29 Jan

Fox Refuses Pro-Life Group’s Super Bowl Commercial Featuring Abortion Survivors

via LifeNews.com January 28, 2020 at 04:19PM

A new organization dedicated to sharing abortion survivors’ stories wants pro-life advocates to make their voices heard to FOX Sports ahead of the 2020 Super Bowl.

Faces of Choice leaders said they have been trying for more than six months to purchase ad time during the Super Bowl, but FOX has repeatedly ignored them. Their powerful new ad premiered at the March for Life last week, and it featured the stories of more than a dozen people who survived abortions.

Lyric Gillett, the 28-year-old founder of Faces of Choice and producer of the ad, said they have a shortened version ready to air during the big game.

“Every great human rights movement in history has been anchored in the stories and the faces of its victims,” Gillett said. “That’s what we aim to do; we simply want to tell their forgotten stories and there’s no larger mega-phone than the Super Bowl. After months of correspondence with the Fox network, we are asking for a definitive answer immediately.”

She said they are tired of getting the runaround. Gillett said they provided all the necessary documentation to FOX and answered its legal team’s questions, but the network still did not give her an answer.

This week, her organization and My Faith Votes launched a campaign urging pro-lifers to contact the network and ask for a final decision on the ad.

“With less than a week to go until the big game, time is of the essence and we are asking for one of the last remaining time slots available,” she said. “Just give us an answer and let us have the opportunity to tell the world these stories, to show the faces of choice.”

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They asked people to email Fox Corp. SVP, Standards and Practices Barbara De Santis, VP, Commercial Clearance Maryana Dezarlo, SVP, Ad Sales Jim Reeder, and EVP, Corporate General Counsel Claudia Teran. The pro-life organizations also began a petition here.

“Fox Sports needs to hear from thousands of pro-life Americans, today,” said My Faith Votes CEO Jason Yates. “There’s no time to wait.”

If the network refuses to run the spot, Gillett encouraged pro-lifers to shut off the commercials during the Super Bowl and take time to watch the abortion survivors’ stories instead on YouTube. Find the video here.

Abortion survivors pose a vital question to abortion activists through the new ad, “Can you look me in the eye and say I should have been aborted?”

Melissa Ohden, who survived a late-term abortion, said it is more important now than ever to tell their stories and bring light to the injustice of abortion.

“Through The Abortion Survivors Network, we have been connecting and supporting survivors for the last eight years, but this project, Faces of Choice, is the first media project we’ve been a part of that includes survivors from around the world,” Ohden said. “We can’t think of a more important time to come together and challenge the world to face the ‘choice’ of abortion and encourage people to ultimately find healing and create a culture of life.”

Their survivals have been called “imaginary” and protections for them unnecessary, but government health data indicates that at least 40 babies were born alive in abortions in just three states between 2016 and 2018. Researchers estimate that hundreds, potentially thousands, of babies have survived abortions over the past several decades.

Ultimately, Faces of Choice leaders hope their stories will break down the myth of “choice.”

“Abortion advocates need to look these survivors in the eye and come to terms with the fact that they are human, that their lives matter, and that choice is more than a word: it’s a person,” Gillett said.

The abortion survivors featured in the ad are: Dr. Imre Téglásy (1952, Hungary); Paula Page (02/24/54); Miriam “Penny” Hopper (11/29/55); Denisha Workizer (7/11/76); Melissa Ohden (8/29/77); Jennifer Millbourn (9/02/78); Jennifer Callender (7/18/80); Claire Culwell (3/06/88); Hope Hoffman (8/12/91); Josiah Presley (10/07/95); Asiimwe Ronald Williams (9/25/97, Uganda); Dona Marie Mendoza (Philippines); Jaylyn Schoch (8/15/03); and Zechariah Hagan (10/20/13), one of the first abortion pill reversal survivors.

28 Jan

Scientific Study Shows Unborn Babies Can Feel Pain as Early as 13 Weeks

via LifeNews.com January 21, 2020 at 01:33PM

Unborn children may feel pain before the 24-week abortion time limit, meaning they would physically suffer when being aborted.

