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ALERT - HB 40 (State funding of abortions) on the way to the Governor!

HB 40 - State Abortion Insurance / Public Aid Act -  ACTION ALERT Status: Passed the House and Senate, now goes to the Governor Sum...

August 21, 2017

As liberals tear down statues, Smithsonian won’t remove its most racist memorial to Margaret Sanger

How about we tear down the statue of Planned Parenthood’s racist founder?

Margaret Sanger Bust Statue at the Smithsonian Institution
In recent weeks, headlines from town and cities across America have highlighted the removal of statues commemorating Civil War-era confederate figures from public squares and buildings.

Yet a statue remains in Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian Institution commemorating the one person responsible for the deaths of more African Americans that any other in history: Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood.

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Abortion group compares pro-lifers to white supremacists… and gets slammed for it

Abortion on Demand & Without Apology
NARAL Pro-Choice America was swiftly hit with pushback after it compared the pro-life movement with white supremacists.

From Twitter: @NARAL
Anti-choice groups & white supremacists have something impt in common: They both want to control women’s bodies.  10:54 AM - Aug 16, 2017

NARAL’s tweets came in the wake of last weekend’s tragic deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one woman dead and 19 injured after a man rammed his car into a group of self-described anti-fascists protesting a white supremacist rally.

March for Life President Jeanne Mancini challenged NARAL’s claims...

From Twitter: @jeannemfl
The foundation of the #prolife movement is respect 4 the inherent dignity of every person regardless of race,creed,disability, politics,etc. https://twitter.com/NARAL/status/897876934952144897 …
2:22 PM - Aug 16, 2017

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August 18, 2017

After two-year legal fight, another state defunds Planned Parenthood

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Arkansas can prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funding over its sale of aborted baby body parts.

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit sided with Arkansas. This ruling undid a judge's previous injunction forcing Arkansas to keep giving funds to the abortion provider.

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David Daleiden claims victory in Washington State appeal

David Daleiden outside of Court
Lawyers for Planned Parenthood investigator David Daleiden claimed a victory on Wednesday as the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court sent back a lower court's ruling against him.

“The Court of Appeals, by reversing this decision and remanding this case back to District Court, has prevented a serious threat to the public's right to know how their tax dollars are being spent,” said Peter Breen, special counsel for the Thomas More Society who argued the appeal for Daleiden.

David Daleiden is the project lead at the Center for Medical Progress, the group that released undercover videos of conversations with Planned Parenthood officials and others in the abortion industry, as well as interviews of a former clinician for a tissue harvester.

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August 17, 2017

Oregon Gov. Brown signs bill forcing taxpayer funding of abortion

Pro-abortion Gov. Kate Brown
Pro-abortion Gov. Kate Brown
On Tuesday Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 3391 into law. HB 3391 solidifies Oregon’s unfortunate status as the most radically pro-abortion state in America. Abortions must now be covered 100 percent by all insurance policies, without a copay or deductible.

HB 3391 also establishes a $10 million fund for illegal immigrants’ reproductive “care,” of which $500 thousand is estimated to be spent covering abortions.

Unfortunately, abortion-supporting legislators included an emergency clause in the bill preventing it from being sent before voters. However, work is already taking place with lawyers on a legal challenge to the bill. As this effort develops will keep you up-to-date.

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Judge forces Arizona to pay over $600,000 in abortion reversal suit

Planned Parenthood in Pheonix
A federal judge awarded Planned Parenthood and other abortionists more than $600,000 over a repealed pro-life law.

U.S. District Judge Steven P. Logan, an Obama appointee, ruled that since an Arizona law requiring abortionists to inform patients about the possibility of reversing a chemical abortion was repealed, taxpayers must reimburse Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses everything they spent on fighting the law.

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Rauner confirms support for abortions

Gov. Rauner opening the 2017 IL State Fair
Oregon became the first state to make all abortions free when their Democrat governor signed a bill into law Monday. Illinois could become the second state if Governor Rauner signs HB 40 into law.

Republicans gathered at the State Fair Wednesday to celebrate "Governor's Day" and when reporters asked, the governor didn't say directly what he plans to do with a bill sitting on his desk that will cause Illinois taxpayers to pay for all abortions.

However, Governor Rauner did tell reporters that he "strongly supports women's reproductive rights, and that he always has and always will," Terri Koyne of Benld wrote on her Facebook page.

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August 16, 2017

VIDEO: Iceland kills 100% of babies with Down syndrome in abortion: New report

One of the very few Icelandic children with Down Syndrome who wasn't aborted
A new report from CBS News details how 100 percent of babies in Iceland who are diagnosed with Down syndrome prenatally are aborted.

