Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
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: When NARAL uses a piece of pro-life legislation to fundraise on, you can be sure it will act in exactly the negative manner it falsely attributes to pro-lifers. That is, the language will be inaccurate, intended to polarize, and wholly misleading.
Life News:Just a few hours after the Pro-Life Action League’s Eric Scheidler revealed yesterday that the Albany Medical Surgical Center abortion facility in Chicago has been fined $50,000 and had its license revoked, NARAL Pro-Choice New York gave an award to Willie Parker—one of the clinic’s abortionists.
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.
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.
Aleteia: But the spirit of political activism endures in the form of a study that NARAL and Planned Parenthood released Wednesday. The paper concluded that opposing abortion rights hurt more than it helped candidates on Nov. 4.
Red State: This week NARAL launched what may be the most hysterical – in both meanings of the term – ad of the cycle.
National Review: Last week, the abortion-advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice America released the results of a poll that they’re using to claim a strong majority of Americans espouse “pro-choice” views and support access to abortion. Their conclusion has been picked up by a range of media outlets including the Hill, Politico, and Salon.
Aleteia: The “pro-choice” slogan served the abortion industry well for decades, capped off with its adoption by NARAL in 2003, when it became NARAL Pro-Choice America, abandoning a commonality in its three earlier names, all of which included the “A” word. From that point, many of the NARAL ads and promotional pieces prominently featured American flags and the head of the statue of liberty (which is still in their logo). Really, what could be more American than having a dizzying array of choices? Just check out the cereal aisle.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The city of Madison voted Tuesday to rescind its law that created hundreds of censorship zones throughout the city in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in McCullen v. Coakley, a case Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys filed in 2008. ADF filed suit against the Madison law in February.
National Review: The most interesting name shift, however, occurred in 2003, when NARAL evidently decided that abortion was playing too prominent a role in its name and they became “NARAL: Pro-Choice America.” Apparently now even the term “pro-choice” has fallen out of favor.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The city of Madison has again suspended enforcement of its law that creates hundreds of anti-speech zones throughout the city. The city’s decision, which City Attorney Michael May announced in an e-mail Tuesday, comes just days after ADF attorneys filed a supplemental brief in federal district court that explained the heightened problems with the ordinance in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision Thursday in McCullen v. Coakley, a case ADF attorneys and allied attorneys filed in 2008.
Christian News Network: But Matt Bowman of the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) says that there is nothing misleading about the advertisements.
“NARAL … reluctantly released the complaint letter it sent to Google. It contains only one example: an ad saying ‘Free Abortion Consultation.’ But pro-life centers do offer free consultation on abortion,” he wrote in an op-ed published by the National Review.
“NARAL’s entire complaint letter insists that a fully truthful pregnancy-center ad should be censored just because it shows up in searches using the terms ‘abortion clinic,’” Bowman continued. “This would lead to breathtaking censorship of the Internet, because people searching for information on abortion would only get pro-abortion propaganda in the ads.”
He also alleged that NARAL is being hypocritical as abortion advertisements may likewise appear under pro-life searches.
“NARAL doesn’t even live by its principles: Searches for ‘abortion alternatives’ and even ‘crisis pregnancy center’ nearly always produce ads for abortionists, yet NARAL would scream bloody murder if abortionists’ ads were censored,” Bowman noted.
World Magazine: Last week, Yahoo joined Google in pulling at least some CPC ads from its “abortion clinics” search results.
Life News: Yahoo is following the lead of Google and has reportedly banned ads from pro-life pregnancy centers that offer women and their unborn children abortion alternatives.
Life News: NARAL is not content to have Google take “appropriate actions.” They want Bing and Yahoo and Ask and AOL Search to squelch CPC advertising as well.
National Review: Citing a supposed victory regarding the removal of online advertisements for pro-life pregnancy centers, the National Abortion Rights Action League has misled the mainstream media with a baseless charge that such centers “mislead.”
James Arnold, Alliance Alert editor: Yesterday, we reported on the alleged removal of crisis pregnancy center ads from Google at the request of NARAL. You can see that story here. I expressed some reservations regarding the story: namely that there …
Washington Times: “The Madison law illegally suppresses all kinds of free speech, said Matthew S. Bowman, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom who represents Madison Vigil for Life, Students for Life Madison and Badger Catholics in a lawsuit against the ordinance.”
