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First Things: A bill before the Indiana state legislature has revived what is becoming a perennial debate: what information should be provided to pregnant women who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome?
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys will testify before various Colorado House committees Feb. 4-17 regarding bills pertaining to physical privacy in locker rooms, physician-assisted suicide, religious freedom for student groups in higher education, the health and safety of women at abortion facilities, and infanticide.
Breitbart: National pro-life organizations are again calling upon House leadership to vote on a bill that would ban late-term abortions past the fifth month of pregnancy, just as a memo to Republicans from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) does not include the bill in the February agenda.
National Right to Life: Groundbreaking legislation recently introduced in Kansas that would protect unborn children from dismemberment abortions is causing quite the stir among abortion advocates.
MercatorNet: In Britain, for example, the selective aborting of female foetuses is largely hidden and both government officials and many health professionals dispute that it is even occurring. That’s partly because “gender abortions” are illegal, although some groups deny even that.
Eagle Forum: The Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter to the Gilbert school officials, which prompted lawyers for the Arizona Education Department to review the book.
MercatorNet: The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons is consulting on whether patients’ right of access to certain procedures, such as abortion, should trump the rights of those physicians who refuse, for reasons of conscience, to provide them. Dr. Marc Gabel, a College official, chairs the working group looking at this issue, which is drafting a new policy on “Professional Obligations and Human Rights.”
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.
Fox News (AP): President Michelle Bachelet sent legislation to Congress on Saturday proposing to allow some abortions in Chile, a socially conservative South American nation that is among the few countries in the world that ban abortion in all circumstances.
Al.com: Thus, last spring, our attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit on our behalf, fighting for our vital right to speak on our campus.
Contributoria: For the last two years of reporting on the activities on abortion opponents, at some point during an interview the subject would inevitably ask me if I had ever attended the March for Life in Washington, DC. Part memorial, part celebration, the march has become an annual rite of passage for those who devote their energy, money and time to ending legal, safe abortion access in the US. What started in 1974 as a protest of the Supreme Court decision acknowledging a right to an abortion that no state could prohibit has evolved in the following four decades. Now it is a multi-day event that combines reunion, grassroots political organisation and a generational torch passing as the original pool of pro-life activists train those born after Roe and who will inherit the mission of bringing abortion to an end.
National Right to Life: On Tuesday, Ohio Right to Life announced landmark legislation that will ban abortions in Ohio at 20 weeks gestation, the point during pregnancy at which pre-born children can feel pain. This legislation, which is similar to National Right to Life’s Pain-Capable legislation, will be introduced in the Ohio General Assembly in the coming weeks.
Asia News: For many years, not one girl was born in 70 Indian villages. Every day, 2,000 girls are killed across the country. On average, the ratio of males to females at birth is 1,000 to 914. These figures are the practical consequence of selective female abortions, a discriminatory practice that is widespread across the country.
National Right to Life: I’ve come to believe that one of the horrors of abortion–aside from the fundamental tragedy of a little girl’s or boy’s life being taken–is that it is one of those things in life that cannot be undone. Misunderstandings can be forgotten…bills in the legislature can be rewritten…even the U.S. Constitution can be amended…but there is no “do-over” when it comes to abortion.
Catholic News Agency: “All Americans should oppose unjust laws that allow the government to force people to surrender their constitutionally protected freedom to live and work according to their deepest beliefs,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Michael J. Norton said Jan. 27.
Life News: In a landmark decision already twenty-seven years old today, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canada’s then-existing abortion regulations were unconstitutional. While many Canadians grieve the subsequent loss of a full quarter of their generation through abortion, others celebrate this day with exuberance, calling Canadians to protect their unfettered access to abortion at any stage of the pregnancy.
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.
The Christian Institute: China has announced it will tighten controls on illicit sex testing of unborn babies in efforts to curtail sex-selective abortions.
National Review: As the nation marked the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade this month, polls show the country is more pro-life than ever. A Gallup poll finds that even among Democratic voters, about a third are “pro-life.” But in Congress, the party that celebrates “diversity” and “tolerance” is more monolithic than ever. According to Democrats for Life, the number of pro-life Democrats with voting privileges in Congress can now be counted on the fingers of one hand.
National Right to Life: Congresswoman Virginia Foxx and I were on absolute bedrock when we argued last week during the House floor debate in favor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act that the President’s health care law authorized massive subsidies to assist millions of Americans to purchase private health plans that cover abortion on demand.
AZ Central: Parents and the conservative advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom demanded that the district edit “Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections (Seventh Edition),” because it referred to abortion without also mentioning childbirth and adoption.
The Weekly Standard: Harry Reid has long insisted that he’s “pro-life” on the issue of abortion, but on Wednesday his Senate Majority PAC sent out a fundraising email calling legislation to ban most abortions during the final four months of pregnancy “our WORST NIGHTMARE”.
