Pro-Life Lawsuit against the state of Illinois Dismissed

UPDATE: Pro-Life Lawsuit against the State of Illinois Dismissal Appealed

On November 30, 2017, the Thomas More Society filed a taxpayer lawsuit against State of Illinois officials in a counter attack against House Bill 40, which requires public funding of tens of thousands of elective abortions. The taxpayer lawsuit, filed in the Sangamon County Circuit Court, is brought on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Illinois taxpayers, represented by county and statewide pro-life organizations including the Illinois Federation for Right to Life and it's many affiliates was dismissed by Associate Circuit Judge Jennifer Ascher. A notice of appeal was entered on January 2nd, in the 4th Appelate Court.

March 22, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court disgusted with California’s attack on pregnancy centers

On March 20, 2018, the long-awaited oral arguments in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra were heard at the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael Farris argued on behalf of the pregnancy centers, and the state of California sent Deputy State Solicitor General Joshua Klein to defend the nation’s most extreme anti-speech law targeting pregnancy centers.

When the arguments had finished, both mainstream media and legal analysts were in near complete agreement that the California law was in trouble. Even the notably liberal Justice Elena Kagan and the usual swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy had appeared troubled — even deeply so — by the state’s attempt to force a very narrow group of private organizations to peddle government speech.

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Woman with Down syndrome addresses UN: Stop targeting us for extinction

Charlotte Fien (pictured) is a woman with Down syndrome, who has been passionately speaking out about the right of her community to exist. Around the world, the lives of people with Down syndrome are endangered… thanks to abortion. Our culture of death has taken the benefits of prenatal testing and subverted it, so in many countries, babies with Down syndrome are killed before they are even born. Fien has regularly spoken out about this injustice — including before the United Nations several times — advocating for the right of people like her to live.

Last week, she spoke before the United Nations again, calling for an end to eugenic abortion.

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March 21, 2018

Illinois just proved there’s still room for a Pro-Life congressmen in the Democratic Party

Rep Dan Lipinski Campaign
Rep. Dan Lipinski (pictured), who has represented his southwest Chicago district since 2005, won a tight primary race on Tuesday night against progressive challenger Marie Newman.

As of this Wednesday morning Rep. Dan Lipinski won the Illinois 2018 Primary with 50.9% over Marie Newman with only 49.1%.  Still it was a very close race.

This is a huge win for the pro-life movement, which proves that protecting innocent life in the womb need not be matter of partisan politics.

Pro-life pregnancy centers hopeful after arguing before Supreme Court

NIFLA Pro-Life protest in Washington DC on March 20th 2018
Attorneys for a pro-life pregnancy center resource group are optimistic following Tuesday’s oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court, in the case National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra.

In the pouring rain, the attorneys spoke to a crowd of supporters outside of the court (pictured), and said that they were pleased with the day’s events and remained hopeful that a California law requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to provide information about free or low-cost abortions would be struck down.

“We hit a home run today in the court,” said NIFLA President Thomas Glessner. “In fact, [Alliance Defending Freedom CEO] Michael Farris hit a grand slam home run.”

Glessner added that he was “very optimistic” that the court would rule against California.

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Judge temporarily blocks Mississippi law banning abortion at 15 weeks

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves
A federal judge has temporarily blocked Mississippi’s new ban on abortions at 15 weeks, less than 24 hours after it was signed into law.

The Associated Press reports that U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves (pictured) has granted a temporary restraining order against the enforcement of HB 1510, the law Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed yesterday prohibiting abortions from being performed beyond fifteen weeks for any reason other than physical medical emergencies or severe fetal abnormalities.

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Pro-abortion Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner defeats pro-life challenger in GOP primary

Gov. Bruce Rauner has defeated his pro-life challenger, state Rep. Jeanne Ives
Gov. Bruce Rauner has defeated his pro-life challenger, state Rep. Jeanne Ives, in the Republican primary for governor of Illinois.  With 91% percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race for Rauner, who won 51.7% of the vote to Ives’ 48.3%.

“Rauner chose Planned Parenthood and Personal PAC over pro-lifers or even simply over abiding the spirit of the Hyde Amendment, which remains in force at the federal level,” Ives said in response to the ad’s critics.

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March 20, 2018

VOTE on March 20th! - What is a midterm primary so important?

Be sure to make time to VOTE March 20th in the Illinois Primary. 

What is a midterm primary so important?

It may seem counter-intuitive, but the smaller the election, the more impact your individual vote actually has.

The reason is two-fold...

First, fewer people vote in midterm elections which will make give your vote more of an impact and more significance.

Second, while tens of millions of Americans vote for president, only thousands of people may turn out to support a governor or representative.  Yet these folks are directly responsible for how well your community functions.  This is an important race this year and can steer Illinois in different directions.  This is your chance to change policy in Illinois.

Lives are depending on you!

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Did Toys R Us hasten its own demise by donating to Planned Parenthood?

Did Toys R Us hasten its own demise by donating to Planned Parenthood?
Toys R Us announced last week that it will close its 735 American stores, following its filing for bankruptcy last fall. Business Insider notes that in its annual 2017 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company cited declining birth rates as one of the reasons it failed to remain sufficiently profitable.

The decline of birth rates in the United States and around the world has been cited as one of the factors behind the collapse of retail giant Toys R Us, but the company’s own contribution to that decline, particularly by donating money to Planned Parenthood, has gone largely overlooked.

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March 19, 2018

Vote Tuesday, March 20th!

