Pro-Life Lawsuit against the state of Illinois

Pro-Life Lawsuit against the State of Illinois

On November 30, 2017, the Thomas More Society filed a taxpayer lawsuit against State of Illinois officials in a counter attack against House Bill 40, which requires public funding of tens of thousands of elective abortions. The taxpayer lawsuit, filed in the Sangamon County Circuit Court, is brought on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Illinois taxpayers, represented by county and statewide pro-life organizations including the Illinois Federation for Right to Life and it's many affiliates.
HB 40 would force every Illinoisan to pay for free abortions for those on Medicaid and state employee health insurance. This would apply through the full nine months of pregnancy and for any reason, even when the latest scientific research has shown that the unborn child can feel pain and survive outside the womb.

The Thomas More society is a not for profit national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious freedom. The Thomas More Society is based in Chicago. Please consider helping the Thomas More Society with your financial support.

December 15, 2017

NRLC strongly urges Congress to oppose Alexander-Murray and Collins-Nelson proposals

The Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of state right-to-life organizations, urges you to oppose the Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017 (Alexander-Murray) sponsored by Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray as well as the Lower Premiums Through Reinsurance Act of 2017 (Collins-Nelson), sponsored by Sens. Susan Collins and Bill Nelson, because they lack Hyde-like protections.

The Alexander-Murray proposal would appropriate over 20 billion dollars in cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to be distributed to insurers, and these payments do not include Hyde-like restrictions. If enacted, the Alexander-Murray CSR payments can be expected to underwrite an estimated one thousand Obamacare plans that cover abortion on demand.

Additionally, the Collins-Nelson proposal would amend Obamacare to provide nearly 10 billion taxpayer dollars to subsidize abortion on demand through reinsurance.

We urge Congress that both proposals be amended to include language to reflect the long-standing pro-life policy of the Hyde amendment.

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December 14, 2017

Women Traumatized by Past Abortions File Brief at U.S. Supreme Court

Operation Outcry and The Justice Foundation filed a Supreme Court Amicus brief including the testimony of Cynthia Collins and 10 women of Operation Outcry, in Case No. 17-689,  Andrew March v. Janet T. Mills, as Attorney General of Maine, et al. The issue in this case is whether a preacher should be allowed freedom of speech to preach against abortion on a sidewalk outside the abortion facility.

Click here to read the brief. The Justice Foundation was represented pro bono by Erin Mersino and William Wagner of The Great Lakes Justice Center.

Operation Outcry, a ministry of The Justice Foundation, has collected approximately 4,500 written testimonies of women traumatized by abortion in their past, who are now bravely breaking silence.

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Trump may have become first president to describe a ‘pro-choice’ Democrat as ‘pro-abortion’

Pro-Life President Donald Trump
In urging Alabamians to vote for Judge Roy Moore yesterday, President Trump made an important distinction that pro-life politicians often fail to acknowledge: he used the phrase “pro-abortion” rather than “pro-choice.”

"Doug Jones is Pro-Abortion,​" said Trump on twitter yesterday.

This may be the first time a U.S. President has accurately described those who support legalized abortion as pro-abortion rather than use the euphemistic phrase “pro-choice.”

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Former Planned Parenthood VP will be appointed to U.S. Senate

Tina Flint Smith is a former Planned Parenthood vice president slated to replace Sen. Al Franken, D-MN.
The governor of Minnesota has appointed former Planned Parenthood vice president Tina Flint Smith to replace Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who resigned last week over sexual misconduct.

Smith is Gov. Mark Dayton’s Lieutenant Governor. She was the vice president of public policy at Planned Parenthood of Minnesota and the Dakotas from 2003 to 2006.

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Chicago area carolers to gather outside abortion facilities

Christmas Carolers
Throughout December, Christmas carolers will gather outside abortion facilities across America, to draw attention to the unborn children at risk of abortion. The Pro-Life Action League’s nationwide caroling event, Peace in the Womb, brings the Christmas message of peace and joy to the darkness of abortion clinics at over 80 locations in 30 states.

“It’s particularly sad to think of someone getting an abortion during the Christmas season, when we celebrate a new dawn of hope and joy coming into the world with the birth of a child,” explained Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action League. “With our Christmas carols, we seek to remind those entering abortion facilities, and the entire community, that the Christmas message of salvation came through an unplanned pregnancy.”

The Pro-Life Action League calls for pro-life advocates to gather outside of abortion facilities across America throughout December to sing Christmas carols. Peace in the Womb caroling events take place nationwide, with multiple events and locations in some metro areas, including Chicago, Omaha and Philadelphia. December 2017 marks the fifteenth year that the Pro-Life Action League has coordinated caroling outside of abortion clinics.

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December 13, 2017

City Sides with Abortion Industry in Free Speech Crackdown

Hartford Women’s Center is the latest target in an onslaught of pro-abortion attempts to limit pro-life free speech.
In a decision handed down Monday night, the city council for Hartford, Conn., authorized a new regulation that will force the city’s only pro-life pregnancy center to post signage meant to turn women away from its life-saving services.

Threatening Hartford Women’s Center with a $100 fine per day for noncompliance, the ordinance would require the center to identify itself as a non-medical facility despite the fact that its team includes licensed medical professionals working under the supervision of a physician.

By the time the ordinance is set to go into effect, July 1, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on a similar case in 2018, which will likely affect whether or not the regulation in Hartford stands or falls.

