July 26, 2021

District Judge Issues Injunction Against Arkansas Abortion Ban

U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker
Arkansas's Unborn Child Protection Act, which was passed and signed into law earlier this year, was blocked last Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker. Her preliminary injunction prevents the state of Arkansas from enforcing the law, which was set to go into effect on July 28.

The Unborn Child Protection Act bans almost all abortions in the state, with an exception to save the life of the mother. When the law was passed, Senate sponsor Jason Rapert said that part of the law's intent was to directly challenge the Supreme Court precedent of Roe v. Wade.

In a statement to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Rapert said, “Where is the conscience of the court? Judge Kristine Baker never fails to strike down pro-life laws in Arkansas. …She’s basing her decision on the same type of claptrap we always hear which ends up in the killing of unborn babies in our state and in the nation.”

The pro-abortion challengers to the law predictably include Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

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July 23, 2021

Texas Gov. Greg Abbot Signs Bill to Ban Abortion if Roe v. Wade is Overturned

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the Human Life Protection Act on Tuesday, which will ban abortion in the state if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

The Human Life Protection Act would take effect 30 days after Roe v. Wade is overturned or if a new court ruling allowed states to individually prohibit abortions. The law includes exceptions for cases when the mother's life is at risk or she is at risk of a “substantial impairment of major bodily function."

According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, Texas is the 12th state to pass a "trigger law" banning abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned. The other states are Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Utah.

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IL Congresswoman Mary Miller Introduces Protecting Life on College Campus Act

On Tuesday, Rep. Mary Miller (IL-15), Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21), and Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced a new bill that would prohibit federal funds from going to colleges or universities that provide abortions or abortion drugs on-campus.

“Chemical abortions are the future the abortion issue is lobbying for, and I know that as a mother of five daughters, my girls and their peers are the most vulnerable to the chemical abortion industry. The abortion industry does not advocate for women, as they constantly claim to do. They exploit young women but leave them to deal with the consequences and severe potential side effects all on their own,” said Miller. “American taxpayers should not be forced by Democrats to fund the abortion providers in this country directly or indirectly. The Protecting Life on College Campus Act stands up for the many Americans who share a deeply held moral opposition to ending life in the womb.”

The bill was created in response to a new California law mandating that public universities make abortion pills available on their campuses. The law takes effect in 2023, and it will affect all 34 public universities in California.

The pro-life law introduced on Tuesday would require colleges to submit annual reports to the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Health and Human Services showing that they do not provide abortion drugs.

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July 22, 2021

FRC Creates New Website Tracking Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

The Family Research Council launched a new website this month to show taxpayer funding and abortion data of Planned Parenthood since 1994.

Titled, "America's Direct Deposit to Planned Parenthood," the analysis uses information from the Government Accountability Office and Planned Parenthood's annual reports to show how many taxpayer dollars have been funneled into Planned Parenthood organizations. Between 1994 and 2019, Planned Parenthood has reported performing 7,059,206 abortions and receiving $9.7 billion in total taxpayer funding. Over that period of time, the annual taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood has quadrupled from $163.1 million in 1994 to $618.1 million in 2019.

Over the period between 1994 and 2018, Planned Parenthood's share of the total abortions in the US has increased from 10.5% to 55.8%.

As the US House of Representatives considers a budget bill that doesn't include the protections of the Hyde Amendment, Planned Parenthood stands to gain even more funding from taxpayers.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said:

"Planned Parenthood has become America's abortion giant, and it has been taxpayer dollars that has bankrolled the baby-killing industry. Planned Parenthood now performs more abortions annually than every other abortion supplier in America. Far from escaping its racist, eugenicist roots, it increasingly targets minority babies by locating the vast majority of its abortion facilities near black or Hispanic neighborhoods. Planned Parenthood does not deserve billions in government funding. Even pro-choice Americans have long agreed that taxpayers should not be forced to fund abortions. The time has come to put an end to the forced partnership between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood," concluded Perkins."

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20 States File Brief Defending South Carolina Heartbeat Law

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall
Led by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, 20 states filed an amicus brief in support of South Carolina's heartbeat law.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed the Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act into law in February, and pro-abortion groups filed a lawsuit against it the following day. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis placed an injunction blocking the law's enforcement soon afterward.

The law requires abortionists to provide ultrasounds for mothers before committing an abortion, and it bans abortionists from aborting a child whose heartbeat is detected during that ultrasound. Abortionists who violate the law could face felony charges, fines, and jail time. The law includes exceptions for medical emergencies, rape, incest, and fetal diagnoses.

South Carolina appealed the district court's injunction last week, arguing that the pro-abortion organizations lacked the legal standing to bring a lawsuit. South Carolina also argued that only the heartbeat provision (not the ultrasound requirements) should be blocked by the injunction, since that is the provision being challenged in court.

“South Carolina’s fetal heartbeat law was struck down in an error-filled district court opinion,” Marshall said in a press release. “Although Planned Parenthood and the other plaintiffs challenged only the law’s regulation of abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, the district court enjoined the law in its entirety — including portions of the law that dozens of other states already have and regularly enforce.”

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July 21, 2021

Bioethicists Propose Time-Delayed Suicide Implants for Dementia Patients

Prominent bioethicists are proposing that dementia patients could be implanted with time-release suicide devices that could kill patients at a future time of their choosing.

In a recent article for Hastings Center Report, the world's most prominent bioethics journal, bioethicists proposed that dementia patients could be implanted with "advance directive implants" or ADIs.

The article, titled "Ending One's Life in Advance," reads:

"The ADI would require extensive engineering and may not be feasible with current technologies. Still, we suspect it could become feasible in the near future. We imagine the ADI as something like a computerized subdermal implant containing a lethal dose of a medication or combination of medications. Release of these medications would occur rapidly after a predetermined interval or after some specific event had occurred. The ADI would likely require a long-lasting battery, computerized control, and a pump or microfluidic mechanism."

Assisted suicide, including suicide with ADIs, involves the intentional killing of one human being by another. Allowing the idea of assisted suicide to become a normal part of our culture dehumanizes those with conditions like dementia, and that should not be allowed to happen. Regardless of their circumstances, human lives are valuable, and they should be cared for.

