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National Right to Life: On Thursday, January 22, the 42nd anniversary of the lethal Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, a South Carolina House panel unanimously voted in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
MRC News Busters: Nineteen leading pro-life organizations joined the Media Research Center to chastise the networks for their near blackout of the 2015 March for Life.
Aleteia: I attended my fourth March for Life last week and it was quick journey. The Archdiocese of Boston offered different travel options to DC, depending on one’s age. There were around 900 of us altogether. I boarded the “young adult” bus and my option offered transportation, lodgings on a church basement floor and two meals, all for $40.
Congress can fix new D.C. bills that force pro-life groups to pay for abortion, religious schools to violate beliefs
The Daily Signal: Over the weekend, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed into law two pieces of bad legislation. These policies will saddle religious organizations and employers with a choice of complying with coercive laws that force them to violate their religious beliefs and organizational missions, or staying true to their beliefs in defiance of unjust laws.
Aleteia: Levatino said he is at peace with the transformation. Standing on a makeshift podium at a rally after the March for Life, he acted like a man at peace with his fellow pro-lifers, especially those who once were pro-choice.
Public Discourse: The March for Life, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, is the largest annual civil rights event in the world. As long as it continues, the University of Notre Dame will be there.
Christian News Network: Barack Obama reaffirmed his “deep commitment” to abortion on Thursday despite the throng of thousands that gathered in the nation’s capital for the annual March for Life marking the 42nd “anniversary” of the Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade.
First Things: The “Director of Civil and Human Rights” for the United Methodist Church, Bill Mefford, posted a picture to Twitter yesterday mocking the pro-life marchers. Mefford, who works for the church’s lobby arm, the General Board of Church and Society, ridiculed the marchers by posting a picture of himself standing before them with a sign saying “I march for sandwiches.”
Aleteia: It wasn’t the first time a Pope has sent a tweet across the Atlantic to the annual March for Life, but Pope Francis’ Twitter message was welcomed with as much enthusiasm as the first papal tweet to the gathering was, a few years ago.
Juicy Ecumenism: Yesterday’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. was a tremendous day both as a demonstration for human rights and a display of Christian unity. Catholic bishops marched with Anglican bishops and Orthodox clergy, with Lutheran and Southern Baptist leaders.
Slate: There’s a bit of a pall hanging over today’s March for Life. The event was supposed to coincide with passage of a 20-week abortion ban in the House of Representatives. But Republican leaders pulled the bill late last night, robbing the marchers of what would have been a symbolic victory.
The Christian Institute: A North Carolina law requiring women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound has been overturned by an appeals court.
Christianity Today: Pro-life advocates ended 2014 with much to cheer about. America’s abortion rate fell to the lowest level since Roe v. Wade. More than 70 abortion clinics closed. And states passed more limitations on abortion (230+) in the last four years than the entire preceding decade combined.
National Review: Today is the 42nd anniversary of the decision in Roe v. Wade. I never need reminding of which anniversary it is — it’s always the same as my age. I was one of those who entered the world through a pregnancy of the sort we call “unplanned,” though as a Hayekian type I do not object to being the “result of human action, but not the execution of any human design.” I was born about three months — call it a “trimester” — before Roe.
Religion News Network: Abortion opponents marking the huge annual March for Life in Washington on Thursday (Jan. 22) and anticipating legislative gains by a Republican-dominated Congress were thrown into disarray after GOP leaders unexpectedly withdrew a pro-life bill that had been seen as a done deal.
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission: As today marks the forty-second anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, most Christians recognize, and rightly so, the loss of millions of unborn human lives. What we often forget is the second casualty of an abortion culture: the consciences of countless men and women.
Christian leaders Matt Chandler, Russell Moore fed up with GOP decision to hold off on mid-term abortion ban
The Christian Post: Church and ministry leaders join forces with conservative political groups the morning of the 42nd annual March for Life to publicly rebuke House Republicans for its last-minute decision to delay the vote on a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks. Church leaders, unlike policy groups, are seemingly not appeased by GOP’s decision to switch support to another pro-life bill that would ensure taxpayer dollars aren’t going to abortion providers under health insurance plans offered on the federal exchange.
