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Month: March, 2013

Huge Utility Rate Increases Coming for Oklahoman’s

SMART Grid and SMART Meter Information and Resources

Many of Oklahoma’s utilities are moving into the next generation of electric service through the addition of SMART Meter technology. SMART Meters allow customers to access information about their own usage in 15 minute intervals. This information will empower customers to choose small changes in usage that can result in big savings. SMART Meters also assist in statewide energy efficiency programs, as discussed in the Oklahoma First Energy Plan. Remote meter reading and connections services will also lower operating costs.

As we all know, Oklahoma weather can cause power outages. SMART meters will enable the utilities to identify and respond to power outages much more quickly, allowing faster restoration of service in many cases.

Your opinion matters. Please use the form at the bottom of of this page to send us your questions and concerns regarding SMART meters.

Common Questions and Answers:

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on SMART Meters

Oklahoma Utilities’ SMART Grid Links:

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Positive Energy SMART Grid Homepage
Oklahoma Gas and Electric Customer Information Website
Public Service Company of Oklahoma SMART Meter Project
Oklahoma Electric Cooperative Customer Information Website
Oklahoma Electric Cooperative Presentation to the Commission on SMART Meters

SMART Grid Documents and Other Helpful Links:

Oklahoma Based Assessment – Prepared for OGE – RF Emissions Study
An Evaluation of Radio Frequency Fields Produced by Smart Meters Deployed in Vermont (presented: 01.14.13)
OGE SMART Study Together, Summer 2011 Final Results
Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s update to the Commission on November 21, 2011
Oklahoma Gas and Electric’s update to the Commission on November 21, 2011
California Public Utility Commission Advanced Metering Assessment Report
California Council on Science and Technology Health Impact Study of Radio Frequency and SMART Meters
Economist Technology Quarterly Radio Frequency Article
Electric Power Research Institute Perspective on Radio-Frequency Exposure
Independent review of advanced metering deployment in Texas
SilverSpring Whitepaper on Radio Frequency
EEI AEIC UTC white paper on Radio Frequency Exposure
Characterization of Radio Frequency Emission from Two Models of Wireless Smart Meters
AMI Meter Electomagnetic Field Survey
Public Service Company Radio Frequency Informational Video

Tulsansforsustainablefreedom.com Huge rate increases coming to every ones utility bills care of the Sierra Club, EPA, smart meters and your corporation commission. How could we be so lucky? Learn about this at the Agenda21 Symposium April 5/6. Hosted by Tulsa912Project. For registration visit Tulsa912project.com Cut off for registration is April 1st.

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Common Core is Not OK- Rally at the Capital

Common Core is Not OK- Rally at the Capital
Sponsored by: R.O.P.E. (Restore Oklahoma Public Education)

Wednesday, March 27 at noon in the Supreme Court Hallway on the second floor of our state Capitol, ROPE will have a rally against the Common Core called, “Common Core is NOT OK!” Please join us. Tulsa 9.12 will be carpooling/caravaning to this event. tulsa912er@gmail.com

The ONLY way to pressure our Governor and State Superintendent into stopping the Common Core in Oklahoma will be sheer numbers of grassroots activists willing to stand up and say – NO! We will have a number of speakers, including Paul Blair and Representative Gus Blackwell, a special announcement and hopefully, a nationally-known speaker! After the rally, you will be asked to visit your legislator and tell them, “Common Core is NOT OK!”

Wednesday, March 27
12:00 noon
Supreme Court Hallway, 2nd Floor State Capitol

Tulsa 9.12 will be carpooling/caravaning to this event. If you are interested in joining us please contact me. We will leave Reasor’s parking lot in Jenks at 8:00 am Contact for ride: tulsa912er@gmail.com

Red Alert: Calls and Visits Needed for HB1412 UNA21/SD

Energy Committee Chairman
Senator Cliff Branan
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 417C
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-5543
branan@oksenate.gov
Executive Assistant: Kathy Townsend

Dear Freedom-Loving Oklahomans,

Our anti-UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development may be in trouble. The first clue is that Senate leadership assigned HB1412 to the Senate Energy Committee, an odd place for it to be. This may be a ploy to kill the bill. In addition, this committee meets on Thursdays and next Thursday is part of the Easter holiday. The last Thursday that any bill can be heard in a Senate committee is Thursday, April 4, 2013. If it is not heard on that day it is dead.

From the beginning, Representative Sally Kern, the author of HB 1412 in the House of Representatives, was warned that there were “powerful interests” who want to see this bill die. Those powerful interests have never been specifically identified, so, I must conclude that they are operating behind closed doors as cowards in the Oklahoma political process usually do.

