Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Had Enough of 45 Years of Abortion?

. . . Here’s One Pro-Life Step to Take to Stop Abortion

by Carol Tobias, President of the National Right to Life Committee: Pro Life The pro-life movement today has much to be proud of. Fourteen months ago, we elected a staunchly pro-life President who has already made purposeful use of his executive power, in every way he legally could, to protect life and to reverse the funding and promotion of abortion.

In that same election, we were successful in electing pro-life members of Congress and keeping pro-life leadership in both the House and Senate. Our state affiliates have been extremely successful in electing pro-life men and women to their state legislatures and to statewide offices.

Winning more elections means we are able to pass more pro-life laws. NRLC works with members of Congress on a federal level, and with state legislatures through our state affiliates. When someone talks about “grassroots organizations,” NRLC and its 50 state affiliates are a classic example.

We have been extremely effective in passing legislation to require that parents be informed that their minor daughter is seeking an abortion, and to require that abortion-minded women be told about the possible risks and complications of abortion, as well as alternatives that are available.

Some states have been successful in adding requirements that the women be told about “abortion pill reversal” in the case of a chemical abortion. Many have passed legislation making it possible, before she makes this life or death decision, for a woman to have an ultrasound and see her baby.

We are currently working on legislation, at both the state and federal level, to protect from abortion unborn babies who have developed to the point where they can feel pain. We are also diligently trying to stop the killing of unborn children by dismemberment abortion. Whatever opinion people might have on the general topic of “abortion,” surely most would agree that no living human should have their arms and legs torn off and bleed to death.

We are working with Congress to pass a federal bill that would require abortionists, and anyone in the room with him/her, to treat a baby who survives an abortion just as any person would try to help a baby born early in a “wanted” pregnancy. Again, unless you are a dyed-in-the-wool pro-abortionist, how could you oppose this?

We’ve been able to write and re-write laws because we’ve won elections. We’ve won elections because of grass roots support for pro-life candidates and for NRLC’s PAC and Victory Fund.

Why, then, do we sometimes hear friends complain about the state of the pro-life movement? Understandably, there is frustration — which I share — that 45 years after Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, abortion has not come to an end in America.

Let me state categorically: Abortion will come to an end in America. History and morality are on our side. But we have a lot more hard work ahead of us. We will not get there until we add enough constitutionally honest justices to the US Supreme Court to overturn those sweeping and evil 1973 court cases. That will not happen until our President has the opportunity to appoint honorable justices, and unless we protect and add to the ranks of pro-life Senators needed to confirm them.

There is no magic bullet — even though I wish there were. Today’s Supreme Court will strike down every clever wording of this definition or that timetable that looks like a magic bullet. Until and unless we change the Supreme Court. There is no substitute for the hard work involved — and for the faith, perseverance, and unity needed in the pro-life movement in marching toward that day of change.

Until then, there is still much we can do — indeed, much we must do. We need to elect more pro-life candidates at all levels because the pro-life laws we have been enacting are already saving lives. And we can save more. Many of these laws have been so carefully crafted that they have survived court challenges. And they are an absolutely necessary part of us making progress toward the day abortion comes completely to an end.

If you are not already involved in these massive efforts to change the law and protect the unborn babies, your talents and efforts are needed.

As I recently told a reporter, we want to change hearts and minds so that, even if abortion remained legal, no one would want one. However, the more permanent way to stop abortion is to change the law. Those efforts continue with the next election.

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President Trump Proclaims Religious Freedom Day

President Donald Trump proclaimed January 16th as Religious Freedom Day in the United States. Now every year the president will declare January 16th as Religious Freedom Day, a day set aside to celebrate religious faith in America.

The day is important for pro-life Americans because Christians are being forced around the country to promote or fund abortions. The administration of former president Barack Obama forced Christian businesses like Hobby Lobby and even Catholic nuns like Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for abortion-causing drugs in their health care plans.

In comments associated with the proclamation, President Trump made it clear that no American should be forced to choose between their religious faith and the law and specifically mentioned those Christians who have been forced to promote or pay for abortions.

“Faith is embedded in the history, spirit, and soul of our Nation. On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate the many faiths that make up our country,” Trump said. “Our Constitution and laws guarantee Americans the right not just to believe as they see fit, but to freely exercise their religion.”

