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Illinois Federation for Right to Life Statement on the passage of SB25

The passage of SB25 is a wake-up call for all individuals in the State of Illinois who believe in the sanctity life.  This extreme legis...

August 23, 2019

Vermont Health Commissioner Says Vermont Taxpayers Will Make Up For Lost Title X Funding

After Planned Parenthood chose to give up Federal Funding from Title X rather than comply with a new rule requiring family planning organizations that receive funding to distance themselves from abortion practices, it took a large hit. In an attempt to make up some of the money it will lose, it turned to fundraising, but Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine has brought up another disquieting alternative.  According to him, Vermont taxpayers will make up the funds that local clinics lost.

If pro-abortion legislators and government officials move to increase state funding of abortion facilities, the pro-life victory of Title X could be for nothing. We will soon see if more states try to make this move. Click here for more.

Abortion Pill Reversal Can Stop Chemical Abortions

A new study finds that the use of the hormone progesterone, which is important to a healthy pregnancy, can help prevent the death of a preborn child in the case that the chemical abortion process has already begun. “Women who change their minds after starting a medication abortion now have a second chance at choice,” said George Delgado, one of the study’s authors. At least 750 lives have been saved through the use of abortion pill reversal (APR).

In addition, several states have passed APR informed consent laws which help notify women seeking abortion of this life-saving option. Click here for more.

Amazon Studios Releases Documentary Showing the Tragedies of China's One-Child Policy



A new Amazon Studios documentary shows the horrible damage caused by China's enforcement of its one-child policy. In it, families describe the horrors of having government officials forcefully take children away. Female children were abandoned, killed, or sent away to orphanages so that families could try again to get a male child. Abortions, killings, and human trafficking rose. You can watch the trailer above or click here to see if the film is playing near you.

Click here for more on this story.

Court Upholds Denial of Ohio Abortion Clinic's License. Forced to Close

On August 22, The Women's Med Center of Dayton ran out of options to appeal a court decision that would close the facility. The Department of Health had denied them a license for not meeting regulations. The Women's Med Center went to court and lost, but was able to continue operating until they had exhausted all of their appeal options. On Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court declined to hear the case, thereby finalizing the decision.

The facility was unable to "maintain privileges at a local hospital. Instead, it applied for a variance that would have allowed it to substitute a hospital transfer agreement in lieu of hospital privileges." No hospital would enter an agreement with the clinic because of the number of hospitalizations and complications it had a history of causing. Click here for more.

August 22, 2019

Child Born with 2% Brain Capacity Develops at Near Normal Rate after Parents Reject Pressure to Abort

Doctors had told parents of now 4-year old Noah Wall that if he were to be born, he would end up developing to have half of a normal brain, and that wasn't even Noah's only health problem: “These included spina bifida – a condition which prevents the spine from developing properly – rare chromosome abnormalities and hydrocephalus.” Despite all of that, parents Rob and Shelly Wall decided to go through with the pregnancy and are delighted by their son's progress. "Miraculously he kept on growing, and so did his brain, which by the age of three, scans showed had grown to 80 percent capacity. Now at the age of six, he has learned to talk and is hoping to be able to walk, surf and ski with the help of a pioneering clinic in Australia."

While Noah is still unable to walk, his parents are hopeful that he will, and are determined to help him fulfill his dreams. Click here for more.

Former Planned Parenthood Employee Wins $3 Million in Damages. Was Fired for Reporting Injuries Caused by Doctor.

A former employee from Planned Parenthood Arizona recently won a lawsuit against the organization that fired her. She attempted to report a doctor who developed a history of injuring women during abortion procedures but found that her superiors valued their relationship with the doctor in question more than the safety of the women coming in to have abortions. According to the Mayra Rodriguez, the fired employee, patients were “suffering far more substantial post-abortion surgery complications and problems than the patients who underwent abortion surgery by or with the other PPA physicians.”

It is appalling that it takes a lawsuit from a former employee for a doctor like this who repeatedly hurts mothers in addition to their preborn children to be acknowledged, let alone held accountable for their actions. Click here for more.

Unplanned Actress Ashley Bratcher Creates Scholarship Fund for Women with Unplanned Pregnancies


After the success of the recent film Unplanned, made by the writers and producers of God's Not Dead, lead actress Ashley Bratcher is partnering with Heartbeat International to help women with unplanned pregnancies pursue education while being a mom. "...Not only will the scholarship financially support the decision of mothers to continue their education, but it will also connect them to an organization that will support them throughout their pregnancy and beyond.”

You can donate the scholarship fund here.

The film tells the story of Abby Johnson, a former clinic director for Planned Parenthood who became a pro-life activist after a traumatic experience watching an abortion through ultrasound. Abby Johnson tells her story in a book also named Unplanned.

Click here for more.

August 20, 2019

Planned Parenthood Loses Federal Funding after Leaving Title X


On August 19th, Planned Parenthood made the announcement that it would pull out from the Title X federal family planning program rather than comply with a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics who receive funding from the Title X program from referring patients to abortion providers. They believe it is more important for them to be able to offer abortions to patients than to receive funding from this program. To comply, the organization would have had to make a “good faith effort” to abide by the new rule before the 19th.

Title X provided $60 million of federal funding yearly to planned parenthood, but it still receives far more from Medicaid in addition to other federal and state sources. Planned Parenthood is attempting to make up for some of the lost federal dollars through fundraising, but they know that it won’t be nearly the same. Click here for more.

