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Planned Parenthood aborts new president after eight months

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Can’t call them hypocrites. PP has always strongly supported the right to terminate in the third trimester.

It’s their choice.

I was going to finish off here with something about how a nonprofit should have absolute control of its own (governing) body, but no, no. Enough. Let’s move on already.

Planned Parenthood on Tuesday removed its president after less than a year in the job, seeking new leadership at a time when abortion rights have come under increasing attack from statehouses and Republicans in Washington…

Dr. [Leana] Wen had been the first physician to lead the organization in decades. The people familiar with the move said there had been internal strife over her management, and that the group felt it needed a more aggressive political leader to fight the efforts to roll back access to abortions

Dr. Wen, a 36-year-old former health commissioner in Baltimore, was among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people earlier this year. But inside Planned Parenthood, there had been significant turnover at the top of the organization since her arrival.

That’s one of two rationales for her departure floating around this afternoon. Wen was a “peacetime” leader, shall we say; between the push to pass “heartbeat bills” in some red states and the new administration rule barring federally funded family planning clinics from providing abortion referrals, PP decided belatedly that it needed a wartime consigliere. Wen was specifically hired, in fact, because she’s a doctor and wanted to steer the organization’s image away from one of a political war machine and towards more of a true health-care organization. But some PP execs grew anxious about that over time, especially with SCOTUS turning more conservative. The question of whether PP is first and foremost a health-care outfit or a fetal disassembly plant was at the heart of today’s decision to can Wen — according to Wen herself:

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Her letter got more pointed as it went on:

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“The new Board leadership has determined that the priority of Planned Parenthood moving forward is to double down on abortion rights advocacy.” PP has forever answered pro-life critics by insisting that its core mission is women’s health care writ large, with abortion just a tiny facet of the business. Again, this is why a doctor was chosen as Cecile Richards’s successor, to underscore that comprehensive medical mission. Now here’s Richards’s successor herself telling us that she’s out because PP is indeed a chop shop at heart. Clarifying.

The other rationale for her removal has less to do with the group’s mission and more to do with Wen herself. This juicy BuzzFeed piece about her removal cites numerous sources insisting that Wen was something of a disaster as manager, demonstrating “a complete lack of leadership capability at a time when this organization requires an extraordinary leader.” Allegedly she was warned about her “behavior” six months ago but kept right on doing her thing. What thing? Well:

During the beginning of Wen’s tenure at Planned Parenthood, the staff she brought with her distributed a 182-page handbook on rules and tips for staffing Wen. The “Special Assistant Guide” from the Baltimore City Health Department, according to a copy obtained by BuzzFeed News, details guidelines on timeliness (“Nothing can fall through the cracks”), office demeanor (“Make sure to frequently look up [from Twitter] and make eye contact with Dr. Wen to see if she is trying to communicate urgent information”), language use (“Dr. Wen ‘learns’ not ‘hears’”) and correspondence (“Try not to look at emails more than once. Take care of it then”).

“The handbook was honestly just the beginning of her management issues,” the source familiar with the situation told BuzzFeed News. “Sh*t has been crazy, there was a whole system of insanity: A deep mistrust of staff, giving directives that made no sense, saying one thing then saying something else completely, micromanaging control over what people were allowed to say and not say.”

Trusted longtime PP staffers began leaving. Wen brought in her own staff and reportedly began having secret meetings involving them but not others. And then there was — gasp — this:

She’s mad, I tell you. Mad. The interim president should have no trouble in that respect, at least: Alexis McGill Johnson is a co-founder of the Perception Institute, “a consortium of researchers, advocates, and strategists that uses cutting-edge mind science to help organizations reduce discrimination linked to race, gender, and other identity differences.” No more heresies against transgenderism while PP gears up for political war with Trump and the right next year.

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Planned Parenthood Ousts President, Seeking a More Political Approach

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Planned Parenthood on Tuesday removed its president after less than a year in the job, seeking new leadership at a time when abortion rights have come under increasing attack from statehouses and Republicans in Washington.

