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September 30, 2014

Playing the victim card ignores the real victim: the unborn baby

National Right to Life News/September 29, 2014 --

By Dave Andrusko

... National Right to Life News Today readers are familiar with Jennifer Whalen and the publicity campaign to make a martyr out of woman who trolled the Internet for chemical abortifacients to kill her grandchild.

She was recently sentenced to serve a 9-to-18-month in jail (with granted work-release) for what the New York Times' Emily Bazelon described mockingly as

[O]rdering pills online that her older daughter took in the first several weeks of an unplanned pregnancy, when she was 16, to induce a miscarriage. The medication was a combination of mifepristone (formerly called RU-486) and misoprostol. The drugs have been available from a doctor with a prescription in the United States since 2000 and are used around the world to induce miscarriage.
The author of the editorial in the University of Buffalo student newspaper piece obviously read Bazelon's piece. To their credit, he or she grasped that "The illegality of Whalen's actions isn't in question here. There's no doubt that the dispersal of prescription drugs needs to be strictly monitored and controlled by professionals who are trained to do so."

So what is in question? "[T]hat Whalen felt she needed to circumvent the law is the real issue at hand." And that the judge, in the editorial writer's opinion, was too harsh. That "reveals a lack of sympathy for Whalen's situation - a situation created by factors entirely outside of her control." We read

Tasked with helping her daughter end an unwanted pregnancy - with protecting her daughter and the future she wanted - Whalen didn't feel like she had any options available, at least not any legal ones (she also says that she didn't know her actions were illegal when she committed them).
And since, as the last paragraph concludes, "Thanks to her mother's efforts, [her daughter] is free to pursue whatever future she desires," it is "patently unjust that freedom is only a distant hope" for Jennifer Whalen.

Apparently it's not unjust that the grandbaby has no hope, distant or otherwise.

A couple of thoughts. The list of reasons the editorial cites--distance to the nearest abortion clinic, cost, and ignorance ("if Whalen had known of the risks of ordering pills online")--is just a backdoor way of getting at the real "enemy": the absence of an abortion clinic on every corner, any law that requires a waiting period, limitations on how late in pregnancy chemical abortifacients should be used, and (although not mentioned here) requirements that abortion clinics meet minimal standards.

In other words, you (authors of pro-life legislation and, I guess, the FDA) made Ms. Whalen do it. They (taxpayers) should be paying for Ms. Whalen's teenage daughter's abortion.

Moreover you and/or they are responsible when the inevitable happens, (but fortunately did not to Ms. Whalen's daughter): women and girls die.

It's a very unsubtle argument. We must facilitate abortions, pay for abortions, forget protective laws, and keep parents out of the loop.

Because if we don't, the blame is not on the women getting the abortion (or the parents who order abortifacients online) but us.

(Read entire article here.)

September 19, 2014

Miss America, abortion, and why these two things go together now... unfortunately

by Dani Stringer, CPNP

On Sunday night, I, like 6.7 million other Americans, tuned into ABC to watch the 2015 Miss America crowning. In my family, watching Miss America together is a tradition as strong as pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving and praying before meals. We have done this for generations. Ever since I was a toddler, I was inspired by Miss America. That inspiration even led me to compete in the organization and make the top 5 at Miss Arizona in 2012. But, with the unfolding events since Sunday night, that inspiration has dissipated....

Kira [Kazantsev] used to work at Planned Parenthood. This revelation created such a firestorm from the media that the Chairman and CEO of the Miss American Organization Sam Haskell made this statement.

"Each Miss America takes a different path to the crown and Kira's path is no less special. Kira's college internship with Planned Parenthood afforded her the opportunity to advocate against child abuse while writing her thesis," the statement said. "In choosing a Miss America, the judges seek a well-rounded young woman who has the life experiences to be an effective role model. Kira's life experiences--including being a first-generation American, a triple major college graduate, fluent in three languages, as well as her vocational opportunities--have shaped her into the tremendous young woman she is today."