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Washington Church Files Brief with 9th Circuit Over Abortion Coverage Mandate

Cedar Park Assembly of God in Washington state is taking another step in its ongoing fight against a law requiring religious institutions to include abortion coverage in all employee healthcare plans with maternity benefits.

On July 9, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a brief before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals asking them to overturn a lower courts ruling, which threw out the church's lawsuit. ADF attorneys argued that Washington state is violating the church's constitutional rights to practice their religious beliefs about the sanctity of human life. The attorneys also argued the law specifically targets churches, since it provides exceptions for healthcare providers but not religious organizations.

“We’re standing for the rights of people of faith to not be forced into being complicit with something inconsistent with our faith,” said senior pastor Rev. Jay Smith, according to SeattlePi. “Abortion is the antithesis of who we are as an organization, what our beliefs are, and how we live our faith.”

According to the Washington Times, attorneys for the state argued that the church was not injured or burdened by the law because they can buy insurance from providers who are exempt from the abortion coverage requirement. The court filing rebuked the state's argument, stating, “No evidence supports the court’s assumption that Cedar Park could obtain an abortion-excluding group health plan from a different insurance provider. That such a plan might be available to a few ministries elsewhere has no impact on Cedar Park’s injury or standing to challenge [the law].”

July 20, 2021

Pro-Abortion Groups File Unusual Class-Action Lawsuit Over Texas Heartbeat Law

Last Tuesday, a coalition of pro-abortion groups and individuals filed a class-action lawsuit over a new Texas law that will ban the abortion of unborn children whose heartbeats can be detected (generally at six weeks). This case will be very different from other legal battles over pro-life legislation because of the Texas law's unique enforcement mechanism.

The Texas heartbeat law, which goes into effect on Sept. 1, allows individuals to file lawsuits against abortionists or anybody who aids them in aborting an unborn child after the child's heartbeat would be detectable. This is different from normal pro-life laws, which are enforced directly by states.

The pro-abortion coalition didn't just file a lawsuit against the state to challenge the constitutionality of the heartbeat law. The Texan reported that the "unusual lawsuit" was filed “against the Texas Medical Board, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the entire Texas court system, and one individual man: Mark Lee Dickson, founder of the ‘Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn Initiative.'”

Dickson is a pastor and the director of Right to Life East Texas. He helps cities throughout Texas and the rest of the country become sanctuary cities for the unborn. These cities enact ordinances banning abortion within city limits. He was included as a defendant for posting on Facebook that he is willing to file lawsuits against abortionists if they violate the heartbeat law.

In a statement to Live Action News, Dickson said,

“Does the sound of our heartbeat mean more outside the womb than it did when we were inside our mother’s womb? Are we really any more human than the babies we see on the ultrasound monitors? Texans cannot ignore the facts. We all came from our mother’s womb. Many of us, in bringing our own children into this world, have heard the heartbeat and have seen the 2D, 3D, and 4D ultrasounds. How could we ignore those unmistakable evidences of life? This is, most certainly, a fight worth fighting.”

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Chicago Public Schools to Give Condoms to Children in Grades 5-12

A new policy passed by the Chicago Public School (CPS) Board of Education last December will require Chicago public schools to provide condoms to children as young as ten years old when in-person classes begin next month.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the policy requires schools that teach grades 5-12 to "maintain a condom availability program." The Sun-Times reported that the policy will require over 600 public schools to distribute condoms to children.

“Essentially what we want to do is make condoms available to students for if and when they think they need them,” said Dr. Kenneth Fox, CPS’ chief health officer.  “…When you don’t have those protections and don’t make those resources available then bad stuff happens to young people. You have elevated risks of sexually transmitted infections, of unintended pregnancies, and that’s very preventable stuff.”

When asked why fifth-graders were included, Fox said the policy was “informed by a developmental understanding of children.”

Citing a column by former Planned Parenthood manager Ramona Treviño, Live Action argued that abortion businesses stand to profit from introducing children to sex at a young age. Treviño wrote:
"Working for a non-abortion center made it clear to me that contraception and abortion are two sides of the same coin. One does not exist without the other… Contraception creates a market for abortion by promoting promiscuity and providing men and women a false sense of security against an unintended pregnancy. The more promiscuous people are (especially young people), the more likely they’ll become pregnant.

The more people use birth control and adopt a contraceptive mentality, the higher the odds that they’ll seek an abortion. Because, let’s face it, if they’re using birth control, a child is not part of the ‘plan.’ Abortion is the backup, so to speak, for contraceptive failure, misuse, or lack of self-control."

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July 19, 2021

Appeals Court Grants Rehearing of Missouri Discriminatory Abortion Ban

Last week, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated its ruling which struck down portions of the Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act and agreed to hear it once again en banc beginning this month. The Missouri law banned abortions committed purely due to an unborn child's diagnosis with Down syndrome, or the baby's sex or race. The law also had tiered abortion restrictions at eight, 14, 18, and 20 weeks. The law was written so that if a court blocked one of those restrictions, the next tier would come into effect.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt had already appealed this case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the Eighth Circuit's decision to rehear it overrides that. In Schmitt's appeal to the Supreme Court, he wrote:

“Unborn children with Down syndrome are aborted at epidemic rates, In the face of this genocidal crisis, Missouri and at least 11 other states have enacted laws restricting the eugenic abortion of the disabled, especially those with Down syndrome. In 2019, this Court declined to review the Seventh Circuit’s decision invalidating one of these laws — Indiana’s — because no circuit split yet existed. Since then, a clear and well-developed split of authority has emerged.”

This decision may also affect an Arkansas law that could be headed to the Supreme Court. Briefs for the rehearing will be heard on July 23.

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July 16, 2021

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Kentucky AG's Petition to Defend Dismemberment Abortion Ban

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron
The Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to hear Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's appeal to be allowed to defend a Kentucky law banning dismemberment abortions. The case will be heard on October 12, 2021.

Kentucky's House Bill 454 was signed into law by former Gov. Matt Bevin in 2018, but it never took effect. It was quickly enjoined and struck down by U.S District Judge Joseph McKinley Jr. when pro-abortion organizations filed a lawsuit. After that ruling, pro-abortion Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (who recently won an election) declined to defend the law.