This has "almost completely eliminated Down syndrome births since the test began in the early 2000s," Elaine Quijano of CBS explained. She interviewed an abortion counselor, an Icelandic scientist, and the mothers of children with Down syndrome.

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VIDEO: Late-term abortion facility: We ‘euthanize’ babies in the womb, deliver them dead

Late Term Abortion
In a new undercover recording, an employee at a late-term abortion facility explains that they "euthanize" pre-born babies and then deliver them "stillborn."

"What our doctor will do on the first day – on Tuesday – is she will use the medication that will euthanize the fetus," said Sue, a woman who answered the phone for Albuquerque's Southwestern Women's Options.  "So it will stop the fetal heart on that first day … you will go into labor. Well, labor’s going to be induced here in the clinic. Usually one to two days later."

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Texas permanently bans taxpayer funding of abortion

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (center) signed a bill today that prevents taxpayers from having to pay for abortions through their insurance plans.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed on Tuesday, a bill into law that will keep Texans from having to pay for elective abortions through their insurance plans and restrict state funding for abortion insurance.

"As a firm believer in Texas values I am proud to sign legislation that ensures no Texan is ever required to pay for a procedure that ends the life of an unborn child,” Gov. Abbott said. “This bill prohibits insurance providers from forcing Texas policy holders to subsidize elective abortions. I am grateful to the Texas legislature for getting this bill to my desk, and working to protect innocent life this special session.”

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An endless battle against pro-aborts' lies

Pregnant Woman
Three abortion groups in Atlanta demonstrated this past weekend at the Women's Care Clinic – but what were they really protesting against? Brian Fisher heads the Human Coalition, which serves and supports almost three dozen pro-life pregnancy centers across the U.S. – including the one in Atlanta. He says the protesting groups complain that the pro-life clinics are lying, cheating, and shaming women.

The truth, counters Fisher, is the clinics help to remove the obstacles that have turned the mother in the direction of having an abortion. He cites several examples.

"... [She may] need material assistance. Maybe she needs rescuing from an abusive situation. Maybe she needs a job. Maybe she needs healthcare," he lists. "Our clinics are intent on not only providing good counsel about what abortion actually is and how it kills the child and harms the mother, but our clinics are also about providing short- and long-term compassionate care."

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August 15, 2017

FDA warns doctor not to promote ‘three-parent’ fertilization procedure

In a strongly worded August 4 letter, the FDA reminded New York-based Dr. John Zhang that it had declined his request to run clinical trials on the experimental technique mitochondrial replacement technology, or MRT and stop marketing an unapproved IVF technology that creates a human embryo using the DNA of three people.

Since December 2015, Congress has prohibited the FDA from reviewing applications on clinical tests involving genetically modified human embryos “until safety and ethical issues can be resolved,” reports Bloomberg BNA.  “Also, researchers don’t know what impact the procedure will have on the babies it produces,” it notes.

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Abortion-pill reversal: The next frontier of informed-consent laws?

Medication abortions are on their way to becoming the dominant method of abortion in the U.S. But lawmakers are starting to look at whether to change their state’s informed-consent laws to let women know of an experimental treatment that could possibly reverse the effects of a progesterone-blocking abortion.

Indiana state Rep. Ronald Bacon, (R-Chandler), told the National Catholic Register that he heard about the “abortion-pill reversal” technique during a presentation by Fort Wayne obstetrician-gynecologist Christina Francis. Bacon, who is Catholic, thought that women contemplating abortion, or who have taken mifepristone – the first pill in the two-pill RU-486 abortion process – should at least know the possibility existed.

In the event they wanted to reconsider their choice for abortion, Bacon said they should know about this possibility and who they should contact from the information packet that abortion doctors are required to give their patients.

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August 14, 2017

Abortion groups try to shut down pregnancy centers with protests, undercover investigations

The self-described “coven” of “feminists” has launched a campaign to recruit pro-abortion activists to infiltrate pregnancy care centers and look for evidence to put them out of business.

It’s an ironic twist to see abortion activists using pro-life strategies in an attempt to shut down pro-life pregnancy care centers. Abortion advocates are still in the process of trying to permanently put pro-life activist David Daleiden behind bars after he went undercover in 2015 to expose Planned Parenthood’s illegal selling of aborted baby body parts for profit.

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China continues coercive family-planning measures, despite end of ‘one-child’ policy

Although the Chinese government has formally discontinued its brutal one-child policy, forced abortions continue, the Population Research Institute (PRI) has found.