July 1, 2019

Their facility has seriously injured dozens of women. And Planned Parenthood just gave them an award.

Their facility has seriously injured dozens of women. And Planned Parenthood just gave them an award.
Planned Parenthood just bestowed “Media Excellence” awards upon various Planned Parenthood-friendly journalists, as well as the highest “Care. No Matter What” award to staff associated with Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri. The facility has had more than six dozen medical emergencies in the past ten years, and put women’s lives at risk due to failed abortions. The Media Excellence awards, previously named the “Maggie Award,” or the “Margaret Sanger” award, after eugenicist founder Margaret Sanger, was recently changed without fanfare or explanation.

Despite the dangers the facility may pose to women, and the state health department’s decision not to issue the facility a license, a commissioner has just granted Planned Parenthood another reprieve, allowing the unlicensed abortion vendor to continue providing abortion services until a hearing set for August 1.  Click here for more.

Pregnant Alabama woman shot in stomach loses baby and is indicted for manslaughter

Pregnant Alabama woman shot in stomach loses baby and is indicted for manslaughter
In a highly unusual case, an Alabama woman has been indicted for manslaughter after her preborn baby died from a gunshot wound… and she wasn’t the one who pulled the trigger.

According to news reports, Marshae Jones, 27, got into an altercation with another woman over Jones’ baby’s father. CNN notes that Pleasant Grove police Lt. Danny Reid said the other woman, Ebony Jemison, “react[ed] [to] defend herself” with a gun. Reid said, “It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby…. The investigation showed that the only true victim in this was the unborn baby.” A grand jury declined to indict Jemison, instead bringing charges against Jones for the death of her five-month-old preborn baby, a girl. Jones has another daughter at home, age six, reports the New York Times. Click here for more.

France’s top court decides brain-damaged Vincent Lambert must die

France’s top court decides brain-damaged Vincent Lambert must die
The French Court of Cassation has decided that Vincent Lambert (pictured), France’s Terri Schiavo, must die.

At the end of a whirlwind procedure, it published its arrest of cassation at 5 p.m. Friday in Paris, agreeing with the French state that the administration had in no way violated the tetraplegic, brain-damaged young man’s rights by a form of legal “assault” in refusing to sustain his life regardless of provisional measures demanded by the UN Committee for the Protection of Disabled Persons (CDPH).

The stopping of his food and hydration can “resume” immediately, according to the mainstream media.  Click here for more.

Supreme Court will not hear challenge to decision overturning Alabama law banning the dismemberment of living unborn children

Supreme Court will not hear challenge to decision overturning Alabama law banning the dismemberment of living unborn children
The Supreme Court denied Alabama’s petition to review a decision that overturned the state’s ban on the dismemberment of living unborn babies.

The 2016 law never went into effect. In July 2016, an enthusiastically pro-abortion trial judge issued a temporary restraining order against Alabama’s Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act (SB 363) before ruling it unconstitutional in 2017.

Last August, a sympathetic appeals court panel reluctantly upheld U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson’s decision.

While Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas concurred with the decision in Harris v. West Alabama Women’s Center not to hear the appeal, he pointedly observed, “The notion that anything in the Constitution prevents States from passing laws prohibiting the dismembering of a living child is implausible. But under the ‘undue burden’ standard adopted by this court, a restriction on abortion — even one limited to prohibiting gruesome methods — is unconstitutional if ‘the purpose or effect of the provision is to place a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion before the fetus attains viability.’ ”  Click here for more.

June 27, 2019

VIDEO: ‘Pro-choice politicians’ out of touch with America, says pro-life group’s pre-debate ad

‘Pro-choice politicians’ out of touch with America, says pro-life group’s pre-debate ad
The action arm of the organization which organizes the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., aired a six-figure ad on MSNBC ahead of the Democratic debates Wednesday night.

The “Consensus” ad features a number of women discussing the consensus among Americans shown by a recent Marist poll, which reveals that 8 in 10 Americans — and even 6 in 10 Americans who identify as pro-choice — think “abortion should happen only during the first three months of pregnancy – at most. That’s consensus.”  Click here for more.

Beaumont woman at center of dispute over Texas’ 10-Day Rule passes away

Beaumont woman at center of dispute over Texas’ 10-Day Rule passes away
Carolyn Jones passed away Tuesday from natural causes following her high-profile battle with the Texas 10-Day Rule.

In May, a hospital committee pulled the plug on Carolyn against her family’s will, but she lived without a ventilator or dialysis for over 60 hours until escaping the hostile hospital in a private ambulance in the dead of night.

Carolyn stopped breathing early Tuesday morning at the long-term nursing facility in which she resided and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Hours later, Carolyn passed away peacefully – on God’s time, not on a countdown forced by a hospital committee or at a time prescribed by state law.

Carolyn’s husband and daughter, Donald and Kina Jones, labored tirelessly to protect her from death imposed by the 10-Day Rule. The Jones family is grateful for countless concerned well-wishers and supporters who sent love as well as donations to Carolyn’s aid. The generosity of people from across the United States afforded the Jones family 43 extra days to cherish with their wife and mother whose life would have otherwise been cut short in May.  Click here for more.

June 26, 2019

VIDEO: Will more women die from back-alley abortions if they can’t get them legally?

