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By: MICAIAH BILGER
One of the biggest companies in the world dedicated to children’s entertainment is threatening to boycott Georgia over its new pro-life law.
On Wednesday, Disney CEO Robert Iger told Reuters that they probably will stop filming in Georgia if its abortion ban goes into effect, USA Today reports.
The law protects unborn babies by banning abortions once their heartbeats are detectable, about six weeks. However, abortion advocacy groups plan to challenge the law in court.
“I rather doubt we will [continue shooting in Georgia,]” Iger said.
He said he is watching “very carefully” to see how the legal battle unfolds.
“I think many people who work for us will not want to work there and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard,” Iger said. “I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”
Georgia is a popular filming location for TV and movies because of its generous tax breaks. Disney recently filmed “Avengers: Endgame” and “Black Panther” there, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Earlier this week, Netflix said it also may boycott the state for protecting unborn babies from abortions
Actress Alyssa Milano has been pushing for a boycott for months, but, until this week, only a few small film and TV projects have stopped working there.
Earlier this spring, dozens of liberal celebrities, including “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill, said they plan boycott the state because of the heartbeat law. Milano also is urging women to go on a “sex strike” to protest.
Some companies opposed the pro-life measure as well, including Amazon.com and Coca-Cola Co., The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.
Despite these threats, Gov. Brian Kemp signed the heartbeat bill into law earlier this month.
The Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act would ban abortions on an unborn baby after their heartbeat is detectable, around six weeks. It would allow exceptions for rape, incest and threats to the mother’s life. In addition, the bill would allow parents to claim unborn babies as dependents on their taxes and include the unborn baby in census data. It also would allow mothers to collect child support for pregnancy and delivery costs from the father prior to the baby’s birth.
The ACLU said it will sue to block the law in court.
Kemp commented on the Hollywood boycotts earlier this month.
“I understand that some folks don’t like this new law. I’m fine with that,” the Republican governor told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “We’re elected to do what’s right – and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do. We are the party of freedom and opportunity. We value and protect innocent life — even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk.”
Some pro-lifers have renewed hope that the new conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court will uphold an abortion ban and overturn Roe v. Wade. Others, however, are hesitant because of concerns about losing the court battle and being forced to reimburse pro-abortion groups for their legal fees.
Recently, a federal judge blocked Kentucky’s new heartbeat bill. In January, a judge also declared Iowa’s heartbeat law unconstitutional. North Dakota and Arkansas passed heartbeat bills several years ago, but federal courts struck down their laws as well.
There is more hope that the U.S. Supreme Court may consider an abortion ban, but it is difficult to say if it would for certain
ACTION: Contact the Walt Disney Company here. Contact CEO Bob Iger through Twitter here.
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"In a recent fundraising email, a pro-abortion group warned that with the coming days of summer, their activist hit team is about to re-up its hyperbolic push to 'Expose Fake Clinics.'
“'As the days get longer, we’re getting more and more excited because more sun means more time for actions means more holding fake clinics accountable…' wrote Reproaction’s Shireen Shakouri.
“'We’ve got a lot planned for spring and summer. We are gearing up for actions to expose these shady fake clinics for what they really are, places that work to shame and manipulate people out of receiving the abortion care they seek.'
"I’ll be honest. When I first read the email, I had to do a short refresher on who exactly Reproaction is, frankly, because all of these overdramatic pro-abortion groups start to run together after a while.
And because you too might be wondering, 'Repro-who?', here’s a snippet from the group’s website to explain who they are:
“'Reproaction's vision is to uphold abortion rights and advance reproductive justice as a matter of human dignity. [Yes, really.] We introduce a new culture of accountability, and empower and inspire the reproductive rights movement and the broader progressive community to openly and enthusiastically stand up for abortion rights.”
"So there you have it: A group that is literally—no, enthusiastically—pro-abortion (as in, the same kind of crowd that applauded New York’s abortion-through-birth bill) is fundraising in the hopes of throwing some disinfecting sunlight on the “shady” life-affirming work of pregnancy help centers.
