Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
National Right to Life: As Father’s Day approaches, I’ve been thinking a lot about how my dad (and mom, too!) helped to influence my work here at the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.
Politico: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell guaranteed a vote on a bill imposing a federal ban on abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, telling a conservative crowd in Washington that a vote on the divisive legislation would be “good news for our entire country.”
The Des Moines Register: Iowa’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland may keep using its controversial telemedicine-abortion system.
Reuters: The Iowa Supreme Court has rejected a state rule requiring doctors to see abortion patients in person, ruling that a regional Planned Parenthood unit may continue administering abortion-inducing medications using remote video technology.
Siouxland Matters (ABC9 News): The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that the Iowa Board of Medicine’s ban on telemedicine abortions violates the state constitution. In a unanimous decision filed on Friday, the court ruled that the Board’s decision to require a doctor to be present during medication abortions caused undue burden to Iowa women seeking abortions.
Lozier Institute: Baby Elizabeth was born nine weeks premature. With under-developed lungs, she struggled to breathe and needed to remain in intensive care in the hospital for two and a half weeks. “I couldn’t even hold her for the first five days… We dressed her in doll clothes,” says Jenn, her mother, recalling Elizabeth’s tiny size. Jenn attributes her daughter’s premature birth – and a host of other health complications – to a previous abortion she had, and now shares her story as part of a newly-launched educational campaign called Prevent Preterm.
Life News: Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, during a speech today to a conservative conference, guaranteed that the Senate will vote on a House-passed pro-life bill that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth.
Life News: The Iowa Supreme Court today overturned the state’s ban on webcam abortions after the nation’s biggest abortion business took a provision to protect the health ad safety of women to court in a lawsuit.
The Washington Post: The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is also known as the 20-week abortion ban bill. Several states have approved the 20-week ban, and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have pushed for this ban since 2013. GOP 2016 presidential hopeful Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) recently reintroduced the House-passed bill in the Senate.
National Right to Life: On Tuesday, the Ohio House Committee on Community and Family Advancement voted in favor of Ohio Right to Life’s Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act (H.B. 135), 9-3 with bipartisan support.
The Daily Signal: Culture is central because it affects everything else. Francis highlights that a “throwaway culture” harms both social and physical ecology: “When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities—to offer just a few examples—it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected.”
Life News: An Ohio state legislative committee approved a pro-life bill today to ban abortions specifically done on unborn babies who are diagnosed with Down syndrome. The vote in favor of the measure sends the bill to the full Ohio state House for a vote.
National Right to Life: Last week, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) introduced S. 1549, the Care Planning Act of 2015, to use federal tax dollars to pay health care professionals to counsel older people in deciding whether to accept or reject life-preserving medical treatment, food and fluids.
Kirsten Powers is an antiabortion, antiwar evangelical liberal who works for Fox News. Got a problem with that?
The Washington Post: But her career didn’t kick into high gear until she took that identity — the bright-eyed, sharp-tongued, gamely combative liberal activist — to a place where her brand stood out in bold relief.
The New York Times: But that left six frozen embryos, and on medical advice, Ms. Watts, 45, had no plans for more children. So in December she took to Facebook to try to find a nearby Tennessee family that wanted them.
National Right to Life: Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, the producers of the movie “Gosnell,” have signed a deal with Regnery Publishing to publish a book about the subject of their film, the late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
CEI: By June 2015, the Supreme Court will rule on the issue of Obamacare insurance exchange subsidies in King v. Burwell, a case that could have significant ramifications for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Mirror of Justice: I would argue that, from a moral perspective, opposing decarbonization is not that different from supporting legalized abortion—you might not be the acting moral agent, but you are still complicit in the structures of sin. Putting it another way, it might not be formal cooperation with evil, but it is certainly material.
Aleteia: Dr. Horatio Robinson Storer led the movement to enact pro-life legislation in the 19th century and in so doing saved millions, including your ancestors, explains Frederick Dyer in his interview with Aleteia.
National Right to Life: On Friday, Texas Governor Abbott signed House Bill 3074 into law. HB 3074 serves as the first step in reforming the thoroughly anti-life provisions of the Texas Advance Directives Act (TADA), which affects patients in hospitals and hospices across the state.
Dana Milbank is so dishonest, interviewees have to post their email correspondence to correct record
The Federalist: His latest piece attempts to argue that pro-lifers have a logic problem. He cites a study that shows abortion rates declining, notes that some states where they declined have more liberal abortion laws than states with some health protections for unborn children and their mothers.
Life News: This week at our office we received our 13th missive from Glitter Bombs for Choice, an loose association of abortion advocates that has made something of a name for itself in the past few months.