Multichannel News: Oral argument in the Eternal Word Television Network’s challenge to the contraception mandate in the Affordable Healthcare Act is set for Feb. 4 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
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.
USA Today: Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, once an anti-abortion advocate, announced in a Wednesday op-ed that his views have shifted over a 14-year political career and he now supports abortion rights for women.
Christian Concern: A doctor who was filmed offering to abort a child simply because she was a girl has been ordered to appear before the Crown Court to face a criminal charge.
The Stream: As thousands descended on Washington last week for the annual “March for Life,” the Republican House of Representatives was busy watering down an anti-abortion bill that restricted abortions after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape or incest, with exemptions allowed only after a police report had been filed. This after a small group of moderate Republican female lawmakers challenged the bill and lobbied for a less restrictive measure.
Life News: President Barack Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch faced a hearing today in the Senate Judiciary Committee. During the hearing, she admitted that she supported partial-birth abortions.
The Christian Institute: A married couple have spoken of their delight at their “healthy and well” twin daughters, after refusing abortion.
The Christian Institute: A Bill to permanently prevent taxes being spent on abortion in the US has been passed by the House of Representatives.
National Right to Life: On Thursday, January 22, the 42nd anniversary of the lethal Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, a South Carolina House panel unanimously voted in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
MRC News Busters: Nineteen leading pro-life organizations joined the Media Research Center to chastise the networks for their near blackout of the 2015 March for Life.
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton: “All Americans should oppose unjust laws that allow the government to force people to surrender their constitutionally protected freedom to live and work according to their deepest beliefs. While we are very pleased with the order issued in this case, many other similar cases continue throughout the country. In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling against the abortion-pill mandate in Conestoga and Hobby Lobby, and the clearly protected right of Americans to be free from this type of government coercion at home, in their family businesses, and in non-profit endeavors that benefit everyone, the Obama administration should give up its blind and indefensible efforts to punish people of faith and let freedom prevail.”
Aleteia: I attended my fourth March for Life last week and it was quick journey. The Archdiocese of Boston offered different travel options to DC, depending on one’s age. There were around 900 of us altogether. I boarded the “young adult” bus and my option offered transportation, lodgings on a church basement floor and two meals, all for $40.
Life Site News: “They’re pulling the 20-week ban,” said Casey Mattox, “and substituting ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion‘.”
Life Site News: In the first-ever speech by a leader of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Duma, Patriarch Kirill has called on the Russian government to build on its support for the family and traditional marriage by defunding abortion in the country, with the objective of eliminating the killing of pre-born children altogether.
Reuters: An official from China’s restive far-western Xinjiang called for strict measures to prevent early marriages and high birth rates in southern parts of the region, state media said on Friday, a move likely to raise concerns among ethnic Uighurs.
Aleteia: Levatino said he is at peace with the transformation. Standing on a makeshift podium at a rally after the March for Life, he acted like a man at peace with his fellow pro-lifers, especially those who once were pro-choice.
Public Discourse: The March for Life, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, is the largest annual civil rights event in the world. As long as it continues, the University of Notre Dame will be there.
The Christian Institute: Abortion carried out on the basis of sex could be outlawed in the UK within months.
Christian News Network: Barack Obama reaffirmed his “deep commitment” to abortion on Thursday despite the throng of thousands that gathered in the nation’s capital for the annual March for Life marking the 42nd “anniversary” of the Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade.
First Things: The “Director of Civil and Human Rights” for the United Methodist Church, Bill Mefford, posted a picture to Twitter yesterday mocking the pro-life marchers. Mefford, who works for the church’s lobby arm, the General Board of Church and Society, ridiculed the marchers by posting a picture of himself standing before them with a sign saying “I march for sandwiches.”
Religion News Service (Reuters): Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill called on Thursday for a deep cut in the “horrifyingly high” number of abortions, which he linked to a Western rejection of moral norms.
Aleteia: It wasn’t the first time a Pope has sent a tweet across the Atlantic to the annual March for Life, but Pope Francis’ Twitter message was welcomed with as much enthusiasm as the first papal tweet to the gathering was, a few years ago.
Juicy Ecumenism: Yesterday’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. was a tremendous day both as a demonstration for human rights and a display of Christian unity. Catholic bishops marched with Anglican bishops and Orthodox clergy, with Lutheran and Southern Baptist leaders.
Slate: There’s a bit of a pall hanging over today’s March for Life. The event was supposed to coincide with passage of a 20-week abortion ban in the House of Representatives. But Republican leaders pulled the bill late last night, robbing the marchers of what would have been a symbolic victory.
The Christian Institute: A North Carolina law requiring women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound has been overturned by an appeals court.