Other, more onerous laws forcing pregnancy centers to speak a government message have come under scrutiny in Illinois, California and Hawaii, with a judge permanently stopping Illinois’ law and the U.S. Supreme Court taking up pro-lifers’ challenge to California’s law earlier in November.

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Aborted baby parts traffickers hit with $7.8 million lawsuit settlement

Center for Medical Progress lead investigator David Daleiden
Two California bioscience companies that illegally trafficked aborted baby body parts for profit have been wallopped with a $7.8-million settlement and told to close shop forever in the Golden State.

DV Biologics and DaVinci Biosciences were exposed in the summer of 2015 as illegal for-profit fetal parts traffickers in undercover videos taken by the Center for Medical Progress at abortion trade conventions. In September of that year, Orange County’s district attorney’s office began an investigation of its own. It filed suit just over a year later in Orange County Superior Court.

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December 12, 2017

Congress considers "Conscience Protection Act" with Illinois nurse's support

While Illinois conservatives' rancor rose to new heights when Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Democrat-promoted bills forcing Illinois taxpayers to subsidize low income women and girls' abortions and local law enforcement to ignore federal immigration policy, a "right of conscience" bill started conservatives' dissatisfaction with Rauner.

The state measure, which went into effect in January 2017, requires medical personnel to provide the following information if a patient requests an abortion:

    -Refer the patient to a facility that performs abortions.
    -Transfer the patient to a facility that performs abortion.
    -Provide the patient with a list of other health care providers who perform abortions.

Conservatives' dissatisfaction with the Illinois measure and others requiring medical personnel to participate in abortions at the state level is now being mulled about in the U.S. Congress. The "Conscience Protection Act" is an effort pro-life lawmakers are pushing to become federal law.

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December 11, 2017

Vision 2020 - Week 40 - Rep. Tony McCombie (R) and Rep. Margo McDermed (R)

Pray for our legislators...

During this Holy Season...
Will You Pray with Us?

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.

We are up against an opponent that is in control of the Illinois General Assembly

Governor Raune
“Evil never has the last word. That belongs to God…”
Franklin Graham, Decision Magazine
November 2017

On September 28, 2017 Governor Rauner signed House Bill 40 (HB40) into law.   This bill entitled, “Abortion-Various” (because of its broad reach) is now Public Act (PA) 100-0538. PA 100-0538 forces taxpayers to fund abortions for Medicaid eligible women and female state employees eligible for State of Illinois insurance coverage.   I am certain that all of you reading this letter are painfully aware of the history and terrible impact of HB40. 
Most of you know Governor Rauner publicly announced he would veto HD40.  But he signed it.  The Governor did not keep his word to Illinois taxpayers, the Catholic Church, the voters of Illinois and to Republicans in the General Assembly. 

“Let no one deceive you with empty words.”
Paul, Apostle

It was not the first time he did not tell the truth.

Candidate Bruce Rauner told pro-life leaders that although, he is not pro-life he did not intend to pursue a social agenda.  His focus would be on the financial situation in the State of Illinois.  There were some that believed him.  There were some that trusted him.  Not the Illinois Federation for Right to Life (IFRL).  We are a single-issue organization.  He opposed our issue.  That was all we needed to know about candidate Rauner.
On July 29, 2016 Governor Rauner signed Senate Bill 1564, the Health Care Right of Conscience Act.  The Act (now PA 99-0680) mandates that medical staff of pregnancy resource centers in Illinois must provide an abortion referral to a “patient” wishing to have an abortion. There are lawsuits pending in state and federal courts challenging the constitutionality of this law.  The law has been enjoined by the court preventing it from going into effect during the pendency of the litigation. This is a good sign because the court must first determine that it is likely that the plaintiffs (the centers) will win in order to grant an injunction. 
SB1564 violates the right of conscious of the pregnancy center workers.  It violates their religious liberty.  It violates their freedom of speech.  But our “social agenda neutral” Governor signed it.  In any event, after signing SB1564 it should not have surprised anyone that despite his “word” he signed HB40.

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”
King Solomon

And the battle continues.  Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 4, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) remains in the Senate and will likely be called for a vote during the 2018 Spring Session that begins in January. We have discussed the ERA in our past letters. (If you need more information please visit our blog at   Here is what you need to know right now. 
We were concerned that the ERA would be called for a vote during the Fall Veto Session in October and November.  We were very busy lobbying. Elise Bouc of “Stop the ERA” joined us in Springfield and was very effective. Illinois Right to Life and IFRL sent thousands of robo calls into targeted House districts and one Senate district. The districts chosen were those of pro-life legislators who were uncertain of their vote on the ERA. Some of them stated that they did not see a connection between the ERA and abortion.  Some of them had voted against the ERA in the past but were undecided now. Some of them were not running for office again or were retiring and that seemed to make a difference in their vote. 

The House Districts (HD) were: HD 37-Margo McDermed; HD41-Grant Wehrli; HD53-David Harris; HD65-Steven Andersson; HD70-Robert Pritchard; HD75-David Welter; HD79-Lindsay Parkhurst; HD81-David Olsen; HD96-Sue Scherer; HD99-Sara Wojcicki Jimenez; HD104-Chad Hays and HD105-Dan Brady.  The ERA requires a supermajority to pass.  We have successfully stopped it in the House because the supporters could not secure 76 yes votes.  The new uncertainty of the pro-life representatives made our success questionable.  
However, due to your contact with your representatives the ERA was not called for a vote during the veto session. Thank you so much for helping us!  The supporters could not be sure they had 76 votes.  Your calls had an impact on the representatives and changed minds.

