Democrat Attacks Star Parker as “Ignorant” During Heated House Hearing on Heartbeat Protection Act

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice met Wednesday for what turned into a contentious hearing on H.B. 490, the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017, culminating with one Democrat verbally upbraiding the only Black witness, Star Parker, for her “ignorance.”

The bill at issue would protect pre-born babies when a heartbeat can be detected at approximately six weeks gestation. The hearing was chaired by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) who sponsored the bill.

Four witnesses who appeared before the panel included Prof. Priscilla Smith, who is a clinical professor of law with the Reproductive Rights and Justice Project. She was the only witness in opposition to the Heartbeat Protection Act.

Also testifying was Prof. David Forte, a Constitutional Scholar and professor from Cleveland State University. Prof. Forte made the compelling argument that science not available at the time Roe v. Wade and the Casey Supreme Court decisions were made now makes a compelling case for the protection of pre-born babies with heartbeats.

He defined “viability” as when the heart is beating and there is a likelihood that the child will survive until term. He noted that if a heartbeat is detected at 7-9 weeks gestation, that baby has a 95-98% chance of surviving through birth.

Dr. Kathi Aultman, associate scholar from the Charlotte Lozier Institute, told the panel of her personal experience as a resident conducting abortions and her change of heart that came after the birth of her child.

“Our society has been subjected to extreme propaganda on this issue by ‘pro-choice’ advocates for years. Everything about abortion has become so distorted that the truth is no longer recognizable. . . We have also done a very good job of sanitizing our language concerning abortion. . . The abortionist ‘terminates a pregnancy’ rather than ‘killing a baby. As medical doctors and as a society, we have moved away from the idea that life is precious and closer to the utilitarian attitude of German physicians just prior to WWII,” Dr. Altman explained.

Later, under aggressive questioning, Dr. Altman addressed the matter of abortion being a woman’s “right.”

“I don’t believe our right to convenience trumps a baby’s right to life,” she stated.

The final witness to testify was Star Parker, Founder and President of Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), who has previously testified before Congress. Ms. Parker eloquently commented the lack of information about the human being in the womb provided to women, and the lack of federal protections for women that would guarantee full disclosure about abortion. She discussed the toll abortion was taking in society, especially in distressed areas that include Black communities.

Ms. Parker equated abortion with the dehumanization of Blacks under slavery, and stated, “Today it is the conceived person living in the womb of its mothers that should be considered human with opportunity of equal protection under the law.”

Rep. King then showed an ultrasound video of Baby Lincoln Glenn Miller, which was recorded prior to the hearing. A recording of Baby Lincoln’s strong heartbeat was also played. Rep. Steve Cohen, and Prof. Priscilla Smith, who are both pro-abortion, showed discomfort during the showing of the ultrasound images.

“It’s time to emancipate every unborn baby,” Rep. King stated.

However, questioning of witnesses soon became adversarial, first when Prof. Smith became argumentative with Rep. Trent Franks, who asked her a question about dismemberment abortion. In apparent retaliation, pro-abortion Rep. Jaime Raskin rudely and repeatedly interrupted Prof. Forte when he attempted to answer questions.

Finally, the hearing took an unfortunately turn for the worse when Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen surprised onlookers as he began to excoriate witness Star Parker, who had given articulate testimony of the devastating impact of abortion on the Black community.

Parker had addressed remarks made by Rep. Cohen earlier in the hearing concerning the need for social programs in addition to abortion. Parker said:

When it comes to mixing the abortion issue with the challenges we face in many of our hard-hit communities, I feel it is disingenuous that the issues of Medicaid come up and other opportunities to readdress what has happened and broken down in our most distressed zip codes that Planned Parenthood specifically targets these particular zip codes with abortion. Abortion is the leading cause of death in the Black Community today. Since Roe v. Wade. 20 million humans have been killed in the wombs of Black Women, and then on Halloween, Planned Parenthood tweets out that Black women are safest if they abort their child rather than bring it to term. . .

The needs of those that are most vulnerable in society cannot be addressed with abortion. Abortion feeds a narrative that women have no control over their sexual impulses and this narrative is being forced down into our hardest hit communities. We are seeing now recklessness in sexual activity and marriage has collapsed. In the fifties 70 percent of Black adults were married. Today that number is 30 percent.

Rep. Cohen angrily responded to Parker and ranted about being offended by being called “disingenuous.”

“I’d also like to say that I’m not disingenuous about anything I say about Medicaid, or Medicare. . .or SNAP programs,” Cohen lectured. “To suggest I’m disingenuous shows your ignorance or your absolute inability to deal with Congress people the way they should. I believe in those issues and I believe they are proper and to say I am disingenuous is just wrong and I expect an apology.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert stepped in to defend Ms. Parker.