Here is the bottom line, we must mount a strong and consistent call campaign of phone calls, e-mails, and personal visits to Energy Committee Chairman Cliff Branan to urge him in the strongest terms to hear and vote on the bill. Be respectful but firm. It will do us no good to offend anyone at this point.

The bill passed out of the House on an overwhelming vote of 67-17. Sally Kern told me it would have been 75-17 if some of the representatives had not had to leave that night. There is no doubt that the citizens of Oklahoma want HB 1412 to pass the Senate and be signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. It is up to us however to keep the heat on it.

Please call, e-mail and, if possible, go by and visit Senator Branan every day until April 4th. Senator Branan’s executive assistant has indicated that they are getting calls on the bill and now it it time to create a tsunami.

With God’s help maybe we can push it over the top.

We have come a long way over the last three years and I want everyone to know how much I appreciate your efforts to rid Oklahoma of UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development.

Let Freedom Ring!
Robert Semands
GEL Spokesperson
Govern Edmond Locally
Think Act Govern Locally

Agenda 21 BILL MAY BE IN TROUBLE! PLEASE CALL

From Senator Anderson:

Today, Thursday, March 21, the Senate leadership finally assigned HB1412 to a committee. HB1412 is Representative Kern’s bill opposing Agenda 21. I am the Senate author.

House Bills only have three weeks to be heard – and today was the end of the first week. HB1412 has been assigned to the Energy Committee which only meets on Thursdays. There was no meeting of the Energy Committee in week 1. The Senate will not be in session on Thursday of next week due to Easter (that is week 2). Therefore, we only have one shot to get HB1412 heard – that will be Thursday, April 4th.

I hope that I am wrong, but I fear that the bill’s placement in this committee is an effort by Senate leadership to keep HB 1412 from being heard. Therefore, I need to ask that you contact all the people you can who support HB 1412 and ask them to take a moment to contact the Energy Committee Chairman’s office and respectfully request that he place HB 1412 on the committee agenda to be heard.

I would also urge everyone to contact their local Senator and urge them to co-author HB1412 and ask them to request a hearing for HB1412.

I hate to ask, but I believe it is important that those who support HB 1412 keep contacting the Energy Chairman’s office every day until he agrees to hear the bill. Contacting his office once will help, but contacting him multiple times will make a huge difference.

Thank you for your help. The Senate Energy Chairman’s name is Cliff Branan. He can be contacted at Branan@oksenate.gov or you can call the Senate switchboard at (405) 524-0126.

Sincerely,
PATRICK ANDERSON

Why we must prevent a Con – Con

We must prevent a constitutional because there is no way to prevent a runaway convention

Why is a Con – Con dangerous?

A Constitutional Convention is dangerous because it can literally throw out the present Constitution and our BILL OF RIGHTS. That includes our 2nd Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms. We all know that the globalist are after our Bill of Rights.

Many have tried for years to hold a Con-Con to take away our founding documents.They already have a Constitution for the New States of America, waiting to be put in place. No Bill of Rights! No 2nd Amendment! No property rights!

I invite you to do a search of the web for “New States of America” and see for yourself. We worked very hard a couple of years ago to defeat several bills calling for a Con – Con and were successful here in Oklahoma. However, those who want to rewrite our constitution will never give up and we should never stop working to defeat them.

OCPAC, Legislation and other things we need to know

THANKS TO ACTIVISM, LEGISLATION MOVING ALONG

First, a huge thanks to so many who have made calls, sent e-mails and or have gone to the Capitol to do some personal lobbying. We also had a really good turn-out last Tuesday for the “Nullification Rally”. The Oklahoman reported the crowd to be about 300 which is very good as we activists have to take time off to go and petition our lawmakers for the causes for which we care about. Legislation which deals with nullifying Obamacare, American Laws for American Courts, opposing Agenda 21, 2nd Amendment issues and many other good pieces of legislation have passed out of the House and are now over in the Senate for consideration and vice/versa. There will be need for more activism during the next leg of the process, I will try to let folks know on some of that legislation. Again, the reason to receive e-mails from groups like ROPE, OK2A, Oklahomans for Life, OK-SAFE, The John Birch Society, Oklahoma Liberty and others is that they will do a better job of informing on their particular issues than I have the time to do. If we all determine to work together with the limited time and resources we have as we are trying to make a living and raise our families, we can continue to move Oklahoma toward a more conservative state following nearly a hundred years of liberal Democrat rule.

Of course it isn’t just liberal Democrat rule, because far too many of the Republican lawmakers aren’t much better than the Democrats. During the presidential elections of last year a new term popped up to describe many who supported President Obama and others of his ilk. The term is “low information voters” which is a really good description of a certain percentage of those going to the polls. However, in all my dealings with politicians, the term “low information lawmakers” is also appropriate to describe many who dwell in the halls of the marble pork pen at 23rd and Lincoln.