The sudden ouster reflected a widening disagreement between the president, Leana Wen, and the board of directors over her management style and which direction to steer one of the nation’s leading women’s reproductive rights groups.

Her departure followed a series of negotiations that appeared to end acrimoniously on Tuesday. In a Twitter post, Dr. Wen said her fate had been decided at a “secret meeting,” which the organization disputed. She later issued a statement saying she was “leaving because the new board chairs and I have philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood.”

The urgency of the abortion issue appeared to be at the heart of the disagreement. Dr. Wen, the first physician to lead the organization in decades, said that she believed “the best way to protect abortion care is to be clear that it is not a political issue but a health care one, and that we can expand support for reproductive rights.”

But four people familiar with the matter said the group’s board of directors felt it needed a more aggressive political leader to combat the current efforts to roll back access to abortions.

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Dr. Wen’s brief tenure — she took over last November — coincided with a particularly fraught moment for abortion-rights advocates. In recent months, Republican-controlled statehouses in Ohio, Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana and Missouri have moved decisively to restrict abortion access as they take aim at the protections enshrined in Roe v. Wade.

That has put abortion rights groups, including Planned Parenthood, on the defensive as they battle conservative messaging, much of it ominous and some of it false, such as claims about infanticide.

And in Washington this week, Planned Parenthood is confronting a new Trump administration rule stating that taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions.

With health centers nationwide, Planned Parenthood receives close to $60 million each year through the federal family planning program, and the new edict is widely seen as being aimed at the organization. The Trump administration won a key victory last week as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declined to block it from enforcing the rule.

Anti-abortion groups were quick to respond to Dr. Wen’s ouster on Tuesday. Americans United for Life, a leading anti-abortion legal firm, said in a statement that Dr. Wen “has consistently traded on her training as a physician to perpetuate Planned Parenthood’s falsehood that ‘abortion is health care.’’’ It promised to pursue court victories “until we reach a post-Roe v. Wade era.’’

The conservative anti-abortion push gained momentum after Brett M. Kavanaugh replaced Anthony M. Kennedy on the Supreme Court, giving conservatives a possible fifth vote to uphold new limits on abortion.

Amanda Skinner, the president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Southern New England, said the attacks from Republicans represented an “alarming” moment for abortion-rights supporters.

“This is a crisis time in terms of the impact on the patients we serve and the communities we serve,” she said, adding: “I think that Dr. Wen is obviously a very thoughtful leader in health care. I think what is critical for Planned Parenthood is how much we all have to really lean hard on all of the elements of our mission.” (Those elements are health care, education and advocacy.)

Planned Parenthood, a more than 100-year-old organization with 600 affiliated health centers nationwide, has simultaneously served as both a health care provider for millions — it provides cancer screenings, contraception, disease testing and abortion services — as well as one of the leading advocacy organizations for women’s reproductive rights.

The group’s board voted unanimously on Tuesday to appoint Alexis McGill Johnson, the co-founder of the Perception Institute, an anti-bias research group, to temporarily replace Dr. Wen. Ms. McGill Johnson will serve as acting president and chief executive of both Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nonprofit that provide health care services, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, its political arm.

In a joint statement, Aimee Cunningham and Jennie Rosenthal, the chairwomen of the two Planned Parenthood boards, said, “We thank Dr. Leana Wen for her service to Planned Parenthood in such a pivotal time and extend our best wishes for her continued success.”

A 36-year-old former health commissioner in Baltimore, Dr. Wen was among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people earlier this year. She replaced the group’s longtime leader, Cecile Richards, a former Democratic political aide and the daughter of the former Texas governor Ann Richards, who had been a forceful voice on the national stage for women in general and abortion rights in particular.

But inside Planned Parenthood, there had been significant turnover at the top of the organization since Dr. Wen’s arrival and disagreements over the group’s direction.

