December 15, 2022

University of Washington Settles Public Records Lawsuit, Agrees to Release Fetal Body Part Experimentation Documents

Center for Medical Progress President David Daleiden
Documents concerning experimentation by the University of Washington (UW) on fetal body parts harvested from aborted children will be released to the public.

UW and Planned Parenthood have settled their lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress President David Daleiden. The groups sued to stop Daleiden from procuring records concerning UW's taxpayer-funded experiments involving aborted babies and harvested body parts. Now, the groups have agreed to pay Daleiden's $30,000 in attorney fees and produce records detailing the harvesting, use, and distribution of aborted babies and their body parts from 2010 to the present day.

Daleiden initially filed the request for records through Washington's Public Records Act in February 2016.

“Public entities’ good faith compliance with public records laws is crucial to promoting public trust, holding bad actors accountable under the law, and safeguarding democratic values,” Daleiden said in a statement.
“State actors’ transparency and accountability under freedom of information laws is even more important in the realm of government-sponsored experiments on aborted human fetuses, where laws against infanticide and organ trafficking, the systemic exploitation of the vulnerable, and the irreversible life-or-death abortion decisions of new families are at stake. The Center for Medical Progress will continue to monitor and report on these issues to educate the public and advocate for more just and humane abortion and research policies.”

It is worth noting that UW's "Birth Defects Research Laboratory" at which these experiments occurred is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the National Institutes of Health.

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December 14, 2022

Pro-abortion Activists to Focus on Ballot Initiatives in 2023 and 2024

Pro-abortion activists are proposing state ballot initiatives to counteract the repeal of Roe v. Wade.

Abortion-related ballot initiatives swung heavily in favor of pro-abortion groups during the 2022 elections. Pro-life initiatives failed, while pro-abortion ones were passed. Some pro-abortion initiatives endanger the lives of the preborn more than Roe v. Wade did. Any initiative that creates a legal right to abortion prevents the state from restricting abortion even after the child has reached the age of viability.

Anthony Romero, the executive director of the ACLU, told NPR that the group is considering several states for ballot initiatives, including Ohio and Florida. The ACLU also said that partners in at least a dozen states have reached out to discuss similar campaigns.

Activists are discussing initiatives in many states. Between reports from, NPR, and CBS, LiveAction compiled a list of states that could see pro-abortion initiatives hit ballots by 2024. These include Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.

To pass pro-abortion measures and defeat pro-life ones during the 2022 election, pro-abortion groups often deceived voters by insinuating that pro-life measures negatively impact the care doctors could provide mothers in the event of pregnancy complications or miscarriages. Pro-life advocates will need to counteract this messaging if they wish to prevent the complete legalization of abortion through ballot measures.

December 13, 2022

Planned Parenthood Sex Education Program Calls Children "Sexual Beings" and Promotes Porn Literacy

Planned Parenthood's Center for Sex Education, which proclaims itself as "the nation's largest provider of sex education," has come under fire recently for its director's comments calling children "sexual beings" and advocating "porn literacy."

Fox News Digital reported on comments made by Bill Tavern, the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood's Center for Sex Education in New Jersey. What draws the most ire is a comment referring to children as "sexual beings." "[We have] in our society, an assumption of asexuality of people with intellectual disabilities," Tavern said in 2015. "It's a myth that's perpetuated, and really we are all sexual beings from birth until death."

Fox found that these comments were echoed in Planned Parenthood's teaching guide entitled "Fundamentals of Teaching Sexuality." Part of the guide reads, "sexuality is a part of life through all the ages and stages. Babies, elders, and everyone in between can experience sexuality."

The report also mentions a 2012 interview with Tavern that discusses the topic of pornography.

"I think that there's this yearning for information that young people have that… hasn't changed," Tavern said. "[The] delivery of how we get information is quite different. I think that the internet is a major influence on how people learn about sexuality. There's access to erotica, pornography. That was very different for young people 30 years ago. It's certainly not as accessible, certainly not as instantaneous. So there's a lot of information that is useful."