VIDEO: Will more women die from back-alley abortions if they can’t get them legally?
The latest video in Live Action’s “Pro-Life Replies” series was released today in response to the claim that “if abortion is made illegal, women will have dangerous back alley abortions.” The argument from many abortion advocates is that society will never get rid of abortion entirely, and if it’s illegal it will be unsafe — and therefore, they say, we need to keep abortion legal. This argument is severely lacking for several reasons, one of which is the fact that making anything illegal rarely stops that action altogether. Murder and theft are illegal, but homicides and burglaries still happen — and that’s because protecting life and protecting citizens’ private property are two important roles of government.

As for multiple other reasons why this argument is deficient, we turn to former abortionist and one-time Planned Parenthood medical director Dr. Kathi Aultman, who explains in the video below.  Click here for more.

Planned Parenthood forum: Every Democratic presidential candidate will expand abortion and make taxpayers foot the bill

Planned Parenthood forum: Every Democratic presidential candidate will expand abortion and make taxpayers foot the bill
Planned Parenthood’s political arm recently sponsored a “We Decide” membership forum in South Carolina where every 2020 Democrat political presidential hopeful vowed to protect abortion, and most promised to reverse the pro-life Hyde Amendment, which would force federal taxpayers to fund abortions. Planned Parenthood reflected on states where recent pro-life laws were enacted which seek to protect the preborn at the moment a heartbeat is detected in the womb. While Planned Parenthood labeled pro-life legislation as “part of a concerted strategy to ban abortion outright by overturning Roe v. Wade,” the abortion corporation’s own “2019 strategy” along with several other pro-abortion groups, has been to expand abortions to all nine months of pregnancy in several states.

Abortion expansion, it seems, has also now become the position of most of the 2020 Democratic hopefuls. Click here for the more pertinent quotes from that event.

British pro-lifers rally against forced abortion: ‘Unlikely that this is a one-off case’

British pro-lifers rally against forced abortion: ‘Unlikely that this is a one-off case’
British opponents of forced abortion rallied outside England’s Houses of Parliament yesterday.

The “Stand With Her” demonstration yesterday evening was both ebullient and serious in the wake of an Appeals Court overturn of an earlier decision in the Courts of Protection that a Nigerian disabled woman living in Britain should be forced to have an abortion.  

In an address to the rally, Emmi Egbonou stated “The fact that the state can force a late-term abortion on a woman who did not want one is not the kind of state we want to live in. The fact that a judge could make a ruling to force an abortion on a vulnerable woman without her consent is a betrayal of the justice system and betrayal of the most vulnerable in our society.”  Click here for more.

Title X Protect Life Rule Unanimously Upheld by U.S. Ninth Circuit Judges

Title X Protect Life Rule Unanimously Upheld by U.S. Ninth Circuit Judges
The US  Ninth Circuit's recent decision to allow the Trump Administration to redirect millions of federal dollars away from the abortion industry was applauded by the Thomas More Society, in partnership with Susan B. Anthony List.

The Title X grants, first enacted in 1970, have never legally funded abortions or abortion referrals, the two groups said.

“Title X has always prohibited the use of its funds by programs where abortion is a method of family planning,” explained Sarah Pitlyk, Thomas More Society Special Counsel. “The now reaffirmed regulations simply enforced those terms, ensuring that taxpayer funds will only be used for permitted purposes. The Thomas More Society will continue to support the goal of ensuring that taxpayer dollars do not support the abortion industry.”  Click here for more.

VIDEO: Officer’s body cam captures rescue of baby girl abandoned in plastic bag

VIDEO: Officer’s body cam captures rescue of baby girl abandoned in plastic bag
There was a story about a newborn baby girl’s rescue from a plastic grocery bag on June 6, 2019, in rural Forsyth County, Georgia, law enforcement has now released video from the rescuing officer’s body camera in the hope of learning the identity of the baby girl, whom officials refer to as “India.” The baby girl was found after neighbors heard her crying, and is said to be in good health. Fox5 Atlanta reported on the amazing video.

One resident who heard the child said he thought it was an animal, but his children believed it was a baby. Click here for more.  Watch:

GoFundMe is now actively raising money for Planned Parenthood

GoFundMe is now actively raising money for Planned Parenthood
Pro-lifers are shocked after learning that GoFundMe, one of the largest crowdfunding platforms, is corporately seeking funds to donate to Planned Parenthood and other abortion organizations. In an e-mail sent to people who have donated to GoFundMe, donations were requested to help “fight back” against pro-life laws by giving to Planned Parenthood and other abortion organizations. What GoFundMe has done with this campaign is shocking, because they are not merely allowing their site to be used to raise money, but are promoting the campaign themselves, and have come out squarely on the pro-abortion side of the debate. The campaign has been featured heavily on social media already, with GoFundMe tweeting it from their account, and showing their support as pro-abortion users share the campaign as well.

“In response to the abortion bans sweeping the country, five organizations have decided to #FightBack to protect reproductive rights and make sure people can access the care they need,” the company’s e-mail read. “Join the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the National Network of Abortion Funds in the fight to protect reproductive rights. Your support for the #FightBack campaign will help fund legal battles in court, provide critical services across the country, and encourage legislative bodies to take steps to protect reproductive rights —all with a single donation.”  Click here for more.

France’s top court to decide Friday if brain-damaged Vincent Lambert lives or dies

France’s top court to decide Friday if brain-damaged Vincent Lambert lives or dies
The heat wave that has left France gasping for water under temperatures of over 100°F is taking on special meaning this week as the fate of Vincent Lambert, the brain-damaged and quadriplegic young man whose doctors, wife and several siblings want to “let die” by depriving him of food and fluids, is once again in the balance.

