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The Illinois abortion bills HB2467 and HB2495 which would have enshrined abortion in Illinois were not called in the Human Services Commi...

March 21, 2019

Federal Congressional update: Threats to free speech and upcoming House Action on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act

Federal Congressional update: Threats to free speech and upcoming House Action on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act

In a new Congress, the first bill introduced by the party in power, numbered H.R., 1 is generally reserved as a symbolic indication as to the importance of the bill. Under the Democrat-controlled House under the leadership of pro-abortion Nancy Pelosi, H.R. 1 was the so-called “For the People Act of 2019.”

What did H.R.1 symbolize? The Democrats’ long history of attempting to maximize short-term political benefits for the dominant faction of one political party—themselves– by placing significant and very burdensome restrictions on free speech.

H.R. 1 was billed by its supporters as acting as a curb on election corruption, but is itself a type of corruption – an abuse of the lawmaking power, by which incumbent lawmakers employ the threat of criminal sanctions, among other deterrents, to reduce the amount of private speech regarding the actions of the lawmakers themselves.

National Right to Life expressed its strong opposition to the bill in a March 6th letter sent to members of the House of Representatives. NRLC fairly characterized H.R. 1 as “pernicious, unprincipled, and constitutionally defective legislation.”

National Right to Life noted:

The bill would codify a vague and expansive definition of “the functional equivalent of express advocacy,” that applies to communications that “when taken as a whole, it can be interpreted by a reasonable person only as advocating the election or defeat of a candidate for election for Federal office.” There is little that an organization could say by way of commentary on the votes or positions taken by an incumbent member of Congress that would not fall within this expansive definition, in the eyes of some “reasonable person” – most often, an annoyed incumbent lawmaker or his operatives.

In short, this would significantly curb the ability of our organization to let our supporters know when prolife votes occurred or where an elected official stands on abortion.

In addition, the bill would require expansive disclosure of donors by organizations like National Right to Life, our affiliates, and chapters thereby infringing on the rights of those donors in their exercise of free association.

Click here for more from NRL News Today.

Illinois lawmakers introduce plan denying unborn "independent rights"

Illinois lawmakers introduce plan denying unborn "independent rights"

Abortion advocates are testing just how far the Illinois public will tolerate them going to expand abortions in Illinois with two measures now in the Illinois General Assembly. HB 2495 and SB 1942 are energized with a pro-abortion majority in both Illinois chambers and a new governor that Planned Parenthood and Personal PAC were eager to put into office. Illinois could become the most radical abortion state in the nation.

With either HB 2495 or SB 1942, all restrictions on post-viability abortions will be eliminated and abortions will be allowed for any reason whatsoever throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Abortions methods on unborn babies developed enough to live outside their mothers' wombs will be allowed with no consideration of the babies' chances of surviving the abortion. During late term abortions, there will no longer be the need to have a second physician on hand to provide medical care for a baby the abortionist did not intend to survive an abortion.

Click here for more information and action alerts on these bills.

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Illinois' Planned Parenthood pushes to hide abortions from parents

Illinois' Planned Parenthood pushes to hide abortions from parents

Planned Parenthood lobbies state lawmakers on a consistent basis to promote their industry - not unusual. They do their best to push lawmakers to make their industry easier to access, with less regulations on their local venues as well as less qualifications for their industry staff - especially the ones that perform medical procedures on their clients.

One obstacle to the most vulnerable clients they have is parents. Parents of minor daughters that are concerned about their daughters' welfare can stifle access to Planned Parenthood's clinics. Girls younger than 16 have to get a ride to Planned Parenthood clinics to access life-changing medical procedures like abortions and that makes it more difficult to get by those Planned Parenthood obstacles - those pesky parents.

