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Aleteia: Plan B should be called an emergency abortion/contraceptive instead of an emergency contraceptive, because it has a high potential to work as an abortifacient when given prior to ovulation.
First Things: Washington Hall at the University of Notre Dame was packed to the rafters. In a few minutes a physician and his wife would walk onstage and begin a presentation to hundreds of students and faculty about a new issue on the national scene. The topic was abortion and the year was 1972. The phrase “a storm is coming” has come into frequent use of late. But that was certainly the case more than four decades ago—a storm was indeed coming and few understood just how sweeping it would be.
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News: Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh working with mice showed how stem cells harvested from teeth extracted during routine dental procedures can potentially be used to restore sight in those suffering from corneal blindness. They published their study (“Dental Pulp Stem Cells: a New Cellular Resource for Corneal Stoma Regeneration”) in Stem Cells Translational Medicine.
Life Site News: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley told LifeSiteNews that the toolkits show hypocrisy on the part of the Obama administration. “The federal government only wants churches to have free speech rights if the church agrees to speak about things it thinks are acceptable,” Stanley told LifeSiteNews. “While it’s not illegal for [the Department of Health and Human Services] to ask churches to talk about ObamaCare, it is ironic considering that the federal government, through the tax code, prohibits pastors from speaking freely from the pulpit on other issues.”
National Review: According to a media report out of New Jersey, a third doctor–the others are Shewmon and Calixto–has signed a declaration stating Jahi McMath is not brain dead. The family attorney Chris Dolan says he will petition the California Secretary of State to rescind the death certificate.
Life News: My First Things column this week warns against the coming ”medical martyrdom,” by which I mean that the minions of the culture of death intend to require doctors, nurses, and facilities to either kill (abortion, assisted suicide, etc.) or get out of medicine.
National Right to Life: One of Planned Parenthood large affiliates has just published a study that they assert shows that the abortion drugs mifepristone (RU-486) and misoprostol can be used safely and effectively following a different protocol than the one laid out by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Life News: According to a new study, one in three Dutch doctors would be willing to help someone with early dementia, mental illness, or who is ‘tired of living’ commit suicide.
National Right to Life: This week, my colleagues and volunteers and I are at the University of Central Florida, debating university students on abortion and making the case, through conversational apologetics and abortion victim photography, that abortion is a human rights violation. As the inevitable pro-abortion protestors began to show up with their hand-made signs, I noticed that one argument was surfacing more often than most: “Reproductive rights are human rights.”
Life Site News: As America’s pro-life movement advances to protect mothers and pre-born children, many work daily on diverse efforts — in crisis pregnancy centers, in churches praying faithfully, on the mission field, in public policy groups… in a thousand other places.
One News Now: “I hope that the Supreme Court will correct courts like this that have decided that fundamental beliefs and the fundamental rights as Americans and as non-profit organizations can be violated by government schemes like ObamaCare in some effort to promote the abortion agenda,” Bowman poses.
The Christian Institute: Controversial techniques to create three and four-parent babies could be a “monstrous mistake”, a bioethics expert has warned.
The Christian Institute: Legalising assisted suicide would heighten patients’ distress and prejudice their treatment, a group of senior palliative care doctors in Scotland have warned.
The Christian Post: The only thing preventing abortion from being included in the definition of murder is that it’s currently not “unlawful.” But basic science proves that an unborn child is a “human being.” No mention of “personhood” is necessary for basic murder definitions. Killing a “human being” or a “fellow creature,” even, is enough.
National Post: The Supreme Court of Canada has made an activist decision by giving physicians the right in law to cause the death of people by euthanasia and assisted suicide.
National Right to Life: I would say the most important decision when engaging such a person is to be committed to being friendly, non-confrontational, and winsome. A smile can be one of the greatest communication tools we have.
The Christian Institute: ADF lawyers argued that the procedures involve altering the human germ line, which is explicitly banned in an EU directive.
The Christian Institute: Politicians in the Isle of Man have voted overwhelmingly to reject a Bill which called for assisted suicide to be legalised.