Christianity Today: Pro-life advocates ended 2014 with much to cheer about. America’s abortion rate fell to the lowest level since Roe v. Wade. More than 70 abortion clinics closed. And states passed more limitations on abortion (230+) in the last four years than the entire preceding decade combined.
National Review: Today is the 42nd anniversary of the decision in Roe v. Wade. I never need reminding of which anniversary it is — it’s always the same as my age. I was one of those who entered the world through a pregnancy of the sort we call “unplanned,” though as a Hayekian type I do not object to being the “result of human action, but not the execution of any human design.” I was born about three months — call it a “trimester” — before Roe.
Religion News Network: Abortion opponents marking the huge annual March for Life in Washington on Thursday (Jan. 22) and anticipating legislative gains by a Republican-dominated Congress were thrown into disarray after GOP leaders unexpectedly withdrew a pro-life bill that had been seen as a done deal.
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission: As today marks the forty-second anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, most Christians recognize, and rightly so, the loss of millions of unborn human lives. What we often forget is the second casualty of an abortion culture: the consciences of countless men and women.
Life Site News: The National Memorial for the Pre-Born and their Mothers and Fathers was among the many related events occurring with the 42nd annual March for Life in Washington D.C.
Christian leaders Matt Chandler, Russell Moore fed up with GOP decision to hold off on mid-term abortion ban
The Christian Post: Church and ministry leaders join forces with conservative political groups the morning of the 42nd annual March for Life to publicly rebuke House Republicans for its last-minute decision to delay the vote on a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks. Church leaders, unlike policy groups, are seemingly not appeased by GOP’s decision to switch support to another pro-life bill that would ensure taxpayer dollars aren’t going to abortion providers under health insurance plans offered on the federal exchange.
The Hill: Every year the March for Life chooses what it believes to be one of the most pressing issues of our time for the pro-life movement as its annual theme. We do so simply because an event with such a reach –hundreds of thousands of passionate pro-lifers travel to Washington, D.C. annually to participate – offers the perfect educational opportunity to provide tools to motivated people that can ultimately impact a culture of life. This year our theme is “Every Life is a Gift.”
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission: 1. The March for Life is an annual pro-life event held in Washington, D.C., on or around the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion in the case Roe v. Wade. The overall goal of the march is to overturn the Roe decision.
The Christian Post: Hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates are in Washington Thursday to peacefully protest against the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade 42 years ago that made abortion legal in the United States.
The Daily Signal: Today, hundreds of thousands of Americans will gather on the National Mall to participate in the annual March for Life, commemorating the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, which invented a constitutional right to abortion-on-demand.
The Daily Signal: The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act bans abortions after 20 weeks, except in cases where rape or incest had been reported to authorities.
The Christian Institute: A former Olympic gymnast who is expecting triplets has refused to follow doctors’ advice to abort two of her babies.
First Things: The following address—which Robert P. George has called “the greatest pro-life speech ever given”—was delivered on July 5 at the close of the 2008 convention of the National Right to Life Committee.
Fox News: I was a young nurse at a hospital in Maryland when the Supreme Court handed down its 1973 verdict in Roe v. Wade.
Alliance Defending Freedom: When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of abortion rights in Roe v. Wade back in 1973, it reset our nation’s moral compass. Life was no longer considered precious, it was considered an option.
Breitbart: As hundreds of thousands of members of the pro-life community descend upon Washington D.C. for the March for Life Thursday, the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has caved to Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and a group of GOP women who believe passage of a bill that would ban abortions past the fifth month of pregnancy would hurt the Party’s chances with women and millennials.
ABC 7 (AP): Tens of thousands of Americans who oppose abortion, many of them young Catholics, are in Washington for the annual March for Life.
CNN: One of my favorite things I do at work is fetal ultrasound. I’m a practicing radiologist, and the miracle of peeking into that intimate space and then looking up to catch the awe in the parents’ faces never seems to get old.
Life News: The House today approved legislation that will put in place a complete ban on taxpayer funding of abortions that ensures abortions are not directly funded in any federal governmental program or department.
The Public Discourse: A new book clearly examines and answers the most important questions surrounding medical law and ethics, especially in the realm of end-of-life issues.
Aleteia: For decades, the annual March for Life here was a one-day blur of drowsy bus rides, jam-packed youth masses, and protest walk from the Washington Monument to the Supreme Court. But the protest this year has evolved into a four-day extravaganza of professional conferences, board meetings, and large commercial exhibits.
Aleteia: An analysis of the current United States Senate reveals that, of senators who attended Catholic colleges and universities, most have either voted or taken a public position in support of abortion rights, despite unchanging Catholic teaching on the dignity of human life beginning at conception.
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.
The Washington Post: House Republican leaders abruptly dropped plans late Wednesday to vote on an anti-abortion bill amid a revolt by female GOP lawmakers concerned that the legislation’s restrictive language would once again spoil the party’s chances of broadening its appeal to women and younger voters.