandWithLife and agree it was reprehensible for the President of the United States to send a 'shout-out' to Texas State Senator Wendy Davis for her 11-hour filibuster in support of abortion on demand at any stage and for any reason.
  • Yes! I #StandWithLife by applauding Governor Rick Perry for calling the Texas Senate back into a special session so that the Senate body can vote their support for and pass #SB5, a landmark piece of pro-life legislation.
  • Yes! I #StandWithLife because I agree that these precious baby shoes, shown going 'toe-to-toe' with Wendy Davis' filibuster shoes, remind us that we must stand for those who can't stand for themselves!


Join us to #StandWithLife in support of Texas SB5 and all life! Sign our petition today.
And because this is the last day of our Stand Up for the Grassroots Moneybomb, we will donate all gifts made today to crisis pregnancy centers across the country to honor those who #StandWithLife everyday on the front lines. Please consider making a generous donation of $25, $35 or $50 today and it will go towards organizations who #StandWithLife.
Thank you and God Bless America!

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STAND WITH UNBORN TEXAS WOMEN




[SOURCE] Tomorrow, MANY will be in Austin for a LIFE standoff and PRAISE GOD it will be well worth the trip. This will show Ms. Davis and other ignorant Liberal minded folks that supporting politicians supports men and women like Douglas Karpen that decapitate and 'snip' born children who had the audacity to survive an abortion. I WISH I could be there for the standoff of all time!

The Greater Commission



By Rolley Haggard 

There is no higher calling of God upon the church and the individual believer than to proclaim the gospel and fulfill the Great Commission. Right?

Wrong.

There is a Greater Commission.

It is generally referred to as the Great Commandment, and it has two parts: To love God supremely, and our neighbor as ourself. When Jesus laid down these two “love commandments” He emphatically declared “there is none other commandment greater than these”.

None.

Not even the Great Commission.

So why is it so many Christians, including first-rate scholars, bristle at the mere suggestion that there is something more important for the church than the Great Commission?

Why is it that, despite vivid, in-your-face, impossible-to-misunderstand, unforgettably-plain statements like the one of Christ just quoted, church leaders and pew-sitters alike take exception to the idea that there might be a “commission” greater than evangelizing the lost?

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Rolley Haggard is manager of Information Technology at a software firm in the South-eastern US. Self-described as a "closet theologian", he freelances in his spare time on religious and social themes. His comments and articles most often appear at Chuck Colson's BreakPoint website.

Rolley is a passionate pro-lifer as may be evinced from the titles of some of his works, including We Could End Abortion 'Overnight' if We Really Wanted To, Louder than the Silent Scream: the Deafening Silence of our Pulpits, and Silence is Blasphemy. Other published works include A Man After God's Own Spleen, Phariseevangelicalism, and Only When We Are Truly Human Are We Truly Holy.


LIFE OF THE WEEK: RAPPER’S HEARTBREAKING VIDEO ON REGRETTING ABORTION HAS 6+MILLION VIEWS

    

Flypside is a band that’s birthed out of Oakland, California. Featuring Piper (MC), Steve Knight (vocals, acoustic guitar), and Dave Lopez (lead guitar), the group debuted their hit single, “Someday,” in 2005. The single came out of their album “We the People,” which sold a quarter of a million units worldwide. Another single from their debut album called “Happy Birthday” became a top-3 hit in Germany.

The video for the “Happy Birthday” single was uploaded to YouTube in November of 2009. Though the song was uploaded years ago, the video receives continual feedback. A viewer left this comment a week ago after listening to the song: “I have one wish – more songs as this one.”

 What causes this song to continually draw in viewers? Along with the rapper Piper’s skill and talent, there is the content of the rap he’s performing. The song “Happy Birthday” is about a man apologizing to the child he aborted. The haunting song is about regret over making a mistake that cannot be changed and the loss of a child who was never known. The lyrics are raw and personal, leaving listeners with a heavy heart.

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Life Runners Creed









We believe in the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.

We run as a Prayer:  that children in the womb may be protected, so that they may be born and welcomed into the Christian community by baptism.

We run to build Endurance:  for the race is long and we must keep our eyes fixed on You Lord.  

We run for Awareness: that the eyes of all people may be transformed and see every human life as a reflection of Your glory Lord.

