Washington Post-ABC News poll
results (scroll down to #44), July 23, 2007
Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a majority of Americans backed the
Supreme Court's decision earlier this year to uphold a national ban on
partial-birth abortions. The poll is consistent with other surveys showing
Americans strongly opposing the gruesome abortion
For more information on
partial-birth abortion visit the AdvanceUSA pro-life
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) made an astonishing comment on Friday saying that the Senate should not confirm another Bush nominee for the Supreme Court “except in extraordinary circumstances.” This is a stunning admission of liberal obstruction of judicial nominees by a powerful member of the Senate Democrat leadership. The words of White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, quoted in The Politico, show conservative frustration with the statement:
"This is the kind of blind obstruction that people have come to expect from Sen. Schumer," Perino said. "He has an alarming habit of attacking people whose character and position make them unwilling or unable to respond. That is the sign of a bully.”
Appointing qualified, originalist judges to the bench should be a top priority, and this blatant obstructionism should be a wake-up call to conservatives. For more information on judicial confirmations check the AdvanceUSA pro-justice page.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)
UPDATE: Information from C-SPAN linked by Instapundit examines the historical precedent for making recess appointments to the Supreme Court.
AdvanceUSA and a number of conservative groups held a press conference yesterday led by Sen. Specter (R-PA) to correct the record about the sterling record and qualifications of Judge Leslie Southwick and to demand he receive a fair up-or-down vote in the full Senate. Judge Southwick was nominated by President Bush to sit on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, was unanimously rated "well qualified" by the ABA, and volunteered for active duty in Iraq. However, liberal interest groups, determined to prohibit qualified, originalist judges from reaching the federal bench, have sought to derail his nomination through character assassination and blatantly misleading allegations.
Appointing qualified, originalist judges to the federal bench is one of the most important issues facing our nation and should be a high priority for conservatives in Congress and conservative citizens contemplating presidential candidates.
AdvanceUSA has more information on Judge Southwick on its home page and pro-justice page. Also, there are a number of past blog posts about Southwick's nomination, the support for Southwick from Sen. McConnell and from Sen. Specter (transcript here), the broken promises by some senators, and the shameless attempts by some liberals to use Southwick's race against him.
UPDATE: This article from Investors Business Daily adds more helpful perspective on why liberals oppose Judge Southwick so strenuously.
UPDATE: CWA has provided video clips of the press conference in support of Judge Southwick.
A press conference yesterday in the nation’s capital highlighted the amazing success stories of patients who have been treated with their own adult stem cells and the doctors who are on the cutting edge of this exciting and ethical field of research. AdvanceUSA had the pleasure to attend this press conference (see photos below) at the National Press Club sponsored by our friends at FRC and Do No Harm.
Dr. David Prentice led the discussion in which doctors and patients explained the benefits of using adult stem cell treatments. One of the main purposes of the event was to show that there are indeed ethical and effective alternatives to research that destroys human embryos. The U.S. Senate will soon vote on whether to override or sustain President Bush’s veto of an unethical stem cell funding bill so this information is critically important. Another purpose was to raise awareness of a new bill (H.R. 2807) proposed by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) which intensifies support for the ethical kinds of stem cell research already showing great promise for treatments and cures. The bill has been called “The Patients First Act," focusing attention on the fact that ethical research is already treating real people right now.
To hear a recording of the event click here. For more information on adult stem cell research click here.
See the photos and captions below to learn more about this important press conference.
Can you see the difference? Dr. Amit N. Patel, MD, MS, shows before and after pictures of heart muscle tissue that had received bone marrow stem cells from the patient’s own body in his presentation aptly named “Mending a Broken Heart.” The increased blood vessel growth is obvious. Later, Dr. Patel had the audience in rapt attention when he showed actual footage of heart surgery in which a patient received adult stem cell injections.
recent YouTube Democrat debate the 2008 presidential candidates were asked
whether or not they support the right of same-sex couples to “marry.”
Here is what the candidates (except Sen. Hillary Clinton whose comments on the
federal marriage amendment are included below) had to say…
video of a Hillary Clinton campaign speech in which she gives her views on the
federal marriage amendment which defines marriage as the union of one man and
one woman only. She also mentions ENDA, a bill in Congress which would
grant special “rights” and privileges to homosexuals regarding employment
press conference on July 20 Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) lauded Judge Leslie
Southwick and called the attempts to stall and defeat his nomination to the 5th
Circuit Court of Appeals a "manufactured" controversy. Below is a video of Sen. McConnell's
statements followed by an excerpt from the transcript of his remarks.
“I know it won't surprise any of
you to know that we think that whatever controversy
there is about Judge Southwick is manufactured. I mean, it
doesn't exist. An extraordinarily accomplished individual with a
unanimous well-qualified from the American Bar Association. The
Democratic leadership of the Judiciary Committee has said that's the gold
“…Southwick should move
forward. I haven't given up hope that he may. And he's
-Sen. Mitch McConnell, Press
Conference, July 20, 2007 (emphasis
The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) was originally created to help provide health insurance for children in low-income families who did not fall below the poverty line (eligible for Medicaid) but whose incomes were less than $40,000 a year.