“No weapon against you shall prosper…”
Isaiah, Prophet

We are up against an opponent that is in control of the Illinois General Assembly.  They have more money and the support of individuals in powerful positions.  We are surrounded by the enemy.  They see us as small and weak.     

I am sure you know of the story of a young shepherd boy. The baby of the family. A very unlikely hero.  And yet he slew a giant and the army of the enemy was defeated.  How was he able to do it with only a slingshot and one smooth stone?  He was small and weak when compared to the huge army with a powerful leader.  He won because of what he believed. 

“…I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts…
“…this assembly shall know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear;
for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
David, Shepherd Boy

In the Spring Session we will need your help again.  Surely there will be attempt to pass the ERA and other pro-abortion legislation.  Your help will be crucial as we continue to fight at the Illinois General Assembly to stop laws that kill unborn babies.  We believe that this is what we must do because it is a righteous cause.  We believe that you agree with us and are with us in spirit as we speak with the legislators and walk the halls of the Capitol.  We are grateful for your support and faithfulness.  Please continue to give generously so that together we can put an end to this terrible evil.  

“My secret is simple…I pray.”
Mother Teresa

We will win because we pray.  We pray that God will grant us victory.  We pray for you.  We believe that you are praying with us and for us. We must pray for our Governor. We pray for our legislators. (See our blog for Let’s Pray! with Vision 2020).

    And we will prevail!

“…with God all things are possible.”
Jesus, Lord

And that is the last word.

        For Life,

       Dawn Behnke
       President, IFRL

Planned Parenthood's Tacit Support of Physical Assault

Pro-Lifer Assault
Planned Parenthood, much like the Left in general, has always had a problem with consistency. Call it a professional hazard of purporting an ideology that relies on feelings rather than reason.

Here are some examples:

-A child is a “clump of cells.” Unless it’s wanted, then it’s a baby.

-A woman is empowered to make her own choices, unless she makes the wrong one; then she’s coerced, misguided, or manipulated.

-A woman’s rights are to be protected zealously, unless those rights conflict with Planned Parenthood’s prized cash cow of abortion on demand; then they’re to be silenced at all costs.

-Hitting a minor is never okay, unless that minor is protesting abortion outside one of their clinics. Then it’s fair game to punch her in the face.

Admittedly, that last one sounds far-fetched. But, alas, that’s precisely what occurred outside of Planned Parenthood Roanoke this past Saturday.

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Babies don't survive at PP – but Sanger's agenda does

Margaret Sanger
Last weekend, an ambulance was summoned to the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood in New York City for a woman who suffered complications post-abortion and had to be transported to a hospital emergency room. Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue tells OneNewsNow that the ambulance crew arrived at the facility on Margaret Sanger Square with lights flashing – but no siren. She finds that irresponsible, as it delays emergency care for those in need.

"We think this is wrong – it actually slows down responses and it endangers women," the pro-lifer says. "... This is such a terrible situation that one state, Missouri, has even passed a law that says that abortion clinic workers can no longer ask for ambulances to run with no lights and no sirens."

Sullenger, CherylIn the New York incident, the young black woman – who walked out of the clinic on her own before climbing into the ambulance – was hospitalized for emergency treatment. That, says Sullenger, fits the business model of Planned Parenthood to target minorities for abortions.

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U.S. Department of Justice investigating Planned Parenthood for selling baby parts

 Center for Medical Progress YouTube
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is officially investigating Planned Parenthood for selling baby body parts, more than two years after the release of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) videos.

Fox News broke the story Thursday evening, reporting that they had obtained a letter from Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. This letter asked for unredacted documents from that committee, which had been investigating Planned Parenthood.

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December 7, 2017

VIDEO: Abortion center kills perfectly healthy babies who could survive outside the womb

An undercover phone call revealed the willingness of a late-term abortion facility in the nation’s capital to abort a healthy, 26-week-old baby.

This call is the latest undercover investigation from Priests for Life and Abortion Free New Mexico. The pro-life groups are releasing calls with abortion centers that show abortion businesses are more than willing to abort healthy babies late into pregnancy for no reason.

An employee at Washington Surgi-Clinic told a caller posing as a pregnant mother that she could abort her baby at 26 weeks for $6,200 or at nearly 27 weeks for $7,200.

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December 6, 2017

Helping Women Doesn’t Mean Advocating Abortion. Quite the Opposite, In Fact.

Leaders at a recent G-7 gathering agreed to help women, children. Naturally, that came as an outrage for abortion extremists.
This November, member nations of the “Group of 7” (G-7) met in Italy to discuss current global health issues and challenges. To the outrage of abortion activists, the G-7 members landed on language that omits abortion terms under the “Gender Perspective in Health Policies and Rights for Women, Children and Adolescents” section of the communique.

Instead, the language states that G-7 nations—made up of the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.K.—would pay special attention to the health of mothers, newborns and children with evidence-based interventions to address issues like mortality and violence.

