August 7, 2020

House Appropriations Package Criticized for Pro-Abortion "Poison Pills"

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National Right to Life criticized the passage of H.R. 7617 on July 31. Otherwise known by the lengthy name, "Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2021," this bill includes several provisions that would weaken pro-life policies and allow more taxpayer dollars to be funneled into the abortion industry.

“These poison pill provisions in H.R. 7617 seek to undermine the pro-life policies of the Trump Administration,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Sadly, those who would suffer from the pro-abortion provisions would be women and their unborn children.”

The legislation would block a Department of Health and Human Services rule meant to protect health care providers from discrimination if they refuse to participate in abortion, sterilization, or assisted suicide; override the Trump administration's final rule on Title X changes that prevent funding from going to family planning organizations that refer patients to abortion clinics or colocate with them; and allow federal funds to pay for abortions within the District of Columbia.

The more conservative Senate is unlikely to accept H.R. 7617 once it goes to a vote.

Surrogate Child Whose Mother Refused to Abort Dies at Age 8

In 2012, Crystal Kelley was carrying a surrogate child when she and the biological parents learned that the child would have "severe medical problems." This prompted the biological parents to ask Kelley to abort, but she refused. The drama surrounding their argument became a national news story. On July 15, a full 8 years after Seraphina Harrell's birth, she died due to a combination of infection and complications from a needed surgery.

Throughout her pregnancy, Seraphina's biological parents told Kelley that they would not agree to parent the child if she did not abort, offered her $10,000 to abort the child, and even said they would change their minds and take the Seraphina after she was born just to turn around and surrender her to the state of Connecticut.

Kelley went into hiding to complete her pregnancy, and then offered the child up for adoption to a family that had already adopted several special needs children, and were well-experienced to provide for another.

During her life, Seraphina had multiple heart surgeries. She could not speak or walk, but she used a wheelchair and American Sign Language. In spite of all this, Seraphina's adoptive family attests that she had a big personality at their house.

“Seraphina’s larger than life personality only grew throughout her life, and you never had to guess what she was thinking or feeling,” her loved ones wrote in her obituary.

“She couldn’t walk by herself, but she persisted in turning everyone in the house into her personal mobility assistants. She couldn’t eat, but that never stopped her from insisting on her own plate of food to be part of the gang.”

August 6, 2020

UN Human Rights Report Tells Stories of Infanticide and Forced Abortion

A recent United Nations Human Rights report tells the stories of over 100 women who shared their experiences of abuse in North Korean detention centers. Many of those stories included the inhumane practices of infanticide and forced abortion.

In these accounts, several women were forced to miscarry, abort, or simply let their children die shortly after birth.

One eyewitness account said that after a woman was forced to give birth prematurely, even she was ignored and killed

“She was taken out of the holding center and given an injection to make her miscarry. I saw her giving birth with my own eyes… I heard crying, but then the baby was placed face down, wrapped in plastic and taken out of the cell by a prison guard… No medical attention was given [to the mother]. She died after a week or so.”

Other accounts include a woman talking about how she was forced to leave a newborn child out in the cold of winter until it presumably died, and another woman being forced to have an abortion because she was pregnant with a child she conceived with a Chinese man.

Eleven States File Briefs Defending the FDA's Abortion Pill Regulation

Eleven states have filed briefs with a federal court asking it to grant a stay of a District Court decision preventing the FDA from enforcing certain abortion pill regulations.

On July 14 last month, District Judge Theodore Chuang decided to suspend the FDA's Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) requirements for mifepristone, the first pill in the abortion pill regimen. Later that month, the FDA filed a memorandum to grant the FDA against the District Court's injunction. This would allow the FDA to continue enforcing them while both sides make their cases about the legality of the rules.

The FDA applies REMS regulations to any drugs that have a certain level of risk to patients. Mifepristone applies because women who take the pill are at risk of hemorrhage, severe bleeding, pregnancy complications caused by incomplete abortion, and even death. The risks of the abortion pill are higher if the woman has an undiagnosed pregnancy condition such as ectopic pregnancy.

Among other things, the REMS requires pregnant women to have an in-person appointment with a physician before they can obtain abortion pills. This allows physicians to diagnose conditions like ectopic pregnancy and check the gestational age of the child. If the child has developed past the safe range for a medication abortion, using the abortion pill to complete an abortion poses health risks to the mother. In the event that the pregnant mother's best guess at her child's gestational age is incorrect, this appointment could save the mother's life, even if she decides to follow through and complete a surgical abortion.

August 5, 2020

"Baby Lives Matter" Painted Outside Nebraska Abortion Clinic

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According to a short post by Operation Rescue, another street painting with the words "Baby Lives Matter" has appeared in front of an abortion clinic; this time in Bellevue, Nebraska.

As pro-life activists arrived in the morning, they found the bright pink and blue words “Baby Lives Matter, Including Black Babies” near the clinic's front door.

A similar painting appeared temporarily in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic in South Lake City, Utah, and pro-life activists with Students for Life of America were arrested for in Washington DC last weekend for gathering to paint one in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic there. The trend has appeared in response to Black Lives Matter protests that seemingly opened public roadways up for public expression. Protestors painted the words "Black Lives Matter" on the street in front of Trump Tower without any legal repercussions, so now pro-life activists are similarly using the streets as political forums.

Unlike the artist who created the South Lake City street painting, the Bellevue painter has remained anonymous.

Woman Describes the Regret of Abortion as "my own personal hell."

