February 24, 2020

Daleiden and Merrit Charges Heard in San Fransisco Superior Court

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

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

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

Florida Governor to Sign Parental Consent Bill

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

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

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

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

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February 21, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 20, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 19, 2020

Judge Rules Against Title X Abortion Funding Restrictions in Maryland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 17, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 14, 2020

House of Representatives Passes Measure to Resurrect Expired Equal Rights Amendment

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

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

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

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

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

February 13, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 11, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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Bernie Sanders Declares Abortion Legislation and Funding as Top Priorities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 10, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Virginia Bill Would Prevent Surrogate Mothers from Being Forced to Abort

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

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

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Pete Buttigieg Reiterates Support for Late-Term Abortion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 7, 2020

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

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

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

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

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