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So says Perrin Larton, procurement manager for Advanced BioScience Resources, in the new video from the Center for Medical Progress, talking about how (at the time) embryonic research was controversial but fetal research got very little attention.

My guess is that she's not thinking that anymore. 

(H/T Alan Eason)
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The Center for Medical Progress has written an open letter to Congress, in response to Planned Parenthood's letter from last week. Here's a key passage:
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Late last week, Eric Metaxas interviewed Lisa Anderson on her book "The Dating Manifesto," which I've reviewed on our Features page. Go here to listen!
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Back when same-sex "marriage" was the anticipated parousia of progressivism's ever-receding eschaton, social justice warriors needed a devil--a foil against whom to direct their outrage and to hold up for the public to abjure. And the most important attribute of this devil was softness. He, or it, or they, needed to be a sufficiently strawy target so as to make knocking him over simple and easy. And the social justice warriors found their target: Westboro Baptist Church (and Christian communities perceived as belonging to the same ilk).

For several years, the late Rev. Fred Phelps' hyperbolic, fire-and-brimstone, Gospel-free preaching, embodied by a tiny handful of families, became the face of religious objectors to redefining marriage held up by the liberal media. The attention given the little tiny, ultra-fundamentalist country church was out of all proportion with its size and influence in evangelicalism. But that didn't matter. The tritone highlighter-colored "GOD HATES F*GS" picket signs at soldiers' funerals were all the social justice warriors hoped Americans would remember. Here were the bigots they wanted everyone to think of when the traditional marriage movement came to mind. And judging by the unbelievable, practically overnight shift in public opinion on homosexuality, it worked.
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At The Gospel Coalition, John Stonestreet reviews Owen Strachan's new book, "The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World." It's a great piece, incorporating John's memories of Chuck as well as his thoughts on the book: Read More >
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Owen Strachan thinks there is. Read what he says here, and see if you agree with him.
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When one of the most liberal publications around is supporting Chick-fil-A against the Denver City Council's efforts to keep it out, looks like "the religion-influenced operation" has won that round and it's time for the council to find something else to be outraged about.
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In this two-part article, Ross Douthat does a great job of answering nine common objections to the pro-life position (as posed by Katha Pollitt last year after the midterm elections). His answers are thoughtful, substantive, and very thorough.
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I didn't see Russell Brand's YouTube video about porn when it came out, but my attention was caught by a statement from it that was quoted in this article: “If I had total dominion over myself, I would never look at pornography again.”

If I had total dominion over myself.

Isn't that precisely what the Sexual Revolution promised us? Sounds like it hasn't worked out too well.
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A new piece in TIME (adapted from a new book) is titled "What Two Religions Tell Us about the Modern Dating Crisis," but it could just as easily be titled "What the Modern Dating Crisis Tells Us about Religion." For instance:

"One fact that becomes apparent when studying the demographics of religion is that it is almost always the women who are more devout. Across all faiths, women are less likely than men to leave organized religion. According to the Pew Research Center, 67 percent of self-described atheists are men. Statistically speaking, an atheist meeting may be one of the best places for single women to meet available men."

For those interested in declining rates of religious belief, declining rates of marriage, or both, I would call this essential reading.
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A medical doctor who chooses to live, practice, and minister in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore with his young family has written “How to Defund Planned Parenthood” over at Christ and Pop Culture. Spoiler: His solution is to finish expanding Medicaid.

Dr. Matthew Loftus knows “that for many conservative pro-lifers, the idea of fully expanding Medicaid is icky.” He acknowledges concerns that Medicaid is imperfect, expensive, and provides morally troubling birth control. Then he challenges readers with this:
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StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer describes in the new Center for Medical Progress video the squeamishness of lab techs who don't want to be reminded of what they're dealing with. Happily for her, Dyer has no such troubling feelings.

Note: There are multiple videos on the page at the link, and earlier this morning I accidentally watched and posted about the wrong one. I apologize. The latest video is the one at the top of the page.

(Video contains no explicit footage, only graphic descriptions.)
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I had the privilege once again of helping to pick WORLD's Children's Novel of the Year for middle-school-age kids. (This year they also picked a Picture Book of the Year). Go here to see which book we chose, and why we chose it. Then you can go here to buy a copy! 

(I think you should be able to see the article with no trouble, but if you can't, getting the free trial membership should make it accessible, and you can always cancel it before the 30 days are up!)
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Because Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson has been talking about Margaret Sanger's racism and eugenicism and how these tie in to Planned Parenthood's mission, The Washington Post's Janell Ross checks out his claims, and does a pretty decent job. Though she doesn't come to all the same conclusions that Carson has, she concedes that there's "some truth" there. This part is particularly enlightening:
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The Washington Post reports that thousands of pro-lifers attended Planned Parenthood protests around the nation on Saturday. The article includes plenty of tweets and photos from those who were there.

A couple of my photos taken at the protest at Falls Church, Va., are below. If you went to a protest and have stories or photos to share, you're welcome to put them or link to them in the comments section!

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