January 18, 2022

ACLU Sues to Block Ohio Law Respecting the Bodies of Aborted Children

An Ohio law requiring the burial or cremation of aborted children is set to go into effect next month, but the ACLU has sued in an attempt to have the law overturned.

The law allows women who have abortions to choose burial or cremation for their aborted children. If they do not choose, abortion businesses must make the decision. Abortion businesses that do not bury or cremate aborted children can face a first-degree misdemeanor charge punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The ACLU is suing on behalf of five Ohio abortion businesses. In their argument, they attempt to dehumanize unborn children and claim that compliance with this law will be too costly for abortion businesses.

“The law and the implementing rules are extremely burdensome and expensive to comply with – impossible in many regards – and vague and unclear as to how to comply,” ACLU of Ohio Legal Director Freda Levenson told WCPN. “It’s very, very costly to provide cremation or burial for a small collection of cells. This law applies even to a blastocyte or to a small number of cells or to an embryo.”

In an interview for the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis strongly advocated in favor of the law, and he slammed opponents for their lack of respect for the innocent human beings killed in abortions.

“SB 27 simply dignifies the life of a child who died because of an abortion and provides a proper burial for that child. The ACLU will do everything in its power to sterilize abortion and attempt to hide the fact that a successful abortion leads to the death of an innocent child. Planned Parenthood would rather have all aborted babies carted off to landfills in metal containers. The inhumanity of the ACLU and Planned Parenthood knows no boundaries. Ohio Right to Life is confident that this compassionate law will withstand court scrutiny.”

January 17, 2022

Indiana Abortion Restrictions to Stay in Place While SCOTUS Considers Dobbs

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday said that it would delay ruling on several pro-life Indiana laws until after the Supreme Court issues its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case is a challenge to Mississippi's Gestational Age Act, which protects babies from abortion after they reach 15 weeks gestation. A decision is expected in June.

Judge Sarah Evans Barker issued a ruling in August of last year that allowed some of Indiana's pro-life provisions to be enforced, but it placed injunctions against others. One provision that was allowed prohibits non-doctors from performing first-trimester aspiration abortions. Five provisions are currently being blocked, however:

  • a ban against non-doctors from prescribing abortion pills
  • a requirement that second-trimester abortions only occur at hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers
  • a requirement that preabortion counseling occur in-person
  • a ban against the use of telemedicine to prescribe and distribute abortion pills
  • a requirement that women receive in-person examinations before having abortions

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January 14, 2022

DC Agency Proposes Database to Track Employees who File Religious Exemptions

A small government agency in DC is proposing a database to track its employees who file religious objections to COVID-19 vaccines. Many are concerned that this policy could serve as a test for a nationwide policy that would create lists of Americans who object to COVID-19 vaccines.

Such lists would likely contain many pro-life advocates. Many pro-life people object to currently available COVID-19 vaccines on the basis that they were developed and/or manufactured with the use of cell lines harvested from aborted babies.

The Pretrial Services Agency (PSA) for the District of Columbia published its proposal in the Federal Register on Tuesday. It would create an “Employee Religious Exception Request Information System.”

According to the proposal, “This system of records maintains personal religious information collected in response to religious accommodation requests for religious exception from the federally mandated vaccination requirement in the context of a public health emergency or similar health and safety incident, such as a pandemic, epidemic, natural disaster or national or regional emergency.”

The proposal further reads, “The system of records will assist the Agency in the collection, storing, dissemination, and disposal of employee religious exemption request information collected and maintained by the Agency.”

Sarah Parshall Perry and GianCarlo Canaparo, legal fellows for The Heritage Foundation, theorized in an article for the Daily Signal that “Likely, the Biden administration is using it to stealth test a policy it intends to roll out across the whole government.”

Supreme Court Blocks Biden Vaccine Mandate for Businesses

The Supreme Court on Jan 13 blocked the Biden administration's rule that would have required private businesses to enforce vaccine-or-test mandates on their employees. At the same time, the Supreme Court ruled that the Biden administration could enforce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on health care workers.

Vaccine mandates are particularly troubling for pro-life advocates, many of whom do not want to take the currently available COVID-19 vaccines. All of these vaccines were developed and/or manufactured with the use of cell lines harvested from aborted babies.

The court ruled 6-3 against the rule that would have required vaccine-or-test policies at all private businesses with 100 or more employees. The conservative justices voted in the majority on that decision.

The vaccine requirement for healthcare workers was allowed in a 5-4 decision. In that ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the liberal justices.

The mandate for businesses would have been enforced under OSHA, which the majority ruled did not have the power to impose such a mandate.

"Administrative agencies are creatures of statute. They accordingly possess only the authority that Congress has provided," the majority wrote. "...The question, then, is whether the Act plainly authorizes the Secretary’s mandate. It does not. The Act empowers the Secretary to set workplace safety standards, not broad public health measures."

The mandate for health care workers, on the other hand, will be enforced through the authority granted by the Social Security Act. That law authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services to “make and publish such rules and regulations” that “may be necessary to the efficient administration” of Medicare and Medicaid programs.

"The challenges posed by a global pandemic do not allow a federal agency to exercise power that Congress has not conferred upon it," the majority wrote in its decision for the health care worker case. "At the same time such unprecedented circumstances provide no grounds for limiting the exercise of authorities the agency has long been recognized to have."

