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Reproductive Health Rights

November 14, 2011

Maltese Knight Peter Johnson Jr. Praises Catholic College Opposition To Birth Control Mandate

Fox News has less than six degrees of separation from the Catholic Church. Given that the Catholic Church has traditionally been on the side of the rich and powerful, it's not surprising that Rupert Murdoch was given a Papal Knighthood in return for a large donation to the LA diocese for a new cathedral. The News Corps board of directors includes the very conservative Catholic and former Spanish president Jose Maria Aznar. Murdoch's American capo, Roger Ailes, isn't a Catholic but he attends Mass with his Catholic third wife. Many of the Fox anchors are Catholic and the one clergyperson who appears regularly, on Fox News, is a right wing former member of the wealthy and scandal ridden "Legion of Christ," Fr. Jonathan Morris. And it's just not choice of personnel that suggests Catholic influence in Fox News. The content, in relation to social issues, dovetails nicely with the conservative teaching of American bishops who have put "social justice" on a back burner while throwing their huge political clout to banning abortion and gay marriage. It was no coincidence that Fox "opinion" was spun for defunding of Planned Parenthood. The US bishop syndicate is not happy about health care reform regulations that mandate that Catholic institutions provide free contraception (as well as other gynecological related services) for their employees - despite the fact that many of these women are not Catholic. Thus, it wasn't surprising to see Fox's Maltese Knight, Peter Johnson Jr, on this morning's Fox & Friends, (Ailes little morning fiefdom) unilaterally defend those whose "war on women" is escalating.

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Reported by Priscilla at 11:35 AM

November 6, 2011

Megyn Kelly Thinks Romney Support For "Personhood" Is No Big Deal?

While the GOP was fond of painting Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry of being a flip flopper, the Democrats are now able to do the same with GOP presidential primary candidate Mitt Romney, many of whose positions have changed over the years. He seems to have gone 180 degrees on a woman's right to an abortion. Back when he was governor of Massachusetts he said, "Let me make this very clear: I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose." Flash forward to 2011 and Mitt Romney is supporting "personhood" amendments (life begins at conception) to state laws. The progressive (just kidding) state of Mississippi will be voting on such a radical anti-choice law on Tuesday. Democrats are, quite correctly, pointing out his change of position. In a new ad, the DNC has video of Romney, on Mike Huckabee's show, saying that, as MA governor, he would have "absolutely" signed an amendment defining life as beginning at conception. This is spliced into comments from those opposed to the radical MS "personhood" amendment. So pretty straightforward. But Fox News' Megyn Kelly doesn't understand why the Democrats are so upset. And neither does GOP presidential primary candidate Rick Santorum whose chat with Megyn Kelly, during Friday's "America Live," was just one happy GOP love fest.

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Reported by Priscilla at 2:08 PM

November 4, 2011

Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity Shows Will Air Anti-Choice "Heartbeat Bill" Ad

I know that TV ads are all about the "Benjamins" and don't, necessarily, reflect the ideology of the shows. I've seen ads for Fox during MSNBC shows. But I do find it interesting that Ohio Pro-Life Action will be running 30 second spots during the Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity shows. The ads urge the viewers to contact their Ohio legislators in order to urge them to pass the anti-choice Ohio "heartbeat bill" which would make abortion illegal once a fetal heartbeat is detected which is about four weeks into a pregnancy. Again, ad time and space are, primarily, based on revenue. But as the "church lady" would say, "isn't it special" that the ads are going to be only on two shows whose hosts have a distinct anti-choice view. Is Fox doing a little "community organizing?"

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Reported by Priscilla at 10:46 AM

October 14, 2011

Bill O'Reilly's Pro-Life Pal, Phil Kline, Could Have Law License Suspended

Back in February, Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly were outraged about how a KA disciplinary panel was investigating whether form KA Attorney General, Phil Kline committed professional misconduct in his crusade against the murdered abortion doctor George Tiller. Kline was assisted in his crusade against Tiller by Bill O'Reilly whose personal crusade (or is it jihad?) against Tiller contributed to a climate of hate in which Tiller was assassinated by one of O'Reilly's fellow Christian pro-lifers. Bill, who "fights for the rights of the unborn" (women who have abortions and those who support them, like columnist Joan Walsh, not so much), was subsequently presented with a "Courage Award," from the Christian hate group "Family Research Council, for his ongoing attacks on Tiller whom O'Reilly referred to as a "baby killer." Yesterday, the KA disciplinary panel recommended that Kline have his law license suspended indefinitely for the "selfish and dishonest way" with which he obsessively pursued abortion clinics. It was found that this "dishonest conduct" caused "potential injury to the public." We know that at least one man was fatally injured by the hatred stirred up by Kline who was validated in this "dishonest conduct" by the "fair & balanced" O'Reilly who is mentioned in the report.

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Reported by Priscilla at 1:17 PM

August 18, 2011

Laura Ingraham Pimps Pro-Life Propaganda: Birth Control = Abortion

Laura Ingraham is a single, uber pro-life, uber Roman Catholic who is, presumably, uber celibate. Yet, she is vehemently against having public schools teach sex education for those who won't be following her holy lifestyle. Along with the abstinence only crowd, the anti-choice community, and (of course) the NY Catholic archdiocese, Laura isn't happy with the new mandatory sex education program being implemented for NY City public junior and high schools. They seem to fear that the very mention of sex will unleash an epidemic of wang, dang, pooty tang among America's chaste students many of whom are, despite the admonitions of the save yourself for Jesus crowd, already doing it and if they don't have the proper tools and education to deal with sex and sexuality, they'll be subject to even more teen pregnancies and STD's. In filling in, last night, for Bill O'Reilly, St. Laura of the great, big, gold cross (and she was sporting a new one which, one hopes, was blessed, as was the old one, by the "Holy Father.") had what officially constituted a "fair & balanced" discussion about the NY sex ed curriculum. But in keeping with Fox News' mission as America's pro-life newsroom, Laura provided all the requisite anti-choice talking points which included the pro-life lie about how birth control pills are really abortion pills and if the public schools talk about birth control pills, they're promoting abortion. Hopefully, Laura got some time off in Purgatory for last night's pro-life proselytizing!

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