Ignore the Scam: Planned Parenthood No Supporter of African-Americans

Plenty of movements have tried to hitch their wagon to the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. For years, people across the political spectrum have claimed him as one of their own—in part because it’s convenient and in part because he isn’t here to dispute it.

But no cause is more antithetical to King’s than Planned Parenthood’s. And yesterday, when the group founded by an open racist tried to suggest otherwise, we weren’t the only ones who noticed.

People across the social media spectrum lashed out at Cecile Richards’ group for daring to suggest that it is carrying on King’s vision. The idea that King would have stood by—let alone embraced—Margaret Sanger’s legacy is outrageous.

Yet still, Planned Parenthood had the audacity to tweet: “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life to the idea that racial and economic justice are foundational to our democracy. Today we honor his courageous vision and radical action—and commit to furthering his dream by continuing the fight for justice.”

If you know anything about Planned Parenthood, you know that it was built on the back of Sanger’s eugenics. Years later, her legacy lives on in the group’s business model, which intentionally preys on minority women. How do we know that? Simple: The majority of Planned Parenthood’s facilities have been built in urban areas within walking distance of African-American and Hispanic neighborhoods. And that’s no coincidence.

Richards knows better than anyone that black babies are aborted at a rate five times higher than white babies. So while she likes to say “black lives matter,” she’s not telling the whole story. They matter because it’s a part of her business model.

Despite making up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2016 report points out, black babies made up a whopping 35 percent of the total abortions reported in 2013. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood, the group that profits most from that statistic, continues its scam as a defender of African-Americans.

“Please tell us more about how you’re honoring his courageous vision,” one of many pro-lifers fired back. “Are you going to plant yet [another] abortion clinic in a black neighborhood or something?” Alexandra DeSanctis piled on. “Your group was founded by a eugenics enthusiast who peddled birth control in black and impoverished neighborhoods. Today, more black babies are aborted than born alive in NYC, your headquarters. You have no business coopting MLK to push your propaganda.”

DeSanctis is right. With just a 40 percent survival rate, the womb is one of the most dangerous places for New York City’s African-Americans. Yet Planned Parenthood will cover up that statistic with the same proficiency that it’s covered up years of abuse, organ trafficking, partial-birth abortions, fraud, and countless other crimes against humanity.

The only connection Richards’ group has to MLK is its butchering of the basic civil rights for which King died. “It’s not so much about labels—liberal, conservative, and all of that,” his niece Alveda King has said. “But he was someone who lived and gave his life to help all humanity. And so that definitely would include conception until natural death.”

As she told reporters last December, “Martin Luther King Jr. never accepted the agenda of Planned Parenthood. They lie … They put their abortion mills on or near streets that are named after Martin Luther King, and they want to attach that to the civil rights movement of the 20th century—but it doesn’t belong.”

This was originally published in Tony Perkins’ Washington Update, which is written with the aid of Family Research Council senior writers.

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Emirates throws Airbus A380 a lifeline with jumbo order

Emirates throws Airbus A380 a lifeline with jumbo orderEmirates Airlines said Thursday it has struck a $16 billion deal to buy 36 Airbus A380 superjumbos just days after the European manufacturer said it would have to halt production without new orders. The company said it had placed firm orders for 20 of the double-decker aircraft with options for a further 16. Emirates is already the world's biggest customer for the A380 with 101 in its fleet and 41 more firm orders previously placed.

3 Reasons Why Pro-Life Young Adults Like Me Are Dangerous

In general, Christian teenagers are pretty far down on the list of things considered dangerous.

But in the case of teenagers who are actively pro-life, society has made a serious underestimation. Pro-life teenagers are, without a doubt, an existential threat to the cause of abortion. Here are three reasons why.

1. They come as a surprise.

While the old Southern couples, middle-aged women, and amiable young priests are always greatly appreciated by the pro-life movement, let’s face it: Leftists expect them to be pro-life, and so they are easily roasted by the liberal media.

But what the left doesn’t expect, and what they don’t know how to fight, is the sudden surge in pro-life youth.

Helped along by David Daleiden, Lila Rose, Ben Shapiro, and other people the liberal media ignore, the pro-life movement is steadily gaining followers—particularly teenagers.