As the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam) reports:

“The U.S. proposed compromise language during negotiations asking to qualify the term ‘sexual and reproductive health’ by reference to UN agreements that explicitly deny abortion is an international right. In the end, it was negotiators from Canada and Europe who wanted no mention at all of ‘sexual and reproductive health,’ preferring deletion to qualifying the term to exclude abortion rights..."

Removing abortion language from the communique does not hamper women’s access to safe healthcare. And the Mexico City Policy certainly does not either. In fact, policies like these protect women by funding centers who provide more comprehensive care—which often includes post-abortion counseling to help women heal from the real and harmful effects of abortions, which groups like “She Decides” continue to prop up as beneficial for women.

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11 Attorneys General back Trump Administration in dispute over undocumented teenager’s abortion

Pro-Abortion Activsts celebrate the killing of unborn Latina baby
The undocumented, unaccompanied 17-year-old from Central America secured an abortion, thanks to the ACLU and the DC Court of Appeals. Our last few stories about this human tragedy focused on the Trump administration’s insistence that the ACLU had not been straight about what would happen (and how quickly) once the full DC Court of Appeals decided a minor illegal alien (“Jane Doe”) had a constitutional right to an abortion . For this and other reasons, the Department of Justice filed a petition, asking the Supreme Court to vacate the decision and punish the ACLU.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton took the lead, as he has throughout the controversy. Joining Monday’s brief were the attorneys general of Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia, as well the general counsel for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The brief from the 11 states reads, “This court should vacate the court of appeals’ order because the Constitution does not confer the right to an elective abortion on unlawfully-present aliens with virtually no ties to the country.” Moreover, it continues, “The States also have ‘a legitimate and substantial interest in preserving and promoting fetal life,’ as well as an ‘interest in promoting respect for human life at all stages in the pregnancy.’”

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December 5, 2017

Catholic priest, pro-lifers arrested for witnessing inside U.S. abortion centers

Members of the Red Rose Rescue team: (L to R) Julia Haag, Father Stephen Imbarrato, Joan McKee. Dec. 2, 2017.
Eleven pro-lifers were arrested Saturday, Dec. 2 in the second Red Rose Rescue. The pro-life defense of the unborn took place in three different clinics: Stephen Brigham’s Capital Women's Services 6323 Georgia Ave NW Suite 210, Washington, DC, the Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic 101 S Whiting St, Alexandria, VA, and the Women’s Center Clinic 6765 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI. owned by abortionist Jacob Kalo.

Father Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for Life joined two others, Julia Haag and Joan McKee and entered the D.C. clinic at 2:15 in the afternoon. They were confronted by a totally-packed waiting room—so packed indeed that other women scheduled for abortions were forced to wait in the outside hallway in the building that houses the center. They were able to distribute red roses to all those inside the clinic, offering words of encouragement not to abort their babies. Clinic staff however rounded up all the women and “sequestered” them behind the reception area. The pro-lifers then simply went out into the hallway and continued to talk to the women waiting there.

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Abortion activist punches pro-life teen outside Planned Parenthood, gives concussion

Purity Thomas (in red) speaks at an anti-Planned Parenthood rally in April 2017
An angry abortion activist punched a pro-life high school student outside a Planned Parenthood on Saturday, giving her a minor concussion but strengthening her resolve to fight abortion.

Another pro-life activist caught the assault on camera...

15-year-old Purity Thomas was praying outside the Roanoke Planned Parenthood on Saturday morning when a woman, apparently there for an abortion, became agitated at the pro-lifers.  The woman approached Serena and began yelling, “what are you gonna do when I beat you all up, when I f*** you all up?”

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December 4, 2017

Vision 2020 - Week 39 - Rep. Chad Hays and Rep. Sara Wojcicki

Pray for our legislators...

Thank you for praying with us!!

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.

Taxpayer-funded abortion law met with Illinois lawsuit

Pregnant Credit Unsplash CNA
A new Illinois law requiring public funding of elective abortions is opposed by pro-life groups and taxpayers who have sued the state, calling the measure illegal.

“The people of Illinois totally reject taxpayer-funded abortions,” said Peter Breen, Special Counsel for the Thomas More Society, a non-profit legal group in Chicago, in a statement released Thursday..

“Even apart from the sincere moral objections that many folks have to paying for abortions, there is no money in this year’s Illinois state budget to pay for them,” Breen continued.

House Bill 40 was signed into law by Illinois governor Bruce Rauner in late September.  Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago criticized the governor, saying that he was disappointed Rauner had broken promises to veto the bill, according to the Chicago Tribune.

If it takes effect, the new law will allow taxpayer dollars to fund free abortions for individuals with Medicaid coverage, and for state employees with health insurance, throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

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Pro-lifers say they are fighting 'modern eugenics'

Pregnant Woman with Doctor
Alliance Defending Freedom along with lawyers from the Bioethics Defense Fund filed a friend-of-the-court brief in November with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

According to ADF, the brief was filed on behalf of three Down syndrome groups and a women's advocacy organization that support a law in Indiana banning abortions based solely on a child's disability, race, or gender.

Planned Parenthood affiliates challenged the law in court and a federal judge stopped it from taking effect.  Now the Indiana attorney general is appealing the federal judge's decision.

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U.S. Senate passes major tax reform, excludes unborn

For the first time in over thirty years, Congress is on course to pass sweeping tax reform legislation. But in the process they omitted an innovative pro-life measure that would have granted important legal recognition to unborn children.

