Tuesday, October 31, 2017

BREAKING: Judge Halts California Law Forcing Pro-Lifers to Advertise Abortions

Go Mobile For Life’s mobile ultrasound unit, 
which serves women in Riverside County, California
by Jay Hobbs, Pregnancy Help News: In a major victory for free speech, Riverside County Superior Court Justice Gloria C. Trask ruled late Monday that California must not force pro-life pregnancy medical clinics to post signage promoting state-covered abortions to their clients.

A permanent injunction that applies to over 200 privately funded pregnancy centers in the state that offer free alternatives to abortion, the ruling puts a stop to the state’s so-called “Reproductive FACT Act”—a 2015 law that mandated pro-life centers must post signage and inform clients about the state’s taxpayer-funded abortions and birth control through its Medi-Cal program.

“We are thrilled with Judge Trask’s ruling, which is a huge victory for free speech,” Scott Scharpen, the head administrator of “Go Mobile For Life,” a mobile ultrasound unit that serves women in Riverside County, said. “The whole notion of being compelled to share information with our patients about abortion availability, which is contrary to our mission and purpose, is fundamentally wrong.

“Lives will be saved because of this ruling.”

Pushed through on a purely party-line vote in 2015, the law has only been enforced in one jurisdiction—the city of Los Angeles—but has served as a template for other Democrat-controlled states—including Hawaii and Connecticut—to crack down on pro-life pregnancy centers that offer free services to expectant mothers.

California’s “Freedom of Mind” Protection

Pro-life advocates, including Alliance Defending Freedom and National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA)—who are currently waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a statewide appeal to the law—have argued since the bill’s inception in the State Assembly that it tramples on the constitutionally protected rights of free speech and free religious expression.

Prior to Monday, those arguments fell on deaf ears throughout an appeals process that including an affirmation by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals—the most frequently reversed court in the U.S.

Unlike the previous appeals—which appealed to the U.S. Constitution—Scharpen and his legal team of Tyler & Bursch, LLP and Advocates for Faith & Freedom had appealed to the court on the basis that the law violates California’s 1849 Declaration of Rights, which guarantees the “individual freedom of mind.”

In her ruling Monday, Trask agreed that the Reproductive FACT Act violates free speech protections, noting that, “compelled speech of a political or cultural nature is not the tool of a free government.”

Elsewhere in her decision, Trask wrote that if the state’s primary goal is to raise awareness as to the availability of its programs, it has several ways to do so, including public service announcements and even purchasing billboard space, “directly in front of Scharpen Foundation's clinic.”

None of those options involve running roughshod over the deeply held religious convictions held by Scharpen—who also serves as a pastor—who would have been forced to speak a government message that would have left “patients with the belief they were referred to an abortion provider by that clinic,” Trask explained.

“Compelled speech must be subject to reasonable limitation,” Trask wrote. “This statute compels the clinic to speak words with which it profoundly disagrees when the State has numerous alternative methods of publishing its message. In this case, however virtuous the State’s ends, they do not justify its means.”

Next Steps in the Fight

While it is expected that California’s Attorney General, Xavier Beccera, will challenge Trask’s ruling, it remains to be seen how the decision will affect pregnancy centers’ pending appeal to the Supreme Court.

Danielle White, legal counsel for Heartbeat International—a network of pregnancy help organizations, including Scharpen’s and close to 100 more in California—said the state-level ruling will likely put the pending Supreme Court challenge into a holding pattern while Beccera fights the injunction.

Similar laws forcing pregnancy centers to post signage denigrating their own services have been struck down in New York City and Baltimore, as well as Austin (TX) and Montgomery County (MD), which eventually was ordered to pay pregnancy centers $330,000 in attorney's fees.

In July, a judge in Illinois placed a statewide preliminary injunction on a 2016 law that would have forced medical professionals—including pro-life doctors, nurses and pregnancy center personnel—to refer patients to abortion businesses.

“This is such an encouraging win for free speech and for the pro-life community,” White said. “We’re praying this will be a major turning point to allow clinics like Go Mobile For Life to keep their attention on reaching women who desperately need help. Every woman should have all the information she needs to protect her child during an unexpected pregnancy, and this ruling is a great step forward to that goal.”

The fight to allow pro-life people to reach women facing an unexpected pregnancy is one Nada Higuera—who argued the case before Judge Trask—takes personally.

As a pregnant teen, she knew where she could go for an abortion, but not where she could go for life-affirming help.

“As a young female and defender of speech, I am thrilled to know that our work is not in vain,” Higuera said. “I’ve regrettably had an abortion. And I’ve just recently experienced the incomparable joy of having a baby. I wish I would have had the opportunity to visit a pro-life clinic when I was just 16 years old and contemplating an abortion.”
Jay Hobbs: Part-time thinker, full-time husband, daddy, pastor, and baseball fan, Jay Hobbs serves as Editor in Chief of PregnancyHelpNews.com.

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Attorney General Allows Abortionists to Protect Potential Abusers

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, right, stands with
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.
 Also in the photo:  Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam,
 left, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Family Policy Alliance: One week before he faces voters in the election, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is under fire for blatantly siding with the abortion industry – allowing abortionists to avoid reporting many statutory rapes of young girls.

Since being elected four years ago, Herring has been a reliable advocate for the abortion industry. But in 2014, Virginia’s top law enforcement officer shocked veteran observers by issuing an opinion that set aside Virginia’s statutory rape and mandatory reporting laws when it came to abortion clinics.

That opinion allowed Virginia abortion centers to avoid reporting many likely statutory rapes of 13- and 14-year-old girls. Even worse, the abortion center that precipitated the opinion is located in an area that has major problems with sex trafficking – meaning that, in many cases, sexual predators are the ultimate beneficiary of Herring’s pro-abortion ruling.

But pro-family groups are making sure that Herring doesn’t get a free pass as he prepares to face the voters in his first re-election bid. Family Policy Alliance is assisting our Virginia ally, The Family Foundation Action, as they educate tens of thousands of Virginia voters with a series of mailings and other communications.

Many of these pro-life voters are inconsistent when it comes to voting in non-presidential elections, so this voter education effort could make a significant impact in pro-life voter turnout. The Nov. 7 race is expected to be close. In 2013, Herring won by just 907 votes out of more than 2.2 million votes cast.

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GOP Leaders Address Anti-Catholicism

by Bill Donohue: Senate Republicans, joined by three Democrats, stopped a filibuster of the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; the vote was 54-42. Final confirmation is due soon.

