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Roe v. Wade: For America to recover some decency, its precedent must fall

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When it comes to Roe v. Wade—and everything else—I am pro-choice. I believe everyone should be free to choose how they live their lives. But no one has the right to deny others their ability to choose. My body, my choice? Yes. Destroying another’s body inside yours? Absolutely not. Your choice is your choice. Their choice is to LIVE.

No one has the right to end another life in the name of choice or freedom or privacy or any other tortured word used to justify killing for convenience.

Birth control is for birth control. Abortion, by and large, is for consequence avoidance. Planned Parenthood is almost exclusively for profit. The Supreme Court is for interpreting the Constitution, not contorting it to create rights.

If it overturns Roe v. Wade, the choice of restricting or allowing abortion returns to the states. If this happens, voters get to decide whether and how to allow abortion. It’s called democracy. Everyone’s free to choose, but all choices carry consequences. Children are blessings. If not for mothers AND fathers seeking abortions—for those who desperately want them.

Abortion restriction as punishment

As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments over the Mississippi abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a common rallying cry of pro-choice activists is that any restriction on abortion is a “punishment on women.” The logic is that abortion is a natural “consequence” of unwanted pregnancy rather than pregnancy being the natural consequence of sex.

The truth is that Roe v. Wade creates absurd piles of profit for Planned Parenthood. PP pretends to be interested in women’s health, but provides only single-digit percentages of non-abortion services. According to their own 2019-2020 Annual Report, 96.9 percent of pregnant women use their services to get an abortion. 0.7 percent seek adoption referrals, and 2.4 percent go for prenatal care of any kind.

Planned Parenthood’s business model is reliant on abortion on demand and unfettered by red-state restrictions. This is why they deploy activists to rally during Supreme Court abortion cases and to vilify justice nominees like Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. It’s also why they push empty arguments about why women need abortion access to ensure equity with men.

Their side’s opening arguments last week amounted to nothing more than you can’t take back what you already gave us with Roe v. Wade. They didn’t offer substantive logical or moral arguments because they have none.

I’d like to see the Court confronted by women (and men) who deal daily with post-abortion consequences like sadness, guilt, shame and emotional baggage that never truly goes away.

Speaking of stench

If this happened, perhaps even Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who recently questioned an unborn baby’s ability to feel pain and compared a fetus to a brain-dead patient, would see the issue through a passionate rather than political lens.

Justice Sotomayor also said that reversing landmark rulings that reinforce abortion rights would damage the court’s reputation. During arguments, she said, “Will this institution survive the stench that this creates in the public perception that the Constitution and its reading are just political acts? I don’t see how it is possible.”

How morally cloudy has this issue become? We have a staunchly liberal Supreme Court justice warning us about public perception regarding constitutionalism. A more essential question is this: How will America survive the stench of leading the world in killing its unborn in the name of freedom?

The Mississippi case is an opportunity to overturn a tenuous and tortured precedent set by activist justices. It’s also America’s chance to recover a shred of decency by de-nationalizing a barbaric and selfish stain on our national conscience.

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Patrick is a journalist and writer with degrees in English and journalism. He served six years in the Navy where his life was changed forever by the Lord Jesus Christ. He lives in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California with his wife, dog and two cats. He enjoys hiking and cycling, taking pictures and blogging at https://luscri.com/



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Can the Party of “No” Beat the Party of “Free?”

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Have you noticed the rhetoric, “At least we have the House to stop some of Biden’s crazy plans!” The GOP’s keyword is “STOP.” Have you noticed that the Democrats have positioned themselves as the party of more “FREE” gifts from the government?

The GOP wants to cut budgets, cut government jobs, stop abortions, stop illegal aliens crossing the border, stop election cheating, stop student loan giveaways….and the list goes on. The Democrats have effectively positioned the GOP as the party of “NO!”

With a small margin in the House, Biden’s veto, and a likely Democrat Senate virtual majority, the Republicans face a difficult challenge. How do you shape a narrative that can win in 2024 and minimize the damage that the Democrats can do until then?

