Planned Parenthood loses in court, Christians win in court (and other stories)

By Jonathon Van Maren

A new roundup of culture war news:

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Abortion activists in Canada have created a feticide app that allows you to find the best place to kill your pre-born children in a very short amount of time. From The Record:

An abortion referral app developed in Waterloo Region is now available Canadawide. Choice Connect is a joint project between the SHORE Centre and Kitchener software company Zeitspace, which developed and donated the app to the Planned Parenthood affiliate.

“We’re very proud to be launching the app. I think it really speaks to the innovation here in Waterloo Region,” said SHORE Centre executive director Lyndsey Butcher. The national launch at the True North conference in Kitchener on Wednesday was two years in the making, with the app starting in Waterloo Region and then expanding to Ontario last fall. Now women and trans people across Canada can find the nearest abortion provider based on their needs through the app without having to deal with the delays and judgment they commonly face now.

If SHORE sounds familiar to you, it is because they made the news after an abortion activists assaulted herself some time ago in an effort to smear pro-lifers.

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A wonderful story recently unfolded in Ohio, set to the gruesome backdrop of Democratic legislators passing abortion-until-birth laws across the US. From Cleveland:

The Cleveland Clinic completed its first in utero fetal surgery to repair a spina bifida birth defect earlier this year on a 23-week-old fetus, bringing a new surgery option to northern Ohio.

The surgery was in February. The child, a baby girl, was delivered via cesarean section June 3.

“By successfully repairing the defect before birth, we’re allowing this child to have the best possible outcome and significantly improve her quality of life,” Dr. Darrell Cass, director of fetal surgery in the Clinic’s Fetal Center, said in a prepared statement. “There are different measures of quality in determining success for fetal repairs and in this particular case, all metrics for maximum quality were achieved.”

Each new advance in our ability to treat babies in the womb reveals abortion for what it is: An act of savagery against a beautiful and innocent human being. This debate is not simply about bodily autonomy versus the right to live. It is about what it means to be human, and whether we will return to the pre-Christian days when we could kill our own children, or whether we will cling to the Judeo-Christian tradition that gave those children rights. In the meantime, 65 million children have died horribly, and their blood cries out for justice.

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Last year, I noted that a federal court ruled that a World War I memorial cross on public land had to be torn down. Now, the US Supreme Court has overruled that ridiculous piece of jurisprudence. From the Associated Press:

A 40-foot-tall, World War I memorial cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life. The justices said preserving a long-standing religious monument is very different from allowing the building of a new one. And the court concluded that the nearly 100-year-old memorial’s presence on a grassy highway median doesn’t violate the Constitution’s prohibition on the government favoring one religion over others. Seven of the court’s nine justices sided with the cross’ backers, a lineup that crossed ideological lines.

This is a good precedent, and we can now expect to follow. Hopefully, this will at least slow the iconoclastic fervor of those attempting to uproot and smash all indications of America’s Christian founding.

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This is fantastic news, and will hopefully close some Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. The GOP failure to defund Planned Parenthood is the most consistently frustrating broken promise, as several years of defunding would drain their coffers and potentially cripple them. So this, reported by VICE, is a step in the right direction:

The Trump administration can implement a rule that could strip Planned Parenthood and other health care organizations of millions of dollars in federal funding, a panel of three judges from U.S. Courts for the Ninth Circuit ruled in a scathing opinion issued Thursday.

Under the rule, announced in February, health care providers that offer abortions or refer patients for the procedure will be cut off from Title X. The $286 million federal program currently caters to four million low-income people and offers them access to services like birth control, as well as cancer and STD screenings.

If they want to keep the money, providers must now maintain a “clear physical and financial separation” between abortion-related treatment and their other work — like building a completely separate facility to perform abortions in. They’re also generally forbidden from referring patients for abortions.

Planned Parenthood is a criminal organization that has facilitated the sale of baby body parts, killed millions of babies, and presents a blood-red stain on America’s national history. It is long past time to do away with it.

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Remember the story of Charlie Gard? How about Alfie Evans? Some legislators fortunately have not, and Sohrab Ahmari is reporting that new laws may soon prevent such awful situations from happening again:

Can a pair of brave but terribly sick little boys, neither of whom lived to see the age of two, move a whole nation to change unjust laws? Of course, they can. Indeed, that’s what Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans are poised to achieve, when Parliament considers a law aimed at strengthening parental rights in disputes with physicians over the treatment of sick children.

Charlie’s Law, nicknamed after Charlie Gard, would permit parents to seek treatments at other hospitals “unless it would cause the child ‘significant harm,’” The Daily Mail reported last week. “The law would also compel hospitals to offer mediation in disputes before resorting to the courts.”

If enacted – and please God, let it be enacted – the proposed legislation would make it less likely for parents to find themselves having to single-handedly fight off Britain’s medical and legal establishments merely to try alternative remedies. That, you will remember, is what Charlie’s and Alfie’s parents had to do, and in both cases they failed to overcome the bureaucracy, notwithstanding the interventions of Pope Francis, President Trump and millions of supporters around the world.

This is fantastic news, and I’m sure anyone who remembers the awful press conferences where choking, desperate parents pleaded for help for their children will agree with me.

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For anyone interested, my book on The Culture War, which analyzes the journey our culture has taken from the way it was to the way it is and examines the Sexual Revolution, hook-up culture, the rise of the porn plague, abortion, commodity culture, euthanasia, and the gay rights movement, is available for sale here.

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