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CBN NewsWatch: June 26, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, June 26: High Court hands gay marriage two big wins; Political leaders react to gay marriage rulings; Texas abortion ban dies in Senate after filibuster; and more. Read Transcript


Mark: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," TWO MASSIVE

MARRIAGE RULINGS FROM THE

SUPREME COURT.

AN EXTENSIVE LOOK AT WHAT IT

MEANS FOR THIS BIBLICAL

INSTITUTION IN AMERICA.

AND ONE STATE'S UNIQUE

EFFORT TO HELP WOMEN IN

THEIR CHOICE FOR LIFE.

AND AN EMOTIONAL PAULA DEEN

USED A BIBLICAL PHRASE TO

ADDRESS HER CRITICS ON

NATIONAL TELEVISION.

THE SUPREME COURT'S RULING

ON THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE

ACT MAKES FOR A MONUMENTAL

DAY FOR THE NATION AND FOR

THE FIRST INSTITUTION

CREATED BY GOD.

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

WITH A 5-4 VOTER, AMERICA'S

HIGH COURT CALLS PART OF

DOMDOMA UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

WE HAVE EXTENSIVE COVERAGE,

BEGINNING WITH CBN'S PAUL

STRAND.

HE IS AT THE SUPREME COURT

WITH MORE OF THE RULING.

IT HAS BEEN AN EMOTIONAL DAY

FOR FOLKS ON BOTH SIDES OF

THE ISSUE.

WHAT ARE YOU HEARING?

Reporter: FOR EVERYONE

IT WAS A BIG DAY BECAUSE OF

THE SUPREME COURT KILLING

DOMA, WHIC BASICALLY

DEFINED MARRIAGE AS BETWEEN

ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN.

NOW, THE COURT DID NOT MAKE

GAY MARRIAGE A FUNDAMENTAL

RIGHT, BUT IN ANOTHER

RULING, BY NOT TAKING UP

PROPOSITION 8, CALIFORNIA'S

BAN ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, IT

BASICALLY LET'S CALIFORNIA

START TO DO GAY MARRIAGES

AGAIN.

THE IMPLICATIONS FROM THESE

TWO RULINGS ARE HUGE, AS

BOTH SIDES REALIZE TODAY.

GAY INDIVIDUALS AND

GROUPS, AS WELL AS THEIR

LAWYERS, WHO FOUGHT AGAINST

DOMA AND PROPOSITION 8, NOW

SAY THE NEXT STEP IS TO

BATTLE NATIONWIDE FOR

LEGALIZED SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

EVERYWHERE.

WE CANNOT FORGET OUR

BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN

STATES THAT STILL

DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THEM.

WITHIN FIVE YEARS, WE

WILL BRING MARRIAGE EQUALITY

TO ALL 50 STATES.

Reporter: 40% OF THE

POPULATION OF THE UNITED

STATES IS COVERED BY

MARRIAGE EQUALITY.

THE LAWYERS BATTLING

PROPOSITION 8 SAY IT IS

EFFECTIVELY DEAD BECAUSE THE

JUSTICES RULED THOSE

DEFENDING IT HAD NO STANDING

TO DEFEND IT.

THEY SE SAID THE

PROPONENTS HAVE NO CONCRETE

EVIDENCE.

THEY CANNOT POINT TO

ANYTHING THAT HARMS THEM

BECAUSE THESE TWO LOVING

COUPLES, AND COUPLES LIKE

THEM THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA,

ARE NOW GOING TO BE ABLE TO

GET MARRIED.

Reporter: THOSE ON THE

OTHER SIDE WEREN'T

NECESSARILY ADMITTING DEFEAT

ON PROP 8.

THEY SAY THE HIGH COURT HAS

THROWN CALIFORNIA AND GAY

MARRIAGE INTO SOMEWHAT OF A

LEGAL LIMBO.

WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO

THE CONTINUED ENFORCEMENT OF

PROPOSITION 8 UNTIL THERE IS

A STATEWIDE ORDER SAYING

OTHERWISE.