January 13, 2022

South Dakota Legislators Approve Abortion Pill Restrictions

Legislators in South Dakota last week approved abortion pill restrictions initiated by Gov. Kristi Noem's executive order in September. These restrictions will protect women by limiting the abortion pill's distribution to licensed abortion facilities.

This order came as a response to the FDA's announcement that it will end regulations that used to limit the distribution of the abortion pill. Those regulations similarly limited the distribution of the abortion pill. Without the FDA restrictions, it will be legal to send abortion pills by sending them through the mail.

The FDA regulations sought to protect women from some of the risks associated with the abortion pill. Without them, women can receive prescriptions without first being examined by a medical professional. This is important because medical professionals can accurately date a pregnancy and diagnose any conditions, such as ectopic pregnancy. If the child's gestational age is past the range at which it is safe to use the abortion pill, or if an ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed, then they would know not to use the abortion pill regimen. If a woman takes the abortion pill regimen with an ectopic pregnancy or late-term child could experience life-threatening injuries such as hemorrhaging.

“Chemical abortions are four times as likely to cause a woman getting an abortion to end up in an emergency room – and we have a duty to protect the lives of those women,” Noem said in a statement after legislators approved the restrictions. “I look forward to the day when the life of every unborn child is protected in South Dakota. Until then, South Dakotans will know that if a mother uses abortion pills to end her unborn child’s life, she will not get those pills from a stranger over the internet.”

New Jersey to Legalize Abortion until Birth

NJ Gov. Phil Murphy (D)
On Jan 10, legislators in New Jersey passed a bill that codifies a right to abortion into state law. The bill not only creates a right to abortion, it expands abortion to the point that it will be legal for any reason up until birth. This means that it will be completely legal to abort a child that can viably survive outside of the mother's womb.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he plans to sign the bill. In a tweet he wrote, “A bill to codify a woman’s right to choose into state law and expand access to reproductive health care for all just passed both houses of the Legislature. I will sign this bill into law this week. With Roe v. Wade under attack, the need for this bill is more urgent than ever.”

New Jersey Right to Life brought up additional criticisms of the bill. It will prevent the passage of pro-life legislation, and it is written broadly enough that it could allow many things that are not explicitly described by the text. As an example, some pro-life advocates are worried that language in the bill could be used to force health insurance companies to provide coverage for abortions.

January 12, 2022

63,459,781 Babies Killed by Abortion Since Roe v. Wade

An estimated 63,459,781 babies have been killed by abortion since 1973, the year that Roe v. Wade was decided.

National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) Director of Education and Research Dr. Randall K O'Bannon created a fact sheet showing estimated abortion totals. He used statistics from the CDC and the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute.

O'Bannon pointed out in a press release that the CDC found an abortion rate of 11.4 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years. Additionally, the CDC found a ratio of 195 abortions per 1,000 live births. The CDC does not include statistics from California, New Hampshire, and Maryland. They do not report their abortion data to the federal government.

Between 2010 and 2019, aborition rate decreased by nearly 18%. Despite this, NRLC estimates that over 880,000 abortions currently occur in the United States each year.

Registration is Open for NRL Convention 2022!

Registration for the 2022 National Right to Life Convention in Atlanta, Georgia is now open!

When: June 24-25, 2022

Where:
Atlanta Airport Mariott Hotel
4711 Best Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30337

What: At this convention, pro-life speakers and workshops will help inform and energize pro-life advocates to better advance the cause of saving lives. There will be 4 general sessions with the convention's main speakers and 40+ 50 minute workshops on various life-related topics. There will be an opening prayer breakfast, an exhibit hall with pro-life organizations, and a closing banquet.

If you are interested in participating, visit nrlconvention.com to get more information.

January 11, 2022

Thousands Marched for Life in Chicago

Thousands of pro-life advocates rallied at March for Life Chicago on Jan 8 to protest abortion and march for their cause.

Hosted by weDignifiy, the event brought pro-lifers together to protest abortion and fight for a culture of life. 

“We’re really excited this year to have such a far-reaching march of people from so many states, as far as Nebraska and Kansas and, of course, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa,” Director of Marketing Caitlyn Bootsma told Live Action News. “Because we can see as the abortion industry becomes increasingly aggressive here in Illinois, with parental notification just being repealed, it’s more important than ever to come together as a pro-life movement to really fight for change and build a culture of life.”

weDignify held a rally shortly before the march that included encouraging speeches from multiple pro-life leaders. That rally can be viewed here.




SFLA Report Exposes Christian Colleges with Links to Planned Parenthood

A new report released by Students for Life of America (SFLA) did an analysis of 784 Christian colleges throughout the United States. Of those schools, 69 were found to promote Planned Parenthood.

In its Christian Schools Project, SFLA identified schools that promoted Planned Parenthood in any of the following ways:

  • Planned Parenthood was promoted as an active internship opportunity for which students may receive credit.
  • Planned Parenthood was promoted as a student resource.
  • Planned Parenthood events from 2019 onward were advertised on campus or on the website.
  • Planned Parenthood was promoted as a volunteer opportunity.
  • Planned Parenthood partnered with the university on at least 1 event from 2019 onward.
  • Planned Parenthood was promoted as a future career opportunity.
Originally, SFLA found that 103 religious schools had connections or partnerships with Planned Parenthood under this criteria. After SFLA contacted these schools, 34 of them removed references to Planned Parenthood from their websites.

