By State Senator Bryant L. Richardson
This past Tuesday was one of the darkest days in Delaware politics, as Senate Bill 5 passed in the House of Representatives with 22 votes. With 41 state representatives, only 21 votes were needed to pass the bill by a majority. The vote was along party lines. There are 25 Democrats and 16 Republicans in the House.
Three Democrats went not voting or voted no. Two Republican representatives were absent for the vote, including Deborah Hudson, one of the sponsors of the bill. The fact that Hudson’s name was on the bill is one of my biggest concerns, since she is minority whip, in other words, part of the House Republican leadership.
SB 5 was fast-tracked through the Senate by state Senator Brian Townsend as the prime sponsor. In the Senate the bill received 11 yes votes, the minimum number needed to pass. Again, votes were mostly along party Read more
Our state General Assembly had an interesting day, Tuesday. The House voted to reinstate the death penalty and the Senate voted with a bare majority to allow late term abortion even turning down parental consent, informed consent and moving the limit to 23 weeks. They voted down anesthesia for a child in womb after the point where they can feel pain. It was a disgrace. Should not the child in womb, late in the pregnancy at least have the same consideration as a double murderer?
Senators Richardson, Lawson and Simpson provided a valuable public record with a series of amendments to SB 5, the abortion bill. Proponents claim that it is just enacting into law Roe v. Wade, but they ignore that Casey and Gonzales are the guiding Court precedents. Roe was and is out of step with America and indeed the civilized world. Casey was an attempt to bring back the slightest balance. The roll call Read more
Democrats unable to find ways to pass a budget that people will like, are trying to find a distraction. Unfortunately, one of these is at the expense of innocent, viable babies. SB 5 would end Delaware's ban after 20 weeks, which is a national trend, and go the other way. It would allow abortion before viability instead but redefines viability so that viable children would die.
Even worse, it allows abortion after viability for a woman's health without defining health. Do they know that health can be physical, mental or even familial? It gives no limit on the level of health threat. Even a minor problem would be grounds for abortion after viability. Worse still, it would allow that judgment to be made by the person paid to do it. No independent review is necessary under this bill.
How can good hearted men and women in our legislature justify going against the trends of science, Read more
Republican Presidential Primary Candidate, Donald J. Trump has issued the following statement re: abortion:
If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed – like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions.
Breaking News--Update: CEO Ronald Smith issued a statement apologizing to Maria Goldstein for employees not copying her flyer. Upon "detailed review" it was decided that the flyer did not violate Office Depot policy. Father Frank Pavone, of Priests for Life and author of the prayer, called for the faithful to go to their nearest Office Depot and copy the prayer below.
This is pretty outrageous. Intolerance is alive and well. This is on the border of violating the 1964 Civil Right's law. They can't put a prayer in a copier because they disagree with it. You don't even need to read it to copy it. This is either insane or the feeling that persecution of this Catholic patron is acceptable. Why not put up a sign that says Catholic materials need not apply for services? It is bound to cost them business. Office Depot did offer the self service printers (which tend not to be as good as Read more
Planned Parenthood is unworthy of taxpayer support or even existence. Money spent on them should go to real community health facilities that do not charge what Planned Barrenhood does for health related services then demand subsidies while they rake in large amounts for disgusting practices resulting in their reputation among critics as America’s Killing Fields. Thousands are protesting across America for good reason. Enough said.
The well anticipated debate is tonight. Often the debates focus on questions that we the people are not asking. I find most of these questions intriguing and on point. A couple do not belong in a federal debate but on the state stage, for instance education is not a question for the President. The low confidence goes away with accomplishment. I am more concerned with Iran, the military and the Russo-Chinese axis. Gallup had this take on the questions the people would like asked.
If the American people were running the Republican debate Thursday night, here are the questions they would ask the candidates -- based on our latest assessment of what the people say are the most important problems facing the country today.
No gotcha questions or efforts to stump the candidates or push them off their talking points, just sincere questions from the people to help them understand how these Read more
The disgusting social Darwinist organization, Planned Parenthood is in a firestorm. We saw that they likely covered up statutory rape. Now they allegedly use abortion to make extra money off the tissue of the baby. I wonder what other laws do they think that they are above?
Only 3% of nations allow late term abortions.
Only 7 nations out of 200 allow lives to be aborted after 20 weeks. The U. S. shamefully is one of them. A bill before Congress seeks to change this.