Multiple senior officials at Planned Parenthood have departed since Dr. Wen’s appointment, including Dawn Laguens, the former executive vice president; Deirdre Schifeling, the former executive director of the group’s political arm; and Wendi Wallace, the group’s former director of political outreach. A top official, Dana Singiser, was announced as the senior vice president for policy, advocacy and campaigns in January, but instead departed the organization months later. Another Planned Parenthood vice president announced taking a new job this week.

Dr. Wen arrived last fall at Planned Parenthood with a compelling life story, having grown up poor and on Medicaid in California after her family moved there from China.

“When I was 16 and I wanted information about birth control, Planned Parenthood was the first and only place that I could think of going for my health care and education,” she told The New York Times in May.

She would rise to serve as health commissioner in Baltimore, working to close racial disparities in health care outcomes there as she sued the Trump administration for cutting teen pregnancy funds.

But former Planned Parenthood officials said she was quickly seen as a poor fit as top talent departed. The board and Dr. Wen had been discussing her future at the organization for several weeks, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Earlier this month, Dr. Wen wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post disclosing her own recent miscarriage and how she was recovering over the Fourth of July weekend.

“I decided to write about my experience because I want to break the silence and shame that often come with pregnancy loss,” she wrote. “I also write because my miscarriage has made my commitment to women’s health even stronger.”

Dr. Wen’s replacement, Ms. McGill Johnson, has served on Planned Parenthood’s board for nearly a decade, including previously as its chairwoman.

“I am proud to step in to serve as acting president and facilitate a smooth leadership transition in this critical moment for Planned Parenthood and the patients and communities we serve,” Ms. McGill Johnson said in a statement. “I thank Dr. Wen for her service and her commitment to patients.”

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Breaking: Planned Parenthood Terminates Director Leana Wen

[Dr. Leana Wen joins Andrea Mitchell in May, 2019 to discuss Missouri’s newest pro-life laws]

Planned Parenthood has aborted the directorship of Leana Wen. Wen had been the abortion-provider’s director for almost a year, stirring up quite a bit of controversy along the way.

Both the New York Times and the Washington Post are reporting that Wen was let go during a “closed door” meeting of the Board of Directors on Tuesday. Wen herself seemed to confirm that story on Twitter and she expressed her surprise and displeasure with the act, claiming “philosophical differences” were the driving factor.

Earlier this year Planned Parenthood took what they considered to be some very direct hits on their operations after several states passed strict abortion in laws in the protection of preborn lives. Alongside state legislation, Planned Parenthood will also see a decrease in federal funding after the Trump administration moved to end Title IX funding to abortion providers.

Wen’s past statements seem to indicate that she is supportive of an even more radical shift to the left for Planned Parenthood. Perhaps given the massive publicity failure of trying to support horror shows like abortion up until the moment of birth, Planned Parenthood is rethinking their marketing.

A recent Gallup poll revealed that a mere 25% of Americans support abortions under any circumstances. That puts into question the wisdom of advocating for things like partial birth abortion. President of Students for Life Kristin Hawkins calls the move “musical chairs” but says it makes no difference in the end.

“The musical chairs at the top of the nation’s number one abortion vendor changes nothing. Women don’t need what Planned Parenthood is selling. Pregnancy is not a disease cured by abortion, and with federally qualified health centers standing by to offer true, full-service healthcare, women have lots of options that don’t include abortion.”

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Planned Parenthood Removes Leana Wen as President

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Planned Parenthood on Tuesday removed its president after less than a year in the job, seeking new leadership at a time when abortion rights have come under increasing attack from statehouses and Republicans in Washington.

The move came after hours of negotiations Tuesday between the board of directors and the president, Leana Wen, according to two people familiar with the decision.

Dr. Wen had been the first physician to lead the organization in decades. The people familiar with the move said there had been internal strife over her management, and that the group felt it needed a more aggressive political leader to fight the efforts to roll back access to abortions.