Pro-life Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron petitioned the Supreme Court in March 2021 to be given the right to defend the law as the state's duly elected attorney general. The court accepted his petition, and it will hear arguments on October 12, 2021.

Attorney General Cameron is asking the Supreme Court:

Whether a state attorney general vested with the power to defend state law should be permitted to intervene after a federal court of appeals invalidates a state statute when no other state actor will defend the law.

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Pro-Abortion Orgs Plan to Continue Distributing Pills Online Even if Roe v. Wade is Overturned

Pro-abortion organizations are preparing for the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade by creating more ways to order abortion pills online for mail order. These organizations plan to undercut state abortion laws by delivering pills regardless of whether a state outlaws abortion.

On its own, the overturning of Roe v. Wade would not make abortion illegal. It would simply allow states to make the determination regarding whether abortion will be allowed within their borders. If the Supreme Court chooses to overturn the landmark decision, however, pro-life states will likely pass laws outlawing abortion, including the distribution of abortion pills. Several pro-abortion organizations plan to thwart those regulations (as they did when the FDA banned the mail distribution of abortion pills) by making abortion pills available to order online.

A recent article by Politico highlighted several organizations preparing to keep abortion available in the circumstance that states outlaw abortion or online abortion pill distribution. The Mountain Access Brigade, Aid Access, the Yellowhammer Fund, and Plan C are just a few of these pro-abortion groups.

“If Roe goes down — we hope it won’t — there are always going to be ways to access abortion,” Plan C co-founder Elisa Wells told Politico. “Plan C included, we’re already working on alternative ways to access the pills.”

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July 15, 2021

Protection Order Filed Against Kansas Abortion Facility Guard

Trust Women security guard Carl Swinney approaching
pro-life activists with papers he called "contaminated material"
Carl Swinney, a security guard at the Trust Women abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas, has had a protection order filed against him for the second time after handing a pro-life advocate papers that he claimed were contaminated.

Jennifer McCoy, the pro-life activist targeted by Swinney, took the threat seriously because he had harassed, threatened, and assaulted her in the past. His previous acts against her include giving her a bag of vomit from a sick patient, putting his hand on his gun and threatening to use it against her and other pro-lifers, and twisting McCoy's arm to create a long-lasting injury.

McCoy had a protection order filed against Swinney for these actions, but it expired in May of this year.

“His behavior has always been erratic and threatening for the twenty years I have known him,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The clinic’s owner and administrator, Julie Burkhart, is aware of his dangerous behavior, and I believe she not only tolerates it, but encourages it.”

The most recent incident occurred when Swinney took papers that had flown off a table McCoy and other pro-life activists were using to help women considering abortion. He took them inside the abortion facility and later gave them to McCoy, saying that he made sure they were contaminated.

Swinney is scheduled to appear in court on July 22, 2021.

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July 14, 2021

Biden Appoints Former Population Council Director Stephanie Psaki to HHS Position

Pro-abortion Dr. Stephanie Psaki, the sister of White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, has been appointed by the Biden administration to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She will take the position of Senior Advisor on Human Rights and Gender Equity in the Office of Global Affairs.

Psaki served as the deputy director of the Population Council's Girl Innovation Research and Learning (GIRL) Center. The Population Council is known for its eugenic agenda focusing on population control.

The Population Council takes credit for bringing the abortion pill to the United States and granting Danco Laboratories an exclusive license to manufacture and market the pill here. Its past leaders have been known for their membership in groups such as the American Eugenics Society and involvement in pro-abortion advocacy. Council members have even advocated for policies as extreme as forced sterilization.

In 2019, Psaki contributed to a report that claimed “access to modern contraception, safe and legal abortion” is among the “suite of SRH [Sexual and Reproductive Health] services, products, and information” which are “critical to girls’ and women’s health, education, and participation in society and the economy.”

The report suggested that governments should remove all barriers to abortion, even for adolescents. This includes laws requiring parental involvement. It recommended that policymakers, “Liberalize abortion laws to enable all adolescent girls and women to obtain safe abortion services. Remove restrictions involving parental or partner consent to access abortion services and family planning methods….”

It went on to recommend that governments “guarantee the availability of affordable, accessible, and appropriate youth-friendly SRH services—including a wide range of discreet and on-demand contraceptive options… safe abortion and post-abortion care, maternal and newborn care free of stigma, discrimination, coercion, and violence.”

Psaki yet another in the long list of pro-abortion Biden appointees.

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Study Reveals Late-Term Abortionists Experimented on Hundreds of Women

Dr. Carmen Landau
Keisha Atkins, a woman who died during a late-term abortion after being drugged repeatedly, might have unknowingly been participating in an experiment by abortionists at Southwestern Women's Options (SWO) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Atkins visited SWO in 2017 to have an induced abortion. This would involve an abortionist injecting feticide into the preborn baby's heart, and then returning several days later to deliver the dead baby. Atkins was six months pregnant at the time.

Documents obtained last year by Abortion on Trial revealed that Atkins was given multiple doses of powerful medications and sedatives in the days leading up to her death. Staffers did not monitor her condition and continued to give her the drugs even after she started having difficulty breathing.

New documents obtained just last week by Abortion on Trial reveal even more, however. Carmen Landau and Shelley Sella, two abortionists who work at SWO, were conducting experiments on hundreds of women by administering the abortion drug mifepristone during a late-term abortion. Mifepristone is the first part of the two-pill abortion pill regimen, but that method of abortion is only used for early stages of pregnancy. Landau and Sella were attempting to incorporate the pill into their induced abortion method to find out if it would help them complete late-term abortions more quickly.

501 women participated in this study. Half of them were given mifepristone during their induction abortions, while the other half were not. All of these women were past 24 weeks pregnant, and 48 of them were minors. Atkins's death was included in the medical research article published after the study was completed.

The medical examiner for the research article said that Atkins died after suffering pulmonary thromboembolism, or blood clots in the lungs. Her autopsy report does not indicate any signs of pulmonary thromboembolism, and emails from University of New Mexico Hospital staff disagree with this cause of death.

