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The Global Dispatch: “Five years into Obamacare, it is now evident that SBA List’s warnings were true. This law is forcing Americans to pay for abortions in numerous ways, and SBA List had a right to say so,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “If the exposure of that fact was part of what cost Rep. Driehaus hisjob, that’s because his constituents, like most Americans, reject taxpayer-funded abortion.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: One of the saddest realizations that can come to anyone studying the news – locally, nationally, globally – is how endlessly, indefatigably, so many forces are working to negate and erode the value of human life.
BBC News: Lawmakers in the US state of Virginia have agreed to pay compensation to people who were forcibly sterilised by the authorities decades ago.
ERLC: South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak could hardly fathom the reality of what he was seeing in the streets of his city. What could compel a woman to leave her newborn alone in a cold alleyway, destined to die a harsh and cruel death? He decided to do something about it.
The Week: Yesterday’s oral arguments for King vs. Burwell, the latest legal challenge to ObamaCare before the Supreme Court, confirmed one thing: The law, as written, is a complete mess.
West Virginia becomes the eleventh state to protect pain-capable children as legislature overrides Governor Tomblin’s veto
National Right to Life: In a 27-5 vote, the West Virginia state Senate today joined with the state House of Delegates in voting to override Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HB 2568), legislation that protects unborn children from abortion at the point that they are able to feel pain. Tomblin’s veto came after the state House of Delegates and the state Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill in February. The legislature’s successful override of Gov. Tomblin’s veto means that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will go into effect in 90 days.
Red State: The D.C. Council’s nine-month quest to enact two anti-conscience laws appears to be coming to a close. After hearing concerns about violations of the First Amendment and federal law from outgoing Mayor Vincent Gray, the D.C. Attorney General’s office, members of Congress, and dozens of pro-life and religious organizations and schools in the District, the council has apparently rejected those concerns, effectively challenging Congress to intervene.
Life News: “Five years into Obamacare, it is now evident that SBA List’s warnings were true. This law is forcing Americans to pay for abortions in numerous ways, and SBA List had a right to say so,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “If the exposure of that fact was part of what cost Rep. Driehaus his job, that’s because his constituents, like most Americans, reject taxpayer-funded abortion.”
Townhall: Since August, California has been forcing churches and every other employer in the state to provide elective abortion coverage to their employees.
ADF Media: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit Friday upheld a district court ruling that threw out a former congressman’s defamation lawsuit against the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List. Former U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus filed the defamation case against SBA List after it publicized that his vote for Obamacare was a vote for taxpayer-funded abortion.
National Review: Thursday is the last opportunity to see The Drop Box during a three-day run in theaters across the country (there will be a DVD). The Drop Box is the inspiring, challenging, beautiful story of a South Korean pastor and his family who welcome abandoned children into their home. Kelly Rosati is vice president of Community Outreach at Focus on the Family, a partner in and advocate for the film. She talks about the film, adoption, and her work.
The Daily Signal: Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the highly anticipated case King v. Burwell.
National Right to Life: Dr. Sally Faith Dorfman, who worked at Einstein Medical College, gave the following advice to abortion providers: A compassionate and sensitive sonographer should remember to turn the screen away from the plane of view [of the woman having an abortion]. Staff, too, may find themselves increasingly disturbed by the repeated visual impact of an aspect of their work that they need to partially deny in order to continue to function optimally and to concentrate on the needs of the women who come to them for help.
Minnesota House committee approves bills to ban taxpayer funded abortion, license abortion facilities
National Right to Life: Bills to license abortion facilities and end taxpayer funding of abortion passed a committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives on Wednesday. Both protective measures are strongly supported by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL).
Juicy Ecumenism: A Christian pastor in South Korea is getting a surge of publicity after filmmakers took notice of his controversial effort to rescue abandoned infants. Pastor Lee Jong-rak of Seoul’s Jusarang Church, responding to an increasing number of infants turning up on city streets, opened a “baby box” for parents to deposit babies that they could not care for.
