Politics

Evangelical Approval of Trump Remains High, but Other Religious Groups are Less Supportive

By Philip Schwadel, Gregory A. Smith, Pew Research Center – More than two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, white evangelical Protestants in the United States continue to overwhelmingly support him, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data. Other religious groups, however, are more divided in their views of the president… Roughly seven-in-ten white evangelical Protestants (69%) say they approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president, according to the Center’s latest polling in January 2019.

Planned Parenthood CEO Lies: Claims Late-Term Abortions “Rare,” But They Kill 13,000 Babies Every Year

By Brittany Hughes, LifeNews – Let’s break down Wen’s claim using actual facts: firstly, the claim that late-term abortions are “rare.”
While not nearly as common as early abortions performed in the first trimester, abortions performed at or after 24 weeks are hardly “rare.” In fact, the CDC estimates that roughly 13,000 of these late-term abortions are performed in the United States every single year. That’s enough unborn babies to fill up about half the L.A. Chargers football stadium.

Media Touts ‘Clear Sign of Human-Caused Climate Change.’ Here Are the Facts, by Marc Morano

By Marc Morano, Daily Signal – Most climate change activists cite the greenhouse gas theory—that man-made gases are causing changes to the Earth’s temperature. Christy noted that this theory predicts an increase in frequency of record-breaking temperatures. Yet the exact opposite is happening in the U.S.—the frequency of those temps is declining.

ADF: Nothing About the Equality Act is Equal, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Attorney Greg Baylor of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) says everyone agrees that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect… “Our laws must respect the constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms that we have, and this Equality Act is a coercive sexual orientation and gender identity law,” Baylor continues. “It really undermines fairness and freedom.”

House Democrats Block 19 Times Vote on Bill to Protect Babies Who Survive Abortion, by Rachel del Guidice

By Rachel del Guidice, The Daily Signal – Nineteen times House Democrats have blocked a vote on a bill that would protect babies who survive an abortion… “It is a shocking reality that the majority party in the people’s House refuses to allow a vote to protect the lives of newborn babies,” Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., chairman of the Republican Study Committee, said in a statement… This bill simply affords infants born alive during a failed abortion attempt the same care any other newborn would receive.

State-Level Abortion Battles Continue Across the U.S.

By Catholic News Agency – A judge blocked a Kentucky law that would prohibit abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, in the latest setback in efforts to expand abortion restrictions in the United States… Federal Judge David J. Hale of the Western District of Kentucky ruled on March 16 that Kentucky’s newly-signed law to ban abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy may be unconstitutional, and delayed its enforcement for the next two weeks.

Assisted Suicide Battle Plays Out Across Several States, by Stephen Beale

By Stephen Beale, EWTN News – Key battleground states include Maryland, New Jersey, New York and New Mexico, where the leading advocate for the bills, Compassion and Choices, is focusing its efforts, according to Sean Crowley, a spokesman for the organization. Other states include: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Rhode Island, Utah and Virginia.

Christian Refuses to Pay Taxes Because They Fund Abortions, Wins Court Battle Against IRS, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – An Oregon man won an initial victory against the IRS last year in his determination not to pay taxes because they fund abortions… Michael Bowman, a pro-life Christian, has refused to pay income taxes or file tax returns for more than two decades, National Review reports. He repeatedly has made it very clear why: He believes unborn babies are valuable human beings, and killing them is wrong.

Socialism’s Bloody History Shows Millennials Should Think Twice Before Supporting It, by Stella Morabito

By Stella Morabito, The Federalist – Millennials for Bernie Sanders, Be Careful What You Wish For… So why should we meditate on the gruesome anniversary of Bukharin’s execution 78 years after the fact? Because Stalin’s purges and the reign of terror he invoked throughout Soviet society are actually pretty natural outgrowths of a system that puts too much power in the hands of too few people. That’s why… The current professed yearning for socialism—a system so conducive to corruption, cronyism, censorship, and coercion—just keeps rearing its ugly head.

Ben Shapiro: ‘Hilarious’ That The New York Times Is Complaining ‘About China’s Declining Birthrate’

By Michael Morris., CNSNews – The New York Times is complaining “about China’s declining birthrate.”… “Now, there’s something hilarious about The New York Times complaining about China’s declining birthrate,” stated Ben Shapiro. “The real reason they’re worried about the declining birthrate in China, of course, is because they have a massive social welfare state infrastructure – it’s a communist country. If you don’t have young people, nobody’s paying the bills. And they used a one child policy to completely destroy the future of their country.”

New Mexico Defeats Radical Bill to Legalize Abortions Up to Birth, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The New Mexico Senate rejected a radical pro-abortion bill Thursday that would have kept abortions legal for any reason up to birth in the state… The vote was 18-24. It was a tough fight for pro-life advocates after the bill passed the House in February and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who claims to be Catholic, said she would support it… Pro-life advocates celebrated the victory and praised the Republican and Democratic lawmakers who helped to defeat the bill.

New Open Society Foundations Leader Co-Founded Controversial ‘Catholic Spring’ Groups, by Kevin Jones

By Kevin Jones, CNA – The deeply influential Open Society Foundations has announced that Tom Perriello – a former congressman, pro-abortion rights gubernatorial candidate and co-founder of controversial Catholic political groups linked to John Podesta amid speculation of a “Catholic Spring” revolution against the bishops – will oversee grantmaking and advocacy for the U.S. programs branch of financier George Soros’ philanthropy network.

Fr. John A. Perricone: What in the World Is a “Worship Space”?

By Fr. John A. Perricone, Crisis Magazine – Euphemisms are de rigeur for revolutionaries. Communist states call themselves “people’s republics.” When they instigate conflicts, they are called “wars of liberation.” Abortionists call their abattoirs “pregnancy centers” and their executions “terminations.” Most currently, surgeons call sexual mutilation “gender reassignment.” All of this a clever strategy to stave off natural human revulsion so that after a sufficient passage of time the moral sense is deadened.

Patrick J. Buchanan: Is Diversity a Root Cause of Dual Loyalty?

By Patrick J. Buchanan – Yet, allegations of dual loyalty against ethnic groups, even from statesmen, have a long history in American politics… In 1915, ex-President Theodore Roosevelt, at a convention of the Catholic Knights of Columbus, bellowed: “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism … German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans, or Italian-Americans… “There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is a man who is an American and nothing else.”

Does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in Fact, Exist? Does Rev. Thomas Rosica? by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Is the Vatican an SNL Skit?.. I’m waiting for God to do something like that for all of us. Because the past few years in Church and State really have felt like some kind of weird reality show. Or at best, the worst kind of improv…. Catholic conservative activist Elizabeth Yore came to the latter conclusion recently. She wrote on Twitter: Vatican is an SNL skit. Bishop under investigation for sexual misconduct is on spiritual retreat with Pope Francis….

The Danger of Liberal, Progressive Socialism

By James Robison, Founder and Publisher of The Stream – The once subtle but now radical move toward Socialism in America will prove to be an all-out assault on freedom itself. It replaces trust in Nature’s God and Nature’s Law with idolatrous trust in a source other than God; an idol requiring more slavish devotion than Pharaoh, Caesar, or any wicked king, dictator or emperor. Already we see those who do not honor this freedom-diminishing trend secular deity are demonized in every possible way.

Caxit: Catholics Exiting the Democratic Party, by David Nussman

By David Nussman, Church Militant – Now, there is a website called “Caxit” that calls for Catholics to abandon the Democratic Party… Church Militant reached out to Dori Belmonte, the person behind Caxit, and asked about the purpose of the site. She said that, in addition to encouraging Catholics to leave the Democratic Party, she also has intentions to “give a voice to conservative Catholic parishioners and priests who experience prejudice from the liberal Church hierarchy” and to “shed light on how liberal ideologies have poisoned the Catholic Church from within.”

Immigrants Use Twice the Welfare of U.S.-Born Citizens, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately half of noncitizens living in America are in the country illegally, and researchers from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) explained that even though the Trump administration has taken many measures to reduce immigrants’ reliance on the U.S. welfare system, they still receive a great majority of free benefits dished out by federal and state governments – at taxpayers’ expense… “Sixty-three (63) percent of non-citizen households access welfare programs – compared to 35 percent of native households”…

Few Abuse Scandals Involve Francis as Directly as That of Argentine Bishop

By Inés San Martín, CRUX – Though Pope Francis has faced questions and even criticism for his overall handling of the clerical sexual abuse scandals in Catholicism, few cases touch the pontiff quite as directly as that of Argentine Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, who was brought to Rome at the pope’s personal initiative and who now stands accused of abuse… Appointed by Francis to the northern Argentine diocese of Oran, when the bishop resigned at the age of 53 in 2017 he said the move was for “health reasons.” A few months later, Francis named him Assessor to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See….

California Bishops Praise Death Penalty Moratorium, by Christine Rousselle

By Christine Rousselle, CNA – In his statement, Gomez said that he believed the moral arguments for ending the death penalty were clear… “Every human life is precious and sacred in the eyes of God and every person has a dignity that comes from God. This is true for the innocent and it is true for the guilty. It is true even for those who commit grave evil and are convicted of the most cruel and violent crimes,” said Gomez.

State Dep’t Removed ‘Reproductive Rights’ From Human Rights Report, by Patrick Goodenough

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – Pushing back against accusations that women’s rights have been excised from annual reports on human rights, a senior State Department official said Wednesday the term “reproductive rights” has been dropped because some advocates interpret the term as incorporating a “right to abortion” – even though U.S. administrations of both parties have not done so.

Federal Court: “Planned Parenthood Does Not Have a 14th Amendment Right to Perform Abortions”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a major victory to Ohio taxpayers Tuesday when it ruled that the state may defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood… Ohio lawmakers tried to cut off the abortion group’s taxpayer funding after it was caught in multiple states allegedly selling aborted baby body parts. Then-Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the pro-life bill into law in 2016, but Planned Parenthood challenged it in court… The Sixth Circuit ruling, written by Judge Jeffrey Sutton, a George W. Bush-appointee, argued that Planned Parenthood does “not have a Fourteenth Amendment right to perform abortions.”

Anti-Electoral College Plan Almost Two-Thirds There, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – A legal scholar says it’s clear that Democrats are trying to eliminate the Electoral College without going through constitutional amendment process… Many Democrats are still incensed that Hillary Clinton, their presidential candidate in 2016, won the popular vote but lost where it counted – in the Electoral College. Democrats have long opposed the Electoral College because with overwhelming margins of victory in high-population states like California they could dominate future presidential elections based on the popular vote.

Cultural Assimilation Has Corrupted the Church in America, by Jason Surmiller

By Jason Surmiller, Crisis Magazine – The formation of the Catholic bishops’ political mindset begins in the late 1800s with Archbishop John Ireland of Minneapolis and his goal to Americanize the Church. He, along with many of his brother bishops, hoped to strip the parish churches of their ethnic identity and persuaded their followers to become fully American. The bishops realized until that happened, Protestant America would look at Catholics as immigrant outsiders, best barred from the country.

FDA Tells Abortion Activists to Stop Selling Dangerous Abortion Pills Putting Women’s Lives at Risk, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters last week to two abortion groups that are selling dangerous abortion drugs to American women over the internet… The groups are putting women at “significant health risks,” according to the agency. They allow women to buy the drugs online without ever seeing a doctor, though abusive partners or parents could easily buy the drugs as well… It noted that approved abortion drugs in the U.S. are dangerous even when provided legally, writing, “… the drug carries a risk of serious or even life-threatening adverse effects, including serious and sometimes fatal infections and prolonged heavy bleeding …”

The Most Anti-Christian Country on Earth, John Waters

By John Waters, First Things – The Taoiseach (to outsiders, Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar) recently responded to a call for crucifixes to be removed from the walls of Irish hospitals: Charities and religious bodies that run hospitals and such should have regard for the fact that in modern Ireland there’s now diversity of views on religion and so on. It is the 21st century; a lot of patients, a lot of kids aren’t religious, maybe aren’t Roman Catholic and the ethos of a publicly funded institution should reflect the public.

House Demos’ Election (Fraud) Bill, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, The Patriot Post – The Democrat-controlled House passed bill HR 1 Friday — the dubiously named “For the People Act1.” The purpose of the bill, according to Democrats, is to “expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants.” However, far from “expanding Americans’ access to the ballot box,” the bill instead runs roughshod2 over Americans’ constitutional rights and states’ rights, diminishing the power of citizens’ votes by failing to prohibit noncitizen voting.

Patrick J. Buchanan: How Middle America Is to Be Dispossessed

By Patrick J. Buchanan, CNSNews – Hence the grand strategy of the left: to enlarge and alter the U.S. electorate so as to put victory as far out of reach for national Republicans as it is today for California Republicans, and to convert the GOP into America’s permanent minority party… In the Golden State, Democrats control the governors’ chair, every elective state office, both U.S. Senate seats, 46 of 53 U.S. House seats and three-fourths of each house of the state legislature in Sacramento…. How does the left expect to permanently dispossess Middle America?

Why the Democrats Can’t Just Condemn Anti-Semitism, by Rob Schwarzwalder

By Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream – The Democratic party has become like Dr. Frankenstein’s creature.  A collection of parts and pieces with no natural relationship. It includes both anti-Semites and true friends of the Jewish people. Business people and anti-capitalists. People who make their living attacking “Wall Street” but who hold fundraisers at Goldman Sachs. At some point, the tensions become too great and the mutual snarling becomes public. It lives and breathes but its very being is strange.

Catholic Church Disinivites Politician Who Voted for Abortions Up to Birth From Its St. Patrick’s Day Parade, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – A New York lawmaker who voted to legalize abortion for basically any reason up to birth is being rebuked by Catholic leaders in his district… For his pro-abortion vote, state Sen. James Gaughran no longer is invited to the Irish-American Catholic St. Patrick’s Day parade in Huntington, New York, according to The Deacon’s Bench. The local Catholic organization also asked Gaughran to resign from its membership.

Why One Alabama Man is Suing on Behalf of an Aborted Fetus, by Jonah McKeown

By Jonah McKeown, CNA – In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the United States, an attorney will represent the estate of an aborted child, after the father filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the six-week old fetus… Court documents allege that a then-16-year-old Alabama woman obtained a medication abortion in February 2017, despite the protestations of her boyfriend, who says he is the father of the child… The man subsequently sued the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville last month, saying that he had wanted to keep the child.

POLITICS: The Day Liberals Went Brain Dead. by Roger Helle

By Roger Helle, Patriot Post – We all remember President Barack Obama’s first meeting with Republican leaders after his election. He stated, “Elections have consequences. I won!” We all know how well that worked. Americans elected someone to unite us but we got a divider. Well, elections do have consequences and the Republican Party can take much of the blame for losing the House this past election.

An Archbishop’s Warning to Catholic Politicians, By Jordan Bloom

By Jordan Bloom, Catholic Herald – Archbishop Joseph Naumann, the chairman of the US bishop’s pro-life committee and Archbishop of Kansas City (pictured), has issued a clear statement that politicians who support abortion should not present themselves for Communion, “for the protection of many others from moral confusion”… “Recent efforts to perpetuate and expand abortion in state laws have illuminated the deplorable actions of some Catholic public officials and advocates,” Naumann said in a statement posted on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Pope Francis’s Socialist Agenda, by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – This reminded me for the umpteenth time that the pope has far more radical ideas than most people realize. Like Bernie Sanders, the pope is a socialist. He has had many unkind words about capitalism (“the dung of the devil”)… Like Sanders, his ideas about economics were shaped by Marxist thinkers and activists… Meanwhile, as the Democratic Party becomes more like a church, the Church, under Francis, is becoming more like a leftist political party… Francis’s increasingly “humanistic” Church seems less concerned with the salvation of souls and more concerned with the creation of an egalitarian utopian society here on earth.

Rhode Island House Passes Bill Legalizing Abortion Up to Birth, Funding Free Abortions, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Rhode Island House lawmakers passed a radical pro-abortion bill late Thursday night that would legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth… The pro-abortion bill passed in a 44-30 vote, and now awaits action by the state Senate… State Senate Bill 152 is similar to the new abortion law in New York. It would allow abortions for basically any reason up to birth, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned, and strike down modest abortion restrictions in the state

3 Cardinals, Top Catholic Leaders to Address 2019 Rome Life Forum: Register Now 

LifeSiteNews staff – The theme for this year’s conference is: “City of God vs. City of Man – Global One World Order vs. Christendom.” 2019 marks the fifth anniversary of the event, which is hosted by Voice of the Family… The conference comes at a tumultuous time in not just the Catholic Church but also in the world. Populist and nationalist movements are rising up in opposition to liberalism and multiculturalism. During his pontificate, Pope Francis has welcomed to the Vatican radical environmentalists and population control activists from the United Nations….

The Continued Resilience of Quiet America, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, Townhall – America is such a huge and diverse country, and so abundantly endowed with natural and human resources, that it is capable of achieving unprecedented scientific, economic and technological breakthroughs even as its social fabric is tearing apart… Or, put another way, while the media highlights crime, protests, grievances and civil disorder, a majority of Americans still go to work unbothered each day… And in a rare society with a free market, constitutional government and individual freedom, people continue to do amazing things even amid the utter chaos around them.

AP: Verbal Battle Erupts Among Democrats Over Anti-Semitism Remarks

Associated Press – A meeting of House Democrats turned contentious Wednesday as some new members who helped deliver the House majority confronted leaders over a resolution implicitly rebuking Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota over her comments on Israel… In the party’s weekly closed meeting, Democrats protested the way Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leaders tried to rush out a resolution this week responding to Omar’s latest remark about Israel. Omar last week suggested the Jewish state’s supporters are pushing lawmakers to pledge “allegiance” to a foreign country.

The Pro-Life Tortoises and the Pro-Abortion Hares, by Marybeth Hagan

By Marybeth Hagan, Crisis Magazine – Anyone who’s been around the pro-life movement for a while knows that some babies are born alive during late term abortions. Doctors and others determine whether to resuscitate or to lay the infant on a table until he or she dies, as pro-life advocate and nurse Jill Stanek witnessed and has long testified. Pro-lifers also know that some aborted babies, like pro-life advocates Gianna Jessen and Melissa Ohden, survive being aborted and live to address the issue.

POLITICS: Rep. Steve Scalise: Speaker Pelosi Needs to Remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her latest anti-Semitic remarks… Speaking at a town hall event in Washington, D.C., last week, Omar suggested that Israel demands allegiance from U.S. lawmakers… “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” Omar said at the event that was also attended by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).

Video: Capitalism vs. Socialism

By Andy Puzder,  Prager University – Venezuela, once the richest country in South America, is the most recent example of socialism driving a prosperous country into an economic ditch. Maybe you think it’s an unfair example. I’m not sure why, but okay. We’ll ignore the fact that leftist activists celebrated it as a great socialist success–right up until it wasn’t… Capitalism leads to economic democracy. Socialism leads to the economic dictatorship of the elite. Always. And everywhere.

CNA: Tennessee Bishops Oppose ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Over Legal Concerns

Catholic News Agency – In 1973, the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade found that a woman had a constitutional right to abortion throughout pregnancy. This, the bishops noted, created a legal precedent that must be considered when framing legislation that seeks to restrict abortion… The bishops cited similar laws in other states that were passed, but never went into effect because of legal challenges. In those cases, the laws were found to be unconstitutional, and the state was forced to pay significant sums of money to the lawyers representing the pro-abortion challengers to the laws.

Legitimizing the Killing of Innocent Life, by Stephen M. Krason

By Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine – The extent to which one of our two major political parties—the Democrats—has embraced the anti-life, pro-killing ethic is breathtaking. Not only are the Democrats in the House of Representatives so sweepingly pro-abortion that it’s said that on any given vote one can count on only Congressman Dan Lipinski of Chicago and perhaps one or two others in that party to be on the pro-life side. Now we see a Democratic filibuster in the Senate of a bill to protect babies born alive after failed abortions—in effect, a filibuster to protect infanticide.

Catholic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Vows to Sign Bill Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is pushing a radical pro-abortion bill in her state while claiming to be Catholic… “Opponents have expressed fear that, somehow, this legislation would facilitate murder,” said Lujan-Grisham. “Elected officials have no business making a woman’s choices for her. Neither do faraway federal judges who have, in some cases, made a career out of antagonizing marginalized groups, not the least of all women.”

Medicare for All Act Would Fund Abortion, by Christine Rousselle

By Christine Rousselle, CNA – Pro-life and pro-abortion advocates have responded to a bill introduced Thursday which would radically transform health care in the United States and provide government funding for abortion services through Medicare expansion… The Medicare for All Act of 2019 was introduced February 28 by Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI). The bill is co-sponsored by more than 100 House Democrats. Jayapal is also the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus.

CNA: Trump Joins Pro-Life Activists to Address CPAC

Catholic News Agency – President Donald Trump has accused Democratic politicians of pursuing an “extreme” abortion agenda that would lead to the “execution” of newly born children. The president joined prominent pro-life activists Saturday to address the annual CPAC… In a nearly two-hour long speech, Trump accused the Democratic party of taking a “radical” position on life issues… “Democrats are embracing open borders, socialism, and extreme late-term abortion,” said Trump, to a chorus of boos from the reported crowd of more than 9,000.

When It’s Right to Indict the Democrats, by Dr. Michael Brown

By Dr. Michael Brown, The Stream – A colleague of mine, himself a fellow-believer in Jesus, recently faulted me for calling out the Democrats for voting against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. In his view, as a minister of the gospel, I should not be taking political sides. Rather, I should be asking how Jesus would address the difficult subject of abortion.

HHS Extends Contract to Make ‘Humanized Mice’ With Aborted Baby Parts for Another 90 Days, by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – The Department of Health and Human Services says it has granted a second 90-day extension to a contract it has with the University of California at San Francisco that requires UCSF to make “humanized mice.”… These creatures are made by implanting mice with human tissues taken from late-term aborted babies… The HHS’s multi-million-dollar contract with UCSF that requires the construction of these “humanized mice” creates a demand–driven by federal tax dollars–for tissue taken from late-term aborted babies.

Napa Legal Institute Launches to Help Catholic Groups in the ‘Next America’

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – He elaborated on that by referencing the tagline of the Napa Institute, whose conferences aim to equip Catholics for “the next America.”… Holdenried said that term, coined by Archbishop Charles Chaput, was “a warning to American Catholics regarding a growing trend toward secularization in American culture and which meant that Catholics would be facing dwindling relevance, threatening Catholics’ ability to be heard in the public square.”… “What the Napa Legal Institute recognizes now,” he said, “is that the next America is now here.”