“Everything about her course was consistent with septic abortion→ refractory septic cardiomyopathy [heart failure due to infection] → death,” emergency medician physician Trenton Wray wrote. Dr. Gary Hatch agreed, writing “Second review reveals no segmental or larger emboli. There just simply isn’t PE [pulmonary embolism]… There was no massive PE present at the time of scan. Period… I am also confident there was no segmental or greater PE.”

Sepsis is a known side effect of the abortion pill regimen. Both pills were given to Atkins before her death. The study concluded that there was "no perceived benefit" to using abortion pills during induction abortions.

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July 13, 2021

Father Accused of Murdering Daughter Three Years After Attempting Forced Abortion

A Canadian woman appeared in court last week to testify against her daughter's father, who is accused of abducting and murdering their three-year-old girl. In her testimony, she said that he attempted to forcibly abort the child before she was born.

Frank Nausigimana is accused of first-degree murder for allegedly kidnapping and his three-year-old daughter at knifepoint and stabbing her to death in the back of his car on July 7, 2021. Court records show that Nausigimana had a domestic violence order against him after he assaulted the mother in 2017 while she was pregnant. In an attempt to forcibly abort their child, Nausigimana tried to force the pregnant mother to drink “a poison of some sort, a liquid” the mother said in her testimony.

According to her, that was the first and only position Nausigimana ever held on their daughter.

“That was the first thing he said. He said he didn’t want to have anything to do with it and then he thought, yes, he wanted to abort the baby and he started to plan and I had told him, no, I don’t want to. But he said he wants to — he was going to force me to, and then he tried to,” she said.

Legalized abortion dehumanizes unborn children; thereby enabling men to have sex and aggressively coerce women into abortion. Most of the time this involves abortion businesses such as Planned Parenthood, and the public might never hear many of those stories. Abortion businesses are entirely willing to slip those instances under the rug. Planned Parenthood of Illinois and other abortion businesses recently revealed this through their support of bills repealing the Parental Notification of Abortion Act. If that law is ever repealed, sexual abuse can be hidden even more easily by abortion businesses.

House Subcommittee Advances Pro-Abortion Spending Bill

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On Monday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies voted in favor of a pro-abortion spending bill for the fiscal year 2022.

Most notably, the bill does not include the protections of the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment has been attached to every spending bill since 1976, blocking the use of federal tax dollars to pay for or subsidize abortions. Without the amendment, the agencies such as the HHS could use tax dollars to fund elective abortions across the country.

The bill also threatens the conscience rights of health care providers who benefit from Medicare Advantage or Title X funding. If a health care provider refuses to provide, pay for, cover, or refer for abortions, pro-abortion HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra will have the power to deny them participation in those programs. Becerra is well-known for going after churches and pro-life pregnancy centers as California's attorney general, where he attempted to force them to pay for abortion under unconstitutional state laws.

The spending bill is expected to be heard soon by the full appropriations committee. After that, it would go before the full House of Representatives for debate and vote.

Comments by House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) indicate that it is likely to pass a vote by the full committee. “Quite frankly, allowing the Hyde Amendment to remain on the books is a disservice not only to our constituents, but also to the values we espouse as a nation,” she said.

Another spending bill threatens to use foreign operations to promote and fund abortion in foreign countries by eliminating the Helms Amendment and Mexico City Policy, which block that kind of spending.

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July 12, 2021

Kansas AG Appeals Decision Striking Down Dismemberment Abortion Ban

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt
Last Wednesday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said that he is appealing a district court's decision which struck down a 2015 Kansas law banning the dismemberment of living unborn babies.

The decision came following a 2019 decision by the Kansas Supreme Court which found a "fundamental right to abortion" implied by the Kansas Constitution's Bill of Rights. A district court used that questionable decision earlier this year to strike down the dismemberment abortion ban. State supreme courts that find an implied right to abortion in state constitutions can be even more far-reaching than Roe v. Wade, as the Kansas Supreme Court demonstrated.

Kansas legislators responded similarly to other pro-life states by approving a constitutional amendment declaring that there is no state constitutional right to abortion. That amendment will be on the ballot for voters in August 2022.

A statement from Kansas AG Schmidt's office reads,
"In April, Shawnee County District Court Judge Teresa L. Watson found the law violated the Kansas Constitution, relying on a Kansas Supreme Court decision in an earlier stage of this case that found a “fundamental right to abortion” in Section 1 of the Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights. In her ruling, Judge Watson noted that while she disagreed with the Kansas Supreme Court’s legal reasoning and conclusions in that case, she was bound by its decision. Schmidt said that, among other legal issues, he will ask the Supreme Court to reconsider its interpretation of the state constitution from the prior decision."

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July 9, 2021

Aborted Baby Remains Found in Ohio Clinic's Dumpster

Last month, pro-life advocate Matthew Connolly discovered the body of an estimated 17-week-old preborn child in the dumpster of Northeast Ohio Women's Center (NEOWC) in Cuyahoga Falls.

The baby was found wrapped in a bloody blue surgical sheet. Its limbs were torn in a way indicating that the child was killed in a dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion. Pro-lifers often refer to these as dismemberment abortions, because abortionists tear individual arms and legs off the unborn baby's body as part of the process.

Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, made the following comments about the discovery:

"This baby found in the NEOWC trash has suffered the greatest injustice that can be inflicted upon any human being. The child is a rejected human person, rejected by his or her own mother, sliced apart in an unspeakable act of violence, and then literally treated as trash!

In this unborn child’s dismembered body is incarnated the injustice of abortion. We must expose this atrocity. It is so painfully obvious that such killing should be a crime and made illegal. Little did the clinic’s neighboring private residents and businesses know the secret buried at the bottom of the abortion center’s trash container.

Furthermore, what was discovered in the NEOWC demonstrates the abortion industry’s disregard for the rights and dignity of women — as the clinic did little to protect their patients’ identity."

The names of 31 women were also found in the dumpster, a potential violation of HIPAA laws.

