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photo credit:  Jim Bowen / Flickr HB1797, which would the Repeal of the Parental Notification Act of 1995, was introduced on February 16, 2...

March 8, 2021

Federal Judge Rules ERA Ratification Deadline Still Applies

Equal Rights Amendment Demonstration
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U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled last Friday that votes made by state legislators in recent years cannot legally ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). She ruled that the March 22, 1979 deadline set by Congress when the amendment was originally sent to the states remains valid today.

Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia had sued the Archivist of the United States in federal district court for refusing to certify the ERA as part of the Constitution. Nevada in 2017, Illinois in 2018, and Virginia in 2020 each voted to ratify the expired amendment. Contreras's ruling agreed with the defendant states that the deadline set in the Proposing Clause of the ERA resolution is legally binding.

Contreras did not rule on whether states have the right to rescind ratification before a deadline, or if Congress has the right to retroactively remove the deadline with new legislation.

The latter is exactly with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) intends to do. He announced on March 2 that the House will vote on a measure claiming to remove the expired ERA deadline. He said that the measure should see a vote during the week of March 15.

Douglas D. Johnson, senior policy advisor for National Right to Life and director of its ERA Project, said, “Democratic congressional leaders and attorneys general are part of a political-pressure campaign to intimidate the federal courts into permitting them to air-drop the long-expired ERA into the Constitution. Today, a federal judge appointed by President Obama ignored the political pressures and unflinchingly enforced the Constitution.”

Johnson continued: “The upcoming votes in Congress are another chapter in the political-pressure campaign directed at the courts. The Constitution does not empower Congress to time travel to 1972 to resuscitate a long-dead constitutional amendment.”

The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, after Virginia voted to "ratify" the ERA, said that she believes the amendment should have a "new beginning. I'd like it to start over." She agreed that the deadline had passed decades ago, and there are many legal issues with a late ratification. Ginsburg noted, “how can you disregard states that said, ‘We’ve changed our minds’?” Five states have done so.

According to National Right to Life, the 1972 ERA as written could be interpreted to end state and federal laws restricting abortion in any way. Additionally, it could be construed to require state and federal programs to fund abortion.

National Right to Life released a fact sheet showing the connections between the 1972 ERA and abortion. To view or download it, click here.

March 5, 2021

Live Baby Rescued after Abandonment in Boston Trash Can

A Boston woman who heard the cry of a baby saved him by informing EMTs that were happened to be nearby.

Both the mother and the baby have since been found according to CBS, and both are being treated at a local hospital. Police are investigating the circumstances and may press charges against the mother.

Silvana Sanchez, who found the child in the trash can, told WBZ-TV, “To be honest, I was just really nervous so I didn’t want to look inside of it and be the one to find it and do all the stuff.” She continued, “You probably don’t even believe me, but it was kind of by luck that EMTs were there and he came over. They ran with the baby to the truck and took him straight to the hospital.”

Both Massachusetts and Illinois have safe haven laws that allow mothers to give their newborn children anonymously. These children can continue to live full lives, even if the mother doesn't believe they can provide for them.

In Illinois, newborns up to 30 days old can be left at a staffed police station, fire station, hospital, or emergency care facility. From there, the baby will be given medical care and can be adopted by a loving family.

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New Mexico Gov. Legalizes Abortion-on-Demand

NM Gov. Lujan Grisham (D)
Last Friday, New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham (D) signed into law a bill legalizing abortion-on-demand and taking conscience protections away from doctors.

The bill repealed a 1969 law that outright banned the practice of abortion in New Mexico. After Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, however, the law became unenforceable.

Pro-life legislators in New Mexico voiced concerns, not only that this bill endorses the practice of killing unborn children, but also that physicians' consciences won't be adequately protected by the remaining legal code.

The Republican Party of New Mexico gave the following statement:

“This is a sad day for New Mexico. When Gov. Lujan Grisham penned her name to Senate Bill 10, she signed a death warrant. She, along with dozens of New Mexico Democratic lawmakers, approved the order to end the lives of thousands of unborn children. The new law is an immoral, dangerous one–a law that allows late-term abortion and offers no protections for girls, women or health professionals. It permits the murder of the unborn, endangers the health and lives of women and eliminates any conscience provision to allow a doctor to opt out if he or she opposes the procedure on moral, ethical or religious grounds.”

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Pro-abortion Legislators Call on Biden to End Amendments Blocking Abortion Spending

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Pro-abortion politicians on Tuesday sent a letter to President Biden to argue for the removal of pro-life protections from the federal budget.

The letter (which was co-signed by IL Sen. Tammy Duckworth and IL Rep. Janice Schakowsky) requests that Biden "eliminate the Hyde Amendment, the Weldon Amendment, the Helms Amendment, and other similar abortion coverage restrictions from your Fiscal Year 2022 budget."

The Hyde Amendment restricts the use of taxpayer funds for elective abortions in the U.S., while the Helms Amendment does the same for funds that are spent abroad. The Weldon Amendment restricts federal funding to states that discriminate against pro-life health care entities.

The Hyde and Helms amendments have been applied to Congressional spending bills since the 1970s, but recently pro-abortion lawmakers have taken a hard stance against them.

Pro-life lawmakers urging Congressional leadership not to end the amendments. Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN.) led a group of pro-life congressmen in sending another letter to House and Senate leadership.

