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February 25, 2020

CA Attorney General to HHS: “California will take no ‘corrective action.’” CA will Continue to Force Churches to Cover Abortion

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra wrote in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that the State has no plans to stop forcing private employers, including churches and religious organizations, to fund health insurance plans with abortion coverage.

The HHS Department’s Office for Civil Rights issued a Notice of Violation to the state of California in January. The Notice declared that California's law forcing employers to cover abortion was a violation of the Weldon Amendment. The amendment allows the federal government to withhold funding from states which discriminate against “any institutional or individual healthcare entity” because they don't “provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.”

The HHS Office for Civil Rights stated that if California fails to comply with federal law, it may face “limitations on continued receipt of certain HHS funds.”

California will not back down with its violations, however. “California will take no ‘corrective action,’” said Xavier Becerra. He argued that the Obama administration found no problems with the California requirement, which began in 2014.

It could easily be argued that pro-abortion bias may have affected the Obama administration's enforcement of the Weldon Amendment.

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Title X "Protect Life Rule"

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On Monday, a federal appeals court ruled 7-4 in favor of the Trump administration's "Protect Life Rule" which prevents organizations that provide abortions or refer patients to abortions from receiving Title X funding for their family-planning services from the government.

Judge Sandra Ikuta wrote in the majority opinion that the Supreme Court approved similar regulations in 1991 with Rust v. Sullivan and that the Protect Life Rule is “less restrictive in at least one important respect.” In the majority opinion, she stated “a counselor providing nondirective pregnancy counseling ‘may discuss abortion’ so long as ‘the counselor neither refers for, nor encourages, abortion,’” wrote Ikuta.

Planned Parenthood has called upon Congress to reverse the Protect Life Rule, which it calls a "gag rule."

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February 24, 2020

Daleiden and Merrit Charges Heard in San Fransisco Superior Court

David Daleiden at Pro-Life Summit 2020
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David Daleiden and Sandra Merrit, undercover journalists who exposed Planned Parenthood for harvesting and illegally trafficking body parts from babies, are facing charges of illegal recording under California privacy law. Their defense team appealed the original guilty verdict to San Fransisco Superior Court and hope to get all charges dropped to protect the field of undercover journalism.

"David and Susan face 10 years- a decade- in San Quentin Penitentiary if those felony counts were to be upheld," said Peter Breen, senior counsel for the Thomas Moore Society representing the undercover journalists. "[This is] the first time and only time undercover journalists have ever been charged with that illegal taping law in California. And again, all of these tapes were taken in public exhibit halls and public restaurants. There was nothing done wrong by David and his team."

Breen says that his team is prepared to appeal this case all the way to the Supreme Court.

Florida Governor to Sign Parental Consent Bill

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
In his state of the state address, pro-life Florida governor Ron DeSantis asked the Florida House of Representatives to pass a parental consent bill which would require a minor's parents to be involved in their daughter's decision to have an abortion. His request has now been answered.

On February 20, the Florida House of Representatives passed HB 265 with a majority of 75 to 43. When the bill reaches Governor DeSantis's desk, he is expected to sign it and pass it into law.

Sen. Kelli Stargel, a sponsor of the original bill that passed the Senate, said her legislation is “not a pro-choice or pro-life bill.” Stargel added, “This is about whether or not you’re going to have adults involved in difficult decisions with children.”

Polling showed 73% bipartisan support for the parental consent bill among Floridians.

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February 21, 2020

California Lawmakers Receive Valentines Bags from Planned Parenthood with Message: "Don't F*** with us."

California lawmakers reportedly received "goody bags" last week with a message from Planned Parenthood. They included condoms with the words "Don't F*** with us. Don't F*** without us." The bags also included a piece of paper with a short poem:
"Roses are red 
Violets are blue 
Planned Parenthood promotes safe sex 
Now your office can too!"
The idea apparently being that legislators could distribute these condoms to workers in their legislative offices. Senate Republican leader Shannon Grove went to Facebook to express her disappointment on Valentine's day:

“We confirmed several offices received this ‘gift’ from Planned Parenthood, including mine. Really???? This is how PP communicates with members of the state legislature. Good thing I stopped a group of kids from seeing in my office…… #Crass #disgusting #Vulgar.”

Of course, Planned Parenthood's business model is not built on promoting safe sex. It is built on promoting abortion and profiting off vulnerable women who don't feel like they have any better options.

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Supreme Court to Begin Hearings on Louisiana's "Unsafe Abortion Act" Next Month

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On March 4, the United States Supreme Court will begin hearings in June Medical Services v. Phillips, a case deciding the constitutionality of a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital.

"The Unsafe Abortion Act" requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility. The requirement is designed to keep women safe in cases when women are injured during abortion procedures. This would also have the side-effect of ensuring only qualified physicians perform abortions since hospitals review a doctor's experience before granting admitting privileges.

The state of Louisiana originally lost its case in District Court before winning in the Fifth Court of Appeals. It will be the first abortion-related case to be heard by Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

February 20, 2020

Former Editor of Harvard Journal Argues Preborn Children are Entitled to Equal Protection Under the Constitution

Pro-life organization Live Action released a new video in its series titled “Pro-Life Replies” on Wednesday. In this video, former editor in chief of Harvard Journal of Law Josh Craddock argues that the landmark case Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided, and preborn children should have constitutional protection under the 14th amendment.