Earlier this year, NEOWC joined other abortion businesses in suing Ohio over the state's Unborn Child Dignity Act, which requires the humane disposal of aborted children's remains via burial or cremation.

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Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Law Banning Abortion Businesses From Sex Education Programs

The Iowa Supreme Court decided 6-1 on Wednesday to reverse a lower court and uphold a 2019 law that “prohibited abortion providers from participating in two federally funded educational grant programs directed at reducing teenage pregnancy and promoting abstinence.”

The six justices in the majority wrote in their opinion,

"Even if the programs do not include any discussions about abortion, the goals of promoting abstinence and reducing teenage pregnancy could arguably still be undermined when taught by the entity that performs nearly all abortions in Iowa. The State could also be concerned that using abortion providers to deliver sex education programs to teenage students would create relationships between the abortion provider and the students the State does not wish to foster in light of its policy preference for childbirth over abortion. The government has considerable leeway in selecting who will deliver a government message, whether the message is a diversity and inclusion program, a drug prevention program, or, in this case, a sexual education and teen pregnancy prevention program."

The court found that all three stated purposes of the Iowa law passed muster: expressing the state's preference for childbirth over abortion, ensuring state-sponsored sex education isn't delivered by organizations that profit from abortion, and avoiding subsidizing abortion businesses.

The Iowa legislature has recently passed many pro-life bills, including a proposed constitutional amendment that would prevent the constitution from being interpreted to include a right to abortion, as it was in 2018.

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July 8, 2021

Olympic Gold Medalist Brianna McNeal Says Abortion Trauma Caused her to Miss Drug Test

2016 100-meter hurdles Olympic champion Brianna McNeal (right)
Brianna McNeal, who won the Olympic gold medal for the 100-meter hurdles in 2016, has been suspended from competing for five years by World Athletics. According to a New York Times report, McNeal is being penalized for missing a mandatory drug test two days after having an abortion in January 2020.

The report says that McNeal had an abortion because she thought her pregnancy might prevent her from competing in the 2020 Olympic games. After her baby was aborted, however, she mourned the child's death. This was especially true after the 2020 games were canceled since that meant her child was aborted for no reason.

McNeal says that when the drug tester came to her house on January 12, 2020, she was in bed recovering from the abortion. She originally did not tell officials that she had an abortion. Instead, she said that she had a "surprise medical procedure" and got a note from the abortion facility to excuse the missed test.

World Athletics banned McNeal because she edited the date on the note given to her by the abortion clinic. Her abortion occurred on Jan. 10, but she changed the date on the note to read Jan. 11. McNeal says that she changed the date because she believed the clinic got it wrong. She says that the trauma of her abortion caused her to misremember the date.

"I tried to keep the abortion private, but they just kept tugging and tugging at me, wanting more information," McNeal said. "I couldn’t believe that I was charged with a violation because I had the dates mixed up by just 24 hours. It’s not like the procedure didn’t happen."

McNeal also said that World Athletics did not believe her when she told them she was traumatized by her abortion; claiming that her continued posts on social media, the fact that she continued competing after the procedure, and the fact that she did not contact a psychiatrist prove otherwise. McNeal says that she sought help from a spiritual advisor instead. “For me, growing up in the Black community, that’s how we cope with everything,” she said. “We go to church, and we talk to our pastor or spiritual advisor.”

July 7, 2021

United Nations Accused of Lying to Advance Abortion in El Salvador

Pro-life leader Sara Larín, the founder of the VIDA SV Foundation of El Salvador, is accusing the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights of lying about a case of infanticide to advance its pro-abortion goals for the country.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet. Bachelet was known for introducing bills to legalize abortion during her time in office.

Sara Larín told the Catholic News Agency's Spanish language news partner that “it is completely unusual and despicable that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is using Marina de los Ángeles Portillo’s release from prison on parole to pressure El Salvador on abortion.”

Portillo was recently given parole after serving 14 years in prison for murdering her newborn daughter in 2007. Police found the baby girl with a sock stuffed in her mouth and over her nostrils. A second sock was tied around the newborn's neck with a double-knot. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison for her crime.

On June 25, the OHCHR twisted the facts by calling Portillo's parole an "early release" and calling on El Salvador "to continue the review of cases where women have been detained for crimes related to obstetric emergencies and to harmonize the abortion legislation according to human rights standards in order to avoid new incarcerations."

Portillo did not have an "obstetric emergency" and she was not acquitted of her crime, yet the UN body manipulates the facts to continue pushing its pro-abortion agenda on nations that currently ban abortion, like El Salvador.

International organizations often lie about cases of infanticide in their messaging by referring to them as miscarriages, while using the situation to push for the legalization of abortion in countries that currently protect all life from the moment of conception. This is just a recent example.

"People's Tribunal" Exposes More Details of China's Forced Abortions and Feticide

A "people's tribunal" in London last month involved testimony from Uighur refugees from China. The goal of the tribunal was to bring to light how China is violating the human rights of Uighur Muslims, including through forced abortion and infanticide.

A nine-member panel headed by human rights lawyer Geoffrey Nice met from June 5-7 to hear testimony regarding China's human rights violations. The International Criminal Court said that it would not investigate the situation, so this panel event was created to spread awareness.

Shemsinur Abdighafur gave some of the most memorable testimony at the event. She left China in 2010 in fear for her life, and she told the panel stories about witnessing forced abortion and the murder of newborns on a regular basis.

“In my time working in hospitals, we could sometimes hear that some babies were born, and they started crying and from this we knew they were alive,” she said. “But we knew all babies would be given the injection so we knew they would die before they got home.”

She also witnessed Chinese doctors administer injections directly into the wombs of pregnant women, so that their babies would be killed.

“If any women got injected with this (drug) the baby died,” she said. “The syringe and the needle are very long, and it is directly injected into the womb. When they put the needle in, they see if a liquid comes out, if it does it confirms it is in the right place. I witnessed the injection being done. It was done daily.”

Other refugees told stories about other human rights violations including concentration camps, rape, forced sterilization, and organ harvesting. China continues to deny all accusations.

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July 6, 2021

New Ohio Law Protects Doctors' Conscience Rights

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R)
Last Thursday, Ohio enacted a budget bill including a provision to protect the conscience rights of doctors who oppose abortion and other practices.

