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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards for making good on his promise to sign pro-life “heartbeat” legislation that was also sponsored by a Democrat. They also shudder as a pro-life lawmaker in Illinois explains just how expansive pro-choice lawmakers there want to make their abortion laws. And they groan as President Trump threatens to address the very real and very serious problem at the border by imposing tariffs on Mexican imports.

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Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and other politicians who publicly advocate for legal abortions and legislate abortions into effect are not Catholic. They claim to be Catholic. Even respectable Catholic reporters, like EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo, identify them as such during reports. But it’s not true. Even non-Catholics are familiar with the “cafeteria Catholics” label which, like […]

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The wave of state abortion bans and heartbeat laws has left me thinking. I’m not going to place any bets on whether these laws are at all allowed to stand by the courts or not. I am about as pro-life as they come, and with good reason, for the odds are high enough that had […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America tackle ESPN’s decision to stop with the politics and stick with the sports. They also cheer Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards for vowing to sign a heartbeat bill if it reaches his desk. And they step carefully while discussing San Francisco spending more than $70 million to remove human waste from the streets – and it isn’t solving the problem.

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Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed the state’s Human Life Protection Act on May 15, enacting one of the toughest anti-abortion laws in the nation. The key provision of this statute renders it criminal for “for any person to intentionally perform or attempt to perform an abortion,” subject only to an exception where the abortion “is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.” The drafters of the legislation refused to add any amendment that would legalize abortions in the cases of rape and incest. The legislation specifically exempts women who have abortions from any form of civil or criminal liability, but it imposes sentences up to life imprisonment for any physician within the state who performs an illegal abortion.

The law is on a direct collision course with Roe v. Wade, which in 1973 established a constitutional right to abortion, even though at the time of its passage abortions were commonly, but not universally, subject to criminal sanctions either by statute or at common law. Governor Ivey makes no bones about seeking a show-down. The Alabama laws punishing abortion are still on the books. She wants the Supreme Court to “revisit”—i.e. overrule—Roe and thinks that the latest Alabama law is the best way to force its hand. Predictably, the statute’s passage has generated intense dispute over abortions that center on the merits of the legislation and the likelihood that the Supreme Court will modify or strike down Roe.

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Seen today: mothers on a parenting page are panicking about heartbeat bills and saying, “If this passes in my state, I’m going to offer birth control to my teenage daughter.” So you want to give your daughter birth control, but only if you think she might get pregnant and not be able to get rid […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have a lively discussion of the Trump administration’s withdrawal of federal funding for California’s high-speed rail project. Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand says states would no longer be able to legislate on abortion if she gets elected. And Jim offers a radical counter-proposal after learning an adversity score was added to the SAT.

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Sen. Doug Jones (D., AL) tweeted in response to anti-abortion legislation passed by the Alabama legislature: “I refuse to believe that these Republican men represent the views of most Alabamians. Their action is both unconstitutional and shameful. The people of Alabama deserve to be on the #rightsideofhistory – not the side of extremists. Women deserve better.”

It seems much more likely that Senator Jones is the one who is out of step. A 2014 Pew poll found that Alabama is among the most pro-life states in the country, with 58 percent saying the procedure should be illegal in “all or most cases.” It’s possible that among the 58 percent who oppose abortion in Alabama, some will find the legislation passed this week to be too extreme, but don’t count on it. Just last year, voters approved a state constitutional amendment declaring that it is “the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children.” Fifty-nine percent of voters voted in favor.

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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Alabama legislators for passing a sweeping abortion ban but Alexandra wonders how well it will stand up to legal challenges. They also shake their heads as Beto O’Rourke relaunches his presidential campaign by apologizing for his privilege, calling Stacey Abrams his hero, and vowing to choose a female running mate if he’s the nominee. And they’re underwhelmed as Sen. Elizabeth Warren supposedly takes a principled stand by refusing to take part in a Fox News town hall, calling Fox News “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”

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Except, men are getting pregnant now.  According to figures compiled by Medicare for Australia, one of the few national surveys, 75 people who identified as male gave birth naturally or via C-section there in 2016, and 40 in 2017. More

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You may have heard that last weekend, actress Alyssa Milano has called for a “Sex Strike” in the name of women’s reproductive rights, and in light of the recent late-term abortion ban in Georgia and other states. There are several reasons as to why this has comically backfired: She basically said to practice abstinence – […]

