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“This is a hate crime — hatred of God, His word and His law.” — Rev. Flip Benham, Operation Save America

JACKSON, Miss., April 17, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — A Pastor preaching on the public sidewalk at the corner in front of All Women’s Health has just been arrested by Jackson Police while he was preaching. The preacher, Chet Gallagher (photo) from Las Vegas, was called over by police in the middle of his preaching. He asked that they come to him unless he was under arrest and at that time they said he was under arrest. When asked what the charges were the police refused to answer. Other pastors are now trying to discover why he was arrested and cannot even locate where police have taken him.

The Operation Save America, States of Refuge Campaign has been in Jackson hoping that the will of the people of Mississippi will prevail and Mississippi will become the first abortion-free state in America. The local churches of Jackson have joined OSA in having church on the sidewalk near the killing place. It is amazing that this happened on April 17, the day before the Mississippi Health Department was originally scheduled to close down this illegal clinic for violation of Mississippi Law. US District Court Judge Daniel P. Jordan extended an injunction he issued several months ago to block the State of Mississippi from shutting down forever this dangerous clinic.

“When the Church of Jesus Christ comes out of her walls to join us in defending the innocent, oppression increases.” Rev. Flip Benham, Operation Save America. This is a hate crime — hatred of God, His word and His law.

“…all who hate me love death.” Proverbs 8:36.

The people of Mississippi elected a governor and a legislature determined to free their state of the blood of the innocent but the renegade courts and Jackson police are determined to counter their wishes.
What: Pastor arrested
Where: “Jackson Women’s Health” Abortion Clinic, 2903 North State St. Jackson, Mississippi

When: April 17, 2013 – 2PM local time
Contact: Flip Benham or Dr. Pat McEwen,






Freeze dried egg powder coming to an IVF clinic near you?

Posted: 08 Apr 2013 12:40 PM PDT

Until now women who wanted to preserve their eggs until the alarm rings on their reproductive clock had to freeze their eggs and store them at an IVF clinic.
NYU website encourages students to have sex in campus Catholic Center

Posted: 08 Apr 2013 11:01 AM PDT

The blog of New York University published an article encouraging students to go to the Catholic Center – in order to have sex on campus.
Running for her baby’s life

Posted: 08 Apr 2013 07:55 AM PDT

The gynecologist told me that I needed to have an abortion because I already had three children, and one of them has special needs. The doctor said to me, ”Don’t you understand that this unborn child could have Down syndrome too?”
Pro-life flash mob hits Budapest

Posted: 08 Apr 2013 07:33 AM PDT

Dozens of young Hungarian pro-lifers broke out in song and dance in the middle of Budapest’s main square last Thursday to support the “One of Us” campaign to protect life from conception across Europe.
Change Sex, Change the World

Posted: 08 Apr 2013 07:18 AM PDT

“When Judaism demanded that all sexual activity be channeled into marriage, it changed the world. The Torah’s prohibition of non-marital sex quite simply made the creation of Western civilization possible.”



Inside this issue
Obamacare Back in Court!
The U.S. Supreme Court has revived a comprehensive challenge to Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates in light of actions the Obama administration has taken since the Court’s designation of the individual mandate penalty as a “tax.”  The case is Liberty University v. Geithner, which will be argued before the U.S. Fourth Circuit by our friends at Liberty Council on May 16.

On March 7, Bioethics Defense Fund filed a key amicus brief on behalf of 281 Members of Legatus and the Catholic Medical Association, laying out exactly how the “Abortion Premium Mandate” and the “HHS Abortifacient Drug Mandate” invalidate the Individual Mandate as an unconstitutional “tax on pro-life conscience.” Read a copy of our amicus brief at

Ivy League; Surrogacy Case
BDF President Nikolas Nikas is teaching young leaders to use a natural law approach to analyze life issues, with recent speaking events at Ivy League Dartmouth College and Boston’s Northeastern Law Center.

On the litigation front is a notable case in which lead counsel consulted with Nikas.  It illustrates why the practice of “wombs for rent” objectifies both the surrogate and the baby, who in this case was abandoned as damaged goods by the biological parents who ordered the surrogate mother to abort the less than physically perfect baby. From CNN’s “Surrogate Offered $10,000 to Abort Baby:”

“I told them that they had chosen me to carry and protect this child, and that was exactly what I was going to do,” Kelley said. “I told them it wasn’t their decision to play God.”

– Contact BDF for model language on how to make surrogacy contracts illegal in your state:

WashTimes: The High Cost of Free Contraceptives
The Washington Times last week ran an opinion piece co-authored by BDF’s Dorinda Bordlee about how the HHS Mandate not only violates religious liberty with mandates of life-ending drug coverage, but also endangers the health of women. From “The High Cost of Free Contraceptives:”

Take this quiz: What well-known family of drugs (a) is classified by the World Health Organization as “Group 1: Carcinogenic to Humans” and (b) provides “tremendous health benefits for women.” If you answered “combined oral contraceptives,” you are well-qualified to work for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Read more . . .