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One woman who deeply regrets aborting her unborn child describes the depression she experiences as "my own personal living hell" in a post she published for

She wrote that after she became pregnant in November of 2019, her boyfriend was completely willing to keep their child. “J also told me that if I wanted to have this baby, we could do it. He has a great job, I’m almost done with school. He offered his support in anyway [sic] I needed it.”

Because some of her friends had completed abortions before without issues and it was simply more convenient to not have a child, she went ahead and scheduled appointments for an abortion anyways. She ended up using the abortion pill regimen to complete the process.

“[T]he fact that [the baby] was part of me & the man I love so much, killed me. It still does. I can barely look at him. It’s been about 4 months since I lost the baby, and I feel like everyday [sic] is harder. I feel hopeless. I feel like I don’t deserve to be happy. I feel like I don’t deserve to be forgiven, or supported, or have any bit of release. I live in my own personal Hell, and I feel like I don’t deserve anything different.”

She goes on to describe abortion as "selfish" and bemoan the fact that she will watch her friend's child grow up at similar stages to what her child would have if she had made another decision. Now, she says she is addicted to nicotine and wants nothing more than to suffer.

While women who have aborted their children do deserve hope and meaning in their lives, it is worth noting that the emotional trauma of abortion can be easily avoided. The medical abortion process can even be reversed via a process called abortion pill reversal if a mother acts quickly after taking the first pill. The death and suffering caused by abortion is completely unnecessary, and pro-lifers will continue to fight for an end it.

August 4, 2020

"The Church at Planned Parenthood" Pastor Speaks out Against Planned Parenthood Lawsuit

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In an interview with Fox News, The Church at Planned Parenthood (TCAPP) Pastor Ken Peters said that Planned Parenthood is wrongfully suing his organization for violating a noise ordinance.

TCAPP meets outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Spokane Washington once per month at the facility's closing time to hold worship services and speak out against the injustice of abortion. Earlier this year, the Planned Parenthood clinic issued a lawsuit against the organization for allegedly violating a noise ordinance created by the city council.

"At first they tried to drown us out with their own sound and their own protesters, but we kept singing, praying and praising God under our First Amendment rights of assembly and freedom of religion," Peters said. He further said that the group actively lowered its decibel levels to comply with the ordinance, as attested by the local police department.

“[W]e’re listening to noise levels, we’re taking complaints, and code enforcement officers are using the decibel meters,” police department spokesperson Julie Humphreys said. “We’re actively enforcing what we’re asked to.”

Planned Parenthood claims that the police department is in league with TCAPP, and isn't enforcing the ordinance correctly, but Peters says that the lawsuit is malicious.

“You have a billion-dollar industry suing local church pastors that aren’t wealthy at all, for singing and peaceable assembly,” he said. “We’ve been running for two years. We’ve never been cited. We don’t cause destruction. We don’t loot. We don’t riot. We literally go to Planned Parenthood and we hold church once a month. We do this after hours. We are not causing any harm.”

Illinois Dad Returns to Sidewalk Counselors to Say, "You guys changed our mind."

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Action League video
After seeing pro-life advocates outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora, Illinois, a couple decided against abortion. A video taken by the a member of the Pro-Life Action League shows a conversation between one of those advocates and the saved child's father, who came back to thank the people working to save children from abortion.

“A week ago, we were thinking about coming here and, you know, getting an abortion and everything but… then we saw how many people out here… actually kinda care—and we were right across the street over there—and… me and my wife were just looking and we were just saying, like, ‘Man, a lot of people do care about this,'” the father told the Pro-Life Action League.

After thanking the group for being there to change his and his wife's minds, the man asked the pro-life advocates to pray for him to find a better job that would be able to help him provide for his growing family (which already has two other children).

“God put you guys in front of us because He told us — we were parked right there and we were just staring over here and we were just thinking about it, thinking about, thinking about it and we were just looking at the baby’s pictures [images of abortion victims] like, we can’t do that. But I thank all you guys for being out here,” he said. “I thank you guys so much, man, because honestly, you guys changed our mind. I feel like if you guys weren’t here that day we probably would have stepped in there.”

August 3, 2020

Pro-Life Activists Arrested Outside DC Planned Parenthood Clinic for Chalking Pro-life Messages

SFLA student leader Erica Caporaletti being arrested
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Update: Washington DC Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Alaina Gertz told the Daily Caller that the activists were arrested for “the defacing of private/public property,” and were “both citation released.” This hypocritical statement shows that Mayor Bowser is only allowing protestors she agrees with to use street painting as a method of political protest.

On Saturday, August 1, pro-life activists with Students for Life of America were arrested in front of a Washington D.C. Planned Parenthood clinic for chalking pro-life messages on the sidewalk. Students for Life claims that the organization had obtained a permit to paint "Black Preborn Lives Matter" on the road using temporary paint, but pro-life activists were met with police threats when they arrived at the clinic.

“After applying and receiving our permit for this event today, after being told by the Metropolitan police that the Mayor has… ‘opened a Pandora’s box’ by painting public streets, we arrived to find six police cars threatening to arrest our team and students if they painted, even using the [temporary] paint we bought that the Police Department specifically requested,” said SFLA President Kristan Hawkins. “When we asked if we could at least use sidewalk chalk to chalk our anti-violence message on the streets, the police threatened to arrest us.”

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser “will be hearing from Students for Life’s attorneys about these unconstitutional efforts to limit speech to government-approved topics.”