Public Discourse: Honest citizens must resist the “safe-sex” propaganda and recognize this campaign for what it is: a deceptive crusade promising an easy solution to a complex problem.
The Washington Post: The Supreme Court Monday let stand a lower court ruling that struck down North Carolina’s requirement that doctors must take and describe an ultrasound image before performing an abortion.
Christian News Network: A Bible Belt state is among the latest to consider legalizing assisted suicide, in part due to the efforts of an activist who asserts that the choice to end one’s life is the “ultimate civil right.”
12 News: Dr. George Delgado never thought of himself as controversial or polarizing, but as he prepares to speak at a conference put on by First Way Pregnancy Center that’s what he has become.
The Daily Signal: Getting one step closer to what could be the most significant pro-life victory since the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, Sen. Lindsey Graham today introduced a measure in the U.S. Senate that would drastically limit women’s ability to access abortions past a certain point in their pregnancy.
Life News: A federal appeals court issued a ruling today upholding a Texas pro-life law credited with closing multiple abortion clinics and cutting abortions 13 percent, saving an estimated 9,900 babies from abortion.
NRLC calls on journalists to check their facts in debate over Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
NRLC: At a press conference this morning at which Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced the introduction of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the U.S. Senate, National Right to Life President Carol Tobias called on journalists, when writing about the bill and the unborn children at 20 weeks fetal age or older who it would protect, to adopt a more skeptical approach to fact claims made by pro-abortion advocacy organizations, including ACOG and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
The Federalist: Planned Parenthood claims that the proposed bill would gut the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) birth-control mandate. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said, “This bill is a sham and an insult to women… It would give women fewer birth control options and force women to pay twice for their birth control.”
National Law Journal: Texas abortion clinics have asked a federal appellate court to delay the effect of its June 9 decision upholding restrictions on the clinics while their attorneys appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Texas Lawyer: When a panel of three judges issued the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s most controversial decision of the year by upholding a Texas law that regulates—and potentially shuts down—seven abortion clinics on June 9, lawyers naturally wondered who wrote the decision.
National Right to Life: My name is Cori Salchert. I am almost 50 years old and 27 years ago, I graduated from nursing school here in Madison. And I’m a wife and mother of eight biological children.
The Daily Signal: A federal appeals court yesterday upheld a strict abortion law in Texas that critics call “devastating,” and say would shut down the majority of clinics in the state.
National Right to Life: Rebekah Nancarrow had an ultrasound at Planned Parenthood (for which she paid $80), but wasn’t allowed to see the image. She was told by a Planned Parenthood worker that seeing the fetus on the screen “will only make it harder on you.”
Associated Press: A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld Texas’ strict abortion restrictions that could soon leave only seven abortion clinics open in a state of 27 million people.
National Law Journal (Access via Google): A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld most provisions of a Texas law that imposes restrictions on abortion clinics that could shutter all but seven facilities throughout the state.
Houston Chronicle: A federal appeals court gave its long-expected stamp of approval Tuesday to the Texas Legislature’s sweeping 2013 anti-abortion law, leaving the U.S. Supreme Court as the last option for opponents of some of the nation’s tightest restrictions on the procedure.
Christian News Network: A new report compiled by the Associated Press (AP) states that abortion rates have declined 12 percent on average in the United States since 2010, but also shows that hundreds of thousands of unborn children are still being killed each year.
NBC News (Reuters): A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld the main provisions of a restrictive Texas abortion law including one requiring clinics to have certain hospital-grade facilities, a regulatory hurdle critics said was designed to shut down abortion providers.
The New York Times: A federal appellate court upheld some of the toughest provisions of a Texas abortion law on Tuesday, putting 13 of the state’s abortion clinics at risk of permanently shutting their doors, which would leave the nation’s second-most populous state with eight abortion providers.
First Things: At the March for Life this past January, I saw a teenage girl holding a sign that read, “She could be the next Beyoncé!” the “she” referring, of course, to the baby inside the womb.
Associated Press: Abortions have declined in states where new laws make it harder to have them — but they’ve also waned in states where abortion rights are protected, an Associated Press survey finds. Nearly everywhere, in red states and blue, abortions are down since 2010.
World Magazine (Subscription Required): A 10-year-old baseball player and a middle-age construction company owner are both healthy and alive today because of adult stem-cell transplants, a treatment that does not involve the destruction of a human embryo.
North Carolina Gov. McCrory signs bill to increase waiting period for abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours
National Right to Life: On Friday North Carolina joined Utah, Missouri, and South Dakota as states that provide for a three-day period of reflection before women finalize a life and death decision.
Live Action News: A survey released Sunday by the Associated Press (AP) shows that abortion rates are dropping nationwide: the overall decrease was roughly 12 percent.
