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Arkansas: The Pro Life State – Another Pro-Life Victory!

http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2013/03/10/arkansas-the-pro-life-state-another-pro-life-victory/   Sun, 10 Mar 2013 18:55:35 +0000  joandarc

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Senator Jason Rapert, R-Conway, Arkansas, drafted the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, SB134, known now as Act 301 of 2013.  Senator Rapert’s legistlation requires a woman seeking an abortion 12 weeks or later into a pregnancy, to undergo an abdominal ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat.  If a heartbeat is detected, then the fetus is viable and the abortion is prohibited.  However, this legislation includes exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, medical emergencies and fetal anomalies that would prohibit the child to live after birth.  It also provides that if a doctor is found guilty of violating this law, that the doctor would lose his/her medical license.

The House voted 68-20 in favor of the bill and the Senate voted 26-8 in favor of the bill.  Governor Mike Beebe, a Democrat, vetoed the bill stating in a letter that it “would blatantly violate the United States Constitution.”  In spite of his veto, last week the House and Senate overrode the gubernatorial veto.  This law takes effect 90 days after the end of this legislative session, either in late March or early April of 2013.  The Arkansas Legislature also overrode Governor Beebe’s veto on The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, HB1037, sponsored by Rep. Andy Mayberry of Hensley, Arkansas, which also became law in Arkansas on February 28, 2013.  This law precludes abortions at 20 weeks, the point at which a fetus is capable of feeling pain.

Has the Governor forgotten that the substance of the United States Constitution and its very purpose provides to protect the lives, liberty and pursuit of happiness of humankind?  Accordingly, since the fetus is a real child, a human being, that life is protected by this legislation.  How, then could it be unconstitutional?  The Governor’s interpretation of the Constitution lacks merit, since the object of the legislation is to protect life, especially for the unborn, the most vulnerable, who have no voice of their own.

Senator Rapert indicated that people are speaking to him about this legislation all across the country, that he has been flooded with e-mail communications and telephonic communications as well, in support of this law.  Nevertheless, he has also received disparaging communications, including threats.

The ACLU indicated that this law is the most restrictive law in the country, expecting and predicting that the law will be challenged in the courts.  Gov. Beebe is also concerned about the cost of defending these challenges, which concern also contributed to his decision to veto the bill.  I say that this is a very poor reason not to protect the life of a little baby, an innocent human being, who deserves to have his or her life protected.

In any event, congratulations to the Legislature of the State of Arkansas for its bold and courageous preservation of the unborn human being who deserves life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!  We have seen how Republicans and Democrats can work together for goodness!  We thank Senator Jason Rapert for his bravery, determination and clarity; he is a true American hero, deserving of our admiration, continued support and prayers!

Thanks be to God!

~Joan

Update (May 17, 2013):

Susan Webber WrightToday, a federal judge, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright, granted a request to temporarily block enforcement of the new Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy. The request was a motion for preliminary injunction in a lawsuit that the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights brought on behalf of two Little Rock abortion providers. (Source)

Wright first came to national attention when she dismissed the sexual harassment lawsuit brought by Paula Jones against President Bill Clinton in 1998. Wikipedia describes her as a “conservative Republican.”

~Eowyn

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this update.  In the “Times Record” on Saturday, Judge Wright is quoted as follows:

“What we are doing is a balance between a due process right of a pregnant woman to have an abortion before her fetus is viable and the right of the state to protect the lives of the unborn.”  Judge Wright further stated that she does “not disagree with those of you who think abortions should be rare.”  She indicated that she did not think some provisions of the new law – requiring  a doctor to determine at 12 weeks whether the fetus has a heartbeat, informing the mother of that heartbeat and telling her of the statistical probability of carrying the fetus to full term  were unconstitutional.

Joan

 

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Pro-Life Victories in Arkansas!

http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2013/02/28/pro-life-victories-in-arkansas/   Fri, 01 Mar 2013 01:10:22 +0000  joandarc

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An unborn baby at 20 weeks (Source)

A great American and hero in the Arkansas State Legislature, Rep. Andy Mayberry, of Hensley, introduced into the Arkansas State Legislature, “The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” HB 1037, which became law in Arkansas on February 28, 2013.

This new law in part would ban abortions at 20 weeks, the point at which the bill claims a fetus is capable of feeling pain.  Nevertheless, this bill did not become law without opposition from Arkansas’ Democratic Governor Mike Beebe, who vetoed this bill on Tuesday, February 26th, claiming that this bill was contrary to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade, and further justifying his decision because he didn’t want the state of Arkansas to pay the cost of defending this measure.

