Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
The Washington Times: Abortion providers “must be held to basic medical standards of care,” said Natalie Decker, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).
The Des Moines Register: Iowa’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland may keep using its controversial telemedicine-abortion system.
Reuters: The Iowa Supreme Court has rejected a state rule requiring doctors to see abortion patients in person, ruling that a regional Planned Parenthood unit may continue administering abortion-inducing medications using remote video technology.
Siouxland Matters (ABC9 News): The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that the Iowa Board of Medicine’s ban on telemedicine abortions violates the state constitution. In a unanimous decision filed on Friday, the court ruled that the Board’s decision to require a doctor to be present during medication abortions caused undue burden to Iowa women seeking abortions.
Life News: The Iowa Supreme Court today overturned the state’s ban on webcam abortions after the nation’s biggest abortion business took a provision to protect the health ad safety of women to court in a lawsuit.
ADF Media The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday to strike down an Iowa Board of Medicine ban on “webcam” abortions, in which women are provided with abortion-inducing drugs without any in-person examination by a licensed physician.
The Washington Post: The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is also known as the 20-week abortion ban bill. Several states have approved the 20-week ban, and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have pushed for this ban since 2013. GOP 2016 presidential hopeful Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) recently reintroduced the House-passed bill in the Senate.
The Federalist: Planned Parenthood claims that the proposed bill would gut the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) birth-control mandate. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said, “This bill is a sham and an insult to women… It would give women fewer birth control options and force women to pay twice for their birth control.”
Townhall: The Texas Legislature has recently passed, and the governor is expected to sign, abudget proposal which will give priority in funding of the Texas Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings program to health care providers that provide comprehensive health care services. Funding will first go to state, county, and local community health clinics and federally qualified health centers, and then to non-public entities which provide breast and cervical cancer screenings as part of comprehensive primary and preventative health care.
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.
Center for Arizona Policy: Once again Arizona is witnessing pro-abortion advocates standing in between women and life-saving facts.
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.
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.
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.
Orlando Sentinel: An appeals court Friday upheld a temporary injunction that would block Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando from performing abortions at an Osceola County medical park.
Alliance Defending Freedom: In case you’ve wondered where Planned Parenthood and similar organizations find the funding they need to perform hundreds of thousands of abortions each year (nearly half a million, so far, in this year alone) … well, that’s easy.
Townhall: The ACLU and Planned Parenthood are pursuing a surprising new agenda in Illinois: banning women’s reproductive choices.
Life News: Alliance Defending Freedom explained their “services” like this: “Planned Parenthood doesn’t hand out birth control or abortion inducing drugs for free either. Planned Parenthood ALWAYS COLLECTS COLD, HARD CASH from their CLIENTS and AMERICAN TAXPAYERS for the birth control it doles out. Planned Parenthood’s websites show that it charges between $15 and $800 for hormonal birth control, up to $70 for early-abortion pills, and up to $1000 for IUDs. At the very minimum, it charged low-income women $90 million for contraceptives in fiscal year 2011, and collected more than half a billion dollars in taxpayer money in that same year.”
Life News: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney, Casey Mattox, explained why the ban hasn’t been to court.
Bizpac Review: The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a petition with the U.S Supreme Court asking them to decide if the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can keep public documents pertaining to the grant secret.
Life News: “Americans are already being forced to fund Planned Parenthood to the tune of more than $500 million in taxpayer dollars annually,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “Government can at least be transparent about this money. Since Planned Parenthood is already the subject of repeated state and federal audits and whistleblower lawsuits for waste, abuse, and potential fraud of taxpayer dollars, the government should comply with the law and come clean about the funding.”
ADF Media: “Americans are already being forced to fund Planned Parenthood to the tune of more than $500 million in taxpayer dollars annually,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “Government can at least be transparent about this money. Since Planned Parenthood is already the subject of repeated state and federal audits and whistleblower lawsuits for waste, abuse, and potential fraud of taxpayer dollars, the government should comply with the law and come clean about the funding.”
Breakpoint: A recent piece at Christianity Today’s blog “Thin Places” told readers that “Contraception Saves Lives.” Now most evangelicals, unlike faithful Catholics, are not opposed to contraception per se, but the article pushed the edge of the proverbial envelope.
Alliance Defending Freedom Litigation Counsel Catherine Glenn Foster: “American tax dollars should be used responsibly and for the common good, not wasted on Planned Parenthood’s irresponsibility and self-interest. No responsible economic policy includes bailouts for Planned Parenthood. Just last week, the GAO reported that our government sent $1.5 billion to Planned Parenthood over a three-year period. Through audits like this and reports like the one ADF has provided to Congress, Americans are learning more about the folly of funding Big Abortion.”
Government report shows hundreds of millions in tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood, other abortion advocates
National Right to Life: In a $3.8 trillion federal budget, it isn’t always easy to keep track of where all the money goes. But one thing a recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) makes clear is that groups such as abortion giant Planned Parenthood and the chemical abortion promoter Population Council continue to find ways to tap into government programs to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars a year to keep themselves afloat and active.