"This is supposedly in the name of 'human dignity.'
"To help activists find their targets, Reproaction has created a “Fake Clinic Database” of more than 2,600 pro-life pregnancy centers. They’ve also compiled an activist toolkit and a 6-page 'fact sheet' which says pregnancy centers are 'masquerading as low budget resource centers where kindly volunteers provide medical help to people facing unexpected pregnancies.'
"The truth is that many centers do operate on extraordinarily tight budgets, with 90 percent of total funding coming from their local communities. Their mighty volunteer force is more than 67,000-strong, with 7,500 of those being medical volunteers. (I won’t contest the salty claim that these individuals are 'kindly' volunteers.)
"An in-depth report assembled by the Charlotte Lozier Institute has already poured plenty of sunlight over these facts. Released last year, the 79-page report is rife with statistics and stories on real families who’ve been served by the nation’s more than 2,750 pregnancy help centers. In 2017, these centers served nearly 2 million women, men, and children with free services and resources, such as ultrasound scans, parenting classes, diapers, maternity clothes, and baby items.
"PregnancyCenterTruth.com and Pregnancy Help News have poured still more sunlight over these facts for the last several years, busting pro-abortion myths and telling story after story of hope, healing, and redemption. Pregnancy centers all around the world have empowered women and men to reject abortion, to reverse their chemical abortions, to find healing after miscarriage, to break free from sex trafficking, and to find forgiveness after abortion. They’ve helped women find medical care, finish their education, secure full-time jobs, and find housing when homeless.
"It’s been said that pregnancy help centers are the best-kept secret of the pro-life movement, something we at Pregnancy Help News have been working to change through the power of storytelling.
"If Reproaction wants to join in by 'exposing' the not-so-nefarious charity of 'kindly' pro-life do-gooders, bring on the summer and bring on more sunlight."
Should Schools - Public AND Private - Be Required to Put Planned Parenthood's Phone Number on Student ID?
A California state lawmaker is reportedly attempting to push legislation that could put Planned Parenthood's phone number on every California student ID from ages 12-24, including students at Christian schools.
The California Family Council reports Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel (D-San Fernando Valley) is trying to require the inclusion of a phone number for "a sexual or reproductive health hotline." The bill is called AB-624 Pupil and Student Health.
The abortion giant Planned Parenthood has been a strong supporter of Gabriel, offering a public endorsement and a $4,400 contribution for his 2018 campaign.
"Planned Parenthood is proud to endorse Jesse Gabriel for State Assembly," wrote Sarah Mitchell, public affairs and communications manager at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. "Jesse has a long record of standing up for those most in need, and we know that he will be a strong partner in protecting women's health and ensuring access to vital services."
Planned Parenthood has a webpage that directly targets teens. It includes information promotion abortion for teens stating: "Worried? Had Unprotected Sex? Chat online or text ***** to get answers about pregnancy, birth control, emergency contraception, STDs, and abortion."
The California measure would reportedly require all private institutions, including Christian ones, to include the Planned Parenthood contact information on their ID's. Conservatives say the idea is unconstitutional.
"The audacity of some legislators to use state power to indoctrinate California's students seems to have no limits," said California Family Council President Jonathan Keller.
"Legislators failed at forcing pro-life pregnancy clinics in California to advertise Planned Parenthood's pro-abortion message, so now they are trying to compel every school in the state to promote Planned Parenthood's culture-destroying values. Last year, the US Supreme Court made it clear they would not tolerate California's authoritarian attempts to coerce speech. Hopefully it will not take another judicial defeat for Sacramento to learn its lesson."
"This is government compelled speech, which targets and burdens religious free exercise, similar to the legislation US Supreme Court smacked down in NIFLA v. Becerra," shared Attorney Dean Broyles with the National Center for Law and Policy. "The radicals in the California legislature just don't get it! We still have a First Amendment."