Christian Illinois schools SFLA considered to be in a relationship with Planned Parenthood include:

Illinois College (Presbyterian)
Milikin University (Presbyterian)
Monmouth College (Presbyterian)
Augustana College (Lutheran)

Illinois Christian schools that broke their ties to Planned Parenthood after SFLA contacted them include:

Loyola University (Catholic)
McKendree University (United Methodist)
Saint Xavier University (Catholic)

January 10, 2022

Abuser Arrested over a Decade After Taking a Minor to Get an Abortion in Chicago

Chicago Planned Parenthood to which Downey brought
his 16-year-old victim
photo credit: Operation Rescue
On December 29, a former middle school principal was arrested in Indiana on two counts of child seduction. The charges allege an illegal sexual relationship with a minor, whom he brought to a Chicago Planned Parenthood in 2008 to get an abortion and hide his crimes.

The accused, Peter Allen Downey, was 45 at the time. His victim had just turned 16 when he began a physical sexual relationship with her in 2008. On Sept. 2 of that year, Downy drove her from their hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana to the Planned Parenthood abortion business at 1200 N. LaSalle Dr. in Chicago. There, roughly six weeks into her pregnancy, she had an abortion.

Downey's victim kept the paperwork and ultrasound photo from Planned Parenthood. It was used to identify her abuser.

There were several red flags that should have prompted Planned Parenthood to report this incident. The girl who had the abortion was a minor and therefore could not provide consent. She was getting an abortion from out of state. The man accompanying her was completely unrelated. Despite these factors, Planned Parenthood did not report suspected sexual abuse.

Since his arrest, Downey was released for posting a bond.

January 7, 2022

NYT Report Says Many Prenatal Tests for Genetic Conditions are Inaccurate

A recent New York Times investigation found that commonly used prenatal blood tests have high rates of false-positive results for genetic disorders. This report was especially troubling for pro-lifers, as these kinds of results often drive parents to seek abortions.

The Times went as far as to say that the positive results from these tests "are usually wrong." Their investigation found that positive results from the tests analyzed were wrong about 85% of the time.

The NYT interviewed researchers and used results from multiple studies “to produce the best estimates available of how well the five most common microdeletion tests perform.” These tests checked for DiGeorge syndrome, 1p36 deletion, Cri-du-chat syndrome, Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, and Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes.

The NYT wrote that the FDA does not regulate these tests. The companies that provide them profit from testing for exceedingly rare conditions that should not require testing. Additionally, these tests proliferate a culture that devalues the lives of those with genetic abnormalities. All lives, born and unborn, have value. A diagnosis with a genetic condition does not change this.

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Abortion Pill Reversal Network Celebrates 3K Lives Saved

Heartbeat International, the organization that manages the Abortion Pill Rescue Network (APRN), announced on Thursday that the network had reached the milestone of 3,000 lives saved!

“Each of these children are miracles walking among us!” said Christa Brown, director of Medical Impact for Heartbeat International. “It's extraordinary that each of these 3,000 thriving children were once counted as an abortion statistic. Fast forward to today and each of these children is now irreplaceable in their communities and families.”

Abortion pill reversal (APR) is a process by which the effects of the first pill used in the abortion pill regimen are negated. This first pill, mifepristone, causes the death of an unborn child by blocking the pregnancy hormone progesterone. Progesterone facilitates the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the child. By blocking this hormone, mifepristone essentially starves and suffocates the child to death. During APR, the mother is prescribed additional progesterone to counter this effect. Progesterone has been used as a treatment to prevent miscarriages since the 1950s.

If a mother who has taken mifepristone regrets her decision, she can call the abortion pill reversal hotline, which is operated 24/7, and she will be connected to a medical professional who can help her try to save her child. That hotline is 1-877-558-0333.

This milestone comes despite the suppression of APR ads by big tech companies such as Google and Facebook.

January 6, 2022

Federal Judges Continue to Block COVID Shot Mandates

Within the past two weeks, two more federal judges issued injunctions against President Biden's vaccine mandates.

A federal judge in Texas granted a temporary injunction for 35 Navy Seals who were wrongfully denied religious exemptions from the Biden's mandate for military personnel, while another federal court in Florida issued an injunction against the shot mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors.

Servicemembers in the military risk court-martial and dishonorable discharge if they don't comply with the mandate and are being denied religious exemptions. Businesses that do not require their staff to be fully vaccinated will be ineligible for federal contracts.

Mandates are particularly problematic for pro-lifers, since all currently available COVID vaccines used cell lines harvested from aborted babies during their development and/or manufacturing. For that reason, many pro-life advocates believe that these vaccines are inherently evil, and they refuse to take them on religious grounds.

In both cases, Liberty Counsel is taking a large role in the defense of those who object to Biden's mandates.

In a press release, Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, "The military had a clear choice—voluntarily accommodate those with sincere religious beliefs or be ordered by the court to accommodate sincere religious beliefs. The military has dug in its heels and continues to deny every religious exemption request. The Department of Defense now must report the status and disposition of all religious exemption requests and admit to the court it has not granted any of the thousands of requests. It's just a matter of time before the military shot mandate crumbles in court."