The bill had been passed by the Republican legislature garnering the support of many Democrats.  However, yesterday, February 27th, the House voted 53-28 to reaffirm the bill, and today, February 28th, the Senate voted 19-14 to reaffirm the bill, and combined, these overrode Beebe’s veto, making the bill, law, thus satisfying the simple majority vote requirement in both chambers.

Unfortunately, this law provides exceptions in cases of rape, incest and pregnancies that endanger the mother’s life or could cause irreversible physical impairments; but, it does not provide for any exemption for fetal disorders or abnormalities.  I believe that babies are babies no matter what the situation of their conception and that how that pregnancy came about still does not affect the fact that the baby is a child, a live infant person, who is guaranteed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness under the United States Constitution.

However, it is still a great victory for Life against the abortion industry/mill.  Rep. Mayberry told the Associated Press that this law was patterned after the law in the State of Nebraska which has not been challenged as yet, further citing justification as a result of the advancements in pre-natal science which provide new evidence and definitions of “viability”.

The States of Nebraska, Kansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Georgia and Alabama have also enacted the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and/or similar legislation protecting the unborn.  Rep. Mayberry speaking on the House Floor Wednesday, called HB1037 “a bill that saves babies’ lives.  These are babies who are capable of feeling pain.  The methods used to abort those pregnancies are excruciatingly painful.”

Additionally, another bill is still pending entitled, “The Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act,” SB 134, introduced by another great American hero, Arkansas Republican Senator Jason Rapert, from Conway, which has also garnered support in the Republican-majority legislature which most probably will be presented to the Governor in the very near future.  If this bill becomes law, it would ban abortions once a heartbeat was detected, requiring a woman seeking an abortion at 12 weeks of gestation or later to undergo an abdominal ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat, and it would prohibit an abortion if a heartbeat is detected, but adds an exception in the case of a fetal anomaly that would not allow the child to live after birth.  More information will be provided on this bill and our prayers are warranted for its passage as well.

Finally, Governor Beebe did sign into law last Tuesday, February 26th, the “Pregnant Woman’s Protection Act” which insures that a pregnant woman and her unborn child are protected from unlawful criminal violence and that a woman’s decision to carry her child to term be respected.  According to Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D. and President & CEO of Americans United for Life, “A pregnant woman is more likely to be a victim of homicide than to die of any other cause,” and that “criminal investigations across the nation demonstrate that husbands or boyfriends are oftentimes perpetrators of pregnancy-associated violence and that this violence is often intended to end or jeopardize the pregnancy.”  Dr. Yoest further provides that “Studies have shown that violence and abuse are often higher during pregnancy than during any period in a woman’s lifetime.”

Accordingly, we should appreciate these victories!  I am praying that the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act becomes law as well!

Joan

 

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Let’s Make Abortion Fun & Trendy!

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The following article is by Louise Mellon on the ACLU. My comments are in parenthesis.

The new romantic comedy “Obvious Child” has managed to do something pretty extraordinary — it’s made abortion sympathetic, and funny. (Oh, really?)

In it, main character Donna has an abortion after a drunken one-night stand. But unlike most other characters who grapple with this question, Donna doesn’t torture herself. She makes the decision without angst, guilt, or extenuating circumstances. And like millions of American women, Donna follows through, then moves on with her life. (How quaint)

A movie about an experience this common – nearly one in three American women will have an abortion in their lifetime — shouldn’t feel so revolutionary. But it does. (One in three? Really???)

Our culture still stigmatizes abortions and the women who have them. When President Obama issued a statement of support on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, he didn’t use the word abortion once. Think about that — in a statement supporting the decision that recognizes the constitutional protection to abortion, abortion wasn’t mentioned. (This is a rare example of the left admitting what deceitful liars they are.)

Even within the reproductive rights movement, we have a million ways to signal abortion without saying it. We talk about “personal, private decision making,” “women’s health” or “reproductive health care.” (More admitted lies.)

Even I, who have devoted my life to defending reproductive rights, have friends who want an abortion but won’t admit it to me. Instead they’ll call and tell me their “friend” needs help. That speaks to a frightening level of shame. (Gee, I wonder why? Could it be because murder is a shameful act?)

Here’s the truth: We all know – and probably love – a woman who’s had an abortion. Indeed, we likely know several women, and love them. We just don’t know it.

Here’s another truth: Even if we don’t agree about abortion, we can agree that we shouldn’t judge a woman unless we’ve walked in her shoes. Life, after all, is messy. And decisions aren’t always black and white. (Sure, they are. That’s what the Ten Commandments are all about. Thou shall not commit murder.)