“No American — whether a nun, nurse, baker, or business owner — should be forced to choose between the tenants of faith or adherence to the law,” Trump said. “The free exercise of religion is a source of personal and national stability, and its preservation is essential to protecting human dignity. Religious diversity strengthens our communities and promotes tolerance, respect, understanding, and equality. Faith breathes life and hope into our world. We must diligently guard, preserve, and cherish this unalienable right.” . . . Read The Full Proclamation

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Monday, January 15, 2018

In Two Weeks, Global Number of Babies Aborted Tops 1 Million

This display represents 100,000 babies killed by abortion,
which is a fraction of the number of unborn children killed
throughout the world in the first two weeks of 2018.
The Abortion numbers are horrific.

A digital counter is illustrating the horrifying scale of abortion around the world. Already, less than two weeks into 2018, over 1.2 million babies have been killed by abortion.

The Worldometers website has real-time counters showing dozens of different statistics, including births, deaths, and public expenditure. It also has one for abortion. On 11 January 2018, the number passed 1.2 million, meaning the one million mark would have been passed in the morning of Tuesday 9 January. The number increases every second or so, each one representing the death of an innocent unborn child.

The website uses data from the World Health Organisation, which estimates that there are 40-50 million abortions in the world every year, corresponding to approximately 125,000 abortions per day. These figures are disputed, as the WHO's recent worldwide report, produced in consultation with the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, has been accused of "wildly inflating" the number of illegal abortions taking place in developing countries.

Stark reminder

However, while the statistics may not be completely reliable (and bear in mind that although Guttmacher might exaggerate illegal abortions, it doesn't include those caused by abortifacient contraception), the counter serves as a stark reminder of the vast scale of the slaughter of the innocents happening across the world. . . . Read More by Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

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How Abortion Pills Upend the Politics and Practice of Abortion

by Rebecca Oas, Ph.D.: Since the dawn of the abortion movement, activists insisted that abortion should be solely the concern of a woman and her doctor. But as the method of abortion worldwide has shifted from surgery to medication, abortion advocates are increasingly regarding the doctor as unnecessary—and, in some cases, counterproductive.

“The classic framework of abortion rights advocacy, where safe equals legal and illegal means unsafe, is turned on its head by self-managed medical abortion,” according to representatives of a Dutch organization that provides abortion pills to women in countries where the practice is illegal. “Ironically, in legally restrictive settings medical abortion is currently more under women’s control than in settings where medical abortion is used within the official healthcare system,” they said.

The remarks appeared in a special issue of the journal Contraception focusing on medical abortion, with its political position exemplified by a lead editorial by Marge Berer, the head of a UK-based abortion advocacy group.

Countries long regarded as having progressive laws on abortion are increasingly drawing criticism by the same feminist groups that used to praise them. Decades of effort to house abortion firmly within national health care systems, as in the UK, have ensured that it is subject to the same bureaucratic and regulatory hurdles as any other procedure. One article surveyed women who sought illegal abortion drugs in Great Britain, despite the presence of legal services. The most commonly cited reasons for this were the delays that have become widespread within the overloaded health system.

In 2000, Berer published an editorial in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO), where she argued, “[m]aking abortion legal is an essential prerequisite to making it safe.” In 2017, her position had shifted from one of legalization to complete decriminalization, or the removal of any legal regulation whatsoever: “What makes abortion safe is simple and irrefutable—when it is available on the woman’s request and universally affordable and accessible.”

Affordability and access to abortion—regardless of the law—requires widespread availability of the drugs needed to perform it: misoprostol either alone or in combination with mifepristone. Both drugs were added to the WHO’s essential medicines list in 2005, but with the caveat “where permitted by national law and where culturally acceptable.” An article on abortion by misoprostol in the francophone African countries Benin and Burkina Faso noted that the drug had been added to their national essential medicines lists in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The authors credited this with its increased availability, while noting that the addition was “for other reproductive health indications, not induced abortion.”

Various authors in the special issue explored the prospect of first-trimester abortions becoming entirely medical rather than surgical. Some expressed concern that this trend could lead to even fewer providers being trained to perform surgical abortions—even as existing shortages of providers increase due to stigma and conscientious objection.

Just as medication abortion has changed the international discussion of “safety,” it has also challenged the concept of “providers,” by placing women themselves increasingly in the role of both patient and abortionist. In her summary editorial, Berer admits that medical abortion is “not problem free or perfect,” but blames women’s adverse experiences on anti-abortion laws and beliefs: “This is not the fault of the pills, though the pills are often blamed.”

