August 24, 2015

Iowa Lawmakers Want Abortion Investigation

The recent controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood has some Iowa lawmakers asking the state attorney general to investigate Iowa abortion providers. A letter signed by more than 40 Republican lawmakers in both the Iowa House and Senate was delivered to Attorney General Tom Miller on Monday. That letter includes detailed questions asking Miller to determine how abortion providers dispose of tissue and if any aborted fetal organs are sold or donated. Read more...

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TN Senators Call for 'Emergency Rules' on Abortion

Five Republican state senators are calling on Gov. Bill Haslam to enact "emergency rules" for abortion providers in Tennessee. The lawmakers want the governor to take action to ensure that the illegal sale of fetal tissue after abortions isn't taking place in the state. They want the emergency rules to provide a "chain of custody" until the disposal of the fetus; create a hotline for reporting any illegal activity at abortion clinics; and authorize the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to investigate abortion facilities. Read more...

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August 18, 2015

Man Arrested for Bringing Bomb to Kansas Abortion Clinic

Police say a man is in custody after he brought a small improvised explosive device into a women's health care clinic that provides abortions in south-central Kansas. Wichita Police Department spokesman Doug Nolte says officers responded to the South Wind Women's Center. He says on-site security inspected a backpack the man brought in and found knives and the explosive device. Read more...

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Alabama Judge Blocks Pro-Life Law

In Alabama, a federal judge has blocked an abortion regulations law that could have closed the state’s most popular abortion facility— the West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa (WAWC). Currently, WAWC performs about 40 percent of the state’s abortions and it is one of only two facilities that perform second trimester abortions. The legislation passed in 2007 and requires abortionists to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital or contract with a doctor who can handle abortion complications properly. Read more...

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Ben Carson: Abortion Not Acceptable After Rape, Incest

Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said Sunday that even rape and incest should not be exceptions to abortion bans, and criticized Planned Parenthood as having "racist" roots. "I believe that once conception has been achieved, that it is a human life," Carson said, after he was asked whether he believes abortion bans should exclude rape and incest. "What I have said is that, you know, I have spent my life trying to save life, not trying to destroy it." Read more...

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August 15, 2015

Arkansas Moves to End Planned Parenthood Funding

Arkansas became the fourth state to move to cut funds to Planned Parenthood Federation of America despite Obama administration warnings that severing Medicaid money may violate federal law. Gov. Asa Hutchinson directed the state Department of Human Services to terminate its existing Medicaid agreement with Planned Parenthood, effective 30 days from the receipt of a letter dated Friday. Read more...

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Utah Governor Stops Funding for Planned Parenthood

Gov. Gary Herbert instructed state agencies to stop distributing federal funds to the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah in a decision that took state lawmakers and Planned Parenthood officials by surprise. The governor's decision came amid a firestorm of controversy after the release of undercover videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials bargaining over the price of fetal tissue. Read more...

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August 14, 2015

Administration Threatens States Attempting to Defund Planned Parenthood

The Obama administration is threatening states attempting to defund Planned Parenthood–those trying to stop the flow of their Medicaid funds to the abortion provider–with potential violation of federal law and, ultimately, the cutting off of Medicaid funds to those states. Following the release of investigative videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting the body parts of aborted babies for potential sale to biomedical companies, Alabama, Louisiana, and New Hampshire have canceled their Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood. Read more...

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Idaho Will Not Investigate Fetal Tissue Videos

Idaho Governor Butch Otter has turned down a request by state lawmakers to launch an investigation into Planned Parenthood over a series of videos that allegedly depict executives from the health care provider negotiating the sale of fetal tissue for medical research. In a letter to state lawmakers, Otter, a Republican, writes, "I understand and share your concerns regarding recently released video of Planned Parenthood officials in other states. Their actions are shocking and deeply troubling." However, "there is no evidence a crime has been committed," Otter adds. Read more...

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Tennessee Judge Halts Law Allowing Inspection of Clinics

In Tennessee, a federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction barring district attorneys from enforcing a pro-life law requiring abortion facilities to meet new safety standards. U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp stopped district attorneys in Davidson and Sullivan counties from requiring facilities that perform more than 50 abortions annually to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. A second law requires women in the state to receive in-person counseling and wait 48 hours prior to getting an abortion. Read more...

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Student Sues High School Over Denial of Pro-Life Club

A Las Vegas high school student is suing her school and the school district for denying her bid to start a pro-life club on campus. Attorneys filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of Angelique Clark. The West Coast Career & Technical Academy student argues her school and the Clark County School District violated the Equal Access Act and the First Amendment. School officials waited months before telling Clark they denied the club because the topic was controversial. Attorneys sent the district a letter demanding the club be approved, but have said they received no response. The lawsuit also names the district’s superintendent, the school’s principal and assistant principal. Read more...

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The Racist Views of Planned Parenthood’s Founder

In 1921, Margaret Sanger founded the American Birth Control League, which in 1942 underwent a name change to become Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Many of the group’s founding directors were actively involved in the “eugenics” movement, which held that certain classes or colors of people were “lesser” and “unfit” for humanity and shockingly should be eliminated. Included in these targeted “unfit” groups were black Americans (another group included was people with disabilities). Read more...

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Abortion Clinic Shuts Down

A Southern California abortion clinic that had long been the site of pro-life outreaches has unexpectedly closed. The North County Women’s Medical Clinic, located in the North San Diego County community of San Marcos, was owned and operated by abortionist George Kung. Its website was quietly replaced with a message noting the closure. Read more...