One of the more important factors to determine the quality of a lawmaker is just how much time and effort a lawmaker is willing to invest in reading and or attending conferences and seminars to expose themselves to information from both sides of the many issues for which they will make decisions. If they fail to put out the effort, they will probably be nothing more than a “low information lawmaker” and an easy target for the multitudes of highly paid lobbyists representing the many special interests that want to get their hands on as much taxpayer funds as possible, or receive the special opportunities afforded to them by government.

The later are the kind of “low information” Republican lawmakers we need to replace with those who have developed a consistent, conservative ideology to guide them as they make laws that affect all of us in the State of Oklahoma. Making those changes, providing information to lawmakers and candidates is what we do at OCPAC.
Becoming a dues paying member makes those changes possible. Please consider joining OCPAC at this time if you have not done so for this year.

I look forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday.

Charlie Meadows
Charliemeadows7@gmail.com

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Oklahoma schools and students will be in a “perpetual state of testing”

My comments: Less and less emphasis on academics and more and more time on wasting valuable time! How do you spell “Dumbing Down”?
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Fm:Tulsa World
New school tests called excessive
By KIM ARCHER World Staff Writer
Published: 3/16/2013 1:39 AM
Last Modified: 3/16/2013 7:06 AM

Get more information: Read the testing guidance information sent to schools.
Oklahoma schools and students will be in a “perpetual state of testing” when new K-12 standardized testing begins in 2014-15, educators say.

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Comment from a former teacher :Jenni White, a former teacher and president of Restore Oklahoma Public Education, said the addition of these new assessments will further chip away at the time teachers have to actually teach students.

Visit the Tulsa World for lots of info:
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20130316_19_A1_Oklaho507655

Please visit the following web sites for a real insight to the state of public education in Oklahoma.
Restore Oklahoma Public Education

http://www.restoreokpubliceducation.com

restoreoklahomapubliceducation.blogspot.com

Restore Oklahoma Public Education (R.O.P.E.) is committed to educating tax- paying citizens and parent stakeholders on the ways in which the methods and …

What Can You Do About The Common Core in Oklahoma?

By now you probably know that Glenn Beck has become aware of the Common Core State Standards and he – along with Michelle Malkin – are exposing this system for the liberty sucking vacuum it is.

If you don’t know, I began my career in activism as the Education Coordinator for the OKC912Project. Restore Oklahoma Public Education (ROPE) was spun out of the OKC912Project when another 912 member at the time, Julie McKenzie and I realized that one of the reasons Barrack Obama was elected was due to the fact that we are not educating children in our public schools on the Constitution or basic government.

Since that time (2009), ROPE has looked into testing, administration, funding – many issues involving the public school. Common Core is, sadly, just one cog in the machine of big government education that is immediately threatening to micromanage public schools – and good teachers – out of existence.

If you are not aware of ROPE, please click on any of the links at the bottom of this email to take you to our website, blog, Twitter or Facebook page. Here you will find TONS of information on the Common Core and yes, it is bad.

I am attaching a copy of the blog I wrote about why Mary Fallin killed our bill to study the COSTS of the Common Core – an initiative put into law by a small group of legislators BEFORE the standards were even available to read, simply to get stimulus funds for our state offered through the Race to the Top grant program. Yes, we have untested, unexamined standards and associated tests that are UNFUNDED MANDATES to schools. In fact, recent research shows that Common Core could cost Oklahoma tax payers as much as 250 million dollars.

Here’s what you can do to help:

Friday, March 22 at 6:30, the OKC912Project has the Safari room (their usual room) at H&H Shooting Sports reserved. At that time, Danna Foreman, Lynn Habluetzel and Julia Seay (three of ROPE’s active board members) will join me in presenting Glenn Beck’s program on the Common Core, shown Thursday, March 14th. We will give you more information on the initiative and be available to answer any questions you might have.

Wednesday, March 27 at noon in the Supreme Court Hallway on the second floor of our state Capitol, ROPE will have a rally against the Common Core called, “Common Core is NOT OK!” Please join us. The ONLY way to pressure our Governor and State Superintendent into stopping the Common Core in Oklahoma will be sheer numbers of grassroots activists willing to stand up and say – NO! We will have a number of speakers, including Paul Blair and Representative Gus Blackwell, a special announcement and hopefully, a nationally-known speaker! After the rally, you will be asked to visit your legislator and tell them, “Common Core is NOT OK!”

Thursday, March 28th, is the state school board meeting. We would like anyone who can, to appear in front of the board at the end of the meeting to make a public comment on the Common Core. It is sad, but factual, that Superintendent Barresi has not ever fully discussed the Common Core with state board members who are woefully unaware of the pitfalls and facts associated with the Common Core.