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Friday, January 12, 2018

What You Can Do to Fight Sex Trafficking #TACKLEDEMAND

by Dan Hart: January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. There are an estimated 20 to 30 million human trafficking victims in the world today, with an estimated 4.5 million of those forcibly involved in sex trafficking. In the U.S., an estimated 640,000 are being trafficked for sex.

These numbers are profoundly disturbing, and it can be tempting to feel discouraged that ordinary citizens like us are powerless to help these victims and to help stop the demand for paid sex. In reality, there are a number of ways that all of us can help in the fight. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation and Fight the New Drug have both published a list of practical ways we can all join the cause. Here is a brief summary of what you can do:

1. Do Not View or Pay for Porn
As we have written about previously, porn and sex trafficking are inseparably linked. Each click of pornography creates a demand for more pornography and brings in a profit to the industry. The demand causes traffickers, pimps, and those involved in the sex industry to abuse their victims by filming them in sex acts.

2. Learn How to Identify Potential Victims and Report Suspicious Activity
If you think you see suspicious activity happening wherever you are, be sure you have learned about what to look for. The Department of Homeland Security has published Indicators of Human Trafficking - be sure to look for these warning signs particularly in airports, gas stations, rest stops, and hotels. If you think you see something suspicious, call local law enforcement, or you can contact the 24-hour National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.

3. Use a New App to Take Pictures of Your Hotel Room
Hotel rooms are a hotspot for sex trafficking. Victims are often advertised online through pictures taken of them in hotel rooms. As Fight the New Drug has written on, there is a new app called TraffickCam that catalogues details of different hotel rooms like wallpaper and furniture to help create a database of identifiers, which can then be used by TraffickCam's algorithm to match images of sex trafficking victims that will help law enforcement identify the possible locations of victims.

4. Participate in Online Activism
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE) has organized a number of ways that you can participate in online activism. Here are two:

Joining NCSE's #TACKLEDEMAND social media campaign before the Super Bowl is a way to bring awareness about the problem of large commercial sporting events being used by sex traffickers and buyers for sexual exploitation. Netflix is producing a show called "Baby" that normalizes the sexual exploitation of young teenagers by portraying it as a kind of "edgy" coming of age story. You can protest this repulsive show by sending an email or Facebook message to Netflix executives demanding that they stop producing it.
Dan Hart is Family Research Council's Managing Editor for Publications.

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Little Rock, Arkansas: 40th Annual March for Life

by Rose Mimms: The 40th Annual March for Life will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018 in Little Rock at 2:00 p.m. The observance is a peaceful and prayerful event that attracts thousands of Arkansans from across the state including churches and families to remember the estimated 60 million unborn children who have been killed by legal abortion.

This event, sponsored by Arkansas Right to Life, will remember the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States on January 22, 1973.

Staging begins at 1:30 p.m. between Battery and Wolfe Streets on West Capitol Avenue behind the Arkansas State Capitol. At 2:00 p.m. President Andy Mayberry will lead the marchers along with elected officials, invited dignitaries and others special guests to the steps of the State Capitol for a brief program.

Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge
The keynote speaker will be Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who has distinguished herself as a champion for life in the defense of pro-life laws and policies faced by legal challenges. Among the laws that General Rutledge is currently defending is the 2017 law to ban the barbaric abortion procedure known as D&E, but more accurately described as dismemberment abortion. This type of abortion is commonly used in later pregnancy at 12 weeks or more on living unborn children.

Other participants in the program will be Bishop Anthony Taylor, Bishop of the Diocese of Little Rock and Dr. Ken Shaddox, Senior Pastor of Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock. Arkansas Youth Chorale under the direction of Mr. Tommy Havens is scheduled to perform.

“Since we began marching 40 years ago, more and more people are joining us in our work to save the lives of the unborn through education and political action” said Rose Mimms, executive director. “This awareness has resulted in many pro-life laws passed and the steady decline in the number of abortions, but we will keep marching until respect for all human life is restored,” she said.

Arkansas Right to Life, the state’s oldest and largest pro-life organization, is an affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee, the leading voice of the voiceless dedicated to protecting all human beings threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia.