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January 14, 2014

Pope Speaks Out on 'Horrific' Abortions

Pope Francis decried abortion as a sign of a wasteful modern culture that treats goods and people, including unborn children, as easily discarded commodities. In the annual papal "state of the world" speech delivered to diplomats, Francis said the denial of human dignity was a threat to world peace, and cited the problems of hunger among the have-nots and food waste among the haves. Read more...

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Court Turns Down Arizona Abortion Challenge

The Supreme Court refused to hear Arizona's challenge to the court's Roe vs. Wade decision and its protection for a woman's right to choose abortion through the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. Without comment, the justices turned down Arizona's appeal of a lower-court ruling that blocked a law that would have limited legal abortions to 20 weeks. Last year, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the law from taking effect on grounds that it conflicted with Roe vs. Wade. Read more...

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January 03, 2014

Obama Asks Justice to Remove Birth Control Block

The Obama administration says a Supreme Court justice should stop blocking the new health care law's requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control. The Justice Department called on Justice Sonia Sotomayor to dissolve her stay on the contraceptive coverage requirement of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The government says religious nonprofit groups can certify that they don't want to provide contraceptive coverage. A group of Catholic nuns who run nursing homes sued, saying even signing that form violates their beliefs. Read more...

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MSNBC’s Mitchell Cheers On Planned Parenthood

On her January 2 Andrea Mitchell Reports program, Mitchell kicked off the new year with a friendly strategy session with Richards, with Justice Sonia Sotomayor's temporary stay on a contraception mandate serving as the news hook. After allowing Ms. Richards to state her opinion on Sotomayor’s ruling, the MSNBC host then went into activism mode, asking her guest, "Is there anything that Planned Parenthood or other advocates can do for women's rights and women's rights to contraception?" Read more...

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70 New Anti-Abortion Laws OK'd in 22 States

Some 22 states enacted 70 new provisions to target abortion last year, the second most ever, prompting an outcry from Planned Parenthood, which accused "out-of-touch Tea Party politicians" with using "every underhanded trick in the book to get these laws passed." A new report from the Guttmacher Institute said that the 70 provisions were second in number to the nearly 90 approved in 2011. The group said that 205 abortion restrictions were approved over the past three years, more than the 189 enacted during the previous decade. Read more...

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January 01, 2014

Court Justice Delays Birth Control Mandate

Only hours before the law was to take effect, a Supreme Court justice blocked implementation of part of President Barack Obama's health care law that would have forced some religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control. Justice Sonia Sotomayor's decision came after a flurry of efforts by Catholic-affiliated groups from around the nation. Those groups had rushed to the federal courts to stop Wednesday's start of portions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Read more...

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327,166 Abortions Performed in 2012

A newly-released report by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America shows that the organization performed over 300,000 abortions in 2012–the latest figures on record. According to the report, 327,166 abortions were performed during the 2012-2013 fiscal year, down from 333,964 in 2011. The decrease of 6,800 abortions tallies to a two percent drop from the previous year, but prenatal care services also dropped 31.9 percent, a significant decline in care for pregnant mothers. Read more...

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December 24, 2013

Judgette Rejects Catholic Challenge to Obamacare

The Catholic Church isn’t harmed by the U.S. Affordable Care Act’s requirement for providing employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives, a judge ruled, throwing out most of a lawsuit challenging the provision. U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson in Washington last Thursday rejected arguments made by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, and schools within its jurisdiction, that the requirement that employers provide cost-free coverage for contraceptive services is contrary to their religious beliefs, and violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and their constitutionally protected free-speech rights. Read more...

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Record 87 Abortion Clinics Closed in 2013

Operation Rescue has concluded an exhaustive survey of abortion clinics in the U.S. and announced that it has documented a record number of abortion clinic closures in 2013, during which time 87 surgical abortion clinics halted abortions. The total number of surgical abortion clinics left in the U.S. is now 582. This represents an impressive 12% net decrease in surgical abortion clinics in 2013 alone, and a 73% drop from a high in 1991 of 2,176. Read more...

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Hiding Obamacare’s Abortion Coverage

During the first round of congressional hearings on the subject of the website, Rep. John Shimkus, Illinois Republican, asked Mrs. Sebelius to make sure that federal exchange plans that cover elective abortion are readily identifiable to consumers, so that people who do not wish to purchase plans that cover elective abortion would not unknowingly enroll in such plans. Mrs. Sebelius responded, “I know exactly the issue you’re talking about. I will check and make sure that is clearly identifiable.” She also promised to provide the committee a list of insurers in the federal exchange who do not offer abortion coverage. Nearly two months later, Mrs. Sebelius has still not provided any such information to the public. Read more...

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December 17, 2013

Abortion Doctor Gets 30 Years for Pill Mill

The Philadelphia abortion doctor who was convicted of first-degree murder for killing babies that were born alive in his clinic has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for running a pill mill out of the same clinic. Kermit Gosnell, 72, pleaded guilty to prescribing and dispensing narcotics from June 2008 to February 2010. He wrote fraudulent prescriptions for hundreds of thousands of prescription pills -- including 600,000 pills containing oxycodone -- to cash-paying customers who showed no medical need. Read more...

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December 14, 2013

European Parliament Rejects Abortion as 'Human Right'

Members of the European Parliament have rejected a report which suggested that abortion be defined as a "human rights and public-health concern." The rejection of the report affirms the ability of the individual nations in the European Union to promote their own approach to sexual education and abortion policies. Read more...

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