Friday, September 22, 2006

Now, more than ever, is the time for every day people like us to stand up and take part in the fight. Make a donation, send the governor a letter (, forward this to your friends. Do something.

A message from Planned Parenthood:

Rev. Jerry Falwell has been spewing xenophobic, homophobic, and religiously zealous rants for decades -- all wrapped in the flag of patriotism from atop his "Liberty Mountain" in Virginia. This week, he's taking on South Dakota in his crusade to ban abortion throughout America. And he's doing it to the tune of $4 million dollars.

We can't let Jerry Falwell decide the fate of South Dakota's abortion law. Please give what you can to stand up for South Dakota:

According to Jerry Falwell, "What happens in South Dakota will literally affect the future of America."

We couldn't agree more.

The Abortion Ban, HB-1215, calls for a near-complete ban on abortions with no exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or health of the mother. The law is not designed to minimize abortions (there are fewer than 1000 abortions per year in South Dakota). Instead, Round and supporters in the State Legislature aim to set off a nationwide effort to challenge Roe v. Wade and advance their ideological agenda that includes limiting access to emergency contraception and pushing for abstinence-only sex education in public schools.

On March 6, 2006 South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signed the law to the delight of anti-choice activists nationwide. The law, which was scheduled to take effect on July 1, would have stripped American's living in South Dakota's of their Constitutional rights.

On May 30, 2006, over 38,416 signatures from voters in South Dakota were delivered to the State Legislature. Now verified, these signatures put the future of the abortion ban in the hands of South Dakota's voters.

Attached below is Falwell's latest call-to-action to his massive network of followers. In it, he warns of a multi-million dollar pro-choice "war chest," and commands people to open their checkbooks right away as an act of faith.

The truth is, there is no war-chest for South Dakota. We don't have millions of dollars for TV commercials or glossy direct mail appeals. Every penny raised for this urgent fight is being spent in an intense voter-to-voter effort to tell the truth about this dangerous law. So while Falwell talks of deep pockets and millions of dollars, the reality is that $250,000 raised this week could make the difference on Election Day:

This message is being sent to thousands of people. Together, by clicking to donate $20, $35, or $50 today, we can deliver the votes that will stop the extremists in South Dakota -- and protect the rights of women and families across the country. But it can't wait. Please join us today.

Thank you.

Sarah Stoesz
President, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund

P.S. There's still time to sign up to host or attend a "Potluck for South Dakota" the weekend of September 29-October 1st. Click here to join the party:


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From: Jerry Falwell
Date: September 14, 2006

South Dakota Pro-Lifers Face Off Against Planned Parenthood

The pro-life movement in South Dakota needs your help. In a moment, I'll tell you how you can help, but first, please allow me to explain the situation in the state.

Abortion-rights advocates have gotten a measure on the November ballot that, if passed, would repeal the state law (HB 1215) forbidding all abortions, except those that would save the life of a mother. The ban, which hasn't yet taken effect, will be activated if it passes the ballot initiative (even though it would likely would be challenged in the courts). The law states that individuals performing abortions would be fined $5,000 and be jailed for five years.

Here's the key problem: Planned Parenthood is now pouring money into the state, in hopes of killing this legislation without having to go to court.

Dr. Allen Unruh, of the South Dakota pro-life organization Vote Yes for Life tells me that Planned Parenthood panicked after HB 1215 was passed in both state houses and Gov. Mike Rounds signed it into law. The state house voted 50 to 18 in favor of the bill, while the state senate passed it 23 to 12.

Dr. Unruh says the organization is mounting an $8 million media blitz over the next two months. He tells me this is a major propaganda campaign to demonize and distort the language on the ban on abortion in South Dakota.

Pro-life leaders in the state are now trying to raise funds to counter Planned Parenthood's campaign to defeat the law. They are now attempting to raise $4 million to offset Planned Parenthood's campaign to radical political agenda.

That's where I hope you will step in. I have told Dr. Unruh and his team that I will do my best to deliver thousands of people who will financially help to win this historic battle. We have to raise $4 million dollars -- very quickly -- in South Dakota to counter the propaganda Planned Parenthood will be putting on the airwaves prior to the November election.

Dr. Unruh and I believe that if there were ever a time when Christians need to invest in a pro-life effort, the time is now and the place is South Dakota. If the state wins this battle, other states could follow South Dakota's lead in the future, also determining to outlaw abortion.

I am urging my friends across the country to give generously to this vital campaign. What happens in South Dakota will literally affect the future of America.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Could life get any better?

My favorite movie of all time is being turned into a cartoon!

"Spaceballs" by Mel Brooks has been my favorite movie since my early teen years. One of the reasons I love Mel Brooks and movies like Spaceballs is how much spoofing and word play they use. I love double entendres, puns, and physical humor, and Mel Brooks has a way of blending it with excellent writing and great directing. His movies include both low and high brow humor, so there is a little something for everyone. And each time I watch a movie of his, I learn another trick or see something I hadn’t seen before.

He has now penned a cartoon which will debut on G4 and will continue to spoof current blockbusters. I cannot wait to get my eyes on it. To read the news release, click here.

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