For more information contact:
Rose Mimms, Executive Director
Arkansas Right to Life
501-663-4237 office/fax
501-920-2276 cell

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Full list of 2018 March for Life events

The annual March for Life draws hundreds of thousands of pro-life citizens to Washington, D.C. every year. And this year's event is drawing special interest because of all the Trump administration has done in the last year to advance pro-life policies and measures.

But the massive march on Friday, January 19, is just the climax of a whole series of amazing pro-life events in the D.C. area in the days surrounding it.

Here is the full list of events that you'll definitely want to check out. Please note some of the listed events require an RSVP. . . .

March for Life 2018 Events
Thursday, January 18, 2018
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Protest at DC Planned Parenthood with national pro-life leaders
1225 4th St. NE

8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Anglicans for Life Summit
6565 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
March for Life Conference
Renaissance Hotel
*Keynote: Stephanie Gray

9:00 am - 8:00 pm
March for Life Expo
Renaissance Hotel

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Law of Life Summit
Renaissance Hotel

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
March for Life Youth Rally
Renaissance Hotel

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pro Women’s Healthcare Centers Launch Event
Busboys and Poets, 625 Monroe St. NE (across the street from the Basilica)

5:30 pm
Opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Celebrant: Cardinal Timothy Dolan

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Celebrate Life with CFRs and Paul J. Kim
Mother Seton Parish, Germantown, MD

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Young Adult Night for Life
With Adoration, Confession, cash bar
St. Charles Catholic Church
3304 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 22201

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Renaissance Hotel

7:30 pm– 10:00 pm
Diocese of Arlington’s Life is Very Good Evening Prayer
EagleBank Arena at George Mason University
4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, VA

Friday, January 19, 2018
5:30 am - 6 pm
Hospitality for Marchers at St. Peter's on Capitol Hill
313 2nd St. SE

6:45 am - 10:30 am
Archdiocese of Washington Youth Rally
Capital One Arena, 601 F St NW, Verizon Center

7:30 am
Closing Mass for the Solemn Prayer Vigil for Life
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

7:30 am Morning Mass for Life
St. Mary Mother of God, 727 Fifth Street, NW

8:30 am Tridentine Mass offered by the Institute of Christ the King
St. Mary Mother of God, 727 Fifth Street, NW

8:00 am - 10:30 am
March for Life Expo
Renaissance Hotel

8:30 am
Pro-Life Con
Family Research Council
801 G Street, N.W.

7:30 am - 10:30 am
National Prayer Service - Priests for Life
DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St NW

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Diocese of Arlington’s Life is Very Good Morning Rally
EagleBank Arena at George Mason University
4500 Patriot Cir, Fairfax, VA 22030

9:00 am
Anglicans for Life Summit Prayer and Worship Service
6565 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA

11:00 am
Pray to defund Planned Parenthood at Sen. McConnell’s Office
Russell Senate Office Building

11:45 am-12:30 pm
Liturgy for the Preborn at the Time of Death (CEC for Life)
In front of the US Supreme Court
1 First St, NE, DC

March for Life begins starting at ​National Mall – 12th St.:
11:30 am March for Life Musical Opening featuring Plumb!
12:00 pm Rally Program begins followed by the March up Constitution Avenue to Supreme Court and Capitol Building
After finishing marching, listen to Silent No More testimonies outside the Supreme Court

4:00 p.m.
Nellie Gray Solemn High Extraordinary Form Mass
St. Mary Mother of God, 727 Fifth Street, NW

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
March for Life Expo
Renaissance Hotel

4:00 pm
Building a Culture of Life Happy Hour
201 Bar
201 Massachusetts Ave NE,
Washington, DC 20002

6:00 pm
March for Life Rose Dinner
Renaissance Hotel Grand Ballroom
*Keynote: Pam Tebow

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Latinos por la Vida Concierto
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
3305 Glen Carlyn Rd, Falls Church, VA 22041

Saturday, January 20, 2018
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Students for Life of America National Conference
First Baptist Church Glenarden Event Center
600 Watkins Park Dr, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Latinos por la Vida Conferencia
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
3305 Glen Carlyn Rd, Falls Church, VA 22041

9:00 am
Tridentine Mass with the Society of St. Pius X
Renaissance Hotel Meeting Room 12/13/14

9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cardinal O’Connor Conference for Life
Georgetown University
*Keynote: Lila Rose