March 26, 2013

Cardinal Bergoglio: “Abortion is Never a Solution”
Before he was Pope Francis, Cardinal Bergoglio said, “Abortion is never a solution. We listen, support, and understand[] . . . to save two lives . . .”
Together, we are hope in action . . . together, we can be their voice.





Babies Are Murdered Here

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 12:15 PM PDT

Approximately fifty pro-life Christians are surrounding a popular abortion facility in Mission Hills, California today to expose and reprove its participation in the nation’s murder of unborn children.
Queing up for same sex ‘marriage’

Heroic News: “Grassroots Tells Supreme Court to Reject ObamaCare with 1 Million Postcards” plus 5 more

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 02:01 AM PDT

With Thermos bottles, sleeping bags and a few good books, about a dozen people lined up Friday to be among the first to attend oral arguments at the US Supreme Court on gay ‘marriage.’
Breaking: North Dakota passes first state personhood amendment in US history

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 01:50 AM PDT

Today, the North Dakota House of Representatives has passed the first personhood amendment in the United States, 57-35. SCR 4009 states, “the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.”
China Admits to the Greatest Slaughter in Human History

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 01:35 AM PDT

The Chinese government recently admitted that over the last four decades the country has aborted 336 million unborn children, many of them forcibly.
A chromosome changed my life

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 12:50 AM PDT

“Cooper’s birth came with the harsh reality check of a condition called Trisomy 21 better known as Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a condition where a person carries a third copy of the twenty-first chromosome. And that tiny little chromosome caused a shockwave in our lives.”


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Dear Friends,


The historic March for Marriage is almost upon us, but there’s still time to reach out to our friends and family and ask them to join us on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 26.


You’ve no doubt seen that the mainstream media has focused intensely on marriage as a political issue as of late in attempts to divide the public. This March for Marriage is an opportunity like never before to show that the American people stand for marriage, for the rights of children to experience the love of both a mother and a father, and for the rights of voters not to have marriage redefined by out of control legislatures, activist judges, and those pushing an ideological agenda.


But your help is needed in this effort.

 Please support our efforts to defend the sanctity of marriage with your generous donation of $3, $25, or $50 today.

Here’s what you can do today to help make the March a historic success:

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    • Organize a group to the March by planning a bus to Washington, D.C….
      • Create a Facebook “event” page that you and your local friends can share and invite people to join – this is a great way to begin getting people committed to joining a bus!
      • See if a local church or pro-family organization can help defray the cost of the trip, and contact the March for Marriage bus coordination team for help planning by sending an email to
      • Organizers of the March for Marriage are asking attendees to wear specific colors: Men = Blue; Women = Red; Children = White.
  • Mobilize and engage your local community in support of the Marriage March…
    • Post the Marriage March flier – available in English and Spanish – on a local community bulletin board and pass it out to your family and friends or at your place of worship.
    • Download more great resources from and send your friends to the page to find out more about the March and how they can participate.
  • Socialize our positive pro-family message by spreading this exciting news…
    • Use the social sharing buttons above to post this message to Facebook, on Twitter, or to forward via email to your contacts.
    • Read the March for Marriage talking points so you know how to share this message in a positive and upbeat way in conversation with friends and co-workers.
  • Pray in a group or on your own that marriage and religious freedom are protected…
    • If you can’t join us physically, please join us spiritually in prayer on March 26 that the Supreme Court will uphold marriage between one man and one woman.
    • Gather together at your local church or with a community group to pray that hearts will be touched, and marriage and religious freedom will be defended.


Your help is crucial to the success of this important endeavor. This is our time toMarch for Marriage, to stand up for the sacred institution of marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman, and for the rights of future generations to share in this beautiful and time-honored institution. The stakes are just too high to sit on the sidelines.


With all of us doing our part, we will prevail – for marriage, for family, for God and country.

Sincerely yours in Christ,


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Father Shenan J. Boquet

President, Human Life International


P.S. An event like this always takes an investment of resources-of time, energy and money-to ensure a resounding success that will have an impact for generations to come. Please consider making a generous donation todayand standing with us as we make history!

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March 19, 2013

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Catholic bishop of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has taken actionagainst Catholic insurance agency Avera Health Plans because the company chose to cover contraception so that it would be in compliance with Obamacare.   Bishop Paul Swain said the action of Avera Health Plans has created “public scandal,” because its practices are “inconsistent with Church teaching.”  Judie Brown, president of American Life League, the oldest Catholic prolife group in the nation, issued this statement: 


“This nation’s moral decline is astounding not only because it has been a relatively swift slide, but more importantly because Catholics have taken leading roles in bringing about the decline.  Vice President. Biden has supported every major effort to protect and expand abortion in America.  Nancy Pelosi, Catholic congresswoman, has worked doggedly to expand abortion, contraception, sterilization, and militant homosexual “rights” in America.   