New Mexico Political Report: Brandt presented alongside his two selected expert witnesses, Tara Shaver, spokeswoman for the anti-abortion group Protest ABQ, and Melanie Hathorne, an attorney affiliated with the Christian legal organizationAlliance Defending Freedom.
Christ & Pop Culture: The Department of Justice is about to release a wide-ranging and highly anticipated report on racial discrimination on the Ferguson, Missouri, justice system. In a New York Times article on the report, several city officials are cited making racist remarks in their email, including a joke that Obama won’t finish his first term because,“what black man holds a steady job for four years?”
Time: When the Supreme Court last considered the Affordable Care Act, the argument was easy to follow: Does the federal government have the power to force people to buy health insurance?
SCOTUS Blog: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who seemed decidedly more sympathetic to the government than might have been expected, worried over a constitutional blow against the states. But even the two Justices most openly sympathetic to the challengers — Justices Samuel A. Alito, Jr., and Antonin Scalia — seemed to concede the dire consequences that could follow, by suggesting ways to alleviate it. Alito said the Court could delay its ruling to allow time to adjust, and Scalia said Congress could be counted on to fix it.
The Daily Signal: The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the case of King v. Burwell—a challenge to an IRS rule under Obamacare that provides the payment of premium subsidies to individuals enrolled in the federal exchange. Obamacare’s advocates have made various claims about the harm that would supposedly occur if the court were to find for the plaintiffs (King) in this case. While it is not surprising that those claims have attracted attention, it’s important to remember the harm being caused by Obamacare.
Cardinal Newman Society: Casey Mattox, an attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing several of the complainants, reportedly stated: “It’s puzzling it’s taking them six months for them to weigh in at all.” Mattox relayed to Examiner that the HHS Office of Civil Rights informed him of its investigation back in December but that an answer or even a possible timeline for a response has still not been given.
The Washington Times: Casey Mattox, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian legal group, said the law would still require organizations to hire employees who don’t embody the groups’ own message. “This would still mean that a pro-life organization in the District would still be required to employ someone who doesn’t agree with the group’s message on abortion,” Mr. Mattox said.
Red State: With abortion at stake, Arizona acknowledges that the legislature’s words matter.
CBC News: The B.C. woman who made a living will to avoid a slow death will continue to be fed at the care facility where she lives after the Court of Appeal dismissed a bid from petitioners to let her die.
National Right to Life: The Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act states that the public policy of the Commonwealth is to encourage childbirth over abortion.
US News: Another year, another Obamacare case goes before the Supreme Court. But this time, everything is upside down.
National Right to Life: Laws protecting the unborn, and therefore less permissive in regard to abortion, are controversial because they allegedly lead to hidden, illegal abortions and an increase maternal deaths.
Public Discourse: Most Americans are probably not aware that the push to create a right to assisted suicide is an international effort. The Canadian Supreme Court has just ruled that parliament must enact laws allowing assisted suicide.
Life News: For the second time in two years, pro-abortion West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy on unborn babies who studies show can feel intense pain.
Life News: If you’re considering an abortion and want answers, help, or someone to talk with, send an email or chat online with OptionLine.org or call Pregnancy Line at 866-88-WOMAN. LifeNews Note: Kristi Burton Brown is a pro-life attorney, volunteering for Life Legal Defense Foundation and as an allied attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom. She is also a stay-at-home mom and an assistant editor for Live Action News. This column originally appeared at Live Action News and is reprinted with permission.
The Hill: Despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans oppose the use of federal tax dollars for abortion, the abortion lobby zealously and consistently advocates for it alongside their vocal supporters on Capitol Hill.
National Review: During Eun-man’s lengthy hospital stay, his father, Jung-rak Lee, a pastor in South Korea, wound up ministering to other children, many of them with disabilities, many of them abandoned. He adopted some of them. And then they kept coming to him and his family.