“I would ask for an apology from the gentleman from Tennessee calling our witness ignorant, when it seems to me that she has a whole lot more knowledge and wisdom than. . .”

“She’s ignorant about me,” Rep. Cohen snapped before Rep Gohmert could finish.

“Everybody is,” Rep. Franks responded.

Rep. King abruptly ended the hearing due to incivility.

“For liberals, there is probably no group in our country resented more than conservative Blacks,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, who supports the Heartbeat Protection Act. “Abortion is already a contentious issue, but when a conservative Black person voices articulate and intelligent arguments against abortion, it seems the liberals can’t help but attack them. It was disgraceful that Star Parker, who is a highly respected and accomplished woman, was treated so disrespectfully by Rep. Cohen. He does indeed owe her an apology. Cohen’s shameful outburst just goes to show what a tough fight we face if this life-saving legislation is ever to pass.”

Please contact your Representative now and ask them to support H.B. 490, the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017.

Thank You, Mr. President! Trump Administration Adds Rules to Protect the Conscience of Americans


Washington, D.C. – Today, the Trump Administration announced new rules that will provide new conscience protections for Americans.

As a result of the rules, those who have moral or religious objections to contraceptive and abortifacient services will now be exempt from paying for them in Obamacare insurance policies. The exemptions will apply to individuals as well as organizations and small businesses.

In May, President Donald Trump signed the “Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” in which he advised the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor, to consider amending rules under the Obama Administration that essentially forced Americans to violate their consciences with mandated payments in their Obamacare health insurance policies for contraceptive and abortifacients that they found morally objectionable. Today’s action is in response to that directive.

“Thank you, Mr. President, for your leadership in protecting the religious liberties we hold dear,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are sincerely grateful for this action that will now restore governmental respect for the deeply held beliefs of Americans who oppose abortion, abortifacient drugs, and certain life-destructive contraceptives.”

The unjust “Obamacare Mandate” had suffered repeated losses in the US. Supreme Court, which ruled the government is not allowed to punish organizations or businesses for their religious beliefs.

Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman Endorses Judge Roy Moore in U.S. Senate Special Election

Judge Roy Moore, pictured with Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.


Montgomery, AL – Operation Rescue President Troy Newman has endorsed Judge Roy Moore to replace former Senator Jeff Sessions, who resigned earlier this year after being appointed to serve the Trump Administration as Attorney General.

Moore is the leading contender in the polls for the Special Election scheduled for August 15, 2017.

“I know Judge Roy Moore to be a dedicated Christian and social conservative who will not compromise on the matters of life. He is staunchly pro-life, and a true defender of religious freedom. I urge all the good people of Alabama to cast their votes for Judge Roy Moore for Senate on August 15,” said Troy Newman.

Newman helped lead a vigil in Montgomery, AL in 2003, in support of Moore’s position that a statue depicting the 10 Commandments should not be removed from the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building. The monument was removed over Judge Moore’s objections. Even though it cost him his position as Chief Justice, Judge Moore never wavered on his ruling that the law supported the display.

In 2012, Judge Moore was overwhelmingly re-elected by the people to his old position as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. But in 2016, Judge Moore once again was punished for his unwillingness to compromise the law when he was suspended for upholding the sanctity of marriage. He retired earlier this year to run for the Senate.

“Judge Moore is a man of faith that based his decisions on the court not on his opinions, but on the law of the land, even though it has cost him personally and professionally. It’s not often we find a political candidate that will do what is right, knowing that negative consequences will come. This is the kind of man of honor and principle we need in Washington, D.C.,” said Newman.

[Correction: Former Sen. Jeff Sessions was appointed as U.S. Attorney General, not Director of the FBI as an earlier version mistakenly reported. OR regrets the error.]

Join #OperationRNC’s Statewide Tour of Ohio to Keep the GOP Pro-Life

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Columbus, OH — Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, will join with Mark Harrington of Created Equal, Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, and others on June 16-17, 2016, for a state-wide tour of Ohio in advance of the Republican National Convention as part of #OperationRNC.

During the Ohio tour, the #OperationRNC leaders will lay out details for public events at the Republican National Convention in July.

Speakers at the press conferences will be outlining proposed changes to the pro-life plank of the Republican Party Platform and announcing public outreach events during the convention.

The eyes of the entire world will be focused on Cleveland this summer as the GOP nominates their candidate for the POTUS.