It was two Mormon Republicans, Senator Orrin Hatch and Senator Mike Lee, who made the most impassioned defense of Barrett’s nomination.

The Notre Dame law professor’s religious convictions were attacked recently by Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Dick Durbin, thus teeing up a response from those supporting her. Both Democrats questioned her suitability to be seated on the federal bench given her strong Catholic beliefs. Neither has apologized for their bigoted remarks.

Senator Hatch did not hold back in his statement. “I have to say that we stoop pretty low if we start to raise questions of religious beliefs before somebody can serve on the federal judiciary. Now I hope that that type of questioning will hit the dustbin of history, where it belongs.”

Senator Lee was just as pointed. He said “the fact of her religious beliefs or religious affiliation have nothing to do with her qualifications to serve as a federal appellate court judge.”

Lee also took a shot at those Democrats who made snide remarks about her Catholicism. “They were asking, ‘Do you actually believe that stuff? Do you actually believe the doctrine of your church? Do you believe it deeply, sincerely?’ Suggesting that if so, that is somehow a problem.”

Feinstein, who is Jewish, tried to deflect charges of anti-Catholicism by referencing her attendance at a Catholic school. Durbin, who is Catholic, referenced his Catholic status. But credentials do not matter: What matters are words. On this count, both of them came very close to invoking a religious test against Professor Barrett, something which is barred by the Constitution.

Hopefully, Barrett’s confirmation proceedings will continue absent any more of these invidious outbursts. Kudos to Senators Hatch and Lee, two devout Mormons, for standing on principle and against anti-Catholic bigotry.
William "Bill" Donohue is President of the Catholic League.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Judge Blocks Alabama Law Prohibiting Abortion Clinics Near Schools

A federal judge blocked an Alabama law that would prohibit abortion facilities from doing business near schools.

The AP reports U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson permanently blocked the 2016 law Thursday, claiming it unconstitutionally restricts women’s access to abortion. Thompson also blocked a state law that prohibits dismemberment abortions, a brutal second-trimester abortion technique used to tear unborn babies limb from limb while their hearts are still beating.

“Because these laws clearly impose an impermissible burden on a woman’s ability to choose an abortion, they cannot stand,” Thompson wrote.

The legislation would ban abortion facilities from building within 2,000 feet of public elementary or middle schools and prohibit the state health department from issuing or renewing a health center license to current abortion clinics within the same distance of the schools. If passed, the legislation could close the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives Services in Huntsville or at least force it to move. . . .

Pro-life state leaders said they will appeal the ruling.
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Congressional Committee Will Hold Hearing on Bill to Ban Abortions After Baby’s Heart Begins Beating

A U.S. House subcommittee is scheduled to consider a bill Wednesday to protect unborn babies from abortion once they have a detectable heartbeat.

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, introduced the Heartbeat Protection Act earlier this year. KIOW News reports the bill, which has 170 co-sponsors, will be debated Wednesday in a House Judiciary subcommittee.

“Since Roe v. Wade was unconstitutionally decided in 1973, nearly 60 million innocent babies’ lives have been ended by the abortion industry, all with a rubber stamp by the federal government,” King said in a statement. “Human life, beginning at the moment of conception, is sacred in all of its forms and we must protect the lives of voiceless innocents.”

The bill would prohibit abortions when the unborn baby’s heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy. It would allow an exception when the mother’s life is in jeopardy; however, the exception applies to physical risks only, not “psychological or emotional conditions,” according to Bustle. Abortionists who violate the measure could be punished with up to five years in prison.

“The Heartbeat Protection Act, H.R. 490, will require all physicians, before conducting an abortion, to detect the heartbeat of the unborn child and if a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected,” King said. “I welcome this opportunity to have my legislation given in depth consideration by Congress and to bring attention to the importance of preserving each of these precious lives.” . . . Read More

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Arkansas A.G. Asks Eighth Circuit to Let State De-Fund Planned Parenthood

by Jerry Cox: Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge asked the federal Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals not to overturn a panel’s ruling that lets the state cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading abortion provider. In 2015 Governor Asa Hutchinson directed the state to stop giving Medicaid reimbursements to the organization after a series of undercover videos showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of organs and tissue harvested from aborted babies.

Following a lengthy lawsuit, a three-judge panel ruled in August that the state has the power to cut Medicaid funds to abortion providers. Planned Parenthood appealed that decision to the entire Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Below is a full timeline of the issue of publicly-funded abortion in Arkansas.
  • November 8, 1988: Voters in Arkansas passed Amendment 68 to the Arkansas Constitution prohibiting public funds from paying for abortion, except to save the mother’s life.
  • July 25, 1994: Following a lawsuit by an abortion clinic in Little Rock, a federal court blocked enforcement of Amendment 68, saying it violated the Hyde Amendment — a rider on the federal budget Congress passed in 1994 prohibiting public funding of abortions except in cases of rape or incest or to save the life of the mother.
  • July 25, 1995: The Eight Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s ruling.
  • March 18, 1996: The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the ruling, essentially saying Amendment 68 could only be blocked insofar as it conflicted with the Hyde Amendment. Practically speaking, this has prevented public funding of abortion in most cases, with the exception of abortions paid for with Medicaid funds in certain circumstances permitted by the federal Hyde Amendment.
  • April 6, 2015: The Arkansas Legislature passed Act 996 prohibiting the state from awarding grants to abortion providers and their affiliates.
    August 14, 2015: Governor Asa Hutchinson directed the Department of Human Services to terminate its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood.
  • October 2, 2015: U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction forcing the State of Arkansas to continue making Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood following a lawsuit by three of Planned Parenthood’s patients.
  • September 29, 2016: U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker expanded that ruling to apply to all of Planned Parenthood’s patients in Arkansas. Arkansas’ attorney general appealed the ruling to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • August 16, 2017: A three-judge panel from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Arkansas can decline to provide Medicaid reimbursements to abortion providers.
  • August 30, 2017: The three-judge panel’s decision was appealed to the full Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • October 24, 2017: Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office asked the Eighth Circuit to leave the panel’s decision in place.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Sex-Selective Abortion in America

by Jerry Cox: Our friends at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview have released an excellent commentary on sex-selection abortion in America.