Beyond the Dish: Because several laboratories have managed to differentiate embryonic stem cells into cells that look very much like human eggs and sperm, many have predicted that infertility will be treated with stem cell treatments (see Volarevic V, et al., Biomed Res Int. 2014;2014:507234). However, new work from the University of Gothenburg and Karolinska Institute has cast doubt on this hope.
Secular Pro-Life Perspectives: “Website Under Deconstruction” is a new series of SPL blog posts in which we deconstruct bizarre, disingenuous, and otherwise noteworthy statements on abortion center websites.
Chicago Tribune publishes major story on abortion clinic that refuses to pay fine following woman’s death
Pro-Life Action League: Today’s CHICAGO TRIBUNE has a major front-page article on the Women’s Aid facility, whose owner, Larisa Rozansky, still has not paid the $36,000 fine assessed by the State of Illinois in 2011.
Life News: The Italian health minister gave a recent interview in which she said Italy is a “dying country.” Why? Because abortion has depleted the European nation of its next generations and caused a massive baby shortage.
WND: “Colorado bureaucrats should not use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions, especially when the Colorado Constitution prohibits it,” said Legal Counsel Natalie Decker of the Alliance Defending Freedom.
Christian Today: The coalition is composed of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archdiocese of Washington, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, the Catholic University of America, Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the National Association of Evangelicals.
The Daily Signal: Chalk up another setback for religious freedom. Earlier this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled against Geneva College and other non-profit religious employers in their challenge to the Obamacare mandate that forces employers to provide healthcare coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and devices.
National Law Journal (Access via Google): Matt Bowman, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, one of the lawyers for the challengers in the Third Circuit case, said the organization has not decided whether to seek en banc review of the panel decision or to petition the Supreme Court.
National Law Journal (Access via Google): “I don’t want to make any predictions,” Ginsburg told MSNBC reporter Irin Carmon in an interview that aired Monday night. “But precedent is important in this court.”
News Busters: Bloomberg journalist Esme E. Deprez was tasked with informing readers about the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act, which last month was introduced in both Kansas and Oklahoma. The writing experience obviously wasn’t pleasant for her.
Christianity Today: I received a call a few weeks ago from a mother of two who was pregnant with her third child. “I just had a prenatal screening test and they say there’s a 99% chance our baby has Down syndrome.” She had spent most of the previous few days crying.
The Christian Institute: In a legal opinion to the European Parliament, lawyers for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) argued that the procedures involve altering the human germ line, which is explicitly banned in an EU directive.
Christian News Network: Twenty-four members of Congress have signed a letter addressed to Army Secretary John McHugh in support of a chaplain who was recently reprimanded for citing the Bible during a suicide prevention training session.
National Review: If California’s assisted suicide numbers were the same as Oregon’s, more than 1000 people would commit assisted suicide each year. That’s roughly 85 a month, or nearly 3 every day.
Wisconsin Right to Life: “Recently introduced legislation to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide presents a devastating threat to those who are older or living with disabilities,” stated Chelsea Shields, Legislative Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “This legislation is dangerous for the most vulnerable in our society, and must not be allowed to overturn Wisconsin’s longstanding and protective law prohibiting assisting a suicide.”
The Weekly Standard: In an effort to sign up as many consumers as possible for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), the Obama administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to partner with churches and other faith-based groups, even publishing sample church bulletin inserts, flyers, and scripts for announcements, as well as “talking points.” These materials are part of the “Second Sunday & Faith Weekend of Action Toolkit,” which is available on the website of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Washington Post: The doctor said no, that assisting suicide is illegal in Maryland. Diane remembers him specifically warning her, because she is so well known as an NPR talk show host, not to help. No medication. No pillow over his head. John had only one option, the doctor said: Stop eating, stop drinking.
El Salvador (Translated via Google): The Mexican attorney Neydy Casillas Padrón, who is legal counsel for Latin America and the Caribbean of the organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), argues that today “there is widespread confusion about abortion as a” right “.
