Friday, July 12, 2013

Governor Pat McCrory says he will sign House abortion bill . . .

Verne Strickland  July 13, 2013
N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory addresses NCGOP convention in Charlotte on Saturday June 8, 2013.
Published: July 12, 2013 
— Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday said he would sign the House version of the abortion bill if it comes to his desk, but that he would still veto the Senate’s version if that’s what passes the General Assembly.
“The recent House version allows the medical professionals at the Department of Health and Human Services to write the rules which will ensure women’s safety,” McCrory said in a statement his office released. “I want to thank those who worked on an improved bill which will better protect women while not further limiting access.”
The announcement brought criticism from abortion-rights advocates and Democrats, who have been poised to strike if the governor appears to retreat from the position he staked out during a campaign debate last year saying he would not sign any new abortion restrictions into law.
McCrory said he doesn’t consider the provisions in the House bill that increase regulation of abortion clinics to be in conflict with his campaign promise because the regulations simply need updating to ensure patient safety. The last time the state updated the regulations was in 1994.
“I will sign it because it doesn’t restrict further access and it’s safer, which was needed,” McCrory said in an interview in New Bern earlier Friday with a News 14 reporter, according to the TV station.
Last week, the Senate unexpectedly produced a new abortion bill that pulled together elements of three other bills and quickly passed it. On Monday, McCrory expressed reservations about the bill, telling reporters there was a distinction between safety measures and restrictions, and that he wanted to ensure women’s health was protected.
On Wednesday, he threatened to use his veto power for the first time if his concerns weren’t addressed. The announcement heartened abortion-rights supporters, but not for long. The House then crafted a new bill in consultation with the governor’s administration, which the full House approved Thursday.
There are not many differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The Senate bill would require abortion clinics to meet standards that are similar to outpatient surgery centers. Only one clinic in the state meets those stringent standards and 16 others could have to close because they couldn’t afford to upgrade.
The House bill orders the state Department of Health and Human Services to develop regulations that in some instances might be as stringent as outpatient surgery centers if applicable, “while not unduly restricting access.” The bill also allows the state to develop temporary rules without legislative approval, and eventually come up with permanent rules.
The House bill’s sponsors say that it is meant to be less restrictive than the Senate bill, but opponents say it is vague and could end up erecting more barriers to abortion clinics than the other bill, depending on how the law is interpreted.
Since no one yet knows what the regulations will be, it is difficult to argue whether they are updated safeguards or actually restrictions intended to block access to abortions. But opponents are making the argument anyway.
“Women across North Carolina are learning the hard way that Pat McCrory would have said just about anything to become governor,” Senate Democratic Leader Martin Nesbitt of Asheville said in a statement. “If you’re going to make a promise in a campaign, you’d better keep it – because nobody’s going to forget. ... Instead, we’ve seen the governor play backroom political games so he could look tough while ultimately signing sweeping restrictions that will hurt thousands of women.”
Suzanne Buckley, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, rejected the prospect of the McCrory administration writing regulations that will ultimately make abortions safer.
“That’s the message we’re being sold,” she said in an interview Friday. “This is part of a national trend – targeted regulation of abortion provider bills – passed in other states across the country designed to shut down abortion clinics and restrict access to safe and legal abortion care. This is part of a larger political agenda.”
Buckley said the organization supports regulations that promote health and safety, but that that’s not the intention of the House or Senate bills.
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Coat Hangers with Baby Clothes on Them: Dr. Mark Creech.

Verne Strickland / July 12, 2013


Dr. Mark H. Creech

Listening to some of the railing by pro-choice legislators against SB 353 – Health and Safety Law Changes – the abortion bill considered this week in the North Carolina House – could at times be exasperating.

No moment was more strenuous to the ears of pro-lifers than when Rep. Alma Adams (D-Greensboro) insisted that if the bill closed abortion clinics across the state, it would force women back to the time of back alley abortions and pregnancies ended with coat hangers.

Adams decried, “What a terrible day for North Carolina women – shame on us,” while waving high a coat hanger. “Do we really want that blood on our hands? I do not,” she said.