Vote March 20th

Be sure to make time to VOTE on March 20th 
in the Illinois Primary. 

Lives are depending on you!

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The Abortion Exception - SCOTUS hears NIFLA vs. Becerra Case

U.S. Supreme Court Building
On March 20 the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) vs. Becerra, a case that challenges the constitutionality of a 2015 California law that forces “crisis pregnancy centers”—which supply pregnancy-related services to expectant mothers with the aim of persuading them to keep their babies—to provide information, including contact phone numbers, about how to obtain a free or low-cost abortion funded by the state of California.

Furthermore, “unlicensed” pro-life centers that don’t provide on-site medical services but merely counsel pregnant women against abortion and offer material help such as diapers and baby clothes must post at least two signs on their premises, in 48-point type and in as many as thirteen different languages, stating that they are not medical facilities. The same disclaimer rule applies to all their print and digital advertising, which means that the mandatory huge fonts (48-point type is nearly two-thirds of an inch high) and multiple repetitions will effectively crowd out the pro-life message the centers are trying to convey.

The penalties for noncompliance are steep fines. The law is all too typical of deep-blue, abortion-happy California, where local legislators have over the years mandated twenty-five-foot “buffer zones” designed to squelch pro-life protests outside abortion clinics, and law professors have recommended use of the state’s anti-stalking laws to bring criminal charges against the “sidewalk counselors” who try to dissuade pregnant women from going inside.

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As Science Advances, the Pro-Life Movement Swells

Vice President Mike Pence
“For all the progress since 1973, I just know in my heart of hearts that this will be the generation that restores life in America.” These inspiring words were spoken by our very own Vice President Mike Pence at a pro-life luncheon held on February 27th.

Of course, NARAL didn’t miss an opportunity to retort back with their antiquated and overused rhetoric to accuse the Vice President of trying to “normalize” the idea that “women don’t get to…control their own bodies.”

Pence is not trying to normalize anything except the right to be given a chance to live, which we have denied to nearly 60 million children since Roe v. Wade.

These days Pence and other pro-life advocates don’t really have to use slick marketing gimmicks to change people’s minds on abortion when science is pretty much already doing that for us, so Pence may be right—this could be the generation that sees the sanctity of life restored, given Americans’ changing opinions.

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2018 Election Update: Illinois 3 where Pro-life Lipinski faces pro-abortion challenger on March 20

Pro-life incumbent Congressman Dan Lipinski
On Tuesday, pro-life incumbent Congressman Dan Lipinski will square off against pro-abortion challenger Marie Newman in a primary in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional district. Naturally National Right to Life has endorsed pro-life Rep. Lipinski who has served in the House since 2005.

What makes this contest, currently seen as a tossup, so very unusual is that it is a Democratic primary. Rep. Lipinski is a staunch pro-life Democrat, and in the crosshairs of the pro-abortion political machine, including EMILY’s List and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Unlike the Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district, in which Conor Lamb claimed to be personally pro-life but would vote against pro-life legislation – including abortion after the babies can feel pain – Congressman Lipinski is truly pro-life with a long record to prove it.

“We commend Congressman Lipinski for his steadfast position on protecting innocent human life throughout his years of service in Congress,” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president. “We also appreciate him for his continued service as co-chairman of the Congressional Pro-life Caucus. His leadership in the face of tremendous opposition from his own Party is an inspiration to all who fight for life.”

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March 16, 2018

British Supreme Court to hear Alfie Evans’ case next week

Alfie Evans
Reports from local newspapers in Liverpool, England, say the nation’s Supreme Court has received a written application from the parents of gravely ill Alfie Evans and will likely decide whether to hear their appeal of a decision authorizing the withdrawal of their son’s ventilator the week starting March 19.

Writing for the Liverpool Echo, reporters Alan Weston and Brian Farmer explained that Kate James, 20, and Tom Evans, 21, must first clear an “initial legal hurdle”: to “persuade Supreme Court justices that they have a case worth arguing.”

The spokeswoman said justices might make that decision after considering written arguments or may stage a hearing where the merits of the couple’s case could be debated.

Evans and James have lost two court battles to win permission to move their 22-month-old son from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool to Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome in hopes doctors could determine what is the cause of his mysterious degenerative brain disease and provide additional medical interventions.

On March 6, Lord Justices McFarlane and McCombe and Lady Justice King of the nation’s second highest court concurred with the ruling of Mr. Justice Hayden who on February 20 agreed with specialists at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital who said life-support treatment should stop. “I am satisfied that continued ventilatory support is no longer in Alfie’s interests,” the judge held.

The day the three judge Court of Appeal rendered their decision, the Liverpool Echo reported that

Lady Justice King said an MRI scan in November 2017 showed that 70% of the matter in Alfie’s brain had been destroyed.

She said an independent witness told a previous hearing that Alfie’s brain was “entirely beyond recovery” with no capacity to regenerate itself

The parents vigorously dispute the diagnosis, and showed startling video of a much more responsive little boy than testimony given by the hospital suggested.

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March 15, 2018

Pro-life organization fights court to expose Planned Parenthood

Pro-life organization fights court to expose Planned Parenthood
A final reply brief has been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, in a crucial case challenging an oppressive Federal Court gag order that is currently preventing the release of incriminating evidence against the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood to state and Federal law enforcement.

The case, Newman v. National Abortion Federation, is seeking a Writ of Certiorari from the Supreme Court, which would open the way for arguments before the full Court challenging the constitutionality of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals gag order.