We will provide more information on all these developments as we work them out. If you wish to be on ROPE’s email list, please see our webpage – http://www.RestoreOkPublicEducation.com and put your email address in the box in the upper left hand side of the page.

Thank you for your concern about the children in Oklahoma public schools!

God bless,
Jenni White

NGA, FEE, CCSSO = A Bunch of BS For OK

Today was a banner day in Oklahoma. Today was the day the Speaker of the House of Representatives – the new, up-and-coming conservative Speaker who will be speaking at CPAC next week because he’s so conservative – killed the Common Core State Standards Cost Task Force bill authored by Gus Blackwell (HB1907).

HB1907 passed out of the General Government committee unanimously, February 28th. It was to go to the Calendar Committee (newly organized by Speaker Shannon…why would we want to have accountability to the taxpayers for what gets on the House calendar held by ONE person? Why shouldn’t we spread that accountability over a total of 18 people?) for a vote on whether or not it would be heard on the floor of the House. That week, we were told by Calendar Committee Chair, Representative Pam Peterson, that Speaker Shannon was holding all Task Force bills until other bills could be heard.

Fortuitously, directly after that meeting, we saw Representative Shannon walking in the hall. I practically galloped up next to him, and asked him to give HB1907 to the Calendar Committee because the Common Core had been put into law before the standards were even written, so of course there had never been a study done on the costs of the initiative. He looked at us and said, “I don’t think you’ll have any problems with that bill” before he walked off saying, “Now don’t have a bunch of your people calling, asking me to put it on the Calendar. We’ll get there.”

We thought this was great news and prepared to move on to lobbying House members on our bill HB1989 to protect student privacy by preventing certain types of public school data collection and sharing (this passed out of the House unanimously March 11).

I was at “school” with my children today (Classical Conversations home school families meet once a week altogether in one place to review our lessons) when I got a frenetic phone call from Lynn. She told me she and Danna and Julia (all at the Capitol) had gone to check on the status of HB1907 and found that it would NOT leave Speaker Shannon’s office. Speaker Shannon had killed the bill – the bill ROPE has been working on for THREE LONG YEARS – the bill developed out of our four year study on the Common Core!

Details were hard to get via phone and email, but apparently Speaker Shannon was told EARLY ON in the session BY THE GOVERNOR NOT to HEAR any Common Core bills and he was going to do exactly that.

Let these thoughts sink in:
• The Governor of the reddest state in the union, tells the Speaker NOT to hear a bill put forward by four housewives and mothers – simple TAXPAYERS, not lobbyists or organizations who are paid to see that bills pass or fail.
• The newly-minted Speaker tells self-same housewives, mothers and taxpayers he doesn’t see a problem with getting their bill to the floor! Why? Apparently he knew all along he wasn’t going to put the bill on the floor of the House for a vote.
• The Governor is AFRAID for Common Core bills to be heard. Why?
Let’s think about this a bit more:

Governor Fallin is the Vice-Chair of the National Governor’s Association. So what? Well, the NGA is a PRIVATE membership organization not subject to the Open Meetings Act that has PUSHED THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS FROM THE BEGINNING! In fact, the NGA and the Council of Chief State School Officers are the two organizations that have pushed the Common Core State Standards down to the states! Look in the upper right hand corner of the CCSS home page to see BOTH their logos! Their list of Corporate Sponsors is ENORMOUS and contains most of the organizations supplying funding for the Common Core initiative.

Janet Barresi is a member of the CCSSO, a private membership organization – like the NGA – that has no oversight nor accountability to taxpayers for the programs they work with State Superintendents to implement in states. CCSSO partners with Bill Gates Foundation, Pearson, ACT, K12 (currently embroiled in a lawsuit for overselling investors on student achievement to inflate their stock prices) and many others – again many private donors to the Common Core initiative.

In addition, as we have reported previously a number of times, Superintendent Barresi is a member of Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE), Chiefs for Change program. The FEE is soundly in the corner of having the federal government administrating LOCAL education – very small government stuff (snark). In addition, FEE and the Chiefs have long touted the Common Core State Standards. Jeb Bush and the FEE have written numerous education policy initiatives here in Oklahoma as evidenced by a paper trail of emails turned over via an FOI request made by the Washington Post, which begs the question as to why Oklahoma taxpayers are paying for Florida education reforms – that don’t work even in Florida??? Why are we paying a Superintendent to merely fire off emails to the FEE to get them to write Oklahoma education policy?