The state of Florida filed suit against the Biden administration to protect contractors and subcontractors from the mandate. In addition to violating the religious beliefs of many, the mandate directly contradicts Florida's "Keep Florida Free" legislation, which prohibits shot mandates on both public and private employees.

US District Judge Steven Merryday wrote in his ruling in defense of contractors that “Florida demonstrates a substantial likelihood that Executive Order 14042 exceeds the President’s authority” and “intrudes into a matter traditionally committed to the state.” He also wrote that the mandate would likely cause "irreparable economic injury," especially to "Florida entities faced with violating either a federal contract or state law.

January 5, 2022

Authorities Say Idaho Man Initially Charged with Assisted Suicide May Have Committed Homicide

A 19-year-old Idaho man who was initially charged with assisted suicide in the death of his 48-year-old roommate will be charged with homicide, according to police.

Dakota Travis Honeycutt was arrested after his roommate, Kevin Hunt, was found dead at a park in Star, Idaho. Honeycutt told police that he watched Hunt shoot himself, but did not harm the Hunt. Honeycutt told detectives that he left the body on the sidewalk, disposed of the gun, and returned to their apartment.

On Dec 28, the Ada County Sheriff's office released an update on the case. Ada County Prosecutor Heather Reilly said that she plans to charge Honeycutt with homicide for his role in his roommate's death. According to her, evidence collected during the police's investigation indicates that Honeycutt may have lied to detectives about his role in the shooting.

In this case, Honeycutt initially received lesser charges due to the potentially false story he gave to the police. Even if his story was true, Honeycutt's assistance in the act of suicide would show a lack of care for Hunt's wellbeing. Hunt's life had value, as does all human life. What is even more frustrating, however, is the idea that Honeycutt confessed to assisted suicide so that he could try to avoid the harsher penalties associated with homicide.

Knoxville Tennessee Planned Parenthood Burns Down on New Year's Eve

photo from Knoxville Fire Department Twitter
In the early morning on Dec 31, 2021, a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Knoxville Tennessee burned to the ground. The building had been closed since Dec 7 for renovations and nobody was harmed, but the cause of the fire is unknown.

Knoxville Fire Department Assistant Chief Brent Seymour told the Knoxville News Sentinel that they were dispatched after callers reported smoke billowing from the building around 6:40 am. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the FBI have contacted officials and have promised to help in an investigation if the fire is deemed suspicious. “Any fire in a structure like that, you’re right, everything gets investigated,” Seymour said. “This may be a little more attentive.”

Ken Peters, the pastor of Patriot Church, was interviewed by WATE following the incident. His church is known to organize pro-life protests outside of the building. He told reporters that the situation does not make pro-lifers happy.

“This is not going to stop abortion. It’s the changing of hearts and minds. It’s the changing of laws. This might temporarily halt abortion, but this doesn’t stop it,” Peters said. “We care about life. That’s why we’re here. We don’t want anybody hurt. Christians would never participate in any sort of destruction of property, or looting, or rioting. That’s what the world does.”

January 4, 2022

New Hampshire Late-Term Abortion Ban Goes Into Effect

On Jan 1, 2022, New Hampshire's new law prohibiting the abortion of children after 24 weeks gestation went into effect.

Titled, The Family Life Protection Act, the law prohibits abortion after 24 weeks except when the mother's health is at risk. The law does not include exceptions for rape, incest, or prenatal diagnosis. Additionally, the law will require women to have an ultrasound prior to an abortion procedure. Abortionists who violate the law could face up to seven years in prison.

The ultrasound procedure not only gives pregnant mothers the opportunity to see their children and understand their humanity, but it also protects women from dangerous situations in which an undiagnosed pregnancy condition could make an abortion procedure deadly for both her and her child.

This law protects babies who can survive outside of the womb. With medical intervention, babies have survived outside of the womb as early as 21 weeks.

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March For Life Chicago Adjusts to Mayor's Vaccine Mandate

March for Life Chicago has adjusted its plans for this weekend's banquet event in response to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's short-notice vaccine mandate.

The annual March for Life Chicago banquet will require proof of vaccination for entry, as the mandate forbids the Chicago Hilton from admitting guests who don't show proof. This is problematic for a pro-life event, as many pro-life activists believe that the use of cells lines harvested from aborted children is evil. All currently available COVID-19 vaccines utilized such cells during research and/or production.

Organizers have rearranged the event to help accommodate pro-life advocates who have not had a vaccine. Illinois Review reached out to organizers, who responded in an email:

"The March for Life Chicago is not requiring anyone to receive a vaccine to participate in March for Life Chicago events... 

"While most of the March for Life Chicago events are not affected by the mandate, the Banquet is being hosted by the Hilton, which is requiring either proof of vaccination or a documented exemption for a seated dinner. In response, the March for Life Chicago has changed the order of the evening so that everyone can still participate in the program whether or not they choose to be screened and then also have provided a dinner option for those who choose not to be screened."

The banquet reception starting at 5PM on Jan 8 will not require proof of vaccination, nor will the banquet's speaker line-up (which starts at 6PM). This is because no food or beverage will be served.

At 7:00PM, proof of vaccination will be required to attend the seated dinner. A pre-packaged food option will be provided for those who cannot provide proof, however. Those who take the pre-packaged option can have the meal in an area of the hotel not restricted by the mandate, or they can simply take the meal to-go.

