Family Research Council

April 30, 2013 - Tuesday

Rose Still a Thorn in Abortionists' Side

Defense attorney Jack McMahon made one last-ditch effort yesterday to gloss over five weeks of the grisliest pictures ever presented in Philadelphia's Common Pleas Court. "Abortion isn't pretty," McMahon tried to explain to the jury. "It's bloody. It's real. But you have to transcend that." And that was exactly America's problem. Until this trial, our nation had transcended it. We hadn't stared into the tiny face of a perfectly formed baby and watched its little chest move up and down. We hadn't heard the stories of newborns softly moaning on cold metal trays. For all of his crimes, Kermit Gosnell has forced everyone in America to come face-to-face with the harsh realities of abortion--the violent, filthy thing we call "choice."

This is not a case based on "hype" and "manipulation," as McMahon argued. Stuffing lifeless bodies in cat food containers or grinding them down garbage disposals may be horrifying, but in many ways it's just a symptom of our broader callousness toward life. Does treating women in clean rooms and disposing of the bodies properly somehow make these killings more acceptable? It's a question that, thanks to this trial, more Americans will have to wrestle with.

"My dog was treated better than he treated babies and women," said Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron. "When a baby comes out of its mother and it breathes and it's alive, you have to have the courage to do the right thing." And if, as a result of this case, more women realize that doing the right thing means never visiting an abortion clinic in the first place, then justice has already been done.

Meanwhile, pro-lifers like Lila Rose are determined to prove that Gosnell's methods--contrary to the Left's claims--are not the exception to the rule. Yesterday, her Live Action team released two undercover videos (one in D.C. and one in New York) proving that Kermit Gosnell isn't alone in his brutal approach to babies born alive. With the help of a pregnant actress, Live Action caught the District's late-term abortionist Cesare Santengelo admitting that he would treat abortion survivors with a "do not resuscitate" rule. "Technically, you know, legally, we would be obligated to help it, you know, survive. But, you know, it probably wouldn't. It's all in how vigorously you do things to help a fetus survive at this point. Let's say you went into labor... and you delivered before we got to the termination part of the procedure here... Then we would do things--we would--we would not help it. We wouldn't intubate, let's say."

Of course, when the footage went viral, Santengelo said he'd been "tripped up" in a "hypothetical moment." "Once the baby is born, it's out of everybody's hands," he insisted, "and the baby has rights too. I understand that and I support that." Then, in one stunning moment, he moved from damage control to finger pointing, calling Live Action a group of "terrorists." (This, from a man who vowed to let innocent newborns die.)

In the Bronx, the video is even more grotesque. At Dr. Emily's Women's Health Center in New York City, a pregnant woman posing as a patient asked what happens if the fetus accidentally "comes out" at home before the final procedure. The staff member replied, "If it comes out, it comes out. Flush it." What if the baby's still breathing, the mom asked? She'll be placed in a jar of solution and sent to a laboratory for weighing; if the fetus is still moving, "the solution will make it stop," she promised. And yet groups like Planned Parenthood, who finally admitted the Gosnell case is "appalling," are the same ones who believe that drowning a baby in poison is a "decision" that "should be left up to the woman, her family, and the doctor."

Texas Gives Liberals the Boot

While the Supreme Court may be deliberating over state marriage amendments, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has already made up his mind. Yesterday, Abbott beat back the attacks on the Lone Star State's marriage amendment with an official opinion on the domestic partnership campaign. In three cities and a school district, liberal Texans have tried to undermine the 2005 marriage referendum by offering benefits for same-sex partners. Unlike many amendments, Texas's specifically outlaws any "political subdivision" from creating a "legal status identical or similar to marriage"--and Monday, the Attorney General made it clear that those political subdivisions include local governments.

State Senator Dan Patrick had brought the matter to Abbott's attention in December, and FRC drafted a letter in support of Patrick's inquiry, urging the Attorney General to uphold the will of the people--75% of whom voted to protect marriage as the union of a man and woman. At a time when the fight over marriage is escalating--and the Left is looking for any legal foothold it can find--General Abbott's opinion is great news for voters across Texas! Our thanks and congratulations to state Senator Patrick for being bold enough to raise the issue--before it was too late.

Houston Rockets to the Top of Boy Scout Support

Speaking of Texas victories, the families of Houston celebrated another one yesterday when the local Boy Scout Council voted to support the BSA's current membership policy. An overwhelming number of parents, volunteers, and Sam Houston Council backers--75%--are opposed to the change that would open the floodgates to homosexual members. The vote on the national resolution is scheduled for May 23, down the road in Grapevine, Texas.

You can learn how to help make a difference before then by tuning in to FRC's "Stand with Scouts Sunday" simulcast May 5 of this week. Together with Texas Governor Rick Perry, OnMyHonor.net's John Stemberger, Pastor Robert Hall of Calvary Chapel Rio Rancho, Moms of Boy Scouts's Zina Hackworth, and our team will explain why it's so important to keep the current policy in place and where a sexualized Scouts would lead. Click here for more information on where to tune in and how you or your church can host Sunday's simulcast.

'Merchants of Despair'

There was a time when humanity looked in the mirror and saw something precious, worth protecting and fighting for--worth liberating. But now we're confronted on all sides by propaganda promoting a radically different viewpoint. According to this idea, human beings are a cancer upon the Earth, a species whose aspirations and appetites are endangering the natural order. This is the core of anti-humanism. Merchants of Despair traces the pedigree of this ideology and exposes its deadly consequences in startling and horrifying detail. The book names the chief prophets and promoters of anti-humanism over the last two centuries, from Thomas Malthus through Paul Ehrlich and Al Gore. It exposes the worst crimes perpetrated by the anti-humanist movement, including eugenics campaigns in theUnited States and genocidal anti-development and population-control programs around the world.

Join us tomorrow, May 1, at FRC headquarters (801 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C.), as Dr. Robert Zubrin exposes this dangerous agenda and makes the definitive scientific and moral case against it. Dr. Zubrin is president of Pioneer Astronautics and also president of the Mars Society. For many years he worked as a senior engineer for Lockheed Martin. He is the author of the critically acclaimed nonfiction books The Case for Mars, Entering Space, Mars on Earths, Energy Victory; the science fiction novels The Holy Land and First Landing; and articles in Scientific American, The New Atlantis, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Mechanical Engineering, and The American Enterprise. He has appeared on major media, including CNN, C-SPAN, BBC, Discovery Channel, NBC, ABC, and NPR. Click here to register for the lecture--either in person or via live webcast.

** Synchronize your watches for Wednesday morning at 8:20 a.m. (EDT)! FRC's Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin will be on "Fox & Friends" to talk about the new military policy that would punish service members for sharing the Gospel. If you haven't signed FRC's petition to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, add your voice by clicking here.


Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

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