Let’s sum up:
• Most likely, Governor Fallin will NOT hear Common Core bills because she is afraid that after three years of lobbying, educating and studying we have enough votes to get a repeal of the Standards all the way to her desk. Having a Common Core ‘nullification’ bill pass the House and Senate in Oklahoma would no doubt cause some real pain for the Governor in her role as Vice Chair of the NGA – one of the two main supporters of the Common Core. The only plausible explanation here is that she MUST be more concerned about the future of her political career and her standing in the NGA than she is about Oklahoma children and taxpayers.
• Janet Barresi will not allow the Common Core to even be discussed at state board meetings let alone come to the floor of the House or Senate for a vote most probably because she couldn’t DARE go against the FEE! Why would she want to? She has the fabulous, “I’m open to running for president so I can spread more of my BIG GOVERNMENT Republican Statism over the whole of America” Jeb Bush, also a speaker at CPAC this year in her hip pocket (or is it the other way around?)! In addition, Dr. Barresi has lucrative contracts with Pearson and other Common Core addicts/vendors. If they’ve been taking her to dinner, what else have they been doing?

Needless to say, both the Governor and the State Superintendent are FULLY PERSONALLY INVESTED IN THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS. What do you suppose the chances are of either of them hearing the clamoring of the grassroots activists, taxpayers, parents and others against the Common Core when all they can hear is the din of their burgeoning political careers surging in their ears?

This must stop. Either Janet and Mary quit playing Hear No Common Core, See No Common Core, Speak no Common Core, or we piddly little taxpayers who are paying to advance their political careers find them primary candidates from another more altruistic branch of the monkey family.

ADDENDUM: Representative Blackwell was told that if HB1907 was kept alive and passed the Senate and the House, the Governor would veto it. He was then offered an interim study to pull the bill. He would be in control of the interim study which would NOT occur in the the Common Education Committee and be allowed to continue over a number of days – in order to collect as much information as possible. Representative Blackwell is a good man and his intentions are pure. We are lucky to have him here in Oklahoma. He took the interim study option, although we here at ROPE can’t help but wonder what it would have done to the Governor’s grassroots political capital to veto a bill to examine SPENDING in Oklahoma in the face of our national debt and economy. It would have been nice to get all the legislators on record for their vote on the issue as well, but since Senate Education Committee Chair, Senator John Ford has consistently said he would NEVER hear a bill against the Common Core, it would have been quite the fight to even get it onto the Senate floor. Makes you wonder doesn’t it? What exactly is the meaning of REPRESENTATIVE government?


Jenni White
President
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The Fight now begins in the OK Senate

Thank you all so much for all your efforts. I have heard from many of you and I know that we have really made a difference in the Oklahoma House this year!!!!! Specifically, the bills having to do with blocking Agenda 21 and nullifying Obamacare both passed the House. I understand that the votes in the Senate will not take place next week, but probably the week of March 25. We will need to change our focus and start calling and emailing the Senate in preparation for the voting there. I’ll be sending you information as I get it. Hoorah!
JOB WELL DONE!!!!!
FYI – You can watch the state legislative proceedings live. I was able to listen to Sally Kern speaking live. When I find out a good link to the State Senate and the calendar is set, I’ll let you know.

Here are some of the reports I’ve received.
Mallory
(1) Robert Semands
I’ve been listening for the last few hours and I have not heard it come up yet. I do fall asleep sometimes.
Dan Fischer – excellent speech
Sally Kern – Read from Martin Luther Kind’s Birmingham jail letter. Brilliant move!
Mike Reynolds – made a great point about swearing to uphold the Constitution
Mike Ritze – Gave simple answers based on Oklahoma and US Constitutions in defense of HB 1021
Those were the standouts to me. Go to okhouse.gov for their e-mail addresses. You can also watch archived debate videos at the same place.
Robert
(2) Bob Donohoo as forwarded by Jim Simpson
Both the anti-Agenda21 and anti-Obamacare bills passed today on the Oklahoma House floor…

This was surely only possible because of the path the Lord has provided. The path being years of training citizens to become activists, teaching our elected officials on the true nature of the problems in America, and prayer. Minds were opened and hearts were moved.

Please take a moment and encourage your members with this news.

Tonight the media will make some money at the expense of liberty.

Tomorrow we move on to the State Senate.

Strategic Activism works …
Take care

More then ever we need the church to take a stand…..

