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• Panel Behind Obama Mandate Dominated by Pro-Abortion Orgs
• CNN: Americans Oppose Obama HHS Mandate 50-44 Percent

• Pro-Life Advocates Arrested at White House Protesting Mandate

• Obama Mandate Used to Deflect From Losing Issue of Abortion

More Pro-Life News
• Conscience Concerns Not All That s Wrong With Obama Mandate
• Teacher Buys Morning After Pill for Student at Planned Parenthood
• Planned Parenthood Launches Twitter Account Targeting Teens
• Pregnancy Help Line Has New Phone Number, Still Saves Lives
• Obama Mandate Violates Long-Held Freedom of Religion
• The View s Joy Behar: Pro-Life Virginia Law Like the Taliban
• Trial Date Set for Abortion Practitioner Charged With Murder
• Oklahoma Senate OKs Bill Saying Life Begins at Conception
• Do Republicans Need to Stop Talking About Abortion to Win?
• Man Stands Trial for Killing Wife Who Refused Abortion

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Panel Behind Obama Mandate Dominated by Pro-Abortion Orgs
A pro-life organization has access public records about the committee that made the recommendation to the Obama administration to adopt its new controversial health care mandate and found the panel was dominated by pro-abortion groups.

The Obama administration is coming under fire for producing a new Obamacare mandate regarding preventative services that forces religious employers to pay for abortion-causing drugs and birth control for their employees. Last week, Obama said his administration would advise the mandate to force insurance companies to provide the abortion-inducing drugs at no cost.

Now, HLI America indicates the mandate came about because of a collection of pro-abortion organizations and activists. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/16/panel-behind-obama-mandate-dominated-by-pro-abortion-orgs/

CNN: Americans Oppose Obama HHS Mandate 50-44 Percent
A new poll released today by CNN indicates half of Americans oppose the new mandate pro-abortion President Barack Obama put in place that requires religious employers to pay for birth control or drugs that can cause abortions.

Interviews with 1,026 adult Americans conducted by telephone by ORC International on February 10-13 for CNN asked, As you may know, the Obama administration has announced a new policy concerning health insurance plans provided by employers, including religious organizations, and how they handle birth control and contraceptive services for women. Based on what you have read or heard, do you approve or disapprove of this policy?

The results show 50 percent disapprove with the new Obama mandate while 44 percent of Americans support it and 6 percent are undecided. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/16/cnn-americans-oppose-obama-hhs-mandate-50-44-percent/

Pro-Life Advocates Arrested at White House Protesting Mandate
A group of pro-life advocates were arrested today outside the White House as they protested the new mandate pro-abortion President Barack Obama put in place requiring religious groups and employers to pay for birth control and abortion-inducing drugs.

Jeff White, Jayne and Joanna White, Rev. Pat Mahoney and several other pro-life leaders and advocates were just arrested for kneeling in prayer in front of the White House, pro-life youth leader Bryan Kemper indicated. The group was there as a pro-life witness to President Obama that Christians will not comply with the HHS mandate, which is unconstitutional and blatantly pro-abortion.

Before the arrests, Mahoney told LifeNews that he and other pro-life advocates planned to challenge the mandate and risk arrest. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/16/pro-life-advocates-arrested-at-white-house-protesting-mandate/

Obama Mandate Used to Deflect From Losing Issue of Abortion
I wrote last week about a theory put forth by Washington Post s Sarah Kliff that abortion proponents were shifting strategies to focus on contraceptives rather than abortion, the reason being their own polls show abortion is no longer a winning issue with young people and women, but contraception is.

This week Republican strategist Dick Morris pitched the same theory on Hannity, adding some corroboration: http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/16/obama-mandate-used-to-deflect-from-losing-issue-of-abortion/

Conscience Concerns Not All That s Wrong With Obama Mandate
A few days ago, the Obama Administration finally and officially promulgated its preventive services mandate with only a very narrow conscience exception for religious institutions.