A section of the budget bill says that doctors and healthcare institutions can refuse to provide services that conflict with their “moral, ethical, or religious beliefs or principles.” The bill states:

"Notwithstanding any conflicting provision of the Revised Code, a medical practitioner, health care institution, or health care payer has the freedom to decline to perform, participate in, or pay for any health care service which violates the practitioner’s, institution’s, or payer’s conscience as informed by the moral, ethical, or religious beliefs or principles held by the practitioner, institution, or payer."

While some were unsure whether Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) would use his line-item veto powers to block these protections, pro-lifers were relieved when he said the conscience rights clause was "not a problem."

“In the real world, most of those rights are not only recognized and exercised by medical professionals, but they’re being accepted by other medical professionals,” the governor said. “That is the way the world generally works. This is basically put in statute and codified.”

“Let’s say the doctor is against abortion,” he continued. “If the doctor is not doing abortions, if there’s other things that maybe a doctor has a conscience problem with, it’s worked out. Somebody else does those things. This is not a problem, has not been a problem in the state of Ohio and I do not expect it to be a problem.”

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Missouri Attorney General Asks Supreme Court to Uphold Pro-Life Law

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R)
On July 1, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R) requested that the Supreme Court hear a case to reinstate the "Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act."

The 2019 law bans abortions committed purely due to an unborn child's race, sex, or prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome. The law also contains tiered abortion bans after eight, 14, 18, and 20 weeks of gestation. Hearing the challenge to this law would require the court to analyze each stage independently and state exactly if/when abortion bans are allowed.

According to the AG Schmitt's office, the Petition “presents three questions for the Supreme Court’s review”:

  • Whether Missouri’s restriction on abortions performed solely because the unborn child may have Down syndrome is categorically invalid under Casey and Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), or whether it is a valid, reasonable regulation of abortion that seeks to prevent the elimination of children with Down syndrome through eugenic abortion?
  • Whether Missouri’s restrictions on abortions performed after eight, fourteen, eighteen, and twenty weeks’ gestational age are categorically invalid, or whether they are valid, reasonable regulations of abortion that advance important state interests?
  • Whether the “penumbral” right to abortion recognized in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), and partially reaffirmed in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992), should be overruled?

July 5, 2021

Louisiana Gov. Signs Abortion Pill Reversal Disclosure Act

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D)
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) last Friday signed into law legislation requiring abortionists to inform women that they might be able to save their children if they regret taking the abortion pill mifepristone.

HB 578 requires that when a physician or or medical service provider administers mifepristone (the first part of the abortion pill regimen) to a pregnant woman, she is given a disclosure informing her that she should contact a physician immediately if she regrets her abortion to learn what options she has to potentially save her child.

This disclosure can be given to the woman along with the packaging for misoprostol (the second part of the abortion pill regimen) or attached to the patient's discharge instructions if she is collecting her prescription from a pharmacy.

Concern for unborn life does not have to be a partisan issue, and Gov. Edwards demonstrated this by signing this pro-life bill into law.

July 2, 2021

Proposed HHS Rule Allows Affordable Care Act to Pay for Abortions

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT)
On Tuesday, the chair of the Senate pro-life caucus criticized a proposed rule published by the Department of Health and Human Services that would allow taxpayer funds to pay for elective abortions through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“Abortion is not healthcare and taxpayers should not be subsidizing it,” said Senate Pro-Life Caucus chair Steve Daines (R-MT) on Tuesday. “This is another move by President Biden and Secretary Becerra to promote their abortion agenda above following the law, and is even more alarming as Democrats look to increase taxpayer subsidies for Obamacare,” he continued.

The ACA originally contained Hyde Amendment language when it was passed by the Obama administration, making it illegal for federal funds to subsidize abortion through the program. A 2014 Government Accountability Office report found that many insurers ignored these requirements, however, and abortion coverage was not being separated from other kinds of health insurance coverage.

Federal courts blocked President Trump's 2019 attempt to prohibit abortion funding through the Affordable Care Act by requiring separate bills for abortion coverage.

The new rule would only require a single bill and payment of federally-covered services, including abortion coverage.

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Biden Nominee Believes Children are an "Environmental Hazard"

Tracy Stone-Manning, President Biden's nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management, has been revealed to be a population control advocate.

Reporting by the Daily Caller revealed that Stone-Manning's 1992 graduate thesis focused on the idea of overpopulation. For her thesis, she created eight advertisements aiming to persuade Americans that they should have fewer children.

If there were fewer of us, we would have less impact,” Stone-Manning wrote in her thesis. “We must consume less, and more importantly, we must breed fewer consuming humans.”

One of the advertisements she created for her thesis included a picture of a baby with the caption: "Can you find the environmental hazard in this photo?

Stone-Manning said that the advertisements were aimed at couples planning families to convince them that “the earth can’t afford Americans.” She said she wanted the ads to be “ironic and shocking, because irony and shock have value. They stop readers and viewers, making them pay attention.”

Population control policies (if China is any example) lead to other human rights violations such as forced abortions, sterilizations, pregnancy discrimination.

Stone-Manning also faces heavy criticism for her involvement in acts of eco-terrorism. She avoided criminal penalties for her actions by testifying against her friend and former roommate.

July 1, 2021

Judge Issues Temporary Injunction Against Indiana Abortion Pill Reversal Law

On June 22, U.S. District Judge James Patrick Hanlon issued a temporary injunction blocking the enforcement of Indiana's HB 1577, which would require abortion businesses to inform women seeking chemical abortions about Abortion Pill Reversal (APR).

HB 1577 was passed by both houses of the Indiana legislature and signed into law in April by Gov. Eric Holcomb. If Judge Hanlon had not issued a temporary injunction, the law would have gone into effect on July 1.

APR works by counteracting the effects of mifepristone, the first drug in the two-pill chemical abortion regimen. Mifepristone starves an unborn baby by blocking the pregnancy hormone progesterone, which facilitates the flow of oxygen and nutrients from a mother to her child. APR is a process by which the mother is given additional progesterone, thereby restoring the flow of oxygen and nutrients. APR has saved over 2,000 babies to date.