These pro-life teens stun the media, not only because of their age, but also because of their attitude. They emit an overpowering joy, and the world is left bewildered.

Why are these young pro-lifers so obviously happy, when so much of the world ardently despises them?

The simple answer is that they genuinely love what they do, and they are grateful for the opportunity to do it.

For a stark contrast, look to the “women’s rights” activists. They emit raw unhappiness to the point of being repulsive. Who wouldn’t be unhappy, given what they stand for?

Pro-life youth are the exact opposite—they are energetic, confident, and convincing. That makes them dangerous.

2. They know their opponents. 

I’ll bet you’ve never heard a single pro-life college student request a “safe space.” Well, me neither.

That’s because those kids learned to deal with incessant opposition a long time ago. Pro-life people of any demographic live in a world where everyone from their boss to their favorite Hollywood star blatantly abhors them and their beliefs.

And when these young people aren’t getting mocked by the likes of Amy Schumer on late-night television, they are being completely ignored by the national media.

For instance, CNN routinely ignores the annual march of hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall to protest Roe v. Wade. The image of a massive pro-life march clashes with CNN’s liberal narrative— but of course, the Women’s March made the cut, even with their “vagina” hats.

In order to survive all that liberal bias and mockery, the pro-life youth study their enemies. They quiz, debate, and harass one another until everyone knows the pro-abortion arguments, as well as their own pro-life apologetics, inside and out.

They’re not afraid to debate you. In fact, they welcome the opportunity to prove their case. Meanwhile, pro-choice propagandists have no idea how to properly debate pro-life activists, because they have been denouncing and ignoring them for years.

The pro-life youth know their enemies all too well, and yet remain strangers to their enemies, and that makes them dangerous.

3. These kids will live and die for their cause. 

They know that no matter the cost, the battle to end abortion will always be worth it.

So, they throw all they have into their cause without reservation. Heckling, jeering, spitting, cursing, and unfair arrests have no effect whatsoever on their resolve to fight.

Those displays of mean-spirited opposition only knit them closer together, harden their conviction that they are fighting against true evil, and give them a sense of heroism. (A little secret: Teenagers love to feel like heroes.)

In any event, opposition just strokes their egos and gives them something to rant about on social media. But it does not by any means discourage them. It never will.

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Why I’m Traveling 710 Miles to Attend the March for Life

Can you imagine a society in which abortion is a foreign concept? Can you picture a time in which this grisly practice is an oddity from a distant past that has no place among us?

If you’re like me and millions of other Americans born after Roe v. Wade, this is difficult to envision.

In the recent hit TV series “Victoria,” produced by Masterpiece, Prince Albert, the husband of the young Queen Victoria, takes up cause with abolitionists to end slavery. Using his clout and influence, he delivers a speech to an abolitionist society about the blight of slavery.

The scene is obviously foreign to us on many levels. Abolitionist societies for slavery do not exist like this today. Bringing forth escaped slaves to give witness to the cruelties of slavery in North America is a notion of yester-year.

Abolitionist societies were institutions that fulfilled their purpose. As such, they are an artifact of a troubling past in the history of Western civilization.

As difficult as it would have been for an abolitionist society in the 19th century to imagine a day when slavery was no more, it is hard to envision an America where babies are not killed in their mothers’ wombs.

This is one of the four reasons I am traveling from St. Louis to attend Evangelicals for Life and to participate in the March for Life. I’m traveling, first, to do something the pro-life movement should continue to do: imagine.

1. To imagine a day when abortion is no more.

I want to stand with thousands of others and imagine a nation where abortion is as foreign a concept as chattel slavery. A scar in the history of our nation, no doubt, but one we will one day be healing from and no longer afflicted by.

Like others, I want to be reminded that this practice is not the way things are supposed to be.

Abortion should feel alien. It should feel so wholly other that when we look back on the day when abortion was finally abolished, we will see with crystal clarity how much we took it for granted as a wrongful status quo.

2. To be encouraged.

Second, I want to catch a broader vision of the forces at work in this movement—forces that are mobilizing and enacting changes that will bring about an end to the practice of abortion.