Granted, this is an emotional issue, but the use of such hyperbole is really what’s shameful.

More than a decade before abortion was legal in this country; the vast majority of illegal abortions were performed by reputable physicians in good standing. [1] In 1960, Planned Parenthood stated 90% of all illegal abortions were done by physicians. [2] Actually, the vast majority of women were not getting abortions from butchers as pro-choice people like to claim. In fact, most abortions performed after legalization were performed by the same doctors that were providing them before legalization. Neither their training nor their equipment really improved after abortion was decriminalized. [3] So, the entire argument about back-alley abortions and coat-hangers is, to say the least, highly exaggerated.

The late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, an abortion activist of yesteryear, admitted that he and his cofounders of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) fabricated the figure that a million women were getting illegal abortions every year, as well as the number of maternal deaths, 5,000 to 10,000 each year resulting from them. [4]

Nathanson said: “I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it. But in the ‘morality’ of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics? The overriding concern was to get the laws eliminated [laws against abortion], and anything within reason that had to be done was permissible.” [5]

Research confirms that in 1972, the year preceding the legalization of abortion, the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported only 39 maternal deaths from illegal abortions. [6] These numbers are a far cry from those figures of tens of thousands touted by pro-choice advocates. Today, maternal deaths caused by an abortion procedure are very difficult to track because the reporting is dependent on the abortion clinics, which is much like asking the alcoholic to guard the liquor cabinet. But make no mistake, women are still dying from abortions and the fatalities are mostly post-abortion surgery and secondary reasons for these deaths like a blood clot, blood poisoning, heart attack, hemorrhage, pelvic abscess, etc., are listed as the official cause instead of the actual cause – the aftermath of an abortion procedure. The point here is that abortions performed today are characteristically performed as they always have been, but there is now a greater risk posed to the health of women largely by the incredible increase of the numbers performed every day.

Moreover, women lawmakers on the House floor defending so-called abortion rights repeatedly said that women are smart. Women know what they are doing when seeking an abortion and don’t need the government to tell them what to do with their own bodies. But then they turned around and insulted women by arguing that if some or all of the clinics were to close in North Carolina these same intelligent women would be so foolish as to use a coat hanger to end their unwanted pregnancy. Such logic not only boggles the mind, but is demonstrably revealed for what it is – hypocritical propaganda!

There is one final critical thought, however, that has yet to be mentioned. For every two people that enter an abortion clinic, in some cases neither come out alive, while in all cases, only one comes out alive and it’s not the baby. Whether an abortion is legal or illegal, whether it’s safe or unsafe, whether it’s in a clinic or in a back alley, in no situation is it ever safe for the unborn innocent that is subjected to the violence of a uterine invasion. The primary horror of abortion, no matter the means, is not the threat it poses to a woman’s health (as bad as that threat is), but the certain death it causes to the most vulnerable of all human beings – a tiny and defenseless little baby.

That being said, perhaps next time Rep. Alma Adams and her cohorts, Planned Parenthood, Pro-Choice North Carolina, and NARAL wave their coat-hangers in protest to pro-life legislation, then those who respect life should wave coat-hangers in kind with baby clothes on them.

-Dr. Mark Creech


[1] Original source, Alfred Kinsey, cited by John Wilke, Abortion Questions and Answers (Cincinnatti: Hayes Publishing Company 1988) pg. 169. Cited by Randy Alcorn, Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments (Portland: Multonomah Press 1992) pg. 137
[2] Original source, Mary Calderone, “Illegal abortion as a Public Health Problem,” American Journal of Health 50 (July 1960):949. Cited by Randy Alcorn, Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments (Portland: Multonomah Press 1992) pg. 137
[3] Original source, Bernard Nathanson, Aborting America (New York: Doubleday, 1979), pg. 193. Also quoted by Randy Alcorn, Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments (Portland: Multonomah Press 1992) pg. 138
[4], [5] Randy Alcorn, Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments (Portland: Multonomah Press 1992) pgs. 137, 138
[6] National Right to Life, “Argument 4: If Abortion is Made Illegal, Women Will Die,”

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Right Side Network up and going -- the go-to place for Christian conservatives!