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HHS Seeking Nominations for Board to Decide Ethics of Tax-Funded Research on Aborted Babies

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The Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that it is seeking nominations for the National Institute of Health Research Ethics Advisory Board. Part of this board's duties will include deciding the ethics of using aborted babies in medical research.

“The Board will be composed of 15 individuals who are not federal employees,” the announcement says. The board will include at least one attorney, ethicist, practicing physician, and theologian. Furthermore, at least one half of the appointments must be “scientists with substantial accomplishments in biomedical or behavioral research.”

“The Ethics Board will advise, consult with, and make recommendations to, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) regarding the ethics of research involving human fetal tissue (HFT) proposed in NIH grant and cooperative agreement applications and R&D contract Proposals,” the announcement continues. “Recommendations will address whether the Secretary should withhold funds or not withhold funds from a proposed project because of ethical considerations. In providing advice and recommendations on these matters, the Ethics Board will consider, among other things, the use of alternative models, and review and verify the core ethical principles and procedures used in the process to obtain written voluntary informed consent for the donation of the tissue.”

Directions and necessary materials for nominations are included in the announcement. Nominations must be received within the next 30 days.

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February 19, 2020

Judge Rules Against Title X Abortion Funding Restrictions in Maryland

On February 18, a U.S. district judge ruled in favor of the state of Maryland against the Trump administration's Title X rule restricting taxpayer funding of abortion.

The Protect Life Rule prevents taxpayer funding from going towards family planning facilities that provide abortions, share a location with an abortion provider, or refer patients to abortions. U.S. district court judge Richard Bennett sided with the state of Maryland against the Protect Life Rule, calling it, “arbitrary and capricious, being inadequately justified and objectively unreasonable.”

“The administrative record reflects that literally every major medical organization in the United States has opposed implementation of this rule,” he wrote. “There is almost no professional support for its implementation.”

Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia are also suing against the Protect Life Rule, so even more federal court decisions regarding the Trump administration's ability to restrict taxpayer funding of abortion in this way will come.

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Illinois Abortions Increased by 3,000 in First Year of Taxpayer-Funding

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Late in January, the Illinois Department of Public Health released abortion statistics for 2018, the first full year since Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill requiring Medicaid and state insurers to provide abortion coverage. According to these new statistics, over 3,000 more abortions occurred in 2018 than in 2017.

“We knew that abortions would continue to increase as taxpayer funding of abortions took hold, but seeing an increase of nearly 4,000 more Illinois babies aborted is shocking,” Thomas Moore Society Vice President Peter Breen told the National Review.

Pro-life advocates are afraid that these numbers will only increase as Illinois becomes an "abortion hub" for nearby states. As Illinois removes restrictions on abortion and nearby states enact new restrictions, both politicians and abortion providers have stated that they want to provide abortions to women from bordering states.

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February 17, 2020

Canadian Judge Rejected Refugee Because She Kept a Child Conceived in Rape

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A member of Canada's refugee board doubted a woman's rape claim and rejected her application to live in Canada because she didn't believe a woman who had been raped would ever choose not to abort.

“(I am) sensitive to the subject of rape, but the claimant’s explanation does not make sense as to why she would keep a child who would remind her of being raped, unless that is not the case,” wrote Sarwanjit Randhawa.

In the applicant's hearing, Randhawa asked her if she ever considered having an abortion, to which she responded that she opposed abortion. She knew it wasn't the child's fault that they were conceived in abortion, and she knew what it was like to live without parents.

None of these explanations were good enough for Randhawa, who has been taught by pro-abortion advocates that abortion isn't just a choice for women who have been raped. To her, it is the appropriate response in all cases.

After reports about the judge's decision spread, the decision was reversed in an appeal.

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February 14, 2020

House of Representatives Passes Measure to Resurrect Expired Equal Rights Amendment

A measure to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed from Congress to the states by the 92nd Congress in 1972. Now, after a strange vote in Virginia to ratify the expired amendment, the House of Representatives voted to retroactively change the ratification deadline.

The House of Representatives voted 232-183 on Thursday to remove the original deadline. The measure is unlikely to get any farther than that, however. Senate leadership, the Department of Justice, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have all stated that the Equal Rights Amendment is dead legislation. Any effort o ratify an amendment like it would need to start from the beginning of the process. Even if the Republican majority in the senate were to support this time-traveling bill, the ERA would be contested heavily in federal courts.

During House debate, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “This [ERA] has nothing to do with the abortion issue.” Douglas D. Johnson, the senior policy advisor for National Right to Life, strongly disagreed. “Pelosi says the ERA has nothing to do with abortion, but her friends at Planned Parenthood, NARAL, NOW, and the National Women’s Law Center have been shouting from the rooftops that it has a great deal to do with abortion.” The Associated Press's David Crary even reported on Jan. 21 that “… Abortion-rights supporters are eager to nullify the [ERA ratification] deadline and get the amendment ratified so it could be used to overturn state laws restricting abortion.”