There is hope, we have been fighting for 40 years, the tide on pro-life is turning in our favor despite the control of media, govt, and education toward a pro-abortion view. We are loosing on gay marriage, euthanasia and still have a long way to go. But the article is right and hits the nail on the head repeatedly—It is as the article states below “Persistence is Key”.
Imagine what could be accomplished if the only the church from pulpits across the country would have the courage and will to teach and preach and educate the people in the pews from the pulpit on these issues on a regular basis……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Silence leads to the implication of consent which begets more silence which promotes the opposing view.
Persistence is Key — in Marriage as in Life
March 12th, 2013 http://www.ruthblog.org/2013/03/12/persistence-is-key-in-marriage-as-in-life/
by Stella Morabito, a Washington, DC-based writer who focuses on issues of society, culture and education. She has published several op-eds on marriage and gender issues in the Washington Examiner and has testified against genderless marriage before the Maryland Legislature in Annapolis. In her past work as an intelligence analyst, she specialized in Russian and Soviet politics, ideology and media.
Do you know your neighbor’s or co-worker’s or classmate’s real opinions about genderless marriage? Or do you simply know what they say they believe? Or, do you – and they — tend neither to ask nor to tell on such hot button topics?
If the latter, this is likely due in part to the appearance that genderless marriage has gained widespread political support over the past decade. But we should take note that the drift towards genderless marriage has had nothing to do with real debate. It is a trend that was manufactured primarily through the dictates of political correctness and suppression of dissent.
The key question for supporters of traditional marriage is how to undo the damage to our social infrastructure in the face of this suppression. The good news is that we do have a template for such an effort: one of the greatest ironies today is that the pro-life position is winning on the public opinion front just as supporters of genderless marriage are claiming victory.
Persistence is always key.
Consider the recent cover of Time Magazine: in the 40 years since Roe v. Wade, American public opinion has been shifting decisively in favor of life.
How did this happen? After all, the odds were stacked against any resurgence of a pro-life ethic after the 1973 Supreme Court voted 7-2 in favor of abortion. The “pro-choice” position has since seemed firmly entrenched, repeatedly preached by Hollywood, academia, the mainstream media. And don’t forget what they trumpeted about the opinion of youth: irreversible, the wave of the future.
But we cannot forget that the fear of ostracism is a very powerful motivator, especially for youth. It is an especially powerful means of silencing expression and driving public opinion. Silence leads to the implication of consent which begets more silence which promotes the opposing view.
I know, because I lived it. When I was in college, I sensed that people often assumed I was “pro-choice,” even though the idea really didn’t set well with me. Those who were in favor of abortion were never shy about saying so. Those arguing against paid a high price socially. I regretfully took the low road by avoiding the topic, mostly remaining silent when it came up. In other words, I implied consent.
When we decide to withhold our views – for whatever reason – it affects our perceptions of what others believe and their perceptions of what we believe. Those perceptions take on a reality of their own.
If enough individuals allow their views to be suppressed, a sense of marginalization and isolation inevitably sets in. I hit a point at which I felt that my pro-life views were in a distinct minority and that most people, especially anyone who seemed well connected socially, must be “pro-choice,” whether they said so or not.
Then, one day in my professional life a co-worker, who was following news about the Supreme Court’s Webster decision, said with some angst “abortion is such a sad and terrible thing.” She had no idea where I stood, and she didn’t care. I was astonished to hear this from someone I would have otherwise assumed was on the other side. Her willingness to speak from her heart in turn heartened and emboldened me. It had an enormous effect on my thinking and my life.
There are many different reasons for the turnaround on abortion. Those on both sides have been exposed to sonograms with powerful images of their own unborn children. Most rational beings tend to mellow over time, especially after the stridency of radical feminism wears thin, along with the culture’s tiresome celebration of mechanical sex.
But fundamentally, public opinion shifted because enough truth-loving people refused to remain silent and were diligent even in the face of marginalization and demonization by society.
Powerful voices — seemingly under the surface since 1973 — refused to be silent about the cruelties and injustices of abortion. A host of organizations were founded to keep the issue alive and to argue, to persuade, and to change hearts and minds. They include Jim McFadden’s premier journal, The Human Life Review; thousands of crisis pregnancy centers attending to the needs of unmarried pregnant women; and Mary Cunningham Agee’s Nurturing Network that provides compassionate support to pregnant single professional women and college students. Many more organizations played key roles.
In the face of seemingly unstoppable forces supporting genderless marriage, we must again find the courage to stand up and be heard, and regroup our efforts to revive the family. Sure, we will be resisted and marginalized by anti-family forces. But as the damage from genderless marriage sets in, pro-marriage organizations – following the lead of the National Organization for Marriage and The Ruth Institute — will mushroom and work in the same manner as pro-life forces. They will bring forth persuasive arguments in the war of ideas, show compassion to the afflicted, and bring hope to the alienated.
But positive change in the marriage culture will come a lot more quickly if increasing numbers of individuals choose to reach out and express their opinions to others they know in daily life. Just a word of self-identification to a neighbor, a co-worker, or a classmate has ripple effects we cannot predict.
When you speak out in favor of marriage and life, you are building safe harbors for more like-minded people to express their beliefs, culminating in a cascade of truth that shifts public opinion.
Time Magazine reports they are loosing the abortion war to pro-Life
Winning Roe v. Wade: Q&A with Sarah Weddington
Most states passing laws to heavily restrict abortion, defunding planned parenthood picking up steam
By Valerie LapinskiJan. 22, 2013