The NIFLA v. Becerra Supreme Cpurt decision declared the California Reproductive FACT Act unconstitutional for its attempt to force pro-life pregnancy care centers to give their clients information on free abortions.
"It is not forward thinking to force individuals to 'be an instrument for fostering public adherence to an ideological point of view they find unacceptable," US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy had said. "It is forward thinking to begin by reading the First Amendment as ratified in 1791; to understand the history of authoritarian government as the Founders then knew it; to confirm that history since then shows how relentless authoritarian regimes are in their attempts to stifle free speech; and to carry those lessons onward as we seek to preserve and teach the necessity of freedom of speech for the generations to come. Governments must not be allowed to force persons to express a message contrary to their deepest convictions. Freedom of speech secures freedom of thought and belief. This law imperils those liberties."
CBN News recently reported a federal judge has required the state to pay $399,000 to three pro-life pregnancy centers and a conservative law firm for restitution.
California started requiring the National Suicide Hotline on every 7-12th grade public and private school ID last year. The new effort attempts to use that law to now require a phone number for "a sexual or reproductive health hotline" to give further exposure to Planned Parenthood.
According to the California Family Council, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is a strong advocate for other prominent Democrat state leaders. Over the past two years, the organization has given State Sen. Connie Leyva $11,500, State Sen. Pro Tem Toni Atkins $18,800, and CA Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon $25,700.
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"Moreover Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, besides his sin by which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the Lord." 2Kings 21: 16
Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign - and he reigned for 55 years. The Bible says that "he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD" - including building high places, worshiping the sun, moon and stars, child sacrifice, enchantments, wizardry and familiar spirits (what we would today call witchcraft), and idolatry. God sent Prophets to Manasseh and the people in an attempt to bring them back into true worship of the only true God - but he - and they - wouldn't listen. The recitation of his sins ends with the "shedding of innocent blood."
His son - Amon - followed faithfully in his father's footsteps. Amon killed by his own servants after just two years, and was replaced by his young son, Josiah, who was just eight years old when he began his reign.
Under the influence of Hilkiah and Shaphan, Josiah led the nation in a great reform. He tore down and completely destroyed the high places - stopped child sacrifice - and killed the priests that had led the people into idolatry. The Bible says - "Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him." He was truly a man after God's own heart - who worked tirelessly to restore the nation to God.
"Nevertheless the Lord did not turn from the fierceness of His great wrath, with which His anger was aroused against Judah, because of all the provocations with which Manasseh had provoked Him. And the Lord said, “I will also remove Judah from My sight, as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, ‘My name shall be there.’" 2 Kings 23:26, 27
Sadly, Josiah's reforms were not enough to spare Judah from the judgement of God. God knew that the people had not changed their hearts - that they had not truly repented of the sins committed under Manasseh - and He knew that once Josiah was gone, they would go right back to doing the evil of his grandfather. The Land would once again run with the blood of the innocents, and judgement would come.
"In his days (Jehoiakim) Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him. And the Lord sent against him raiding [a]bands of Chaldeans, bands of Syrians, bands of Moabites, and bands of the people of Ammon; He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord which He had spoken by His servants the prophets. Surely at the commandment of the Lord this came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, and also because of the innocent blood that he had shed; for he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, which the Lord would not pardon."
2 Kings 24:2-4
SO - just a few years after the great reforms of Josiah, the LORD brought judgement upon Judah because He would not pardon the shedding of innocent blood.
Jeremiah also spoke of the coming judgement - "they have forsaken Me and made this an alien place, because they have burned incense in it to other gods whom neither they, their fathers, nor the kings of Judah have known, and have filled this place with the blood of the innocents (they have also built the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or speak, nor did it come into My mind)" Jeremiah 19: 4, 5
The people of God had walked one step at a time into incredible wickedness, thinking that what they were doing was very religious. They had stepped into idolatry - then into sacrificing to their new gods - ending in the sacrifice of their own children - something so abhorrent that God says it never even crossed His mind! They had gone so far away from true worship - into a lifestyle where murder was condoned and practiced as part of their religious system - that God could not - would not - forgive them. After trying repeatedly to get their attention, judgement was His only resource.
