What happened to ‘safe, legal & rare’ rhetoric? Media, Senate cheerlead abortion practice that puts us with N. Korea, Russia and China




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TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, today and tomorrow, I want to deal with the sanctity of life and some important headlines in the news. World Magazine is reporting the Pain-Capable Abortion Bill, which advanced in the House just a few weeks ago, has failed to pass in the Senate. The Senate voted 51-46 on a motion to proceed with three Democrats – Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia breaking with their party to support the bill. Two Republicans voted against the bill – that was Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.

DR. REEDER: The filibuster cannot be overcome without 60 votes and it failed to muster that with 51 votes so, therefore, the bill at this point dies. Let’s give credence that, these three Democratic senators, their commitment to the sanctity of life exceeded their commitment to the Democratic party and its “abortion at all times for any reason” platform. They broke with it out of conviction.


Now, let me also say, interestingly, they all come from pro-life states: Pennsylvania, Indiana and West Virginia. Equally interesting is a Democratic senator that is missing and that’s the one recently elected from Alabama. He did not vote to protect these children that can feel pain when you do the abortion – scientifically affirmed, theologically affirmed – and that was the Alabama Senator Doug Jones, which is not surprising.

Now, I want to encourage those who are committed to the sanctity of life. I think is disheartening, but don’t be discouraged, ultimately. It took 15 years to get a bill on the partial-birth abortion finally passed and it was voted down multiple times through these cloture votes such as this and kept from coming to a vote in the Senate. This 40-plus year history of fighting for the sanctity of life, due to the irrationality and unconstitutional decision of Roe v. Wade, still continues to this day and it’s not going to go away.


Let me put the pro-death people on notice, those who are pro-abortion. And I’m grateful that the Democratic party has moved the needle so it’s no longer “pro-choice.” They now are clearly “pro-abortion” – let’s make that clear. They are pro-abortion. Because of the vote that was just taken, Tom, we now have, in this country, the distinct honor of being numbered with seven other countries in the world that have abortions beyond the 20-plus weeks of a pregnancy. We now take our place with China, with Russia and with North Korea. That’s the company we now keep.


Tom, the unabashed commitment of the media to be the cheerleader for the pro-abortion movement… And all you had to do was look back at the recent marches in Washington, the March for Life, which is 45 years and dwarfs the so-called Women’s March, if you worked for the city, you certainly want the March for Life to show up and not the Women’s March. It is like a pigpen when that one was through – the newspaper articles on the cost to clean up after them – but you won’t find that in the March for Life. It’s really interesting how clean everything is when they get through.

The media coverage on those two events, even though the March for Life is longer, consistent and even in the terrible weather this year, in the midst of all of that, they gave six times the coverage to the Women’s March than they did for the March for Life. In other words, let me put it this way: For every six minutes of coverage for the Women’s March, the March for Life got one minute of coverage on most of the mainstream media.

And, of course, another issue has come up, Tom, as well in the front on the sanctity of life, a very interesting moment.


TOM LAMPRECHT:  Indeed. The Federalist and other media outlets have reported that Cecile Richards is leaving Planned Parenthood amid federal investigation. As we know and we’ve talked about before, Harry, the Department of Justice is now investigating the selling of body parts. A lot of people are speculating that Cecile Richards is getting out before that gets hard and heavy. Interestingly, while she was at Planned Parenthood, abortions increased under her leadership by 11 percent.

DR. REEDER: A lot of people think she’s going out to avoid some implications of this investigation, but she’s going out with the banner “Look what I’ve done for abortion in my tenure. The number of abortions in Planned Parenthood has increased 11 percent. Taxpayer money continues to support Planned Parenthood to the tune of $500 million a year – taxpayer money supports Planned Parenthood.”

She has moved the dial. You do not hear anybody talking about “safe, legal and rare” anymore. Now they are full-out pro-abortion.