Abortion is morally wrong at anytime and for any reason except to save a mother's life, but it should undoubtedly be a crime to perform one after viability. The reason it is not was an unconstitutional set of High Court Rulings, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Doe made the health exception so broad that included not only physical and mental health, but familial health. Casey v. Planned Parenthood clarified that the states had an interest in preserving fetal life and Gonzales v. Carhart allowed a ban on partial birth abortions and became the first ruling not to affirm Roe but assume its principles held. In spite of the shift of the High Court, abortions are still occurring after viability. Check Read more
Failure to pass ban on late term abortions favored 2 to 1 highlights the need to educate some.
Some Republicans are so intent on not failing they are afraid to succeed. That is what caused them the majority in 2006. Back then, they had the war fatigue factor and the Foley scandal. The only thing to change the topic would have been action. Financial reform and tax reform would have saved the economy from later collapsing. It would have been good for the country, but coincidentally, it would have been good politics. Call it collateral benefit.
Some moderate Republicans who are skittish over the idea that 5 months is too little time to actually report a rape for a rape exception, caused Thursday's vote to be delayed. I reject the notion. If you can report a rape to an abortionist, you can report it to police. If you want to add a doctor, minister, or therapist to the list, go ahead. Read more
The High Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act can't make people who own Corporations choose between their business and their beliefs.
Freedom is still alive, even by one vote. The Supreme Court recognized the diversity of this country. Forcing people to pay for what they sincerely believe is the termination of innocent human life is incompatible with the heritage of diversity. Even when we had a draft, we exempted people from combat that was even when national survival was at stake. This ruling preserves people's right to choose on both sides. You have right to Ella and Plan B, but I have a right not to pay for it.
America has always respected the right of people to practice their faith in their business, churches, family, and government. The Constitution bans religious tests. It prohibits laws that inhibit the free exercise of religion. It forbids setting up a state sponsored Read more
I hate abortion. Of course, the wanton destruction of an innocent human being is worthy of one's disapprobation. The ripple effect is also worthy of one's disapproval.
55 million abortions equals how many hugs never given? How many laughs never heard? How many smiles never seen? How many "I love you"'s will never be spoken?
Abortion affects more than just the child. It equals how many hearts never to be made whole? How many tears will never be dried? How many grandparents will never know the joy of their grandchildren? How many fathers will never know the transforming power of family? How many mothers will never know the depths of a mother's love?
Abortion costs all of us. How many people will never work and pay into your social security? How many inventions will never happen? How many diseases will not be cured in your lifetime? How many students never darkened a classroom? How Read more
Gosnell and O'Neil were convicted in their parts in their late term abortion scheme. Gosnell was found guilty of murder in multiple counts for killing a few babies after they were born alive.
Gosnell, a resident of West Philadelphia, was charged on January 14, 2011 with 263 crimes, including first-degree murder in the deaths of four babies. Prosecutors allege Gosnell delivered the babies alive during abortion procedures and then killed them by snipping their spinal cords with scissors.
The 72-year-old is also charged with third-degree murder in the of former patient Karnamaya Mongar.
Mongar, 41, died after she was given a lethal dose of pain killers and anesthesia during a 2009 abortion procedure at Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic, the Women's Medical Society.
The former doctor's defense attorney has argued Gosnell would inject a drug into his patients' uterus to stop the Read more
In a sensational and horrific case, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist was charged with eight counts of murder. One patient allegedly died under his care after a botched abortion, and seven infants born alive, whose spinal cords Gosnell allegedly severed with scissors, are among the known atrocities.
The trial began on March 18, with an amazing lack of coverage, according to recent reports from the Washington Times. Dr. Kermit Gosnell was an abortionist, meaning that any coverage of the trial risks painting the pro-choice movement in an unflattering light. In a statement issued last week, twenty conservative leaders called for an end to what they described as a "media blackout" and "censoring" of the trial for political reasons. (report from the Wash. Times)
"The mainstream media has been studiously avoiding the trial of abortion butcher Kermit Gosnell, despite the Read more
How does a judge think that he can make himself the FDA? Just because he likes the morning after pill, he thinks he can make it available to children without a doctor's or nurse practitioner's oversight. The FDA is an imperfect but scientific organization which bases its decisions mostly on the science and also takes into account cultural, economic, and political factors that impact the functioning of that science in the real world.
