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Defenders of the Unborn
Hosting
National  Day of Protest Against
Planned Parenthood
 
When:  April 23, 2016
Where:  Planned Parenthood
             4251 Forest Park Blvd.
             St. Louis, MO 
Time:    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
 
Guest Speakers:  Georgette Forney- Silent No More
 
Master of Ceremony- Pam Fichter- Former President MRL
Linda & Chuck Raymond- Silent No More- St. Louis, Susan Klein, Liaison -MRL, 
Senator Kurt Schaefer, Senator Bob Onder, Rep. Andrew Koeing, 
Father Dan Kinkead- Anglican Church for Life, and more
 
On April 23,2016, this protest will take place simultaneously at hundreds of Planned Parenthood locations across the nation.  
#ProtestPP is a coalition of state and national pro-life organizations seeking a public protest in response to the recent 
horrific videos exposing Planned Parenthood harvesting baby body parts for a financial gain.
These videos released by Center for Medical Progress is an eye opener for Americans across the country.  Americans who have been 
complacent now stand to defund Planned Parenthood and end the senseless killing of God’s little ones.  But those who produced 
the video have been indicted and those who committed the crime are still free.  What an injustice.  
 
BE NOT AFRAID – GOD WILL LEAD YOU!
 
Through our public protest at this last surgical abortion mill in Missouri we want to show to the media the scandal of harvesting
 baby body parts, educate the community on the evil of Planned Parenthood, and to demand that we work to defund 
Planned Parenthood in our state and across the country.  Visit http;//protestpp.com/
Share this with your church, family, friends, facebook.  For more information contact Mary at 314-346-9052 or 
National Leaders: Eric Scheidler-Pro-life Action League, Monica Miller- Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Mark Harrington-Created Equal

It’s rare that I find myself without words to describe the indignation felt when confronted with completely tyrannical behavior. Please, just read the article below and check out the attached links…Evidently, courts think they own your children now. I do understand why they act this way, but the people in these situations need our support. Here’s the article:

Swearengin Family Homeschool Update

Judge: Not My Responsibility. HSLDA: Sure Is!

Last week, the Supreme Court of Missouri gave Circuit Court Judge R. Craig Carter until Monday to respond to our petition for a writ of prohibition to halt a hearing in “truancy court.” Judge Carter did respond yesterday, and today HSLDA has filed a reply.

Jim Mason JIM MASON
Vice President for Litigation and Development

In our reply we refute the judge’s characterization of his “truancy court” as being voluntary, and demonstrate why the case is not moot simply because the day of the hearing has “come and gone.”

As we reported earlier, a family in Ava was summoned to appear before Judge Carter in “truancy court” just days after they withdrew their children from public school to homeschool them. On Friday, April 1, HSLDA filed a petition with the Court of Appeals to put a stop to that summons. The Court of Appeals denied our petition that same day.

On Saturday, April 2, we filed the petition with the Supreme Court of Missouri. Someone from the Supreme Court phoned Judge Carter on Monday morning just before the Ava family was scheduled to appear. Judge Carter told HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff, who was in Missouri to appear on behalf of the family, that the appearance had been postponed because of the call from the Supreme Court.

The Response

Yesterday afternoon, we received Judge Carter’s “suggestions in opposition” to our petition. This morning we asked the Supreme Court to allow us to file a reply to address some of the arguments made by Judge Carter. This afternoon our request was approved.

For example, Judge Carter argues that the Supreme Court may not consider anything beyond the “Notice to Appear.” But he urges the Supreme Court to believe that “[i]n Douglas County the Truancy Court is an informal and voluntary diversionary program.” Yet the “Notice to Appear,” which he urges the Supreme Court to focus on, does not use the words “informal,” “voluntary,” “diversionary,” or “program.”