The recent bill that was just stopped, Diane Feinstein comes out and says, “This was simply another assault trying to turn back the clock on history,” meaning all of the pro-abortion people think that we should just disappear because of the Roe v. Wade decision in the 1970s. No, we’re not going to disappear. Whenever a state decides to approve murder, I’m not going to disappear – I’m going to speak against it. And I’m going to speak against it in the name of the revealed will of God, the law of God and natural law of God that’s revealed in creation. This is horrific, what we are doing. It’s barbarity at its worst that the most defenseless and the most protected moment are now subject to such assaults.

I agree with Senator Ben Sasse. Let me tell you Cecile Richards’ legacy: Cecile Richards has made Planned Parenthood the No. 1 abortion mill. The abortuary has now found a way to get Planned Parenthood supported to the tune of $500 million, has left the “safe, legal, rare” notion and now is pro-abortion. “We are going to make sure that abortion stands in place” – because you’ve got to have abortion with the sexual revolution because you end up with kids that you don’t want or kids that are “mistakes” or kids that are inconvenient.


Listen, I’ll be more than happy to discuss the less than 1 percent for the life of a mother in terms of abortion – way less than 1 percent. We know what this is about, so go ahead and say what it’s about: Sex is a matter of personal enjoyment and gratification in or outside of marriage with anybody, anytime, anyway. And, every once in a while, you’re going to get an unwanted pregnancy so get rid of it because that means you don’t want the child.

We have embraced Planned Parenthood with its eugenics movement. Cecile Richards has mainstreamed the eugenics movement of the 19th century and Margaret Sanger. Let me remind everyone… people really get upset with me, Tom, because I compare this to Nazi Germany. I think Nazi Germany is a piker compared to us. We now have a government that approves the lethal assault upon a certain class of people, the unborn, at any point and at any time and it doesn’t matter whether it’s painful or not to them.

To those who were saying, “Well, it’s not really sure that they have pain,” well, let’s say, “Well, sure. Would you care? You wouldn’t care. You’d go ahead and kill them anyway.” It’s abortion at any time in any way. That is the exact position of Nazi Germany against the unwanted, beginning with the Jewish population. That’s where we are.


Well, I know what the ultimate answer is. The ultimate answer is a Gospel movement so, folks, if you know Jesus Christ, go share the Gospel and teach people what it means to follow Christ so that this can be erased.

And, dear friends, let’s work for public policy and encourage these courageous senators who voted to move this bill forward and let’s confront those who maintain the abortion mills of this society at any point and at any time and for any reason. Let’s continue to deal with that public policy and identify who embraces the sanctity of life and who does not.


TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, we’re out of time for today. As I mentioned at the top of the program, I want to cover this subject again tomorrow. On tomorrow’s program, I want to deal with the fact that we are now beginning to see the embracing of Roe v. Wade and the pro-choice/pro-abortion movement by some institutions that, just a few years ago, we would have never imagined them embracing it.

DR. REEDER: I just said something a while ago: We need a Gospel awakening for people to be converted and discipled so that the sanctity of life would become embraced and we would bring a ground-up movement that brings the ethics of the Ten Commandments to bear in life but here’s my problem: It is amazing that, in some of the evangelical denominations that hold to the Word of God, that their populations of their churches actually embrace Roe v. Wade. How can that possibly be true? Let’s take that on tomorrow.

Dr. Harry L. Reeder III is the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.

This podcast was transcribed by Jessica Havin, editorial assistant for Yellowhammer News. Jessica has transcribed some of the top podcasts in the country and her work has been featured in a New York Times Bestseller.


3 hours ago

More than 100 conservatives call for Jordan to run for Speaker

A coalition of more than 100 conservatives sent a letter to House Freedom Caucus (HFC) co-founder Jim Jordan Monday urging him to throw his name in to replace outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

“There must be a real race for Speaker of the House. Now. No backroom deals. A real race, starting this spring, to make every incumbent and candidate commit on the record, as a campaign issue, whether they’ll vote to save the Swamp or drain it,” the letter reads. “America needs you to declare yourself as a candidate for Speaker at once. We write to you on behalf of millions of Americans who want Congress to Drain the Swamp.”