Louisiana Takes Action Against Disciplined Abortionist

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – Louisiana Right to Life recently wrote to the State Board of Medical Examiners concerning abortionist Kevin Work… Solicitor General Liz Murrill tells OneNewsNow that Work, who had been on probation, was doing abortions in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, and had failed to pass an obstetrics and gynecology reinstatement exam… “We wanted to know what he had done to demonstrate his competency and whether he was, in fact, competent to be performing those procedures… because the Medical Licensing Board records showed that his license had been revoked and only reinstated to provide wound care.”

Children Don’t Need ‘Day Care For All,’ They Need Their Mothers, by Joy Pullmann

By Joy Pullmann, The Federalist – Democrats aim to nationalize not only the economy, but also families. Presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris have both publicly endorsed socialized child care… Warren’s plan is supposedly funded by (what else) wealth confiscation — but only from “the rich,” so don’t worry, everybody. It’s okay to use government force to take money from people who have more than you and use it to employ people.

Bishop of Richmond Won’t Say If Sen. Kaine Should Receive Communion, Even After ‘Appalling’ Pro-Infanticide Vote

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Although the Catholic bishop of Richmond, Va., the Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, denounced Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D-Va.) vote against providing medical help to infants that survive abortions as “appalling and beyond comprehension,” he would not say whether Kaine, a pro-abortion Catholic, should present himself for Communion at Mass in the Diocese of Richmond.

James Lankford: Defending Religious Freedom Means Living Your Faith, by Fred Lucas

By Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal – “For people that only practice their faith on weekends, I try to remind them: Things that you only do on weekends are called a hobby,” says Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., in remarks Thursday at the the Conservative Political Action Conference… “One of the greatest challenges we have to religious liberty in this modern day is people that actually claim a faith and don’t live a faith,” Lankford said. “Having a culture that is a vibrant culture of faith for people that not only have a faith, but they choose to live it, matters in our culture.”

Why I’m Through Being ‘Pro-Life’, by Eric Sammons

By Eric Sammons, CatholicVote – I haven’t even addressed a less charitable possibility: that some pro-lifers call everything a pro-life issue because they want to minimize the importance of abortion. They don’t believe abortion is really that bad (and might even be necessary sometimes), so by lumping everything under the pro-life label, they make abortion just one of many issues. And as we’ve often seen, it becomes an issue that never rises to the top in terms of priority.

House Democrats Block Bill to Stop Infanticide For 10th Time, Cut Off Pro-Life Congressman’s Mic, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – On Thursday, three days after Senate Democrats voted to block a bill to stop infanticide, House Democrats blocked a request by Republicans to vote on a similar bill to require medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions… This is the 12th time Congressional Democrats thwarted an attempt by Republicans to vote on a bill that would provide medical care and treatment for babies who provide survived failed abortions — 10 times in the House and twice in the Senate.

Ten U.S. ‘Catholic’ Senators Just Voted To Allow Babies To Die

Complicit Clergy – The Senate in an evening vote Feb. 25 failed to advance a measure sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, that would have required babies born alive after an abortion to be given medical attention and “the same protection of law as any newborn.”.. The vote to bring the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act forward was 53-44. Sixty votes were needed to invoke cloture and cut off a filibuster of the measure, which Sasse’s press office said was co-sponsored by half the Senate.

Want to Kill a Baby? Call It a ‘Fetus’, by Liberty McArtor

By Liberty McArtor, The Stream – It’s now clearer than ever that “safe abortion care” and “constitutionally protected rights” are really about the ability to kill unwanted offspring, plain and simple… By the abortion camp’s own accepted definition, this baby is no longer a “fetus” or a “pregnancy.” It’s a human being, because it’s been born. And who could argue refusing medical treatment to that tiny, helpless human being?

Trump Slams Democrats for Blocking Bill to Stop Infanticide: “They Don’t Mind Executing Babies After Birth”

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – President Donald Trump took to Twitter late Monday to criticize Senate Democrats for blocking a bill to stop infanticide… “Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children. The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth,” he tweeted. “This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress. If there is one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting the lives of innocent babies.”

All 6 Democratic Presidential Candidates Vote for Infanticide, by Dr. Michael Brown

By Dr. Michael Brown, The Stream – There is no spin that can be put on this. No justification. No explanation that softens the blow. On February 25, 44 Democrat senators, including all 6 declared presidential candidates, voted against the Born Alive Protection Act. Put another way, they voted for infanticide.

Bishop Shames His State’s U.S. Senators Who Voted Against Bill to Stop Infanticide

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island did not mince words as he expressed his horror, calling his senators’ denial of medical aid and human kindness to infants “thoughtless, cruel and indefensible.”.. One of the Rhode Island senators, Jack Reed, is Catholic… “Eternal shame on Senators Reed and Whitehouse of R.I. for opposing this bill which would protect infants already born. Their vote has nothing to do with promoting women’s health or ‘reproductive freedom,’” said Bishop Tobin. “Their stance is thoughtless, cruel and indefensible.”

Only 3 Democrat Senators Vote for Bill Protecting Babies Born Alive After Abortion, by Rachel del Guidice

By Rachel del Guidice, Daily Signal – The Senate voted 53-44 in favor of legislation that would protect survivors of abortion, falling short of the necessary 60 votes to proceed as Democrats blocked the bill when only three of them joined Republicans… Sens. Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania were the only Democrats to vote for the bill. All other 44 Democratic senators voted against the bill.

Sacrifice of Children to Weather Gods … and Democrats?, by Marina Medvin

By Marina Medvin, TownHall – The idea that we should sacrifice children for improved weather is nothing new. Before the advent of abortion, ancient Mesoamericans would savagely sacrifice their young children in the belief that the killings would appease the weather gods. Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas all sacrificed children throughout Mexico, Peru and Columbia. These civilizations believed that the barbaric executions would result in weather change.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput: Catholics at the Capitol

By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, National Catholic Register – Of course that decision to trust demands not just real love, and not just real courage, but also real faith. We can’t trust a God we don’t believe in. Faith matters because hope and love can’t bear the weight of the suffering in the world without it. Faith matters because it reminds us that there’s good in the world, and meaning to every life; and that the things that make us human are worth fighting for.

Cong. Bob Latta: Shame on Democrats for Repeatedly Blocking Legislation to Save Babies From Infanticide

By Cong. Bob Latta, LifeNews – there are a few times where a comment from a member of Congress or a governor has stopped me in my tracks. That happened recently when I heard Virginia Governor Ralph Northam talk about what would happen to a baby born after a failed late-term abortion. He said, “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

Vermont House Passes Bill Legalizing Abortion Up to Birth, Baby “Shall Not Have Independent Rights Under Law”

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The Vermont House passed a radical pro-abortion bill Thursday that would keep abortions legal and unrestricted for basically any reason up to birth… Vermont House Bill 57 passed overwhelmingly in a 106-36 vote. Lawmakers also rejected 12 amendments that would have allowed some minor, common-sense abortion regulations, including parental notification for minors and counseling

Dubia Cardinals Ask Bishops Where is the Church Going?

Courageous Priest – Before the drift in process, it seems that the difficulty is reduced to that of the abuse of minors, a horrible crime, especially when it is perpetrated by a priest, which is, however, only part of a much greater crisis. The plague of the homosexual agenda has been spread within the Church, promoted by organized networks and protected by a climate of complicity and a conspiracy of silence. The roots of this phenomenon are clearly found in that atmosphere of materialism, of relativism and of hedonism, in which the existence of an absolute moral law, that is without exceptions, is openly called into question.

President Donald Trump Defunds Planned Parenthood, Will Cut Almost $60 Million in Taxpayer Funding, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – President Donald Trump today finalized an administrative rule that would partially defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and deprive it of as much as $60 million in taxpayer dollars. This action adds to President Trump’s record of defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion company.

Resignations at Planned Parenthood Prove Baby Body Parts Investigation is Heating Up, by Cheryl Sullenger

By Cheryl Sullenger, Operation Rescue – “Pretty much everyone who had anything to do with the trafficking of aborted babies is gone from Planned Parenthood, including their CEO Cecile Richards,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue… “This isn’t something that happened right after the videos came out. Planned Parenthood wields a great deal of political power, which probably helped them think they could withstand the negative press, but now that it is clear that some of that shielding influence is waning. Resignations are still taking place.”

STUNNING:  Vatican Sex Summit Report: Day One

By Michael Voris, S.T.B., ChurchMilitant – This summit has been assailed as a phony sideshow by homosexual clerics attempting to hide their own homosexual network, chief of which had been Theodore McCarrick, who the network protected for decades and in many ways is the entire reason for this meeting… But there now appears to be much more to this story than just the homosexual angle, as large as that still looms.

California Bill Would Remove Reporting Exemption for Priests in Confessional

By Catholic News Agency – A state senator in California introduced a bill Wednesday which would seek to force priests to violate the sacramental seal of confession in suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. Clergy are already mandatory reporters in the state of California, but there is a legal exemption for material disclosed in the confessional.

Changing Reality With Words, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, The Daily Signal – The reinvention of vocabulary can often be more effective than any social protest movement. Malarial swamps can become healthy “wetlands.” Fetid “dumps” are often rebranded as green “landfills.”… Global warming was once a worry about too much heat… Yet in the last 30 years, record cold spells, inordinate snow levels, and devastating rains have been common. How to square that circle?… Substitute “climate change” for “global warming.”

US Bishops Side With Globalists in Condemning Trump’s Border Wall, by Stephen Kokx

By Stephen Kokx, LifeSiteNews – Last Friday, the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, and the chairman of the committee on migration, Bishop Joe Vásquez, unsurprisingly rebuked President Donald Trump for declaring a national emergency in order to build a wall on America’s southern border.

Why Economics Alone Will Not Make America Great Again, by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II, Crisis Magazine – Consider the fact that the American economy is booming by all major indicators. Unemployment is down to record lows. Inflation is minimal. Consumer confidence is up. We have not seen times like this for decades. Admittedly, wages are still low, and debt levels are off the charts… Indeed, for some, never in recent memory have we been so prosperous. However, at no time in postwar history have we been so divided, unhappy, or lonely.

POLITICS: Comey/McCabe/Rosenstein: The Coup Co-Conspirators, by Mark Alexander

By Mark Alexander, The Patriot Post – Until now, discussions about using the “25th Amendment6” to remove our duly elected president from office, originally attributed to then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, as well as Rosenstein’s own suggestion that he could wear a wire to entrap Trump, had been dismissed as facetious… But McCabe says no. Rosenstein “raised the issue” of the 25th Amendment and “offered to wear a wire7 into the White House.” McCabe says Rosenstein added: “I never get searched when I go into the White House. I could easily wear a recording device. They wouldn’t know it was there.”

The Times, the Abuse Crisis, and the War Against Celibacy, by David G. Bonagura

By David G. Bonagura, Jr., Crisis Magazine – On the eve of the Vatican summit on The Protection of Minors in the Church, the Times, in a panic that homosexuality will be blamed as the cause of the crisis, has decided to go on the offensive to discredit celibacy instead… The Times has long been America’s doyen of the Sexual Revolution, using its pages to push the bounds of accepted sexual practice for decades—recently added to the mainstays of abortion on demand and homosexuality have been attempts to normalize transgender living and open marriages.

LIFENEWS: Nicholas Sandmann Sues Washington Post for $250 Million For Smearing Him

By Steven Ertelt, Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Attorneys for Sandmann filed the lawsuit Tuesday, accusing the Washington newspaper of engaging in a “modern-day form of McCarthyism.” The lawsuit also blames CNN and NBC, “among others,” for taking part in the smear, but it does not take direct legal action against those outlets… “The Post wrongfully targeted and bullied Nicholas because he was the white, Catholic student wearing a red ‘Make America Great Again’ souvenir cap on a school field trip to the January 18 March for Life in Washington, D.C., when he was unexpectedly and suddenly confronted by Nathan Phillips, a known Native American activist, who beat a drum and sang loudly within inches of his face,” the lawsuit says.

In America Today, We Plunder and Call It Good, by Walter E. Williams

By Walter E. Williams, Daily Signal – Frederic Bastiat, a French economist and member of the French National Assembly, lived from 1801 to 1850. He had great admiration for our country, except for our two faults—slavery and tariffs… He said: “Look at the United States. There is no country in the world where the law is kept more within its proper domain: the protection of every person’s liberty and property.”… If Bastiat were alive today, he would not have that same level of admiration. The U.S. has become what he fought against for most of his short life.

Abortion – a Reproductive Right … or a Moral Wrong?

By Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – If the idea of a “Christian abortionist” makes your head spin, you may want to take the opportunity this week to listen to a debate between abortionist Willie Parker and pro-life author Mike Adams… Self-described “Christian abortionist” Willie Parker has spent a good portion of his career trying to synthesize his zest for killing the unborn and his professed embrace of a Christian tradition. But the Bible is true: a man cannot serve two masters. Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries, which is sponsoring the Parker-Adams debate this week.

Pope Francis: Christians Should Not Fear Looking Like ‘Communists’, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, Breitbart – Too many Christians shy away from the social gospel, Pope Francis said Monday, because they are afraid the Church will end up looking like the communist party… “We ease our conscience a little by giving alms, as long as it does not hurt too much,” he said, because we fear that “with these social things the Church ends up looking like the communist party and this bothers us. Fine, but it was the Lord who said, ‘Where is your brother?’ Not the party, the Lord.”

Doctor to Perform Live 4D Ultrasound at Pro-Life Event in NYC’s Times Square

By Emily Ward, CNSNews – In New York City’s Times Square, on May 4, the pro-life group Focus on the Family (FOTF) will present a live, 4D ultrasound of an unborn baby as part of the pro-family event Alive from New York… At the event, which will also include speakers and live music, a doctor will perform the 4D ultrasound – four-dimensional images – which allows viewers to see a baby moving around in his mother’s womb and potentially kicking, sucking his (or her) thumb, yawning and even smiling.

STUNNING! Dr. John Zmirak & Dr. Taylor Marshall: Corrupt Pope and Bishops? Follow the Money

Dr Taylor Marshall – Why do we have corrupt bishops? Why are they compromised? Follow the money. Dr Taylor Marshall interviews Dr John Zmirak about how bishops receive funds directly from the secular governments and how this dependency creates corruption in places like the United States and Germany. They also discuss “green theology”, Pope Francis, and other topics related to this Catholic problem.

POLITICS: Explaining the Left: Do Leftists Believe What They Say?, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, Contributor, The Stream – Why does the left lie?… One is that leftists deem their goals more important than telling the truth… The second reason is leftism is rooted in feelings, not reason or truth. From Karl Marx to Bernie Sanders, left-wing preference for socialism over capitalism is entirely rooted in emotion. Only capitalism creates wealth. Socialism merely spends what capitalism creates. Do leftists not know this? Even if they know it, the emotional pull of socialism prevails.

Supreme Court Rejects Pro-Abortion Attack on Catholic Bishops for Burying Babies Killed in Abortions, by Micaiah Bilger,

By Micaiah Bilger,LifeNews – The U.S. Supreme Court granted a victory to Texas Catholic bishops on Tuesday after an abortion chain attacked them for offering to bury babies killed in abortions… The lawsuit by Whole Woman’s Health, a Texas abortion chain notorious for health and safety violations, involves a Texas law that requires abortion facilities to bury or cremate aborted babies’ bodies. The law helps ensure that abortion businesses are not selling aborted babies’ bodies for profit.

Planned Parenthood Called Patty Murray, Who Defended Infanticide, a “Champion.” Bankrolled Her Campaign

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – A senator for Washington state since 1992, Murray’s biggest campaign donors include pro-abortion groups. In fact, EMILY’S List, a group dedicated to electing pro-abortion women to Congress, is Murray’s biggest campaign donor, with contributions totaling $610,621, according to Open Secrets… Additionally, Planned Parenthood’s PAC gave Murray a total of $48,033 in the past two decades, according to Open Secrets. This includes $13,391 in 2016, $200 in 2014, $10,249 in 2010, $1,250 in 2008, $1,200 in 2006, $11,750 in 2004 and $9,993 in 1998.

Vatican Sets the Stage for Abuse Summit, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta — two members of a four-member preparatory committee for the Feb. 21-24 meeting — also told reporters Monday that the meeting will not focus on abuse of vulnerable adults or seminarians, nor on the role homosexuality plays in such abuse or its cover-up… Instead, they emphasized what follows the meeting in sharing good practices and implementing measures will be the “essence” of the gathering, so the Church “can be a safe place for minors again.”

Cardinal Joseph Zen: ‘For Love of My People I Will Not Remain Silent’, by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey,  CNSNews – Cardinal Joseph Zen, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, gave an interview to CNSNews.com on January 28 in which he discussed his new book, “For Love of My People I Will Not Remain Silent—On the Situation of the Church in China.”… In the interview, Cardinal Zen discussed the agreement that the Holy See made last September with the government of the People Republic of China on the appointment of Catholic bishops in China.

Abortion Lobby Shows Its Hand: How Far It’ll Go to Protect Roe (Locked in an Endless Battle)

By Marissa Mayer,  Alliance Defending Freedom – That’s why, ever since the Supreme Court created a constitutional right to abortion in 1973, abortion activists and the pro-life movement have been locked in an endless legal debate over everything related to abortion. Informed consent, safety regulations, ultrasounds, parental notification, fetal pain, first trimester abortions, webcam abortions, second trimester abortions, fetal viability, partial-birth abortions, freedom of conscience for doctors and nurses, pro-life speech, insurance plans and abortion-inducing drugs, taxpayer-funded abortions… and the list goes on and on.

This is America’s New Face of Brutal Rage and Chaos, By John Horvat

By John Horvat, Imaginative Conservative – At some point this past month, America crossed a Rubicon that dramatically threw our society into a disorder manifested by the denial of reality and truth. However, the unmasking of disorder in all its hideousness has produced more intense longings for a return of a moral order by those who grieve for the nation and who truly love God…

Washington’s Birthday vs. Presidents’ Day

Publius, Patriot Post – Contrary to popular opinion, no action by Congress or order by any President has changed ‘Washington’s Birthday’ to ‘Presidents’ Day.‘”… Furthermore, to call the day “Presidents’ Day” not only diminishes George Washington but elevates presidents like Barack Obama. Whereas Washington sought to keep his oath to “support and defend” the Constitution, Obama undermined it at every turn.

OPINION: Trump Is Right (Here Are the Facts) by Gary Bauer

By Gary Bauer, Patriot Post – President Trump has every legal right to issue this emergency declaration… But, as he conceded during his press conference Friday, there will be a flurry of lawsuits. And he will probably lose in lower left-wing courts still dominated by Obama appointees. I expect the administration to fast-track its appeals to the Supreme Court, where I also expect Trump will prevail, just as he did on the travel ban.

Democrats Will Soon be Forced to Go on Record About Whether They Support Infanticide, by Rachel Del Guidice

By Rachel Del Guidice, LifeNews – Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., praised Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for green-lighting a Senate roll call vote on Feb. 25 for Sasse’s legislation protecting abortion survivors… “I want to thank the majority leader for scheduling this vote so that every American can know where their senator stands on the issue of infanticide,” Sasse said in a statement released Thursday.  “A lot of senators spend a lot of time telling people how they fight for the little guy. Well, here’s the chance for them to prove it.”

Shawn Carney: Racism & Abortion

By Shawn Carney, President, 40 Days for Life – Somehow, Ralph Northam is still the governor of Virginia… Abortion advocates rushed to defend Northam after he endorsed infanticide on a recent radio interview. But when racist photos from his medical school yearbook page hit the internet, even staunch supporters called for his resignation… The connection between racism and abortion is nothing new. After all, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a notorious racist who even appeared at a speaking engagement for…the KKK.

Phil Lawler: Cardinal Farrell as Camerlengo: An Astonishingly Ill-Timed Announcement

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Cardinal Farrell was a controversial choice, of course, because he is a protégé of the disgraced former cardinal, Theodore McCarrick. Cardinal Farrell has insisted that he knew nothing about McCarrick’s conduct, although he lived with him and served as his vicar general. He has also said that he knew nothing about the misconduct of the late Father Marcial Maciel, although he also worked closely with Maciel in his days as an official of the Legionaries of Christ.

William Kilpatrick: More Sugarcoating of Islam from Pope Francis

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – It’s often been said of Pope Francis’s bridge-building initiatives with Islam that the traffic over the bridge goes only in one direction—away from Rome and toward Mecca… This also seems to be the case with the pope’s “historic” trip to the United Arab Emirates last week. Although the resulting document requires concessions on the part of both sides, it’s unlikely that the Muslim parties will stick to their end of the bargain. On the other hand, it’s quite likely that Catholics will be strongly encouraged to yield a point or two of doctrine.

President Trump: “Susan B. Anthony’s Pursuit for Equal Rights Demands Respect for Unborn Babies”

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – President Donald Trump today marked the birthday of pro-life women’s suffragist leader Susan B. Anthony. In his proclamation, Trump said her pursuit for equal rights and equality for women also included respect for all human life — including unborn children…. “Today, we commemorate the birthday of Susan B. Anthony, an American champion of civil liberties and women’s rights. Susan B. Anthony was a steadfast advocate for the founding principles of our Nation. She advocated tirelessly for life, liberty, and equality for all Americans….”

OPINION: The Catholic Church’s Problem is Homosexuality, by Peter Wolfgang

By Peter Wolfgang, The Stream – “All eyes and ears will be on the Vatican during an unprecedented gathering Feb. 21-24,” reports Catholic News Service, “to discuss the protection of minors in the Catholic Church.” That’s true — unfortunately, because the gathering is going to be a bust… The Catholic sex-abuse crisis is not primarily heterosexual or pedophiliac. The Catholic crisis is primarily homosexual. The gathering is going to be a bust because it is only about “the protection of minors in the Catholic Church.”

Patrick J. Buchanan: Will Diversity Be the Death of the Democrats?

By Patrick J. Buchanan, CNSNews – Both of America’s great national parties are coalitions… But it is the Democratic Party that never ceases to celebrate diversity — racial, religious, ethnic, cultural — as its own and as America’s “greatest strength.”… Understandably so, for the party is home to a multitude of minorities… It is the domain of the LGBTQ movement. In presidential elections, Democrats win 70 percent of Hispanics, Jews and Asian-Americans, and 90 percent of African-Americans… Yet, lately, the party seems to be careening into a virtual war of all against all.