Rather, the “Notice to Appear,” which looks exactly like an official court document, unequivocally commands the Swearengins’ presence in “Truancy Court.” And it baldly asserts that “[a]ttendance is mandatory and failure to comply can result in the Judge Ordering the Juvenile Office to file a petition” to take children into custody.

Judge Carter also attempts to distance himself from the creation and operation of the “Truancy Court.” But after the Court of Appeals had already denied our petition, he candidly engaged in a private discussion on Facebook on April 1, 2016 and consented to the conversation being posted on a local homeschool group’s Facebook page.

Reality in Question

For example, Judge Carter said, “Truancy Court is a ‘real’ court.” In his Suggestions, Judge Carter says he merely “aid[ed]” in the formation of the Truancy Court in Douglas County. But on Facebook he said, “I have set up one of the only Truancy Courts in a rural area in the United States.” Remember, he said this after one court had denied our petition and before the Supreme Court had ordered him to respond.

Judge Carter also referred to the upcoming hearing on April 4, 2016 as an “appearance.” He said, “I can’t really answer what happened with this particular family, because they haven’t even appeared yet. (Not that I could discuss a specific case anyway due to privacy concerns.)”

He referred to the document sent to the family as a “summons”: “That was one weird thing about this case—I had not even looked at it, the parents were just sent a summons to come to Court to explain. But, like I said, 99.9% of the cases we get are referrals from the public school district who has noted serious problems with a child’s school attendance.”

And of great concern to homeschooling families is that Judge Carter apparently believes that starting “cases” in “truancy court” and “summoning” homeschoolers gives him the authority to require the production of records. He said, “This is really on the attorney who filed this. He should have actually investigated the case. In all actuality, I’m probably the best friend a homeschooling parent has. If a parent shows up with the records showing their kid is being educated, I can end everything right there, and the parents can go on homeschooling like they had been.”

We expect the Supreme Court to rule any day. We will keep you posted.

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Read more: Swearengin Case homepage >>

The article below is linked through to the original at it’s end. It’s important to note that the US was first in the world in education prior to the creation of the Department of Education. We were 17th the last time I checked. It’s working the way the want it to work it seems:

NEA Seeks to Strip Christians’ Religious Freedoms

Some buttons and magnets seen at the 2015 NEA Convention

The National Education Association union has long promoted special privileges for those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning. NEA members seem thrilled about the recent decision by five Supreme Court justices who overruled state laws in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in all states, even those where citizens voted against legalization.

In fact, on the first day of the NEA convention in Orlando, all business was halted, in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order. Union President Lily Eskelsen García called “a very special Personal Point of Privilege,” so a female delegate could ask another female delegate to marry her.

Not yet satisfied with their social justice progress, the NEA union now wants to assure that the Constitutional rights to freedom of religion, free speech, and free association are taken away from Christians. At the July union convention in Florida, delegates adopted a Board of Directors-initiated New Business Item, NBI A, which seeks to strip religious freedoms from Christians who don’t wish to participate in gay marriages. The union used pejorative wording to describe those who simply wish to back out of the equation, accusing Christians of wanting to “discriminate” against gays and lesbians. (read the rest here)

Commonsense Property Rights Coalition to Meet to Discuss Common Core, Homeschooling, High Taxes
The Common Sense Property Rights Coalition will meet Monday August 3  at 6 pm at Fred’s Fish House   in Mammoth Springs according to board member Kevin Jotz. The main speaker of the evening will be Brandsville resident Karl Reid, author of a series of popular novels known as the Joseph books. Reid has studied Common Core and the modern educational system and home schooling and will be speaking on how to improve the education system.
The meeting will also include an update on the Oregon County property tax assessment, the state laws regulating the State Tax Commission, and how to file an appeal. Many citizens are concerned because their property tax assessments have gone up by 50% to 100%. State law mandates that any increase of more than 15% must be accompanied by a physical appraisal of the property. The PRC sponsored a peaceful protest demonstration at the Oregon County Courthouse last month.
“This is an organization concerned with protection of private property rights. The group believes that without protections of private property rights nothing else is secure. The right to own and reasonably use private property is a cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution, differentiating our country from others around the world. As John Adams, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers and our second president, said: ‘The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.” For more information at 417-264-2435 or 417-270-1724.”