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Judge bans pro-lifers from going near abortion centers in unprecedented ruling

From left to right: Robert Kovaly, Matthew Connolly, Monica Miller, Patrice Woodworth, Will Goodman
A judge sentenced five pro-life activists today to one year of reporting probation, eight days of community service, more than $1,000 in fines each, and forbade them from going within 500 feet of any abortion facility in the United States.

Their “crime”?

Entering an abortion facility on December 2, 2017, to distribute red roses to the mothers inside, peacefully begging them to choose life. They call this a “Red Rose Rescue.” For that, they were charged with and convicted of trespassing and obstructing a police officer.

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March 14, 2018

What if all the excuses pro-abortionists use were proved to be bogus?

violent gruesome painful
Besides the anti-life amicus that ripples through them, what common denominator is there in the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) bills?

For newcomers, the former says, it is an abomination, no matter where you stand on the abortion issue, to tear apart an unborn child who has developed to the point where she can feel pain. The latter says merely let’s upgrade informed consent laws to tell women that should they change their mind half-way through the two-drug chemical abortion procedure, there is a good chance they can reverse the effect of the first drug, provided they didn’t take the second.

Let’s back up for a second first. What is the most common refrain any pro-life initiative hears? It’s a “woman’s choice.”

But APR is a “woman’s choice.” It is genuinely a choice, not one she was rushed into or coerced into. So what do pro-abortionists say?

APR is “fake science,” aka unproven, so they are really “helping” these women who have come to regret their decisions.

What about fetal pain legislation? Guess what? Pro-abortionists reach into their bag of sophistry and pull out…”fake science.”

What can we say? Well, what about the 300 healthy babies who have been saved by this APR protocol and the over 100 women who are currently pregnant awaiting delivery?

What about the many studies that demonstrate the unborn child is quite capable of experiencing pain by the 20th week? As NRLC President Carol Tobias said at a press conference where the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was formally introduced in the Senate:

It is common to read in articles about this legislation that unborn children do not have the capacity to experience pain at 20 weeks fetal age. Those kinds of claims ignore the facts.

There is a large body of evidence that includes testimony from such experts on fetal pain as Professors Kanwaljeet “Sunny” Anand and Colleen Malloy.

In a 10-page report submitted to a federal court and accepted as expert testimony, Prof. Anand wrote, “It is my opinion that the human fetus possesses the ability to experience pain from 20 weeks of gestation, if not earlier, and the pain perceived by a fetus is possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns or older children.”

Dr. Anand does not wish to be drawn into the abortion debate but his testimony stands.

Testifying in Idaho, Dr. Matthew Harrison, medical director at Abortion Pill Reversal, a national medical organization, “said he has co-authored a study on the reversal procedure’s effectiveness that was approved for publication,” according to reporter Kyle Pfannenstiel. “But, the results are not ready for the public as it has not undergone peer-review.”

So my question is this. What if there comes to be indisputable evidence to demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt both that the unborn child can experience pain by 20 weeks and the chemical abortions can be reversed?

The answer? It would make absolutely no difference to the pro-abortionists. None. They just cling to these excuses now because the media megaphone repeats them uncritically.

The real common denominator is that pro-abortionists want unlimited abortions for any reason, or none, throughout pregnancy—and, if you push them, many would say beyond birth.

And it’s just too bad if unborn child suffer unimaginable pain while being ripped to pieces and tough luck if an aborting woman comes to her senses and wants to save her baby.

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Illinois well on way to being 'abortion oasis'

Abortion Activists Protesting
Business is booming for Planned Parenthood in Illinois, where a pro-life leader predicts the state is going to see a major spike in abortions in the wake of the governor signing legislation putting all abortions on the taxpayers' tab.

In September, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) – in a move that angered his pro-life base of his party – signed House Bill 40, which forces taxpayers to pay for abortion through all nine months of pregnancy through Medicaid. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, more than 4,500 women had crossed into the state in 2016 for an abortion – up from approximately 3,200 such abortions the previous year – even before the new law was enacted.

The Associated Press reports that activists on both sides of the abortion debate speculate that more restrictive statutes in surrounding states could be sending more women to Illinois.

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Trump nominates new pro-life secretary of state former Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo
President Trump announced on March 13th that Rex Tillerson is out as U.S. Secretary of State and will be replaced by former Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo who serves currently as Director of Central Intelligence.

This will be considered good news by pro-life and pro-family advocates since Pompeo has a lengthy record in support of a right to life...

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March 13, 2018

Assisted-Suicide Pushers Want Forced MD Participation

Assisted-suicide advocates pretend they want assisted suicide limited to the terminally ill.

They pretend that they favor strict guidelines.

And they pretend they would never want doctors forced to participate in intentionally ending the life of a patient. Indeed, the laws they have passed all contain conscience protections.

Except, sometimes they show their true hands. For example, when the Canadian Supreme Court imposed a broad right to lethal-injection euthanasia — certainly not limited to the dying — Compassion and Choices (formerly the Hemlock Society) issued a laudatory press release — later scrubbed because it told the truth about the movement’s true goals.

And now, Compassion and Choices — again, which has included conscience protections in laws it sponsored as a necessary predicate to passage — has come out strongly against a proposed Trump-administration office in HHS to protect medical professionals from forced participation in procedures against their consciences and/or religious beliefs.

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March 12, 2018

This Democrat Has Earned Pro-Life Americans' Trust - Now He Needs Our Help

Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL)
Thoughtful pro-life Americans know that our greatest victories for the cause of the unborn have been made possible, in part, with help from a brave group of pro-life Democrats who have stood tall against members of their own party to do right by their most vulnerable constituents.

