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October 22, 2021

Make Your Voice Heard! Come to the Capitol and Tell Legislators to Keep PNA!

Pro-abortion Illinois legislators have several bills in the works that could repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act (PNA). We need pro-life voices to come to the capitol next week and let legislators know that PNA provides essential protection for young Illinois girls, and it should not be repealed.

The Parental Notice of Abortion Act requires that a parent or guardian be notified 48 hours before a minor girl has an abortion. This provides parents with the ability to speak with their daughters about the weighty decision of abortion. Simultaneously, it protects young girls from sex trafficking by preventing pimps from using abortion to hide their crimes from parents.

Parents deserve the ability to be involved in their children's lives. In recent weeks, parents have gone to school boards to protest government-funded education programs that conflict with their values. The overreach if PNA is repealed will be much more direct. The government is trying to put itself between parents and their children, and we will not stand for it.

To make your voices heard, please come to the capitol and help us create a presence of pro-life advocates with a desire to protect the rights of parents and the unborn!

When: Wednesday and Thursday, October 27 & 28. Come one or both days. Arrive around 10 am. Depart around 1:30 pm.

Where: Pick up signs at 108 E. Cook St., Springfield, IL. Park in the back, pick up signs and attend a briefing, and walk to the Capitol.

If you can't attend, please call your legislators and tell them to keep Illinois's Parental Notice of Abortion Act!

To find your legislators and their contact information, go to the link below and enter your address:

Hyde and Weldon Amendments Absent from Senate Appropriations Bill

A new bill submitted by Senate Democrats to the Labor, HHS, and Education departments does not include the Hyde or Weldon amendments.

The Hyde Amendment is designed to prevent taxpayer dollars from funding abortion, and the Weldon amendment protects pro-life organizations from being punished for not funding abortion. Both amendments have been bipartisan additions to every spending bill passed for decades. This year, however, it is uncertain whether the pro-life provision will make the cut.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy introduced the spending bill Monday.

Notably, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is reportedly threatening to leave the Democratic Party over issues such as this. He says that he won't support any legislative package that does not contain the Hyde Amendment, and he also takes issue with the amount of spending Democratic leaders are proposing.

Montana AG Appeals Injunction Against Three Pro-Life Laws

Last week, District Judge Michael Moses issued a preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of three pro-life laws passed by the Montana legislature and signed by pro-life Gov Greg Gianforte (R). The injunction prevents the laws from going into effect while the deliberates on the constitutionality of the laws. In response, Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen announced this week that he is appealing that injunction in an attempt to enforce the overwhelmingly passed legislation.

The three laws were originally set to go into effect on Oct. 1. The Montana Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prohibits the abortion of children who have reached 20 weeks gestation. Another bill requires abortionists to offer women the opportunity to view an ultrasound before having an abortion. The third bill requires women to be informed of the potential risks involved with the abortion pill regimen. Women who want to take the abortion pill would be required to visit a doctor in person, and it would be illegal to distribute abortion pills through the mail.

A notice filed by the Montana Department of Justice said,

"Abortionists are not entitled to exemptions from commonsense protections for their patients. The state laws that Planned Parenthood is seeking to overturn require better medical care, but Planned Parenthood, a business that calls itself a “health” organization, is fighting to attempt to ensure that substandard regulations remain law. Women deserve health and safety; they don’t forfeit that when they consider having an abortion."

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October 21, 2021

Attorneys Argue Kamala Harris Colluded with Abortion Orgs to Protect Them from Investigators

New records unearthed by pro-life attorneys suggest that Kamala Harris's office while she served as California's Attorney General colluded with abortion providers to protect them from pro-life investigators.

Center for Medical Progress (CMP) founder David Daleiden is still the subject of criminal charges filed against him by Harris, who was California's Attorney General when the CMP started going public with undercover investigative videos. The videos showed conversations with individuals in the abortion industry who discussed how the for-profit harvesting of body parts harvested from aborted babies.

Harris's Justice Department raided Daleiden's home in 2016 and seized undercover video footage of Planned Parenthood. Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress face charges for violating California state eavesdropping laws. Lawyers defending the CMP argue that this is an unprecedented violation of the first amendment freedom of the press.

While Deputy Attorney General Johnetter Jauron was being questioned in the Superior Court of San Francisco, she told Judge Christopher Hite that she had "provided NAF [the National Abortion Federation] with everything that I provided Defendant [Daleiden]." Daleiden's attorneys argue that this statement implied that Jauron gave CMP footage to the NAF along with other materials that were taken from Daleiden's apartment.

Jauron later denied the accusations, stating "I have not provided any materials seized pursuant to search warrant in this case to any unauthorized recipient." New billing records from NAF's civil attorneys call this statement into question, however.

Records filed in August show that attorney Alexandra Laks billed the NAF $262.50 for "coordinate review of new videos." The bill is marked for April 6, 2016—the day after Harris's office had Daleiden's apartment raided.

"No discovery was provided by Mr. Daleiden’s attorneys in civil cases filed by PP and NAF at that time," said attorney Brent Ferreira in a statement to Fox News. "The reference to new videos can only relate to the videos seized pursuant to the search warrant."

He added that "this case is the most egregious abuse of prosecutorial power that I have ever seen and I was a trial and appellate lawyer in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for [30] years."

Pro-abortion groups reportedly gave Harris tens of thousands of dollars to benefit her campaigns. Neither she nor any Attorney General after her have pressed charges against Planned Parenthood after CMP videos went public.

October 20, 2021

Connecticut Pregnancy Center Files Suit Against Discriminatory Law

Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of Southeastern Connecticut filed a federal lawsuit last week against a new state law that would punish pro-life pregnancy centers for not offering abortion.

The law would target pro-life pregnancy centers by accusing them of offering "limited services" and engaging in "deceptive advertising." Care Net says that the new law “bans Care Net from communicating freely with the individuals it serves and with those it wishes to serve, unless Care Net agrees to provide abortions, dispense abortifacient drugs, or offer referrals for abortions or abortifacient drugs.”

