06 Feb

Supreme Court Strikes Down Gavin Newsom’s Lockdown Ban on Indoor Church Services

via LifeNews.com February 6, 2021 at 09:54AM

Late last night the Supreme Court issued an injunction stopping California’s ban on indoor worship in churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship, that it claimed were dangerous because of the coronavirus.

The Court ruled in two cases, South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom and Harvest Rock Church v. Newsom. Both churches sued California Governor Gavin Newsom, challenging the state’s total ban on indoor worship services—the most extreme in the nation—which targeted churches for closure while allowing non-essential retail stores such as Macy’s to open to hundreds of customers, as well as hair salons, nail salons, and Hollywood soundstages.

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court enjoined California from enforcing the total ban on worship in the “Blueprint’s” Tier 1 pending disposition of the case at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and a petition for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court. A majority held that instead of the total ban, California may impose a 25 percent building capacity limit in Tier 1.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that “federal courts owe significant deference to politically accountable officials” when it comes to public health restrictions, but he said deference “has its limits.”

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Roberts wrote that California’s determination “that the maximum number of adherents who can safely worship in the most cavernous cathedral is zero—appears to reflect not expertise or discretion, but instead insufficient appreciation or consideration of the interests at stake.”

He went on to state that the Constitution “entrusts the protection of the people’s rights to the Judiciary—not despite judges being shielded by life tenure, … but because they are. Deference, though broad, has its limits.”

The Justices wrote several opinions in addition to the Court’s order. Justice Gorsuch, joined by Justices Thomas and Alito, pointing out that California was the only state in the country with a complete ban on indoor worship. Justice Gorsuch also stated that “California no longer asks its movie studios, malls, and manicurists to wait.”

“As this crisis enters its second year—and hovers over a second Lent, a second Passover, and a second Ramadan—it is too late for the State to defend extreme measures with claims of temporary exigency, if it ever could,” Gorsuch wrote.

The court left the ban on singing and chanting in place but Justices Thomas, Gorsuch, and Alito would have overturned that ban as well. While the Court wrote several times that the churches may present additional evidence of the discriminatory treatment on the singing and chanting ban, Justice Gorsuch noted that California exempts music and TV production for the entertainment industry where singing is permitted. He noted that California’s scheme is confusing, and that on this record, he would hold that against the state and enjoin the ban on singing and chanting in places of worship.

“Drafting narrowly tailored regulations can be difficult. But if Hollywood may host a studio audience or film a singing competition while not a single soul may enter California’s churches, synagogues, and mosques, something has gone seriously awry,” Gorsuch continued.

Justice Gorsuch, joined by Thomas and Alito, wrote: “Today’s order should have been needless; the lower courts in these cases should have followed the extensive guidance this Court already gave.”

Previously, some states imposed numerical caps on indoor worship, regardless of the size of the house of worship, while allowing businesses to open to a percentage of their capacity. On the night before Thanksgiving 2020, the Supreme Court struck down New York Governor Cuomo’s 10- and 25-person caps on religious worship. The Supreme Court’s decision today found California’s policies in violation of precedent set in Agudath Israel and its companion case, Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo.

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “Finally, Governor Gavin Newsom’s total ban on worship has come to an end. A pandemic is no excuse for violating the Constitution. Until today, California imposed the most severe restrictions on places of worship. Not anymore. We will continue to press this case until religious freedom is totally restored.”

“California had no right to declare itself a religion-free zone,” said Eric Rassbach, vice president and senior counsel at Becket. “When every other state in the country has figured out a way to both allow worship and protect the public health, maybe you are doing it wrong. We are glad this extreme violation of our first freedom has finally come to an end.”

“When it comes to First Amendment rights, courts should not rubber-stamp public health restrictions,” added Rassbach. “That is especially so as we near the one-year anniversary of the lockdown orders. Instead, courts should carefully balance the right to worship and public health.”

06 Feb

46 Senators Introduce New Bill to Stop Infanticide, Protect Babies Who Survive Abortions

via LifeNews.com January 29, 2021 at 06:35PM

In the wake of growing reports proving that babies do survive abortions, a group of U.S. Senators re-introduced legislation Thursday to protect babies who survive abortions from infanticide.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, and 45 other senators, would require health care workers to provide the same degree of care to a baby who survives an abortion that would be given to any other baby born at the same gestational age. It also requires that the baby immediately be transported to a hospital.

“This bill is really simple: it makes sure newborn babies who survive attempted abortions get the same care any other baby would,” Sasse said. “A decent society can’t turn its back on these babies because compassion, truth, and love still matter.”

