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Only 28% of Americans think abortion should be legal “under any circumstances”

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If you look at the Gallup results for the question above, 71% of Americans want at least some restrictions on abortion:

A second long-term Gallup trend, this one measuring Americans’ views on the extent to which abortion should be legal, finds 50% saying abortion should be “legal only under certain circumstances,” or in other words, favoring limited abortion rights. This stance has prevailed since 1975. However, a combined 49% of Americans takes a more hardline position, including 28% saying abortion should be legal in all circumstances and 21% believing it should be illegal in all circumstances.

Support for the strong anti-abortion rights position has hovered around 20% since 2011, just below the record-high 23% seen in 2009. Support for strong pro-abortion rights is a notch below the highest levels seen from 1990 to 1995 when it consistently exceeded 30%, but support is up from four to five years ago when it had dipped into the low 20s.

About the poll:

These results are based on Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs survey, conducted May 8-11. Gallup’s trend on this question stretches back to 1995, when Americans tilted significantly more toward the pro-choice label. The balance generally remained more in the pro-choice direction until 2009 when for the first time more Americans identified as pro-life than pro-choice. Since then, these attitudes have fluctuated some, but remain roughly split.

46% of Americans identify as “pro-life” while 47% identify as “pro-choice.”

More details:

Americans’ identification with the two abortion politics labels differs somewhat by gender and age, with women and 18- to 34-year olds tilting pro-choice, and men and Americans aged 55 and older tilting pro-life. Middle-aged adults are evenly split on the issue.

Regionally, Easterners are the most unified, with 59% calling themselves pro-choice, whereas in all other regions, no more than 50% identify with either label. However, Southerners lean toward the pro-life position (49% to 41%), while those in the Midwest and West are about evenly split.

By far the biggest differences in these views are political, with over two-thirds of Republicans calling themselves pro-life and about as many Democrats identifying as pro-choice. Independents fall squarely in the middle.

Gallup’s summary discusses November implications:

 Indeed, Gallup finds that a quarter of Republican voters (24%) and 19% of Democratic voters claim they will only vote for a candidate who shares their views on abortion, making these voters prime targets for party turnout efforts. While their impact could result in a draw on the abortion issue, it is a battle neither party can afford to ignore.

Sarah Silverman refers to the unborn as “goo” on Bill Maher

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Mediaite reports on Sarah Silverman’s appearance on Friday night’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher. The report indicates that Silverman told Maher about her pro-abortion fundraiser in Texas that was picketed by Westboro Baptist Church. Silverman seems to compare all pro-lifers to those protesters and shows her opinion on unborn children:

She said her aim is show these people “a human face to this side that they only know as ‘people who want to murder babies.’ And meanwhile, it’s goo. It’s goo that they’re so worried about. And they’re born, and it’s you’re on your own, slut.”

Silverman also said she had never had an abortion and was mocked by Maher about the way she admitted that fact:

“And the truth is, and I don’t like to admit this,” Silverman continued, “I’ve never had an abortion and I don’t know if I would. But it doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t fight to the death for women to make their own choices for their own human bodies.”

“Thank you for being brave enough to admit you’ve never had an abortion,” Maher joked in response.

The fictional version of Sarah Silverman she portrayed on Comedy Central’s The Sarah SilvermanProgram in 2007 spoke of having had 3 abortions.

 

Some candidates to attend tonight’s pro-life forum

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Tonight, the Maryland Coalition for Life and Defend Life are hosting a gubernatorial candidates forum in Germantown. Congressman Andy Harris is the moderator of the forum. I had information on this previously, but wanted to confirm who was planning to be there before I wrote about it. My information indicates that David Craig and Charles Lollar are both attending. Ron George reportedly has a scheduling conflict and won’t attend. Of the other candidates, I’ve heard Doug Gansler replied he wouldn’t be attending and other candidates ignored the invitation.

It’s not a surprise that Heather Mizeur and Anthony Brown are skipping it. It really isn’t a surprise that Larry Hogan is either. All three of the Democrats got 100% ratings from Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. Craig and George have long definitive pro-life voting records, and Lollar has a record of pro-life support.

Here’s the flier for tonight’s event:

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Watch video of Planned Parenthood employee threatening sidewalk counselor

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The video below was filmed on May 10 in Orange, California and it contains strong language so consider yourself warned.

More details from the YouTube page:

This abortionist works for Planned Parenthood of Orange in Orange, California. This took place at approximately 8:00 A.M. on Saturday May 10, 2014.

Floyd Mayweather says he dumped girlfriend after abortion

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NY Post

Boxer Floyd Mayweather claimed Thursday that he broke up with his long-time gal pal after she allegedly aborted the couple’s unborn twins.

Mayweather made the shocking allegation against former squeeze Shantel Jackson in Facebook and Instagram postings that included an ultrasound photo and the accompanying medical paperwork.

“The real reason me and Shantel Christine Jackson @missjackson broke up was because she got a abortion, and I’m totally against killing babies. She killed our twin babies,” he wrote.

Mayweather, 37, quickly removed the bombshell postings, but an editor from ABC7 captured the image.

Mayweather has a fight against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas this weekend. He and his girlfriend got engaged in 2013 and he gave her a $10 million ring. They broke up earlier this year.

LifeNews has more on this story.

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.