The Hill: Every year the March for Life chooses what it believes to be one of the most pressing issues of our time for the pro-life movement as its annual theme. We do so simply because an event with such a reach –hundreds of thousands of passionate pro-lifers travel to Washington, D.C. annually to participate – offers the perfect educational opportunity to provide tools to motivated people that can ultimately impact a culture of life. This year our theme is “Every Life is a Gift.”
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission: 1. The March for Life is an annual pro-life event held in Washington, D.C., on or around the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion in the case Roe v. Wade. The overall goal of the march is to overturn the Roe decision.
The Christian Post: Hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates are in Washington Thursday to peacefully protest against the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade 42 years ago that made abortion legal in the United States.
The Daily Signal: Today, hundreds of thousands of Americans will gather on the National Mall to participate in the annual March for Life, commemorating the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, which invented a constitutional right to abortion-on-demand.
The Daily Signal: The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act bans abortions after 20 weeks, except in cases where rape or incest had been reported to authorities.
First Things: The following address—which Robert P. George has called “the greatest pro-life speech ever given”—was delivered on July 5 at the close of the 2008 convention of the National Right to Life Committee.
Fox News: I was a young nurse at a hospital in Maryland when the Supreme Court handed down its 1973 verdict in Roe v. Wade.
Breitbart: As hundreds of thousands of members of the pro-life community descend upon Washington D.C. for the March for Life Thursday, the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has caved to Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and a group of GOP women who believe passage of a bill that would ban abortions past the fifth month of pregnancy would hurt the Party’s chances with women and millennials.
ABC 7 (AP): Tens of thousands of Americans who oppose abortion, many of them young Catholics, are in Washington for the annual March for Life.
CNN: One of my favorite things I do at work is fetal ultrasound. I’m a practicing radiologist, and the miracle of peeking into that intimate space and then looking up to catch the awe in the parents’ faces never seems to get old.
Life News: The House today approved legislation that will put in place a complete ban on taxpayer funding of abortions that ensures abortions are not directly funded in any federal governmental program or department.
The Public Discourse: A new book clearly examines and answers the most important questions surrounding medical law and ethics, especially in the realm of end-of-life issues.
Aleteia: For decades, the annual March for Life here was a one-day blur of drowsy bus rides, jam-packed youth masses, and protest walk from the Washington Monument to the Supreme Court. But the protest this year has evolved into a four-day extravaganza of professional conferences, board meetings, and large commercial exhibits.
Aleteia: An analysis of the current United States Senate reveals that, of senators who attended Catholic colleges and universities, most have either voted or taken a public position in support of abortion rights, despite unchanging Catholic teaching on the dignity of human life beginning at conception.
Video: Abortion clinic staff caught on tape prove abortion is still as violent and horrific as it’s ever been
Aleteia: January 22 is the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., when thousands of people descend on the nation’s capital to witness to life. The march is held on the anniversary of the decision of Roe Vs. Wade which made abortion legal in the United States. This video, produced in 2013 by Live Action, a youth-led movement dedicated to building a culture of life and ending abortion, reminds us how horrific abortion really is. While it may be couched in terms of “reproductive rights” and “my body, my choice,” the fact is, abortion is the violent destruction of a vulnerable human being and an indication that we have not met the needs of women.
Aleteia: So I’ll just stick with the top 10 things Planned Parenthood does not want you to know: (1) Nearly 58 million children have died from abortion since 1973. (2) Women who’ve aborted have an 81 percent greater risk of mental health problems and a three-fold risk of suicide compared to women who have not had an abortion.
The Washington Post: House Republican leaders abruptly dropped plans late Wednesday to vote on an anti-abortion bill amid a revolt by female GOP lawmakers concerned that the legislation’s restrictive language would once again spoil the party’s chances of broadening its appeal to women and younger voters.
The Federalist: Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court legalizing abortion on demand throughout pregnancy. The pro-life movement commemorates this day with marches, worship services and lobbying for bills to protect unborn children. Pro-lifers were promised by the Republican leaders they just helped elect and re-elect that the House of Representatives would pass a bill today banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a point after which infants can feel pain and survive if born prematurely.
Politico: House Republican leadership is planning to move forward with a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks, despite opposition from female lawmakers who fear the legislation is too harsh and could turn off young voters.
