Featured Post

March 3 Parental Notification Repeal Update

photo credit:  Jim Bowen / Flickr HB1797, which would the Repeal of the Parental Notification Act of 1995, was introduced on February 16, 2...

January 25, 2021

Planned Parenthood of New York Now Lobbies for Assisted Suicide

photo credit: American Life League / Flickr
Similar to how Planned Parenthood of Illinois released its lobbying plans for Illinois in 2021, which included repealing the state's Parental Notice of Abortion Act and mandating sex education for grades K-12, Planned Parenthood of New York shared that it will advocate for yet another way to end human lives.

On a webpage listing the legislative priorities for Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts (PPESA) in 2021, the abortion business revealed that it will be advocating for legislation to support assisted suicide in addition to abortion-promoting bills:

"The right to bodily autonomy and self-determination is not constrained to one aspect of being, but rather the spectrum of life. PPESA supports passage of the Medical Aid in Dying Act, to provide adults with the agency to make end-of-life decisions for themselves, with dignity and compassion."

Sadly, Planned Parenthood doesn't want to consider the idea that unborn children should have a similar right to bodily autonomy and self-determination; instead, allowing them to be killed completely at the whim of others.

New York Assemblyman Kevin Cahill announced that he is going to submit the Medical Aid in Dying Act, which would legalize the practice of assisted suicide, for reconsideration by the state legislature. Previous versions of that bill have failed in 2018 and 2019.

Click here to read more.

January 22, 2021

2021 National March for Life will be Held Virtually

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual March for Life on Jan. 29 in Washington D.C. will be held virtually this year, organizers announced last Friday.

Select pro-life leaders will be attending the event in-person, including National Right to Life President Carol Tobias.

A statement released by March for Life President Jeanne Mancini reads,

"The protection of all of those who participate in the annual March, as well as the many law enforcement personnel and others who work tirelessly each year to ensure a safe and peaceful event, is a top priority of the March for Life. In light of the fact that we are in the midst of a pandemic which may be peaking, and in view of the heightened pressures that law enforcement officers and others are currently facing in and around the Capitol, this year’s March for Life will look different.

The annual rally will take place virtually and we are asking all participants to stay home and to join the March virtually. We will invite a small group of pro-life leaders from across the country to march in Washington, DC this year. These leaders will represent pro-life Americans everywhere who, each in their own unique ways, work to make abortion unthinkable and build a culture where every human life is valued and protected.

We are profoundly grateful for the countless women, men, and families who sacrifice to come out in such great numbers each year as a witness for life – and we look forward to being together in person next year.  As for this year’s march, we look forward to being with you virtually."

If you would like to watch the broadcast, you can register for an email alert from the March for Life website here. On Jan 29th, you will receive an email with a link to watch the rally and march at the Capital.

Dr. Fauci says U.S. will Rejoin WHO and Repeal Mexico City Policy

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Biden administration will end the Mexico City Policy very soon.

On Jan. 21, Dr. Fauci told board members of the pro-abortion World Health Organization (WHO) that president Biden would be ending the Mexico City Policy in the "coming days." The policy prevents federal tax dollars from funding abortion or its promotion in other countries.

“It will be our policy to support women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights in the United States, as well as globally,” Fauci said at the executive board meeting of the WHO. “To that end, President Biden will be revoking the Mexico City Policy in the coming days, as part of his broader commitment to protect women’s health and advance gender equality at home and around the world.”

He also told the board that the United States would not be leaving the WHO as the Trump administration was originally intending to do. Trump had planned for the US to leave the organization, claiming that the WHO protected China and misinformed the world about the dangers of the COVID-19 when the disease first broke out. The WHO also consistently uses its humanitarian relief funding to promote abortion in countries that don't recognize it as a right.

Fauci now serves as the Biden administration's chief medical advisor on COVID-19 and is continuing his role as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Click here to read more.

