After saying that he would not sign any bill that puts restrictions on abortions, Republican Governor Pat McCrory has signed HB 695 into law. It was signed because it focuses on protecting women's health, rather than just restricting the industry that kills hundreds of babies a year.
McCrory said; “I would have vetoed HB 695 because it was clearly designed to restrict access. I am pleased that this new legislation is focused on the health and safety of women in North Carolina. These higher standards will result in safer conditions for North Carolina women. This law does not further limit access and those who contend it does are more interested in politics than the health and safety of our citizens.”
Planned Parenthood staged a twelve hour long protest in opposition to the bill.
The bill does three things;
#1 Opts North Carolina out of the Federal Abortion Exchange
#2 Outlaws "WebCam" Abortions. In which a doctor proscribes RU-486 while being miles away from the patient
#3 Outlaw Abortion based upon the gender of the child.
“Thousands of unborn children’s lives will be protected from abortion,” stated Barbara Holt, President of North Carolina Right to Life, “by preventing the expansion of tax payer funded abortion through the federal exchange. By passing this legislation, our state has also demonstrated that it will not tolerate unborn babies being aborted just because they are the wrong sex or doctors being miles away from the patient when they administer drugs that kill the unborn baby and can harm the child’s mother.”
Because of the recent George Zimmerman verdict, multiple groups are calling to repeal Florida's Stand Your Ground Law. Many are even boycotting the state in order to voice there contempt for the law. According to Townhall.com, the Stand Your Ground will likely stay.
21 states have such laws, which allow citizens who are being attacked outside their home, to use lethal force for self-defense. Without such laws it makes those who use such force to protect themselves in a vulnerable legal position. Regardless of what you believe of the Zimmerman verdict, the law should not be repealed. Thousands of people a year are attacked and must choose between using possibly lethal force and becoming a victim.
Beyond Florida, these states have some form of a stand-your-ground law: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.
Among those calling for repeal of the Stand Your Ground Law is Al Sharpton, who said "If we can do it in Florida, we can affect other states". So although you may not be affected by the repeal of Florida's law realize that your state may be next.
Cris Cox, executive director for the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action stated; "The attorney general fails to understand that self-defense is not a concept, it's a fundamental human right, To send a message that legitimate self-defense is to blame is unconscionable, and demonstrates once again that this administration will exploit tragedies to push their political agenda."
This is not about racism, it is about your right to self-defense. Your freedom and your rights. Possibly your life is at stake.
Support Stand Your Ground.
Rubio sadly seemed to be in the minority, with most senators not concerned with Power's former remarks. Senator Menendez went so far as to say that the critisism meant she "must be doing something right," but looking at her record it seems plainly obvious that she is not for America. In her book "Problem from Hell; America and the age of genocide" she complained that America has not condemned genocide - even though the United States often condemns acts of genocide.
Recently, Wendy Davis has received a lot of attention for her filibuster of the 20 week abortion ban Texas State Senate. So has her pro-life opponent - Konni Burton.
Konni Burton has been in the trenches fighting for faith, family, and freedom through conservative grassroots activism in Texas, campaigning for now-Senator Ted Cruz as well as candidates for the State House and Senate.
Now, she's running for State Senate in Texas' 10th District. But she needs your help.
Since her filibuster, Wendy Davis has raised almost a million dollars from liberal donors - many of them out-of-state. We must fight back and help Konni Burton establish a strong grassroots coalition to elect a candidate who will fight for Texans - not big government liberals.
Wendy Davis is too liberal for Texas - 62% of Texans agree that life should be protected after 20 weeks. Help Konni win this fight - go to www.KonniBurton.com to learn more, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.
The Texas Senate passed a bill in the early hours of this morning banning abortions after 20 weeks, making Texas safer for women and children. This is the same bill that was filibustered by liberal Senator Wendy Davis in the last special session.
Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and many others were instrumental in the passing of this legislation. Democratic State Senator Eddie Lucio supported the bill despite fierce opposition from his party, delivering a speech late Friday night in favor of protecting Texas women and children. He noted that "A person is a person, no matter how small", and called on his colleagues to join him in supporting life.
Former Senator Rick Santorum released a statement after the passage of the legislation saying, "The Declaration of Independence states that we are endowed by our Creator 'with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.' Life is first for a reason. Because without life, no other rights matter."
Senator Santorum plunged into the battle earlier this week, holding a press conference and mobilizing members of his Patriot Voices organization to support the bill.
HB 2 passed in the Texas Senate 19-11.
"Today the Texas Legislature took its final step in our historic effort to protect life. This legislation builds on the strong and unwavering commitment we have made to defend life and protect women's health. I am proud of our lawmakers, and citizens who tirelessly defended our smallest and most vulnerable Texans and future Texans." - Governor Rick Perry
Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, spoke against the CRPD on the Senate floor today. Here are some excerpts of his remarks:
"When Alexander Hamilton explained the American system of representative self-government, he famously said that in America 'the people govern; here, they act by their immediate representatives.' Those words today are inscribed above an entrance to the House of Representatives in the Capitol, a building that Thomas Jefferson described as 'dedicated to the sovereignty of the people'...
The CRPD would undermine that sovereignty, compromise self-government, and give the last word to the United Nations.
"Ratifying the CRPD will not establish a single right for a single American, it will not provide for Americans with disabilities anything that American law has not or could not provide. It would not even help Americans with disabilities who travel overseas because their treatment depends on the laws and policies of other countries, not ours. "
Read Senator Hatch's full speech at hatch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2013/7/hatch-u-n-disabilites-treaty-a-threat-to-american-sovereignty-and-self-government
The 56 men who signed the Declaration pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred Honor. Unfortunately, many now consider this document to be irrelevant, fine for 1776 but too outdated for 2013.They're wrong.
The Declaration of Independence lays out the reasons why our nation was founded, and reminds us that "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
We challenge you to read the Declaration of Independence today as you celebrate our freedom with your family and friends. Hillsdale College is encouraging people to Read the Declaration - add your name at www.ReadTheDeclaration.com.
Find the text of the Declaration of Independence here.
"This was the object of the Declaration of Independence... Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion."
- Thomas Jefferson
The 20 week abortion ban that failed due to Democratic Representative Wendy Davis' filibuster last week is being brought up in a special session called by Governor Rick Perry.
The "Pro-Life Omnibus Bill" would:
- ban abortion after 20 weeks (when science shows that the unborn can feel pain)
- require that abortion clinics follow the same health and safety regulations that ambulatory surgical centers are held to
- require that abortionists secure admitting privileges at local hospitals
- require doctors to personally administer chemical (RU486) abortions, rather than dangerously sending a woman home before the child is expelled
Read the bill here.
Even if you don't live in Texas, you can still show your support by tweeting using the hashtag #Stand4Life. Wendy Davis is not planning on filibustering again, but we still need your help!
Learn more here.