Reporter: EVEN AS IT

WIPED DOMA OUT, THE COURT

DIDN'T SPECIFICALLY SAY

STATES HAVE TO LEGALIZE GAY

MARRIAGE.

SUPPORTERS OF TRADITIONAL

MARRIAGE CERTAINLY HAVE A

BEEF WITH WHAT THE SUPREME

COURT HAS DONE HERE.

THEY'RE SAYING HOW CAN FIVE

JUSTICES DECIDE THESE

CRUCIAL QUESTIONS ABOUT

MARRIAGE, WHEN THE VOTERS

AND LEGISLATORS IN 38 STATES

HAVE DECIDED DIFFERENTLY.

IN MOST STATES WHERE IT

BECOMES LEGAL, CHRISTIANS

WHO STAND UP FOR TRADITIONAL

MARRIAGE END UP GETTING

BASHED AND SOMETIMES SUED.

NOW THAT THE MAJORITY

SAID THAT LAWS DEFINING

MARRIAGE BETWEEN ONE MAN AND

ONE WOMAN ARE NOT SUPPORTED

BY ANY RATIONAL BASIS, THAT

THEY ARE DRIVEN BY EITHER

IGNORANCE OR HOSTILITY.

I FEAR WE'RE GOING TO SEE A

FLOOD OF LAWSUITS WHERE THAT

WILL BE THE LEAD FOR THE

PLAINTIFFS RIGHT OUT OF THE

GATE.

Reporter: REVEREND ROB

SHANK SAYS THE BELIEVERS

NEED TO GET READY.

THE SCRIPT HAS BEEN

WRITTEN, THAT THE CHRISTIANS

ARE MEAN, BIGOTTED, UGLY

PEOPLE.

THAT'S THE STEREOTYPE.

WE HAVE TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO

DEFEAT THAT STEREOTYPE.

Reporter: BASICALLY A

COUPLE OF ANECDOTES FROM UP

HERE.

I WAS TALKING TO DEMOCRAT

REPRESENT GERALD NATLER, AND

HE WAS SAYING IT IS ONE MORE

CASE WHERE THE AMERICAN OF

IDEAL OF MORE AND MORE

RIGHTS COMING TO MORE AND

MORE PEOPLE.

BUT ON THE OTHER SIDE, THE

WOMAN WHO IS ONE OF THE MAIN

REPRESENTATIVES OF

PROPOSITION 8 SAID WHAT THE

COURT BASICALLY DID TODAY

WAS TO INSULT THE 17 MILLION

CALIFORNIANS WHO HAVE VOTED

TO SAY MARRIAGE IS BASICALLY

FOR ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN.

BACK TO YOU, MARK.

Mark: PAUL STRAND AT

THE U.S. SUPREME COURT.

JOINING US NOW WITH MORE IS

RYAN ANDERSON OF THE

HERITAGE FOUNDATION.

HE IS ALSO THE CO-AUTHOR OF

THE BOOK "WHAT IS

MARRIAGE."

RYAN, THESE RULINGS COULD

HAVE GONE IN SO MANY

DIRECTIONS.

WHAT THE COURT DID NOT DO IS

TO ESTABLISH A

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE.

INSTEAD, IT SEEMED TO DEFER

TO THE STATES, PARTICULARLY

IN THE DOMA CASE.

IS THAT GOOD NEWS?

IT IS TO A CERTAIN

EXTENT.

WHAT THE COURT DIDN'T DO WAS

REDEFINE MARRIAGE FOR THE

WHOLE COUNTRY.

THE COURT IS GOING TO

CONTINUE TO LET US DEBATE

MARRIAGE AND VOTE ABOUT

MARRIAGE.

AND CITIZENS IN ALL 50

STATES REMAIN FREE TO DO

THIS.

THAT'S THE GOOD THING ABOUT

THIS RULING.

THE BAD THING IS THAT THE

CITIZENS OF CALIFORNIA HAVE

ALREADY DONE THAT.