I refuse to move past that statement. For an organization that is foundationally built on producing spokeswomen and role models, the president just made one of the most dichotomous statements I've ever heard. Did you catch that? According to him, working for America's largest provider of abortions gave Kira the opportunity to advocate against child abuse. Child abuse is defined as "any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation." Let me get one thing very loud and very clear for the misinformed Sam Haskell and the rest of America:

Terminating a child's life intentionally is child abuse. 

If a one month old is murdered in the United States, we are outraged. However, if this baby was killed just a few weeks before in-utero, it is a victory for women's rights. Sam Haskell went as far as to say that an internship at the very organization responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of children gave Kira the right to "advocate against child abuse." If abortion isn't child abuse, nothing is. No matter what form or fashion Kira's internship at Planned Parenthood took, she worked for the epitome of child abusers in the United States. I don't care how many languages Kira speaks, if she doesn't support the language of life and equality for pre-born children, I'm not listening....

Read entire article here.

Alliance Defending Freedom appeals illegal funding of abortions with CO taxpayer dollars

Thursday, September 18, 2014/Alliance Defending Freedom/Denver, CO --

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the former executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment filed an appeal Thursday of a trial court's decision that upheld the state's alleged misuse of more than $14 million in taxpayer dollars. The lawsuit contends that the funding Colorado has provided to Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood violates a voter-approved state constitutional provision that prohibits direct or indirect public taxpayer subsidies for abortion.

"No one is above the law, including Colorado politicians who are violating our state's constitution by continuing to fund Planned Parenthood's abortion activities with state taxpayer dollars," said ADF Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton. "The state acknowledges that about $1.4 million of state taxpayer money flowed from state government agencies through Planned Parenthood to its abortion affiliate. The lower court seems to have agreed with that but dismissed the case on a technicality."

"We hope the Colorado Court of Appeals reinstates this case for the benefit of the taxpayers and the voters who clearly intended to stop exactly this kind of back-door funding," added ADF Legal Counsel Natalie Decker, who is co-counsel in the case....

Read entire article here.

September 17, 2014

GAO: Americans paying for abortion through Obamacare

Alliance Defending Freedom/September 16, 2014 --

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox commented regarding a non-partisan Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday that demonstrates conclusively that Americans are paying for abortion through Obamacare despite promises the administration made that it would abide by a federal law prohibiting that:

This report exposes what we've known all along: that Obamacare was designed to force Americans to pay for abortions. Federal law protects Americans from paying for others' abortions, but Obamacare architects built a purposely deceptive accounting scheme into the massive law that makes people in all 50 states fund abortion. We were told that we had to pass the bill to find out what was in it. Now we know one other thing that's in it: corporate welfare for the administration's abortion industry cronies. Instead of deceiving the American people, the administration needs to follow federal law and deliver on the transparency we were promised.

September 4, 2014

Rogue UN committee ramps up pressure on abortion

By Stefano Gennarini, J.D.

NEW YORK, August 5 (C-Fam) --

Abortion is nowhere near becoming a human right in international law. But you would not know that from what one UN committee tells governments.

C-Fam has updated a list of abuses by the committee that monitors the UN women's treaty. The list shows over 275 instances where committee members have told countries that abortion should be legal. It builds on a previous compilation by Thomas Jacobson for Focus on the Family, and collects both official documents of the committee and oral exchanges of committee members with country delegates.

The list shows how the pressure has become more frequent and insistent since the mid 1990s when abortion groups hatched a plan to use the UN human rights system to promote abortion. The activists created a surreptitious way to push abortion by capturing the UN human rights bureaucracy by placing their ideological allies on the treaty monitoring bodies.

Of all UN human rights bodies, experts overseeing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) have been the most systematic in attacking laws that protect unborn children. The committee itself has come under scrutiny for controversial recommendations, like criticizing Mother's Day as an observance that perpetuates negative stereotypes about women, or telling countries to decriminalize prostitution. But its opinions on abortion remain perhaps the most controversial.

