26 Feb

President Donald Trump Defunds Planned Parenthood, Will Cut Almost $60 Million in Taxpayer Funding

via LifeNews.com February 22, 2019 at 01:58PM

President Donald Trump today finalized an administrative rule that would ultimately partially defund the planned Parenthood abortion business and deprive it of as much as $60 million in taxpayer dollars. This action adds to President Trump’s record of defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion company.

The abortion chain receives about $50 million to $60 million in Title X funds annually, but that could change now that the new rules are being implemented. The administration’s changes to Title X family planning grants have angered the abortion chain Planned Parenthood, prompting a lawsuit, but they provide hope for life-affirming pregnancy centers, which can now compete with the abortion giant for the federal funds.

Title X funds are supposed to be used to help low-income women and men receive birth control, cancer screenings and other health care services. While the tax money cannot be used to pay for abortions, it indirectly funds Planned Parenthood’s vast abortion business.

Last May, the Trump administration published a new proposal for Title X that would prohibit Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses from receiving any of those tax dollars unless they completely separate their abortion businesses from their taxpayer-funded services. That mean housing their family planning services in separate buildings with separate staff from their abortion businesses and a denial of funds if they fail to do so. Most Planned Parenthood entities are not expected to comply.

Under the new directive, which will take effect in 60 days, organizations receiving Title X funding have 120 days to financially separate their family planning and abortion operations and one year to physically separate their family planning and abortion operations.

The “Protect Life Rule,” as that proposal is known, was finalized today. And pro-life groups are delighted by the news.

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“We thank President Trump for taking decisive action to disentangle taxpayers from the big abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

She told LifeNews: “The Protect Life Rule does not cut family planning funding by a single dime, and instead directs tax dollars to entities that provide healthcare to women but do not perform abortions. The Title X program was not intended to be a slush fund for abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, which violently ends the lives of more than 332,000 unborn babies a year and receives almost $60 million a year in Title X taxpayer dollars. We thank President Trump and Secretary Azar for ensuring that the Title X program is truly about funding family planning, not abortion.”

National Right to Life president Carol Tobias also praised President Trump and noted that the decision doesn’t adversely affect women’s health because the federal funds will got o legitimate family planning efforts instead of places that kill babies in abortions.

“We thank President Trump and Health & Human Services Secretary Azar for their numerous actions to restore pro-life policies,” she told LifeNews. “We are encouraged to see the announcement of Title X regulations that are back in line with previous policy that prevents federal dollars from being used to directly or indirectly promote abortion domestically.”

Brad Mattes, the president of Life Issues Institute, also told LifeNews he was excited to hear the news that the Protect Life Rule has been finalized.

“President Trump just finalized his Protect Life Rule which prohibits Title X taxpayer funding from going to ANY entity that performs abortions,” he said. “That means if abortion giant Planned Parenthood refuses to comply with the Protect Life Rule it will LOSE $60 MILLION of our tax dollars each year!”

He profusely thanked the president for his actions.

“I’m so thankful for your activism, without which we would not be celebrating this great victory today,” he said. “Planned Parenthood is America’s LARGEST abortion business. Congress was unable to defund Planned Parenthood because of Democratic filibusters in the Senate. But President Trump has used his executive powers to act decisively and cut off this stream of funding to abortion businesses that had been accessing these Title X funds.”

According to National Right to Life, during the Reagan Administration, regulations were issued, with National Right to Life’s strong support, to restore the original character of Title X by prohibiting referral for abortion except in life endangering circumstances. Additionally, abortion facilities could not generally share the same location with a Title X site.

In the 1991 Rust v. Sullivan decision, the U.S. Supreme Court found similar regulations permissible.

However, the Clinton Administration would later reverse these regulations.

A recent Marist poll found that, by a double-digit margin, a majority of all Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion (54 percent to 39 percent).

26 Feb

Tennessee Committee Passes Bill to Ban Abortions After Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins

via LifeNews.com February 20, 2019 at 05:36PM

Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday to protect unborn babies from abortion once they have a detectable heartbeat.

