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Life News: Let’s be clear. The objective of pro-lifers is not “shaming” anyone, but rather saving the lives of unborn babies and the future psychological, emotional, and spiritual health of women facing crisis pregnancies.
Life News: Local pro-life advocates in Waco, Texas are rejoicing today because the nation’s biggest abortion business has pulled the plug on its abortion center in this central Texas city.
Christian News Network: “All Americans should oppose unjust laws that allow the government to force people to give up their constitutionally protected freedom to live and work according to their beliefs,” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman, who represented Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation in court, wrote in a statement on Monday.
Life News: “Many organizations, including the NAACP itself, regularly engage in social commentary and should not be penalized or discriminated against for expressing their beliefs. The NAACP should respect that same right for Radiance,” added ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox.
ADF Media: The Radiance Foundation filed its opening brief Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in a lawsuit against the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In April, a federal district court ruled that The Radiance Foundation engaged in trademark infringement after doing nothing more than posting an article online that parodied the NAACP’s name.
Students for Life: Following National Pro-Life Chalk Day last week, where pro-life student groups drew positive messages with chalk at their colleges, universities and high schools across the country, students at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI found today that vandals that covered their drawings with the Nazi swastika symbol and threw water on the chalkings as well.
The Federalist: The Left is not content at its current colonization of women’s wombs. It wants to victimize us more, and earlier. IUDs for everyone!
Aleteia: California’s bishops asked the federal government to investigate the state of California’s about-face ruling that two Jesuit colleges must provide abortion coverage in professors’ and staff’s health plans.
ADF Media: “All Americans should oppose unjust laws that allow the government to force people to give up their constitutionally protected freedom to live and work according to their beliefs. In light of this federal court order and the Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld that principle, we hope other courts currently considering similar cases will issue their own orders upholding the right of family-owned businesses to be free from this type of government coercion.” -Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman
Life News: Two years ago, there were over 40 abortion facilities operating in Texas with very little oversight.Yesterday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that could result in the immediate closure of 13 abortion facilities, leaving only seven open by this weekend.
National Right to Life: A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed the opinion of a lower court judge, thus allowing the state of Texas to enforce key provisions of its 2013 omnibus pro-life bill, HB 2, immediately.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Casey Mattox explains that the California Department of Managed Healthcare (DMHC) has decreed that every healthcare plan in the state, including Christian colleges and universities, must provide elective abortion coverage.
Mirror of Justice: If anyone had any doubt that the current fight for religious liberty over the HHS mandate is a fight to the death – that it poses an existential threat to Catholic universities and indeed every Catholic apostolate as such – then he or she need look no farther than the State of California where word comes that Loyola Marymount University has caved in to the demands of Governor Jerry Brown’s California Department of Managed Health Care to provide insurance coverage for elective abortions to its employees.
National Right to Life: The abortion industry and its allies are lobbing another legislative weapon in their War on Women.
The Christian Institute: The Spanish Prime Minister has dropped plans to tighten the country’s liberal abortion laws, prompting one minister’s resignation.
The Gospel Coalition: You may have heard them referred to as “crisis pregnancy centers,” “fake clinics” or worse. But what is the real story on pregnancy help organizations (PHO), the best-kept secret in the pro-life movement?
National Right to Life: Given that Oklahoma is one of the most pro-life states in the country, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that pro-abortionists continue to file lawsuits against laws overwhelmingly passed by both houses of the legislature.
Baptist Press: The war to protect unborn life in America has shifted in significant measure to the state level, with Tennessee and North Dakota emerging as key battlegrounds this fall.
The Christian Post: Both the Life Legal Defense Foundation and the Alliance Defending Freedom have sent out another letter protesting the change.
Virginia Attorney General absolves abortion clinics from requirements to report suspected rapes of teen girls
Free Beacon: The Virginia Attorney General released an opinion that relieves medical professionals from the obligation of reporting abortions for 13 to 15 year olds as evidence of potential rape.
Christian News Network: Two liberal clergy members who are also among the leadership of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice recently asserted that the majority of people of faith in America support abortion, and therefore, so should their pastors.
Life News: Pro-abortion writer, Katie McDonough, wrote an article sharing the results of a survey from BMCMedicine that claims, “being denied an abortion tethers women to violent men.” The study was intended to uncover the relationship between domestic violence, pregnancy and abortion.
The Federalist: Suddenly I had the talk—about abortion!—with my newly turned six-year old daughter. What may have best captured the incident is my six-year old’s flummoxed response at the end of our conversation: “But, mommy, they’re going to give people ideas!”
The Christian Post: Thanks to US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a well-known liberal and feminist, Americans are getting an inside look at what Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood’s founder, probably would have embraced today – and who she would have embraced today. From her recent comments on abortion, Justice Ginsburg would have been praised by Ms. Sanger for her comments on poor people and abortion.
The Wall Street Journal: Comments made by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a magazine interview have reignited a long-simmering ethical debate confronting the Supreme Court over when a justice ought to sit out a case.
