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Planned Parenthood Will Close 4 Iowa Clinics Due To New State Restrictions

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Don’t’ believe the fearmongering of this article from Refinery29. There are still PLENTY of health care clinics in Iowa. My quick search found the following:

The Iowa Association of Rural Health Clinics has a list of over 140 rural health clinics in Iowa. And of course, there are the countless other municipal health care clinics as well as private health care facilities.

Plenty of facilities for Iowa residents to receive “vital health services” that only Planned Parenthood can provide.

From Yahoo (Refinery29): Following in Texas’ disastrous footsteps, four Planned Parenthood clinics will close in Iowa because of the state government’s actions to partially defund the health organization. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a health and human services budget that discontinued the state’s federal Medicaid family planning waiver and replaced it with a state program that excludes any clinic that offers abortions.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland announced on Thursday that it will close one third of its 12 health centers in Iowa this summer, leaving an estimated 14,600 patients in Quad Cities, Burlington, Keokuk, and Sioux City without their current healthcare provider.

Iowa’s $1.77 billion health and human services budget keeps roughly the same amount of funds for family planning as the previous year, but places new restrictions on which facilities can receive money to cover low-income patients’ health care. Because the Hyde Amendment already prevents federal funds from paying for abortion, the budget change is the latest attempt by Republican politicians to shut down abortion providers.

Defunding Planned Parenthood and forcing clinics to shutter keeps low-income women from accessing vital health services such as contraception and cancer screenings, as the organization says abortions make up roughly 3% all services it performs.

Back in 2011, Texas took similarly drastic measures, cutting its family planning budget by more than $70 million and directing it away from clinics that provided abortion. Across the state, 25% of all family planning clinics closed, and about 30,000 fewer women had access to a health clinic two years later.

Clinic closures in the Lone Star State also forced women to drive four times farther to have an abortion. A Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) study found that Texas women whose closest clinic stayed open drove an average of 22 miles, while women whose closest clinic closed drove an average of 85 miles for health services. The women furthest from an open clinic had to drive more than 250 miles.

Iowa’s new regulations forced clinics to close right away, which foreshadows what will happen if the healthcare bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier in May becomes law. The GOP’s American Health Care Act proposes cutting off Medicaid reimbursements Planned Parenthood currently receives for treating low-income patients for one year unless its clinics stop performing abortions.

“We have seen what happens in states like Texas, and now in Iowa, when politicians attack access to care at Planned Parenthood — it’s devastating, and sometimes deadly, for the women who are left with nowhere to turn for care,” Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement to Refinery29. “I am concerned about the health and well-being of the people in Iowa who now can no longer turn to their trusted health care provider.”

Texas has already proven that when a state cuts off Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid funds, it forces clinics to close and keeps women from getting the health services they need. Now, Iowa has followed suit and essential care for women is at stake in one more state.

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A liberal explains why she’s leaving the SJW cult

There is hope for America.

The Left’s vile behaviors since Hillary Clinton’s electoral loss to Donald Trump are so over-the-top, they are alienating some liberals.

Keri Smith is one of them. In a confessional essay, Smith calls the Left’s cultural Marxist ideology “a cult” and points to the hypocrisy of “social justice warriors (SJW)” whose hateful and murderous speech and behavior belie their professed values of equality, justice, liberty, tolerance and love — something that we on FOTM repeatedly have noted.

The most important part of Smith’s essay is her pointing out that the Left are trodding the dangerous path of dehumanizing their political opponents. (Recall Hillary Clinton’s dehumanization of Trump supporters as “deplorables”.) By dehumanizing, i.e., regarding other human beings as less than human “things,” violence and murder become justified. Don’t we slaughter livestock for food because they’re nonhuman “animals”?

That’s the tactic the Left have employed against the unborn — that the unborn human life growing in a woman’s womb is not a human person, but is merely a lump of bodily tissue, much like toenail that we clip and discard.

Smith writes in Medium on May 13, 2017 (I supplied the bold and red-color emphasis):

I’ve been undergoing a pretty significant change in the way I interpret the world [….] I know some of my friends have wondered why I’ve lately been so critical of the left, my home, so I wanted to share with you what a vocal part of my particular and admittedly self-selected echo chamber is like.

Smith then reproduced what appears to be a Facebook post by a fellow liberal:

Smith continues:

For the record, this is not illustrative of all of the left or even and especially of all of my liberal friends. […] I was talking with a friend who is also liberal and she does not see this kind of stuff regularly, like I do […. M]y vantage point may shed some light on why my beliefs are changing, and on where I see things possibly headed.