That letter read:

“Each year since 1976, Congress has included Hyde protections in annually enacted appropriations. No president in American history has ever vetoed an appropriations bill due to its inclusion of the Hyde Amendment. Moreover, President Obama maintained the Hyde Amendment in each of his budget proposals. As recent as June 2019, former Vice President Joe Biden supported the Hyde Amendment and acknowledged that it works harmoniously with federal funding for women’s healthcare.”

It goes on to point out that the majority of Americans oppose using taxpayer dollars to fund elective abortions. “Years of public polling indicate that repealing the Hyde Amendment is opposed by most of the American public. Congressional Democrats now seek to further erode public trust in government by ignoring mainstream public opinion in favor of placating the radical Left.”

The letter supporting the pro-life amendments was co-signed by IL Representatives Mike Bost, Darin LaHood, Rodney Davis, and Mary Miller.

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March 4, 2021

Senate Finance Committee Votes to Advance HHS Secretary Nomination of Xavier Becerra

California Attorney General and HHS Secretary Nominee Xavier Becerra
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The U.S. Senate Finance Committee moved on Wednesday to advance the nomination of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The committee's vote was evenly split 14-14 along party lines. As a result, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer broke the tie to bring Becerra's nomination before the full Senate for a vote.

“Xavier Becerra has no health care experience but, if confirmed, would lead the Department of Health and Human Services during a pandemic,” Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “While Mr. Becerra lacks health care experience, he makes up for it with his proven track record of extreme abortion advocacy and hostility to pro-lifers.”

Becerra is known for going after pro-life Californians using his power as Attorney General.

  • He targeted pro-life pregnancy resource centers and forced them to advertise abortion under the Reproductive FACT Act (which has since been struck down).
  • He sued the federal government when an HHS rule granted the Little Sisters of the Poor a religious exemption from a contraception coverage mandate
  • After the Center for Medical Progress exposed Planned Parenthood for harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies, Becerra prosecuted the pro-life undercover journalists for their work.

“Mr. Becerra’s nomination by this administration is a favor to the abortion industry,” Tobias said. It is difficult to conclude otherwise when Mr. Becerra brings no public health experience to the position. Putting him at the head of the nation’s health care agency is a prescription for disaster.”

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March 3, 2021

March 3 Parental Notification Repeal Update

photo credit: Jim Bowen / Flickr

HB1797, which would the Repeal of the Parental Notification Act of 1995, was introduced on February 16, 2021, by Rep. Anna Moeller (D). It is currently in the Rules Committee awaiting assignment to a standing House Committee.

Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D), the new Speaker of the House, has joined as a Co-Sponsor of the bill.

Please watch for our updates and alerts as we track this legislation.

Pro-Abortion Activists Have Occupied a Mexican State Capitol for Months

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Since late November 2020, pro-abortion feminist activists have occupied the capitol building of Quintana Roo, the Mexican state that includes the city of Cancún.

The activists held a sit-in outside the congress building in Chetumal starting on Nov. 25, 2020, but then on Nov. 27 they stormed the building and have continued to occupy it since. Now, the building is damaged and tagged with graffiti.

Recently, the feminists replaced the Mexican flag outside the building with a green cloth displaying the slogan "abortion on demand." The Mexican army stepped in to remove the banner on Feb. 26.

The women demanded that the legislature vote to legalize abortion. Several legislators supporting such legislation have met with them and promised them that they would not be prosecuted for their actions.

The group had told officials that they would leave in early February, but they instead chose to stay after pro-life legislators temporarily stopped an attempt to pass a bill legalizing abortion.

Brenda del Río, the founder and director of the National Campaign for Life--Long Live Mexico, said to ACI Prensa that these actions are "green terrorism," after the color used by pro-abortion activists in Latin America.

del Rio told ACI Prensa that pro-abortion legislators- by dealing with the radical group- have promoted the idea that “if you want to advance a social cause, legal or illegal, you have to vandalize, threaten, take over public buildings and force lawmakers to fulfill an international agenda that is alien to the principles of Mexico. This amounts to the promotion of violence.”

She went on to argue that the legalization of abortion is being pushed heavily by foreigners and that the real problems plaguing Quintana Roo were going unanswered.

“Is it really a healthcare problem that seven women from this state went last year to Mexico City to get an abortion? Of course not. What really is a shame in Quintana Roo … is the trafficking of children in Playa del Carmen, where pimps rent Mexican children for hours or even days to Europeans, Americans, and Canadians.”

"What do we urgently need to legalize in Mexico? Maternity. Workers who are pregnant are fired from their jobs. Pregnant women are abandoned by the man. Poor women are pressured in clinics to be temporarily or permanently sterilized. Pregnant students do not have childcare in high schools or at the university,” del Rio said.

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South Dakota Gov. Signs Legislation Protecting Abortion Survivors

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R)
Last Wednesday, South Dakota became the most recent state to pass Born-Alive protections for abortion survivors.

Gov. Kristi Noem signed South Dakota House Bill 1051 on Feb. 24, requiring medical professionals to give the same degree of care to babies who survive attempted abortions as they would to any other children born at the same gestational age. Additionally, the law allows mothers to sue doctors or abortion facilities that don't provide the required health care to their babies.

Doctors or abortion facilities which violate the law could be subject to fines, and they will be required to report all live births occurring during attempted abortions to the South Dakota Department of Health.