The Illinois Review also noted that Mayor Lightfoot's order includes a religious or medical exemption for individuals. The exemption requires individuals to have a COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional within the last 72 hours. The Hilton has asked that those who choose to utilize this exemption show a letter from their physician for a medical exemption. Alternatively, they can show a letter from a pastor or priest for a religious exemption.

January 3, 2022

NAF Posts Job Listing for "Intelligence Analyst" to Track Pro-Lifers

A troubling job listing posted by the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on indeed.com shows that the organization is trying to hire an "intelligence analyst" who would create "dossiers" tracking the activities of pro-life activists.

The job description states that the intelligence analyst will "conduct research and gather intelligence on anti-abortion individuals and activities and to work with clinic staff and local, state, and federal law enforcement officials to prevent and respond to incidents of violence and disruption at abortion clinics throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South America."

The NAF has a history of lumping violent acts together with peaceful protests and civil disobedience. Each year, the organization collects "violence and disruption" claims from abortion businesses and publishes them in an annual report. Additionally, the report does not clarify who committed the violent or disruptive acts. In 2019, the NAF admitted in court that over 70% of reported incidents were simply trespassing.

This could mark the continuation of a dangerous trend in which pro-lifers are classified as dangerous political actors not too different from terrorists. In the job description, the NAF repeatedly used the phrase "anti-choice extremists" to describe the people the intelligence analyst would be tracking.

January 1, 2022

Happy New Year!

Happy new year from the Illinois Federation for Right to Life!
We look forward to sharing the value of life even more during 2022!

December 31, 2021

Arizona Defends Law Banning Discriminatory Abortions

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a brief with the Supreme Court on Dec 14 asking the Court to allow a pro-life anti-discrimination law to stand. The law prohibits discriminatory abortions that are decided solely due to an unborn child's race, sex, or diagnosis with a genetic abnormality.

At the same time, 23 pro-abortion attorneys general from other states have filed a brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, asking the court to uphold its injunction preventing the law's enforcement.

California Attorney General Ray Bonta filed the brief to the Ninth Circuit. “The decision to terminate a pregnancy before viability is a personal choice and is protected under the law,” Bonta wrote in a press release. “Unconstitutional laws like Arizona’s reason ban have the potential to impact millions of Americans, including Californians who choose to visit, work, or go to school in the state. Using the law to take away a constitutional right from people who are already making a tremendously complex choice cannot stand. My office has and will continue to oppose this ban and others like it.”

The antidiscrimination law was set to go into effect on Sept 29, but it was blocked by the courts following a lawsuit by the Center for Reproductive Rights and (ironically) the American Civil Liberties Union.

Appeals courts across the country have taken different stances on the constitutionality of laws banning discriminatory abortions. The Supreme Court takes this into account when deciding which cases they should take up.

In his brief to the Supreme Court, Brnovich wrote, “This court has never otherwise recognized the purported right at issue — a right to race-, sex-, or genetic-selective abortions. The right to perform an abortion based solely on the results of genetic testing is novel, with no basis in the Constitution’s text or the nation’s history and traditions.”

December 30, 2021

Congress Members Call on Google to Reverse Ban on APR Ads

Back in September, Google took down ads informing the public about Abortion Pill Reversal. Google is still prohibiting those ads. On Dec. 8, 24 members of Congress had a letter hand-delivered to Google CEO Sundar Pichai demanding that the tech giant reverse its decision. 

Live Action paid for the advertisements to inform women who recently started chemical abortions that they could change their minds and potentially save the lives of their children by calling the abortion pill reversal hotline. The ads had run since July 21 before being taken down by Google in September for "unreliable claims."

Google also took down Live Action advertisements that linked to videos showing the development of a baby in the mother's womb.

“Google continues to allow ads for purveyors of the deadly abortion pill mifepristone by mail, despite the fact this drug has resulted in at least 24 mothers’ tragic deaths and at least 1,042 mothers being sent to the hospital,” the letter said. “Google’s double standard on abortion is disingenuous and an egregious abuse of its enormous market power to protect the billion-dollar abortion industry.”

Assisted Suicide Advocate Developing Suicide Implant

Dr. Philip Nitschke
An Australian suicide doctor who made headlines earlier this month for a suicide machine set to be used in Switzerland next year is now advocating for the use of theoretical implants designed to end the lives of those with degenerative brain diseases.

Dr. Philip Nitschke is trying to develop implants that, if not switched off every day, will kill the user. They would be designed for people with degenerative brain disorders such as dementia. The idea behind them is that people with such disorders could have them implanted years ahead of time, and the implants would kill them when their cognitive functions declined to the point that they could no longer switch them off.

“So what we’re working on here is some sort of an implant which you have to switch off every day. When you’ve forgotten why you’re switching something off that’s beeping, then you will die,” he explained. “That puts the responsibility right back onto the person and allows them to get what they want, which is that they do not want to live on as some form of vegetable, with no one prepared to end their lives.”

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December 29, 2021

Mexican Abortion Groups Plan to Illegally Smuggle Pills into Texas

Pro-abortion activists in Mexico are working with activists in Texas to undermine Texas's pro-life laws and enable illegal abortions.