Christian News Network: The Obama administration has expressed its opposition to a Congressional bill that would ban abortions after five months gestation, opining that it is an “assault on a woman’s right to choose.”
The Christian Post: The history of human knowledge as it relates to the human body is a fascinating and terrible thing. In every age, the ability for physicians and other medical practitioners to effectively treat wounds or combat disease has been constrained by the technology – or lack thereof – available at the time. In the past, people often died from illnesses or injuries that are quite treatable today. Over the centuries, we’ve come a long way. Our understanding of human physiology and biology has enabled us to improve quality of life and extend life expectancy beyond anything our ancestors could have imagined.
The Christian Post: A couple years ago, I wrote about why “there is no such thing as ‘personally pro-life.’” But even beyond the question of whether it’s possible to be “personally pro-life,” there’s the question of whether it’s good enough.
The Federalist: The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation (except for rape or to save the mother’s life). And it’s probably consonant with Roe v. Wade.
Life News: This month is the forty-second anniversary of the legal decision, Roe v. Wade, in which the Supreme Court eliminated the abortion laws of all 50 states. Here are five facts about the plaintiff behind the case that transformed America.
Life News: Every year on the anniversary of Roe, hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers attend the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. to remember the more than 55 million lives lost from abortion. This year the march falls on Thursday, and North Dakota students will be leading the crowd through the National Mall.
Life News: In science fiction movies, it seems like it is easy to edit the genetics of a living organism. In reality, it is very, very difficult. A new technique in genetic engineering is creating quite a buzz in the genetics world because it allows researchers to do just that: edit the DNA of living cells.
Aleteia: Jeanne Monahan-Mancini — the last part of her name being an addition joyfully celebrated less than two months ago — President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, continues to prove that she is the perfect choice to have replaced March for Life founder, Nellie Gray, who passed away in August 2012.
The Washington Times (AP): Hundreds of people attended a pro-life rally Sunday in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Jurist: Federal Courts of Appeals have recently addressed two important abortion cases, either of which could end up before US Supreme Court. Last week, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments on the merits of a Texas law that requires abortion facilities to meet hospital-like building and construction standards.
Charlotte Lozier Institute: Five-month abortion laws restrict abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy—when an unborn child can feel pain from abortion. Opponents of five-month abortion laws argue they violate the “viability rule” created by the U.S. Supreme Court. The viability rule provides that government “may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability.” In most cases viability will occur after 20 weeks of pregnancy. However, the viability rule is unworkable, arbitrary, unjust, poorly reasoned, inadequate, and extreme.
Baptist Press: In 1979, Larry Lewis picked up a copy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and saw a full-page ad listing the Southern Baptist Convention among denominations that affirmed the right to abortion.
National Right to Life:Not long ago I was reading an e-mail (which I do a lot) when a sentence reminded me of something I hadn’t given sufficient thought to for a long time: There are many, many hurting women out there who would rather die before allowing anyone to know they had aborted.
Life News: It was Spring, 2010. I was at Pasadena City College with Justice for All. I was standing inside the barricades protecting the large 18-foot-tall pro-life display. It was a quiet hour on campus. Most students were in class.
Life News: In November 2014, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard received national attention when she legally committed suicide with a fatal dose of phenobarbital. After suffering from severe headaches, Brittany Maynard found out she had stage II glioblastoma multiforme and had up to ten years to live.
National Review: House Republicans didn’t talk much yesterday about the strategy to fight President Obama’s immigration actions over the next several weeks, but they are debating the politics of pro-life legislation, especially a bill that would ban the abortions of in utero infants capable of feeling pain.
National Right to Life: Well…when it comes to assigning a grade to the United States for “abortion care access,” nobody would accuse NARAL of being an easy grader. In recent years, collectively the 50 states have gotten as low as a D- and as high as a D.
The Daily Signal: How does your state regulate the abortion industry? One pro-life group has released a map to help you find out.
Kelly Clarkson’s new song featuring her baby’s prenatal heartbeat debuts as heartbeat cases are heard in court
The Daily Signal: On the same day as “Heartbeat Song” released, two national pro-life groups released a collaborative video calling attention to the “Heartbeat” court cases being heard in federal appeals court the following day.