Not surprisingly, the program has expanded to include more than just children and more than just the very poor. There is great fear that this year's reauthorization of SCHIP could drastically expand the number of people eligible to receive funds which would increase government dependency among America's families. Many feel this proposed SCHIP expansion is a dangerous step toward government-controlled universal health care (similar to 1990's Hillarycare). If implemented, this expansion would make as many as 71% of American children eligible for this entitlement which would no doubt draw many away from successful private-sector insurers. In fact some families considered wealthy enough to qualify for the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) would also be eligible for "low-income" SCHIP health care for their children - that means a family earning $80,000 is considered too "poor" for private health care but too "rich" for regular tax rates.
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reports that 29,000 registered sex offenders
were discovered and removed from the popular social networking site
MySpace. This should be a warning for parents to be sure their children
know about the dangers of the internet and to monitor carefully their
children’s internet use.
pro-lifers have been rather pessimistic about the benefits of the recent
Supreme Court decision upholding the federal partial-birth abortion ban.
This article at the Center Blog (which links to other helpful resources) should
bring great encouragement to pro-lifers. Even using conservative
estimates, it seems that since the Court’s decision there have been “582
averted partial-birth abortions and NO women harmed.” Not only are unborn
children being saved from a grizzly death, but because the ban highlights the
humanity of the unborn the pro-abortion cause is also losing ground.
yesterday reported on the dire vacancy crisis on the federal bench and explained
Democrats seem to be stalling all the nominees (NOTE: subscription required),
holding out for a Democrat president. Particularly disgraceful is that
the liberal strategy for stalling Judge Leslie Southwick’s nomination for the 5th
Circuit Court claims he is a racist and that Bush should have nominated an
African-American for the seat. One of Southwick’s former clerks (a black
woman) has spoken in support of Southwick seeking to dispel the fabricated myth
of his supposed bigotry. Fortunately Senators like Arlen Specter appear
willing to do battle over this important issue.
How would you respond to the charge that pro-life, pro-family, proponents of traditional values in public life “just want to legislate their morality on others?” What is the difference between what is legal and what is moral? What are we to make of “unjust laws?” These questions are discussed in Ken Connor’s recent column on TownHall.
Concerned and active citizens must think about how morality should effect the public policies they advocate and should be prepared to defend their positions intelligently and politely against a skeptical and often hostile liberal, secularist agenda.
come as no surprise that a recent study finds that 85% of men
convicted of internet child pornography charges have sexually abused a minor.
This indicates that there could be a strong causal link between viewing child pornography
and actually committing sexual crimes on minors. While the vast majority
of attention is given to extreme cases of child pornography and exploitation,
this evidence suggests that a more stringent enforcement of “minor” cases could
have a preventative effect on actual child sexual abuse.
Democrats are seeking to bridge the “faith gap” by communicating religious
sentiments and thus garner more votes from evangelicals than has been the case
in the last three decades. A common tactic is to portray “social justice”
issues such as poverty, health care, and the environment as more important than
traditional concerns over abortion, same-sex marriage (and other family
issues), and the role of religion in the public square. As this WSJ
article reveals, they have their work
cut out for them.
Several pro-life amendments have been proposed to the Labor/Health and Human Services
appropriations bill in the House of Representatives.
on the important
amendment proposed by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), a staunch pro-life
ally, and Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) which brings the funding of the National Cord
Blood Inventory program to the full $15 million originally allocated for the
program. AdvanceUSA is happy to report that this amendment passed in
committee by a voice vote. Under the original bill the program would have
been drastically under-funded so Congressmen Smith and Davis deserve great
credit for supporting this promising and ethical medical program.
- Rep. Mike
Pence (R-IN) has proposed an amendment which would prevent tax dollars under
Title X (family planning provisions in U.S. law) from going to Planned
Parenthood or any of its affiliates. As recently mentioned
on this blog, Planned Parenthood is a major force for the evil of abortion
in our nation, and any effort to prevent tax-payer dollars from supporting it
should be applauded.
- Rep. Phil
Gingrey (R-GA) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) proposed an amendment which forbids
any of the funds relating to the Labor/HHS bill from being used to enforce mandatory
HPV vaccinations, and it was approved by voice vote yesterday. The
concern is that when state governments force parents to vaccinate their
children for a malady that is spread by sexual content it usurps parental
control over their children’s health care and could undermine parental teaching
on sexual activity.
- Rep. Jean
Schmidt (R-OH) proposed an amendment which would have denied funds for
recipients of Title X money if they do not abide by state reporting
requirements in regard to child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape,
or incest. There have been numerous cases of alleged abuse coverup by
Planned Parenthood (also see here
and efforts to bring real accountability to this organization are
commendable. Unfortunately, the Schmidt amendment was ruled “non-germane”
and was subsequently withdrawn.
* A story
archived at the Cincinnati Enquirer’s website entitled “Planned Parenthood
looked the other way, Mason rape victim says” by Peter Bronson also chronicles
another outrageous Planned Parenthood alleged coverup in Ohio. This article is not free but can
be purchased at Cincinnati.com.
UPDATE: Unfortunately the Pence
amendment to prevent federal funds from supporting Planned Parenthood failed
last night by a vote of 189-231. To see how your representative voted on this
important pro-life amendment click