Sasse has been trying to get the bill passed since 2015, but Democrat leaders repeatedly have blocked its passage.

“A week ago, President Biden stood on the Capitol steps and said ‘with unity we can do great things. Important things. We can right wrongs.’ Well, here’s a chance to do just that,” he challenged Democrats.

Babies do survive abortions, though no one is sure exactly how many. Most states do not keep track of the number of babies who survive abortions, but a few do.

Between 2016 and 2018, three states reported 40 babies were born alive after abortions. According to the state health data, 11 babies were born alive in Minnesota, 10 in Arizona and 19 in Florida. Texas reported six babies were born alive in botched abortions in 2019. In Michigan, state health reports from 2008 through 2013 indicate that 11 babies were born alive during abortions.

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Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, praised lawmakers for their continued efforts to protect these babies from infanticide.

“There is no such thing as a ‘post-birth abortion.’ This bill isn’t about interfering with a so-called right to abortion. It is about stopping infanticide,” Tobias said. “Appallingly, pro-abortion extremists in the House and Senate are willing to let die babies who are born alive following an abortion.”

She said the legislation is needed because current federal law does not sufficiently protect a baby born following an abortion.

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, the House Whip, and Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri, also introduced an identical bill in the U.S. House this week.

“The Born-Alive Abortions Survivors Protection Act is reasonable legislation that would protect a baby born alive following an abortion,” Tobias said. “We thank Senator Sasse, Whip Scalise, and Representative Wagner for reintroducing this critical life-saving legislation.”

Co-sponsors of the legislation in the U.S. Senate include Sens. Barrasso (R-WY), Blackburn (R-TN), Blunt (R-MO), Boozman (R-AR), Braun (R-IN), Burr (R-NC), Cassidy (R-LA), Cornyn (R-TX), Cotton (R-AR), Cramer (R-ND), Crapo (R-ID), Cruz (R-TX), Daines (R-MT), Ernst (R-IA), Fischer (R-NE), Graham (R-SC), Grassley (R-IA), Hagerty (R-TN), Hawley (R-MO), Hoeven (R-ND), Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Inhofe (R-OK), Johnson (R-WI), Kennedy (R-LA), Lankford (R-OK), Lee (R-UT), Lummis (R-WY), Marshall (R-KS), McConnell (R-KY), Moran (R-KS), Paul (R-KY), Portman (R-OH), Risch (R-ID), Rounds (R-SD), Romney (R-UT), Rubio (R-FL), Scott (R-FL), Scott (R-SC), Shelby (R-AL), Sullivan (R-AK), Thune (R-SD), Tillis (R-NC), Toomey (R-PA), Wicker (R-MS) and Young (R-IN).

Reports from other countries prove that babies survive abortions, too, and legal protections for them are needed. In Canada, the Canadian Institute of Health Information recorded 766 late-term, live-birth abortions over a five-year period in 2018. And in Australia, the country’s health minister admitted that 27 babies survived abortions in the state of Western Australia between 1999 and 2016. A report out of Ireland in the fall also suggests babies are surviving abortions and being left to die there.

National polling shows Americans — including people who are “pro-choice” on abortion — oppose abortions up to birth and infanticide.

06 Feb

Tim Tebow Urges Christians to Stand Against Abortion: “We’re Called to be Pro-Life”

via LifeNews.com January 29, 2021 at 05:43PM

Former NFL star Tim Tebow encouraged Christians to stand strong for life Friday during the virtual March for Life, noting that sports trophies and achievements are temporary but the fight to protect the voiceless is “worthy.”

“You know, I’ve given so much of my life for sports … but that’s for trophies that rust …” Tebow said, according to Townhall columnist Katie Yoder. “But you see, being passionate about Jesus … and passionate about those that have been thrown away and neglected and forgotten? That is worthy.”

He told pro-lifers not to lose hope or give up the fight but to continue advocating for life at all stages, born and unborn.

“You see, when you’re pro-life, I believe that we’re called to be pro-life in every area – for the unborn, for the hurting, for the orphan, for the thrown-away, for the special needs, for the trafficked, for all of humanity,” he said.

A Heisman Trophy winner, football analyst and advocate for people with special needs, Tebow has his own pro-life story. He told the March for Life viewers that his mother chose life for him in difficult circumstances while his family served as missionaries in the Philippines.

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“The pregnancy was not easy,” Tebow said. “In fact, they didn’t even believe that she was pregnant at first. They actually thought it was a tumor.”