“The pro-life cause continues even after a child is born, and this bill will guarantee the right to life for every baby that is born alive,” said Gov. Noem. “We expect doctors to treat all children equally, even those born in horrific circumstances. That’s basic human decency.”

March 2, 2021

Defense Files Opening Brief with Ninth Circuit in David Daleiden Case

David Daleiden
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On behalf of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) and David Daleiden, attorneys for Life Legal filed their opening brief with the Ninth Circuit on Friday, Feb. 26.

Daleiden and the CMP released a series of videos in July 2015 showing undercover conversations with Planned Parenthood executives. These videos exposed Planned Parenthood's practice of harvesting and selling body parts from aborted children, but the video creators were immediately sued by Planned Parenthood.

The abortion corporation claimed that the videos caused millions of dollars in damages to their organization, and the pro-life undercover journalists were found guilty in a 2019 jury trial. The defendants were found liable on claims for fraud, trespass, racketeering, and unlawful recording. 

Planned Parenthood spent large sums of money on reputation repair services and consultations to help them avoid being caught by undercover investigators in the future, but Life Legal argues that those costs are not damages caused by Daleiden or the CMP. In total, the judgment awards Planned Parenthood $2.4 million in damages and $13.7 million in attorney costs.

If the jury's ruling is struck down by the Ninth Circuit, all of the awards from the lower court will fall.

"This should be an easy case for the Ninth Circuit," said Catherine Short, Life Legal's Vice-President of Legal Affairs. "The trial judge let in so much prejudicial testimony that the defendants were denied a fair trial. But more importantly, the undisputed evidence showed that Planned Parenthood had no damages. It had no case, and this should never have even gotten to a jury."

Supreme Court to Hear Case Challenging Constitutionality of Protect Life Rule

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In February, the Supreme Court announced that it will consider a case challenging the Trump administration's 2019 Protect Life Rule, which prevented Title X funding from funding or subsidizing abortions.

The HHS rule prohibited organizations that received funding from the Title X family planning program from providing abortions, co-locating with abortion facilities, or referring patients to abortion facilities.

In response to this rule, Planned Parenthood chose to withdraw from the Title X program. It is estimated that the abortion giant stepped away from $60 million in annual taxpayer funding with this decision.

While the Biden administration has already directed the HHS to review the Protect Life Rule (and it is unlikely that the rule is currently being enforced), the court will still hear arguments on the constitutionality of the Trump administration's rule. This is important because it will determine whether a future president will be allowed to enforce similar rules.

So far, courts have ruled on both sides of the issue. The Ninth Circuit upheld it last February, while the Fourth Circuit ruled against it last September.

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March 1, 2021

House of Representatives Passes $1.9 Trillion Spending Bill without Hyde Protections

After the House of Representatives debated about the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill late into the evening of Feb. 26, the body voted in favor of the bill by a margin of seven votes. The House approved the bill without a single Republican vote, in no-small-part because the bill did not include the protections of the Hyde Amendment. Without the Hyde Amendment language, this gigantic spending bill can be used to funnel taxpayer dollars into the abortion industry.

The Hyde Amendment was a bipartisan set of language tagged onto all Congressional spending bills. After decades of being included in spending bills, this bill threatening to break with tradition is estimated to potentially allow $414 billion to be used to fund elective abortions or insurance plans that cover elective abortions.

On Friday, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who co-chairs the House Pro-Life Caucus, pointed out that the exclusion of Hyde language is “a radical departure from all previous COVID-19 relief laws,” which “mandates taxpayer funding of abortion-on-demand."

On Friday, Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) introduced an amendment to re-insert Hyde language into the $1.9 trillion spending bill. 206 members co-sponsored this amendment, but it was ultimately struck down by the Rules Committee.

“Democrat leaders in the House are not interested in the wishes of the majority of Americans who oppose taxpayer funding of abortions,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Democrat leaders are more concerned with fulfilling election-year promises made to pro-abortion groups. Those groups are interested in abortion at any time, anywhere, for any reason, and paid for by taxpayers.”

February 26, 2021

Rep. Anna Moeller Introduces Bill Repealing Illinois Parental Notification of Abortion Act

43rd District Representative Anna Moeller (D)
photo from Illinois General Assembly bio
On Feb 17, Rep. Anna Moeller introduced HB1797 to the Illinois House of Representatives. This bill is important for pro-lifers to follow, as it repeals one of the final abortion regulations in the state: parental notification.

Currently, abortion businesses are required to inform a minor's parent or guardian at least 48 hours before that minor has an abortion. She is not required to get permission from her parent or guardian after they are informed, but abortion businesses are obligated to at least make a minor's caretakers aware of the situation.

Additionally, as is often the case with many parental notification laws across the country, minors in Illinois can receive a judicial bypass from a judge. This means that if a judge approves, the minor can still have an abortion without notifying a parent or guardian. The idea is that a girl living in an abusive or violent situation can avoid the repercussions that might come with parental notification.

In practice, abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood often know which judges they can contact to get judicial bypasses for any abortion-seeking minor.

Additionally, judicial bypass introduces major problems by covering up rape, sex-trafficking, and abuse. A girl who has been raped, perhaps even by a family member, can go right back to her previous living situation after having an abortion. If the girl was raped by someone outside of her family, her parents will never learn about it. The absence of parental consent enables these crimes to go unnoticed and unpunished.