Alliance Defending Freedom filed the lawsuit on Care Net's behalf last Tuesday. Care Net seeks a court order to block the law due to its violation of free speech, freedom of religion, due process, and equal protection rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong will defend the law in court. “Women need accurate and timely information about their reproductive health choices,” he said in a statement. “It’s indefensible to lie to women at a vulnerable time.”

Chicago Abortion Business Requests No Sirens for Woman Facing Medical Emergency

photo credit: Operation Rescue
On July 10, 2021, a 40-year-old woman at the Family Planning Associates (FPA) abortion facility in Chicago was sent to the hospital for serious injuries she suffered during an abortion. When an employee called 911 to request an ambulance for the patient, she asked that it come without using its lights or sirens. This is the twelfth medical emergency documented by Operation Rescue since 2018.

Abortion businesses often request that ambulances not use their lights or sirens because they do not want the bad press that can come with injuring women. A woman who experiences complications after an abortion (usually in the form of heavy bleeding and hemorrhaging) can face life-threatening blood loss if they are not helped by medical professionals quickly, however. The safety of the woman must come before the fear of bad PR in these situations. FPA's request shows that it does not put the health of the woman first.

The Pro-Life Action League provided a recording of the 911 call to Operation Rescue, a pro-life organization that documents medical emergencies caused by abortions.

“The patient just underwent an abortion, and she had an injury to the uterus,” the FPA employee explained during the 911 call. “She’s having some bleeding.  It’s controlled right now but she does need to get to the hospital.”

Later in the call, the employee asked, “And if it’s possible for them to come with no lights or sirens, we’d appreciate that.”

The 911 operator responded, “Uh, that’s for their safety, unfortunately.”

Ambulances use lights and sirens to alert drivers that there is a medical emergency. If they aren't used, drivers might not pull over to grant the ambulance the precious seconds needed to respond to emergency situations.

“For decades, women have been gaslighted to believe that abortion is safe,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “If women understood the true dangers of abortion, it is likely that some would not have them. That, of course, would cost the abortion businesses a lot of money at a time when the nationwide average cost of an abortion is $612 and rising. Profit motivation is one powerful reason they continue to selling abortions as being safe, when they obviously are not.  We believe women deserve the truth, not a sales pitch.”

October 19, 2021

Minneapolis Abortion Group to Send Mobile Abortion Facilities to Texas Border

A Minneapolis-based pro-abortion group has organized a fundraiser to send mobile abortion facilities to the Texas border. This act is an attempt to subvert the Texas Heartbeat act and facilitate the deaths of Texas babies who would have otherwise survived.

In a fundraising email to constituents, Just the Pill asked for donations to send two mobile abortion units to the Texas border. The organization claim that these units will help mitigate a "human rights disaster" caused by "anti-abortion extremists."

Women who travel to the Texas border to receive pills from units such as these could abort their unborn babies a full month past the deadline put in place by the Heartbeat Act. The Heartbeat Act bans abortion at the point when the baby's heartbeat is detectable, which is around six weeks gestation.

5th Circuit Ruling Keeps Texas Heartbeat Law in Place

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last Thursday that the Texas Heartbeat Act will remain in effect for now.

The court ruled in a 2-1 decision that because the Heartbeat Act is enforced privately rather than through agents of the state, Texas cannot be sued to block the implementation of the law. The Biden Department of Justice, which sued Texas over the Heartbeat Act, is expected to appeal the ruling.

The Court had already ruled to reinstate the law after a temporary injunction was placed against it by U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman, but the 5th Circuit's decision means that the law can continue to see enforcement while the lawsuit is considered in courts.

Texas's Heartbeat Act allows private citizens to file lawsuits against abortionists or those who enable the abortions of unborn babies who have detectable heartbeats. This happens at about six weeks gestation. The mother cannot be held legally liable.

October 18, 2021

Pro-Life British Lawmaker Stabbed to Death

Sir David Amess
69-year-old Sir David Amess, a pro-life Member of the British Parliament, was stabbed to death last Friday while meeting with constituents at a Methodist Church in southeast England. A 25-year-old man was arrested in connection with the murder.

Sir David was a conservative Member of Parliament since 1983. While in parliament, he fought for pro-life initiatives. Additionally, Sir David was a patron of Right To Life UK.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Amess had an "outstanding record of passing laws to help the most vulnerable.” Right to Life UK described him as a "pro-life champion."

“Sir David’s death is a senseless tragedy and he will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Julia and their five children,” said Catherine Robinson, spokesperson for Right To Life UK. 

“Since he was elected in 1983, he always, where possible, used his position as an MP to stand up for the vulnerable, including championing initiatives to introduce more protections for unborn babies and more support for women facing crisis pregnancies. Everyone who worked with Sir David knew him to be a kind, caring and jovial man, who showed real care for the most vulnerable in our society.” 

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October 15, 2021

Mississippi AG Files Brief in Defense of Gestational Age Act

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch
As the Dec. 1 date for oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization comes closer, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch filed a reply brief in the Supreme Court to refute arguments made by the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights.

The upcoming case debates the constitutionality of Mississippi's Gestational Age Act, which bans abortion after 15 weeks gestation with few exceptions. The Supreme Court will decide whether or not all pre-viability abortion bans are unconstitutional.

AG Fitch once again directly asked the court to reconsider the constitutionality of  Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The brief begins,
"For 30 years, no party has had to defend Roe v. Wade. No party has ever had to defend Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey. Finally forced to defend those cases, respondents drive home the stark reality: Roe and Casey are indefensible. At each turn, respondents’ 'effort to defend' Roe and Casey 'underscores' the overwhelming case for rejecting those decisions."

Fitch's brief goes on to argue several points as to why the Supreme Court should not continue to force a judicially managed right to abortion against the states:

“Not treating abortion as a fundamental right treats it as the Constitution does most important issues: for the people to decide. …When this Court returns this issue to the people, the people can debate, adapt, and find workable solutions. It will be hard for the people too, but under the Constitution the task is theirs—and the Court should return it to them now.”