Dr Anthony McCarthy, SPUC Director of Research said: “A society that claims to take seriously animal pain should not shrink from confronting pain inflicted on young human beings in the name of ‘choice’.”

The new research paper, Reconsidering Foetal Pain, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, indicates that unborn children may be able to feel painful sensations as early as 13 weeks.

The medical researchers, one of whom identifies as ‘pro-choice’, argue that to act as if we have certainty that the fetus does not ever feel anything akin to pain “flirts with moral recklessness.”

Dr McCarthy said: “We welcome the re-opening of the fetal pain debate in this important paper.  Making death painless for the one killed does not, however, mean that taking life is thereby justified.  Women who are rightly concerned not to cause pain to their baby even as early as 13 weeks should be offered, not alternative ways of aborting the baby but support to allow their child to live.”

Methods of abortion in the United Kingdom

In 2018 in the UK, 218,518 unborn children were killed by abortion. Unborn children are aborted for any reason until the 24th week of pregnancy and then can be legally be aborted until and during birth if suspected of having a foetal anomaly.

Chemical abortion, also known as medical abortion, is the most common method used to terminate unborn children in the United Kingdom. This involves the mother consuming two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, which are used to starve the unborn child of nutrients and then flush them out of the mother’s body. One of the UK’s largest abortion providers, British Pregnancy Advisory Service ‘BPAS’, recently updated their information regarding chemical abortion stating that women “may see large blood clots or the fetus at the time of the abortion”, some “as big as a lemon.”

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Surgical abortions are typically performed between 5 and 13 weeks of pregnancy. A suction catheter is inserted into the womb where the unborn baby is then ripped apart and squeezed down the catheter.  A curette is used to scrape the lining of the uterus to ensure all body parts are removed.

Surgical abortions that are carried in the second trimester of pregnancy involve using a sopher clamp to grasp and rip the limbs of the child. The head is clamped and crushed and the abortionist must assemble the body parts on a tray to ensure no remains are left in the womb.

LifeNews Note: Courtesy of SPUC. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children is a leading pro-life organization in the United Kingdom.

28 Jan

President Trump “Has Done More for the Pro-Life Movement Than Any President”

via LifeNews.com January 21, 2020 at 12:43PM

The president of the upcoming March for Life was effusive in her praise for President Donald Trump in a recent interview, saying he has “done more for the pro-life movement than any president.”

Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, told the Daily Signal, “In terms of really creating pro-life policy, I would agree he has done more for the pro-life movement than any president when it comes to enacting policy.”

Mancini has a point. President Trump, who initially caused doubts among some pro-lifers, has shown himself to be an advocate for unborn babies, their mothers and pro-life advocates.

The Republican president faces a crowded Democratic field of candidates who have pledged to support abortion on demand and to force taxpayers to pay for them. Many of the leading contenders also voted against a bill to protect newborns from infanticide. And for many Americans, Trump’s pro-life record is one of their primary reasons for supporting him.

Here’s the rest of her interview:

Because of my job, I have to just start by talking about the March for Life. Prior to the Trump administration, we never had a president or vice president of the United States come to the march. In fact, a speech writer once told me, and this was a former speech writer, that presidents were counseled to go to Camp David around the time of the March for Life because they didn’t want to be photoed with some graphic images or something like that.

So … there’s almost been a real fear at top levels to associate with something this important. And we’ve seen the opposite from this White House. And it’s been incredible.

I will never, ever, ever forget one week after being inaugurated, there was the vice president in person at the March for Life and Kellyanne Conway, who ran a successful campaign. And that was, again, the first time.

It was a historic moment because it was the first time ever in the history of a March [for Life] that a standing vice president had come and spoken in person.

Then the following year, President Trump addressed the marchers about a mile away from the rally. So he was in the Rose Garden and there were a couple hundred young people there in the Rose Garden with him on big jumbotrons at the rally’s site. We broadcast that live and that was very exciting.