NRB: A panel of pro-life advocates at the National Religious Broadcasters’ International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN, addressed how to get the media message right regarding the value of unborn lives for a new generation.
Law and Religion UK: The draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015 are now part of UK law.
Thomas More Society: Today the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (the “Department”) has confirmed pro-lifers’ First Amendment right to hold signs, including along the State’s Highways, in response to Thomas More Society’s letter challenging the Department’s censorship of Fayetteville 40 Days for Life participants’ pro-life signs.
Life News: Casey Mattox, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, added, ““Forcing a church to be party to elective abortion is one of the utmost-imaginable assaults on our most fundamental American freedoms. California is flagrantly violating the federal law that protects employers from being forced into having abortion in their health insurance plans. No state can blatantly ignore federal law and think that it should continue to receive taxpayer money.”
Life News: A new Congressional bill with 110 co-sponsors would stop the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, which requires religious businesses, colleges and organizations to pay for abortion-causing drugs in their employee health insurance plans.
Life News: A bill has been filed in Vermont for presumed consent to organ donation, and it would grant an explicit ownership interest in the organs of all dead Vermonters to the organ transplant system.
Thomas More Society: Thomas More Society attorneys have sent a letter to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (“Department”) challenging the censorship of Fayetteville 40 Days for Life participants’ pro-life signs. During the pro-lifers’ eighth peaceful prayer vigil outside the Fayetteville Planned Parenthood abortion facility along Highway 265, a Department employee told the pro-life volunteers that they could not display any signs during their vigil, threatening each participant with a fine if they continued to hold their signs. Thomas More Society contends that this demand is a blatant violation of these pro-lifers’ First Amendment rights.
The Christian Institute: A Peer who has worked with families of severely disabled children, and has a disabled daughter herself, raised serious concerns about the effects on children who could be born through controversial GM baby techniques.
The Washington Examiner: “It’s puzzling it’s taking them six months for them to weigh in at all,” said Casey Mattox, an attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom, one of two groups representing the churches. The other group is the Life Legal Defense Foundation.
Breakpoint: In Seoul, the capital of South Korea, hundreds of infants are abandoned on the streets every year. The problem became so severe that one Korean pastor decided to take unprecedented action.
Alliance Defending Freedom: In the state of Washington, the simple act of giving a referral now has some negative implications—if the reason you choose to refer has anything to do with your faith.
Christian News Network: The United Kingdom has become the first country in the world to approve the creation of what has been called “three parent babies”—a move that has has generated applause as an important health advancement while others have expressed concern about the ethical aspects of the practice.
Newsmax: Yesterday, Priests for Life and the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetrician-Gynecologists (AAPLOG) held a press conference to bring attention to the lifesaving procedure of reversing RU-486 and to introduce a new “ru-486 Reversal Kit” not previously available to physicians.
ERLC: Instead of being bound by their (God-designed) biological clock, women can delay having children until their 40s without the worry of having to produce healthy eggs. The basic idea is that you freeze your strong eggs when you’re in your 20s, and then use them when you’re in your 40s. The article went on to state, “If a 25-year-old banks her eggs and, at 35, is up for a [career] promotion, she can go for it wholeheartedly without worrying about missing out on having a baby.”
Public Discourse: The UK has passed a bill that allows for genetic engineering of children through nuclear transfer technology and germ-line modification. Young women will be needed to supply their eggs. But egg donation—or more accurately, egg selling—is risky business.
National Right to Life: By a vote of 29-5, the West Virginia state Senate today gave final approval to HB 2568, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – a bill that protects unborn children from violent abortions after the point at which they are capable of feeling pain.
Life News: The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of pro-abortion Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General, replacing pro-abortion Eric Holder in that top spot in the Obama administration. Lynch’s nomination now heads to the full Senate.