A PRI investigation discovered that coercive family-planning measures remain in place, with government officials becoming even draconian in some parts of the country. “We have found evidence that China’s two-child policy in some parts of the country is being even more rigorously enforced than the one-child policy,” said PRI President Steven W. Mosher.

Couples are required to obtain permits from the government before having a 2nd child. Regulations in some jurisdictions require women to wait a specified number of years after childbirth before becoming pregnant with a 2nd child. “If they catch you pregnant with an illegal child, they take everything you have,” reported one woman who went into hiding because of an “illegal” pregnancy.

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August 11, 2017

Under pressure, British NHS finally agrees to pay for surgery for toddler with exceedingly rare heart condition

Olivier Cameron will go to Boston’s Children’s Hospital

Oliver Cameron
In an unanticipated turn of events, last night the British National Health Service (NHS) finally agreed to pay for seven-month-old Oliver Cameron to go to Boston’s Children’s Hospital for surgery to address his extremely rare heart tumor. The son of Tim and Lydia Cameron will be moved after his first birthday (to give him the best chances post-surgery) or earlier if his condition worsens.

“An NHS spokesperson denied there had been a U-turn in Oliver’s case,” The Mirror reported. Really?

The NHS’s willingness to pay the estimated $194,000 comes less than two weeks after Great Ormond Street Hospital denied the parents of Charlie Gard the opportunity to take Charlie to New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center for experimental therapy. Charlie died July 28 when his ventilator was disconnected.

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August 10, 2017

Medical waste disposal company stops doing business with ‘many Planned Parenthood’ clinics

Stericyle leaving Planned Parenthood
The country’s largest waste hauler confirmed that it has ceased doing business with hundreds of customers, “including many Planned Parenthood locations,” in the wake of a pro-life group’s campaign to stop the disposal of aborted children.

Medical waste firm Stericyle, Inc. ended business agreements with more than 400 customers in recent years, the company said in court papers, because the companies did not certify they would comply with an agreement to not use Stericycle to dispose of aborted babies.

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12 ounce preemie goes home for the first time from Maryland NICU

Weighed the equivalent of three sticks of butter at birth

Ariana Sophia Cruz-Gutierrez
Ariana Sophia Cruz-Gutierrez’s birth was induced in March, and she weighed 350 grams or 12 ounces, equivalent to three sticks of butter. She went home last Thursday. She is the smallest surviving premature infant born at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Last Thursday at noon, Ariana Sophia Cruz-Gutierrez was at last ready to go home for the first time, tiny at 4 pounds, 15 ounces, but by all outward appearances healthy.

Dr. Suzanne Rindfleisch, director of the NICU, told the Capital Gazette’s Wendi Winters that Ariana “was our smallest survivor.” Dr. Rindfleisch, who’s been at the hospital for 24 years, went on to tell Winters.

“She was 12 ounces and dropped to 8 ounces. It was a long and difficult course for her, but she has a bright future ahead. Being at 24 weeks gestation, all the issues of a premature birth were there with the placement of tubes and monitors. She had transfusions and intubations. Her head sonogram was normal, though. And her parents were by her side all these months.”

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HUGE Free-Speech Win in Illinois, Where State is Trying to Force Pro-Lifers to Refer for Abortions

Illinois State Capitol Building
In July a federal judge in Illinois handed down a major victory for religious conscience and free speech protection, granting a statewide preliminary injunction against a 2016 law change that would force pro-life medical providers to refer patients to abortion businesses upon request.

Though the law has not yet been enforced despite a January 2017 effective date, the state’s 147 pro-life pregnancy centers—at least 74 of which offer free ultrasounds—have been vulnerable to the state’s demands for nearly seven months.

Gutting provisions previously enshrined in Illinois’ Healthcare Right of Conscience Act—once considered the gold standard of freedom protections in the U.S.—the 2016 change would have forced pro-life medical professionals of all kinds to cultivate a list of known abortion mills in their area to hand to patients.

The change—which was signed into law by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner—also threatened to force pro-life medicos and pregnancy centers alike to counsel patients as to the so-called “benefits” of abortion.

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August 9, 2017

Preemie twins’ survival was “touch-and-go,” but healthy and happy two years later

Had they been a few days younger, hospital staff would not have cared for them

Caroline Wirt with Premies
Mother Caroline said if the girls, pictured in hospital, had been born any earlier they would likely not have been given emergency treatment.

Caroline Wirt told the British publication The Daily Mail she hoped the story of daughters Sapphire and Ruby Wirt “would inspire other families.” Anyone reading Joseph Curtis’s great story would assure Mrs. Wirt she should have no worries about that!

Mrs. Curtis had experience problems along the way. Already the mother of three, she bled heavily and was hospitalized numerous times.