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Last year, again, we had Mrs. [Karen] Pence and the vice president. So it’s just been incredible to have that level of support from the administration.

But in terms of amazing policies that they’ve enacted—gosh, there’s been so much. One of my personal favorites is the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy that had been formerly called the Mexico City policy, but that’s been reinstated and broadened.

Another favorite, of course, would be Supreme Court appointments, nominations and confirmations of both Justice [Neil] Gorsuch and [Justice Brett] Kavanaugh.

And then all of the excellent judicial nominations that are going to be at the appeals court and the district court, I think there have been over 218 of those. I don’t have the number right in front of me, but it’s high.

Returning Title 10 funding decisions to the state, launching an investigation into Planned Parenthood. I mean, again and again, there have been so many really, really great things.

In one of his first acts as president, Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits taxpayer funding to groups that promote or provide abortions overseas. The change defunded Planned Parenthood’s international arm of about $100 million in U.S. tax dollars.

Trump has repeatedly called out the Democratic Party’s extreme position on abortion. During his state of the union address this year, Trump slammed the governors of New York and Virginia for promoting abortion up to birth and infanticide. He also called for Congress to pass a ban on late-term abortions on babies who are capable of feeling pain.

Trump and his administration have made a number of changes to protect those who morally object to abortions, expanding conscience protections for medical workers who believe it is wrong to kill an unborn baby and increasing religious exemptions for Obamacare.

His administration also intervened to stop the United Nations from supporting abortion in a resolution about sexual violence. In 2018, under his leadership, the State Department removed references to the so-called “right” to abort an unborn baby from a global human rights report as well.

This spring, the administration also finalized a new Title X rule that requires health care entities to completely separate abortion from their taxpayer-funded services. Planned Parenthood, which already has said it will not comply, could lose about $60 million annually through the policy change. However, the abortion group is suing to block the cuts.

Trump has appointed dozens of conservative judges to federal courts as well, including two to the U.S. Supreme Court.

28 Jan

‘The loss… is staggering’: Pro-life members of Congress remember 47th anniversary of Roe

via Live Action News January 21, 2020 at 09:52AM

Last week, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and several of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives remembered the upcoming 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout the United States on January 22, 1973. While Roe is celebrated by abortion supporters each year, for pro-lifers, it is a remembrance of the more than 60 million innocent human lives that have been taken under the guise of “choice” and “privacy.”

Below are some of the remarks from a handful of the members of Congress who spoke on this occasion.

Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL):

Rep. Roby noted that the Roe v. Wade anniversary “represents a somber occasion for those of us who advocate for life,” adding, “I am opposed to abortion at any stage.” She continued:

Our pro-life agenda has momentum and it is strong…. I want to take this opportunity to send a message to the thousands of marchers who are gathering to show their support for the pro-life movement. Thank you… know that you are not alone in this fight as you continue to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Remember that my pro-life colleagues and I stand with you…. I will not stop fighting until our laws and policies protect life at every stage, and I hope you won’t, either.

 

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ):

Rep. Smith thanked this week’s participants in the March for Life, adding, “Sadly… since 1973, over 61 million unborn babies have been killed by either dismemberment… or by chemical poisoning. The loss of children’s lives in America is staggering — a death toll that equates with the entire population of Italy.”

Rep. Smith also appealed for the House to bring to a vote the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act — which Smith said he his colleagues have been seeking for over a year — telling stories of babies who were born alive during abortions and who were killed after the fact:

 

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD):

Rep. Harris was an anesthesiologist, and said he “was in charge of labor and delivery anesthesia at Hopkins for decades” and saw thousands of babies being born. He then turned his comments to the upcoming March for Life, saying:

I believe there are a lot of young people who march because this is the generation that knows that it was legal for them to be aborted. And I think they appreciate the fact that they weren’t….