That's why a growing number are saying Planned Parenthood of Illinois is now fighting so hard to keep parents in the dark about their daughters' medical conditions. They don't want parents to be notified when their 12 year old daughters go to Planned Parenthood for abortions. Planned Parenthood simply wants their vulnerable, young clients to be honest and open only with them - the same people that are making money off of them.  In Illinois, parents are notified and must give consent when their underage daughters get tattoos, piercings, aspirins and even suntans in commercial tanning salons. That's fine - and even great - to the very same lawmakers that oppose parents knowing about their daughters' getting abortions.

This is why SB1594 and HB2467 are so important to Planned Parenthood, these bills would remove the "obstacles - those pesky parents."

Click here for more information and action alerts on these bills.

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CALL FOR ACTION: SB 1594 passes Committee now on Senate Floor


This is the Senate's version of HB2467.

SB 1594 passed Senate Public Health Committee  with a vote of  8 to 4 and is now on the Senate Floor in Second Reading.

Contact your Senator, urge them to vote NO on SB1594.



If SB 1594 becomes law it would repeal the Parental Notification of Abortion Act of 1995 which...

        -Is constitutional per the Illinois Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals 

        -Mandates notification of a parent, grandparent or legal guardian when a minor seeks an abortion
       
        -Provides a judicial waiver of notice for minors that are victims of physical or sexual abuse
       
        -Has caused a decline in minor abortions by 57% from 2013 when first enforced to 2017 according to the Illinois Department of Public Health statistics (adults declined 15%)

        -Has not triggered any reported incidents of abuse or neglect of a minor as a result of notification to the minor’s parent.

Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky all have parental involvement laws.  If the Parental Notification Act of 1995 is repealed Illinois will become the Midwest go-to-state for minors to obtain a secret abortion.

The Illinois Federation for Right to Life put forth a lot of time and effort and was instrumental along with other pro-life organizations in Illinois to pass Parental Notification.  This bill has saved countless lives of babies and teen girls.  Underage teens may not have all the information on making life or death decisions nor may not be aware of the effects that an abortion will have on her body or her emotional and mental state.  

We can't remove this important protection that was once approved of in Illinois.  The Moms and Dads in Illinois do not deserve to have their parental rights undermined by their government nor teens lives endangered.

Contact your Senator, urge them to vote NO on SB1594

Security declares Illinois State Capitol "full" during pro-life rally Wednesday

Security declares Illinois State Capitol "full" during pro-life rally Wednesday Security declares Illinois State Capitol "full" during pro-life rally Wednesday

Thousands of Illinois pro-lifers filled the Capitol Wednesday - so much so, BlueRoomStream grabbed a shot of security denying access to any more during a rally opposing the Democrats' abortion rights-expanding bills. 

Security officially declared the Capitol "full," the news source says.

Churches from throughout the state sent busloads of people to the Prolife Rally sponsored by Illinois' major Life Groups.

Click here for more from Illinois Review.

March 15, 2019

Aborted babies are still being used in today’s vaccine production: Expert

Aborted babies are still being used in today’s vaccine production: Expert

The “sordid history” of vaccine production using aborted babies began with eugenicists like Planned Parenthood foundress Margaret Sanger and has become a billion-dollar industry that threatens parents’ rights and fills the pockets of pharmaceutical companies and abortion providers, a leading advocate for ethical vaccines has said.

Speaking to a packed hall in Rome on Wednesday, March 13, Debi Vinnedge of “Children of God for Life” revealed the “horrific history” of vaccine production using aborted fetuses, separated myth from fact based on documentation from scientists involved in vaccine research, and explained why aborted babies are still being used in vaccine production today.

Click here for more from Life Site News.

Democrats fight for kittens’ right to life after voting to kill born-alive babies

Democrats fight for kittens’ right to life after voting to kill born-alive babies

What do cats have that newborn babies don't? Democrats' support. In one of the sickest ironies no one is talking about, Senate liberals picked this moment — 17 days after they voted to kill America's perfectly healthy infants — to fight for the humane treatment of kittens. Maybe the DNC's strategists are out to lunch, or maybe the Left really is this shameless, but I can't wait to see some of these politicians standing on debate platforms next year telling the American people that when it comes to protecting living things: We chose cats over kids.