We run for Charity: to provide Truth for mothers and fathers tempted to abort their child…and healing support for post-abortive women, men and families.

We run to End Abortion:  for Christ has destroyed the power of death, and therefore; the power of abortion.

Guard us all, born and unborn, with Your Peace, Lord.  For in You, life is victorious.  We pray and run in Your name, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

HHS Mandate Final Rules


Bill Donohue comments on the final rules set forth today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding its abortifacient mandate:

The HHS mandate forcing Catholic non-profits to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception and sterilization will not kick in on August 1, as scheduled; an extension has been granted to January 1, 2014.

There are some changes in the rules worth noting, but they are not satisfactory. Attempts to distance Catholic non-profits from directly providing insurance coverage for these morally objectionable services are admirable, but we’ve been there before: five months ago we were told that more in the way of accommodation was forthcoming, and we applauded that gesture. But now we know that the Obama administration has come up short.

The Catholic community, and many others, are not asking for anything new: all we are asking for is to respect the status quo ante as it applies to this issue. It is not people of faith who sought this confrontation—it is President Obama. 



Tenth Circuit Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby Stores Regarding HHS Mandate; Agrees with ACLJ Arguments

 
The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has issued the first appellate court decision on the merits regarding a legal challenge to the HHS Mandate. On the critical issues in the case, the court sided with the challengers and against the government.

The Mandate requires many employers, despite any religious objection, to arrange and pay for employee health insurance coverage for contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization procedures, and related education and counseling. Non-compliance with the Mandate subjects the employer to severe financial penalties.

The plaintiffs in the Tenth Circuit case are Hobby Lobby Stores and Mardel and their owners.

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Texas Govenor Perry second special Legislative session to consider pro-life bill HB 2, The Pro-Life Omnibus Bill, - hashtag - Tweet - NBC Phone poll - Life Blast





Tuesday, July 02 - Austin TX. - Please join us at the 12:00 pm., at the House & Senate hearings on Pro-Life legislation to increase protection for women & unborn babies at abortion facilities in TX.
http://www.calendarforlife.org/

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P Susan Parker posted in Pro-Life Waco

More details are now available for those...
P Susan Parker6:56pm Jun 28
More details are now available for those wishing to participate in the second special session called by Gov. Perry on Wednesday.

The pro-life bill causing all the ruckus on Tuesday has a new number for this special session. SB5 is now HB 2. HB 2 will be heard in the State Affairs committee on Tuesday at noon.

So, those planning to go to Austin on Monday at 2 may want to change plans. While showing up at hearings, and testifying, is important, NOTHING can replace a call or better yet, a personal visit to your rep and senator while you're there. Please contact them Monday morning expressing your position on the new pro-life bill, HB 2. If you are going on Tuesday, pro-lifers have asked that other pro-lifers wear blue. Probably because the other side followed the same model last week wearing orange shirts.

I don't know which pro-life orgs have organized this, for those who asked. Again, if you planned to go on Monday, there will probably be less activity than on Tuesday, but will be a great time to call on your legislators.
 
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Texas #Prolife Bill Action Alert: Call 817-200-7797 to vote NOW in the NBC Phone poll which asks whether abortion should be included on the agenda of the 2nd special legislative session. Press "1" to vote YES in this poll. Call now to vote! (takes 20 seconds)

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Update: we will now be using the #Stand4Life...
Dyanne Gonzales9:17pm Jun 28
Update: we will now be using the #Stand4Life hashtag.

Gov. Rick Perry has called for a second special session at the Texas Legislature so that the Pro-Life Omnibus Bill can be voted on again.

HB2 (Former SB5) the Omnibus Pro Life Bill has been filed. The bill will be heard in the House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday, July 2nd at 12:00 noon.

**Students for Life of America is sponsoring a Texas #Stand4Life Team to head to the Texas State Capitol the week of July 8th - email Brendan O'Morchoe at bomorchoe@studentsforlife.org to join in or get more information!

BILL DETAILS:
Senate Bill 5 "The Pro-Life Omnibus Bill" would:
- ban abortion after 20 weeks (when science shows that the unborn can feel pain)
- require that abortion clinics follow the same health and safety regulations that ambulatory surgical centers are held to
- require that abortionists secure admitting privileges at local hospitals
- require that doctors to personally administer chemical (RU486) abortions, rather than dangerously sending a woman home before the child is expelled.