I have never been to a March for Life rally. I want to come, see, and be encouraged that we in the pro-life movement are not a mere minority, not a radical fringe group, but that there are voices who represent a majority in our nation who yearn and ache to remove this blot upon our society and be healed.

3. To connect with others.

Common cause leads us to make friends with those we would otherwise never know, connect with, or become allies with.

Last week, I spent time training some activists affiliated with my organization, Churches for Life. In our small room were life-affirming Christians across a diverse spectrum of denominations.

Current and future pro-life leaders were present among the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Southern Baptist Convention, an independent non-denominational church, and the Presbyterian Church in America. Ending abortion was one of the common, unifying goals held among us all.

Traveling to D.C. this week, I likewise expect to meet with others who, though sometimes divided across denominational or political boundaries, are choosing to affirm the value and dignity of human life.

4. Because I’ve been rescued.

If there is any trait that defines me as a Christian, any attribute that is most compelling me to attend the March for Life, it is that I have been rescued by Christ.

The good news of Christ’s own death, burial, and resurrection now compels me out of a changed heart to rescue others—especially those being led to death. I’m traveling to D.C. to meet with other rescued rescuers who have likewise been impacted by the message of the gospel.

I’m traveling to see and taste of a coming victory that this nation can have over abortion, resting in the confidence that if I have been saved, many others can and will be, too.

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Facebook selfie clue helps convict Canadian woman who killed her friend 

Facebook selfie clue helps convict Canadian woman who killed her friend An incriminating clue in a Facebook selfie was used as evidence to help convict a Canadian woman who strangled her friend to death. Cheyenne Rose Antoine pleaded guilty to killing 18-year-old Brittney Gargol in March 2015 after police used clues in the Facebook post, uploaded six hours before the victim's body was found, to identify her as a suspect. Investigators found a black belt matching the one worn by Antoine in the Facebook photo near the body of her victim on the side of a road near a landfill site in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CBC Saskatoon reports. Antoine was found guilty of manslaughter this week and sentenced to seven years in prison for strangling her friend. The pair had been drinking and were high on drugs when they got into an argument, Antoine told police. She had initially told investigators the pair were out drinking in a number of bars before her friend left with an unknown man. However police later discovered through a tip-off that Antoine had confessed to a friend she had killed Gargol and later found out she had lied to her uncle to try and cover up the killing.  Brittney Gargol was killed in 2015 Credit: Facebook The 21-year-old had also intentionally tried to obstruct the investigation by misleading detectives with a Facebook post to her friend on the night she killed her. “Where are you?” she wrote. “Haven’t heard from you. Hope you made it home safe.” Antoine, who had initially faced a second-degree murder charge, admitted responsibility for her friend’s death but said she could not remember the details of what had happened on the night. Crown prosecutor Robin Ritter said it was “quite remarkable” how police discovered the information that helped solve the case, adding: “No doubt this young women has issues...and because of those issues she is dangerous.” Jennifer Gargol, Brittney's aunt, said in an impact statement read to the court: “Most days we can't stop thinking about Brittney, what happened that night, what she must have felt fighting for her life. “You feel darkened in your own dark world...you robbed this world of someone who had a special gift.” Antoine said in a statement released through her lawyer:  “I will never forgive myself. “Nothing I say or do will ever bring her back. I am very, very sorry. It shouldn't have ever happened.” Lisa Watson, Antoine's lawyer, said it was a “tragic situation where drug and alcohol use exploded”. “My client had some very deep-seeded personal issues that she was not dealing with and unfortunately, for whatever reason, we’ll never know, they turned into a very tragic situation for all involved,” she added.

California abuse case sparks calls for home-schooling oversight

California abuse case sparks calls for home-schooling oversightThe number of U.S. children educated at home has doubled to about 1.7 million, or 3 percent of the nation's school-age population, from 1999, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. "We would not say abuse is more common among home-schoolers, but when it does occur, there are fewer safeguards, less to stop it from spinning out of control," said Executive Director Rachel Coleman. The organization has called for requiring annual contacts by outside officials and background checks for parents who run home schools.