Then, suddenly, on January 4, 2015–at 23 weeks into her pregnancy–Mrs. Wirt’s water broke.

Rushed to the hospital she was placed on antibiotics only to contract sepsis–“an inflammatory response to an infection which can overload the body’s ability to cope,” as Curtis explained. “While she could be treated fairly easily, doctors couldn’t risk the twins contracting it and so they were forced to deliver them by emergency cesarean.”

The twins were born at only 24 weeks and “were little more than the size of their mother’s hand.” “They were then “covered in bubble wrap to keep warm after being delivered by cesarean section.”

“The doctors said it was very unlikely they would both survive. One of them might make it, but almost certainly not both of them,” Mrs. Curtis said.

“But they’ve overcome everything in their way which I’m sure is down to their unique bond. They’ve been together through everything and given each other the strength to survive.”

But there was another danger hanging over the delivery. There is no guarantee at all in Britain–in fact there is a presumption against–treating babies born before 24 weeks.

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9-year-old goes viral trying to save babies

nine-year-old Briana
A pro-life counseling event was staged in mid-July at Women's Med Center abortion clinic in Indianapolis, Indiana, and pro-life supporters were present to counsel women in favor of life. During the event, nine-year-old Briana, without being encouraged to do so, retrieved a voice-amplifying headset and began trying to save the babies of the women entering the clinic. Another supporter grabbed her phone and started recording. The video was posted to the "Hoosier Babies" Facebook page and has since gone viral.

"There's so many things you can do as 'first things,'" Briana addressed the women while she stood outside the clinic. "The first things are awesome, too. You can have first birthdays, first Christmases, first everything, first day to hug your baby, first day to see her."

Briana was bold enough to put it on a more personal level for abortion-seeking women.

"I'm a nine-year-old and the voice of your baby right now. Don't kill me. Save me. Let me live. Let me see the world. Let me grow up so I can worship Jesus and God," she pleaded with the mothers. "That's what your baby is saying.

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August 8, 2017

Charlie Gard opened his eyes, looked at his parents right before dying

Charlie Gard
It took 12 minutes for Charlie Gard to die after his ventilator was removed, his parents said in a new interview, and he "opened his eyes and looked at us one last time and closed them before he passed away."

Charlie died just one week before his first birthday. He captured the world's attention when his parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, raised more than $1.5 million to treat his rare mitochondrial disease. Chris and Connie wanted to pursue experimental treatment in the U.S.; Great Ormond Street Hospital wanted to remove Charlie's life support.

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Vision 2020 - Week 26 - Sen. William E Brady (R) and Sen. MIchael Connelly (R)

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
Isaiah 40:8

Pray that our leaders:

will hold fast to righteousness and will not let it go (Job 27:6)
will stand in the gap for our state (Ezekiel 22:30)
will seek the LORD (Deuteronomy 4:29)

Vision 2020 and the Illinois Federation for Right to Life would like to invite you to join us in praying for our state legislators.  We will send out information about a couple different state representatives each week for you to pray over.

Consider sharing this information with your ministry partners, your church family, on your website and/or your Facebook page.

We know that prayer changes things.  And we know that NOTHING is impossible with God. So let's join our hearts and voices together and petition heaven on behalf of the great state of Illinois!

Some of our legislators need prayer that God will open their eyes and change their hearts (or move them out of their positions) and some need prayers that they will have the strength, courage and boldness to be able to stand firmly against the opposition as they fight for life and family values.

August 7, 2017

Planned Parenthood sends woman to hospital after illegal abortion goes wrong

A Planned Parenthood abortion center operating without a license called an ambulance after a woman went into seizures at the abortion facility, according to an Operation Rescue video released Wednesday.

An emergency radio dispatch recording obtained by Operation Rescue documents the Planned Parenthood abortion facility on Auburn Street in Cincinnati called the ambulance July 27, with the dispatcher reporting “20-year-old female, pregnant, in a seizure.”

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Actress Wears ‘Planned Parenthood Makes America Great’ Hat

Chloe Grace Moretz
America is great, according to one young actress, because of Planned Parenthood. Never mind that millions of Americans are missing today because of the abortion giant.

On Tuesday, actress Chloe Grace Moretz unabashedly advertised her support for Planned Parenthood by displaying a bright pink baseball cap.

A play on President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan (“Make America Great Again”), the hat read, “Planned Parenthood Makes America Great” in photos posted by the Daily Mail.

The 20-year-old actress has attended Planned Parenthood rallies in the past.