Students for Life of America (SFLA) Strategic Partnerships Advisor Warner DePriest and SFLA student leader Erica Caporaletti from Towson University were arrested for chalking pro-life messages on the sidewalk in defiance of police requests.

July 31, 2020

Daleiden and Merritt Face Appeals Court for Exposing Planned Parenthood's Harvesting and Sale of Body Parts

David Daleiden
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Defense lawyers for Center for Medical Progress (CMP) undercover journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt asked San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos to drop the abortion lobby's unprecedented charges against their clients. Sadly only one count was dropped from Daleiden and two from Merritt.

Planned Parenthood and the state of California still have eight charges against the journalists who exposed the abortion business for harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted children. After the CMP undercover project released several videos that showed Planned Parenthood abortionists discussing the procedures for procuring and selling baby body parts, the abortion giant fired back by suing the journalists under California's eavesdropping law. If convicted Daleiden and Merritt could face up to 10 years in prison. Journalists have never been charged under the California privacy law before.

The journalists' defense lawyers from the Thomas More Society and Liberty Counsel argue that the nature of the charges is largely political, and the journalists shouldn't be in violation of any laws. California eavesdropping law has an exception for recordings created while the recorder believes that they are collecting information about violent crimes, and that stipulation clearly applies in this case.

Now-Senator Kamala Harris originally levied the charges against the journalists while she was the California Attorney General, but she had a clear conflict of interest.

“The political careers of both Becerra and Harris have been supported and financed by Planned Parenthood,” reads a Thomas More Society press release.

Thomas More Society President Thomas Brejcha also stated in a press release that “David had a reasonable belief that he could find evidence of a felony crime of violence against human beings, namely, infanticide, that is, the killing of babies born alive with beating hearts,”

Teen Hospitalized after Abortion at Chicago Clinic

A 17-year-old girl experienced a medical emergency on May 30 after completing an abortion at the Michigan Avenue Center for Health in downtown Chicago.

According to 911 records collected by the Pro-Life Action League and released in a video by Operation Rescue, the 17-year old girl who had a history of seizures suffered severe seizures after completing an abortion and required an ambulance. The ambulance was asked to park in the back alley of the clinic to pick up the patient because the caller believed it was "more accessible."

The owners of the Michigan Avenue Center for Health used to own seven abortion facilities, but over time husband and wife Vinod and Vijay Goyal have had to close four of them. The Michigan Avenue clinic appears to be in the process of closing down, so that number may soon decrease to two abortion clinics.

July 30, 2020

Illinois Representative Jan Schakowsky Leads Push to Repeal Pro-Life Helms Amendment

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
In an act of modern-day colonialism, Illinois Representative Jan Schakowsky announced a new bill titled the “Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act of 2020,” to repeal the pro-life Helms Amendment. The Helms Amendment prevents federal tax dollars from funding organizations that promote abortion in other countries.

Specifically, the Helms Amendment reads, “no foreign assistance funds may be used to pay for the performance of abortion as a method of family planning or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions.”

The following statement is from a press release issued by Rep. Schakowsky:

“The Helms Amendment is a policy deeply rooted in racism. It imposes our arbitrary and medically unnecessary abortion restrictions on international communities, allowing the United States to control the health care and bodily autonomy of billions [of] Black and brown people around the world.

Just like the Hyde Amendment [which prevents federal funds from being used for abortion within the US], the Helms Amendment puts reproductive and economic freedom out of reach for women of color. But enough is enough, and both amendments must fall if we want to realize true health equity and reproductive justice.”

There are two major problems with this statement.

First, the United States is not controlling the "health care and bodily autonomy" of foreign women by denying foreign aid to organizations that promote abortion abroad. These organizations are not entitled to US tax dollars.

Second, the Helms Amendment is not racist. Imposing the Western (and false) idea that abortion is healthcare to black and brown communities worldwide IS racist. The reason that many African nations don't have widespread access to abortion is that the people who live there don't want it. It is white, wealthy, progressive westerners that send money to political organizations trying to change the abortion laws of traditionally conservative nations. Believing that western nations know what's best for nations of black and brown people is truly racist because it implies that black and brown nations are unintelligent and can't be trusted to make decisions for themselves.

National Abortion Rights Action League Endorses Biden for President

Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden
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The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) announced that it is endorsing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for president on Monday. This announcement comes only a year after the same organization wrote a highly critical statement of Biden's previous support for the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of taxpayer funding to pay for abortions.

“NARAL Pro-Choice America and our 2.5 million members are committed to powering Vice President Biden to victory this November and working with his administration to protect and expand access to abortion care and birth control,” reads the announcement by NARAL president Ilyse Hogue.

“Joe Biden will stand for freedom over Donald Trump’s desire to control women. He will put a stop to Trump’s dangerous anti-choice political agenda when so much hangs in the balance.”

In June of 2019, the NARAL wrote a very different statement that criticized Biden's support of the Hyde Amendment and likely led to him flip-flopping on the issue. In 2019, Hogue said that, “no political or ideological excuse for Joe Biden’s support for the Hyde Amendment, which translates into discrimination against poor women and women of color plain and simple.”

Interestingly, Biden even said immediately after the Roe v. Wade decision that the Supreme Court “too far” by making abortion legal.

Biden's opinion on abortion as time passed flipped entirely, and he now has the full support of the pro-abortion lobby which rejected him not long ago.

July 29, 2020

FDA Appeals Federal Judge's Suspension of Abortion Pill Regulations

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Obama-appointed U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang suspended the FDA's Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) requirements for the abortion pill Mifepristone earlier this month, but on Tuesday the FDA responded by filing an appeal to his decision.