THEY HAVE VOTED ABOUT

MARRIAGE TWICE.

AND ON BOTH OCCASIONS THE

CITIZENS DEFINED MARRIAGE AS

THE UNION OF A MAN AND A

WOMAN.

BUT THE COURT TODAY SAID

THEY DIDN'T HAVE STANDING TO

DEFEND THEIR LAW.

THE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA

AND THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF

CALIFORNIA REFUSED TO DEFEND

THE LAW THAT THE CITIZENS

PASSED WHEN THEY WENT TO THE

BALLOT BOXES.

AND TODAY THE SUPREME COURT

SAID, WE'RE SORRY, CITIZENS,

BUT YOU DON'T HAVE

STANDING.

ONLY YOUR GOVERNOR AND YOUR

ATTORNEY-GENERAL WOULD.

SO THAT'S NOT GOOD FOR

DEMOCRACY.

AND THEN ON THE DEFENSE OF

MARRIAGE ACT CASE, THE

SUPREME COURT SAID THAT THE

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS TO

ACCEPT WHATEVER THE STATES

SAY ABOUT MARRIAGE.

THAT JUST MISUNDERSTANDS

FEDERALISM.

THE STATES ARE FREE TO PASS

LAWS ABOUT MARRIAGE FOR

STATE POLICY AND STATE

PURPOSES, BUT THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT HAS TO DEFINE

MARRIAGE FOR FEDERAL

PURPOSES FOR FEDERAL

POLICIES.

SO THERE IS A MIXED BAG OF A

DECISION.

BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY,

CITIZENS REMAIN FREE TO PASS

LAW THAT TELL THE TRUTH

ABOUT MARRIAGE AND WE SHOULD

CONTINUE DOING SO.

Mark: THERE IS CONCERN

BECAUSE OF THIS RULING IN

THE DOMA CASE, THE

GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE TO

CONSIDER OVERHAULING

REFERENCES TO MARRIAGES IN

OTHER LAWS.

WHAT DO YOU SEE GOING

FORWARD?

THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION:

WHAT DOES THE GOVERNMENT DO

GOING FORWARD?

IT SHOULD REASSERT IT DOES

HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE

MARRIAGE POLICY.

WHEN IT PASSES A FEDERAL LAW

THAT SAYS THE WORD

"MARRIAGE," IT SHOULD BE

ABLE TO DEFINE WHAT IT MEANS

BY THAT WORD.

THE OTHER THING IT CAN DO

HERE IS TO DECIDE WHICH OF

THESE POLICIES REALLY NEED

TO INCORPORATE MARRIAGE AND

WHICH ONES CAN BE PRODUCED

WITHOUT MENTIONING

MARRIAGE.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS

NOW GOING TO HAVE TO GO

THROUGH THE 1,000 TIMES WHEN

IT REFERENCES MARRIAGES AND

SEE, DOES IT GET UNDERCUT BY

REDEFINING MARRIAGE AS 12

STATES HAVE, TO INCLUDE

SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS.

Mark: WHAT IS THE NEXT

STEP IN THE DEBATE?

YOU TALKED A LITTLE BIT

ABOUT THIS, BUT EXPLAIN A

LITTLE MORE.

DO YOU SEE IT BECOMING MORE

OF A STATE ISSUE, WHERE THE

DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE IS

DEFINED AT THE STATE LEVEL?

IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A

STATE ISSUE AND IT WILL

CONTINUE AS A STATE ISSUE.

THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT

DEFINED MARRIAGE FOR FEDERAL

PURPOSE.

BUT THE STATES HAVE TO

DEFINE MARRIAGE FOR THE

STATE'S PURPOSE.

THOSE LAWS WILL BE

CHALLENGED.

THE 12 STATES THAT HAVE

REDEFINED MARRIAGE, WE

SHOULD TRY TO MAKE HEAD-WAY

THERE TO HELP THOSE CITIZENS

UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH ABOUT

MARRIAGE.