But Moretz isn’t alone in supporting America’s largest abortion provider. She’s joined by hundreds of other Hollywood stars who wear Planned Parenthood as fashion (Emma Stone), repeat its talking points (Katy Perry), defend it amidst scandal (Scarlett Johansson) or promote its campaigns (Elizabeth Banks).

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August 4, 2017

'Footprints' reveal why abortion scars women

Vicki Thorn, head of The National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation & Healing, conducted extensive research on the biological aspect of abortion, some of which was posted by the National Institutes of Health. Thorn conveys to OneNewsNow the results of her research, which found that women carry the biological footprints of the babies they conceived.

"Women carry cells from every child they ever conceive the rest of their lives, and they stay in the body," states Thorn. "Those cells remain in different places and do different things." In an interview with Chicago Catholic, she identifies them as "microchimeric cells."

Thorn remarks that the NIH also noted women who have miscarriages or abortions actually carry more of these cells than the women who have carried their babies full-term, proving such a loss is impossible to forget.

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Life Legal Files Petition in Supreme Court Contesting Gag Order Against Daleiden

Life Legal Defense Foundation
Life Legal Defense Foundation today filed a petition for writ of certiorari seeking review of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in National Abortion Federation v. Center for Medical Progress.

The National Abortion Federation (NAF) filed a lawsuit against David Daleiden and his Center for Medical Progress (CMP) just weeks after Daleiden released videos showing Planned Parenthood directors negotiating the sale of baby body parts for profit. NAF sought a gag order prohibiting CMP from releasing additional footage recorded at its annual conferences, fearing further public scrutiny of the unethical and illegal business practices of its members. Federal judge William Orrick, who previously served on the board of an organization that "partnered" with Planned Parenthood, issued the order. In doing so, he held that Daleiden contracted away his First Amendment speech rights when he signed the non-disclosure agreement NAF requires of all conference attendees, to avert public relations disasters like that which followed late-term abortionist Martin Haskell's unveiling of the new technique of partial birth abortion at a NAF meeting in the 1990's.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the order without fully reviewing the case, as is required when First Amendment freedoms are at stake.

The Supreme Court has held the type of gag order issued by Judge Orrick to be unconstitutional prior restraints on speech, holding that prior restraints are "the most serious and least tolerable infringement on First Amendment rights." The Court has further held that the damage of gag orders "can be particularly great when the prior restraint falls upon the communication of news and commentary on current events," which is exactly what Daleiden's videos are.

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August 3, 2017

International humanitarian group promotes and provides abortion

Kenya Mothers
Doctors Without Borders is a name that evokes images of fearless, compassionate medics in the world’s hot spots, braving war, epidemics and disaster to bring live-saving care to the sick, wounded, and dying.  But the international humanitarian group better known as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is also an abortion provider and vocal advocate for “safe” abortion and boasts about performing abortions where the people have kept legal protection for their unborn children.

“Even worse, they do so under the guise of helping to reduce maternal deaths even though medical experts agree what mothers need is better prenatal care, skilled birth attendants, and emergency obstetric care,” she told LifeSiteNews in an email.

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Another Hospital is trying to force a baby off life support, parents won’t give up fight

Alfie has been at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital since December. He has "constant, chronic seizures," his father, Thomas Evans, explained to LifeSiteNews via email. He is in a coma and has a mysterious, undiagnosed disease.  The UK hospital wants to force Alfie off life support but the parents say they believe it's their "duty, devotion, and job to investigate all avenues of care" for their son, Alfie Evans.  The hospital told them to get lawyers because they want to pull Alfie's life support. His parents are hoping to find a neurologist who can help Alfie.

He is currently intubated and has a ventilator helping him to [breathe], but is also seen by doctors and family taking breaths himself. He has come off life support three times and shown he can manage a maximum of 13 days without the ventilator.

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Will Democrats’ future include pro-lifers? The debate continues.

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia
A leading Democratic Party campaigner has signaled openness to pro-life candidates, continuing months of controversy over the party’s future.

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in charge of helping Democratic congressional candidates, told The Hill there would be no “litmus test” for candidates on abortion when it comes to funding their campaigns.

Democrats for Life cited the loss of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, traditionally strong Democratic states, in the 2016 presidential election. The states are “very pro-life,” the organization said.

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August 2, 2017

Planned Parenthood delivers superhero capes to senators who voted to save its funding

Planned Parenthood "Superhero Capes"
Abortion activists delivered "I Stand With Planned Parenthood" capes to the "superheroes" who voted against defunding them. Last week, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, cast the vote that doomed a bill axing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion chain. It receives around half a billion dollars from the government each year.