A hearing took place on Monday at the French Court of Cassation (the highest judicial court in France) in Paris. Its decision will be made public on Friday, June 28, at 5 p.m. local time.  Click here for more.

Incredulous CNN host shocked on air that parents might not want to kill disabled children

Incredulous CNN host shocked on air that parents might not want to kill disabled children
A CNN host repeatedly questioned a guest in a recent on-air exchange on why families shouldn’t be allowed to abort their unborn children for being disabled.

Alisyn Camerota (pictured), anchor of CNN’s morning show New Day, seemed genuinely perplexed during her interview with Indiana attorney general Curtis Hill about why anyone would want a family to “have to have” a disabled child. The interview occurred one day after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned part of a 2016 Indiana law banning abortion based on a child’s race, sex, or disability in late May.

Specifically questioning the aspect of the law banning abortion based on an unborn child’s disability, Camerota pressed Hill in an emphatic, dramatic tone, seeming at a loss, as though such an abortion ban were inconceivable.

“I’m just curious about that one,” she said. “Why, why would you want a family to have to have a child with a severe disability?”

Indiana’s attorney general remained measured as he clarified that the matter at hand was the right of the unborn child not to be the object of discrimination based on his disability (or for race).

“Well, the issue that the general assembly faced was not with regard to the question you pose,” Hill replied. “It’s the question of the rights and consideration of the unborn child in terms of discriminatory actions of eliminating that opportunity at life.”

“Making a decision based solely on race or disability certainly is a discriminatory practice,” he said. “And no decision in terms of whether or not to have a child should be based on that solely. And that’s what the general assembly chose to do in its ban.”

Camerota responded to Hill with a quick and murmured “yeah,” then continued in the line of questioning with her seemingly baffled demeanor.

“But that confuses me,” she said. “Because as you know there are lots of terminations of pregnancies based on the fact that there are severe abnormalities of a fetus. And so why would you take away that choice from a family?”

Hill persisted steadily in explaining that the issue is the morality of aborting a child because the child has a disability.

“Well it’s not a matter of taking away that choice,” he told Camerota. “It’s a matter of making a decision solely on the basis of not wanting a child because the child doesn’t have a particular characteristic.”  Click here for more.

June 25, 2019

New UK ‘two child limit’ forces low-income families into abortions

New UK ‘two child limit’ forces low-income families into abortions
Abortion numbers have hit an all-time high in the UK, increasing four percent since 2017, mostly in women over age 35. There were 200,608 abortions in the UK last year, but while the number rose for older women, the number of abortions for women under age 18 has declined. The cause? A new government policy known as “the two child limit.”

The two-child limit is a policy that applies to third children born after April 6, 2017. According to British Pregnancy Advisory Servic (BPAS), it affects the child tax credit and the universal credit. After the first two children are born, benefits can’t be claimed for any future children. The only exceptions are if a second pregnancy is multiple births such as twins or triplets, if the pregnancy was from rape and the mother can prove she doesn’t live at the same address as her assailant or cases in which the third child is being adopted or cared for by in a “non-parental relationship by the claimant,” said BPS.  Click here for more.

Breen calls on Illinoisans 'to be as huge and vigorous' as before in parental notification fight

Breen calls on Illinoisans 'to be as huge and vigorous' as before in parental notification fight
Peter Breen (pictured), vice president and senior counsel for the Thomas More Society, argues that legislation to eliminate a parent’s right to know if their child is planning to undergo an abortion is so radical that not even many pro-abortion supporters can rally behind it.

“In some of the behind-the-scene discussions in Springfield, you had some Democrats that are very pro-choice on abortion actually privately express to people that they support parental notice,” Breen told the DuPage Policy Journal. “These are names that you would not think in any way are weak on the issue of whatever the abortion lobby wanted.”  Click here for more.

‘You told me it was just tissue’: Traumatized abortion pill patients return with babies ‘in Ziploc bags’

‘You told me it was just tissue’: Traumatized abortion pill patients return with babies ‘in Ziploc bags’
And Then There Were None, is a pro-life ministry which helps abortion workers leave their jobs. The group frequently hosts webcasts in which former workers discuss stories about their time in the abortion industry. In one of these webcasts (seen below), former Planned Parenthood director Sue Thayer revealed that women were surprised and horrified to see the bodies of their aborted babies after taking the abortion pill. Thayer spoke about WebCam abortions, in which abortion pills were given to women without a doctor present. The doctor would see the patient via WebCam and would not personally examine her. Pro-lifers tried to stop this practice, and the state of Iowa took Planned Parenthood to court. Thayer says:

[Planned Parenthood officials] stood [in court] and said, “We have never had a complaint about WebCam abortion.” And I’m thinking, is a little tiny nine-week fetus in a Ziploc bag considered a complication? Because we had women bringing them back. You know, after they’ve gone home to complete their abortion and then, they’re doing these up to day 63 at that time, now they do them up to day 70. So many women would actually see a lot of clotting [and] a little tiny fetus in there – women would put them in a Ziploc bag and come back to the center, and say, “You told me it was a heavy period. You told me it was just tissue, and here’s my baby.” So, it was just all bad.  Click here for more.

Unreal: Grand jury won’t charge woman caught on video assaulting elderly pro-lifer

Unreal: Grand jury won’t charge woman caught on video assaulting elderly pro-lifer
According to WHAS, a Kentucky grand jury has decided not to indict a Louisville pro-abortion woman who assaulted an 82-year-old pro-life activist.