National Right to Life: Advancements in science and medical technology have proven to be great gifts to the pro-life movement time and time again. Doctors are able to routinely deliver premature babies at earlier and earlier stages of development. Innovations in sonogram imaging have provided a window to the womb enabling expectant mothers to see their unborn children face to face. We also have the ability to hear the unborn baby’s tiny heartbeat.
Josh Brahm: Josh Brahm’s speech from the Students for Life of America conference in D.C. has been posted. These are six practical tips for having good dialogues with pro-choice people.
Christianity Today: However, in the church, we face the challenge of upholding the sanctity of life, while simultaneously ministering to women who feel overwhelming shame about their abortions. Our response is not to deny the sin and death inherent in abortion. Instead, we point women to the healing found in a community centered around the One who redeems us from all sin.
The Christian Institute: A woman who chose to have her baby after she was brutally raped at the age of twelve has said that she has no regrets, and that her daughter helped ‘bring healing to her life’.
The Christian Institute: Controversial techniques to create three and four-parent babies have been backed by Peers in the House of Lords.
The Christian Institute: MPs have rejected the opportunity to make sex-selective abortion explicitly illegal as they defeated an amendment from Fiona Bruce.
Public Discourse: This past weekend, pro-lifers were saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. John C. Willke, who is considered by many to be the father of the modern pro-life movement. Willke and his wife Barbara co-authored over a dozen books on abortion and human sexuality. Their most recent book, Abortion and the Pro-Life Movement, was published last fall.
National Right to Life: When last we heard about the pro-life club at Courtland High School in Spotsylvania, Virginia, the principal had begun doing the right thing by reversing an earlier decision, however grudgingly.
National Right to Life: Many defenders of legalized abortion argue that it is required by gender equality. The burdens of pregnancy and childbirth fall upon women but never upon men. So only with access to abortion can women be truly equal and able to determine the course of their lives.
Life News: The pro-abortion movement is in a predicament. They are compelled to fight a ban on dismemberment abortions because it challenges their abortion-without-limits ideology. But they know they cannot actually talk about dismemberment abortions. Putting the gruesome reality of unborn babies being torn limb from limb in front of the public would be highly detrimental to their cause.
True Dignity Vermont: One wonders if any of our legislators are ashamed and embarrassed that a tv plot revolved around the assumption that a sick man who is flying to VT would not be doing so to fulfill his bucket list of beautiful places to visit but to commit assisted suicide.
The Guardian: Almost one in five Dutch doctors would consider helping someone die even if they had no physical problems but were “tired of living”, according to one of the most comprehensive academic studies of such attitudes.
Christian News Network: Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking that it hear its case surrounding an admitting privileges law that could close the state’s last abortion facility.
The Christian Institute: The former Archbishop of Canterbury has said that he supports controversial techniques to create three and four-parent babies, dismissing the wide array of ethical and scientific concerns.
The Christian Institute: A letter from senior Labour MPs urging a vote against banning sex-selective abortion is “scaremongering nonsense”, a backbench Labour MP has said.
Catholic News Agency: Just because you may oppose abortion doesn’t mean you should be denied comprehensive health care coverage, according to Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston.
Catholic News Agency: However, critics pointed to Saperstein’s opposition to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision as evidence of a dubious record on domestic religious liberty. The legal group Alliance Defending Freedom said it was “troubling” that Saperstein believed businesses were not protected from the HHS birth control mandate.
Burlington Free Press: “When government is imposing burdens like that on people … that’s a violation of free exercise, and that’s essentially what’s happening here,” Mattox said.
Life News: There’s a subtle hypocrisy in our society in regards to suicide that also plays out in cases of wrongful death and euthanasia & assisted suicide arguments.
First Things: In her Yahoo! Parenting article “I Terminated My Baby with Down Syndrome,” Sophie Horan is not shy about painting her abortion as choice made with her baby’s interests in mind. She claims her unborn baby “deserved better than a life of struggle and frustration due to a condition that he or she would never be able to change.” Bad news, Sophie Horan, this is true for all of us, Down syndrome or no.