Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
The Federalist: Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court legalizing abortion on demand throughout pregnancy. The pro-life movement commemorates this day with marches, worship services and lobbying for bills to protect unborn children. Pro-lifers were promised by the Republican leaders they just helped elect and re-elect that the House of Representatives would pass a bill today banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a point after which infants can feel pain and survive if born prematurely.
Politico: House Republican leadership is planning to move forward with a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks, despite opposition from female lawmakers who fear the legislation is too harsh and could turn off young voters.
Christian News Network: The Obama administration has expressed its opposition to a Congressional bill that would ban abortions after five months gestation, opining that it is an “assault on a woman’s right to choose.”
The Christian Post: The history of human knowledge as it relates to the human body is a fascinating and terrible thing. In every age, the ability for physicians and other medical practitioners to effectively treat wounds or combat disease has been constrained by the technology – or lack thereof – available at the time. In the past, people often died from illnesses or injuries that are quite treatable today. Over the centuries, we’ve come a long way. Our understanding of human physiology and biology has enabled us to improve quality of life and extend life expectancy beyond anything our ancestors could have imagined.
Aleteia: “This is the most important process touching on the abortion issue that the United Nations has seen in the last 20 years,” says Elyssa Koren, U.N. Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, in an interview with Aleteia. “If the pro-life community was aware of the impact that this will have on countries on the ground, there would be a lot more attention paid to it. Unfortunately, the lack of transparency during this U.N. process has kept the pro-life public in the dark.”
The Christian Post: A couple years ago, I wrote about why “there is no such thing as ‘personally pro-life.’” But even beyond the question of whether it’s possible to be “personally pro-life,” there’s the question of whether it’s good enough.
The Federalist: The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation (except for rape or to save the mother’s life). And it’s probably consonant with Roe v. Wade.
The Washington Times: Another family, Barth and Abbie Bracy, who are pro-life leaders in Connecticut and Rhode Island, fought and won a legislative battle to ensure that at least some health insurance plans in Connecticut do not subsidize abortions. Similar actions are active or planned in other states, said Casey Mattox, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, who works with the Bracys.
Life News: This month is the forty-second anniversary of the legal decision, Roe v. Wade, in which the Supreme Court eliminated the abortion laws of all 50 states. Here are five facts about the plaintiff behind the case that transformed America.
Life News: Every year on the anniversary of Roe, hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers attend the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. to remember the more than 55 million lives lost from abortion. This year the march falls on Thursday, and North Dakota students will be leading the crowd through the National Mall.
Red State: This week abortion advocates celebrate the forty-second anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that has consigned nearly 60 million Americans to their death. They, and their political allies, will proclaim their continuing pleasure at the “freedom,” “choice,” and “privacy” that Roesupposedly provided. These euphemisms for destroying living human beings are grotesque enough. But their rhetoric doesn’t even match today’s agenda of compulsion.
Aleteia: Jeanne Monahan-Mancini — the last part of her name being an addition joyfully celebrated less than two months ago — President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, continues to prove that she is the perfect choice to have replaced March for Life founder, Nellie Gray, who passed away in August 2012.
The Washington Times (AP): Hundreds of people attended a pro-life rally Sunday in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Jurist: Federal Courts of Appeals have recently addressed two important abortion cases, either of which could end up before US Supreme Court. Last week, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments on the merits of a Texas law that requires abortion facilities to meet hospital-like building and construction standards.
Charlotte Lozier Institute: Five-month abortion laws restrict abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy—when an unborn child can feel pain from abortion. Opponents of five-month abortion laws argue they violate the “viability rule” created by the U.S. Supreme Court. The viability rule provides that government “may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability.” In most cases viability will occur after 20 weeks of pregnancy. However, the viability rule is unworkable, arbitrary, unjust, poorly reasoned, inadequate, and extreme.
Baptist Press: In 1979, Larry Lewis picked up a copy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and saw a full-page ad listing the Southern Baptist Convention among denominations that affirmed the right to abortion.