OneNewsNow: “ADF attorney Matt Bowman says the ordinance creates 320-foot ‘bubbles’ that keep pro-lifers from approaching others with leaflets or signs, or to talk to them. ‘And these bubbles are happening at the heart of what is really a town where freedom of speech is part of the culture,’ the attorney tells OneNewsNow.”
“No one should want the government to gag speech just because it doesn’t reflect the government’s views or the views of abortionists. For that reason, we are pleased that the anti-speech ordinance did not go into effect as scheduled, and we welcome the city’s attempt to reconsider it in the wake of our lawsuit. We will monitor the city council’s decisions as we continue our fight to protect free speech for the people of Madison.”
Washington Times: “Freedom of speech is ‘at its apex on public streets and sidewalks when citizens wish to persuade other citizens by means of leafleting and personal education,’ said the lawsuit, filed by Matthew S. Bowman and other attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom. The city’s new law is ‘poorly conceived’ and an ‘unjustified attack on free speech,’ it added.”
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and requested a court order Wednesday to block a new Madison ordinance that creates hundreds of “bubble zones” throughout the city that ban leafleting and other free speech.
Matt Bowman at Wisconsin State Journal: “Madison is poised to enact this sort of gag rule on the speech of pro-life people who leaflet and educate outside abortion and health facilities. The proposal breezed through two committees last week. The vanguards of freedom in Madison are not silent on this gag rule. They support it.”
Do abortion clinic buffer zones protect public safety or restrict free speech? | Aden debate on PBS NewsHour
Alliance Defending Freedom’s Steven H. Aden debates Ilyse Hogue of NARAL on PBS NewsHour: “STEVEN ADEN, Alliance Defending Freedom: Well, I agree it is a very important case, Judy. . . . And this law actually is the first law of its kind that the Supreme Court has encountered where all speech has been banned on a public sidewalk. And that’s very dangerous. For a state to have the power to ban the kind of speech that it opposes just because it opposes it is very dangerous. It could do that to any speech.”
Wisconsin State Journal: “A Madison City Council member is seeking to create a buffer zone at the entrances of health care facilities — including an East Side abortion clinic — to protect patients and employees from harassment by protesters.”
Christian Post: “Pro-abortion group NARAL Pro-Choice America is asking its supporters to sign a petition declaring their opposition to a Ft. Worth hospital’s decision to keep a woman on life support as her baby continues to develop inside her body.”
Washington Examiner: It’s settled, then: Christian conservatives use religion as a justification for their discriminatory behavior, and Americans will only enjoy true religious freedom when their so-called “religious liberty” claims are defeated.
Ann Scheidler at LifeNews: Now that the U. S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases challenging Obamacare’s HHS Mandate, abortion advocates are trying to scare women into thinking that the courts are about to take away their precious right to infertility.
Nebraska Judicial Commission won’t investigate judge who told 16 year old abortion would “kill the child inside you”
JournalStar.com: The state commission that oversees judges has refused to investigate one who told a 16-year-old state ward seeking to terminate her pregnancy that having an abortion would “kill the child inside you.”
LifeNews: The campaign was called the CPC Week of Action, and its goal was to create a stream of negative information about NARAL was so desperate to see CPCs hurt by their campaign that it encouraged supporters to write fake Yelp reviews about the pregnancy centers. This action is illegal in some states.
LifeNews: “Early in the 2010 election cycle WyWatch warned voters that then Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Mead was not pro-life,” Becky Vandeberghe, the chair of the WyWatch PAC told LifeNews today. “Today he solidified that perception in thousands of pro-life voters’ minds when he publicly announced he has appointed previous NARAL Attorney and advocate, Kate Fox to the Wyoming Supreme Court.”
Greg Stohr at San Francisco Chronicle (Bloomberg): “The administration has no business forcing citizens to choose between making a living and living free,” said the Hahns’ lawyer, David Cortman of the Alliance Defending Freedom. A federal appeals court ruled against Conestoga, saying that “for-profit secular corporations cannot engage in religious exercise.”
LifeNews: It will be a sad day in our country when a judge faces disciplinary action for stating a scientific fact during a hearing—but that is exactly what abortion rights advocates want. NARAL Pro-Choice America and RH Reality Check filed a formal complaint against Judge Peter Bataillon with the Nebraska Commission on Judicial Qualifications, in part because he stated from the bench that abortion kills a child.
