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"The fact is the court places more emphasis on whether or not a woman can obtain a recreational drug--the birth conrol pill--than on the objectionable aspects of contraception." (1)

--Judie Brown, president of American Life League, in response to federal courts blocking religious exception rules.

"If you haven't connected the dots already, the whole thing is one: paganism, witchcraft, abortion, homosexualism, feminism and women's ordination." (2)

--Fr. Dwight Longenecker in response to the National Abortion Federation's announcement of Rev. Katherine H. Ragsdale as interim president and CEO.

"Lucifer hates the power of generation in our bodies ... [the Hebrew word for woman means] to be Opened ... The enemy wants to get Adam to forget [Eve] so that the woman will close. The enemy's goal has been to turn the womb, the place of life, into a tomb, the place of death." (3)

--From Christopher West's keynote address at a Philadelphia anti-abortion conference hosted by a Catholic high school and cosponsored by Philadelphia's Catholic Medical Association.

"I remember what happened to Granite City when Hope Clinic came to town in the 1970s. Granite City was a thriving steel town, prosperous--now it is a despairing shadow of its former self." (4)

--Angela Michael, founder of an anti-abortion group in Illinois, arguing that the deteriorating economy of Granite City, an Illinois town bordering Missouri, is the result of abortion access rather than the decline of the US steel industry.

"Judeo-Christian moral standards are the ultimate utilitarian rules for human conduct. They reflect the rules that are best for man ... like God's instruction manual for the best running of man and human society." (5)

--Attorney General Bill Barr in a speech on "religious liberty in America" that was promoted on the Department of Justice's website.

"International organizations will try, from time to time, to sneak language into their documents claiming that abortion is a human right. And we'll never accept that." (6)

--Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a speech titled, "Being a Christian Leader," which was promoted on the State Department's official government website with the URL "state.gov/being-a-christian-leader"

"I'm not concerned with that." (7)

--Kansas state representative Will Carpenter (proponent of a motion allowing doctors to refuse contraception and other services to women based on the doctor's personal religious beliefs) when asked if he cared about the religious beliefs of patients.

"You are the person best qualified to protect your own privacy." (8)

--From the Privacy Policy of Missouri's Department of Health, which was recently accused of tracking women's menstrual cycles in an effort to close down the state's last remaining Planned Parenthood clinic.

(1) Press release, "The Ninth Circuit Court Violates Religious Freedom," American Life League, November 4, 2019. (2) Fr. Dwight Longenecker, "Episcopal Woman Priest Says Abortionists Are 'Saints,"' Patheos, October 30, 2019. (3) Gia Myers, "True Freedom Linked to Beauty of Pro-life Call, Speaker Says," Catholic Philly, October 31, 2019. (4) Kristine Christlieb, "Abortion Wars in Missouri and Illinois," Church Militant, October 29, 2019. (5) The United States Department of Justice, "Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks to the Law School and the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame," October 11, 2019. (6) Mike Pompeo, "Being a Christian Leader," October 11, 2019. (7) Tim Carpenter, "Kansas Catholics Tie Medicaid Expansion Support to Abortion Policy," The Hutchinson News, November 14, 2019. (8) MO.gov/privacy-policy/ (accessed November 4, 2019).
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