The amendment simply states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” A similar amendment to the New Mexico Constitution has been ruled by the state's Supreme Court to require state funding of abortion, and many pro-abortion organizations believe this amendment will be interpreted the same way at the federal level.

The argument in favor of this interpretation is that regulating abortion affects only women because only women become pregnant. If abortion only affects women, then any legislation that restricts abortion is discriminatory. This is, of course, untrue, since both men and women are affected by abortion. Abortion affects children of both sexes as well as their fathers.

February 13, 2020

Oklahoma Court Rules State can Ban Telemed Abortions and Require that Only Physicians Commit Abortions

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An Oklahoma judge ruled last week that the state could ban telemed abortions (at-home abortions using drugs ordered over the internet) and require that abortions only be done by qualified physicians.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter argued the case with Trust Women Abortion Facility before Oklahoma District Court Judge Natalie Mai, who ruled in favor of existing restrictions.

The Attorney General was grateful for Judge Mai's decision, saying, “This is an extreme lawsuit, seeking to overthrow commonsense safety laws that have been on the books for half a century combined. We appreciate Judge Mai’s thoughtful review and decision, which stays faithful to the U.S. Supreme Court’s repeated assertion that there is ‘no doubt’ that these types of laws are reasonable and constitutional ‘to ensure the safety of the abortion procedure.’”

The Attorney General went on, “Abortion advocates used to say that abortion should be between a woman and her doctor, but now they are attempting to take the doctor out of the room, and out of the picture altogether,”  Hunter continued. “We look forward to our continued defense of these laws and others that have been enacted to protect Oklahoma women’s health and safety, as well as the dignity of the unborn.”

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Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)
On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to help draw the Democratic support that will be required for the bill to ever be called to a vote.

“This hearing is not about overturning Roe v. Wade,” said Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) in his opening remarks. “In fact, this hearing is not actually about limiting access to abortion at all. This hearing isn’t a debate about third-trimester, or second-trimester, or first-trimester abortion. This hearing is about making sure that every newborn baby has a fighting chance—whether she’s born in a labor and delivery ward or whether she’s born in an abortion clinic.”

The need for federal protection of abortion survivors is becoming increasingly clear, with the governors of Virginia and New York supporting measures to take the right to medical care away from infants who survive abortions.

“Thanks to the governors of New York and Virginia, we now know that pro-abortion groups and legislators believe that it should be legal to kill unborn babies, for absolutely any reason, at any time up to and including the moment of their birth,” said Jennifer Popik, J.D., legislative director of National Right to Life. “Shockingly, they have also decided that the right to abortion extends to neglecting a living infant survivor of an abortion.”

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February 12, 2020

Ohio Couple Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter of Born-Alive Child During Alleged Botched In-Home Abortion

Kalina V.E. Gillum and Braden C. Mull
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Kalina V.E. Gillum and Braden C. Mull were indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly botching an in-home abortion via the use of Misoprostol tablets ordered from India.

According to an NBC4 report, Prosecuting Attorney William C. Hayes stated, “Gillum gave birth to a male child in the bathroom of the apartment she shared with Mull.”

“At no time did either one of them ever call 911 or seek emergency medical treatment for the child,” he elaborated in a press release.

The couple was arrested on Saturday and were in court on Monday. Gillum and Mull are both being held on a $150,000 cash bond.

According to WSYX/WTTE, they were complete charges include Involuntary Manslaughter, Child Endangering, Tampering with Evidence and Abuse of Corpse.

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Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer's Hoarded Bodies of 2,411 Aborted Children Buried Wednesday

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After his death, abortionist Ulrich Klopfer was found to have hoarded the bodies of 2,411 aborted children in his Illinois home and one of his cars. While they were unable to be identified by Indiana officials, the bodies were buried Wednesday following a service in Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend, Indiana.

“My office continues to work diligently on the investigation of the circumstances leading to this discovery, and I intend to provide for a dignified burial of these remains in accordance with Indiana law so these remains may finally rest in peace,” said Attorney General Curtis Hill. Hill is scheduled to speak during the service today before these children aborted between the years 2000 and 2003 are finally laid to rest.

Before his license was revoked indefinitely, Klopfer committed abortions in South Bend, Indiana, the town where presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg used to be mayor. He failed to report abortions he performed on two 13-year-old girls to authorities and even performed an abortion on a 10-year-old Illinois girl who was raped by her uncle without reporting anything.

February 11, 2020

Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Overwhelmingly Passes West Virginia Congress

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The “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” passed the West Virginia Senate with a unanimous 32-0 vote on Monday (although two senators were not present). It will soon be sent to West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, who is expected to sign it into law.

The bill was originally introduced in the House of Delegates, where it was passed with an overwhelming and bipartisan vote of 93-5. The House will have to concur with Senate amendments before the bill can be sent to the governor.

This bill will require abortionists to provide babies born alive in spite of an attempted abortion "the same degree" of care that would be provided “to any other child born alive at the same gestational age,” including transportation to a hospital; and mandatory reporting of violations.

Furthermore, abortionists would be investigated and prosecuted for violating this rule and killing a born child, which was previously not possible. Abortion providers which do not report violations would face penalties.

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Bernie Sanders Declares Abortion Legislation and Funding as Top Priorities

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
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In the Democratic primary debate Friday night, presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders gave an abortion-fueled response to a question asking candidates what their "litmus test" would be for Supreme Court appointees.

