UPDATE: HB 4013 - State Insurance Public Aid Abortions

HB4013 - State Insurance Public Aid Abortions House Sponsors: Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, Carol Sente, Ann M. Williams, Elizabeth Hernandez,...

December 7, 2016

Emmy Award in Hand, Aid for Women Hoping to Celebrate One More Win

Aid for Women
Chicago-based Aid for Women, which has served thousands of women each year since 1978, is celebrating an unusual victory after hauling in its first-ever Emmy at Saturday night’s Chicago-Midwest Emmy Awards.

Produced in partnership with Spirit Juice Videos, the award-winning video featured a former client, Janessa, who chose life for her son, Christian, when she was pregnant at age 19.

“I was 19 years old when I found out I was pregnant, and I was just in a state of shock,” Janessa says in the video. “I cried for, like, four months. It was going to be a very, very difficult time for me and I didn’t know how to handle it. I didn’t know who to reach out to, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to do it by myself, and it was just an overwhelming experience for me. I needed help.”

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‘No more’: African-Americans protest Planned Parenthood’s ‘discriminatory agenda’

Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A mostly African-American crowd gathered outside Planned Parenthood's new "flagship" facility on Saturday to protest its racism and the eugenic legacy of its founder, Margaret Sanger.

"So many people are being healed by the truth being told," said Dr. Alveda King, the neice of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the director of Civil Rights for the Unborn. Along with three other post-abortive women, King shared how abortion hurt her.

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Ohio 'heartbeat' abortion bill heads to governor's desk

Ohio Pro-Life Gov. John Kasich
Ohio Pro-Life Gov. John Kasich
An Ohio bill that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected is headed to the Ohio Gov. John Kasich's desk.

The House of Representatives voted to approve the "heartbeat bill" Tuesday night after it passed in the Senate earlier in the day.

This bill would be one of the nation's most stringent abortion restrictions. The legislation prohibits most abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy after the first detectable heartbeat.

Gov. John Kasich, a pro-lifer, has concerns about whether the law would be constitutional and has not said whether he plans to sign the measure.

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December 6, 2016

Liam Neeson quits boxing club after pressure over his abortion advocacy

Actor Liam Neeson
Actor Liam Neeson
Actor Liam Neeson has resigned as president of his childhood boxing club after facing outrage over narrating a pro-abortion ad that attacked the Catholic Church.

Amnesty International released the video as part of an ongoing campaign attacking Ireland for its pro-life laws protecting pre-born children. It portrayed the Catholic Church as the backwards, dark force behind Ireland's pro-life laws.

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New York mayor promises city will pay for abortions if Planned Parenthood loses federal funding

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
In a speech that criticized President-elect Donald Trump on Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to make sure the city would pay for women to abortions in the event that Planned Parenthood is defunded.

In one of several defiant responses to Trump’s developing domestic policy, de Blasio said, "If there are threats to federal funding for Planned Parenthood in New York City, we will ensure women receive health care they need."

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Satanic Temple says humane treatment of aborted babies “contradicts our fundamental beliefs”

Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves
Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves
Beginning, Monday, December 19, abortion clinics in Texas will no longer be free to depose of the remains of aborted babies as if they were medical waste. The baby’s remains would have to be either buried or cremated by hospitals or abortionists. (The rules won’t apply to miscarriages or abortions that take place at home.)

“I believe it is imperative to establish higher standards that reflect our respect for the sanctity of life,” said Texas pro-life Gov. Greg Abbott back in July. “This is why Texas will require clinics and hospitals to bury or cremate human and fetal remains. I don’t believe human and fetal remains should be treated like medical waste and disposed of in landfills.”

The impeding deadline prompted The Satanic Temple to threaten legal action in a post put up on the group’s Facebook account over the weekend.

The Satanic Temple believes burial rites are a well-established component of religious practice. This is undisputed in the entirety of US legal history. In addition, members of The Satanic Temple believe in the inviolability of the body and, as such, these rules contradict our fundamental beliefs. The First Amendment protects our right to practice our beliefs, and under the Religious Freedom Reform Act (RFRA), the State must present a compelling reason for why they want to enforce rules that inhibit adherence to our religious practices.

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December 5, 2016

PPFA files suit against pro-life laws in three states

U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey
U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey
As part of the continuing fallout from last June’s Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt decision and as an example of pro-abortionists’ extremism, three different Planned Parenthood affiliates Wednesday joined the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights in challenging laws in North Carolina, Alaska, and Missouri.

North Carolina’s law protects unborn babies 20 weeks gestational age and older with an exception for medical emergencies and if the woman’s life is at risk. There is an abundance of medical evidence that by this point the preborn is capable of experiencing unspeakable agony as she is torn apart.