Nurse Who Held Baby Born Alive After Abortion: Virginia Governor Described ‘Exactly What Happens’, by Lisa Bourne

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – Stanek discussed the fallout in a recent interview with LifeSiteNews, where she also recalled her experience of learning that the faith-based Chicago-area hospital where she worked in the late 1990’s was leaving children born from botched abortions to die… It was while she was a registered nurse at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn in 1999 that she discovered the hospital was involved in late-term abortions, Stanek recounted… “Sometimes babies survived the abortion procedure,” she said, “and if they survived, they were allowed to die without any medical intervention whatsoever.”…

Paul Kengor: Trump Reveals Liberal Hearts and Minds

By Paul Kengor, American Spectator – I wrote here last week about the reaction to President Trump’s condemnation of socialism in his State of the Union. He said something indisputably factual and indubitably obvious to most Americans: “Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

AP: McConnell Says Trump to Sign Border Deal, Declare Emergency

Associated Press – President Donald Trump will sign Congress’ border security compromise, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. The announcement removed the last ounce of suspense over the fate of a bill that would provide just a sliver of the money Trump wants to build a wall with Mexico but also would avoid a new government shutdown… But McConnell also said Trump would quickly declare a national emergency. The president has said that move would give him power to divert money from other budget projects into wall building.

Satanic Temple Loses Abortion Religious Freedom Case in Missouri

CNA/EWTN NEWS – The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected a legal challenge against an informed consent abortion law from a self-described Satanic Temple adherent who claimed the state violated her religious beliefs… Chief Justice Zell M. Fischer, writing in a concurring opinion, said that the U.S. Supreme Court “has made it clear that state speech is not religious speech solely because it ‘happens to coincide’ with a religious tenet,” St. Louis Public Radio reports.

POLITICS: Red Old Deal Recycled as Green New Deal, by Mark Alexander 

By Mark Alexander, Patriot Post – The Democrat Party’s so-called “Green New Deal” (GND), better known as the “Rainbows and Unicorns Resolution of 2019,” is, as I wrote previously, like a watermelon — “green on the outside, but red on the inside.” It’s the ludicrous Millennial effluent of the Leninist “Earth Day” mindset… This behemoth “climate change” charade is, as are all others, about the implementation of socialist economic policies. That consequence is evident in the fact that the absurd mandates of the GND (as outlined in its FAQ document, which was quickly removed from public view) would result in catastrophic worldwide economic collapse.

To Boost Birth Rates, Hungary’s Prime Minister Offers Zero Taxes for Families With 4 or More Kids 

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced… “There are fewer and fewer children born in Europe. For the West, the answer is immigration. For every missing child there should be one coming in and then the numbers will be fine,” he declared. “But we do not need numbers. We need Hungarian children (…) this is Hungary’s answer rather than immigration.”

A New Conservaitve Agenda by Daniel McCarthy

By Daniel McCarthy, First Things – We need a conservative agenda fit for the twenty-¬first century, and the closest thing to it is in fact the program that follows through on the themes of Trump’s 2016 campaign with greater clarity and focus than the administration itself has so far done. This is not because Trump now defines conservatism, as his detractors allege when they complain about a cult of personality… Rather, Trump in 2016, whether consciously or not, drew upon what has been the clear policy alternative to the elite consensus in favor of global liberalism since the early 1990s: economic nationalism, and nationalism more generally….

Louisiana AG Landry Confident His State Will Remain Pro-Life, by J.M. Phelps

By J.M. Phelps, OneNewsNow – Notwithstanding a current legal battle, Louisiana remains one of the most pro-life states in the nation – and a determined attorney general plans to keep it that way… While Chief Justice John Roberts appears to have become the Supreme Court’s new swing vote, he split away last week from the court’s other conservative justices and his previous position on abortion, joining the liberal bloc in halting a Louisiana law that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospital facilities.

De-Developing and Dehumanizing the United States, by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – The Ehrlichs and Holdren apparently saw abortion as part of this crusade… “An abortion is clearly preferable to adding a child to an over-burdened family or an overburdened society, where the chances that it will realize its full potential are slight,” they wrote… “Those who oppose abortion often raise the argument that a decision is being made for an unborn person who ‘has no say,'” they continued. “But unthinking actions of the very same people help to commit future unheard generations to misery and early death on an overcrowded planet.”

Sins of Omission: The Abusive PA Clergy Abuse Report, by Paul Kengor

By Paul Kengor, Crisis Magazine – “All” of these victims, the report declares, “were brushed aside, in every part of the state, by church leaders who preferred to protect the abusers and their institutions above all.” Or as the introduction to the report sums it up, “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all.”… Peter Steinfels, of the Commonweal… gets right to the heart of the matter, asking: “Is that true?” The answer, of course, is no, as is clear to anyone who reads beyond the irresponsible introduction and who only read media accounts.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Abortion Extremism Revealed

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – “Baby.” “Ripped from the mother’s womb.” “Living, feeling, beautiful babies.” “Innocent life.” Not a single euphemism in sight. What an extraordinary thing to hear the President of the United States highlighting the humanity of the unborn baby, and calling out pro-abortion extremism, in such clear, unambiguous language before all the nation (and indeed the world!).

Chris Woodward: Heritage Sees Silver Lining in SCOTUS Blocking Abortion Law

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – A public policy group says it’s highly likely the Supreme Court will review a lower court’s ruling on a Louisiana abortion law that’s been making the rounds in courts for more than four years… The 2014 law in Louisiana sought to require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a similar law in Texas, but the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has more recently ruled in favor of Louisiana’s “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act” (Act 620).

Patrick J. Buchanan: The Green New Deal is a Suicide Note for Democrats

By Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative – After reading an especially radical platform agreed upon by the British Labor Party, one Tory wag described it as “the longest suicide note in history.”.. The phrase comes to mind on reading the resolution calling for a Green New Deal, advanced by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and endorsed by at least five of the major Democratic candidates for president… The Green New Deal is designed to recall the halcyon days of the 1930s, when, so the story goes, FDR came to Washington to enact the historic reforms that rescued America from the Great Depression.

He Stabbed His Girlfriend’s Stomach to Kill Her Baby, Won’t be Charged Because of New York’s Abortion Law

By Bill Donohue, LifeNews – Hobson killed both the woman and her baby. He was immediately charged with two crimes, but the charge for killing her baby was subsequently dropped: it was noted that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new abortion law provides no penalties for the killing of unborn children; abortion was removed from the criminal code and inserted into the public health law. Cuomo has not commented on what he has wrought.

Reggie Littlejohn: New York’s Abortion Law is More Barbaric Than China’s Practices

By Reggie Littlejohn, The Stream, – At the time, “Best Practices — Infanticide” constituted a compelling testimony against the brutal enforcement of China’s One Child Policy…. Never did I imagine that ten years later, a law in New York, and a proposed law in Virginia, would allow procedures more extreme even than those required by the Chinese Communist Party under the One Child Policy.

Patti Armstrong: What Did Wearing White at the SOTU Really Represent?

By Patti Armstrong, EWTN News – The suffragettes paved the way for women to fully participate economically, socially and politically, but they did not agree with today’s pro-abortion feminists. In a Time opinion piece, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life political action group, Susan B. Anthony List, explained that many of the suffrage leaders expressed that the rights of mother and child are inextricably linked and that the right to life and the right to vote are rooted in the inherent dignity of each human person.

Child Sex Abuse Called ‘a Serious and Pervasive’ Issue in U.S. Society

By Julie Asher, Catholic News Service – The Tribune is hardly the first media outlet to examine abuse in the nation’s public schools. In December 2016, USA Today published its own series… “Despite decades of repeated sex abuse scandals — from the Roman Catholic Church to the Boy Scouts to scores of news media reports identifying problem teachers — America’s public schools continue to conceal the actions of dangerous educators in ways that allow them to stay in the classroom,” it said.

Lauren Enriquez: After Ralph Northam, The ‘Bodily Autonomy’ Argument For Abortion Is Shot

By Lauren Enriquez, The Federalist – The new national debate over the legality and morality of infanticide may have just unraveled what was left of the bodily autonomy argument. First, the abortion industry’s most powerful ally—the Democrat Party—has spearheaded legislation that would allow abortion until the point of birth (which is now legal in eight states and the District of Columbia), and sanction infanticide when a so-called unwanted child emerged from her mother’s body.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley Responds to Pelosi’s Climate Committee: Does Protecting God’s Creation Include Babies?

By Randy DeSoto, The Western Journal – Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley questioned whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s commitment to protecting God’s creation extended to include babies… On Thursday, Pelosi tweeted, “We have a moral responsibility to protect God’s creation for generations to come. That is why today, we named members to the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. #ActOnClimate.”… Haley replied, “Does God’s creation not include protecting babies as well Madame Speaker? A committee on that issue would be welcome.”

Emily Ward: Sean Hannity: AOC’s Green New Deal Will ‘Destroy America … As We Know It’

By Emily Ward, CNSNews – “[U]nderstand what this is,” Sean Hannity told listeners. “Green energy deal, it will – and I’m going to explain it to you, why – it will destroy America, and America’s economy, as we know it. And there is– literally will turn back the clock on all of the progress that we have made, all the technological advancement that has bettered our lives, to the days where 90 percent of this country were living on family farms. That’s, that’s how far back we’re going to go.”… You know, ‘It’s like the Great Leap Forward dressed up in green camouflage,’ somebody said to me today. And I said, ‘Oh, yeah, that was clever.’

Maureen Mullarkey: The Catholic Church Should Stop Weaseling And Excommunicate Andrew Cuomo

By Maureen Mullarkey, The Federalist – Why aren’t bishops and cardinals more strongly considering excommunicating Cuomo from the Catholic Church, given his disdain for the sanctity of life?… In the 1980s, Catherine McKinnon declared that women would not be equal until they had “the right to kill.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo boasted that New York’s Reproductive Health Act, which was signed into law just days ago, was a milestone in “women’s equality.”… This mystic marriage between the feminist and the governor strips the mask from pro-choice language. Abortion is now what radical feminists wanted all along: unapologetic contract killing.

One Democrat Stood When Trump Called for Banning Late-Term Abortions: Because They’re “Horrific”

By Grace Carr, LifeNews – Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin stood and cheered a call to ban late-term abortions during President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night State of the Union address… Manchin was one of the few Democratic legislators attending the event who applauded the president’s call to action. Republican lawmakers stood and clapped vigorously, while a majority of Democrats remained in their seats.

Pete Baklinski: The 14 Names of Body Parts’ Traffickers Planned Parenthood Wants to Keep Secret in Daleiden Case 

By Pete Baklinski, LifeSiteNew – A California judge will decide on Monday if the 14 “secret” pro-abortion “Does” named as accusers in 15 criminal charges brought against pro-life advocate David Daleiden in 2017 will be revealed… Judge Christopher C. Hite of the Superior Court of California in San Francisco heard arguments January 28 from Daleiden’s legal team for why Daleiden’s accusers should be named… Daleiden, 30, is the undercover journalist and director of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) who in 2015 released grisly videos (watch here) allegedly exposing Planned Parenthood’s illegal harvesting and sale for profit of body parts from aborted babies.

Hospitals Implement Do Not Resuscitate Orders Without Parental Consent. States are Working to Change That With Simon’s Law, by Nancy Flory

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – Sheryl Crosier’s son died when he was three months old. He had been diagnosed with Trisomy 18. While complications from the syndrome can be fatal, some patients live years after the diagnosis… His doctors had a different idea of how long he should live… In Simon Crosier’s case, doctors placed a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order, along with a “comfort feeds” order in his medical chart. They didn’t ask or tell either parent. Simon passed away on December 3, 2010. Read his heartbreaking story here.

Steven Ertelt: House Democrats Block Request to Vote on Bill to Stop Infanticide For a Third Time

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – This is the fourth time Congressional Democrats thwarted an attempt by Republicans to vote on a bill that would provide medical care and treatment for babies who provide survived failed abortions — three times in the House and once in the Senate… “Before the entire House, (Minority Whip Steve Scalise) asked for immediate consideration of a bill that protects infants born alive during abortions. But Democrats rejected my motion and refused to consider it. Why won’t they go on record and tell the American people where they stand on infanticide?” Scalise asked on Twitter following the denial.

John Roberts Joins Liberal Justices as Supreme Court Blocks Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law

By Mark Sherman, Associated Press, Washington Times – A divided Supreme Court stopped Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics in a test of the conservative court’s views on abortion rights… The justices said by a 5-4 vote late Thursday that they will not allow the state to put into effect a law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals… Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joined the court’s four liberals in putting a hold on the law, pending a full review of the case… President Trump’s two Supreme Court appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh, were among the four conservative members of the court who would have allowed the law to take effect.

Catholic News Agency: Trump Talks Life, Religious Freedom at National Prayer Breakfast

Catholic News Agency – President Donald Trump reiterated his support for the unborn and religious liberty at the National Prayer Breakfast, held Thursday morning… Repeating a line from his state of the union address earlier this week, Trump told the assembly that “all children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God.” The room gave the president’s pro-life affirmation loud applause… The annual event, held in Washington, DC, brings religious leaders from different faiths and denominations together with political figures from both parties.

William Kilpatrick: Christianity’s Masculinity Crisis

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – It might seem odd to classify gender theory as a national security threat. After all, if a woman feels she was meant to be a man, there seems to be no reason why her personal desires should have any impact on national policy…. But, as you’re no doubt aware, gender theorists do want to make it a national issue.  They want to challenge all the assumptions about masculinity and femininity upon which a great many social arrangements are based. And they want your children to be indoctrinated in the latest gender fads as soon as they enter school.

Supreme Court Stops Enforcement of Pro-Life Louisiana Law After Roberts Joins Pro-Abortion Minority

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Supreme Court barred enforcement of a Louisiana law called the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act on a five to four vote Thursday night… Pro-abortion attorneys argued that the Louisiana law should be ruled unconstitutional under the precedent of Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The Texas law required abortionists to have admitting privileges and required abortion clinics to meet the same standard as ambulatory surgical centers. However, the Louisiana law did not require clinics to meet the ambulatory center requirements.

Lauretta Brown: SCOTUS Faces Potential Test on Abortion as Louisiana Law Is Halted for Review

By Lauretta Brown, Townhall – Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito temporarily halted a Louisiana abortion law late Friday which had been set to go into effect Monday. The law is halted through Thursday and Alito noted in his brief order that the Justices need time to review the filings in the case and the order “does not reflect any view regarding the merits of the petition for a writ of certiorari that applicants represent they will file.”

George Weigel: The Moral Depravity of Andrew Cuomo & Friends

By George Weigel, Denver Catholic – Of all the obscenities surrounding Governor Cuomo’s January 22 signing of a bill whose title (“The Reproductive Health Act”) would make George Orwell gag, the most cringe-inducing was the signing ceremony itself. You can watch it on YouTube, if you’ve the stomach for it… The ceremony is replete with the self-congratulatory political blather to which many of us have become inured. What is truly sickening is the unholy glee with which Cuomo signed this sordid bill — a demonic mirth shared by the other miscreants on the platform with him.

Michael Brown: Evangelicals, Trump, Abortion, and the State of the Union

By Michael Brown, The Stream – You could sum up in one word why many evangelicals voted for Donald Trump: abortion. It is therefore highly significant that it was Trump who made what might well be the strongest pro-life statement ever in a State of the Union address… But Trump took things to another level by rebuking the celebration of New York’s new abortion law and Virginia Gov. Northam’s infanticide comments. The President minced no words.

Hadley Arkes: The Rediscovery of the Born-Alive Act

By Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing – Of course, it could not be. The aim of that bill is to restore the penalties that had been stripped away from the original bill, the “Born-Alive Infants’ Protection Act of 2002.” That earlier bill sought to plant in the law this key premise: that a child who is born alive, surviving an abortion, has the same claim as any other human being to the protection of the law…

Little Hope for Pain Capable Bill in D.C.

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Mallory Quigley of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List tells OneNewsNow the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has been the groups “top legislative priority” for the last few years… One obstacle, she says, is a 60-vote requirement for passage in the U.S. Senate. A second obstacle is the rabidly pro-abortion House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi… “And now with Speaker Pelosi just dead-set on a pro-abortion agenda in the house,” says Quigley, “it’s an uphill battle for that legislation.”

Fr. Roger Landry: A Nation That Destroys Its Infants Destroys the Common Good

By Fr. Roger Landry, EWTN News – While stating that “to take care of life exacts doing so during the whole of life, and up to the end … [and giving] attention to the conditions of life: health, education, work opportunities and so on,” Francis nevertheless underlined that “the defense of life has its fulcrum in the reception of the one generated and who is still protected in the maternal womb, enveloped in the mother’s womb as in one loving embrace that unites them.”

Pelosi Sits, Scowls, Shakes Head as Trump Says: ‘Let Us Work Together to Build a Culture That Cherishes Innocent Life’

By CNSNews.com Staff – She grimaced when President Trump said: “Let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children–born and unborn–are made in the holy image of God.”… Here is the transcript of what President Donald Trump said in the state of the union about innocent life: “There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our Nation saw in recent days…. “Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth.

Fr. George W. Rutler: Comfort My People

By Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis Magazine – These thoughts came to mind when the governor of Virginia was attacked from all sides for allegations of racism, an offense against human dignity, while his publicly avowed permission to kill babies born as well as unborn, has been neuralgicly downplayed. Grounds for demanding his resignation were not based on infanticide, but on his sophomoric prancing about in blackface….

Micaiah Bilger: Planned Parenthood Launches New Sex Ed Videos Targeting 4 to 9-Year-Old Kids

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Abortion activists are pushing their irresponsible sex agenda on younger and younger children… This week, Planned Parenthood and several partner groups launched a new YouTube channel with sex education videos designed for children as young as 4… “Amaze jr.” advertises itself as a tool to help parents of young children “have healthy conversations” about their bodies, sex and gender.

Full Speech: Pres. Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Address

FOX NEWS – ‘Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children – born and unborn – are made in the holy image of God.’

‘Resist Infanticide Rally’ in Virginia Draws Hundreds of Pro-Lifers, by Zoey Maraist

By Zoey Maraist, Catholic Herald – Anger and disgust over comments by Virginia politicians supporting abortion even when a woman is delivering her baby inspired hundreds of people with two days’ notice to attend the pro-life Resist Infanticide Rally outside South County High School in Lorton on February 2.

Media Called Out for Shrugging Off Baby-Killing Comments, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Terry Schilling, executive director for American Principles Project, says that when Republicans make a gaffe or misstatement, the media devises campaigns against them — but not so with Democrats… “They come up with things like ‘Republican War Against Women,’ but when it comes to Democrats,” says Schilling, “when they’re openly talking about infanticide, as we saw with Governor Ralph Northam, it becomes a one-day hit and they put it under the rug almost immediately.”

Sen. Murray Stops Bill to Prohibit Infanticide, by Emily Ward 

By Emily Ward , CNSNews – On Monday night, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) used her authority to table a bill in the Senate that would have prohibited the killing of a child that survives an abortion and instituted penalties for any health worker who killed or tried to kill a baby that survived an abortion… The legislation, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, was introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.). When Sasse, on the Senate floor, asked for unanimous consent for the bill to move forward to committee, Sen. Murray objected and did not give her consent. As a result, the bill was stopped.

Congresswomen in White Sit Stone-Faced as Chamber Cheers Trump’s Call to Ban Late-Term Abortion, by Patrick Goodenough

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – An enduring image from the 2019 State of the Union address: a bloc of Democratic congresswomen, dressed in “suffragette white,” sitting in stony silence as colleagues cheered President Trump’s request for “Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.”

BREAKING: Trump Blasts Democrats’ Abortion Extremism in State of the Union, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – “There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days. Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth,” he said. “These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth.”

Trump Administration Moves to Protect Religious Adoption, Foster-Care Providers, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, The Stream – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently made a move that could be significant for religious child-welfare providers who face federal and state regulations that conflict with their deeply held beliefs when it comes to placing children with same-sex couples. HHS granted a religious exemption to a non-discrimination regulation for faith-based foster-care agencies in South Carolina.

OPINION: The Church and the Abortion Capital, by Ross Douthat

By Ross Douthat, New York Times – In a sense it’s not surprising that a renewed debate about abortion would begin in New York State, which passed a law last week — since imitated, to more controversy, by Virginia Democrats — ratifying the right to kill human beings in utero in the third trimester… Almost 50 years ago, in 1970, New York passed the nation’s most liberal abortion law, a template for the Roe v. Wade decision two years later. And the state has a justifiable reputation as (to quote a 2005 New York magazine story) “the abortion capital of America” — with a strong pro-choice consensus and high abortion rates.

The Catholic Thing: Two (writers) on Abortion

Michael Pakaluk and Tony Francois, The Catholic Thing – When I teach about abortion, I start with a poll. “How many of you believe that abortion is legal only for the first three months of pregnancy?”  All the students raise their hands – naturally enough, because this is what the media has repeatedly told them… I then go to my computer, connected to an overhead projector, and search on “late-term abortion near me.”  The search comes up with clinics in one’s own neighborhood offering abortions up to 24 or even 36 weeks…

‘Choice’ Words for Infanticide, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, Family Research Council – She sat in the dirty utility room, rocking him back and forth. He was tiny, barely 10 inches long when the doctors delivered him. His parents didn’t want to hold him, she was told. So for 45 minutes — the only 45 minutes he would have on earth — Jill (Stanek) cradled him, watching his chest rise and fall. Surrounded by the hospital’s stained sheets and trash, his body fell quiet, another victim of live-birth abortion. The last, she decided, she would ever witness.

CNSNews: Planned Parenthood – Which Donated $3M to Va. Gov. Ralph Northam’s Campaign – Calls on Him to Resign

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, called on Northam to resign Friday after he admitted to appearing in the racist photo but didn’t specify which one he was… “As the nation’s largest provider of reproductive health care, we have a responsibility to advocate for our patients, and to provide everyone who walks through our doors with compassionate health care. There is no place for Gov. Ralph Northam’s racist actions or language. He must step down as Governor. The people of Virginia need to be able to trust that their leaders will fight for them, and support policies that protect their health, safety and value their communities. Gov. Northam’s actions have put that in doubt,” Wen said in a statement on Twitter.

The Northam Debacle, by George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, American Spectator – The liberal apoplexy about the Northam debacle is a reminder that the Democrats obsess not over sound policies but the preservation of politically useful images. They don’t want to lose any ground to a president whom they routinely smear as a racist. They live in dread fear of losing a monopoly on the black vote, a monopoly based not upon substantive achievements but on the successful manipulation of identity politics.