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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America grab some popcorn as supporters of Sen. Cory Booker blast the media for giving far more attention to Pete Buttigieg, calling the coverage gap the epitome of privilege. They also slam Code Pink for commandeering the Venezuelan embassy in Washington in solidarity with dictator Nicholas Maduro and but get a kick out of Code Pink howling in protest when the water and power are cut off – some of the very same conditions Maduro is inflicting on the people of Venezuela. And Alexandra highly enjoys the irony as Alyssa Milano and other modern feminists protest state laws banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected by refusing to have sex so they don’t get pregnant.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer new poll numbers showing Americans overwhelming reject the idea of felons voting from behind bars, an idea promoted by Sen. Bernie Sanders. They also shudder at reports – apparently from Michael Cohen – that Cohen helped Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. squash the possible release of highly embarrassing photos, and that eventually triggered Falwell’s endorsement of Trump in early 2016. And Jim unleashes a terrific rant in response to the pro-choice CNN guest who says a pregnant woman does not have a human being inside of her.

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“Bring it, Bible Bullies! You are bigots, sexists, and misogynists and I see right through your fake morals and your broken values,” Pennsylvania state representative [Brian Sims] tweeted May 5, after the pro-life group Live Action criticized a video Sims livestreamed May 2.

So begins another report in The Catholic Herald, on another Leftist going completely unhinged and trying to dox (i.e. publicize the names, addresses, and phone numbers to the world) both elderly and teenage pro-life protestors at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Pennsylvania. The alleged crimes of the people he wants to dox? Praying outside the clinic across the street, and trying to talk to women seeking abortions. Representative Sims only gets worse, according to the article:

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the USA Today editorial writers for pointing out Medicare for All would rip more than 100 million Americans away from coverage they like and run up a cost that even government economists can’t figure out. They also slam Cory Booker for demanding a ban on “assault weapons” and refusing to say whether he would jail gun owners who refuse to give up their weapons. And they unload on Pennsylvania Democratic State Rep. Brian Sims for filming himself harassing people peacefully praying outside a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood abortion clinic and even offering rewards for his followers to identify the people he’s intimidating.

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In a Health Committee hearing of the Ohio House of Representatives this past week, Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) introduced an Amendment to the “Heartbeat” abortion bill as it moved through the legislature. The amendment read as follows, African-American women shall be exempt from the requirements in sections 2919.192 through 2919.196 of the Revised Code. […]

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Last week between track practice, drama club, and our own schedules my wife and I found ourselves with a few free hours with no kids. I had read some articles about the movie Unplanned and thought maybe I could use a little more education about Planned Parenthood and the abortion issue so we went to the movies.

Unplanned is the true life story of Abby Johnson, a director of a Planned Parenthood clinic who went on to become a pro-life activist. Being a “Pro-life” or “Anti-Choice” film means some people won’t even give it a chance. Looking at the Rotten Tomato scores you can tell this is controversial. The critics, who tend to be left-leaning, gave it a 50 and the viewers gave it a 93. Both of those scores are skewed by politics. I have no doubt that if this was the story of a pro-life woman who went on to become a Planned Parenthood director that the critic score would be about 15 points higher. If it was about a pro-life man who became a female director of her local Planned Parenthood clinic that score would be 30 points higher.

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Last year’s Gosnell and the recently released Unplanned present a thorny problem for Conservatives who choose to write about film. The morals that drive these films are undoubtedly in line with the cultural right since both are anti-abortion. That is their sole raison d’etre. It is the reason the films were made and the reason viewers bought their tickets.

So their status as art is dubious from the get-go. The question of whether or not film, and photography generally, is an art is still seriously debated in certain circles. But leaving aside that very complicated discussion, which seems to have no purchase on the popular imagination, these two films represent a perfect litmus test for whether or not a film enthusiast of the Conservative persuasion has integrity as both a person of virtue and critic of the moving picture.

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Why do so many women and men treat woman’s fertility as a sickness? Why do so many (oh, so many) people ask a person who is pregnant if she or her husband are planning to get “fixed” after the birth of the expected child, as though her fertility is a sign something is broken?

Why are so many ob/gyn offices festooned with posters, pencils, pens, mugs, clipboards, paperweights, lights, boxes, calendars, and charts manufactured by companies that make contraceptive pharmaceuticals?

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