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The Rushmore Report: Democratic Chief – The 48% We Don’t Want in Our Party

The Democratic Party has just staked out unchartered territory. They have gone where no political party has gone before. The Democratic National Committee Chairman, Tom Perez, just dropped a bombshell that only the most liberal and divisive of the party faithful can possibly applaud. Perez told Huffington Post there is no room in the Democratic Party for 48 percent of the American electorate.

Democrats can disagree on guns, national debt, the economy, and national defense. But there is one issue that, in the chairman’s own words, “is not negotiable.” What is that issue that now defines all Democrats?

Abortion.

Perez: “Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health. That is non-negotiable.”

It didn’t take long for a pro-life response. Marjorie Dannenfelser, a top pro-life advisor to President Trump, fired back. “Never has it been so clear: on abortion, there is no room for dissent or exceptions among Democrats; only support for the party’s radical platform, which calls for abortion on-demand, up until the moment of birth, paid for by taxpayer dollars.”

The National Right to Life’s president also blasted the DNC chairman’s abortion stance.

“Dating back to the ouster of (pro-life) Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey from their 1992 convention, Democrats have become increasingly intolerant of pro-life Americans within their own ranks. By forcing all Democrats to pledge fealty to the abortion industry’s extreme agenda, Tom Perez has completed the party’s transformation and sent the message that pro-life Democrats are no longer welcome in their party,” said NRL President Carol Tobias.

Indeed, Perez is attacking more than one-fourth of his own party, and nearly half of all Americans. A recent Pew Research poll confirmed that 28 percent of Democrats believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. Meanwhile, a Gallup poll found that 48 percent of all Americans consider themselves “pro-life.”

So, to be clear, the man selected by the Democratic Party to represent their views is now on record. To be a Democrat, one must take the position that taking the life of the unborn child, right up to the point of birth, is not only acceptable – to believe otherwise is simply “nonnegotiable.”

One can be a Democrat and disagree with most of the party platform – but not the issue of life.

Is it still possible for a person to be a Bible-believing, God-loving Democrat? Yes. I know several who are. But in the face of this radical pro-abortion “non-negotiable” position of the Democratic Party, at the very highest level of party leadership, it’s not as easy as it used to be.

 

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A professor in a world-acclaimed medical school once posed this medical situation – and ethical problem – to his students. “Here’s the family history – the father has syphilis. The mother has TB. They already have had four children. The first is blind. The second had died. The third is deaf. The fourth has TB. Now the mother is pregnant again. The parents come to you for advice. They are willing to have an abortion, if you say they should. What do you say?”

The students gave various individual opinions, and then the professor asked them to break into small groups for “consultation.” All of the groups came back to report that they would recommend an abortion.

“Congratulations,” the professor said. “You just took the life of Beethoven!”

Nothing is so polarizing as the subject of abortion. I know several well-meaning people who say, “I’m personally pro-life, but I don’t think we should tell a woman what she has to do with her own baby.” Translation – “I’m pro-choice.”

Others say, “I’m a libertarian. I don’t believe we should tell others what to do with their own bodies.” I always respond with, “Then why do you support mandatory seat belt laws for cars and helmet laws for motorcycles?”

I want to be pro-choice. It sounds inclusive, politically correct, and sensitive. There’s just one problem. The thing that is being aborted is not a thing, but a person. He or she has a heartbeat, two hands, ten fingers, and ten toes.

I know that for many women, following through with giving birth, in response to what was almost always consensual sex, can be inconvenient. But for the aborted baby, that procedure is really inconvenient. I kind of think that if we could ask all the unborn babies of the world to weigh in on their preferences, of the 15 million babies aborted in America since 1973, not one would have chosen that fate had they had a choice.

No, abortion is not the right choice – ever. Just ask Mr. Beethoven.

The Rushmore Report: Rising Conservative Star Tomi Lahren Suspended for Pro-Choice Comments

Tomi Lahren has become the biggest media star among young conservatives. Her daily blogs and appearance on The Blaze have attracted millions of rabid followers. With weekly appearances on such Fox News shows as Hannity and The O’Reilly Factor, she has given voice to a new generation of conservatism. Lahren has become a conservative darling – until now.

Tomi was suspended by The Blaze for one week following the controversy that swirled around her expression of an unsuspected pro-choice position in an interview on The View.

