November 28, 2022

Biden to Guarantee Migrant Children Have Abortion Access

Biden's Department of Health and Human Services issued a new directive this month stating that migrant children in federal custody must be given access to abortion if they want it.

The HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) issued the directive on November 10. The new directive states:
This Field Guidance confirms that ORR staff and care providers must not prevent [unaccompanied children] from accessing legal abortion-related services and that ORR staff and care providers must make all reasonable efforts to facilitate access to these services if requested by the [unaccompanied children]. This may involve transporting a minor to a state in which abortion is lawful and available if the minor is currently in a state in which abortion is not lawful or available.

By federal law, all children under the age of 18 who enter the country without a parent or guardian are under the custody of the HHS. 2021 ORR data says that one-third of the 123,000 migrant children taken into federal custody in 2021 were female. No data is available showing how many were pregnant.

An HHS spokesperson told CBS news that the administration's change in policy is another response to the US Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The spokesperson was quoted saying that the administration is "committed to supporting access to essential health care, including reproductive health care, for all the populations we serve."

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November 25, 2022

Georgia Supreme Court Reinstates Trigger Law

On Nov 23, the Georgia Supreme Court issued a one-page order reinstating Georgia's LIFE Act, which was blocked last week by Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney. The Life Act is a trigger law banning the abortion of preborn children with detectable heartbeats.

After pro-abortion organizations sued to block the LIFE Act, McBurney ruled that the law was invalid because it was unconstitutional by the precedent of Roe v. Wade at the time it was enacted. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr quickly appealed McBurney's ruling to the state Supreme Court.

The Georgia Supreme Court's order temporarily reinstates the LIFE Act while the court reviews McBurney's ruling. The law's chances seem good, however. Seven of the nine justices agreed with the order to temporarily reinstate the law.

November 23, 2022

Pro-Life Physicians Sue to Clarify Mississippi Abortion Law

The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) filed a lawsuit seeking clarification on Mississippi's abortion law.

Mississippi's pro-life trigger law went into effect after Roe was overturned in the US Supreme Court's Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization this July. However, the 1998 Mississippi Supreme Court decision Pro-Choice Mississippi v. Fordice ruled that abortion is a right in the Mississippi constitution based on US Supreme Court precedent at the time.

“We’re in a situation where elective abortions appear to be both statutorily illegal but a constitutional right, according to this 1998 Mississippi Supreme Court opinion,” said Aaron Rice, director of the Mississippi Justice Institute (MJI). MJI is representing AAPLOG in the lawsuit with the assistance of attorney Andy Taggart.

The group of pro-life physicians is concerned about the current state of abortion law in Mississippi because they fear medical institutions and board certification authorities can punish them for refusing to provide abortions or abortion referrals.

November 22, 2022

State AGs Tell Biden Admin That Illegal VA Abortions will be Prosecuted

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch
On November 17, Attorneys General from fifteen states wrote a letter to Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough to challenge a new rule requiring VA facilities to provide taxpayer-funded abortions and abortion counseling to veterans and eligible dependents. The Attorneys General, led by Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch, warns the Biden administration that VA abortions committed in violation of state laws will be prosecuted.

“We will not allow you to use this rule to erect a regime of elective abortions that defy state laws,” they wrote. “We stand ready to move decisively against departures from the rule’s terms or its promises. And we will enforce our duly enacted state laws and hold you accountable for violations of federal law. Those who perform abortions based on the interim final rule — and in defiance of state or federal laws — do so at their own risk.”

On July 8, the same day that the US Supreme Court issued its Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling, Biden directed executive agencies to find ways to enable abortion and bypass state laws. The VA announced its new rule on September 9.

The VA appears to be undeterred by the challenge. In response, VA spokesperson Terrence Hayes told "As VA Secretary Denis McDonough has said, 'Pregnant veterans and VA beneficiaries deserve to have access to world-class reproductive care when they need it most. That's what our nation owes them, and that's what we at VA will deliver.'"

The fifteen state attorneys general who signed the letter to the VA include those from Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.

November 21, 2022

Pro-Life Doctors Sue FDA Over Approval of Abortion Pills

On November 18, a coalition of four pro-life doctors and four medical groups filed a lawsuit against the FDA in an attempt to revoke its approval of the abortion pills mifepristone and misoprostol.