Alaska’s law bars outpatient abortions after the first trimester of pregnancy.

Missouri’s law requires abortionists to have admitting privileges in a nearby hospital (in case of emergencies) and that abortion clinics meet the health and safety of standards of ambulatory surgical centers.

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Congress doubles budget for investigation of Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal

Congress voted to double the budget of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, meaning the panel will continue investigating Planned Parenthood and the sale of aborted baby body parts through 2016.

Republicans and Democrats took to the House floor yesterday to support and bash H. Res 933, which authorized continued funding for the Select Panel. It ultimately passed 234 to 181.

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CDC: 35% of aborted babies are black

According to the CDC report, the rate of abortion among African-American women is far higher than among white American women. While black women make up only six percent of the U.S. population, they account for 35 percent of abortions reported.

That doesn't include unreported and underreported abortions. The CDC report includes only abortion disclosures from 29 states. Meanwhile, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming either "did not report, did not report by race/ethnicity, or did not meet reporting standards."

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Trump selects pro-life Ben Carson as HUD secretary

Dr. Ben Carson
Dr. Ben Carson
Dr. Ben Carson has been named as President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Trump said in a statement on the nomination that Carson, the retired director of pediatric neurosurgery for Johns Hopkins Hospital, was a distinguished national leader who overcame his troubled youth in the inner city of Detroit to become a renowned neurosurgeon.

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December 2, 2016

Congress urges criminal prosecution of Planned Parenthood for baby parts scandal

Planned Parenthood Sells Baby Parts
The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives announced Thursday that they have made nine criminal and regulatory referrals against Planned Parenthood, other abortion businesses, universities, and fetal tissue companies.

Along with Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast, the Select Panel referred StemExpress and DV Biologics, two medical research companies implicated in CMP's investigation, for illegally profiting from fetal body parts. Also referred to law enforcement were The University of New Mexico, an Arkansas abortion facility, an Ohio university, Advanced Bioscience Resources, and Presidential Women’s Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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December 1, 2016

Abortion is contrary to Declaration and Constitution, lawyer argues

Author and attorney Thomas Glessner
Author and attorney Thomas Glessner
The newly published book, Created Equal: Reflections on the Inalienable Right to Life?, delves into American history to demonstrate that the sanctity of innocent human life is part of the founding of the United States.

Author and attorney Thomas Glessner painstakingly details how the Founding Fathers of America based both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution on principles and understandings that explicitly upheld the right to life of preborn babies.

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Don't expect a warm welcome from the HHS for Dr. Tom Price

Donald Trump's nominee for HHS secretary Dr. Tom Price
Donald Trump's nominee for HHS secretary Dr. Tom Price
Dr. Tom Price (left), who currently represents Georgia in the House of Representatives, is a pro-life physician who has worked hard to defund the abortion syndicate Planned Parenthood. That alone is enough to earn the president-elect's nominee for HHS secretary high praise from Marilyn Musgrave of the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List.

"He is 100-percent pro-life," she emphasizes. "He'll never waiver on his core principles. He actually led the fight to defund Planned Parenthood."

The pro-life spokeswoman says her group is already lobbying Republicans in both the House and Senate to take a stand against using taxpayer dollars to continue funding the abortion giant.

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Listening to Planned Parenthood head lecture about "reproductive rights"

University of Chicago Law School hosted a lecture by Cecile Richards
University of Chicago Law School lecture by Cecile Richards
This past Tuesday, the University of Chicago Law School hosted a lecture by Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood. It was co-sponsored by the school's Study of Gender and Sexuality. The event was part of the Ulysses and Marguerite Schwartz Memorial lecture series. It was free and open to the public, with about 350 attending. It appeared to be mostly students with a small group of journalists.

This from news release from the University of Chicago: "In 2016, the Supreme Court affirmed the right to safe and legal abortion. Planned Parenthood celebrated 100 years and the presidential election placed women's rights and autonomy front and center. In this lecture, Cecile Richards will discuss what 2016 meant for reproductive rights, and what 2017 has in store."

The Pro Life Action League had a protest just outside the venue with about 15 people including signs which read, "Cecile Richards: What about his future?" Those signs were next to large poster photos of an aborted baby boy.

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November 30, 2016

‘What If I hadn’t been born?’ question infuriates pro-abortionists

Rachael Larimore
Rachael Larimore
A while back Slate senior editor Rachael Larimore, no dyed-in-the-wool pro-lifer, wrote a column titled, “Pro-Choicers Hate the “What if I Hadn’t Been Born” Question. Here’s Why” which touched off a flurry of comments.