Her comments brought immediate condemnation from Glenn Beck, founder of The Blaze. He found Lahren’s comments offensive to the conservative cause. In her own defense, Lahren said it was hypocritical to be both pro-life and for limited government.

Lahren, age 24, is a big supporter of President Trump. Her exact words on The View: “I’m someone that is for limited government, so I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government, but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies.”

She added, “Stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.”

She later clarified on Twitter that she does not advocate for abortion, but maintained her pro-choice stance despite criticism.

Beck, who is a Mormon, offered his views in an article on Monday, explaining that he very much believes that one can be both pro-life and for limited government.

“The founders were really, really clear. The preamble of the constitution clearly states to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. Well, who are our posterity, if not our unborn children and grandchildren and great grandchildren?” he wrote.

Nicole Russell echoed those views when writing for The Federalist, when she said that limited government is not the same as no government and anarchy, where there are no laws.

Russell argued that legalized abortion “enables the powerful (grownups) to prey on the weak (unborn babies). This kind of predatory tyranny is exactly what a constitutionally limited government that guarantees equal fundamental human rights to all is supposed to prevent.”

Lahren responded to the suspension in a series of Tweets, some jokingly. “So I’ve got some ‘me’ time tonight. Anything good on TV?”

In another Tweet, she wrote, “This life can be lonely. Thank you to those on all sides of the political spectrum – for your support. Agree or disagree, it means the world to me.”

Despite Tomi’s success – she has 4.3 million followers on her Facebook page alone – there have been rumors that she might be cut from The Blaze altogether, as there are rising tensions between her and other hosts.

About the Author

Stoyan Zaimov is a writer for The Christian Post.

 

The Rushmore Report: Roe, of ‘Roe v Wade,’ Dies Pro-Life

Members of the pro-life movement are expressing their condolences to the family of Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff of the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, who later became a strong anti-abortion advocate. Initially known as “Jane Roe” due to the need to protect her true identity, in 1995 McCorvey became a Christian and staunch advocate for life.

Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, said in a statement that McCorvey became a “valued ally” to the pro-life cause. “Norma McCorvey was a friend and valued ally in the fight for life and she will be deeply missed,” stated Tobias.

Tobias continued, “Norma became an outspoken advocate for protecting the lives of mothers and their unborn children, speaking at right-to-life events across the country, including the National Right to Life convention.”

Arina Grossu, director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, described McCorvey as “a champion for the preborn the past two decades.”

She said, “Even though it is after her namesake that Roe v. Wade is named, she never stepped foot in the courtroom in this case nor did she ever have an abortion. Her baby was placed for adoption.”

A native of Louisiana, in 1970 McCorvey filed a lawsuit to have an abortion. A few years later, the suit became the Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide.

McCorvey herself never had the abortion she sued for and kept a low profile until the 1980s, when she openly campaigned for the pro-choice movement.

In 1995, she was baptized and became a born again Christian, reversing her views on abortion and joining the pro-life activist group Operation Rescue.

“I’ll be serving the Lord and helping women save their babies. I will hold a pro-life position for the rest of my life,” stated McCorvey after her conversion, adding that “I think I’ve always been pro-life. I just didn’t know it.”

In a statement posted in the Priests for Life website, the family of McCorvey said that they were “grateful to so many people across America and around the world who, in these days, are expressing their condolences, their prayers, and their gratitude for the example Mom gave them in standing up for life and truth.”

“Mom suffered much during her life, but we are grateful to God that she took his hand, found his peace, and now has that peace in its fullness,” stated the family.

About the Author

Michael Gryboski is a reporter for the Christian Post.

The Rushmore Report: Trump’s Ruling on Federal Jobs and Abortion

President Donald Trump signed executive orders implementing a hiring freeze across the U.S. government, except for the military, and renewing an intermittent federal policy that forbids international nonprofits receiving federal money from providing abortion services. These two far-reaching orders will be among Trump’s most significant acts.

The abortion rule is known as the Mexico City policy, and it dates to Ronald Reagan’s presidency. It was rescinded by former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, restored under former President George W. Bush, a Republican, and then rescinded again under former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, according to the Population Research Institute.

Senator Jean Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat and supporter of abortion rights, said on Monday that she would introduce legislation permanently ending the policy, which she called the “Global Gag Rule.” The bill is unlikely to advance with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress.