Sex-selection abortion is the act of aborting a child due to the baby’s sex. John Stonestreet writes,

Newsweek reported last year that sex-selective abortions are on the rise right here in the U. S. One study by Columbia University found that Chinese, Korean and Indian parents on their second pregnancy gave birth to 117 boys for every 100 girls. For third children, the ratio shot up to a staggering 151 boys for every 100 girls.

The culprit, says Newsweek, is sex-selective abortion. So-called “family planning” clinics like those affiliated with Planned Parenthood are helping women kill their unborn daughters. You’d think organizations that pride themselves on protecting and empowering women would want this to stop, but you’d be wrong. . . . .

Back in March, when Arkansas enacted a ban on sex-selective abortions, the American Civil Liberties Union complained that the law prevents women from “obtaining abortions that they want for whatever reason,” even, apparently, if that reason is preferring boys over girls.
The Arkansas law he mentions is Act 733 of 2017. It prohibits abortions performed due to the unborn baby’s sex, and it requires abortion doctors to obtain some of a woman’s medical records to verify she is not seeking a sex-selection abortion. Back in June the ACLU filed a lawsuit against Act 733 claiming “there is no medical reason to obtain these records prior to providing an abortion.”

Abortion providers are grasping at straws. Sex-selection abortion is indefensible — and so is failure to obtain a woman’s medical records prior to an abortion.

You can listen to John Stonestreet’s entire commentary here.
Jerry Cox is the founder and president of Arkansas Family Council and the Education Alliance.

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Education Alliance.
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Bloody Billionaires Target Families, Unborn

Austin Ruse, President/C-Fam: You have heard of billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates. You’ve heard of Warren Buffet and George Soros. But have you heard of Chuck Feeney? Tim Gill? How about John Styker.

Each are hard-left billionaires who have targeted the family, and the unborn at the UN and on the ground around the world.

We need your help to fight back against them.

Fact: Bill and Melinda Gates are spending hundreds of millions to spread dangerous contraceptives throughout the developing world, especially targeting Catholic communities in African. They are a driving force at the UN. Melinda Gates says she is a faithful Catholic.

Fact: George Soros, worth $23 billion, has given hundreds of millions of dollars to anti-life and anti-family groups active at the UN, including Catholics for Choice, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood and many more.

Fact: Chuck Feeney single-handedly funded the campaign in Catholic Ireland to legalize homosexual marriage. Right now, he is spending millions to overturn Ireland’s pro-life law, one of the last countries in the world to fully protect the unborn child.

Fact: Warren Buffet has contributed more than $1 billion to pro-abortion groups. Buffet has an especial fondness for the “inter-uterine device”, a nasty piece of plastic that renders a woman’s womb hostile to the unborn child. Warren Buffet also funds something called “Mifepristone”, a highly dangerous injectable contraceptive used on African women.

Fact: Billionaire Tim Gill spends millions in support of radical LGBT groups working at the UN to advance a wicked agenda. These groups are not merely looking for “nondiscrimination”. They are gunning for dominance. They are working toward burning down the authority of the Catholic Church.

We do not have their money but we have something more important, the Passion of Jesus Christ which inflames the passion in our hearts to work tirelessly every day to fight their dangerous and death-dealing agenda.

But, we cannot do it without your help.

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Lawmaker Who Blocked Texas Privacy Law is Stepping Down

Family Policy Alliance: The Texas House Speaker who consistently stood in the way of efforts to protect the privacy and safety of women in restrooms, locker rooms and showers, now says he will not seek re-election.

Dubbed a “moderate Republican” by the news media, Joe Straus was out of step with the people of the reliably conservative state. As well as stopping the bathroom bill, he also put the brakes on a school-choice plan to help families provide their children a better education through a private or Christian school.

Jonathan Saenz, president of our ally Texas Values, said a key committee chairman, Byron Cook, also announced he was stepping down.

“After 50-plus county Republican parties have censored or issued statements criticizing Speaker Straus and Chairman Cook, it seemed only a matter of time before the mounting grassroots and electoral pressure was too great for them to continue in office,” Saenz said. “Straus and Cook were the main opponents who held back the priority bills of a majority of Republicans in the House, including the Texas Privacy Act.”

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Another UN Committee Says Abortion May be a Right, but not on Basis of Disability

by Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.: The UN committee that monitors compliance with the Disabilities Convention stated that nations must provide access to abortion as a human right, but that they should not do so on the basis disabilities alone. Such a distinction stigmatizes disabled people and is a violation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the committee said.

The statement came in response to a draft general comment by another UN committee, the Human Rights Committee (HRC), that recently announced its intention to interpret the right to life article in the 1966 Covenant on Civil and Political Rights with new meanings. This includes the exclusion of the unborn child from the “right to life,” and the acceptability of euthanasia.

Hundreds of pro-life groups, 51 members of Congress and national governments including the United States weighed in to protest.

The problematic passage of the HRC draft general comment says, “States parties must provide safe access to abortion to protect the life and health of pregnant women, and in situations in which carrying a pregnancy to term would cause the woman substantial pain or suffering, most notably where the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest or when the foetus suffers from fatal impairment.”

When the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) submitted its concerns, it said the HRC should remove the words, “most notably where the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest or when the foetus suffers from fatal impairment.” It did not take issue with the rest of the passage.

“Often it cannot be said if an impairment is fatal,” the CRPD Committee explained, “Experience shows that assessments on impairment conditions are often false. Even if it is not false, the assessment perpetuates notions of stereotyping disability as incompatible with a good life.”

The CRPD committee could have gone further and stated that abortion is a violation of the right to life. It could have stated that disabled persons should be protected from abortion altogether. The fact that it did not was disappointing to pro-life advocates who have criticized the general trend by UN experts to reinterpret the treaties with a right to abortion.

One pro-life UN expert told the Friday Fax, “The CRPD committee’s comment exposes the absurd logic of the UN human rights system’s notion of non-discrimination. It says you can perform a eugenic abortion as along as the stated purpose is not eugenic.”

The CRPD committee’s mixed message has proved ineffectual in the past. In 2011 it told Spain to abolish any distinction in its abortion laws on the basis of disability, but like their recent statement, took no issue with abortion in general. Spain ignored the CRPD committee recommendation when it revised its laws in 2015.