The board voted unanimously on Tuesday to appoint Alexis McGill Johnson, the co-founder of the Perception Institute, an anti-bias research group, to temporarily replace Dr. Wen, the people said. Ms. McGill will serve as acting president and chief executive of both Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nonprofit that provides health care services, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, its political arm.

Dr. Wen, in a statement on Tuesday afternoon, said she believed that “the best way to protect abortion care is to be clear that it is not a political issue but a health care one, and that we can expand support for reproductive rights.”

“I am leaving because the new board chairs and I have philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood,” she said.

In a joint statement, Aimee Cunningham and Jennie Rosenthal, the chairwomen of the two Planned Parenthood boards, said, “We thank Dr. Leana Wen for her service to Planned Parenthood in such a pivotal time and extend our best wishes for her continued success.”

Ms. McGill Johnson has served on Planned Parenthood’s board for nearly a decade, including previously as its chairwoman.

“I am proud to step in to serve as acting president and facilitate a smooth leadership transition in this critical moment for Planned Parenthood and the patients and communities we serve,’’ Ms. McGill Johnson said in a statement. “I thank Dr. Wen for her service and her commitment to patients.”

Dr. Wen’s brief tenure — she was appointed last September — has coincided with a fraught moment for abortion rights advocates, as Republican-controlled statehouses in Ohio, Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana and Missouri have all advanced legislation to restrict abortion, and in some cases effectively ban the procedure altogether.

The legislative push gained momentum after Brett M. Kavanaugh replaced Anthony M. Kennedy on the Supreme Court, giving conservatives a possible fifth vote to uphold new limits on abortion. The efforts have alarmed abortion rights groups worried about a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established federal protections for abortions.

Dr. Wen, a 36-year-old former health commissioner in Baltimore, was among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people earlier this year. But inside Planned Parenthood, there had been significant turnover at the top of the organization since her arrival.

She replaced the group’s longtime leader, Cecile Richards, who had been a forceful voice on the national stage for women in general and abortion rights in particular.

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Planned Parenthood President Launches Disgusting Attack Against Crisis Pregnancy Centers

This kind of thing is just depraved.

The vast majority of Planned Parenthood’s “services” boil down to performing abortions or some aspect leading up to performing an abortion. Given the great work Crisis Pregnancy Centers do to actually take care of women, you’d think Planned Parenthood would just slink away in shame and leave them alone.

But nope, these people have no shame.

This is total garbage and disgustingly dishonest.

They are health centers, whether Leana Wen wants to consider them that or not. In fact, they provide far more vital services for women than Planned Parenthood does.

At no point do CPCs offer misinformation to their clients. Instead, they offer them the full picture of what abortion is and the emotional issues having one can bring on. They let women know that there are other, actual humane ways to deal with an unwanted pregnancy aside from scrambling the child’s brain and sucking it out with a vacuum. PPFA has been notoriously exposed in the past for pushing abortion as the only viable option while counseling women not to choose adoption.

I’ve also never heard of a CPC shaming a woman. With thousands of them in existence, I’m sure some worker has gotten out over their skis, but the idea that there’s a culture of shame in CPCs is abject, slanderous nonsense. It’s the opposite in my experience (as someone who gives yearly to a center and whose wife has volunteered at it).

CPCs exist all over the country providing vital services to women who choose life. They do things Planned Parenthood won’t do, like provide actual pre-natal care, post-natal care, welfare assistance, diapers, bottles, counseling, parenting classes, etc. In other words, they actually care about the women who come through their doors.

Ask yourself what PPFA has to gain by slamming CPCs? The answer is simply money. The more women don’t choose abortion, the less the ghouls at Planned Parenthood make in cash because it’s literally their entire profit base, whether they want to admit it or not.

Killing kids is good for business for Dr. Wen and her cohorts. Instead of being cowards and attacking CPCs, they should just admit it and perhaps reflect on the evil they are inflicting on society.

