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     After bringing the last few handful of votes to the table in the ObamaCare debate, Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan has decided that he will not seek another term. Shortly after noon today, he will make his formal announcement.

     The spin throughout the day will be like a soap opera.

Mother furious after in-school clinic sets up teen's abortion

SEATTLE — The mother of a Ballard High School student is fuming after the health center on campus helped facilitate her daughter’s abortion during school hours.

The mother, whom KOMO News has chosen to identify only as “Jill,” says the clinic kept the information “confidential.”

When she signed a consent form, Jill figured it meant her 15 year old could go to the Ballard Teen Health Center located inside the high school for an earache, a sports physical, even birth control, but not for help terminating a pregnancy.

“She took a pregnancy test at school at the teen health center,” she said. “Nowhere in this paperwork does it mention abortion or facilitating abortion.”

Jill says her daughter, a pro-life advocate, was given a pass, put in a taxi and sent off to have an abortion during school hours all without her family knowing.

“We had no idea this was being facilitated on campus,” said Jill. “They just told her that if she concealed it from her family, that it would be free of charge and no financial responsibility.”

The Seattle School District says it doesn’t run the health clinics at high schools. Swedish Medical Center runs the clinic at Ballard High and protects the students’ privacy.

T.J. Cosgrove of the King County Health Department, which administers the school-based programs for the health department, says it’s always best if parents are involved in their children’s health care, but don’t always have a say.

“At any age in the state of Washington, an individual can consent to a termination of pregnancy,” he said.

But Jill says she not only didn’t have a say in her daughter’s abortion, but also didn’t know about it.

“Makes me feel like my rights were completely stripped away.”

from the National Review Online:

They Still Don’t Have the Votes   [Jeffrey H. Anderson] The most likely explanation for the breakdown of talks between Rep. Bart Stupak and Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not that Pelosi decided she didn’t need Stupak and his crew in order to have enough votes to pass Obamacare. Rather, it is that Stupak — who is increasingly emerging as this drama’s Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart’s heroic character in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) — held firm in insisting on language that would truly prevent taxpayer-funded abortions, and in insisting that such language be passed by the Senate before the bill could become law.

In turn, Pelosi either decided that by accepting the language, she would lose more votes in the House than she would gain, or else knew that Democratic senators, with their strong preference for taxpayer-funded abortion, would never go along with this concession to the views of the vast majority of Americans. 

In any event, by all accounts, Pelosi is now trying to pass the bill without the pro-life Democratic vote — or at least without Stupak. As of now, it doesn’t appear that she has the votes. I currently count 208 leaning in favor of Obamacare and 214 leaning against, with 9 undecided. Here they are — with the margin by which the presidential vote was won (by one party or the other) in their districts over the last three elections:

  • Marion Berry (D., Ark.) (GOP +8) — pro-Stupak Amendment

  • Henry Cuellar (D., Tex.) (Dem +1) — pro-Stupak Amendment

 • Bill Foster (D., Ill.) (GOP +4)

 • Jim Matheson (D., Utah) (GOP +30) — with nearly two-thirds of his constituents having supported GOP presidential candidates over the last three elections, a “yes” vote on Stupak, and an earlier “no” vote on Obamacare, a “yes” vote would mean that, for the rest of his days, he would be remembered as the guy who sold his vote for the price of Obama’s having just nominated his brother to a federal judgeship

  • Michael Michaud (D., Me.) (Dem +7) — pro-Stupak Amendment

  • Solomon Ortiz (D., Tex.) (GOP +1) — pro-Stupak Amendment

  • Earl Pomeroy (D., N.D.) (GOP +21) — pro-Stupak Amendment — yes, that’s GOP +21

 • Nick Rahall (D., W.V.) (GOP +6) — pro-Stupak Amendment

  • Zach Space (D., Ohio) (GOP +12) — pro-Stupak Amendment

Also, here is a partial list of some particularly key members who are leaning “no”:

  • Christopher Carney (D., Pa.) (GOP +15) — pro-Stupak Amendment

  • Dan Lipinski (D., Ill.) (Dem +22) — pro-Stupak Amendment

  • Kathleen Dahlkemper (D., Pa.) (GOP +3) — pro-Stupak Amendment

  • Glenn Nye (D., Va.) (GOP +9) — “no” last time

And so begins the “process” that we are supposed to overlook, because the “Substance” is SOOOOOOOOOO Great.

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From the Associated Press:

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press Writer Alan Fram, Associated Press Writer 1 hr 48 mins ago

WASHINGTON – Support from his own party in doubt, President Barack Obama summoned more than a dozen House Democrats to the White House Thursday, pleading with them to put aside their qualms, seize a historic moment and vote for his massive health care overhaul.

It’s the opportunity of a generation, he told them — and a chance to revive the party’s agenda after his rough first year in office.

In back-to-back meetings in the Oval Office and Roosevelt Room, Obama urged uneasy rank-and-file moderates and progressives to focus on the positives rather than their deep disappointment with parts of the bill. The lawmakers said Obama assured them the legislation was merely the first step, and he promised to work with them in the future to improve its provisions.

“The president very pointedly talked about how important this is historically,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., “how he needs our help.” Obama told them that “‘this is an opportunity, it’ll give us momentum'” on other issues, the congressman said.

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     Just weeks after the “abortion” controversy that swirled around Tim Tebow’s Super Bowl ad for Focus On Family, the pro-life, pro-family organization is once again the “focus” of the Women’s Media team:

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has removed an FOTF banner ad from one of its websites this week. The governing body of college sports explains that it came to the decision after receiving complaints, including from some of its members, that FOTF’s views on same-sex relationships are in conflict with the NCAA’s policy on sexual orientation.