State House Bill 77, sponsored by Rep. Micah Van Huss, would protect almost all unborn babies in Tennessee by prohibiting abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks. Exceptions would be allowed for medical emergencies. Violators could be charged with a felony and face up to 15 years in prison.

WTVF reports the subcommittee voted Wednesday to move the heartbeat bill forward to the full public health committee.

The Tennessean reports Van Huss defended unborn babies’ right to life when Democrat lawmakers asked if the bill includes exceptions for rape or incest.

“I don’t know why incest would be included in that question, because it’s either consensual or rape,” Van Huss replied. “I do not believe that the justice for the sins of the father or mother should be carried out on an innocent baby.”

The bill has the support of Gov. Bill Lee. In January, the pro-life Republican said he will sign legislation if it reaches his desk.

This is the third year Van Huss has introduced the bill.

“One of our primary responsibilities as government is to keep our citizens safe. And the killing of our citizens need to stop,” Van Huss told WPLN, previously. “So I’m about small government, but I believe the government needs to protect life.”

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Pro-abortion Democrats in the state already are preparing for a fight. Nashville Public Radio reports state Rep. Gloria Johnson slammed the bill in January, saying it would damage women’s equality.

“If you don’t believe that a woman has complete control over her own health, you don’t believe that women are equal,” Johnson said. “And it is denying equality to deny the woman control over her own body.”

Planned Parenthood has called heartbeat legislation “gross” and “dangerous.”

Heartbeat bills also have been introduced in a number of other states this winter, including Kentucky and South Carolina. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he would support a heartbeat bill in his state as well.

However, in January, a judge declared Iowa’s heartbeat law unconstitutional.

The goal of the legislation is to prevent the deaths of thousands of unborn babies every year. However, even some pro-life advocates admit that the success of the legislation is uncertain. While the rationale behind the law is noble, a number of pro-life leaders recognize that, for the present, such laws may create unintended consequences that could hamper the pro-life cause.When courts rule against such laws, state taxpayers often are forced to reimburse pro-abortion groups for their legal fees.

North Dakota and Arkansas passed heartbeat bills several years ago, but federal courts struck down both laws.

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals said the following about its ruling on the six-week ban: “Because there is no genuine dispute that (North Dakota’s law) generally prohibits abortions before viability — as the Supreme Court has defined that concept — and because we are bound by Supreme Court precedent holding that states may not prohibit pre-viability abortions, we must affirm the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the plaintiffs.”

There is more hope that the new conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court may consider an abortion ban, but it is difficult to say if it would for certain – especially after Chief Justice John Roberts recently sided with the liberal justices on an abortion case.

26 Feb

Kentucky House Passes Bill to Ban Abortions Once Roe v. Wade is Overturned

via LifeNews.com February 20, 2019 at 11:54AM

The Kentucky House passed a bill to ensure that unborn babies are protected in their state if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

The 1973 case crippled states’ ability to protect unborn babies, but many have renewed hope that the infamous abortion ruling will be overturned someday. When that happens, abortions will not immediately become illegal. Instead, states will have to take action to protect unborn babies once again.

In anticipation of that day, the Kentucky House recently passed state House Bill 148 in a 69-20 vote, The Sentinel Echo reports.

The bill, which now moves to the state Senate, would make it a felony to perform an abortion in any case except when the mother’s life is at risk. State Reps. Joe Fischer and Nancy Tate are the lead sponsors.

“HB 148 (will) provide full legal protection to every unborn child in Kentucky from the moment of fertilization to childbirth only if the Supreme Court reverses Roe v. Wade or the Constitution is amended to restore authority to any state to prohibit abortion,” Fischer said.

Here’s more from the local news:

HB 148 would not allow prosecution for an unintentional abortion that occurs in the course of medical treatment of the mother, and would not allow prosecution of a woman who has agreed to abortion, said Fischer. And it would allow prescribing of the so-called “morning after pill” for emergency contraception since, Fischer said, that medication would be taken “before there is knowledge of any pregnancy.” …

Rep. Tate advocated for the bill by telling her colleagues of her childhood when her parents struggled to raise a growing family on as little as $230 per month. “Challenges,” she said, should not be seen as “hardships.”

