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Ron George reaches out to pro-life activists

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A couple of weeks before Christmas I heard from a pro-life activist about a letter sent out by the campaign of Ron George. I have now been able to track down a copy of it which is reproduced below (excuse the bifurcated nature of it please – the recipient who sent it to me was using a camera phone to get it to me.)

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The first part of the letter (above) points out that Ron George previously served as President of Annapolis Right to Life and that he sponsored a sonogram bill.

The second part of the letter below points out that George “values the institution of marriage and parenthood.”

It also points out that Ron George is apparently trying to qualify for public matching funds for his campaign. The letter is also critical of several liberal initiatives including “gay lifestyles being taught in schools.”

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I previously wrote about Larry Hogan and abortion as well as providing details of David Craig including pro-life issues on his website. Additionally, I wrote about all the Maryland GOP candidates for Governor on pro-life issues.

Here’s what I wrote about Ron George in that last piece I mentioned:

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Kermit Gosnell sentenced to 30 more years

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Atlanta Black Star

After receiving a sentence of  life imprisonment for killing babies born alive in his clinic, Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell  has been walloped with an additional 30-year prison term for running a “pill mill” out of the same clinic, according to a statement released by the U.S. attorney’s office.

Gosnell, 72, pleaded guilty to prescribing and dispensing narcotics from June 2008 to February 2010, writing fraudulent prescriptions for hundreds of thousands of pills — including 600,000 pills containing oxycodone— to customers who showed no medical need.

Gosnell and his staff allowed customers to purchase prescriptions under multiple names, pay in cash and give tips to the clinic’s staff, according to the release. He wrote more than 2,300 prescriptions for controlled substances in January 2010 alone, charging up to $150 for each.

Kermit Gosnell already took a plea deal that resulted in him receiving two life sentences without parole after being convicted of killing three babies that were born alive at his Philadelphia abortion facility.

Gosnell claimed he was providing a community service with his pill mill – which was the same thing he said about the abortion services.

Doug Gansler’s running mate supported taxpayer-funded abortion

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I told you yesterday about The Washington Post reporting on Doug Gansler’s plans to name Jolene Ivey as running mate. I found it interesting in all the hoopla in the media recently about Gansler trying to run to the right of his opponents in the primary that his planned running mate pick supported banning all handguns and only allowing citizens to own single-shot rifles and shotguns.

Gansler made the following tweet today teasing Monday’s announcement:

The link in his tweet takes you to an email signup form that says:

WHO WILL BE DOUG’S LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR? Sign up to be the first to know who will be Doug’s running mate.

If you believe that, I’d like to sell you the Tydings Bridge. This is nothing but an email list building exercise for the Gansler campaign with the news already being out there via WaPo and my blogging. I called Gansler on this in my own tweet:

To seriously think that people on Twitter who would be interested in that subject haven’t already heard about the previous reports would be funny – if anyone actually seriously thought that. It reminds me of that Mitt Romney app disaster for rolling out his running mate. (Remember, I nailed that pick a couple of days before the announcement.)’

Now, back to Jolene Ivey. In addition to Ivey’s extremism on guns, she espoused extremist views on abortion in that same 2006 Gazette interview (it’s still live at her site for now and on the Gazette site.)

From that interview:

What is your position on abortion?
Access should be easy and subsidized for those who need and want one. Adoption and support networks should be established for pregnant women and girls who prefer to place their children for adoption or keep them

Based on this, Ivey thinks that all of the Catholics in Maryland, along with all the other pro-life citizens, should have their tax money taken to pay for what they think is murder of innocent life. She did mention adoption as well, but we know how those who support abortion really feel about adoption.

Of course, Ivey could have changed her mind on both abortion and banning guns. She did change her views on gambling from opposition to slots when Bob Ehrlich was Governor. Since, then she has pushed for a casino in Prince Georges County.

The PDF of the interview from 2006 is below:
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Clarke Forsythe’s new book, Abuse of Discretion, goes inside Roe v. Wade case

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As I tweeted Friday:

Here’s an excerpt written by Forsythe via the Weekly Standard piece:

The United States is an outlier when it comes to the scope of the abortion “right.” The United States is one of approximately ten nations (of 195) that allow abortion after fourteen weeks of gestation. The others are: Canada, China, Great Britain, North Korea, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Western Australia, and Vietnam. When it comes to allowing abortion for any reason after viability, however, the United States is joined only by Canada, North Korea, and China. The United States got into this situation because after the second round of arguments in Roe and Doe, the Justices abruptly decided to expand the abortion right they were creating to fetal viability—and then beyond. For forty years, this abrupt decision has had profound implications for late-term abortions, live-birth abortions, and women’s health.