I personally hated that they made the so called emergency contraceptive available, but the problem is with the Congress that did not set as policy the personhood of the unborn. By the science, it is relatively safe for adult women over 16 to take. It is not the job of the FDA to make law. It made a reasonable decision to make it available. I never questioned the FDA on that because I trust them to make decisions based upon the science. The same FDA was Read more
Those of us who believe in traditional American values are facing the challenge of a generation. The High Court has to decide such a basic issue as what is marriage. A CNN Poll shows that for the first time that a majority of Americans surveyed do not think the job of government is to defend traditional values. We are told that we are out to impose our morality on everyone else. We have no respect for liberty. We are religious zealots who need "to keep our rosaries off other people's ovaries" and other such nonsense. We are expected to stay silent when our tax money is used for things which are anathema to us while some working families among us go with out basic needs, children lack health care, and homelessness is a growing problem. We have a choice, stay silent, act apologetic for holding our views and let the land we know fade into the past or mount a defense. I choose to stand up Read more
Yeah, it is undeniable for anyone with a bit of intellectual honesty. Today’s technology removed all questions. That is why the “Pro-Choice” movement hates the offer of seeing an ultrasound be part of informed consent. Now they are shifting arguments, So what if Abortion ends a life asks Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams? She chillingly says it is a life worth sacrificing. It is the cry of every tyrant (tyranny is the exploitation or domination of weak for the benefit of the powerful). It is now owned by so called Pro-choice America. Since we are finally having an honest discussion, call it Pro-Abortion Choice America.
The annual March for Life turned out hundreds of thousands for a very successful venture even after the death of its founder last summer.
We remember Nellie Gray and her legacy. This was the first March without her. She passed in August. This email to Father Frank Pavone showed her spirit just before her death.
Dear Father Pavone,
This is a follow-up note from the Meeting…
Of course, the purpose of the March for Life is still to overturn Roe v.Wade and gain protection for the right to life of each born and pre-born human – no exception and no compromise! This purpose is expressed in the Life Principles which the March for Life Board of Directors adopted for the love of God at its beginning in 1973, and which we will continue to restate in prayer at our 40th annual March for Life, January 24-25, 2013.
ProLife Americans want "no exception" because that is the right and Read more
When conservatives and those of faith opposed abortion on demand, they argued that the acceptance of this type of procedure would eventually lead to infanticide and pressured euthanasia. Liberals responded with "Oh that would never happen." Well once again liberals are wrong. It is coming to pass in Great Britain.
Sick children and babies are being having food and hydration withheld because their cases are "futile". My experience is that any baby will die after not having food or water for a period of time.
Conservatives have also argued that the supposed cost savings for Obamacare would eventually lead to Death Panels. This would be in an effort "save" the government money.
Actually, In socialized medicine Great Britain, it is not called Death panels, it is called the Pathways to Death. Gosh, that sounds so much nicer.
Testimony by doctors and nurses are showing that Read more
We know that countries that banned abortion have seen no increase in overall maternal mortality. A recent study in Chile proves this beyond broad statistics and dispels the myth that women are irrational and would run in droves to abort their babies by whatever means are available even if it risks death, disfigurement, and disability.
Not only did maternal deaths do to abortion not rise, they fell. The original numbers are close enough where I do not claim it will lower numbers, but it certainly doesn't raise them, not in Chile, Poland, Malta, or Ireland. Abortion has for many women serious emotional consequences as well as physical complications. Pro-life laws save both women and children the devastation of abortion.
The abortion advocates lied to us in the beginning. They are lying now. The truth is that we need fewer abortions and more compassion and responsibility. America Read more
Recently, America suffered a tragic anniversary, the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. What can one say that has not been said?
America is suffering from a deficit problem. Sure you know about the financial issues, but that is not the deficit of which I speak. This deficit is costing us everyday in ways that many deny. We have a moral deficit. 50 million helpless children have been brutally killed. Many were ripped limb from limb. Others were chemically burned. Still others were savagely poisoned. Yet, others were partially born and killed inches from life. There is no pretty way to talk about abortion truthfully. Abortion is an intrinsic evil eating away at the souls of a great people. It is never okay. It is a savage expression of domination of one's convenience over the life of another for money.
Abortion is a root of all kinds of evil. Child abuse is up. Those Read more