"… I will never nominate any person to the Supreme Court or the federal courts in general who is not 100 percent pro-Roe v. Wade," Sanders said.

"Number two: We have got to codify Roe v. Wade into legislation.

Number three: We have to significantly expand funding for Planned Parenthood."
The admission that the legal grounds for abortion are shaky is good to hear from abortion advocates. The Roe. v. Wade decision seems more and more likely to be overturned by Trump-appointed judges as time progresses, however, so legislation is the next logical step for abortion advocates.

All of these statements should be warning signs for pro-lifers. The fact that a presidential candidate's first requirement for federal judges is that they condone the killing of unborn children should be shocking. Furthermore, Senator Sanders wants to "significantly" increase the amount of taxpayer funding that goes towards a private entity whose primary goal is to commit abortions. These stances do not put the needs of vulnerable Americans first.

While Bernie is often seen as the most radical of the Democratic candidates, this stance towards abortion has seemingly become the party norm. Pro-life Democrats don't appear to have anyone to turn towards in the presidential field of candidates.

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February 10, 2020

Kansas Referendum to Clarify Abortion is Not a Constitutional Right Fails in House of Representatives

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A referendum that would have allowed Kansas citizens to vote on an amendment declaring abortion is not a constitutional right in the state of Kansas barely failed to reach the required number of votes in the House of Representatives.

A two-thirds majority is required to pass a referendum for a constitutional amendment, but the House fell four votes short in an 80-43 vote on Friday.

The amendment was introduced in response to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that declared abortion a "medical procedure" and therefore a right under the Kansas constitution. This decision limits the degree to which Kansas legislators can regulate abortion, so pro-life legislators wanted to amend the constitution and preserve state regulations.

Republican Rep. Susan Humphries supported the referendum and argued for it on the House floor, saying, “Isn’t the thought of unregulated abortion repugnant to everyone in this chamber?”

Unless the Kansas Supreme Court ruling is overturned or another referendum passes in the future, abortion will be difficult to regulate in Kansas even if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

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Virginia Bill Would Prevent Surrogate Mothers from Being Forced to Abort

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The Virginia Senate unanimously passed SB 290 last Tuesday. If it is passed into law, surrogacy contracts that say a surrogate mother must abort if they are pregnant with multiples or a child is diagnosed with a disability will be "void and unenforceable."

Senator Mark Peak, the sponsor of SB 290, said that the bill was both pro-choice and pro-woman. “This is not an antiabortion bill,” he said on the Senate floor. “The choice remains with the pregnant mother.” SB 290 would still allow a surrogate mother to abort if she so chooses.

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Pete Buttigieg Reiterates Support for Late-Term Abortion

Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg repeated his support for late-term abortion when questioned by the lone conservative host Meghan McCain on the issue.

McCain wanted Buttigieg to elaborate on a comment he made earlier in his campaign that. “there’s a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath,” a twisted interpretation of a Genesis passage describing how God "breathed into [Adam's] nostrils the breath of life."

“Well, I’m just pointing to the fact that different people will interpret their own moral lights, and for that matter, interpret Scripture differently,” Buttigieg told McCain. “But we live in a country where it is extremely important that no one person [has] to be subjected to some other person’s interpretation of their own religion.”

“...people, even Democrats – and there are a lot of pro-life Democrats in the country – want to know exactly where your line is, because you’ll be the president if you win,” McCain pressed further.

“Right, but my point is that it shouldn’t be up to a government official to draw the line,” Buttigieg responded. “It should be up to the woman who is confronted with the choice.”

“So if a woman wanted to — I don’t know — invoke infanticide after a baby was born, you’d be comfortable with that?” McCain followed up. Buttigieg responded by asking, “does anybody seriously think that’s what these cases are about?”

Buttigieg claimed that “late-term situation” is “by definition” one in which “the woman was expecting to carry the pregnancy to term. Then she gets the most, perhaps, devastating news of her life.”

“I don’t know what to tell them, morally, about what they should do,” he said. “I just know that I trust her and her decision, medically or morally, isn’t going to be any better because the government is commanding her to do it in a certain way.”

Situations in which a family chooses to give up on their child a late stage like this are often due to medical diagnoses of conditions that parents simply don't want to deal with. When parents choose to abort their child due to a medical diagnosis, it is simply a legally sanctioned form of bigotry. People live full lives in spite of genetic conditions such as down syndrome. Children can fight through medical issues to come home with their parents after being born.

These situations might be more difficult both for children and parents, but to write off a life as worthless because of a medical diagnosis is detestable.

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February 7, 2020

Department of Justice Defends Ohio Law Protecting Unborn Children with Disabilities from Discrimination

The Department of Justice sided with an Ohio law protecting unborn children with disabilities by submitting a filing before the 6th U.S. District Court in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

“Nothing in Ohio’s law creates a substantial obstacle to women obtaining an abortion,” the Department of Justice press release reads, “and nothing in the Constitution or Supreme Court precedent requires States to authorize medical providers to participate in abortions the providers know are based on Down syndrome.”