The Rubio-Lee Amendment, aimed at helping lower income families benefit more fully from the increased Child Tax Credit, garnered only 29 ‘Yes’ votes, falling far short of the 60 required for passage.  Thirty Republicans voted against the measure, while 9 Democrats supported it.  The Senate procedural hurdles required the removal of the unborn from the 529 education savings accounts and also prevented Alaska Senator Steve Daines from offering his much anticipated amendment which would have included the unborn in the Child Tax Credit (CTC).

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December 1, 2017

Controversial Abortion Bill Prompts Taxpayer Lawsuit Against Illinois Officials

No HB40 Illinois
On November 30, 2017, the Thomas More Society filed a taxpayer lawsuit against State of Illinois officials in a counterattack against House Bill 40, which requires public funding of tens of thousands of elective abortions. The taxpayer lawsuit, filed in the Sangamon County Circuit Court, is brought on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Illinois taxpayers, represented by county and statewide pro-life organizations, the Springfield Catholic Diocese, and a group of Illinois legislators from across the state.

“The people of Illinois totally reject taxpayer-funded abortions,” stated Thomas More Society Special Counsel Peter Breen, who drafted the lawsuit. “Under HB 40, Illinoisans will be forced to pay for 20,000 to 30,000 abortions per year with their tax dollars.”…

[If implemented]HB 40 would force every Illinoisan to pay for free abortions for those on Medicaid and state employee health insurance. This would apply through the full nine months of pregnancy and for any reason, even when the latest scientific research has shown that the unborn child can feel pain and survive outside the womb.

There is no cap on the number of abortions that could be covered under Medicaid and no cap on the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on these procedures. Based on recent figures from the Department of Healthcare and Family Services showing a cost of up to $1000 per Medicaid abortion, state government spending on abortions could range anywhere from $15 million to $30 million.

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November 30, 2017

One Step Closer to the Supreme Court for David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress

David Daleiden
Life Legal's petition for review of the 9th Circuit's decision in National Abortion Federation v. Center for Medical Progress is moving forward in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Earlier this week, the Court requested additional briefing from the National Abortion Federation (NAF), an indication of interest in the case from some of the justices. NAF's brief is due at the end of December, after which Life Legal will file a reply.

The National Abortion Federation (NAF) sued David Daleiden and his Center for Medical Progress (CMP) just weeks after Daleiden released his first video showing Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood's Senior Director of Medical Services negotiating the sale of body parts from aborted babies up to five months gestation—all while enjoying her salad and wine.

Over lunch, Dr. Nucatola told Daleiden that when working with a body parts broker seeking specific organs, she will "basically crush below, I'm gonna crush above, and I'm gonna see if I can get it all intact." She went on to say that when brokers are looking for the intact head of a baby, "some people will actually try to change the presentation," which is a violation of federal law.

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.

Orrick held that Daleiden contracted away his First Amendment speech rights when he signed a non-disclosure agreement required by all NAF conference attendees. The disclosure agreement is designed to prevent the public from finding out about the abortion industry's unveiling of more efficient ways to kill unborn children.

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Pro-life senator proposes Child Tax Credit amendment that includes preborn

Senator Steve Daines
“Moms and dads start planning and preparing for their baby’s birth as soon as they learn about their pregnancy,” noted the Family Research Council’s David Christensen, vice president for government affairs. “Parents take time off for doctors’ appointments, stock up on diapers, formula, clothes and swaddles, and they plan financially to take time off work to care for and bond with their baby. By recognizing that the financial burdens of parenthood begin in the womb, the ‘Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms’ would be a significant help to individual families and the economy overall. For pregnant moms, especially those who are young and low income, an additional $2,000 could make a real difference as she works hard to give her baby a solid start in life.

“Under the “Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms,” every child will receive a CTC for an unborn child, but consistent with current law, the credit could only be claimed once the child is born and issued a taxable identification number (TIN), such as a Social Security Number. Therefore, the IRS would never have to investigate whether a woman was pregnant or if the child died before birth.”

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World Medical Association updates Hippocratic Oath

Revised Hippocratic Oath
A modern successor to the Hippocratic Oath has been approved by the World Medical Association. This is the first revision in a decade and reflects changes in the climate of medical ethics.

The current declaration is still a noble attempt to affirm that doctors have duties towards their patients and towards society; they are not just profit-maximising entrepreneurs with an expertise in human physiology.

The most striking change implicitly allows abortion. In 1948, doctors were to declare that “I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from the time of conception.” In other words, the nigh-universal prohibition of abortion was fully backed by the medical profession.

By 2017, this had been watered down to “I will maintain the utmost respect for human life.” In as much as some ethicists maintain that an embryo is life, but not a human life, this is an escape clause for abortion.

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November 29, 2017

District Judge rules against Texas Ban on Dismemberment Abortion

Dialation and Evacuation Abortion (D&E) of a 16 Week Old Fetus
Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel, who historically rules in favor of the abortion industry, issues a sweeping ruling that strikes down the Pro-Life Texas Dismemberment Abortion Ban. The full five-day trial on the ban was held earlier this month after abortion providers resorted to the courts to protect their practice of ripping living children limb from limb out of their mothers’ wombs.

State Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) and State Representative Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) sponsored the widely-supported legislation during the 85th Legislature with Texas Right to Life spearheading the passage of the ban. This Dismemberment Abortion Ban narrowly addresses one type of second-trimester abortion procedure in which a living preborn child is torn limb from limb while his or her heart is still beating.

After the measure passed as an amendment to another related bill [SB 8], several Texas abortion clinics and a few abortionists challenged the Pro-Life law claiming the measure created an undue burden on abortion providers and women seeking abortions and was, therefore, unconstitutional.

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November 28, 2017

VIDEO: Abortionist will terminate ‘developed’ 26-week-old baby for $7k

Pregnant Woman with upset Man
One of America’s most infamous late-term abortionists is willing to abort healthy babies of healthy moms up to 28 weeks into pregnancy for thousands of dollars, a new undercover call revealed.

After 28 weeks, abortionist LeRoy Carhart will abort babies on a “case-by-case basis” if they and their moms are healthy.

Most babies are born at 40 weeks. One study showed that a significant number of babies survive when delivered as early as 22 weeks, just over five months of gestation.

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November 27, 2017

Pro-abortion groups panic over GOP tax bill

Ultrasound Picture
Pro-life groups are pleased with a provision in tax reform legislation but their opponents are predictably upset.

Tax reform isn't where one would expect to deal with the issue of abortion and life, but Jim Sedlak of American Life League tells OneNewsNow there is a provision that recognizes life begins at conception.  The provision, says Sedlak, is “that the children who are confirmed as being present in the mother's womb, but not yet born, can have college accounts set up for them and contributions to those accounts become deductible from the parent's income.”

Although the measure has nothing to do with abortion, abortion organizations such as NARAL and Planned Parenthood have begun an aggressive campaign to have it removed from the legislation. If the tax bill passes as-is, NARAL warned on Twitter, it will include the "unprecedented recognition of personhood ideology" for the first time ever.

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Battle continues over abortions for undocumented, unaccompanied teenagers

Pregnant Woman
As of October 17, 43 pregnant illegal immigrant girls in HHS custody

A constant thread throughout the tragic story of an undocumented pregnant teenager who aborted her 16-week-old baby, was that for the ACLU, the role of “Jane Doe” was to make it impossible to prevent unaccompanied pregnant minors from coming into this country and aborting their babies. Indeed the ACLU has filed a class action suit arguing that undocumented teenagers have the same rights to access abortion that Americans have.

The continuing significance of this legal challenge was illustrated this week by a story in The Washington Times. Stephen Dinan reported, “The surge of illegal immigrant children crossing the border also means a surge of pregnant girls in U.S. custody, according to new government figures made public late Monday, highlighting the latest test of Trump administration policies.”

According to Dinan

At least 420 pregnant Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) have been caught and put into government care over the last year, and 43 pregnant illegal immigrant girls were still in custody of the Health and Human Services Department as of Oct. 17, Jonathan White, the department’s director for children’s programs, said in court documents.

Of the 420 girls seen in fiscal year 2017, 18 requested abortions and 11 had them. Another five rescinded their request for an abortion, and two were turned over to sponsors in the U.S. before a final decision was made, Mr. White said, meaning they were outside of government custody.

He added, “The Trump administration is vehemently fighting the ACLU, saying that as of right now there are no pregnant girls in government custody seeking abortions so there’s no need for a class action lawsuit.”

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Ca. and Pa. attorneys general sue to take away Little Sisters of the Poor’s religious exemption

Little Sisters of the Poor
Last month it was reported that the Department of Justice had reached a settlement so “that plaintiffs would not be forced to provide health insurance coverage for ‘morally unacceptable’ products and procedures.”

That was a reference to the infamous Obama mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services under a provision of ObamaCare that required employers — even those with deeply held religious objections — to provide health coverage for drugs and procedures to which they had moral or religious objections.

Among those who had joined a lawsuit of more than a dozen religious nonprofits including charities or universities were the Little Sisters of the Poor.

That nod to their religious freedom and rights of conscience was too much for the attorneys general of California, Xavier Becerra, and Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro. According to the Becket Fund, the duo has sued the Catholic charity to force them to fund coverage in their healthcare plans.

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How Samantha Saved Her Baby with Abortion Pill Reversal

Samantha and her three boys at her recent baby shower, hosted by Abundant Hope PRC in Attleboro, Mass.
Though the abortion lobby loudly derides the Abortion Pill Reversal as “unproven” at best and “junk science” at worst, don’t count on a Massachusetts woman named Samantha to join in with the chorus of science-deniers who oppose the life-saving medical intervention.

To Samantha, the only important thing about the breakthrough treatment—which is really a new use of a decades-old, FDA-approved prescription dating back to the 1950s –is that it saved her daughter’s life earlier this year.

One of 300 mothers and counting to have saved the life of her unborn children in the past five years, Samantha is on the cusp of welcoming her daughter into the world this December.

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Think abortion is OK in the case of rape? This argument utterly destroys that argument

Rebecca Kiessling in Peru, Nov., 2017.
I’m sure you’ve heard abortion advocates say that it’s barbaric to force a rape victim to carry “a rapist’s child.”  First of all, I am not the child of a rapist – I am the child of a rape victim.  My mother and I object to me being characterized otherwise.  The rapist has no claim to me!  Tell those who say such things, do not insult me or my mother in this way.

