Month Archives: January 2011

Watch ProLifeCon Live This Morning

by Jared Bridges

January 24, 2011

We’ve got a great lineup of speakers this morning for ProLifeCon, FRC’s Pro-Life Conference designed to educate bloggers and social media users on the cutting edge of the pro-life movement and to equip them to take action. You can watch the live stream from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. EST, and follow the Twitter stream using the hashtag #ProLifeCon. An archived webcast will be made available a few hours after the event concludes. Schedule is below:

If you want to embed the live feed into your own blog, use the code found here.

Magnetic Foxes

by David Prentice

January 23, 2011

The German researchers that showed cows can orient themselves according to magnetic fields, now have published a report that foxes also show evidence of using magnetic sensing. The scientists noticed that when hunting, foxes tend to jump in a north-eastern compass direction, with successful attacks primarily to the north. As to why foxes might use magnetic fields, Prof. Hynek Burda said:

Our favourite hypothesis is that the magneto-reception can be used as a rangefinder to measure distance.

In a totally unrelated story, a fox shot a hunter who was trying to subdue him, by pulling the trigger on the hunter’s gun as the pair scuffled. No mention of whether the fox used a magnetic rangefinder for his shot.

Show ProLifeCon on your blog

by Jared Bridges

January 22, 2011

If you’d like to display Monday morning’s live feed (8:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. EST) of ProLifeCon on your blog or website, paste the embed code below into your site. (We’ll start the webcast about 10 minutes before the event, so before then you won’t get much):

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Preview of ProLifeCon: Congressman Steve Scalise

by Krystle Gabele

January 22, 2011

On January 24, FRC will be hosting ProLifeCon at our headquarters in Washington, DC. It will be a great morning filled with amazing speakers. If you haven’t done so, please register today.

Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.) will be one of our speakers at ProLifeCon. Congressman Scalise is a strong defender of the sanctity of life and has been a champion for traditional family values. Congressman Scalise represents the first district of Louisiana (which includes the North and South Shores of Lake Ponchartrain) and was first elected to Congress in a special election held in May 2008.

Listen to Congressman Scalise’s remarks on the repeal of the health care bill.

On Kermit Gosnell, the Times Passes

by Rob Schwarzwalder

January 22, 2011

The New York Times, America’s self-vaunted “paper of record,” shivers with indignation over many things, important and trivial. It’s columnists rail with rage against all manner of real or perceived evil, most particularly - in most cases - conservatism, Republicans, fiscal restraint, and moral virtue (a phrase which the Times would mock, if it were used seriously).

Earlier this week, the Times even attacked the GOP for using the term “job-killing” as uncivil. Yet the Times has not carried a single editorial on the brutal violence of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Pennsylvania, a man who slaughtered myriad newly-born infants and ran a filthy “women’s health” center in the City of Brotherly Love.

Where’s the outrage from the voice of politically-correct liberalism? Frank Rich, Charles Blow, Paul Krugman, Timothy Egan, et al., attack with more predictability than creativity all facets of conservatism. They, and their peers, have been silent about Dr. Gosnell.

Last year, the Times‘ editorial writer Dorothy Samuels wrote a strident “Editorial Observer” piece on abortion, in which she described “assaults on women’s reproductive rights” (i.e., efforts to protect unborn children) and belittled the interventions of Congress and state legislatures. To read this article is to realize that the determined supporters of abortion live in an alternative moral universe in which the unborn are mere “fetuses,” and “choice” is the ultimate moral good. This is the dehumanizing language of the stifled conscience.

Yet even the Times cannot escape, even if unintentionally, the brutality of what Dr. Gosnell did to tiny children. In its eight-paragraph report of his evil-doing on January 19, the Gray Lady quotes from the Grand Jury report accusing him of murder:

When labor was induced and a baby was born, Dr. Gosnell would kill it by cutting into its neck and severing its spinal cord in a process he referred to as snipping. In one case involving a 17-year-old who was 30 weeks pregnant, prosecutors said that Dr. Gosnell induced labor, severed the babys spine and put the body in a shoe box. The doctor joked that the baby was so big, he could walk me to the bus stop.”

Note the words: Baby … body … neck … spinal column. These are not descriptions of some anatomical excrescence. They refer to what they actually compose: A small human person. Even the Times cannot avoid their moral power.