32-year-old Janaya Alyce Gregory was caught on camera pushing Donna Durning outside of the state’s only abortion clinic back in April. Durning was hospitalized with a broken femur and a cut to her head. She needed surgery and physical rehabilitation for the injuries.  Click here for more.

Hospital tries to remove almost-drowned girl from life support against parents’ wishes

Hospital tries to remove almost-drowned girl from life support against parents’ wishes
Blaire Bravenec was found in her family's pool June 12. Paramedics were able to get her pulse back. She was then flown to the ICU at Children's Health in Dallas. The parents hope their daughter will recover with more time, but, they have had to contend with doctors who want to declare Blaire “brain dead” so that they can remove her from life support.

Texas parents are begging a hospital to give their young daughter more time to see if she may recover before they remove her off life support after she was found unresponsive in the family’s pool a week and a half ago.  Click here for more.

Judge kicks Planned Parenthood lawsuit out of court; tells them to take their complaint to state Administrative Hearing Commission

Judge kicks Planned Parenthood lawsuit out of court; tells them to take their complaint to state Administrative Hearing Commission
You have to understand the background before you can properly appreciate St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer’s ruling this morning to extend a preliminary injunction he’d previously issued which allows a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis to continue performing abortions up through Friday.

Was the judge saying that the state health department had erred last Friday when it declined to renew the clinic’s license to perform abortions? No! In fact he “kicked the clinic’s lawsuit out of court,” as CBS News colorfully described his ruling.

Judge Stelzer affirmed what Missouri’s lone abortion clinic should have done in the first place: take its complaint to the Administrative Hearing Commission.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s spokesman Steele Shippy said as much, telling the Associated Press, “The judge’s ruling affirms the state’s contention that the licensing dispute should be heard by the state commission.”

The state has said concerns about the clinic arose from inspections in March. Among the problems Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services investigators have cited were three “failed abortions” requiring additional surgeries and another that led to life-threatening complications for the mother, The Associated Press reported last week, citing a now-sealed court filing.  Click here for more.

June 23, 2019

Planned Parenthood to lose $60 million after Title X ruling

Planned Parenthood to lose $60 million after Title X ruling
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that new Title X rules, that prohibit funds from going to clinics that perform abortions or provide abortion referrals, can go into effect.

The June 20 decision, issued from the bench in San Francisco, means that Planned Parenthood will stand to lose about $60 million in federal funding, though the abortion provider will continue to receive close to half a billion dollars in federal funding from other programs.  Click here for more.

VIDEO: Senator slams pro-abortion candidates’ ‘crazy talk’ against pro-life Americans

VIDEO: Senator slams pro-abortion candidates’ ‘crazy talk’ against pro-life Americans
Republican U.S. Senator Ben Sasse appears to have had enough of the recent slanderous attacks against pro-lifers by media and politicians alike. Sasse, the author of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, spoke today for just over 12 minutes on the Senate floor, his comments coming “a week after Senator Kirsten Gillibrand compared pro-life beliefs to racism and two days before Planned Parenthood hosts an abortion roundtable for Democrats, including Senators Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Warren, and Sanders,” according to a press release from the Senator’s office. Live Action News previously noted Gillibrand’s remarks, which were recorded in an interview by a media outlet.

Sasse began by pointing out how out of touch pro-abortion politicians seem to be with the will of the American people. “Today, the radical things that the nation’s largest abortion business wants are basically indistinguishable from the position of almost every Democrat running for president: Abortion —anytime, anywhere, for any reason, for free…. These candidates are wildly and spectacularly out of the mainstream in American life. Gallup polling over the last two decades has consistently shown that a majority of Americans are opposed to unrestricted abortion access beyond the first trimester.”  Click here for more.

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Democrat-controlled House passes spending bill that funds international abortions

Democrat-controlled House passes spending bill that funds international abortions
House Democrats passed a nearly $1 trillion spending bill Wednesday that would restore taxpayer funding for international abortions. The extensive bill allocates funding for various government departments while repealing the Mexico City policy, which ends federal funding of foreign abortion agencies. The bill passed the House with a vote of 226 to 203, largely across party lines, with seven Democrats voting against the measure. The spending bill now moves to the Senate, where many of its provisions are unlikely to pass the Republican majority.

Trump enacted the Mexico City policy (referred to by some as the “global gag-rule”) shortly after taking office. The policy prohibits federal funds from supporting foreign agencies that commit or provide abortions. While the policy has historically been enacted under Republican presidents and repealed under Democratic presidents, Trump expanded its reach to prevent funds from reaching any foreign NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that in turn give to other foreign groups in the abortion industry. The additional restrictions were aimed at preventing backdoor funding of abortions.  Click here for more.

VIDEO: Whoopi Goldberg lies, audience applauds: ‘No such thing’ as late-term abortion

Whoopi Goldberg lies, audience applauds: ‘No such thing’ as late-term abortion
Yet another debate on television talk show “The View” has resulted in falsehoods being peddled about abortion. The panel was discussing the current crop of Democratic presidential candidates, and Republican Meghan McCain (daughter of the late Sen. John McCain) offered the opinion that she felt they were all too extreme for her, largely due to abortion. Noting that virtually every candidate supports late-term abortion, McCain was quickly interrupted by moderator Whoopi Goldberg, who insisted that there is “no such thing” as late-term abortion.

“I just want to say, there’s no such thing as late-term abortion. There is no such thing,” Goldberg announced as the audience applauded. She continued, “You cannot do abortions after a certain period of time, unless there is some sort of danger.”  Click here for more.