About the Author

Alex Wayne is a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, with a focus on national politics.

The Rushmore Report: ‘Women’s March Destructive’ – Anne Graham Lotz

More than a million people worldwide took part in the Women’s March on Saturday to protest President Donald Trump and show their support for women’s rights, specifically abortion. Conservative Christian evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, however, has warned that the movement is “destructive” and will lead women to their “spiritual and moral graves.”

CNN reported that over a million people around the world marched in rallies. Organizers said the protest was primarily a pro-choice rally in defense of abortion and abortion providers, such as Planned Parenthood, amid fears that Trump will appoint a pro-life justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lotz took to Facebook to share her feelings about the Women’s March, and said that while the protesters claimed to represent all women, what they were really looking out for was access to unrestricted abortion.

“My heart aches for many of the women I saw marching – women who have joined a movement that is deceptive and in the end will be destructive and lead them to a spiritual and moral grave. I pray earnestly for them to turn to the one, true, living God, who is the only One who can give them the deep, permanent peace, love, hope, and security we all long for,” Lotz wrote.

Notable celebrities took part in the Women’s March, though singer Madonna stirred controversy when she admitted that she had thought “an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”

Madonna later took to Instagram to clarify that she was not advocating for violence: “I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things – one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt.”

The Christian Post reported on Sunday that some pro-life supporters and street evangelists were treated roughly during the rally in Washington on Saturday, with Christians preaching against homosexuality and other sins reportedly shouted down and spat on.

“We expect that to happen because they are living according to the flesh and we shouldn’t expect anything less because people killed Jesus because He preached righteousness and called people to repent,” Joseph Neigh, a U.S. Army veteran and D.C.-based evangelist, told The Christian Post.

“There have been a lot of people who have done dirty dancing around us, flicked us off, cursed at us – but we are not going to return evil for evil. We say, ‘God bless you.’ We are not out here casting stones; we are throwing life preservers,” Neigh added.

About the Author

Stoyan Zaimov is a writer for The Christian Post, addressing political and social issues in modern America. He is a former writer for Sojourners magazine.

The Rushmore Report: Planned Parenthood Update: Less Healthcare, More Abortions

Planned Parenthood was front page news last year. To women’s rights activists, they stand for women’s health and security. To pro-life groups, they stand for abortion. So which is it – healthcare or abortion? We have delved deep into the numbers in search for real answers. What we have found is shocking . . . but only to those secure enough in their views to keep reading. Planned Parenthood is not what you might think.

We all know Planned Parenthood provides for abortions – 320,000 each year. But what of the “other services” they say are the predominant focus of their work?

Here’s the data . . .

Breast cancer screenings: down 51.3 percent in the last five years

PAP tests: down 64.7 percent

Prenatal care: down 44 percent

HPV treatments: down 37 percent

You won’t hear any of this from MSNBC, CNN, NBC News, New York Times, HuffPo, LA Times, and many more. All you hear is that undeniably distinct sound of cheerleading. Even STD testing has declined by 5.4 percent since 2011.

Meanwhile, Cecile Richards, Executive Director for Planned Parenthood, has seen her salary increase from $420,153 in 2010 to $957,952 now – an increase of 228 percent – while overseeing a sharp decline in services rendered.

While healthcare services have dropped significantly, abortions are way up. Planned Parenthood provided 323,000 abortions last year – up from 289,750 ten years ago. That is a 12 percent increase in annual abortions.

Of course, Planned Parenthood is a “nonprofit” entity. Yet, they reported $309.2 million in revenues last year.

Our nation needs to have an honest conversation about Planned Parenthood, free of the mainstream media’s spin, free of the abortion giant’s tens of millions spent in election campaigning and advertising, and free of the shouting from pro-abortion activists who defend something they know so little about.

About the Author

Ryan Bomberger is a guest writer for Christian Post. He is an outspoken opponent of abortion and an Emmy-Award winning Creative Professional, with his work for the Radiance Foundation, committed to preserving the lives of the unborn.

The Rushmore Report: Pope Francis’ New Position on Abortion

Pope Francis speaks for the Catholic Church, the largest Christian denomination in the world. When he speaks, billions listen. In a letter marking the end of the “Holy Year of Mercy,” Francis has penned a startling new direction on the controversial subject of abortion. In his edict, the Pope has set a new stance on abortion that is a major shift for the Catholic Church on two levels.