The pro-life European Center for Law and Justice saw a silver lining in the CRPD committee’s statement because it directly opposed the HRC’s use of fetal impairment, rape, and incest to push traditional countries to chip away at legal protections for children before birth. The HRC called the protection of a disabled unborn child in Peru “cruel and inhuman.” UN staff and other committees, including the Committee on Torture, have followed suit. The UN Secretary General cited the Peru instance when telling UN member States they were obliged to provide abortion as a right of reparation in situations of armed conflict.
Susan Fink Yoshihara is C-Fam Senior Vice President for Research and Director of the International Organizations Research Group (IORG)

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Pelosi Seeks To Restore HHS Mandate

by Bill Donohue: Rep. Nancy Pelosi spoke at the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus on October 26 urging her colleagues to overturn President Trump’s rollback of the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate. She supports a new bill, the Protect Access to Birth Control Act, that restores funding for services provided by the HHS mandate.

Pelosi called the Trump rollback “outrageous,” saying it was a “cruel decision.” She did not say why it was cruel to make women pay for their own birth control pills.

She even went so far as to say that “No women should be made to choose between obtaining contraceptives and paying for groceries.” Why not? More to the point, why is it “outrageous” to require women to choose between buying pills or potatoes? They do that now, don’t they?

More important, Pelosi once again misrepresented the HHS mandate.

Pelosi focused her entire statement on birth control. She never once indicated that the HHS mandate forces the public to pay for abortion-inducing drugs. She also personalized the subject, bringing her children into it.

“I have five children,” she said. “When I took my baby home from the hospital, my fifth child, my oldest child was turning six that week—that week. God blessed us, it was glorious and the rest. That doesn’t mean that is the way it should go for anybody else. Women and families should have that determination.”

It is nice to know that Pelosi opted to allow her children to be born. Regrettably, as a public policy matter she is not prepared to extend that right to all children.

Pelosi’s enthusiasm for abortion is objectionable enough, but she throws more coals on the fire every time she invokes her religion. Pelosi is a dissident Catholic: she rejects the Church’s teaching on an issue branded “intrinsically evil” by the Catechism. Now, in her statement attacking the president, she added to her assault on the religious liberty rights of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Don’t those women’s rights count?

Pro-abortion and anti-religious liberty. Those are two of Nancy Pelosi’s most defining characteristics.
William "Bill" Donohue is President of the Catholic League.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Visit with Heroes in the Fight against Planned Parenthood

by Jim Sedlak: American Life League’s STOPP International program began in 1985 in Dutchess County, New York.

STOPP International began as a small independent organization fighting the local Planned Parenthood affiliate—Planned Parenthood of Dutchess-Ulster (which later merged with Planned Parenthood of Orange-Sullivan and is now known as Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley). At that time, Planned Parenthood operated 13 medical facilities in the four adjacent counties.

STOPP was formed by four individuals (Helen Westover, Bob Cassara, Dotty Madrigrano, and Jim Sedlak) and quickly became involved in successful efforts against Planned Parenthood across New York and surrounding states. The original organization split into two in 1990, with Mid-Hudson STOPP continuing the local fight and STOPP taking on the national effort. Then, in 1995, STOPP International was created, as our outreach included working against Planned Parenthood in seven countries on three continents. Finally, in 1998, STOPP International was merged into American Life League and has operated as a program of ALL since then.

I give you all of this background information as a way of introducing you to a wonderful trip this past weekend where I had the honor of delivering a talk at the Orange County (NY) Right to Life annual banquet. It is not an exaggeration to say that I was in the presence of heroes in the battle against Planned Parenthood.

We often give you the national numbers. Planned Parenthood Federation of America has gone from 791 facilities in 1985 (the year we started) to 610 facilities today. That’s a 23 percent decline. In the Mid-Hudson Valley, over the same years, Planned Parenthood has gone from 13 facilities to just five! That’s a whopping 61 percent drop! In addition, of the five remaining facilities, one is only open 15 hours a week and another is open just 33 hours a week. Clearly, Planned Parenthood continues to lose customers and is being forced to cut back on its hours and its number of locations.

Two of the remaining facilities are located in Orange County, and it was the Right to Life group in that county that I addressed. With all the years the fight against Planned Parenthood has been going on and with all the success the group has had, it would not have been surprising if attendance at the annual banquet was light. But, as the banquet started—at 2:00 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon—over 100 active and motivated individuals piled into the room. The OCRTL officers (Wendy Wood, Joe Coyle, Ella Mae Hedgepeth, and Christine Tighe) were joined by numerous clergy (including Father Antonio Maria Diez de Medina, C.F.R.; Reverend Bill Banuchi; Catholic bishop Dominick Lagonegro; and members of the Goshen Christian Reformed and other churches) and numerous additional pro-lifers, including an entire table of high school students.

The atmosphere was electric. Prayer and song filled the room as those in attendance anxiously waited to learn even more about the national fight against Planned Parenthood. Attendees soaked up all the information, including two facts that elicited audible responses.

The first response came in the form of gasps when I explained that, in 1996, the United States Congress passed, and President Clinton signed, the Communications Decency Act—an act that would have banned pornography on the Internet in the United States. It was Planned Parenthood and the ACLU that went to court to get the act declared unconstitutional (Reno v. ACLU), so it is not an exaggeration to say that Planned Parenthood bears major responsibility for the devastation that Internet pornography has ravaged on our country.

The second response was a loud round of applause when I pointed out that, in 2007, one member of the House of Representatives from Indiana became the first congressman in history to introduce an amendment to a congressional spending bill that forbade the distribution of any government money to Planned Parenthood, by name. The amendment did not pass, but the congressman continued to push for its passage for many years. That congressman was Representative Mike Pence—the current vice president of the United States!

After the talk, many attendees visited with me about the continuing local fight, and some told me that they credit their success to the implementation of ALL’s Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary Campaign.

As I travel the country, I am continually recharged by the unsung heroes I meet in every state. On this beautiful Sunday afternoon, I felt honored to stand in the presence of all the members of the Orange County Right to Life in Middletown, NY. May God continue to bless all your efforts.
Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a weekly talk show on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successfully fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Missouri Law Takes Effect - Will Stop Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinics From Reopening

On Monday October 23rd, Judge S. Margene Burnett of the Circuit Court of Jackson County Missouri in Kansas City refused to block Senate Bill 5’s same-physician mandate. This mandate was challenged by Planned Parenthood and two abortionists. The same-physician mandate requires that the abortionist performing the abortion be the same person doing the medical consultation 72 hours prior to the abortion.

Senate Bill 5, in its entirety, goes into effect today.