“Particularly in light of the limited timeframe during which a medication abortion or any abortion must occur, such infringement on the right to an abortion would constitute irreparable harm,” Chuang wrote in his ruling. “By causing certain patients to decide between forgoing or substantially delaying abortion care, or risking exposure to COVID-19 for themselves, their children, and family members, the In-Person Requirements present a serious burden to many abortion patients.”

The FDA argued that the REMS requirements are necessary for Mifepristone, and suspending the regulations puts women at risk for health problems that they would otherwise have been protected from.

“Defendants will also suffer irreparable harm in the absence of a stay because they will be unable to enforce requirements that FDA has determined, based on its experience and scientific expertise, are necessary to ensure safe use of Mifeprex,” the FDA appeal reads. “Requiring patients to obtain Mifeprex at a clinic — as has been required for years — does not deprive women of the ‘ability to make a decision to have an abortion.’”

The requirement that women visit a doctor in a clinic before receiving mifepristone protects women by making it more likely that a woman will have an ultrasound before receiving the pills. By completing an ultrasound, doctors will be able to diagnose pregnancy conditions such as ectopic pregnancy (in which an unborn child has implanted itself outside their mother's uterus). Abnormal pregnancy conditions increase the likelihood of complications such as hemorrhage and death which can occur if a woman with such conditions completes the abortion pill regimen.

July 28, 2020

National Right to Life Criticizes Passage of Pro-Abortion House Appropriations Package

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The US House of Representatives voted 224-189 along party lines last week to pass the State, Foreign Operations, Agriculture, Rural Development, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. National Right to Life released a statement criticizing the House for passing this bill, which serves to promote abortion globally by bypassing or overturning pro-life policies of the past.

"National Right to Life issued a letter sent to members on July 22nd, urging representatives to vote against the legislation," the press release reads. "H.R. 7608 effectively overturns the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) policy, weakens the Kemp-Kasten Amendment, and increases funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). National Right to Life (NRLC) will be adding the vote on the bill to its scorecard for the 116th Congress."

The PLGHA program requires  private organizations to sign contracts promising that they will not perform abortions (except to save the mother’s life or in cases of rape or incest), lobby to change the abortion laws of host countries, or otherwise “actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.” If they refuse to sign such a contract, they cannot receive funding from the US government.

By weakening the Kemp-Kasten Amendment and increasing funding to the UNFPA, H.R. 7608 additionally weakens the US President's ability to deny “population assistance” funds to organizations or programs that promote “coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.”

“Abortion groups and their allies are willing to trample the laws of sovereign nations and place women and their children in harm’s way— all in an effort to create a global ‘right’ to abortion,” said National Right to Life President Carol Tobias.

July 27, 2020

Appeals Court Issues Temporary Injunction Against Hospital to Protect Baby Tinslee from 10-Day Rule

Tinslee Lewis
On Friday, July 24, a Texas Appeals Court issued a temporary injunction against Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas to prevent it from removing 17-month-old Tinslee Lewis from life support until the court makes a decision on the constitutionality of the state's "10-Day Rule."

Trinity Lewis, Tinslee's mother, sued the hospital in November 2019 to challenge the 10-Day Rule. The Texas rule allows a hospital's ethics committee to determine whether the hospital will continue providing healthcare to a patient. If it makes the decision to stop providing care, the patient's family members have a total of 10 days to find another healthcare facility willing to take the patient before the hospital stops caring for the patient and simply allows them to die.

In its decision to issue a temporary injunction against Cook Children's Medical Center, the court wrote that the 10-Day Rule is “likely unconstitutional” because it does not provide due process protections to patients and likely violates their civil rights.

July 24, 2020

24 Attorneys General Sue HHS for Removing Abortion from Definition of "Sex Discrimination"

New York Attorney General Letitia James
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24 Democratic state attorneys general led by New York Attorney General Letitia James have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration's recent decision to reverse a 2016 “anti-discrimination” rule that would have forced medical professionals to abort children and perform "gender transition" operations against their consciences.

The rule in question was implemented in May of 2016 by the Obama administration and redefined "sex discrimination" in the Affordable Care Act to include an individual's “internal sense of gender, which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female,” as well as “termination of pregnancy.” 

A court injunction against the Obama-era rule was placed in December of 2016 because it conflicted with the religious freedoms of healthcare workers, and this ruling was upheld in 2019.

Just last month, however, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that they will “enforce Section 1557 by returning to the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology.”

By reversing the rule, not only was the Trump administration altering a rule that was already found to be unlawful by federal courts, but it was preventing the conscience rights of workers from being taken away by future judges who could potentially reverse the current ruling.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: “Abortion quite simply isn’t a human right.”

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Last Friday at The Family Leader Summit in West Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke about several aspects of the Trump administration's foreign policy, including actions taken to protect the lives of the unborn internationally.

Click here to watch the Secretary of State's speech.

“Our founders built our country on a commitment to essential rights, unalienable rights,” Pompeo declared in his remarks. “That comes from these amazing documents, our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, and our nation’s foreign policy must be grounded in those central understandings.”

“Abortion quite simply isn’t a human right,” Pompeo said. “It takes a human life.” 

Pompeo spoke about several steps the Trump administration has taken to preserve the lives of unborn children abroad. The reinstated the Mexico City policy, which prevents taxpayer funding from going to Non-Governmental Organizations that provide abortions in other countries, and it has gathered a coalition of countries to take a stand against pro-life language in United Nations documents and legislation.