When doctors realized she was pregnant, they urged her to have an abortion, he said.

“But she decided that she was going to trust God, even when the doctor said it could, and might, cost her her life,” Tebow continued.

Miraculously, Tebow and his mother both survived. He said the doctors were astonished and told his mother, “I don’t know how he had the nourishment in the food to be able to survive.”

He encouraged pro-lifers to always be pro-life “all the time, everywhere, no matter what.”

The national March for Life was Friday. Organizers canceled the in-person event earlier this month due to concerns about the coronavirus and political unrest in the capital. In its place, the March for Life held a virtual rally to mark 48 years of legalized abortion and to call for restored protections for babies in the womb.

A small group of pro-life leaders also marched to the U.S. Supreme Court building on Friday to mourn for the 62 million unborn babies who have been killed as a result of its infamous ruling Roe v. Wade.

04 Feb

Abortion is never the solution to complications during pregnancy. Here’s why.

via Live Action News January 29, 2021 at 02:56PM

In 2019, Facebook slapped Live Action with a “false news” label when founder Lila Rose stated in a video that abortion is never medically necessary. Using two abortionists, Facebook published a fact-check claiming abortion can be necessary if a woman has serious complications or health risks. Yet while it is true that things can go wrong during pregnancy, an abortion — which deliberately targets a child for death — is never needed.

‘A skilled physician can save both lives’

In the biased “fact check,” abortionists Daniel Grossman and Robyn Schickler gave examples of complications which they claimed would necessitate an abortion, such as placenta previa, ruptured membranes, pre-eclampsia, and even hyperemesis gravidarum. Yet thousands of doctors disagreed, including Dr. Ingrid Skop, an American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) Fellow, and an active member of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG). Skop has delivered over 5,000 babies, and serves on the boards of Healthy Futures of Texas and Any Woman Can. In a statement to Live Action News in 2019, Skop pointed out that the issues the two abortionists cited are often treatable, are not immediately life-threatening for the mother, and do not require an abortion.

“Abortion for hyperemesis is a travesty,” Dr. Skop said. “With modern medicine, no woman should ever die from that problem. I still can’t understand why they are willing to recommend abortion for placenta previa. Intentionally placing a surgical instrument through a placenta gives me chills!… [A] skilled physician can save both lives with standard obstetric techniques.”

READ: Former abortionist: Abortion is never medically necessary to save the life of the mother

She added, “While we do see early severe preeclampsia/HELLP on occasion, I have never seen it at such an early gestational age that the fetus does not at least have a chance at survival,” adding that the abortionists had “intentionally misrepresented the age of viability — they called it 24 weeks, but neonatologists call it 22 weeks.”

The only scenario, she said, in which the baby might die “is the previable premature rupture of membranes resulting in sepsis… The uterus does need to be evacuated, and we do this by inducing labor, not by D&E.” (emphasis added) She added, “Additionally, because these women are sick, they need IV antibiotics and to be cared for in a hospital, where ICU and other interventions for sepsis are immediately available. Referring them to an abortion clinic, where most D&Es are performed, would subject them to a lower standard of care, and unnecessarily threaten the woman’s health.”

 

Abortion would be ‘irresponsible’ and ‘much riskier’

Dr. Christina Francis, AAPLOG’s Chairman of the Board, has likewise explained before that proscribing abortion for some of these complications, like placenta previa, could actually threaten the mother’s life (emphasis added):

Placenta previa is a condition in which the placenta covers the cervix, making a vaginal delivery impossible due to the possibility of life-threatening hemorrhage if labor occurs. These are frequently diagnosed in pregnancy on ultrasound around 20 weeks, however approximately 90% of these will resolve on their own before delivery. If significant hemorrhage occurs due to a placenta previa (which again is so rare prior to viability that no incidence is even reported), the patient should be taken for an emergency C-section which is the most expedient way to get her bleeding under control.

It would be medically dangerous and irresponsible to try to do an abortion since any instrumentation through the cervix would pierce the placenta and cause immediate massive bleeding. An abortion would take significantly longer in this case and be much riskier for the mother.

Yet abortionists, abortion advocates, and pro-abortion physicians continue to claim that abortion must be available for pregnancy complications.

One of the most famous examples they turn to is that of Savita Halappanavar. According to the pro-abortion lobby, Halappanavar repeatedly requested an abortion while in process of miscarrying, but before her preborn baby had died. Abortion was still illegal in Ireland at the time, so her request was denied, and Halappanavar died. Abortion activists have continuously exploited her death, arguing that if she had undergone an abortion, she would have survived. But the reality is that Halappanavar died because her care was grossly mismanaged. Abortion would not only have not saved her life; some medical experts believe it would even have caused her to die more quickly.