Abortion stigma causes real harm. Even the simple silence around abortion hurts women. It makes women afraid to talk about their experiences, even with trusted friends and loved ones. It encourages politicians to chip away at women’s ability to make this decision for themselves – and then say they’re doing it for our own good. Stigma, and the silence it nurtures, enables a culture that tells doctors and nurses they can refuse to treat a woman who seeks an abortion because she is untouchable — declining even to take her blood pressure or provide her with pain medication, lest they be tainted by association. (So abortion stigma causes harm, but the physical murder of babies doesn’t? Someone get this woman to a shrink. Now!)

That’s why the “Obvious Child” is so welcome. It deftly reflects the experience of millions of women across the country – that we sometimes get pregnant when we didn’t want to and decide to have an abortion because it’s the right decision for our lives. (Risking eternal damnation a right decision? Hmmn… I don’t think so.)

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Billionaire Baby Killer

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The following story is from Fox News. Say it ain’t so, Warren.

(Here’s an excellent previous post by Dr. Eowyn on the same subject: http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2014/03/31/warren-buffet-gives-millions-for-abortions/)

May 13, 2014, marks one year since Philadelphia abortion Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder “in the deaths of three babies who were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy, ‘house of horrors’ clinic,” according to the Associated Press. Gosnell instantly became the face of abortion in the prolife community.

But there’s another, more recognizable face pushing abortion in the U.S. – liberal billionaire Warren Buffett. The so-called “Oracle of Omaha” has donated more than $1.2 billion to abortion organizations from 2001 to 2012.

That’s equal to the cost of roughly 2.7 million first-trimester abortions – more than twice the number of abortions that occur in an entire year in the United States. Unlike Gosnell, however, everything Buffett has done has been entirely legal. But Buffett does share something else in common with the abortionist. Both their stories have been largely unreported.

Imagine the equivalent of the lives of 2.7 million children snuffed out to serve the whims of the third richest man in the world. Most people would say that’s a story, most likely several.

Oh no, supporters will cry. Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other similar groups do more than just abortions. And Buffett does more than fund the abortion industry. But that is the core of his agenda, just as it is theirs.

Buffett’s own charity, The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, is named after his first wife who was an abortion supporter. Its domestic operation is led by pro-abortion activist Tracy Weitz, Ph.D., MPA. Weitz has worked at Planned Parenthood, The Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and once defined abortion as “a moral action undertaken by moral agents.”

None of that is obvious from the charity’s website. It includes information on college scholarships and the “Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award.” Neither that award, for “Outstanding Omaha Public School Teachers (K –12),” nor the scholarships even hint at the darker direction of the massive charity.

The site itself seems deliberately insular. Copyrights on the pages read “2008” and the charity makes it clear: “The Buffett Foundation responds to questions about College Scholarships and the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award only. We will not respond to any other inquiries.”

No wonder. They wouldn’t want to damage Warren Buffett’s incredible media profile by telling the nearly half of America that is prolife how he spends some of his billions. Lord knows the American media would never do that.

Since 2001, there has only been one tangential mention of Buffett’s support for abortion on the broadcast TV network morning and evening news shows. It wasn’t even really about Buffett. It was the NBC “Nightly News” obituary for his wife and it included her support for Planned Parenthood. That’s out of at least 545 appearances or mentions of the Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO.

Nowhere did the media explain how Buffett has given $289,811,421 to Planned Parenthood since 2001. Buffett was never mentioned as a top donor when Live Action embarrassed Planned Parenthood with two videos of staffers assisting a Live Action actor with a possible sex selection abortion.

That wasn’t the only embarrassment for the abortion provider. In early 2011, Live Action’s Lila Rose trained investigators to pose as a pimp and a prostitute running a sex ring composed of 14- and 15-year-olds. Planned Parenthood workers were quite willing to help provide underage abortions.

No mention of Buffett’s billions then either.

Instead we get grandfatherly Buffett, tax-hiking Buffett, investor Buffett. As a reliable liberal businessman, journalists turn to him as a source for almost any commentary.

It’s easy to understand. If you give $1,000 to a ballot initiative to defend traditional marriage, that’s controversial. If you give $1.25 billion to promote abortion, journalists, who are wildly pro-abortion, don’t dare see any controversy.

But now the information is out there. Watch as the supposedly “neutral” news media does its best to hide it.

Dan Gainor is the Boone Pickens Fellow and the Media Research Center’s Vice President for Business and Culture. He writes frequently about media for Fox News Opinion. He can also be contacted on Facebook and Twitter as dangainor.