SAMPLE TWEETS:

Don't #StandWithWendy - #stand4life

#stand4life and against Texas Gosnells!

When you #StandWithWendy, you protect all Texas Gosnells http://pic.twitter.com/2HpiJZZmEG #stand4life

Stopping abortions at 5 months is NOT extreme, those who support abortion are the extremists #stand4life

#stand4life and you stand with 62% of Texas who support banning abortion at 20 weeks

Gallup: 64% oppose 2nd trimester abortion #stand4life http://tinyurl.com/au3ncaj

Anesthesia is given to babies for fetal surgery at same age babies are killed by painful abortions #stand4life

Dismemberment abortions painfully rip & tear unborn babies apart #stand4life http://tinyurl.com/ykan3vc

Dr: “human fetus possesses ability 2 experience pain from 20 wks of gestation, if not earlier” #stand4life http://tinyurl.com/l2dcykr

Event Hosts:
- Americans United for Life
- Stand True Pro-life Outreach
- Students for Life of America
- Texas Alliance for Life

Email andy.moore@aul.org if your group is interested in co-hosting.

https://www.facebook.com/events/608040389220122/permalink/608048265886001/


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 COALITION FOR LIFE ACTION ALERT
                 Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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MAKE YOUR PHONE CALL TODAY!

Pro-life friends and supporters: URGENT! Call 512-463-2000 
at the Capitol and let them know that as a constituent of 
Governor Perry, you would like him to hold a second session 
regarding SB5. 

They are tallying up phone calls in support of this bill, 
and it only takes 30 seconds of your time.

Follow more big developments on the issue here:

http://bit.ly/cflFacebook 

As well as more moment to moment updates here:

https://twitter.com/CoalitionLife

Beneath the cross,

Bobby Reynoso
Executive Director 
COALITION FOR LIFE
4012 East 29th Street
Bryan, Texas 77802
Phone: (979) 846-2825
Fax: (979) 846-0389
E-mail: info@coalitionforlife.com

Web: http://www.coalitionforlife.com 
 
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Hi everyone! Earlier this week the pro-aborts used social media and aggressive tactics at the TX State Capitol to dominate coverage of The TX #ProLife Omnibus Bill. Now it's our turn to use social media for LIFE.

Please click the above button "Invite Friends" and invite all your friends to participate in Tuesday's TweetFest. We are going to make history. Join us!
https://www.facebook.com/lifeblast/events

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I'm hopping mad about Prop 8! And you (Californians) should be too!

  



Dear Friends,

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that the proponents of Prop 8 had no standing to defend it in federal court.

I was a spokeswoman for Prop 8. We spent $40 million on it. We had 70,000 individual contributors from all walks of life and all income levels. We had 100,000 volunteers, from across the religious spectrum. Our masters in Sacramento don't agree with our views. So, when some Hollywood leftists invent absurd legal challenges to Prop 8, our masters in Sacramento refuse to defend it. Surprise, surprise.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Plan B is a Big Deal


This week, the FDA ruled to allow girls fifteen and up to buy Plan B emergency contraception without a prescription. Plan B One-Step is a 1.5 mg levonorgestrel, a progestin-only pregnancy prevention pill advised to be taken orally as quickly as possible within 72 hours of unprotected sex. It is not an abortion pill; it will not terminate an existing pregnancy.

PolitiFact Gets Facts Wrong on Abortion & Breast Cancer Link


by Drew Belsky
 
PolitiFact put out a “fact-check” this week that purports to debunk the link between induced abortion and breast cancer. Instead, it provides a guide on how to hoist yourself with logical fallacies—namely, the appeal to authority (“it’s true because experts say so”) and the argumentum ad populum (“it’s true because lots of people say so”).

They’re not shy about this, either: “PolitiFact does not do medical or scientific analysis. We rely, as we do in other areas, on the most reliable and independent sources available.”

Now, the problem with the appeal to authority is that it’s an invitation to play “dueling authorities.” So I’ll do that real quick.


Drew Belsky is Live Action's communications director. He is also the deputy editor at American Thinker.