Ryan rattled Capitol Hill in April when he announced he will retire from the House after nearly 20 years in Congress, telling reporters he wanted to spend more time with his family and pursue other opportunities.


Two of the top House Republicans — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana — are angling for the position, but neither thought to have a guaranteed lock on the speakership.

McCarthy failed to garner the 218 required votes to become speaker in 2015, but his particularly close relationship with the president has some expecting that, along with Ryan’s full fledged endorsement, it will give him an upper hand over Scalise in the coming months.

Scalise wouldn’t rule out a potential bid for Ryan’s job but is also adamant he would not run against McCarthy, who he considers a “good friend,” he said in March.

Yet, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, who is best friends with Jordan, might have the closest relationship with the president over any other member of Congress. During a speech Thursday in which Jordan appeared to preview a bid for the speakership, Jordan joked that Meadows was in the back, taking a phone call from the president, which Meadows is known to do on a regular basis.

The letter Jordan received Monday from conservatives echoes a great deal of what the congressman has said himself since Ryan announced his retirement. Namely, Jordan is adamant that Republicans need to get back to accomplishing what they promised voters during the 2016 election cycle, like dealing with immigration, border security, repealing and replacing Obamacare and stopping out-of-control spending.

Jordan’s response to questions about the speaker’s race have been the same since the day TheDCNF first reported the growing wave of support for his candidacy: there is no speaker’s race, and we need to focus on the issues.

Conservatives are pushing back against Jordan’s assertion that there isn’t an ongoing race to replace Ryan.

“To those who say there is no Speaker’s race at the moment, we say that it’s already underway – in back rooms, behind closed doors, and aimed at preserving the Swamp and making it bigger. The Speaker’s race must be public.  There will be no Republican Speaker in 2019 unless the GOP can appeal to those Americans in its own ranks, among independents and even many Democrats who voted for Donald Trump to drain the Swamp and for the current Republican-led House to help him do that,” the letter reads.

“The present House Republican leadership has failed. It is part of the problem. You are the solution. This is your moment.  We pray you will seize it, knowing that if you do, we will do everything we can to help you succeed.”

The HFC is no stranger to putting leadership on notice.

Jordan, Meadows and HFC members shot down a farm bill in order to secure a vote on an immigration proposal they were promised months ago.

Ryan and McCarthy huddled with Meadows and Jordan in the back of the House chamber before the final gavel Friday, but their 11th-hour attempts were unable to sway the conservative members.

The bill failed with members voting 198-213, dealing a decisive blow to leadership.

Friday’s vote is evidence the HFC has the leverage to sway major policy issues, given the power of the caucus’ 36 members’ votes. If the caucus votes as a coalition, they can kill a bill or get concessions from leadership.

Many believe Jordan’s bid would be to get concessions from either McCarthy or Scalise, but Ryan still has the rest of the year as speaker. That is, if he isn’t pressured to step down earlier.

McCarthy’s folks are reportedly nervous about the potential heat he will take in a drawn out speaker’s race if Ryan decides to stay through the November midterm elections, which he has promised he intends to do.

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4 hours ago

Hightower runs for Alabama governor on flat tax, term limits

State Sen. Bill Hightower is stressing his background as a businessman as he runs for governor on a sweeping platform of government overhauls that includes term limits for legislators and replacing the state income tax code with a flat tax.

The Mobile Republican says he believes long-serving politicians have become the “enemy of improvement” in Montgomery.

Hightower’s platform includes limiting legislators to three consecutive terms, establishing a flat tax income tax and ending budgetary earmarks. Legislators would have to approve the measures.


Hightower is challenging Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey in the June 5 Republican primary along with evangelist Scott Dawson and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle.

A relative newcomer in state politics, Hightower was first elected to the Alabama Senate in a 2013 special election.

(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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4 hours ago

Canary responds to YH News

In recent months, there have been ongoing and coordinated efforts to paint the Business Council of Alabama as an ineffective and financially troubled organization. These attacks are maliciously false.

Those attacking our organization for their own political purposes are resorting to extreme lengths to undermine our organization. They continue to sling one baseless attack after another and hope something sticks.