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New Jersey Gov. Approves Rules Allowing Non-Doctors to do Abortions

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D)
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) approved new rules this week allowing less qualified individuals to do abortion procedures. This not only lifts one of the few regulations facing abortion businesses in the pro-abortion state of New Jersey, but it also makes abortions less safe for the women who have them.

North Jersey News reported that Gov. Murphy “approved lifting regulations on abortions that barred [abortions] from happening in a doctor’s office beyond 14 weeks of pregnancy and allowing as many as 15,000 nurses, physician assistants and midwives to perform the procedure.”

New Jersey currently has the second-highest abortion rate in the country next to the District of Columbia. The state is also considering a "Reproductive Freedom Act" that would codify a right to abortion without limitations. It would require health insurance companies to cover abortions without deductibles, co-insurance, or co-payments.

October 14, 2021

Over One Million Participate in Mexico March for Women and Life

Pro-life activists in Mexico came out in droves to protest abortion less than a month after the Mexico Supreme Court decriminalized abortion. On Oct. 3, over 300,000 people gathered in Mexico City to support the right to life, and others participated throughout the country in the March for Women and for Life. The Catholic News Agency reported that the total number of marchers throughout the country surpassed one million.

Speakers at the Mexico City event included Mayra Rodríguez, a pro-life advocate who used to work at a Planned Parenthood abortion business in Arizona. "I was the director of the largest abortion facility in the state of Arizona,” Rodríguez told the crowd. “What I saw there is what has me standing here with you today.”

Rodríguez said that she reported several botched abortions, including one in which the abortionist "left the head of a 14-week-old baby, which he referred to as garbage, inside the mother's womb, without caring if that woman would die the next day from an infection.”

“Mexico marched, Mexico stood up, Mexico did not give up, Mexico showed it is in favor of life, in favor of women, in favor of the family, in favor of fundamental freedoms,” said Rodrigo Iván Cortés, president of the National Front for the Family. “Let the three powers of the union listen to us: executive, legislative and judicial. Let them listen loud and clear: we do not want more deaths, we want more life, we do not want them to legalize the crime of abortion, we want them to protect the pregnant woman and the baby that she carries within her.”

Flawed Marist Poll Misleadingly Shows Low Support for Abortion Restrictions

Results from a new Marist poll would suggest that only a minority of Americans support pro-life legislation that would limit abortion to the first six weeks of pregnancy. Upon closer examination of the poll's wording, it's clear why some pro-life respondents would have disapproved of such legislation.

Marist surveyed over 1200 people in late September in a poll conducted with NPR and PBS. The poll asked respondents, "Do you support or oppose a law that allows abortions, but only up to the time cardiac activity is detected about 6 to 8 weeks into pregnancy?" 

Pro-life Catholic Professor Michael New explained the problem on Twitter earlier this month. He wrote,
"A significant number of pro-lifers said that they would oppose a (hypothetical) law that would explicitly allow abortions up to 6-8 weeks gestation. 

This is because they want legal protection for *all* unborn children.

That likely explains why the results are skewed."

The poll initially surprised many, because the results suggested Republicans were only three percent more likely than Democrats to support legislation that limited abortion to the first six months of pregnancy. However, the results could realistically come from pro-life respondents who believe life should be protected from the moment of conception. A law that "allows abortions, but only up to the time cardiac activity is detected" specifically excludes unborn children from any right to life before they reach a certain gestational age.

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October 13, 2021

Liberty Counsel Sends Demand Letter to NorthShore University HealthSystem to Protect Conscience Rights

Some healthcare workers at NorthShore University HealthSystem have attempted to request religious exemption requests from the COVID shot mandate. When these exemptions are requested due to the association with aborted fetal cell lines that all available shots have, however, NorthShore has rejected them. Liberty Counsel sent a letter of demands to the NorthShore on behalf of 14 workers whom Liberty Counsel says "have been unlawfully discriminated against and denied religious exemptions from the COVID shot mandate."

According to Illinois Review, NorthShore had previously granted exemptions for some employees but then denied them in mid-September. The company then gave those employees three days to file an appeal, but it did not tell the employees what information was missing in the original application. The appeal required employees to provide vaccine history information that was not required in the initial application.

Illinois Review also reported that NorthShore changed the exemption form to include a warning that all exemptions based on “aborted fetal cell lines, stem cells, tissue or derivative materials will result in denials.” The form falsely claims that COVID shots have no connection to aborted fetal cell lines.

Liberty Counsel cited the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act that protects Illinoisans against discrimination based on health care choices. The law states:
“It shall be unlawful for any person, public or private institution, or public official to discriminate against any person in any manner, including but not limited to, licensing, hiring, promotion, or any other privileges, because of such person's conscientious refusal to receive, obtain, accept or participate in any way in any particular form of health care services contrary to his or her conscience”

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said in a statement, “NorthShore University Health System must obey state and federal law and grant reasonable accommodations to its employees whose sincere religious beliefs prohibit them from receiving these COVID shots. NorthShore must also revise its deceptive and unlawful religious exemption form.”

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Montana District Judge Extends Injunctions Against Three Pro-Life Laws

Late last Thursday, Montana District Judge Michael Moses issued a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of three pro-life laws. This injunction extends his original order which blocked the laws the day before their Oct. 1 effective date.

The Montana Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act bans the abortion of unborn children after 20 weeks of development.

House Bill 140 requires abortionists to give abortion-minded women the ability to view an ultrasound of their children.

HB171 regulates the use of abortion drugs by requiring women to give informed consent to their use, requiring these women to visit an abortion business in person, and prohibiting the distribution of abortion drugs through the mail.

Judge Moses said he blocked the laws because they would cause "irreparable harm" to Planned Parenthood and women by taking away a constitutionally protected right.