We can only hope that the undeniable, wrenching force of the report will have some affect on the hardened editorialists of the New York Times, even as they already have had on millions of other Americans. In the words of the moral philosopher J. Budziszewski, writing in First Things:

Nothing new can be written on the heart, but nothing needs to be; all we need is the grace of God to see what is already there. We don’t want to read the letters, because they burn; but they do burn, so at last we must read them. This is why the nation can repent. This is why the plague can be arrested. This is why the culture of death can be redeemed. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before thee … a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Obama Deregulation Gambit, Part 2

by Chris Gacek

January 21, 2011

As a follow-up to my FRC blog post Wednesday on Mr. Obamas faux de-regulatory gambit, I want to make our readers aware of some interesting commentary published today that sheds more light on this topic. First, the terrific Wall Street Journal columnist, Kim Strassel, mentions Obamas deregulation effort in her column, Obamas Great Leap Rightward. She writes, Mr. Obama has a new mission this yearto make the country believe in political reincarnations. Included in these efforts is the Administrations effort announced on Tuesday:

The White House was listening and has been hustling to get ahead of the GOP message machine. Nowhere was this more obvious than in the presidents Tuesday op-ed on this editorial page announcing an executive order to restore balance to federal regulation and root out rules that hurt economic growth. It was a largely symbolic move, designed to counteract the public perception that Mr. Obama is antibusiness, and to bolster corporate Americas support.

Second, the Washington Times carried (1/21/11) an editorial (Glum and Glummer: Obama Policies Are Keeping the Economy Down) with important new information about the Obama deregulation review:

Dont count on this effort to produce positive results. Cass Sunstein, the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, indicated there will be no new funding or manpower to help agencies conduct this lengthy and detailed review. And while bureaucrats are combing through regulations to find outdated measures to kill, they are authorized to identify gaps in regulation that need to be plugged. So for every buggy whip guideline thats taken off the books, expect 10 new nagging regulations from overzealous government minders.

Talk about taking something back with one hand that was given with another !

American Idol Contestant Chooses Life

by Krystle Gabele

January 21, 2011

A new season of American Idol started this week with auditions in New Orleans, La. One audition yielded an inspiring story. Paris Tassin, in an interview with American Idol, talked about her daughter, who inspired her to audition for the show. Tassin’s daughter was diagnosed in utero with Hydrocephalus. The Doctors advised her to abort her daughter, but Tassin chose to continue her pregnancy.

I got pregnant at 18 years old. It was tough for me ‘cause I wasn’t ready yet… [The doctors] told me that I shouldn’t have her and that it wasn’t going to be good if I did, but I decided to keep forward with the pregnancy… she’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me in my life… I’m very proud of her…”

Tassin sang Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home” before the judges, and there was no doubt that she left a big impression on not only the judges, but the 22.9 million people who watched the show and heard her story.

You can watch the video here.

Preview of ProLifeCon: Abby Johnson

by Krystle Gabele

January 21, 2011

ProLifeCon is right around the corner, and it’s not too late to register (and you can do so by clicking here). We have lined up some awesome speakers, and I have featured some of them here as well.

I am really excited to hear from Abby Johnson, a former clinic director at Planned Parenthood, and author of the book, Unplanned. Abby’s story is inspiring, and it will be great to hear about her experience.

The Social Conservative Review: The Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News

by Krystle Gabele

January 20, 2011

You can subscribe to the Social Conservative Review here.

Hello Friends,

This week came the sad news that R. Sargent Shriver, founder of the Peace Corps and Democratic candidate for Vice President, has died. Shriver had a rich career of public service, but virtually all of the media are neglecting to report a key fact about this distinguished American: he was strongly pro-life. In 1992, he signed a statement, published in the New York Times, that included these moving words:

The advocates of abortion on demand falsely assume two things: that women must suffer if the lives of unborn children are legally protected; and that women can only attain equality by having the legal option of destroying their innocent offspring in the womb. The cynicism of these assumptions reflects a terrible failure of moral imagination and social responsibility and an appalling lack of respect for women.

Shriver was right: Nothing is more important to our society than valuing the dignity of every person. From the moment of conception, the image of God is stamped on even the tiniest life. That’s why FRC is engaged in a full spectrum of activities during next week’s commemoration of the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion. We are partnering with policymakers, bloggers, and citizens from across the nation to keep up the fight to defend the unborn and support their mothers. Click here to learn more about our efforts.

Thanks standing for life — and for reading, and sharing, The Social Conservative Review.


Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

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