In 2016, the Democratic Party’s official platform endorsed taxpayer funding of elective abortion. Last year, only two Democrats in the House of Representative voted for a measure authored by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) to overturn an Obama-era edict that banned states from withholding family planning grants from Planned Parenthood – the nation’s largest abortion provider and purveyor of family destruction.

One of those courageous Democrats was Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL).

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You can’t make Black history if you’re killed by abortion

Fannie Lou Hamer
What would you do if you found out an American business was killing defenseless black lives for profit? What would you do if you found out this business located 79% of its killing centers, disproportionately, in black neighborhoods? What would you do if you found out that the majority of its advertising appeared in poorer African-American neighborhoods, just as the alcohol and tobacco industries have done for decades? What would you do if that same business declared that black mothers are safer if they have their children killed rather than birth them?

That business is Planned Parenthood. For over 100 years, it has worked hard to make black people history. It failed to do so with its original Negro Project, promoting the lie that birth control would eliminate poverty. Many leaders in the black community knew racism when they saw it. Fannie Lou Hamer (pictured) knew it. The voting rights and anti-poverty activist, who was “sick and tired of being sick and tired”, fought against Planned Parenthood. Hamer was a prolife adoptive mother who had been forcibly sterilized in 1961 in Mississippi. She understood freedom was not in a birth control pill or in the forceps of an abortionist.

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Vice President Mike Pence: ‘Abortion will end in our time’

Vice President Mike Pence attended a luncheon in Nashville hosted by the Susan B. Anthony List and Life Institute
The goal of the pro-life movement is to protect all human life, from conception to natural death. This means that being pro-life is about multiple issues — but the largest threat to life is, currently, abortion. The goal of the pro-life movement is to end abortion; to not only make it illegal, but to make it to where no woman ever even considers an abortion.

The Trump administration has been notably pro-life, putting into place pro-life policies and scoring multiple pro-life victories over the last year. Last week, Vice President Mike Pence attended a luncheon in Nashville hosted by the Susan B. Anthony List and Life Institute, where he said something shocking: that he hopes abortion will end soon. “If all of us do all we can, we can once again, in our time, restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law,” he said.

Actually, that’s not really that shocking, right? It’s pretty much the exact goal of all pro-lifers, everywhere. Yet somehow, it still sent shockwaves through the abortion industry and its defenders, who were outraged. The statement was roundly criticized, by Glamour, Refinery 29, Jezebel, Elite Daily, The Mary Sue, Bustle, and countless more.

The question is… why?

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Nurse stunned as baby survived abortion: His ‘heart was beating strongly’

The size of the palm of my hand
Rita was a young, student nurse working in a London hospital in the 1970s. She describes herself as an “Irish country girl” who did not know what she would be expected to do in her training. When she was required to care for a woman undergoing an abortion, she was confused and unprepared. Rita describes vividly the first time she witnessed an abortion:

One case which is indelible in my mind was that of a married woman, who was admitted for a termination of pregnancy. She had two healthy children and was now pregnant with baby number three. She did not want any more children. I was asked to do the medicine round that morning and I gave her the prostaglandin tabs prescribed.

Hours later she requested a bed pan and then passed a live fetus approximately the size of the palm of my hand. It certainly was a human being. It had limbs, a head, eyes and a heart that was beating strongly and visibly. The mother saw the contents of the bed pan as did I. The image of that little baby has never left my mind.

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March 9, 2018

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GAO audit reveals that $1.5 billion went to three giant abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood and International Planned Parenthood

GAO audit reveals that $1.5 billion went to three giant abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood and International Planned Parenthood
A Government Accountability Office (GAO study, requested by more than 120 Members of the House and Senate and released today, found that over a three-year period more than $1.5 billion in tax dollars went to three of the largest abortion “providers” in the world: Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Marie Stopes International (MSI), and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).

The study was led by Reps. Diane Black and Pete Olson and Senator Joni Ernst. Rep. Black’s office sent out a very helpful press release and a link to the full report.

There are many fascinating, revealing data points in the report. Here are just two.

#1. GAO “found that four of the five Planned Parenthood affiliates spending the largest amount of funds from federal programs during this period were later subject to referrals to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for possible criminal misconduct regarding fetal tissue transfer. The DOJ confirmed that an investigation is ongoing.”

#2. The $1.5 billion figure consisted of $410 million in federal funding spent “between 2013 and 2015” and another $1.2 billion that PPFA, Planned MSI, and IPPF received in “combined federal and state funds under federal health programs that require shared funding.”

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March 8, 2018

Email proves Diana Rauner was in charge of bill on taxpayer funded abortions in Illinois

Governor Rauner: “I’m not in charge!”

According to Michael Madigan’s spokesman Steve Brown, quoting from the Chicago Tribune, Brown said he didn’t know “what to make” of the governor’s comments. “If he’s not in charge, we’d better figure out who is,” Brown said.

We believe we have figured out who is in charge!

The recent book hitting mailboxes this election cycle, “The Governor you Don’t Know,” has a chapter entitled, “Conservatives are out, the wife is in”.  It appears that chapter has more truth to it than they may have realized.

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The rights of women can’t be advanced if they’re killed in the womb

International Women's Day - March 8th
March 8, 2018, is International Women’s Day, a “global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” Across the globe, people will be wearing purple, going to rallies, listening to seminars, and advocating for equality. But the largest obstacle facing women’s rights will almost assuredly not be mentioned: abortion.