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Netroots Nation, Headlined by Elizabeth Warren, Demonstrates a Do-It-Yourself Abortion On Stage

Netroots Nation is a gathering of crazies that happens each year where no idea is too liberal and no position is too insane.

Don’t kid yourself though, this is a mainstream Democrat conference that hosts the biggest names in the party each summer. The media treat it as mainstream as well, glowingly reporting on it in a way they never do regarding CPAC. This year Elizabeth Warren, who has managed to climb into 2nd place in the 2020 Democrat primary, headlined the event.

Given this is a “progressive” gathering, it’s a given that every single person in attendance, from the stage to the people who clean the bathrooms, is rabidly pro-abortion.

Even still, this is shocking.

Yes, that’s a woman gleefully demonstrating on a watermelon how a woman can give herself a do-it-yourself abortion at home. In her hand is some kind of device designed to do the procedure. She proclaims it’s “easy” and “not surgery.” This is happening on stage, in front of the same crowd the major 2020 candidates are speaking in front of.

The celebration of abortion in this way is just unfathomably evil and sick. This is a fetish to these people. It was just a decade or so ago that Democrats were insisting abortion should “safe, legal, and rare.” Now, they perform abortions on watermelons on stage. It’d be unbelievable if we weren’t all witnesses it play out so vividly.

But perhaps it’s best they are being honest now. Like the slavers who would take pleasure in abusing their victims, pro-abortion extremists seem to actually enjoy the idea of women killing their babies for sport. The audience and panelists are actually clapping and laughing as this woman explains a horribly inhumane procedure that takes another human life. The fact that we’ve arrived at such a depraved state as a nation still baffles me.

Meanwhile, the same media that will lose their minds over Donald Trump getting two scoops of ice cream will not even acknowledge this disgusting display took place. Instead, they’ll continue to mainstream the conference and pretend this is all perfectly normal.

One day, future generations are going to look back on pro-abortionists with all the disgust we now look back on slavery with. I just pray that future generation makes its appearance sooner rather than later.

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Divided Over Abortion, but Joining Forces for Women’s Workplace Rights

When South Carolina passed a law last year to provide pregnant workers and new mothers with more protections in the workplace, it was driven by an unlikely alliance: supporters of abortion rights working alongside religious groups that oppose them.

“We were all on the same page pragmatically,” said Ashley Crary Lidow, associate director of policy and government relations at the Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network in Columbia, S.C., which supports abortion rights. Palmetto Family Council, a religious advocacy group in Columbia, also said the partnership had “raised some eyebrows” around the Statehouse.

After all, the two groups opposed each other on abortion legislation just the day before the workplace bill hit the Senate floor.

As a series of states have moved to put tighter restrictions on abortion — a polarizing issue at a polarized moment in American politics — another, nascent movement is simmering in the background: Unusual partners are coming together to strengthen workplace safeguards for women.

The new laws help begin to address what advocates on both sides of the abortion divide see as a disconnect. Many of the states that have recently enacted more restrictive abortion laws, they say, have some of the weakest support systems for pregnant women and new mothers in the workplace.

“In states that do not have strong legal protections for pregnant workers, which include almost all of the South, we hear from women all the time experiencing discrimination on the job or forced to risk their health at work,” said Dina Bakst, a co-founder and co-president of A Better Balance, an advocacy group based in New York that is supportive of abortion rights.

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Like South Carolina, Kentucky recently established laws that require many employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers and new mothers.

The new rules — which have been passed in more than two dozen states — strengthen existing requirements under federal law by making employer responsibilities more explicit. The state laws are similar, and give examples of the kinds of accommodations that must be provided, including giving a pregnant worker more frequent bathroom breaks or a lighter-duty position. Even so, the laws say companies do not have to make allowances if they would impose an undue hardship on the business.