Charisma News: Alliance Defending Freedom Litigation Counsel Catherine Glenn Foster said the government should use the tax dollars of Americans responsibly, but this report confirms overwhelmingly that it has not.
ADF Litigation Counsel Catherine Glenn Foster: “The government should use the tax dollars of Americans responsibly, but this report confirms overwhelmingly that it has not. It’s bad enough that the government is funneling the hard-earned money of Americans to pay for elective abortions, contrary to what federal law is supposed to allow, but as ADF has reported annually to Congress, Planned Parenthood and other organizations have bilked taxpayers out of millions through waste, abuse, and potential fraud. That’s why Congress has been investigating Planned Parenthood, why some members of Congress have proposed additional legislation to help stop the funding stream, and why ADF will continue its fight in court against Planned Parenthood’s misuse of tax dollars in multiple lawsuits, including Thayer v. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.”
One News Now: ADF attorney Michael J. Norton alleges that Planned Parenthood threatened a lawsuit and misled the trustees into believing the hospital could lose its Medicare and Medicaid funding for failing to approve a transfer agreement.
The Christian Post: Live Action investigators traveled to five states – Texas, New York, Arizona, Hawaii, and North Carolina – and recorded evidence of abortion clinics’ willingness to participate in sex-selective abortions.
The Global Dispatch: “Planned Parenthood cares more about its abortion profits than it does about the people of El Centro, the majority of whom seem clearly to not want Planned Parenthood here,” said ADF Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton. “Planned Parenthood threatened the members of the board with a lawsuit and misled them into thinking they could loseMedicare and Medicaid funding as a result. That is nearly impossible in light of the abundance of existing abortion facilities in the area. Planned Parenthood simply used its typical bully tactics to get what it wanted.”
ADF Media: Planned Parenthood reportedly threatened to sue El Centro Regional Medical Center trustees in their personal capacity and falsely claimed the city-run hospital could lose public funding if it refused to sign an agreement that paves the way for Planned Parenthood to begin performing abortions in the city. El Centro is the seat of Imperial County, which borders Mexico.
One News Now: “The Iowa Board of Medicine found that because of all of the health risks associated with a medication abortion – they’re even greater than health risks affiliated with surgical abortion – that there should be a doctor physically present to examine that woman before administering those drugs,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Michael J. Norton says.
NPR: Like many of the thousands of crisis pregnancy centers across the U.S., the PDHC near Ohio State University is right next door to a Planned Parenthood. There’s a cozy room for private chats and a larger open space decorated in soothing colors.
Juicy Ecumenism: It’s a struggle, isn’t it? As Christian women we aim to be humanitarian and compassionate towards everyone. When we read about poor women in Malawi, ill from attempting to perform abortions on themselves, we hope to provide a solution. But if, in the process, we whitewash moral truths, historical facts and health effects, we ultimately cause more harm than help.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton will be available for media interviews following oral arguments at the Iowa Supreme Court Wednesday regarding a ban on “webcam” abortions. In August 2014, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland appealed a trial court’s decision to uphold an Iowa Board of Medicine ban on the practice, in which women are provided with abortion-inducing drugs without any in-person examination by a licensed physician.
The State (AP): Michael Norton, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, a group that submitted documents in support of the board, reiterated those safety concerns outside of the courthouse. “The Iowa Board of Medicine got it right by passing a common-sense regulation,” he said.
Des Moines Register: Michael Norton, a Colorado lawyer representing the Alliance Defending Freedom, is one of several national attorneys who filed “friend of the court” briefs in the Iowa case. Norton’s group opposes abortion, and he filed on behalf of the Iowa Right to Life Committee and several other parties. He plans to travel to Des Moines to hear the arguments.
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).
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.
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: 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.
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.
The Blaze: It’s so obvious. Why can’t liberals be more creative? Why do they have to peg their ridiculous “Sex Week” agendas to Valentine’s Day on college campuses?
National Right to Life: If there is a “face” of webcam abortions, clearly it is the massive Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (home headquarters, Des Moines, Iowa). More than 6,800 women have had abortions using the system since PPH began webcam abortions in 2008. When a woman has a webcam abortion, she never sees the abortionist in person, a condition the Iowa Board of Medicine found unacceptable.
Life News: Since 2004, Planned Parenthood of Missouri has only had a handful of health inspections by government officials. The inspections found filthy conditions including rusty surgical tables, suction abortion machines, IV stands, and other equipment and “copious amounts of dust” everywhere. Other violations included poor or non-existent infection control protocols and expired, improperly handed drugs.
National Law Journal (Access via Google): “Americans deserve to know how the federal government is spending their hard-earned tax money and if that money is being funneled to groups that are misusing it,” New Hampshire Right to Life director Jane Cormier said.
Live Action News: A “study” that concluded that Planned Parenthood’s abortion procedures are just fine was actually funded by Planned Parenthood, conducted at Planned Parenthood facilities, and written by a Planned Parenthood doctor. Yet many people may buy the fiction because it’s presented as fact and labeled as a study.