SB 5 passed during Special Session called by Governor Eric Greitens in July and expands regulations on abortion in multiple statutes. These common sense health and safety regulations will protect women. They include that:
  • Abortion facilities have emergency plans on file with the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) at all times
  • Complication reports from abortion be filed with DHSS
  • Annual, unannounced on-site inspection of abortion facilities be done by DHSS
  • Abortion clinic personnel cannot interfere with 911 emergency calls needed for abortion complications
  • The Attorney General has equal jurisdiction with local prosecutors on abortion cases
  • Pregnancy resource centers and faith communities cannot be forced to participate in abortion
  • Abortion clinic employees have whistleblower protection
  • Baby body parts from abortion cannot be sold in Missouri
In addition to these protective regulations, Senate Bill 5 also expands the ability of the Department of Health and Senior Services to enact new regulations when the abortion industry is breaking the law and putting women at risk. . . . . Read More

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Head of Human Rights Group: Killing Unborn Babies in Abortions Should be a “Human Right”

DISPICABLE PERSON WARNING: The head of a human rights group in Northern Ireland believes it should be a woman’s “human right” to abort her unborn baby.

Les Allamby, the chief commissioner at the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, wrote a column for the Belfast Telegraph about why his group is challenging the country’s pro-life law. Allamby’s group is scheduled to argue its case this month before the United Kingdom Supreme Court in London.

The law in Northern Ireland protects unborn babies’ right to life. It allows abortions only in cases when the mother’s life is at risk. But pro-abortion groups claim the law is breaching women’s “human right” to abortion – by protecting unborn babies’ human rights, The Guardian reports.

“The commission’s view is that the failure to allow for access to terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, serious malformation of the foetus and for victims of sexual crimes such as rape and incest is contrary to the Human Rights Act,” Allamby wrote.

In the lawsuit, they claim the pro-life law is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights and should be overturned.

“The UK Government has signed up to global human rights treaties recognising the value and importance of protecting everyone’s human rights,” he wrote.

Amnesty International, which is supporting the commission in the legal battle, also claims that protecting unborn babies’ right to life is an “abuse” against women.

It’s interesting that these groups constantly emphasize “human rights” when they are working to take away rights from some of the most vulnerable human beings on the planet: babies in the womb. Biologically, from the moment of conception, unborn babies already are distinct, living human beings with their own unique DNA. And babies, whether in the womb or born, are not less deserving of human rights simply because they have a disability or were conceived in a crime. . . . Read More

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Monday, October 23, 2017

ACLU Asks Appeals Court to Force Trump Admin to Facilitate Illegal Immigrant’s Abortion

The ACLU is asking a federal appeals court to force the Trump Administration to facilitate an abortion for an illegal immigrant.

As LifeNews reported yesterday, a federal judge nominated by Barack Obama ordered the Trump Administration to allow an undocumented teenage girl in the state of Texas to have an abortion that could be funded partly at taxpayer expense. Judge Tanya Chutkan had ruled that the government must allow Jane Doe to get an abortion by Saturday to end the lifeof her 15-week-old unborn baby.

Then, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington stayed the ruling in order to hold a hearing Friday on the merits of the case and eventually ruled that the Trump administration can block the undocumented teen in federal custody from having an abortion. Now, the ACLU wants the full appeals court to rule to force the government fo facilitate the abortion.

. . . HHS has a policy against facilitating abortion, a government brief has said, adding that the teen could easily get the abortion done by returning to her own Central American country.

“There is no constitutional right for a pregnant minor to illegally cross the U.S. border and get an elective abortion while in federal custody,” HHS said in an earlier statement.

Another judge previously refused to step into the controversial abortion case involving a shelter that is encouraging a 17 year old immigrant girl here illegally to choose life for her unborn baby instead of having an abortion. The ACLU, which filed a restraining order on the girl’s behalf, claims the federal government policy is blocking the girl from getting the abortion that she wants. . . . Read More

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289 Babies Saved From Abortion So Far During 40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign

by Shawn Carney & David Brando: Ready to start the week with extremely encouraging news? Here it is! 40 Days for Life campaign leaders tell us that so far this campaign … 289 babies have been spared from abortion – that we know of!

We can only wonder how many mothers have turned away from abortion that only God knows about. Since He’s a good and merciful God … we have to believe there are many more!

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Abortion Activists To Give Hillary Clinton an Award For Losing the Election

Hillary's Wonder Woman Supports Killing Babies
 and Associated with Sexual Predators & Rapists
Corrine Weaver: There’s no such thing as a participation trophy for the left. So they have to make something up.

The Women’s Media Center (WMC), founded by lefties Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda, created an award this year for the sole purpose of having something to give to Hillary Clinton: the Wonder Woman Award. The press release reads like a remnant of the failed Clinton campaign of 2016: “The Women’s Media Center is presenting its first—and only—WMC Wonder Woman Award to Clinton as she is a hero to millions in the United States and around the globe for her extraordinary accomplishments and public service.”

The announcement came two days after The Hill broke a major story about a Clinton Russian connection. The story revealed that the FBI “had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.” In addition, an eyewitness account admitted that Russian nuclear officials sent millions of dollars to the U.S. to be given to the Clinton Foundation.

But that won’t stand in the way of the left-wing celebration. On October 26, Hillary Clinton will stand with the rest of the WMC honorees, which include actresses Jane Fonda and Ashley Judd.

. . . Steinem, a long time Hillary supporter, wrote in the announcement, “Hillary Clinton’s actions have inspired and protected women and men on every continent. She has battled negative forces and helped to maintain a fragile peace with her negotiating skill on behalf of this country and peace-seekers everywhere. She has handled all this with grace, grit, determination, integrity, humor, and fortitude while remaining a steadfast feminist, advocate, activist, sister and tireless leader in the revolution. With this award, the Women’s Media Center declares Hillary Clinton our Wonder Woman.”

Does maintaining a fragile peace include allegedly making back-door deals with Russia over uranium? Just wondering.

Who knows how Harvey Weinstein victim Ashley Judd must feel about being honored with her “nasty woman” idol Clinton, especially in the wake of the news that the Clinton Foundation will not return the $250,000 in donations made by the sexual predator. But all this will be ignored, at least in Steinem’s narrative about the “tireless leader in the revolution.” . . . Read More

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Alveda King: “Abortion Violates the Civil Rights of Unborn Children”

by Corrine Weaver, Life News: The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said today that she opposes abortion and believes it violates the civil rights of unborn children.

Alveda King is also taking the side of the Trump Administration in a battle with pro-abortion attorneys who are seeking to force the administration to facilitate an illegal immigrants abortion.