The suit was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and it argues that the FDA's approval of abortion pills wrongly characterized pregnancy as an "illness" for which abortion pills are "therapeutic." It also argues that the FDA did not study the pills' harmful side effects for women.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing the plaintiffs. “On behalf of the national health care organizations and physicians we represent, we ask the court to hold the FDA accountable for its reckless, unlawful behavior,” said ADF attorney Erik Baptist. “We urge the court to reject the marketing and distribution of dangerous chemical abortion drugs so that the health, safety, and welfare of women are protected.”

“Pregnancy is not an illness, and chemical abortion drugs don’t provide a therapeutic benefit—they end a baby’s life and they pose serious and life-threatening complications to the mother,” added ADF attorney Julie Marie Blake. “The FDA never had the authority to approve these dangerous drugs for sale. We urge the court to listen to the doctors we represent who are seeking to protect girls and women from the documented dangers of chemical abortion drugs.”

November 18, 2022

Missouri Hospital Under Investigation for Refusing Citing Abortion Law to Refuse Care

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced last week that it is investigating Freeman Health System for refusing to provide care to a woman whose water broke months early.

Mylissa Farmer told the Associated Press that she was taken to the emergency room of Freeman Health System on August 2 when her water broke early. She said that she had lost all of her amniotic fluid, and she was told that it was unlikely her child would survive. Her child still had a detectable heartbeat. Farmer falsely claimed to the press that doctors prescribed abortion, but they were unable to provide it due to Missouri's new heartbeat law.

In truth, Farmer was never prescribed abortion. She was refused necessary health care by negligent doctors who cited the heartbeat law as their reasoning. Medical records show that doctors recommended induction of labor. Those records state that doctors told Farmer, “contrary to the most appropriate management based (on) my medical opinion, due to the legal language of MO law, we are unable to offer induction of labor at this time.”

Induction of labor is not abortion, because it is not intended to deliberately kill a child. It is not outlawed by any pro-life law. Missouri's heartbeat law defines abortion as the “act of using or prescribing any instrument, device, medicine, drugs, or any other means or substance with the intent to destroy the life of an embryo or fetus in his or her mother’s womb, or [t]he intentional termination of the pregnancy of a mother by using or prescribing any instrument, device, medicine, drug, or other means or substance with an intention other than to increase the probability of a live birth or to remove a dead unborn child.”

AP reports that Farmer eventually traveled to Illinois, where she got an abortion.

November 17, 2022

Activist Georgia Judge Strikes Down Heartbeat Law for Odd Reason

When the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this year in its Dobbs v. Jackson decision, it returned complete power to the states to set their own abortion policies. Some activist judges are still coming up with reasons to block pro-life laws, however. Some are ruling that state constitutions contain implied abortion rights (much like the US Supreme Court decided for the national constitution in its 1973 Roe decision). Georgia Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney came up with a completely new reason to block his state's heartbeat law that didn't even require him to find the law to be unconstitutional.

Georgia's LIFE Act prohibits the abortion of an unborn child whose heartbeat is detectable (six weeks). The law contains exceptions for rape, incest, medical emergencies, and pregnancies deemed "medically futile."

By Judge McBurney's own admission, Georgia's LIFE Act is constitutional. If the Georgia legislature were to pass the same law today, McBurney says that it would be enforceable. The judge still blocked the LIFE Act because it was passed at a time when Roe v. Wade was the US Supreme Court precedent.

McBurney argues that such a law is not valid unless the legislature, “determines in the sharp glare of public attention that will undoubtedly and properly attend such an important and consequential debate whether the rights of unborn children justify such a restriction on women’s right to bodily autonomy and privacy.”

It seems unlikely that a law can be blocked because a judge deems the public was not paying sharp enough attention to its passage. It also seems unlikely that the time a law was passed has a greater bearing on a law's validity than the constitutionality of its content. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr also seemed to think so, telling the AP that his office would seek an "immediate appeal."

November 16, 2022

FBI Releases Video of Arson Attack Against New York Pregnancy Center

On November 14, the FBI released video and photos of the arson attack made by pro-abortion activists against CompassCare Pregnancy Services in New York. The FBI also announced a $25,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the arsonists. The announcement notes that the arsonists could be charged with a violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.