http://nation.time.com/2013/01/22/winning-roe-v-wade-qa-with-sarah-weddington/
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40 Years After Roe: Inside North Dakota’s Only Abortion Clinic
Jan. 22, 2013
Pro-life activists have pursued a multi-pronged strategy to reduce the number of abortion providers in the U.S. and make it more difficult and more expensive for women to access the procedure. In 2008, there were 38% fewer abortion providers in the U.S. than in 1982.
Today, there are four states that have just a single surgical abortion provider: North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas and Mississippi.
http://nation.time.com/2013/01/22/40-years-after-roe-inside-north-dakotas-only-abortion-clinic/
Losing Ever Since Roe? — TIME Sounds the Siren for Abortion Rights
Monday, January 7, 2013 http://www.albertmohler.com/2013/01/07/losing-ever-since-roe-time-sounds-the-siren-for-abortion-rights/

Roe actually awakened and called into existence a vast pro-life movement that did not exist before the decision was handed down. With few notable exceptions, American evangelicals were willing for abortion to be marginalized as a Roman Catholic issue. Roe changed that. The horror of abortion on demand finally seared the evangelical conscience. In every presidential election since Roe v. Wade, abortion has been a central issue — and never more so than in the 2012 election. The two party platforms of 2012 had diametrically opposed statements on abortion. That represented a division far deeper than existed in 1973.

Now, with the 40th anniversary of Roe, TIME magazine is sounding the siren for abortion rights with a cover story that warns: “40 Years Ago, Abortion-Rights Activists Won an Epic Victory with Roe v. Wade. They’ve Been Losing Ever Since.” Really?

The article, written by Kate Pickert, points to the profound fact that, in at least some parts of the country, an abortion is harder than ever to obtain. She reports that 24 states have adopted more than 90 new restrictions on abortion since 2010
Why Abortion-Rights Activists Have Been Losing Ever Since Roe v …
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2132761,00.html
Jan 14, 2013 – Abortion-rights activists won an epic victory in Roe v. Wade. They’ve been … Skip to Content. TIME … Another straightens a pile of magazines. … point since it became a constitutionally protected right 40 years ago this month.

Shocking Time Magazine Cover: After 40 Years, Abortion Activists Losing
by Steven Ertelt http://www.lifenews.com/2013/01/03/shocking-time-magazine-cover-after-40-years-abortion-activists-losing/
The mainstream media will get around to covering abortion this month as the nation marks 40 years of legalized abortion for any reason throughout pregnancy via Roe v Wade. Time magazine has released its issue, which comes to a shocking conclusion.
The cover article makes the case that the pro-abortion side is losing the abortion debate, saying, “40 Years Ago, Abortion Rights Activists Won an Epic Victory With Roe v. Wade. They’ve been losing ever since.”
The article makes the pro-abortion case that, while abortion is still legal, it is increasingly difficult to access thanks to the closing of so many abortion clinics and pro-life laws that help women by giving them additional information and alternatives.
The magazine also contains an article from Emily Buchanan of the pro-life women’s group Susan B. Anthony List that rebuts what has become the modern talking point for Planned Parenthood and other abortion defenders — that abortion is about protecting women’s health, some excerpts of which appear below:
From its early beginnings, feminism was a young women’s movement. Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Charlotte Lozier and so many others began their suffragist work in their 20s. These women — the original feminists — understood that the rights of women cannot be built on the broken backs of unborn children. Anthony called abortion “child murder.” Paul, author of the original 1923 Equal Rights Amendment, said that “abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.”
So the pro-life movement hasn’t changed the meaning of feminism, as has been suggested. It was the neo-feminists of the 1960s and ’70s who asked women to prize abortion as the pathway to equality.
Pro-life feminism has captivated a new generation of young women who reject the illusion that to be pro-woman is to be pro-choice. Gallup polling showed that among 18-to-29-year-olds, there was a 5% increase in those labeling themselves “pro-life” between 2007–08 and 2009–10.
The past few years have seen the emergence of young leaders like Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America, who is responsible for organizing more than 675 pro-life groups on college campuses across the nation, and Lila Rose of Live Action, whose undercover video work has forced the abortion industry to confront and amend practices it cannot defend, as well as dozens of other future leaders who have assisted our organization as staff members and interns.
Not only does this young generation of pro-life women shun the notion that abortion somehow liberates women; it views abortion as the civil- and human-rights cause of our day. Abortion is an injustice that permeates our society. Forty years after Roe v. Wade, we realize that a third of our peers are not here to share our progress and our hopes. It is our loss as well as theirs.
Our fight transcends elections and legislative battles because our fight is in our hearts. This is why, 40 years after Roe, our movement is still growing. We won’t give up; we can’t give up. Our fight is for life.