Later in a 2021 interview, he likened instruction about pornography to instruction about condoms.

"There's a resistance to... if we talk about porn, [some think] is it going to make people want to watch it? Which is the same faulty kind of premise as if we teach about condoms, it's going to make people want to have sex with condoms or maybe that's not a bad thing," Tavern said.

Inviting young students to be "sexual beings" with "porn literacy" encourages sexual behavior. This behavior harms children who are not yet capable of consenting to sex or caring for a child. While harming students, Planned Parenthood profits by encouraging students to abort unwelcome pregnancies.

Pro-Abortion Senators Introduce Bill to Federally Fund Abortion Travel

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced a bill on Dec. 8 that would create a federal fund to pay the travel expenses of women who travel out of state for abortions.

The Reproductive Health Travel Fund Act would offer $350 million each year to organizations that help cover the travel costs for women seeking abortions. Spectrum News writes that the funds could be used to pay for lodging, meals, childcare, translation services, and transportation. Most funds would pay the expenses of women who travel from pro-life states to pro-abortion ones.

A similar bill was introduced in the House by Rep Marilyn Strickland (D-WA) in July.

December 12, 2022

Abortion Pill Reversal has Saved 4,000 Lives and Counting!

The Abortion Pill Rescue Network, operated by Heartbeat International, has reached the milestone of 4,000 babies saved!

Abortion pill reversal (APR) has been available for over a decade. Women who regret taking the first of the two pills in the chemical abortion process can use APR to save their children's lives.

The chemical abortion process involves two pills. The first of these is mifepristone. This pill starves and suffocates an unborn child by blocking the flow of a pregnancy hormone called progesterone. Progesterone facilitates the flow of oxygen and nutrients from the mother to her child. The second pill in a chemical abortion, misoprostol, is taken after the child has died. It induces labor, thereby removing the aborted baby from the mother's womb.

APR works by administering additional progesterone to the mother after she has taken mifepristone. This can counteract the effects of mifepristone and prevent the child from starving or suffocating. The more quickly APR is attempted after a mother takes mifepristone, the more likely it is to save the child's life.

Recent data from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute indicates that the abortion pill regime accounts for over half of abortions in the US. Women who start those abortions and regret doing so have the opportunity to reverse that decision, and more institutions are making APR available for these women.

The Abortion Pill Rescue Network recently added several hospital systems that now offer APR protocol in their emergency departments.

"Hospital systems adding the APR protocol as an order set is a big win for women who are seeking reversal care," said Christa Brown, Senior Director of Medical Impact at the Abortion Pill Rescue Network.
"Women should never be forced to continue with an abortion they no longer desire, and immediate care is now available in some hospitals. Women who present in an emergency department of these hospitals can now rely on the APR protocol to be immediately available to them. We also have a number of other healthcare systems working to also add their hospitals to our growing list of providers who agree that APR is an appropriate and effective treatment for those having regret after taking the first abortion pill."

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December 9, 2022

Pentagon to Pay Abortion Travel Expenses for Military Members and Dependents

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin
A memorandum released by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced the creation of a fund that will pay the travel expenses of military members and their dependents if they live in states with pro-life laws. This is the latest move by the Biden administration to use federal agencies to undermine state pro-life laws established in the aftermath of Dobbs v. Jackson.

In the memo, Secretary Austin writes, “In my judgment, such effects qualify as unusual, extraordinary, hardship, or emergency circumstances for Service members and their dependents and will interfere with our ability to recruit, retain, and maintain the readiness of a highly qualified force.”

Among other things, the memorandum announces the creation of a fund that will reimburse service members for the cost of out-of-state travel if abortions are not available in their local areas. The new policy also extends the time service members have to notify commanders of pregnancy from two weeks of gestation to twenty.

