America Must Leave the Dirty Half Dozen Most Pro-Abortion...
America Must Leave the Dirty Half Dozen Most Pro-Abortion Countries
January 24, 2022
In 1973, a small group of pro-lifers joined a Catholic attorney named Nellie Gray for dinner. Six months prior, the U.S. Supreme Court had issued its infamous Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy the default law of every state. These advocates for the unborn were determined not to let the one-year anniversary of the decision pass without acknowledging it with a march -- a protest demanding that Congress (as Nellie put it) "pay attention to 20,000 people coming in the middle of winter to tell them to overturn Roe v. Wade." And so, the March for Life was born.
Forty-nine years later, those who believe the truth that an unborn child is a human being still march every year. Snow, shine, or freezing cold (like this year), the rabbi has blown his shofar, the students have chanted, and people have come from all across the country to stand for life.
With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to hand down a decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization,the greatest legal challenge to Roe v. Wade in over a generation, many have speculated that this year's march could have been the last. Nellie once promised, "We will be here until we overturn Roe v. Wade, and believe me, we are going to overturn Roe v. Wade." Hopefully, this is the year that promise is fulfilled.
But, as Nellie beautifully said, "the battle will not be won until the entire anti-abortion movement and every community of faith works relentlessly to establish personhood for the pre-born children... saying, 'In America, we will not tolerate this.'"
It might come as a surprise to many Americans that most countries around the globe issue at least some protections for life in the womb. Ninety-nine nations either completely outlaw abortion or only allow it when the life of the mother is at risk or in cases of rape, incest, or fetal abnormality. Thirty other countries have "soft" protections for the unborn -- mandating that a woman claim social or emotional hardship or mental health difficulties in order to abort her child legally.
In Europe, the vast majority of countries protect the unborn after the first trimester, with an additional five protecting life after 14 weeks. Worldwide, only five countries that provide protections for the unborn wait until the second trimester to do so: Iceland (22 weeks), the Netherlands (24 weeks), New Zealand (20 weeks), Singapore (24 weeks), and Sweden (18 weeks).
And then, there is the dirty half-dozen -- the six nations around the world where an abortionist can kill a child in the womb at any point during a woman's pregnancy for any reason. Tragically, the United States is on this list.
The United States, Canada, and South Korea's abortion laws are on par with those of human rights violators North Korea, China, and Vietnam. This is to our shame, as the United States fails to protect her youngest, most vulnerable citizens -- babies in the womb. In Nellie's words, "This is the land of the free, the place to come for advancement... How is it that a country built on this would kill babies?"
On the somber anniversary of Roe, President Biden and Vice President Harris renewed their commitment to codifying this horrific Supreme Court decision into law. Failing to see the irony of referring to a "right" that allows an abortionist to kill a mother's child, Biden and Harris stated, "We must ensure that our daughters and granddaughters have the same fundamental rights that their mothers and grandmothers fought for and won on this day, 49 years ago...."
It is clear, as Nellie said, "on this basic subject of life... there is no compromise. You're either for or against it... There is no neutrality and there is no in between. You can't have a little bit of abortion. You can't be a little bit pregnant. You must understand that life must be protected in total."
Thankfully, despite having a pro-abortion president and administration, there is hope for America to protect life in total. In 2021, over 300 pieces of pro-life legislation were introduced at the state level. Eight states enacted protections against chemical abortion for women and their babies. Oklahoma and Texas passed total protections for the unborn that would go into effect in the event Roe is overturned. Arizona and South Dakota's legislatures voted to protect babies in the womb from discrimination based on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Arkansas and Oklahoma both passed legislation protecting life beginning at conception. Texas' Heartbeat Act has faced and beaten legal challenges -- and more importantly, saved over 10,000 babies so far.
This year, we must build on the wins achieved in 2021 and defend life to the fullest extent possible. State legislators are already off and running, introducing pro-life legislation to make 2022 an even better year for life, and the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade. America has the opportunity to lead the world in protecting the vulnerable.
Let us pray that this is the year Roe will be overturned and life is defended without compromise -- because what we are fighting for is not something hypothetical -- it is the lives of beautiful little babies whose only voice is our own.
For more, read FRC's publication "U.S. Abortion Law in Comparison with the Globe."
Fatigue Identified as Major Side Effect of COVID Over-regulation
January 24, 2022
Thousands of Americans gathered yesterday in Washington, D.C. to protest the federal government's increasingly unreasonable COVID mandates. One year into President Joe Biden's term, he has done the opposite of his promise to "shut down the virus, not the country." Fatigue is a common symptom of COVID-19, but it's a universal symptom of the ridiculous mask and vaccine mandates that have long outlived their prudence and propriety. As other countries prepare to move on with their lives, President Biden insists that Americans must remain in a prison of our own making.
Strangely, it's Europe that is leading the way to freedom this time. On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the House of Commons that all the country's COVID restrictions would end this upcoming Thursday. "We must learn to live with COVID in the same way we live with the flu," added the health secretary. "They have realized that all of these policies that are aimed at slowing the spread of COVID have failed," said Stanford Professor of Medicine Jay Bhattacharya on "Washington Watch." COVID "spreads very rapidly despite our best efforts to keep people apart." Citizens in Great Britain, Spain, and Portugal will once again have the freedom to make their own health decisions. For once, here's a European trend the U.S. needs to imitate.