January 21, 2021

Appeals Court Judges Ask Supreme Court to Allow States to Ban Abortion Before Viability

photo credit: Joe Gratz / Flickr
In their Jan. 5 opinions in Little Rock Family Planning v. Rutledge, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Ralph Erickson and Bobby Shepherd both lamented that Supreme Court precedent required them to rule against two Arkansas pro-life laws. As a result, they also wrote that the Supreme Court should revise its stance on pre-viability abortion bans.

The two laws that the judges ruled against banned abortion after 18 weeks gestation and banned abortions done purely because a child was diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

Judge Erickson wrote that the Supreme Court should “revisit its precedent in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey,” which effectively banned states' ability to ban abortion before viability.

Erickson expressed concern that the inability of states to ban abortion before viability will lead to an increase in the practice of eugenic abortions, such as those done to kill unborn children with Down Syndrome.

Erickson wrote,

“The great glory of humanity is in its diversity. We are a species remarkably variant in our talents, abilities, appearances, strengths, and weaknesses. The human person has immense creative powers, a range of emotional responses that astound the observant, and a capacity to love and be loved that is at the core of human existence. Each human being possesses a spirit of life that at our finest we have all recognized is the essence of humanity. And each human being is priceless beyond measure. Children with Down syndrome share in each of these fundamental attributes of humanity.”

 Shepherd, who also voiced concern about the eugenics movement, wrote,

“Act 619, which prohibits a physician from performing or attempting to perform an abortion based on a diagnosis or suspicion of Down syndrome involves significant and, as yet, unconsidered issues regarding the balance of interests when the sole reason a woman seeks an abortion is what she deems an unwanted immutable characteristic of the unborn child. And Casey directs that we resolve this inquiry by considering viability alone.”

 Click here to read more.

Biden Inauguration Committee Sends Donor Funds to Planned Parenthood

 Vladimir Solomyani / Unsplash
Planned Parenthood, which spent $45 million in 2020 to help pro-abortion politicians like President Biden get elected, saw benefits from its relationship with the president on day one.

The Biden Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) listed Planned Parenthood among the number of political organizations that would receive a part of the donations received to create a display of 191,500 flags on the National Mall. The flags are supposed to represent Americans who will not attend the inauguration due to the pandemic and other safety concerns. There are also 56 pillars of light on the display to represent the 50 U.S. States and six U.S. territories.

Supporters were encouraged by the PIC to donate and become a “symbolic sponsor of the Field of Flags in exchange for a donation to PIC’s partners in service.”

Planned Parenthood was one of 96 organizations benefitting monetarily from PIC donations according to Breitbart, but that was not the only benefit that the abortion business received. Donors were also automatically placed on a Planned Parenthood email list. Using this email list, the organization will be able to garner support for more pro-abortion legislation and ask for additional donations.

The Biden team has already said it plans to take a number of steps to cancel out the pro-life progress made under former President Trump's administration. Given that this move was taken less than 24 hours into President Biden's term, abortion businesses could potentially benefit in many more ways over the course of a four-year term.

Click here to read more.

January 20, 2021

Trump Executive Order Honors March for Life Founder Nellie Gray in Garden of American Heroes

photo credit: American Life League / Flickr
In another one of his final acts as President of the United States, Donald Trump issued an executive order on Monday, Jan 18 listing historical figures to be represented in the new National Garden of American Heroes. One of these people was March for Life founder Nellie Gray.

The National Garden of American Heroes is a new national park that Trump ordered the creation of in July 2020. At the time, he called it a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live.”

Gray founded March for Life in 1974 in response to the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade. That year, pro-life activists gathered at the nation's capital to peacefully protest the decision. March for Life is now the largest annual peaceful protest in the United States.

In 2012 at the age of 88, Gray passed away. She is remembered for her uncompromising belief in the protection of unborn lives. Now, Gray's memory will be honored through the National Garden of American Heroes.