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Press For Progress” — and abortion makes that impossible for, literally, hundreds of millions of females. In China alone, it’s estimated that as many as 23 million preborn girls are aborted every single year. And while China is obviously the most notable example, it’s a much further reaching issue, plaguing countries around the world, and not just in Asia. Even in the United States, gendercide is a problem. One of Live Action’s undercover investigations helped to expose this, as abortion facility staffers were caught encouraging pregnant women to engage in gendercide.

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A plan to set the UN straight on abortion

Flags at the United Nations
The pro-life movement cannot limit itself to focusing on the United States. Just as the abolitionists had their sights on dismantling a global slave trade, so too the pro-life movement must target the global abortion conglomerate of governments, philanthropists, international bureaucrats, academics, and faux "civil society" organizations they use as proxies. The goal must be to deprive it of domestic and international political and financial support, and eventually dismantle it.

So far, President Trump has followed the lead of the pro-life advocates behind the 1973 Helms Amendment and the 1984 Mexico City Policy. He reinstituted and expanded the Mexico City Policy. He has defunded the United Nations Population Fund. He has reproached a UN treaty body for seeking to manufacture an international right to abortion. He has insisted on important caveats in international agreements that include "sexual and reproductive health" to rule out international abortion rights and made reservations to UN agreements to that effect. But this should be just the beginning.

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Rauner campaign funds non-partisan, pro-abortion women's group website

Women Working for Change
The Rauner campaign is funding a website appealing to those golden suburban women votes called "Women Working for Change" - and here's how the group describes itself:


We joined together on the core principle that if we listen to each other and elevate the conversation above the constant political fighting we can reach real solutions to the problems we face in our state.

The current political environment has many of us reconnecting to our personal values and principles, rather than to political parties. This has offered us an incredible opportunity to drop our defenses and come together to focus on our state’s biggest obstacles.

This year Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation that ensures all women in Illinois, no matter of income, have access to reproductive health services—boldly taking the issue off the table. For many of us this issue has defined our vote.

We can move forward confident that women’s reproductive rights are protected, and on to other important issues stifling our state. 

Oh yeah - those doctors, teachers and moms that demand absolutely no restrictions on abortion, for any reason, at any time, and paid for by other doctors, teachers and moms that don't want their little babies either - as well as everyone else in Illinois that pays income taxes.

Who's paying for the website? We kid you not:

Paid for by Citizens for Rauner

This article originally was posted on Illinois Review.

March 7, 2018

Britain’s second highest court says Alfie Evans’s ventilator can be shut off

Alfie Evans and his dad Tom Evans
After a three judge Court of Appeal today upheld a judge’s ruling that critically ill Alfie Evans’s ventilator can be turned off, Lord Justices McFarlane and McCombe and Lady Justice King told his parents that they have until March 8 at 4pm to appeal their decision.

If that same Court of Appeal denies their appeal, Tom Evans’ and Kate James’ last resort would be to directly apply to the Supreme Court.

Evans and James had appealed the decision by Mr. Justice Hayden who concurred with Alder Hey Hospital in Birmingham, England, that turning off Alfie’s life support was in his “best interests.”

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Take Action: Conscience Protection for Doctors and Nurses

Take Action: Conscience Protection for Doctors and Nurses
No medical professional should ever be coerced or bullied to participate in an abortion, or have his or her job threatened for not participating in an abortion. And when it does happen, these health care providers need legal protections and remedies like those found in the Conscience Protection Act (S. 301/ H.R. 644).

Congress must pass a new government-wide appropriations bill by March 23, when current spending authority expires. National Right to Life is urging that the Conscience Protection Act be enacted as part of this upcoming “must-pass” appropriations bill.

The Conscience Protection Act would significantly strengthen federal conscience protections for health care providers, and prohibits any level of government from discriminating against health care providers, including doctors, nurses, hospitals, and insurers who decline to participate in abortions.

The Conscience Protection Act would also empower victims to seek relief in court for violations of the federal conscience laws.

ACT TODAY: Please click on this link, which will guide you through simple steps to communicate with your federal legislators to urge them to enact this vital legislation this month. This will take only a few minutes.

Help us to protect our much-valued and much-needed pro-life doctors and nurses.

March 6, 2018

Court botches decision over Illinois pro-abortion bill

Court botches decision over Illinois pro-abortion bill
The controversial bill, HB 40, essentially expands Medicaid, which means that the state of Illinois will be financing elective abortions and abortions for state employees – yet this piece of legislation is by no means your typical a pro-life versus pro-abortion argument.

At stake in the matter is what the United States Constitution actually requires of the General Assembly. In part, this entails estimating revenues and making specific revenue appropriations for the spending, which is estimated at $10 million to $33 million.

Thomas More Society Special Counsel Peter Breen filed suit to resolve the issue, and an appeals court rejected the case on two grounds.

“They ruled that the court system couldn't at all evaluate, review or in any way comment on appropriations, so that's money being spent by the General Assembly – and on its legality,” More explained. “We think that's outrageous. That's what the courts exist to do.”

Secondly, it should be noted that if a bill is pending after May 31, it cannot be implemented for one year, but the state is now slated to start financing abortions starting January 1. Breen maintains that this violates both the Constitution and state law.

Thomas More Society has appealed the problematic decision in the case to the 4th District Appellate Court.