Democrats Outraged Against Gov. Northam — For Only Half the Right Reasons

By Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream – Democrats are outraged by Virginia governor Ralph Northam’s past racism. And about his inability to get his story straight: Did he or did he not dress in a Klan get-up or black-face three decades ago, when he was in med school? Then there’s his admitted black-face Michael Jackson costume shortly after graduating from med school… They should be mad. We all should be. But only a couple of days earlier, Democrats and their allies in the media were rallying around Northam for his defense of infanticide.

How Do We Respond to New York’s New Abortion Law? by Michele Chronister

By Michele Chronister, Catholic Exchange – The state of New York recently passed a law that guarantees women the “right” to have an abortion right up to birth at full term. The videos of this bill being passed are heartbreaking — a roomful of men and women clapping and cheering for the abortion of unborn children… I’m sure that I’m not the only one who was deeply, deeply saddened by this outcome. But what can we possibly do in the face of so much evil?… Of course, we can pray. We must pray. We can and should fast, too, in whatever way that we are able.

Cardinal Dolan Gets Canon Law Wrong on Abortion, by Monica M. Miller

By Monica Migliorino Miller, Crisis Magazine – I have already discussed the problem of Dolan’s inaction, and the inaction of bishops generally, when it comes to the scandal of pro-abortion Catholic politicians. However on the same Fox and Friends broadcast, Dolan made further egregious errors to which a response needs to be made. Towards the end of the broadcast the cardinal answered the following question submitted by a viewer: “What is the Church’s stance on a mother who gets an abortion?”

Every Single Democrat Running for President Against Donald Trump is Pro-Abortion! by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The line of Democrats hoping to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020 keeps growing, but the variety of faces does not mean a variety of positions on the abortion issue… So far, every single Democrat who has announced a presidential campaign is pro-abortion… “As the party moves further to the left on abortion, pushing for fewer restrictions and more public funding, it has become almost unthinkable for a pro-life Democrats to make a national run,” the Washington Examiner reports…

Dear Cardinal Dolan, by Jennifer Hartline

By Jennifer Hartline, The Stream – I’m just an ordinary laywoman, not one of any particular pedigree or resume such that you should be impressed. But since you candidly asked that we laypeople start speaking up, I will do just that… Do Something… Forgive me, but you must stop wringing your hands and whining and act for the sake of the sheep. Your sheep… The dismal truth is that the credibility of the U.S. bishops is completely shot. That’s the soup you’re in right now. Even so, you must speak with candor and without any care at all for the opinion of the world or the reaction you’ll get.

Katrina Trinko: Senate Democrat Blocks Infanticide Ban

By Katrina Trinko, Daily Signal – Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., blocked Monday night Republican Sen. Ben Sasse’s push to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act by unanimous consent… The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act states that “If an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws” and would require health care professionals to care for the child and take the child to a hospital… “We have laws against infanticide in this country. This is a gross misinterpretation of the actual language of the bill that is being asked to be considered and therefore, I object,” said Murray, per The Hill.

CNA: Louisiana Law Regulating Abortion Facilities May Head to US Supreme Court

By Catholic News Agency – Abortion rights’ advocates have asked the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency stay of a Louisiana law that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals… The bipartisan law, known as the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, or Act 620, was effectively upheld by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Jan. 18 when it rejected a petition to rehear a challenge to the law… A three-judge panel of the court had already upheld Act 620 in September 2018.

Kevin Daley: Supreme Court Will Decide (This) Week on Pro-Life Louisiana Law That Could Close Abortion Clinics

By Kevin Daley, LifeNews – The Supreme Court will delay its decision as to whether a Louisiana abortion law can take effect… The Louisiana measure — which was scheduled to take effect Monday — requires that physicians conducting abortions have admitting privileges at a local hospital… In a short order issued Friday night, Justice Samuel Alito said the Court would block implementation of Louisiana’s law until Feb. 7 because the justices need time to review court filings from each party. The last of those filings was submitted on Friday morning.

Media Misses: Bias Exposed Over Abortion Extremism (Video)

By Jarrett Stepman, The Daily Signal – Few topics bring out media bias more than the issue of abortion. This week was a perfect example of that… Virginia state Delegate Kathy Tran, a Democrat from Fairfax County, introduced a bill that, the lawmaker acknowledged Monday, would allow abortions to be performed as a woman is giving birth… Then Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, followed this up with a defense of the bill Wednesday that actually managed to seem more extreme than the original proposal.

Kathryn J. Lopez: Message and Meaning in a Chaotic Time

By Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Stream – Not everything is about Donald Trump, the next presidential election or politics in general. Not everything has to do with right and left and Republicans and Democrats… When it comes to abortion, there seems to be a new breeze blowing, bringing moments of clarity and even newfound transparency… It started with the new president of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, talking about how providing abortion access remains part of the organization’s core mission. She seemed unashamed to say the a-word, a word that for years pro-choice activists have largely suppressed, opting for euphemisms instead.

Bishop Daly: Pro-Choice Pols Should Not Receive Eucharist

By JD Flynn, CNA – The Bishop of Spokane said Friday that that politicians who publicly support abortion should not receive the Eucharist in his diocese… “Politicians who reside in the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, and who obstinately persevere in their public support for abortion, should not receive Communion without first being reconciled to Christ and the Church,” Bishop Thomas Daly wrote in a Feb. 1 letter to his diocese.

Steve Jordahl: Media Shrugs After VA Gov Describes How to Kill a Baby

By Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – It’s hard to miss the outrage surrounding the radical abortion bills in New York and now in Virginia – that is unless you’re the mainstream media…. On the heels of New York’s flagrant infanticide law, a statement by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northum (pictured above) sickened pro-lifers and left abortion defenders dithering to defend his defense of controversial legislation… “The infant would be delivered,” Northum, a former pediatric neurologist, said in a radio interview.

Dov Fischer: On Abortion, Killing, Murder, Tearing Limbs, Throwing Out Heads, and Personal Responsibility

By Dov Fischer, American Spectator – We now have states like New York racing to expand their abortion-on-demand laws, in anticipation that the United States Supreme Court soon will revisit Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), and overturn all of part of it, finding finally that the opinion was fabricated injudiciously, using hokey reasoning and specious legal precedent to arrive at a politically predetermined conclusion… When Justice Ginsburg or Breyer steps down and is replaced by a Constitutional Originalist, Roe v. Wade presumably will be aborted on the federal landscape, but states still will be allowed to permit abortions in their jurisdictions if they so please.

Ben Shapiro: Recent Abortion Bills Blow Left’s ‘A Baby Is Not a Baby’ Abortion ‘Argument to Smithereens’

By Michael Morris, CNS News – Ben Shapiro called out the left on their recent legislative proposals on abortion, saying that the recent abortion bills blow the left’s “a baby is not a baby” abortion “argument to smithereens.”… “But what the left is acknowledging is that they believe the same thing in reverse. They believe that it is just as morally unproblematic to kill a baby that is fully formed as it is to kill a baby at eight weeks, which blows their entire argument to smithereens because their argument has been, ‘A baby is not a baby. That’s why you can kill it.’”

Primetime CNN, MSNBC Ignore Virginia Dems Supporting Late, Post-Term Abortions

By Curtis Houck, National Right to Life – There were crickets in large swaths of the liberal media on Wednesday as the left’s attempt to advance late-term abortion measures took an even more gruesome turn as pediatric neurologist and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) articulated on WTOP-FM support for infanticide if parents decide with physicians to not provide care to a delivered child if deemed unviable.

THE MASK IS OFF! The Governor of Virginia: Let’s be Civil About Killing Newborns

By Dr. Michael Brown, The Stream – For those who question whether abortion is really “baby killing,” the governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, has left us no doubt. Not only does he advocate the possible killing of a newborn baby, he wants us to be “civil” when discussing it…. This is reminiscent of Nazi leaders discussing the slaughter of Jewish children, women, and men in icy, dispassionate terms the way an accountant would discuss balancing the books. Such is the face of evil…. This, of course, is the deadly and logical progression of the spirit of abortion.

Lisa Bourne: Rhode Island’s Catholic Democratic Gov. Backs Abortion Bill Overturning All Pro-Life Laws

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – Following the lead of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Rhode Island’s pro-abortion Catholic governor supports what amounts to unrestricted abortion written into her state’s law… “I write in strong support of House Bill 5127, which would enshrine the important provisions of Roe v. Wade in state law,” wrote Governor Gina Raimondo (D) in a Jan. 29 letter to Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary Robert Craven.

To Anyone Who Thinks the Ralph Northam Controversy Is Insignificant, by Bruce Ashford

By Bruce Ashford, Daily Signal – Thus, only a few years after the civil rights movement had expanded protection of human dignity, seven lawyers chose to bypass the legislature to rule that an entire class of human beings—unborn babies—will not be guaranteed justice and equality… The effects have been catastrophic, with Roe v. Wade functioning like an environmental disaster on the moral ecology of our nation… The worst effects have been felt by the unborn beings who die violently in the womb during the act of abortion. Indeed, an unborn baby in a medical facility enjoys less legal protection in America than an endangered species of bird.

Opinion: John Zmirak: Andrew Cuomo and ‘Everyone Who Voted for Him Deserves Excommunication’ for NY Abortion Law

By Robert Kraychik, Breitbart – John Zmirak (recalled)… “The pro-life movement was actually quite strong in New York until the last 15 years, and that’s what’s really interesting to me. The pro-life cause was actually 50-50 in New York until quite recently, and what changed it was immigration. What’s changing it everywhere is immigration.”… “What upsets me the most about the Catholic bishops is that they support mass immigration for their own reasons,” said Zmirak. “That makes it impossible to protect the lives of unborn children in one state after another state after another state, and Cardinal Dolan in New York City is a big part of this.”

Saving Andrew Cuomo’s Soul, by Ed Condon

By Ed Condon, CNA – Sixty years ago, John F. Kennedy insisted that his Catholicism was a private matter, and a generation of politicians followed suit. New York Gov. Mario Cuomo in 1984 famously declared himself “privately opposed” to abortion but obliged to support it publicly in the name of representing the whole people… Last week, Cuomo’s son and successor as governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed an expansive abortion bill into law, effectively giving license to kill a child up to the moment of birth…

Democrats Now the Party of Infanticide, and No One Can Deny It, by Jonathan Van Maren

By Jonathan Van Maren, LifeSiteNews – The Democrats have overplayed their hand… For decades, abortion activists and their political allies have wisely attempted to avoid the topic of late-term abortion entirely. Many insisted that partial-birth abortion simply did not exist, strategists warned behind closed doors that defending late-term abortion was a sure way to drive more people into the pro-life camp…

Msgr. Charles Pope: Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Perhaps my all-time favorite illustration of this awful human tendency is in the Gospel of John: Then the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate came out … They are plotting to kill a just and innocent man; indeed, they are plotting to kill God. They are acting out of wickedness, envy, jealousy, hatred, and murderous anger, but their primary concern is avoiding ritual uncleanliness! Yes, they are straining out gnats but swallowing camels.

Rachel del Guidice: Pro-Death Advocates Are Just Getting Started

By Rachel del Guidice, CNSNews – “So where it’s obvious that a woman is about to give birth, she has physical signs that she’s about [to] give birth, would that still be a point at which she could still request an abortion if she was so certified?” state House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert asked Tran. “She’s dilating.”… “My bill would allow that, yes,” Tran answered.

Va. Delegate Tran Says Her Bill Doesn’t Legalize Late-Term Abortion, It Just Makes It Easier

By Craig Millward, CNSNews – Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran (D) responded to criticism of her bill that would eliminate restrictions on abortion in Virginia and would permit abortions to be performed right up to the moment of birth, saying that her bill does “nothing to change” abortion in the latter stages of pregnancy… “I want to be very clear about what is currently allowed by Virginia law. Right now women are allowed to access an abortion in the later stages of pregnancy under certain conditions with the approval of medical doctors,”

Planned Parenthood Called Democrat Governor Who Endorsed Infanticide a “Champion,” Gave Him $3 Million

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is under fire for endorsing infanticide yesterday on a radio talk show. Northam not only defended a bill in the state legislature that would legalize abortions up to birth – even if the mother is dilated — he defended infanticide during a radio show today… Northam apparently thinks it’s okay to kill a baby once the infant is fully delivered.

Graham to Catholics: Expel Cuomo Over NY Abortion Law

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – In response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D-N.Y.) signing of New York’s new abortion law that removes restrictions on late-term abortions and makes it legal to abort preborns until the moment of birth, Rev. Franklin Graham is calling on Catholic leaders to “take a moral stand” against the Catholic governor and excommunicate him from the Roman Catholic Church…. Graham backed Catholic leaders’ urging to excommunicate Cuomo in his re-tweet of an article where they wanted to ban the Democratic governor for his “flagrant celebration of [a] pro-abortion bill.”

Jennifer Hartline: Apparently One Gosnell Just Wasn’t Enough

By Jennifer Hartline, The Stream – Not to be outdone in bloodlust by New York, the state of Virginia is poised to pass its own abortion legislation that may be even worse than New York’s. (If that is possible.)… Introduced by Democrat Kathy Tran, the Repeal Act would wipe out all existing restrictions on abortions in Virginia. According to Tran, her bill would allow for a woman at full-term, in labor, to still have an abortion if the doctor deemed it “necessary” for her mental or physical health.

Joshua Gill: Democrats to Remove God, Gender Specific Language from Committee Oath

By Joshua Gill, Daily Caller – Republican leadership decried the proposed removal of faith-based language as a sign that the Democratic Party was shifting toward Marxism… “It is incredible, but not surprising, that the Democrats would try to remove God from committee proceedings in one of their first acts in the majority,” House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming told Fox News. “They really have become the party of Karl Marx.”

BREAKING: Trump Blasts Virginia Democrats for Defending Infanticide 

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – President Donald Trump lambasted Virginia Democrats for supporting abortion up until, during, and even after birth, calling Delegate Kathy Tran’s comments on her bill permitting abortion even as a woman goes into labor “terrible.”… Virginia Governor Ralph Northam suggested in comments this morning that Tran’s bill would also allow doctors to refuse to resuscitate an infant born alive after a failed abortion “if that’s what the mother and the family desire.”

Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life CEO: Think New York’s Abortion Law is Barbaric? Here’s What You Should Do

By Shawn Carney, LifeSiteNews – New York has sent our country a barbaric invitation to recognize the humanity of the pre-born baby lost in abortion. And that baby at 39 weeks has the same value, dignity, and humanity at 8 weeks, 16 weeks, or 24 weeks. At no point do we increase in dignity during gestation, we simply grow. Once we dehumanize a person, we become very capable of killing them and this new law puts that reality on full display.

Chad Groening: Voter Fraud – It’s Real … and It’s Lawlessness

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – A former leader in the Texas GOP admits being “shocked” at the recent announcement of massive voter fraud in the Lone Star State for more than two decades… Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton reported last week that the state had discovered about 95,000 non-U.S. citizens on voter rolls going back to 1996 – and that roughly 58,000 of those foreign nationals have reportedly voted in at least one state election. Paxton says illegal voting threatens democracy and deprives individual Texans of their voice in the election process.

Ken Blackwell: What Episode at Lincoln Memorial Teaches Us About Media Standards

By Ken Blackwell, CNSNews – Much of the problem stems from what seems to be a dangerous belief among journalists that it’s better to be first than accurate. The initial story in The Washington Post quoted Phillips at length but did not include a comment from the students. In their rush to run a story that could hurt President Trump, they abandoned basic journalistic standards.

Ed Condon: Excommunicate Cuomo

By Ed Condon, First Things – Let me be clear: I am not arguing that any Catholic politician who has supported or voted for pro-abortion legislation can ipso facto be termed a heretic. Gov. Cuomo’s consistent and vocal support for this particular legislation, his unique role in enacting it, and his flouting of the clear and public admonitions of two bishops who can claim jurisdiction over him make his case unique.

Gov. Cuomo Lights NY Landmarks in Pink, Celebrating Abortion, to Shine Bright Light for Rest of Nation to Follow

By Grace Car, Reporter, Daily Caller – The bill codifies a woman’s right to abort under state law and removes abortion from New York’s criminal code. The bill also allows women to have abortions after 24 weeks in cases where “there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient’s life or health,” according to the legislation. Nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants and qualified health care professionals can provide abortions under the legislation.

Counting the Cost: New York Bishops Fight Hard to Save Money But Not Babies

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant – Both the pro-abortion Reproductive Health Act (RHA) that became law last week and the Child Victims Act (CVA), which passed the New York legislature on Monday, have been progressing since 2007. In attempts to keep clerical sex abuse victims restricted by the statute of limitations, however, the New York State Catholic Conference (NYSCC) spent millions of dollars and hired expensive lobbying firms to fight the passage of CVA… Cardinal Timothy Dolan, as archbishop of New York and head of the NYSCC, even made an unannounced visit in March to the state capital in Albany to personally lobby against the passage of CVA. None of these measures, however, are on record in the battle to keep RHA from passing.

Planned Parenthood Promotes Facade of Health Care

Patriot Post – Planned Parenthood recently released its annual report for last year. Unsurprisingly, in reviewing the report it’s apparent that abortion is still the organization’s number one business, though PP is still attempting to distort this reality… The abortion mill claims that the procedure amounts to only 3% of its business. But that’s a cleverly disguised farce. Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review explains, “Planned Parenthood arrives at this statistic by dividing the abortion procedures for the year (332,757) by the number of ‘services’ the group provided (9.7 million).

New York and the Conscience of a Nation, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, Family Research Council – For 40 years, America has had one of the most extreme abortion laws on the planet. Babies in the womb — boys and girls, unwanted by their families, rejected as members of the human family, have been deprived of their human rights and legal protection until the moment of birth, thanks to the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973. But rarely has there been the collective outrage we now see against the New York legislature and its governor, Andrew Cuomo.

Anti-Catholicism Lives Loudly in Democrats, by Ashley McGuire

By Ashley McGuire, RealClearReligion – Democrats just keep outdoing themselves. In the domain of anti-Catholic bigotry, that is… Until recently, it was hard to believe that they could be any more anti-Catholic then they were after the Amy Coney Barrett kerfuffle, in which Senators Feinstein (D-CA) and Durbin (D-IL) questioned whether Coney Barrett’s Catholic faith should disqualify her from a circuit court judgeship. Senator Feinstein now infamously said, “The dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s a concern.”

Charlie Daniels on Cuomo’s Abortion Law: It’s a ‘New Auschwitz…Satan Is Smiling’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – “Watch the wrinkles on cuomo’s face lengthen as the ramifications of the thousands of murders he has sanctioned come to bear on him,” wrote Charlie Daniels in a Jan. 26 tweet… “The NY legislature has created a new Auschwitz dedicated to the execution of a whole segment of defenseless citizens,” he wrote… “Satan is smiling,” concluded Daniels.

Bishops Wring Their Hands at the Whirlwind of Hell, by Monica M. Miller

By Monica Migliorino Miller, Crisis Magazine – Several years ago, after I taught a course on Church history, my students presented me with a gift. It was an 8-inch tall action-figure of Pope Innocent III they purchased from a novelty store in Frankenmuth, MI. A pope of the thirteenth century, Innocent III, besides approving the Rule of St. Francis, is also known for calling the Albigensian crusade. This odd children’s play-thing came with a short biography which included: “Action-figure’s Weapon of Choice: Excommunication.”

Michael F. Haverluck: Texas Transgender Bills to ‘Ban Christianity’ in Texas?

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – The magnitude of the latest wave of pro-LGBTQ legislation is so severe that one conservative columnist argues that the left is attempting “to ban Christianity in Texas.”… While LGBTQ activists across the Lone Star State are confident that the upcoming state bills will enhance the so-called “gay rights” of Texans, many conservative pastors in the state are fearful that the proposed laws… will diminish their right to express their faith.

Lisa Bourne: Priest Sticks Up for Covington Catholic Students After They Defended Him From Mob’s Slurs 

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – A Catholic priest was the target of bigoted slurs from the radical activist group involved in the encounter last Friday between Nathan Phillips and Covington Catholic High School students – and the Covington kids reacted swiftly to defend the priest and their faith… “The Covington Catholic High School students were willing to immediately act in defense of me and our Catholic faith,” Hambrough told LifeSiteNews.

Deacon Greg Kandra: President Trump Nominates Deacon to U.S. Court of Appeals

By Deacon Greg Kandra, Patheos – My friend and legal eagle Tom Zampino alerted me to this bit of news: President Trump this week nominated a deacon from the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Judge Joseph Bianco to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.   

George J. Marlin: Should Governor Andrew Cuomo be Excommunicated?

By George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing – In March 1970, the New York State Legislature repealed the anti-abortion law that had been on the books since 1830.  The bill narrowly passed, due to support from several legislators from heavily Catholic districts who were subsequently defeated for their apostasy in the November elections… Back in those days, the Catholic Church in New York possessed moral authority; and the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Terrence Cooke, was not afraid to use that power in the public square.

Dr. Michael Brown: The Radical Left Has Reminded Me Why I Voted for Donald Trump

By Dr. Michael Brown, The Stream – For the last 26 months, I have explained over and again why I, as an evangelical leader, voted for Donald Trump. But in recent days, I have felt the weight of it all over again. There really were strong reasons to vote for Trump. Given similar circumstances in 2020, I would vote for him again.

New York’s Not Alone: Here’s a List of States That Permit Abortion Up to Birth, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, Townhall – Many have been upset recently by New York’s new permissive abortion law that allows abortion “within 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient’s life or health.”… However, New York’s law is not as extreme as the policies in the following seven states that have no, or little, restrictions on abortion and allow abortion up until birth, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research and policy group.

The Point: What the Pro-Abortion Movement Really Wants

By John Stonestreet &  G. Shane Morris, Breakpoint – To the sound of supporters chanting “free abortion on demand, we can do it, yes we can,” the New York legislature just passed the terribly named “Reproductive Health Act.” It’s the most radically pro-abortion state-level initiative in recent memory… The new law has nothing to do with health, and everything to do with death… Take note. The pro-choice movement just revealed its true face. It’s not about choice. It’s about glorifying, even idolizing, death as the path to a good life, with cult-like glee…

New York’s New Abortion Law is Terrible. Just like Roe v. Wade

By Austin Ruse and Cathy Ruse, JD, The Stream – Pro-lifers are making a mistake by touting the new abortion law in New York state as anything drastically new… Roe v. Wade itself legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy… Most Americans have no idea how radical our national abortion law is. Why would they? A day after the Roe ruling, the headline in the New York Times read: “High Court Rules Abortions Legal the First 3 Months.” The original Fake News.