Abortion to save a mother’s life ‘sounds noble… but it’s a real stretch’

Some abortionists, like Don Sloan, have even admitted that the idea of abortion to save a woman’s life is not an honest medical claim (emphasis added):

If a woman with a serious illness – heart disease, say, or diabetes – gets pregnant, the abortion procedure may be as dangerous for her as going through pregnancy… with diseases like lupus, multiple sclerosis, even breast cancer, the chance that pregnancy will make the disease worse is no greater that the chance that the disease will either stay the same or improve. And medical technology has advanced to a point where even women with diabetes and kidney disease can be seen through a pregnancy safely by a doctor who knows what he’s doing. We’ve come a long way since my mother’s time…

The idea of abortion to save the mothers’ life is something that people cling to because it sounds noble and pure – but medically speaking, it probably doesn’t exist. It’s a real stretch of our thinking.

Induced deliveries and C-sections are NOT abortions

Another common tactic by abortionists is to claim procedures like induced deliveries or c-section are abortions — even though they clearly are not the same thing. In cases such as severe pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, or placenta accreta, for example, it may be necessary to induce labor early or perform a hysterectomy to save the mother’s life. If the baby is severely premature, then it is a tragic reality that the baby might not survive. But the difference is that the doctors are not directly attacking the preborn child. The intent is not to kill either patient, and for an OB/GYN, both mother and baby are the patients.

Abortion after cancer diagnosis?

Some women are told they need abortion after a cancer diagnosis. Ellie Whittaker was told she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at 16 weeks pregnant. “The doctor advised I have an abortion because cancer treatment could cause problems for the baby,” Whittaker said, according to the Daily Mail. “There was no way I was going to give her up so I chose to delay it.” Another mom, Stacey Johnson, was diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant. She was told to have an abortion as well. Both women refused, though, and for good reason — multiple studies have confirmed that women can safely undergo chemotherapy during pregnancy.

Abortion activists continue to claim that abortion is necessary for women facing pregnancy complications. Yet women truly do not have to choose between their own health and killing their preborn child.

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04 Feb

Pro-Life Senators Introduce Bills to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

via LifeNews.com January 29, 2021 at 12:34PM

Two new bills before the U.S. Senate would stop taxpayer dollars from funding the billion-dollar abortion industry.

On Friday, U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act to prohibit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from giving Title X grants to groups like Planned Parenthood that promote and/or provide abortions, Fox 17 WZTV reports.

“We must close loopholes that allow for abortion giants like Planned Parenthood to receive federal funding,” Blackburn said. “This legislation will help end taxpayer-funded support for the abortion industry and protect the unborn.”

She said the money would be better spent on comprehensive healthcare rather than groups that make money killing unborn babies in abortions.

Planned Parenthood receives more than half a billion taxpayer dollars annually, largely through Medicaid reimbursements and Title X grants. President Donald Trump issued an executive order that defunded Planned Parenthood from Title X, but President Joe Biden took action Thursday to reverse it.

Planned Parenthood does about 40 percent of all abortions in the U.S., or about 345,000 a year, according to its annual reports.

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U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, said defunding the largest abortion group in America should not be controversial.

On Friday, he introduced a similar bill, the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act, to give states the power to exclude abortion groups like Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds.

“Abortion is not health care,” Lankford said. “It should not be controversial to say that taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay for abortion, and it shouldn’t be controversial for states to have the right to decide that Medicaid funds will not support an abortion provider’s bottom line.”

Currently, federal law requires states to allow any qualified provider to participate in the Medicaid system. A number of states have tried to defund Planned Parenthood without success because of this law.

Texas was successful but only after a lengthy court battle. The state said Planned Parenthood no longer qualifies as a provider after undercover video showed its employees “admitting to morally bankrupt and unlawful conduct, including violations of federal law by manipulating the timing and methods of abortions to obtain fetal tissue for their own research.”

U.S. Rep. Michael Cloud, R-Texas, introduced a House version of the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act on Jan. 5.

“For too long, abortion providers have operated on the taxpayer’s dime, while performing elective abortions in the name of ‘healthcare,’” Cloud said. “That’s why the first bill I introduced in the 117th Congress is this bill advocating for the preborn and their pregnant mothers in need. Sen. Lankford and I are seeking to empower states to end federal subsidies for abortion providers and to ensure quality healthcare is made available to women.”