Why ‘Time’ Magazine ‘Pro-Life’ Cover Might Be No Big Deal (8626)
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by PIA DE SOLENNI 01/14/2013

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/why-time-magazines-pro-life-cover-might-be-no-big-deal
For the conspiratorial mind, it might seem odd that Time magazine ran a cover story on how abortion advocates have been losing ever since their Roe v. Wade victory, legalizing abortion 40 years ago.
Framing the abortion movement as in decline is particularly interesting, since the story was published just days before Planned Parenthood released its annual report marking a record number of abortions: 333,964…..
Certainly, pro-life activists have made gains. Last year, 43 pro-life measures were passed in several states that create awareness about abortion and regulate abortion providers. Pregnancy-help centers and clinics now outnumber abortion clinics.
The efforts and gains of a growing and committed pro-life movement can’t be dismissed, but the context of the Time article might offer a different pulse on the state of the abortion movement in the U.S.
This year it’s especially hard to believe that abortion advocates have been losing since Roe. Abortion activists won the presidency, and they have a new Health and Human Services’ mandate in place that will force every large business and organization to cover every form of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraception and abortifacient, regardless of the values of the employer offering the plans. The only thing that kept the Affordable Care Act from including abortion as well was a paper-thin executive order declaring that abortion cannot be considered an essential health-care benefit.
There are more than a million abortions in the United States every year. It’s hard to see how that’s a sign of defeat.
Fewer and fewer people think that children are so precious that they should enjoy the benefits of parents married to each other, even though sociological data consistently shows this is the best arrangement for a child.
Since we’ve come to accept so many variations of family, many of which are demonstrably incomplete, I find it hard to maintain that we’re more pro-life and that we have a greater respect for human dignity. Yes, we can see the undeniable humanity of the unborn child; but many will not make decisions as if the best thing for that child is to be raised by two parents married to each other.
And, while as a nation we may be more ready than a generation ago to acknowledge the reality of human life in the womb, tragically, for most people, it’s still no big deal that we remain locked in the easy-abortion legal framework imposed two generations ago by the Supreme Court justices in their Roe decision.
Meanwhile, I don’t hear about nursing homes closing down because there are too many older people with families who want to take care of them at home. And let’s not forget the increase in public massacres of innocent victims.
I’ll believe we’re winning once I see a culture where individuals consistently live for others and not just for themselves.

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40 Years After Roe V. Wade, Abortion Foes Are Winning — And Losing
Religion News Service | By David Gibson Posted: 01/18/2013 8:35 am EST
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/18/40-years-after-roe-v-wade-abortion-foes_n_2499257.html

http://ncronline.org/news/politics/40-years-after-roe-v-wade-abortion-foes-are-winning-and-losing
Four decades after Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, many opponents of the decision are in a celebratory mood while those backing abortion rights are glum, feeling that momentum is turning decisively against them.
Yet in reality, little has changed in the fiercest and most protracted battle of the nation’s bitter culture war………..
Moreover, the abortion rights movement is facing a generational divide, as younger women try to take the reins from aging leaders who they see as tone deaf to the public’s more nuanced views on abortion. Indeed, the “pro-choice” label is losing its luster while a growing number of young people like to identify themselves as “pro-life.”……
“Of course Time magazine is right. It is axiomatic, it is the story of our times, it is the thing every pro-lifer knows: We’re winning this battle,” Tom Hoopes, a professor of communications at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, wrote at the blog of CatholicVote.org…….
In fact, surveys show that public opinion on abortion rights has barely budged in years, as a slight majority of Americans consistently want to keep abortion legal in most or all cases while about 40 percent would like to see abortion outlawed in most or all cases. According to the latest research from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, an even larger majority wants to keep the Roe v. Wade decision intact………
Moreover, so-called “personhood amendments” that seek to leapfrog Roe and ban all abortions by declaring that a fetus is a person from the moment of conception have failed every time they have gone to the voters……..
“We are a long way from a national consensus that could be reasonably and honestly described as pro-life,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “Even reversing Roe v. Wade will not be enough.”……
“Pro-abortion activists are losing? Really? If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Cheap,” said Pia de Solenni, who wrote a column at the National Catholic Register telling abortion foes not to believe the hype……..

More then ever we need the church to take a stand…..
Imagine what could be accomplished if the only the church from pulpits across the country would have the courage and will to teach and preach and educate the people in the pews from the pulpit on these issues on a regular basis……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!