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For Newt, Human Life Begins at Implantation, not Fertilization

Yesterday, in an interview with ABC News’ Jake Tapper, 68-year-old Newt Gingrich — who has surged to become the frontrunner in the race to be the GOP’s presidential nominee — breaks away from many pro-life groups who believe that human life begins at fertilization.
Instead, Gingrich says his stance is that life begins at the point of successful implantation of the fertilized egg. In so doing, Gingrich — a recent (2009) convert to Catholicism — is also dissenting from the Roman Catholic Church’s position.

Newt with wife no. 3, Callista


This is what Gingrich said to Tapper:

“Well, I think the question of being implanted is a very big question. My friends who have ideological positions that sound good don’t then follow through the logic of: ‘So how many additional potential lives are they talking about? What are they going to do as a practical matter to make this real?’

I think that if you take a position when a woman has fertilized egg and that’s been successfully implanted that now you’re dealing with life. because otherwise you’re going to open up an extraordinary range of very difficult questions

Implantation and successful implantation [is when human life begins for me]. In addition I would say that I’ve never been for embryonic stem cell research per se. I have been for, there are a lot of different ways to get embryonic stem cells. I think if you can get embryonic stem cells for example from placental blood if you can get it in ways that do not involve the loss of a life that’s a perfectly legitimate avenue of approach.

What I reject is the idea that we’re going to take one life for the purpose of doing research for other purposes and I think that crosses a threshold of de-humanizing us that’s very very dangerous.”

Despite his departure from their stance on when life begins, ever confident of himself, Gingrich is sure that he can win the vote of pro-life activists. Just as he’s sure that he will the GOP nominee.
Did you know that Newt Gingrich‘s birth name is Newton Leroy McPherson?
UPDATE (Dec. 6, 2011):
In a new statement the Gingrich campaign sent to LifeNews.com over the weekend, Newt now says he believes life begins at conception.
~Eowyn

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O Child Unborn, I'll Pray For You

 
~LTG

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Mississippi – Breakthough for the Life Movement?

Mississippi voters can decide ‘personhood’ of the unborn

(CNN)Voters in Mississippi will be given a chance to decide whether life begins at conception, a controversial abortion-related ballot initiative that the state’s highest court has refused to block.
The Mississippi Supreme Court late Thursday allowed Measure 26, also known as the Personhood Amendment, to appear on the state ballot November 8. The decision was a rejection of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and abortion-rights groups.
The 7-2 ruling said those groups had not met the legal burden required to restrict the right of citizens to amend the state constitution.
“We cannot invade the territory of the legislature or the electorate to review the substantive validity of a proposed initiative, and thereby, we will honor the maxim embodied in the constitutional mandate of separate of powers,” said Justice Randy Pierce for the court.   Full Story

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Firebomb Thrown at Elderly Pro-Lifer

The Left are such nice people!
Did you know that a proponent of choice abortion infanticide threw a homemade firebomb at an elderly woman who was participating in a pro-life prayer vigil at an abortion mill in Montana?
No? Gosh, I wonder why!
If a pro-lifer were to throw a Molotov cocktail at an abortion clinic, we wouldn’t hear or see the end of it in the MSM.
H/t beloved fellow Sage_brush.
~Eowyn