October 12, 2021

Oklahoma Judge Blocks Two Abortion Laws but Allows Three Others

Oklahoma District Judge Cindy Truong placed injunctions against two state laws that would have restricted abortion, but she also upheld three others, two of which restrict the use of abortion pills.

One of the temporarily blocked laws prohibits abortion after the detection of a child's heartbeat, while the other would allow the state to revoke the medical licenses of doctors who commit abortions that are not necessary to save the life of the mother.

The three laws that are still set to go into effect on Nov. 1 include a law that requires abortionists to be board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and two laws that enact safety regulations on the use of abortion pills. These regulations are an effort by Oklahoma to reinstate longstanding FDA regulations no longer enforced under the Biden administration.

Chicago Planned Parenthood Hospitalized Woman After Perforating Her Uterus

Records obtained by the Pro-Life Action League recently revealed that the Neart North Planned Parenthood in Chicago hospitalized a woman after causing a critical life-threatening injury.

A 911 recording and event printout provided by the Pro-Life Action League revealed that an ambulance was called to the Planned Parenthood location on July 15, 2021. It was dispatched under priority code 1A, meaning that the emergency was considered critical.

The Planned Parenthood employee who spoke with the 911 dispatcher said that the patient might have a perforation. This can occur when the metal instruments used during a dilation and evacuation abortion tear through the lining of a woman's uterus. This is a life-threatening injury that can cause severe bleeding and damage to internal organs.

Operation Rescue has documented a total of 24 medical emergencies at the Neart North Planned Parenthood in the past five years. Most of these involved uncontrolled hemorrhaging, which can be caused by uterine perforations and cervical lacerations.

October 11, 2021

Appeals Court Reinstates Texas Heartbeat Act

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R)
Last Wednesday, a district judge placed a temporary injunction against the enforcement of the Texas Heartbeat Act. On Friday night, however, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an administrative stay against that order. As a result, the Heartbeat Act can once again be enforced.

The Texas Heartbeat Act requires abortion businesses to first perform an ultrasound to confirm whether an unborn child has a detectable heartbeat. If a heartbeat is found (which is generally true for babies by the time they reach the sixth week of development), then aborting that child is prohibited. The law includes an exception for medical emergencies.

Except for two days following last week's temporary injunction, the Heartbeat Act has remained an enforceable law since it came into effect on Sept. 1. This is due to the law's unique method of enforcement. Rather than being enforced directly by the state, the Heartbeat Act gives individuals the ability to file civil lawsuits against those who violate the law.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton appealed the district court's injunction last Friday, after which the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals quickly granted the administrative stay.

“Great news tonight,” Paxton tweeted in response to the decision. “The Fifth Circuit has granted an administrative stay on #SB8. I will fight federal overreach at every turn.”

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October 8, 2021

Pro-Life Worshippers Ordered to Stay Away from Spokane Planned Parenthood

Last month, a county judge ruled that members of a pro-life church could no longer gather outside a Planned Parenthood abortion business in Spokane, Washington.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Timothy B. Fennessy issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the church from demonstrating outside the Planned Parenthood facility. In his decision, Fennessy said that “reasonable minds can only reach one conclusion, that Covenant Church intends to interfere with access to or safe and effective delivery of health care services provided by Planned Parenthood.”

Covenant Church is known for running a group called "The Church at Planned Parenthood." It held worship services and protested abortion on a stretch of grass near the Spokane, Washington Planned Parenthood facility. Judge Fennessy's ruling prohibits the group from gathering on that grass, the sidewalk, or anywhere within 35 feet of the building. The group is further prohibited from making noise between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Ken Peters, the director of the Church at Planned Parenthood, told The Spokesman-Review that he will comply with the injunction for the time being. “Even though we feel like the judge is unconstitutional, do we want to pick this battle right now? And I think that, at this moment, no, until I get some more legal advice and pray about it, I don’t want to defy this order.”

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Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Texas Heartbeat Act

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman issued a preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of the Texas Heartbeat Act.

The Texas law protects unborn babies with detectable heartbeats from abortion. This meant that after the law came into effect on Sept. 1, it was illegal in Texas to abort a baby once it reached roughly six weeks gestation. The Heartbeat Act was initially able to survive legal challenges due to its unique enforcement mechanism. Individuals could file civil lawsuits against those who violated the law. This is different from most other pro-life laws that have been struck down because those are enforced directly by a state government.

Judge Pitman's decision came as a response to a lawsuit filed by the Biden administration. In his ruling, Pitman called the pro-life law an “unprecedented and aggressive scheme to deprive its citizens of a significant and well-established constitutional right.”

The Supreme Court decided in September that it would not block the Heartbeat Act, but it did so for procedural reasons. Because of this, the Supreme Court could very well make a ruling on the constitutionality of laws like the Heartbeat Act in the future.

The Texas Attorney General's office has already expressed its intent to appeal Judge Pitman's decision.

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October 7, 2021

Biden Admin Reverses "Protect Life Rule," Sending Millions in Tax Dollars to Planned Parenthood

This Monday, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it would finally undo former President Donald Trump's "Protect Life Rule" that excluded abortion businesses from receiving Title X family planning funds.

The "Protect Life Rule" required “clear financial and physical separation between Title X-funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is a method of family planning,” and banned “referral for abortion as a method of family planning.” Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses refused to adhere to the rule. As a result, Planned Parenthood received $60 million less in taxpayer funding annually.

President Joe Biden made it a priority to direct the HHS to "consider" ending the pro-life rule. The HHS formally (but unsurprisingly) announced this Monday that it will undo the rule.

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said, “Our nation’s family planning clinics play a critical role in delivering health care, and today more than ever, we are making clear that access to quality family planning care includes accurate information and referrals — based on a patient’s needs and direction.”

Planned Parenthood Federation of America CEO Alexis McGill Johnson was quick to thank the Biden administration for returning the flow of federal taxpayer dollars to the abortion corporation. “We thank the Biden-Harris administration for swiftly ending the harmful policy and prioritizing access to sexual and reproductive health care,” Johnson said.

