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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.
The New York Times: A coalition of religious and human rights leaders on Thursday followed up the advertisement with demands that Mr. Obama support the financing of abortions for women raped during violent conflicts overseas by members of terrorist groups like the Islamic State and Boko Haram.
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.
National Right to Life: A leading academic has published a stinging critique of how Belgium administers its euthanasia law. Writing in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Rafael Cohen-Almagor, an Israeli professor of politics at the University of Hull, says that Belgians should be alarmed by the deliberate shortening of lives of some patients without their explicit voluntary request.
NC Register: President Barack Obama is addressing the future of health care at the Catholic Health Association’s annual assembly today. The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) has had a tense relationship with the Catholic Church since its passing in 2009 and subsequent implementation. The controversy has centered especially on the provision of contraceptives in health-insurance plans and a lack of the “robust conscience” protections promised by the president prior to the law’s passing.
Jeremy Tedesco discusses the New York ‘Choose Life’ license plate case with Peter Sprigg and Chris Gacek (audio)
ADF Media: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit Tuesday upheld the Texas women’s safety law known as House Bill 2. Specifically, the court upheld a provision that requires abortion facilities to meet the same health and safety standards as ambulatory surgical centers, and again upheld a provision that protects women against cut-and-run abortionists by requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital in the event a woman must seek hospital care due to post-abortion complications.
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.
The Christian Post: Included in the release were comments from ADF’s senior legal counsel David Hacker who said, “Universities cannot function as marketplaces of ideas if free speech requires a warning sign or is otherwise severely limited on campus.
Life Site News: A HIV-positive man who took his life in hands during his successful fight for pro-life ObamaCare insurance in Rhode Island has, through his attorney at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) exclusively spoken with LifeSiteNews about his faith, his past, and his pro-life ministry.
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.
Via Alliance Defending Freedom: In New York, government officials have accelerated their efforts to steer words of compassion off cars on the state’s streets and roadways. It’s their way of ‘backseat driving’ political conversation – by putting the brakes on …
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.
The Christian Institute: Legalising assisted suicide would cross an “essential line in the sand” and negatively affect wider society by creating a culture of death, columnists have warned.
The Christian Institute: Assisted suicide group Dignitas has recommended a banned doctor in the UK as someone with an ‘open mind’ to assist with suicide.
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.
The Washington Post: “Universities cannot function as marketplaces of ideas if free speech requires a warning sign or is otherwise severely limited on campus,” David Hacker, an attorney for the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom and counsel for Abolitionists4Life, said.
Reuters: The lawsuit in federal court in Idaho was filed after the anti-abortion group Abolitionists4Life hosted two events on campus last spring that sought through images to “communicate its pro-life message,” the organization’s senior legal counsel, David Hacker, said in a statement.
UPI: “We commend Boise State University for acknowledging this by revising its speech policy so that students can speak more freely throughout campus without fear of punishment,” ADF senior legal counsel David Hacker said. “Universities cannot function as marketplaces of ideas if free speech requires a warning sign or is otherwise severely limited on campus.”
National Right to Life: “Universities cannot function as marketplaces of ideas if free speech requires a warning sign or is otherwise severely limited on campus,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Hacker. “We commend Boise State University for acknowledging this by revising its speech policy so that students can speak more freely throughout campus without fear of punishment.”
Idaho Statesman: The Alliance Defending Freedom filed the lawsuit on Abolitionists4Life’s behalf. The Alliance Defending Freedom was founded by leaders of the religious right, including Dr. James Dobson, of Focus on the Family; Don Wildmon, of the American Family Association; the Rev. D. James Kennedy, of Coral Ridge Ministries; and Bill Bright, of Campus Crusade for Christ.
BR Now: The same month, the NAACP sent a letter to Bomberger and LifeNews demanding they remove the parody in seven days. Bomberger, represented by attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), filed for declaratory judgment, and the NAACP filed a trademark infringement counter suit.
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.”
The College Fix: David Hacker, senior legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, accused the campus of “viewpoint discrimination” and violating the pro-life students’ First Amendment rights.
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 San Diego Union-Tribune: In a letter to the Assembly Judiciary Committee, the Alliance Defending Freedom — a Folsom-based legal group that defends these pregnancy counseling centers — argued the bill would violate federal rules that “states cannot receive federal funding if they rob women of the right to choose a pro-life medical provider by forcing pro-life entities to refer or arrange for abortions.”
Life News: “Universities cannot function as marketplaces of ideas if free speech requires a warning sign or is otherwise severely limited on campus,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Hacker. “We commend Boise State University for acknowledging this by revising its speech policy so that students can speak more freely throughout campus without fear of punishment.”