Judge Hanlon agreed with the pro-abortion plaintiffs that HB 1577 could violate the First Amendment rights of abortion businesses by requiring compelled content-based speech. He also implied that APR is unproven and unsafe, which discounts the success of APR.

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Win! Federal Appeals Court Unanimously Rules ERA is Dead

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel from the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was not legally ratified.

In a bizarre move, pro-abortion legislators in Illinois (2018), Virginia (2020), and Nevada (2017) voted to ratify the amendment 42 years after it expired. After doing so, pro-abortion legislators claimed that the ERA had been ratified by two-thirds of the states (the minimum amount required to amend the Constitution). Not only had the amendment expired, however, but legislatures in several states now have different opinions than the ones that initially voted on the amendment nearly half a century ago.

In particular, the ERA as interpreted by many could codify abortion rights into the Constitution. A ratified ERA might prove to be much harder to overturn than Roe v. Wade, which based its decision on the idea that abortion is legal under the Constitution's implied right to privacy.

In a win for the pro-life movement, the courts continue to agree that the ERA ratification process legally ended decades ago, and the amendment is not a part of the constitution.

“Today’s ruling continues an unbroken, 40-year losing streak by advocates of the ERA-is-alive cult in the federal courts, before federal judges of every stripe of judicial philosophy and political background,” said Douglas Johnson, director of the National Right to Life Committee’s ERA Project.

This particular lawsuit was brought by an organization named Equal Means Equal (EME). In a separate lawsuit, the attorneys general of Illinois, Virginia, and Nevada have appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. A district judge ruled that the states' votes for ratification "came too late to count" but their appeal is likely to be heard later this year.

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June 30, 2021

HHS Secretary Becerra Shuts Down Fetal Research Ethics Advisory Board

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra
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Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra shut down an ethics board set up by President Donald Trump to oversee research using tissue from aborted babies. This board could block any research proposals that deemed to be ethically questionable, but now all of those proposals could easily be implemented and paid for using taxpayer dollars.

137 congressional Republicans responded by sending Becerra a letter asking him to reverse his decision. The letter cites documents obtained by Judicial Watch revealing the FDA's routine “orders for eyeballs, livers, skin, brains, skulls, and sometimes fully intact bodies of infants aborted in the second trimester” from Advanced Bioscience Resources. In these exchanges, Advanced Bioscience Resources serves as a middle man between the federal government and Planned Parenthood.

The letter also cites a report by the Center for Medical Progress revealing horrifying experiments done by the University of Pittsburgh using tissue harvested from aborted children. The University grafted tissue from baby scalps onto lab rats and observed how the rats grew human hair.

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AP Poll Shows Strong Opposition to Second and Third Trimester Abortions

A poll released by the Associated Press last week shows that most Americans believe abortion should be restricted or banned after the first trimester.

Unfortunately, 61% of Americans said that abortion should be legal in most or all circumstances during the first trimester. Encouragingly however, 65% said most or all second trimester abortions should be illegal. This increased to 80% in the third trimester.

For second trimester abortions, the poll found that, "34% say they should usually [19%] or always [15%] be legal, and another 30% say they should be illegal in most but not all cases."

Regarding third trimester abortions, 26% said that they should be illegal in most cases, 54% said that they should be illegal in all circumstances.

Statistics from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute indicate that over 100,000 abortions killed unborn babies in the second trimester or later during the year 2017 alone. Clearly government policy on abortion does not reflect public opinion.

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June 29, 2021

Pro-Life House Members Sign Discharge Petition to Vote on Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX)
After returning from extended medical leave, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) became the 212th House Member to sign a discharge petition to bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to a vote before the full House of Representatives. As they have in previous sessions of Congress, however, pro-abortion legislators refuse to let the bill even receive a vote.

The petition must receive 218 signatures to bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act out of committee and put it before the full House of Representatives for debate and a vote.

Pro-abortion legislators continue to argue that this legislation is redundant and unnecessary, but this is not true. The 2002 Born-Alive Infant Protection Act (which is often referenced by opponents of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act) does not include an enforcement provision, and therefore has no consequences for abortionists who refuse to provide care for babies who survive attempted abortions. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires these babies to be transported to hospitals where they must receive the same degree of care as any other baby.

In the last Congress, pro-abortion representatives blocked the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act for months.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to Appeal Decision Overturning 24-Hour Waiting Period

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R)
Last Monday, District Court Judge Mitchell Turner ruled that an Iowa law requiring a 24 hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion was unconstitutional. As many pro-life advocates expected, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds quickly announced that she plans on appealing Judge Turner's decision.

At a news conference last Wednesday at the Iowa Capitol, Gov. Reynolds said, “I absolutely don’t agree with the decision, and that’s what the process is for. Certainly, we’ll be appealing that decision, and we’re pretty confident that we can get the outcome that we’re looking for.”

Judge Truner's decision relied on precedent from the Iowa Supreme Court's 2018 decision regarding a 72 hour waiting period law. That waiting period was decided to be unconstitutional, but the court went even further than that; declaring that women have a fundamental right to have an abortion under the Iowa Constitution.

Five of the seven justices on the Supreme Court have been replaced by pro-life Gov. Reynolds since the 2018 decision. This includes four out of the five justices who were in the majority on that decision.

Legislators have also started the long process of amending the Constitution to guarantee that it cannot be interpreted to secure a right to abortion. If the process continues to be successful, Iowans will have the opportunity to vote on that amendment in 2024.

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June 28, 2021

North Carolina Gov. Vetoes Bill Banning Discriminatory Abortions

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D)
Last Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) vetoed legislation that would have banned abortionists from aborting babies if they know that the woman is seeking it due to the unborn child's race, sex, or prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

To overcome the governor's veto, “about two Democrats in the Senate and three in the House would need to vote with Republicans in favor of the abortion restrictions,” the Herald Sun reported.