7:00 pm
The Bitter Fruits of the Sexual Revolution
With Prof. Stephane Mercier
Tradition Family Property Washington, D.C. Bureau
1344 Merrie Ridge Road, McLean, VA 22101

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Pro-lifers Furious New Mexico AG Won’t Investigate Baby Parts Sales

AG Hector Balderas (D-NM)
The New Mexico Attorney General won’t investigate his state’s flagship university and a late-term abortion facility for selling baby body parts, despite an ongoing FBI inquiry, the urging of a Congressional committee, and the suspension of a university researcher for her involvement in the “transfer” of body parts.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, a Democrat, informed the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant lives he wasn’t interested in pursuing the case via a letter on January 4, 2018.

There is “insufficient evidence” to support the Congressional Panel’s findings that the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO) broke laws preventing trafficking of human body parts, Deputy Attorney General Tania Maestas wrote on behalf of Balderas’ office.

“We do not believe that the referrals’ allegations amount to probable cause for criminal violation of either act,” Maestas contended, referring to the two state laws that were allegedly violated.

Noting the referrals also alleged violations of federal law, Maestas wrote, “our office takes no position on any potential violations of federal law as alleged.” . . . Read More

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

House Will Vote on Pro-Life Bill Protecting Babies Born Alive After Botched Abortions

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced Tuesday that the House will vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act next week, the week of the annual March for Life.

“Next week—the week of the annual March for Life when tens of thousands of Americans come to Washington to give voice to the voiceless unborn—the House will vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act,” Leader McCarthy said in a statement obtained by Townhall. “This bill states simply that if a baby is born after a failed abortion attempt, he or she should be given the same medical care as a baby born any other way. In line with our longstanding commitment to empower women, mothers will never be held criminally accountable. However, doctors who fail to provide medical care to newborns will be held criminally accountable. There is absolutely no ambiguity here. This is about protecting babies who are born and alive, and nobody should be against that.”

“Under Republican leadership, this House has consistently stood for life,” McCarthy added. “Last year, the House passed—among many other pro-life bills—the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which banned abortion at 20 weeks when science shows babies can feel pain. Unfortunately, almost all of our Democrat colleagues voted against that bill. Their votes were an attempt to ensure America remains one of only seven countries that allows radical late-term abortions.”

The bill would amend existing U.S. law to “prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.”

Health care practitioners present when a child is born alive during an abortion procedure are required, at the risk of fines and imprisonment, to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age” and “ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.”

The bill was introduced on December 21st by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and is currently co-sponsored by 60 of her colleagues in the House. The legislation would strengthen enforcement of existing law, such as the 2002 Born Alive Infants Protection Act. The House passed a version of the bill in 2015 but it did not make progress in the Senate. . . . Read More

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Will You Pray For an End to Abortion?

Most of us give up on our New Year’s resolutions rather quickly. But here’s one that I hope you’ll keep—for life.

If you’re a regular listener or reader of our BreakPoint commentaries, you know that we are staunchly pro-life. And likely you are, too. Every human life, in or out of the womb, is precious and invested with a special dignity, having been created in God’s image. But in our culture, life is assaulted.

Christians should, at the same time, both love unborn babies and their mothers, and also hate what abortion does to them—and to our broken society.

Many of our BreakPoint listeners and readers are active in the pro-life movement. Many of you have walked a picket line, written a letter to the editor, or volunteered at a pregnancy care center. Many of you have given money, sacrificially, to support pro-life organizations.

And yet, despite all this effort by you and millions like you and the great progress made by the pro-life community, the monstrous evil of legal abortion continues.

The statistics, 45 years after Roe v. Wade, are so well-known by now that, incredibly, they fail to shock us as they should. Around 60 million unborn American babies—think of it!—60 million, have succumbed to abortion since 1973. . . .

. . . Is anything impossible for God? Jesus Christ reigns over heaven and earth, He loves the little children, and He is perfectly willing and able to answer our prayers for them. And there are some things that we’re called to that will only, only be accomplished through prayer.

So let all of us who love life, born and unborn, commit to praying through this New Year, asking and expecting God to act. That’s something that all of us, no matter our political, financial, or social status, can do.

And so, once again, we’re asking you to join thousands of others in what has now become an annual effort here at BreakPoint and the Colson Center: the 21 Days of Prayer for Life.