New regulations which remove the "Protect Life Rule" are set to go into effect on November 8, 2021.

Downers Grove Abortion Business Hospitalizes Woman

An ambulance at the Access Health Center arriving to
take a woman to the hospital after she had an abortion on
Sept. 18, 2021.
photo credit: Operation Rescue
The Access Health Center abortion business in Downer's Grove, Illinois called an ambulance on Sept. 18, 2021, after an abortion caused a medical emergency. Abortionists initially tried to convince the patient to make her way to a hospital on her own, but she insisted that they call 911.

Emergency records obtained by Operation Rescue, a pro-life organization that documents medical emergencies at abortion businesses, include a transcript and recording of the 911 call. The nurse who spoke with the 911 dispatcher said that the patient was drifting in and out of consciousness and was unable to get up. She also said that the patient was weak, pale, and clammy.

Several of her statements directly contradicted one another, however. She told the dispatcher that the woman had low blood sugar levels, but later she said that they were high. She said that the patient's breathing was normal, but she also said that her breathing was shallow.

“Asking a patient that cannot stand up to go to the hospital on her own is a huge red flag.  Add to that the contradictory information about the woman’s condition, and it makes me wonder what these people may have been hiding,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Access Health Center was sued for causing the wrongful death of another patient, Melissa L. Helm, on January 22, 2001. Additionally, the business was found to have committed several health violations during its most recent inspection on June 18-19, 2019.


Please call your State Representative and State Senator and tell them to vote against legislation repealing the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. Bills repealing the act could be pushed through during the fall session, which runs from Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28

The Parental Notice of Abortion Act helps parents be involved in the life-and-death decision of abortion, and it helps protect young girls from sex trafficking and abuse.

If you are not sure who your state legislators are, you can find out by entering your address on the website below:

Click here to find your elected officials.

October 6, 2021

Congress to Consider Several Abortion-Related Spending Bills this Fall

In addition to the Women's Health Protection Act, which threatens to codify Roe v. Wade and undo federal and state regulations protecting unborn children, Congress plans to tackle several other abortion-related pieces of legislation this fall.

2022 Appropriations Bills

Congress is discussing appropriations bills to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2022. With these debates comes a fight to preserve the Hyde Amendment to stop tax dollars from funding abortion. The House of Representatives passed H.R. 4502 at the end of July, which includes spending for the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services. That bill does not include the Hyde amendment.

House appropriations bills are also missing the Weldon Amendment, which protects the conscience rights of medical providers. This protects medical professionals from being forced to participate in abortion.

$3.5 Trillion Dollar Reconciliation Social Spending Bill

A $3.5 trillion dollar social spending plan is being worked on by Congress. Notably, this process only has to reach a threshold of 51 votes in the Senate, because it is not subject to the filibuster. To start this process, the House and Senate must agree on a resolution that includes "reconciliation directives" for specific committees. While the Senate did pass a budget resolution to apply Hyde and Weldon Amendment language, that agreement is non-binding.

California Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Minors to Hide Abortions from Parents

CA. Gov. Gavin Newsom
photo credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr
On Sept. 22, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two pro-abortion bills. One makes it easier for minors to hide abortions and transgender procedures from their parents, while the other places restrictions on pro-life activists and protestors.

“California has been a leader in protecting access to sexual and reproductive rights, but as we’ve seen recently with unprecedented attacks on these rights, we can and must do more,” Newsom said in a statement, alluding to the recent Texas Heartbeat Act.

California A.B. 1184 allows minors and adults up to age 26 who are still on their parents' health insurance plans to conceal "sensitive" procedures from the policyholder. These include abortions, puberty blockers, and transgender hormones. Furthermore, the law forbids healthcare providers from requiring policy-holders to approve procedures. Healthcare workers who provide "sensitive" information to policyholders or enrollees against the will of the "protected individual" would be guilty of a crime.

California A.B. 1356 can make pro-life activists guilty of a crime if they film within 100 feet of an abortion business. The only stipulation is that a judge must find the purpose of filming to be "intimidation." Additionally, posting personal information or images of abortion-seeking women, clinic volunteers, or clinic employees can be punished by a fine of $10,000 and up to a year in jail.

October 5, 2021

Women Sue Abortionist Whose Abortions Left them Sterile

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Infamous late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart now faces two malpractice lawsuits after leaving two women sterile during abortions at his Maryland facility last year. The two women—whose abortions occurred only nine days apart—were left sterile from the severe physical trauma to their bodies.

The first of the two incidents involved Ashley Norris, whose abortion occurred on May 12, 2020. The facility attempted a "dilation and evacuation" abortion procedure. Laminaria was inserted into Norris's cervix on May 11, but this did not cause as much dilation as expected. The facility attempted to complete the abortion anyway.

Norris temporarily awoke during the procedure and screamed in pain before being sedated once again. The abortionist perforated her uterus and colon, which caused severe bleeding. To save her life, a hospital gave her multiple blood transfusions, removed her uterus, and removed part of her colon.

The second incident happened on May 21, 2020, only nine days later. Haimanot Aragaw and her husband traveled to the Maryland late-term abortion facility after learning that their child had Down syndrome. The baby had developed to the 23rd week of gestation. Aragaw similarly had laminaria inserted into her cervix to dilate her cervix, as is common practice before "dilation and evacuation" abortions.

Instead, however, the facility attempted a suction abortion. Those generally occur long before the 23 weeks gestation, as the unborn child must be small enough to fit through a suction catheter. Because of this, Aragaw began bleeding severely and was transferred to a hospital. Surgeons found a large hole in her uterus and fetal body parts shoved into her abdominal cavity. Her appendix received a "traumatic injury," and the hospital gave her four units of blood to save her life. Aragaw's uterus was completely removed when the hospital saved her life.