A recent nonpartisan Government Accountability Office report found that Planned Parenthood received nearly $1.3 billion in Medicaid reimbursements over a three-year period.

Republicans in Congress have been trying to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups for years. In 2017, when they had a majority in both chambers and President Donald Trump in the White House, legislation to defund the abortion chain nearly passed. The U.S. House passed the legislation; however, it died in the U.S. Senate when several Republican senators joined Democrats in opposing it.

Polls consistently show that most Americans do not want their tax dollars to pay for abortions, and the millions of tax dollars that go to Planned Parenthood every year subsidize its abortion business.

A new poll from Marist this week found that an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose Democrat leaders’ plans to force taxpayers to fund abortions. According to the poll, 77 percent oppose using tax dollars to support abortion in other countries. Significantly, this includes a majority of Democrats (55 percent) and pro-choice Americans (64 percent).

Most Americans (58 percent) also oppose using tax dollars to fund abortions in the U.S., according to the Marist poll. Similarly, a Politico/Harvard University poll found that just 36 percent of likely voters supported taxpayer funding for abortions, while 58 percent opposed it.

Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report, which is publicly available online, lists 345,672 abortions, an increase of nearly 4 percent from the previous year. Meanwhile, many of Planned Parenthood’s actual health services continue to decline. It provided less contraception, sterilizations, cancer screenings, adoption referrals and other women’s health services than the previous year, mirroring a continued downward trend. Its patient numbers also have been dropping steadily over the past decade.

27 Jan

200 members of Congress stand against attempt to force taxpayers to fund abortion

via Live Action News January 27, 2021 at 04:34PM

This week, 200 Republicans in Congress pledged to stand in support of the Hyde Amendment — which prevents federal taxpayer funding of abortion through government programs such as Medicaid — as President Joe Biden works with abortion supporters in Congress to end the nearly five-decade-long rider.

“Conservative Republicans are sending a strong statement to congressional leaders: We will not stand idle as radical Democrats work to end the ban on taxpayer-funded abortions,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “I pray this show of solidarity will save the Hyde Amendment and save thousands of innocent lives.”

Banks sent a letter Tuesday to congressional leaders that pledged to oppose any legislation that would either eliminate or weaken the Hyde Amendment. That letter describes the push to end the Hyde Amendment as “pro-abortion crusade.”

READ: Three things America stands to lose with taxpayer-funded abortion

The Hyde Amendment has saved an estimated 2.4 million lives from abortion and if it is eliminated, an estimated 60,000 more children will be killed by the abortion industry each year in the United States. While opponents of the amendment have labeled it “racist,” claiming that many Black women depend on Medicaid for health care, supporters say allowing the government to pay for the abortions of underprivileged and minority women will pressure women to abort when they otherwise would not consider it.

“[W]omen are coerced into having abortions by their parents, by their partners, by their employers, and by the abortion industry workers, staff, and doctors,” Christina Bennett, communications director for Family Institute of Connecticut, explained in an interview with Live Action News. “And so when you make abortion free [of cost to the client], you’re adding to that encouragement. You’re encouraging abortion when you make it free because, just in general, that’s a sales tactic, making something free. If something is free you’re going to consider it regardless of what it is. If someone says, ‘Do you want this? It’s free.” You’re going to think, ‘Do I want this?’ So, for women who are already vulnerable, already under pressure to abort, it becomes this enticement.”

The Hyde Amendment preventing taxpayer funding of abortion has long had bipartisan support, with every president since 1976 signing the appropriations bill with the inclusion of the Hyde Amendment. Up until June 2019, Biden also supported the Hyde Amendment until Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups pressured him into changing his position. Within 24 hours, he announced that he no longer supported Hyde.

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27 Jan

South Carolina Senate Approves Bill Banning Abortions When Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins

via LifeNews.com January 27, 2021 at 06:04PM

The South Carolina state Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would ban abortions when an unborn baby’s heart begins beating. A final vote is expected to pass the bill on Thursday.

The South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act (Senate Bill 1) received a second reading favorable vote of 29-17.

The bill would prohibit abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, typically about six weeks of pregnancy. Exceptions would be allowed for medical emergencies and risks to the mother’s life. Abortionists who violate the law could face a $10,000 fine or imprisonment for up to two years.

The pro-life legislation has the potential to save thousands of babies’ lives each year. The state health department reported more than 2,500 abortions after six weeks in 2019.