The Global Dispatch: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed their opening brief Friday in an appeal of a trial court’s decision that upheld $14 million of taxpayer subsidies to Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood. ADF attorneys represent former Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Jane Norton in the lawsuit, which is now at the Colorado Court of Appeals.
Christian Examiner: Signatories to the letter included the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Association of Evangelicals and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In total, 14 religious and pro-life organizations signed the Feb. 5 letter.
Arc of the Universe: A couple of weeks ago, the Chilean government presented for discussion in Congress a bill to allow abortion in cases of rape, unviable fetus, and present or future threat to the life of the mother. Currently, Chilean laws ban abortion in all cases, although some abortifacient contraceptive methods are allowed. The bill contemplates the possibility of personal conscientious objection of healthcare providers but does not allow hospitals as a whole to reject the performance of abortions in their institutions.
Planned Parenthood appeals Bobby Jindal administration’s rejection of abortion services in New Orleans
NOLA: Planned Parenthood is appealing a decision by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration to deny its application to provide abortions at a new clinic under construction in New Orleans.
The Christian Institute: A Bill to weaken Irish law to allow abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality has been rejected by the Irish Parliament.
The Christian Institute: Opposition to genetically modified babies continues despite MPs voting to allow two controversial techniques.
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission: This year brings the beginning of the 114th Congress, and with it new opportunities to advance legislative issues important to Southern Baptists.
One News Now: Open enrollment in ObamaCare is coming to a close, and while the Obama administration is celebrating what it sees as another big season, policy experts have questions.
Alliance Defending Freedom: In a recent unanimous decision, the Canadian Supreme Court overturned a longstanding ban on doctor-aided death. The Court found that the ban violates a person’s right to life, liberty, and security of person under the Canadian Charter of Rights, if that person has an incurable condition that causes “enduring and intolerable suffering.”
WND: In a newly adopted resolution that is strikingly similar to the U.S. Declaration of Independence, lawmakers in South Dakota have set out the circumstances, listed their grievances, provided their justifications and called on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
National Review: The second case is Tom Mortier v. Belgium. The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed an application with the ECHR on Tom Mortier’s behalf challenging the Belgian law that permits doctors to euthanize patients who are “in a medically futile condition of constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering that cannot be alleviated resulting from a serious and incurable disorder caused by illness or accident.”
The College Fix: The Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the school, said in a statement Wednesday it was “seriously considering” appealing the ruling.
Life News: Now, that family is stuck paying the abortion activists’ $140,000 legal bill. Alliance Defending Freedom, the pro-life legal group that represented the family in the case, explains what’s happened.
Catholic Education Daily: Senior Counsel Gregory Baylor stated in the organization’s press release: All Americans should oppose unjust laws that force people – under threat of punishment – to give up their fundamental freedoms and act contrary to their beliefs. That’s why we are seriously considering appeal of the 3rd Circuit’s decision. Geneva College simply wants to abide by the Christian faith it espouses and teaches instead of being forced into an unacceptable inconsistency by the government. The administration has no business punishing people of faith for making decisions consistent with that faith.
The Global Dispatch: “Politicians should not be allowed to skirt the law just because they want to push through legislation that might otherwise receive appropriate scrutiny,” said ADF Legal Counsel Robert Clarke, who is also a barrister admitted to the Bar of England and Wales. “It’s quite clear that the UK cannot simply bypass its obligations under Article 9 of the European Union’s Clinical Trials Directive, which prohibits the government from legislating anything that alters the human germ line.”
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed their opening brief Friday in an appeal of a trial court’s decision that upheld $14 million of taxpayer subsidies to Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood. ADF attorneys represent former Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Jane Norton in the lawsuit, which is now at the Colorado Court of Appeals.
Life News: In December 2014, Planned Parenthood Federation of America released their annual report for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. In the report, they list their twelve top moments of the year, from helping reduce teen pregnancy to “fighting” breast cancer. They even included their work in influencing pop culture by fighting abortion stigma in the movie Obvious Child.