HB 453, known as the Human Life Nondiscrimination Act/No Eugenics, would require abortionists to confirm before the abortion that the woman is not seeking an abortion because of any of the following: the actual or presumed race or racial makeup of the unborn child; the sex of the unborn child; the presence or presumed presence of Down syndrome.” This makes it different than legislation in other states, which don't require abortionists to proactively ask questions of pregnant mothers. They just prohibit the abortionist from carrying out an abortion if they happen to learn that the reason is discriminatory.

“This bill simply puts an end to eugenics,” Sen. Amy Galey said in a statement responding to Gov. Cooper's veto. “It shouldn’t be controversial to protect an unborn child with Down syndrome, but Gov. Cooper proves once again that he’s unwilling to stand up for North Carolinians when his left-wing donors demand his loyalty.”

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June 25, 2021

Pro-life Representatives Advocate for "No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act" on House Floor

HR 18 Sponsor Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
Pro-life legislators from the House of Representatives delivered speeches this week in defense of H.R. 18, the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act. The legislation is a response to President Biden's 2022 budget proposal, which is the first in decades to not include Hyde Amendment protections. Without those protections, federal tax dollars will be used to fund elective abortions on demand under Medicaid.

On Tuesday, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) asked that the House consider H.R. 18, and described the importance of Hyde Amendment language:
"Let’s be clear: The Hyde Amendment is not discriminatory. Instead, it’s an essential safeguard that not only protects Americans’ right of conscience, but also has saved more than two million lives from abortion since it was first enacted in 1976.

Until recently, it was also overwhelmingly bipartisan. In fact, one of its most vocal supporters in Congress was then-Senator Joe Biden. He told one of his constituents in 1994, ‘the government should not tell those with strong convictions against abortion, such as you and I, that we must pay for them.’ Well said, Mr. President.

Since then, the purpose of Hyde hasn’t changed.  
The strong convictions of the American people against abortion haven’t changed. In poll after poll, they tell us they strongly support a wall of separation between abortions and taxpayers.

And the science hasn’t changed. If anything, it has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that human life begins at conception."

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) the sponsor of H.R. 18, addressed the House on June 23, asking that Representatives call his bill to a vote. He decried the harm caused by abortion throughout the US:

Over 2.4 million people who would have been aborted instead survived because taxpayer funds were unavailable to effectuate their violent demise.

Growing numbers of Americans continue to be shocked to learn that the methods of abortion include dismemberment of a child’s fragile body including decapitation, and that drugs like RU 486 starve the baby to death before he or she is forcibly expelled from the womb.

The multibillion-dollar abortion industry cleverly markets the sophistry of choice while going to extraordinary lengths to ignore, trivialize and cover-up the battered baby-victim.

By reason of their age, dependency, immaturity, inconvenience, fragility and/or unwantedness, unborn children have been denied justice—and the most fundamental of all human rights, the right to life.

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22 State Attorneys General Petition Congress to Restore Hyde Amendment

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R)
On June 21, a coalition of 22 state attorneys general led by Alabama AG Steve Marshall (R) sent a letter to congressional leaders asking them to restore the Hyde Amendment after it was left out from President Biden's 2022 budget request.

The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal tax dollars from funding elective abortions through Medicaid. Originally introduced by the late Illinois Rep. Henry Hyde, this protection was a bipartisan part of every spending bill since 1976.

Marshall told the Catholic News Agency during a phone interview that “Taxpayers who fundamentally oppose abortion shouldn’t have their tax dollars pay for abortion on demand.”

“We were disappointed to find the conspicuous omission of the Hyde Amendment in the budget proposal that President Biden delivered to Congress earlier this month,” the 22 attorneys general wrote in their letter, arguing that they “have a unique interest in the Hyde Amendment as an important protection for the consciences of the millions of Americans who oppose public funding of abortion.”

June 24, 2021

"For the People Act" Fails to Overcome G.O.P. Filibuster

On Wednesday, a filibuster by Senate Republicans blocked H.R. 1, known as the "For the People Act." This bill was written by the Democratic party in response to election reform legislation which was passed in several Republican states, but it also included language that would have impacted the first amendment rights of organizations such as the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) and its affiliates (such as the IFRL).

National Right to Life wrote in a letter to Senators,

"Enactment of [H.R. 1] would not be a curb on corruption, but is itself a type of corruption – an abuse of the lawmaking power, by which incumbent lawmakers employ the threat of criminal sanctions, among other deterrents, to reduce the amount of private speech regarding the actions of the lawmakers themselves. Further, this legislation would add a commissioner to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), causing a partisan takeover by significantly increasing the likelihood that the agency could make decisions benefiting the political party in power."

The bill would have created an expansive definition for "the functional equivalent of express advocacy" which would apply to "communications that “when taken as a whole, it can be interpreted by a reasonable person only as advocating the election or defeat of a candidate for election for Federal office." Any organization that gives commentary on the votes or positions of incumbent Congress members could be interpreted to fall within this definition. Thus, these organizations could be forced to keep and report additional records. H.R. 1 would even require these organizations to post identifying information about their financial supporters online, thereby opening them up to harassment and intimidation by those who disagree with them.

By failing to surpass the 60-vote threshold required to overcome a filibuster in the Senate, H.R. 1 cannot pass and limit our freedom of speech.

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Press Secretary Refuses to Answer Whether Biden Believes Preborn Children are Human

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to answer a reporter's question on Monday when she was asked, "Does the President believe that a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being?"

Psaki replied to the question, “Are you asking me if the President supports a woman’s right to choose? He does.”

Several pro-abortion politicians have been asked this question recently, since the Supreme Court is preparing to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization this fall. The case is a challenge to a Mississippi law banning abortion at 15 weeks gestation. The Supreme Court's decision has the potential to significantly change how abortion is treated under federal law- perhaps even overturning Roe v. Wade entirely.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) told CNS news that he would “wait for the Supreme Court decision” rather than tell reporters whether he believed an unborn child should be considered human at 15 weeks. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) similarly refused to answer questions about the humanity of an unborn child at that stage of development.

If pro-abortion politicians concede that unborn children are human, which is supported by the fact that unique human genetic code is created during conception, they would also acknowledge that abortion kills human beings. Thus, these politicians would either be denying science or condoning the killing of certain humans. Pro-abortion politicians know how precarious their position is, so they refuse to answer questions like this one.

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