According to the committee any criminal prohibition on abortion violates the UN convention for women, even though the convention does not mention abortion, or anything related to abortion.

No UN treaty mentions abortion or can be fairly interpreted to enshrine such a right. On the contrary, UN resolutions address the difficult issue by recognizing that countries have every right to outlaw and restrict abortion. UN member states are unable to adopt a single uniform position on the thorny problem.

Yet UN bureaucrats have released a plethora of non-binding pseudo-legal interpretations and opinions over the last two decades assuming abortion is a woman's right....

Read entire article here.

September 2, 2014

Texans look to Fifth Circuit to appeal ruling by activist judge

Texas Right to Life/August 30, 2014 --

Friday, August 29th, Judge Lee Yeakel jeopardized the health and safety of pregnant women in Texas. In response to a lawsuit filed by Texas abortion providers to nullify provisions of HB 2, Judge Yeakel struck down another part of HB 2: the requirement that abortion providers modify or rebuild their centers to meet ambulatory surgical center (ASC) standards.

Melissa Conway, spokeswoman for Texas Right to Life, responded to the ruling:

Yeakel ruled that the ASC rule posed an "undue burden" on Texas women. He penned that the distance that women would need to drive to procure abortions due to HB 2 imposes an undue burden. The seven remaining abortion centers that have complied with HB 2 are located in five metropolitan hubs would be up to 150 miles away from some parts of rural Texas -- this is Yeakel's made-up opinion of an undue burden.

In the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision, the concept of "undue burden" emerged as a contrivance when considering the constitutionality of Pro-Life laws. However, this concept has remained just that -- an undefined and vague variable misapplied by activist judges as a political tool. Judge Yeakel's ruling directly conflicts with a higher court's ruling in which the U.S. Fifth Circuit of Appeals did not find a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortion.

Yeakel argued that the ASC standards coupled with the admitting privileges requirements of HB 2 are a "scheme" designed to close down most of the abortion mills in Texas:

However, when the two provisions are considered together, they create a scheme that effects the closing of almost all abortion clinics in Texas that were operating legally in the fall of 2013... The court will thus enjoin the enforcement of both provisions on the basis that they act together to create an undue burden on a woman seeking a previability abortion by restricting aces to previously available legal facilities.

Yeakel's decision today also granted permission to two abortion mills operated by the plaintiff, Whole Women's Health, to re-open despite the fact that their abortionists have not secured hospital admitting privileges. This ruling exempts these two centers for complying with HB 2.

Through his rulings and reversals on Pro-Life laws, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel has amassed a record and reputation for endangering the health of pregnant women and their unborn children. Life issues. Today's ruling on specific provisions of HB 2 was disappointing but not surprising.

Immediately following Friday's decision, the Office of the Attorney General filed an appeal to Yeakel's ruling with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals based in New Orleans.

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August 26, 2014

Family Research Council Action co-sponsoring multistate Summer of Life Campaign

August 25, 2014/Washington, D.C. --

Today, Family Research Council Action, along with the pro-life groups Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, Students for Life of America, and the Susan B. Anthony List, announced the launch of the "Summer of Life" rallies occurring in multiple states. The goal of the rallies is to bring awareness to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

The legislation, which would limit abortions after five months, has widespread support also having passed in the US House of Representatives over a year ago. National polling by Quinnipiac, National Journal, Huffington Post, NBC/Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post/ABC News all found that a majority of Americans support limiting abortion after 20 weeks and that women support the measure in higher proportions than men.

Family Research Council Action Executive Director Josh Duggar will be speaking at the Little Rock, Arkansas rally in The Rotunda of the State Capital, 500 Woodlane Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201.Below is schedule for each of the rallies.