“What we have seen is that there was an effort to compromise on this basic subject of life for which there is no compromise,” she said in 1994. “You’re either for or against it. There is no neutrality and there is no in-between. You can’t have a little bit of abortion. You can’t be a little bit pregnant. You must understand that life must be protected in total. And once those principles were broken, more and more education was done that it is alright to kill some babies and unfortunately that came from those who were trying to defend life. And when that wrong message got through then unfortunately we’ve had 22 years of going downhill.”

Click here to read more.

President Trump Proclaims Jan 22 National Sanctity of Human Life Day

On Sunday, as one of his final actions as president, Donald Trump signed a proclamation declaring this Friday, January 22 to be National Sanctity of Human Life Day.

At the beginning of his proclamation, the president stated:

"Every human life is a gift to the world.  Whether born or unborn, young or old, healthy or sick, every person is made in the holy image of God.  The Almighty Creator gives unique talents, beautiful dreams, and a great purpose to every person.  On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we celebrate the wonder of human existence and renew our resolve to build a culture of life where every person of every age is protected, valued, and cherished.

This month, we mark nearly 50 years since the United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.  This constitutionally flawed ruling overturned State laws that banned abortion, and has resulted in the loss of more than 50 million innocent lives.  But strong mothers, courageous students, and incredible community members and people of faith are leading a powerful movement to awaken America’s conscience and restore the belief that every life is worthy of respect, protection, and care.  Because of the devotion of countless pro-life pioneers, the call for every person to recognize the sanctity of life is resounding more loudly in America than ever before.  Over the last decade, the rate of abortions has steadily decreased, and today, more than three out of every four Americans support restrictions on abortion."

In response to the declaration, National Right to Life President Carol Tobias thanked President Trump for what he has done for the pro-life movement during his four years in office. “President Trump has been a champion in seeking to protect unborn children,” Tobias said. “We are grateful for his dedication to the right to life and the work his administration has done on behalf of the most vulnerable among us.”

Concluding his proclamation, Trump wrote,

"Since the beginning, my Administration has been dedicated to lifting up every American, and that starts with protecting the rights of the most vulnerable in our society — the unborn.  On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we promise to continue speaking out for those who have no voice.  We vow to celebrate and support every heroic mother who chooses life.  And we resolve to defend the lives of every innocent and unborn child, each of whom can bring unbelievable love, joy, beauty, and grace into our Nation and the entire world.

...Today, I call on the Congress to join me in protecting and defending the dignity of every human life, including those not yet born.  I call on the American people to continue to care for women in unexpected pregnancies and to support adoption and foster care in a more meaningful way, so every child can have a loving home.  And finally, I ask every citizen of this great Nation to listen to the sound of silence caused by a generation lost to us, and then to raise their voices for all affected by abortion, both seen and unseen."

Click here to read the full proclamation.

January 19, 2021

Pro-Life Hero Joe Scheidler Dies at Age 93

Joseph M. Scheidler
photo credit: Pro-Life Action League
Joe Scheidler, the 93-year-old founder of the Pro-Life Action League, passed away from pneumonia on the morning of Monday, January 18. The pro-life movement will sorely miss his passion to protect the lives of the unborn.

Below is a copy of a press release by the Pro-Life Action League.

Pro-Life Action League Mourns the Death of Founder Joe Scheidler

Chicago, January 18, 2021 — The Pro-Life Action League is mourning the death of founder Joseph M. Scheidler, widely known as the “Godfather of Pro-Life Activism.” Joe began his life’s work fighting abortion in 1973, shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision, and founded the League in 1980 to recruit and equip pro-life Americans to be a voice for unborn children in their own communities throughout the country and the world. Countless pro-life volunteers and leaders alike credit Joe with having inspired them to join the movement.