The memorandum directs the Pentagon to complete the list of pro-abortion initiatives by the end of 2022.

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FDA Warns Against Prescribing Abortion Pills Before Pregnancy

Even as the FDA loosens restrictions on abortion pills, it rejects calls by abortion advocates to approve the prescription of abortion pills to women who are not yet pregnant.

“The FDA is concerned about the advance prescribing of mifepristone for this use,” an FDA spokesperson told Politico. “Mifepristone is not approved for advance provision of a medical abortion.”

The FDA spokesperson told Politico that the FDA condemned advance provision of abortion pills because this method does not allow a medical professional to properly verify a baby's gestational age or diagnose pregnancy conditions such as ectopic pregnancy. If the abortion pill regimen is taken after the baby has reached a certain gestational age, or while the mother has an ectopic pregnancy, the medical risk to the mother increases significantly.

While the concern is warranted, it's unclear why the FDA chose to allow abortion pills to be prescribed via telemedicine and delivered through the mail. An abortionist cannot accurately find the child's gestational age or diagnose pregnancy conditions remotely. The same risks apply to telemedicine abortion pills as apply to advance prescription ones.

Charlotte Lozier Institute Director of Medical Affairs Dr. Ingrid Skip told CNA that bad actors could also take advantage of advance prescription to coerce women.

“This can leave the door open for coercion, it can leave the door open for other people to get ahold of the medicine and give it to a woman who may not necessarily desire an abortion,” she said.

December 8, 2022

Judge Rules Indiana Attorney General Can Investigate Abortionist Caitlin Bernard

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita
On Friday, Dec 2, Judge Heather Welch denied an emergency injunction by abortionist Caitlin Bernard to prevent Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita from investigating her. Rokita is investigating the events surrounding an abortion Bernard committed on a 10-year-old rape victim; accusing her of not reporting her rape to authorities in a timely manner and using the child's private information for political gain.

Welch ruled that the jurisdiction of the matter falls before Indiana's Medical Licensing Board. Because of this, Welch denied Bernard's request for an injunction.

Rokita issued the following statement after Welch's ruling:
“This is a win for patient privacy rights in the practice of medicine and for properly reporting child abuse. This case is not really about abortion, despite the best efforts of those with an agenda to make it appear that way. 

This has always been about two things: 

First, it is a doctor’s duty to keep patients’ information private, unless specifically authorized. 

Second, a healthcare provider must protect a child from being further abused by properly reporting the situation immediately to Indiana authorities as required by our laws.

But for the doctor’s violation of her patient’s privacy by going to the news media, this story would have never been publicized. 

The doctor and her attorneys initiated this media frenzy from the beginning, and it continues to draw attention to this innocent little girl who is trying to cope with a horrific trauma. 

The Office of the Attorney General will continue to fight for patients’ rights and safety in this and other situations.”'

December 7, 2022

Canadian VA Offers Veteran Suicide When She Requests Wheelchair Lift

Pro-life advocates lamented the increasing prevalence of assisted suicide in western culture last week after a Canadian veteran and former Paralympian testified that Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) offered her assisted suicide as a solution when she requested a wheelchair lift.

Christine Gauthier testified before the veterans committee of Canada's House of Commons that a VAC employee offered assisted suicide to solve her problems.

“I have a letter saying that if you’re so desperate, madam, we can offer you MAID, medical assistance in dying,” Gauthier told the committee. She agreed to provide a copy of the letter for the legislators.

She later told Global News, “I was like, ‘I can’t believe that you will … give me an injection to help me die, but you will not give me the tools I need to help me live.’”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to his credit, called the incident "absolutely unacceptable."

“We are following up with investigations and we are changing protocols to ensure what should seem obvious to all of us: that it is not the place of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), who are there to support those people who stepped up to serve their country, to offer them medical assistance in dying,” Trudeau said.