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“I look at (challenges) as opportunities to grow as a person, to aspire to greatness, and to use our God-given talent–and my God-given talent–as a woman,” said Tate.

The sponsors expressed strong hope that the bill will become law in Kentucky.

However, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU already are attacking the bill with claims that it will put women at risk.

While some states like New York are passing radical pro-abortion laws, others like Kentucky are working hard to protect the unborn. Kentucky lawmakers also are considering a bill to prohibit abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable this winter.

Meanwhile, last week, Arkansas also passed a law to ban abortions when Roe v. Wade is overturned. The Hill reports Arkansas is the fifth state to pass such a law. The others are Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota and South Dakota. Tennessee is considering a similar bill this winter.

The Supreme Court took away the states’ ability to protect unborn babies from abortion under Roe, and instead allowed abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy. Roe made the United States one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks, a fact confirmed by the Washington Post fact checker.

Legal scholars give different estimates about the number of states that would prohibit abortions once Roe is overturned. Several have laws similar to the one that Arkansas passed this month, while others still have pre-Roe abortion bans that would take effect again when the infamous ruling is overturned.

In 2017, the abortion advocacy group NARAL predicted that 13 states immediately would ban abortions if the high court overturns Roe. Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights put their estimate at 22 states.

More than 60 million unborn babies have been aborted since 1973 in America.

26 Feb

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Signs Bill to Ban Abortions Once Roe v. Wade is Overturned

via LifeNews.com February 20, 2019 at 09:45AM

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a law Tuesday to protect unborn babies by banning all abortions in the state once Roe v. Wade is overturned.

The Human Life Protection Act (Arkansas Senate Bill 149) is necessary because the infamous abortion case crippled states’ ability to protect unborn babies from abortion. Some hope that the new U.S. Supreme Court justices will overturn the ruling, but even if they do, abortions will remain legal in many states. The Arkansas law will make it one of a handful of states that would immediately protect unborn babies once the case is overturned.

The Hill reports Arkansas is the fifth state to pass such a law. The others are Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota and South Dakota. Kentucky and Tennessee also are considering bills that would do the same thing this winter.

“It’s time for the United States to redress and correct what many believe is a grave injustice and a crime against humanity which is being perpetuated by the decisions of Roe v. Wade,” said state Sen. Jason Rapert, the lead sponsor of the bill, previously.

The law will prohibit abortions except to save the mother’s life. It also will allow abortionists to be charged with a felony for aborting an unborn baby.

The state legislature made the bill a priority this year. It passed both houses within the first two weeks of February.

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The bill compares abortion to similar human rights injustices that the U.S. Supreme Court once upheld and then later condemned, such as slavery.

“The United States Supreme Court committed a grave injustice and a crime against humanity in the Dred Scott decision by denying personhood to a class of human beings, African-Americans,” the bill states. “It is time for the United States Supreme Court to redress and correct the grave injustices and crimes against humanity which is being perpetuated by their decisions in Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.”

It also points to scientific evidence that life begins at conception, as well as to the 3,249 unborn babies who were aborted in Arkansas in 2017, according to the state Department of Health.

The Supreme Court took away the states’ ability to protect unborn babies from abortion under Roe, and instead allowed abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy. Roe made the United States one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks, a fact confirmed by the Washington Post fact checker.

Legal scholars give different estimates about the number of states that would prohibit abortions once Roe is overturned. Several have laws similar to the one that Arkansas passed this month, while others still have pre-Roe abortion bans that would take effect again when the infamous ruling is overturned.

In 2017, the abortion advocacy group NARAL predicted that 13 states immediately would ban abortions if the high court overturns Roe. Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights put their estimate at 22 states.

More than 60 million unborn babies have been aborted since 1973 in America.

26 Feb

24% of OBGYNs Have Killed a Baby in an Abortion, And the Number is Rising

via LifeNews.com February 19, 2019 at 05:51PM

Nearly one quarter of OB-GYNs in America abort unborn babies, a new study revealed this month.

Published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, the study found an increase in the number of OB-GYNs doing abortions in America.