Secondly, it is simply barbaric to punish an innocent child for someone else's crime.  Justice dictates that in a civilized society, we punish rapists, not babies. Those who would kill innocent children are the ones who are barbaric!

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November 22, 2017

Abortionists getting away with murder …

Ambulance at a Planned Parenthood
Americans United for Life issued the report which, according to Steven H. Aden, the pro-life group’s chief legal officer and general counsel, counters the claim from the industry that abortion is one of the safest outpatient practices in America.

“This report documents 754 clinic violations – including 39 Planned Parenthoods and 34 license revocations of abortionists for unsafe and dangerous practices,” Aden pointed out. “Moreover, there are 65 chronic offenders – we call them abortionists – that are repeatedly cited by state health agencies for unsafe and dangerous practices.

Aden maintains the bottom line is that claims that abortion clinics are safe are simply not true. In addition, they are usually staffed by fly-by-night abortionists who fly in, do the abortions and then leave – with no further patient care.

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November 21, 2017

Unborn child’s ‘pain’ shouldn’t get lost in the politics of the Pain Capable bill

Abortion Tools
“Does it hurt?” That is the question behind the bill that protects from abortion, babies in utero who are 20 weeks old and beyond. The abortion debate has grown so absurdly abstract; it’s time to refocus on fact like how much it hurts unborn babies to be pulled apart at 20 weeks. This is when a baby is quite developed and about the length of a banana. We know the answer. In fact, any five-year-old probably knows the answer. But here we are. The mere fact that we have to remind people says a lot about this debate. It has lost all sensibility. We are not seeing, hearing, or touching abortion; it has been turned into a philosophical argument about rights.

There is a reason why the word “pain” precedes all others in the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Pain is a universal human experience. It appeals to our human decency and common sense. People care about the suffering of others and, if they can eliminate it, they will. That’s why federal laws exists to protect cattle from unnecessarily feeling pain in the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. If we can do this for cattle, then certainly we must do even more for children.

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Pro-lifers praise Trump’s ‘excellent list’ of potential candidates for Supreme Court

Supreme Court Building
On Friday, the Trump administration announced five candidates for the Supreme Court, considered the “short list” of possible high court justices. They are: Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Judge Kevin Newsom, Justice Britt Grant and Justice Patrick Wyrick.

“These five judges are exceptionally qualified and any one of them would make an outstanding Supreme Court justice,” Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said. “President Trump set a high standard with Justice Neil Gorsuch and continues to impress with his excellent list of nominees for future vacancies.”

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Adult Stem Cells and Gene Therapy Save a Young Boy

Dr. Michele De Luca
When people talk about something that “saved their skin,” they usually mean that it helped them out of a difficult situation. But a young boy in Germany has literally had his skin—and his life—saved through the use of genetically-engineered adult stem cells. Adult stem cells are the ethically acceptable alternative to the destruction of human embryos.

The boy suffered from a condition called junctional epidermolysis bullosa, a severe and often lethal disease in which a mutation leaves the skin cells unable to interconnect and maintain epidermal integrity. The skin blisters and falls off, and the slightest touch or abrasion can leave a patch of skin gone and a painful, difficult-to-heal wound behind. There is no cure for the disease and little other than palliative care available for sufferers of the most severe forms.

Now researchers have combined use of adult stem cells with genetic engineering to successfully treat the young boy’s life-threatening condition. The boy’s doctors in Germany called on Dr. Michele De Luca at the University of Modena (pictured) and Reggio Emilia in Italy to use a technique he has developed to correct the genetic problem and grow new skin.

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Pro-Life activists walk free after Trial for Pro-Life witness inside Abortion Center

The Virginia "Red Rose Rescuers" from left to right: Joan Andrews Bell, Bonnie Borel Donahue, Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, Fr. Fidelis Moscinski, CFR, Julia Haag, and Joan McKee. Between the two priests is their attorney Chris Kachouroff.
Six pro-life activists, including two Catholic priests, walked free after facing obstruction of justice and trespassing charges for refusing to leave an abortion facility waiting room. However, the pro-life activists were found guilty of trespassing and each given a $500 suspended fine. If they don’t trespass inside the abortion facility for the next year and maintain good behavior, the fine will be waived. They were found not guilty of obstruction of justice.

Inside that waiting room on September 15, 2017, they gave pregnant women roses and encouraged them to choose life. Police removed the activists from the facility, Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic, as they passively resisted arrest. The activists called this a “Red Rose Rescue.” It was because they passively resisted arrest, requiring wheelchairs to haul them out of the abortuary, that the pro-life activists were charged with obstruction of justice.

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November 20, 2017

Prolife Provision in House-passed Tax bill passes House

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On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 which contains a new prolife provision.

Under the provision, parents will be permitted to name unborn children as beneficiaries of 529 College Savings Plans, and be able to start saving for their unborn child’s education before the baby is born. This would be the first time the unborn child has been written into the tax code.

The National Right to Life Committee supports this provision because it recognizes, in at least one area of law, that unborn children are people.

The Senate will take up their version of the tax bill following Thanksgiving. If passed, the Senate and House bill differences will be worked out in committee, with the goal of signing tax reform into law before Christmas.

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November 17, 2017

Donald Trump is the most pro-life president in American history

President Trump gives the commencement address at Liberty University
It’s been a year since the “Election of the Century,” and political pundits everywhere are assessing President Donald Trump’s performance thus far.