For sponsors like Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the optics are nauseating. Here he is, arguing that America "must stop killing kittens," when, three weeks ago, he stood in the U.S. Capitol and agreed with 43 Democrats that human beings should be put down. "The USDA's decision to slaughter kittens after they are used in research is an archaic practice and horrific treatment, and we need to end it," Merkley said with a passion that he and his colleagues couldn't muster for a generation of perfectly healthy newborns. His Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now — or KITTEN — Act wouldn't stop the research, but it would keep the animals from being destroyed.

Click here for more from Life Site News.

March 14, 2019

CALL FOR ACTION - SB 1594 - Parental Notification Repeal


This is the Senate's version of HB2467.

SB 1594 passed Senate Public Health Committee  with a vote of  8 to 4 and is now on the Senate Floor in Second Reading.

Contact your Senator, urge them to vote NO on SB1594.


If SB 1594 becomes law it would repeal the Parental Notification of Abortion Act of 1995 which...

        -Is constitutional per the Illinois Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals 

        -Mandates notification of a parent, grandparent or legal guardian when a minor seeks an abortionAC
      
        -Provides a judicial waiver of notice for minors that are victims of physical or sexual abuse
      
        -Has caused a decline in minor abortions by 57% from 2013 when first enforced to 2017 according to the Illinois Department of Public Health statistics (adults declined 15%)

        -Has not triggered any reported incidents of abuse or neglect of a minor as a result of notification to the minor’s parent.

Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky all have parental involvement laws.  If the Parental Notification Act of 1995 is repealed Illinois will become the Midwest go-to-state for minors to obtain a secret abortion.

The Illinois Federation for Right to Life put forth a lot of time and effort and was instrumental along with other pro-life organizations in Illinois to pass Parental Notification.  This bill has saved countless lives of babies and teen girls.  Underage teens may not have all the information on making life or death decisions nor may not be aware of the effects that an abortion will have on her body or her emotional and mental state.  

We can't remove this important protection that was once approved of in Illinois.  The Moms and Dads in Illinois do not deserve to have their parental rights undermined by their government nor teens lives endangered.

Contact your Senator, urge them to vote NO on SB1594

VIDEO: Confusion reigns at Chicago abortion center as patient chokes on vomit

VIDEO: Confusion reigns at Chicago abortion center as patient chokes on vomit

Operation Rescue obtained a shocking series of 911 calls about an incident at the Family Planning Associates abortion facility in Chicago, Illinois. The first call, placed at 1:15 pm on January 29, 2019, reveals that a 29-year-old patient was aspirating vomit following an abortion procedure.


The caller seems to recognize the seriousness of the situation, saying, “Please come quickly! I would appreciate it.” Yet, just minutes later, the Family Planning Associates caller contacted emergency responders again to cancel the ambulance.  Less than an hour after the canceled ambulance, another caller from Family Planning Associates called to request an ambulance “as soon as possible.”  The caller states, “We have a patient who’s trying to leave AMA [against medical advice] who actually needs to go to the hospital and have an evaluation.”

Click here for more from Live Action News.

Democrats’ ‘EACH Women Act’ would force federal taxpayer-funded abortion

Democrats’ ‘EACH Women Act’ would force federal taxpayer-funded abortion

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (pictured above with her baby) has announced that she will introduce the EACH Women Act (Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance) in the Senate, while Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) will be introducing the bill in the House. The EACH Women Act would overturn the Hyde Amendment, not only forcing federal taxpayers to fund abortion, but also banning legislators from working to prevent abortion from being covered by private insurance companies. The Hyde Amendment is estimated to have saved millions of lives.

The EACH Women Act would not just allow Medicaid to fund abortion; it would also cover every single federal health care program, including the Indian Health Services, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Veterans Administration, and the Peace Corps. As Republicans continue to hold both the House and the Senate, the bill’s sponsors are aware that it will not pass. But they see it as an opportunity to tell the country where they stand and what they want to change — but will Americans support this kind of legislation?