The Federalist: The same state arguing Cassandra is not capable at this time of responsibly deciding, with her mother’s counsel, whether to have chemotherapy would have no problem, were she to seek an abortion, with allowing her to make that medical decision entirely on her own. Connecticut is one of only two states (the other is Maine), along with the District of Columbia, that requires no form of parental notification or consent in order for a minor child to obtain an abortion.
One News Now: When the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion arrives January 22, a pro-life group is calling on people to draw attention to it in a different fashion.
The Wall Street Journal: Women expecting a baby or planning a pregnancy are being pitched a fast-growing array of tests to check if they are carriers for hundreds of mostly rare genetic diseases.
The Daily Signal: Should abortion facilities have to follow the same standards other medical clinics do? If you thought the answer to that, regardless of your views on abortion, should be “duh,” you’d be wrong.
Groundbreaking dismemberment abortion ban in Kansas kicks off Right to Life movement 2015 legislative agenda
National Right to Life: In a move that will transform the landscape of abortion policy in the United States, National Right to Life announced a major new component of the right to life movement’s 2015 legislative agenda with today’s introduction in Kansas of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. The wave of pro-life victories in the 2014 election helped set the stage for this first-of-its-kind legislation, which would protect unborn children from the brutality of dismemberment abortion.
Public Discourse: No one wants pain. But the debate about assisted suicide is not just about those who are terminally ill and in pain. It is about all of us. By voting for assisted suicide, we are implicated in an intrinsically immoral act.
Christian News Wire: Responding to a report from LifeSiteNews.com uncovering an ongoing plan between the Maryland chapter of NARAL Pro-Choice America and the public officials in Montgomery County, Md., to impede or eliminate pregnancy help organizations, Heartbeat International President Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D., pointed to the success of pregnancy centers in her companion article at LifeSiteNews.com.
Live Action News: OneVoiceDC is a prayer and worship meeting with a vision to end abortion. The event is evangelical, non-denominational, and open to all who desire to attend. OneVoiceDC was birthed from partnerships with trusted pro-life organizations, such as Students for Life of America, Stand True, the National Black Pro-Life Coalition, Alliance Defending Freedom, Americans United for Life, 40 Days for Life, and others.
National Review: Last year’s very limited Hobby Lobby ruling–the hysteria by those disagreeing was a wonder to behold–has protected the Catholic owners of a closely-held company from being forced to pay for contraceptive and sterilization coverage against their faith.
Life Site News: Documents obtained by LifeSiteNews.com uncover a disturbing pattern of public officials colluding with NARAL to hinder the efforts of pro-life pregnancy care centers. But the greatest find is on pages 5-7 of the exchange: A two-page document, on official letterhead, revealing NARAL’s seven-point plan to harass CPCs.
Associated Press: A closely watched legal fight over two of the nation’s most stringent abortion bans resumed Tuesday, with attorneys for North Dakota and Arkansas asking a federal appeals court to reinstate two laws overturned by two separate lower federal courts.
National Right to Life: More specifically, this is the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which passed the House in June 2013 on a vote of 228-196, only to be bottled up by the then-Democratically controlled Senate. As you know the Senate Majority Leader is now pro-life Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who replaced pro-abortion Harry Reid (D-Nv.)
Couple refuses to destroy embryos and places them up for adoption; helps give children to two families
The Christian Post: Two couples have been blessed by one couple’s decision to donate their unused embryos and adopt them out to other couples in need.
Emergency contraception will reduce abortions? Then explain these staggering numbers from Planned Parenthood’s latest report
Life Site News: With last week’s release of Planned Parenthood’s 2013-2014 annual report [PDF], we learn that the nation’s largest abortion chain is still the nation’s largest abortion chain.
First Things: Forty years have passed since the Supreme Court handed down its Roe v. Wade decision, on January 22, 1973, and our country has never been the same since. Abortion is the worst domestic crime ever sanctioned by America, and the statistics become more grim by the year: nearly 60 million unborn children have been legally murdered since Roe.
Politico: Republicans are more united than they have been in years on a national strategy to roll back abortion rights, using state legislatures and the new GOP Congress to push for banning the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy — a platform that also has the backing of the party’s presidential candidates.