Stanley Children

Concerns Raised After Police Scare Away Midwife of Arkansas Couple Whose Children Were Seized

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Concerns are being raised after scrutiny continues into the lives of a homeschooling family whose children were taken from them earlier this year by the Garland Country Sheriff’s Department—which friends of the family now state has scared away the midwife who was to have helped with the soon-coming birth of their ninth child.

As previously reported, seven of the eight children of Hal Stanley and his wife Michelle were removed from their Hot Springs home on Jan. 12 following an anonymous complaint. The eldest child does not live at home since she is grown.

The situation began in December as a social worker with the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) showed up at the Stanley’s door after receiving a complaint that the children were permitted to go outside in the snow barefoot. The Stanleys assured the case worker that everything was fine, and that the children had plenty of shoes, but had a custom of making footprints in the snow for fun.

“We showed her some of the 200 and something pair of shoes and told her—actually the kids told her—how it was their preference to go barefoot and that it was like a tradition to briefly run out in the snow barefoot and take a picture of the footprints,” Michelle Stanley told reporters.

However, authorities then received a second complaint claiming that the couple had a “poisonous substance” in their home, and so on Jan. 12, both DHS and members of the Garland County Sheriff’s Department appeared at their door. According to the family, officials forced the parents to step outside, at which time they were served with a search warrant.

“[They] said we could not enter our house or talk to our kids until the search and the investigation was through,” Stanley said. “They said the charge was that we had a poisonous substance in our house and that the kids were being exposed to it and it endangered their welfare.”

It turned out that the substance that was being referred to was MMS (“miracle mineral supplement”) or sodium chlorite, which is used to purify water and is claimed to help to cure diseases. The Stanleys state that the product was used to balance the PH of their fish tank, but that her husband had also been drinking it to help make his system more alkaline.

Five hours later, after the search concluded—along with an interrogation of the children, officials informed the Stanleys that all seven of their children were being taken into custody.

“Six intimidating, brute looking males and one DHS female all lined up in our den to tell us they would be taking our kids into their custody for 72 hours,” Stanley recalled.

But after a week later, the couple’s children still were not returned and were placed in public school—and did not come home until March, and even then on a trial basis. Arkansas DHS has not yet provided an exact reason as to why the children were seized.

“It could mean that the home is unfit. It could mean that the environment is not a good environment, that there’s dirt everywhere; it could mean that,” Public Information Coordinator Kate Luck told KATV earlier this year. “It could also mean the children cannot safely remain there. It may be that the parents have done something to make the environment unsafe. It could mean that the children did something…”

Now, friends of the family are concerned as officials continue to scrutinize the family.

“They have state ‘agents’ showing up at their house every day unannounced who stay for hours and ‘observe’ and seek to ‘counsel,’” outlines the “Bring the Stanley Kids Home” Facebook page, managed by a friend simply identified as Kristy.

Hal Stanley also notes that during a hearing last month, it was ruled that the three eldest children must remain in public school, and that a psychologist must visit the home 20 hours a week for the next 6-12 weeks “to promote harmony in the family.”

As Michelle Stanley is almost 9 months pregnant, a recent update additionally states that the midwife the Stanleys had sought to use was questioned by police, which frightened her away.

“[T]he midwife they had planned to use for a home birth next month was interrogated and intimidated by police and ‘warned’ to stay away from the Stanleys, which means Mrs. Stanley is [just a few] weeks from her due date with no midwife,” Kristy explained.

“She feels threatened and her counsel has advised her to stay away,” she continued. “The sheriffs department has searched every angle of the Stanley’s personal life to find some criminal wrong doing to be able to charge them with something and are still searching.”

