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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Baptist News: Other groups signing the letter included Alliance Defending Freedom, the American Center for Law and Justice, the Catholic University of America, Concerned Women for America, Eagle Forum, Family Research Council and the National Association of Evangelicals.
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor: “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.”
LIfe News: The West Virginia state House today passed a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks by an 87-12 margin. The vote came on the same day the state’s major pro-life group held a rally at the state capitol.
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: Recently, a question was posed on our Facebook page: are abortionists more likely than the general population of doctors to be male?
Life News: Since the passage of the Pro-Life Omnibus Bill (HB 2) in 2013, anti-Life advocates have sought to make abortion more accessible in Texas. Cicada Collective is one such group, describing itself as “a queer and trans* people of color centered organization” with the mission of “providing practical abortion support.”
The Christian Institute: Abortion is safer than giving birth and is a “normal part of life”, according to Britain’s largest single abortion provider BPAS.
Baptist Press: 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.”
Christian Today: These organisations are the U.S. 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, CNS reported.
Go Fund Me: Despite winning a 12-day trial, seven years later Kevin and his family are still paying the price. Not only did the state and activists appeal, but due to an unprecedented Ninth Circuit ruling, the Stormans must pay over $140,000.00 to Legal Voice (an abortion rights group) for attorney fees and costs Legal Voice claims it incurred when the trial court required them to give the Stormans documents related to the role abortion groups played in drafting the regulations and their targeting of religious objectors. This is a substantial financial hardship on the Stormans.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Mary Doogan and Connie Wood are senior midwives in Scotland who believe that life begins at conception. Their legal case arose out of concerns that the reorganization of hospital services in their city would result in an increased number of abortions in the ward they supervised. The most senior court in Scotland agreed with them, concluding that the right to conscientious objection guaranteed in the United Kingdom’s Abortion Act should be given a wide interpretation because it is “consistent with the reasoning which allowed such an objection in the first place.”
Gallup: Americans who say they are dissatisfied with current abortion policies were asked a follow-up question to learn if they are dissatisfied because they want current abortion laws to be stricter or less strict. This year, of those who are dissatisfied, twice as many prefer stricter rather than less strict laws: 24% want stricter laws, while 12% want current abortion laws to be less strict.
National Right to Life: Last week NRL News Todayreported that the Indian Supreme Court had directed major search engines such as Yahoo, Google, and Bing to no longer carry ads for pre-natal sex selection services. The justices’ lamented selective abortion.
National Right to Life: Rebecca Riffkin’s headline is neutral—“Fewest Americans Satisfied With Abortion Policies Since 2001.” It takes a patient reader to find out that the public’s dissatisfaction is not that the laws are too “strict,” but that the laws aren’t strict enough!
The Global Dispatch: “The government has no business forcing pro-life and faith-based organizations to betray the very values they were created to advance,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “These laws are an egregious attack on religious freedom and freedom of conscience. 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.”
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorney Casey Mattox tells OneNewsNow the government has no business forcing pro-life and faith-based organizations to betray the very values they were created to advance.
Catholic News Agency: Also signing the letter were representatives of the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Archdiocese of the Military Services USA, the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, and the National Organization for Marriage.
The Boston Pilot (CNS): The letter was signed by Anthony Picarello, USCCB associate general secretary and general counsel, and representatives from other organizations including the 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.
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.
The Washington Post: More than a dozen prominent conservative groups and Catholic institutions are asking Capitol Hill leaders to overturn a pair of laws passed last year by the D.C. Council, calling them “unprecedented assaults upon our organizations,” setting the stage for a possible new intervention in the Democratic-majority city’s affairs from the Republican-majority Congress.
Heritage: Heritage Action has joined with 15 conservative organization in demanding Congress file a disapproval of D.C.’s Reproductive Heath Nondiscrimination Amendment Act of 2014 and the Human Rights Amendment Act.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom and other religious and pro-life organizations sent letters to Congress Thursday that ask it to veto two recently passed District of Columbia laws that force religious and pro-life organizations to operate contrary to their missions and sincerely held beliefs.
EWTN: The clip including our own Matt Bowman starts at 11:39.
National Review: Yesterday, EWTN, founded by Mother Angelica – a cloistered nun and trailblazer woman in media — was in federal court seeking religious-freedom protection from his administration’s Health and Human Services abortion-drug, contraception, female sterilization mandate.
National Right to Life: Abortion is anything but a simple choice. It affects not just the child who dies in an unimaginable way. It affects not just the mother who suffers through the abortion or the father who could do nothing to stop it. Abortion affects the family at large – grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and brothers and sisters.
Religion News Service: With measles outbreaks in 14 states and health authorities imploring parents to weigh the minimal risks of vaccines against the ravages of preventable disease, some Christians are raising an objection of a completely different sort: the abortion connection.
ERLC: The recent debates about whether Christians should vaccinate their children have once again raised questions about the use of vaccines that have been morally tainted by the use of cell cultures derived from aborted fetal tissue in the manufacturing of vaccines. This is such an important issue and we felt it warranted its own article to address some of the questions around the science and morality of the use of fetal tissue in vaccines.
National Law Journal: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Wednesday that young women may have to fight to preserve abortion rights for the poor in the face of new limits on the right to choose.
National Law Journal: Like armies mustering their best weapons, supporters and opponents of the Affordable Care Act once again have turned out at the U.S. Supreme Court to battle over a critical element of that health insurance law.
National Review: It is extraordinarily disappointing to see Representative Renee Ellmers slamming pro-life groups as “childish” for insisting on a rape-reporting requirement in the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Both the reporting requirement itself and the angry response to the House’s failure to bring the measure to a vote — handing abortionists a victory on the very day of the March for Life — were reasonable, defensible, and right.
The Becket Fund: Minutes ago, Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), the global Catholic television network founded by a cloistered nun, had its religious freedom case heard in court.
The Christian Institute: A leading academic has welcomed the rise in pro-life attitudes amongst students and young people in America.
Thomas More Society: Thomas More Society has won dismissal of all charges against pro-life advocate Robert Rudnick, who had been arrested on account of his pro-life speech in Williston, ND. Judge Paul W. Jacobson of North Dakota District Court has granted Thomas More Society’s motion to dismiss, which was drafted with the assistance of First Amendment scholar Professor Eugene Volokh.