Fishermen dive into river moments before motorboat smashes into vessel

Fishermen dive into river moments before motorboat smashes into vesselA group of fisherman were forced to dive into a freezing cold river to escape being crushed by a motorboat bearing down on their small vessel. Bryan Maess was fishing with friends near the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon when the motorboat crashed straight into the small boat in August last year. Footage captured on a GoPro mounted inside the fishing boat shows Mr Maess frantically waving at the boat as it approaches to get the driver’s attention. He repeatedly shouts ‘hey!’ as the vessel gets closer, while another on board is heard saying ‘oh my god’ before the trio dive into the water. Mr Maess has filed a $372,500 (£270k) lawsuit against the driver of the boat, who told police he could not see the fishing party as the dash of his boat was blocking his view, The Oregonian reports. The trip were forced to dive into the water  The fisherman suffered injuries to his ankle, leg and arms in the incident and has had vision problems and headaches since, the lawsuit says. Mr Maess claims in the suit that the boat driver, Marlin Lee Larsen, was distracted while using his mobile phone when the incident occurred. However Mr Larsen told local media the allegations were “fake news”. The 75-year-old has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of the reckless operation of a boat, fourth-degree assault and recklessly endangering the lives of others. The case is ongoing. There are no laws prohibiting the use of a mobile phone when driving a boat in Oregon, however there are laws against operating a boat without due care. Investigators say the trio could have been killed or seriously injured if they hadn’t jumped into the water.

New lifesaving drone rescues teenagers swept out to sea in Australia just hours after launch

New lifesaving drone rescues teenagers swept out to sea in Australia just hours after launchTwo teenagers who had been swept out to sea in Australia were rescued after a drone spotted them and dropped a flotation device in what is believed to be a world-first use of the technology. The 17-year-old and 15-year-old boys were seen in distress after becoming caught in a rough swell of about ten-feet, half-a-mile offshore at Lennox Head, north of Sydney. A beachgoer notified life guards, who quickly deployed the drone. It spotted the pair within two minutes and dropped an inflatable flotation device. The boys clung to the device and swum to shore. The drones had only been unveiled at the beach hours earlier as part of a trial for use by life guards. "There is no other lifesaving operation or organisation worldwide that is doing what we're doing on the size and scale that we're doing it," Kelvin Morton, from Surf Life Saving NSW, told ABC News. Two teenage boys sucked out to sea by a rip tide were saved from drowning by a drone, in what may be a world first Credit:  Caters News Agency "These [unmanned aerial vehicles] that we're using to drop these inflatable pods is innovative, and we know that most or all of the lifesaving organisations around the world are stepping back and waiting to see how this goes." Authorities estimated it would have taken about six minutes for life guards to reach the pair, compared with just 70 seconds by the drone after it had located them. Jai Sheridan, a lifeguard supervisor who piloted the drone, said it was an “amazingly efficient piece of lifesaving equipment and a delight to fly”. The teenagers were spotted struggling in rough surf off Lennox Head, New South Wales Credit:  Caters News Agency "I was able to launch it, fly it to the location, and drop the pod all in about one to two minutes,” he told Fairfax Media. A trial of the drones is due to end in April. "It [the drone] gives them [life guards] eyes across the water at a height of 60 metres [200 feet] and they can move at 50 kilometres [31 miles] an hour," said Mr Morton. A drone with a safety flotation device attached underneath flying over Bilgola beach north of Sydney. Credit:  PETER PARKS/ AFP "They've never had that ability before. They can see things in the water that a jet-ski simply cannot." The trial comes as life guards across Australia have begun to use drones to spot sharks.  The drones have already led to several beaches being evacuated this summer.

Philippines' Duterte urges Congress to pass bill for self-rule in Muslim region

Philippines' Duterte urges Congress to pass bill for self-rule in Muslim regionPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday urged Congress to pass a bill granting self-rule to the country's Muslim minority, warning that its collapse would see separatist rebels abandon a peace process and declare war again. The largest Muslim rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), signed a peace deal with the government in 2014 to end nearly 50 years of conflict that has killed more than 120,000 people and displaced 2 million. Central to resolving that is the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which would create a new autonomous area in the Mindanao region offering more political and economic power.