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Missouri Family E-News

August 2, 2011

Atheist Group Fails to Block
Prayer Rally



A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by an atheist group seeking to block a national prayer rally sponsored by Texas Governor Rick Perry. 


U.S. District Judge Ray Miller dismissed the suit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), saying that "The Governor has done nothing more than invite others who are willing to do so to pray."


Governor Perry has worked with the American Family Association to organize the rally, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 6th, at Reliant Stadium in Houston. The event has been billed as "The Response: A National Call for Prayer for a Nation in Crisis."


Perry issued a proclamation declaring August 6th "A Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation's Challenges." The Governor's proclamation invited citizens to "ask God's forgiveness, wisdom and provision for our state and nation.  There is hope for America.  It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees."


FFRF argued that Perry's proclamation amounted to an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.  Judge Miller ruled that FFRF did not have standing to sue.


Perry is undeterred by the hounding he is receiving from atheist interests.  "Given the trials that beset our nation and world, from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and continued debasement of our culture, I believe it is time to convene the leaders from each of our United States in a day of prayer and fasting, like that described in the book of Joel."


Jim Garlow, pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego, believes that Perry is on the right track.  "There is a lack of Biblical truth and divine wisdom in the land.  The source of that truth and wisdom should be from the pulpits of America.  There are 365,000 churches in America."


"We can't point our fingers at the radical left or radical Islam or the homosexual lobby or the abortionists.  It's the failure of the church to consistently be the church.  This is a time for a solemn asssembly of prayer and fasting in which the Holy Spirit can convict us of our failure as the Church."


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Florida Abortionist Must Pay $36M in Damages



A Florida abortionist has been ordered to pay $36 million in damages to a young girl who survived an attempted abortion.  A jury in Orlando County, Florida rendered the judgment against abortionist James Pendergraft.


The suit was brought by a 10-year old girl whose mother sought to abort her in November of 2001.  The plan was for the mother to deliver the unborn child into a toilet at the Orlando Women's Center abortion clinic.  But after 12 hours of labor, the preborn child, at 22 weeks of gestation, had not yet been expelled.  The mother gave up and went to a hospital, where she gave birth to the 1lb, 6oz infant.


LifeNews reports that the girl is afflicted with severe and pervasive medical problems.  She has cerebral palsy, has suffered strokes and brain damage, has no function on the left side of her body, has lung damage and chronic lung disease, experiences seizure disorders, and has cognitive and emotional delays. 


Pendergraft operates four other abortion clinics in Florida, as well as a late-term abortion clinic in Washington, D.C.  Pendergraft's medical license has been suspended four times for illegal late-term abortions, botched abortions, and dispensing drugs without a license.


Pendergraft's fellow abortionist, Randall Whitney, admitted in court that it is a common practice to deliver preborn children alive into a toilet.  Whitney told jurors, "Babies are delivered in the toilet all the time and many times are still alive, wiggling around in the toilet." 


Michelle Herzog of Pro-Life Action Ministries was stunned by Whitney's testimony.  "We all know what really goes on in these abortion mills. But to hear the abortionist so coldly explain how they kill the children is so hard to hear.  It is unbelievable to think that this is allowed in our great nation." 

Health Care Mandate Requires Coverage of Abortion Drugs

The Obama Administration has announced a new federal health care mandate that will require all health insurance plans in the United States to cover abortion-inducing drugs.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is implementing the mandate under the provisions of President Obama's federal health care legislation.  It will require that all health insurance policies pay for free contraception without co-pays or co-insurance , including every "birth control" drug or device approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

This means that every health insurance plan will cover abortifacients such as Ella and Plan B, often marketed as so-called "emergency contraceptives", or "morning-after pills."  While these drugs may function as contraceptives, they also operate as abortifacients.  Ella and Plan B act to break down the lining of the uterus so that it is either unreceptive to implantation by a fertilized ovum, or unable to sustain an implanted embryo.

The contraceptive mandate is the result of an anti-life amendment added to the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" by rabidly pro-abortion Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland.  That amendment empowered the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services to determine what "preventative health care services" would be required as basic coverage in all health insurance plans.  Mikulski made clear at the time that her intention was to include so-called "reproductive health care," code words for abortion services.

Anna Franzonello of Americans United for Life says the new mandate violates the conscience rights of all Americans.  "No American will be able to choose an insurance plan that does not include the abortion-inducing drug Ella.  That drug will be part of the health care coverage that every American will be forced to buy.  Despite the fact that Ella can kill a human embryo even after implantation, the Food and Drug Administration has labeled the drug as emergency contraception."


Jeanne Monahan, Director of the Center for Human Dignity of the Family Research Council, strongly condemned the new health care mandate.   "The conscience rights of millions of Americans will be violated, including issuers of plans, providers who contract with such plans, and Americans who will pay for the cost of such services."


"There are no conscience protections for health care plans that object to such coverage, or for health care providers in insurance plan networks who object to prescribing such drugs.  The Department of Health and Human Services should focus on items and services that prevent actual diseases, and not include controversial services just to placate the abortion industry."


Not surprisingly, the Obama Administration allowed Planned Parenthood to play a leading role in formulating the new requirements.  Planned Parenthood was invited by the Institute of Medicine to help the agency develop its so-called "evidence-based" recommendations.


The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops expressed strong opposition to the contraceptive requirement.  "Pregnancy is not a disease, and fertility is not a pathological condition to be suppressed by any means technically possible," says Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Chairman of the bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities. "We can only conclude that there is an ideology at work that goes beyond any objective assessment of the health needs of women and children."


DiNardo is right.  The primary purpose of contraception is not to treat any disease or illness, but to prevent the creation of human life.   There is no justification for its forced inclusion in every package of basic health care benefits.  Regardless of one's views on the morality of contraception, it is unjust for the government to compel citizens to pay premiums to subsidize a practice many find morally objectionable.  When that forced subsidy supports the destruction of human life through abortifacients, the government's edict becomes unconscionable. 


Media reports claim that the Obama Administration has incorporated an amendment to the new regulations that permit religious institutions that provide health insurance coverage to exempt themselves from the contraceptive mandate.  But if you don't happen to work for a religious institution, you have no individual conscience rights.


Current Missouri law allows individuals to purchase health insurance coverage that excludes contraceptives if their use is contrary to that person's "moral, ethical, or religious beliefs."  The new Obama Administration mandate will likely erase these conscience protections in Missouri law.


A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Congress to protect the conscience rights of Americans who do not want their health insurance premiums to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.  Congressman Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska and Representative Dan Boren of Oklahoma are sponsoring the "Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011."

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