The FACE Act has been used recently by the Biden administration to press charges against pro-life activists with alarming frequency. There have not been any notable arrests connected to the barrage of attacks made by pro-abortion extremists since a draft version of the Dobbs decision leaked from the US Supreme Court this summer.

The FBI footage shows two masked vandals exiting a Dodge Dart, smashing the windows of the pregnancy clinic, and throwing something at the building. Clinic CEO Jim Harden expressed frustration that the FBI only released 18 seconds of the 90-second-long video that he has been trying to retrieve from police for several months.

Further, the FBI censored the video by covering the license plate number on the car. Harden was told by the FBI that the video was censored because “there’s key information in the video that they want to withhold from the public so that when they finally do get information leading to an arrest, the lack of information provided in the video can corroborate the testimony given by the person who’s giving the information about the perpetrators.”

November 15, 2022

Research Shows 80% of IVF Embryos are Rejected or Killed

New research published in Reproductive Biomedicine Online shows that 80% of the 2.5 million embryos created each year for IVF either die during the process, are frozen indefinitely, or are destroyed.

While it's not necessarily a true comparison (a pregnancy that is started with IVF can end in abortion), the World Health Organization writes that only 29% of all pregnancies end in abortion. The percentage of IVF embryos with negative outcomes is significantly higher than the percentage of pregnancies that end in abortion.

Fertility clinics often offer gender selection and allow parents to test their embryos to "weed out" children with undesirable traits. Many other embryos are abandoned or killed simply because they are "extra." Estimates say that there are about 1 million frozen embryos in the United States alone, many of which have been abandoned.

November 14, 2022

March for Life Moves from Chicago to Springfield

March for Life Chicago has officially changed its name to Illinois March for Life. Rather than organizing events in Chicago, the group plans to organize annual marches and rallies in the state capital during the state legislative session.

The next march and rally will take place in Springfield on Tuesday, March 21, 2023. This will allow pro-lifers to make their voices heard while state legislators are present to work and vote on laws.

Abortion businesses are flocking to Illinois from neighboring states to facilitate abortions for women traveling across the midwest and the rest of the country. Last year, Illinois legislators repealed the Parental Notification of Abortion Act. This deprived parents of the ability to be aware of significant events in their daughters' lives, including rape.

By moving the event from Chicago to Springfield, organizers hope to amplify the voices of pro-lifers and work even harder to save the lives of unborn children in Illinois and beyond.

November 11, 2022

Montana Born-Alive Infant Protection Referendum Fails at the Ballot

In the 2022 midterm election, Montana voters voted down a referendum that would have required healthcare workers to provide medical treatment to all children born alive—regardless of their gestational age or if they were born during attempted abortions.

As of Wednesday evening, the vote count was 52.55% opposing and 47.45% in favor. 

The language of Montana's referendum reads:
"This Act legally protects born-alive infants by imposing criminal penalties on healthcare providers who do not act to preserve the life of such infants, including infants born during an attempted abortion. A born alive infant is entitled to medically appropriate care and treatment. A healthcare provider shall take medically appropriate and reasonable actions to preserve the life and health of a born-alive infant…

A health care provider found guilty of failing to take medically appropriate and reasonable actions to preserve a born-alive infant’s life under this Act faces punishment of a fine up to $50,000 or imprisonment up to 20 years, or both."

Pro-abortion opponents of the referendum launched an advertising campaign claiming that this legislation would force physicians to take terminally-ill children out of their mothers' arms in an attempt to provide miraculously impossible care until they died. This is untrue. Such actions would not be considered "medically appropriate" or "reasonable."

Unfortunately, because the pro-abortion ad campaign was successful, no penalties will be levied against physicians who don't attempt to provide reasonable life-saving care to a child after birth.

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November 10, 2022

3 Successful Ballot Proposals will Create State Rights to Abortion

Voters in California, Michigan, and Vermont voted "yes" on ballot proposals that will enshrine abortion as a right in each of those states' constitutions.

California's Proposition 1 is expected to pass. As of Wednesday evening (with 42% of votes reported), 65% of voters voted to approve the amendment. The proposed amendment would create a constitutional right to abortion and contraception. The state previously protected some children after 24 weeks gestation, but now all unborn children in California will be vulnerable to legal abortion at all stages of development.