It starts by capitalizing on an issue that Republicans have been reticent to exploit-school choice. Have you noticed that the youngest voters went Democrat in every state? We have let the Democrats control public schools. Teacher unions have used their money and influence to ensure adequate funding. The result is clear-the youth under their influence have rejected the responsible values of their parents. The young lack confidence in their ability to make free-enterprise work, and they like government entitlements, rent relief, and promises of student loan forgiveness. In short, they have settled for the party of “FREE”-the Democrats!

School choice wasn’t even part of the Republican’s Commitment to America. Our leaders missed its role in Youngkin’s win in Virginia. It’s time to start becoming the party of “YES” to school choice. Many minority parents feel trapped in underperforming schools, and they want better schools for their children. Conservatives want an end to the indoctrination of liberal values that public schools provide. In short, it’s time to embrace school choice as a central focus in the GOP’s 2024 campaign.

There is no question that the issue of abortion also played a key role in impacting the Republican gains in the November election. The Democrats were able to turn fears over the Supreme Court reversal of Roe vs Wade into voter turnout in key races. It’s time to be the party of “YES” to reasonable limits on abortion and responsible support for adoption for unwanted children. Most Americans are supportive of reasonable limits on abortion. House Republicans could introduce federal legislation to make abortion after the first trimester illegal. Let the states take the role of considering even more restrictive measures. Make Democrats the party of “NO” to sane abortion limits.

Be the party of “YES” to government support for organizations that provide vulnerable women with support and material resources to help them consider both parenting and adoption. Democrats would have women believe that abortion is their only option. There are parents ready to adopt, and it can be a beautiful experience for all involved. It’s time to convince women to support life for their unborn child by providing loving options instead of trying to force the total elimination of abortion. Abortion disproportionately impacts minorities. To meet the needs of the future, America needs all the births our citizens can bring into this world.

Say “YES” to responsible citizenship-every citizen working to find a satisfying career in pursuit of their true American Dreams instead of settling for government dependence. The Republican message must be strong and clear-we belief in all Americans’ ability to gain their mojo and take back their future. There is no future in dependence-Getting “Free” entitlements are not “Freedom!” Let people know that America is still where the “pursuit of happiness” is not just something to justify a revolution. It is what has made America great and the envy of the world. It is by improving your skills and earning advancements or starting one’s own business that true dreams are achieved. No citizen should settle when she can soar.

Say “YES” to a secure border and legal immigration. America remains the land of opportunity, and we need immigrants. We don’t need millions of illegal immigrants unvetted and unprepared to add value to our country. Stand for completing the building of our Southern border wall and increasing our focus on expanding legal immigration. Republicans must not be against immigrants; we are only against welcoming illegal immigrants who do not honor our immigration process. Americans want a secure border, and they want to be known as a country that welcomes immigrants. Have the strength and wisdom to stand for both.

Say “YES” to law and order. Stand in support of law enforcement and accountability for criminals. Yes, we want fair treatment of all Americans, but citizens are tired of criminals having the upper hand. They want to feel safe in their homes and their businesses. We need DAs who will prosecute criminals instead of letting them go. There is a simple formula for the GOP to reflect most Americans-“Do the crime and do the time!”

Say “YES” to energy independence and an all of the above approach to energy policy. Instead of saying “No” to climate change paranoia, affirm the importance of developing all of our energy resources to be independent of foreign dependence. Capitalizing on all available energy options will also strike a blow at inflation, since the cost of energy impacts all facets of our economy.

If you want to beat the “Party of FREE,” we need to become the “Party of YES” to the things that Americans truly value. It’s time to begin preparing a narrative that can win in 2024. May it be so.

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Three Things Republicans MUST Do Now

The Republicans have a very important job to do!

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Now that the Republicans have taken the House, they have a few VERY important jobs to do. In this short five minute video, Chris Widener, Founder of PolitiCrossing, makes the case that there are three things the Republicans must do to be successful through 2024 and take back the Senate and the White House as well.

1. Investigate
2. Defund
3. Cast a Positive Vision for America

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