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Trump and Pelosi at National Prayer Breakfast

Pastor Brunson, Karen Pence cited; pro-life pledge repeated

The following comes  from a Feb. 7 story on National Public Radio by  Tom Gjelten. With his opening words at this year's National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump made clear he saw the largely conservative crowd as a friendly audience, one he was eager to please. "I will never let you down," he said. "I can say that. Never." In his first appearance at the event in … [Read more...]

Feinstein, Harris fume over Trump’s nominees to 9th Circuit

WSJ calls Feinstein and Harris "mudslingers" that smeared Kavanaugh

The following comes from a Jan. 31 story by Fox News. California Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris lashed out at the White House after President Trump, under pressure from conservative activists, re-nominated two conservative California judges to the 9th Circuit federal appeals court over their opposition. “We are deeply disappointed that the White House has … [Read more...]

Senate rebukes California Sen. Kamala Harris

Censured for questioning judicial nominees about Knights of Columbus membership

The following comes from a Jan. 16 story by The Washington Free Beacon. On Wednesday the Senate approved a resolution that rebuked two Democratic senators for questioning judicial nominees about their membership in the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization. The resolution, introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse (R., Neb.), affirmed "the sense of the Senate that … [Read more...]

Eight judges on 9th Circuit dissent sharply from school board prayer ruling

The Trump effect?

The following comes from a Dec. 26 story in the San Francisco Chronicle. Eight conservative judges on the federal appeals court in San Francisco, including both of President Trump’s appointees, dissented sharply Wednesday from a ruling that prohibited a public school board from opening its sessions with a prayer. The case may be headed to the Supreme Court — and one … [Read more...]

Pelosi starts session with repeal of pro-life protection

Would authorize funding of abortion overseas

The following comes from a Jan. 4 story on the website of the Catholic News Agency. In the first day of the new congressional session, the House of Representatives passed a spending bill that includes a provision to repeal a pro-life policy. The bill was one of two appropriations bills passed on Thursday in an attempt to end the partial government shutdown. The bill, which … [Read more...]

Bill requiring California’s public universities to provide abortion pill re-introduced

Similar bill was vetoed in October by outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown, who said the measure was unnecessary; Gavin Newsom has said he supports the idea

California Democrats will be taking another stab at requiring all public colleges and universities to stock the abortion pill, anticipating a different outcome with a new governor taking over the helm in January. Democratic state Sen. Connie Leyva on Monday introduced the latest version of the bill, the College Student Right to Access Act, during the first day of the … [Read more...]

Governor Brown asked to order moratorium on death penalty

Ministers of Justice from 25 countries join Rome-based Community of Sant’Egidio, one of the new lay movements in the Church, to jointly issue the appeal

Ministers of Justice from 25 countries have joined the Rome-based Community of Sant’Egidio, one of the new lay movements in the Catholic Church, to jointly issue an appeal to California Governor Jerry Brown to impose a moratorium on the death penalty in his state. Should Brown comply, the moratorium could be short-lived, since Gavin Newsom will be sworn in as California’s … [Read more...]

Two pastors running for city council say abortion is issue in Corona election

Are more candidates going public with their pro-life positions?

Standing in front of a Planned Parenthood office, Corona City Council candidate and pastor Shawn Kelly delivers a blunt message to voters: “(a) vote for me would stop them from coming into our city.” Kelly posted the 44-second video — titled “Help keep them out of our town” — to his Facebook page last month, the latest example of religious and national political issues … [Read more...]

Pro-choice till nine months, no exceptions

Jeff Denham has been running an unusual ad against his opponent

California Congressman Jeff Denham, CD -10, has been running a 30-second TV ad with a very unusually strong pro-life, anti-abortion message against his extremely pro-abortion, heavily-funded, Democratic Party opponent, Josh Harder. Both men are running in the 10th Congressional District. In the ad, Denham states that Harder has "San Francisco" values that have no place in … [Read more...]

Trump proclaims November as National Adoption Month

“Adoption affirms the inherent value of human life and signals that every child ‑‑ born or unborn ‑‑ is wanted and loved,” read the president’s proclamation

President Donald Trump issued a presidential proclamation Oct. 31 declaring November 2018 to be “National Adoption Month.” The president called adoption a “life-changing act” and a “blessing for all involved.”In addition to assisting families who seek to adopt, Trump said, “we must also encourage all Americans to recognize that adoption is a powerful way to show women they are … [Read more...]