Cardinal Dolan: Excommunicating Andrew Cuomo “Not an Appropriate Response” for Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Through a spokesman, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said that excommunicating the governor is “not an appropriate response.” He went on to say that excommunication is typically called for by frustrated Catholics who are upset… As a reported for CNN tweeted: “I asked @CardinalDolan‘s spokesman about the calls for Gov. Cuomo to be excommunicated over NY’s new abortion bill. While emphasizing that this should not be considered a comment on any specific person, he said excommunication “should not be used as a weapon.”

PragerU: What You Need to Know About Planned Parenthood (Video)

By Lila Rose, PragerU – What does Planned Parenthood really do? What do they actually stand for? President and founder of Live Action, Lila Rose, lays out everything you need to know about Planned Parenthood.

Joan Frawley Desmond: Christians in the Cultural Crosshairs

By Joan Frawley Desmond, EWTN – On Jan. 18, Catholic high-school boys were condemned as racists in national news after an online video suggested they had disrespected a Native-American elder during a trip to Washington, D.C., for the March for Life. And Lady Gaga, the pop megastar, interrupted a Jan. 19 set in Las Vegas to denounce Karen Pence, the vice president’s wife, for teaching art at Immanuel Christian School, a private institution that upholds biblical norms on marriage and sexual ethics…

Lisa Bourne: Two US Bishops Support Excommunication of New York Governor Over ‘Vile’ Abortion Law

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – Two U.S. bishops are calling for the excommunication of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for his role in enshrining a “fundamental right” to virtually-unlimited abortion in the state… Knoxville, Tennessee, Bishop Richard Stika and Tyler, Texas, Bishop Joseph Strickland both indicated that if Cuomo lived in their jurisdiction they would take action. Strickland urged Cuomo’s ordinaries to do so… Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan responded today to calls for Cuomo’s excommunication, saying via a spokesperson that excommunication is “not an appropriate response.”…

Abortion Giant Didn’t Need Taxpayers’ Money But Got it Anyway

Planned Parenthood really doesn’t need the flow of federal tax dollars into its coffers. That’s the view of an expert who keeps the abortion giant under a microscope…. In its 2016-2017 report, Planned Parenthood reported an income of $1.46 billion; in 2017-2018, that number jumped to $1.67 billion – $563.8 million of which came from the federal government. Planned Parenthood also spent the year claiming Congress was trying to defund them, according to Jim Sedlak of the American Life League.

David Carlin: Silencing Catholic Speech

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – In the United States, in recent decades, this campaign against homophobic hate speech has been very effective. Almost never nowadays does anybody dare to utter a public word of disapproval against homosexuality… What about the Catholic Church? Has the homosexualist campaign against “hate speech” had the effect of silencing the Church, of preventing it from communicating its ancient teaching that homosexual sodomy is sinful?

Nancy Flory: New York State Downgrades From ‘Nineveh’ to ‘Sodom’ With New Abortion Law

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – As The Daily Wire reports: On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, delighted that the New York legislature passed the Reproductive Health Act which would allow mothers to kill (pardon me, abort) their babies up until birth, celebrated this legalized murder by ordering that the spire at One World Trade Center, the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the Kosciuszko Bridge and the Alfred E. Smith Building in Albany all be lit in pink on Tuesday night.

Edward Peters: From Msgr. Pope’s Lips to the Bishops’ Ears

By Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap., Blog – Andrew Cuomo played in pushing, signing, and celebrating that state’s new, gruesome abortion law, that Cuomo-qua-Catholic must now face ecclesiastical consequences for his egregious actions. (Msgr.) Pope acknowledges, though, that he is not a canon lawyer and seems implicitly to ask for input from those who are regarding possible consequences. My thoughts follow

Emily Ward: Planned Parenthood Did More Than 2 Million Abortions While Funded by Republican House

By Emily Ward, CNSNews – Planned Parenthood did more than 2 million abortions while receiving federal funding through appropriations approved by the House of Representatives when the House was controlled by Republicans from the beginning of 2011 through the beginning of 2019, according to abortion numbers published in Planned Parenthood’s annual reports.

Austin Ruse: Disgraced Cardinal Must Not Address Catholic Conference

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – What message is sent to victims of priest sex abuse that Cardinal Roger Mahoney will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Los Angeles Archdiocesan Education Conference, the largest Catholic gathering in the country?… Exactly five years ago, Archbishop Jose Gomez stripped Mahoney of all administrative and public church duties. Why? Gomez was nice about it, but he said, “My predecessor … has expressed his sorrow for his failure to fully protect young people entrusted to his care.”

Doug Mainwaring: Pro-Gay Kentucky Bishop Trashes Covington Boys: Wearing a Trump Hat Isn’t Pro-Life

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – A Kentucky bishop known for pro-homosexual advocacy has published a commentary criticizing the high school boys who marched against abortion in Washington, D.C. for wearing Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats… “I am ashamed that the actions of Kentucky Catholic high school students have become a contradiction of the very reverence for human life that the march is supposed to manifest,” wrote Lexington Bishop John Stowe…

By Steven Ertelt: You Can’t Give a Lethal Injection to Murderers in New York, But You Can Give One to an Unborn Baby

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – But in one analysis article, pro-life columnist Matt Walsh made an interesting observation. He noted how the state of New York prohibits the death penalty but now allows abortions of unborn babies up until the day of their birth. That makes it so that while convicted murderers can’t receive a lethal injection, unborn babies can.

Catholic Leaders: Excommunicate Gov. Cuomo Over New York’s Extreme Abortion Law

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – “The bishops’ statement is welcome,” author John Zmirak told LifeSiteNews. “Sadly, it’s a day late and a dollar short… For how long have ‘Catholic’ politicians who support laws like this been allowed to receive Holy Communion by New York bishops?” he asked… Zmirak, 54, believes that a “massive influx” of abortion-supporting immigrants have changed the political balance in New York… “When I grew up in New York City, the pro-life cause had a fighting chance… We elected pro-life senators like James Buckley and Al D’Amato. But the massive influx of pro-choice voting immigrants has changed all that. Our bishops, who constantly oppose border enforcement, helped make this inevitable.”

OPINION: It’s Toxic Media That Hurts America, Not Toxic Masculinity, by John Dempsey

By John Dempsey, Townhall – Gillette shaving company started last week with a bang. Their “toxic masculinity” commercial attacked all men as rapists, bullies, and brutes. According to the company, masculine men have these issues, and we are the downfall of our society and culture. The media and left-wing pundits agreed and widely praised the ad.

Chris Woodward: TX Permitted to Drop PP Money After Appeals Court Ruling-“Big Win for Taxpayers”

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – The public can expect to hear a lot more in coming weeks about the state of Texas dropping Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program…. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a district court’s decision that prevented Texas from eliminating Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program… Speaking on the “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” radio program, Attorney General Ken Paxton called the ruling a big win for taxpayers.

Melissa Mackenzie: Andrew Breitbart Was Right About the Media

By Melissa Mackenzie, American Spectator – I am at war with the mainstream media because they portray themselves as objective observers of reality, when they’re no such thing. They’re partisan critical theory hacks… They have nothing but contempt for the American people. – Andrew Breitbart

One World Trade Center Lit Up Pink to Celebrate New York Passing Bill Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth

By Brittany Hughes, LifeNews – The One World Trade Center was lit up pink Tuesday night to celebrate the passage of a bill by the New York state legislature that legalizes abortion through the ninth month of pregnancy while rolling back protections for babies born alive after a botched abortion… The “Reproductive Health Act”… relaxes the state’s already-permissive abortion laws to allow abortions past the 24 week of pregnancy – the current limit in New York – while also allowing non-doctors to perform abortions

World Watches Battle Between Covington Boys and Mainstream Media – Live Updates, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – “The only innocent people on Saturday morning in Washington were the kids from Covington,” (Talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh) declared, saying they did nothing but “show up at a rally for life wearing their ‘Make America Great Again’ hats. They’re from a Catholic school; so they had everything going against them. They’re white, they’re teenagers, they’re wearing Trump hats, and they are Catholics. They believe in Jesus Christ.”…

Trump Vows to Have SOTU in ‘Alternative’ Location, by Fred Lucas

By Fred Lucas, Daily Signal – President Donald Trump said he would deliver the State of the Union in an “alternative” location after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said he would not be welcome in the House, the traditional venue… Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James, as part of a meeting of conservative leaders, told the president he was welcome to hold it at The Heritage Foundation, located near Capitol Hill, according to a Politico reporter.

Mark Ballard: Law That Will Soon Close More Louisiana Abortion Clinics Goes into Effect Next Week 

By Mark Ballard, The Advocate – On the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Tuesday that a new law would go into effect next week that could further limit access to pregnancy termination procedures in Louisiana… Starting Monday, Jan. 28, physicians who perform abortions must have permission to use nearby hospitals, called “admitting privileges,” Landry said in a news release. That’s barring any appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of a decision last week by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court Appeals.

The Real Climate-Change Deniers: Exposing a Mainstream Myth, by Vijay Jayaraj

By Vijay Jayaraj, The Stream – Money Motivates the Mainstream Myth… Why this abandonment of skepticism in climate science?… If alarmists admit that real-world temperatures differ so much from their claims, the doomsday narrative will die. There will be a backlash among both the public and policymakers. Billions of government research dollars will dry up. Elite scientists will lose their jobs. The renewable energy industry will lose billions in subsidies.

Phil Lawler: They Came for Covington Catholic; Next Will They Come for You?

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – What happened at the Lincoln Memorial was a classic demonstration of Alinsky tactics: a staged confrontation, an emotional appeal to the media, and then a scorched-earth campaign to demonize the opposition. For a few days it worked. And to their shame, many prominent pro-lifers succumbed to the propaganda and joined in the group-hate.

How the Corporate Pill Pushers Started the Opioid Crisis

By Brian Saady, The American Conservative – A federal judge has ruled that a massive lawsuit that blames drug manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacies for the American opioid epidemic will proceed to trial… “It is accurate to describe the opioid epidemic as a man-made plague, twenty years in the making. The pain, death, and heartache it has wrought cannot be overstated,” blasted U.S. District Judge Dan Polster… Take Purdue Pharma, the first manufacturer of OxyContin and the most high-profile defendant in this case. The company has reportedly made $35 billion from the sale of OxyContin since its introduction in 1995… that sold the painkiller as a pill to “start with and to stay with” that was “virtually non-addictive. [1]”

EXCLUSIVE: David Daleiden: Planned Parenthood Likely in ‘Chills’ Over Supreme Court Scrutiny

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – In November, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) filed a petition with the Supreme Court requesting that it dismiss Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against CMP for recording the undercover videos in the first place. CMP argues that the suit ignores California’s Anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) laws that protect journalists from retaliation by public speakers.

Report: Native American Rights Activists Attempt to Disrupt Mass at National Shrine, by Ed Condon

By Ed Condon, Catholic News Agency – While chanting and playing ceremonial drums, a group of Native American rights activists reportedly led by the man at the center of a videotaped confrontation with Kentucky high school students that went viral attempted Jan. 19 to enter Washington, D.C.’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during a Saturday evening Mass… “It was really upsetting,” the (shrine security guard) told CNA. “There were about 20 people trying to get in, we had to lock the doors and everything.”

Micaiah Bilger: New York Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – “May almighty God have mercy on this state!” in the Senate soon after the vote… The legislation goes beyond Roe v. Wade, allowing abortions even when the Supreme Court has said states may regulate them, according to the pro-life leaders. Late-term abortions, which currently are illegal in New York, would be allowed, and non-doctors would be allowed to perform them… The bill appears to restrict late-term abortions, but it adds a broad “health” exception for abortions after 24 weeks.

Micaiah Bilger: Andrew Cuomo’s Bill Allowing Abortion Up to Birth Could Make Being Pro-Life a Crime

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – They noted that Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators “hail this new abortion law as progress.”.. “This is not progress,” the bishops countered. “Progress will be achieved when our laws and our culture once again value and respect each unrepeatable gift of human life, from the first moment of creation to natural death. Would that not make us truly the most enlightened and progressive state in the nation?”… The bill refers to abortion as a “fundamental human right,” which is cause for concern, said Gallagher. Because of the strong language, the bill could be used to block religious organizations from advocating for life, or prevent doctors from abstaining from performing abortions on religious or moral grounds.

CNA: NY Bishops Lament Bill to Expand Abortion in State

By Catholic News Agency – We mourn the unborn infants who will lose their lives,’ the New York State bishops said.. The bishops of New York decried on Thursday the likely passage of the Reproductive Health Act, which would expand abortion access throughout the state, noting it will only increase family suffering… The bill was first introduced in 2007, but was often blocked by a Republican-led state senate.

Jesse B. Russell: Feral Leftists Attack Catholic Teens at March for Life

By Jesse B. Russell, Crisis Magazine – Regardless of what political and theological position they took on the matter, American Catholics developed a modus vivendi with the fact that in the United States, free speech was to be granted to any and all political positions… as we round the second decade of the twenty-first century, it has become increasingly clear to religious conservatives—including Catholics—that political forces of a different kind seek to deprive them of their free speech rights and question their suitability to hold public office.

POLITICS: Sex, Lies, and Videotape — A Week in the Culture War, by Dov Fischer

By Dov Fischer, American Spectator – We are embroiled in the fight for our lives. The secret to America’s greatness has been and is our culture. More than fighting ISIS in Syria or investigating the now-discredited Steele Dossier for two years, our nation’s future will rest on whether we can protect the Judeo-Christian culture that built this country and that continued making it the greatest nation humans ever created… We are a good people. We also are a normal people. Our norms stem from values that trace to Holy Scripture, to ten Divine pronouncements that the Bible records at Mount Sinai, to the expanded values that derive from those recorded declarations….

BRAVO! Bishop Writes Open Letter to N.Y. Gov.: Mr. Cuomo, Do Not Build This Death Star.

By Most Rev. Edward B. Scharfenberger, Bishop of Albany – Although in your recent State of the State address you cited your Catholic faith and said we should “stand with Pope Francis,” your advocacy of extreme abortion legislation is completely contrary to the teachings of our pope and our Church. Once truth is separated from fiction and people come to realize the impact of the bill, they will be shocked to their core. By that time, however, it may be too late to save the countless lives that will be lost or spare countless women lifelong regret.

David Catron: The GOP Finally Has a Fighting General

By David Catron, American Spectator – This is much the same attitude many voters, conservatives as well as independents, had adopted by the time Trump came down that escalator to announce his intention to run for the presidency. Just as Lincoln saw a proven winner in Grant, rather than another pompous peacetime general like McClellan and Halleck, the voters saw a successful businessman in Trump instead of the usual decorous losers like John McCain and Mitt Romney. And, unlike George Will, they did not and still do not give a damn about “comportment.” Trump’s supporters wanted someone on the GOP side who would fight.

John Zmirak: Throwing Covington’s Pro-Life Boys to the Crocodiles

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Like the Wizard of Oz, the media are using all their special effects to shock us and awe us. To keep us from seeing the “man behind the curtain.” And too many conservatives and Christians are playing along. They’re letting the reign of terror get to them… That’s the lesson of the face-off between pro-life kids in MAGA hats from a Kentucky Catholic school and a crazy quilt of American Indian protestors and Jew-bashing, gay-baiting “Black Hebrew Israelites.” What you saw of that event in the media? That was a carefully doctored propaganda montage.

CNA: Senate Fails to Advance Bill to Ban Federal Abortion Funding

By Catholic News Agency – The bill would have also banned federal funding for health insurance plans that include abortion coverage… In a procedural vote on Thursday, the Republican-led U.S. Senate failed to advance a bill that would prohibit taxpayer funding for abortions… The January 17 vote to invoke cloture and end debate on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2019 (S.109) needed 60 supporters. Only 48 senators, including two Democrats, voted in favor of cloture, with 47 legislators voting against it.

Calvin Freiburger: Senate Passes Resolution Condemning Bigotry Against Catholics, Knights of Columbus

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – The Senate unanimously passed a symbolic resolution Wednesday disavowing opposition to federal appointees on the basis of membership in the Catholic organization Knights of Columbus, following a series of hostile questions from two Democrat senators.

Bruce Walker: US Birthrate Falls to Drastic Lows

By Bruce Walker, Church Militant – Total fertility rates have decreased significantly over the past 60 years. According to a report by John Binder, “Between 1955 to 1960, the U.S. birth rate peaked with nearly 3.6 children being born per woman. Demographers predict, based on current trends, for the U.S. birth rate to remain below replacement level into the year 2100.”… Beyond specific Catholic doctrine against abortion and contraception, the decrease in total fertility rates as a result of both poses serious financial concerns from a strictly utilitarian point of view.

Tony Perkins: Abortion Isn’t Health Care, and It’s Time Our Laws Reflected That

By Tony Perkins, CNSNews – Heading into Friday’s March for Life, some Republicans are already taking their first steps: bills to put the protection of the unborn front and center. House leadership may have changed, but the GOP is counting on the fact that American opinion has not. Abortion isn’t health care, and it’s time our laws reflected that… From Obama’s abortion surcharge to the contraception mandate, Americans are more involved than ever in the procedure that so many oppose.

Rep. Louie Gohmert: Trump’s Courageous Stand On Border Security Once Again Proves He’s No Ordinary Politician

By Rep. Louie Gohmert, Townhall – President Trump is taking a courageous and necessary stand by insisting on border security, and he needs to be able to count on Republicans in Congress to stand by him until Democrats end their obstruction… Two years ago, the American people sent a clear and resounding message to Washington: fix our broken immigration system, and fix it now… Louie Gohmert represents Texas’ 1st Congressional District… Demonstrating once again that he’s nothing like typical establishment politicians, President Trump has taken that responsibility seriously by putting his foot down for the border wall that he promised on the campaign trail….

Micaiah Bilger: Obama Judge Blocks Trump’s Pro-Life Rules Protecting Christians From Funding Abortions

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Religious freedom suffered another blow Monday at the hands of a judge nominated by President Barack Obama.
U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone of Pennsylvania blocked a new Trump administration rule Monday that protects religious employers from being forced to pay for drugs and devices that may cause abortions… Her ruling applies to the whole country, whereas a California judge’s order on a similar case Sunday applied to 13 states. California Judge Haywood Gilliam also was a nominee of pro-abortion President Obama…

Patrick J. Buchanan: Is Bolton at the Steering Wheel, Headed Straight for Iran?

By Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative – “Stop the ENDLESS WARS!” implored President Donald Trump in a Sunday night tweet… Well, if he is serious, Trump had best keep an eye on his national security adviser, for a U.S. war on Iran would be a dream come true for John Bolton… Last September, when Shiite militants launched three mortar shells into the Green Zone in Baghdad, which exploded harmlessly in a vacant lot, Bolton called a series of emergency meetings and directed the Pentagon to prepare a menu of targets, inside Iran, for U.S. air and missile strikes in retaliation.

New York Abortion Bill Could One Day Make Being Pro-Life ‘a Crime’

By Emily Benson, Catholic Herald – Officials at the New York State Catholic Conference are calling the Reproductive Health Act “worse than we thought it would be.”.. “It foresees a time in New York where it’s a crime to be pro-life,” said Kathleen Gallagher, director of pro-life activities and the Catholic Action Network for the conference, which is the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops… “The RHA is a great blow to the pro-life community,” said Renee Morgiewicz…

Julie Asher: Shutdown Won’t Deter Crowds From Marching for Life

By Julie Asher, Catholic Herald – Neither snow nor sleet – nor a partial government shutdown – will keep pro-lifers away from Washington, DC for the March for Life on January 18… If it continues, the shutdown will be almost a month old by then. Daily news reports show the closures of monuments, memorials and the Smithsonian museums in Washington and trash cans overflowing on some federal property – images that might lead some folks around the country to think it is affecting big events planned for the nation’s capital.

John Zmirak: A Cleansing Fire Is Coming for Catholics

By John Zmirak, The Stream – At some point, Congress will cease to award massive contracts to Catholic non-profits — which last year provided the U.S. bishops with 40 percent of their budget. By law, all that money must be spent on secular purposes. Think about that. It means that 40 percent (at least) of our bishops’ activities were totally … secular… Ironically, defunding the U.S. bishops … would starve the massive bureaucracy, force the bishops to listen to laymen’s concerns — or lose donations. It would remove the financial motive for the bishops to issue 200-plus public policy statements per year. Most of all, it will take away temptations.

Lisa Bourne: Catholic Apologist Expresses Bewilderment Over Church Silencing a Faithful Priest But Not Dissenters

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – Catholic apologist Doug Barry said Wednesday in a Facebook post that cited LGBT-affirming Jesuit Father James Martin and Chicago Cardinal Blasé Cupich in connection to fostering heresy and damaging behavior… “A priest in the Houston diocese, Fr. Mark Goring, has been silenced for speaking out against the Church scandals and for encouraging action to take down what he has referred to as ‘the corruption network,’” Barry said, before then lauding Goring’s care for souls and love of the Catholic faith.

Kevin Jones: Pennsylvania Grand Jury’s Catholic Sex Abuse Report Gets a Factcheck

By Kevin Jones, CNA – The 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury report on Catholic clergy sex abuse didn’t get the thorough scrutiny it deserved, and both readers and reporters have been too accepting of the “sensational charges” it made, says veteran Catholic journalist Peter Steinfels… In a lengthy essay published this week by Commonweal, Steinfels argued that many of the report’s charges are “grossly misleading, irresponsible, inaccurate, and unjust.”

Tony Perkins: An Obamacare Fee-for-All

By Tony Perkins, Family Research Council – If anyone has a full mailbox, it’s HHS Secretary Alex Azar. Republicans and Democrats are keeping the agency chief in reading material with a set of dueling letters over a new rule that would finally bring some transparency to the taxpayer-funded abortion debate. And that’s exactly what the far-Left doesn’t want!.. On Tuesday, HHS moved one step closer to finalizing a rule that wouldn’t change the fact that Obamacare customers are billed for abortion, but it would change how they’re billed.

Michael W. Chapman: Only 31% of Catholics Give Clergy’s Honesty, Ethical Standards ‘High’ Marks (Gallup)

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – In the wake of more revelations about sexual abuse of young people by Catholic clergy — among other scandals — a new survey shows that only 31% of Catholics give their clergy “very high” or “high” marks for their honesty and ethical standards. This percentage is down from 49% in 2017, an 18-percentage-point drop in one year… In the survey, Gallup asked, “Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields — very high, high, average, low or very low? How about clergy?”