I consider having the opportunity to work with Clarke one of the highlights of my three-plus years working at Americans United for Life. Clarke has been there over twenty years and his knowledge of the law, the pro-life movement, and his ability to interact with lawyers, donors, and anyone else interested in the cause is unparalleled. It’s good to see that his book is finally out and that one of the pre-eminent lawyers in the pro-life movement is getting the full attention he deserves. I hope Clarke and the lawyers at AUL continue to get the attention they deserve.

Another poster child for the death penalty in Martin O’Malley’s Maryland

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Melville Mason (above) has been arrested in connection with the murders of William Monroe and Meghan Kerrigan in the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore City yesterday. Two other occupants of the house were wounded. Monroe and Kerrigan’s 17-month old baby was unharmed. There were initially conflicting reports of whether Kerrigan was holding the baby or not when she was shot. Police reportedly caught Mason as he was exiting the house through a window. Facts that emerged later indicated that Mason busted into the house through a window Tuesday morning over a conflict relating to ten dollars one of the occupants of the house owed him. You read that correctly. Mason allegedly killed a young couple and orphaned their child while wounding two others because of a measly $10 debt. One detail from Justin Fenton’s story really stood out to me and affected me personally as the father of an 11-month old daughter:

Court records show that officers responding to the scene inside a home in the 1200 block of S. Carey St. found Kerrigan’s one-year-old daughter, who was unharmed, sitting next to her body, patting her on the back.

Fenton’s story from The Baltimore Sun goes on to detail witness accounts from the police reports. Melville “P.J.” Mason allegedly killed Monroe and Kerrigan, wounded two other women, and fired at a woman and the baby. He then allegedly left through the window to go retrieve another handgun and came back and started firing again. murdered-familyWilliam Morgan’s grandmother told WMAR information that her daughter, who was one of the wounded victims, told her: “The baby was there, the baby was crying and the baby came out of the bedroom and he tried to shoot the baby and the gun wouldn’t shoot,” Monroe said. The above supposedly happened after the baby’s mother had already been killed and the baby’s grandmother who reported this (to her mother) was wounded and on the floor watching helplessly. Neighbors reportedly heard Mason saying, “I’m the reaper, I’m your worst nightmare. I am here to collect souls.” If all the above information is true and Mason is found guilty, this would be an open-and-shut case for a death sentence. Unfortunately, Martin O’Malley and Maryland Democrats have made that impossible. Since the law took effect, there have been other sad cases that show the folly of that move including the rape and murder of 10-year old Kami Ring and the murder of 16-month old Carter Scott. I am a Catholic. I oppose abortions and I call myself pro-life. Some would say that advocating the death penalty in any circumstance would make me a hypocrite. I would point them to the Catholic Catechism

[T]he traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.

Even with a life sentence without parole, Melville Mason would be a danger to other prisoners and to corrections officers and prison staff. A similar argument came up when the death penalty was being debated. If Mason gets life without parole now and rots in prison, what disincentive would he have from killing someone else in prison if there was no real penalty that could be imposed? I don’t want the death penalty to be imposed on innocent people who were wrongly convicted. O’Malley’s interim regulations for usage of the death penalty before it was outlawed included the protections of requiring either multiple eyewitness accounts and/or DNA evidence. Of course, no death sentence was carried out while it remained legal in Maryland under O’Malley. Of course, Martin O’Malley considers himself a good Catholic and has cited his faith before as a reason to oppose the death penalty. Without touching the gay marriage issue, where he has also gone against his church’s teachings, how can O’Malley continue to justify his death penalty opposition while also supporting abortion laws and regulations that have resulted in Maryland becoming a safe haven for extreme late-term abortions that have resulted in women’s injuries and death at substandard, dangerous facilities including in Elkton and Germantown? When it comes to the issues of the death penalty and abortion, I will be called a hypocrite because I support the very limited use of the death penalty in extreme circumstances while Martin O’Malley will be called a good Catholic interested in social justice because he opposes the death penalty for monsters who kill the innocent while also supporting the murder of the innocent unborn up to the end of the pregnancy. In fact, Maryland law, which no Democrats are clamoring to change, requires the state pay for “medically necessary” abortions and also has a loophole that allows a minor to get an abortion without parental consent if a doctor decides it’s okay. All of these facts should be hung around the neck of Martin O’Malley like an albatross as he continues to attempt to run for President.