Come to BreakPoint.org/21Days to download a free “21 Days of Prayer for Life” prayer guide, complete with moving stories, statistics, discussion questions, and of course, prayer requests for life. Even more, each day will equip you to not only pray but also to make the case for life with friends and neighbors. And it’s free. Use it in your family, your churches, your small groups. Breakpoint.org/21Days.

There’s also a 21 Days of Prayer for Life app for your smart phone or computer. When you download the app, you’ll not only get the 21 days of pro-life devotionals and training, but you’ll receive pro-life prayer requests six days a week all 52 weeks this year. Can you imagine what would happen if thousands of Christians would pray for life and against abortion every day of 2018? . . . Read More
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Monday, January 8, 2018

Law Would Force Christian Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortions

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed their opening brief Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court in a lawsuit challenging a California law that forces pro-life pregnancy care centers to provide free advertising for the abortion industry. ADF represents a pro-life pregnancy care center network, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, and two independent centers in the case, which in November the high court agreed to take up.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld a federal district judge’s decision to allow the law to remain in effect while the lawsuit, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, proceeds. The brief asks the Supreme Court to reverse the ruling, halt the law, and affirm that forcing the centers to provide the free advertising contrary to their core mission is a violation of their constitutionally protected freedoms.

“No one should be forced to provide free advertising for the abortion industry. This is particularly true when the ones who are being forced to provide it are pro-life pregnancy care centers,” said ADF President, CEO, and General Counsel Michael Farris, who will argue the case before the high court. “Compelled speech strikes at the very heart of constitutionally protected liberties, which are most at risk when speakers are targeted by government officials who disagree with their thoughts and ideas. Targeting people who disagree with the government is exactly what the California law does.”

California’s Reproductive FACT Act, AB 775, requires licensed medical centers that offer free, pro-life help to pregnant women to post a disclosure saying that California provides free or low-cost abortion and contraception services. The disclosure must also include a phone number for a county office that refers women to Planned Parenthood and others in the abortion industry. The law also forces unlicensed pregnancy centers to add large disclosures in multiple languages about their non-medical status in all advertisements, which obscure and crowd out their pro-life speech. . . . Read more

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ACLU Will Spend $25 Million This Year Pushing Pro-Abortion Candidates

The American Civil Liberties Union, often a partner with the abortion industry in lawsuits, plans to spend a huge amount to support pro-abortion candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.

Politico reports the liberal non-profit has at least $25 million slated to promote abortion and other liberal issues in the upcoming elections. The ACLU does not have a political action committee, so it cannot directly support or endorse candidates; it can, however, support issues, according to the Christian Post.

The pro-abortion legal group said it will release an election scorecard with candidates’ positions, statements and votes on various issues. It also plans to run advertisements, town hall meetings and phone banks leading up to the midterm elections, according to the report.

ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero told Politico that they hope to further engage voters in the increasingly divisive political climate. . . . Read More

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Friday, January 5, 2018

PBS Program Investigates “Black Genocide,” How Abortion Targets African-Americans

A new investigation by PBS’s “Frontline” highlighted the genocide of abortion in the black community and the work that pro-lifers are doing to protect unborn black lives.

Though PBS typically is biased toward abortion, the Rev. Clenard H. Childress said he was pleasantly surprised that the report was fair and balanced, the Jacksonville Free Press reports.

Childress, who was featured extensively in the report, is the assistant national director of LEARN, the largest African-American evangelical pro-life organization in the United States.

The program “Anti-abortion Crusaders: Inside the African-American Abortion Battle” aired in December. It centered around the key message of black pro-life advocates: “The most dangerous place for an African-American child is in the womb.” People can watch it online here.

The abortion rate is disproportionately high in the black American community. Even though black Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, 35 percent of the babies killed in abortions are black, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The black genocide of abortion is disturbingly evident in New York City, where state data shows more black babies are aborted than are born.

Many believe that Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities target black women for abortions. One analysis found that the abortion chain placed 79 percent of its abortion facilities within walking distance of minority neighborhoods.

“Planned Parenthood has taken it far beyond what the Klu Klux Klan thought they could possibly take it,” Childress said on the program. “How do you calm down over genocide?

“We need more African-Americans informed on the best kept secret in America; that is black genocide via the targeting of African Americans by the abortion industry,” he continued. . . .