The actions of others like Ted Kennedy, Kathleen Sebelius and Andrew Cuomo are equally egregious and yet there has been silence from the Bishops. Had their Bishops had the mettle to take a public stand to correct these anti-Catholic “Catholics” then, Bishop Paul Swain would not have to rebuke the insurance provider to the Diocese of Sioux Falls because Obamacare would never have come to pass in its current form.    


We have launched a Prayer and Fast campaign to strengthen our bishops that they may all act with the conviction and public courage displayed by His Excellency Bishop Paul Swain in defense of Catholic teaching and religious freedom.



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Thomas More Law Center - NEWS ALERT
His Ancestors Escaped Religious Persecution in 1626; Yesterday He Filed a Federal Lawsuit to Escape Religious Persecution—Under the HHS Mandate
Thomas Beckwith’s ancestors, enduring the hardships of a storm tossed ocean voyage, landed on American shores in 1626 to escape religious persecution from England.  One hundred and fifty years later, one of his ancestors, as a member of the Connecticut militia, fought against the tyrannical British king in the Revolutionary War.  Yesterday, Thomas Beckwith, a devout Southern Baptist, and his family-owned  Beckwith Electric Company, Inc, filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new form of tyranny and religious persecution—the HHS Mandate.

The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced Tuesday, March 12, 2013, it filed a 48-page federal lawsuit in a Florida Federal District Court against the Obama Administration challenging the HHS Mandate.  TMLC’s Erin Mersino is lead counsel in the case.  She is assisted by local co-counsel Paul Pizzo and Scott Richards of the Tampa firm of Fowler, White and Boggs.

Click here to read the Federal Lawsuit.

Thomas Beckwith is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, a Southern Baptist congregation located in Largo, Florida.  Beckwith Electric founded in 1967 by his parents has 168 full-time employees and provides micro-processor-based technology that protects and controls giant power system generators, transformers, and power lines, and protects the interconnection of alternative energy.  The Company also provides energy-saving Volt/VAr optimization strategies and the automation of Conservation Voltage Reduction.

In his management of Beckwith Electric, Thomas Beckwith strives to “lead the company under God’s direction and by God’s principles.”  His Faith prompted a business model that includes generous employee benefits, including:  medical insurance, pharmacy, dental  insurance, vision insurance, group life insurance, voluntary group life insurance, short term disability, long term disability, long term care insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Emergency Travel Assistance, Employee Assistance Program, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Profit Sharing, Educational Assistance, Due Time (Paid Time Off), 8 Paid Holidays, and a free-of charge membership at the L.A. Fitness Gym.

The Company also provides a chaplain for those employees who may be facing difficult issues of bereavement, marriage, children, finances, addictions, elder care, and other types of crises.  Chaplains visit Plaintiff Beckwith Electric Co., Inc. on a weekly basis to build caring relationships with the employees.

Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, called the HHS Mandate “outrageous.”  According to Land, the Southern Baptist Convention, with more than 16 million members in the United States, “share[s] the concern of our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters.”

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), by which Beckwith is informed, protects the sanctity of life.  According to the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission the Mandate is a threat to religious freedom.    The commission stated that, “Government cannot be allowed to tell people of faith when they can live out the values of their faith and when they cannot.  We must not render to government what is God’s.”

Should Mr. Beckwith refuse to comply with the HHS Mandate, in addition to the yearly fine of $2,000 per employee amounting to $336,000 per year, the Company could also be charged with violations of the Internal Revenue Code amounting to $100 per employee per day each year totaling over $6 million in fines per year.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center commented, “By promulgating the HHS Mandate, the Federal Government intentionally declared war on people of Faith.  The Law Center is privileged to represent Thomas Beckwith, a man who not only states what his Christian Faith stands for, but takes action to defend it.”

The first paragraph of the lawsuit succinctly sets forth the nature of the case: “This is a case about religious freedom. Thomas Jefferson, a Founding Father of our country, principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and our third president, when describing the construct of our Constitution proclaimed, ‘No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.’”

Thomas Beckwith believes that life begins at the moment of conception.  His deeply held religious convictions disallow him from providing for, participating in, pay for, training others to engage in, or otherwise supporting emergency contraception, abortion, abortifacients, and any drugs, devices, and service that are designed to kill innocent human life because such activities are sinful and immoral.

The purpose of the lawsuit is to permanently block the implementation of the HHS Mandate requiring employers and individuals to obtain insurance coverage for emergency contraception, abortion, abortifacients, and any drugs, devices, and service that are capable of killing innocent human life.

Named as Defendants in the lawsuit are Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services; Seth D. Harris, Acting Secretary of the Department of Labor; Jack Lew, Secretary of the Department of Treasury; and their respective departments.

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