Josh Duggar made the following comment about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act:

While Americans are divided on many issues, we are united on the rights of the pain-capable unborn. Poll after poll has found overwhelming support for protecting babies after the fifth month of pregnancy. We call on the Senate to respect the views of their constituents and pass the national Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Tuesday, August 26, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80203

Featured Speakers:

The Hon. Marilyn Musgrave, V.P of Gov. Affairs, Susan B. Anthony List

Kristan Hawkins, President, Students for Life of America

Michael Norton, Senior Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom

Wednesday, August 27, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sen. Kay Hagan's office at 1520 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203

Featured Speakers:

Penny Nance, CEO and President, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee

David and Jason Benham
, Founders of Benham Companies

Tami Fitzgerald, North Carolina Values Coalition & Susan B. Anthony List

Tina Whittington
, Students for Life of America

Friday, August 29, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Rotunda of the State Capital, 500 Woodlane Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201

Featured Speakers:

Josh Duggar, Executive Director, Family Research Council Action

Jerry Cox, President, Arkansas Family Policy Council

Laurie Lee, Activist, Susan B. Anthony List

Alice Stewart, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee & Radio Host

August 22, 2014

Baltimore attempting to drag pro-life groups into court

BALTIMORE/August 21, 2014 -

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman will be available for media interviews Friday immediately following his oral argument in federal court on behalf of four pro-life organizations. In a highly irregular move, the Baltimore City Council subpoenaed the groups, not located in Maryland, in a lawsuit in which they have no involvement.

The city and the pro-abortion law firm Center for Reproductive Rights have demanded access to the organizations' private files to help the city defend an ordinance that forces pregnancy resource centers in Baltimore to post signs discouraging women from using their services.

"No government or pro-abortion group has the right to invade the privacy of national pro-life organizations simply to grind an ideological axe," said Bowman. "This fishing expedition is all the more worse because the city, which passed an ordinance against free speech within its borders, is now targeting the free speech of pro-life groups nationwide. This is nothing less than an abuse of power meant to intimidate groups to which the city is ideologically opposed."

ADF represents pro-life organizations Care Net, Heartbeat International, the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, and Vitae Foundation.

The hearing concerns a June 12 motion to quash the subpoenas in Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore. That motion, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division, argued, "The City's subpoenas exacerbate its First Amendment hostility by infringing on the freedom of expressive association of the Organizations. Their documents and testimony are being demanded not because they are regulated by the Ordinance (they are not) but because the Organizations reside on the opposite side of the abortion debate."

The motion also explained, "No group of citizens can associate behind a common expressive cause if, for that reason alone, the government can demand they disclose their communications, their sources of revenue and donors, their organizational structure and the way in which they pursue their advocacy goals as they vie against competing viewpoints in the public square."

August 19, 2014

University professor convicted for assault on pro-life students

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Aug. 16, 2014 /Christian Newswire --

Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, was sentenced to 108 hours of community service, 10 hours of anger management, and three years probation for her assault on a group of pro-life students in early March. She was also ordered to pay a small fine and restitution of almost $500. The incident took place on the Santa Barbara campus, where Miller-Young attacked and forcibly took property from teenagers who were exercising their free speech rights in the public square to educate about abortion and promote its alternatives. As a result, Miller-Young was convicted of grand theft, vandalism, and battery in July.

Thrin and Joan Short, victims of the assault for which Miller-Young was convicted, were in court to hear the sentencing, along with their mother, Katie Short, Life Legal Defense Foundation Legal Director. Despite Miller-Young's attack, the Short family has called for restraint in speaking about Miller-Young.

"While Miller-Young submitted a written apology to the court for taking and destroying the sign, the sincerity of that apology is undercut by other letters she submitted from colleagues, several of which attempt to shift the blame onto the pro-lifers," said the elder Short. "Regardless of the actual level of her remorse, her conviction on three misdemeanor charges will undoubtedly be sufficient to dissuade her from any repetition of her outrageous conduct. The prosecution itself should have disabused her of the notion that she could victimize pro-lifers with impunity, an attitude clearly on display in the video," she added, referring to footage taken by the Short sisters during the assault. "We hope that anyone else who might consider violence or vandalism against pro-life advocates will take note."

To date, Miller-Young has not apologized for her physical attack on Thrin Short, nor has the university condemned the criminal actions of its employee, who remains listed in the faculty directory.