SO - what is God's "line in the sand?" I believe that it's the shedding of innocent blood. God cannot - will not - tolerate this great evil, and judgement WILL come on the nation that allows this practice to continue. We see and hear all around us the support for child sacrifice in abortion - politicians at the highest levels of government not just condone it, but encourage it, and many have even gone so far as to say that it's a "religious right!" Unless His Church wakes up - and "stands in the gap" for these innocents, God's judgement WILL come. We've crossed His "line in the sand" - and are so far beyond it now that one wonders if we can go back. I certainly hope that Christians are beginning to realize the need for action - for repentance - for standing up for what's right. If we start acting like the "salt of the earth and the light of the world," perhaps we can move our culture back across that line.
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By Katie Franklin (https://bit.ly/2DKBGvO)
Adding to a mounting pile of fees for unconstitutional state mandates against pro-life organizations, California has been ordered to pay three pregnancy help centers and a conservative law firm $399,000 following a major loss at the Supreme Court last summer.
The order comes four years after California enacted the “Reproductive FACT Act” (AB 2775), which forced pro-life medical clinics to promote abortion by posting advertisements on their websites and waiting room walls. That mandate sparked a legal battle that was eventually brought to a halt in a 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court in NIFLA v. Becerra last June.
Writing for the Court, Justice Clarence Thomas said the law “unduly burdens protected speech.”
In October, a district court declared the law unconstitutional, granting a permanent injunction against it.
Drawing the case to a close last week, U.S. District Court Judge Terry Hatter for the Central District of California said the state would have to pay $399,000 in legal fees and other costs to the Pregnancy and Family Resource Center of San Bernardino, His Nesting Place of Long Beach, Birth Choice of the Desert in La Quinta, and the Liberty Counsel.
The California order comes just as the state of Hawaii prepares to pay $60,000 in legal costs to pro-life pregnancy centers for their own law that violated free speech rights, and five months after the city of Baltimore’s spending board voted to pay $1.1 million to cover the legal fees of Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns for a similar city ordinance.
“Big Abortion is costing taxpayers extraordinary amounts of money to deny women accurate information about their options,” said Jor-El Godsey, president of Heartbeat International, a global network of 2,600 pregnancy help organizations. “If they truly believe in ‘choice,’ they will listen to the courts and let pregnancy centers serve women and their unborn children, unhampered by dictates that contradict their deeply held beliefs.”
As costs climb for taxpayers across the country, the abortion lobby continues to target the free speech rights of pregnancy help centers. Right now, Connecticut is considering a measure that would ban pro-life pregnancy centers from advertising themselves in a way that the state deems “false, misleading or deceptive.”
Jeanneane Maxon, J.D., associate scholar for the Charlotte Lozier Institute, submitted testimony against the bill last week, arguing that the legislation discriminates against pregnancy centers and highlighting the financial costs that will come with a lawsuit against the legislation.
“The proposed regulation raises clear Constitutional concerns,” Maxon wrote. “When successfully challenged in a court of law, the Raised Bill will result in the unnecessary waste of public resources and funds that could be used to provide for the citizens of Connecticut.”
In 2017, pregnancy help centers in the United States served nearly 2 million clients with free services (such as ultrasound scans, material resources, and parenting classes), saving their communities over $161 million. There are approximately 2,750 serving families all across the country.
“Pregnancy service centers are credible institutions held to high standards set by professionals in the industry,” Maxon said. “Pregnancy service centers comply with laws and offer a tremendous service to their communities saving millions of dollars annually. The proposed regulation seeks only to unfairly discredit these worthy organizations and will ultimately harm the clients and communities they serve.”