ADF Media: Boise State University has revised its speech policy in light of a lawsuit Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed last year on behalf of a pro-life student group. The university’s new speech policy no longer requires student organizations to post warning signs on campus for events school officials deem “controversial” and no longer limits literature distribution on campus.
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.
YouTube (Alliance Defending Freedom): Kerri Kupec discusses ‘Choose Life’ license plates on Fox News.
Aleteia: Last Saturday, in an address to the Italian Science and Life Association, the Holy Father listed the “scourge of abortion” as the number one contemporary attack on human life.
Life Site News: Alliance Defending Freedom, which has already strongly opposed the bill and successfully handled the Hobby Lobby case, has the First Amendment on its side.
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.”
The Gazette: Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s most recent annual report reveals the abortion giant performed 327,653 abortions during the last fiscal year (2013-2014). During that same period, Planned Parenthood reported that it had received over $528 million in taxpayer funding. Those taxpayers will be shocked to learn what their money is funding, especially in Colorado.
The Christian Post: In the wake of the U.S. House’s passage of the 20-week abortion ban, abortion advocates are calling something “cruel” and “disgusting.”
Life News: In a victory for pro-life advocates looking to protect the disabled and terminally ill, the Scottish parliament has rejected a bill to legalize assisted suicide.
The Daily Signal: When Maria Harrill was growing up in suburban Maryland in the early 1990s, she kept a journal outlining all the things she’d do when she was a mom.
New York Law Journal (Access via Google): Jeremy Tedesco led a team of attorneys from the Alliance Defense Fund [sic] of Scottsdale, Arizona, which represented the Children First Foundation. Tedesco said the group was considering an appeal.
National Law Journal (Access via Google): U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer in Washington cast a skeptical eye Thursday over the Justice Department’s effort to keep the House of Representatives’ health care suit out of court.
Illinois Democrat Dan Lipinski stands for life, and his party one day soon may leave him standing alone
World Magazine (Subscription required): Visitors to Congressman Dan Lipinski’s Capitol Hill office find an assortment of items. A BlackBerry phone sits amid papers on his desk. There’s also an apple, a container of Peter Pan peanut butter, a Diet Pepsi, and a small stack of books including Prayer by the late Daniel P. Coughlin, the first Roman Catholic chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives.
This HIV-positive man would rather die than fund abortion. Now he’s won his court case against ObamaCare
Life Site News: Doe “is strongly opposed to paying for abortions,” said Doe’s attorney, Casey Mattox, of the Alliance Defending Freedom. “He has HIV, but he is someone who has devoted his life and his resources to opposing abortion, and works against it on a weekly basis.”
Western Journalism: Erik Stanley, author and Senior Legal Counsel of the Alliance Defense Fund [sic], explained the Johnson Amendment was a bill that got inserted into the tax code through back-room deals made by a powerful Senator seeking reelection at any cost. As a result of the bill, freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion have been trampled.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Preserving – or, in many cases, recreating – a culture that honors life is a job laid out on a global scale. As the world gets smaller, and its various societies more inextricably linked, the growing effort to save the lives of children in our own country is inseparable from the need to save lives all over the globe.
Life Site News: A California bill that pro-life opponents say would force locally funded pregnancy help organizations to surrender rights protected by the First Amendment gained the votes it required Tuesday to move from the Golden State’s Assembly to the Senate.
Breitbart: Not only would the bill require some pregnancy centers, specifically those devoted to pro- life causes, to advertise the availability of abortion, but it would also fine facilities that do not comply. The bill states that it would “authorize the Attorney General, city attorney, or county counsel to bring an action to impose a specified civil penalty against covered facilities that fail to comply with these requirements.”
National Right to Life: The suicide advocacy group, Final Exit Network, was recently found guilty of violating Minnesota’s law against assisting suicide. The group has long been known to take brazen actions across the country promoting suicide, by promoting how-to guides for home suicides and sending “caring friends” to those who say they want to take their lives.
National Right to Life: Senate Bill Number 598, which seeks to legalize Assisted Suicide in Rhode Island, will be heard on Thursday, May 28, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The hearing will be held in Room 313 of the State House and should begin sometime between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
National Right to Life: The preliminary number of abortions in 2013 has finally been released by the Missouri Dept. of Health. The total numbers of abortions in 2013 was 8,740. This is a decline of 287 abortions, or over a 3% drop, in one year. This continues a trend that has been going on almost steadily since 1980 thanks to pro-life activists!
National Right to Life: I have had the pleasure, and the honor, of speaking in several states this spring. I love having the chance to visit with our grass-roots base and hear their stories. While some are sad, even heart-breaking, others are tremendously uplifting and encouraging almost beyond words.