But FOTF says there is no reason to pull the ad, which it describes as “benign” and non-political.

The ad pictures a dad holding his young son with the caption: “All I want for my son is for him to grow up knowing how to do the right thing.” It includes the address to the FOTF’s website and the title, “Celebrate Family. Celebrate Life.”

“Have we really become a society where it’s considered distasteful and controversial for a dad to hope the best for his son?” asked Gary Schneeberger, vice president of ministry communications at Focus on the Family, according to “If so, we have a lot of soul-searching to do as a nation.”

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from the Wall Street Journal:

By Janet Adamy

Rep. Bart Stupak doesn’t plan to vote for Congress’s latest health overhaul package – and abortion isn’t the only reason why.

The Michigan Democrat became a pivotal player in the health debate last fall when he threatened to sink the bill because it didn’t exclude insurance coverage of abortion from government-subsidized health plans. In recent days, he’s reiterated that he objects to the Senate’s more-lenient treatment of abortion coverage that would almost certainly be part of any final health legislation.

In an interview today, Stupak said abortion isn’t the only issue that will keep him from voting for the Senate bill if Speaker Nancy Pelosi brings it to the House floor. “It’d be very hard to vote for this bill even if they fixed the abortion language,” he said. Asked whether there was any way he would vote for the current package, he had one word: “Nope.”

Stupak said the White House hasn’t included enough provisions from the House bill in its proposed package of changes to the Senate version. He cited some of the House’s tighter restrictions on insurance companies and new payment methods to encourage doctors to provide quality treatment that he thinks should be in the bill. And even though the White House peeled back the tax on high-value insurance plans, he’s upset that it’s still in there at all.

A big concern among House members, Stupak said, is that they will be forced to vote on the Senate bill with no assurance the package of changes aimed at appeasing House members will ever get approved.

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Tebow mother bears a message of love

By Joe Fitzgerald (Boston Herald)

Even before Pam Tebow gets to tell her story in a 30-second spot during tomorrow’s Super Bowl, she’s become a lightning rod, incurring the wrath of pro-abortion zealots.

And that’s exactly how to describe them, though they’d rather be known as pro-choice because it sounds so much more reasonable. But make no mistake, the only choice this crowd will tolerate is its own.

Tebow, however, wants to share a story of how she was led by faith to continue a pregnancy against the advice of doctors who feared the baby she was carrying might have been damaged by medicine she had ingested. Though they implored her to terminate that pregnancy, she chose life.

Tim Tebow, the magnificent quarterback at the University of Florida, was the baby she delivered 23 years ago.

Many would see that as a beautiful story, but not Erin Matson, speaking for the National Organization of Women, who contemptuously dismisses it as “hate masquerading as love.”

Ms. Matson would seem to qualify as an authority on hatred, but it’s obvious she’s got a lot to learn about love, and there’s a mom in this city who could teach her well.

She and her husband, both active in Boston schools, will be watching tomorrow’s game, not to root for the Colts or Saints, but to silently applaud Pam Tebow.

Their son, a handsome, gifted college freshman, was born 19 years ago.

“I was in my fifth month when tests had my doctor concerned I might be carrying a Down’s syndrome child,” she recalled. “So he sent me to a place on Longwood Avenue for more ultrasound testing.

“The specialist wanted to proceed with an amniocentesis, but I told her no, that I was afraid it might cause a miscarriage. She immediately began to challenge me: ‘Do you think you have this right, knowing there might be a defect?’ I said, ‘Yes, I absolutely do have the right to bear and love this child!’ ”

Now 54, she is still moved deeply when she remembers the day her son arrived.

“When I heard the doctor say, ‘He’s fine,’ I cried for two hours.

“So I love the fact Pam Tebow’s story is getting out because it’s our story, too. I wish I could have seen it back then. It would have been so encouraging, with so many trying to tell me I was doing the wrong thing.

“I just hope someone gets that kind of encouragement tomorrow.”

NOTE: A pop culture professor at Syracuse University has said that Focus On Family could pull their ad right now, save their money, and have had the same impact, due to the manner that the group and the Tebows have been attacked by NOW and others. The CEO of Focus on Family announced yesterday that they have purchased FOUR spots for pre-game ads as well. It is estimated by marketing strategists that Fcus on Family has recived the equivalent of $10 million dollars worth of advertising thanks to NOW, Gloria Allred, and others.

     Twenty three years ago, Pam Tebow was on a mission trip in the Phillipines with an illness that threatened her pregnancy. The mother of four was advised by her doctors to abort the fifth pregnancy. Opting not to abort the pregnancy, Pam Tebow gave birth to the child who would grow up to be the 2007 Heisman trophy winner and lead the Florida Gators to two BCS championships… Tim Tebow.

     With the Super Bowl approaching, Focus on Family, a Christian group, has purchased a 30 second Super Bowl advertising spot that features Pam Tebow’s story. Ads are presently selling at $2.5-2.8 million.

     CBS has agreed to run the ad, and has noted that in recent years it has changed its policy on advocacy ads, having refused one from the United Church of Christ in 2004. (That ad focused on the Church’s position on gays). CBS has stated that under their revised policy, the UCC ad would be accepted as well.

     The network has received requests from the Women’s Media Center, with the aid of the National Organization for Women, to cancel the ad, CBS says they have received letters, calls, and emails both in support of the ad and against the ad.