1. All priests can now forgive abortion.

The Pope had initiated a temporary measure for the Vatican’s jubilee year. In the past, only those in higher levels of church hierarchy were granted the authority to forgive the act of abortion. The Pope wrote, “I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion. The provision I had made in this regard, limited to the duration of the Extraordinary Holy Year, is hereby extended, notwithstanding anything to the contrary.”

2. Abortion is a “grave sin.”

The 79-year-old Argentine said he wanted to “restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life.” But, he continued, “there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with God.” Pope Francis has made a more inclusive and forgiving Roman Catholic Church a characteristic of his papacy. Still, Francis describes abortion as “a horrendous crime.”

I congratulate the Catholic Church on both levels. First, the Church has come to embrace the broad power of forgiveness, not limited by the measure of man’s sin, but broadened by the measure of God’s love. Second, to his credit, Francis has maintained the severity of abortion as the taking of the unborn life.

While we as believers must bring every ounce of effort to end the inhumane taking of the unborn life, we must do so with compassion. Henry Ward Beecher said, “Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.” The Pope embraces that idea.

We must live by the words of Martin Luther, who preached, “Forgiveness is God’s command.” The God who forgives calls us to forgive – even the heinous act of abortion – or worse yet, partial birth abortion. To forgive the abortionist is not to condone the act. It is simply mirroring the image of God. The Pope is right. Abortion does not require a higher-up type of religious official to receive forgiveness – and abortion is still “a horrendous crime.”

Forgiveness goes to the heart of God’s greatest work. His highest desire is revealed by Jeremiah, the weeping prophet. “For they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more” (Jeremiah 31:34).

Pope Francis’ new stance on abortion isn’t a matter of going soft on sin. It’s a matter of going big on forgiveness. The Pope is right on both counts – abortion is both horrendous and forgivable. The same can be said of every other sin in each of our lives.

The Rushmore Report: Three Reasons Clinton Is a Pro-Abortionist Extremist

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton positions herself as a moderate on abortion. Yet, she now holds the most extreme positions on abortion of any presidential candidate in history. It’s not even close. Three examples follow, and each of them should scare off any voter who claims to value life.

1. She wants taxpayers to pay for abortions.

Clinton supports government funding for abortion. On June 10, she delivered a speech at a Planned Parenthood event in which she called for repealing the Hyde Amendment, a policy that prevents taxpayer funding for abortion.

“Let’s repeal laws like the Hyde Amendment that make it nearly impossible – for low-income women, disproportionately women of color, to exercise their full reproductive rights,” she said.

The Democratic National Committee added this goal to its platform after Clinton became the nominee.

Amazingly, Clinton wants well-intentioned Christians who value life and have genuine opposition of the taking of innocent life, to use their own money to pay for the taking of life. No Democratic candidate has ever taken this position – ever.

An August YouGov poll found that 55 percent of Americans support the Hyde Amendment. This includes a large number of Democrats, who are about evenly divided. Forty-one percent of Democrats support the ban on abortion funding while 44 percent oppose it.

2. She supports abortion until birth.

Clinton supports abortion right up until the very moment of birth. Of course, she doesn’t say it that way, because it sounds awful when you say a baby can be legally killed right before she’s born. Instead, Clinton uses some shifty Clintonian lingo.

She has said she supports restrictions only in the third trimester and only if there are exceptions for the “life and health of the mother.” (In one interview she said there should only be restrictions at the “very end of the third trimester.”) But as Clinton understands, and most voters don’t, the “health exception” is just a huge loophole that allows for abortion for any reason.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Bolton, the companion case to Roe v. Wade, that the health exception can be whatever the abortionist decides it is.

In an April appearance on ABC’s “The View,” Clinton was asked if she supports legal abortion “just hours before delivery,” and she agreed. That same week, on “Meet the Press,” she was asked, “When or if does an unborn child have constitutional rights?” She answered, “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.”

A July 16 Marist poll found that only 13 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal “through the entire pregnancy.” Similarly, a 2012 Gallup poll found that only 14 percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal “in the last three months of pregnancy,” and a July 2014 HuffPost/YouGov poll found that 59 percent of Americans support a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, which is during the second trimester.