However, the lack of an adequate conscience exemption is not all that is wrong with the mandate. The rule as promulgated is seriously flawed it is contrary to the legislative intent of the original preventive services amendment to what became the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it implies that pregnancy is a disease, and it mandates coverage of drugs and devices with life-ending mechanisms of action in nearly every health insurance plan in America.

When Congress passed ACA, the law required that all private and public health insurance plans fully cover, without co-pay, preventive services for women. Not defining it in the statute, Congress delegated to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the determination of what preventive services for women includes. Senator Barbara Mikulski, who authored the preventive services provision of the ACA, was very clear during the debates on the floor surrounding this amendment that the rule should not include coverage for abortion in any way. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/16/conscience-concerns-not-all-thats-wrong-with-obama-mandate/

Teacher Buys Morning After Pill for Student at Planned Parenthood
Last week we told you about the college in Pennsylvania where student can pop in and buy the morning after pill from a vending machine. But if you re a student in Austin, TX and only in high school, you might have had another option. This story tells about a high school math teacher who went to a Planned Parenthood and bought Plan B for a student not old enough to buy it herself.

The Huffington Post reports: Tracy Lee Steinberg, a 32-year-old assistant basketball coach and math teacher at Lyndon B. Johnson High School in Austin has resigned after she said she gave a 16-year-old female student two morning-after pills, or Plan B, when the student showed up in class crying in January after having unprotected sex. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/16/teacher-buys-morning-after-pill-for-student-at-planned-parenthood/

Planned Parenthood Launches Twitter Account Targeting Teens
Imagine that after a boring day at school, 14-year-old Jessica wraps up her homework and opens up her laptop. She watches a YouTube video or two, then signs into her Facebook and Twitter accounts to check in with her friends.

On Twitter, she is greeted with messages from a stranger asking what she learned at school today and who she has a crush on. Unaware of the stranger s possible intentions, she tweets back.

Has Jessica just encountered one of the online predators that Internet safety PSAs are constantly warning about? Maybe. Or perhaps she has just stumbled upon a new Planned Parenthood Twitter account.

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/16/planned-parenthood-launches-twitter-account-targeting-teens/

Pregnancy Help Line Has New Phone Number, Still Saves Lives
Heartbeat International s Option Line reaches and rescues as many lives as possible by connecting women who face unexpected pregnancies with the pregnancy help organization that can meet their needs. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/16/pregnancy-help-line-has-new-phone-number-still-saves-lives/

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Obama Mandate Violates Long-Held Freedom of Religion
I ve been talking a lot lately about the Obama Administration s relentless attempts to restrict religious freedom. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/16/obama-mandate-violates-long-held-freedom-of-religion/

The View s Joy Behar: Pro-Life Virginia Law Like the Taliban
The shrill, extremist comments coming from the co-hosts on The View continued, Thursday. Liberal comedienne Joy Behar trashed Virginia for passing abortion restrictions, saying the new law makes the state like the Taliban. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/16/the-views-joy-behar-pro-life-virginia-law-like-the-taliban/

Trial Date Set for Abortion Practitioner Charged With Murder
A trial date has been set for abortionist Nicola Riley, who has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a viable baby at an illegal late-term abortion facility in Elkton, Maryland, in 2010. Riley s trial has been scheduled to take place from June 27 through July 18 with a day off for Independence Day. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/16/trial-date-set-for-abortion-practitioner-charged-with-murder-2/

Oklahoma Senate OKs Bill Saying Life Begins at Conception
The Oklahoma state Senate has approved legislation that would have the state joining others that have passed a statement of position saying human life begins at conception. A similar measure is moving through the Virginia legislature. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/16/oklahoma-senate-oks-bill-saying-life-begins-at-conception/

Do Republicans Need to Stop Talking About Abortion to Win?
In order to win, do Republicans really need to stop talking about abortion and marriage. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/16/do-republicans-need-to-stop-talking-about-abortion-to-win/

Man Stands Trial for Killing Wife Who Refused Abortion
Jason Young is standing trial for the murder of his wife Michelle. Michelle Young was pregnant at the time of her death. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/16/man-stands-trial-for-killing-wife-who-refused-abortion/

 

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