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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.
March For Life: These are the questions that run through the heart and head of a student facing an unexpected pregnancy on campus. Thankfully, there is now a go-to resource center for pregnant students and their friends to get answers.
Life Site News: They may not receive much media coverage, but undercover investigations conducted by pro-life organizations have abortionists’ full attention.
National Right to Life: Genetic “counselors” are medical personnel that walk women and their partners though testing (usually amniocentesis) to see if their unborn babies have a genetic illness or disability. If a woman is at risk for having a baby with a disability, or if they already know that they are pregnant with one, these genetic counselors are supposed to be unbiased in helping them decide whether or not to abort. In reality, there are subtle ways that this type of “counselor” can influence a woman’s decision.
WXOW (AP): In the latest religious challenge to the federal health care law, faith-based organizations that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans argued in federal appeals court Monday that the government hasn’t gone far enough to ensure they don’t have to violate their beliefs.
Aleteia: I’m not saying you’d actually want to do this, but if you did want to build a better mouse brain (or a better brain for any mammal other than people), Steven Goldman and Maiken Nedergaard explain how to do it. (Instructions below.)
Breitbart: No, Gruber’s abortion advocacy is of a particularly pungent eugenics variety. He’s on record repeatedly making the case from social science that abortion is a “social good” because it reduces the number of “marginal children,” by which he means urban poor—those he says can be counted on to commit crimes if they were ever born.
The Christian Institute: Doctors said Jacob Shaw would not live beyond his first birthday – but defying expectations, he has just turned three.
The Christian Institute: An unlikely coalition of student groups has defeated a motion which would have made Cardiff University students’ union officially pro-abortion.
Christian News Network: A school teacher who engages in pro-life outreach outside of an abortion facility in Florida has been barred from going near the location after a worker sought to accuse him of “stalking” her.
Christian News Network: A woman in the United Kingdom is thanking God for the life of her child and that she did not go through with her plan to obtain an abortion due to the care of a number of Christians who urged her to trust the Lord in her situation.
Live Action News: Lila will be joined by fellow pro-life leaders David Bereit of 40 Days for Life, Josh Brahm of the Equal Rights Institute, David Hacker of Alliance Defending Freedom, Jason Jones of Movie to Movement, and Stephanie Gray of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. Together these speakers, along with the staff of Students for Life of America, will create a dynamic day packed with inspiration and education to catalyze the pro-life generation.
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.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor will be available for media interviews immediately following his oral argument Monday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit on behalf of four Christian universities in Oklahoma, which filed suit in 2013 against the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate.
Charisma News: In a first-ever collaboration of leading evangelical pro-life groups, the world’s largest pro-life event—the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.—will feature a nondenominational prayer and worship gathering called OneVoiceDC as a central element of the two-day event on Jan. 21-22, 2015.
Aleteia: What is the truly Catholic response to a scared, pregnant girl? Here’s what happened when two determined ladies – a biologist and a woman who suffered through an abortion at university – teamed up with the monks at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina to do something really revolutionary: create a home for pregnant college students and their babies.
Live Action News: Abortion activists in the UK are calling for laws to prohibit abortion protesters from being too close to clinics. But one woman, who herself was headed to abort her daughter, is praising pro-life activists and crediting them with saving her daughter’s life.
The Christian Institute: Pro-lifers have said that calls to introduce ‘buffer zones’ preventing them from protesting outside abortion clinics would restrict free speech.
Christian News Network: Two Florida women have taken their city and local police to court after they were threatened with a loitering citation for conducting pro-life acitivities outside of a local abortion facility.
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: Sixteen people spoke in favor of relaxing the regulations and 23 spoke against the action. Those supporting leaving the law as is included Casey Mattox, Senior Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom.
Life Site News: Sixteen people spoke in favor of relaxing the regulations and 23 spoke against the action. Those supporting leaving the law as is included Casey Mattox, Senior Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom.
Life News: A British appeals court says an unborn baby is not a person, yet a girl whose mother drank heavily during her pregnancy was born with disabilities. Still, the Royal Courts of Justice, where the Court of Appeal sits, ruled that an unborn baby is an “organism” not “a person.”
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.
The Federalist: In October, New Jersey revoked the medical license of Dr. Steven Brigham after state officials found Brigham guilty on several counts of gross negligence, deception, and official misconduct. This could cause Brigham’s New Jersey abortion centers to close down.
The Christian Institute: Nearly 3,000 people have urged the Welsh Government to change medical guidelines, after a baby born less than two weeks before the legal abortion limit was left to die in hospital.