#OperationRNC leaders will hold press conferences at the following locations and times:

Thursday, June 16
• Columbus 9am – 3455 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43213
• Cincinnati 12:30 PM – 2314 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219
• Dayton 3:00PM – 224 N Wilkinson St, Dayton, OH 45402

Friday, June 17
• Toledo 9am – 1301 Jefferson Avenue, Toledo, OH 43604
• Cleveland 12:30PM – 1 Center Ct, Cleveland, OH 44115

The tour will culminate in a rally to be held at a Cleveland-area church on Friday evening at 7 pm at the following location:

Calvary Chapel
709 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland, OH 44109

The public is invited to attend all events.

“Once again, there is a movement within the GOP to not only gut the pro-life planks from the party platform, but silence the voices of pro-lifers who are demanding an end to abortion,” said “Once again, there is a movement within the GOP to not only gut the pro-life planks from the party platform, but silence the voices of pro-lifers who are demanding an end to abortion,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Softening its position on abortion would spell disaster for the Republican Party and for the future of our nation. Please join us for #OperationRNC and let’s keep the GOP pro-life!”

For more information visit #OperationRNC on Facebook.

To Vote or Not to Vote, That is the Question


By Troy Newman, President, Operation Rescue

Should I, or should I not, vote for Trump? That is the question racing through my mind since my man, Senator Ted Cruz, dropped out the race. For the record, I was with Cruz from the beginning. The Senator is a principled, pro-life conservative. That is why I backed him all the way to the end. But, now that Cruz is out of the race, I’m faced with a decision – can I vote for Trump?

So, here is what we know: Either it will be President Donald Trump, or (shudder), President Hillary Rodham Clinton and First Lady Bill… If those are really the only two options, I think it might be a simple choice.

Now, before you decide I’ve lost my moral compass, let me cut you off at the pass. I know everything negative that could be said about the Donald – and then some. Yes, Donald has said and done many things that most Christians would find despicable. Shockingly (yes, even to myself), I think I can still vote for him.

To explain my reasoning, I’ve created a pithy acronym out of Trump’s name. These are the reasons I can vote for Trump, and against Hillary Clinton.

Take back the Supreme Court. In order for this country to survive, we must dial back the Supremes. In just the last few years the Court has mandated that we purchase a health care product, marry homosexuals, and is now poised to strike down common sense abortion laws. Hillary has promised more of the same; Trump has promised the opposite. So, Trump wins the SCOTUS vote.

Remove and Replace. Trump has pledged to remove and replace the Abortion Cartel Bailout AKA ObamaCare, and the countless bad laws created by Obama and far-left enablers in Congress. Hillary will absolutely maintain and further them.

Undo! Undo it all. I know Obama ran on “change.” I say change it back! Undo all that “change” and bring America back to some form of sanity. Undo the HHS mandates on abortion subsidies. Undo the EPA mandates that are crippling businesses. Undo the countless, and dare I say illegal, executive orders made by Obama. Trump has a mind to do this.

Make America Great Again. Trump’s nationalistic fervor is appealing. And, I have to admit I like it. Pro-life legislation will help put America back on track. Obama has been making terrible deals all over the world, and the good ol’ U-S-of-A gets the short end of the stick every time. That must stop. Together, we can make America great again – but not under Hillary. Never under Hillary.

Prosecute Planned Parenthood. We have helped expose the dreadful practice of harvesting and selling baby body parts for a large profit. It’s high time these people are taken off the Federal welfare dole, and Trump, for what it’s worth, has promised to prosecute these monsters. Yes, sir, I’ll take that too. Hillary, on the other hand, we already know is Cecile Richards’ BFF. Absolutely nothing doing if she wins.

These are my five very pragmatic reasons why I can vote FOR Donald Trump and AGAINST Hillary Clinton. I know these reasons don’t take into account whether or not Trump is saved, if he is a good father, or even if he is totally honest in his business deals. But, at least he knows how to make money and balance a checkbook. Something Hillary Clinton has never done.

So, yes, I can vote for Trump, but I’m stopping short on an endorsement. If Trump wants the pro-life vote, then he is going to have to earn our support.

Donald Trump needs to name 3 or 4 Supreme Court Justices that he would appoint. He needs to codify his promise to defund Planned Parenthood. He needs to ensure that the pro-life position in the GOP platform is left untouched, or, better yet, made stronger by adding “Defund PP” language! And, we all know that personnel are policy. I’d like to see Trump pre-appoint a cabinet. Who would be his Attorney General to prosecute Planned Parenthood? Who would be the HHS Secretary ensuring that the abortion mandate in ObamaCare is abolished?

Absent these concrete assurances, mine could only be one vote. However, given some rock solid promises, single votes can multiply into a presidency.


  • Read Trump’s letter to Pro-Life Supporters
  • Read Trump’s letter to Catholics