The Stanleys are hoping to have another midwife in place so that they can give birth at home as they wish—but their concerns do not end there.

“[T]here have been hints that the newborn will be taken away if ‘things are not in order,’” Kristy explained. “This poor mother has endured enough heartache over these last few months. How much more tyranny can we dump on her? Where are the midwives who will come to help her?”

With All Eyes on California, Vermont Forces Through Vaccine Bill

4/27/2015

With the public focused on the lobbyist-driven California Senate Bill 277 (SB-277), the Vermont Senate quietly eliminated vaccine exemptions Thursday with an 18-11 vote. Missing the starting gun, communities across America are now facing the political push to remove the barrier between their bodies and a private company’s medical product. Attempting to squeeze every last drop of credibility from the “safe and effective” argument, senators across the U.S. appear to be ignoring the voices of their people in addition to over $3 billion of payouts in the U.S. alone from The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Recently, the population of Vermont, and the rest of the country, is swooning over the state’s political representatives for enacting the nation’s first mandatory GMO labeling law. After a short legal hang-up forced by corporate influence, the law will begin on July 1st, 2016. What better state to remove vaccine exemptions than one in which its politicians can do no wrong. As first reported by AgeofAutism:

Friday, April 10th, Jennifer Stella, head of the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice learned that Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland, and Sen. John Campbell, D-Windsor, had tried to tack the exemption removal language onto another bill. The move was ruled to be non-germane and was disallowed.

The following Tuesday evening Stella learned that another attempt was coming, this time to tack the bill onto a vaccination registry expansion bill that had already passed the house, and would be debated the following morning. By the time the bill (H98) hit the senate floor on Wednesday, a barrage of phone calls had been made to concerned parents, who showed up in the Senate Chamber ready to fight the measure. The bill surfaced as an amendment introduced, again by Senators Mullin and Campbell, and this time joined by Senator Sears, D-Windsor.

It was at this point the process went from underhanded to simply corrupt. Appearing it would fail, the Vermont H98 sponsors decided to postpone their bill a week mirroring the exact techniques seen during California SB-277. This was presumably at the advice of lobbyists who were present on the Vermont Senate floor from the American Academy of Pediatrics, phRMA, and others. Reconvening a week later, on the same day as the final California vote (4/22), Health and Welfare Committee Chair, Senator Ayer announced that no testimony was to be heard from parents. Only “experts” would be allowed to testify with an MD, PhD or greater. Among those testifying for removal of parent’s rights was Dr. John Modlin, MD, Deputy Director of Polio for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation via phone from Geneva, Switzerland.

Minutes before the Vermont bills final 18-11 approval, Senator David Zuckerman proposed an amendment (to the vaccine exemption elimination amendment) that would allow children with genetic vulnerabilities to vaccine injury to be immune from mandated injections. In a truly telling move, Zuckerman’s plea to exempt children virtually guaranteed complications from vaccines, was quickly denied.

Both the California and Vermont bills come at a time when Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is calling for, at The Centers for Disease Control, a “Credible (vaccine) regulatory process with regulators with integrity and we don’t have that today.” In addition, prominent civil rights group the ACLU recently sent a letter to California SB-277 authors Richard Pan and Ben Allen raising serious alarms about their bill’s constitutionality.

References:
Senator Zuckerman’s Ignored Amendment
Big Pharma Lobbying in VT
Vermont Capital Reporting
Robert F Kennedy on Bill Maher

While I probably wouldn’t be too keen on letting my children walk around unsupervised in DC, these parents are being attacked for child neglect for letting their 10 and 6 year old walk about one mile in an area that they knew…I think this is well beyond CPS overreach. This is becoming quite a trend. Recently, a father in LA let his child walk home about a mile and was presented with the same issue. Prior to that, a woman let her 9 year old play in the park and was accused of neglect. If I recall correctly, the park was right across the street from her home. Of course with our children, we are very rural, and the biggest concern is a specific area to canvass in case they don’t get home when they are supposed to. When I was a child, long before cell phones, we always had an agreed upon range to go about in. If you went out of that range and were caught, then Watch Out!  Your opinions are welcome…(link to article in headline)

Parents investigated for neglect after letting kids walk home alone

January 14 at 9:28 PM
It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently.