And because she is not one of us, it made her trenchant observations all the more telling. Here is her beginning:

The pro-choice movement relies on a carefully crafted image to make its position seem responsible and caring: that women should be allowed to abort their unplanned pregnancies because unwanted children grow up poor, neglected, abused or some combination thereof. It can’t allow for the possibility that some “unwanted” children actually grow up in loving homes and become responsible, even successful, adults; or that couples who take responsibility for unplanned children can be as good of parents as couples who wait until they’re ready to have a family.

And when they are presented with evidence to the contrary, out comes the name-calling.

Pro-abortionists were furious.

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Pro-abortion Nancy Pelosi remains House Minority Leader

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Under the category of “What is the definition of insanity–doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different results”–House Democrats this morning gave militant pro-abortionist Nancy Pelosi (Ca.) another term as House Minority Leader.

Pelosi needed a two-thirds vote to beat back the challenge of pro-abortion Tim Ryan (Ohio). The finally tally, taken by secret ballot, was 134-63.

During a media briefing prior to the leadership vote, Ryan said, “If we don’t wake up and smell the coffee, we’re going to be the minority party, the opposition party, for a long time to come,” adding, “That’s just the reality.”

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November 29, 2016

VIDEO: Trump’s new HHS secretary: ‘There is nothing more fundamental to our humanity than to defend life’

Rep. Tom Price, R-GA
Rep. Tom Price, R-GA
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen pro-life, pro-marriage, anti-Obamacare Rep. Tom Price, R-GA, to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services, Trump announced early Tuesday.

Price is an orthopedic surgeon and the Chairman of the House Budget Committee. He has said “there’s nothing more precious or more worth defending than the sanctity of life” in a video made to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

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Another big drop in U.S. abortions!

Abortion numbers have been falling sharply almost every year since 1990. Each of those decreases represents thousands of unborn babies whose lives have been saved.

But that life-saving shift didn’t just happen by itself. Each of those decreases also represents the support so many of you have given to the Right to Life movement so we can save innocent lives.

Last week, we received more good news. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported another 5% drop in abortions between 2012 and 2013. Abortion statistics are always reported years after the fact, and the CDC numbers don’t include data from every state.

But comparing previous CDC data to the new report suggests there were tens of thousands fewer abortions in 2013 overall than the year before, which continues the life-affirming trend of the past 20+ years!

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November 28, 2016

3D interactive ‘embryo atlas’ gives never-before-seen detail of unborn baby

3D Interactive Embryo Screenshot
A team of Dutch embryologists has produced an unprecedented three-dimensional atlas demonstrating how the unborn child develops in the first eight weeks of life.

It took the University of Amsterdam team over 45,000 hours to meticulously map the development of the unborn child, during which time embryologists supervised more than 75 students who analyzed over 15,000 tissue screens from the US-based Carnegie Collection of Embryos.

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Hamill calling Trump picks despicable? Skywalker actor pressured his son’s girlfriend into abortion

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker of Star Wars)
Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker of Star Wars)
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill is being spoken of all over social media tonight for his slam on President Donald Trump’s picks for his Administration. “I’m glad I have [the show] to take my mind off what’s going on,” said Hamill best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker. “Because if you look at what’s being assembled for our government it’s like, yikes. It’s a who’s-who of really despicable people.”

However Hamill’s own recent behavior is much more worthy of the label ‘dispicable’ even from a Democrat perspective. This Fall the girlfriend of Hamill’s son Nathan contacted LifeSiteNews to tell her story of the Hamill family coercing her into an abortion even after she clearly expressed her choice to let her baby live. The pressure was enough to get her to attempt an abortion but it wasn’t successful, so she kept her baby.

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November 25, 2016

Nick Cannon: Abortion is a ‘real genocide’ against the black community

Nick Cannon
Nick Cannon
Last week, rapper Nick Cannon appeared on New York City’s “The Breakfast Club” radio show. When host Charlamagne Tha God brought up the election, conversation quickly turned to comparing President-elect Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Cannon, who chose not to support either candidate, refused to agree that Clinton was a better choice, stating:

Hillary was — think about all of the things they did with Planned Parenthood and all of that type of stuff. That type of stuff is to take our community — and forget gentrification — it’s real genocide, and it’s been like that for years. This system is not built for us.

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Trump selects Pro-Life Betsy Devos as Education Secretary

Donald Trump with pro-life activist Betsy DeVos
Donald Trump with pro-life activist Betsy DeVos
The National Right to Life Committee, the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, today praised President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Michigan pro-life activist and philanthropist Betsy DeVos to serve as education secretary in his cabinet.

“President-Elect Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos to serve as education secretary continues to show that he is committed to building a pro-life administration,” said Darla St. Martin, Co-Executive Director of National Right to Life. “Betsy DeVos, and her husband Dick, have long been dedicated supporters of the right-to-life cause.

