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No Federal Funds on Abortion Bill Fails Key Vote

A bill filed in the U.S. Senate to place a permanent prohibition on the use of federal funds for abortions failed Thursday in a key procedural vote that would have opened the way for a floor debate.

In essence, the bill, SB 109, would place the language of the Hyde Amendment, which must be reauthorized each year, permanently in the law.

The vote was mostly symbolic in that it was not expected to receive the 60 votes required, but fell short of the Republican majority’s attempt to show its resolve as a pro-life majority on the eve of the National Walk for Life. There were five Republican senators who missed the vote, including Sen. Lamar Alexander. A spokesman for Alexander indicated that he “was traveling back to Tennessee to attend to a personal matter” and that “he is pro-life and supportive of the measure.”

The bill would also have prohibited by statute the use of tax dollars to fund abortion through Obamacare insurance plans.

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APA Calls Traditional Masculinity Harmful, Gillette Joins Bandwagon

According to the American Psychological Association’s first-ever guidelines on counseling boys and men, “traditional masculinity” negatively affects men’s physical and mental health. The APA even alleges that it contributes to boys performing poorly in schools and leads to drug addiction, alcoholism, homicide, and suicide.

The APA’s “gender-aware” Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Boys and Men concludes that “traditional masculinity—marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance, and aggression—is, on the whole, harmful” and socializes boys toward “anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure, risk, and violence.” In other words, normal masculine impulses are responsible for many of society’s ills.

And Gillette, which launched a razor commercial Sunday decrying “toxic masculinity,” is jumping on the bandwagon with its “The Best Men Can Be” campaign by stating, “as a company that encourages men to be their best, we have a responsibility to make sure we are promoting positive, attainable, inclusive, and healthy versions of what it means to be a man.”

But BreakPoint’s John Stonestreet suggests, “the solution isn’t to caricature and then reject masculinity like a disorder. It is to rediscover and embrace real masculinity, which God declared to be ‘very good.’”

Commentator Ben Shapiro adds, “If you want to raise a generation of men who will treat women well, act as protectors rather than victimizers, and become the bedrock for a stable society, you need more masculinity, not less.”

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Big Sponsors Pull Out of Saturday’s Women’s March

It’s quite ironic that several high-profile organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, NARAL, Southern Poverty Law Center, and EMILY’s List are withdrawing their sponsorship of the left-leaning Women’s March that celebrates abortion.

They have pulled out due to women’s march leaders’ ties with anti-semitism, particularly Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.

Not one to bad-mouth their own, these liberal groups are trying to justify their withdrawal to conservative media outlets by saying “other projects are a priority.” The liberal media has barely given a nod to this huge story.

As The Federalist’s Warren Henry says, “While the discord within the march has received at least a modicum of coverage from the establishment media, the seeming abandonment by top-tier political groups has been generally ignored.”

Other reliable liberal groups such as the ACLU, the American Federation of Teachers, the Democratic National Committee, and Planned Parenthood remain as sponsors.

The 2019 “Power Together” Tennessee Women’s March is this Saturday, January 19, from 1- 4 p.m. at 1 Public Square in Nashville.

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Poll Shows Pro-Life Message Is Winning Across Political Parties

A new survey released on Tuesday conducted annually by Marist in partnership with the Knights of Columbus shows that the majority of Americans want abortion to be restricted. Seventy-five percent of Americans across political affiliations—Republicans, Democrats, and Independents—want abortions to be limited to the first trimester and an equal percentage oppose tax-payer funding of abortions overseas.

“Two-thirds of Americans want Roe revisited to allow for state regulation of abortion or to ban it altogether,” adds Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson in a statement.

Results of the Marist poll are even more encouraging than Gallup’s May 2018 poll that confirmed 53 percent of Americans oppose all or most abortions.

Incidentally, the March for Life, an annual pro-life event, is this Saturday, January 19, in Washington, D.C., with Vice President Mike Pence giving the address at the 37th annual Rose Dinner.

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CA Governor’s Wife Won’t Go by ‘First Lady’

The wife of newly elected Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom of California is following in her liberal husband’s footsteps by trying to sound inclusive. Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a filmmaker and liberal activist, said she wants to be addressed as the “First Partner” of California instead of the “First Lady.”

This should not be surprising given her role as the founder and CEO of The Representation Project, a group that focuses on “gender stereotypes and social injustices.” Interestingly, though, in trying to be sensitive to the homosexual couple contingent and those who separate gender from their biological sex, Ms. Newsom’s new title seems to fly in the face of the message she conveyed in her 2011 film Miss Representation. The film examined whether media contributes to what she believes is an underrepresentation of women in positions of influence.

Just goes to show how our culture’s gender-neutral agenda not only confuses everyone but also downplays the value and honor of the two sexes.

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