Friday Five: Planned Parenthood is mad.



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1. LifeSiteNews: New Method to 'Reserve' Abortions Causes Outrage at Planned Parenthood

A new medical study involving 700 patients is due to come out this fall from AbortionPillReversal.com. The new method to reverse a chemical abortion is outraging leaders at Planned Parenthood. Dr. George Delgado says, "If people start to recognize that women do change their mind sometimes after starting the process of a chemical abortion, well then, that casts into doubt whether or not abortion is truly a good thing, because if it were such a universally good thing, why would women change their minds and try to reverse it?” Over 300 babies have been saved from abortion through the Abortion Pill Reversal protocol first created by a North Carolina physician, including twins born in Concord, NC this week after seeking medical treatments at the Cabarrus Women's Center.

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2. American Lens: NC Makes the Top Ten List of "Ghost Voters"

"Ghost Voters: North Carolina has 22 counties in which there are more registered voters than there are eligible voters living in them. Just how many ghost voters are there in the state? 189,721. Yet, the NC Board of Elections has reported that they only found 508 ineligible votes cast in the 2016 election" 

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National Review: Iceland Eliminates People with Down Syndrome

"CBS News reported earlier this week that Iceland is leading the world in “eradicating Down syndrome births.” One might be forgiven for assuming that Iceland has developed an innovative treatment for the chromosomal disorder. It turns out Iceland’s solution is much simpler, and much more sinister: using prenatal testing and abortion to systematically exterminate children with Down syndrome. This isn’t progress; it’s eugenics."

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4. Official Report: Record Visitor Spending in 97 of North Carolina's 100 Counties in 2016 Proves HB2 Did Not Cause Economic Doom

Remember when opponents of HB2 said that common-sense bathroom privacy protections were destroying NC's economy and tourism

Seems reality is painting a different picture, according to the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina:

- In 2016, NC visitor spending INCREASED in 97 out of 100 counties.
- In 2016, NC was the 6th most visited state (over 48 million visitors).
- in 2016, NC's visitors spent a record nearly $23 billion (4.4% higher than the year before). 

The truth about the misleading headlines and fake news on HB2's alleged "harmful effects" can no longer be ignored. On many occasions our coalition was mocked and ridiculed by the media and liberal politicians when we assured you that entertainment & state boycotts, media hype and travel bans would have little-to-no impact our the vibrant North Carolina economy. Today the numbers stand for themselves and the state media and LGBT activists cannot deny it. The evidence is now clear that the rhetoric by the Human Rights Campaign was nothing more than a fear-based economic intimidation campaign targeted toward the business and tourism communities to convince them to abandon privacy protections for our kids in schools and government buildings.

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5. Public Discourse: The Human Rights Campaign rewards Walmart for having the same bathroom policy as North Carolina

"Degendering bathrooms was inarguably the biggest LGBT beachhead last year, taking up every last bit of oxygen in the room. Walmart held fast to a traditional and “discriminatory” bathroom policy, the very same as that which prompted HRC to condemn the state of North Carolina in the strongest terms. North Carolina passed HB2, a bill that simply codified a longstanding state policy that no one in state-owned buildings may use the restroom or locker room of the opposite biological sex. (North Carolina allows individuals to officially change the biological sex noted on their birth record to reflect sex reassignment surgery, and it allows for accommodations, in the form of single-occupancy facilities, for those who are uncomfortable using a bathroom or locker room for their biological sex.)"

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Will you chip in $100, $50, $25, or even $10 to help the NC Values Coalition find out which schools LGBT activists are targeting, and help equip parents and pastors to make their voices heard? You can donate by clicking here. Our goal is to build a team across the state to begin investigating which schools are planning on making these changes. However, we need to build and fund a team. What you donate this month will determine the size of the team we can build.

 


But they said HB2 would harm NC tourism...

Remember when opponents of HB2 said that common-sense bathroom privacy protections were destroying NC's economy and tourism?
 
Seems reality is painting a different picture, according to the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina:
- In 2016, NC visitor spending INCREASED in 97 out of 100 counties.
- In 2016, NC was the 6th most visited state (over 48 million visitors).
- in 2016, NC's visitors spent a record nearly $23 billion (4.4% higher than the year before).