LifeNews: The pro-abortion group NARAL recently promoted #MenforChoice event to rally men behind its crusade for abortion on demand funded with taxpayer dollars.
Reuters: When open for business, the single-story, L-shaped brick building in a run-down west Toledo neighborhood is usually targeted by sign-toting protesters pacing the sidewalk across the street while off-duty police patrol the parking lot.
LifeNews: There is no organization that Gov. Cuomo loves more than NARAL, the most radical pro-abortion organization in New York State. And there is only one organization in New York State that received an exemption from his new lobbying reporting law for tax exempt groups—NARAL.
Washington Post: These Republicans want to move ahead despite recent court decisions that have struck down similar state laws. The GOP lawmakers also are taking on their own leadership, which has shown little desire to hold votes on contentious social issues.
Denise Burke of AUL at Washington Times: Sadly, Big Abortion continues to equate women’s health and safety with mere access to abortion. Access to sanitary and appropriately regulated and inspected abortion facilities is simply not part of their political and self-interested calculus.
Juliet Eilperin at Washington Post: As abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell begins to draw national attention for how he ran his Philadelphia clinic, it raises a question: Can the allegedly egregious acts of one provider shift the broader abortion debate?
LifeSiteNews: Reports that the Swiss bishops have approved the morning after pill in cases of rape are incorrect, according to the Swiss bishops conference.
Wall Street Journal: States are becoming increasingly polarized over abortion, as some legislatures pass ever-tighter restrictions on the procedure while others consider stronger legal protections for it, advocates on both sides say.
LifeSiteNews: A professor from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) has joined forces with the Quebec Federation of Planned Parenthood (FQPN) in an attack against the province’s pro-life pregnancy help centers.
World Magazine: Last Friday in Virginia, with the help of attorney Charles M. Allen of Alliance Defending Freedom, Bomberger filed his own lawsuit against the historic civil rights organization.
The Hill: Prominent abortion-rights groups responded with praise and rancor Friday to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R-La.) proposal that Republicans back over-the-counter birth control.
AP: The leader of the Ohio Senate put a stop Tuesday to a bill that would have imposed the most stringent restriction on abortions in the nation.
NJ.com: This was supposed to be an election in which the economy dominated the debate, social issues took a backseat and the culture wars were put on hold. Yet in the homestretch of the 2012 campaign, abortion politics is coloring races up and down the ticket. And it’s by design. Democrats have gone all in for abortion rights, with none of the hedging or defensiveness they’ve shown in recent years — a subtle but striking repositioning with political consequences that extend far beyond Nov. 6.
The Columbus Dispatch: A report released by the Ohio Department of Health yesterday doesn’t say why fewer abortions were performed last year but noted a sharp drop in use of the abortion pill, which had been an increasingly common method of terminating early pregnancies.
LifeNews: The Virginia Board of Health voted 13-2 to approve broad, new regulations on abortion clinics that holds them accountable for abuses and makes them abide by the same kinds of standards that cover legitimate medical centers.
Charmaine Yoest at National Review The Corner: My favorite line of the night? “I know this president. And I can tell you that he cares deeply about the next generation of women in this country; his daughters, all of our daughters.” The irony of abortion supporters professing their concern for the next generation never gets old.
Forbes: In May, opinion tracker Gallup, headquartered in Washington, D.C., found pro-choice identification at its lowest point–41 percent–since 1995, when it first began asking the question. But that finding raises the contentious question of what respondents might think the terms “pro-life” or “pro-choice” mean at a time when both terms carry heavy political freight.
Politico: When new limits on abortions are proposed, abortion-rights groups usually go all out to stop them. So why haven’t they gone all out against state fetal-pain laws, enacted in nine states since early 2010?
Washington Post: The effort is probably doomed; NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan is on the committee, and those pushing for the change were happy just to get to testify; they weren’t even allowed to do that four years ago
LifeSiteNews: Another pro-lifer was attacked last Tuesday, but this time at his home, with his wife and children terrorized in the middle of the night. Personhood USA Founder and President Keith Mason and his wife Jennifer have three young children from eight years old on down, and a fourth child due next month.