Michigan's Proposal 3 was declared to have passed by a vote of 55.4% to 44.6% with 84% of the vote counted on Wednesday morning. The proposal creates constitutional rights to abortion and contraception. As its proponents have stated, it will surely be used to override Michigan's 1931 law that would have banned abortion in Michigan with the repeal of Roe v. Wade.

Additionally, it prohibits the state from “penaliz[ing], prosecut[ing], or otherwise tak[ing] adverse action against an individual based on their actual, potential, perceived, or alleged pregnancy outcomes.” Opponents argue that the amendment prohibits law enforcement from investigating infanticide because doing so is an "adverse action" against a "perceived pregnancy outcome."

Proposal 3 does allow the state to limit abortion after viability at around 24 weeks. It should be noted that babies born as young as 21 weeks have survived with medical assistance.

Vermont's Proposal 5 passed. As of Wednesday evening, the vote was 77.2% in favor, and 22.8% opposing. The amendment states, “That an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course and shall not be denied or infringed unless justified by a compelling State interest achieved by the least restrictive means.” This would allow abortion at all stages of development if the mother feels that giving birth will prevent her from determining her "own life course."

Kentucky's Amendment 2, on the other hand, failed. As of Wednesday evening, the vote was 52.4% opposing, and 47.6% in favor. This amendment would have declared that the Kentucky constitution does not contain a right to an abortion, nor does it require the state to fund abortion. This initiative would prevent activist judges from creating a state right to abortion without legislative support.

November 9, 2022

New Bipartisan Bill Would Ban Online Sale of "Suicide Kits"

A new bipartisan bill would save lives by making it a felony to use mail or the internet to assist another person's attempt to die by suicide.

This issue gained traction after two families filed a lawsuit against Amazon for selling a suicide advocate's book alongside a poisonous chemical often intended to cause death. Both families allege that Amazon and Loudwolf (an Amazon seller) assisted in the suicides of the families' teenage children by selling the children these products.

Representatives Lori Trahan (D-MA), Mike Carey (R-OH), Katie Porter (D-CA), and Chris Stewart (R-UT) introduced the Stop Online Suicide Assistance Forums Act on Monday, November 7. The bill would make it a felony offense to use mail or the internet to assist another person's attempt to die by suicide. According to a press release from Trahan, the bill would also give the US Department of Justice additional authority to pursue cases against "suicide assistance forums."

“Suicidal ideation must be met with mental health care and therapies focused on prevention – not real-time instructions and encouragement to die by suicide,” Trahan said in the press release. “This bipartisan legislation will finally ensure the Department of Justice has the authority necessary to target websites and users that push those in need of help toward self-harm instead.”

“This legislation has broad, bipartisan support for one simple reason: it’s necessary,” said Congressman Stewart. “Suicide is an issue that hits home for everyone – it’s a top ten cause of death nationwide, as well as in my home state. If we want to reverse this tragic trend, that means eliminating environments that work to keep us on the same path. Simply put, online suicide assistance forums have no place in our communities. It’s time there be consequences for assisting another individual’s suicide attempt. I’m proud to introduce this legislation alongside my Democrat colleagues, and I’m eager to continue our work toward a healthier nation.”

According to the press release, this legislation "does not impact state sanctioned physician-assisted end of life care." One would assume this means doctors can still offer assisted suicide to suffering patients as long as the act conforms with state laws.

November 8, 2022

Pritzker Announces Free Abortions for Incarcerated Women

Governor Pritzker's administration has pledged to offer taxpayer-funded abortions to women in Illinois prisons. Additionally, taxpayer funds will reimburse the abortion costs for any incarcerated women who paid for their own abortions while they were in prison.

This news comes from a statement made by Illinois Department of Corrections Naomi Puzello. “Moving forward, abortion procedures and their associated expenses will not be covered by incarcerated women,” she wrote. Those who previously paid for expenses will be reimbursed.”

The policy change was made after WBEZ published an investigation showing that inmates had to pay for their own abortions. Facing criticism for the policy, the Pritzker administration quickly apologized and issued the change. “We recognize that this policy likely caused additional trauma, and we sincerely apologize for any additional harm it created.”

Pro-abortion organizations applauded the Pritzker administration for their commitment to funnel even more money toward abortion businesses.