"No real superhero would defend an organization that kills late-term babies in partial-birth abortions and sells their body parts afterwards like widgets off an assembly line," David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress told LifeSiteNews. "The real superheroes are the public officials who will finally stop forcing taxpayers to sponsor Planned Parenthood's barbaric abortion empire."

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Catholic group fighting HHS mandate disappointed exemption still unissued

Department of Justice Building
The US Department of Justice did not drop its appeal of a HHS mandate lawsuit by the Catholic Benefits Association on Monday.

After the US Department of Justice did not drop its appeal of a contraceptive mandate lawsuit by the Catholic Benefits Association on Monday, the group expressed its disappointment.  “It is disappointing that that process hasn’t moved forward. It does seem to be stalled currently,” Douglas Wilson, CEO of the Catholic Benefits Association, told CNA Tuesday.

While the mandate ordered employers to provide cost-free coverage in their employee health plans for contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs, the government offered an “accommodation” to non-profits that conscientiously objected to complying with the mandate. They would notify the government or the third party administrator of their plan of their objection, and their administrator would then provide the coverage to the employees.

Many non-profits, including the Archdiocese of Washington and the Little Sisters of the Poor, claimed that this “accommodation” still forced them to cooperate with morally-objectionable practices.

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August 1, 2017

Trump appoints pro-life governor Gov. Sam Brownback to protect freedom worldwide

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback
President Trump has appointed one of the most pro-life and pro-natural marriage advocates to an ambassadorship designed to protect the rights of religious people the world over.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is Trump's pick for a religious persecution watchdog post called "Ambassador for Religious Freedom." Brownback will lead the Office of International Religious Freedom, under the State Department, which monitors how people of religion are treated across the globe.

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Billionaire’s surprising tweet: World headed toward collapse without more children

Elon Musk
When billionaire Elon Musk (the Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder) tweeted about population growth earlier this month, some of his more than 10 million Twitter followers assumed he was lamenting “overpopulation.”

However, Musk’s message was that some of the world’s countries are not replacing themselves in population and they are in danger of demographic collapse.  In saying so, he inadvertently communicated to his sizable audience what the pro-life movement has said for years: The problem is NOT that we’re having too many kids.

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Culture of death out, culture of life in

Clarity Clinic
Dennis Rima, a spokesman for Clarity Clinic, told American Family Radio personality JJ Jasper that the clinic has experienced so much growth in its programs related to sexual purity, parenting, and post-abortion healing, that additional space is needed to accommodate its influx of clients.

Rima explained that when their lease was due to expire, they located another building to purchase – a Planned Parenthood facility in Dubuque.

According to Rima, they knew such a purchase "would be a big leap of faith financially," but they also knew they could close the abortion facility. Representatives of the abortion provider had stated it would continue to operate and provide services until somebody bought their building.

After a period of prayer, Clarity Clinic board members voted to purchase the building.

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Unborn babies can detect different languages, new study says

Pregnant Woman
A new study from researchers at Kansas University has found that unborn babies are able to distinguish between different languages as early a month before they are born.

The study found that unborn children, at an average of 8 months in the womb, are able to distinguish the difference between someone speaking in English and someone speaking Japanese, even if the languages were being spoken by the same person.

Two dozen pregnant American women and their in-utero babies took part in the study conducted by a team from KU’s Department of Linguistics, and published in the journal NeuroReport.

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July 31, 2017

Vision 2020 - Week 25 - Sen. Neil Anderson (R) and Sen. Jason A. Barickman (R)

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12

Will you step up to be a guardian of our cities and our state through your prayers?

Will you be the prayer warrior that Illinois is so greatly in need of today?

Vision 2020 and the Illinois Federation for Right to Life would like to invite you to join us in praying for our state legislators.  We will send out information about a couple different state representatives each week for you to pray over.

Consider sharing this information with your ministry partners, your church family, on your website and/or your Facebook page.

We know that prayer changes things.  And we know that NOTHING is impossible with God. So let's join our hearts and voices together and petition heaven on behalf of the great state of Illinois!

Some of our legislators need prayer that God will open their eyes and change their hearts (or move them out of their positions) and some need prayers that they will have the strength, courage and boldness to be able to stand firmly against the opposition as they fight for life and family values.

Abortion activist files restraining order against priest she hit with her car

Abortion facility volunteer Michelle Davis.
The abortion facility volunteer who almost ran over a Catholic priest with her car while fleeing the scene after attempting to steal pro-life signs has filed for a restraining order against the priest.

In a move pro-life advocates say is part of a concerted tactic by the abortion lobby, Michelle Davis filed for a civil stalking protection order against Father Joseph Klee, a priest of the Diocese of Columbus, in June.