New Report Shows Abortion Pill Reversal to be Safe and Effective

The Charlotte Lozier Institute recently published a new report titled, “Abortion Pill Reversal: A Record of Safety and Efficacy.” The report cites several studies countering the claims by pro-abortion activists that abortion pill reversal (APR) is unsafe.

The abortion pill regimen relies on two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone is a drug designed to block the pregnancy hormone progesterone, which helps facilitate the flow of nutrients from a mother's body to her unborn child. By blocking this hormone, mifepristone kills an unborn baby through starvation. After the baby has died, the mother will take misoprostol to induce labor and expel the dead child from her body.

APR protocol takes a simple approach to counteract the effects of mifepristone: introducing more progesterone. If a woman changes her mind about continuing her abortion within 72 hours of taking mifepristone, the baby can still be saved. According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, a doctor can
"prescribe bioidentical progesterone to outnumber and outcompete the mifepristone in order to reverse the effects of the mifepristone. An ultrasound is performed as soon as possible to confirm heart rate, placement, and dating of the pregnancy. The progesterone treatment will usually continue through the first trimester of pregnancy in an attempt to reverse the effects of the mifepristone."

The Lozier report points out that progesterone has been used since the 1950s to reduce the risk of miscarriage and premature birth. It cites two studies (PROMISE and PRISM) demonstrating that progesterone therapy increases the live birth rate and doesn't create safety issues.

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October 4, 2021

Pro-Life Representatives Slam "Women's Health Protection Act"

The Women's Health Protection Act, which passed the House of Representatives on Sept. 24, would remove all state and federal laws protecting the lives of unborn children at any point during pregnancy. While it might seem unlikely that pro-abortion senators would still need to garner the 60 votes required to bypass a pro-life filibuster, pro-life advocates should still watch this bill closely and be ready to make their voices heard. If passed into law, it would go much farther than simply codifying Roe v. Wade.

Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL) is one of many pro-life Representatives who spoke out against the bill. In an address before Congress, she said, “It’s a fact: when it’s legal and ‘free’, it’s an inducement to women who find themselves in a hard spot to have an abortion.”

She continued, arguing that pro-abortion legislators are depriving women of important information by passing a bill that prohibits states from requiring women to have ultrasounds before scheduling abortions. “Women change their mind when they see the baby in the womb.”

Miller concluded, “The American people from all faiths and walks of life have to choose what kind of society they want to live in: one that defends and protects a nine-month baby in the womb or one that is going to sell its body for parts.”

October 1, 2021

40 Days for Life Campaign Saves Over 50 Babies in First Five Days

photo credit: 40 Days for Life blog
This year's fall 40 Days for Life campaign only started on Sept. 22, but the organization has recorded 52 lives saved in the first five days.

40 Days for Life is a global pro-life movement that runs campaigns during the fall and spring every year. During these campaigns, pro-life advocates counsel and pray outside abortion businesses with the goal of changing the minds of women seeking abortions. The organization says that this year's fall effort will cover 612 cities across the globe.

On Sept. 27, 40 Days for Life released an update stating that organizers reported 52 babies who were saved from abortion during the first five days of the campaign. This included one Cleveland mother who changed her mind about aborting triplets. The mother asked a sidewalk counselor named Fred, “Don’t you think that is too many at once?” Fred responded, “Not at all,” adding that triplets are a “wonderful… beautiful gift from God” and a blessing. The mother decided to keep her children, she and told Fred that she would name one of them after him.

40 Days for Life says that over 19,000 lives have been saved since the organization launched its first campaign in 2007.

This year's fall campaign will continue through Oct. 31. Click here to find a participating location near you.

Federal Judge Blocks Arizona's Discriminatory Abortion Ban

A pro-life omnibus bill was set to go into effect this Tuesday. Just eight hours before it could be enforced, however, U.S. District Judge Douglas Rayes blocked a portion of the bill. Unless he changes his mind or a higher court overrides his decision, Arizona will not be able to protect unborn children with genetic anomalies from discriminatory abortions.

The Arizona bill prohibits abortionists from aborting an unborn child simply because they were diagnosed with a genetic anomaly, such as Down syndrome. Judge Rayes was not sympathetic to the bill nor Arizona's defense of it.

“The mechanism Arizona has chosen is not designed to encourage women to choose childbirth,” Rayes wrote in the 30-page decision. “It is designed to thwart them from making any other choice… Arizona may not further its interest by erecting a substantial obstacle in the paths of women who have chosen to terminate their pre-viability pregnancies, which is what Arizona has done here.”

The state argued that the bill advances the interests of Arizona by protecting the disability community from discrimination, preventing abortionists from subtly coercing women into aborting babies believed to have “genetic abnormality,” and “upholding the integrity of the medical profession.”

Judge Rayes did allow a "personhood" provision to become law. While it does not supersede federal law (and Supreme Court precedent), the provision declares that Arizona laws will recognize unborn children as having “all rights, privileges and immunities available to other persons, citizens and residents of this state.”

September 30, 2021

Parental Notice Repeal and TEXAS Act to be Considered During Fall Session

Pro-life advocates in Illinois would be wise to turn their attention to state politics throughout the coming month, as the fall legislative session is about to begin.

Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28 mark the dates for the upcoming fall session. During October, pro-life advocates need to be on the lookout for legislation repealing the Parental Notice of Abortion Act and any new pro-abortion bills that may appear. One of these bills is HB4146, otherwise known as the TEXAS Act, which was filed by Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D) on Sept. 14.

HB4146 is designed both to simultaneously mock and undermine the Texas Heartbeat Act, which prohibits the abortion of unborn children when they have detectable heartbeats (around 6 weeks gestation). The Texas Heartbeat Act allows individuals to file lawsuits against those who assist in the killing of unborn children with detectable heartbeats. If the defendant is found guilty of aborting such a child or aiding and abetting in such an abortion, the prosecuting party could win $10,000.