VIDEO: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews says pro-life voters shouldn’t be mocked

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews says pro-life voters shouldn’t be mocked
MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews had a few things to say about the pro-life movement today — and not in the way you might expect. On Monday’s edition of Morning Joe, Matthews gave what amounts to a stunning admission of the strength of the pro-life movement today.

“It’s one thing to disagree about abortion rights,” said Matthews. “We all have our own personal views — and nuances by the way, lots of nuances in that fight. But don’t make fun of the other side, don’t make fun of the pro-life people. Don’t think they are low-brows because they aren’t as sophisticated as you are. I think there’s a lot of that attitude that creeps into the vote — ‘oh not only do they disagree with me, they look down on me for caring about life. Oh, I get it. I’m not one of them. I know that.'”  Click here for more.

VIDEO: Arkansas senator says pro-abortion CEOs care more about profit than families

VIDEO: Arkansas senator says pro-abortion CEOs care more about profit than families
In a speech given on the Senate floor Wednesday, Arkansas senator Tom Cotton slammed the signers of an abortion ad that recently garnered media attention. The senator went directly to the heart of the matter, calling out the blatant misogyny at the heart of the 180 CEOs’ expressed preference for abortion over maternity leave in the name of a bizarre and twisted feminism, and specifically highlighted how the CEOs called protecting preborn babies “bad for business.”

“Now, I get why outfits like Planned Parenthood or NARAL would say babies are ‘bad for business.’ Abortion is their business, after all, and they’re just protecting their market share,” said Cotton. But as for the CEOs, Cotton argued their preference for abortion might be “because they want their workers to focus single-mindedly on working — not building a family and raising children.[…] They’ll support your individuality and self-expression just so long as you stay unattached and on the clock.”  Click here for more.

Trump blasts Democrats in campaign kickoff for championing abortion ‘to the moment of birth’

Trump blasts Democrats in campaign kickoff for championing abortion ‘to the moment of birth’
President Donald Trump slammed Democrats on abortion again while kicking off his re-election campaign on Wednesday night in Orlando, Florida, using direct language similar to when he first ran for president.

“Virtually every top Democrat also now supports taxpayer-funded abortion right up to the moment of birth,” Trump told a large crowd that fiercely booed after his comment before he continued, “ripping babies straight from the mother’s womb.”  Click here for more.

Stars’ Support of Abortion Fails To Show True Empowerment Of Women

Stars’ Support of Abortion Fails To Show True Empowerment Of Women
Selena Gomez, Arianna Grande, Miley Cyrus.

These are all former Disney Channel and Nickelodeon stars who influenced so many little girls as someone to look up to and who now as beautiful, famous young women still command the attention of the public spotlight.

Yet recently these women have all felt the need to praise and portray abortion as a way to empower women. Cyrus with her “abortion is healthcare” cake photo, Grande with her donation of concert proceeds to Planned Parenthood, and Gomez’s modeling and endorsement of a “1973” necklace by Sophie Ratner to commemorate Roe v. Wade’s abortion victory.

Although it’s completely their choice to express themselves this way, it seems very telling of our present social climate that these young women see their glamorous endorsements of abortion as the answer to being strong women and solving problems in the world. And yes, that’s their choice, but it does make an impact on the culture and the public’s perception of issues like abortion.

Viewing abortion as empowerment may appear simple and popular, but it completely disregards the natural function and capability of a woman’s body to form and carry children – a new, unique life. That is empowering, as only a woman is able to carry a new life in her womb.  Click here for more.

Will County Board rejects proclamation supporting county's unborn babies

Will County Board rejects proclamation supporting county's unborn babies
A resolution offering protection for babies developing in their mothers' wombs was rejected by Will County Board's Democrat majority Thursday night.

The proclamation, written by Will County Board member Steve Balich with the help of colleague Judy Ocala and Illinois Family Institute's David E. Smith, was the first denied by board leadership in the past six years, Balich said. 

"After the meeting, several members of the Democrat (Socialist) Caucus yelled at Republicans in one on one conversations for taking a position against EXECUTION on live babies after they are born," Balich wrote in his Will County News reportClick here for more.

June 20, 2019

Possible legal challenges to sweeping new abortion law limited in scope, pro-life legal expert says

Possible legal challenges to sweeping new abortion law limited in scope, pro-life legal expert says
Legal challenges to the newly minted Reproductive Health Act (RHA) that lifts all restrictions on abortion in Illinois will come in response to narrow applications of the law, Clarke Forsythe (pictured), senior counsel at Americans United for Life, told Prairie State Wire.

Nothing about the law, at least on the face of it, violates the Illinois or U.S. Constitution,” he said.

The way the law is implemented and enforced, however, could invite a challenge – for example, holding a doctor or other health care provider who is opposed to abortion in violation of the law if they refuse to participate in an abortion or refuse to refer a patient to an abortion provider.

That would violate the state’s Right of Conscience Act,” Forsyth said.  Click here for more.

New study sheds light on the beginning of human lifev

New study sheds light on the beginning of human life
Human life begins at conception. To quote just one authoritative human embryology textbook: “Human development begins at fertilization when a sperm unites with an oocyte [ovum] to form a single cell zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.” (Moore, K.L., Persaud, T.V.N. & Torchia, M.G. (2015). The developing human: clinically oriented embryology (10th ed.).

This fact is uncontroversial from a scientific point of view (however much it might be debated by some abortion advocates). However, the exact mechanism by which embryonic development begins has long fascinated developmental biologists.

How Does Human Development Start?