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US House Democrats reject voting on Born Alive Protection bill for 17th time

US House Democrats reject voting on Born Alive Protection bill for 17th time
This week, the US House Democrat rejected the 17th call for a vote to protect babies born alive after a botched abortion.

Wednesday, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and several House Republican colleagues called on the Democratic leadership once again to allow a vote on Born Alive protections. The proposal would protect babies that survive abortion and provide them with the same medical care that any other premature baby would receive.

Joining the Congressman and House Republican leaders at the press conference this morning was Jill Stanek, an Illinois nurse and pro-life advocate who has witnessed the devastating realities of these pro-abortion laws. At the same time, the Illinois legislature is debating two abortion bills, similar to the extreme pro-abortion agendas in New York and Virginia.

Click here for more from Illinois Review.

March 13, 2019

FDA sends warning letters to two entities selling mislabeled and unapproved abortion drugs over the Internet

FDA sends warning letters to two entities selling mislabeled and unapproved abortion drugs over the Internet

On Monday, the FDA sent warning letters to two online entities for introducing “Misbranded and Unapproved New Drugs into Interstate Commerce,” specifically mifepristone and misoprostol, the two drugs that make up the “RU-486”abortion technique.

AidAccess.org and Rablon were told to immediately stop selling unapproved versions of the drugs and to “respond to FDA concerns within 15 working days outlining how it will correct its regulatory violations,” according to Julia Belluz of Vox.com.

In its letter to AidAccess, the FDA wrote:

The sale of misbranded and unapproved new drugs poses an inherent risk to consumers who purchase those products. Unapproved new drugs do not have the same assurance of safety and effectiveness as those drugs subject to FDA oversight. Drugs that have circumvented regulatory safeguards may be contaminated, counterfeit, contain varying amounts of active ingredients, or contain different ingredients altogether.

FDA requests that you immediately cease offering violative drugs for sale to U.S. consumers.


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Ohio ban on Planned Parenthood funding upheld by 6th Circuit

Ohio ban on Planned Parenthood funding upheld by 6th Circuit

In a major victory, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit today upheld an Ohio law that made entities that perform or promote abortions, such as Planned Parenthood, ineligible to participate in six state-funded health programs. The 11-6 decision, written by Judge Jeffrey Sutton, overturned an April 2018 decision by a three-judge panel of the same circuit that had upheld a 2016 decision by Judge Michael Barrett striking down the law.

As was pointed out by Ohio newspapers, the decision was a major victory for pro-life Gov. Mike DeWine, who, as attorney general, asked the full court to reconsider the panel’s decision.

The plaintiffs —Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region—argued that the law “imposes an unconstitutional condition on public funding in violation of the Due Process Clause.”

But in a key conclusion, citing prior Supreme Court decisions, Judge Sutton wrote that “the affiliates do not have a due process right to perform abortions.” That right is held by the woman alone.

Click here for more from NRL News Today.

March 12, 2019

Heartbeat abortion bans move forward in Tennessee, Georgia

Heartbeat abortion bans move forward in Tennessee, Georgia

Lawmakers in Georgia and Tennessee have advanced bills that would ban most abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy. Should they become law, both are expected to face legal challenges, as courts have historically ruled similar laws unconstitutional.

House Bill 481 passed the Georgia House by a vote of 93-73 last Thursday and now moves to the Senate, according to WSB-TV Atlanta. Governor Brian Kemp released a video message supporting the bill shortly after its passage.

In Tennessee, House Bill 77 passed the legislature 65-21 the same day and continues to the Senate. Gov. Bill Lee has said he will sign the heartbeat bill into law if it makes it to his desk.

Click here for more from CNA Daily News.