“My father’s proudest accomplishment was the pro-life work of those he inspired to take an active role in the fight against abortion, the greatest injustice of our time,” said Eric Scheidler, Joe’s oldest son, who serves as the League’s executive director. “For years, people have been telling me about the talk or protest where they met my father, and how his words and example prompted them to do more than just talk, but to take responsibility for addressing the injustice.”

Joe was born on September 7, 1927, in Hartford City, Indiana. After serving in the U.S. Navy as a military policeman at the end of World War II, he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s Degree at Marquette University. He spent eight years in religious life, studying for the Catholic priesthood at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana. After discerning that God was not calling him to the priesthood, he served as a teacher at Mundelein College, during which time he chaperoned a group of students on a pilgrimage to march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. 

“It’s fitting that my father died on the day when Americans remember the legacy of Martin Luther King,” said Eric Scheidler. “Seeing the impact that regular Americans could have by taking action against racial injustice inspired my father to mobilize Americans in the same way in the fight against the injustice of abortion.” That story and many others from his five decades of pro-life activism are recounted his 2016 memoir Racketeer for Life: Fighting the Culture of Death from the Sidewalk to the Supreme Court.

Joe’s career as a pro-life activist took him to every state in U.S. and countries on four continents, as well as through countless court battles, including the notorious NOW v. Scheidler RICO case, the longest case in U.S. federal court history and the only one to make three trips to the U.S. Supreme Court, including 8-1 and 8-0 rulings in 2003 and 2006 that fully vindicated him. His 1985 book CLOSED: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion, a centerpiece of the NOW v. Scheidler trial, became the manual for pro-life activists throughout the world. 

Joe Scheidler died of pneumonia at the age of 93 at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, January 18, 2021, surrounded by his family at his home on Chicago’s northwest side. Joe is survived by his wife Ann, seven children, twenty-six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly in his official obituary.

March for Life Chicago "Moving the Movement" Tour Holding Events in Indianapolis and Chicago this Weekend

March for Life Chicago is gearing up to end its pro-life bus tour with a bang by holding rallies in Indianapolis and Chicago this weekend.

Last weekend, March for Life Chicago continued its "Moving the Movement" tour by holding rallies in Fort Wayne, IN and Mundelein, IL. Videos of those rallies can be found here and here respectively.

This weekend, however, the pro-life events will be held in Indianapolis on Friday, Jan. 22 and in Chicago on Saturday, Jan. 23. At each event, there will be a diaper drive to help pregnancy resource centers in each city, as well as rallies featuring inspiring pro-life speakers.

At the Chicago event, attendees will also be able to participate in a car procession through downtown Chicago. The procession will move past important city, state, and federal buildings before ending at a diaper dropoff at Southside Pregnancy Center.

Caravans are scheduled to travel to each of these rallies. Click here to read information about each caravan group.

To see more details about these events and register to attend, click here.

January 18, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today, we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who inspired the nation to take action and ensure the rights of others are recognized. Just as the nation took action to fight against the injustice of racism, we must remember to continue fighting for the rights of those without voices. It takes effort to protect the rights of the unborn, and the pro-life movement must never forget to speak up for those who can't yet speak for themselves.

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it.  He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

January 15, 2021

Ohio Governor Signs State Telemedicine Abortion Ban

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
On January 9, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed SB 260, effectively banning telemedicine abortions in the state. 

SB 260 requires that a physician be present when mifepristone, the first drug of the abortion pill regimen, is administered. Physicians who fail to adhere to the law could be found guilty of a fourth-degree felony and could lose their medical license if they repeatedly neglect the law.

The rules put in place by the Ohio law closely mirror the FDA's Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) regulations, which similarly prohibit the distribution of mifepristone via telemedicine. The enforcement of those requirements was temporarily blocked by a district judge until earlier this week, when the Supreme Court ruled to have them reinstated.

While they may be redundant for the time being, it is certainly possible that the FDA'S regulation of abortion will change under the incoming Biden administration, and the passage of this law will be able to protect women and unborn children throughout Ohio.