State Senator Alice Forgy Kerr, a Republican who introduced Kentucky’s accommodations bill, said she thought part of the challenge in passing protection rules was the underrepresentation of women in the Legislature. Just four of the 38 state senators are women.

“The hardest sell on these bills, I have to say, are to men,” said Senator Kerr, who also voted for a so-called fetal heartbeat bill that would ban abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, and that a federal judge temporarily blocked in March.

“And what I stressed to them, these pro-life legislators, is that this is a pro-life measure,” she said. “We want our women to have safe pregnancies so they can have healthy babies.”

Inside the Kentucky Senate chamber just before lawmakers voted on the workplace bill, the tension was plain to see. State Senator Dan Seum, a Republican, ultimately voted for it, but only after saying he “can always tell when those on the committee have never owned and operated a business.”

Senator Kerr replied, “It’s also always easy to tell who on these committees have never been pregnant.”

The bill garnered support in large part because of the united front created by groups with typically diverging views. Kate Miller, advocacy director at the American Civil Liberties Union in Kentucky, said her organization isn’t always popular around the State Capitol. But an alliance with the Catholic Conference of Kentucky helped raise the bill’s profile, which in turn attracted attention from business groups like the Louisville Chamber of Commerce.

“They were so invested on this issue,” Ms. Miller said of the church. “That made a really big difference.”

After getting the law passed in South Carolina despite pushback from business interests, the advocates there have continued to work together, most recently on legislation that would give workers the explicit right to break time for pumping breast milk in all workplaces, regardless of the business’s size.

Twenty-seven states and five localities now have so-called reasonable accommodation laws, according to Elizabeth Gedmark, director of A Better Balance’s Southern office, and more progress is expected in 2020.

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A federal version of the state accommodation laws — the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act — was reintroduced in the House in May with sponsors from both parties. But it has been introduced in every congressional session since 2012, and hasn’t yet gained traction.

While some states have had success with accommodation laws, there has been less progress on enhancing leave policies.

Theresa Gonzales, an admissions representative at South College in Nashville, could have avoided two months of stress if Tennessee or the federal government had a family leave law.

Ms. Gonzales, the sole breadwinner for her family, gave birth to a daughter on Dec. 10. She was fired seven days later.

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She was devastated but not surprised: She hadn’t yet worked a full year in her job, which is required to qualify for federally mandated unpaid leave. The college, she heard from co-workers, would fire women and potentially rehire them after they gave birth.

After visiting campus with her newborn — to show just how serious she was about returning — Ms. Gonzales started to doubt she would be taken back, and in early February, she was told that she would not be rehired, she said. Less than two weeks later, the school reconsidered, but only after she had sent human resources an email that said she believed her firing was discriminatory and violated federal law.

Even then, Ms. Gonzales said, she has paid a price. Her pay, for the same position, was cut 5 percent, and she must clock out to pump milk in a supply closet, even though she has an office and previously could take paid breaks.

“It is supposed to be a time of joy,” said Ms. Gonzales, 30. “Instead, my experience as a first-time mother in the American work force left me traumatized.”

South College said that it relied heavily on working mothers and that dozens had enjoyed childbirth-related leaves.

“The institution believes that the actions of Ms. Gonzalez evidence success in these endeavors, as she voluntarily returned to work at South College and is a current employee today,” the school said in a statement.

The federal Family Medical Leave Act, which requires some employers to provide workers with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave if they have worked for a full year, doesn’t cover an estimated 40 percent of workers like Ms. Gonzales. (Besides the work requirement, the law covers only employers with more than 50 employees.)

A paid leave bill was introduced in Tennessee in February — just as Ms. Gonzales was trying to get her job back — but it stalled in a House subcommittee.

Several states have tried to fill in the gaps, however. Connecticut will soon become the seventh state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to offer a paid leave program. Federal efforts on paid leave are continuing, but no one idea has gained substantial bipartisan support yet.