Nothing could be further from the contemplation of Biden's mandarins. Biden failed to excite confidence when challenged in a rare press conference to explain the definition of "fully vaccinated." Officially, two doses is considered sufficient, but some administration officials advise three doses. Biden sidestepped the question and replied, "every time I speak of it, I say, if you've been vaccinated, get your booster shot." Bhattacharya explained he can't easily answer that question because it has become "more than just a medical question." Many cities and states have imposed vaccine mandates for employment and for patronizing restaurants, museums, and libraries. These "essentially make people that are not fully vaccinated second-class citizens," he said. If the administration redefines "fully vaccinated" to include a booster shot, they create a huge number of second-class citizens with "the snap of a finger." So it's a calculation about how much tyrannical invasion of their daily lives the American people are willing to accept.
Underlying Americans' skepticism of Biden's vaccine push is the vaccine's waning effectiveness -- both over time and against new variants. "The protection that the booster provides against Omicron is less than the protection that it provided against Delta," said Bhattacharya. A newly released CDC study from May to November found natural immunity outperforming vaccination alone "by early October," even before the Omicron variant. It's not just one study, said Bhattacharya. "The scientific evidence on this is absolutely overwhelming." Yet the less effective the vaccine becomes, the more President Biden seeks to punish those who resist it.
"Tell people about the scientific evidence. Don't use it to manipulate people," Bhattacharya said. "Public trust, once lost, is almost impossible to get back. And public health relies on public trust." Yet our public health agencies seem to prefer imitating the legacy media in crying "wolf" for a short-sighted advantage.
Meanwhile, "much of Europe is opening up," said Bhattacharya. "The U.K. is leading the way. There's no reason the United States shouldn't be." Vaccine and mask mandates are far greater violations of personal freedom than a tax on tea. "The right thing is to protect vulnerable people while letting people who are at low risk... just go on with their lives," he said. The federal government insists people stop living to avoid dying, but that is a false choice Americans should reject.
Does Genocide Fall "Below the Line" of Things You Care About?
January 24, 2022
Chamath Palihapitiya, billionaire part-owner of the Golden State Warriors, recently went viral for saying he's not at all concerned about an ongoing genocide currently taking place in the world's most populous country.
On his podcast "All-In," Palihapitiya retorted to his co-host, "Nobody cares about what's happening to the Uyghurs, okay? You bring it up because you really care, and I think it's nice that you care, the rest of us don't care." Met with surprise from his co-host, he insisted, "I'm just telling you...a very hard, ugly truth. Of all the things I care about, yes, it is below my line."
The Uyghur people, a mostly Muslim ethnic group in China's Xinjiang region, are facing what has widely been deemed an ongoing genocide. Rounded up into camps by the millions, forced to undergo abortions and sterilizations, sometimes brutally raped and tortured -- the suffering endured by this group is unlike anything else on earth.
If you think Palihapitiya's statement is something he should be ashamed of, that's because it is. But he doesn't see it that way. On Twitter, he clarified that "important issues deserved nuanced discussion." While that may be true, it doesn't take a nuanced discussion to condemn genocide. This is simple stuff. And his supposed clarification neglected to mention the plight of the Uyghurs. Instead, he equated issues in the United States with atrocities in China.
When it comes to China's human rights abuses, American corporate cowardice is on full display, especially in the NBA. In 2020, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban openly admitted that money is the reason he is silent on Chinese atrocities, telling Megyn Kelly on her podcast, "They are a customer of ours, and guess what, Megyn? I'm okay with doing business with China. And so, we have to pick our battles. I wish we could solve all the world's problems. But we can't."
Cuban and Palihapitiya both sidestep the sad reality that doing certain business with China has a direct negative effect on some persecuted groups. In December, the U.S. Congress acknowledged this reality by passing the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which bans all goods made (even partially) in the Xinjiang region where Uyghurs are used for labor in a state-run system of modern-day slavery. That's how prevalent forced labor is throughout the factories and supply chains in that region.
Cuban, Palihapitiya, and the NBA have demonstrated an unwillingness to speak up for human rights if it will cost them money. And when it comes to the massive Chinese market, which is quick to punish businesses that criticize the government's human rights violations, American corporations and professional sports associations have a lot of money to lose.
This makes it all the more important to applaud organizations that do draw the line on China's human rights violations, such as the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). The WTA suspended tournaments in China after prominent female tennis athlete Peng Shuai "disappeared" shortly after posting on social media that a high-level Chinese Communist Party official had sexually abused her. Today, we still do not know where Peng is, and she has not been free to openly communicate with the outside world. The WTA is the only sports association to demonstrate such courage in the face of Chinese pressure and stand up for the basic human rights of someone in China. More organizations and businesses should follow their lead.
In contrast to the WTA, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is an organization that has not only failed to speak up for Peng but has also consistently ignored and covered for China's countless human rights abuses as the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics approach. The Olympics is an honor that China does not currently deserve; it is a massive propaganda opportunity, one that NBC's media coverage will no doubt perpetuate with puff pieces about China sprinkled throughout televised sporting events.
A consistent excuse from the IOC is that the Olympics must be "separate from political, religious or any other type of interference." But this only benefits the status quo, and China's status quo is one of human rights abuses. For some, it raises serious questions about whether individuals who do care about the Uyghurs and other Chinese victims of persecution should even tune in to the Olympics this year.
For Chamath Palihapitiya, genocide may be below the line of things he cares about. But most Americans do care and want to make sure our actions don't indirectly harm the Uyghurs or anyone else. We must hold corporations to a higher standard. And as the Olympics take place next month, let us hope that NBC and other media outlets cover Chinese human rights issues alongside Olympic coverage. Instead of a victory for Chinese propaganda, the Beijing Olympics should be an opportunity for the world to learn more about what's really going on inside of China.