“Ohio’s Antidiscrimination Law affirms that people with Down syndrome have lives worth living and protecting. The law also protects the medical profession from harm to its integrity and protects women from abortion providers who may seek to pressure them into obtaining an abortion because of Down syndrome,” Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband said. “The federal government has an interest in the equal dignity of those who live with disabilities. Nothing in the Constitution requires Ohio to authorize abortion providers to participate in abortions the providers know are based on Down syndrome.”

The DOJ press release goes on to say “The law also wards against the slippery slope to medical involvement in race- or sex-based abortions,” and "protects women" from “potentially coercive abortion providers who may seek to pressure them into obtaining an abortion because of Down syndrome.”

University of California Reaches Settlement with Students for Life in Discrimination Lawsuit

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A Students for Life chapter at California State University finally found its victory against the state institution for its discriminatory denial of student group funds.

In 2017, the University of California rejected Students for Life's funding request to pay for a pro-life speaker. All of the students at the university, including the Students for Life, paid an activity fee that provides funding for these occasions. The University of California rejected this request, while it provided other student organizations which aligned more with faculty beliefs large sums of money. In particular, the Gender Equity Center and the LGBQTA Pride Center received a combined total of $296,498, while no other student organization was granted $6,000.

Alliance defending Freedom (ADF) came to the students' aid and filed a lawsuit on their behalf to fight against the University of California's discriminatory policies in favor of free speech. After federal courts found the University guilty of discrimination, the University will pay over $240,000 in fees.

ADF Legal Counsel Caleb Dalton gave this statement: “Public universities should encourage all students to participate in the free exchange of ideas, not create elaborate and secretive funding schemes to fund their favorite groups while excluding opposing views from equal access.”

February 6, 2020

Baby Tinslee Lewis Case Heard in Second Court of Appeals

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The Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, Texas heard arguments on Feb 4 regarding Tinslee Lewis and the Texas 10-Day Rule.

The Texas rule allows medical facilities to have a medical board to make the decision about whether a person's life is worth trying to save. Even without the agreement of the patient or their loved ones, doctors can choose to withhold treatment after 10 days once they gain permission from this independent board.

Cook Children's Medical Center wanted to pull the plug on Tinslee Lewis's breathing assistance months ago, using the 10-Day Rule as justification. Tinslee's parents appealed this decision, but a judge ruled against them in January. Since then, her legal battle gained widespread media attention and the support of Texas's executive branch. Cook Children's Medical Center received a temporary injunction against its use of the 10-Day Rule on Tinslee, and the Texas Office of Attorney General has come to her aid as well.

Trinity Lewis, Tinslee's mother, gave a statement during the Feb. 4 hearing about her daughter's condition and parents' need to be involved in their children's healthcare:
"Tinslee has not had 'dying spells' or blue spells requiring resuscitation for many months. The last time she had anything like that was right around her last surgery in August. She has not had any 'dying spells' or blue spells since then. A lot of the nurses that care for her tell me that they enjoy caring for her. They pray for Tinslee before their shift is over, they decorate her room, and help me take good care of her. Tinslee enjoys her bubble gum oral care, and she lets us know when she needs a diaper change–but she is not having dying spells, and I do not believe that she is suffering.
Tinslee is a fighter, and as long as she keeps responding to us and showing she is fighting, as her mom I will keep fighting for her.
I hope and pray these new judges will give Tinslee a fair chance. Every parent should have a voice and decision in their child’s care."
The hospital attempted to argue that if Tinslee's breathing assistance was taken away, the hospital would not be at fault for her death. It would instead be the fault of Tinslee's illness. The Office of Attorney General gave the counterargument that treating Tinslee's death in this way would be the same as saying a plane crash was the fault of gravity rather than the pilot or the plane's construction.

Since the temporary injunction against Cook Children's Medical Center, Tinslee has lived past her first birthday.

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Donald Trump Speaks about Abortion During State of the Union Address

File:State of the Union 2020 (49494009511).jpgDuring his State of the Union address on Feb. 4, Donald Trump again emphasized the need to end late-term abortion. He spoke about to proposals he has set before Congress which would help reduce the horrible life-ending practice.

Immediately after bestowing the Medal of Honor to radio personality Rush Limbaugh, who was recently diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, President Trump transitioned to the issue of abortion:

“As we pray for all who are sick, we know that America is constantly achieving new medical breakthroughs. In 2017, doctors at St. Luke’s hospital in Kansas City delivered one of the earliest premature babies ever to survive. Born at just 21 weeks and six days and weighing less than a pound, Ellie Schneider was a born fighter. Through the skill of her doctors and the prayers of her parents, little Ellie kept on winning the battle of life. Today Ellie is a strong, healthy two-year-old girl, sitting with her amazing mother Robin in the gallery. Ellie and Robin, we are glad to have you with us tonight.”

“Ellie reminds us that every child is a miracle of life, and thanks to modern medical wonders, 50 percent of very premature babies delivered at the hospital where Ellie was born now survive,” the president continued. “Our goal should be to ensure that every baby has the best chance to thrive and grow just like Ellie. That is why I’m asking Congress to provide an additional $50 million to fund neonatal research for America’s youngest patients.”

“That is why I’m also calling upon members of Congress here tonight to pass legislation finally banning the late-term abortion of babies. Whether we are Republican, Democrat or independent, surely we must all agree that every human life is a sacred gift from God.”