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It's ridiculous that opponents of HB2 wanted us to sacrifice our daughter's bathroom privacy for a dollar, and it's just as ridiculous to think that protecting these privacy rights would drive people away from our beautiful and successful state.

This is why NC Values exists. We can't let activists lie about our state, and then hope no one notices when they're proven wrong.

NC Values fights for your values and for truth in the media, in the General Assembly, and in your schools. It takes a lot of time and resources, and we rely on your gracious contributions to keep our work going. Our ability to check lies and fight for truth depends on whatever resources you share with us. Would you be so kind to make a $100, $75, $50, $25, or $10 donation today towards our work?

Activists have moved from our kid's bathrooms to focus on our kids schools, sports teams, and "anti-bullying curriculums." We're currently fundraising for our next major campaign to push back against the propaganda they're trying to push on our children. Can you help us out with a donation today?


The Continuing Threat to Religious Liberty

Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation has written an excellent piece on how religious liberty remains under attack. A little over two years ago, the Supreme Court declared gay marriage as the law of the land in all 50 states. Those of us who believe that marriage was created by God to be only the union of one man and one woman were understandably upset by this decision, but it was only the beginning of the assault on religious liberties. 

Two years later, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a Denver cake artist, who has been punished by Colorado for declining to bake a cake for a gay wedding because it violates his religious beliefs. Ryan Anderson explains why religious freedom is not "discrimination" and the importance of continuing to protect and foster the freedom of our citizens to adhere to their religious faith.

Read more from the National Review:

Two years to the day after the Supreme Court redefined marriage in Obergefell, the Court announced that it would hear a case about the extent to which private parties may be forced to embrace this new vision of marriage. The case involves Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who declined to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex-wedding reception.

There was nothing remarkable about Phillips’s decision. With every cake he designs, Jack believes he is serving Christ. He had previously turned down requests to create Halloween-themed cakes, lewd bachelor-party cakes, and a cake celebrating a divorce. Yet Jack was never reprimanded over those decisions. He found himself in hot water only with the same-sex-wedding cake.

The immediate question before the Supreme Court is whether it’s constitutional for Colorado to penalize Jack under its “sexual orientation and gender identity” (SOGI) antidiscrimination statute. But the case has implications for millions of believers from every walk of life and, beyond that, for the health of our culture and our constitutional system of ordered liberty.

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Transgender man gives birth to a boy

The headline, "Transgender man gives birth to a boy" may be slightly misleading. From our understanding of basic biology and human anatomy, only a woman is able to give birth to a baby. This story has recently blown up in the media and we are being told that it is something to celebrate and accept. Besides the underlying biological issues with this story, this is not something we should be celebrating or encouraging. 

It is wonderful that God has brought a new person into this world and that we have the gift of life. However, the two "men" raising this child are cause for concern. It is a fact that the most successful formula for raising a child is having a stable mother and father figure. It is a shame that the transgender trend continues to grow and affect children. 

Read more from CNN:

Trystan Reese, a transgender man living in Portland, Oregon, has given birth to a boy with his partner of seven years, Biff Chaplow. Their son, Leo Murray Chaplow, was born July 14.

Leo is the couple's first biological child, but they are no strangers to parenting: Reese and Chaplow adopted Chaplow's niece and nephew in 2011.

Both Leo and Reese were in good health after the birth, the couple wrote on Facebook. Reese and Chaplow told CNN Leo "eats like a champ, sleeps well, and gives us lots of cuddles."

"We are so lucky to have been able to welcome him into our lives and cannot wait to see who he grows up to be," they said.

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UNC Board of Governors to consider news limits on litigation from law centers that get state money

A subcommittee of the UNC Board of Governors has voted 5 to 1 to remove the UNC Center for Civil Rights from representing people in court. The full board has yet to make a final vote on this new policy. While some are claiming that this takes experience away from young lawyers, it is important to note that the center has been using it's ability to engage in litigation for personal agendas associated with liberal agendas. Not for the purpose of education and real world experience. 