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say they are being investigated for neglect for the Dec. 20 trek — in a case they say reflects a clash of ideas about how safe the world is and whether parents are free to make their own choices about raising their children.

“We wouldn’t have let them do it if we didn’t think they were ready for it,” Danielle said.

She said her son and daughter have previously paired up for walks around the block, to a nearby 7-Eleven and to a library about three-quarters of a mile away. “They have proven they are responsible,” she said. “They’ve developed these skills.”

The Meitivs say they believe in “free-range” parenting, a movement that has been a counterpoint to the hyper-vigilance of “helicopter” parenting, with the idea that children learn self-reliance by being allowed to progressively test limits, make choices and venture out in the world.

“The world is actually even safer than when I was a child, and I just want to give them the same freedom and independence that I had — basically an old-fashioned childhood,” she said. “I think it’s absolutely critical for their development — to learn responsibility, to experience the world, to gain confidence and competency.”

On Dec. 20, Alexander agreed to let the children, Rafi and Dvora, walk from Woodside Park to their home, a mile south, in an area the family says the children know well.

The children made it about halfway.

Police picked up the children near the Discovery building, the family said, after someone reported seeing them.

Police on Wednesday did not immediately have information on the case. But a spokeswoman said that when concerns are reported, “we have a responsibility as part of our duty to check on people’s welfare.”

The Meitivs say their son told police that he and his sister were not doing anything illegal and are allowed to walk. Usually, their mother said, the children carry a laminated card with parent contact information that says: “I am not lost. I am a free-range kid.” The kids didn’t have the card that day.

Danielle said she and her husband give parenting a lot of thought.

“Parenthood is an exercise in risk management,” she said. “Every day, we decide: Are we going to let our kids play football? Are we going to let them do a sleep­over? Are we going to let them climb a tree? We’re not saying parents should abandon all caution. We’re saying parents should pay attention to risks that are dangerous and likely to happen.”

She added: “Abductions are extremely rare. Car accidents are not. The number one cause of death for children of their age is a car accident.”

Danielle is a climate-science consultant, and Alexander is a physicist at the National Institutes of Health.

Alexander said he had a tense time with police on Dec. 20 when officers returned his children, asked for his identification and told him about the dangers of the world.

The more lasting issue has been with Montgomery County Child Protective Services, he said, which showed up a couple of hours after the police left.

Mary Anderson, a spokeswoman for CPS, said she could not comment on cases but that neglect investigations typically focus on questions of whether there has been a failure to provide proper care and supervision.

In such investigations, she said, CPS may look for guidance to a state law about leaving children unattended, which says children younger than 8 must be left with a reliable person who is at least 13 years old. The law covers dwellings, enclosures and vehicles.

The Meitivs say that on Dec. 20, a CPS worker required Alexander to sign a safety plan pledging he would not leave his children unsupervised until the following Monday, when CPS would follow up. At first he refused, saying he needed to talk to a lawyer, his wife said, but changed his mind when he was told his children would be removed if he did not comply.

Following the holidays, the family said, CPS called again, saying the agency needed to inquire further and visit the family’s home. Danielle said she resisted.

“It seemed such a huge violation of privacy to examine my house because my kids were walking home,” she said.

This week, a CPS social worker showed up at her door, she said. She did not let him in. She said she was stunned to later learn from the principal that her children were interviewed at school.

The family has a meeting set for next week at CPS offices in Rockville.

“I think what CPS considered neglect, we felt was an essential part of growing up and maturing,” Alexander said. “We feel we’re being bullied into a point of view about child-rearing that we strongly disagree with.”