Congresswoman Wants to Defund Planned Parenthood: “Taxpayers Shouldn’t Pay For Its Abortion Industry”

By Aurette Brown LifeNews – ep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) introduced a bill in the House Wednesday to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. The bill would “place a one-year moratorium on all federal funding for Planned Parenthood.”
“Taxpayers should not have to pay for Planned Parenthood’s abortion industry,” Hartzler said in a statement announcing the legislation. “Abortion is not healthcare, yet it is the foundation of Planned Parenthood’s mission.”

(Pro-Abortion) Pelosi: American Deaths ‘Not a Justification’ for ‘Taking Babies Out of Arms of Their Parents’

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – Explaining her opposition to funding a border wall to protect Americans, House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that America deaths are “no justification” for giving President Donald Trump the funding he seeks… American deaths are sad, but unavoidable, “because we live in an imperfect world,” – but, Republicans “find it normal” for children to die in custody or be ripped from their parents’ arms, Pelosi said in her weekly press conference Thursday….

‘A Very Scary Future’: Experts Reveal What Abortion Industry Plans Next

By Josh Shepherd, The Stream – After two years marked by a few victories, conservative leaders caution that the newly divided Congress will likely derail any attempted pro-life federal legislation. These scholars urge Americans to become more aware of emerging threats to vulnerable lives… “We should count on a stalemate for the next two years,” notes Chuck Donovan, president of Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) based in Arlington, Va. “Just last week, the House Democratic majority used a limited spending bill to try to roll back the Global Mexico City Policy…..

Msgr. Charles Pope: Is There a Catholic View on the Border Wall?

By Msgr. Charles Pope, EWTN News – Catholic teaching says that we must balance between the duty of a nation to welcome immigrants, and the duty of immigrants to obey a nation’s laws… What’s in a wall? A lot of meaning to be sure, as the raging debate in the U.S. shows. I’ve been asked if there is a Catholic position on the building of a wall along our southern border. There is no Church teaching on such a matter, and I don’t think that there should be.

Tom Gilson: John Kasich’s Ambitions and the Failure of Ohio’s 2018 Heartbeat Bill: An Insider’s View

By Tom Gilson, The Stream – Late last month Ohio failed by one vote to enact a Heartbeat Bill, which would have prohibited abortion once a fetal heartbeat has become detectable. It had all the appearance of a close call, but it was in fact political theater for the sake of John Kasich’s next bid for president, says Ohio State Representative Jim Butler. But Kasich is gone now. The bill is likely to pass in 2019, and it could very likely contribute to an eventual Supreme Court challenge against Roe v. Wade.

Patriot Post: These Are the Families Impacted by Illegal Immigration (Video)

By Media Editors, Patriot Post – Along with the video, Republicans have launched Borderfacts.com, which, among other things, lays out five facts that are part of the GOP border push:… Fact #5: Nancy Pelosi and her hyper-liberal Congressional colleagues just passed a bill to give $54 BILLION to foreign governments, but Democrats won’t allow just $5 billion to secure our borders and protect American citizens.

President Trump Signs Anti-Human Trafficking Bill Into Law

By Christine Rousselle, CNA – President Donald Trump signed the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act on Tuesday… The law, which was authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), authorizes $430 million to be spent over the next four years to help combat sex and labor trafficking both in the United States and abroad. This is Smith’s fifth anti-trafficking bill to become law.

Jesse Russell: The Catholic Left Returns

By Jesse Russell, American Spectator – However, regardless of his personal skeletons, before his death of “pancreatic cancer,” Bernardin was able to give a precious gift to the Democratic Party: the Catholic vote… While often not acknowledged as such, Bernardin was one of the most critical figures of the American left during the latter quarter of the 20th century. With the humiliating defeat of Jimmy Carter in the 1980 election, Bernardin and the radicalized members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops went to work to undermine the Reagan Revolution and buttress Kennedy-style Catholic liberals in the Democratic Party.

Trump: The Only Thing Immoral Is ‘Politicians Who Do Nothing’ While Innocent People Are Victimized, by Melanie Arter

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – In an televised address to the nation on border security on Tuesday, President Donald Trump pushed back on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) claim that a border wall is “immoral.”… “Some have suggested a barrier is immoral. Then why do wealthy politicians build walls, fences and gates around their homes? They don’t build walls because they hate the people on the outside, but because they love the people on the inside. The only thing that is immoral is the politicians who do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimized”

Dozens of Catholic Members of Congress are Abortion Activists, Here’s a List

LifeNews Note: Bill Donohue is the president of the Catholic League – The 163 Catholics in the new Congress are split on abortion: almost all Republicans are pro-life and almost all Democrats are abortion-rights advocates.
For incumbents, we checked their voting record as scored by NARAL and National Right to Life. Typically, those who received a 100% NARAL score garnered a 0% rating from National Right to Life (which would be most Democrats), and vice versa (which would be most Republicans).

Michael Kelly: Archbishop Urges Irish Catholics to Resist New Abortion Law

By Michael Kelly, Catholic Herald – Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Northern Ireland, who also is president of the Irish bishops’ conference, said in a message to mark the legislation that the new law “in good conscience cannot be supported”… “In a May 22 referendum, voters opted by a margin of 2-1 to lift the country’s constitutional protection of the right to life of unborn children. The new law will permit abortion on demand up to 12 weeks’ gestation….

New Mexico Bill Could Allow ‘Suicide Tourism,’ Critics Warn

CNA/EWTN New – Proposed legislation in New Mexico could legalize assisted suicide in the state, and may even allow for the prescription of deadly drugs outside the state via telemedicine, and by healthcare professionals other than physicians… Deacon Steve Rangel, associate director for the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the bill was disheartening to read… “In our Catholic faith, we know the dignity of life from conception to natural death,” he told CNA…

Staver: LGBT ‘Rights’ Sneakily Added to Anti-Lynching Bill

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – A constitutional law expert is asking Congress to block the latest attempt to force the LGBT agenda on the country… The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate but Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver says it passed without some senators realizing an amendment was added providing special rights for homosexuals and transgenders.

Rachel Alexander: In Roy Moore’s Senate Race, Democrats Copied Russian Election Interference Tactics

By Rachel Alexander, a senior editor, The Stream – Democratic activists carried out a secret project last year they called “Project Birmingham.” Emulating the Russians’ disinformation campaign, they directed the Twitter and Facebook campaign at embattled conservative Republican Roy Moore. He ended up losing by a slim margin. Doug Jones became the first Democratic senator elected in Alabama in 25 years. He won by only 21,924 votes out of about 1.35 million cast.

Nancy Pelosi Prays “Lord Make Me a Channel for Thy Peace,” Then Votes to Fund Abortions

By Lauretta Brown, LifeNews – House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) slammed Democrats late Thursday evening for including provisions to expand taxpayer-funded abortion in their funding measures to end the partial government shutdown… McCarthy particularly criticized Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who describes herself as a Catholic but ignores the church’s teachings on abortion… “Earlier today Speaker Pelosi quoted a prayer by Saint Francis: ‘Lord make me a channel of thy peace… Hours later, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats voted to allow foreign aid money to be used to perform and promote the violence of abortion overseas.”

Dr. Michael Brown: The Absence of God is the Big Issue

By Dr. Michael Brown, The Stream – There’s a reason that the first openly bisexual senator did not take her oath on the Bible. There’s a reason that an atheist website rebuked me for “misgendering” someone. Simply stated, to embrace the God of the Bible means to embrace His standards. To reject the God of the Bible means to reject His standards. Conversely, to reject His standards is to reject Him. This is really not rocket science.

Micaiah Bilger: Abortion Activist Kyrsten Sinema Refuses to Take Oath on The Bible

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, of Arizona, rejected the traditional method of swearing her ceremonial oath on a Bible Thursday and used a copy of the Constitution instead… The new Senate Democrat, labeled a “longtime pro-abortion extremist” by the Susan B. Anthony List, identifies as religiously unaffiliated, according to the Arizona Republic… She narrowly defeated pro-life Republican Martha McSally in the November midterm election. However, McSally later was appointed to the state’s second U.S. Senate seat, held by the late Sen. John McCain.

Fr. Matthew P. Schneider: New York Times Criticizes the Contraceptive Mentality & More IUDs

By Fr. Matthew P. Schneider, LC, Patheos – I was surprised to see an article from the New York Times being negative about contraception. They don’t get the intrinsic problem with contraception but they see the eugenic problem when society uses contraception as a poverty cure. The new wave is pushing the IUD on poor women.

Calling Abortion a Human Right is ‘Evil’, says Princeton Professor Robert George

By The Christian Institute – A law professor at Princeton University has criticised a UN committee for claiming that abortion and assisted suicide are human rights that should be protected… The ‘General Comment’ on the right to life from the United Nations Human Rights Committee argues for abortion to be legalised around the world… Professor Robert George said it abandoned moral reasoning.

John Binder: DACA Illegal Aliens Surged Hispanic Vote, Flipping GOP Counties Blue

By John Binder, Breitbart – Illegal aliens enrolled and eligible for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program helped surge the Hispanic vote in the midterm elections, which resulted in historically GOP counties turning blue for Democrats… A study by the Latino Policy & Politics Initiative reveals that the country’s Washington, D.C.-imposed policy of mass illegal and legal immigration — whereby more than 1.5 million foreign nationals are admitted every year — has aided in not only demographically shifting the American electorate but also turning once-Republican counties across the country over to Democrats.

Steven Ertelt: Democrats Use Bill to End Shutdown to Try to Restore Planned Parenthood Funding Trump Cut

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Democrats never miss a chance to promote abortion. And House Democrats, under incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi, slipped language to fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business into their bill to end the partial government shutdown… Democrats want to restore the $100 million President Donald Trump took away from Planned Parenthood when he defunded its International arm during his first week in office. The Trump policy prohibits taxpayer funding to international groups that promote and/or provide abortions overseas.

Trump Scores, Breaks Generals’ 50-Year War Record

By Gareth Porter, American Conservative – The mainstream media has attacked President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria as impulsive, blindsiding his own national security team. But detailed, published accounts of the policy process over the course of the year tell a very different story. They show that senior national security officials and self-interested institutions have been playing a complicated political game for months….

The Democrats’ Anti-Catholic Bigotry, by Daniel J. Sobieski

By Daniel John Sobieski, American Thinker – Democrats in the Senate, members of the so-called party of tolerance and diversity, are no longer hiding their anti-Catholic bigotry but are putting it on display during the Christmas season confirmation hearing of  Omaha lawyer Brian C. Buescher, nominated by President Trump to represent the District of Nebraska on the United States District Court…

DC Knights of Columbus Respond to Senators’ Criticism, by Perry West

By Perry West, CNA – A Washington, DC council of the Knights of Columbus has invited two U.S. senators to join them in charitable service, after those senators objected to a federal judicial nominee’s membership in the organization… The Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle Council 11302 of the Knights of Columbus published this week an open letter to Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), addressing the senators’ recent objections to social and political positions affiliated with the Knights of Columbus.

Conservative Democracy: Liberal Principles Have Brought Us to a Dead End, by Yoram Hazony

By Yoram Hazony, First Things – In the United States, for example, some 40 percent of children are today born outside of marriage. The overall fertility rate has fallen to 1.76 children per woman. American children for the most part receive twelve years of public schooling that is scrubbed clean of God and Scripture. And it is now possible to lose one’s livelihood or even to be prosecuted for maintaining traditional Christian or Jewish views on various subjects.

Congress Passes Bipartisan Criminal-Justice Reform Championed by President Trump

By Peter Jesserer Smith, EWTN News – The First Step Act now proceeds to President Donald Trump for signing into law, after its approval by wide bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate. The final version sent to the president’s desk includes both prison reform and sentencing reform measures that aim to rehabilitate federal prisoners and strengthen public safety.

Trump Says Government Shutdown Will Continue Until There’s a Wall

By Henry Rodgers, The Stream – President Donald Trump said the federal government will remain shut down unless there is an agreement on some type of border wall or fence… “I can’t tell you when the government is going to reopen … [Not until] we have a wall, a fence, whatever they’d like to call it….” “It’s a barrier from drugs. There is a problem in this world today called human trafficking … We are not going to let that take place. We are working so hard to catch these traffickers. They are bad people. We can’t do it without a barrier, we can’t do it without a wall,” Trump continued.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich Vetoes Bill to Ban Abortions After Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed a controversial bill Friday that would prohibit abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable… (Kasich) vetoed similar legislation in 2016, said he rejected the bill based on the unlikelihood of it succeeding in a court challenge… Kasich explained Friday that he believes the bill would be struck down as unconstitutional before it could save any lives. He also said the legal challenge would cost taxpayers money.

PragerU: How Socialism Ruined My Country (Video)

By Felipe Moura Brasil, PragerU – Is Bernie Sanders right? Are people living under socialism better off? Brazil is a good case study. Felipe Moura Brasil, a journalist and Veja magazine columnist, explains how his country has fared under socialism.

As Attorneys General Close In, Pope Francis Puts Hope in the Honor System for Sex Abusers

By John Zmirak, The Stream – About a month ago, Pope Francis abruptly shut down the tepid efforts of U.S. Catholic bishops to make themselves accountable on sex abuse. (That is, whether they commit it themselves or cover it up.) As Chris Manion pointed out, Francis’ decision could have devastating consequences. Not only for sex abuse victims but also for the Vatican… By interfering so directly in how the U.S. Church handles itself, the pope may have undermined the legal claim that each diocese is independent of the Vatican.

POLITICS: 8 House Republicans Join All Dems in Voting Against Wall Funding After Trump Urges ‘Steel Slats’

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – Eight House Republicans voted no Thursday night on a short-term funding bill that includes $5.7 billion for President Trump’s long-promised border wall… The bill ended up passing the House on a vote of 217-185, and it now goes to the Senate where passage is in doubt… If the House and Senate can’t agree on legislation by midnight tonight, a partial government shutdown will result.

Senators Quiz Nominee About Membership of ‘Extreme’ Knights of Columbus, by Ed Condon

By Ed Condon, CNA – Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have questioned a candidate for the federal bench over his membership of the Knights of Columbus, with some calling the group’s Catholic views on abortion and same-sex marriage “extreme.” Senators also questioned if belonging to the Catholic charitable organization could prevent judges from hearing cases “fairly and impartially.”

Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Could Compete with Planned Parenthood for Title X Funds, by Emily Ward

By Emily Ward, CNSNews – Pro-life crisis pregnancy centers across the United States are transforming into comprehensive women’s clinics that may soon become eligible for federal family planning funds under Title X – and compete with pro-abortion giants like Planned Parenthood, offering women a pro-life alternative… Crisis pregnancy centers are pro-life nonprofit organizations that provide basic family planning and reproductive health services, such as pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and testing for sexually-transmitted diseases, as well as counseling for pregnant and post-abortive mothers and free parenting supplies, including diapers and baby clothes.

House Republicans Pass C.R. with $5.7 in Border Wall Funding; Schumer Cries, ‘Trump Shutdown!’, by Susan Jones 

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – On a dark and stormy night in Washington, there was a glimmer of hope for President Donald Trump and all who support his effort to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border… The House of Representatives voted 217-185 to pass a short-term continuing resolution that includes $5.7 billion in funding for the wall as well as $7.8 billion in disaster relief.

It Was Always About the Wall, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, The Patriot Post – There was likely never going to be “comprehensive immigration reform” or any deal amnestying the DACA recipients in exchange for building the wall. Democrats in the present political landscape will not consent to a wall. For them, a successful border wall is now considered bad politics in almost every manner imaginable… Yet 12 years ago, Congress, with broad bipartisan support, passed the Security Fence of Act of 2006. The bill was signed into law by then-President George W. Bush to overwhelming public applause.

NIH Director Francis Collins Says It’s “Pro-Life” to Use Aborted Baby Parts in Research

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins defended research using aborted baby body parts this week by claiming it could save lives… Earlier this week, several pro-life groups urged President Donald Trump to replace Collins because he has not supported the administration’s pro-life, pro-science position… The NIH doles out tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded grants annually to researchers who use aborted baby parts in their experiments.

Will Democrats Get the Recession They Want?, by Mark Alexander

By Mark Alexander, Patriot Post – In all the Leftmedia analysis of a potential economic downturn, they’re leaving out the proverbial 800-pound gorilla most responsible for the downturn in the equities markets… That gorilla is the surety of political instability, the most significant deterrent to economic stability, under the incoming House Democrat majority… Democrats, on the other hand, had nothing to run on but their “Hate Trump” platform, campaigning, in effect, against peace and prosperity. …

N.Y. Times: Catholic Church in Illinois Withheld Names of at Least 500 Priests Accused of Abuse, Attorney General Says

By Laurie Goodstein and Monica Davey, New York Times – The Catholic Church in Illinois withheld the names of at least 500 priests accused of sexual abuse of minors, the state’s attorney general said Wednesday in a scathing report that accused the church of failing victims by neglecting to investigate their allegations… The preliminary report by Attorney General Lisa Madigan concludes that the Catholic dioceses in Illinois are incapable of investigating themselves and “will not resolve the clergy sexual abuse crisis on their own.”

The Gospel According to Nancy: No Borders, Kill Babies, by T.R. Clancy,

By T.R. Clancy, American Thinker – Summarizing her and Chuck Schumer’s meeting with Trump, she told the media, “I myself thought we should open the meeting with a prayer, which I did.  I told him about King Solomon, when he was to become king of the Jews, he prayed to God, he said: ‘I need you to give me great understanding and wisdom, Lord.'”

A Lot of Green Behind Climate Change Alarmism

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – President Donald Trump’s economic adviser, Stephen Moore, says that when it comes to climate change, “going green” takes on a whole new meaning, arguing that American politics – especially the Democrats’ green agenda – adheres to the “first iron rule,” which is “follow the money.”… “[O]ne reason so many hundreds of scientists are persuaded that the sky is falling is that they are paid handsomely to do so,”… Moore stressed that billions of dollars are spent each and every year so that “hysterical” climate change scientists can sound the alarm to generate even more green to “save the planet.”

The Food and Drug Administration’s Invisible Victims, by Walter E. Williams

By Walter E. Williams, The Daily Signal – Among the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s responsibilities are approval and regulation of pharmaceutical drugs. In short, its responsibility is to ensure the safety and effectiveness of drugs. In the performance of this task, agency officials can make two types of errors—statistically known as the type I error and type II error.

Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Might Get Title X Family Planning Funds. Here’s How, by Grace Carr

By Grace Carr, The Stream – Pregnancy centers might soon be able to access federal funds currently given to pro-choice family planning organizations following a proposal to revise the regulations determining where Title X funds are allocated… The measure would withhold funds going to abortion providers, and strip the mandate that health facilities provide abortion counseling and referrals, according to a May HHS announcement… The proposal “prohibit[s] referral for abortion as a method of family planning,” according to the announcement.

Just Because We Can Create Genetically Modified Babies Doesn’t Mean We Should, by Ryan T. Anderson

By Ryan T. Anderson, The Daily Signal – Two remarkable things took place last month in the world of biotechnology: A Chinese doctor claimed to have created two genetically modified human embryos who were successfully nurtured to birth, and the worldwide scientific community roundly rejected this experiment as a violation of ethics.

National Sovereignty is Paramount, Says Dr. Land, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – “A country that does not control its borders will soon be a different kind of country,” he warns. “There are 170 million people evidently who want to come to the United States just from Latin America. We cannot take all of those people. It would fundamentally change who America is. We need to be compassionate; we need to be concerned about these people’s plight. But at the same time, we have a government of law; we have a country of laws….

Prophetic 1930 Register Article Warns of Homosexuality, Birth Control, by The Register Archives

By The Register Archives, EWTN News – This 1930 article from the Register carried a warning from Father William Bolger to a gathering of the National Council of Catholic Women in Minnesota. “Father Bolger’s address was one of outstanding frankness, and the priest left his audience gasping” at his predictions. Four decades before Humanae Vitae, he hinted at the sexual revolution that would follow society’s embrace of contraception, and warned especially that “neither homosexuality nor any perversion” would be considered off-limits in such a culture.

Pope Francis: Former Popes Ignored Mercy in Using ‘Inhuman’ Death Penalty

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – Insisting that the change to the Catechism is not a “contradiction with the teaching of the past,” but the “harmonious development” of doctrine, Pope Francis reiterated that the Church now teaches that, “in light of the Gospel, the death penalty is always inadmissible because it violates the inviolability and dignity of the person.”.. “In the same way,” he said, “the Magisterium of the Church understands that life imprisonment, which removes the possibility of moral and existential redemption, for the benefit of the condemned and for the community, is a hidden form of the death penalty.”

Scouting’s Self-Inflicted Death, by Rob Schwarzwalder

By Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream – We spent countless hours with a group of boys and their dads. We became like a family. More activities and adventures than we could count bound us together in affection, commitment, and service… Then in 2013, BSA decided to allow openly homosexual Scouts into the organization. This week the Wall Street Journal reported that the BSA might declare bankruptcy because membership is cascading downward and it has to pay overwhelming legal costs to settle sexual abuse cases, some dating to the sixties.

The Embezzling Nuns From the Order That Helped Train Obama, by George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, American Spectator – It was reported recently that a couple of nuns out in Southern California had ripped off the Catholic school where they worked for many years to the tune of at least $500,000… But even richer than that, it is the order that played an important role in Obama’s Alinskyite education… The left-wing nuns in the order had long maintained a chapter for the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), a group of socialist agitators that Saul Alinsky established with the help of Chicago priests who would later honor Obama at Notre Dame.

Trump Makes Surprise Visit To Arlington National Cemetery To Honor Fallen Soldiers, by Joseph Curl

By Joseph Curl, The Daily Wire – President Trump on Saturday ventured out into a cold steady rain to make a surprise visit to Arlington National Cemetery on the banks of the Potomac River in Virginia, where thousands of fallen soldiers lie buried under endless rows of white headstones… Trump walked solemnly through the cemetery to pay his respects and praised volunteers from a group called “Wreaths Across America” as they placed Christmas wreaths… “They do a great job, a really great job,” Trump said. “Thank you.”

Church of England Now Offers Baptism-Style Ceremony for Transgenders, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Proving that it is constantly transforming with the times, the Church of England has announced it will now offer baptism-style ceremonies for transgender persons, people who deny their biological sex — e.g., a man who claims he is a woman — and want to be “re-baptized” in their new sexual identity and new name.