I see increasing numbers of so-called liberals cheering censorship and defending violence as a response to speech. I see seemingly reasonable people wishing death on others and laughing at escalating suicide and addiction rates of the white working class. I see liberal think pieces written in opposition to expressing empathy or civility in interactions with those with whom we disagree. I see 63 million Trump voters written off as “nazis” who are okay to target with physical violence. I see concepts like equality and justice being used as a mask for resentful, murderous rage.

The most pernicious aspect of this evolution of the left, is how it seems to be changing people, and how rapidly since the election. […] How easy is it for ordinary humans to commit atrocious acts? History teaches us it’s pretty damn easy when you are blinded to your own hypocrisy. When you believe you are morally superior, when you have dehumanized those you disagree with, you can justify almost anything. In a particularly vocal part of the left, justification for dehumanizing and committing violence against those on the right has already begun.

I don’t yet know what to call this part of the left. Maajid Nawaz calls them the “Regressive Left.” Others call them SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) or the Alt-Left. The ideology is post-modernist cultural marxism, and it operates as a secular religion. Most are indoctrinated in liberal elite colleges, though many are being indoctrinated online these days. It has its own dogma and jargon, meant to make you feel like a good person, and used to lecture others on their ‘sin.’ “Check your privilege”- much like “mansplaining” and “gaslighting”- all at one time useful terms- have over time lost a lot of their meaning. These days I see them most frequently being abused as weaponized ad hominem attacks on a person’s immutable identity markers….a way to avoid making an argument, while simultaneously claiming an unearned moral highground in a discussion.

I have been wondering why more people on the left are not speaking up against violence, in favor of free exchange of ideas and dialogue, in favor of compassion. But I know why. I was in the cult. Part of it is that you are a true believer, and part of it is that you are fearful of being called an apostate — in being trashed as a sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, fascist, white supremacist nazi. A friend recently wrote to me privately to say they find my latest posts “refreshing,” and that they believe in free speech, but as someone who works in entertainment, they can’t say anything that might cause them to lose their job. As someone who has gone through and is still going through a change in my underlying systems of belief, I can say this: when you finally get past fear, it is so liberating. After a lot of self-reflection, I eventually came to the opinion that if I lose friends or jobs over trying to speak and find the truth in situations, and to do so in a way that reflects my belief in compassion, then perhaps those were not friends or jobs that were healthy for my growth.

Since shedding the prison of my former ideology, I have a renewed passion for reading, a newfound interest in philosophy, psychology, history and spirituality. Instead of trying to fix others, these days I try to focus on improving myself, which I can tell you is a *much* harder though less futile endeavor. I question myself daily. I try to make a gratitude list daily. I try to meditate, although I admit I’m pretty shitty at it so far. I observe my emotional response to stimuli, then try to let it pass and practice empathy in my disagreements with others. Many times I fail, but over time it is getting easier (though I doubt it will ever be easy). I believe I finally understand that quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” It is not enough to speak about a belief in equality, justice, liberty, tolerance and love if by your actions you are illustrating the opposite by dehumanizing people, calling for their murder, justifying physical violence against them. Your actions speak louder than words.

[…] I believe taking on the task of honestly assessing and trying to improve my character, and speaking up for principles of equality, justice, free speech, liberty, peace and love in a WAY that supports those principles rather than increasing resentment, hatred, and murderous rage, is the way to change the world. If that makes me a moron, a naive peacenik, a privileged bigot -a heretic- in your ideology, so be it.

Keri Smith is to be applauded for her clarity of vision, honesty, and integrity. What a shame that she has seen the truth, but not her fellow liberals in the MSM.

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~Eowyn

Gloria Steinem says women being forced to have babies causes global warming

“A man at 50 has the face he deserves.” -George Orwell

83-year-old Gloria Steinem must have senile dementia.

In an interview with a fawning blogger, Refinery29‘s Lindsey Stanbury, who calls Steinem a “feminist unicorn” (whatever that means), Steinem fumes against the “patriarchy” and says forcing women to have babies by outlawing and restricting access to abortion, is a fundamental reason for “climate degradation” — the Left’s new synonym for climate change and global warming.

Stanbury asks Steinem if climate change is a feminist issue, to which Steinem replies:

“Are you kidding me? Listen, what causes climate deprivation is population. If we had not been systematically forcing women to have children they don’t want or can’t care for over the 500 years of patriarchy, we wouldn’t have the climate problems that we have. That’s the fundamental cause of climate change. Even if the Vatican doesn’t tell us that.”

Steinem also admitted to Stanbury that although she’s made a career of speaking up for women, her life has been very different from those of many people for whom she advocates because “she’s never really had a job.”

Born to a Jewish father and a rebellious Scotch Presbyterian mother, Steinem was baptized in a Congregational church at the age of ten but raised in occultic Theosophy. She lost what little interest she had in religion when she became a feminist and started “wondering why God always looks like the ruling class” (source: Jewish Women’s Archive).