“With access to abortion care under attack across the nation, Illinois should ensure that every person in need of abortion care, including those in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections, has unfettered access to this critical health care,” said Emily Hirsch, a legal fellow at the ACLU of Illinois. “We applaud the Governor’s Office for taking an important step toward that goal.”

Not only does abortion actively not qualify as health care (since abortion alone does not improve the health of a mother or her unborn child), but this new policy pressures incarcerated women to choose abortion. No initiative was announced to assist incarcerated women who want to respect a child's right to life by carrying them to term and giving birth. The Pritzker administration's new financial incentive for incarcerated women to choose abortion will create pressure for women to women to select that option.

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November 7, 2022

Hemorrhaging Patient Hospitalized by Downers Grove Abortion Clinic

Pro-life onlookers witnessed an ambulance arriving at the parking lot of the Access Health Center abortion business in Downer's Grove, IL at around noon on October 21.

According to emergency records released after the incident, a nurse called 911 to request an ambulance for a patient experiencing "heavy bleeding" during an abortion. The bleeding was severe enough that the on-site abortionist did not complete the abortion.

The 911 dispatch report states that the 31-year-old patient was hospitalized for hemorrhaging and lacerations.

Operation Rescue shared information about the incident after receiving reports from pro-life witnesses. You can listen to a recording of the 911 call here. When an ambulance arrived to transfer the patient, a pro-life witness attempted to record video footage to document the incident. A security guard from Access Health Center tried to block the view of the witness's camera. He told her that she was "trespassing" by sitting in her car on the street.

The status of the patient and her unborn child are not public knowledge.

“We hope and pray that this young woman and her child survived this horrific attempted abortion at this so-called health center,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, “We continue to pray for widespread repentance across our nation as we expose the growing number of life-threatening emergencies at these dangerous, blood-hungry abortion businesses in Illinois and other states where the murder of innocent babies remains legal.”

November 4, 2022

Chicago Catholics Hold Funeral for 202 Indigent and Unborn

On Oct 26, Chicago Catholics held its annual funeral service for unborn babies and indigent or unidentified adults. 202 deceased were buried, including 39 unborn babies and 163 indigent people.

“We come here to mourn the loss of 202 souls, 202 people, God’s children, who were in need of a sense of compassion in the world,” Father Lawrence Sullivan said at the funeral. He serves as the director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

“It is all our responsibility to take notice of when there is suffering, to take notice of when there is need, of when we can use the gifts given to us by God in service of one another,” Sullivan said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office is responsible for indigent, unidentified, and fetal remains. The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Cemeteries helps to provide burials for these bodies as a public service. The Cook County Funeral Directors Association, Worsham College of Mortuary Science, and Malcolm X College all assist.

“We pray especially for those who have died before birth, and those who are known to God alone,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “We pray for those who mourn. Comfort them in their grief.”

November 3, 2022

Despite North Dakota Supreme Court's Direction to Reconsider, Judge Continues to Block Pro-Life Law

North Dakota District Judge Bruce Romanick, who issued an injunction blocking the state from enforcing a trigger law that would ban abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother's life is in danger, refused to end his injunction despite the North Dakota Supreme Court's direction to reconsider.

The North Dakota Supreme Court ordered Romanick to reconsider the injunction by weighing the lawsuit's chance of successfully contesting North Dakota's law. The North Dakota Supreme Court went as far as to say that the judge's initial failure to do so "was a clear error of law."

On Oct 31, Romanick, rather than ending the injunction, doubled down on his initial decision. He wrote that there is a "substantial probability" that the law is unconstitutional, and that the law's effects are "not reasonably related to the goal of preserving life." He argued that if “women do not have a reasonable avenue in which to get safe abortions when their lives are in danger, the Statute does not serve its intended purpose.”

He went on to argue that the North Dakota Constitution might even convey some implied right to abortion (much like the US Supreme Court ruled for the federal constitution in Roe v. Wade).
“Whether the North Dakota Constitution conveys a fundamental right to an abortion is an issue that is very much alive and active. This issue does not have a clear and obvious answer. Therefore, the Court finds that (the Red River Women’s Clinic) has a substantial probability of succeeding on the merits through showing that there is a ‘real and substantial question’ before the Court.”

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November 2, 2022

Title X Grants to Planned Parenthood Approach $17 Million This Year

Planned Parenthood has received nearly $17 million in Title X grants this year according to the HHS Office of Population Affairs.