Life News: The periodic complaint/report on money spent to defend pro-life laws in Kansas was posted by the Associated Press Tuesday, part of the continuing mainstream media’s ‘framing’ that there are too many new pro-life laws with big legal price tags.
Life News: Sophistry, redefintion of terms, blurring vital distinctions, postmodern deconstruction of words–such are the weapons wielded by assisted suicide ideologues as they work unceasingly to undermine Hippocratic medical values and promote suicide as a “medical treatment.”
National Partnership for Women and Families: The suit was filed by a Christian legal group alleging that the measure violates antiabortion-rights protesters’ right to free speech. The group, called the Alliance Defending Freedom, is the same organization that led a challenge resulting in last year’s Supreme Court decision that struck down a Massachusetts buffer zone law (WOMEN’S HEALTH POLICY REPORT, 7/17/14).
Life News: Then in November 2013, Planned Parenthood Louisiana voluntarily reimbursed the state $33,739.13 after conducting “a self-audit in which they determined that one of their nurses had been writing and issuing prescriptions without proper authority,” according to Alliance Defending Freedom.
Calgary Herald: We might have an entirely lawless Canada as far as assisted suicide is concerned, what Calgary lawyer Gerry Chipeur refers to as “no country for old men.” Or middle-aged women. Or possibly even young children.
National Law Journal (Subscription Required): Challenges by religious nonprofits to the contraceptive coverage requirement in the Affordable Care Act have reached the U.S. Supreme Court, and more are expected as federal appellate courts soon will rule on a wave of pending cases.
Casey Mattox discusses D.C. bills coercing organizations against their missions with Don Kroah (audio)
Courthouse News Service: Montana may defend the constitutionality of two laws that require notification and consent from parents before a minor can have an abortion, a federal judge ruled.
Denver Catholic: Attorneys Michael Norton, Natalie Decker and Catherine Foster, associated with the nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom, released a policy and legal analysis on reasons to reject physician-assisted suicide.
Law and Religion UK: The Supreme Court agreed with Smith J that the prohibition on physician-assisted dying had the effect of forcing some individuals to take their own lives prematurely, for fear that they would be incapable of doing so when they reached the point where suffering had become intolerable.
Christian News Network: A Texas lawmaker is working to craft a bill that would protect the rights of unborn children in cases where the mother is declared brain dead.
Jill Stanek: Bloomberg journalist Esme E. Deprez was tasked with informing readers about the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act, which last month was introduced in both Kansas and Oklahoma.
Alliance Defending Freedom: So much of what we hear in the news is so discouraging that, at times, it’s good just to stop and “count our blessings” – not only as individuals, but as a legal ministry committed to defending life, marriage, and religious freedom for you and your family. God continues to bless your organization’s work in so many ways … and while we are always eager to talk about, say, a win at the U.S. Supreme Court, we are also seeing important wins in far less publicized cases that have huge implications for the freedom of you and your family.
The Christian Post: Debate has been swirling around assisted suicide and euthanasia for decades, really. Brittany Maynard was the latest lovely face to draw our attention to the issue, but it’s nothing new.
Archdiocese joins religious, pro-life groups in asking Congress to disapprove two recently enacted laws in the District of Columbia
Catholic Standard: Other signers of the letter included Jeanne Monahan, the president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund; Dr. Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; Leith Anderson, the president of the National Association of Evangelicals; and representatives of the Alliance Defending Freedom; the American Center for Law & Justice; Concerned Women for America; the Eagle Forum; the Family Research Council; Heritage Action for America; and the National Organization for Marriage.
BR Now: Casey Mattox, senior counsel of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and a letter signer, said in a written statement, “The government has no business forcing pro-life and faith-based organizations to betray the very values they were created to advance. Congress should exercise its authority to stop these hopelessly illegal bills rather than allow D.C. officials to waste American taxpayer dollars defending the indefensible.”