Here’s more:

Democrats promised a tough fight both through filibuster and any legislative machinations they can find, but with just one Republican in the chamber voting against the bill, their chances to stop the bill seem dim. Sen. Sandy Senn of Charleston was the only Republican to vote against it.

The bill requires doctors to use an ultrasound to try to detect a fetal heartbeat if they think pregnant women are at least eight weeks along. If they find a heartbeat, and the pregnancy is not the result of rape or incest, they can’t perform the abortion unless the mother’s life is in danger

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House Speaker Jay Lucas promised Wednesday if the bill passes the Senate, he would get it before the House as soon as possible.

“We will pass it like we’ve done in the past,” the Republican from Hartsville said.

The House approved the bill last session 70-31.

Gov. Henry McMaster, a pro-life Republican, promised to sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

“Let this be the year that we further protect the sanctity of life — with the heartbeat bill,” he said during his state of the state address earlier this month. “It’s time to vote. Send me the heartbeat bill and I will immediately sign it into law.”

South Carolina lawmakers have been trying to pass a heartbeat bill for years and, after Republicans gained seats in the state legislature in November, many hope 2021 will be the year.

Polls suggest many Americans support strong limits on abortion. A 2019 Hill-HarrisX survey found that 55 percent of voters said they do not think laws banning abortions after six weeks – when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable – are too restrictive. Gallup polls also consistently have found that a majority of Americans think all or most abortions should be illegal.

A number of states have passed heartbeat laws in recent years, but most have been banned from enforcing them due to legal challenges by abortion activist groups.

Drexel University Law professor David Cohen told WCSC 5 Live that abortion advocacy groups have been winning against heartbeat laws in court.

“ACLU, Planned Parenthoods, and the Center for Reproductive Rights, and unless the Supreme Court overturns Roe,” Cohen said. “They will all win. And when they win they will get money from the people of South Carolina.”

Other states with heartbeat laws include Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio and Tennessee. However, all of the states have been blocked from enforcing them by court orders.

Some pro-lifers have renewed hope that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold an abortion ban and overturn Roe v. Wade. Others, however, are hesitant because of concerns about losing the court battle and being forced to reimburse pro-abortion groups for their legal fees.

Though the high court currently has a conservative majority, Chief Justice John Roberts, who was nominated by a Republican president, has sided with the liberal justices on a number of occasions.

North Dakota and Arkansas passed heartbeat laws 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 abortion 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.”

The Supreme Court took away the states’ ability to protect unborn babies from abortion under Roe v. Wade, 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.

27 Jan

Just 15% of Americans Agree With Joe Biden’s Position Supporting Abortions Up to Birth

via LifeNews.com January 27, 2021 at 03:30PM

President Joe Biden’s position on abortion is widely unpopular with Americans, including many Democrats and those who identify as pro-choice, according to a new poll.

Released Wednesday, the Maris/Knights of Columbus poll found that just 15 percent of Americans believe abortions should be available to a woman any time during her entire pregnancy. In contrast, 76 percent of Americans (including 55 percent who identify as pro-choice) support strong limits on abortion.

“Amidst the harsh political divides in our country, clear bipartisan majorities support abortion restrictions and do not want their tax dollars paying for abortion abroad,” said Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, in a statement.

The new poll results are not unusual. Gallup and other polling groups have found similarly strong opposition to abortion on demand. These consistent findings make it clear that Biden and his administration are not representing the will of the people but the agenda of the billion-dollar abortion industry.

Biden, a pro-abortion Democrat who professes to be a devout Catholic, says he wants to restore unity to the country. However, these polls suggest his plans to “codify” Roe v. Wade into federal law and force taxpayers to fund abortions would do the opposite.

“Codifying” Roe would cement abortion on demand into federal law, so that abortions would remain legal even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the ruling. Roe forced states to legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth and made the U.S. one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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Most Americans support strong restrictions on abortion, especially after the first trimester, as the Marist poll found. But Biden does not. In June, he said he believes in a “woman’s constitutional right to choice under any circumstances.”

The president wants to force American taxpayers to pay for abortions, too. Any day now, Biden is expected to sign an executive order to rescind the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits taxpayer funding to international aid groups that promote and/or provide abortions.

An overwhelming majority of Americans oppose Biden’s plan. According to the Marist poll, 77 percent oppose using tax dollars to support abortion in other countries. Significantly, this includes a majority of Democrats (55 percent) and pro-choice Americans (64 percent).