[OF Course ...] A Planned Parenthood spokeswoman dismissed black pro-life advocates’ concerns completely, saying they are “fixated on shaming black women and controlling the bodies of black women.” . . . . . . Read More

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New Trump Rule Allowing Small Businesses to Buy Healthcare Across State Lines is a Pro-Life Victory. ..

A new move by President Donald Trump to allow small businesses to band together and purchase health care across state lines will provide Americans with additional pro-life Healthcare options.

One of the biggest problems with Obamacare from the pro-life perspective is that many of the healthcare plans on the exchange fund abortions. In fact in some states there are no pro-life options for people to purchase health insurance as all of the healthcare plans on the exchange pay for abortions.

Not only is Obamacare proving unaffordable to millions of Americans—it is proving unconscionable for pro-life Americans who don’t want to pay for health care plans that cover abortion on demand or lack transparency about such coverage. By allowing business owners and small businesses to band together to purchase health insurance across state lines, they can purchase pro-life plans that do NOT pay for abortions.

Here’s more on what’s happening:
Small businesses and sole proprietors will be able to band together under a new federal rule to create employee health plans that would expand coverage options for 11 million uninsured Americans, senior Trump administration officials said.

The Labor Department rule allowing “association health plans,” placed Thursday in the Federal Register, builds on an executive order by President Donald Trump from October.

One senior Trump administration official said during a background briefing Wednesday that the association health plans will “level the playing field” between small businesses and large corporations and provide “more health care for more people at a lower cost.”
Currently, 8 million Americans employed by small businesses and another 3 million sole proprietors, who do business without employees, don’t have access to a group health insurance plan.

Entry on the Federal Register opens a 60-day public comment period, and the rule could be implemented as early as summer, officials said.

“The main objective of this effort is to expand choices for people who do not yet have insurance and [create] more options for employers and employees to take advantage of,” Robert Moffit, a senior fellow in health policy studies at The Heritage Foundation and a former assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, told The Daily Signal.

Those options include allowing businesses to find pro-life health care options. As LifeNews has reported, a total of 25 states have opted out of covering elective abortion on the Obamacare exchange. Elective abortion refers to abortion on demand and for any reason. The 25 remaining states (and the District of Columbia) permit elective abortion coverage in Obamacare plans. . . . Read More

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Study Proves Feminists Wrong: Women Say Their Abortion Was Not Liberating

A new study of post-abortive women across the United States found that women suffer from long-term negative emotions after aborting their unborn babies.

The research was based on an anonymous online survey of 987 women who contacted a crisis pregnancy center for post-abortion care. The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons published the study in its Winter 2017 edition.

Led by Dr. Priscilla Coleman, a professor at Bowling Green State University, the researchers asked women about the “most significant positive and negative aspects” of their abortions.

“… their responses were far from simple, echoing themes that are not reflective of contemporary feminist rhetoric,” the researchers wrote. “Women generally did not speak of empowerment, the ability to control their reproductive destinies, liberation from abusive partners, the need for abortion in order to be competitive in the workplace, etc.

“To the contrary, … many women expressed no personal benefits of the experience. Scores of others reported spiritual growth, involvement in pro-life efforts, and reaching out to other women who were considering the procedure or had obtained an abortion.” . . . Read Moree

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Planned Parenthood Aborted 321,384 Babies Last Year, Got $543 Million From Taxpayers

Planned Parenthood aborted 321,384 babies during its 2016-2017 fiscal year, according to its new annual report.

This is a slight decrease from its last annual report, which revealed the company committed 328,348 in 2015-2016. Planned Parenthood’s total revenue is $1.46 billion, with $543.7 million – 37 percent – of that coming from taxpayers.

Many of the contraceptives Planned Parenthood dispenses can also act as abortifacients.

Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League (ALL), said this is Planned Parenthood’s lowest self-reported annual abortion number since 2007.

“In addition to the reduction in abortions, Planned Parenthood also reported a slight lessening in its government funding (from $554.6 million to $543.7 million),” said Sedlak. “Planned Parenthood also reported lower numbers of female birth control customers, emergency contraceptive kits, PAP tests, and pregnancy tests. In fact, it reported that its total number of unique customers was the same as last year—2.4 million individuals.”

By attracting 721,000 new donors giving an average of $120 each, the abortion company added $86.5 to its coffers, according to the report. . . . Read More

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