Pompeo took time during his speech to mention current events in China, where Muslim women are being forced into abortions and sterilizations by a tyrannical government. "These are some of the most gross human rights violations we have seen, and I have referred to it as the stain of the century," he said. The Trump administration has responded to a series of human rights violations in China recently by placing sanctions against Chinese officials.

"We've executed a foreign policy that American families in Des Moines and Dubuque and Davenport can believe in. It's a pro-national security foreign policy focused on America. It's a pro-religious freedom foreign policy, and its a 100% pro-life foreign policy."

July 23, 2020

"Baby Lives Matter" Mural Painted in front of Salt Lake City Planned Parenthood Clinic. It was Removed 10 Hours Later.

On the evening of Friday, July 17, artist Tayler Hansen painted a mural on the street in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah which read "BABY LIVES MATTER." Not 10 hours after it was completed, the mural was removed. After completing it, he posted a short video on Twitter explaining himself.

"This affects every race, but Planned Parenthood was founded by eugenicist Margaret Sanger, who consulted with the KKK to create the organization," Hansen told Fox News. "They place these abortion mills in predominantly poor and Black demographics on purpose, to exterminate the Black race. The true racism happening in America today is Planned Parenthood."

After people had begun to remove his paint from the street, Hansen tweeted, "The mural has already been desecrated and erased to an extent. THIS IS NOT OVER!"

Black pro-life activist Bevelyn Beatty was arrested on July 18 for putting black paint on top of a similar "Black Lives Matter" street mural in front of Trump Tower.

Life Legal Submits Brief to Supreme Court Challenging Viability Standards

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In a brief to the Supreme Court, the pro-life organization Life Legal is challenging the viability standards established by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

On Monday, July 20, Life Legal submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of Mississippi’s “Gestational Age Act,” which is currently being challenged in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case involves Mississippi’s “Gestational Age Act,” prohibiting abortion after 15 weeks.

"Our brief is an attack on the unworkable “viability” standard adopted by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and affirmed in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which has cost the lives of millions of babies," Life Legal wrote in a press release. "These cases rely on a highly subjective determination of a baby’s 'capability of meaningful life outside the mother’s womb.'"

Life Legal used examples from other Supreme Court Cases to prove its point that the Supreme Court Rulings in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey were flawed and need to be corrected.

"...we urge the Court to look to its own ruling in Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health, where it found that a state does not have to make judgments about the “quality” of an individual’s life but can “assert an unqualified interest” in protecting human life.  The Cruzan case involved a disabled young woman whose parents wanted to remove her feeding tube. The Court did not accept the parent’s argument that their daughter’s lack of a sufficient “quality of life” was a reason to kill her and held that a higher standard of evidence was required before someone could make the irreversible decision to end the life of a person who cannot communicate his or her wishes. In so doing, the Court affirmed the state’s interest in protecting human life, without regard to the perceived worth of that life."

Life Legal also takes issue with the fact that the survival rate of prematurely born children is influenced significantly by hospitals and medical professionals that refuse to even attempt to save children who are born before a certain gestational age. This heavily influences when many medical professionals believe a child becomes "viable." Even though increased knowledge and quality of care have lowered the minimum gestational age that babies have survived birth, many hospitals leave outdated "viability" standards in place and refuse care to children born any earlier.

"Studies have demonstrated that a baby’s survivability does not depend only on reaching a specific gestational age, but on the medical care that is available and especially on the attitudes of physicians and hospitals regarding the quality of life and disability," Life Legal wrote. "For example, Providence Women and Children’s Services of Oregon categorically denies medical care for babies before at 22 weeks or earlier, regardless of the parents’ wishes. Not surprisingly, its survival rate for those babies is 0%, whereas the survival rate for 22-week babies is as high as 60% in other hospitals."

July 22, 2020

Trump Admin. Appoints Pro-Life Leader to USAID

Patrina Mosley
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The Trump administration appointed pro-life leader Patrina Mosley to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently, and she began her job at the agency on June 8. She previously worked for the Family Research Council as the director of life, culture, and women’s advocacy, and in her new job, she will be able to influence agencies that have pushed to promote abortions globally by using federal tax dollars.

Mosley has voiced her frustration with the United Nations in the past for using the COVID-19 pandemic to promote abortion by sending abortion equipment to countries that need help dealing with the disease.

“The United Nations has acted as the global enforcer of liberalism, disregarding the national sovereignty of nations by withholding aid to nations that do not support their abortion agenda,” Mosley wrote in a letter to the UN. “For far too long, developing countries that desperately need basic necessities have had to choose between their national sovereignty in holding values like the sanctity of life or accepting UN food and water that come with contraceptives and abortions. So much for the UN being 'humanitarian.' Now that we as a global community are confronting something we have rarely faced before with the current pandemic, it should not be controversial to collectively say: Abortion is not humanitarian aid.”

Planned Parenthood Tries to Distance Itself from The Racist History of its Founder, Margaret Sanger

Planned Parenthood Founder
Margaret Sanger
Planned Parenthood has announced that it will try to distance itself from the racist history of its founder, Margaret Sanger, by removing the eugenicist's name from the Planned Parenthood of Greater New York building. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York is the abortion business's largest affiliate.

Karen Seltzer, the chair of the New York affiliate’s board, said in a statement, “The removal of Margaret Sanger’s name from our building is both a necessary and overdue step to reckon with our legacy and acknowledge Planned Parenthood’s contributions to historical reproductive harm within communities of color.”