This follows President Trump becoming the first sitting president to speak in person at March for Life on January 24. His ability to speak about these issues without fear of political backlash sets him apart from many supposedly pro-life politicians of the past.

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February 5, 2020

New Kentucky Governor Approves Abortion Clinic License Previously Denied for Breaking Law

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear
The recently elected governor of Kentucky is making room for a new abortion provider in the state. Specifically, one that was unable to obtain a license from the previous administration because it failed to comply with regulatory laws.

Democratic Governor Andy Beshear approved a provisional license for Louisville Planned Parenthood on January 24th. It will go into effect in March, making them the second abortion provider in the state. Previous Governor Matt Bevin’s administration refused a license to Planned Parenthood twice during its time in power. The first of these times was because Planned Parenthood failed to create a hospital transport agreement with an ambulance service, and the second time because the organization was committing abortions with a license of any sort.

The Kentucky government's lax position on abortion under the new administration will not only cause a rise in abortion there, but it may also harm pregnant women by exposing them to lower-quality care.

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New Hampshire Legislators Hear Testimony on Abortion Survivor Protection Bill

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New Hampshire's Senate and House of Representatives are both considering legislation that would cement the human rights of infants born during abortions.

The New Hampshire State Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony on Tuesday regarding SB 741-FN, its version of born-alive infant protection. If passed, it would require medical personnel to provide the same level of treatment to infants born during an abortion as they would to any other person. A doctor who refuses to do so would be guilty of a felony.

The Center for Disease Control's reports show that 143 babies died after being born alive during abortion procedures between the years 2003 and 2014, but those statistics come with an asterisk. They only include states which record and report abortion-related statistics to the federal government. About half of the country, including some of the most pro-choice states, doesn't do this, making these numbers incredibly inaccurate. New Hampshire is one of those states.

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February 4, 2020

New Report Encourages Businesses to Pay for Employees' Abortions

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A new report suggests that businesses should pay for their employees' abortions because doing so would benefit businesses. While this might be true, it would only harm women.

The report, titled “Hidden Value: The Business Case for Reproductive Health,” argues that businesses will benefit from paying for their employees' abortions for several reasons: They argue that businesses will be able to attract and retain workers who would otherwise not be able to afford "reproductive health care," women who become pregnant could easily abort their children and continue to provide value towards businesses' bottom lines, workforces would be more diverse, and businesses would appease shareholders who care about their position on social issues.

Employers have discriminated against women in the past because they can become pregnant. They choose to hire men instead of women simply because they will not need maternity leave. This study feeds employers' stigma against working women by trying to make abortion a standard benefit (and the standard response to working women becoming pregnant). It furthers the idea that unless women abort, business owners have no good reason to hire or promote women.

If businesses take this advice, women will feel even more pressure from their employers to make life-ending decisions regarding their children.

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Kansas Senate Passes Amendment to Remove "Constitutional Right" to Abortion

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A Kansas Supreme Court ruling in April declared that the Kansas constitution creates a right to abortion which cannot be infringed upon through legislation. The Kansas state senate is now trying to combat this by passing an amendment which, if accepted by the Kansas House of Representatives and Kansas citizens, would remove any such right from their constitution.

The Senate passed the "Value them Both" amendment with a 28-12 vote last Wednesday, but any vote to bring it through the House of Representatives is likely to be close. The Republican Representatives could pass the amendment in a party-line vote, but it is unknown what moderates on either side might choose to do.

If the amendment passes the House of Representatives, Kansans will be able to vote on it at the ballot.

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February 3, 2020

Live Action News TikTok Account Banned and Later Reinstated by Social Media Giant

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On January 30, the video-sharing app TikTok temporarily banned LiveAction News from its platform for "violating multiple community guidelines." TikTok responded on January 31 that the ban was a result of "human error" and reinstated Live Action News's account, but this action is not outside of the norm for social media corporations with how they have treated pro-life media in the past.

“Live Action’s videos shared baby photos and videos and highlighted the illogic of the pro-abortion movement,” Live Action President Lila Rose said in a statement. “At the same time, TikTok allows pro-abortion accounts and videos to remain on the platform, videos like this that simulate brutal harm to preborn or born infants. Live Action appealed TikTok’s decision to remove one of our videos and within a half hour our account was completely removed on the platform. No more account, no more videos. This is blatant viewpoint discrimination and an egregious attempt to silence pro-life voices. TikTok should reinstate our account in full and allow all voices on the platform.”

Live Action News's reinstatement allows the organization to continue reaching out to young adults who are often the most vulnerable to having abortions.

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U.S. Senate Bill Would Let Pregnant Mothers Receive Child Support from Fathers

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Last Tuesday, North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer introduced a bill that would allow judges to require the father of an unborn child to pay child support to the mother.

The Unborn Child Support Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), would allow a mother to use the legal system and require her child's father to pay child support throughout pregnancy. This support can even be retroactive up to the month of conception. The mother can require a paternity test to be done if it does not put the child's life at risk.

This bill would both put forth a standard that life begins at conception, and protect vulnerable women from being pushed toward abortion due to financial concerns if a father is otherwise unwilling to help support his child and the mother.