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November 23, 2016

Illinois pro-life student group’s abortion memorial vandalized twice in three weeks

Chris Iverson explains the damage done to a pro-life display at Christian Liberty Academy in Illinois.
Chris Iverson explains the damage done to a
pro-life display at Christian Liberty Academy in Illinois.
Vandals defaced a pro-life banner at a student group’s abortion-victim memorial over the weekend — the second time it has been vandalized since being erected November 3.

In what looks like a repeat case of pro-abortion criminality, a person or people defaced a banner reading, “Abortion Takes Human Life,” which accompanies rows of white crosses representing victims of abortion on the lawn of the Christian Liberty Academy.

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Defunding Planned Parenthood will have to wait until Obama's gone

Defund Planned Parenthood
An attempt was made to defund Planned Parenthood last year, but the United States Senate blocked it. National Right to Life Committee president Carol Tobias asserts that any future attempt to defund the abortion giant will have to wait until the Obama administration leave the White House in January.

“We have a pro-abortion, pro-Planned Parenthood ideologue in the White House, and until he leaves office, there's not going to be a whole lot we can do to keep that money from Planned Parenthood,” Tobias insists.

More than half a billion federal tax dollars currently goes to Planned Parenthood. This is in spite of its recent scandals involving the harvesting and sale of aborted baby body parts for a profit – not to mention over-billing the federal government. It is argued that stripping the world’s largest abortion provider of tax money will be difficult.

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Illinois Pro-Life Update

Dear Pro-life Friend,

Congratulations for surviving the 2016 Election!

At this time, it appears that the unborn and vulnerable are safer in our country.  Now we can be hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court will move in a direction to protect life.  Now we can be hopeful that Congress will pass life protecting legislation.  We can hope that our president will sign that legislation and begin the process of reversing the deadly effects of Roe v. Wade. 

You helped make it happen with your vote.

Pro-life Battle One:  You and we won because of your help.

In Illinois of the 45 contested races where our Political Action Committee (PAC) endorsed a candidate, 32 of our candidates won.  Overall, 66 of our 79 PAC endorsed candidates were elected.  Candidates like Dan McConchie who won his race for the state senate.  Dan worked at Americans United for Life and now he is in Springfield fighting for innocent life in the Senate. 

Thank you for supporting our pro-life candidates!

Pro-life Battle Two: We need your help right now.

BUT NOW we must turn our attention to the Illinois General Assembly and begin our lobbying efforts once again.  HB4013, the Taxpayer Funding of Abortion bill, is in the Illinois House ready for a vote during the Fall Veto Session.   The Fall Veto Session is November 15th through November 17th and November 29th through December 1st.  House Speaker Mike Madigan lost 4 seats this election and so the pro-aborts are pushing to pass their bad legislation before the new assembly is seated in January 2017. The Illinois Federation will be there pushing back. 

Starting in September of this year all of our fundraising efforts were focused on funding our PAC.   It was our belief that the election was so important we were willing to risk underfunding our operating/lobbying fund to be sure the PAC was funded.  We needed to survey candidates, make endorsements, inform our supporters of our endorsements and assist pro-life candidates.

I believe that it was the right decision; however, we must immediately begin to build up our operating funds to keep our office open and to support our lobbying activities this veto session and the upcoming spring 2017 legislative session.  

We suspect that the opposition will introduce an assisted suicide bill in the spring.  We must always be ready to defend our Parental Notification law from hostile amendments that would render the law ineffective or from efforts to repeal the law.  We must be prepared to fight any and all of the pro-abortion attacks in Springfield.

We fought relentlessly against SB1564 the bill that amended the Illinois Right of Conscious Act in Illinois.  The goal of the bill was to close our pregnancy resource centers.  As you know it passed and was signed by Governor Rauner.  Two lawsuits have been filed – one in federal court and one in state court.  The court battle will rage on as valiant pro-life attorneys seek to stop this monstrous law.  But a better way altogether would be to prevent costly litigation by stopping destructive legislation before it becomes law.

We celebrate the outcome of the election with you.  However, we must honestly and soberly assess our situation in Illinois.  We must continue to fight the enemy on all fronts – elections, education and legislation.  The Illinois Federation for Right to Life as founded embraces grassroots activists as our partners in this fight for life.  To this day we know that you, the wonderful pro-life people throughout this state will be the force that turns this state around.   

We celebrate you! 

All of our work depends on you - your prayers, your calls, your letters, your visits to Springfield and your financial support.  We are here for you and you are there for us.  Together we must defeat the forces that continue to create a culture of death in Illinois.

Please consider sending a generous donation now so that we –as partners-can continue the crucial work of saving lives. Click here to make a secure online donation now.

Yours for life,

Dawn Behnke
Pres. IFRL