This tactic was seen in Thursday’s Yellowhammer News editorial that looked at the BCA’s 2016 IRS Form 990 and made the determination that the BCA’s financial health “could be in jeopardy.” Once again, this is a claim that is simply not true.


In describing themselves the Yellowhammer News asserts in its Declaration: Our Philosophy. Our Principles. Our Promises…states: “We will abide by the letter and spirit of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, developing content with both integrity and perspective.” Somehow this article fell short of that pledge by distorting the facts and knowingly asserting a premise that is false.

Information on a Form 990 does not show an organization’s ongoing financial health. The BCA finished 2016 with a balanced operating budget and a surplus. The BCA has zero debt and more than one-year’s operating budget in reserves. Hardly the picture of a crumbling organization.

One must ask the question – is this election year politics at its worst? Over the last several years, the BCA has built one of the largest political war chests in the state. Legislative success happens when the right people are elected, and that’s what our political action is all about – electing pro-job candidates who understand the issues and are not afraid to step up and lead Alabama in the right direction.

As a business advocacy organization, we continue to look to the future to create a climate in Alabama for new and existing businesses to locate or expand. Past success is no guarantee, but it does demonstrate how a united business community can accomplish worthwhile goals.

As BCA Chairman Perry Hand has said, “We will not be intimidated into bad decision making.” We know all too well that when you are relevant, you put yourself in the crosshairs, and that’s exactly where we are today.

From a national platform, the BCA is Alabama’s exclusive representative to the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Here in Alabama, the BCA represents the interests and concerns of nearly 1 million working Alabamians through its member companies that include businesses of all sizes and virtually every segment of Alabama’s business community-from manufacturing to retail, agriculture to financial services and many, more. Our organization is a deliberative body guided by our by-laws and our legislative agenda that is developed by our active members of all sizes.

The BCA’s legislative agenda is adopted by our board of directors annually in advance of every legislative session and focuses on improving major areas that impact every single business in Alabama: Education/Workforce, Healthcare, Infrastructure and Regulations. Fortunately, we have a governor and legislative leaders who are focused on improving Alabama’s standing in all these areas. Just as in year’s past, we will not be deterred by election year smear tactics.

The BCA’s guiding force is as important today as when first envisioned in 1985 when the BCA was created: We work together to create a vibrant economic climate and an educated workforce. These are the keys to creating and sustaining jobs for employees and their families.

William J. Canary is the president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama.

5 hours ago

Dawson: Statements about Gov Ivey ‘dangerous move’ that could ‘tank the election’

Scott Dawson, a Republican candidate for the governor of Alabama, criticized Gov. Kay Ivey and a state agency last week, for funding that went to an Alabama based LGBTQ non-profit organization. Since then, it seems as if the gubernatorial race in Alabama has been turned upside down.

In his statement Tuesday, Dawson said, “Let me be clear. The Ivey administration has betrayed Alabama values by giving nearly one million dollars of taxpayer dollars to Free2Be, an activist organization which promotes transgenderism and alternate lifestyles to Alabama’s children.”

ADECA, which administers the state’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was responsible for the allocation of funds to Free2Be.


According to ADECA, Free2Be has received nearly $1.7 million in grants from ADECA since September 2014.

Ivey responded to Dawson’s statements while at a luncheon in Tuscaloosa saying, “That’s nonsense.”

“I certainly don’t agree with the agenda or the values of that organization. The funding is federal funding. It’s been going on since 2014. There are no Alabama tax dollars involved,” Ivey told reporters.

When a reporter questioned Ivey on whether or not she was upset, Ivey responded, “Do I look upset?”

“Lookie here, he’s all over the board,” Ivey said. “He’s not getting any traction. He’s low in the polls. He’s three weeks away from the election. He’s getting desperate.”

Ivey is correct. When personal attacks are being hurled toward a rival, it signals desperation. And desperation this is. I was honestly shocked that Dawson would come forward with such bold accusations towards Ivey.