“Life begins at conception. Our laws should reflect that truth, especially when it comes to helping mothers provide for the welfare of their children,” said Senator Cramer in a press release. “If we are going to be pro-life, we should be pro-all-of-life and ensure we give moms the support they need.”

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January 31, 2020

Bill to Repeal Virginia Abortion Regulations Passed by Lt. Governor's Tie-Breaking Vote

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A Virginia bill designed to repeal several abortion regulations in the state was recently passed the Senate as a result of a tie-breaking vote by Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

Senate Bill 733 repeals the rule that only doctors perform abortions. Under the new law, nurses and medical assistants will also be allowed to commit abortions. Additionally, abortionists will no longer be required to give women certain information about abortions or tell them about abortion alternatives. Finally, facilities which “perform five or more first-trimester abortions per month,” will no longer be considered "hospitals" under Virginia law. This allows abortion facilities to operate under lower safety and cleanliness standards.

The bill had already passed the House of Representatives. Once Gov. Ralph Northam signs it, it will become law.

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Parental Consent Bill Moves to Florida Senate Floor

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In his second State of the State address, pro-life Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he hoped the Senate would pass a parental consent bill like one that passed the Florida House of Representatives last year, so he could sign it into law. It seems likely that he will soon get what he asked for.

Senate Republicans on the Florida Rules Committee approved SB 404, which would require teenagers under the age of 18 to obtain permission from their parents or legal guardian before having an abortion. It is not identical to the bill passed by the House of Representatives last year, but Senate President Bill Galvano told reporters that he believes the House will approve the new Senate bill.

The 23-17 GOP majority is expected to pass SB 404 as early as next week.

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Appeals Court Hears Arguments Regarding Kentucky Dismemberment Abortion Ban

On Wednesday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard oral arguments regarding the legality of Kentucky House Bill 454, which would limit dismemberment abortion in the state. The ACLU and State Deputy Solicitor General Matthew Kuhn gave arguments in front of the three-judge panel.

“We, Kentucky, can change how abortion procedures are performed to make them more humane,” Kuhn said. He argued that the law does not necessarily ban dismemberment, but it would require fetal demise before an abortionist could tear the limbs from a fetus's body. During a dismemberment abortion, this is done to a living fetus because the child is otherwise too large to remove from the mother's womb without inducing labor.

He also pointed out that Ohio currently exercises a similar law, saying, “If doctors in Ohio are already doing it, why can’t doctors in Kentucky do it?”

It could be months before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals makes a decision on this law, but Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said he is prepared to appeal to the Supreme Court if necessary

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January 30, 2020

Tennessee Governor Introduces Heartbeat Bill

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced a bill last week which would take several steps to protect the lives of unborn children in the state.

Governor Lee's bill would ban abortions after a child's heartbeat is detected, require mothers to have ultrasounds before they have an abortion, and ban abortions “motivated by sex, race or disability diagnosis of the unborn child.”

“The General Assembly has been committed to making Tennessee a very strong pro-life state over the last decade,” Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton said to Fox 17. “Obviously, we are very supportive and appreciative of the Governor’s dedication to pro-life principles. We are looking forward to working with him and his team on this issue, as well as his legislative vision. I know members of the House and the chairmen are eager to review the proposed language and continue their strong support for life.”

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Trump Administration Restores Federal Funding to Pro-Life Texas Women's Health Program

On January 22, the Trump administration announced that it would reinstate federal funding for Healthy Texas Women, a women's health organization that previously lost federal funding under the Obama administration.

The Obama administration revoked Healthy Texas Women's funding because it differentiated itself from Planned Parenthood and refused to subsidize abortion. It now has $350 million in federal funds to use for the next five years.

Healthy Texas Women provides cancer screenings, well-woman exams, family planning, to low-income women throughout Texas. With the reinstated funding, it is poised to help more women than it ever has before.

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January 29, 2020

Fox Sports Refuses Abortion Survivors Ad for Super Bowl Sunday

Fox Sports has refused to give Faces of Choice an answer regarding whether it will accept a 30-second ad featuring abortion survivors for Super Bowl Sunday. Ultimately, Fox rejected the ad by simply waiting for slots to fill and telling the organization nothing was left for them.

“We were one of the very first people to submit anything to them. We met every single stipulation that they asked for and every time we met the line they moved the line further to request something else,” Lyric Gillett, founder of Faces of Choice, told LifeSite News.

The ad was produced specifically so that it would be appropriate for a Super Bowl audience and doesn't use the word "abortion" once. Despite this, Faces of Choice was forced to jump through hoops to appease Fox's legal team, but it all came to nothing. Slots sold out and Fox never gave a yes or no answer to their submission. More slots became available last week, but Fox did not respond immediately to Faces of Choice's new application.

An extended version of the ad was shown at March for Life in Washington DC last week.

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January 28, 2020

Former Planned Parenthood Worker from Champaign, IL Talks about Why She Worked There and How She Changed

In a podcast by weDignify, counselor and former Planned Parenthood employee Linda Couri details why she chose to work for the abortion corporation and how coming to terms with her own abortion drove her to become pro-life 11 years later. Now Couri works with weDignify (a pro-life organization in Illinois) to promote a life-affirming culture on college campuses.