By repealing the Parental Notice of Abortion Act, pro-abortion politicians will only be enabling this type of behavior even further.

Expect to see more about HB 1797 in the coming weeks.

US House Passes "Equality Act," which would Expand Abortion and Remove Conscience Protections

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On Thursday afternoon, the US House of Representatives voted 224-206 (largely along party lines) to approve H.R. 5, otherwise known as the Equality Act. This legislation would write transgenderism into civil rights law, compel medical professionals to participate in abortions and transgender surgeries, and expand taxpayer-funding of abortion.

The legislation would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by defining "sex" to include “pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.” It is known that abortion is considered to be a "related medical condition" for the sake of this legislation.

The "Equality Act" reads that “pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition shall not receive less favorable treatment than other physical conditions,” and would add “establishments that provide health care” to the list of covered “public accommodations.”

Jennifer Popik, director of federal legislation for the National Right to Life Committee, said, “If enacted, H.R. 5 would open the door for widespread litigation wherein any attempt to restrict abortion, including the funding of abortion, would constitute discrimination.”

Provisions in H.R. 5 also override moral and religious conscience protections physicians have to object to abortions and gender transitioning procedures.

“Forcing health care providers to perform abortions in violation of their conscience rights clearly violates the Constitution,” said NRLC President Carol Tobias. “But pro-abortion forces and their allies in Congress are more concerned about expanding access to abortion.”

All House Democrats voted in favor of the bill, along with three Republicans. Those three representatives are Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Rep. John Katko of New York, and Rep. Tom Reed of New York.

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February 25, 2021

Irish Catholic Bishop Censored on Twitter for Denouncing Assisted Suicide

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After an Irish Catholic Bishop used Twitter to express his opposition to legalizing assisted suicide in his country, Twitter briefly removed his message for “promoting or encouraging suicide or self-harm.”

Bishop Kevin Doran of the Diocese of Elphin, Ireland wrote on Twitter:

“There is dignity in dying. As a priest, I am privileged to witness it often. Assisted suicide, where it is practiced, is not an expression of freedom or dignity, but of the failure of a society to accompany people ‘on their way of the cross’.”

His tweet also included a link to a message inviting healthcare professionals to add their names to a petition arguing against a bill that would legalize assisted suicide in Ireland.

After Twitter's removal of his Tweet, Doran was also blocked from Tweeting any other messages on the social media platform.

When he initially appealed Twitter's disciplinary action to support staff, they doubled down on their censorship with the following reply:

"Our support team has determined that a violation did take place, and therefore we will not overturn our decision."

The tweet, and Doran's ability to post messages on his account, have both been restored since that incident.

Big tech is becoming more brazen in its attempts to censor pro-life content and interfere in both national and international politics. If one day there isn't an outcry about what these corporations are doing to prevent their political opponents from having a voice on the internet, then actions like these will never be reverted.

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HHS Secretary Nominee Xavier Becerra Questioned on Pro-Abortion Actions

California Attorney General and HHS Secretary Nominee Xavier Becerra
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, President Biden's nominee for HHS Secretary, has been questioned in the Senate this week for his past support of extreme pro-abortion ideas including partial-birth abortion and taxpayer-funded abortion.

On Tuesday, he was asked by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions why he voted against a partial-birth abortion ban in 2003 (he was US congressman at the time). He refused to answer the question.

“I think we can find some common ground on these issues, because everyone wants to make sure that, if you have an opportunity, you’re going to live a healthy life,” he said in response to a question about partial-birth abortion by Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT).

“I think we can reach common ground on many issues. But on partial-birth abortion, it sounds like we’re not going to reach common ground there,” Romney responded.

Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) also highlighted Becerra's record on abortion, and called on him to promise he would commit “to not using taxpayer money to fund abortions and abortion providers.”

In response, Becerra said that he would “definitely follow the law when it comes to the use of federal resources.” He followed up that response by saying “we probably will not agree on all the issues.”

Roger Severino, former head of the HHS civil rights office, told CNA that he should have to answer for violating federal conscience protections as California's Attorney General.

“Becerra should have been asked to explain why he preferred to have California lose $200 million in Medicaid funds over allowing nuns to have insurance without abortion coverage, after my office had found him liable for violating the law,” said Severino.

When California passed an abortion coverage mandate on health plans in the state, Becerra enforced the mandate against religious institutions as well. This violated the Weldon Amendment, which gives religious institutions conscience protections from such mandates. The HHS Office of Civil Rights warned Becerra of the violation, but he refused to comply. 10 months later, the HHS announced it would withhold $200 million in Medicaid funds as a result of the violation.

Severino further argued that Becerra's actions indicate he “would try to shut down the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” and that he would remove HHS regulations that prevent physicians from prescribing the abortion pill regimen remotely.

During his time as California's Attorney General, he has also prosecuted pro-life undercover journalist David Daleiden for recording videos revealing the fact that Planned Parenthood was harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies.

Pro-life groups, including Democrats for Life of America, are speaking out against Becerra's nomination for the position of HHS Secretary.

Becerra has no experience working in the health care industry.

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February 24, 2021

Flossmoor, IL Planned Parenthood Delays Patient's Emergency Care by Calling Private Ambulance Instead of 911

Planned Parenthood in Flossmoor, IL
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On Feb. 3, pro-life onlookers saw a private ambulance park at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Flossmoor, Illinois to transport a woman from the clinic on a gurney.