“To me this bill is about safety,” said physician and state senator Stephen Huffman, who sponsored the bill. “It’s not about limiting access. It’s about the safety of that woman.”

Click here to read more.

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges New York Reproductive Health Act

photo credit: Wilhelm Joys Andersen / Flickr
On Tuesday, January 12, a class-action lawsuit was filed against the New York Reproductive Health Act (RHA), alleging that the legislation is unconstitutional and violates the rights of women and viable unborn children.

An important change in New York's RHA was a new definition of "person." By changing this definition, the state excluded viable unborn children from being considered legal "persons," thereby preventing them from being considered victims of homicide.

The new lawsuit alleges that changing this definition “escalates the threat of harm to women and unborn children and incentivizes deadly violence against women.” Christen Civeletto, one of the attorneys fighting against the RHA, said “New York has stripped women and their families of their ability to pursue justice for those deaths. That’s outrageous. In fact, it is contrary to the stated policy of the RHA itself: to affirm the ‘fundamental right [of women] to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child.'”

The challenge “asks the court to acknowledge First Amendment rights for women whose unborn children are killed by assailants, to clarify dangerous ambiguities in the RHA that impact women, and to affirm existing, but previously unrecognized, rights for near-term unborn children and children who survive abortion.”

The lawsuit also challenges the fact that the RHA allows the abortion of viable preborn children. The RHA allows abortion through 24 weeks of pregnancy (which is already past the age of viability), but also allows exceptions for the benefit of the mother's broadly defined "health." This provision has been interpreted to include “physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age,” essentially meaning that any abortion can be justified.

Click here to read more.

January 14, 2021

After Hospital's Appeal to End Life Support was Rejected, Pro-Lifers Await District Court Decision

Tinslee Lewis
After the Supreme Court denied Cook Children's Medical Center's appeal to remove life support from 23-month-old Tinslee Lewis against her mother's will, the case will return to the 48th District Court.

Tinslee Lewis has been the subject of a legal battle for over half of her life. In November 2019, Cook Children's Medical Center attempted to invoke Texas's 10-Day Rule, allowing it to remove life-support from the child in 10 days if her family did not find another hospital willing to treat her.

Unable to do so, Tinslee's mother sued the hospital and is challenging whether the 10-Day-Rule is constitutional. A previous district court ruling prevents the hospital from removing life support from Tinslee until a decision is made. The district court has not yet announced when it will hear arguments on the case's merits, since it was waiting on the Supreme Court to rule on the hospital's appeal.

“T.L.’s life has value,” attorneys for Tinslee and her mother wrote in a brief to the Supreme Court. “Withdrawal of life-saving treatment would kill T.L., who has normal brain function, interacts with Mother, and experiences joy from living. Mother acknowledges that certain medical procedures, such as IV insertions, can cause T.L. pain, but T.L. is not in agony.”

According to Texas Right to Life, a judge will consider whether Tinslee’s rights have been violated, if a hospital should have unilateral authority to withdraw life-sustaining medical treatment from a patient against the will of the parents, if patients have any due process rights in these cases, and if the 10-Day Rule is unconstitutional.

Click here to read more.

Supreme Court Restores FDA Regulations on Abortion Pill Distribution

The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the Trump administration can once again enforce FDA guidelines regarding the distribution of abortion pills.

The court ruled 6-3 that District Judge Theodore Chuang did not have the authority to order the FDA to lift abortion pill regulations. “My view is that courts owe significant deference to the politically accountable entities with the ‘background, competence, and expertise to assess public health,’ ” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, adding, “In light of those considerations, I do not see a sufficient basis here for the district court to compel the FDA to alter the regimen for medical abortion.

Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan were the dissenting votes in the decision.

The American College of Obstetrician-Gynecologists (ACOG) sued the FDA in 2020 to halt the enforcement of federal Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) requirements. REMS restrictions require women to first see a doctor in-person before they receive the abortion drug Mifepristone. By doing so, a doctor can confirm the woman's pregnancy and determine whether abortion via the abortion pill regimen would be safe. Using the abortion pill regimen during later-term pregnancies or ectopic pregnancies could pose significant health risks to women.

In July, ACOG successfully convinced Judge Chuang that the requirements posed an undue burden to women during a pandemic, so he ordered the FDA to lift those requirements for the pandemic's duration. This allowed companies to sell abortion pills online and distribute them over mail to people across the country.

For the time being, however, REMS rules regarding abortion pill distribution have been restored.

Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, commented on the decision: “We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court recognizes the serious nature of chemical abortions and the need for the FDA to have protocols in place to protect women from potentially life-threatening and devastating side effects.”

Click here to read more.

January 13, 2021

As One-Fourth of Free-Standing Abortion Clinics in PA. Violate Health Rules, What Could be Happening in Illinois?

photo credit: Hush Naidoo / Unsplash
Data from the Pennsylvania Health Department website reveals that a quarter of free-standing abortion businesses in the state have violated health and safety rules in the past four months.

The health department website lists 16 free-standing abortion clinics in Pennsylvania, four of which were found to be “not in compliance” with state requirements during the past four months.

Pennsylvania legislators were motivated to require regular inspections of abortion clinics after the infamous abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of murdering three newborn babies and the involuntary manslaughter of a female patient, but state health officials apparently suspended those inspections for five months last year due to the pandemic. When legislators pushed for those inspections to resume, they quickly found several violations, suggesting that the lack of inspections allowed clinics to relax their health protocols.

Illinois is well-known for having some of the most relaxed abortion laws in the nation, allowing clinics to go long stretches of time without being inspected. According to Illinois Right to Life (not to be confused with the Illinois Federation for Right to Life), many Illinois clinics have never been inspected since they opened.

If the violations of Pennsylvania abortion businesses and the language of the Illinois Reproductive Health Act are any indication, Illinois abortion businesses likely have an easy time hiding safety hazards from the public. As time goes on, this only puts more and more vulnerable women at risk.

Click here to read more.

Students for Life Wins Free Speech Lawsuit Against Oregon Community College

screenshot from Chemeketa Community College YouTube video
To end a federal lawsuit filed by a Students for Life chapter against Chemeketa Community College in Oregon, the college has agreed to revise its free speech policies.

On May 5, 2020, attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom filed the lawsuit against Chemeketa Community College on behalf of students Marcos Sanchez and Emma Howell, co-presidents of the school's Students for Life chapter. Due to the school's "speech zone" policy, which restricted controversial student speech to certain areas on campus and required students to obtain permission from the college to use their voices, the pro-life organization was prevented from pursuing its goals.

Now, as part of a settlement, the college has agreed to end these speech-restricting policies and paid $25,000 in attorneys' fees.

“Across the nation, we are seeing incredible opposition to the pro-life speech of our student leaders and volunteers as they speak for the defenseless and educate their fellow students on abortion,” said Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins. “But the law and the Constitution are clear on the matter: Public schools cannot silence pro-life groups or force them to self-censor. We are thankful that Chemeketa Community College clarified that Students for Life—and all students—can participate in the open exchange of ideas and ensure that the entire college community is a ‘free speech zone’ for pro-life students and their peers.”

Click here to read more.

January 12, 2021

Planned Parenthood Reveals Lobbying Plans for Illinois in 2021

The Illinois state capitol building
photo credit: Jeff Sharp / Flickr
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund affiliate webpage for Illinois was recently updated to reveal the organization's legislative goals for 2021. Among the abortion business's top priorities are passing REACH Act and Repealing the Parental Notice of Abortion Act.

The REACH Act would mandate "that comprehensive, inclusive, and age-appropriate sex education is taught in grades K through 12 in public and charter schools statewide." It's a strong possibility that Planned Parenthood would lobby government officials to have its own sex education materials used in the law's implementation.

The Parental Notice of Abortion Act, on the other hand, is something that Planned Parenthood would like to get rid of. The law requires abortion clinics in Illinois to notify a minor's parent or guardian at least 48 hours before they have an abortion. According to Planned Parenthood, "Decades of research show that laws like this hurt young people and serve no valid purpose." In reality, allowing parents to be involved in a minor's decision to have an abortion saves lives and helps expose pregnancies resulting from rape.

Click here to read more.

Louisiana Makes Record-Breaking Vote to Accept Love Life Amendment

photo credit: American Life League / Flickr
While the outcome from the recent Georgia Senate elections might be discouraging for pro-life advocates, it's good to know that pro-life candidates and ballot initiatives found success across the country during last year's election. One of these successful votes was Louisiana's Love Life Amendment.

The vote on the Love Life Amendment broke state records, receiving more favorable votes than any ballot initiative or candidate in Louisiana history. In total, the initiative received 1,274,167 votes.

Benjamin Clapper, the Executive Director for Louisiana Right to Life, wrote that this vote was despite $250,000 spent by out-of-state groups in the final weeks before the Nov. 3 election.

The amendment, as it appeared on the Louisiana ballot, read:

“To protect human life, nothing in this constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”

Because the amendment was accepted by the people of Louisiana, the state will now be within its legal rights to make abortion illegal if the Supreme Court chooses to do away with Roe v. Wade.

January 11, 2021

Texas to Stop Awarding Medicaid Funding to Planned Parenthood in February

Texas state capitol
photo credit: Jonathan Cutrer / Flickr
Following a ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the state of Texas will stop giving Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood on February 3.

After the court ruled that Texas could legally choose not to provide Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, the abortion giant asked the court to provide a six-month grace period for the decision. The fifth circuit denied that request, but it did grant a 30-day grace period.

Texas made its original decision to end Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood after the abortion business came under fire for its involvement in the trafficking of aborted baby body parts in 2015. Only now will this decision actually be enforced.

In a statement responding to the Fifth Circuit's decision, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote,

“The Fifth Circuit correctly rejected Planned Parenthood’s efforts to prevent Texas from excluding them from the state’s Medicaid program. Undercover video plainly showed Planned Parenthood admitting to morally bankrupt and unlawful conduct, including violations of federal law by manipulating the timing and methods of abortions to obtain fetal tissue for their own research. Planned Parenthood is not a ‘qualified’ provider under the Medicaid Act, and it should not receive public funding through the Medicaid program.”

Click here to read more.

January 8, 2021

Georgia Mom Wakes from Coma the Day Life Support would be Removed

Lisa Martin leaving the hospital
screenshot from Memorial Satilla Health video
On Dec. 31, Lisa Martin, a 49-year-old mother of four from Waycross Georgia, awoke after spending 40 days in an induced coma. It was also the day that her ventilator was set to be removed, but she defied the doctors' expectations and is set to make a full recovery.

Martin entered the hospital on Sept. 27 due to pain in her lungs associated with COVID-19. She spent a total of 95 days in the hospital, 40 of them in a medically-induced coma. After Martin had spent a month in a completely comatose state, her family decided to give her 11 days before removing her from the ventilator and allowing her to die.

“But God had other plans,” reads a Facebook post from the hospital, Memorial Satilla Health. “On the eleventh day, Lisa broke through the sedatives and began tracking Jeff with her eyes and she moved her hand.”

“I can’t wrap my head around what all has happened,” she told PEOPLE. “I am shocked but amongst all the overwhelming feelings, I feel like this is definitely a God thing. I got to a point where I felt like no one cared for me. I didn’t have a lot of friends, my kids are all grown up and independent, and my husband works all the time. I was lonely, but this experience has shown me how loved I truly am.”

Click here to read more.