Beautiful family photos feature baby who had prenatal spina bifida surgery

Beautiful family photos feature baby who had prenatal spina bifida surgery

Parker Trinkle was diagnosed with myelomeningocele, a form of spina bifida, in the womb. His parents opted for fetal surgery. EBU Photography was there with Parker’s family to capture them in beautiful newborn photographs that shared a little bit about their journey. The photographer posted:

I was lucky enough to take photos of sweet baby Parker and his family today! Parker has myelomeningocele the most common and severe form of spina bifida, a defect of the spine in which part of the spinal cord and its meninges are exposed through a gap in the backbone. Open fetal surgery is a delicate surgical procedure where fetal surgeons open the uterus and close the opening in the baby’s back while they are still in the womb. Because spinal cord damage is progressive during gestation, prenatal repair of myelomeningocele may prevent further damage.

Click here for more from Live Action News.

March 11, 2019

Planned Parenthood debunked: No, thousands of women didn’t die yearly from abortion before Roe

Planned Parenthood debunked: No, thousands of women didn’t die yearly from abortion before Roe

Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen is repeating the lie that thousands of women died every year prior to the legalization of abortion. Wen was in Dallas, speaking at the annual fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, when local media station WFAA asked her about the state of abortion in the nation. “I am deeply concerned about the future of Roe v. Wade,” Wen told WFAA. “We face a real situation where Roe could be overturned. And, we know what will happen which is that, women will die. Thousands of women died every year prior pre-Roe.”

Unfortunately, Dr. Wen is not being truthful.

Dr. Wen’s repetition of these false numbers is nothing short of fear mongering. As a physician, Wen should be aware that the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s dramatically decreased not only illegal abortion-related deaths but maternal mortality rates overall. Wen, who has admitted that abortion is at the “core” of what Planned Parenthood does, very cunningly played this fabricated card to frighten lawmakers and the public so she can protect the one “service” responsible for padding the pockets of Planned Parenthood’s leadership team.

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More than 12,000 formal objections filed by Illinois residents over pro-abortion bills

More than 12,000 formal objections filed by Illinois residents over pro-abortion bills

More than 12,000 Illinois residents have submitted formal objections to proposed abortion bills in the Illinois legislature. HB 2495 would remove all protections for the preborn through all nine months of pregnancy, repeal the partial-birth abortion ban, allow infanticide after a botched abortion, remove conscience protections for pro-life doctors and nurses, and allow people who are not doctors or nurses to commit abortions.

Additionally, HB 2467 would repeal parental notification requirements for minors undergoing an abortion. More than 11,000 Illinois residents submitted witness slips objecting to this bill.

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Powerful: Photographer brings post-abortion grief to life in new photo series

One photographer has decided to draw attention to the tragedy of abortion in a unique way: by featuring mothers experiencing the loss and grief that often come after this legal “choice” to take the lives of their preborn children. Photographer Angela Forker, the same photographer featured previously by Live Action News for her stunning photos of children with special needs, wrote on Facebook on March 4th:

“Today is the launch of my new series, “After the Abortion”. I will be posting each individual session on my personal page and then I will post the entire series on my business page when it is completed. After the Abortion is a photographic series that allows people to express their abortion stories through conceptual imagery. It deals with the pain and regret followed by abortion, while focusing on the healing that can be found.

Powerful: Photographer brings post-abortion grief to life in new photo series

Powerful: Photographer brings post-abortion grief to life in new photo series

See more in Forker’s ongoing series on her Facebook page.

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‘We saw a person’: Mom releases heartbreaking photos of 13-week miscarried baby

‘We saw a person’: Mom releases heartbreaking photos of 13-week miscarried baby

My heart just broke this morning when scanning through Facebook posts I came across images of a tiny perfectly-formed baby who had died in the womb at about 13 weeks' gestation and had to be delivered prematurely.

The mom marveled about how perfectly formed her little baby was. And the pictures show exactly what she's talking about. "You (a baby boy!) came out of my womb and you were 'fully formed.' In miniature, developing detail, your body was all there (hands, legs, feet, toes, fingers, ears, nose holes, mouth, lips, big eye sockets, collar bone, ribs, and many more seen and unseen parts," she wrote.