This is significant because it means that the clinic did not call 911, the fastest way to get emergency care. Rather than ensure that the patient the clinic harmed received the fastest care possible, the clinic chose to call a private company that is not obligated to provide information about the call via a Freedom of Information Act request.

Operation Rescue, which often makes these requests so that it can highlight the dangers of abortion procedures, has recorded five other medical emergencies at this Flossmoor clinic since December 2018.

“When abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood bypass the 911 system, they are doing it to cover up the fact that they hurt someone during an abortion. Any concern for the life or health of the woman involved is secondary,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Planned Parenthood wants the public to think that abortions are the safest thing in the world, but incidents like this completely expose that lie.”

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New Tennessee Bill would Give Biological Fathers Power to Protect Children from Abortion

Tennessee State Capitol
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Tennessee legislators will consider a bill that would give biological fathers the power to prevent the mothers of their unborn children from having abortions.

Republican state Sen. Mark Pody introduced SB0494 earlier this month. If passed, the bill would allow fathers to petition a court for an injunction that would prohibit a woman pregnant with that father's child from having an abortion. The petitioner would have to provide proof that they are the unborn child's father (either through DNA testing or the acknowledgment of the pregnant mother).

Additionally, the man would have to submit a "voluntary acknowledgment of paternity" that cannot be rescinded. The father would then be legally responsible for child support and other parental obligations.

If the Senate and House bills are both passed, the legislation would take effect on July 1.

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February 23, 2021

Illinois REACH Act would Mandate Pro-Abortion Sex Education in K-12

An Illinois bill supported by Planned Parenthood would mandate comprehensive sex education for public and charter schools in grades k-12. The bill, titled the REACH Act, would require that students receive unbiased information and non-stigmatizing information about the options regarding pregnancy, including parenting, adoption, and abortion.”

State Senator Ram Villivalam (D) and House Representative Kathleen Willis (D) proposed the bill in February of last year, and legislators are gearing up to push for its passage in 2021.

Given that this education would be "non-stigmatizing", and Planned Parenthood supports this legislation, it is likely that this education would be pro-abortion. Additionally, it is likely that Planned Parenthood will lobby the state to use its own sex-ed materials in public schools. If minors are taught by schools that abortion is a morally acceptable practice that they shouldn't feel bad about choosing, then Planned Parenthood stands to profit. 

Live Action News posted an analysis in which it broke down several other problems with the bill:

  • While the REACH Act emphasizes the importance of "consent," it does not inform students about the negative consequences of early sexual activity.
  • Students won't be informed about the health risks associated with hormonal birth control, which include blood clots and depression.

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South Carolina Heartbeat Law Blocked by Federal Judge

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson
A South Carolina law that banned the abortion of unborn children whose heartbeats are detectable was blocked by a federal judge last Friday.

Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against the state after South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed it into law last Thursday. Then, on Friday, Judge Mary Geiger Lewis placed a 14-day restraining order against the law's enforcement until a hearing on March 9. The restraining order is renewable.

In the papers they filed against the state to ask for a restraining order, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights wrote that over 75 women were scheduled to have abortions over the next three days.

"Heartbeat" abortion bans have been passed in several other states, but none have succeeded after they were challenged in court. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says this time could be different since former President Donald Trump appointed three justices to the Supreme Court during his administration. This would potentially allow the court to overturn Roe v. Wade and other pro-abortion precedents.

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February 22, 2021

Planned Parenthood Fiscal Year 2020 Report Shows Record High Abortions

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Planned Parenthood's annual report for its fiscal year 2019-2020 shows that the abortion corporation ended a record number of unborn lives and received an increase in government funding over its previous report.

The report showed a total of 354,871 abortions, more than ever recorded by Planned Parenthood before. This is a 3% increase from last year. This averages to one unborn baby killed every 89 seconds.

Planned Parenthood also received $618.1 million in taxpayer funding during its 2019-2020 fiscal year. This is an increase of $1.7 million from the $616.8 million it received from federal and state taxpayer funding in the previous year.

In total, Planned Parenthood's revenue for the fiscal year was about $1.6 billion, and its expenses were only about $1.5 billion. This left the corporation with $69.7 million in excess revenue.

Click here to read a full breakdown of the report by Live Action News.

February 19, 2021

South Carolina Gov. Signs "Heartbeat Bill," but Planned Parenthood Prepares Lawsuit

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R)
On Thursday, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed the South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act. This law bans any abortions in the state which take place after the aborted child's fetal heartbeat is detected.

The law took effect immediately, but it does include exceptions for medical emergencies, rape, incest, and fetal diagnoses. Doctors who violate the law by aborting a child after their heartbeat is detectable can face felony charges, fines, and jail time.

Pro-abortion House members walked out in protest of the bill during the debate, one going as far as to call it a “farce of a vote about pretend life.”

The vote in the House was very nearly along party lines, with only two Democrats voting in favor of the pro-life bill.

Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights announced that they will file a lawsuit against the heartbeat bill before the end of the day on Thursday, likely preventing the law from taking effect until the suit is resolved.