Read more from The North State Journal: 

A subcommittee of the UNC Board of Governors voted on Tuesday 5 to 1 to move forward a new policy that would remove the UNC Center for Civil Rights’ ability to represent parties in litigation outside of a law school clinical program. The debate will now move to the full UNC Board of Governors.

The public comment session was one of several on this issue. In May, the director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights, Theodore M. Shaw, spoke to the committee outlining the mission of the center which he says is to provide law students with real-world litigation experience and to continue the legal battles over civil rights.”It represents an embodiment the reconciliation with African-Americans in N.C,” said Shaw. “It trains new generations of civil rights lawyers to continue the work of eliminating the legacy of racial discrimination.”

Shaw also told committee members that the dean of UNC Law School, Martin Brinkley, approves any cases that the center files. Among the most recent is an amicus brief the Center filed in the lawsuit over the Voting Rights Act in N.C. The center staff includes a director, two civil rights attorneys and administrative support. It operates on grants and donations but uses state university resources and tuition for things like payroll and benefits.Supporters of the proposed policy say the center has veered away from its stated clinical and educational purpose. Under accreditation standards set by the American Bar Association, six hours of “experiential education” must either have research or student education as its primary purpose. UNC System Board of Governors member Steve Long, a Raleigh lawyer, proposed the policy change, saying that the UNC Center for Civil Rights has used its resources not for primarily educational purposes but instead has full-time lawyers conducting litigation. He amended the policy to exclude educational law clinics that operate within American Bar Association standards, like the ones serving low-income taxpayers and veterans at N.C. Central Law School.

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North Carolina Campus Free-Speech Act: First Goldwater-Based Law

Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest deserves our praise for his national leadership in pushing through the legislature North Carolina's Restore Campus Free Speech Act, which just went into effect without signature from the Governor.  It is the first in the nation to restore and protect First Amendment free speech principles on college campuses, which have been whittled away by the political correctness of left leaning administrators and protesters.  NC Values Coalition is proud to have lobbied and fought for this new law.

Free speech and religious liberties are under attack on college campuses. Many speakers and student groups that hold opposing views to those on the left are being silenced on campus. It is good to see that Lt. Governor Dan Forest recognizes this and is leading the charge to protect our fundamental principle of free speech.

Read more from the National Review:

With Governor Roy Cooper (D) taking no action on the bill, the state of North Carolina has enacted the Restore Campus Free Speech Act, the first comprehensive campus free-speech legislation based on the Goldwater proposal. That proposal, which I co-authored along with Jim Manley and Jonathan Butcher of Arizona’s Goldwater Institute, was released on January 31 and is now under consideration in several states. It’s fitting that North Carolina should be the first state to enact a Goldwater-inspired law.

North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest has been the guiding force behind the Restore Campus Free Speech Act and deserves great credit for moving it through the legislature. I’m particularly grateful to Forest, with whom I’ve been working since shortly after I laid out “A Plan to Restore Free Speech on Campus” here at NRO in late 2015. Forest and his staff provided critical early encouragement and support for the approach that eventuated in the Goldwater model bill. With the passage of the first state law based on that model, Forest has established himself as a national leader on campus free speech.

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Dad And Daughter Speak Out For Girls’ Privacy As Texas Debates Trans Bathrooms

There are public schools in Texas which are now allowing transgender boys to use the girls' bathrooms. One would assume that the school spoke with the parents of these school children or at least informed them of this new policy, however that is not the case. In this instance below, the parents learned when a little girl informed her father that a boy was in her bathroom that day.

Texas is now considering privacy legislation during their special session to protect the privacy of the children attending public schools. This is why North Carolina's HB142 (bathroom privacy bill) is not enough. A standard is needed in NC, just like it is needed in Texas, because schools will take the issue into their own hands. 

More from The Federalist:

As national attention on transgender issues has fixated on proposed policy shifts in the military, a grassroots clash over emerging privacy issues is being waged in the State of Texas. On July 18, a special session of the Texas Legislature began. They focused on several legislative items, though only one proposal has generated the sort of blazing summer heat the state is known for: the Texas Privacy Act.

On July 21, a tense hearing of the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs revealed the issues and emotions surrounding the bill. Jonathan Saenz, who heads up the non-profit advocacy group Texas Values, shared his perspective with the committee, recounting how parents in small-town Dripping Springs, Tex. learned of a school board decision.