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Planned Parenthood’s insidious 2018 battle plan hinges on state laws promoting abortion

Abortion on Demand and without apology
Last week, Planned Parenthood held a news conference to announce its plans for 2018. Fittingly, this was a news conference held over the phone rather than one where reporters gather in person. This fits the ever-growing web-cam abortion business Planned Parenthood is also working toward.

In combination with the news conference, Planned Parenthood issued a press release that said, in part: “Today, Planned Parenthood, in conjunction with state lawmakers, advocates, and fellow advocacy groups, unveiled a sweeping plan to push initiatives that expand access to reproductive health care [sic] in all 50 states. The push kicks off today, with the announcement that more than a dozen states this week are moving legislation that would expand access to abortion, birth control, and other reproductive health care.” The release further clarified that Planned Parenthood seeks “protections for birth control coverage, bills that expand access to abortion, and changes to make sex education more inclusive.”

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March 5, 2018

Pro-life Democrat Lipiniski faces NARAL backed challenger

Pro-life Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois
Pro-life Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois faces a primary challenger backed by pro-abortion rights groups, putting a focus on the priorities of the Democratic Party and its sympathizers.

“I think my pro-life beliefs fit in perfectly with standing up for the little guy, the little girl, those who are most vulnerable among us. I think that fits in with the Democratic Party,” Lipinski told CNA March 1.

“It used to be, if you go back 40 years ago, there was not at all a partisan split between the parties on being pro-life. There were pro-life Democrats and pro-life Republicans and there were Democrats and Republicans on the other side,” he said. “Just as 40 years ago it made sense for Democrats to be pro-life, it still makes sense today.”

The pro-abortion rights groups EMILY’s List, NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood have backed Lipinski’s primary challenger, Emily Newman, who has been endorsed by several other Democratic members of Congress ahead of the March 20 primary election in a heavily Democratic Chicago-area district.

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Nancy Pelosi breaks with her pro-abortion party, endorses last pro-life Democrat

Pro-Abortion U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA
Radically pro-abortion U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, said she supports the last pro-life Democrat in Congress as he runs for re-election.  “Yes, I do” support pro-life Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-IL, Pelosi said.

Even though Lipinski skipped his scheduled 2018 March for Life appearance and voted in favor of taxpayer-funded military “sex change” operations, he continues to vote against abortion and therefore elicit his party’s wrath.

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Pro-life groups ready for Supreme Court fight against laws forcing them to promote abortion

Supreme Court protest
Eighteen influential pro-life leaders joined nearly 3,000 pro-life activists Thursday evening for a nationwide “Stop Forced Abortion Promotion” webcast.

The virtual town hall meeting aimed to build support for the NIFLA v. Becerra case (NIFLA is the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, a powerhouse pro-life legal organization representing nearly 1,500 member pregnancy centers in the U.S.) which will be heard by the United States Supreme Court later this month - at the heart of this case is “the unconstitutional California law which is compelling the staff and volunteers of pro-life pregnancy centers to violate their consciences and promote tax-funded abortions.

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Thomas More Society and David Daleiden Sought “Writ of Mandamus” for Removal of Allegedly Biased Judge

David Daleiden
Last December 2017, the legal team for undercover citizen journalist David Daleiden, who exposed the abortion industry’s role in the trafficking of aborted baby body parts, filed a petition for an “extraordinary writ of mandamus” in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The petition asked that the appellate court order that William Orrick, a San Francisco federal judge, step down from presiding over two lawsuits, owing to an apparent conflict of interest and other facts creating the appearance of bias.

On Wednesday, February 28th, a three-judge “motions panel” ruled that Daleiden’s “petition for writ of mandamus raises issues that warrant an answer.” The panel ordered that the abortion groups suing Daleiden in Judge Orrick’s courtroom, namely, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (“PPFA”), its many California-based affiliates as well as others, and the National Abortion Federation (“NAF”), file answers to the mandamus petition within 14 days.

The panel further directed that in their answers, the abortion groups “shall address the basis for the district court’s denial of [Daleiden’s] motion for disqualification of Judge William H. Orrick under 28 U.S.C. Secs. 144, 455(a) and 455(b)(1).” And the panel specified that, “in particular,” the answers [shall] address Judge Orrick’s relationship with Good Samaritan Family Resource Center.”

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Final decision on Alfie Evans likely on Tuesday

Alfie Evan
Parents appealing judge’s decision to disconnect his ventilator

A three judge Court of Appeal sitting in London announced Thursday that they will rule on whether the parents of gravely ill Alfie Evans may appeal a judge’s decision to allow their son’s ventilator to be removed and also make a decision on the appeal itself Tuesday.

Stephen Knafler, the parents’ attorney, had asked for a “dignified pause” after the case was heard. But according to Liverpool Echo reporter Josh Parry, Lord Justice McFarlane said, “Our decision is to refuse the application for an adjournment.

“He said this was “’largely on the basis the appeal is ready to be heard, in terms of marshalling the legal arguments.’

“He added: ‘There is merit in those being presented today.’”

If the Liverpool Echo’s almost minute-by-minute updates of Thursday hearing are accurate, prospects are slim the Court of Appeal will give Tom Evans and Kate James what they are seeking: the right to take Alfie to Bambino Gesu, a hospital in Italy, to see if they could determined the exact nature of their son’s brain disease and possibly find a cure.