Verne Strickland -- Administrator & Contributing Editor, Right Side Media Productions . . .

I'm proud to announce that Right Side Media Productions has accepted me as a regular feature blogger with their their potent Christian conservative multi-media company.

I'll clue you in -- I've prayed fervently for this. You know that my passion is serving God and promoting the founding principles of our Nation. These two passions and influence define me. I have but one way to have an impact -- through my writing. For ten years I have contributed to a number of internet companies -- Band of Bloggers, Carolina Talk Network, blogspot, and others. I learned much, and got to know many sincere and talented writers with the same political commitments that I have.

But I felt I might have a calling to reach a wider following -- a national audience -- with my material. I've had much encouragement, and many have praised my work. I counter this by saying: "I can't claim this stuff as my own. Before I write, I pray that the Holy Spirit will speak through me. He is always faithful. He guides my pen. To God goes the glory."

There are many gaps to filled in here, and I'll get to them in due time. I've written a number of pieces for Right Side Media. The response comes back from a national audience. It is nothing short of thrilling to proclaim the Glory of God to such an audience.

Many other talented and dedicated Christian conservative writers, producers, technicians, broadcasters, announcers and interviewers are on board. They have welcomed me and I feel I have found a home.

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OK, Yah... It's been awhile. Been working to set up the Network as well as a NEW web site for the Network! Thats the main reason I haven't blogged in awhile, it certainly isn't because there hasn't been anything to talk about!

Today, I'd like to discuss the amount of money the United States is sending overseas for foreign aid... First of all when you compare 2012 to 2008, the top 10 recipients by number for 1-10 is more. Lets take a look shall we?

2008 2012
Israel $2.38B - Israel $3.075 B $695Mil
Afghanistan $1.957B - Afghanistan $2.327B $37M
Egypt $1.706B - Pakistan $2.102 $396Mil
Jordan $938 Mil - Iraq $1.683B $745 Mil
Pakistan $738 Mil - Egypt $1.557B $819 Mil
Iraq $605 Mil - Jordan $676 Mil $71 Mil
Kenya $599 Mil - Kenya $652 Mil $53 Mil
S. Africa $574 Mil - Nigeria $625 Mil $51 Mil
Columbia $541 Mil - Ethiopia $580 Mil $39 Mil
Nigeria $486 Mil - Tanzania $531 Mil $45 Mil
Total $10.584 Billion -Total $13.808 Billion

Now... It seems to me that, that number should be going down, not up... Where is this money coming from? Are we not over $17 TRILLION in DEBT? We are adding on average $48,293.00 per second. When is it no longer OK? Why is this not an issue? I realize there are other issues going on, like Benghazi, IRS Scandal, AP Scandal, and so on and so on... But... What happens when all of a sudden the people we owe, come to collect?

Who are these people?
1. The Citizens of the United States - $4.7T
2. China - $1.1 Trillion
3. Japan $914 Billion
4. United Kingdom - $346 Billion
5. Ireland - $346 Billion
6. Brazil - $211 Billion
7. Russia - $115 Billion
8. Switzerland $108 Billion
9. Canada $90.7 Billion
10. Germany $61 Billion

Stop Spending, Stop voting in raises for yourselves, In fact... Take a pay cut... Balance a budget for Pete's sake! If the National Debt is still climbing, you did not balance a budget... Stop spending and at least the debt will stop climbing. But then again, whats in the best interest of this country is not the intent of this administration! The claw and tear at the Law of the land (That'd be the Constitution!), And I don't want to hear about how it was written over 200 years ago... The principles within are alive today just as they were back then... Uphold the laws that exist, and there'd be fewer problems... But this administration would rather allow the laws to be ignored, thus creating or causing certain events to look like more laws and bigger government is the only solution... Guess what... The bad guys don't obey laws any way, so the only people that are being hurt by more laws are the rest of us! I realize I started out talking about the debt, but... Well.... I'm a tad bit PISSED!

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Good 'un, Jonathan. You're winning friends and influencing people, and I'm enjoying getting to know you.

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