Margaret Sanger's eugenicist beliefs motivated many of her actions when it came to promoting abortion. One of her most infamous initiatives, which she called her "Negro Project," involved using black community leaders to promote abortion to black women who otherwise would never have considered abortion. This would further the eugenist goal of reducing the population growth of black and brown people (whom eugenicists believe are genetically inferior to whites). About her "Negro Project," Margaret Sanger said:

"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal.

We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."

Margaret Sanger's bigoted philosophy of eugenics is mired in racism, classism, and ableism. It deeply influenced the development of Planned Parenthood and is the reason that a disproportionate number of Planned Parenthood clinics are located in low-income minority communities, and women bearing children with disabilities are pressured to abort their babies. While Planned Parenthood may try to remove Margaret Sanger's name from its buildings, her legacy remains alive and well.

July 21, 2020

Kanye West at Campaign Stop Talks about Abortion Conversations with His Wife; Says Abortion Shouldn't be Banned

Kanye West Campaigning in North Carolina
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Kanye West made a campaign stop in North Charleston, North Carolina this weekend for his announced presidential bid, in which he spoke about his thoughts and experiences regarding abortion; both as a son and a father. At the same time, West maintained that abortion should remain legal.

"And for one month, and two months and three months, we talked about her not having this child. [Kim Kardashian] had pills in her hand. You know, these pills you take it and it's a wrap — the baby is gone."

"She said, 'We are going to have this child,’” West said, describing a later phone conversation they had. “I know people who are 50 years old who don't have a child. So even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into the world, even when I didn't want to. She stood up and she protected that child.”

"Forty-three years ago, who do you think protected a child? My mom saved my life," Kanye said. "My dad wanted to abort me! My mom saved my life. There would have been no Kanye West, because my dad was too busy!" West broke down as he spoke about the parallels between his father's actions and his own.

“I almost killed my daughter!” West emotionally confessed, crying. “I love my daughter!”

At the same time, West argued that abortion should remain legal. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Kanye suggested financial incentives for mothers to keep their babies. “Everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars,” he said as a (fairly unrealistic) example.

West's presidential bid has confused many. He has missed the filing deadlines to appear on the ballots of several states, he reportedly did not have permission from his wife to discuss their conversations about abortion publicly, and entertainment news sites have reported that "sources close to the family" believe that Kanye is in the middle of a severe bipolar episode but won't seek professional help.

Federal Bailouts Could Subsidize States Funding Planned Parenthood

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A recent article from The Daily Signal pointed out a common trend among many states that are asking for coronavirus bailout funding from the federal government: They have collectively given hundreds of millions of dollars to the nation's largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood.

Govs. Larry Hogan and Andrew Cuomo of Maryland and New York respectively asked Congress in April for $500 billion to bail out states during the coronavirus pandemic. Opponents to the idea point out that many of the states that would take advantage of bailout funding are ones that already struggled to manage their budgets before the pandemic hit. One such way that many states have done so is to provide funding to Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses.

The Daily Signal's research found that Maryland pays on average $4 million per year on average to Planned Parenthood, while New York paid $115 million over its last four fiscal years.

Natives of Illinois are not strangers to the state's annually scheduled budget crisis, but Illinois nonetheless stands as one of the states asking the government for a bailout funded by federal taxes. At the same time, Illinois gave $1,767,137.32 to Planned Parenthood during the 2019 fiscal year.

These states, and the many others listed in the Daily Signal's article, could easily take advantage of bailout funding to subsidize additional state funding to abortion businesses. Citizens need to keep their governments accountable and end the government-funded killing of innocent children.

July 20, 2020

New Planned Parenthood Ad Promotes Joe Biden

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On July 13, Planned Parenthood's PAC launched its first digital ad in support of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. This is one of the first ads it has launched since it announced its record-breaking $45 million effort to promote pro-abortion candidates in several battleground states during the 2020 election cycle.

In the announcement for its "Planned Parenthood Votes" ad campaign, the abortion organization said that it planned to target the battleground states of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin with the ads in hopes of getting pro-abortion candidates elected, including presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The ad mentions many issues, including immigration, racism, healthcare, and abortion, while also ironically stating that Joe Biden “seeks to help, not punish the most vulnerable.” A candidate that endorses abortion as a healthcare choice rather than a saddening act that ends the life of a human being is, in fact, punishing the most vulnerable.

The ad also uses a clip in which Joe Biden states "I would codify Roe v. Wade and Casey [v. Planned Parenthood.]" Statements like this from pro-abortion candidates are admissions that the current language of the U.S. Constitution does provide a right to abortion. This supposed "right" would need to be codified to stand the test of time against the multiple generations of Supreme Court justices.

Planned Parenthood stands to gain a lot from electing pro-abortion politicians. If pro-abortion politicians successfully repeal the Hyde Amendment, which Biden has stated he would do as president, Planned Parenthood could gain hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funding that previously would have been prevented by the legislation.

July 17, 2020

A New Doctor Steps Forward to Give Baby Tinslee Another Chance

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17-month-old Tinslee Lewis may have another chance at life since a new doctor has stepped forward offering to provide treatment.

Tinslee's life has been the subject of an ongoing legal battle between Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas and the child's family. The hospital attempted to invoke Texas's 10-day rule last year, which would have allowed the hospital to stop providing life-sustaining treatment for Tinslee and simply let her die.

