Woman In Custody After Throwing Molotov Cocktail At People Praying For Life In Front Of Planned Parenthood

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A woman is in custody Monday after hurling a molotov cocktail at three women who were praying peacefully in front of the local Planned Parenthood.

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The executive director of Central Texas Coalition for Life told KXAN Monday they were able to record part of the suspect’s license plate number before she fled the the scene. Melanie Toney has been charged with aggravated assault.

The group has been praying outside the facility that provides abortions as part of a ‘40 Days for Life’ campaign.

“I don’t know what it was, I thought it was a firecracker, but I saw a person toss out something out of her vehicle,” explained Faviola Hidalgo to KXAN right after her prayer session. She saw Toney flee in a white BMW SUV and dialed 911. “My heart just sank, I got so scared, I said, ‘Oh my God, that is fire!.”

“This is definitely the first time that something of this nature has been thrown at us that’s actually threatened and put people in danger, so it’s obviously very alarming,” said Heather Garner, executive director of Central Texas Coalition for Life.

Garner’s organization took to Facebook after the incident Tuesday, noting, “This is not the first time people have thrown objects at pro-lifers but clearly this instance was a more direct threat, and we always want to exercise caution.

The safety of our volunteers is of utmost importance which is why it is necessary to have at least 2 people praying at all times. Our approach has always been that we have a peaceful prayerful attitude and be aware of our surroundings, which is what these volunteers exemplified. Let us pray for all involved.

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Here’s How The Compassionate Group Behind This Facebook Page Saved An Unborn Child’s Life

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Western Journalism covered the impact technology continues to have within the pro-life community in a recent report, citing extensively the work being done by one organization in particular: Online for Life.

Brian Fisher, the group’s co-founder and president, touted the wide reach available through social media sites like Facebook as a major factor in disseminating a message of love and compassion toward those facing a crisis pregnancy. That social media presence, he recently revealed in a statement he shared with Western Journalism, had a direct impact on one woman’s life – and that of her unborn child.

The woman, identified only as Bali, was living in West Africa and saw no alternative to aborting her child until she visited the Online for Life Facebook page.

“Unfortunately, her boyfriend of four years denied any responsibility for their child and pressured her to abort,” Fisher’s statement about the incident explained. “With no family or friends willing to support her, ‘Bali’ felt completely alone and believed abortion was her only solution.”

Upon reaching the group’s page, however, she soon discovered alternatives presented in a non-judgmental way, providing her with a different potential future for her and her child.

“I began to think that maybe I could have the baby on my own,” she said.

Fisher explained Bali spent “hours sitting in front of her computer” studying the informational graphics available on the page and reading the accounts of “abortion-determined women who ultimately chose life for their children” before she ultimately decided to allow her baby to live.

“She immediately emailed our team and described the impact our Facebook page had made in her decision to choose life for her child,” Fisher’s statement continued. “Inspired by the life-saved stories featured on the Online for Life wall, ‘Bali’ was able to stand up to her friends, family, and boyfriend who were pressuring her to abort.”

The connection between Bali and the pro-life group did not end there, Fisher explained.

“Online for Life has remained in constant communication with ‘Bali,’” he confirmed, “doing what we can to support her in her courageous decision. After making several calls to local charities, we were able to find her housing and employment after she graduates in May.”

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Report: Democratic Aide Knew Abortion Ban Provision Was In Human Trafficking Bill Weeks Ago; Bill Still Stalled

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An aide for a Democratic U.S. Senator knew weeks in advance about abortion provisions in a human trafficking bill that is currently sitting in a holding pattern. The bill failed to advance for a fifth time Thursday.

The Associated Press (AP) reported Thursday that an aide to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. (pictured above), “had seen” the Hyde Amendment language before S. 178 – the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 –  was passed unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.

S. 178’s objective is to expand “the definition of ‘child abuse’ under the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 to include human trafficking deterrence programs that assist law enforcement and other entities in rescuing and restoring the lives of trafficking victims, while investigating and prosecuting offenses involving child human trafficking,” according to its summary.

Klobuchar spokeswoman Julia Krahe told the AP Wednesday “the aide did not inform the senator. The senator takes responsibility for the work of her office and missing the provision and she is focused on moving forward to find a way to fix the bill and protect victims of trafficking.”

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., insisted the measure would not come off the floor as long as the Hyde Amendment language was in the bill. “You can blame it on staff, blame it on whoever you want to blame,” Reid said earlier this month, “But we didn’t know it was in the bill, and … the bill will not come off this floor as long as that language is in the bill.”

S. 178 failed for a fifth time Wednesday, 56-42; but a deal to clear the 60 vote cloture hurdle could be looming, The Hill reported.

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Reid’s deputy, Senate Minority Leader Dick Durbin, D-Ill., asserted the Republican Party is putting Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch “in the back of the bus” because of the human trafficking measure.

“And so, Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman nominated to be attorney general, is asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar,” Durbin said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “That is unfair. It’s unjust. It is beneath the decorum and dignity of the United States Senate. This woman deserves fairness.”

But in 2005, Durbin voted against both Condoleezza Rice for Secretary of State and Alberto Gonzales for Attorney General, the first African-American and Hispanic to respectively hold those posts. This point was not lost on Karl Rove, former senior adviser to President George W. Bush.

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Democrats Block Human Trafficking Bill; Republicans Could Block Loretta Lynch Vote

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After being passed unanimously through the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, the Senate failed to advance legislation tightening human trafficking laws Tuesday due to abortion language in the bill. As a result, Senate Republicans could end up blocking President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch.

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The Senate voted 55 to 43 on S. 178. It had 36 Republican cosponsors and 20 Democratic cosponsors.

According to its summary, the bill aimed to expand “the definition of ‘child abuse’ under the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 to include human trafficking deterrence programs that assist law enforcement and other entities in rescuing and restoring the lives of trafficking victims, while investigating and prosecuting offenses involving child human trafficking.”

The bill would have established a fund to raise money for victims. It also included the Hyde Amendment, which would prohibit the funds from being spent on abortions, a point of contention not raised when S. 178 was being voted on in committee.

“You can blame it on staff, blame it on whoever you want to blame,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said last week. “But we didn’t know it was in the bill, and…the bill will not come off this floor as long as that language is in the bill.”

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., cautioned ahead of the vote that the Loretta Lynch nomination won’t come to a vote until the human trafficking bill is complete. “We have to finish the human trafficking bill,” he said on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday.

“Democrats filibustering help for terrorized women and abused women would represent a new low for the Senate,” stressed McConnell before the vote on the Senate floor Tuesday. “And the American people would not soon forget it. Nor should they.”

S. 178’s principal sponsor, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas,  had some choice words for Senate Democrats who, he argues, turned their back on the legislation.

“To our colleagues who are filibustering this legislation, are you prepared to turn your back on the thousands of people living every day in bondage and who are desperately clinging to the hope that someone, someone will lend them a helping hand?,” Cornyn said Monday.

“Are you prepared to abandon these children and these other victims of human trafficking who deserve a roof over their head, someone to lean on, and somehow, some way to get a fresh start in life?”

h/t: Politico

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