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U.S. warned: U.N. could spur Charlie Gard death cases in U.S.

Gavel and US Flag
Right before the tragic death of 11-month-old Charlie Gard in a United Kingdom hospice Friday, a sober warning was issued to President Donald Trump by a group of parental rights legal experts – alerting him that United Nations policies could soon sway court rulings in the United States … effectively sentencing terminally ill children to an early death.

After examining at the rationale and influence behind the tragic decision, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is pleading with Trump to break America free from the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, as the Christian legal experts on parental rights warned that the such legislation strips away the ability of parents to decide what is best for their children – essentially handing it over to the government.

“The Charlie Gard situation highlights the stark difference between our national values and those of internationalists who believe that government bureaucrats and the courts should decide how children should be raised – and even whether a life is worth living,” HSLDA attorneys explained in their letter to the White House, noting that the Clinton administration signed the convention, but Senate never signed it. “[The international strategy] elevates government bureaucrats over parents in deciding what is in a child’s ‘best interests.’ It is this same standard that has enabled bureaucrats and courts in the United Kingdom to overrule the wishes of Charlie Gard’s own parents.”

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Abortion-Expanding Obamacare to Remain Law for Now

US Senate
In the early hours of Friday morning, in a stunning blow, 3 Republican Senators, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Murkowski (R-Ak), and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), joined with all of the Democrats ending the current attempt to move away from the abortion-expanding Obama Health Care law.

The so-called “skinny bill” would have defunded abortion giant Planned Parenthood for one year and would likely have gone to conference where further pro-life modifications might have been made.

While there have been numerous stops and starts, Congressional Leadership and the White House have both signaled that they would like to move on to other items for the short term.

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Little Charlie Gard has died

Charlie Gard - A life that could have, and should have been saved.
Charlie Gard died July 28th.

“’Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie,” said his mom, Connie Yates, who with Chris Gard fought an unresponsive judiciary and determined hospital which steadfastly refused their plea to permit them to take their own son to the United States for experimental therapy.

We know Charlie was taken to an undisclosed hospice, presumably in London. In his ruling Justice Nicholas Francis made it clear Thursday that Charlie’s ventilator would be quickly disconnected and that Charlie would “inevitably” die soon.

“Charlie’s Army” consisted of many more than those who contributed nearly $2 million online to defray expenses. The support voiced by Pope Francis and President Trump helped galvanize world-wide concern about a case which, at its most fundamental, turned on the question who decides what is in a child’s “best interests,” a hospital, a judge, or a child’s parents?

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July 28, 2017

US Senate again fails to defund Planned Parenthood, repeal Obamacare

Senate Floor
The U.S. Senate voted 51 to 49 to reject a "skinny" repeal of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood in the early hours of the morning on July 28.

The "skinny" repeal of Obamacare would have effectively ended individual and employer mandates to purchase health insurance. It also would have defunded Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider.

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NRLC urges Senate to extend Hyde Protections to the Senate Bill’s Tax Credit

The Better Care Reconciliation Act
National Right to Life urges adoption of Amendment no. 389 from Sen. Luther Strange related to extending Hyde Protections to the Senate Bill’s Tax Credit provisions.

The Better Care Reconciliation Act contains several essential elements that mark a substantial improvement from the Obama Health Care Law. The bill creates a “State Stability and Innovation Program” which will bring many changes to both the private market and to plans eligible for tax credits. The “State Stability and Innovation Program” contains protections wherein plans that utilize these important dollars cannot cover elective abortion. Because the “State Stability and Innovation Program” is seated in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), it is currently prohibited from paying for elective abortion – and this prohibition is part of the program permanently.

CBO estimated that plans utilizing the “State Stability and Innovation Program” funds will have premiums that are 20-30% lower than those plans not utilizing the funds. It is likely that the cost pressure to access these funds will have the practical effect of making abortion-containing plans far more expensive and highly undesirable. However undesirable and expensive, plans eligible for tax credits could still continue to legally cover abortion.

If the Hyde protections are struck from the bill’s tax credit provision, this amendment from Sen. Strange would ensure that all plans eligible for tax credits would be subject to the SCHIP Hyde protections already in law. The amendment would direct premium assistance through SCHIP’s stability fund. Sen. Strange’s amendment no. 389, would keep the tax credits, but reduce the amount of subsidy to 10% of their existing amount, and direct funds through the “State Stability and Innovation Program” at an amount of 90% of what the credits would have been.

Importantly, that 90% match for premium assistance through SCHIP would be subject to SCHIP’s existing Hyde protections.