Yesterday, an appeals court has stopped a judge’s order issued the day before forcing the Trump Administration to facilitate an abortion for an illegal immigrant.

As LifeNews reported yesterday, a federal judge nominated by Barack Obama ordered the Trump Administration to allow an undocumented teenage girl in the state of Texas to have an abortion that could be funded partly at taxpayer expense. Judge Tanya Chutkan had ruled that the government must allow Jane Doe to get an abortion by Saturday to end the life of her 15-week-old unborn baby.

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington stayed Wednesday’s ruling in order to hold a hearing today on the merits of the case.

King says the government is right to protect the life of both mother and child.

“On October 19, 2017, a Judge orders the government to facilitate an abortion for a seventeen-year old illegal immigrant known as the “new Jane Roe;” with the ACLU representing the young mother. The Justice Department is seeking injunction to save life of baby. The shelter where the mother is housed has contacted a local pregnancy center and the grandmother of the baby to seek assistance for the mother and unborn child,” King explained.

The civil rights leader added: “Abortion is a civil wrong that violates the civil and human rights of unborn children; where is the lawyer for the baby?”

“In this case the office of the US Attorney General argues that the mother does not have a constitutional right to appeal to the US government for an elective abortion on demand as an illegal immigrant unless there is a medical emergency,” King said.

King said people need to remember the racial motivation behind the abortion industry that targets blacks and Latinos.

She explained: “Those in favor of the young mother having the abortion are proponents of an abortion agenda initiated by Margaret Sanger, a 20th century racist eugenicist who founded Planned Parenthood and is considered by some to be America’s “Mother of Abortion.” Sanger championed eugenics and racism in her day, going so far as be an advisor to the Klu-Klux-Klan, and to birth a Eugenics Movement which has resulted in the genocide of millions of blacks and other “undesirables.”

“In the 20th century we turned to Nonviolence as a key to this process. These principles of nonviolent conflict resolution and reconciliation are still helpful today: I learned these principles from my Uncle MLK, my father AD King, and grandfather Daddy King,” she concluded.

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Arkansas Judge Abuses Power, Ignores Life of Unborn Child in Murder Case

On Wednesday Pulaski County Arkansas Circuit Judge Herb Wright acquitted a North Little Rock man of murdering an unborn child. In 2015, Quenton King of North Little Rock allegedly shot his mistress who was eight months pregnant, killing both her and her unborn child. The judge acquitted King of murdering the unborn baby, because, he said, prosecutors failed to demonstrate the child was alive at the time.

Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement, saying, “This is ludicrous. No one should have to prove a person was alive prior to being murdered. We know from court testimony that the woman was eight months pregnant when she was shot. Children born prematurely at eight months routinely go on to live healthy lives. Arkansas law says a person can be charged with murder for causing the death of an unborn child. Judge Wright’s decision in this case ignores Arkansas’ homicide laws, and it ignores the life of this unborn baby.”

Cox called Judge Wright’s decision abusive. “Murder trials exist in part to provide justice for the victims. Judge Wright’s decision denies justice to one of those victims. It would be one thing if a jury had reviewed the case and determined there was not enough evidence to find the defendant guilty. Rather than letting a jury decide if the child was alive, Judge Wright has made that decision for them even though there was no evidence indicating the baby was dead prior to the shooting.

The Arkansas Constitution says a judge can be impeached for gross misconduct. If this is not gross misconduct, I don’t know what is.”
Jerry Cox is the founder and president of Family Council and the Education Alliance.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Labor Unions Give $2 Million to Planned Parenthood and Pro-Abortion Groups

The biggest labor unions have long had ties with top pro-abortion organizations. A new report indicates the leading labor unions across the country donated approximately $2,000,000 to the Planned Parenthood abortion business and other abortion advocacy groups.

The American Federation of Teachers led the way with well over $1 million dollars in contributions to the Abortion Lobby. The total number of donations from the teachers organization to pro-abortion organizations is confounding. Why would a so-called teachers group give so much money to the nation’s biggest abortion business that kills future students in abortions? . . .

Here’s how much a few pro-abortion groups received from labor unions since 2007, according to Luka Ladan, communications director for the Center for Union Facts:

Planned Parenthood: $1.18 million
Emily’s List: $810,000
NARAL Pro-Choice America: $45,000

Here are the dollar amounts since 2007 that a few labor unions have given for abortion lobby funding:
American Federation of Teachers: $1,150,000
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees: $520,100
International Association of Firefighters: $10,000
Service Employees International Union: $180,000
United Association: $40,000
United Auto Workers: $100,000
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union: $35,000
Groups like the Coalition of Labor Union Women also support abortion advocacy projects like the Contraceptive Equity Project that fights to guarantee insurance companies will cover comprehensive contraception services, including abortion. . . . Read More

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UN Slams President Trump for Cutting $31 Million From Its Abortion Agenda

Every year, the United Nations Population Fund publishes a glossy report describing how its fertility reduction approach will help solve the problems facing the world. The State of World Population 2017, published this week, is remarkable in that it doubles down on discredited metrics and only very tenuously links “reproductive rights” to solutions for global inequality.

Earlier this year, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) announced that the elimination of all “unmet need” for family planning was among its central goals. For years experts have criticized the concept of “unmet need” for family planning as paternalistic, with one epidemiologist describing it as “a need with no demand.”

UNFPA’s new report is surprising in that, instead of backing away from “unmet need,” it pressed further, calling it “unmet demand.”

At a press conference at UN headquarters in New York, reporters were less interested in the content of the report than UNFPA’s defunding by the Trump administration and the agency’s stance on the controversial issue of abortion.

When asked whether UNFPA regarded “reproductive rights” as including abortion, the editor of the new report, Richard Kollodge, responded, “UNFPA advocates for the availability of family planning to avoid unintended pregnancies with the aim of avoiding abortion.”

When pressed Kollodge reiterated the standards set in 1994 at the International Conference on Population and Development, “UNFPA does not support abortion as a method of family planning and the UNFPA position is that where abortion is legal it should be safe and where it’s not legal post-abortion care should be available to everybody to save lives.” . . .

Economic and other inequality remains a much-discussed topic at both a national and international level. However, UNFPA’s framing of this issue in terms of “reproductive health and rights” in its flagship report is weakened by reliance on selective data omissions and the unfounded elevation of “need” for family planning to “demand.”