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States…. They actually promote using American tax dollars to provide abortions overseas as well…. It’s bad enough that we still fund Planned Parenthood here in this country, but my gosh, spending tax dollars to pay for abortions in foreign countries!… As the death toll climbs to over 60 million… enough is enough. This is the largest and most important human rights issue we face…. We have to turn back the legalization of the killing of millions of Americans before they’re even born.

 

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN):

Rep. Walorski kept her comments brief, but focused on the human cost of abortion, and of the humanity of preborn children:

The discovery last year of thousands of fetal remains in the garage of Ulrich Klopfer, Indiana’s most prolific abortionist, was a tragic reminder of the terrible cost of abortion. After this shocking event, I introduced the Dignity for Aborted Children Act…

I also signed a discharge petition to bring the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to the House floor for a vote. This common sense bill would ensure a child born alive after a failed abortion attempt would receive the same kind of medical care any other child would. As we mark 47 years since Roe v. Wade we have a lot of work to do to stop a radical agenda and stand up for the sanctity of life. Congress can start by passing these two pro-life bills without delay.

 

Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH):

Rep. Davidson mentioned the fact that many women have been pressured or deceived into abortion, and urged compassion:

Next week, a beautiful, peaceful protest will take place here in Washington, D.C. — the March for Life…. When I’ve looked across that vast crowd in the past… I have been filled with hope for our future, because the faces in that crowd are overwhelmingly young people. The younger generations are increasingly pro-life. They feel the effects of more than 60 million elective abortions carried out in America since 1973.

These 60 million lives had so much potential… but their lives were snuffed out by abortion. We should, of course, have compassion for the women whose babies lives have ended through abortion. Too often they have lacked support, been pressured or deceived into a fateful choice to end their baby’s life….

 

Other members of Congress who spoke are listed below:

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN)

Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA)

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ)

Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC)

Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA)

Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)

Rep. Jim Baird (R-IN)

Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX)

Rep. John Rose (R-TN)

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)

Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS)

Rep. Robert Latta (R-OH)

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA)

Rep. John Joyce (R-PA)

Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA)

Rep. Michael Guest (R-MS)

Rep. Mark Green (R-TN)

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)

Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX)

Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX)

Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH)

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

Rep. Steve Watkins (R-KS)

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)

Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI)

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28 Jan

Canada Euthanized 5,000 Patients Last Year, Has Killed 13,000 People Since Legalization

via LifeNews.com January 21, 2020 at 09:34AM

The media is reporting that there have been more than 6700 MAID deaths in Canada since it was legalized. I estimate that there have been at least 13,000 euthanasia deaths and here is how I defend this estimate.

First, the 6700 statistic was based on the Fourth Interim Report on Medical Assistance in Dying released by Health Canada on April 25, 2019 which stated that there were 6700 assisted deaths up to October 31, 2018. The data in the report from Quebec and the three Territories was incomplete. The Quebec data in the Health Canada report was up until March 31, 2018. (Link to my commentary on the report)

The Health Canada report was sloppy by stating that the number assisted deaths represented 1.12% of all deaths. The Health Canada report divided the number of reported assisted deaths into the total deaths, but they did not remove the total Quebec deaths from March 31 – October 31 from the equation.

The accurate number of assisted deaths as of December 31, 2018, was 7949.

On March 21, 2019 I reported that there were 7949 assisted deaths in Canada as of December 31, 2018 representing 4235 assisted deaths in 2018, an increase of 50% over 2017, representing almost 1.5% all deaths in 2018. The data from my report was obtained from a presentation by Jocelyn Downie, an academic euthanasia activist, who spoke on March 15, 2019 to a Royal Society of Canada luncheon in Ottawa.

Similar to the Netherlands and Belgium, nearly all of the assisted deaths are euthanasia (lethal injection) rather than assisted suicide.

We don’t have national assisted death statistics for 2019 but we do have accurate data from Ontario and Alberta.

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The Ontario Office of the Chief Coroner sends monthly updates on the number of assisted deaths. According to the data there were 1789 reported assisted deaths in 2019, 1499 in 2018, 841 in 2017. There was almost a 20% increase in Ontario assisted deaths in 2019. What is more striking about the data is the increase in the second half of 2019 where there were 1015 assisted deaths in the second half of 2019 up from 774 in the first six months of 2019, meaning that Ontario will likely have more than 2000 assisted deaths in 2020.