Pro-lifers are evaluating Trump, too.  Their verdict so far?  He perhaps overreached in his campaign promises (what politician hasn’t?), but “The Donald” is the most pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-family president in the history of the republic.

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November 16, 2017

House Tax Reform Bill would be first time unborn child is include in tax code

A new baby is like the beginning of all things, wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.
The House is expected to vote on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 November 16th. The tax bill contains a new positive provision related to the unborn.

Under the provision, parents will be permitted to name unborn children as beneficiaries of 529 College Savings Plans, and be able to start saving for their unborn child’s education before the baby is born. This would be the first time the unborn child has been written into the tax code.

The provision has been attacked by pro-abortion groups such as NARAL and Planned Parenthood. Even though this law in no ways deals with abortion, the pro-abortion lobby’s ideology compels it to deny the very existence of unborn human beings in any area of the law.

By the same token, the National Right to Life Committee supports this provision because it recognizes, in at least one area of law, that unborn children are people.

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November 15, 2017

Adoption tax credit at stake in Congress decision

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Congress is working to make sure adoptive families get a boost from the federal government.

The House version of tax reform dropped the adoption tax credit that helps people cover the expenses of an adoption, but the Senate version restored it. In addition, House Ways and Means chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) is proposing an amendment to the House version to put the adoption tax credit back in the mix.

OneNewsNow spoke with Tom Velie of New Beginnings Adoptions who calculated the savings for the government if it were eliminated.

"It hardly makes a drop in the bucket," says Velie. "It has such a potential negative impact on children and families. I don't think anyone who really looked into it would say that's the place to start cutting."

Cutting the tax credit would likely mean some eligible families would not adopt, leaving more children without a family.

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Is the FBI preparing to investigate Planned Parenthood?

Planned Parenthood Sells Baby Parts Signs
An FBI request for un-redacted Planned Parenthood documents from the U.S. Senate could signal an investigation into whether the abortion giant illegally sold fetal tissue from aborted babies.

The request was made to the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) referred Planned Parenthood and several other organizations that perform abortions to the FBI after the committee investigated their practices of transferring fetal tissue. The report comes from The Hill news site, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the document request.

The Center for Medical Progress in 2015 released undercover videos appearing to show Planned Parenthood and other abortion industry leaders engaged in the illegal sale of the tissue and body parts.

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November 14, 2017

Vision 2020 - Week 38 - Rep. David Harris (R) and Rep. Michael P. McAuliffe (R)

Pray for our legislators...

Vision 2020 - Week 38 - Rep. David Harris (R) and Rep. Michael P. McAuliffe (R)

The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
Psalm 126:3

Thank you for praying with us!!

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.

NY Times columnist calls pro-life websites ‘fake news’, demands Facebook silence them

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Facebook must start cracking down on “anti-abortion fake news,” according to an opinion piece in Friday’s online edition of the The New York Times.

British journalist Rossalyn Warren raised a rallying cry to abortion advocates to lobby Facebook to black out sites like LifeNews and Live Action, which she accused of producing “vast amounts of misinformation” — such as the correlation between abortion and breast cancer.

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Sandra Bullock may portray pro-abortion activist politician Wendy Davis in upcoming film

Sandra Bullock and Wendy Davis
“Miss Congeniality” actress Sandra Bullock (pictured left) is interested in portraying pro-abortion activist Wendy Davis (pictured right), the former Texas state senator most famous for an 11th-hour abortion filibuster in Texas, in an upcoming movie.

In 2013, she filibustered Senate Bill 5, a sweeping pro-life bill that sought to protect pain-capable 20-week-old preborns, ensure that abortionists had hospital contracts for emergencies, require abortion businesses to have the same safety standards as legitimate surgical facilities, and provide better care to women taking the dangerous abortion drug RU-486.

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Supreme Court agrees to hear pro-life challenge to compelled pro-abortion speech

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National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra is a challenge to a 2015 California state law– the state’s so-called Reproductive FACT Act — that forces locally funded pro-life medical clinics to advertise taxpayer-funded abortions. The only known instances of the law’s enforcement have occurred in Los Angeles, “where city attorney Mike Feuer has leveraged an obscure law that mandates current signage for local business to force pregnancy medical clinics to comply,” according to Pregnancy Help News’s Jay Hobbs.

Savage describes the fight as “a clash between the state’s power to regulate the medical profession and the Constitution’s protection for the freedom of speech.” He wrote

California lawmakers passed the disclosure law two years ago after concluding the more 200 pregnancy centers in the state sometimes misled or confused women into believing they provided the full range of medical care, including abortions.

AB 775 requires licensed medical centers that offer free, pro-life help to pregnant women to post a disclosure saying that California provides free or low-cost abortion and contraception services. The disclosure must also include a phone number for a county office that refers women to Planned Parenthood and other abortionists. The law also forces unlicensed pregnancy centers to add large disclosures about their non-medical status in all advertisements, even if they provide no medical services.

Pro-abortionists are nothing if not persistent even though they lose and lose. As we have explained on many, many occasions, courts in Austin, Texas; Montgomery County, Maryland; Baltimore; and New York City have completely or mostly invalidated similar laws.

Pro-lifers succeeded most recently in Illinois. As Hobbs explained

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.

“It is clear that the amended act targets the free speech rights of people who have a specific viewpoint,” Judge Fredrick J. Kapala wrote in his order.

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