December 6, 2022

Indiana Judge Blocks Pro-life Law; Claims Religious Freedom Grants Abortion Rights

A second judge has issued an injunction blocking Indiana's law prohibiting most elective abortions. This time the injunction was issued on the grounds that it violates Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Marion County Superior Court Judge Heather Welch issued the new injunction on Dec. 2, siding with the pro-abortion groups who claimed the law violated their religious beliefs. This group consists of five individual women and Hoosier Jews for Choice represented by the ACLU.

“For example, under Jewish law, a fetus attains the status of a living person only at birth,” the ACLU lawsuit reads. “Jewish law recognizes that abortions may occur, and should occur as a religious matter, under circumstances not allowed by (the near-total abortion ban) or existing Indiana law.”

The ACLU is arguing that it is illegal for the Indiana government to grant rights to preborn humans because some religious people believe those humans don't deserve rights. Even further, if abortion "should occur as a religious matter," the group is arguing that abortion is a religious rite under Jewish law. The claim that abortion is a religious rite is echoed by The Satanic Temple when it files lawsuits to try and block pro-life laws.

Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 1 is already blocked by courts pending a decision on the law's constitutionality. Owen County Judge Kelsey Hanlon issued that injunction back in September. Now, even if the Indiana Supreme Court overrules that injunction, courts would need to resolve this second injunction before the state could enforce the law.

December 5, 2022

Hope Clinic in Granite City Hospitalizes Patients Two Days in a Row

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Two days in a row last month, the Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, IL hospitalized abortion patients. Pro-lifers on the sidewalk documented the arrival of ambulances on Nov. 8 and Nov. 9, and Operation Rescue retrieved 911 records. Disturbingly, the staffer who made both calls is recorded laughing on the Nov. 9 911 call.

Recordings of the 911 calls are available here.

The Nov. 8 emergency occurred at around noon. A 42-year-old woman suffered from heavy vaginal bleeding, so a staffer called 911 to request an ambulance. The 911 dispatch report tagged the emergency as "high priority" and the patient was transferred to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

On Nov. 9, the same staffer is recorded laughing when the call connects to a dispatcher. She simply tells the dispatcher that the patient, "needs to be transferred to Barnes. She is currently stable but she just needs a higher level of care." No further information is requested by the dispatcher, but the statement must commonly indicate to dispatchers that the emergency should be classified as a "high priority." The dispatch report for this incident categorized the emergency as such.

Operation Rescue noted that it has documented 15 medical emergencies at Hope Clinic since the spring of 2020.

December 2, 2022

Appeals Court Reinstates Abortion Victim Burial Law

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On Nov 28, a federal appeals court reinstated an Indiana law requiring the bodies of aborted children to be respectfully buried or cremated rather than treated as medical waste.

In September, a lower court blocked the law by ruling that it violates the religious freedoms of women who do not believe preborn children have the same rights as born ones. The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overrode that decision this week. The Seventh Circuit's decision notes, “Indiana does not require any woman who has obtained an abortion to violate any belief, religious or secular. The cremate-or-bury directive applies only to hospitals and clinics.”

The decision goes on to note that the bodies of animals are sometimes cremated or buried due to legal requirements regarding the disposal of their bodies. "Indiana’s statute about fetal remains therefore need not imply anything about the appropriate characterization of a fetus. At all events, a moral objection to one potential implication of the way medical providers handle fetal remains is some distance from a contention that the state compels any woman to violate her own religious tenets."

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita applauded the decision. “The bodies of unborn babies are more than mere medical waste to be tossed out with trash,” Rokita said in a statement. “They are human beings who deserve the dignity of cremation or burial. The appellate court’s decision is a win for basic decency.”

December 1, 2022

Indiana AG Accuses Abortionist of Exploiting Child Rape Victim for Political Gain

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita
An Indiana abortionist is suing Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita in an attempt to stop him from investigating suspicions that she illegally delayed reporting the rape of a minor.