Alberta Health Services updates there assisted death data regularly. The Alberta data indicates that there were 377 assisted deaths in 2019 up from 307 in 2018, and 206 in 2017. The data indicates a 23% increase in Alberta assisted deaths in 2019.

Since both Ontario and Alberta had approximately a 20% increase in 2019, I would assume that there was a similar increases nationally. Therefore there approximately 5000  (4235 + 20%) assisted deaths in Canada in 2019 and 13,000  assisted deaths since legalization. Even if the numbers were slightly lower than 5000 in 2019, today is January 20, so it is safe to say that there has been 13,000 assisted deaths since legalization.

But that is not the whole story.

Canada’s data collection system does not account for under-reporting of assisted deaths, but Quebec’s data collection system can account for under-reporting. Quebec employs a multi report system making it possible to uncover the number of times a physician didn’t report the assisted death.

Based on an analysis by Amy Hasbrouck and Taylor Hyatt, the Quebec interim report indicated that between April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018 there were 142 unaccounted assisted deaths in the data representing 17% of all assisted deaths. The Quebec Interim report also indicated that 7 assisted deaths did not fit the criteria of the law, 22 assisted deaths did not follow procedural safeguards and in 67 assisted deaths, the physician did not provide the necessary information to determine if the patient fit the criteria of the law.

Based on the Quebec Interim report, if we extrapolate the data to all of Canada, it would suggest that there may have been more than 2000 (17%) unreported assisted deaths in Canada and approximately 60 assisted deaths that did not fit the criteria of the law.

This article is based on hard facts and conservative estimates. The fact is that Canada’s assisted death law is quickly going out of control. The recent federal government consultation, that employs biased questions, is not concerned about Canadians whose lives are taken without due process.

LifeNews.com Note: Alex Schadenberg is the executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and you can read his blog here.

30 Apr

North Carolina Committee Passes Bill Stopping Infanticide, Requiring Medical Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortions

via LifeNews.com April 11, 2019 at 03:29PM

A North Carolina legislative committee has approved a bill to protect newborns who survive abortions from infanticide. The vote follows another by the Texas Senate on legislation that also requires appropriate medical care for babies who survive abortions.

Here’s more:

Senate Bill 359 requires doctors to provide the same care to an infant that survives an abortion as they give any other newborn. It includes a duty for health care practitioners to report any violations, and it makes those violations a class D felony, the same category as arson, armed robbery and voluntary manslaughter.

The bill, which has inspired passionate debate, cleared the Senate Rules Committee Thursday. Supporters say it’s not an abortion bill — though the phrase “abortion survivors” is in the title they gave it — but about ensuring that basic care is provided to infants that survive abortions.

There is also a House version of this bill, which moved through committee Thursday, largely on a party-line vote.

State Rep. James Gailliard, a pastor from Nash County, was the only Democrat to vote for House Bill 602 in committee Thursday. This version will go to the House Rules Committee before heading to the chamber floor.

The North Carolina and Texas bills are similar to federal legislation that pro-abortion Democrats are blocking in the U.S. House and Senate. The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires abortionists to provide the same level of medical care to an infant who survives an abortion as a doctor would to any other baby at the same stage of life.

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Currently, 19 states do not have laws requiring medical care for babies born alive after botched abortions, according to research by Americans United for Life. However, Kentucky lawmakers are considering legislation similar to the Texas bill.

Some states never have passed laws to protect abortion survivors, while at least one other, New York, recently repealed its law requiring medical care for infants who survive abortions.

Reports by the Centers for Disease Control indicate that there are infants born alive after botched abortions in the U.S. According to Congressional testimony:

Data that the CDC collects also confirms babies are born alive after attempted abortions.  Between the years 2003 and 2014 there were somewhere between 376 and 588 infant deaths under the medical code P96.4 which keeps track of babies born alive after a “termination of pregnancy.”