Ed Condon: After Guilty Verdict, Questions Raised about Pell Trial

By Ed Condon, CNA – After reports of a guilty verdict emerged in the trial of Australian Cardinal George Pell, some in Australia have questioned the integrity of a process undertaken under the veil of a media blackout… The cardinal was convicted Dec. 11 on five charges that he sexually abused two altar servers while he was Archbishop of Melbourne in the late 1990s. The unanimous verdict followed an earlier mistrial in which, CNA has confirmed with multiple sources, a jury was deadlocked at 10-2 in favor of a “not guilty” verdict.

LifeNews: President Trump Names Pro-Life Mick Mulvaney Chief of Staff, He Voted to Defund Planned Parenthood

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – President-elect Donald Trump picked another pro-life leader to join his administration today, choosing pro-life Mick Mulvaney as his new Chief of Staff… Trump chose U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina to head the Office of Management and Budget early on in his administration and elevated him to the top White House position today.

Federal Judge in Texas Strikes Down Affordable Care Act, by David K. Li

By David K. Li, NBC News – A federal judge in Texas struck down the Affordable Care Act on Friday night, ruling that former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation has fallen down like a losing game of “Jenga.”.. But the White House said that with the ruling expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the law will remain in place for now… U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth sided with the argument put forward by a coalition of Republican-leaning states, led by Texas, that Obamacare could no longer stand now that there’s no penalty for Americans who don’t buy insurance.

How Catholics Can Ensure Their Health Care Doesn’t Fund Abortion, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – As lawmakers and religious leaders push for more transparency regarding the funding of abortion in the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), there are resources available to help Catholics stay informed about whether or not their health insurance plans fund abortions… And as the 2019 “open enrollment” period comes to an end, innovative Catholic health-sharing companies also want consumers to know they offer affordable options that are in line with Catholic values.

Liberalism Bankrupts the Boy Scouts, by George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, The American Spectator – What did it profit the Boy Scouts to gain the PC world and lose its soul? Judges may have to put a figure on it. According to press reports this week, the Boy Scouts organization, reeling from costly homosexual abuse lawsuits, is “considering” bankruptcy. Adding to its woes is that membership has “dwindled.”… If history has taught us anything, it is that liberalism is not an agent of expansion but an acid that burns through everything it touches.

Barack Obama, The Abortion President, Receives Human Rights Award, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – During his first week in office, Obama made it clear that he would support abortion when he made it a priority to overturn the Mexico City Policy… He went on to weaken conscience protections for health care workers and to appoint two pro-abortion U.S. Supreme Court justices… Obamacare, has been damaging to religious individuals and unborn babies alike… Under Obama, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also tried to force religious employers to pay for forms of birth control that may cause abortions….

‘Victory for Victims’: Trump Signs Genocide Relief Act for Iraqi and Syrian Christians, by Peter J. Smith

By Peter Jesserer Smith, EWTN News – Carl Anderson, the supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, attended the signing and told the Register the bipartisanship showed “the best that is America” and that the country was on the side of genocide victims.
“National strength is defending people who are defenseless,” Anderson said. “I think today really showed what is best about America, in a lot of ways.”

Reproductive Rights Bill a Reminder of Pro-Abortion Push, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Should abortion be a human right? Some far-left Democrats are pushing that belief, so pro-lifers are advising the public to pay attention to what is coming… The Reproductive Rights are Human Rights Act would require the U.S. State Department to include abortion on demand and other reproductive rights in its annual human rights report… “It’s a reaction to the Trump administration”…

What Lies Behind the Malaise of the West?, by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan, CNSNews – As Democrats test the waters for a presidential run by savaging Trump, the establishment Trump detests and defeated in 2016 will use every weapon in its considerable arsenal to break and bring him down, as it did half a century ago to Richard Nixon… By spring 2019, Americans will be unable to escape the vitriol on cable and social media. And the outside world will see America again as a house divided. Our politics will be even more poisonous than now…

Incoming Muslim Congresswomen Mock Pence’s Christian Faith, by Patrick Goodenough

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – One of the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress took a snide dig on Twitter at Vice President Pence for sitting with eyes closed during a heated Oval Office meeting, posting a photo with the caption, “Jesus take the wheel!” – and the other incoming Muslim congresswoman applauded the insult.

The Fury of the Modernists, by Roger Scruton

By Roger Scruton, The American Conservative – Modernism came to the fore in the wake of the First World War and the Russian Revolution, when massive displacements of populations into cities ill-adapted to receive them suggested that only large-scale planning could prevent disaster. The first duty of government was to take control, and to provide for the basic social needs of people on the verge of starvation. The great housing projects of the post-war period began from that thought….

Star Parker: The Breakdown of Family and Religion Explains France’s Social Unrest

By Star Parker, The Daily Signal – (T)he highest tax burden in the industrialized world is in France—46.1 percent of gross domestic product… In the United States, it is 27 percent… Welfare state spending in France is 32 percent of GDP, almost double that of the U.S… But let’s recall that all this government was put in place in the name of making life better for France’s citizens… The vast expansion of the welfare state, both in Europe and in the United States, occurred in tandem with a weakening of the family. And weakening of the family generally occurs in an environment of weakening of religion.

(Pro-Abortion) Nancy Pelosi: ‘We Continue to Strive to Secure the Right to Life…’

By CNSNews.com Staff, CNSNews – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said in a statement issued to honor UN Human Rights Day that “we continue to strive to secure the right ‘to life, liberty and security of person’ for everyone, everywhere.”
“Today, as we recall the historic signing of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, we continue to strive to secure the right ‘to life, liberty, and security of person’ for everyone, everywhere,” Pelosi said.
“As Americans we have a duty to maintain our critical leadership in the defense of human rights both at home and around the world,” she said.

SCOTUS Stumbles in Refusal to Review Abortion Funding, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, The Patriot Post – The Supreme Court declined Monday to review a lower court’s ruling that prevented two states from ending public Medicaid funding for abortion providers, with the obvious target of those states being the nation’s leading baby killer: Planned Parenthood… On a final note, Republicans controlled both houses of Congress and the presidency for the past two years and could have tackled this issue by passing legislation to prevent government funding of Planned Parenthood. They failed to do so.

Democrats Introduce Bill Requiring U.S. to Call Abortion a “Human Right”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Pro-abortion Democrats introduced a bill in the U.S. House this week that would force the government to declare the killing of unborn babies a “human right.”… The pro-abortion bill, the Reproductive Rights are Human Rights Act, would require the U.S. State Department to include abortion on demand and other reproductive rights in its annual human rights report. It is a reaction to the Trump administration…

Trump to Schumer: ‘I Am Proud to Shut Down the Government for Border Security’

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to shut down the federal government if he doesn’t get border security during a White House meeting with incoming House Speaker-Designate Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)… Trump argued with Pelosi and Schumer about the importance of getting funding for a border wall.

BREAKING: Trump Administration Seeks ‘Pro-Life, Pro-Science’ Alternatives to Fetal Tissue Research

By Fred Lucas, Daily Signal – The Trump administration is investing up to $20 million for the next two years to determine effective alternatives to using tissue from aborted babies for research… The announcement Monday from the Department of Health and Human Services comes after the administration in September terminated a government contract with California-based Advanced Bioscience Resources Inc. to provide human fetal tissue research.

Climate Change Lunacy Takes Center Stage in Poland, by Paul Driessen

By Paul Driessen, CNSNews – People resent being scammed and get angry when they realize their taxes and energy payments often line the pockets of climate activists, scientists, bureaucrats, politicians, and wind, solar and biofuel cronies… With America, likely being joined soon by Brazil, rejecting the Paris climate trap, poor nations are on firm ground. Ontario (Canada), Poland, Australia, China, India and other countries have also rejected carbon taxes and coal use restrictions. The Paris deal is fast becoming a climate Potemkin Village.

Is Kavanaugh Keeping a Promise to Susan Collins?, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – And now it appears it’s the kind of Republican we’re getting on the Court. The “sweet spot” elitists of the GOP Deep State count on us settling for it. And still turning out to vote because … well the Democrats are even worse, aren’t they?… In the long run, of course, there’s really no difference between getting boiled slowly or zapped in the microwave.

Patrick J. Buchanan: How Democracy Is Losing the World

By Patrick J. Buchanan – Does the world still envy us our free press, which it sees tirelessly digging up dirt on political figures and flaying them with abandon?… What does American democracy now offer the world as its foremost attribute, its claim to greatness?… “Our diversity is our strength!” proclaims this generation.

Trump: Politicians Should Protect U.S. Citizens, ‘Not Criminal Aliens’, by Melanie Arter

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – “American politicians should protect American citizens, not criminal aliens,” President Donald Trump said Friday in a speech at the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods Conference in Kansas City, Mo… “American politicians should protect American citizens, not criminal aliens. Not one more American life should be stolen because of radical politicians pursuing their open borders agenda,” Trump said… He said more people are rejecting sanctuary cities, which protect criminal illegal immigrants from deportation.

France: A Tale of Two Faiths, by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – Last March, an Islamist terrorist stormed a supermarket in Trèbes, France, shot two people dead and took others hostage. In negotiations with police, the terrorist agreed to accept a police lieutenant’s offer to swap places with the last hostage, a female cashier. The police officer, Arnaud Beltrame, was subsequently killed… In honor of his heroic sacrifice, it was proposed that a place be named after Beltrame in the city of Marseille. But leftist officials vetoed the plan on the grounds that it might offend Marseille’s large Muslim population who, they argued, “will take it as a provocation.”

Health Professionals Laud Trump’s Efforts to Define Gender Based on Scientific Facts and Not Fiction

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – Dozens of academics and a coalition of medical, legal and policy organizations representing more than 30,000 health professionals nationwide praised the Trump administration for its efforts to officially uphold the scientific definition of sex on the federal level… “We applaud the Trump administration’s intention to uphold the scientific definition of sex in federal law and policy, such that girls and women will regain their sex-based legal protections, and the human rights of all will be preserved”…

RIVETING INTERVIEW by Dr. Taylor Marshall: McCarrick’s Victim Speaks Out on McCarrick and St Gallen with James Grein

By Dr Taylor Marshall, Youtube – What is the connection between the St Gallen Mafia meeting in Switzerland and the early studies of ex Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in Sankt Gallen Switzerland? Informed Catholics know that the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis were tied to the Saint Gallen Mafia, but McCarrick’s victim James Grein breaks open the story.

Five Times President Trump Has Worked to Defund the Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – President Donald Trump and his administration have worked to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses in numerous ways during the past two years… Some efforts have been successful, while others have been thwarted by the abortion industry and activist judges. But no one can accuse the Trump administrating of doing nothing to stop our hard-earned tax dollars from supporting the largest abortion chain in America.

Pat Buchanan: Who Lost the World Bush 41 Left Behind?

By Pat Buchanan, Townhall – The establishment won the great political battles before 2016. But how did the democracy crusaders, globalists, open borders progressives and interventionists do by their country in these decades?.. Did the former presidents who sat beside Trump at National Cathedral, and the establishment seated in the pews behind them, realize that it was their policies, their failures, that gave birth to the new America that rose up to throw them out, and put in Donald Trump?

Xavier Underwood: What the New Socialists in Congress Need to Know About Poverty

By Xavier Underwood, The Daily Signal – What stockholders would allow a CEO to invest $20 trillion into solving a problem without demanding results? I can think of none… The good news is that after 50 years, we know what does not work to end poverty: redistributing wealth. We also have a pretty good idea of what can end poverty. My friend and mentor Dr. Ben Carson often cites research that says a person can reduce their chances of living in poverty to 2 percent by doing these three things in this order: 1) Graduate from high school, 2) get married, and 3) wait until you are married to have children.

Politics: Comey and the FISA Warrant Hillary Bought

By George Neumayr, American Spectator – Comey is set to meet with Congress on Friday, testimony sure to be riddled with the weaseliest of evasions. According to the Hill’s John Solomon, House Republicans are aware of emails showing that the FBI and Justice Department knew damn well that the FISA application to spy on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page rested on partisan and flawed opposition research purchased by the Democrats.

Walter E. Williams: Our Ignorance of Socialism Is Dangerous

By Walter E. Williams, Daily Signal – By the way, Adolf Hitler, head of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, was responsible for the deaths of about 20 million people. The Nazis come in as a poor third in terms of history’s most prolific mass murderers. According to professor Rudolph Rummel’s research, the 20th century, mankind’s most brutal century, saw 262 million people’s lives destroyed at the hands of their own governments.

George W Bush Says He Called Dad ‘Wonderful’

Associated Press – Former President George W. Bush says he told his father just before he died that he had been a “wonderful dad” and that he loved him. Delivering a eulogy at the elder Bush’s funeral on Wednesday, George W. Bush said his father’s “last words on earth were ‘I love you, too.'”.. George W. Bush extolled his father, not only for his service as president but also as a role model as a loving husband, father and grandfather… Bush choked up at the end of his eulogy before regaining his composure.

Terence P. Jeffrey: When Can Americans Be Arrested in Retaliation for What They Say?

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – Fifty years ago, who would have imagined that an American president (Barack Obama) would stand behind a regulation requiring Catholic nuns to provide insurance for abortifacients — or else pay ruinous fines? Who would have imagined that a president would take those nuns all the way to the Supreme Court, seeking the power to restrict their free exercise of religion by forcing them to act against the right to life?

The Stream: Nationalism Yes, Globalist Imperialism No!

By Jason Jones & John Zmirak, The Stream – Nationalism is akin to capitalism. It allows nations to promote their competing cultures and systems, attracting or repelling citizens the way companies do consumers. The variety of nations serves as a laboratory of innovation and experiment. And truly dissatisfied citizens can vote with their feet by emigrating. Political dissidents have at least some hope of finding refuge in exile. That’s of course impossible with a global, unified state.

Brad Mattes: The Amazing Story of How President George H.W. Bush Became Pro-Life

By Brad Mattes, LifeNews – George H.W. Bush supported abortion as a candidate for president, one of the reasons Reagan prevailed. When Ronald Reagan named Bush to run on the ticket with him during the Republican Convention, there was considerable disappointment from rank and file pro-lifers… Dr. Jack Willke, my former colleague and founder of Life Issues Institute, was then president of the National Right to Life Committee. Upon hearing the news of a Reagan/Bush ticket, he went to the hotel that served as the Republican headquarters and asked to see Mr. Bush…

Bradley J. Birzer: The Bigotry Inherent in American Progressivism

By Bradley J. Birzer, The American Conservative – Toward what do the progressives of today believe they are progressing? The chances are more than good that they have no idea. Somehow “progress” means greater equality, greater understanding, greater tolerance, greater peace, and greater evolution. Somehow. But it’s never entirely clear how. In almost every sense, modern progressives mean that anything they deem good is progressive while all else is not just wrong but evil.

Ben Shapiro: Policies Have Consequences (Climate Change)

By Ben Shapiro, Townhall – This week, France set itself on fire; the stock market tumbled; and news broke that low-wage employment tumbled in the city of Seattle. What do these three headlines have in common? That policies aren’t wish lists — they have real-world consequences… Begin in France, where the so-called “yellow vests” — a group of anti-tax protesters dressed in safety vests — tore up Paris. Rioters defaced the Arc de Triomphe, burned cars and attacked police with stones. They were protesting the exorbitant fuel taxes pursued by French President Emmanuel Macron, taxes designed to curb climate change.

Is The Mall of America Now a Sharia Space?

By John Zmirak, The Stream – You might wonder why there are Somalia “refugees” in Minnesota. Why the U.S. flew them over a half dozen or so safe, Sunni Muslim countries. Then brought them to our shores. Why at the same time we spurned Iraqi Christians with nowhere to go, whose country we’d actually messed up and rendered unsafe for them… But that would be silly. We can spot it as part of a plan, one newly elected President Barack Obama announced right at the start. His goal? The “fundamental transformation” of America.

Patrick J. Buchanan: Will Paris Riots Scuttle Climate Accord?

By Patrick J. Buchanan, CNSNews – What is happening in Paris carries a message for all Western countries… Democracies, which rely on the sustained support of electorates, have to impose rising costs on those electorates, if they are to deeply cut carbon emissions… But when the electorates cannot see the benefits of these painful price hikes, the greater the likelihood the people will rise up and repudiate those whom progressives regard as far-sighted leaders — such as Macron.

James Kalb: Why Catholics Should Sympathize with Nationalism

By James Kalb, Crisis Magazine – President Trump’s criticism of globalism and praise of nationalism have drawn scathing criticism. For many, “globalism” suggests universal human solidarity, “nationalism” aggression, self-seeking, and idolizing a particular state and people. Others say that “nationalism” is right-wing code for white supremacy, “globalism” for rule by shadowy Jewish financial interests… Such responses obscure real issues that need to be discussed.

Eucharistic Procession for Hollywood Homeless Draws Hundreds

By Catholic News Agency – Hundreds of Catholics processed through Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in a special Eucharistic procession for the poor this month… The event was organized by the Beloved Movement, a forum that promotes discipleship and spiritual community… An estimated 700 people attended the Hollywood Beloved Procession after Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church on Nov. 17… As part of the event, volunteers on the walk sat and listened to some of the city’s homeless population on the boulevard.

John Zmirak: The Population Bomb, Climate Change, and Other ‘Crises’

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Twenty years ago, I went to a meeting of people concerned about immigration. I saw way back then what the constant flow of poor people into a welfare state would do. That is, turn one state “blue” after another. It would doom the chances for every conservative cause. Especially the one that has driven me most since age 11: the sanctity of life….

Cal Thomas: ‘A Political Report Masquerading as Science’: The Truth About the New Climate Report

By Cal Thomas  Daily Signal – Each time an end-of-the-world prophecy is delivered—whether by a self-deluded preacher, a group of politicians, or scientists—we are told that we must believe. Never mind how many of their prophecies have been wrong in the past, this time they mean it… The latest prophecy of doom and planetary extinction comes from a government report authored by people appointed during the Obama administration. This report, and others before it, concluded that Earth is warming, humans are responsible, and that we have only 10 years to fix it.

Michael W. Chapman: Brazil’s New Top Diplomat: Climate Change is a Marxist Hoax

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Brazil’s newly appointed foreign minister, Ernesto Frago Araujo, who starts his new job in January under President Jair Bolsonaro, has stated that the climate change issue was invented by “cultural Marxists” to help push a globalist agenda that is anti-growth and anti-Christian, reported The Guardian and the Daily Mail…. “An important part of the globalist project is to transfer economic power from the West to the Chinese regime,” said Araujo, and “a key part of Trump’s project is to disrupt that process, which is already happening.”

Terrence P. Jeffrey: Build a Moral Wall — and Gate

By Terrence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – “Three percent of the world’s adults — or nearly 160 million people — say they would like to move to the U.S.,” said Gallup… It is a testimony to America’s greatness that we remain the world’s most attractive nation… But it is also an obvious thing that we cannot admit all 160 million people who would immigrate here if they could… So what is a just and rational way to decide who gets in?… Many in the Washington political establishment would grant a de facto preference to those who are willing to break the morally justified immigration and border laws of the United States.

Deep State ‘Very Real’ and Out to Get Trump, Says Author

By J.M. Phelps, OneNewsNow – A book releasing today exposes a new player in the Deep State’s anti-Trump conspiracy to undermine a president that one of the authors ranks right up there with Ronald Reagan… In their new book, Trump’s Enemies: How the Deep State is Undermining the Presidency, Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie reveal the bureaucratic machine’s unwavering assault on the Trump presidency from within.

John Zmirak: What Caused the Caravan? A Report from Honduras

By John Zmirak, The Stream – This is a very delicate question. So I will try my best to answer well. American movies and television shows are extremely popular here in Honduras. Sadly, the message portrayed in many of them amounts to material prosperity. The movies show a lifestyle that many Hondurans desire (and cannot materially attain here). That sparks envy.

God – Not Trump – Is Center of Debate in America by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II, CNSNews – the real debate is not about President Trump at all. What the left hates is what the president represents. They associate Trump with a return to an order that must be avoided at all costs… Radical liberals fear the return to a Christian order since it would apply the Ten Commandments as the foundation of the moral law… They fear the traditional family… because they know it is the ideal platform for a Christian order to thrive. Legitimate love of country, respect for private property and chaste, moral relationships are all targets of these liberals…

Kristan Hawkins: Students for Life Calls on Trump to Defund Planned Parenthood

By Kristan Hawkins, President, Students for Life of America – Your commitment to respecting preborn life persuaded pro-life leaders like me, who heads the largest pro-life organization of our kind, that supporting you and your administration was the right choice in 2016. Like me, many in my organization of more than 1,200 pro-life student groups nationwide are committed to voting pro-life first.

Democratic Victory in 2020? Watch Out — They’ll Be Packing by Liberty McArtor

By Liberty McArtor, The Stream – Progressives are running scared. On November 16, columnist Bill Blum wrote an article in The Progressive arguing for packing the Supreme Court — raising the total number of justices to at least eleven. (I encountered Blum’s article when Apple News republished it last week.) His fear: “the dangers of leaving the Supreme Court in conservative hands for the foreseeable future.”

John Zmirak: Questions for Christians on the Immigrant Caravan

By John Zmirak, The Stream – The recent events on the U.S. border have been manipulated by media, and exploited by grandstanding politicians and pastors. So much so, that I am actually hesitant to make explicit statements. I feel as if that would almost be pointless, like meeting a person who’s deaf and simply shouting at him more loudly… Instead I would like to ask a series of questions…. When Barack Obama used tear gas against rock-throwing immigrants, media never complained. How are things different today?…

A Pact with a Thief, a Deal with the Devil: The Vatican’s Pending Agreement with China

By Chen Guangcheng, Public Discourse – What we currently know of the agreement is that the Vatican will cede selection of bishops in China to the Communist Party. In exchange, the CCP will recognize the pope as the official head of the Catholic Church, and regular relations between the two states will be renewed… The fact that the Vatican sees these terms as an acceptable basis for reconciliation with a brutal dictatorial regime is a slap in the face to millions of Catholics and other faithful religious people in China who have suffered real persecution under the CCP….

White House Invites Singing Nuns for Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

By Thomas D. Williams, PhD, Breitbart – The White House has invited a renowned group of Catholic nuns to sing at this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony along with other performers… The Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist have released three Billboard and Amazon number-one, classical chart-topping recordings, including a holiday album titled Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring: Christmas with The Dominican Sisters of Mary.