Most Americans (58 percent) also oppose using tax dollars to fund abortions in the U.S. Yet, Biden recently began backing the Democratic Party’s plans to end the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions.

About 900,000 unborn babies are aborted every year in America, and about 62 million have been aborted since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court forced states to legalize abortion on demand. If Biden succeeds in enacting his radical agenda, even more unborn babies will be killed in elective, completely unnecessary abortions.

Anderson said he hopes politicians will pay attention to the polls and represent Americans’ views on the matter.

“The American people show consensus and restraint on this issue, and we hope that our elected officials and policy makers will heed this call for unity when there is far too much that divides us in our politics today,” he said.

27 Jan

Pro-Life Law in Poland Goes Into Effect Today Banning Abortions, Protecting Unborn Babies

via LifeNews.com January 27, 2021 at 12:55PM

The Polish government plans to begin enforcing a new anti-discrimination ruling that prohibits abortions on unborn babies with disabilities.

Reuters reports the government announced that, starting Wednesday, it will enforce the October ruling by its Constitutional Court.

Poland is one of the few European countries that protects unborn babies from abortions in almost all circumstances. On Oct. 22, its Constitutional Court struck down one of the few exceptions allowed in its 1993 abortion law: abortions on unborn babies with disabilities. The justices ruled that the exception violates the constitution because it discriminates against human beings with disabilities.

The ruling could save thousands of babies’ lives. Polish health officials reported 1,100 abortions in 2019. The country still allows abortions in cases of rape, incest or threats to the mother’s life.

A “silent majority” of the largely Catholic country supports wide-spread protections for unborn babies, according to a recent AFP report. Evidence of this can be seen in polls and recent elections where voters repeatedly have elected strong pro-life majorities to parliament.

Recent polls indicate that the “devout Catholic country is far from turning pro-choice,” the report continued. These include an October poll by Kantar that found 62 percent believe abortion should be legal only in limited cases and 11 percent believe it should be completely illegal. Another poll by Estymator last fall found that 67 percent support the existing law, while only 19 percent want the country to expand abortions.

Pro-life advocates are active in Poland, working to educate people about unborn babies’ value and support them and their families.

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“One cannot kill a child for being sick. This is not a fetus, it is a child,” MP Maria Kurowska, of United Poland, told Reuters in October.

Mikolaj Pawlak, the commissioner for child rights in Poland, celebrated after the nation’s high court recognized that it is wrong to discriminate against unborn babies with disabilities.

“The decision of the Constitutional Court declaring eugenic abortion incompatible with the constitution is a victory of life over death,” Pawlak said in October. “It is a restoration of equal rights for every human being, including those who have not yet been born.”

Despite strong public support for unborn babies’ rights, Poland saw massive, violent protests in October after the ruling was announced.

Pro-abortion rioters vandalized buildings, disrupted church services, harassed Catholic Church leaders and blocked streets in major cities during the protests in the fall. Nearly 100 people were arrested during the first week of protests alone, according to an AP report.

Some pro-abortion leaders even called for more violence until the government meets their demands. In late October, leading abortion activist Marta Lempart with the pro-abortion group Strajk Kobiet told a local news outlet that protesters should continue to riot and vandalize, according to the Catholic News Agency.

Unborn babies with disabilities are discriminated against at an alarming rate, and this deadly discrimination is getting worse with advances in prenatal testing.

The Telegraph reports about 90 percent of unborn babies who test positive for Down syndrome in the United Kingdom are aborted. A recent report in the European Journal of Human Genetics found that the number of babies with Down syndrome born in the UK dropped 54 percent since the non-invasive prenatal screening tests became available about a decade ago.

What’s more, parents frequently report feeling pressured to abort unborn babies with Down syndrome and other disabilities. One mom recently told the BBC that she was pressured to abort her unborn daughter 15 times, including right up to the moment of her baby’s birth. Another mother from Brooklyn, New York said doctors tried to convince her to abort her unborn son for weeks before they took no for an answer.

27 Jan

Baby Saved in the Middle of the Abortion After Mom Changes Her Mind

via LifeNews.com January 26, 2021 at 07:36PM

Like many women facing unplanned pregnancy, Brianna* felt had no other choice but abortion. But with Abortion Pill Rescue® she was able to change her life’s narrative, learning some things along the way.

“Long term everything is better to go with your gut and keep your baby,” she said.

Finding herself in the grip of fear led Brianna to see abortion as her only option.

The mother of four explained how the at-risk situation with her baby’s father drove her to consider and agree to abortion – something she wouldn’t have otherwise done.