The CDC concluded that of the 588 babies, 143 were “definitively” born alive after an attempted abortion and they lived from minutes to one or more days, with 48% of the babies living between one to four hours.  It also admitted that it’s possible the number is an underestimate (B).

Data from other countries suggest the same. In 2018, for example, the Canadian Institute of Health Information reported 766 late-term, live-birth abortions over a five-year period. In Western Australia, at least 27 babies survived abortions between 1999 and 2016, according to the state’s health minister.

Several known abortion survivors, including Melissa Ohden, Josiah Presley, Giana Jessen and Claire Culwell have been giving their testimonies in government hearings across the country this year. Some of them recently appeared on Fox News to urge Congress to pass a law requiring abortionists to provide basic medical care to babies who are born alive in botched abortions.

30 Apr

North Dakota Governor Signs Bill Banning Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Babies Limb From Limb

via LifeNews.com April 10, 2019 at 07:02PM

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum today signed a bill to protect unborn babies from brutal dismemberment abortions.

The new law prohibits dismemberment abortions, a method typically used in the second trimester to kill nearly fully-formed, living unborn babies. It is a barbaric and dangerous procedure in which the unborn baby is ripped apart in the womb and pulled out in pieces while his or her heart is still beating.

The dismemberment abortion ban embodies model legislation from the National Right to Life Committee that would prohibit “dismemberment abortion,” using forceps, clamps, scissors or similar instruments on a living unborn baby to remove him or her from the womb in pieces. Such instruments typically are used in dilation and evacuation (D&E) procedures.

HB 1546 passed overwhelmingly in the state legislature. Here’s more:

Burgum’s spokesman, Mike Nowatzki, says the first-term Republican governor signed the bill Wednesday outlawing the abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation. The bill uses the non-medical term “human dismemberment abortion” to describe the second-trimester procedure.

Doctors performing the procedure could be charged with a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The bill becomes effective if a federal appeals court or the U.S. Supreme Court allows its enforcement.

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“Banning the brutal dismemberment abortion technique is among NRLC’s highest legislative priorities,” said Ingrid Duran, director of State Legislation. HB 1546 builds on the precedent set by the Supreme Court in the famous case on partial-birth abortion, Gonzales v. Carhart,” she noted.

“Dismemberment abortion, like partial-birth abortion is a brutal procedure which literally rips a living child apart limb from limb.

Duran added. “In Carhart, the Supreme Court said, ‘No one would dispute that, for many, D & E is a procedure itself laden with the power to devalue human life.’”

05 Apr

South Carolina Committee Passes Bill to Ban Abortions After an Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins

via LifeNews.com April 2, 2019 at 03:37PM

A South Carolina committee has approved a bill that would protect unborn babies from abortion after they have a detectable heartbeat. The South Carolina House Judiciary Constitutional Laws Subcommittee passed the Heartbeat Bill (H3020) by a vote of 3-2. The bill now advances to the full Judiciary Committee.

State House Bill 3020, which already has more than 50 sponsors, was introduced Tuesday and sent to the House Committee on Judiciary, Fox 46 Charlotte reports.

It would require abortionists to test for a fetal heartbeat before every abortion and prohibit abortions if a heartbeat is detected. Exceptions would be allowed for medical emergencies.

An unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable by about six weeks of pregnancy, though new research suggests the heartbeat may begin as early as 18 days after conception.

State Rep. John McCravy, R-Greenwood, is behind the effort.

“It’s a common-sense bill. If a heart stops beating permanently, the person is dead,” McCravy said when he pre-filed the bill in December. “Common sense should tell us that when a heart is beating, we have a precious human life that should not be terminated.”

About 5,100 unborn babies were aborted in South Carolina in 2017, and most were later than six weeks of pregnancy, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

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Jeannie Smith, CEO of Coastline Women’s Health Center, a pro-life pregnancy center, told WMBF News that she hopes the bill will end abortions in South Carolina.