“This was one of the phone calls that we received requesting our help,” said Saenz. “In Dripping Springs, a little girl came home and told her dad, ‘Daddy, there was a boy in my bathroom today.’ That’s how parents found out about a policy change in their school!” On July 26, the Texas Privacy Act passed by a 21-10 vote of the Texas Senate and currently awaits a vote in the Texas House.

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BREAKING: US Senate again fails to defund Planned Parenthood, repeal Obamacare

In a big disappointment for conservatives, the Senate failed to pass the bill to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare. Three Republicans, John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins voted against the bill. After nearly a decade of running on defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing Obamacare, these Republicans have betrayed their promise and failed the American people. 

Read more from Life Site News:

The U.S. Senate voted 51 to 49 reject a "skinny" repeal of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood in the early hours of the morning on July 28.

The "skinny" repeal of Obamacare would have effectively ended individual and employer mandates to purchase health insurance. It also would have defunded Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider.

Rep. John McCain, R-AZ, cast the deciding "no" vote. Two other Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, also voted "no." Murkowski and Collins have previously expressed support for Planned Parenthood.

Technically, most federal funds aren't allowed to go directly to abortions. But pro-life advocates note that money is fungible. Giving Planned Parenthood money that doesn't specifically fund abortions still helps the abortion-centered organization, allowing it to spend taxpayer money on other things that strengthen its business model.

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ACLU files another action against NC over bathroom access

The North State Journal recently reported on the ACLU's latest lawsuit against HB2 (the bathroom bill) and included the NC Values Coalition statement on the case.

"The ACLU and the transgender people they represent won’t stop until they force little girls to shower with grown men, share bathrooms and indulge their fantasy,” said Fitzgerald in a statement. “We’ve already seen what this leads to in other states and in Target, where bathroom policies like this facilitate peeping and require women and girls to ‘just get over it’ when it comes to men in their bathrooms and showers. This is insanity.” - Tami Fitzgerald

Read more from the North State Journal:

Although the controversial House Bill 2 has been repealed, another lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal last week claims that N.C. lawmakers are still discriminating against transgender people despite replacing a measure that restricted access to bathrooms in state-run buildings to those with the corresponding biological sex, rather than their gender identity. The groups spearheaded last year’s legal action over the measure that drew national attention.

The groups’ new federal court action expands the original challenge to H.B. 2, Carcaño v. McCrory filed last year, and is now known as Carcaño v. Cooper. It also adds two more LGBT North Carolinians as plaintiffs who say they were harmed by the laws. The expanded lawsuit seeks damages for what they say was harm inflicted by both H.B. 2 and its replacement, House Bill 142.

The amended suit filed on Friday attempts to thrust the state back into the center of a national debate over government regulations, equality, privacy and religious freedom after H.B. 142, passed in March, helped bring back some business and sporting events pulled from the state in protest of H.B. 2, the so-called bathroom bill. It repealed H.B. 2 and directed that local governments could not institute their own anti-discrimination policies regarding private employment or public access to multiple occupancy facilities unless it is approved by the General Assembly. It also bans cities in the state from passing their own anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people until 2020.

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I Was Once Transgender. Why I Think Trump Made the Right Decision for the Military.

The hysteria and outrage over President Donald Trump's wise decision to ban transgender men and women from serving in the U.S. military has been given a tremendous amount of positive media coverage, while ignoring voices of reason. Many active service members and veterans have stated that they support the President's orders, even this formerly transgender woman who served in the military.

Read more from the Daily Signal:

I think he made the right decision—and as someone who lived as trans-female for several years, I should know.

When I discovered Congress voted earlier this month to not block funding for transgender-related hormone therapies and sex change surgeries, I wondered if it considered how devastating this will be to the fitness, readiness, and morale of our combat-ready troops.

In July, the House of Representatives voted down Missouri Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which would have banned the military from funding such treatments.

Paying for transition-related surgeries for military service members and their families is beyond comprehensible.

Perhaps they have forgotten that our military was forged to be the world’s strongest fighting force, not a government-funded, politically correct, medical sex change clinic for people with gender dysphoria.

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