An article published by the New York Times includes statements from Veronica Cruz, the founder of the Mexico abortion activist group Las Libres. In her statements, Cruz says that her organization has been working with activists in Texas to illegally distribute abortion pills to Texas women. Cruz said that her group is knowingly violating the law, and that they are willing to risk jail time to ensure women can have abortions.

“If that’s the only way that people will become conscious that what the government is doing is a major violation of human rights,” she said according to the NYT, “then yes... We are willing to face criminalization, because women’s lives matter more than their law.”

Not only would some of these abortions violate Texas's Heartbeat Act, but they would also violate Texas law that regulates the distribution of abortion pills. Texas state law requires that only doctors prescribe abortion pills, they do so after the mother has an in-person examination, and that the woman takes the first pill while in the doctor's office.

Abortion pills can have severe complications when not used correctly. If a woman takes the abortion pill regimen later in her pregnancy, or if she has an undiagnosed pregnancy condition such as ectopic pregnancy, then she is could experience life-threatening hemorrhaging after taking the pills. By distributing these pills and bypassing doctors, Las Libres would endanger Texas women.

Cruz also stated that her organization was willing to transport women across the Mexico border to get illegal abortions there.

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to Hear Questions on Texas Heartbeat Act

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to hear arguments regarding whether it should ask the Texas Supreme Court to answer questions about Texas's Heartbeat Act.

The Heartbeat Act bans abortion after the baby's heartbeat is detectable, which usually occurs at six weeks gestation. The law is unique because it empowers individuals to file lawsuits against those who violate the law by participating in the abortions of protected babies. For this reason, it has withstood legal challenges and remained enforceable for the time being.

Texas officials have asked the court to have the Texas Supreme Court clarify whether they are the proper defendants of lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Heartbeat Act. The US Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that abortion businesses couldn't sue state judges, county clerks, or the state's attorney general. This left Texas administrative officials as the only defendants.

“The court has decided that oral argument is appropriate before ruling on the state’s motion to certify or alternate motion to set a briefing schedule, and the response thereto,” the Fifth Circuit wrote.

That briefing is scheduled for Jan 7.

December 28, 2021

Indiana High School Student Files Lawsuit After School Disbands Pro-Life Club

Youth attending March for Life 2015
photo credit: American Life League / Flickr
A student at Noblesville High School in Indiana is filing a lawsuit against the school and her school district after administrators disbanded her club, Noblesville Students for Life.

The school principal had given approval for the club in August, but the administration changed its mind a few weeks later in response to one of the club's fliers. The flier showed an image of people holding pro-life signs with the messages “Defund Planned Parenthood” and “I am the pro-life generation.”

The assistant principal told the club that its flier was not allowed. Students were reportedly told that they could only list the group's name and where they were meeting.

The student filing the lawsuit, referred to as "E.D." in the text of the lawsuit, was then instructed to meet with a dean about the club's flier. E.D. and her mother met the dean together, but the school responded by accusing E.D.'s mother of leading the group. “At this point, I am not confident that this club is a student-driven club and therefore am removing the club’s approval to meet in school,” the principal wrote in an email. He accused the fliers of being too political and disrupting the school environment.

In a statement to Students for Life of America, E.D. accuses her teachers of attacking her online with defamatory statements.

“I wanted to start this club to inspire like-minded students to advocate for our most vulnerable and point students to resources designed to uplift them in their time of need. I knew some people would disagree with me, but I never expected to be attacked online—especially by my teachers,” E.D. said.

Ohio Gov Signs Bill Protecting Babies who Survive Abortion

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R)
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill on Wednesday that will require doctors in his state to provide life-saving treatment to babies born alive during an attempted abortion. Additionally, the Ohio Department of Health will be required to create a report when a baby is born alive during an attempted abortion.

Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis congratulated Gov. Dewine and pro-life legislators for the successful enactment of this lifesaving law. “Ohio Right to Life applauds Gov. DeWine and our overwhelmingly pro-life legislature for ensuring that all Ohioans receive life-saving treatment,” Gonidakis said. “No baby, regardless of the circumstances surrounding their birth, should be left alone to die.”

The law requires abortionists to provide care, call 911, and arrange transportation to a hospital. The law also empowers women to file lawsuits against abortionists who do not take action in an attempt to save the baby's life. Abortionists who don't comply could lose their medical licenses.

December 27, 2021

Data Reported to CDC Shows Disproportionate Abortion Rates for Minorities

While it has long been the case that abortion is more common among low-income and minority groups, new data released by the CDC suggests that more total abortions occur among black women than white women.

This should be shocking due to the population difference between racial groups in the US. The US Census Bureau estimates that 60% is "white alone, not of Hispanic or Latino." The estimated percentage of Americans identified as "black or African American alone" is 13.4%. Despite this, the CDC's report states that in 2019, black women accounted for 38.4% of reported abortions. Abortions among white women accounted for just 33.4%.

The CDC report suggests that the raw number of abortions among black women increased by over 14% from 2018 to 2019.