Live Action News: Barth and Abbie Bracy have brought a lawsuit, through the attorneys of Alliance Defending Freedom, to stop this injustice that is being forced on American taxpayers. The Bracys live in Connecticut, one of the states in which there is no insurance option through ObamaCare other than one that pays for abortion.
Life News: One of the highlights of the MonthForLife will be the Pro Life Campaign National Conference which takes place in the RDS in Dublin on Saturday, 11th October 2014. It promises to be a great day. Speakers include Julia Holcomb, (the former girlfriend of Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler), who will talk about her personal experience of abortion regret; Roger Kiska, a lawyer with the Alliance Defending Freedom based in Vienna and Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick OBE, Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition International. There will also be contributions from spokespeople with the Pro Life Campaign.
Christian News Network: During an event announcing Planned Parenthood’s endorsements for political office in Vermont, Gov. Peter Shumlin asserted that residents should feel “blessed” to have the “extraordinary work” of the abortion provider within its borders.
The Daily Signal: When then-pregnant Ashley Bridges found out she had bone cancer, she refused to have an abortion in order to have the recommended chemotherapy treatment. “There’s no way I could kill a healthy baby because I’m sick,” Bridges told the Los Angeles CBS affiliate.
Newsmax: “I am not opposed to birth control,” he answered, CNN reported. “That’s basically what Plan B is. Plan B is taking two birth control pills in the morning and two in the evening and I am not opposed to that.”
Christian News Network: A former Portland-area teacher who was escorted from his local high school by police over his continued opposition to Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit against his school district after his teaching contract was terminated following internal scrutiny.
The Daily Signal: Despite promises to the contrary by members of Congress and even the president, Americans now know that Obamacare is entangling tax dollars with coverage of elective abortion.
National Review: Beyond the passage I’ve highlighted in which Justice Ginsburg comments negatively on the Texas abortion law now under challenge in the Fifth Circuit, Ginsburg somehow sees fit in her New Republic interview to speak on all sorts of other matters related to abortion policy.
National Right to Life: The Hyde Amendment sticks in the craw of abortion absolutists as much as any pro-life law ever enacted. And today marks the 38th anniversary of passage of the law (the “Hyde” is the late pro-life champion, Rep. Henry Hyde), a titanic struggle that represented a major success against federal funding of abortion.
Live Action News: Life Legal Defense Foundation and Alliance Defending Freedom continue to fight for the rights of Catholic universities to be allowed to exercise their rights as well. Life Legal Defense Foundation said, “If you or anyone you know, individual, employer, or insurance provider, is directly affected by this decision, please contact Life Legal Defense Foundation.”
The Federalist: Who doesn’t love a good abortion story? Break out the popcorn, eh? Safe, legal, and rare is so 20 years ago. Now we’ve moved on to the in-your-face, “I wanted my baby dead and what do you have to say about it” phase.
Life News: Robyn and Adam Wilson were told their unborn baby might not survive and doctors advised them to have an abortion because their child was supposedly in a grave condition. Doctors said it was likely he would be born with a life-limiting illness and may have Down syndrome.
Life News: Congressman Marlin Stutzman, an Indiana Republican, has been one of the pro-life stalwarts in the House of Representatives and he shared a powerful story at the Values Voters Summit on Friday.
Life News: New figures from the state of Ohio show abortions have declined to a historic low thanks to the work of pro-life laws that have resulted in shutting down abortion clinics that can’t protect women’s health and safety.
The Christian Post: “I’ve held 1 and-a-half pound babies in my hand,” Rand Paul said. “I’ve seen them sucking their thumb on an ultrasound, and I’ve seen surgeons operate on babies still in the womb. So don’t tell me that 5-and- 6-pound babies have no rights simply because they’re not born.”
Forced abortions, suffering of millions of women decried on 34th anniversary of China’s “One Child Policy”
The Christian Post: Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, has written an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the 34th anniversary of China’s one-child policy, condemning the continuation of forced abortions in the country.
The purpose of the Psalm 139 Project is to save the lives of the most vulnerable. By providing ultrasound machines to Crisis Pregnancy Centers, we give women in distress a “window” into the miracle unfolding within them.
The Blaze: The abortion rate is one cultural indicator heading in the right direction. A look beyond the data reveals lessons from the pro-life movement that can work in other areas as well: sustained focus across a variety of platforms, in the policy arena and on a personal level.
Life News: Attorney General Eric Holder, who is pro-abortion and who used his post in the Obama administration to target pro-life people, will step down from his position when a replacement has been confirmed.
Life News: By its very nature the crime of human trafficking strips each victim of his or her humanity. Sex trafficking in particular, which is categorized by law as a “severe form” of human trafficking, rebrands the person as a product to be bought and sold for pleasure.
The Federalist: “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” -Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The Daily Signal: “In those five states—Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Vermont and Hawaii—the reality is every person with an Obamacare exchange plan is paying for abortions,” Casey Mattox, a lawyer at Alliance Defending Freedom who represents the Bracys, says in an interview with The Daily Signal.