Read the statements of support for Miller-Young from her peers here.

Read the statement of one the young people who were assaulted here (more available upon request).

Read statement of the mother of two of the young people who were involved in the demonstration concerned in the case against Ms. Miller-Young here.

Watch the video of Miller-Young's March 4, 2014, theft, vandalism and assault on the pro-life students.

Read the Life Legal Defense Foundation original release on the story: National Pro Life Lawyer: Defending Daughters and Doing What's Right

August 14, 2014

Abortion advocates: Social engineering trumps improving health

C-FAM/New York/August 15, 2014 --

by Rebecca Oas, Ph.D.

"We do not mostly provide preventative medical care [or] cure diseases or prevent them. What we do is social change." So writes Daniel E. Pellegrom of Pathfinder International in a recent scholarly book marketed to educators, policymakers, and advocates for abortion and other aspects of "reproductive health." Pathfinder boasts helping the Communist government in Beijing when it launched its brutal one child per family policy.

Critical Issues in Reproductive Health, released this year by academic publisher Springer, provides a revealing view into the current state of the worldwide debate over abortion, contraception, and the role of human reproduction in society.

Two of the most common strategies employed in the twentieth century to advance the abortion agenda were linking it to women's health and population growth. In this book, chapters addressing these and other topics demonstrate what critics have long contended: that these concerns were a pretext for making abortion more acceptable.

In a chapter on abortion laws and demography, sociology professor Dennis Hodgson observes that many of the countries with the most permissive abortion laws are now suffering from declines associated with aging populations and below-replacement fertility. He fears governments may restrict abortion to encourage more births.

Because African countries boast the highest fertility in the world and some of the strongest legal protections for unborn children, they are experiencing great internal and external pressure to legalize abortion. But fertility is declining there, too....

Read full article here.

August 12, 2014

September 13 marks National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children at gravesites

MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 11, 2014/Christian Newswire --

The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on Saturday, September 13, 2014, was first marked in the modern era last fall, but memorialization of society's tiniest innocent victims is not a new idea. Citizens for a Pro-life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-life Action League have reached back to ancient Rome for the inspiration behind this solemn national event. Dug into the walls of the earliest Christian catacombs in the outskirts of Rome are countless small tombs, only a foot or two across. These are the burial places of infants cast out of their pagan homes and left to die of starvation and exposure - a common practice of that time. Members of the early church, charged by Christ to love all their neighbors, offered these newborn sacrifices to Roman cruelty the only act of love they could - that of burying their little bodies and mourning for them in prayer.

This tradition of mercifully burying abandoned children continues in our own day with the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, taking place on September 13. Mourners across the country will visit the gravesites of aborted children, whose broken bodies were recovered from trash dumpsters and pathology labs and solemnly buried over the four decades of legal abortion in the United States.

Under the director of three national pro-life groups - Citizens for a Pro-life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-life Action League - simultaneous memorial services will be held at more than forty such gravesites, as well as at scores of other memorial markers set up in memory of the aborted unborn at churches and cemeteries.

Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-life Action League, stated, "It's sobering to realize that grave markers for the unborn victims of abortion list only a date of burial. They have no birthdays because they were never allowed to be born. We can list no date of death, because those who killed them discarded their bodies like garbage. But they are not garbage to us. They are our brothers and sisters. That's why we buried them, and that's why we visit their graves to mourn for them and testify to their humanity."

Monica Miller, Director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society, added, "Since 1973, 55 million innocent unborn children have been killed with the sanction of law. A fraction of these victims of the American slaughter have actually been buried. The graves of these victims are scattered across America - graves of sorrow and graves of indictment on a nation that permitted the killing of the innocent. As we visit these graves on September 13, we call upon our nation to remember these victims and bring an end to the injustice of abortion."

"Abortion is not an abstract issue," explained Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. "Having a memorial service where these babies are buried reminds us that abortion is not merely about beliefs, but about bloodshed; not just about viewpoints, but victims. By visiting the graves of the aborted unborn, we allow our hearts to be broken for them, and we recommit ourselves to protecting other children from suffering the same fate."