Steinem’s view of God is redolent of Obama’s intellectual mentor, satanist Saul Alinsky‘s admiration of Lucifer for being, as Alinsky put it in dedicating his book Rules for Radicals to Satan, “the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment”.

Gloria Steinem makes the Illuminati hand sign

Meanwhile, European researchers unveiled a scientific model showing that, instead of warming, the Earth is likely to experience a “mini ice age” from 2030 to 2040 as a result of decreased solar activity.

Their findings have infuriated environmental activists who claim that by 2030 we could be facing increased sea levels and flooding due to glacial melt at the poles. (Express)

H/t NewsBusters

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~Eowyn

Candlelight vigils and funerals are being planned to highlight those who, activists say, will die under Trumpcare

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From Vocativ: Activists are planning several protests around the country — at elected representatives’ offices and places of worship — to mourn for those they say will die if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

Protesters are holding candlelight vigils, symbolic funerals, and die-in demonstrations to protest President Trump and the Republican Party’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare with a new bill, called the American Health Care Act or AHCA. The first vote by the House of Representatives on the measure is scheduled for Thursday.

One of the more grim protests being planned will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, in front of Republican Congressman David Young’s office. Organizers say the event is “a vigil to mourn the deaths of the Iowans and Americans that will die if Trumpcare is passed. Almost 200 Iowans are projected to die each year, 2000 total over the next decade. We need to make sure David Young knows what he would be voting for.”

Organizing For Action, the political advocacy group that grew out of President Obama’s first presidential campaign, is planning a funeral procession in New York’s Staten Island with an effigy of Trump as the grim reaper. The protest, planned for Thursday, will march to Representative Dan Donovan’s office.

Indivisible, an organization made up of former Congressional staffers, is also organizing a series of candlelight vigils for the estimated 24,000 people who will die yearly if the GOP plan is passed as it currently stands. One demonstration, to be held at a San Diego church, will “pray for mercy for the sick and suffering in San Diego and across America.”

In Cincinnati, nearly 100 people have said they will attend a “die-in” protest on Wednesday. Each participant is instructed to lie down on the ground while holding a sign stating their hypothetical cause of death. Among the suggestions are “I died from a bacterial infection because I couldn’t afford to go to the doctor” and “My cervical cancer wasn’t discovered in time because I couldn’t go to Planned Parenthood.”

The American Health Care Act is scheduled for a floor vote in the House of Representatives on March 23. President Trump and his administration have reportedly held a series of phone calls and meeting intended to pressure Republicans opposed to the bill to fall in line.  Several Republican lawmakers have come out against the bill, which they say fails to live up to promises of a full Obamacare repeal.

According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, some 24 million Americans are estimated to lose health insurance over the next decade if the plan goes through.

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‘Embryo jewelry’ made from cremated IVF-conceived human embryos

Every year, untold numbers of human babies are killed, not via abortion while still in their mothers’ wombs, but as “excess” IVF-conceived embryos.

IVF is in vitro fertilization, a type of assisted reproductive technology used for infertility treatment, wherein an egg is fertilized with sperm outside the woman’s body, thus in vitro. The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman’s ovulatory process, removing an egg or eggs from the woman’s ovaries, and letting sperm fertilize them in a liquid in a laboratory. The fertilized egg is cultured for 2–6 days in a growth medium and is then transferred to the uterus of the same or another woman, with the intention of establishing a successful pregnancy.

To maximize their chances of a successful pregnancy, women who undergo IVF typically have more than one egg fertilized.

What to do with the leftover embryos if the woman has successfully carried one or more pregnancies to term? The methods of disposal include:

  1. Donating the excess embryos to other women or couples as a means of third party reproduction.
  2. Freezing the embryos indefinitely, which cost money. The Rand Consulting Group has estimated there to be 400,000 frozen embryos in the United States.
  3. Donating excess embryos for research, typically embryonic stem cell research, which effectively means the embryos are killed.
  4. Outright destroying, i.e., killing, the excess embryos via burial or cremation.

A small Australian company, the cutesy-named Baby Bee Hummingbirds, has figured out a way to make money from those women who opt for Method No. 4, by turning cremated human embryos into jewelry.

Kevin Jones reports for CNA, May 5, 2017, that an Australian mothers’ website Kidspot recounts the story of a couple who had conceived three children, including twins, but faced financial strain in paying for the annual storage of the leftover embryos. So they turned to Baby Bee Hummingbirds.

Families send the jeweler IVF straws containing the embryos, which are cremated into embryo ash, which is then incorporated into the jewelry, like the heart-shaped pendants below.

Since 2014, Baby Bee Hummingbirds has made 50 pieces of jewelry with embryos. The company also makes jewelry using breastmilk, placenta, hair, ashes, and umbilical cord stumps. The pieces cost from $80 to $600.