In a legal brief, Cook Children's Medical Center staff argued that Tinslee's treatment is painful to her, will not improve her condition, and is not fair for the staff or Tinslee: “She cannot move. She cannot cuddle. She is rarely, if ever, held,” the staff wrote. “The physician who has been treating her since birth has never seen her smile.”

Dr. Glenn E. Green, a professor of otolaryngology at the University of Michigan, stepped forward to examine Tinslee personally, and his conclusion has granted new hope to Tinslee's family. He believes that the "dying spells" described by Cook's Medical Center might be attributed to airway issues, which could be solved with a simple procedure. Dr. Green says that he would evaluate Baby Tinslee for airway malacia and perform a tracheostomy.

Dr. Patrick Roughneen, a physician from Galveston, Texas, also examined Tinslee in-person and concurred with his assessment. The two doctors have filed declarations with the court saying that the tracheostomy request was medically appropriate. Trinity Lewis, Tinslee's mother, has requested to both Cook Children's Medical Center and the court that Dr. Green be allowed to evaluate Baby Tinslee and provide her with medical care.

“Baby T.L. should be treated no differently than any other child who has been on a ventilator this long,” Dr. Roughneen said in a statement to Texas Right to Life. “Tracheotomies are routinely performed for patients after 14-days on a ventilator. Baby T.L. has been on a ventilator for over 10 months. It is not within the standard realm of care to leave a patient on a ventilator this long and refuse a tracheostomy. The benefits of a tracheostomy versus a ventilator are decreased work of breathing, reduction in airway dead space, avoidance of tracheo-innominate fistula [a lethal complication of an indwelling tracheostomy tube] and management of pulmonary secretions. Hence there are very specific patient benefits to performing this procedure.”

Teenagers Recorded Beating Pregnant Mother and her Toddler in Brooklyn, Illinois

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A disturbing video began circulating Twitter this week which showed a group of teenagers attacking a pregnant mother and a toddler in Brooklyn, Illinois.
In the video, two teenage women are shown punching a pregnant woman, pulling her hair, and dragging her to the ground while a teenage boy is shown drop-kicking the mother's toddler in the face. The boy then proceeds to kick the pregnant woman's head and even slams her into a door frame by kicking her in the back once she is allowed to get up. Throughout the entire incident, the toddler can be heard screaming in pain and fear.

Brooklyn police confirmed that they responded to a "disturbance" on Friday which involved minors and adults. The police said that the woman suffered minor head injuries, but was able to identify her assailants. The police are investigating the incident and the individuals involved are pending charges.

July 16, 2020

Alexis McGill Johnson Becomes Permanent President of Planned Parenthood

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Alexis McGill Johnson has officially been named the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood after spending a year as the interim president of the abortion company.

Leana Wen, the previous president of Planned Parenthood, says that her firing last July was because she wanted to make the organization less political and focus more on women's health care than the abortion argument. The argument makes sense, given that McGill previously worked on the board of Planned Parenthood's PAC. If the organization really wanted someone whose motives were to fight political fights more than improve the lives of women, they found a person for that.

The hiring may also come in response to backlash Planned Parenthood is facing for its racist origins. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a eugenicist who believed that convincing African Americans to abort their children would be beneficial because she did not want their population to increase. Despite this, Planned Parenthood had awards and buildings named after their founder. The organization has stopped giving Margaret Sanger awards, is renaming buildings, and recently fired the Planned Parenthood of New York CEO after over 350 former and current employees accused her of racist behavior. Because Johnson is an African American woman, the announcement can serve at least in part to save the company's face during its current PR mess.

Trump Administration Ends Obamacare Definition of "Sex-discrimination" that Included Abortion

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Last weekend, the Trump administration officially ended a rule created under the Obama administration that redefined "sex-discrimination" to include a person's "internal sense of gender" and "termination of pregnancy."

The Obama administration changed the definition of "sex-discrimination" as part of the Affordable Care Act in May of 2016, but the enforcement of the new definition was blocked by the courts in December of that year. Now, the HHS has officially finalized a new rule which will prevent the Obama rule from going into effect simply because a different judge rules in favor of it.

“HHS will enforce Section 1557 by returning to the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology,” the HHS announced on Sunday.

Several organizations have already filed lawsuits challenging the rule change, but the outcome of those challenges is uncertain. The previous form of the HHS rule was blocked by federal courts, but the Supreme Court recently made a decision that included transgenderism in the definition of "sex-discrimination" as it relates to the Civil Rights Act. The abortion-related portion of the rule does not appear to have any major legal challenges given these challenges, however.

July 15, 2020

Federal Judge Suspends REMS Restrictions on Abortion Pill Distribution

On Monday, a federal judge ruled that the FDA's Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) protocol could no longer be enforced on the distribution of abortion pills. This allows abortion providers to send pills over the mail for pregnant women to complete DIY-abortions.

REMS requirements are placed on drugs with the risk of complications and limited the distribution of abortion pills to hospitals, clinics, and medical offices. Women who wanted abortion pills would have to go to one of those locations in order to obtain them.

Pro-abortion advocates have used the COVID-19 pandemic to argue for the suspension or elimination of REMS requirements on abortion pills, but now a judge has sided with them in a lawsuit against the FDA.

U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang ruled that “in-person requirements” for obtaining the abortion pill create a “substantial obstacle” to abortion, saying, “in light of the limited timeframe during which a medication abortion or any abortion must occur, such infringement on the right to an abortion would constitute irreparable harm.” He added, “By causing certain patients to decide between forgoing or substantially delaying abortion care, or risking exposure to COVID-19 for themselves, their children, and family members, the In-Person Requirements present a serious burden to many abortion patients.”