An analysis by the National Partnership for Women & Families in September assigned each state a letter grade based on its leave policies. Only 12 states received A or B grades, and states with the most restrictive abortion laws largely received grades of D or F.

“On the policy level, there is a real story to states that are taking away abortion care but that are doing nothing for families who are having children,” said Sarah Fleisch Fink, director of workplace policy at the National Partnership for Women & Families, which supports abortion rights. “There is a disconnect.”

Conservative groups have acknowledged that issues like paid leave are trickier to work out but need to be addressed.

“If we are pro-life, we need to make sure we are also pro-life after birth,” said Joshua Putnam, president of Palmetto Family. “And I think you are starting to see some of that happening.”

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Report: Multiple Death Threats Sent to Theater Managers Screening Pro-Life “Unplanned” Movie

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The pro-life movie Unplanned, which tells the story of former Planned Parenthood abortion facility manager Abby Johnson’s journey from being an abortion advocate to a pro-life activist, has been running into trouble from the moment it arrived on the world stage. Between attempts by social media giants to silence it and activists trying to tarnish it, Unplanned has generated no shortage of anger from the pro-abortion left.

Now, according to LifeSite, several managers of private movie theaters have had to cancel their screenings of the pro-life film after receiving credible death threats. The reports come from B.J. McKelvie, pastor and president of Fredericton-based Cinedicom according to LifeSite, who has confirmed that police are now involved:

McKelvie confirmed to LifeSiteNews that two Canadian independent cinema owners contacted police after receiving death threats they perceived as credible, and that they are “fearful for their families.”

Another Canadian independent theatre owner “has been harrassed to the extreme.”

One of the two owners who contacted the police has cancelled the Unplanned screening, but all the rest “are holding their ground,” McKelvie said.

He did not want to identify the locations, particularly because “it’s a police matter,” he told LifeSiteNews.

The alleged death threats are aimed at independent theatre owners because “they didn’t get anywhere with Cineplex, or they didn’t get anywhere with Landmark,” McKelvie said.

“It’s just a movie. The topic is certainly a hot topic,” said McKelvie. “However, it is just a movie. I find it ironic, they talk about choice, pro-choice, pro-choice, pro-choice, but they’re not giving people a choice to go see the movie.”

The film has had a lot of underhanded things done to it in order for information about it to stay minimal. Twitter was causing accounts to automatically unfollow the movie’s official Twitter account. Several videos of people following the account, clicking off, and then click back on to see that they had been removed from the follower’s list showed up on the internet.

Other attempts to generate ire toward Unplanned involved ginning up narratives that the movie would inspire people to go out and hurt, or even kill someone due to the fact that the film gets the anti-abortion message across too well.

The irony here is that we have people threatening death upon innocent people because they’re showing a film that shows you the horrors of an organization who deals in the death of innocent children daily, and all in the name of silencing said film because it might convince people to cause death.

Astounding logic.

 

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Woman Sues Hospital: If She’d Known Her 4-Year-Old Had Down Syndrome, She Would’ve Aborted Him

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This September 2017 undated photo provided by the Warren family via Gerber shows 14-month-old Lucas Warren of Dalton, Ga. Lucas’ contagious smile won over executives at Gerber baby food who have made him their “spokesbaby” this year. Lucas is Gerber’s first spokesbaby with Down syndrome in the company’s 91-year history. (Courtesy Warren family/Gerber via AP)

 

 

A woman in the UK is suing a hospital for failing to screen her unborn son for Down Syndrome.

Had she known he had the condition, the lawsuit claims, she would’ve had an abortion.

As reported by the Mirror, Edyta Mordel is attempting to hold the National Health Service accountable for the live birth of her son to the tune of £200,000.

Per the suit, the “wrongful birth…increased financial costs of caring for her son and for the impact on her own ability to work.”

4-year-old Aleksander was born in January of 2015 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Hospital records reveal Edyta was “very angry and upset” upon being made aware of the baby’s condition.