Indiana abortionist Caitlin Bernard committed an abortion on a 10-year-old rape victim earlier this year. She immediately went to the media to have them publish a story criticizing the recent US Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita quickly accused the abortionist of exploiting the situation for political gain, and his office is investigating Bernard for not reporting the rape of a minor in a timely manner. Now, Bernard is suing Rokita in an attempt to stop his investigation.

Bernard committed the abortion on June 30, 2022. The next day at 5:00 am, the Indianapolis Star published its story about the 10-year-old's rape and abortion. Bernard had to immediately contact the media to make this possible. Bernard filed a report about the rape on July 2. Indiana law requires Bernard to report such abuse immediately. According to Rokita, the delay, and the fact that Bernard took the time to speak with the Indianapolis Times, show that she was not reasonably following the reporting requirement.

Bernard, rather than prioritizing the safety of her patient, prioritized profit and politics. She probably should have reported the rape to authorities before even committing the abortion.

"The evidence strongly suggests that the doctor violated the mandatory reporting law, which required her to immediately report the child’s abuse to Indiana authorities," Rokita said in a statement. "Only by reporting to Indiana authorities immediately, as called for by statute, might the little girl have been spared from potentially being sent back to her perpetrator."

November 30, 2022

Lawsuit Against HHS Seeks Abortion Pill Safety Information

Judicial Watch (JW) recently filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the HHS seeking safety and assessment information about the abortion drug mifepristone.

JW President Tom Fitton said that the organization was forced to sue after the FDA (which is overseen by the HHS) failed to respond to three FOIA requests from February of 2022.

“Our experience is that this chemical abortion pill did not and will not receive appropriate review from the politicized FDA,” Fitton said in a press release. “It is outrageous that Judicial Watch has had to sue in federal court for basic safety information about the abortion pill, which is being pushed on women by a desperate pro-abortion movement.”

The press release says that the records requested include "drug stability test results, new drug applications and related materials of the abortion drug Mifeprex (Mifepristone, formerly known as RU-486), as well as requests for reviews and assessments of the manufacturing facilities DANCO and GenBio where the abortion pills are produced."

The drug stability information JW requested would verify the shelf life of mifepristone and what happens as the pill degrades during storage. For example, if the pill is stored for hours in a location with temperatures outside the range on the pill's label (59° to 86°F), what effect does the pill have? This question becomes increasingly important as pills are delivered through the mail with loosened FDA regulations. Mailboxes could hold pills for hours at temperatures above or below that range.

“The Biden administration wants the pill to have wide access, so anything that threatens that agenda will be kept secret,” Fitton told Fox News. “If this pill is as important as the Biden administration suggests, then American women have the right to as much information as possible on its safety and efficacy.”

JW's lawsuit is asking the court to recover attorneys' fees and litigation costs. It is also asking the court to require the HHS to produce “any and all nonexempt records” and enjoin the HHS from withholding such records in the future.

Kansas Judge Blocks Telemedicine Abortion Ban

On Nov 23, District Court Judge Teresa Watson issued an injunction blocking Kansas from enforcing its law banning the use of telemedicine to prescribe abortion drugs.

The 2011 law requires abortionists to prescribe the drug in person. This ensures that the abortionist is in a position to verify that the gestational age of the child is within the range where the abortion pill is considered "safe" and "effective." It would also allow the abortionist to check for any abnormal pregnancy conditions, such as ectopic pregnancy. If a woman with an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy attempts the abortion pill regimen, she is likely to experience severe injuries.

“We’re sickened to watch another commonsense abortion limit be blocked by a judge after a law was challenged by the abortion industry, which consistently puts its own profits and convenience ahead of women’s health and safety,” said Jeanne Gawdun, Kansans for Life (KFL) Director of Government Relations.

Gawdun accused Watson of issuing the injunction the day before Thanksgiving to "quietly slip the latest loosening of abortion industry regulations past Kansans preoccupied with holiday preparations."