As of Nov 1, 2022, $16,818,770 have been awarded to Planned Parenthood Affiliates in 13 states.

LiveAction News highlighted how the funds are used to fund Planned Parenthood affiliates in each of these states:
  • Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, HI, AK, IN, and KY (Alaska): $1,102,570
  • Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Inc. (Connecticut): $1,890,000
  • Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, HI, AK, IN, and KY (Idaho): $538,040
  • Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, HI, AK, IN, and KY (Indiana): $542,670
  • Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, HI, AK, IN, and KY (Kentucky): $500,610
  • Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (Minnesota): $2,880,000
  • Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (New Hampshire): $502,500
  • Planned Parenthood South Atlantic (North Carolina): $477,720
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio (Ohio): $2,000,000
  • Planned Parenthood South Atlantic (South Carolina): $569,980
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Family Planning & Preventative Health Services (Texas): $2,305,890
  • Planned Parenthood Association of Utah (Utah): $2,250,000
  • Virginia League for Planned Parenthood (Virginia): $1,258,790
Millions more taxpayer dollars were spent to fund abortion organizations through the Title X grant program. Essential Access Health received over $15 million. Family Planning Association of Maine was given nearly $2 million. New Jersey Family Planning League received $8.5 million.

This money, which is entrusted to the federal government by taxpayers, is being used to fund acts that intentionally end the lives of unborn children. It is done under the guise of health care, and the funding helps enable abortion businesses to profit and take advantage of women in difficult circumstances.

November 1, 2022

Data Estimates 10,000 Children Saved So Far By Dobbs Decision

FiveThirtyEight revealed data Oct 30 showing that there were 10,670 fewer legal abortions in the two months after Dobbs than were predicted by pre-Dobbs estimates.

The data was collected by another pro-abortion organization called the Society of Family Planning.

In FiveThirtyEight's breakdown, the organization writes,
“In all states that saw declines in their abortion numbers — which include the 15 states in which abortion was banned or severely limited over the summer — the number of abortions fell by about 22,000. Some of those women appear to have traveled out of state, because in other states, the number of abortions rose by an aggregate of about 12,000. But nationwide, the movement of abortions from states with bans and restrictions to those with fewer restrictions on access wasn’t enough to make up the shortfall.”

Pro-life state legislation that became enforceable due to the repeal of Roe v. Wade appears to have made a difference. The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute reported that 100 days after the Dobbs decision, at least 66 clinics stopped offering abortions.

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October 31, 2022

Elderly Pro-Lifer Hospitalized After Assault Outside California Planned Parenthood

Paramedics responding after Ross Foti was attacked
outside the Napa, California Planned Parenthood
photo credit: Life Legal Defense Foundation
88-year-old Ross Foti was peacefully praying and advocating for life outside the Planned Parenthood facility in Napa, California when he was violently assaulted by a pro-abortion woman.

Witnesses say that the woman who attacked Foti wanted to park in a spot along the street where Foti had already parked. Foti parks there to advocate for life, and he places pro-life signs around his vehicle. Even though she was able to find another spot, the woman returned and charged at Foti. She violently shoved him, and he fell on a fire hydrant next to the sidewalk; suffering a punctured lung and other injuries. Foti was hospitalized for four days, and he still requires ongoing treatment.

The Life Legal Defense Foundation has taken up this issue to help defend the rights of pro-life advocates from future attacks. “This violent assault against Ross Foti is unconscionable,” Life Legal CEO Alexandra Snyder said in a press release. “Life Legal is committed to pursuing all legal options to obtain justice for Ross and to protect the right to pro-life speech without the fear of violence on public sidewalks.”

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October 28, 2022

Woman Hospitalized After "Very Late-Term" Abortion in Granite City

Ambulance responding to a medical emergency at
Hope Clinic for Women on October 12, 2022
photo credit: Operation Rescue
On October 12, two emergency vehicles responded to a medical emergency involving a patient who just had an abortion at Hope Clinic for Women (HCW) in Granite City, Illinois.

Pro-life onlookers reported the incident to Operation Rescue, which investigated further.

An employee from HCW called 911 to request an ambulance to transport a patient experiencing complications from an abortion. The employee told the 911 dispatcher that the patient required a "higher level of care" and asked that an ambulance transport the patient to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. According to the Call for service Detail Report, the emergency was coded as "high" priority.