Life News: According to research reviewed by board-certified medical geneticist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Skotko, it is estimated that 92 percent of all women who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome abort their baby.
National Right to Life: If there wasn’t enough confusion already, we now find that the abortion drug mifepristone (the generic name for RU-486) is being produced in other countries and sold under other names. Why does that matter?
The Federalist: The Government Accountability Office confirmed September 16 that Obamacare is funding abortions with taxpayer dollars. This shouldn’t surprise anyone.
National Right to Life: The newspaper reported that in 2004 doctors insisted the step was vital to save Norelle’s life. Drugs were used to induce the baby’s delivery. “But, after being induced 14 weeks early, Natasha was born in an intact membrane at the former Queen Mother’s Hospital in Glasgow.”
Life News: With a new Supreme Court term set to begin on October 6 and national mid-term elections coming on November 4, abortion continues to be a hotly contested issue in American public policy. The U.S. Supreme Court has largely set abortion policies in America, according to how precedent has proceeded since 1973. However, the Supreme Court tends to take into account the American public’s perception of policy issues in its rulings.
The City Online: Should all humans be treated equally? That question is probably pretty easy to answer. Why? That’s a bit more difficult. Josh Brahm is the founder of the Equal Rights Institute. He wants to help pro-lifers be more persuasive and less weird when they communicate with pro-choice people.
Truth and Charity Forum: On September 11, 2014, the Susan B. Anthony List finally prevailed in their four-year legal battle with former Ohio congressman, Steve Driehaus.
Life News: Why do we single out a particular group of humans (the unborn) and pronounce that their “potential” is somehow not protected under the same laws that protect every other human in our country?
California mandates that 2 Catholic universities include abortion coverage in their employee health insurance plans
Family Research Council: Unfortunately, this scenario is not imaginary. Recently, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) filed a complaint with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services concerning the state of California’s mandate requiring two Catholic universities to provide health insurance to their employees, insurance that HHS says must cover elective abortion.
Aleteia: Last week, New York Magazine ran an article by Alex Ronan called “My Year as an Abortion Doula.” Typically those who’ve worked alongside abortion providers and who remain pro-choice tend to gloss over the horror. But Ronan is shockingly honest.
Life News: On Thursday, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed an appeal of a trial court’s decision that upheld the state’s alleged misuse of more than $14 million in taxpayer dollars. ADF, former Governor Bill Owen and former Senate candidate Jane Norton, filed the lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains because they violated the state constitution by using state funding to go to their abortion business.
Life News: A Texas group has released a shocking report identifying several child sexual rapists who were able to continue their rapes when medical workers failed to report the abuse. The report is called The Cover-up of Child Sexual Abuse and it was published by Life Dynamics, Inc., a national pro-life organization located in Denton, Texas.
Christian groups horrified after discovering Americans deceived into paying for abortions through Obamacare
The Gospel Herald: “This report exposes what we’ve known all along: that Obamacare was designed to force Americans to pay for abortions,” Casey Matto senior legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) told the Christian News report. “Instead of deceiving the American people, the administration needs to follow federal law and deliver on the transparency we were promised.”
Pro Life Blogs: “No one is above the law, including Colorado politicians who are violating our state’s constitution by continuing to fund Planned Parenthood’s abortion activities with state taxpayer dollars,” said ADF Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the former executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment filed an appeal Thursday of a trial court’s decision that upheld the state’s alleged misuse of more than $14 million in taxpayer dollars. The lawsuit contends that the funding Colorado has provided to Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood violates a voter-approved state constitutional provision that prohibits direct or indirect public taxpayer subsidies for abortion.
Life News: A coalition of pro-life groups and members of Congress gathered today on Capitol Hill to demand a Senate vote on a House bill that would stop the massive taxpayer funding of abortion in Obamacare.
Operation Rescue: The Indiana Attorney General’s office announced yesterday that it has filed administrative complaints against four abortionists in three counties for recordkeeping violations. The Medical Licensing Board will determine what discipline the violations warrant.
The Federalist: Sex-selective abortion means killing your unborn child because he or (more commonly) she is not the sex you prefer. This has been widespread in China through the decades of the one-child policy and, as a result, the 2010 Chinese census revealed that men outnumber women in China by 34 million. That’s a huge social problem. It’s also a terrible tragedy, when you consider that it points to millions of babies who were killed or abandoned by their parents simply because they were girls.
Christian News Network: “This report exposes what we’ve known all along: that Obamacare was designed to force Americans to pay for abortions,” stated Casey Mattox senior legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). “Instead of deceiving the American people, the administration needs to follow federal law and deliver on the transparency we were promised.”
Aleteia: A September 15 report from the impartial federal watchdog, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), confirms what the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and pro-life groups have warned from Day One: the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) authorizes funding and subsidizing elective abortions out of tax revenues. Want your money back? Good luck.
National Review: The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin manages to botch quite a lot in a short piece tendentiously titled “The Disappearing ‘Undue Burden’ Standard for Abortion Rights.”