Baby Bee Hummingbirds founder Amy McGlade said, “I don’t believe there is any other business in the world that creates jewelry from human embryos, and I firmly believe that we are pioneering the way in this sacred art, and opening the possibilities to families around the world. It’s special because the embryos are often signifying the end of a journey, and we are providing a beautiful and meaningful way to gently close the door. Reactions from families who understand the journey are amazing and heartfelt. They are so grateful for our service. at a better way to celebrate your most treasured gift, your child, than through jewelry? It’s about the everlasting tangible keepsake of a loved one that you can have forever.”

Jennifer Lahl, the founder and president of the California-based Center for Bioethics and Culture, disagrees.

Lahl said, “I have no words. I have no category for who would think this would be something good to do. It’s so undignified that these embryos have been destroyed to become jewelry. I thought, ‘My gosh, it really has hit rock-bottom’. If anything it creates even more complex ethical problems, a new novel way of disrespecting human life.”

Lahl, who has a background as a pediatric critical care nursing and hospital administration, has long been a critic of IVF, which she sees as symptomatic of parents who think they have “a right to pursue that child at whatever cost, and at whatever manner. It loses sight of the fact that children are intended to be gifts and blessings, not something we have a right to.”

Lahl believes that “creating life and calling it surplus” is “an undignified view of early, nascent human life,” and that the solution to “excess” embryos is to stop creating surplus embryos: “The solution is to stop freezing human embryos, so that parents aren’t left with these ethical dilemmas of what to do with them when they decide they don’t want any more children.”

Lahl said that people considering IVF should have the facts on what is really involved in reproductive technology. “People are uninformed about the risk of these technologies, the ethics of using these technologies and all the problems that come about.” In-vitro fertilization is “fraught with ethical problems” due to the health risks to the mother, the conceived children, the cost, and the way in which the use of medicine creates more problems, rather than treats and heals conditions. “Most of the people who enter into the assisted reproductive technology enterprise don’t get a baby. Overwhelmingly, IVF cycles fail.” Typically, it costs six figures to successfully conceive and bear a child through IVF.

The Catholic Church stresses that all human life – including those in the embryonic state – have an invaluable human dignity. Catholic teaching opposes IVF.

Although she is not Catholic, Lahl said “I think the Catholic Church has gotten these issues quite right. If you really look at the evidence and the medical literature, it will only reinforce the teaching of the Catholic Church.”

Kidspot cited one woman who had seven cremated embryos turned into a heart-shaped pendant through Baby Bee Hummingbirds. She said: “I’d heard others had planted them in the garden but we move a lot, so I couldn’t do this. I needed them with me. My embryos were my babies – frozen in time. When we completed our family, it wasn’t in my heart to destroy them. Now they are forever with me in a beautiful keepsake.”

But readers of the CNA article observe that making human embryos into jewelry is no different than the Nazis making lampshades from human skin, or the Hindu goddess Kali adorning herself in a necklace of human skulls.

Kali by Raja Ravi Varma

~Eowyn

Hillary Clinton threatens her Twitter critics: ‘We’re coming back at you’

Hillary Clinton is the undead.

In two days this week, she appeared at three women’s galas:

  • The baby-killing mill Planned Parenthood
  • Women for Women International
  • Ms. magazine’s Gloria Awards

Narcissists cannot tolerate criticisms and critics because how dare anyone criticize someone who’s superior than all of you?

On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, speaking at Ms. magazine’s Gloria Awards, Hillary once again blamed her losing the 2016 presidential election on those knuckle-dragging “misogynists” and “xenophobes,” whom she had called “deplorables”. The worst among them are “white men”. Hillary said, beginning at the 9:11 mark in the video below (I strongly suggest that you turn the volume down, not only because her voice is grating, but at some points she literally bellowed):

“So many of us let out a collective groan when we saw photos of groups of white men gathered around a conference table in Washington, making decisions about women’s health.”

And what she means by “women’s health” is the absolute right to kill the unborn and to contraceptives, including abortifacients, and to taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood Abortionhood.

Then Hillary feigned sympathy for women who are having a hard time in life, and has the gall to compare their hardship to her being criticized (“trolled”) on Twitter. She said (13:39 mark):

“Look, I know what it feels like. There are moments when just reading the news or scrolling through Twitter can be so depressing. But I just want all of those Twitter trolls out there to know that maybe if you had left us alone we might have gone out longer in the woods for those walks. But every time you hit those 140 characters demeaning and denying women’s voices and rights, we’re coming back at you.”

“We’re coming back at you”

Is that a threat?

Bring it on, Hillary.

Hillary Clinton’s Twitter account is @hillaryclinton.

~Eowyn