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House Democrats Trample First Amendment with vote on H.R. 1


Bill would restrict constitutionally protected speech and stifle citizen groups

In an extraordinary display of contempt for the First Amendment, House Democrats today voted 234-193 to pass H.R. 1, the so-called “For the People Act of 2019.” The bill was carefully crafted to maximize short-term political benefits for the dominant faction of one political party, while running roughshod over the First Amendment protections for political speech that have been clearly and forcefully articulated by the U.S. Supreme Court in a series of landmark First Amendment rulings.

“Clearly the words of the First Amendment, namely that ‘Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech’ mean absolutely nothing to Nancy Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “H.R. 1 is a dangerous assault by elected officials on the right of Americans and citizen organizations like National Right to Life to freely talk about the actions and voting records of the elected officials themselves.”

Enactment of H.R. 1 would not be a curb on corruption, but is itself a type of corruption – an abuse of the lawmaking power, by which incumbent lawmakers employ the threat of criminal sanctions, among other deterrents, to reduce the amount of private speech regarding the actions of the lawmakers themselves.

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Court grants unborn baby legal rights

Court grants unborn baby legal rights

An Alabama man is suing Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives, LLC. for providing an abortion to a woman who he says was pregnant with his baby.

Brent Helms, the attorney for both Ryan Magers, who claims to be the father, and ‘Baby Roe,’ the unborn fetus, said Magers did not want the woman to have an abortion. Helms said Magers was seeking legal counsel at the time of the abortion.  Helms said Barger’s decision marks the first time in  the U.S. that an aborted fetus is recognized to have legal rights.

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March 8, 2019

STOP House Bill 2467 - A Repeal of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act - An attack on Illinois Families



STOP House Bill 2467
A Repeal of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act
An attack on Illinois Families



If HB2467 becomes law it would repeal the Parental Notification of Abortion Act of 1995.

The Act:

        -Is constitutional per the Illinois Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

        -Mandates notification of a parent, grandparent or legal guardian when a minor seeks an abortion
       
        -Provides a judicial waiver of notice for minors that are victims of physical or sexual abuse
       
        -Has caused a decline in minor abortions by 55% from 2013 when first enforced to 2017 according to the Illinois Department of Public Health statistics (adults declined 15%)

        -Has not triggered any reported incidents of abuse or neglect of a minor as a result of notification to the minor’s parent.

The Moms and Dads in Illinois do not deserve to have their parental rights undermined by their government. 

Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky all have parental involvement laws.  If the Parental Notification Act of 1995 is repealed Illinois will become the Midwest go-to-state for minors to obtain a secret abortion. 

Please ask your State Representative to vote against HB2467.


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STOP HB2495 “The Reproductive Health Act” An unprecedented assault on the unborn



STOP HB2495
“The Reproductive Health Act”
An unprecedented assault on the unborn



If passed the Act would:

          -Establish abortion as a fundamental right
         
          -Establish that a “fetus” does not have independent rights under the laws of the State of Illinois
         
          -Allow for abortions for any reason throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy up to the moment of birth
         
          -Allow non-physicians to perform chemical and surgical abortions
         
          -Remove the requirement of the presence of a second physician to provide treatment for a baby who survives the abortion
         
          -Remove licensing requirements and standards for abortion clinics
         
          -Eliminate restrictions on where abortions may be performed
         
          -Remove penalties for performing an abortion on a woman known not to be pregnant
         
          -Undermine Rights of Conscience for medical institutions and professionals
         
          -Allows DCFS to use public funds to pay for abortions
         
          -Mandate insurance coverage for abortions in any health insurance plan that provides pregnancy related benefits including churches and religious organizations without deductible, co-insurance or co-payment

          Among other things

Please ask your State Representative to vote against HB2495.