IT WILL CONTINUE PLAYING OUT

IN ALL 50 STATES.

THE 12 STATES THAT HAVE MADE

A MISTAKE ABOUT MARRIAGE,

THEY'RE NOT LOST FOREVER.

THEY CAN SEE THAT REDEFINING

MARRIAGE HAS CONSEQUENCES,

AND THE CONSEQUENCES AREN'T

GOOD.

AND THE 38 STATES THAT

CURRENTLY DEFINE MARRIAGE

CORRECTLY, WE SHOULD

CONTINUE TO MAKE THE

ARGUMENTS IN THOSE STATES,

SO THOSE CITIZENS UNDERSTAND

WHAT MARRIAGE IS AND WHY

MARRIAGE MATTERS, AND WHY

REDEFINING MARRIAGE IS A BAD

IDEA.

Mark: RYAN, THANK YOU

FOR YOUR TIME.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.

Mark: MEMBERS OF

CONGRESS ARE AS DIVIDED AS

THE SUPREME COURT OVER THE

GAY MARRIAGE ISSUE.

JOHN JESSUP SPENT THE DAY ON

CAPITOL HILL GETTING

REACTION.

Reporter: IT WAS HERE

ON CAPITOL HILL NEARLY 17

YEARS AGO THAT LAWMAKERS

PUSHED THROUGH THE DEFENSE

OF MARRIAGE ACT.

THE HOUSE AND SENATE

APPROVED THAT LEGISLATION.

IT ONLY TOOK FIVE JAWFORTS

OJUSTICES OF THE SUPREME

COURT TO OVERTURN THAT LAW.

THAT SPARKED STRONG OPINION

ON BOTH SIDES.

TO ME, THIS IS A MAJOR,

MAJOR PIVOT POINT.

ADMITTEDLY, IT IS ONLY A 5-4

DECISION, BUT IT IS THERE,

AND IT IS SOLID.

THIS TRAIN HAS LEFT THE

STATION.

WHEN DOMA WAS DEBATED ON

THE HOUSE FLOOR, I SPOKE UP

AGAINST IT.

I SPOKE OUT BECAUSE I DON'T

THINK THERE IS ANY ROOM IN

OUR SOCIETY FOR

DISCRIMINATING AGAINST

SOMEONE BECAUSE OF SEXUAL

ORIENTATION.

Mark: WHAT KIND OF

SIGNAL DO YOU THINK THAT

SENDS TO STATES WHEN VOTERS

ARE TRYING TO FIGURE THIS

OUT.

ALTHOUGH THEY ARE LEGALLY

INCONSISTENT AND LOGICALLY

INCONSISTENT, THEY ARE

CONSISTENT IDEALOGICALLY.

WE NEED TO PROTECT

TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE, NOT

JUST FOR MARRIAGE AND THE

COUPLES, BUT FOR OUR

CHILDREN.

I WILL CALL UPON ALL OF MY

FELLOW REPUBLICANS WHO JUST

A FEW YEARS AGO SAID THEY

WERE FOR MARRIAGE OR VOTED

FOR MARRIAGE OR SUPPORTED

THOSE EFFORTS IN THEIR STATE

LEGISLATURE, FOR THEM TO

STEP UP AND SAY MARRIAGE IS

SO IMPORTANT WE NEED A

MARRIAGE AMENDMENT NOW.

Mark: WHILE THEY'RE ON

OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE FENCE,

BOTH SIDES AGREE THAT THE

FIGHT FOR MARRIAGE IS FAR

FROM OVER.

Mark: THE COURT'S

DECISION ON MARRIAGE COME AS

STATES REMAIN SPLIT ON THE

ISSUE.

THE NUMBER OF STATES

PERMITTING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

HAS GONE FROM SIX TO 12 IN

THE LAST YEAR.

BUT THE DRIVE TO LEGALIZE IT

IN ILLINOIS STALLED, AND 30

STATE CON SUBSTITUTIONS BAN

CONSTITUTIONS BAN IT.