3. Clinton thinks abortion should be common, not rare.

Clinton no longer argues that abortion should be rare. During his 1992 presidential campaign, Bill Clinton said that abortion “should be safe, legal, and rare.” It was controversial at the time within the pro-choice community,  because saying that abortion should  be “rare” implies that there is something wrong with getting an abortion. But the phrase helped establish Bill Clinton’s public image as a moderate on abortion.

Hillary Clinton also used the phrase “safe, legal, and rare” to describe her abortion position when she ran for the U.S. Senate in 2000 and when she ran for president in 2008. During her current run for president, however, she dropped “rare” from her vocabulary on abortion.

In July 2013, after undercover videos showed how Planned Parenthood benefits from selling aborted body parts, Clinton initially called the images “disturbing.” She changed her tune quickly, however.

Six days after those remarks, Clinton’s campaign released a video, “Support and Stand with Planned Parenthood,” expressing her support for the abortion provider. She accused Republicans of launching a “full-on assault on women’s health” and claimed that Planned Parenthood provides “life-saving preventive care.”

In the pro-Planned Parenthood video, she talked about “safe and legal” abortion. No “rare.”

In a February interview on ABC’s “This Week,” she even claimed that her “record for many years about where I stand on abortion” was that it “should  be safe and legal.”

What about rare? That was her position, also.

“I have the same position that I’ve had for a very long time,” Clinton added.

Some Clinton supporters think she’s a moderate on abortion. There’s a reason for that. They haven’t been paying attention to anything she actually says.

If you can support the taking of the unborn life, right up to the point of birth (she also supports partial-birth abortion), with a clear conscience, by all means, vote for Hillary Clinton.

But if you value life – you might want to think again.

About the Author

Napp Nazworth is a political analyst and writer for the Christian Post. Based in Washington, D.C., Nazworth focuses on issues that affect modern culture, from a Christian worldview.

 

The Rushmore Report: What the Media Isn’t Telling You about Clinton’s Position on Abortion

On September 30, 1976, a Democratic-controlled Congress passed legislation that prohibited federal dollars from being used to pay for abortions, except in cases in which a mother’s life was in danger. It’s called the Hyde Amendment, and it was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. In the following 40 years, every major party candidate has agreed that tax payer dollars should not be used to fund abortions. That was until now – and the media doesn’t want you to know the truth.

The Hyde Amendment has been supported by such Democratic leaders as Jimmy Carter, Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama. Even though each of these Democratic leaders favor(ed) a woman’s right to an abortion, they agreed that it was morally unconscionable to ask well-meaning pro-life Americans to pay for the aborting of unborn lives with their own tax dollars. That principle has stood through every election cycle since 1976 – until now.

Enter Hillary Clinton, who has called abortion “a fundamental human right.” She has made her opposition to the Hyde Amendment a key part of her campaign. For the first time, the Democratic party’s official platform calls for its ban. Meanwhile, Tim Kaine, a long-time opponent to abortion, became pro-choice about 15 seconds after Mrs. Clinton offered him the VP slot. What a timely conversion!

It appears Mrs. Clinton is determined to govern against the will of the people – before she is even elected.

A recent Marist poll showed that a significant majority of the American people – 62 percent – oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. But the Democrats’ call for the appeal of the Hyde Amendment marks just the next step in their radical agenda. While 78 percent believe abortion on demand should be illegal after the first trimester, Hillary Clinton favors the right to abortion up to the moment of the baby’s birth.

The fact that this is a radical position, outside the mainstream of American life, is evidenced by Clinton’s silence on the issue in any of her rallies or ads, as she knows that she would become imminently more unelectable the moment the American people knew that she wants to use their money to fund the taking of unborn lives.

You probably hadn’t heard of her position, or that of the Democratic platform. As long as her Republican opponent continues to shoot from the hip and conduct a campaign of personal insults – and as long as the national media continues to give Clinton cover – the Democratic plan will be the best kept secret in American politics.

Does life begin at conception? Of course it does. Do 78 percent of Americans oppose abortion past the third month of pregnancy? Or course they do. Do Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party understand how morally repugnant it is to pro-life Americans to use their hard-earned tax dollars to take the lives of the unborn? Of course they do. But do they care? Of course they don’t. And will the voters know of Hillary’s radical position – in opposition to every other Democratic candidate in history? Not if the national media has anything to do with it.