The agency is caught between donor countries pressing it to advocate for abortion and recipient States and a U.S. administration that considers UNFPA’s position too close to the abortion lobby. The United States withdrew $31 million in funding this year. . . . Read More
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pro-Lifers Barrage UN Committee in Protest

by Stefano Gennarini, J.D. (C-FAM): The United States, Poland, and more than one hundred other governments and non-governmental organizations barraged the UN Human Rights Committee with briefs, pleading them not to declare abortion a human right.

A bicameral and bipartisan coalition of 51 members of the U.S. Congress, led by Chris Smith of New Jersey, also wrote to the committee, “As lawmakers, we believe we have a duty to protect the weak, disenfranchised, unwanted and vulnerable from violence and abuse. Therefore we write to affirm that the most elemental human right of all—the right to life—includes unborn children.”

Poland’s government wrote: “Article 6 (1) protects the life of every human being in every stage of its development, as the inherent dignity of a human person starts with the very first moment of its existence.”

The UN committee is finalizing a legal commentary that excludes unborn children and the terminally ill from the right to life in article 6 of the UN treaty on civil and political rights, one of the earliest and most widely ratified UN treaties. The commentary will not be binding but could be influential.

While the official statement of the U.S. did not address euthanasia, and did not rule out the possibility of a human right to abortion under other UN treaties that had not been ratified by the United States, it wrote that “any issues concerning access to abortion […] are outside the scope of Article 6.” The U.S. described the draft commentary as “expansive” and “inconsistent with a proper interpretive analysis.”

The governments of Australia, Egypt, Malta, and the Russian Federation also opposed the imposition of a right to abortion. Pro-life organizations and academics from around the world echoed these views in briefs published on the website of the committee.

“Abortion and euthanasia are hot-button issues still debated in politics and culture all across the Globe. They are not issues that should be decided or resolved by an unelected, unaccountable, and mostly obscure committee of experts in Geneva,” wrote Civil Society for the Family, an alliance of more than 180 organizations that includes C-Fam, publisher of the Friday Fax.

Civil Society for the Family explained to the committee that the UN treaty does not exclude the unborn or the terminally ill, that it does not include a right to abortion or euthanasia, and that attempts by the committee to say otherwise are illegal and cannot give rise to obligations on member states. It also provided evidence to the committee that legalizing abortion is not needed to improve maternal health, and that doctors increasingly question the necessity of so-called “therapeutic” abortion in any circumstance.

Abortion groups and their governmental supporters also made submissions on a wide spectrum.

Sweden and Finland made single paragraph submissions to support a right to access “safe abortion.” Denmark and the United Kingdom asked the committee to no longer refer to “pregnant women” to avoid excluding pregnant transgender men from the right to abortion. France, who normally promotes abortion as a right, limited its comments to promoting abortion as a health policy. France and Germany opposed an obligation to allow euthanasia or assisted suicide. The Netherlands asked that euthanasia not be limited to “catastrophically ill” patients.

The Holy See did not make an intervention, although it has promoted the UN treaty on civil and political rights since it first came into force.

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Catholic Bishop: You Can’t be Catholic and Support Abortion

Bishop Michael Campbell
From our Catholic readers around the world, but especially in the United States, one of the biggest complaints we often hear is that fellow Catholics do not follow the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church. Politicians who are Catholic but support abortion produce significant anger . . . .

Bishop Michael Campbell of Lancaster said abortion was a “foundational issue”, quoting Pope Francis who said: “We are called to defend and safeguard human life, especially in the mother’s womb, in infancy, old age and physical or mental disability.”
Consequently, we cannot claim to be Catholic and then ignore what our faith teaches on serious matters of human dignity, especially on a foundational issue like abortion. We need to be faithful and well-informed Catholics first. If we are, then our Catholic convictions will naturally enrich our country’s public life.

For some Catholics, sadly the price of admission into mainstream British life has meant that we somehow keep the Catholic brand name and tribal loyalty, but are content to live a mix of nostalgia and generic good will and ‘keep our heads down’ in the public sphere. Rather, as Catholics, we have a baptismal duty to sanctify and humanize our country; in other words, to lead it to Jesus Christ.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the (1967) Abortion Act in Britain, we recall we’re citizens of heaven first and we have pro-life obligations to the poor, the homeless, the disabled, the elderly and the refugee. But abortion is foundational. There’s no way around it. It’s the cornerstone issue for any society because it deals with the most basic human right of all – the right to life.

We just cannot build a just society while allowing more than a 185,000 abortions a year (in England and Wales), or even half that number. This is why “abortion reduction” strategies can sound persuasive and do have value, but they never adequately address the brutality and injustice of abortion itself, or abortion’s deep wounds to both women and children – with 8.8 million lives lost thus far in Britain since the introduction of the Act.

Some Catholics – including some periodicals and newspapers who claim to use that name – seem simply embarrassed by the abortion issue.

The abortion struggle gets in the way of their natural political alliances. Others don’t really agree with the Church’s teaching, or don’t accept the personhood of the unborn child. Others just want a respectable way to explain away this issue and get on with what they regard as the ‘real’ work of the Church!

I don’t think we’ve lost the abortion struggle just yet. Quite the opposite. A social conflict like abortion or racism is fundamental; it challenges the moral premises of a society and can often go on for decades. Overturning the Abortion Act is achievable. So are legal restrictions on abortion and legal protections for the unborn. Let us work and pray under God for this intention – especially with the Rosary this October – always with the compassion of Christ.

Until next week, let us pray for each other and for all those Catholics and others, too, who work to nurture and protect human life at its most vulnerable.
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Planned Parenthood: Money + Abortion

by Bill Poehler: Planned Parenthood dominates abortion in Minnesota and across the United States. But its very small role in reproductive services continues to shrink even as it grows its abortion business, according to its latest annual reports.

“Planned Parenthood’s services in Minnesota are extremely limited—and it is consolidating its operations,” said Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) Executive Director Scott Fischbach. “Money and abortion have emerged as its primary goals.”

But that’s not the public perception it propagates. Just last August Minnesota’s Sen. Amy Klobuchar falsely claimed in a television interview that “a great majority of women in this country get their health care” from Planned Parenthood.

The statement from Klobuchar was wildly inaccurate. Its Minnesota clients last year hit a five-year low of just 64,000 in a state of 5.5 million residents. Nationally, Planned Parenthood reaches less than one percent of the U.S. population.

Clearly there is no truth to Sen. Klobuchar’s statement. But she remains a reliable friend of Planned Parenthood with a 100 percent pro-abortion voting record.

Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar corporation driven to grow. Nationwide, it receives about $550 million a year from federal and state government sources. Government funding increased significantly during the Obama administration.

President Trump and many members of Congress want to reverse that trend and defund the abortion industry. A vote to that end passed in the U.S. House of Representatives last spring and was nearly approved in the Senate in July.

Minnesota’s Sens. Klobuchar and Al Franken voted to continue funding the abortion industry. Ongoing efforts are focused on plans that would replace Obamacare.

MCCL’s own defunding efforts led to passage of a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion in the 2017 legislative session. The bill was vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton.

Along with fewer clients, Planned Parenthood provides fewer services. Its units of contraception sold in the state were down 22 percent last year—and this from an organization that claims its contraceptives sales are the reason why state abortion numbers are at 40-year lows.

Planned Parenthood did not even report breast exams, pap tests , or HPV vaccinations in its 2016 annual report as it did in previous years. But these numbers were in decline in the previous two reports, some by as much as 30 percent per year.

Also in steep decline is the number of facilities. In 2010 Planned Parenthood had 25 clinics across Minnesota; today the number is 17. And some of those locations are open fewer than 10 hours per week, serving primarily as feeder clinics to its single abortion facility in St. Paul.

So where is the growth at Planned Parenthood? You guessed it—revenue and abortion.

The abortion organization received more government funds than ever last year—a total of $5.3 million. Its total annual revenue nearly doubled from 2006 to 2016 to more than $41 million.

“Planned Parenthood is driven to increase revenue by any means possible, even by taking advantage of vulnerable women,” Fischbach said.

While overall abortion numbers in Minnesota have fallen from 14,000 to just under 10,000 in the last 10 years, Planned Parenthood has managed to increase its abortions by 54 percent over the same period.

Planned Parenthood now performs 56.5 percent of all abortions in the state; in 2006 it did just 26 percent. This is a stunning market share achievement, particularly considering the 30 percent drop in total abortions over the last decade.

The secret to Planned Parenthood’s dramatic increase of its business is taxpayer funded abortions. The organization aggressively markets “free” abortions to low-income, abortion-vulnerable women.

Planned Parenthood nearly tripled its taxpayer-funded abortion business from 2006 to 2015 (latest numbers available). It now performs more than 2,000 of these “free” abortions every year.

More revenue and abortions, fewer facilities, clients and services. This is the story of Planned Parenthood in Minnesota.

“Planned Parenthood’s concentrated focus on abortion should concern everyone,” Fischbach concluded. “Abortion numbers would be much lower without Planned Parenthood’s relentless killing of unborn children.”

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Clinton Foundation Won’t Return $250,000 Donation From Accused Rapist Harvey Weinstein

The Clinton Foundation, embroiled in numerous scandals, says it will not give back the money it received from Hollywood mogul and accused rapist Harvey Weinstein.

The top-name film producer has been a big supporter of Democrats such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, and has spoken highly of the abortion chain Planned Parenthood. Weinstein is known for movies such as “Pulp Fiction,” “Shakespeare in Love,” “The English Patient” and “The King’s Speech.”

But amid numerous allegations that Weinstein sexually assaulted actresses, many politicians and groups that received donations from him have announced plans to give the money back. Others said they will donate the money to charities that help victims of sexual assault.

The Clinton Foundation is one exception. According to the Capital Research Center, the Clintons are friends of Weinstein, and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waited six days before condemning his alleged abuses.

Weinstein gave $250,000 to the Clintons’ “charity” since 2003, and another $5,400 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016, according to the report.

A spokesperson for the foundation justified keeping the money to Fox News, saying “We are a charity.” . . . .Read More:

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Trump Admin Settles Obamacare Abortion Mandate Lawsuits, Christians Won’t Have to Fund Abortion Drugs

In a huge victory for pro-life Advocates, the Trump Administration has settled lawsuits with a firm representing more than 70 clients fighting the Obama abortion mandate.

Dozens of Christian-run organizations and businesses filed suit in response to the Obamacare abortion mandate that forced them to pay for abortion-causing drugs in their employee health insurance plans. The Obama Administration refused to provide religious or moral exemptions for those companies and groups so they filed suit.

Last week, President Donald Trump expanded the religious and moral exemptions to allow for additional protection for those Christian organizations and others who don’t want to be forced to pay for abortion-causing drugs under their health insurance coverage. The settlement expands the Trump Administration efforts to protect Christians and those who want to not be involved in abortions.

One of the advantages of the settlement is that the terms and protections are binding even if a future president puts the abortion mandate back in place fully. . . . Read More

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Monday, October 16, 2017

California Gov Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill to Force Christian Schools to Hire Abortion Activists

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Sunday that could have forced churches, Christian schools and pro-life organizations to employ abortion supporters.

California Assembly Bill 569 would have prohibited employers from requiring their employees to follow a moral code of conduct, such as no sex outside of marriage and no abortions. It also would have prohibited employers from disciplining or firing employees for actions that violate the mission or beliefs of the group.

The bill did not provide any exceptions for employers, meaning pro-life organizations, churches, religious schools and faith-based groups could have been forced to keep on employees whose actions are contrary to their faith or mission.

Brown vetoed the legislation Sunday, despite being an abortion supporter. He said the concerns addressed by the bill already are covered under current law, The Sacramento Bee reports.

Pro-life and religious groups, including the California Catholic Conference and the California Family Council, strongly opposed the measure, saying it would violate their First Amendment rights. . . . Read More

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Abortionist Caught With 14 Containers of Aborted Babies in His Car Pleads No Contest

Abortionist Michael Arthur Roth, 75, appeared in a McComb County Circuit Court today and entered a plea of “No Contest” to three felony counts of Larceny in a Building.

The no contest pleas constitute felony convictions.

Activist Lynn Mills of Pro-Life Michigan was in the court room during the hearing and told Operation Rescue that Roth made a plea for leniency because he recently suffered a stroke.

Roth was criminally charged as the result of a car accident in 2015, when police discovered stolen drugs, abortion equipment, and aborted baby remains in his trunk. Roth had been secretly carrying out hazardous home abortions. He and an accomplice had stolen the instruments and drugs from an abortion facility owned by Angel Ojeda, who had employed Roth.

The incident earned him a nickname as the “Trunk Abortionist,” because he operated his illicit home abortion business out of the trunk of his car. . . . .ead More:

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