WE'LL HAVE FULL COVERAGE ON

cbn.com AND ON TOMORROW'S

"THE 700 CLUB."

PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLED

TODAY'S SUPREME COURT RULING

ON DOMA A VICTORY.

BEFORE LEAVING FOR AFRICA,

HE ISSUED A STATEMENT

SAYING, "THIS RULING IS A

VICTORY FOR COUPLES WHO HAVE

LONG FOUGHT FOR QUA EQUAL

TREATMENT UNDER THE LAW, AND

FOR CHILDREN WHO'S PARENTS

COUPLING WILL BE RECOGNIZED

LEGALLY."

NOTHING ABOUT THIS DECISION,

WHICH APPLIES ONLY TO CIVIL

MARRIAGES CHANGES THAT.

COMING UP, AN EMOTIONAL

RESPONSE, PAULA DEEN REMINDS

HER CRITICS OF SOMETHING

JESUS ONCE SAID.

Mark: CELEBRITY CHEF

PAULA DEEN SAYS SHE IS NOT A

RACIST.

SHE MADE THE STATEMENT

DURING A TEARFUL INTERVIEW

ON NBC TODAY SHOW THIS

MORNING.

SHE HAS BEEN PLAGUED BY

CONTROVERSY SINCE ADMITTING

IN A LEGAL DEPOSITION SHE

HAD USED THE "N" WORD IN THE

PAST.

I'VE HAD WONDERFUL

SUPPORT, AND I'LL TELL YOU

WHAT, IF THERE IS ANYONE OUT

THERE THAT HAS NEVER SAID

SOMETHING THAT THEY WISH

THEY COULD TAKE BACK, IF

YOU'RE OUT THERE, PLEASE

PICK UP THAT STONE AND THROW

IT SO HARD IN MY HEAD THAT

IT KILLS ME.

PLEASE.

I WANT TO MEET YOU.

Mark: DEEN HAS

SUPPORTERS BE, INCLUDING

AARON McCARGO, JR., WHO IS

AFRICAN-AMERICAN.

HE CALLED HER A FRIEND ON

Facebook.

SAYING THAT PAULA HAS ALWAYS

BEEN HELPFUL THROUGHOUT MY

CAREER.

AND WE ARE ALL HUMAN.

AND ANN RICE WROTE, "WOW,

THIS LOOKS LIKE A

CRUCIFIXION.

I MAY BE WRONG, BUT AREN'T

WE BECOMING SOMETHING OF A

LYNCH MOB CULTURE."

AND A SWEEPING NEW ABORTION

BILL IS DEAD IN THE SENATE.

THOUSANDS WATCHED A LIVE

STREAM.

AS CBN'S CHARLENE ISRAEL

REPORTS, THE ABORTION BATTLE

IN THE LONE STAR STATE IS

SYMBOLIC OF THE ABORTION

FIGHT NATIONWIDE.

Reporter: THE CRIES

FROM PROCHOICE SUPPORTERS IN

THE TEXAS SENATE CHAMBER

DROWNED OUT REPUBLICANS

ATTEMPTING TO VOTE ON TEXAS'

SWEEPING ANTI-ABORTION

BILL.

LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR DAVID

DEWHURST CALLED THE CROWD OF

NEARLY 400 AN UNRULY CROWD,

AND BLAMED THEM FROM USING

"OCCUPY WALL STREET"

TACTICS.

HE SAID THE BILL PASSED

19-10, BUT BECAUSE OF ALL OF

THE NOISE, HE COULDN'T HEAR

THE PROCEEDINGS.

SENATE BILL FIVE RESTRICTS

ABORTIONS AFTER 20 WEEKS,

AND PUTS SIGNIFICANT

RESTRICTIONS ON ABORTIONS,

DOCTORS, AND CLINICS.

OPPONENTS SAY IT COULD SHUT

37 OF THE 42 CLINICS IN THE

STATE.

IT IS ABOUT WOMEN'S

HEALTH.