According to her claim, doctors failed to administer testing which would’ve detected DS, despite the fact that she insisted. Purportedly, she even noted the need for such examination during her first meeting with a midwife.

Edyta believed the evaluation was performed at her 12-week appointment, though medical documentation speaks to the contrary.

As relayed by the Daily Mail, she appealed to London’s High Court thusly:

“I knew from the start I would agree on the Down’s syndrome screening, and I would not make any other decision. I was always sure about the decision, and I always wanted it. I spoke with the midwife about Down Syndrome screening. I had informed myself. I watched a lot of videos and read about screening.”

Her attorney insists both she and her partner — Aleksander’s father — would’ve “terminated the pregnancy.”

However, legal representatives for NHS contend that she declined the test and later regretted it.

More, from lawyer Michael de Navarro QC:

“Not only did her copy of the handheld notes contain the scan report saying that Down’s screening had been declined, but she must have realized that she had never had the result of screening which she had been told to expect.”

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias had something to say about the situation — to The Daily Caller:

“If a mother does not want to care for her precious little one, we would encourage her to let a loving family adopt and raise him, helping him to reach his full potential. And, no, a hospital should not be sued for bringing this innocent little one into the world.”

In terms of the Western culture at large, Edyta’s disposition — though shocking — isn’t such an outlier: Earlier in the year, New York approved the murder of infants mere seconds before they’re born (here); and Virginia’s governor is cool with them being murdered after birth (here).

But undoubtedly the most apt response to this story is a video shared by Ashton Kutcher in January.

Don’t miss its incredible power:

This man gave powerful speech on Down Syndrome

Everyone's life is valuable.

Posted by Ashton Kutcher on Wednesday, January 16, 2019

-ALEX

 

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Amazon to Create 1,000 Jobs In Atlanta As Boycott Threats Over Georgia Heartbeat Bill Continue to be Laughable

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They thought they were going to bring the hammer of reproductive justice — whatever that is — down on Georgia after Gov. Brian Kemp passed the Heartbeat bill into law, essentially making abortions illegal in the state with certain exceptions. Hollywood celebrities thought they could convince their fellow elites to shun the southern state.

However, the state that made Chick-fil-A is only getting more business as, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Amazon has decided to open up a warehouse facility in the heart of Atlanta. It’s like an unintentional trophy laid right at Kemp’s doorstep:

Georgia lost out on the hunt for Amazon’s second headquarters last year, but it won a consolation prize Wednesday when the e-commerce giant announced it would open a warehouse facility in metro Atlanta that will create 1,000 jobs.

The company said the 700,000-square-foot facility — a bit smaller than an average mall — will bridge Gwinnett and DeKalb counties and house workers who will pack and ship customer orders. Employees will also be hired to handle finances, information technology and other roles.

Given, Georgia made Amazon a very sweet offer in order for them to decide to plant the second campus. Since New York fell through thanks to the actions of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, where New York’s most famous politician was willing to leave it, Georgia may still be in the running to pull up quick to retrieve it. According to the AJC, it’s a pretty solid state-funded incentive:

Documents released to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution offered a glimpse of what the state offered to entice the corporate campus that involved more than $2 billion worth of publicly funded incentives, including an academy to train its employees and an exclusive lounge at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. 

The 1,000 jobs that Amazon would bring into Georgia’s Gwinnett county has, from the sounds of it, been on the books for months, even getting a fancy code-name:

The project, code-named “Project Rocket,” has long been the source of intrigue. Gwinnett’s County Commission earlier approved plans for an 80-foot-tall warehouse in September off West Park Place Boulevard, just south of U.S. 78. And officials in DeKalb, home to a roughly 12-acre chunk of the site, recently rejected a proposal to build a third entrance.

What does this tell us.

Apparently states can sign whatever abortion bill they want, and if they’re business friendly enough, corporations will still happily settle in and get to work. Despite their best efforts, leftist elitists still can’t beat the awe inspiring power of capitalism.

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