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March 2, 2018

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Increasing numbers of out-of-state women coming to Illinois to abort even as overall number of abortions drops

Number of out-of-state abortions in Illinois
Stories about the abortion industry’s insatiable appetite for more dead babies often come in twos and threes. On Monday we reported about how Planned Parenthood’s stealthily opened its 17th “health center” in Illinois, not bothering to inform the local mayor (who is personally sympathetic) that it was opening an 11,470-square-foot, single-story brick building in Flossmoor, in south suburban Cook County 29 miles from Chicago, which is expected to “provide services to about 1,200 patients annually,” according to Julie Lynn, Planned Parenthood of Illinois manager of external affairs.

On Tuesday the Chicago Tribune reported that although the overall number of abortions has dropped in Illinois (from 39,856 in 2015 to 38,382 in 2016), there was a noticeable upsurge in out-of-state women coming in to abort (from 3,210 in 2015 to 4,543 women who crossed the state border to abort in 2016).

The common lament from abortionists and abortion insiders (including the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri who came to Illinois to abort) is the pro-life behavior of neighboring states. “Illinois is surrounded by states with restrictive barriers that make it very difficult for patients to get the care they need,” Lynn lamented to the Tribune’s Angie Leventis Lourgos.

What else, besides passage of pro-life laws, might explain Planned Parenthood building its newest megaclinic In Illinois? As NRL News Today reported in September, Illinois’s pro-abortion Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the highly controversial HB 40 into law. The Chicago Tribune summarized the bill’s reach and impact:

The new law expands taxpayer-subsidized abortions for women covered by Medicaid and state employee insurance. The state already covers abortions in cases of rape, incest and when there is a threat to the health and life of the mother. The law expands the Medicaid coverage beyond those limited cases.

Thus, there’s more money available to be made by the largest abortion provider in the United States. This is perhaps why reporter W.J. Kennedy observed, “Even higher numbers are expected when the [Illinois Department of Public Health] releases its 2017 figures.”

Tucked away in the Tribune story is one other ominous note: there may have been a lot more out-of-state women who came into Illinois in 2015 and 2016 to abort than officially reported:

In a relatively large number of cases — 1,176 in 2016 and 2,148 in 2015 — it’s unclear whether the patient was from in state or out of state because that was marked unknown.

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March 1, 2018

Taxpayer-funded university pays for abortionist to lecture on the ‘Christian’ case for abortion

“Christian” abortionist Willie Parker
Pro-life students and activists have planned a week of events in response to Mississippi State University’s funding and hosting of “Christian” abortionist Willie Parker to lecture its gender studies program.

Parker, who aborts babies all over the southeast and is the author of a new book trying to make a "Christian" case for abortion, is scheduled to speak at MSU on Thursday, March 1. Parker is one of the abortionists at Mississippi’s only abortion center, Jackson Women’s Health Organization.  The university has not disclosed the amount of money being spent on Parker’s speech, titled “Abortion and the Christian Case for Choice.”

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Mother: ‘Hospital did nothing’ while premature baby ‘struggled to breathe’

Though premature Adrianna deserved a fighting chance at life.
Tiffany Fabiano is working hard to the keep the memory of her daughter alive and bring meaning to her short life. In 2003, when Fabiano was just 17 years old, she gave birth to a premature baby girl named Adrianna Lynn at just 23 and a half weeks gestation. The hospital where she was born in Mississippi, like many others, did not consider a premature baby like Adrianna to be viable, therefore, despite the fact that she was breathing, medical staff didn’t help her.

“The hospital did nothing for [her.] [T]hey didn’t even try,” wrote Fabiano on her Facebook fundraising page. “They did not even do so much as bathe her or suck her airways out. [They] wrapped her in a blanket and quickly left the room.”

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Indiana House joins Senate in passing historic bill permitting murder charges for killing an unborn child at any stage of development during felony

Indiana House joins Senate in passing historic bill permitting murder charges for killing an unborn child at any stage of development during felony
The Indiana House Tuesday approved 96-3 a bill permitting charges of murder, manslaughter, and feticide against any person killing an unborn child, at any stage of development, during the commission of a felony.

Additionally, should those charges not succeed in a criminal case, it maintains the judge’s ability to add additional sentencing of 6 to 20 years.

Senate Bill 203, which previously passed the Indiana Senate 42-6, now head to Gov. Eric Holcomb.

“If someone kills a pregnant woman, they should not only be tried for her death, but also the death of the fetus,” said the author of the bill, Sen. Aaron Freeman. Freeman introduced the bill after hearing from a woman in his district whose pregnant daughter was killed in a homicide.

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February 28, 2018

New York’s star witness against pro-life counselors admits her testimony is false

Abortion escorts in front of Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger Clinic on Bleecker St., New York, Aug. 22, 2015
A star witness in New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s lawsuit against a group of pro-life sidewalk counselors admitted in federal court that her testimony was not true.

In reality, Mary Lou Greenberg, who heads up the abortion escort program at Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica, New York, testified on Wednesday, February 21, that her accusations against the life advocates on trial were “borrowed” from another escort, whose words were used to describe actions by different people at an entirely different clinic.

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Pro-Life Vice President Pence: Abortion will end ‘in our time’

Vice President, speaking at a luncheon in Nashville hosted by the Susan B. Anthony List and the Life Issues Institute
Speaking at a luncheon in Nashville hosted by the Susan B. Anthony List and the Life Issues Institute, the Vice President Mike Pence said, “I truly do believe, if all of us do all that we can, we will once again in our time, restore the sanctity of life to the center of American Law.”

“I hope you all feel encouraged today, because I know, I do. Having been in the cause all of my adult life, I see more progress in the last year in the cause of life than I have seen in public policy in all of my years.”  Pence has been a very vocal supporter of pro-life, anti-abortion policies throughout his political career.