As a result of fertilization, a unique genome forms from chromosomes contributed by the egg from the mother and sperm from the father. However, this new genome is initially inactive and must be “awakened” to begin the transcription of its DNA and start embryonic development.  Click here for more.

Trump Administration changes to Title X upheld by appeals court

Trump Administration changes to Title X upheld by appeals court
Now, this is what I call a lead sentence, written by Alice Miranda Ollstein, for POLITICO:

A federal appeals court this morning said the Trump administration’s family planning rules can take effect nationwide while several lawsuits play out, delivering a major blow to Planned Parenthood and states challenging the overhaul.

As NRL News Today reported on multiple occasions, the rule change made by HHS restored–emphasis on restored–Title X family planning regulations to prohibit grantees from co-locating with abortion clinics, or from referring clients for abortion. Nothing to do with cutting family planning money—none was cut—but everything to do with ensuring that health facilities receiving Title X funds do not perform or promote abortion as a method of family planning.

The effect of the decision rendered by three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was to “lift a national injunctions ordered by lower federal courts in Oregon and Washington state, as well as a statewide injunction in California,” Ollstein explained.  Click here for more.

Yes, pro-abortion research confirms, the Hyde Amendment does save lives

Yes, pro-abortion research confirms, the Hyde Amendment does save lives
Pro-abortion Democrats have always hated the Hyde Amendment. It sent a clear signal that taxpayer dollars would not go to underwrite elective abortions—a position supported for decades by opinion polls—and took away at least two million customers from the likes of Planned Parenthood—resulting in two million saved babies.

Writing at the pro-abortion site Vox.com, Anna North tells us that they received an advance copy of research published Wednesday in the Journal BMC Women’s Health. You could know the results ahead of time simply by looking at the authors—“ researchers at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a group at the University of California San Francisco.”

North tells us the study provides “up-to-date research on what actually happens to pregnant people when they want an abortion but their insurance won’t cover it.” The researchers “surveyed pregnant women in Louisiana on whether they had ever considered abortion. For those who considered the procedure but didn’t have one, researchers asked if lack of Medicaid coverage was part of the reason why.”

Not surprisingly, the answer is yes! North writes

“Based on the women’s responses, the researchers estimated that about 29 percent of Louisiana women who would have had an abortion if Medicaid covered the procedure instead chose to give birth. … They also estimated that lack of Medicaid coverage leads 3,000 women to give birth every year who would otherwise choose abortion.”

North notes, “Abortion opponents see preventing the procedure as a positive thing.” Ah, yes, millions of fewer dead babies is a good thing.  Click here for more.

Missouri Judge Grants Planned Parenthood’s Request to Seal Alleged Health Violations


Missouri Judge Grants Planned Parenthood’s Request to Seal Alleged Health Violations
A St. Louis judge has granted Planned Parenthood’s request to seal a list of health violations alleged by the state of Missouri and has denied the state’s request that he reconsider his order requiring the health department to make a formal decision on whether to renew the facility’s license.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer granted the request by Reproductive Health Services (RHS) of Planned Parenthood to seal a “statement of deficiencies” filed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

Abortion clinic watchdog group Operation Rescue received copies of the deficiency report
 (Exhibit A) on June 14, before the court sealed the document. Click here for more

House Democrats pass appropriations bill with Hyde Amendment intact

House Democrats pass appropriations bill with Hyde Amendment intact
The House of Representatives passed a combination appropriations bill on Wednesday afternoon that renews the Hyde Amendment, preventing federal Medicaid funds from being used for abortions.

The bill passed by a vote of 226-203 on June 19 and contains funding for four separate spending areas, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the provisions of the Hyde Amendment. Click here for more

Congressman warns of 'pro-abortion legislation on steroids'

Congressman warns of 'pro-abortion legislation on steroids'
Late last night, two pro-life amendments to H.R. 2740, the House Appropriations bill, were defeated by nearly uniform opposition from pro-abortion Democrats. The amendments were on pro-life policies related to conscience rights of healthcare providers and taxpayer dollars going to facilities that provide abortion. More votes are expected, and National Right to Life strongly opposes final passage of H.R. 2740. A current scorecard of pro-life votes can be viewed here. The following is excerpted from remarks delivered Wednesday on the House Floor regarding HR 2740.

Mr. Speaker, the bill under consideration today reverses several—at least nine—life affirming pro-life policies including conscience protection, Title X reform, the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance and more.

This is pro-abortion legislation on steroids.

But passage won’t be the last word.

President Trump made it clear last January—in writing—that he will veto any piece of legislation that undermines, weakens, or nullifies any pro-life policy, regulation or rule. Click here for more

Senators seek FBI update on Planned Parenthood’s aborted body parts criminal referrals

Senators seek FBI update on Planned Parenthood’s aborted body parts criminal referrals
Two U.S. senators are asking authorities for an update to a previous Judiciary Committee investigation, which issued criminal referrals for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and several affiliates and organizations connected to the sale of the body parts of aborted children. A press release issued by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) this week states that he and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) “sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray following up on Grassley’s 2016 referral of eight organizations for investigation and potential prosecution for the alleged sale of human fetal tissue following a 2016 Grassley-led Committee investigation.” Grassley was the former Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman at the time of the hearings and states that in June, the FBI confirmed to the Committee they had received the referrals.