“If we have someone who has a beating heart, that is a live person, and it’s the government’s duty to protect that life,” Smith said.

The controversial legislation could have a rough time getting through the state Senate, though. According to the local news, Democrats have enough members to filibuster the bill.

Pro-life Gov. Henry McMaster, who also is in a battle to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, said he would support the legislation.

Heartbeat bills have been met with skepticism in the past, even by many pro-life groups, because of pro-abortion legal challenges. When states lose legal challenges to the abortion industry, their taxpayers often are forced to pay the abortion group’s 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 their ruling: “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.”

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of the cases in 2016.

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. Some legal scholars have speculated that the conservative court would be more likely to consider cases that gradually chip away at Roe v. Wade rather than reverse it completely.

05 Apr

“Unplanned” Movie Opens in 5th Place Despite R Rating and Media Blackout, Expands to More Theaters

via LifeNews.com April 1, 2019 at 09:31AM

Despite a media blackout, a ‘R’ rating designed to discourage viewers and little coverage outside conservative media circles, the new movie “Unplanned” opened in 5th place this past weekend and it will expand to even more theaters next weekend.

The film doubled its projection for expected box office earnings – bringing in $6.1 million in its opening weekend despite a projection of $2-3 million. That came despite the fact that Twitter has done its best to censor the movie’s account, suspending it on Saturday and resetting it on Sunday. And major television networks, including Lifetime, Hallmark Channel and HGTV all rejected commercials promoting the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Fox News reportedly was the only major network to agree to run the ads.

The film took in an estimated $6,110,000 or a cumulative per-screen average of $5,770 on only 1,059 locations across the country.

The average would have put the movie in third place, according to Box Office Mojo.

Due to the storage showing, Pure Flix, the film’s distributor, told LifeNews yesterday it will add an additional 600 screens to those already showing the film. That makes it so 1,700 screens will show the “Unplanned” movie, which earned a rare A-plus rating from CinemaScore.

“We are thrilled, gratified and humbled. We are so pleased that the American people have responded with such an enormous outpouring of support at the box office,” Pure Flix told LifeNews.

“We are very happy for the success of this film,” said Pure Flix CEO Michael Scott. “We hope that those on both sides of the debate will see Unplanned and begin to have their own dialogue. This film can be that spark to bring more hearts and minds to understanding the value of life. To bring the story of Abby Johnson to audiences and have them show up in such large numbers shows how the topic of abortion is so important to our nation.”

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Partially financed by MyPillow executive Mike Lindell, the film is the true story of Abby Johnson, a former rising star in the Planned Parenthood corporation. As one of the youngest clinic directors in the nation, Johnson was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women on their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in, until the day she saw an ultrasound guided abortion that changed everything.

The film made national news last year when its lead actress Ashley Bratcher revealed that it wasn’t until she was on set and filming that she learned that when her mother was pregnant with her, she nearly aborted her. Controversy has subsequently dogged the film, first when it earned an R rating from the MPAA, then when several television and radio networks refused to air commercials for the film and most recently on Saturday when Twitter suspended the film’s page only to reverse itself an hour later after fan outcry and media inquiries. Going into the weekend, trailer views for the film had reached 250K. By Saturday morning, after an evening of strong word-of-mouth, trailer views climbed to 1.7 million. The film has a 93% positive audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

“I am blown away by the public response to UNPLANNED as well as the box office numbers,” said Bratcher. “Not only is it beyond my wildest dreams, but it has surpassed the expectations of critics across the country. Despite biased critic reviews written more like op-eds, the audience has spoken. I just learned that Unplanned received a coveted A+ CinemaScore. While that is truly an honor, the most rewarding thing about this weekend’s opening is the flood of messages I’ve received from people experiencing healing and a change of heart.”

UNPLANNED was written and directed by Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, the writers/co-producers of God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2, also distributed by Pure Flix Entertainment.