National Right to Life:Not long ago I was reading an e-mail (which I do a lot) when a sentence reminded me of something I hadn’t given sufficient thought to for a long time: There are many, many hurting women out there who would rather die before allowing anyone to know they had aborted.
Breitbart: Also galling to Montgomery County officials is the fact that by following NARAL’s advice, they had to pay Centro Tepeyac $375,000 in legal fees. Matt Bowman of Alliance Defending Freedom said, “NARAL’s response to that is to give more bad advice. Even one of NARAL’s best friends on the county council says that his colleagues probably would not adopt NARAL’s proposed ‘truth-in-advertising’ law after NARAL had caused this court debacle.”
Honoring pre-existing convictions: Lawsuits question abortion-only plans in Rhode Island and Vermont
Lozier Institute: Casey Mattox, Senior Counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the group representing Howe and Doe, said, “Paying for elective abortions should never be a prerequisite for access to health care. Neither the Constitution nor federal and state law allow for this type of government coercion.” Yet, there is no viable alternative for these gentlemen, as evinced in Howe v. Burwell and Doe v. Burwell.
Life Site News: The adage goes that when it comes to social issues, the United States is at best a decade or two behind Europe. With its cathedrals collecting cobwebs, its laws enshrining all sorts of alternative sexual practices, and its widespread disregard for the sanctity of life, this once-devout home of Christendom could very well be a picture of America’s future.
Life News: It was Spring, 2010. I was at Pasadena City College with Justice for All. I was standing inside the barricades protecting the large 18-foot-tall pro-life display. It was a quiet hour on campus. Most students were in class.
The Christian Institute: The parents of a seven-year-old boy, who has Down’s syndrome and was given a zero per cent chance of survival in the womb, say he shows them “what true joy looks like”.
Alliance Defending Freedom: On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled to legalize abortion in the case of Roe v. Wade. Millions of lives have been affected by this tragic ruling, including the more than 57 million American babies who have been killed in the womb since then and the countless women and men who have suffered from the psychological, emotional, and physical pain caused by abortion.
WND: “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,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox.
Providence Journal: The case was filed by lawyers from Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization that filed a similar case in Vermont on the same day. It’s supported by the Rhode Island Right to Life Committee, whose executive director, Barth Bracy, sued Connecticut’s exchange last May. Six months later, that exchange offered health plans that don’t offer enhanced abortion services.
Ledger-Enquirer (AP): The case was filed by Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization in Scottsdale, Arizona.
National Review: House Republicans didn’t talk much yesterday about the strategy to fight President Obama’s immigration actions over the next several weeks, but they are debating the politics of pro-life legislation, especially a bill that would ban the abortions of in utero infants capable of feeling pain.
National Right to Life: Well…when it comes to assigning a grade to the United States for “abortion care access,” nobody would accuse NARAL of being an easy grader. In recent years, collectively the 50 states have gotten as low as a D- and as high as a D.
The Daily Signal: How does your state regulate the abortion industry? One pro-life group has released a map to help you find out.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Later this month, pro-life advocates across the country will gather to mourn the 42nd year of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that endeavored to legitimize abortion in the eyes of the American public. That the endeavor failed – that year after year sees stronger support among ensuing generations for a repeal of the ruling – is cold comfort to those of us chilled by the specter of the 57 million babies (one out of six of our fellow Americans) killed in the womb across these four decades.
Providence Journal: The man, whose identity is being kept secret because he allegedly is HIV-positive, is being represented by lawyers from the Alliance Defending Freedom. The case is Doe v. Burwell. He is described as a Christian anti-abortion advocate.
Kelly Clarkson’s new song featuring her baby’s prenatal heartbeat debuts as heartbeat cases are heard in court
The Daily Signal: On the same day as “Heartbeat Song” released, two national pro-life groups released a collaborative video calling attention to the “Heartbeat” court cases being heard in federal appeals court the following day.