“The Value Them Both Amendment was written to keep broadly supported limits like this in place,” Gawdun continued. “The amendment failed to pass after the abortion industry and its allies mounted an out-of-state funded disinformation campaign to convince voters that abortion was already “heavily regulated” in Kansas and would remain so after a “no” vote. They lied. Last Wednesday’s ruling confirms that every existing abortion limit can now be blocked or struck down due to the extreme 2019 Hodes ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court.”

November 29, 2022

Illinois Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Killing Girlfriend and Preborn Son

Darius Coffie
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Darius Coffie, a young man who was arrested and charged with the murder of his girlfriend and their preborn son in Decatur, Illinois, has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and intentional homicide to an unborn child. Coffie has been sentenced to life in prison for his crimes.

In May of 2022, Coffie shot and killed 25-year-old Shyann Foster in front of her young children. She was four months pregnant at the time. Coffie then fled in Foster's car. Before long, police found and arrested him in Springfield.

While he initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, Coffie changed his stance last week.

Mourning Foster's death, her mother wrote on Facebook, "He killed my only daughter and my unborn grandson💔💔"

November 28, 2022

Biden to Guarantee Migrant Children Have Abortion Access

Biden's Department of Health and Human Services issued a new directive this month stating that migrant children in federal custody must be given access to abortion if they want it.

The HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) issued the directive on November 10. The new directive states:
This Field Guidance confirms that ORR staff and care providers must not prevent [unaccompanied children] from accessing legal abortion-related services and that ORR staff and care providers must make all reasonable efforts to facilitate access to these services if requested by the [unaccompanied children]. This may involve transporting a minor to a state in which abortion is lawful and available if the minor is currently in a state in which abortion is not lawful or available.

By federal law, all children under the age of 18 who enter the country without a parent or guardian are under the custody of the HHS. 2021 ORR data says that one-third of the 123,000 migrant children taken into federal custody in 2021 were female. No data is available showing how many were pregnant.

An HHS spokesperson told CBS news that the administration's change in policy is another response to the US Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The spokesperson was quoted saying that the administration is "committed to supporting access to essential health care, including reproductive health care, for all the populations we serve."

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November 25, 2022

Georgia Supreme Court Reinstates Trigger Law

On Nov 23, the Georgia Supreme Court issued a one-page order reinstating Georgia's LIFE Act, which was blocked last week by Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney. The Life Act is a trigger law banning the abortion of preborn children with detectable heartbeats.

After pro-abortion organizations sued to block the LIFE Act, McBurney ruled that the law was invalid because it was unconstitutional by the precedent of Roe v. Wade at the time it was enacted. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr quickly appealed McBurney's ruling to the state Supreme Court.

The Georgia Supreme Court's order temporarily reinstates the LIFE Act while the court reviews McBurney's ruling. The law's chances seem good, however. Seven of the nine justices agreed with the order to temporarily reinstate the law.

November 23, 2022

Pro-Life Physicians Sue to Clarify Mississippi Abortion Law

The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) filed a lawsuit seeking clarification on Mississippi's abortion law.

Mississippi's pro-life trigger law went into effect after Roe was overturned in the US Supreme Court's Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization this July. However, the 1998 Mississippi Supreme Court decision Pro-Choice Mississippi v. Fordice ruled that abortion is a right in the Mississippi constitution based on US Supreme Court precedent at the time.

“We’re in a situation where elective abortions appear to be both statutorily illegal but a constitutional right, according to this 1998 Mississippi Supreme Court opinion,” said Aaron Rice, director of the Mississippi Justice Institute (MJI). MJI is representing AAPLOG in the lawsuit with the assistance of attorney Andy Taggart.

The group of pro-life physicians is concerned about the current state of abortion law in Mississippi because they fear medical institutions and board certification authorities can punish them for refusing to provide abortions or abortion referrals.