HB4146 would allow an individual to file a lawsuit against a person who "commits an act of sexual assault or domestic abuse or causes an unintended pregnancy, regardless of circumstances; knowingly engages in conduct that aids or abets a sexual assault or domestic abuse or causes an unintended pregnancy, regardless of circumstances; or intends to engage in that act or conduct." If the defendant is found guilty, the prosecutor would be awarded $5,000, and $5,000 would be added to the "State Abortion Freedom Expansion Fund." That fund will be used "to pay the costs of abortions for pregnant persons who travel to Illinois from states that prohibit abortions."

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Cook County Board to Consider Resolution to "Cancel" Texans and Businesses

As a response to the passage of the Texas Heartbeat Act, the Cook County Board of Commissioners is set to consider a resolution next week that would prohibit county employees from traveling to Texas for county business and any official business with the Texas state government.

In addition, the resolution would sever the county's financial ties to any businesses that contributed to the campaigns of Texas politicians who supported the Texas Heartbeat Act.

The former part of this resolution is a performative effort that does neither grants abortion to Texas women nor helps the people of Cook County. The main people who might be hurt by this resolution are the employees and operators of hotels and restaurants in Texas. Even then, it is unlikely that the travels of Cook County employees were propping up those businesses.

The latter part is an attempt to force corporations to either take pro-abortion political stances or lose the ability to get contracts with the Cook County government. This kind of litmus test is a dangerous attempt to force corporations to support the deaths of unborn children or take a financial hit.

If the Cook County Board of Commissioners passes this resolution, it will emphasize its abortion advocacy and its desire to meddle in the legislative affairs of other states.

The sponsors of this proposal include Cook County Commissioners Kevin Morrison, Alma Anaya, and Brandon Johnson.

September 29, 2021

UN Officials Tell Supreme Court to Maintain Abortion Precedent

The United Nations is using its power in an attempt to influence a Supreme Court case challenging the legality of abortion in the United States.

Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health is set to be heard by the Supreme Court this December. In this case, abortion advocates challenged a Mississippi law prohibiting abortions after 15 weeks gestation. Mississippi is asking the court to overturn its Roe v. Wade ruling, which created a federal right to abortion.

An amicus brief filed by UN officials is arguing that overturning Roe v. Wade would violate international human rights law.

This is a new kind of intrusion by the UN into the US legal system. The Supreme Court is supposed to make rulings based on the text of the Constitution, not the whims of foreign governments. Despite this, the UN officials make no attempt to cite the US Constitution.

“The United States would contradict international human rights law by overturning its established constitutional protections for abortion access,” the experts say in their brief. Abortion is “necessary for women’s autonomy, equality and non-discrimination,” they argued.

In their brief, the UN officials openly stated that they deny unborn babies the right to life: “The right to life emanating from human rights treaties does not apply prenatally,” they wrote.

Illinois University Professors Argue that Texas Abortion Ban Harms Trans Men

Last week, professors from Northwestern University argued in the school's online publication that the Texas Heartbeat Act could have particularly negative effects for transgender men. In doing so, the professors argued that the value of maintaining one person's emotional health outweighs the value of unborn human life.

The Texas Heartbeat Act bans abortion when the baby's heartbeat is detectable, which is usually at six weeks.

The Northwestern professors wrote in Northwestern Now that,
"A trans man living in Texas may choose to conceal his transgender status to coworkers, friends and even in-laws to protect himself from violence and gender dysphoria. As his abdomen grows due to a pregnancy for which he can no longer legally get an abortion, however, keeping identity private in public spaces may become next to impossible.

The abortion ban in Texas imposes the burden of pregnancy — and with it, the burden of potential dysphoria, being outed or violence — on trans and gender nonconforming individuals without viable alternative choices."

Setting aside the arguments surrounding the idea of transgenderism, the professors' argument is troubling on a humanitarian level. One human life should not be ended for the sake of another person's emotional or mental health. All lives have value, and the choice offered by abortion disregards that value.

By intentionally ending the life of a human being, abortion cannot be considered "health care" as the Northwestern professors assert.

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September 28, 2021

Pro-Life Legislators Ask DOJ to Investigate Illegal Fetal Tissue Research

Last week, pro-life legislators sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, and NIH Director Francis Collins requesting an investigation into controversial fetal tissue research conducted by the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt).

Recent reports from the NIH suggest that the university may have been endangering women (and violating federal law) by altering abortion procedures for the purpose of obtaining more intact fetal tissue. Even more disturbingly the same reports suggest that researchers may have been harvesting organs from babies capable of surviving outside of their mothers' wombs. All the while, Pitt's research received approximately $1.5 million in taxpayer funding from the NIH.

“Exploiting the body parts of aborted children for research purposes is repulsive and should stop, regardless of the outcome hoped for by researchers,” the letter reads. “Research using abortive fetal tissue is unethical, wrong, and has also been proven ineffective. Despite being used in clinical research since the 1920s, fetal tissue has not produced a single clinical treatment.”

The letter was led by Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Steve Daines (R-MT) along with Reps. Lisa McClain (R-MI) and Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO).

Legislators who co-signed the letter include Illinois Reps. Rodney Davis (R) and Mike Bost (R).

Texas Bans Mail Delivery of Abortion Pills

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R)
After the Texas Heartbeat Act went into effect on Sept. 1, pro-abortion activists began circumventing the law by mailing abortion pills to women from overseas. In response, Texas Gov. Greg Abbot signed a new law that will prohibit the mail delivery of abortion drugs effective December 2, 2021.

“The Texas legislature understood that the Abortion Cartel would fall back on the mail delivery of abortion drugs to bypass the Heartbeat Act and took action to prevent that scheme.  Their forward-thinking will save innocent lives,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

The law reads that “A manufacturer, supplier, physician, or any other person may not provide to a patient any abortion-inducing drug by courier, delivery, or mail service.”

Additionally, the law limits the use of abortion drugs to the first seven weeks of pregnancy, requires abortionists to examine women in person to rule out pregnancy conditions that would cause complications if the women took abortion drugs, and requires abortionists to report adverse effects caused by Mifeprex when used to induce abortions.