He is saying that the delay caused by needing to travel to a medical professional to obtain drugs which not only are designed to kill unborn children, but also can pose risk to women can cause "irreparable harm" (likely referring to the child's gestational age surpassing a state's maximum legal abortion age). Not only is this absurd, since traveling to a physician is hardly a "substantial obstacle," but it creates a danger to women. DIY abortions completed with the abortion pill regimen can potentially have life-threatening side-effects such as hemorrhage, and the risk is amplified if a woman has not had a medical professional check their pregnancy for potential conditions such as ectopic pregnancy.

Federal Judge Rules Against Georgia Heartbeat Law

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On Monday, a federal judge ruled against a Georgia heartbeat law that would have banned most abortions once an unborn child's heartbeat is detectable.

Georgia's Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act signed in May 2019 would have made it illegal for abortionists to kill an unborn child once a fetal heartbeat is detected, with exceptions for rape, incest, physical medical emergencies, and pregnancies deemed “medically futile.”

A lawsuit from the ACLU, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood convinced U.S. District Judge Steve Jones to block the law before it could take effect, and now Jones has ruled that the law is unconstitutional, potentially blocking it permanently.

“HB 481’s specific references to Roe v. Wade and ‘established abortion related precedents’ ... lends support to plaintiffs' argument that the purpose of H.B. 481 was to ban or de facto ban abortion,” Jones wrote.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said that they plan to appeal the ruling.

July 14, 2020

Woman Found Guilty of Illegally Selling Abortion Pills after Man Bought them to Kill Girlfriend's Child

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A New York woman was sentenced to two years probation and $10,000 in fines this week after having pled guilty to conspiracy for illegally selling abortion pills over the internet. Law enforcement connected the case to another one in which a man attempted to trick his girlfriend into aborting their child by dissolving abortion pills in her drink.

Abortion pills require a prescription to purchase in the United States, but this woman purchased them from overseas and used an online jewelry store as a front to resell the drugs in the US to people without prescriptions. “Unjust laws should not be respected,” she told the website Mother Jones. She went on to say that she hopes others follow her example, saying, “I want some copycats. There’s not enough people doing this.”

One customer who purchased abortion pills from her was Jeffrey Smith from Grand Rapids, Wisconsin. He is now accused of first-degree murder for dissolving abortion drugs into his girlfriend's water when she refused to abort their child. She took her water bottle to the police after she noticed residue inside, and they confirmed the presence of the abortion drug mifepristone. His trial is scheduled for December.

Abusive men often use abortion as a tool to control women and remove themselves from the consequences or responsibilities that can come with fathering a child. Access to abortion pills without a prescription allows men like Smith to use them against women who do not want to kill their children and poses danger to both the mother and her child. Abortion pills can have dangerous side effects such as hemorrhaging, infection, and potentially death if a mother has an undiagnosed pregnancy condition such as ectopic pregnancy.

Tennessee Heartbeat Bill Signed and Blocked Within One Hour

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On Monday, July 13, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed into law
House Bill 2263, which would ban discriminatory abortions based on sex, race, or disability as well as any abortions that take place after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Only an hour after the bill was signed into effect, U.S. District Judge William Campbell granted a temporary restraining order against it pending lawsuits from pro-abortion organizations.

The bill would have required all abortionists to perform ultrasounds before attempting an abortion. If a fetal heartbeat was detected by the ultrasound, the abortionist would be forbidden from killing the child.

In a Facebook live broadcast of him signing the bill, Gov. Lee said, “Life is precious and everything that is precious is worth protecting. We know that in Tennessee and I certainly know that in my heart, which is why we worked so hard together with the legislature to make sure that this piece of legislation got done.”

The ACLU, Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood all filed lawsuits against the new law and successfully convinced Judge Campbell to grant a temporary restraining order against its enforcement until he makes a decision on its constitutionality. Campbell stated, “bound by the Supreme Court holdings prohibiting undue burdens on the availability of pre-viability abortions.”

Tennessee legislators had the foresight to ban abortions at eight, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24 weeks of gestation in preparation for the eventual pro-abortion lawsuit challenging the abortion ban starting at the detection of a fetal heartbeat.

July 13, 2020

Federal Judge Strikes Down Indiana Law Requiring Abortionists to Report Complications

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U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled on Wednesday, July 8 that an Indiana law requiring abortionists to report any complications during abortion procedures to the state was unconstitutional.

The ruling comes two years after Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed SEA 340 into law. Shortly afterward, Judge Young placed an injunction against the law blocking it from taking effect until he made his decision. Some of the potential abortion complications that required reporting under the now struck-down law included uterine perforation, infection, hemorrhaging, and parts of an aborted baby being left inside a woman after an abortion. It also required abortionists to report to the state if they learned that a woman was seeking an abortion due to abuse, coercion, harassment, or trafficking.

“The statute simply lacks any standard to guide physicians in determining whether a condition qualifies as an abortion complication for purposes of reporting,” Young wrote in his decision according to ABC News. “The indeterminacy of the statute’s requirements denies fair notice to physicians and invites arbitrary enforcement by prosecutors.”

Young did uphold a different provision that mandates an annual state inspection of abortion facilities, however; arguing that this provision could catch someone like the late abortionist Ulrich Klopfer. Klopfer is infamous for hoarding the bodies of thousands of aborted children in his home and car. His horrifying collection went unnoticed until a lawyer going over Klopfer's will went to check on Klopfer's property.