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Actress Says "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Creator Abused her for being Pregnant

Charisma Carpenter
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Pregnant working women, in addition to all the difficulties and responsibilities that come along with that, often have to deal with discrimination and abuse in the workforce. Employers who want to keep productivity as high as possible or value a woman's physical appearance highly (as they might in the entertainment industry) may go out of their way to encourage working women to have abortions. They sometimes even punish female employees if they choose to carry their children to term. According to actress Charisma Carpenter, that is exactly what happened to her when she worked for Joss Whedon on the set of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

“Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working together on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel,” Carpenter wrote in a Feb. 10 statement on Twitter. “While he found his misconduct amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me, and alienate me from my peers. The disturbing incidents triggered a chronic physical condition from which I still suffer. It is with a beating, heavy heart that I say I coped in isolation and, at times, destructively.”

She wrote that Whedon called her into a private meeting after learning she was pregnant:

“In that closed-door meeting, he asked me if I was ‘going to keep it’ and manipulatively weaponized my womanhood and faith against me. He proceeded to attack my character, mock my religious beliefs, accuse me of sabotaging the show, and then unceremoniously fired me the following season once I gave birth.”

She went on to accuse Whedon of calling her into work at 1:00 AM. This was not long after her doctor told her that she needed to cut back on her working hours, and Carpenter believes Whedon called her purely in retaliation.

Whedon has also been accused of racist conduct by Ray Fisher, who was fired from an acting role as Cyborg in The Flash. Several actors have given statements criticizing Whedon's treatment of others in the fallout of that decision.

Whedon is a supporter of Planned Parenthood and even produced a short film praising the abortion business in 2017.

February 18, 2021

Pro-Life Conservative Radio Host Rush Limbaugh Dies at age 70

Rush Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom
at the 2020 State of the Union address
After a long-fought battle with lung cancer, pro-life conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh died Wednesday at age 70.

In February of last year, Limbaugh announced that he had been diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. During his State of the Union address shortly afterward, President Donald Trump awarded Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Limbaugh continued to host his radio show while having treatments. After a few months passed, he told listeners that his diagnosis was terminal.

At the end of 2020, he told listeners, “I wasn’t expected to be alive today,” he said. “I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today.”

Limbaugh openly opposed abortion and Planned Parenthood. He criticized the abortion business and the cultural shifts caused by abortion heavily, especially after the Center for Medical Progress released undercover videos detailing Planned Parenthood's sale of aborted baby body parts.

In another show two years earlier, however, he detailed the "cultural rot and decay" caused by the rise of abortion.

I just want to tell you something. I really think that abortion is at the root — you could do a flowchart — I think abortion is at the root of so much that has and is going wrong in this country. I think that the number of abortions themselves, but what in toto it all means, culturally, in terms of the sanctity of life, how that’s crumbled, I think it’s almost at the root of everything. And if it’s not at the root of everything, it’s clearly had a profound impact on our culture, our society, and our politics, I think in ways that people don’t even stop to consider.

None of it good and it’s caused all kinds of horrible problems that nobody knows how to fix. Because they refuse to even accept that abortion is more than what it is. To most people, it’s just a woman’s right to choose, and it’s nobody’s business, and leave it alone and I don’t want to talk about it.

But it’s really had much more impact on this country than just that. It’s had impact on crime. It’s had a profound impact on our politics. It is at the root of our cultural rot and decay.

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California Bill would Force Doctors to Participate in Assisted Suicide

A new bill introduced in the California Senate would force doctors in the state to participate in assisted suicide. Specifically, the bill would require doctors who object to a patient's request to be killed to still refer their patients to other doctors who are willing to participate in assisted suicide.

An excerpt from California's SB 380 states:

(3) If a health care provider is unable or unwilling to carry out a qualified individual’s request under this part and the qualified individual transfers care to a new health care provider or health care facility, the individual’s medical records shall be provided to the individual and, upon the individual’s request, timely transferred with documentation of the date of the individual’s request for a prescription for aid-in-dying drug in the medical record, pursuant to law.

(4) Failure to provide information about medical aid in dying to an individual who requests it, or failure to refer upon the individual’s request to another health care provider or health care facility that is willing to provide the information, is considered a failure to obtain informed consent for subsequent medical treatments.

(5) Neither a health care provider nor a health care facility shall engage in false, misleading, or deceptive practices relating to a willingness to qualify an individual or provide a prescription to a qualified individual under this part. Intentionally misleading an individual as to the willingness of a provider or facility to participate under this part constitutes coercion or undue influence.

Under this law, doctors who refuse to refer their patients for assisted suicide could be subject to professional discipline or lawsuits for medical malpractice.

Critics of the bill argue that it could also cause doctors to either retire early or leave the state.

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February 17, 2021

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Introduced in US House

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
This Monday, New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith (R) introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the US House. The law would ban most abortions after the child reaches 20 weeks gestation- when some medical experts believe babies are able to feel pain.

Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has introduced a similar ban in the Senate.

Unfortunately, since votes on this issue are nearly party-line, the law is unlikely to pass. Only 142 representatives (less than one-third of the 435 total representatives) in the House co-sponsored Smith's bill.

20-week abortion bans passed the House in 2015 and 2017, but they failed in the house on both occasions.

The most recent bill of this type was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Graham in 2020. It failed to gain the needed 60 votes, however. That vote also closely followed party lines, with four exceptions. Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted in favor of the bill, but Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) voted against it.