The 911 call was unusually brief. This dispatcher did not ask nearly as many questions about the condition of the patient as one usually does, which is odd given the high-priority designation.

40 Days for Life volunteers noted that the woman appeared to be "very late-term." HCW commits abortions up to 24 weeks gestation. At that stage, a child can survive outside a mother's womb with proper medical care.

“This clinic has been on our radar for a long time as an extremely dangerous, late-term abortion business,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “With [HCW-owner] Julie Burkhart at the helm, we expect to see an increase in killing.”

October 27, 2022

Abortion Industry Pushes FDA to Loosen Abortion Pill Restrictions for "Miscarriage Management"

48 pro-abortion groups sent a petition to the FDA asking them to approve mifepristone for "miscarriage management" and remove even more safety regulations limiting its use.

Mifepristone is the first pill in the abortion-pill regimen. It kills unborn children by blocking the pregnancy hormone progesterone, which facilitates the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the child. The child dies via asphyxiation and starvation when progesterone is blocked by mifepristone.

Misoprostol, the second pill in the abortion pill regimen, is taken after the child has died. It induces labor, thereby removing the deceased child from the mother's womb.

If mifepristone is approved for "miscarriage management," abortion businesses will likely take advantage of the situation to circumvent pro-life laws. Pro-life states are enacting legislation prohibiting the distribution of abortion pills through the mail. By changing the pill's label use, abortion businesses could prescribe and ship pills that would cause abortions without explicitly prescribing them for that purpose.

The Biden administration has already weakened FDA regulations by allowing abortion pills to be shipped through the mail. Removing more regulations and enabling abortion businesses to skirt pro-life laws would result in even more unnecessary deaths of women and their unborn children.

October 26, 2022

California Ballot Item would End All Limits on Abortion and its Funding

California voters are voting on a proposed amendment to the state's constitution that would create a right to state-funded abortion on demand with no limits. "Proposition 1" would also prevent legislators from enacting common-sense laws like parental notification, informed consent, and health-related regulations for abortion businesses.

California law still uses the viability limit established by the Supreme Court before Roe v. Wade was overturned. This meant that aborting a child who could reasonably survive outside of the mother's womb was only allowed if the baby's or mother's life is in danger. Proposal 1 does not reference any viability standards.

Proposal 1 states:
"The state shall not deny or interfere with an individual's reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions, which includes their fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives. This section is intended to further the constitutional right to privacy guaranteed by Section 1, and the constitutional right to not be denied equal protection guaranteed by Section 7. Nothing herein narrows or limits the right to privacy or equal protection."

Michigan has a similar proposal on its ballot this year. Now that the federal right to abortion created by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade has been overturned, pro-abortion legislators are working to fill that space through state legislation or constitutional amendments. These initiatives prove that, even though Roe v. Wade has been overturned, pro-life advocates need to stay involved in elections to protect the unborn. 

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October 25, 2022

Ninth Circuit Panel Upholds Ruling Against Pro-Life Investigative Journalist David Daleiden

On October 21, a three-judge panel from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the district court's ruling against pro-life investigative journalist David Daleiden.

David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) famously revealed through undercover journalism that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of body parts harvested from aborted children. Furthermore, the investigation revealed that Planned Parenthood purposefully altered abortion procedures with the goal of harvesting more intact body parts. This practice increased the risk of injury for the pregnant mother and increased the potential for partial-birth abortions.

A playlist of the CMP's undercover footage can be found here. In these videos, CMP journalists posed as medical researchers inquiring about the process so they could potentially purchase harvested body parts.

After the footage was released, Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against Daleiden for a variety of offenses, including violation of non-disclosure agreements, trespassing, and RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) violations.

Daleiden was found guilty by California District Court Judge William Orrick III and ordered to pay $2.4 million in damages plus $13 million in attorney fees. Orrick did not recuse himself despite having founded a Planned Parenthood clinic, which gave him a financial interest in the abortion giant's success. This was the basis for Daleiden's appeal, but the Ninth Circuit denied that Orrick had any financial interest in the outcome of the case.

Daleiden, represented by the Thomas More Society, will take the case to the full panel of judges for the Ninth Circuit. If they do not succeed there, they plan to appeal to the United States Supreme Court.