“Compared with the previous national survey in 2008-2009, abortion provision may be increasing among practicing ob-gyns, although important geographic disparities persist,” the authors wrote.

According to the study, 23.8 percent of doctors who responded said they provided abortions in the previous year. That is a 14 percent increase from a similar survey nearly 10 years ago.

Of those who did abortions, 10.4 percent said they did both surgical and drug-induced abortions, 9.4 percent said they did surgical only, and 4 percent drug-induced only.

The authors, including well-known pro-abortion researcher Daniel Grossman, suggested that more doctors would do drug-induced abortions if the FDA loosens its restrictions on the dangerous drugs.

“Few provide medication abortion, but uptake might increase if [the abortion drug] mifepristone could be prescribed,” the authors wrote.

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Right now, abortion advocacy groups are suing the FDA to force pharmacies to prescribe abortion drugs. They also are trying to overturn laws that require doctors to provide them. Pro-life advocates fear the expansion could lead to more forced, secret abortions by abusers who do not want a woman to be pregnant.

The new study asked doctors who do not provide drug-induced abortions if they would if they could write prescriptions for the drugs. While almost half said they would not, 28 percent said they would and 22 percent said they are not sure.

“This suggests that the proportion of ob-gyns offering induced medication abortion might increase from 14% currently to as much as 31% if it were not required to stock the medication in one’s office,” the authors wrote.

The study came out of the University of California, San Francisco, a school widely known for biased, pro-abortion research. For the study, the researchers contacted a 980-member sample of the Collaborative Ambulatory Research Network of the America College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists [ACOG] between 2016 and 2017.

How well the results represent American OB-GYNs as a whole is unclear. ACOG is well known for abortion advocacy, and many pro-life doctors have left or refused to join the organization. It is possible that the study may be skewed because the results come from members of the pro-abortion organization.

26 Feb

Supreme Court Rejects Pro-Abortion Attack on Catholic Bishops for Burying Babies Killed in Abortions

via LifeNews.com February 19, 2019 at 12:49PM

The U.S. Supreme Court granted a victory to Texas Catholic bishops on Tuesday after an abortion chain attacked them for offering to bury babies killed in abortions.

The lawsuit by Whole Woman’s Health, a Texas abortion chain notorious for health and safety violations, involves a Texas law that requires abortion facilities to bury or cremate aborted babies’ bodies. The law helps ensure that abortion businesses are not selling aborted babies’ bodies for profit.

As part of the lawsuit, the abortion chain sued to obtain private records from the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops after they offered to provide a dignified burial for the babies.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the abortion chain last year, and on Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the abortion chain’s appeal.

“Thank goodness the Supreme Court saw this appeal for what it was: a nasty attempt to intimidate the bishops and force them to withdraw their offer to bury every child aborted in Texas,” said Eric Rassbach, vice president and senior counsel at Becket, which represented the bishops. “Abortion groups may think the bishops ‘troublesome,’ but it is wrong to weaponize the law to stop the bishops from standing up for their beliefs.”

The bishops are not part of Whole Women’s Health’s lawsuit against the Texas law, but, because they offered to provide a dignified burial for aborted babies, the abortion chain tried to subpoena decades of internal private documents related to abortion through the courts.

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A trial judge ordered the bishops to hand over the documents, even though they had provided more than 4,000 pages of external communications, according to Beckett. The bishops appealed, and the Supreme Court’s decision permanently stops the attack.

Archbishop Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston, previously said their ministries to help the marginalized, poor and vulnerable are being threatened by the abortion business.

“We cannot act on our faith and religious convictions as effectively if we have to give up our ability to deliberate in private as the price of admission to the public square,” DiNardo said.

The Texas law has been blocked temporarily while the lawsuit moves through the courts. Abortion activists have argued the law creates an “undue burden” on women’s access to abortion by increasing the cost of an abortion through the burial/cremation requirement.

More states are moving to require dignified burials of aborted babies’ bodies after undercover videos revealed evidence that Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities may be selling aborted babies’ body parts. The Center for Medical Progress videos prompted a number of states and the U.S. House and Senate to open investigations into the matter.