Live Action estimated the total abortions in 2019 based on the percentages provided by the CDC:
  • White women: (33.4%) 210,386 estimated abortions
  • Black women: (38.4%) 241,880 estimated abortions
  • Hispanic women: (21.0%) 132,279 estimated abortions
  • Non-Hispanic women in the other race category: (7.2%) 45,353 estimated abortions

December 23, 2021

New Report Shows how Planned Parenthood Spent its $1.6 Billion Revenue in 2020

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The American Life League released a new report on Planned Parenthood's spending during the year 2020. Planned Parenthood receives hundreds of millions of dollars each year through taxpayer spending, and this report sheds some light on how those dollars are spent.

“As the summary graph illustrates, from 2011 to 2020 the annual average compensation received by the CEOs has risen from $159,000 to $300,000,” the report states. “Each year we are struck by the tremendous amount of cash one can earn in the United States by directing the local operations of an organization that admits it runs the largest abortion chain in the nation and demands that every affiliate MUST have at least one facility that terminates the lives of preborn human beings.”

The report showed that Planned Parenthood Federation of America and all of its affiliates combined have an annual income of $1.6 billion. This number includes the $618 million from taxpayers. Because the federal government recognizes Planned Parenthood and its affiliates as 501(c)3 charitable organizations, they do not pay taxes on this income (even though it is millions of dollars in excess of their expenses).

Despite all of this, Planned Parenthood seeks even more government funding from state and federal governments.

Click here to read the American Life League's report.

NorthShore Employees Seeking Damages over Vaccine Mandates

Employees of NorthShore University HealthSystem who have lost work due to their refusal to take vaccines developed and/or manufactured with the use of cell lines harvested from abortion babies will seek damages through the federal District Court of Illinois.

Liberty Counsel, the legal firm representing NorthShore employees who have been denied religious exemptions from the organization's COVID vaccine mandate, announced in a press release that they will "ask the federal District Court of Illinois to certify the entire class of health care workers and will seek damages on behalf of those employees who have been unlawfully discriminated against and denied religious exemptions."

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals previously refused to grant an injunction to provide employees with emergency relief from the mandate, but it did grant a motion to expedite the appeal process. Judge John Kness wrote in his decision that he would not grant the injunction because employees would not suffer "irreparable harm" under the mandate. He wrote that the harm to employees by the mandate could be repaired through monetary damages including back pay, front pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys fees, and others.

NorthShore had previously granted exemptions to some of the employees being represented by Liberty Counsel, but it later denied them without a clear explanation. NorthShore also changed its exemption form to declare that all religious exemptions based on “aborted fetal cell lines, stem cells, tissue or derivative materials will result in denials.”

Liberty Counsel believes that the employees' religious beliefs are protected under the Health Care Right of Conscience Act, which prohibits discrimination based on health care choices. The law states, “It shall be unlawful for any person, public or private institution, or public official to discriminate against any person in any manner, including but not limited to, licensing, hiring, promotion, or any other privileges, because of such person's conscientious refusal to receive, obtain, accept or participate in any way in any particular form of health care services contrary to his or her conscience.”

December 22, 2021

Video Shows Young Woman Being Forced into Abortion Clinic by Abusive Ex

screenshot from Students for Life Instagram
A viral video on Instagram showed a young woman being pulled by her ex in an attempt to force her into an abortion business.

The video was taken by an onlooker who recorded the incident from an apartment window above the sidewalk. "We're not together," the man is heard yelling at the woman. “I don’t want this kid by you. You’re not keeping this kid!”

The onlookers at the window just laugh at the scene as it unfolds, even though they come to the same conclusion that viewers did. “She’s pregnant. He’s trying to take her to get an abortion,” one of them is heard saying.

It is unclear whether the woman in the video was forced into the clinic, or if she was able to escape her abuser.

This kind of abuse and coercion is exactly what the Parental Notice of Abortion Act protected minors from. Rapists, abusive partners, and sex traffickers often force pregnant women (including minors) into abortions to hide their actions.

New FDA Data Says Abortion Pills Have Killed 5 Million Babies in the US

Recently updated data published by the FDA says that abortion pills have aborted nearly 5 million babies in the US since they were approved in 2000. Additionally, two deaths have been attributed to the pills in the past three years. This brings the total recorded deaths caused by the abortion pill to 26.

On December 16, the FDA released an updated “Post-Marketing Adverse Events Summary.” The report also states that "The estimated number of women who have used mifepristone in the U.S. for medical termination of pregnancy through the end of June 2021 is approximately 4.9 million women."

All "successful" chemical abortions end in the death of an innocent unborn child. They also pose a substantial risk, however, to women who have ectopic pregnancies or take the pill after 10 weeks gestation.

The FDA's summary also noted that mifepristone (the first pill in the abortion pill regimen) has been linked to 4,207 instances of adverse effects. These included 1,045 hospitalizations and 603 times that women lost so much blood that they needed transfusions. The FDA report also showed 413 instances where women who had taken the pill had infections. 70 of those infections were categorized as "severe."

These almost certainly undershoot the total number of abortions and adverse effects. There are no national requirements that abortionists report complications. The Charlotte Lozier Institute wrote that “an analysis of the data collected under this reporting requirement suggests that a significant number of complications were unreported and that the FDA may have missed as many as 95% of serious chemical abortion adverse events.”

December 21, 2021

Satanic Temple Sues over Texas Heartbeat Act

The Satanic Temple is suing the state of Texas over its Heartbeat Act. In its lawsuit, the group claims that the law violates members' religious freedom.