“I have always been pro-life,” she said. “If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t have had my first three kids. But this time I was cornered because of how horrible the baby’s father is—he is a narcissist.”

Brianna went on to describe this man as manipulative and how she had shut off contact with him. But then having found out about the pregnancy, Brianna contacted him to tell him about their child.

“He brought up abortion,” Brianna said. “The thought of it made me feel guilty because I already had three children.”

The abuse and the fear coming from her troubling experience with ex-partner took her down a road she believed she would never travel. Her thoughts went to a horrible environment in store for her son (in a life including his father).

Brianna is not overstating this, as her former partner has been violent toward her and her children, prompting a warrant for his arrest and her taking steps for her and the kids to reside in a safe location.

Prior to this pregnancy, Brianna had been seen at the same abortion clinic three times.

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With one of her previous pregnancies, she’d had received a sonogram and they instructed her to return the next day (for a possible abortion). But she never returned, until this last, her fourth pregnancy.

A female friend accompanied her this time, as she’d gone for a sonogram and returned the next day to take the first abortion pill.

Chemical abortion is a two-drug process. Mifepristone, or RU-486, is the first drug, which blocks progesterone, the natural hormone in a mother’s body necessary to sustain a pregnancy. The second drug, misoprostol, taken a day or so later, prompts labor, intending for the pregnant woman to deliver her deceased child.

If a mom experiences regret and acts soon enough after taking the first abortion pill, and begins abortion pill reversal, it may be possible to save her child.

Pro-life demonstrators were outside the facility when Brianna went there with her friend for the abortion pill, and one of them handed her friend a flyer containing Abortion Pill Rescue® (APR) information and the contact information for the Abortion Pill Rescue Network (APRN).

Brianna’s friend remembered that the flyer’s information included a section that said, “Is it too late?”

An hour after Brianna took the first abortion pill, her friend texted her, saying that according to the APR flyer information she had a few hours to try and save her baby; she then gave Brianna the flyer.

Using the number provided on the flyer Brianna called the APRN through Heartbeat International’s Option Line. From there she was redirected to a local pregnancy help medical clinic for APR treatment.

The protocol utilizes an FDA-approved treatment (for over 60 years) to prevent miscarriage, and statistics show that more than 2,000 lives and counting have been saved thanks to Abortion Pill Rescue.

As per the APR protocol, Brianna was sent to the pharmacy to pick up her prescription for progesterone.

The following day she went to pregnancy help center for a follow-up sonogram. At this visit she also signed up for free programs offered by the pregnancy center and to participate in a Bible study.

Brianna continued to take progesterone until the 14th week of the pregnancy. Her son is now four months old and completely healthy.

She described herself as, “Blessed.”

Brianna receives support from the father of her other children calling him, “A man with a big heart.”

“He was there for her first daughter’s birth and raised her as his own,” she added. “Now he is supportive and helps us financially. Without him, I don’t know what I would have done.”

Brianna continues to receive material aid from the pregnancy help organization that supported her and where she began her abortion pill reversal treatment.

Like many, her life has been affected by the coronavirus. Her older two children currently do distance learning for school, and in July Brianna had the virus. She was doing bookkeeping and accounting for an Airbnb property, but then had to go on unemployment. Nonetheless, she considers herself blessed.

Brianna reflected on her journey.

“Before taking that first abortion pill, I was completely and totally against abortions,” she said. “I thought I would never do it and would never support it.”

“That relationship put me in a situation to do the unthinkable,” she said.

“I was not told anything about the possible reversal of the abortion at the clinic,” Brianna also pointed out.

“Don’t waste your money, time and going through the awful cramping from the first abortion pill,” she added.

Asked if she had any advice for women in a similar situation, Brianna said, “If you are second-guessing having an abortion, you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.

“Accept your situation,” she said, “and make the best of it.”

Editor’s note: A pseudonym has been used for Brianna.* Heartbeat International manages the Abortion Pill Rescue Network and Pregnancy Help News.

LifeNews Note: Kim Hayes is a writer for Pregnancy Help News. She has been a teacher, author, speaker and facilitator for marriage and family issues and married for over 35 years to Jeff, with four grown children. Kim’s counseling experience included 21 years as a volunteer consultant and trainer at Pregnancy Decision Health Centers. She was the Athletic Director of Columbus Crusaders Youth Sports ministry for 15 years. Kim has written several books, including the latest release, Prodigal Rewind: The Grateful Son. This originally appeared at Pregnancy Help News.