The Federalist: The same state arguing Cassandra is not capable at this time of responsibly deciding, with her mother’s counsel, whether to have chemotherapy would have no problem, were she to seek an abortion, with allowing her to make that medical decision entirely on her own. Connecticut is one of only two states (the other is Maine), along with the District of Columbia, that requires no form of parental notification or consent in order for a minor child to obtain an abortion.
One News Now: When the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion arrives January 22, a pro-life group is calling on people to draw attention to it in a different fashion.
The Wall Street Journal: Women expecting a baby or planning a pregnancy are being pitched a fast-growing array of tests to check if they are carriers for hundreds of mostly rare genetic diseases.
The Christian Institute: Northern Ireland’s justice department has been accused of an “extraordinary and unprecedented attempt” to exclude pro-life arguments from plans to weaken abortion laws.
Life News: “Paying for elective abortions should never be a prerequisite for access to health care,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “Neither the Constitution nor federal and state law allow for this type of government coercion. The Obama administration may not value constitutionally protected freedoms, but both federal and state law do. We are asking the court to stop Obamacare officials from running roughshod over these individuals’ rights.”
The Daily Signal: Should abortion facilities have to follow the same standards other medical clinics do? If you thought the answer to that, regardless of your views on abortion, should be “duh,” you’d be wrong.
Gvmt official confirms authenticity of e-mails showing collaboration with NARAL to shut down pregnancy centers
Life Site News: After LifeSiteNews published e-mails Tuesday showing Montgomery County officials collaborating with NARAL’s Maryland chapter in an effort to shut down pro-life pregnancy centers, the county council’s current president has admitted they are authentic.
Groundbreaking dismemberment abortion ban in Kansas kicks off Right to Life movement 2015 legislative agenda
National Right to Life: In a move that will transform the landscape of abortion policy in the United States, National Right to Life announced a major new component of the right to life movement’s 2015 legislative agenda with today’s introduction in Kansas of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. The wave of pro-life victories in the 2014 election helped set the stage for this first-of-its-kind legislation, which would protect unborn children from the brutality of dismemberment abortion.
American Thinker: A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveals it: officials in Montgomery County (Mo Co), Maryland collaborated with activists from rabidly pro-abortion NARAL to shut down a pro-life pregnancy resource center in the county.
Christian News Wire: Responding to a report from LifeSiteNews.com uncovering an ongoing plan between the Maryland chapter of NARAL Pro-Choice America and the public officials in Montgomery County, Md., to impede or eliminate pregnancy help organizations, Heartbeat International President Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D., pointed to the success of pregnancy centers in her companion article at LifeSiteNews.com.
ADF Media: An HIV-positive man in Rhode Island and another pro-life advocate in Vermont have filed suit in federal court because Obamacare forces them to pay for other people’s elective abortions in order to obtain health care through their state exchanges.
Life Site News: Represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, Centro fought the ordinance, which did not apply to abortion clinics. On April 30, 2014, Montgomery County dropped its defense of the law after a third decision against it on March 7, in which U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow, a Clinton appointee, noted that the people who accused the centers of spreading “misinformation” were “universally volunteers from a pro-choice organization sent to investigate practices” at the centers.
Live Action News: OneVoiceDC is a prayer and worship meeting with a vision to end abortion. The event is evangelical, non-denominational, and open to all who desire to attend. OneVoiceDC was birthed from partnerships with trusted pro-life organizations, such as Students for Life of America, Stand True, the National Black Pro-Life Coalition, Alliance Defending Freedom, Americans United for Life, 40 Days for Life, and others.
Life Site News: Documents obtained by LifeSiteNews.com uncover a disturbing pattern of public officials colluding with NARAL to hinder the efforts of pro-life pregnancy care centers. But the greatest find is on pages 5-7 of the exchange: A two-page document, on official letterhead, revealing NARAL’s seven-point plan to harass CPCs.
Associated Press: A closely watched legal fight over two of the nation’s most stringent abortion bans resumed Tuesday, with attorneys for North Dakota and Arkansas asking a federal appeals court to reinstate two laws overturned by two separate lower federal courts.