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"Miracle Baby" Survives Risky C-Section Procedure at 25 Weeks

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Nicole Truhill gave birth via C-section at Tucson Medical Center (TMC) in Tucson, Arizona after complications put both her and her baby's lives at risk. Born after only 25 weeks gestation, doctors said that her baby, Henry Augustus Truhill, only had a 50% chance at survival. To everyone's relief, Henry survived the process and is now even breathing on his own.

Nicole was diagnosed with placental abruption according to Tucson Local Media. This condition deprives the unborn child of oxygen and can cause the mother to hemorrhage. The family also said that Nicole had pre-eclampsia, a complication that results in extremely high blood pressure and can require an emergency C-section.

“When baby Henry was born, there was a tense stillness in the room until a tiny cry was let out, which provided Mom, Dad and hospital staff a small sense of relief,” TMC officials wrote in a press release.

“I have never seen something so beautiful, small and fragile in my whole life,” Kyle said. “I felt overwhelmed with emotion in that moment…gratitude, a sense of miracle, relief and sheer terror all at the same time. I’ve never cried so much in my whole life as I have this week. We just want our baby to live.”

Doctors say that Henry may have to stay at TMC until the beginning of June, but are hopeful that he will make a full recovery.

The family says that Henry has gained seven ounces since his birth on Feb. 1.

If he had been born just two weeks earlier, some hospitals in the US would not have provided any care to help Henry survive. In 2020, former President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the HHS to investigate instances in which hospitals denied care to preemies simply due to their gestational age. Preemies as young as 21 weeks have survived if given proper medical care. Without enforcement by the executive branch, more hospitals may be able to deny care- and the right to life- to preemies under the Biden administration.

February 16, 2021

Operation Rescue Highlights Medical Emergencies Caused by Abortion Clinics in 2020

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Not only does abortion kill innocent unborn children- it poses significant health risks to the women who have them.

Operation Rescue is an organization that helps shed light on the medical emergencies caused by abortion clinics across the US. Sidewalk counselors and pro-life bystanders who witness medical emergencies can send information to Operation Rescue, which then helps inform pro-lifers and expectant women by calling attention to these stories.

Last week, Operation Rescue published a 13-minute video highlighting the 67 medical emergencies and one maternal death reported to them during 2020. This number is lower than the 100 it recorded in 2019, due in part to some clinics being temporarily closed during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as fewer pro-life advocates protesting or sidewalk counseling. It is important to note that there are likely far more medical emergencies caused by abortion clinics that pro-life advocates did not make Operation Rescue aware of.

In its final tally, Operation Rescue recorded the following types of medical emergencies during 2020:
  • Unknown complication: 27
  • Hemorrhage: 20
  • Uterine perforation/internal injuries: 6
  • Sick/vomiting: 6
  • Severe pain: 3
  • Possible heart attack or stroke: 3
  • Seizures: 2
  • Sedation overdose: 2
  • Not responding/unconscious: 2
  • Incomplete abortion: 1
  • Life-threatening complication from the abortion pill: 1
  • Maternal death: 1

Thailand Legalizes Abortion Through 12 Weeks

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The nation of Thailand has now legalized the practice of abortion on demand through 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Thai legislators rejected a proposal to legalize abortion through 24 weeks of pregnancy, but it did end up legalizing abortion through 12 weeks for any reason. Abortion remains legal after that point if the pregnancy resulted from rape, giving birth poses a physical or mental health risk to the mother, or if the baby is diagnosed with a disability.

This comes just two months after Argentina legalized the practice of abortion within its own borders. 

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February 15, 2021

YouTube Permanently Bans LifeSiteNews for Criticizing Vaccines' Use of Aborted Fetal Cell Lines

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After LifeSiteNews made several videos arguing against the use of COVID-19 vaccines that used cells derived from aborted children during their research and/or production, YouTube has permanently banned the pro-life organization from posting videos there.

YouTube, which is owned by Google, uses a "three-strikes" policy when enforcing its rules against video creators. YouTube channels will gain a strike when they post a video that Google believes violates the website's guidelines, and three strikes within 90 days will result in a channel's permanent removal. The strikes recently gained by LifeSiteNews were all related to YouTube's COVID-19 misinformation policy, according to the tech giant. Google said that LifeSiteNews had created “content that promotes prevention methods that contradict local health authorities or WHO.”

Before the channel was removed, LifeSiteNews had accrued 300,000 subscribers and had a regular show with an average of 50,000 views.

LifeSiteNews editor-in-chief John-Henry Westen told CNA, “Our best guess is that the channel was taken down for our frank and factual discussion of the controversy around abortion-tainted medicines and vaccines. The origins of these vaccines and their association with abortion is acknowledged by the vast majority of scientists. Prior strikes were given for speaking the truth about COVID lockdowns and the presence of aborted fetal cells in the vaccines.”

February 12, 2021

New Study Suggests Abortion Pill Complications are Underreported

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A study recently published by Issues in Law & Medicine analyzed adverse events reports involving mifepristone (the first pill in the two-part abortion pill regimen). Titled, “Deaths and Severe Adverse Events after the use of Mifepristone as an Abortifacient from September 2000 to February 2019,” it suggests that adverse events- including death- are not being properly tracked.