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July 27, 2017

Planned Parenthood VP admits brutal abortion methods, shady legal loophole

A new video from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) shows a Planned Parenthood vice president discussing how a "checkbox" allows abortionists to declare their compliance with the law banning partial-birth abortion and then do the procedure as they wish.

Dr. Suzie Prabhakaran, the Vice President of Medical Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, explained to CMP investigators posing as fetal tissue buyers the standard practice of abortionists who don't use digoxin. Digoxin is a chemical injected into the human in the womb to kill him or her. It stops the baby's heart from beating. The baby is then removed from the mother's womb. But, if digoxin is used in an abortion, it prevents the baby from being harvested.

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US Senate votes to NOT defund Planned Parenthood, repeal Obamacare

U.S. Senate voted 55 to 45 to reject the repealing of Obamacare
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted 55 to 45 to reject the repealing of Obamacare and defunding of Planned Parenthood.  The vote was on an amendment to the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) that would swap the AHCA with a simple repeal of Obamacare. The AHCA outlines some provisions "replacing" Obamacare.

The vote doesn't mean that the Senate still won't end up repealing (and possibly replacing) Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood. The process of Senate debate over the AHCA – and introductions of various amendments to it – will carry on throughout the week. However, today's vote showed which Republicans flip-flopped on their opposition to Obamacare.

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Charlie will not be allowed to go home to die, Justice Rules

Connie, Chris and Charlie
After many public (and private) back and forths between the family and the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), Justice Francis announced unless an agreement can be reached for alternative arrangements by noon on Thursday (6am Eastern Standard Time), Charlie will be transferred to a hospice and his ventilator disconnected.

Connie and Chris have asked, through their attorney Grant Armstrong, to spend four days of ‘tranquility’ with their son before withdrawing his life support. GOSH was having none of that.

GOSH attorneys fixated on the idea that Charlie’s ventilator couldn’t make it through the front door of Connie and Chris’s flat. But that was just for starters. According to the Daily Mail

The court heard the hospital was insisting a ‘full team’ of paediatric intensive care doctors and nurses would be needed, along with a ‘health and safety assessment’, a special bed and ‘security personnel and a police escort’ to take Charlie home.

For one 11 month old baby who is dying.

The Daily Mail quoted a family friend:

‘The hospital have set the bar so high that in terms of clinical team for Charlie’s end of life nothing seemed good enough for GOSH.

‘The reality is Charlie is very stable, not in pain and rarely needs a doctor. It is therefore difficult to understand why Charlie could not die at home.

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July 26, 2017

Pro-life politicians need more encouragement and less negativity

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discusses the healthcare bill.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
There is a tremendous amount of momentum and new resolve in the pro-life movement, building on the 2016 election victories and the continued victories in the special elections held in recent months.

But in some pro-life circles, a certain political cynicism raises its ugly head, and it is dangerous to our mission. When things don’t happen quickly enough, our pro-life congressmen and senators are accused of being cowardly, traitorous or lazy politicians. We often say, in regard to passing pro-life legislation, that we need to put pressure on those we elected and “hold their feet to the fire.” While it is true that our legislators are accountable to us, the people they represent, we need to avoid an attitude of distrust, doubt, and expectant failure. We are the ones who put these people in office, and before we talk about their feet, we should talk about their arms. As Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms during a battle in which the Israelites were engaged, so must we "hold up the arms" of our elected lawmakers. As long as Aaron and Hur continued to support Moses, the Israelites were winning. But as soon as they dropped their support, they started losing. The victory was dependent on their active support. And support is not passive or automatic.

We, too, need to support our elected officials. When we elect them, we willingly share in the burden of their responsibility. We do not vote them in and then take a back seat and watch what they can do for us. Our government is by the people and for the people. That means we need to be directly involved and be ready to stand with them actively in any pro-life battle rather than take a judgmental attitude toward them. We affirm pro-life members of Congress by actively backing them up. This is not a dynamic of "them" against "us." We are in this together. When they succeed, we succeed. In engaging a positive spirit to affirm them, we affirm ourselves, and the fact that our votes make a difference. And they do.

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'Rolling abortionist' in heaps of trouble

Abortionist James Pendergraft
James Pendergraft's medical license has been suspended five times. Operation Rescue's Cheryl Sullenger says the abortionist was arrested in October 2015 for operating a home abortion service from his van in South Carolina.

"That's a problem for several reasons," the pro-life explains. "One, he's not even licensed to practice [medicine] in South Carolina – and he was also caught in possession of several illegal narcotics that were used to sedate women for abortions. He was also caught with marijuana and LSD."

Arresting officers also found instruments used to terminate preborn babies and containers of aborted babies. He has been indicted on ten charges. His trial is expected to begin later this week.

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