Courant: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Casey Mattox said the issue is not settled because other states, including Hawaii, New Jersey, Vermont and Rhode Island, do not offer policies that don’t cover abortions on their heath exchanges. He said residents of those states must pay an “abortion surcharge” as part of their premiums – even if they oppose abortion.
The Christian Post: Casey Mattox, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom who attended the Tuesday D.C. Council meeting, said in a statement that the Council’s delay was “the right thing to do.” [...] “The council seems to have heard the voices warning them not to waste D.C. taxpayer dollars promoting the abortion lobby’s interests,” said Mattox.
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.
National Right to Life: Unlike Guttmacher, the CDC does not directly survey abortion providers, thus its totals will always be substantially lower than Guttmacher’s. But its data is very helpful as well, as Dr. O’Bannon explains today. If one examines demographic data on method, gestation, race, marital status, previous abortions, etc., they tell us more about how and why these changes are happening – and where there may be more work to do.
The Catholic Sentinel: Josh Brahm is a straight, Christian, pro-life campaigner from California. Deanna Unyk is a gay atheist college student from Canada who was a pro-choice blogger. They have become best friends.
Politico: “There is simply no prospect that a court would uphold this bill, so we remain hopeful that the D.C. Council will step back from the ledge and choose to respect both conscience and taxpayers’ wallets,” said Casey Mattox, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom.
Life News: My custody case in Florida against my rapist started in 2010 and went on for a little over two years. Though I had a restraining order and had pursued prosecution, he was not convicted of rape.
National Law Journal (Subscription required; access via Google): It doesn’t have the breadth of the health care challenges over the individual mandate or the religious beliefs of corporations. But lying in wait for the justices is an attack on an Affordable Care Act provision critical to efforts to cabin the growth in Medicare costs.
ADF Senior Legal Counsel Casey Mattox: “The council’s unusual decision to postpone a vote on this hopelessly illegal bill was the right thing to do. The council seems to have heard the voices warning them not to waste D.C. taxpayer dollars promoting the abortion lobby’s interests. There is simply no prospect that a court would uphold a bill forcing D.C. pro-life non-profits to pay for abortions. The D.C. Council has wisely stepped back from the ledge and–for now–respected fundamental freedoms and avoided raiding taxpayers’ paychecks.”
Campus Reform: Students for Life of America (SFLA), the nation’s largest youth pro-life organization, launched a new website today for college students facing unexpected pregnancies.
The Atlantic: Looking at the chart, you might imagine that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that asserted a constitutional right to abortion, had already been overturned. Why is this happening?
National Right to Life: The government’s latest report confirms the good news reported by Guttmacher earlier this year. That not only the number of abortions in the U.S. have dropped to lows not seen since the earliest days of legal abortion in America, so, too, have abortion rates and abortion ratios.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor will be available for media interviews immediately following his oral argument Wednesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit on behalf of Grace College and Seminary in Indiana and Biola University in California, both of which filed suit in 2012 against the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox will be available for media interviews immediately following the Council of the District of Columbia’s vote on the proposed Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act. The bill prohibits employers from “discriminating” against employees for any “reproductive health” decision, including elective abortion, and would force employers to provide health insurance for elective abortions regardless of the employers’ beliefs or convictions.
National Right to Life: Years ago, Rayna Rapp discovered that her baby would be afflicted with Down syndrome. She and her partner chose for her to have an abortion. Ever since then, she has been writing about fetal testing and abortion. A supporter of legal abortion who has herself worked in an abortion clinic, the reader can be assured that she writes with no pro-life bias.
Life News: A new report from the Centers for Disease Control confirms that 78 percent of the abortions done in babies in New York City were done on babies who were black or Hispanic.
The Daily Signal: Pro-life Americans long have criticized the Obama administration for failing to disclose coverage of abortion under the Affordable Care Act, and now, taking matters into their own hands, they’ve come up with a solution.
One News Now: Kristen Waggoner, vice president of the legal department at Alliance Defending Freedom, says customers have plenty of access to those drugs even with this particular pharmacy exercising religious freedom in declining to provide them.
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.
The Global Dispatch: These dangers are also documented expansively in the Friend-of-the-Court briefs submitted by Americans United for Life and Alliance Defending Freedom.
The Christian Institute: ADF senior lawyer Casey Mattox said: “Americans should not have to pay a special fee for other people’s abortions in order to take care of their own family’s health”.
Life News: An abortionist who travels to a clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico has called killing an unborn child a “good parenting act” in an effort to explain why she performs abortions weeks after most states restrict the procedure.
The New York Times: Ms. Accurso reached out to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal advocacy group that has been active in conservative causes.
The Washington Times: The number of reported abortions fell to a historic low in 2011, the federal government said this week in its annual tally of most of the nation’s states.