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February 27, 2018

Did Planned Parenthood appoint Black leaders to quell suspicion of Black genocide?

Blacks Charge Genocide from abortion
Despite the fact that Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger promoted eugenics, it was actually under another eugenicist leader, Alan F. Guttmacher, that Planned Parenthood began referring for and eventually committing abortions. At the exact same time that abortion was being pushed publicly, the organization elected a Black chairman to roll out this agenda. All of this transpired in the late 1960s, a time when America was in conflict over the struggle for the civil rights of Black Americans.

During this time frame, many of the organization’s leaders were concerned about overpopulation. The organization’s history is steeped in eugenics, and this ideology manifested itself in many ways, including the forced sterilization of many Black citizens. As laws about these eugenics courts began to be challenged, a new tool of eugenics was making its way across the land: abortion.

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Sneaky and stealthy as ever, Planned Parenthood opens 17th “health center” in Illinois

when you think Planned Parenthood, think ABORTION
Gosh, where have we heard this before? Planned Parenthood, which already had 16 “health centers” in the state of Illinois, quietly and without notifying sympathetic local officials, opened up a 17th.

Located at 19831 Governors Highway in Flossmoor in south suburban Cook County, the 11,470-square-foot, single-story brick building is 29 miles from Chicago and is expect to “provide services to about 1,200 patients annually,” according to Julie Lynn, Planned Parenthood of Illinois manager of external affairs.

The abortion clinic opened in January, which was news to Flossmoor Mayor Paul Braun. Braun told reporter Ted Slowik “he and other village officials did not receive invitations to the Jan. 11 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new center at 19831 Governor’s Highway, near Vollmer Road and Kedzie Avenue.

“‘I have no problem with Planned Parenthood. The village is not in the business of regulating morality,’ Braun said. ‘I personally was disappointed by the way they opened.”

Slowak’s highly sympathetic story and Braun’s “no problem with Planned Parenthood” couldn’t hide that the nation’s largest abortion provider’s approach was, to put it politely, stealthy. Slowak wrote

Planned Parenthood needed no zoning variances or special-use permits and invested about $3 million renovating the building, Braun said. The building-permit applicant was identified as a health care corporation, he said, and Braun and other village officials didn’t learn the identity of the new tenant until a final occupancy permit was sought a few days before the opening.

“We looked around and found out that’s their MO,” which stands for modus operandi, or way of doing business, Braun said. “It’s a different way of coming into the community than we’re used to.”

So why still another abortion facility, beyond the usual excuse of an “unmet need”? As NRL News Today reported in September, Illinois’s pro-abortion Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the highly controversial HB 40 into law. The Chicago Tribune summarized the bill’s reach:

The new law expands taxpayer-subsidized abortions for women covered by Medicaid and state employee insurance. The state already covers abortions in cases of rape, incest and when there is a threat to the health and life of the mother. The law expands the Medicaid coverage beyond those limited cases.

Thus, one reason is there’s more money available to be made.

Another, according to W.J. Kennedy is

The out-of-state demand is increasing as neighboring states enact tougher restrictions on abortion. Newly released statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health covering 2016 show the number of abortions performed on out-of-state women increased by 1,333 from 2015 to 2016. Even higher numbers are expected when the department releases its 2017 figures.

Conclusion? Just 321,384 dead babies for fiscal year 2016-2017 isn’t enough. More clinics, especially more megaclinics, must be built.

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February 26, 2018

British Court of Appeals will hear challenge by Alfie Evans’s parents that hospital may disconnect his ventilator

Alfie Evans with his dad Tom Evans
On March 1, Court of Appeal judges will hear a challenge by the parents of seriously ill Alfie Evans to Mr. Justice Hayden’s decision rendered Tuesday that doctors may remove the ventilator the 21-month-old boy has been on since December 2016.

The ventilator could have been removed as early as last Friday.

The judge accepted testimony from doctors at Alder Hey Hospital located in Liverpool, England, that although they cannot pin-point what Alfie’s brain injury actually is, further treatment would be futile. Tom Evans and Kate James sought permission to move their son to Italy for further diagnosis and possible treatment–and if they do not succeed, transfer Alfie to Germany.

Following Mr. Justice Hayden’s decision, Evans vociferously insisted he was not giving up. A legal challenge was out of their range, financially, but it was made possible Wednesday when Bill Kenwright, the owner of the Everton Football Club and a theatre producer, donated a large, undisclosed amount towards meeting the roughly $14,000 fee needed to fund an appeal.

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Sen. Dick Durbin barred from receiving Holy Communion for abortion support

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield
There are many notable Catholic politicians who support abortion: Nancy Pelosi, Tim Kaine, Joe Biden, and Dick Durbin, to name a few. The right to life is sacred in the Catholic Church, the “first and most fundamental of human rights” for Catholics, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. For Catholics, abortion is never permissible, and yet, pro-abortion politicians mostly seem to escape criticism despite defying Church teachings.

That may finally be changing.

Bishop Thomas Paprocki serves as bishop for the Diocese of Springfield, to which Senator Dick Durbin belongs. Last month, the Senate voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Durbin was one of 14 Catholic senators who voted against the bill. In a statement, Bishop Paprocki condemned the vote as “appalling,” and recalled a 2004 statement from Msgr. Kevin Vann, Durbin’s then-pastor, announcing that he was reticent to allow Durbin to receive Holy Communion. Paprocki announced that he will be upholding this decision.

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