Texas's Heartbeat Act prohibits abortion after the child's heartbeat is detectable (usually at six weeks gestation). So far, the law has remained in effect due to its unique enforcement. Rather than being enforced directly by the Texas government, private citizens are empowered to file lawsuits against those who participate in the abortion of protected unborn children.

Satanic Temple Director of Campaign Operations Erin Helian released a statement regarding the lawsuit. “SB 8’s ban on abortions after six weeks infringes upon our members’ rights to engage with their chosen religion and to participate in religious rites and rituals,” Helian said. “In accordance with our Third Tenet, The Satanic Temple will push back against the Texas legislature’s violation of our members’ bodily autonomy and freedom of choice.”

The Satanic Temple claimed that the right to an "abortion ritual" is protected under the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Texas Constitution, and the First Amendment. The Temple plans to ask a judge to make its members exempt from prosecution under the Heartbeat Act by describing their rituals as First Amendment "conduct."

FDA Permanently Ends Rule Prohibiting Abortions by Mail

On Thursday, Dec 16, the FDA announced that it will permanently end an FDA rule that prohibited abortion pills from being distributed through the mail. The decision will likely result in more abortions and more health risks to women.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA enforced a set of rules called the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). The rules required that women seeking abortion pills receive them directly from a medical professional during an in-person visit, preventing them from being prescribed over the phone and sent to women through the mail.

Pro-abortion advocates and officials used the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to "temporarily" lift those restrictions. They argued that requiring women to see doctors and pharmacists in-person could spread COVID-19. Many pro-lifers (rightfully so) worried that easing regulations in this way would eventually result in those regulations being lifted altogether.

REMS regulations protected not only the unborn but also the women who sought abortion pills. If they don't first see a doctor, women could be at higher risk for potentially-deadly complications such as hemorrhaging. During an in-person visit, doctors will have the opportunity to accurately identify the child's gestational age and diagnose any pregnancy conditions such as ectopic pregnancy. If a woman attempts the abortion pill regimen after 10 weeks gestation, or if she attempts it while having an ectopic pregnancy, she would be at a significantly higher risk of severe complications.

“The FDA’s decision today places women at risk,” said Carol Tobias, President of the National Right to Life Committee. “These changes do not make this abortion process safer for women. What these changes do is make the process easier for the abortion industry.”

Tobias continued, “The FDA knows the dangers of this abortion drug combination, but in the name of political expediency, has lifted the safety measure requiring an in-person doctor’s visit.”

National Right to Life released an article detailing the rule change more fully. In that article, they also describe remaining federal regulations on abortion pills and just how dangerous the pills can be. Click here to read their analysis.

December 20, 2021

Gov. Pritzker Signs Bill Repealing Parental Notification

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (D)
On Friday, Dec. 17, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed House Bill 370, repealing the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. 

The Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995 required doctors to notify a pregnant minor's parent or guardian 48 hours before the minor has an abortion. With the law repealed, abortion clinics will have the ability to hide pregnancies and abortions from parents. These parents will be unable to provide counsel or emotional support to their daughters during incredibly stressful moments in their lives.

“With reproductive rights under attack across the nation, Illinois is once again establishing itself as a leader in ensuring access to healthcare services,” Pritzker said in a press release. “This repeal was essential, because it was the most vulnerable pregnant minors who were punished by this law: victims of rape and physical abuse in unsafe homes. I thank Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin), Sen. Elgie Sims (D-Chicago) and the lawmakers and advocates who have fiercely fought to repeal this law and keep vulnerable young people safe. I’m proud that Illinois continues to be a national leader in protecting reproductive rights.”

Planned Parenthood applauded the Governor for signing the repeal.

"Thank you Governor Pritzker for signing the Youth Health and Safety Act [HB370] into law," said Jennifer Welch, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. "Together, we're ensuring that young people can involve whomever they trust in their health care decisions, protecting them from harmful domestic situations and unnecessary judicial interactions."

The repeal not only makes it more difficult for parents to be involved in their daughters lives, it also makes it easier for bad actors to abuse young girls in Illinois. Sex traffickers and rapists no longer have to fear that an abortion business will inform a girl's parents about an abortion. This makes it easier for them to separate those girls from their parents or get away with their crimes simply by intimidating girls into silence.

Lauretta Froelich, a former prosecutor from the Office of the Cook County State's Attorney, is one of many voices who stated disappointment at Gov. Pritzker's decision.

"I am appalled that Governor Pritzker would sign a bill repealing our commonsense Parental Notification of Abortion Act. With his signature, Pritzker has opened the borders of the State of Illinois to pedophiles, sex offenders, and traffickers of minors. Illinois is now less safe for minor girls," Froelich said.

Mark Curran, who served as the Sheriff of Lake County from 2006-2008, also gave a statement following the repeal.

"In the twelve years that I served as the Sheriff of Lake County, bordering the State of Wisconsin, it was always a priority of my office to be vigilant about monitoring for the sex trafficking of minors across state lines. The Illinois Parental Notification of Abortion Law was a valued safeguard for law enforcement, providing us with an additional layer of protection for young girls. It is deeply troubling that Governor Pritzker would sign a bill removing that safeguard, effectively putting out a “welcome mat” for those who criminally abuse children. Pritzker has made the jobs of law enforcement officials that much more difficult – particularly for those areas that serve counties and towns bordering our neighboring states."