Josh Brahm: The approach of the article was different than what pro-choice people would expect from a pro-life advocate, but look at the impact it had on pro-choice people and the opportunities for conversations it gave us!
Life 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.
Caffeinated Thoughts: “Planned Parenthood and other abortionists must be held to basic medical standards of care, and little is more basic than an in-person examination by a physician before a procedure that poses serious health risks,” said ADF Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton.
Christian News Wire: The Thomas More Society brief also 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 amicus briefs submitted by Americans United for Life and Alliance Defending Freedom.
Life Site News: New Brunswick newly-elected Liberal premier, Brian Gallant, declared this morning that he would scrap previous abortion regulations and work with regional health authorities to “increase capacity” and “improve timeliness to access.”
Life Site News: After an Alabama judge rebuffed a lawsuit seeking to block a troubled abortion business from relocating across the street from a grade school, pro-life activists in Alabama are vowing to push for legislation that would bar any abortionist from operating within 2,000 feet of a school campus – the same minimum distance as the law requires between convicted sex offenders and schools.
Life Site News: A columnist for a British newspaper has suggested banning Priests for Life Youth Director Bryan Kemper from the United Kingdom.
Life Site News: Leading pro-life groups have created a website to increase transparency over abortion funding in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The Christian Institute: Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Madrid on Saturday, calling on the Government to reform the country’s abortion law.
Life News: Government agencies have a distressing habit of releasing information they don’t care to highlight on the eve of holidays, or late on a Friday – or, whenever possible, both. That is why it comes as relatively little surprise that the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) used last Friday evening to issue an important rule on abortion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The rule, moreover, was parceled in a 350-page document that, like other issuances, invited only the most active readers.
Red State: One of the most pernicious things the advocates of various deviancies and social pathologies are fond of doing in finding morally corrupt alleged “clergy” and getting them to endorse whatever perversion is in vogue. We’ve seen the homosexual marriage fascists to this with tortured explanations of how the Old Testament ban on sodomy doesn’t really mean sodomy but rather being rude to strangers. Keep in mind, if you believe this you have to believe that you have suddenly discovered a truth that was hidden to Jews of Palestine before the Christian era.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Casey Mattox says no one should be required to finance abortions for other people in order to obtain insurance for themselves. “The Bracy family has experienced firsthand the kind of deception that was used to pass this law,” he explains. “While we’re pleased that Connecticut families will now have a choice to avoid paying this abortion surcharge, it’s a shame that other families will not have that choice. And Americans need to know that they are being forced to pay this secret abortion fee.”
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom submitted a friend-of-the-court brief Tuesday to the Iowa Supreme Court on behalf of pro-life advocates in support of an Iowa Board of Medicine ban on “webcam” abortions.
New Hampshire Union Leader: Citing the state right-to-know law, anti-abortion activists have filed a lawsuit against state agencies that have refused to release records involving the operations of abortion clinics run by Planned Parenthood and other organizations.
Life Site News: A Denver-area man who offered to pay for an abortion to cover up his seven-year-long abuse of a preteen has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.
Life News: Here is a girl for whom we are most thankful – MEIRONG (her name has been changed to protect her identity) – one of more than 100 girls saved by our “Save a Girl” Campaign.
Family gets relief from Obamacare’s mandatory ‘abortion fee,’ but pro-lifers aren’t rejoicing just yet
The Daily Signal: “While we are pleased that Connecticut families will now have a choice to avoid paying this abortion surcharge, it is a shame that other families won’t have that choice, and that most Americans don’t even know that they must pay this secret fee,” said Casey Mattox, a senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, the organization that represented the Bracys.
East Valley Tribune: The discussion and ensuing vote by the board about the textbook has brought a large amount of attention to the district in recent weeks. Scottsdale-based Alliance Defending Freedom brought concerns about what was in the Campbell’s book to the board, while ACLU Arizona said the board violated students’ First Amendment rights by approving the motion.
WND: Commending Kirasnow, Senior Counsel Casey Mattox said no American “should be forced by the government to pay for other peoples’ abortions.”
Obamacare covered on-demand abortions through more than 1,000 insurance plans; GOP blasts Obama’s broken promise
Headline and Global News: On Thursday afternoon, Rep. Chris Smith (R-New Jersey), the co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-life Caucus, will join with the Family Research Council, the Charlotte Lozier Institute and the Alliance Defending Freedom at Capitol Hill to introduce a bill titled the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act,” which would require health care plans to be more transparent about their coverage for abortion services and to comply with the restrictions of the law.
Life News: Now, a new letter highlighted by a pro-life blog shows Planned Parenthood telling women their abortion will not threaten their relationship with God.