September 27, 2021

House Passes Legislation to Codifying Abortion Rights

Last Friday, the House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R. 3755). If passed by the Senate, this legislation would override most state pro-life laws and codify a right to abortion in federal law.

The House voted 218 to 211 (mostly along party lines) in favor of the Women's Health Protection Act. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) was the only Democrat to vote against the bill.

The Women's Health Protection Act prohibits states from enforcing most abortion regulations, mandates taxpayer funding of abortion, and could require health care workers to participate in abortions against their consciences.

September 24, 2021

Women's Health Protection Act Threatens to Codify Abortion Rights

Pro-abortion legislators in Washington are pushing to pass the deceptively named Women’s Health Protection Act. The bill does not protect women or their access to healthcare, but it does codify into law a right to abortion up until the moment of birth. Further than that, it could remove conscience protections for doctors who refuse to participate in abortions.

“The Women’s Health Protection Act is designed to remove all legal protections for unborn children on both the federal and state levels,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life (NRLC). “The Women’s Health Protection Act is, in effect, the Abortion-Without-Limits-Until Birth Act.”

Tobias continued, “The only ones to benefit from this legislation would be abortionists and abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood. This legislation endangers women and their unborn children, would expand taxpayer funding of abortion, and would no longer require that a woman be given information about the development of her unborn child.”

If the “Women’s Health Protection Act” is passed into law, a variety of pro-life protections would be nullified. These include informed consent laws, waiting period laws, laws protecting the consciences of pro-life doctors, and laws preventing non-doctors from carrying out abortions.

According to a report from The Heritage Foundation, the law would also block states from enforcing laws that:
  • restrict discriminatory abortions based on race, sex, or genetic abnormality
  • ban post-viability abortions
  • introduce safety requirements for chemical abortions
  • restrict taxpayer funding of abortion
“According to pro-abortion groups, if this law is enacted, abortion-on-demand would be allowed in all 50 states, even if Roe v. Wade is weakened or overturned. Elective abortion would become the procedure that must always be facilitated – never delayed, never impeded to the slightest degree,” said Jennifer Popik, J.D., director of Federal Legislation for National Right to Life.

Even pro-abortion Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), who supports codifying Roe v. Wade into law, said that she believes the bill goes too far. She argues that the pro-abortion bill would weaken the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by taking protections away from medical professionals who don't want to participate in abortions.

The Women's Health Protection Act does not just codify Roe v. Wade. It undoes many state and federal pro-life laws deemed constitutional even under current pro-abortion Supreme Court precedent.

September 23, 2021

Biden to Direct $10 Million in Grants to Abortion Businesses after Texas Heartbeat Act

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra
photo credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr
Last week, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra announced a “three-pronged Department-wide response” to the Texas Heartbeat Act. This includes distributing up to $10 million of taxpayer funding to abortion businesses in and near Texas.

The department says that it will award grants to any abortion businesses that “can demonstrate a need resulting from an influx of clients as a result of SB 8.” This includes Texas abortion businesses rushing to abort unborn babies before their heartbeats are detectable as well as abortion businesses out of state as women travel for abortions.

The HHS said that it plans to give abortion businesses additional funding in response to an “anticipated increase” in demand for “emergency contraception” and abortion drugs.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid also issued a memo suggesting that doctors could be removed from Medicare and Medicaid if they deny abortion to a woman with an “emergency medical condition.” The memo argued that the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act enables the government to impose civil and monetary penalties against hospitals or individuals that don't offer abortion in some cases.

Supreme Court Announces Hearing Date for Dobbs Case

On Sept. 20, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization starting on Dec. 1. The highly anticipated case could challenge Supreme Court precedent regarding abortion.

The case is a challenge to Mississippi's Gestational Age Act, which restricts abortion after 15 weeks gestation. While defending the law, the state of Mississippi has asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision in Roe v. Wade. The law includes exceptions for when the mother's life or “major bodily function” is at risk. It also includes an exception for when the unborn child is diagnosed with a condition that is “incompatible with life outside the womb.”

The Supreme Court will consider, “Whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.”

President Biden's Justice Department filed an amicus brief Monday requesting the court to maintain the current legal framework for legalized abortion.

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September 22, 2021

Google Quashes Abortion Pill Reversal Ads

Rebekah Hagan with her son Zechariah, whose
life was saved from the abortion pill by
Abortion pill reversal.
Photo from the 2020 March for Life/Lisa Bourne
After receiving pressure from pro-abortion activists, Google has canceled advertisements for Abortion Pill Reversal.

Pro-abortion activists from the London-based Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) called on Google and Facebook to remove advertisements for Abortion Pill Reversal. The group relied on a discredited and incomplete study designed to debunk APR. 12 women had taken the first abortion pill in that study, and 3 of them experience hemorrhaging. Of those three, only one of them had taken progesterone, the drug used in abortion pill reversal. The study was rightly canceled due to the injuries women were facing. The study fails to prove that those injuries were caused by progesterone. While only one of the three injured women had taken progesterone, all three had taken the abortion pill.

“In a dramatic and unprecedented move, Google has sided squarely with extremist pro-abortion political ideology, banning the pro-life counterpoint and life-saving information from being promoted on their platform,” Live Action founder Lila Rose told CNA in a statement.

Rose said that on Sept. 13, Google took down all of Live Action's advertisements for abortion pill reversal. Google accused the advertisements of containing false information. Before Google took action on Sept. 13, the tech giant had run them for over four months.

Heartbeat International, which manages the Abortion Pill Rescue Network and its 24/7 helpline, was also targeted by Google's censorship.

“Women deserve to know the truth about all their options,” said Heartbeat International Vice President Betty McDowell. “That is why it is disappointing to see Big Tech kowtow to Big Abortion in the latest attack against pregnancy help.”

“By removing Abortion Pill Reversal ads from Google and Facebook—two of the largest tech companies in the world—these companies silence the only viable option for women who seek to reverse the effects of the abortion pill,” McDowell said.