“We are thrilled, gratified and humbled,” noted Solomon and Konzelman. “We are so pleased that the American people have responded with such an enormous outpouring of support at the box office. It humbles us, and we look forward to seeing what happens in the weeks ahead.”

Commercials for “Unplanned” are running on Fox News, The Christian Broadcast Network and conservative talk radio shows, including Glenn Beck’s, according to the report.

Catherine Glenn Foster, president of Americans United for Life, told LifeNews that she was not surprised to hear about the rejections. She pointed to shows that openly promote abortion on television and the internet. The new Hulu series “Shrill” drew outrage earlier this month when the main character bragged about feeling “really, really good” and “powerful” after having an abortion.

“The entertainment industry no longer hides the fact that it lacks basic moral decency,” Foster said. “It’s now overtly dedicated to indoctrinating its viewers with a pro-abortion agenda, hiding from them the pain and emotional toll involved with the destruction of human life.”

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01 Apr

Twitter Suspends “Unplanned” Movie’s Account as Pro-Life Film Opens in Theaters Nationwide

via LifeNews.com March 30, 2019 at 05:34PM

Opening weekend has not been without issue for the pro-life movie “Unplanned.” The film, which covers the amazing conversion story of former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director Abby Johnson, had its twitter account suspended for a brief time today.

The Hollywood Reporter has more:

After several users screenshotted notices of the suspension on the service and tagged Twitter and its co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, the account was restored.

The Twitter account for the anti-abortion movie Unplanned was briefly suspended on Saturday, but has been restored to Twitter.

After several users screenshotted notices of the suspension on the service and tagged Twitter and its co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, the account returned. “Thank you everyone for your support in letting @Jack & @Twitter know when our Unplanned Movie account was recently suspended without cause. We are back and excited for the great response we’re getting in theaters this weekend. #grateful,” read its first tweet after the disappearance.

According to Twitter, Unplanned was not suspended on purpose, but rather was linked to another account that had violated Twitter’s rules. When one account violates those rules, the system then cracks down on linked accounts to mitigate the risk that the original, banned account would simply move accounts. After reviewing this case a second time, Twitter decided the Unplanned account should not be affected by the other’s suspension and restored it.

“It is a sad time we live in when corporations can remove individuals freedom of speech at will. When did we empower these corporations to have such authority? More importantly, why do we empower them to do so?” Cary Solomon, the co-writer and co-director of the film, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Despite the suspension, a source close with the movie informed LifeNews that the film’s box office take this weekend is surpassing expectations. Producers had a $3 million expectation for opening weekend and ticket sales have already reached $7 million and could rise higher.

An the suspension may have backfired on Twitter. It produced such a firestorm of controversy that the movie’s Twitter account has picked up tens of thousands of new followers:

As LifeNews has reported about the movie:

Unplanned is not a film to go see lightly. It certainly does not offer a fun cinematic experience, and it’s far from the kind of flick you’d enjoy over popcorn or nachos. But it is an important film, which is made painfully clear in the first seven minutes as Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson (Ashley Bratcher) watches a gruesome first-trimester abortion take place before her very eyes.

The film, which opens in theaters nationwide today, follows Johnson’s rise from clinic volunteer to clinic director, and her eventual pro-life conversion and spiritual redemption.

Based on Johnson’s 2012 memoir, the film’s true-to-life depiction of abortion earned it an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) last month. Since then, many have pointed out the hypocrisy in our culture which allows a teen to have an abortion but prevents her from seeing a film about abortion.

But Johnson and the film’s producers have taken the rating in strides, refusing to cut the graphic scenes and embracing the MPAA’s categorization of the scenes as “violent.”

“We are pushing the boundaries of what has never been before on such a wide scale by showing America exactly what abortion is—and abortion is disturbing. It’s violent,” Johnson said.

Along with the opening scene, the film’s other graphic scene comes when Johnson endures the horror of a chemical abortion in her home bathroom. In an open letter to parents about the film’s rating, Johnson said, “In real life, I hemorrhaged so badly I thought I was going to die,” noting the movie captures her experience “without being gratuitous or gory.”