National Right to Life: More specifically, this is the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which passed the House in June 2013 on a vote of 228-196, only to be bottled up by the then-Democratically controlled Senate. As you know the Senate Majority Leader is now pro-life Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who replaced pro-abortion Harry Reid (D-Nv.)
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.
First Things: Forty years have passed since the Supreme Court handed down its Roe v. Wade decision, on January 22, 1973, and our country has never been the same since. Abortion is the worst domestic crime ever sanctioned by America, and the statistics become more grim by the year: nearly 60 million unborn children have been legally murdered since Roe.
Politico: Republicans are more united than they have been in years on a national strategy to roll back abortion rights, using state legislatures and the new GOP Congress to push for banning the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy — a platform that also has the backing of the party’s presidential candidates.
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.
Aleteia: Alliance Defending Freedom President also discusses assaults on religious liberty in the US military.
The Christian Institute: A taxpayer-funded legal bid against Northern Ireland’s abortion law is set to be heard at Belfast’s High Court next month.
Christian News Network: A representative in New Hampshire has proposed a bill that would strip taxpayer funding from organizations that perform or actively advocate for abortion.
The Daily Signal: 57 million isn’t an easy number to wrap your head around. But according to the pro-life organization Oregon Right to Life, a state affiliate of National Right to Life Committee, that’s how many abortions have been performed in the United States since the procedure was legalized in 1973.
Exclusive: Report finds vast majority of Illinois abortion facilities weren’t inspected for 10+ years
Life Site News: The state of Illinois did not inspect the vast majority of surgical abortion facilities in the state for a decade, failed to inspect some abortion offices for up to 17 years at a time, and made no efforts to alert women when abortionists were guilty of serious health violations that could have exposed them to HIV. Those explosive charges are contained in a new report from Illinois Right to Life made available exclusively to LifeSiteNews.
National Right to Life: Pro-lifers are nothing if not creative. Over the decades, they have produced thousands upon thousands of “visual aids,” from the simplest black and white one-sheeter to full-blown movies—and everything in-between.
The New York Times: Lawyers for abortion clinics squared off with Texas state attorneys in a federal appeals court here on Wednesday, arguing over the constitutionality of stringent abortion clinic rules that would force more than half the remaining abortion providers in Texas to close.
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.
Juicy Ecumenism: According to a new report by the Guttmacher Institute, states across the country have enacted 231 restrictions on abortion over just the past four years. In 2014 alone, 335 pieces of pro-life legislation were introduced in state legislatures and 15 states enacted 26 laws restricting abortion.
ERLC: This month is the forty-second anniversary of the legal decision, Roe v. Wade, in which the Supreme Court eliminated the abortion laws of all 50 states. Here are five facts about the plaintiff behind the case that transformed America:
Aleteia: Casey Mattox, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious freedom organization, said the bill could force Catholic institutions, pro-life groups, and insurers to pay for elective abortions. Although the city council hearing was held one week before the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Mattox said the legislation was a “pre-emptive strike.”
Politico: Supporters of the new laws have cast them as safety measures, not abortion barriers, and that steps to improve patient safety can’t be considered an “undue burden.” “When a state says we’re regulating [abortion] to protect health and safety, is there a right to access to a substandard, unsafe abortion?” said Casey Mattox, an attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom.
The Washington Post: An “informed consent” bill that would require women to receive information about their pregnancy and abortion alternatives before receiving an abortion has been introduced by a Tennessee lawmaker.
National Right to Life: In a recent piece for RH Reality Check entitled, “Nicki Minaj and the Inevitable Politicization of Celebrity Abortions,” Marcotte argued that women regret pregnancy – not abortion. Referencing singer Nicki Minaj, she urged that pregnancy is like “when you break your leg” and abortion is the “cast.”
NPR: A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday is scheduled to hear arguments on the constitutionality of a hotly contested abortion law in Texas. The measure mandates stricter building codes for clinics that perform the procedure, and Fifth Circuit judges in New Orleans will decide whether that poses an undue burden.
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.