Rod Dreher: The Dalitization Of Humanity

By Rod Dreher, The American Conservative – Well, you knew it was going to happen sooner or later. Now, China has done it.From MIT Technology Review: When Chinese researchers first edited the genes of a human embryo in a lab dish in 2015, it sparked global outcry and pleas from scientists not to make a baby using the technology, at least for the present… It was the invention of a powerful gene editing tool, CRISPR, which is cheap and easy to deploy, that made the birth of humans genetically modified in an in-vitro fertilization (IVF) center a theoretical possibility.

George Neumayr: The Stench From CupichChurch ‘The Most Powerful Cardinal in America’

By George Neumayr, American Spectator – The winds of scandal whipping around the Church’s gay pederasty problem are not dissipating but picking up speed. This is foiling the devious plans of Pope Francis, who deliberately scheduled his “abuse summit” six months out in the hopes that few would care about it by then. News of that quickie gathering of bishops scheduled for next February commanded little respect from the laity before this week, but even less now that its primary American organizer has been announced….

European Court ‘Submits’ to Islam by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has bowed down to Muslim pressure by establishing a pro-sharia precedent that adheres to strict Islamic blasphemy laws… Today, it is contended that Islamic blasphemy laws are being increasingly used and adopted in Europe as the law of the land – especially in nations that openly welcome Muslim migrants to alleviate the so-called “refugee crisis.”

The ’60s Radicals Won the Culture War by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, The Daily Signal – Fifty years ago this year, the ’60s revolution sought to overturn U.S. customs, traditions, ideology, and politics… The ’60s radicals eventually grew older, cut their hair, and joined the establishment. Most thought their revolution had fizzled out in the early 1970s without much effect… The world a half-century later looks a lot more like 1968 and what followed than what preceded it… Most of the political and cultural agenda from that turbulent period—both the advances and the regressions—has long been institutionalized.

McCarrick’s Online Footprint Suggests He Was Deeply Involved in Doing Pope’s Bidding

By Dr. Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – Cardinal McCarrick had been an important prelate for the Vatican when dealing with inter-religious matters or foreign affairs.. McCarrick played an important role in the establishment of relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Additionally, McCarrick helped in the Vatican’s dealings with Iran and its talks with the U.S. on nuclear proliferation… And in the matter of the Vatican/China deal — what Cardinal Zen said amounted to a betrayal of the Chinese people — McCarrick also seems to have had a hand in it. As Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò revealed in his own 25 August testimony, then-Cardinal McCarrick told him once in person that, after meeting Pope Francis, he was to go to Communist China.

As Predicted, San Francisco-Based Obama Judge Blocks Trump Asylum Order by Andrew C. McCarthy

By Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review – It took a few more days than I expected, but a San Francisco-based federal judge appointed by President Obama issued an order last night barring the administration from enforcing the asylum restrictions President Trump announced on November 9. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar ruled that the president had unlawfully attempted to rewrite congressional law…

Politics: Could Beto O’Rourke Legally Give Campaign Money to the Caravan? by Rachel Alexander

By Rachel Alexander, The Stream – James O’Keefe of Project Veritas caused quite a stir when he caught staff from Beto O’Rourke’s U.S. Senate campaign admitting they spent campaign funds on supplies for the South American caravan. Federal law prohibits the spending of campaign funds for personal use. But it allows donations to charity.

Secular: Why Won’t the Bishops Question McCarrick? by George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, American Spectator – At the USCCB conference in Baltimore, Tobin had to do a lot of tap dancing, a performance not without its amusements. His biggest whopper was his insistence that the bishops were determined to uncover the entire story of McCarrick’s corruption. He informed his colleagues that he has retained the services of private detectives to aid in exposing the whole nefarious tale.

Allen West: How Do You Fundamentally Transform the United States of America?

By Allen West, CNSNews – Ask yourself, 15 years ago, would anyone have believed that someone could openly run as a progressive socialist in America, and find electoral success? If there is any real lesson learned from the 2018 midterm elections – besides noting that Broward County, Florida election supervisor Brenda Snipes has issues – it is that our nation is being ideologically transformed before our eyes.

The Coming Bankruptcy of the American Empire

By Hunter Derensis, American Conservative – When the world loses confidence in the American government’s ability to pay its debt, or the interest rate on our debt becomes unsustainably high, choices will have to be made. No more kicking the can down the road, no more 10-year projections to balance the budget. Congress, in a state of emergency, will have to take a buzzsaw to appropriations. And the empire will be the first thing to go.

Matthew Archbold: They Just Don’t Get It

By Matthew Archbold, National Catholic Register – And while the Vatican and the USCCB haggle over who gets to investigate what and which documents should be released, real souls are being lost. People are confused and are looking for answers. And many are no longer looking to the Church to find them… Everything has changed. The faithful no longer have faith in you as a body. The believers no longer believe you.

Dem House Takeover Targets Hobby Lobby to Force Abortion Funding

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – After retaking control of the United States House of Representatives in last week’s midterm elections, Democratic representatives are now focusing their attack on reversing the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision that kept the Christian chain, Hobby Lobby, from being forced to provide healthcare coverage funding abortion.

Report: Catholic Campaign for Human Development Donates Money to Pro-Abortion Groups

By Emily Ward, CNSNews – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is donating money to groups that support abortion through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), according to the Lepanto Institute, a research and education group that defends the traditional teaching of the Catholic church… CCHD is an anti-poverty program of the U.S. Bishops.

Religious Freedom? Who Cares?

By Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream – Today, even in America, religious liberty is under threat. Family Research Council’s “Free to Believe” website offers example after example of how ordinary Americans seeking to live by their faith have come under legal and social attack. There are some encouraging signs. But obeying the demands of the God you worship can be tough in our secular society.

She Opposes Israel at Every Turn. Now, She’s Going to the U.S. Congress.

By David Harsanyi, The Daily Signal – Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to (the U.S.) Congress, is a new kind of politician. She’s telegenic, ideologically progressive, widely celebrated by a media that’s obsessed with identity politics… She’s the kind of politician who can openly side with Hamas against Israel or spread “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”-style conspiracies on Twitter, claiming that Jews possess the supernatural ability to hypnotize the world as they unfurl their “evil.”

LifeNews: Ohio House Passes Bill to Ban All Abortions After an Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Ohio House lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that would prohibit abortions after an unborn baby has a detectable heartbeat… State House Bill 258 passed in a 58-35 vote and now moves to the state Senate for consideration… The controversial legislation would ban most abortions in Ohio if it becomes law. An unborn baby’s heart begins beating around six weeks, though new research suggests it may begin as early as 18 days after conception…

Cardinal Zen: Vatican ‘Does Not Support’ Faithful Catholics in China, Rome is Helping Communist Party

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong and long-time China observer, said “the Holy See does not support” the faithful and long-suffering members of the underground Catholic Church in China and is actually helping the Communist Party to further persecute the faithful in that despotic regime.

Wonder Why White Women Vote for GOP? It’s ‘In Their Interest’, by Steve Jordahl

By Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – Exit polling from the recent midterms showed that once again, by a fairly decent majority at times, white women vote Republican. That flummoxed Vogue writer Michelle Ruiz. How in the world, she asked citing one example, could 75 percent of them vote for Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for Georgia governor, who (in her own words) is “passionately pro-life”?

A Proposed Fix to ‘Trickery’ in Obamacare Abortion Coverage

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – The Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) included a mechanism – except in states that opted out of it – through which a person wanting abortion coverage in insurance exchanges could make a separate payment for that coverage; and insurers then would pay for abortions out of that money. However, the Obama administration issued regulations that allowed the “separate” abortion surcharge to be collected along with regular premiums.

Acting AG Whitaker: ‘Special Counsel is Required’ To Investigate Clinton Foundation

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Matthew Whitaker, the acting attorney general of the United States and a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, said in a 2016 interview that there is enough evidence “in the public domain” to warrant the appointment of a “special prosecutor” to investigate the Clinton Foundation. He added that the Foundation was “clearly a pay-to-play situation” ….

The Democrats Are the Threat to Democracy, by Brandon J. Weichert

By Brandon J. Weichert, American Spectator – For two years, the Democratic Party has insisted that the American people must follow their lead and #Resist President Donald J. Trump at all costs. The Left has argued that Trump is unlike any leader that we’ve had in American history. According to the DNC, Trump’s presidency is more than just an inconvenience to their partisan agenda. Instead, it is a threat to America’s sacred democratic institutions.

A Look at President Trump’s Pro-Life ‘Solution’

By Michelle La Rosa, Catholic Herald, CNA – Asked by EWTN News Nightly how he would continue pushing forward the pro-life agenda with a now-divided Congress, Trump responded, “I won’t be able to explain that to you, because it is an issue that is a very divisive, polarizing issue. But there is a solution. I think I have that solution, and nobody else does. We’re going to be working on that.”

Pew Research: How Religious Groups Voted in the Midterm Elections

By Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac and Gregory A. Smith, Pew Research – The 2018 exit polls show a slight shift in Catholic voting patterns compared with recent midterm elections. This year, Catholic voters were evenly split between the parties: 50% favored the Democratic candidate for Congress in their district, while 49% favored the GOP’s nominee. In the past two midterm elections (2014 and 2010), Catholics leaned in favor of Republican candidates by margins of roughly 10 percentage points.

3 Eye-Opening Lessons for Catholics under Common Core, by Patrick Reilly

By Patrick Reilly, National Catholic Register – Today, many dioceses have moved toward genuinely Catholic standards for their schools, but the Common Core has never been fully rooted out of Catholic education. It continues to impact testing, curriculum and textbooks in many dioceses—although the impact varies and is never quite clear… While the experience has been messy, hopefully it has given new insight to Catholics and Church leaders and reminded educators of the primary mission of Catholic education.

What a Web Theodore McCarrick Weaved

By George Neumayr, American Spectator – Ever since Theodore McCarrick’s exposure as a molester earlier this year, his cronies, patrons, and protectors have downplayed his squalid crimes. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, his successor who sent underlings to work for him even after learning of an investigation into his abuse, pooh-poohed the McCarrick scandal. “I don’t think this is some massive, massive crisis,” he said.

The President Lost the House. Things Look Good Anyway, by Rob Schwarzwalder

By Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream – There was no “Blue Wave.” There was no “Red Storm.” What do we learn from that? That the Democrats aren’t who they think they are, that Evangelicals are sticking with the president, that many things will get better, and that everyone should watch out for Donald Trump.

A Life-Changing Election… by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, Family Research Council – If there were any takeaways everyone could agree on this morning, it’s this: pro-lifers won big. New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters noted that it was hard to ignore how much ground values voters gained by electing — not just Republicans, but solid, reliable conservatives.

Pro-Life Groups Applaud Trump for Latest Exemptions to Contraception-Abortifacient Mandate

By Emily Ward, CNSNews – Pro-life leaders applauded the Trump administration this week for issuing two new rules that allow small businesses and non-profit groups to exempt themselves, on moral or religious grounds, from an Obama-era regulatory mandate requiring them to cover contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs and devices (such as Plan-B and IUDs) in the health insurance plans they offer their employees.

Democrats Aren’t Losing Faith In Our Constitutional System. They Just Don’t Like It

y David Harsanyi, The Federalist – In the liberal imagination there are only four ways to lose elections — and none have to do with their increasingly leftist turn, their hysterics, or their one-dimensional identity politics. Democrats lose because of “gerrymandering,” “voter suppression” (sometimes known as “asking for ID”), Russian mind-control rays deployed by social media, and our antiquated and unfair Constitution.

ARCHIVES: Obama Administration Was Corrupt, More and More Evidence Reveals Daily

By L. Todd Wood, The Washington Times – There was so much hope in January 2009 when Barack Obama took office. Here was the first black president of the United States, promising to be a leader for all Americans, to halt the rise of the oceans and to be the most transparent administration ever. Even black Americans were saying the Civil War was finally over… Unfortunately for America, it didn’t turn out that way. As more and more evidence is revealed daily on the evening news, it is now very clear the Obama administration was the most corrupt presidency in the history of the republic.

Catholic Vote: “Voting Matters.” A Catholic Reflection on the 2018 Elections

By Joshua Charles, Catholic Vote – Paragraph 2240 of the Catholic Catechism states, “Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country…”.. We now have the most pro-life Senate in history, with the possibility of two more Supreme Court vacancies coming up, and no longer held hostage to the Murkowskis and Collinses of the Senate… No guarantees, but it’s about the best shot we’ve ever had to make real, tangible achievements.

Patrick J. Buchanan: The War for the Soul of America (A Fight to the Finish…)

By Patrick J. Buchanan, CNSNews – For two years, Trump has been under a cloud of unproven allegations and suspicion that he and top campaign officials colluded with Vladimir Putin’s Russia to thieve and publish the emails of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee… It is past time for Mueller to prove these charges or concede he has a busted flush, wrap up his investigation and go home…

The Welfare Generation: 51.7% Kids in 2017 Lived in Households Getting Govt Assistance

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – The Census Bureau has released new data that strengthens the case for calling the current generation of American children “The Welfare Generation.”… Among American residents under 18 years of age in 2017, according to the Census Bureau, 51.7 percent lived in households in which one or more persons received benefits from a means-tested government program.

Alabama Recognizes Right to Life for Unborn Children

By John Clark, EWTN News – To declare and otherwise affirm that it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, most importantly the right to life in all manners and measures appropriate and lawful; and to provide that the constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”

On the Prudence of Borders, by Robert F. Gorman

By Robert F. Gorman, Crisis Magazine – Advocates for open borders argue that guarded and regulated borders are signs of closed societies and ultimately a violation of the dignity and rights of persons to move wherever they wish to work, to live, to seek welfare assistance, and especially to seek asylum from violent societies….

Planned Parenthood Slams Trump For Stopping Taxpayer Funding of Abortions: He Hates Women

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews –  The new rule doesn’t ban abortions or end abortions or do anything to prevent women who want an abortion from getting one to end the life of their unborn child. But what the new rule does do is ensure that Americans don’t have to be forced to pay for it with their tax dollars.

President Trump Issues New Rule to Protect Americans From Funding Abortions Under Obamacare, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Trump administration today issued a new rule designed to protect Americans from being forced to pay for abortions under Obamacare… Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a new rule directing insurers selling Obamacare plans that cover elective abortion to collect a separate payment from enrollees for that coverage, as required by law.

Dear Celebrities: No One Cares What You Think, PragerU Video

PragerU – We adulate celebrities so much, it’s no wonder they’re under the impression that we care about their political opinions. The truth is, we don’t. In this video, Candace Owens, Director of Urban Development for Turning Point USA, lets unaware celebs in on the reality: no one cares what they think.

Caravans’ Advances Have Evoked Two Vastly Differing Visions for America, John Horvat II

By John Horvat II, CNSNews – Above all, America must remain true to herself. We are a nation, not a processing center, a shareholding company or a collection of individuals on a cruise ship pursuing their individual material happiness. We welcome those who wish to unite themselves to the nation, assimilating into our society under the generous conditions set up for this purpose. Nothing has changed in this regard….

The Divide That Runs Through America Is Religious, by Jerry D. Salyer

By Jerry D. Salyer, Crisis Magazine – like the deranged sailors, America’s coastal elites actively reject Western metaphysical and political conceptions of objective truth and human nature, and so have no chart to go by, and no guiding principle other than the naked, unbounded will of the lowest common denominator. “What was written as an allegory is starting to feel like a documentary, as generations of misrule threaten to send our country beneath the waves.”….

Politics: The Dangers in Believing Economic Security Is National Security, by Riley Walters

By Riley Walters, The Daily Signal – Those who make the economic security argument are often stuck defending a dangerous set of assumptions—not limited to an oversimplification of the situation and overestimation of how the government can help… Ultimately, policy geared toward economic security ends up creating more harm than good as it slowly erodes the freedom and economic opportunities of Americans.

Some Pro-Life Bright Spots in the 2018 Midterm Elections, by Kathy Schiffer

By Kathy Schiffer, EWTN News – The 2018 midterm election results are coming in, and I am happy/sad. I’m sad because in Michigan, the noble John James lost his long-shot bid to wrestle a Senate seat from liberal Debbie Stabenow. I’m sad, too, because voters in Oregon voted to force taxpayers to fund abortion through all nine months of pregnancy…. But despite the disappointments here and there, yesterday’s election results, lumped together, pointed to some bright spots in Americans’ attitudes toward abortion.

Media Overreach? Acosta’s Last Stand? Accosted by Acosta, by Dov Fischer

By Dov Fischer, American Spectator – CNN’s Jim Acosta has emerged publicly as a profoundly rude and nasty person. Perhaps he is delightful and elegant in private, perhaps not. Maybe he opens doors for ladies, lets women enter and exit elevators before he does, and regularly offers his seat to standing seniors. But he ain’t like that in public. It startles the senses to see how incredibly rude and arrogant he is at press conferences.

Opinion: A Much, Much Better GOP Night Than Had Been Forecast, by Dov Fischer

By Dov Fischer, American Spectator – Republicans knew the House was going to flip. It is common to argue over polling predictions days or weeks in advance, when survey numbers are within a reasonable margin, especially when only one race is in question. But with 435 House races, and so many lining up for Democrat flips, the settled question had become whether a “blue wave” would overturn Washington in a tsunami, even flowing up-ticket for Democrat gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates….

Cardinal O’Malley Elected Chairman of Papal Foundation

By Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency – Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston was elected chairman of the Papal Foundation’s board of trustees during a meeting in Washington, D.C. Oct. 30, taking over from Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who served in the position for eight years… The Philadelphia-based Papal Foundation gives grants in support of projects and proposals recommended by the Holy See. Since 1990, the foundation has given over $100 million in grants in service to the Catholic Church.

School Board Says Boys and Girls Have Different Brains — Except in the Bathroom

By Cathy Ruse, JD, The Stream – One of the most liberal school systems in the country wants parents to know that boys and girls are built differently. Except when that truth is not politically convenient… The Fairfax County (Virginia) School Board announced an upcoming workshop for parents. It’s called “Jack’s Brain, Jill’s Brain: Gender Differences and Why They Matter.” The workshop will feature child psychologists discussing how “girls and boys learn differently.”

Steven Ertelt: West Virginia Approves Pro-Life Amendment Saying There is No Right to Abortion

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – West Virginia is one of 17 states that forces its taxpayers to pay for elective abortions. But that could change now that state voters approved Amendment 1 saying there is no right to abortion… West Virginians tonight approved a constitutional amendment that makes it clear that their state does not recognize abortion as a “right.”

Crisis Magazine: No Blue Wave Yet Troubles Are Ahead

By Bruce Frohnen, Crisis Magazine – Last night’s election returns were not a total disaster for people of faith, or for Catholics in particular. Republicans actually increased their majority in the Senate, which means that President Trump’s uniformly textualist judicial nominees will continue to be confirmed. That’s very good news for the Constitution, and with it for people committed to norms of religious liberty and human life that are deeply embedded in that document and in our traditions….

Reflections on the Eve of 2018 Midterm Elections: Anti-God Campaigners vs. The Faithful 

By Fr. Richard Heilman, LifeSiteNews – In my lifetime, we have witnessed the most aggressive campaign to overthrow God that has been seen in all of civilization. Sure, not all sides are perfect, but one side is totally dedicated to continue this anti-God campaign, while the other side has all “those who are serious about their faith” rooting for God, and getting in the battle to save our country. The choice is crystal clear, when one sees it in this context. Did Christians squirm at Constantine’s morals? Yes. But, were they grateful how he opened the way for Christianity to thrive? Yes.

4 Ways St. Faustina Shows Us How to Pray for Our Country

By Carrie Gress, National Catholic Register – As the presidential election looms, now seems like a good time to pray for our country. There is no doubt that America is in an unprecedented struggle – a struggle that goes well beyond the election, but to something much deeper… In her diary, St. Faustina speaks of praying for her own country of Poland and calling upon Jesus’s mercy to hold back the hand of his justice. She says, “I often pray for Poland, but I see that God is very angry with it because of its ingratitude. …

Star Parker: Democrats Are ‘The Party of Anti-Christ’

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Because of its support for abortion on demand, including in the ninth month of pregnancy, the Democratic Party is “evil” and is “the party of Anti-Christ,” said conservative author and activist Star Parker, the founder of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education.

Patrick Goodenough: 1,834 Refugees Admitted in October: 77.7 Percent Christians

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – The first month of the new fiscal year saw 1,834 refugees admitted to the United States, more than three-quarters of them Christians, as agencies involved in resettlement began operating under the lowest refugee admission cap set by an administration since the Refugee Act was enacted in 1980.

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ICYMI: Planned Parenthood’s Massive Political Operation Is Done On Your Tax Dollars

By Dustin Siggins, The Stream – America’s largest abortion company also has a huge political operation. Its affiliated arms have pushed $20 million into this year’s midterms. They worked with three other groups for a combined $30 million towards liberal advocacy. And while legally Planned Parenthood’s $540 million-plus government teat is “separate” from the abortion giant’s political action…..

Politics: The Sad Death of “All Politics is Local”, by Telly Davidson

By Telly Davidson, The American Conservative – How did our federalist system give way to today’s nationalized cable news-fueled smackdowns?…Even before Justice Anthony Kennedy’s blockbuster announcement that he would be retiring from the Supreme Court, it looked like the 2018 midterms would probably serve a nationalized referendum on Donald Trump. Against the backdrop of the migrant child-detention facilities controversy earlier this summer, and the contentious process to replace Kennedy with Brett Kavanaugh, the “Second Civil War”…..

Vote for the Party That Doesn’t Despise You, by Arnold Ahlert

By Arnold Ahlert, Patriot Post – If Democrats take the House tomorrow, Maxine Waters, who could be the next chair of the Financial Services Committee, revealed to Wall Street, banks, and insurance companies that she remains firmly wedded to the politics of victimization. “I have not forgotten you foreclosed on our houses,” she stated. “I have not forgotten that you undermined our communities. … What am I going to do to you? What I am going to do to you is fair. I’m going to do to you what you did to us.”

Crisis Magazine: How Many Migrants Can a Nation Absorb?

By John Paul Meenan, Crisis Magazine – The migrant caravan is like something out of a future, apocalyptic dystopia—or to go back in time, perhaps an image from Exodus—where thousands of men, women, and children trudge a thousand miles under the hot tropical sun across hot tarmac and dirt roads, hoping to just fall down on America’s doorstep, looking for opportunities not to be found in the failed, crumpled, venal, socialist states from which they hail.