THOSE PARTS OF THE BILL

TRULY WERE ABOUT WOMEN'S

HEALTH.

THE 20-WEEK BAN IS TRULY

ABOUT THE PAIN OF A

FIVE-MONTH-OLD BABY GOING

THROUGH AN ABORTION.

Reporter: BEFORE THE

PROTESTORS ERUPTED IN THE

SENATE GALLERY, WENDY DAVIS

FILIBUSTERED AGAINST THE

BILL FOR 11 HOURS.

I WANT TO CONTINUE BY

READING THE PORTION OF THE

BILL --

Reporter: ABORTION

OPPONENTS CHEERED HER ON,

ARGUING THE LAWS WOULD MAKE

IT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR A

WOMAN TO GET A LEGAL

ABORTION.

THEY'RE TRYING TO MAKE IT

VERY, VERY DIFFICULT FOR THE

WOMEN IN TEXAS TO HAVE THAT

CHOICE.

Reporter: DAVIS'

FILIBUSTER WAS HALTED BEFORE

THE MIDNIGHT DEADLINE

APPROACH, WHEN DEWHURST

RULED SHE HAD GONE

OFF-TOPIC.

BUT THEN THE PROTESTORS

STEPPED IN, AND A TIME STAMP

ON THE VOTE SHOWED IT FAILED

TO MEET ITS DEADLINE.

THE PROCEEDINGS DREW

THOUSANDS OF ONLINE VIEWERS

AS WELL, AND CAUGHT THE

ATTENTION OF PRESIDENT

OBAMA'S OFFICIAL TWITTER

ACCOUNT, WHICH TWEETED OUT:

"SOMETHING SPECIAL IS

HAPPENING IN AUSTIN

TONIGHT."

24 STATES NATIONWIDE ARE

PUSHING TO REGULATE ABORTION

CLINICS.

CAUSING ABORTION ADVOCATES

TO PUSH BACK HARDER.

THE CASE OF PHILADELPHIA

ABORTION DOCTOR KERMIT

GOSNELL, WHO WAS SENTENCED

TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR

MURDERING THREE BABIES BORN

ALIVE, HAS ALSO FOCUSED MORE

PUBLIC ATTENTION ON THE

ISSUE OF ABORTION.

BUT TEXAS LAWMAKERS MAY TRY

AGAIN.

LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR DEWHURST

HINTED THAT GOVERNOR RICK

PERRY MAY CALL ANOTHER

SPECIAL SESSION TO GET THE

BILL PASSED.

SAYING, QUOTE,"IT'S OVER.

IT'S BEEN FUN, BUT SEE YOU

SOON."

CHARLENE ISRAEL, CBN NEWS.

Mark: WHAT IS HAPPENING

TO OUR COUNTRY.

THE SUPREME COURT HANDED

PROPERTY OWNERS A VICTORY

TUESDAY.

IT SAID GOVERNMENTS CANNOT

DEMAND UNREASONABLE AMOUNTS

OF MONEY IN EXCHANGE FOR A

BUILDING PERMIT.

AS CBN NEWS FIRST REPORTED

EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE STATE

OF FLORIDA DECLARED PART OF

THE KOONTS' PROPERTY AS

WETLANDS YEARS AFTER THEY

PURCHASED IT.

THE KOONTSES OFFERED TO NOT

DEVELOP THAT PORTION OF THE

PROPERTY.

THE LOCAL BUREAUCRATS

DEMANDED THE FAMILY PAY UP

TO $150,000 TO OPERATE ON

OTHER DISTANT WETLANDS.

WHEN THE FAMILY SAID NO, THE

STATE BUREAUCRATS REFUSED TO

GIVE THEM A BUILDING

PERMIT.

AND NOW THE COURTS RULED THE

BUREAUCRATS WERE WRONG.

GOVERNMENT CAN AT TIMES

BE A CREEPING BLOB,

ABSORBING YOUR RIGHTS.

HOPEFULLY THIS WILL PUT A

HALT TO THAT.