Life News: A coalition of pro-life groups in San Antonio has obtained a court order blocking Planned Parenthood from opening their new 22,000 square foot facility in San Antonio until issues can be resolved regarding proper zoning, building safety standards, traffic safety and neighborhood buffering.
Life News: In partnership with Alliance Defending Freedom, Pro-Life Wisconsin recently coordinated a massive open records request on PPWI through Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services (DHS).
National Review: A new study conducted at Planned Parenthood clinics, funded by Planned Parenthood, and written by a Planned Parenthood physician has astonishingly revealed that Planned Parenthood’s chemical-abortion procedures are A-okay.
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.
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.
National Right to Life: Despite the closing of some clinics (usually in pursuit of greater profits) and constant complaints about “assaults on reproductive rights,” Planned Parenthood again made hundreds of millions last year off of abortion as the country’s largest “abortion provider,” which is today responsible for about a third of all America’s abortions.
Life News: Just weeks after it announced that it killed another 327,000 unborn babies in abortions in its most recent fiscal year, Planned Parenthood faces a new Congressional bill to yank its taxpayer funding.
Students for Life of America: Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, released its annual report for 2013-2014, touting pretty pictures and signature pastel colors to mask the gruesome truths hidden inside.
Christian News Network: A newly-released report by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America shows that the organization performed over 300,000 abortions in 2013—the latest figures on record—equating to 37 abortions per hour or 1 almost every 90 seconds.
Secular Pro-Life Perspectives: The big story this week is the release of Planned Parenthood’s 2013-2014 annual report. Other pro-life news outlets have already hit the high points: compared to the last report, abortions are up, breast care services are down, and taxpayer funding remains incredibly high.
Breitbart: In its 2013-2014 annual report, abortion giant Planned Parenthood states it performed 327,653 abortions and 1,880 adoption referrals, leaving 174 abortions for every adoption referral.
SCOTUS Blog: The Supreme Court chose again today to bypass a dispute over state authority to strictly limit the access of pregnant women to abortion procedures that use drugs instead of surgery. This time, the Court declined to review a case from Arizona — a state where nearly half of all abortions have been performed without surgery (Humble v. Planned Parenthood Arizona). Last Term the Court dismissed a similar case that was an appeal from Oklahoma.
LA Times: The Supreme Court on Monday turned down Arizona’s bid to limit how doctors prescribe drugs that are commonly used in early abortions.
Life News: The RU 486 abortion pill has been responsible for killing dozens of people — including women in the United States — and injuring thousands more. But the Supreme Court refused to take a case today to protect women from it.
Denver Catholic Register: As University of Northern Colorado students prepared for final exams, members of the Students for Life Club took a break in their studies and braved the cold Dec. 4 to host the Planned Parenthood Project display from the national Students for Life of America organization on the Greeley campus.
Alliance Defending Freedom: At a time of year when so many pause to wonder anew at the miracle of the Child in the manger, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys continue their tireless efforts to protect the miracle of children still in the womb.
Planned Parenthood is operating a pedophile protection racket, says pro-life group in investigative report
The Christian Post: Over 60 court cases reveal that girls as young as 10 were taken to Planned Parenthood facilities and other clinics for abortions and birth control by their sexual abusers, but because staff failed to report the crimes, the girls were subjected to years of ongoing sexual abuse.
The Catholic Globe: Furthermore, the Society’s brief explains that Planned Parenthood’s assertions that webcam abortions are “exceptionally safe” ignore the extensive evidence presented at hearings before the Board concerning the dangers of drug-induced abortion. These dangers are also documented expansively in the Friend-of-the-Court briefs submitted by Americans United for Life and Alliance Defending Freedom.
Fox News (AP): A federal judge has ruled against an Indiana law that changed the classification of abortion clinics in a way that opponents said targeted a Planned Parenthood facility that only provides drug-induced abortions.
Life News: Students for Life of America (SFLA) announced today the launch of a new and unique aspect to their successful Pregnant on Campus Initiative: a website specifically designed to help students find pregnancy and parenting resources on their individual campuses. This website also utilizes crowdsourcing and surveying of students and administrators to help post pregnancy resources on the site.
Planned Parenthood: We’ll have to close our clinics if Gov. Walker investigates us for Medicaid fraud
Life Site News: He said his organization “conducted a massive open records search through the Department of Health Services and in partnership with the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). In that open records request, there were 26 audits of PPWI between 2006 and 2012.” All but one of them was conducted by the administration of Gov. Jim Doyle, a pro-abortion Democrat, yet they “uncovered $43,272.80 in overbilling” by Planned Parenthood.
One News Now: “The Iowa District Court was right to uphold the Iowa Board of Medicine’s rule that requires a doctor to personally meet with a woman about to undergo a life-threatening medication abortion,” insists Michael J. Norton of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).
Life Site News: With the assistance of the Alliance Defending Freedom, Operation Rescue sued the St. Louis Fire Department in May, 2014, to obtain public information that was over-zealously redacted from 911 records it had received through the Freedom of Information Act. That case is pending.