Relevant: Abortions are in the decline in the United States. A new Associated Press survey found that since 2010, across the country, the number of abortions performed has fallen by 12 percent.
One News Now: On Monday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a law that requires women seeking a chemical abortion be informed that once the first chemical is taken, the process in some cases can be reversed depending on how quickly a woman seeks the reversal.
One News Now: The Women and Children’s Protection Act of 2015 is now on its way to the governor’s desk. On Wednesday, North Carolina lawmakers passed House Bill 465 which, among other things, increases from 24 to 72 hours the waiting period for an abortion.
One News Now: Birth control pills were approved for general distribution in this country in 1960, though American Life League’s Rita Diller claims most people know little about the history of the Pill.
Christian News Network: Despite impassioned objections, the California State Senate approved a bill on Thursday that would allow some elderly and disabled people to seek help in killing themselves through lethal doses of drugs.
LA Times: As one of her last acts before she took her own life, Brittany Maynard talked by telephone with California Gov. Jerry Brown about her desire to see her home state adopt an aid-in-dying law, her husband says.
Center for Arizona Policy: Once again Arizona is witnessing pro-abortion advocates standing in between women and life-saving facts.
Life News: The North Carolina legislature has given final approval to a pro-life bill that would put in place a 72-hour waiting period before an abortion — allowing women more time to find abortion alternatives and choose life for their unborn child.
National Right to Life: As expected, opponents of Kansas’ historic new ban on dismemberment abortion are seeking an injunction in the Shawnee County District Court of Judge Larry Hendricks to prevent the measure from going into effect July 1st.
Christian News Network: A federal appeals court panel consisting of all George W. Bush appointees has declared an Arkansas state law banning abortion when a heartbeat is detected to be “unconstitutional,” upholding a lower court ruling opining the same.
National Right to Life: So, one of Planned Parenthood’s Northwest affiliates is looking for a nurse practitioner or certified nurse midwife to provider “reproductive health services,” including chemical or “medication” abortions, to a ‘broad-based population” in Vancouver, Washington, and Salem, Bend, and Milwaukie, Oregon.
First Things: Imagine receiving a letter telling you that while your insurance company won’t pay for experimental drugs to combat your cancer, they’d be happy to cover lethal drugs to help you die.
Center for Arizona Policy: No matter where you stand on the issue of abortion, we should all agree that doctors should not be able to withhold vital information from women. Yet Planned Parenthood Arizona has decided to take the state to court to deny women crucial facts.
LA Times: The state Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would allow physicians in California to prescribe lethal doses of drugs for terminally ill patients who want to hasten their deaths.
Pro-Life Action League: The email was signed by a NARAL supporter Dana Weinstein, asking for donations to NARAL to fight HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks (5 months). She writes, “When I was more than 20 weeks pregnant, my doctor discovered our baby had horrifying severe fetal anomalies that could not have been discovered earlier in pregnancy.”
National Right to Life: EMILY’s List, the political action committee that showers money on Democratic female candidates who back abortion without limits, announced its top House targets for 2016 on Monday.
Ohio Right to Life: Yesterday, the House Committee on Community and Family Advancement heard opposition testimony on our Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act which protects pre-born babies from the discriminatory violence of abortion.
CNS News: The number of American babies who have been aborted in the years since the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision has already exceeded the entire population of the United States as recorded in the 1880 Census.
The Daily Caller: I’m convinced that removing the gender requirement from marriage will expand the power of the state into areas that are currently none of its business and should never be any of its business.
National Right to Life: Trameka Pope is just graduating high school, but the valedictorian already has a remarkable life story to share. As an eighth grader, Pope was facing an uphill battle: she was homeless and pregnant. Many people would say she was too young and that she had too much ahead of her— that having a baby before she even started high school would ruin her future.
Live Action News: For years, the Planned Parenthood at 11902 Blue Ridge Blvd. in Grandview, MO, shared a wall with pregnancy resource center, Women’s Clinic of Kansas City. On Sunday, the Women’s Clinic became the only one with an active business, when the Grandview, MO, Planned Parenthood quietly shuttered for good.
First Things: Last week, Gallup released the results of a poll on the moral acceptability of various behaviors. Specifically, this poll asked people about the morality of over fifteen specific issues including abortion, gambling, and polygamy. What was most interesting was the sharp increase in the percentage of people who found doctor assisted suicide “morally acceptable.” In 2013, only 45 percent of Americans found doctor assisted suicide “morally acceptable.” Last week’s poll indicated that percentage had risen to 56 percent.
Public Discourse: If we really are pro-women, and if we really want a cultural conversation on abortion, we owe it to post-abortive women to say, “You are not alone, and you deserve healing.”