Mark: THE KOONTS'

ATTORNEY PUT GOVERNMENT ON

NOTICE IT CANNOT TURN THE

LAND USE PERMITTING PROCESS

INTO AN EXTORTION MACHINE.

UP NEXT, WE'LL TAKE YOU TO A

STATE WHERE THE GOVERNOR

SAYS HE IS PRO-BABY, AND HOW

THE STATE IS HELPING WOMEN

WHO WANT TO CHOOSE LIFE.

Mark: MANY STATES ARE

CONTROLLED BY POLITICIANS

WHO SUPPORT ABORTION.

BUT PENNSYLVANIA IS USING

ITS TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO GIVE

WOMEN ANOTHER CHOICE, A

CHOICE FOR LIFE.

AS PAUL STRAND REPORTS, IT'S

WORKING.

Reporter: 25 YEARS AGO,

TEENAGER NOREEN FOUND

HERSELF PREGNANT AND AT ODDS

WITH ANGRY PARENTS.

THEY WERE TRYING TO FORCE

ME TO HAVE AN ABORTION.

AND I WASN'T GOING TO DO

THAT.

Reporter: HER BOYFRIEND

DIDN'T WANT HER TO HAVE THE

BABY, EITHER.

NOREEN RECEIVED NO SUPPORT

UNTIL SHE CAME ACROSS THE

FOLKS AT GENESIS CENTER IN

PITTSBURGH.

THEY GAVE HER A TEMPORARY

PLACE TO LIVE, EDUCATION TO

SUPPORT HERSELF, AND

ENCOURAGEMENT SHE WOULD BE A

GOOD MOTHER.

MY MOM SAID I WOULD END

UP TO BE NOTHING, AND END UP

ON WELFARE.

Reporter: EVEN TODAY,

NOREEN IS OVERWHELMED OF HOW

THE TWO WOMEN HERE BECAME

THE SURROGATE MOTHERS SHE

ALWAYS NEEDED.

WITH ALL OF THE

ENCOURAGEMENT OF LOVE OF THE

TWO LADIES.

Reporter: WITH

FINANCIAL SUPPORT, CENTRES

LIKE GENESIS CAN HELP

MILLIONS OF WOMEN LIKE

NOREEN SAY NO TO ABORTION.

IT IS NOT EASY WHEN ABORTION

PROVIDERS LIKE PLANNED

PARENTHOOD AND POLITICIANS,

JOIN FORCES AGAINST THAT

EFFORT.

SOME ARE TRYING TO SHUT DOWN

PRO-LIFE PREGNANT CENTERS.

NOT HERE IN PENNSYLVANIA.

THE STATE USE TAXPAYER

DOLLARS TO HELP THE PRO-LIFE

ALTERNATIVES.

FOR 17 YEARS, THE

ALTERNATIVES HAS BEEN

DIRECTING $5 MILLION TO

$6 MILLION A YEAR TO ALMOST

100 PRO-LIFE CENTERS ACROSS

THE STATE.

IT HAS HELPED BRING

PENNSYLVANIA'S ABORTION RATE

DOWN SOME 7%.

THE SUCCESS HAS LED 14 OTHER

STATES TO ASK FOR HELP IN

SETTING UP SIMILAR

PROGRAMS.

WHY I SAY IS I AM

PRO-BABY.

Reporter: GOVERNOR TOM

CORBETT.

WE'VE HAD OVER 189,000

WOMEN GO THROUGH THE

CENTER.

Reporter: A WOMAN

DECIDED NOT TO ABORT, AND

HIS SON AND DAUGHTER-IN-LAW

ADOPTED THAT LITTLE BOY.

I START RUBBING HIS BACK

AND HE GOES ASLEEP AGAINST

ME, AND I THANK GOD EVERY

DAY THAT THAT YOUNG WOMAN

DECIDED TO KEEP THE BABY AND

DID NOT HAVE THE BABY

ABORTED, AND DID SO, BECAUSE

I HAVE THIS PRECIOUS LITTLE

FELLOW.