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Buttigieg Asked if there is Room in the Democrat Party for Pro-Life Voices

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Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life of America, asked a question to Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Monday on whether he believed there was space in the Democratic party for pro-life voices.

“I am a proud pro-life Democrat. So, do you want the support of pro-life Democrats—pro-life Democratic voters?” Day asked. “And if so, would you support more moderate platform language in the Democratic Party, to ensure that the party of diversity, of inclusion, really does include everybody?”

After avoiding the question to reiterate his pro-abortion stance, he told Day that he "understands" if Democrats choose not to vote for him because of his beliefs that the government should not regulate abortion in any way. This once again reveals the issue that pro-life Democrats have nowhere to turn in the upcoming election.

Senator Warren was asked on the presidential debate stage on November 20th if there was any room in the Democratic party for a pro-life politician, to which she responded the party was "fundamentally" about preserving access to abortion and “abortion rights are human rights.” She attempted to clarify that she didn't want to drive anyone away from the Democrat party, but she may be driving some away from the ballot box in 2020.

Pro-life activists have expressed frustration at the increasingly partisan nature of the abortion debate. Some even voiced to the Catholic News Agency that President Donald Trump's attendance at March for Life last week could alienate non-republicans, despite several pro-life Democrats also speaking at the event. “As a pro-life person, I think the movement needs all the help it can get to cross party lines,” Connie Poulos told CNA.

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January 27, 2020

National Right to Life Annual Report: "The State of Abortion in the United States"

The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) released its seventh annual report, titled “The State of Abortion in the United States, 2020,” last Wednesday. The report tackles a variety of subjects surrounding the fight to end abortion: federal and state legislation, statistics analyzing the rate of abortions, what the Equal Rights Amendment represents, and Planned Parenthood's  2018-2019 annual report.

Key highlights from the report include:

  • Based on data from the Guttmacher Institute and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)– and estimating figures for subsequent years (2018-2019)–National Right to Life now estimates 61,628,584 abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973.
  • Utilizing data from the Guttmacher Institute and the CDC, National Right to Life estimates that the number of abortions has dropped to 862,320 annually – the lowest number recorded since 1973, and nearly 800,000 fewer than the all-time high of 1.6 million abortions in 1990. National Right to Life attributes continued pro-life educational, legislative, and political efforts with much of the overall decline seen over the past 30 years.
  • State legislatures continue to be successful in enacting pro-life legislation that extends protections to unborn children and helps their mothers. These laws include protections for pain-capable unborn children, laws banning dismemberment abortions of living unborn babies, and efforts to steer state funding away from organizations that perform abortions, such as Planned Parenthood.
  • Planned Parenthood, which reported over $1.6 billion in revenues in 2018-2019, while posting over $240 million in “excess revenue,” is estimated to have made nearly $160 million performing 345,672 abortions – over 40% of all abortions in the United States annually.

HHS Issues Warning to California: Stop Forcing Insurers to Cover Abortion or Lose Funding

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The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a press release on Friday, Jan 24 stating that California could lose HHS funding if it continues to require insurers in the state to cover elective abortions.

"OCR is issuing a Notice of Violation to the state of California, formally notifying California that it cannot impose universal abortion coverage mandates on health insurance plans and issuers in violation of federal conscience laws," the press release reads. "California has deprived over 28,000 people of plans that did not cover elective abortion, but now must cover abortion due to California’s mandate."

The OCR found that California's requirement violated the conscience protections of the Weldon Amendment. Under the amendment, federal funds can be withheld from governmental institutions that discriminate against those who do not wish to support abortion.

"If, after 30 days, OCR does not receive sufficient assurance that California will come into compliance with federal law, OCR will forward the Notice of Violation and the evidence supporting OCR’s findings in this matter to the HHS funding components from which California receives funding for appropriate action under applicable grants and contracts regulations. This action may ultimately result in limitations on continued receipt of certain HHS funds."

The press release further stated that the OCR was reprimanded in January of 2019 for requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to refer patients to abortions under the threat of fines.

“No one in America should be forced to pay for or cover other people’s abortions,” said Roger Severino, Director of OCR. “We are putting California on notice that it must stop forcing people of good will to subsidize the taking of human life, not only because it’s the moral thing to do, but because it’s the law,” Severino concluded.

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January 24, 2020

President Trump Becomes First President to Speak at March for Life

On Friday, President Trump became the first president to attend March for Life in Washington D.C. The event has been held every year near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade to rally pro-life advocates in their fight to protect unborn life.

"When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God's creation," Trump said. "When we hold a newborn in our arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family. When we watch a child grow, we see the splendor that radiates from each human soul. One life changes the world – from my family, and I can tell you, I send love, and I send great, great love – and from the first day in office, I have taken historic action to support America’s families and to protect the unborn."

The President used his speaking time to thank and encourage pro-life advocates, tout the steps his administration has taken to protect unborn life, and point out the steps abortion advocates have taken to expand abortion.

"We cannot know what our citizens yet unborn will achieve. The dreams they will imagine. The masterpieces they will create. The discoveries they will make. But we know this: every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting."

"And above all, we know that every human soul is divine and every human life, born and unborn, is made in the holy image of Almighty God."

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