The largest reason that abortion pill complications may be underreported is that abortion clinics often aren't involved in the aftermath of those complications. The study found that over 60% of surgeries initiated due to abortion pill complications were handled by a different medical facility than the one that provided pills to the patient. If the abortion clinic is never made aware of a complication, it will not report it.

Live Action News has reported instances in which the abortion industry has told women to say that medical problems stem from miscarriage rather than the abortion pill if they have to go to the emergency room. This would further limit the number of reports that the FDA receives showing the dangers of mifepristone.

The study's authors wrote,

“Many of the AEs [adverse events] experienced by women were unknown to the abortion provider until the follow-up examination, which is troubling considering the poor follow-up rate and elimination of the requirement for an in-office follow up visit. Some of the patient deaths were not known to the abortion provider until they saw the death in an obituary or were contacted by an outside source.”

Other studies indicate that between 5% and 8% of women seek follow-up care at an urgent care clinic or the emergency room. This would suggest that thousands of women require medical attention after taking mifepristone every year.

Live Action News writes,

"Five to eight percent is no small number and may represent anywhere from 17,000 to 27,000 possible emergency or urgent care visits in one year, based off the most recent data (2017) showing 339,640 medication abortions were committed nationally out of 862,320 total abortions reported."

The study goes on to say that the quality of reports received by the FDA varies drastically. Researchers said that many of them "didn’t even have enough information to tell the FDA or anyone else what actually happened to the woman."

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New Report Shows Abortion Facilities in 21 States Violated Informed Consent Laws

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A report recently released by Americans United for Life (AUL) documented health code violations at abortion facilities in 39 states across the country. While the other 11 states do not inspect abortion facilities at all, the report still found that "more than 300 facilities in 39 states were cited for more than 2,400 health and safety deficiencies between 2008 and 2020, including hundreds of significant violations of state laws meant to ensure basic health and safety."

AUL's report, titled "Unsafe," tackles a variety of issues including "the dangers of chemical abortion drugs, abortionists’ disregard for patient safety, and their failure to report the trafficking and rape of young girls."

One topic in the report that stood out to pro-life advocates was the sheer number of clinics that violated state informed consent laws. These laws require abortion facilities to inform women about the risks involved with abortion or about alternatives to abortion.

Unsafe placed these violations into several categories, including:
  • Failure to obtain required informed consent at the required time, such as on the same day of procedures or within the state’s required window of time;
  • Failure to have the appropriate licensed staff member obtain the required informed consent;
  • Failure to post or provide patients with contact information for complaint hotlines;
  • Failure to post clinic’s license information in a place where patients could easily see it.
In Illinois, the report showed that Advantage Health Care (which is located in Dale, IL) and Whole Woman's Health of Peoria were caught violating informed consent laws.

20 other states were also found to have facilities that violated informed consent laws.

February 11, 2021

Researchers Conclude Third-Trimester Preborn Children React to Pain

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A group of researchers studying whether preborn children can feel pain recently released a new study indicating that the answer is likely "yes."

The study involved thirteen mothers with babies between the gestational ages 28 and 34 weeks. Five of these babies had diaphragmatic hernias requiring intrauterine surgeries. The other babies were placed in two different control groups.

The group undergoing the surgery received an injection of anesthesia, and those children were recorded via ultrasound for 45 seconds before and after the injection. One control group was stimulated with acoustics while being recorded, and the other group was recorded after the mother sat in a quiet, dark room for five minutes.

Researchers who did not know which babies were which analyzed the facial expressions of the ultrasound images to find indicators of pain. 

According to Live Action News,

"The researchers watched for brow lowering, eyes squeezing shut, deepening of the furrow of nose and lip, open lips, horizontal mouth stretch, vertical mouth stretch, and neck deflection. Each baby received one point for each action that was present."

On their seven-point scale, the researchers found that the group which experienced injections scored no lower than five, and scored about six on average. The control groups, on the other hand, scored in a wide range between zero at the lowest and four at the highest.

After analyzing the results, the researchers concluded “[O]ur data indicate AP [acute pain] group participants exhibited an acute nociceptive-related [pain-related] facial response, that may have been experienced as pain.”

This would suggest that unborn children in the third trimester would in-fact feel pain. During that trimester, abortionists often practice dilation and evacuation abortions, which involve tearing the arms and legs off an unborn child before crushing its skull. This is because the child has grown too large to be removed from a mother's womb by other means.

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Iowa Legislators to Consider Pro-Life Constitutional Amendment

Iowa legislators will soon consider a constitutional amendment declaring that their constitution neither grants a right to abortion nor requires the state to fund abortion. If the amendment is approved by both houses, the people of Iowa will have the ability to vote on it in 2024.

The amendment would add Iowa to the growing list of states considering such amendments. Louisiana voters accepted their state's "Love Life" Amendment last month, and the Kansas legislators approved the "Value them Both" Amendment just two weeks ago.

Iowa's amendment, similarly to the others, simply states, “Iowa does not recognize, grant, or secure a right to abortion or require the public funding of abortion.”

These amendments will allow states to ban abortions within their borders if Roe v. Wade is overturned at the federal level. They will also allow state governments to withdraw funding to abortion clinics if judges previously found that their constitutions implied a right to abortion. This is the case for Iowa, which had a 72-hour waiting period law overturned when the Iowa Supreme Court opined, “a woman’s right to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy is a fundamental right under the Iowa Constitution.”

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