Reporter: AND THE

PROGRAM CAME TO THE RESCUE

OF PENNSYLVANIA MOM JAMIE

FAIR.

SHE BECAME PREGNANT WITH HER

FOURTH CHILD JUST AS HER

HUSBAND LEFT HER.

HER FUTURE LOOKED BLEAK, AND

EVEN DOCTORS RECOMMENDED SHE

ABORT.

I DID HAVE A MEDICAL

ISSUE, THAT THEY FELT IT

WOULDN'T BE CONDUCIVE TO MY

LIFE IF I WOULD GO AHEAD

WITH THE PREGNANCY.

Reporter: SHORT OF

MONEY, JAMIE CAME TO TRI

CITY LIFE CENTER LOOKING FOR

A CRIB, BUT ENDED UP WITH

MUCH MORE.

I COULDN'T AFFORD

DIAPERS.

I COULDN'T AFFORD FOOD.

THEY WOULD GET TOYS.

THEY WOULD GET CLOTHES.

THEY WOULD GET THINGS THAT

THEY NEEDED.

BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, THEY

WOULD GET THE SUPPORT AND

THE LOVE THEY NEEDED.

Reporter: VERA DIRECTS

TRI-CITY LIFE.

WHEN A MOTHER DECIDES TO

CARRY A CHILD, WE'RE THERE

EVERY DAY, NOT ONLY THROUGH

HER PREGNANCY, BUT WE'RE

THERE FOR THE FIRST FIVE

YEARS OF THAT CHILD.

Reporter: THEY LOVE

THESE WOMEN AS IF THEY WERE

THEIR OWN DAUGHTERS.

KEVIN BAGATA SAYS MOST

ABORTIONS HAPPEN BECAUSE

WOMEN FIELD PRESSURED INTO

IT BECAUSE OF LACK OF

SUPPORT.

THERE WERE SURVEYS DONE,

AND THEY SAID IF ONE PERSON

HAD HELPED THEM DURING THE

PREGNANCY, THEY WOULDN'T

HAVE GOT AN ABORTION.

Reporter: AFTER THEY

GET HELP, 80% OF WOMEN SAY

THEY WON'T ABORT, EVEN IF

THEY'RE PRESSURED.

THAT'S BECAUSE NOW THE WOMAN

FEELS SHE HAS SOMEONE ON HER

SIDE.

THEREFORE SHE IS FREE TO

MAKE THE DECISION SHE WANTS

TO MAKE AND CAN LIVE WITH

FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE.

Reporter: 24-YEAR-OLD

JESSICA SHELDON IS PART OF A

GENERATION WHERE EVERY THIRD

PERSON HAS BEEN KILLED BY

ABORTION.

IT IS KIND OF SCARY, TO

THINK OF LION AL, LIKE, OF

ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO COULD

HAVE BEEN HERE BUT ARE NOT.

Reporter: SHE SHARES

ADVICE FOR PREGNANT YOUNG

WOMEN.

IT WILL PROBABLY BE

REALLY SCARY, AND YOU'RE

PROBABLY GOING TO BE IN

SHOCK FOR A WHILE, BUT IF

YOU PULL THROUGH IT, IT IS

THE BEST THING EVER.

Reporter: JESSICA

DOESN'T SAY THIS BECAUSE SHE

IS PREGNANT, BUT BECAUSE HER

MOTHER IS NOREEN, WHO FOUGHT

HER FAMILY AND BOYFRIEND TO

KEEP HER BABY.

SOME STATES SAY THEY'RE

PRO-CHOICE BECAUSE THE BACK

OF ABORTION INDUSTRY.

IT IS DIFFERENT HERE IN

PENNSYLVANIA.

THEY SAY THEY'RE PRO-CHOICE

BECAUSE THEY'RE OFFERING

WOMEN REAL ALTERNATIVES.

PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS,

REPORTING FROM HARRISBURG,

PENNSYLVANIA.

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