The homemade molotov cocktail


Firebomb Thrown at Elderly Woman at Pro-Life Prayer Event
By Steven Ertelt – LifeNews.com – March 18, 2011
A homemade incendiary device was thrown at one of the participants of the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer vigil at an abortion business in Kalispell, Montana on Thursday night.
The woman walked on the public sidewalk near the abortion business when an unidentified person threw the device — akin to a “Molotov cocktail” — in her direction. The woman did not see either the firebomb nor the assailant it exploded on the sidewalk behind her, making a loud popping noise like a big firecracker as it burst into flame. Fortunately, the woman was not hurt in the incident.
After she regained her composure, the victim called Karen Trierweiler, coordinator of the 40 Days prayer vigils in Kalispell at the All Family Health Care abortion center, over to her.
After a lengthy delay, a Kalispell police officer arrived. However, according to officials with the Thomas More Society, a pro-life legal group that is helping the participants, instead of inspecting the bomb debris or calling evidence technicians to the scene, the officer remarked that police could never get prints or other evidence from the bomb’s remains and said he would call the city’s garbage service to dispose of all the debris.
The officer then said that the 40 Days prayer vigil participants should expect this kind of reaction if they’re protesting at the abortion business. Questioning Officer Hoover’s assessment of the attack, Trierweiler called the Kalispell desk sergeant to complain, where she was unable to get further assistance.
Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society says his group has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Field Office in Helena, Montana. The organization is for an immediate, intensive investigation of what it calls a “vicious” attack.
“We are appalled by this terrible act of violence, while we’re immensely grateful that God’s grace spared this valiant pro-lifer any serious injury,” he told LifeNews.com this afternoon. “But the reaction of Kalispell police officers after Ms. Trierweiler called them to the scene was equally appalling, indeed outrageous.”
“We intend to file disciplinary complaints against both the officer who came to the crime scene and the desk sergeant whose tepid, indifferent, and grossly unprofessional response to this blatant act of domestic terrorism shows them both unfit to wear a police uniform and at best deserving of severe disciplinary action. We expect much better from the FBI and we will pursue the matter to the very highest levels of the U.S. Department of Justice if this case is not investigated promptly and vigorously and — once the assailant is identified and apprehended — prosecuted to the hilt,” he continued.
Trierweiler also reported that an eyewitness has stepped forward, who was not part of the 40 Days campaign but was a passerby and who the incident occur and may be able to help the FBI track down the bomb thrower and bring him to justice.

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Virginia Approves Bill Ending Most Abortion-Death Clinics

Pro-lifers have won one for the unborn!
~Eowyn
Va. OKs bill to likely close most abortion clinics
By Dena Potter – MyWay – Feb 24, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia took a big step Thursday toward eliminating most of the state’s 21 abortion clinics, approving a bill that would likely make rules so strict the medical centers would be forced to close, Democrats and abortion rights supporters said.
 
Democrats and abortion rights supporters said the change would put an estimated 17 of the state’s 21 clinics out of business.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell
Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican and Catholic, supports the measure and when he signs it into law, Virginia will become the first state to require clinics that provide first-trimester abortions to meet the same standards as hospitals. The requirements could include anything from expensive structural changes like widening hallways to increased training and mandatory equipment the clinics currently don’t have.

While abortion providers must be licensed in Virginia, the clinics resemble dentists’ offices and are considered physicians offices, similar to those that provide plastic and corrective eye surgeries, colonoscopies and a host of other medical procedures. Most of the clinics also provide birth control, cancer screenings and other women’s health services. “This is not about safety for women. This is about ideology, and this is about politics,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “The women of the commonwealth are going to be the ones left to suffer.”

Abortion rights supporters warned of legal challenges while supporters heralded it as a way to make the procedures safer. “It is not about banning abortions,” said Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Winchester. “It is simply caring for women who are about to have an invasive surgical procedure and creating an environment for them where they have the opportunity to do that in a place that is safe.”
No other state requires clinics that provide early abortions to meet hospital standards. Nineteen states, including Virginia, require an abortion to be performed in a hospital after 12 weeks, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks abortions and laws concerning the procedures.
More than 27,000 of the 28,000 abortions performed each year in Virginia are completed during the first-trimester, Keene said.
“Does Virginia really want to take the lead in such obstruction?” asked Sen. Maime Locke, D-Hampton, who called the bill “draconian and patriarchal at best.” Democrats argued it wouldn’t pass constitutional muster because it would put an undue burden on poor women and those in rural areas, where clinics likely would close. They also argued it would violate the equal protection guarantees of the Constitution by treating abortions differently than similar procedures. “Absolutely all that will be accomplished by this vote is to restrict access to a safe and legal procedure to poor women,” said Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, D-Arlington. “This does nothing to end abortions. It is purely discriminatory. It makes me heartsick.”
Laurence H. Tribe, professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School, said the bill would likely be deemed unconstitutional “because its transparent purpose and effect would be to make such early abortions far more difficult if not impossible for many women to obtain.”

Va Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli


Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who supported similar legislation as a state senator, said he believes the law would be constitutional. “For over 25 years, Virginia abortion clinics have not been held to minimal health and safety standards,” he said. “As a result, women who walk into these clinics are often not treated with the care and respect that any human being deserves.”

Anti-abortion bills typically die in a Democrat-controlled Senate committee, but Republicans in the House tacked it onto a bill that already had passed the Senate. Doing so allowed the bill to sidestep the committee and forced a vote on the Senate floor, where Democrats hold a 22-18 majority. Two anti-abortion Democrats voted with Republicans, and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Republican, cast the tie-breaking vote after hours of debate.
After it becomes law in July, the state Board of Health will take public comments before issuing the guidelines. The board is appointed by the governor.

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