The Daily Beast: Keith Mason and his wife are leading a growing national campaign to legally define human embryos as people, which would outlaw abortion—and possibly some forms of birth control, opponents say. In an exclusive interview, he tells Abigail Pesta about his ambitious plans for 2012′s election season.
The HIll: NARAL Pro-Choice America praised Ron Barber, the Democrat elected Tuesday to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), for the “pro-choice values” he will bring to Congress.
The Hill: The head of a leading abortion rights groups promised to “flood” the offices of some House members with messages of opposition to a bill that would criminalize abortions after 20 weeks in the District of Columbia.
LifeNews: NARAL’s pro-abortion president, Nancy Keenan, announced today she will resign her position at the end of the year to help the pro-abortion group overcome one of the problems plaguing the pro-abortion movement — a lack of young leaders.
NY1.com (includes video): Would-be competitors in next year’s mayoral election joined forces at City Hall Wednesday to push for a state law that would expand abortion rights, to make late-term abortions legal not just when the mother’s life is threatened, but also when pregnancy prevents the mother from getting treating serious health problems.
The Hill: Abortion politics could roil the race for the top Democratic spot on the House Appropriations Committee, with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) playing the role of a potential wild card. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) is challenging Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) for the plum post . . .
TDN.com: A bill to require insurance plans covering maternity care to also pay for abortions is likely stalled for this legislative session after it failed to advance to the floor Friday in the Washington state Senate.
LifeNews: Alliance Defense Fund Legal Counsel Matt Bowman: “The government cannot tell Americans that certain parts of their faith are not important enough to practice. People of faith are explicitly protected by the Constitution and federal law from such radical state invasions of conscience. The Blunt/Fortenberry Amendment was a necessary measure to begin to restore the religious liberties of Americans that ObamaCare has trampled on with its assumption of unlimited bureaucratic power. Every vote for religious freedom should be unanimous, but tragically, our fundamental freedoms didn’t seem to matter to enough senators.”
LifeSiteNews.com: s a formidable tide of Christian opposition began rising this week, including at least 115 U.S. bishops, the nation’s leading abortion lobby is leaping to defend the Obama administration order that will force religious institutions to provide free birth control next year.
The Hill: Most healthcare plans will be required to cover birth control without charging co-pays or deductibles starting Aug. 1, the Obama administration announced Friday.
LifeNews.com: Their opposition could explain why organizations like Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the ACLU almost never speak out against the horrible human rights abuses associated with the one-child policy in China – ranging from sex-selection abortions, to forced abortions, to coercive sterilizations and infanticides.
LifeNews: Leading pro-abortion groups are pushing members of the Senate to support an amendment to legislation that would overturn the ban on abortions at taxpayer-funded U.S. military base hospitals.
The Hill: Abortion-rights supporters say the issue can help President Obama’s reelection campaign regain ground with voters who supported him in 2008 but have drifted since.
WSJ: Energized by the resounding defeat of a Mississippi ballot initiative that would have criminalized abortion and some forms of birth control, abortion-rights groups have gone on the 2012 offensive.
JournalNow.com: An abortion-rights group said Monday that a nine-month investigation of crisis pregnancy centers in North Carolina found widespread misinformation being disseminated to clients seeking information about their pregnancies. NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Foundation conducted the investigation . . .
No choice for Catholic colleges: Obama wants to force faith institutions to provide birth-control services
Patrick J. Reilley at Washington Times: Writing on their behalf, attorneys for the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) argued that “federal law simply prohibits the federal government from violating the religious and moral beliefs” of any individual or institution. “No federal rule has defined being ‘religious’ as narrowly and discriminatorily as the [HHS] mandate appears to do, and no regulation has ever so directly proposed to violate plain statutory and constitutional religious freedoms,” wrote ADF’s Kevin Theriot and Matthew S. Bowman.
LifeSiteNews.com: A large Catholic hospital network in Texas is prescribing the abortifacient “morning-after pill.” Seton Catholic hospitals decided to provide the abortifacient Plan B emergency contraception to sexual assault victims after lobbying by NARAL Pro-Choice Texas.
The New American: Speaking before the radically pro-abortion organization NARAL Pro-Choice America (formerly the National Abortion Rights Action League), Sebelius accused Republicans of trying to “roll back” women’s rights and the “progress” they have made during the sexual revolution.