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Update: By the way a Hat Tip goes to RVO reader Lucinda on this one. Thanks Lucinda.

It was perhaps our most viewed post this month but unfortunately it will not be viewed during the Super Bowl.

NBC has rejected CatholicVote.com’s attempt to buy advertising time during the Super Bowl to show its pro-life ad. Though the network says it does not show ads involving “political advocacy or issues,” the ad’s creators have questioned whether a double standard is at work.

But wait …the folks who created the pro-life ad say there’s a double standard. NBC says it banned a similarly political ad from PETA . But the CatholicVote.com folks claim NBC was willing to air the PETA ad.

An e-mail reportedly from Victoria Morgan, Vice President of Advertising Standards for Universal, was reproduced on the PETA web site explaining the ad’s rejection: “The PETA spot submitted to Advertising Standards depicts a level of sexuality exceeding our standards.”

The e-mail to PETA detailed “edits that need to be made” in order for the ad to run.

“NBC claims it doesn’t allow advocacy ads, but that’s not true. They were willing to air an ad by PETA if they would simply tone down the sexual suggestiveness. Our ad is far less provocative, and hardly controversial by comparison,” said Burch.

I don’t know if there’s a double standard or not. It doesn’t matter. It’s banned. Period. So … just for you one more time.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2CaBR3z85c&eurl=http://thepracticingcatholic.wordpress&feature=player_embedded

Executive order to authorize federal funds for abortions

In 2001 and 2003, President Bush signed orders preventing the distribution of grant money to international family planning groups who provided abortion services. Later today, President Obama will reverse that order.

The funds were originally cut off during the Reagan administration, reinstated by Clinton, cut off again by George W. Bush and will soon flow again authorized by an Obama Executive Order. (Sorry, I do not have access to a draft of the order yet.)

Here’s some brief background information. (Link)

President Bush on Friday issued an executive order that prevents the State Department from giving family planning grants to international groups that provide abortion-related counseling, although he exempted groups in Africa and the Caribbean that could receive funding through the global AIDS initiative, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The new policy is an expansion of an executive order Bush issued in 2001 that restricts the U.S. Agency for International Development from providing aid to international organizations that use their own funds to provide abortions or abortion counseling or to lobby foreign governments on abortion policy (Chen, Los Angeles Times, 8/30).

The so-called “Mexico City” policy — which was originally implemented by President Reagan at a population conference in Mexico City in 1984, removed by President Clinton and reinstated by President Bush on the first day of his presidency — “bars U.S. money from international groups that support abortion, even with their own money, through direct services, counseling or lobbying activities” (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 4/9).

Bush said that he is expanding the 2001 order “because family planning grants are awarded by the Department of State outside of USAID, as well as through USAID.” According to the Times, Bush believes that U.S. taxpayer money should not be used to provide financial assistance to international groups that provide abortion-related services (Los Angeles Times, 8/30).

Bush was right. United States taxpayers should not have any of their contributions go to these programs – or any other program – that provides abortion services outside of the United States or within our borders.

Morrissey over at Hot Air notes that Obama is signing this order on a Friday afternoon, when the news cycle is slow, and with little fanfare from the liberal left. No Rose Garden ceremony, no representatives from NOW or Planned Parenthood in attendence. I’m not convinced of Ed’s opinion to keep this order on the down-low, but maybe Obama is feeling a little shame?

People can agree to disagree concerning the right to life and the right to choose, but by providing federal funding for these programs, you are taking money from people who morally object to abortion and using that money to fund abortions.

The Founding Fathers were very smart people. The Constitution is clear concerning what the federal government could do and what rights were left to the states. This was a great solution for the Founders, too bad The Constitution is routinely ignored these days.

Imagine The Potential – Update: News Video

Today (Thursday) marks the 36th anniversary of Roe … and for those who cannot see that the decision to abort is a decision to end a life … it may well be a time of celebration. But it is not.

This is why in Washington today (Thursday) thousands also gathered to protest Roe. I wanted to give you some press reports on this but unfortunately the MSM chose not to cover it … so this is the best I can do here.

If you think one baby does not make a difference, please take the time to watch this video. It will touch you.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2CaBR3z85c&eurl=http://thepracticingcatholic.wordpress.com/2009/01/18/imagine-the-potential/&feature=player_embedded

To mark the anniversary Cong Pence introduced legislation to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Click here to learn why.

Ending abortion can never be done legislatively. Never. Because you see there will always be those who will seek them out through other means and thus … endangering their own lives and of course that of the child.

Successfully putting an end to abortion requires that we all work to change the hearts and minds of people. Help them understand that life does indeed begin at conception. For if not then … then when? It also requires that we as individuals and as a community be prepared to reach out and help women who may find themselves unexpectedly pregnant

Of course none of this means that we as a society should not continue to campaign to end this practice and once again showing the world that America values life from birth to natural death.

Update: Finally some video of the event from ABC in DC

Compare and contrast – McCain and Obama on The View

As Jim Vicevich mentions, The View isn’t really considered a news program, but if you’re wondering who most of the “cast” will be voting for, you need not go further than these video clips.

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Peliosi describes Catholic Church position on when life begins – attempt fails

During the Aug. 24 “Meet the Press” show on NBC, Tom Brokaw asked Nancy Pelosi – the Democrat leader of the U.S. House of Representatives from San Francisco – when life begins. Her answer was political of course, as she tried to cover all bases.

The discussion for conservatives is not necessarily if life begins at conception, but why Roe versus Wade is bad law. Don’t be afraid of the topic; you can be pro-life or pro-abortion and still believe that the Supreme Court got it wrong, and probably should have refused to hear the case. Read more