A previous Live Action News report at the time the criminal referrals were issued named the eight organizations as follows:

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
StemExpress, LLC
Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR)
Novogenix Laboratories, LLC
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
Planned Parenthood Northern California
Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest

Click here for more

June 19, 2019

Planned Parenthood Refuses to Respond to Congressional Request for Information Regarding What Percentage of Abortions the Organization Performs on Women of Color

Planned Parenthood Refuses to Respond to Congressional Request for Information Regarding What Percentage of Abortions the Organization Performs on Women of Color
Pro-life and human rights advocates are asking the simple question, "What is Planned Parenthood trying to hide?"
 
On March 11, 2019 Congressman Russ Fulcher (pictured) sent a letter to Planned Parenthood's President, Dr. Leana Wen, asking her to, "Please provide to me what percentage of abortions your organization performs on women of color."

In that March 11 letter, Congressman Fulcher stated, "Margaret Sanger embraced a philosophy of racial discrimination and eugenics." He goes on to say, "I must do all that I can to ensure her racist and eugenic policies are still not being implemented today."

In a letter sent to Dr. Wen on June 13, 2019, Congressman Fulcher shares, "It is most troubling that, after three months, I have not been given the courtesy of a response from you or your organization.  I do not know the reason for your disregard of my request or the apparent lack of respect for the very institution responsible for allocating over 500 million dollars a year to Planned Parenthood."

Mr. Fulcher once again asks for Planned Parenthood to provide the percentage of abortions they perform on women of color and concludes with this stern warning. "If you chose not to respond, I will pursue all avenues available to me as a member of Congress to obtain this information."  Click here for more.

American Medical Association Votes to Continue Opposition to Physician-assisted Suicide. But Will the American Nurses Association Follow?

American Medical Association Votes to Continue Opposition to Physician-assisted Suicide. But Will the American Nurses Association Follow?
Over the last few years the American Medical Association (AMA) has been under enormous pressure from assisted suicide supporters and groups like Compassion and Choices as well as some other professional associations to change its’ long standing opposition to physician-assisted suicide to “neutrality”.

This month, the AMA House of Delegates decisively approved a strong report from AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs [CEJA] reaffirming current AMA policy on physician-assisted suicide stating that:

“permitting physicians to engage in assisted suicide would ultimately cause more harm than good. Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks. Instead of engaging in assisted suicide, physicians must aggressively respond to the needs of patients at the end of life.”

Dr. Shane Macaulay, MD, of Kirkland, Washington, speaking for the Washington delegation supported the report, stating that:

“Oregon legalized assisted suicide in 1997 with repeated assurances that it would stay contained and would not become euthanasia” (but) “Just last month, the Oregon state House of Representatives approved a bill to allow patient death by lethal injection, showing the inevitable progression from assisted suicide to euthanasia once physicians have accepted the idea that taking a patient’s life is permissible.”  Click here for more.

June 18, 2019

Pro-abortion man who roundhouse kicked pro-life woman receives probation

 Pro-abortion man who roundhouse kicked pro-life woman receives probation
Jordan Hunt, the Toronto hair stylist caught roundhouse kicking a pro-life woman in a viral video last fall, received a conditional discharge and eight months’ probation Thursday on two charges of assault and one of mischief under $5,000.

Hunt, 27, also apologized to "everyone I hurt by my actions” in an undated letter which Justice Michael Block read out to the court. Click here for more

Cover-up? Judge seals records of badly botched abortions at Missouri Planned Parenthood

Cover-up? Judge seals records of badly botched abortions at Missouri Planned Parenthood
In a shocking move that appears to be a cover-up attempt to protect RHS Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri, and its abortionists, Judge Michael F. Stelzer has sealed documents attached to the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services motion known as “Exhibit A,” which contains multiple damning pieces of information about the facility, including serious deficiencies on the part of the abortionists. It appears that Judge Stelzer sealed Exhibit A at the request of RHS Planned Parenthood.

Pro-life watchdog group Operation Rescue is reporting that Judge Stelzer, who kept Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood in St. Louis open despite the expiration of its license, has denied a motion on behalf of the DHHS asking that the Court reconsider or amend the Preliminary Injunction he issued on June 10, 2019. Multiple botched abortions, serious injuries to women, and failure to follow basic protocol expected of any medical facility followed by a complete refusal to be interviewed by the Department of Health show that RHS Planned Parenthood has zero interest in protecting and helping women. Click here for more

2020 Dems to debate who’s most pro-abortion at Planned Parenthood candidates’ forum

2020 Dems to debate who’s most pro-abortion at Planned Parenthood candidates’ forum
Eleven Democrats running for the party’s presidential nomination will descend on South Carolina next weekend for a candidate forum organized by Planned Parenthood Action Fund, presumably for the attendees to demonstrate who has the most aggressive devotion to abortion-on-demand.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 22 at the University of South Carolina, The State reported, running concurrently with the South Carolina Democrat Party Convention. Click here for more

The Supreme Court must overturn Roe v. Wade. Precedent demands it

The Supreme Court must overturn Roe v. Wade. Precedent demands it
With the recent spate of pro-life legislation being passed across America, many people are wondering about the future of the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade. The decision, upheld in 1992’s Planned Parenthood v. Casey, wrote the “right to have an abortion” into our Constitution despite the silence of that document on any such “right.”

The Roe decision is irredeemable; it has been thoroughly criticized even by believers in abortion for its overtly regulatory, policy-making nature. During the writing of it, as Bob Woodward reported in his book on the Court, “The clerks in most chambers were surprised to see the Justices ... so openly brokering their decision like a group of legislators[.] ... There was something embarrassing and dishonest about this whole process.” Click here for more