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19th Amendment

It’s hard to believe that for most of American history, women could not vote. That all changed with the passage of the 19th amendment to the Constitution on this day in history – August 18, 1920. This was the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States which fought at both state and national levels to achieve the vote. It effectively overruled Minor v. Happersett, in which a unanimous Supreme Court ruled that the 14th Amendment did not give women the right to vote.

The 19th Amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1878 by Senator Aaron A. Sargent. Forty-one years later, in 1919, Congress approved the amendment and submitted it to the states for ratification. It was ratified by the requisite number of states a year later, with Tennessee’s ratification being the final vote needed to add the amendment to the Constitution. In Leser v. Garnett (1922), the Supreme Court rejected claims that the amendment was unconstitutionally adopted.

When America cried out for women’s right to vote, it would have been easy for traditionalists to say, “But this [women not being able to vote] has been established law since the foundation of our country – 144 years ago.”

Likewise, every time a pro-life person calls for a Constitutional amendment to ban abortions, we hear this – “But the right to choose is established law.” And that’s true. It’s been “established” law for 41 years, less than 100 years as long as it was “established law” that women could not vote.

In fact, if not for overturning “established law,” there would be no amendments to the Constitution. That’s what amendments do – they overturn “established law.”

Today, it’s interesting. Many of the very people who would fight the battle all over again, for the right of women to have their voices heard (all of us, I would hope), seek to deny the rights of the unborn to be heard. For them, it’s okay to kill the unborn, as long as it is “established law.”

I’m guessing the unborn would be okay with us passing an amendment so they can live, even if we are overturning “established law,” just as we did on this day in history – 97 years ago.

The Rushmore Report: Texas Governor Signs Historic Abortion Bill

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed a bill into law that limits insurance coverage for abortion procedures. Gov. Abbott signed House Bill 214 on Tuesday, with the legislation scheduled to be enacted on December 1. The bill reads, “A qualified health plan offered through a health benefit exchange may not provide coverage for elective abortion,” though it provides for abortions that save the life of the mother.

The bill continues, “This section does not prevent a person from purchasing optional or supplemental coverage for elective abortion under a health benefit plan other than a qualified health plan offered through a health benefit exchange.”

In a statement quoted by local media, Abbott said that he was “proud to sign legislation that ensures no Texan is ever required to pay for a procedure that ends the life of an unborn child.”

“This bill prohibits insurance providers from forcing Texas policy holders to subsidize elective abortions,” stated Abbott, as reported by KXXV-TV.

“I am grateful to the Texas legislature for getting this bill to my desk, and working to protect innocent life this special session.”

Chiefly sponsored by Republican State Rep. John Smithee of Amarillo, the bill passed the House in a vote of 92-46 and later in the Senate in a vote of 20-10.

“This isn’t about who can get an abortion. It is about who is forced to pay for an abortion,” stated Rep. Smithee during debate over HB 214.

Critics, including Democratic State Rep. Chris Turner of Grand Prairie, argued that the bill forces Texas women to buy “rape insurance.”

“Women don’t plan to be raped. Parents don’t plan for their children to be victims of incest,” stated Rep. Turner, as reported by the Texas Tribune.

“Asking a woman or a parent to foresee something like that and buy supplemental insurance to cover that horrific possibility is not only ridiculous, it is cruel.”

This is not the first pro-life measure signed into law by Abbott this summer. In June, the governor signed Senate Bill 8 into law, which banned the procedure of dismemberment abortion, which involves ripping apart a human fetus and then removing the pieces one at a time from a womb.

Abbott’s signature made Texas the eighth state to ban dismemberment abortions, joining Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.

About the Author

Michael Gryboski is a reporter for The Christian Post.

The Rushmore Report: Nancy Pelosi Says Pro-Life Stance ‘Dishonors God’

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, the House Minority Leader has said something outrageous about Christians who are crazy enough to defend the lives of the unborn. Such a position, taken by political leaders, “dishonors the God who made us,” said Pelosi. The California Democrat is a strong supporter of abortion rights and Planned Parenthood.

Recently, in comments about the proposed GOP healthcare bill which aims to repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund the biggest abortion provider in America, Planned Parenthood, Pelosi seemed to equate caring for God’s creation with support for the organization.

“I know my colleagues are people of faith,” she said. “They tell us that all the time. So, this is God’s creation, we have a real responsibility to it . . . to minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.”

She also called on Republican legislators to “examine their consciences and look into their hearts” before they vote so they can “make a decision in favor of what is right.”

Guy Benson, of Townhall, offered a response to Pelosi’s comments. “This condemnation on behalf of ‘God’s creation’ comes from a woman who, as a professed Catholic, has amassed a 100 percent pro-abortion rating from both NARAL and Planned Parenthood,” writes Benson. “She has opposed virtually every conceivable limitation on abortion, over her political career, including measures to ban the barbaric procedure known as partial-birth abortion. Read up on the grisly details of what that entails, then circle back to this lecture from Nancy Pelosi about faith, conscience examination, moral responsibility, and honoring God.”

It really is remarkable that the highest elected Democrat in America can call out those who support birth over barbarism as “dishonoring God.” And still, many left-leaning Christians question why it is so hard for Bible-believing believers, supporters of the rights of the unborn, to support Democrats.

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.

 

Abortion

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.