When a candidate is this close to the election, statements like these, that aren’t backed with sufficient and thorough investigation, should not be made.

During an appearance on Yellowhammer Radio’s “The Wake Up Call with Baylor and Hannah”, Dawson was questioned on his statements regarding the funding that is awarded to Free2Be.

“When we found it, we were like this just doesn’t look right, doesn’t look like it needs to be there,” Dawson said. “That’s when we started investigating the organization.”

Dawson reminded the audience that his intent in bringing up the funds was to warrant transparency for the state of Alabama.

He said, “This is just a statement about transparency. We need to make sure we know where our money is going, that we know why we are taking money, and how in the world these folks get $800,000 from ADECA.”

While I echo the statements Dawson makes here about transparency and ensuring that Alabamians know where their tax dollars are being spent, I must say that only a miniscule amount of research would have shown that ADECA grants are federally funded and in no way utilize tax payer dollars.

In closing the interview, Dawson said, “Quite honestly, you know, it was a dangerous move because it could just tank the election. I am just being forthright with you, but Alabama needs to know what’s going on in Alabama government.”

I think his comments did cost him the election. While I have great respect for Scott Dawson, I believe his coming forward with these statements was foolish. A lack of knowledge and research can really hurt you on the campaign trail and we are witnessing this right now.

It’s difficult for a GOP gubernatorial candidate to unseat a GOP incumbent who has, for the most part, had a good track record.

I understand the motive behind Dawson’s statements. That organization does not represent what most Alabamians see fit for a way of life. I just wish Dawson had gone about things differently and spent more time looking into the matter.

Dawson, along with everyone else running for office in America, should learn that research and getting the facts straight goes a long way. While it may be too late for Dawson, others should learn of the danger of proposing baseless investigations.

Ivey, who has received endorsement from the NRA, has shied from the public eye over the past few months. When you have a good track record as the head of Alabama, you can do these types of things. Since taking office, Gov. Ivey has not had a largely negative conflict.

Ivey’s objective in this election is to ride out her past successes in hopes of another four years as Alabama’s CEO and it might just work, so long as the unsubstantiated claims continue to be tossed her way.

@RealKyleMorris is a Yellowhammer News contributor and host of The Weekend Briefing that airs noon-2 p.m. Saturdays on 101.1 WDYE

5 hours ago

Any politician not calling for a special session on school security is committing political malpractice

The most predictable thing in America is that we will have another school shooting soon. We don’t know where it will be, but it is coming.

Every delay in addressing these issues is another day closer to more dead kids, and an eventual mass casualty event in Alabama. We can talk about hardening targets via new construction, and limiting access to guns until we are blue in the face, but these things are either expensive or not happening.

Every politician in a heated race in Alabama should be calling for a special session on school safety. State Representative and candidate for Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth is right on track with a real solution:


“Every school shooting that takes place in another state around the country brings us one step closer to an active shooter attacking classrooms here, in Alabama, so the governor would be wise to call a special session this summer,” Ainsworth said.  “Signs reading ‘Gun Free Zone’ are a magnet for those who wish to do harm, so we must provide teachers with the training, knowledge, and ability to defend their students with something more lethal than a ruler and a No. 2 pencil.”

Of course there is an ad as well:

Why this matters: This is good politics and good policy. The people have decided on this. The media can pretend all they want that people are torn on this, but they are not. Americans, and Alabamians especially, understand that there is nothing stopping shooters from walking into their kids’ school today and shooting it up. The idea that allowing teachers to carry makes a child less safe is laughable, the teacher willing to do harm is not stopped by a gun-free zone. Good teachers with guns, however, are following the law and the law is protecting school shooters.

The details:

— 69 percent of Republicans are in favor of allowing teachers to carry.

— 78 percent of parents would feel more safe, or just as safe, with their child’s teacher being armed.

— The media is lying and saying there have been 22 school shootings in 2018. They include accidental discharge of a firearm in their count.

— As of May 8th, Gov. Kay Ivey had not ruled out a special session, but she has not responded to Ainsworth’s call.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN