May 7, 2021

19 States File Brief Defending Indiana's Parental Notice Law

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
A coalition of 19 states led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court on Wednesday defending Indiana's parental notification law.

The amicus brief written by AG Paxton begins,

The Seventh Circuit has left intact an injunction against an Indiana statute requiring that the parents of an unemancipated minor receive notice when their child decides to have an abortion without parental consent. And the court did so without really considering the compelling interest that States have in encouraging parental involvement in these kinds of life-altering decisions. In other words, the court disregarded the important interest that States have in protecting minors’ welfare—an interest that this Court has repeatedly affirmed. 

The amici States seek to protect the most vulnerable members of society—children—as they face consequential decisions like whether to have an abortion.

Indiana's law is notably different from Illinois's Parental Notification of Abortion Act, since Indiana law usually requires parental consent for unemancipated minors to have abortions. Illinois only requires parental notification.

If a minor wants to get around the parental consent requirement, they can do so by convincing a judge that it is in their best interest. The judge can then grant the minor a judicial bypass, much like how a judge can grant minors a judicial bypass for parental notification in Illinois.

Even if the minor receives a judicial bypass, however, parents must still be informed that the minor is having an abortion. In Indiana, judicial bypasses only get around parental consent. In that state, parents must always be informed if their daughter is going to have an abortion.

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May 6, 2021

CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS: SB 109 Passes House Committee

On the afternoon of May 6, SB 109  passed out of the Illinois House of Representatives Health Care Licenses Committee. This bill would amend the Health Care Surrogate Act to no longer require a witness to sign the Practitioner Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form. 

The POLST form is used when a patient is deciding what kinds of treatments they would approve of if they are unable to make decisions. SB 109 would also allow a national POLST form to be used instead of the Illinois POLST form. That form similarly does not require a signature from a witness.

Proponents of this legislation argue that because some patients don't have anyone to sign as a witness for them, the current law should be amended. This reasoning is faulty because the majority of patients do have others available to be witnesses for them. Furthermore, the current requirement does not require that the signing witness be close to the patient. The witness can be anyone.

Witness signatures on POLST forms provide valuable protection that should not be taken away.

Please call your legislators and tell them to oppose SB 109.

To find out who your legislator is, visit the Illinois State Board of Elections website here and type in your address. The website will provide you with the names and contact information of your state senator and state representative.

Biden Admin Announces Withdrawal from Pro-Life Geneva Declaration

In a letter the Biden administration sent to UN ambassadors, the U.S. announced that it would be withdrawing from the pro-life Geneva Declaration that was initiated by the Trump administration.

The letter was sent to the 34 signatories that joined the Trump administration in signing the pro-life declaration in October of 2020. 

“Last fall your country signed on to the Geneva Consensus Declaration, an initiative of the United States dealing with women’s health, abortion and the family,” the letter reads.

“Upon reviewing the Declaration, we have reservations that aspects of the document are not consistent with our current Administration’s policies…”

“Accordingly, the United States hereby discontinues our participation in the Geneva Consensus Declaration.”

The Geneva Declaration states that there is no international right to abortion, taking a hard stance against the pro-abortion policies of the United Nations. None of the other signatories have withdrawn their support.

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Peoria Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Ravaged by Arson Attack

photo from Women's Care Center Facebook page
On Monday, May 3, the Women's Care Center of Peoria was ravaged by a severe fire that did an estimated $250,000 in damage. Authorities have ruled that the fire was started intentionally.

Reports say that firefighters were called to Women's Care Center of Peoria at 2:40 a.m. on Monday. By the time they arrived, flames were already bursting from the windows of the facility. The fire destroyed one large room and did extensive heat and smoke damage to the rest of the building.

The center said that its priority is to serve its clients as soon as possible, but it needs help to do so.

"Our need is great, as 1 in 5 babies born in Peoria County get their start with Women’s Care Center," the center wrote in a post on their Facebook page.

The pro-life clinic is accepting monetary donations and donations of basic care items such as diapers. These donations can be made using this link or by mailing a check to the following address:

The Women’s Care Center

7319 N. University St.

Peoria, IL 61614

Purchasing items from the Amazon wishlist below will ship them to the church where donations are being collected:

Click here to see the Amazon wishlist.

May 5, 2021

CMP Video Exposes Government-Sponsored Experimentation Using Aborted Baby Parts at University of Pittsburgh

screenshot from CMP video
The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a new video report on Monday exposing the University of Pittsburg for trafficking and experimenting on body parts harvested from aborted babies. Additionally, the report reveals that the University of Pittsburg research receives major funding through grants from Dr. Anthony Fauci's NIAID office at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

On the same day that the CMP video was released, undercover journalist and CMP founder David Daleiden gave testimony before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to expose the practice of government-sponsored experimentation using unborn baby body parts.

Click here to watch the video if it does not appear below.

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May 4, 2021

File Witness Slips! SB 109 to be Heard in House Committee May 5

photo credit: J. Stephen Conn / Flickr

On April 21, SB 109, which would amend the Health Care Surrogate Act to no longer require a witness to sign the Practitioner Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form, passed the Senate. It was assigned to the House Health Care Licenses Committee on April 28, and it will have its first hearing at 9:00 am on May 5.

The POLST form is used when a patient is deciding what kinds of treatments they would approve of if they are unable to make decisions. SB 109 would also allow a national POLST form to be used instead of the Illinois POLST form. That form similarly does not require a signature from a witness.

Proponents of this legislation argue that because some patients don't have anyone to be a witness for them, the current law should be amended. This reasoning is faulty because the majority of patients do have others available to be witnesses for them. Furthermore, the current requirement does not require that the signing witness be close to the patient. The witness can be anyone.

Witness signatures on POLST forms provide valuable protection that should not be taken away.

Click here to file a witness slip opposing SB 109.

Social Activist Says Pro-Life and Pro-Abortion Advocates Should Agree on Parental Notification

Renee Pollino
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Social activist Renee Pollino is calling on pro-life and pro-choice advocates to come together in defense of Illinois's Parental Notification of Abortion Act.

Pollino is a social activist and the owner of the My Half of the Sky coffee shop in Chicago. The shop helps those in need by employing refugees, those living in poverty, and sex-trafficking survivors. The potential repeal of the Illinois Notification of Abortion Act would have a particularly negative impact on young girls who are being trafficked.

"...Human trafficking has to end. This is unacceptable in the 21st century. Modern-day slavery must be fought, and we must be reaching across aisles on these topics," Pollino said. "No matter if you're pro-choice or pro-life, the issue at hand is that minors are vulnerable."

"The average age of a girl who is trafficked in the United States is 13 years old. There hasn't been one woman who has worked for me– or that I've worked with who is a survivor– who hasn't had numerous abortions as a minor. One of my friends– her first abortion was at eight years old. The first of five."

Pro-Abortion Advocate Vanita Gupta Confirmed as Associate Attorney General

Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta
On April 21, the US Senate 51-49 along party lines to confirm Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general for the Biden administration.

Gupta served as the head of the civil rights division of the Justice Department during the Obama administration and has made her pro-abortion views widely known.

In 2020, she argued before the Supreme Court against the Little Sisters of the Poor. She said to the Justices that religious groups should not receive an exemption from paying for contraception, sterilization, or abortion.

In January of 2020, she retweeted the Golden Globes acceptance speech by Michelle Williams in which the actor thanks God for her abortion and says that she wouldn't have been able to be successful without abortion.

She also applauded the Supreme Court decision in June Medical Services v. Russo, which overturned Louisiana's Unsafe Abortion Protection Act. That law would have required abortion clinics to maintain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. “The Supreme Court reaffirmed today that every individual should have the right to make their own decisions about their health, their families, their lives, and their futures,”  Gupta said. “This is a victory for tireless abortion advocates from Louisiana and around the country….”

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May 3, 2021

Indiana and West Virginia Approve Abortion Pill Reversal Laws

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R)
Last week, the governors of Indiana and West Virginia signed laws requiring abortion businesses to inform women about abortion pill reversal before they receive abortion pills.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signed a bill last Thursday that requires abortionists to tell women about how abortion pill reversal could save their children's lives if they change their minds after taking the first pill in the abortion pill regimen.

West Virginia's Second Chances at Life Act was signed by Gov. Jim Justice (R) last Wednesday; also requiring abortion businesses to inform women about abortion pill reversal.

Mifepristone, the first pill in the abortion pill regimen, starves and suffocates an unborn child by blocking the pregnancy hormone progesterone. If taken within 24 hours of the first pill (but before the second pill, misoprostol), doses of progesterone can be given to a woman to counteract the effects of mifepristone. By notifying women about this process, these laws could save lives.

The Indiana law includes several other pro-life measures as well. It bans mail-delivery of abortion pills and drug-induced abortions taking place after eight weeks of pregnancy. Abortion businesses will have more reporting requirements, be required to show pregnant mothers ultrasound images of their babies, and must receive written parental consent for abortion from a minor's parent. This is different from Illinois, which only requires parental notification of abortion. Even that is being challenged by a recent bill, however.

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April 30, 2021

Abortion Pill Reversal Pioneer Given Legacy Award at Heartbeat International Conference

Heartbeat International President Jor-El Godsey and
Dr. George Delgado
At Heartbeat International's Annual Pregnancy Help Conference this week, Dr. George Delgado was given a Legacy Award for his work pioneering abortion pill reversal.

Delgado and Dr. Matt Harrison together pioneered the abortion pill reversal protocol, and they were instrumental in the creation of the Abortion Pill Rescue Network in 2007. The network runs a 24/7 hotline to help women who have taken the first pill of the abortion pill regimen. Heatbeat international now runs the Abortion Pill Rescue Network, but Delgado and Harrison still serve as medical advisors.

Mifepristone, the first pill in the abortion pill regimen, blocks the pregnancy hormone progesterone. Without progesterone, an unborn child will receive less nutrients and oxygen. The abortion pill regimen effectively kills babies by suffocating and starving them to death. By administering additional progesterone (a common treatment doctors provide to prevent miscarriage) doctors can counteract the effects of mifepristone and save the child's life.

Over 2,000 lives have been saved thanks to the Abortion Pill Rescue Network, and roughly 1,000 medical providers and pregnancy centers help provide this service.

The abortion pill rescue hotline can be reached at 1-877-558-0333.

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Idaho Governor Signs Heartbeat Bill into Law

Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R)
Yet another state has codified a bill banning abortions targeting unborn babies with detectable heartbeats.

On April 27, Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed HB366 into law, banning abortions after a baby's heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks gestation. The law includes exceptions for rape and medical emergencies.

In a statement, Gov. Little said, “Idaho is a state that values the most innocent of all lives – the lives of babies. We should never relent in our efforts to protect the lives of the preborn.”

The Associated Press writes that the bill contains a "trigger provision" and will not go into effect unless a federal appeals court upholds a similar law from another state. Several heartbeat bills from other states are currently being litigated.

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April 29, 2021

Washington Gov. Signs Bill Requiring Student Health Insurance Plans to Cover Abortion

Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D)
Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D) on April 16 signed a bill that requires all student health plans at public universities to cover elective abortions.

HB 1009 reads that insurance plans “that provide coverage for maternity care or services must also provide substantially equivalent coverage to permit the voluntary abortion of a pregnancy.”

The bill exempts religious colleges and universities, but the Washington Catholic Conference still staunchly opposed this legislation.

“HB 1009 is problematic for students of faith who wish to uphold the sanctity of life while attending secular colleges in the state,” the conference explained in a policy brief.

“They will not have the opportunity to purchase health insurance without violating their consciences. Students will have to choose between going without insurance or being forced to purchase policies that subsidize and promote a procedure that violates their conscience. HB 1009 not only promotes the destruction of human life but also violates the fundamental right to conscience guaranteed by our state and national constitutions.”

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Montana Governor Signs Three Pro-Life Bills

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte
At a public ceremony this week in Helena Montana, Montana Governor Greg Giaforte (R) ratified three important pro-life bills.

1. House Bill 140 requires that pregnant women seeking an abortion be given the opportunity to see an ultrasound and listen to their babies' heartbeats.

2. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act bans abortion after an unborn baby has reached five months of development.

3. House Bill 171 requires that women give informed consent before they receive the abortion pill. This law requires women to receive the prescription in person, and they must also sign a consent form saying that they understand the health risks involved with the abortion pill regimen.

“There were many who served in this building before us who champion the unborn, people who worked hard to advance the cause of life,” Gianfote said at the signing ceremony. “Unfortunately, their efforts were vetoed. But not today.”

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April 28, 2021

Oklahoma Governor Signs Three Laws to Effectively Ban Abortion in the State

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R)
On Monday, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) signed three bills into law that together ban virtually all abortions in the state.

One law makes it a homicide to abort any baby with a detectable heartbeat. Another makes it “unprofessional conduct” to abort a baby for any reason other than to save the mother's life. The third bans anyone other than certified OB/GYNs from performing abortions.

All three laws are scheduled to take effect on November 1, but the first two are likely to face legal challenges before that date. While they might not be immediately enforceable, they will add to the list of court cases that have the potential to challenge the legal precedent of Roe v. Wade.

The third law is more likely to take effect since its purpose is to ensure a pregnant mother's safety rather than limit abortion directly.

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Pro-Lifers Arrested at New York Red Rose Rescue

Fr. Fidelis Moscinski
photo from Red Rose Rescue Facebook page
On April 24, a Catholic priest and three other pro-lifers were arrested during a Red Rose Rescue event at a New York abortion clinic.

The incident took place at the All Women's Care abortion facility in Manhasset, New York. Fr. Fidelis Moscinski, CFR, John Hinshaw, Laura Gies, and Matthew Connelly were arrested for "Obstructing Government Administration" after they entered the facility and refused to leave.

The pro-lifers passed out roses and cards to women considering abortions counseling them to reconsider their decisions. The cards read, “You were made to love and to be loved... your goodness is greater than the difficulties of your situation. Circumstances in life change. A new life, however tiny, brings the promise of unrepeatable joy.” The other side of the cards listed phone numbers for local pregnancy help centers.

The arrested pro-lifers have an arraignment set for July 12 in Nassau County Court, Hemstead, New York.

Look below to see Red Rose Rescue's statement from their Facebook page.

April 27, 2021

Pro-Life Bills to Defund Pro-Abortion Groups Introduced in US Congress

photo credit: John Brighenti / Flickr
Earlier this month, US legislators introduced bills to defund Planned Parenthood and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) introduced the No Taxpayer Funding for the United Nations Population Fund Act on April 13. This bill would withdraw all funding from the UNFPA, which is partnered with China. As a result, the UNFPA is complicit with Chinese population control tactics.

China's infamous one-child policy (much of which continues today as a two-child policy) includes forced abortions and sterilizations. The Chinese government is employing similar tactics in its ongoing genocide of the Uighur Muslims as well.

The Trump administration had withdrawn funds from the UNFPA in 2017 due to the organization's ties to the Chinese government. President Biden included UNFPA funding in his discretionary budget request for the 2022 fiscal year, however. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said $32.5 million would be made available for the UNFPA this year.

Senators John Kennedy (R-LA) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced the Protect Funding for Women's Health Care Act on April 15 to protect taxpayer funding from being given to Planned Parenthood. These funds would be redirected from Planned Parenthood to other eligible women's health care providers.

Appeals Court Allows Tennessee to Enforce 48 Hour Waiting Period Law While Lawsuit is Deliberated

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III
The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decided last Friday that the state of Tennessee could enforce its 48-hour waiting period law while the lower court's decision is being appealed.

District Judge Bernard A. Friedman decided in 2020 to strike down Tennessee's 1978 law mandating a 48-hour waiting period for abortions. It was in effect until 2000, when the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that the state Constitution included an implied right to abortion. In 2015, the law went back into effect when the state constitution was amended to expressly state that it did not include a right to abortion. It is currently being threatened by a lawsuit from abortion businesses and the ACLU, however.

“We are pleased that the full Sixth Circuit has recognized that Tennessee’s law, requiring a 48-hour waiting period for abortions, is likely constitutional and can be enforced while the appeal proceeds,” said Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III. “The Supreme Court has recognized the authority of State governments to provide women considering abortion the opportunity to receive important information before a life-changing decision is made. Tennesseans, through their elected representatives, voted for this law and this Office will defend it.”

April 26, 2021

Docs Reveal Biden Medicare Nominee Received Thousands of Dollars from Planned Parenthood

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, President Biden's nominee for Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), accepted thousands of dollars from Planned Parenthood. This was revealed by the Public Financial Disclosure Report she was required to submit during the confirmation process.

The report reveals that she received an undisclosed amount greater than $5,000 from Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She described the work she did for Planned Parenthood as follows: “Summarized Democrat candidates’ position on women’s health and facilitated discussion on their priorities as a primary care provider (client of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP).”

The American Accountability Foundation summarized this description as “Washington-speak for using her position at her law firm to coordinate strategy with Democratic politicians on Planned Parenthood between the Biden campaign and elected officials in Washington. It is basically a lobbying position without having to be disclosed as a lobbyist.”

Brooks-LaSure's nomination is currently on hold for unrelated reasons. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said that he is holding off on the confirmation process in protest of the Biden administration’s refusal to extend a Medicaid waiver Texas relied on to reimburse hospitals for treating uninsured patients.

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April 23, 2021

Watch the Parents for the Protection of Girls Legislative Training Sessions and Learn How to Protect Parental Notification

If you missed the legislative training sessions that Parents for the Protection of Girls held earlier this month, you can now access recordings of those sessions on the Illinois Right to Life YouTube channel.

These training sessions were designed to teach pro-lifers how to effectively use Zoom to speak with Illinois legislators and fight against the repeal of the Parental Notification of Abortion Act.

Click here to watch the 45-minute training session hosted by Illinois Right to Life Action Legislative Chairman Ralph Rivera on April 7th.

Click here to watch the 20-minute training session hosted by Illinois Right to Life Action Legislative Associate Molly Rumley on April 8th.

New Group Announces Service to Mail Abortion Pills Directly to Women

On April 12, FDA Director Janet Woodcock announced that the FDA would stop enforcing regulations requiring that doctors distribute abortion pills in person rather than through the mail. Supposedly, this rule change would only continue for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are doubts on both sides of the abortion debate on whether the rule will ever come back. As proof of this, a new group called Abortion on Demand (AOD) announced the very next day that it was launching a telemedicine service to ship abortion pills directly to women through the mail.

AOD was founded by Seattle area physician Dr. Jamie Phifer. According to an article in Marie Claire, Phifer “has been building the service for the last year and a half—keeping it under wraps until such a policy change enabled her to legally get it off the ground.”

Phifer's service has women watch a video explaining the abortion process before having an online conversation with an abortionist. If the abortionist is satisfied with the woman's answer to their questions, the woman will receive the pills within five days.

AOD is immediately launching in twenty states and the District of Columbia. Phifer hopes to add more states soon, but she has gone on record saying that she believes abortion pills should be distributed over the counter.

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