The first National Day of Remembrance was held last September on the 25th anniversary of the solemn burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prayer services were held at over 100 locations, with thousands of mourners participating. Response was so great that the National Day of Remembrance has been established as an annual event, to be held on the second Saturday each September.

For more information about the National Day of Remembrance, including the stories behind the gravesites of aborted children and the locations of memorial services being held September 13, visit AbortionMemorials.com.

August 8, 2014

ADF seeks investigation of Planned Parenthood for failing to report rape

Alliance Defending Freedom/Phoenix, AZ/August 7, 2014 --

Alliance Defending Freedom filed a complaint with the Arizona Department of Health Services Thursday that asks the agency to investigate a Tempe Planned Parenthood facility under a new state law that empowers such investigations. Last month, ADF attorneys joined an Arizona Life Coalition press conference that called on state prosecutors to investigate the facility for allegedly failing to report, as state law requires, the rape of a young girl by 18-year-old Tyler Kost, who then reportedly went on to sexually assault others.

"Planned Parenthood's main concern should be the safety of young girls, not the size of its profit margin," said ADF Legal Counsel Natalie Decker. "Sadly, this is not an exception, and Planned Parenthood is abusing more than just taxpayer dollars. Their complicity in placing young girls at the mercy of adult male sexual predators can't be ignored, nor should it be allowed to continue."

Pinal County criminally charged Kost with 27 counts of sexual assault and abuse. According to police reports, a Planned Parenthood counselor told one of the alleged victims and her mother at an abortion consultation that it "wasn't worth the hassle" to report that the minor had been raped. After that, Kost allegedly committed additional offenses against four other young females. In addition to the ADF complaint, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office has asked the Arizona attorney general to investigate Planned Parenthood concerning the incident. Citizens are doing the same through an online petition.

In addition to the Arizona situation, Planned Parenthood has been sued in Colorado and in Ohio for failing to report the sexual abuse of minors....

Read entire article here.

August 6, 2014

Obama's rules of enragement - the HHS Mandate "accommodation"

Family Research Council/August 5, 2014 --

When the Obama administration talks about a mandate "accommodation," you can be sure the only thing they're accommodating is their radical agenda. A month after the Supreme Court gave ObamaCare one of its biggest black eyes, the President's team is back at the drawing board, desperate to find a new way to force family businesses and nonprofits to violate their pro-life convictions.

After three years of legal wrangling over the HHS mandate, the Supreme Court's opinion in the Hobby Lobby-Conestoga Wood case was supposed to settle the matter, ruling in favor of religious freedom and against the heavy hand of government. Unfortunately, it looks like the only opinion the Obama administration is interested in is its own. In the weeks since the decision came down, the President's team has poured its energy into new ways to avoid the Court's opt-out for companies with moral objections to pills that can end or prevent a pregnancy. In the past, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered a placebo, an "accommodation" for religious groups that used fancy accounting gimmicks to hide the reality that these nonprofits were still paying for drugs that violated their beliefs -- just through an intermediary.

The trick may have fooled the media, but it certainly didn't pass the sniff test with the hundreds of universities, charities, and other organizations subject to the President's shell game. As the White House explained it, this "olive branch" was supposed to alleviate the concerns of organizations like Catholic Charities, hospitals, or colleges who are forced to provide life-destroying drugs against their will or pay the price. But in practice, the religious groups would still have to pay for the "health care" they oppose, but through a third-party.

Now the administration is resorting to the same scam, hinting that it might use this same approach with family businesses as a way of bypassing the Court's ruling....

Continue reading here.

July 18, 2014

High Court decision gives pro-life advocates breathing room

Alliance Defending Freedom/July 17, 2014 --

by Alan Sears

In the understandable excitement so many of us felt two weeks ago over the wonderfully welcome and important U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the Conestoga / Hobby Lobby case, I have delayed celebrating another high court decision in another Alliance Defending Freedom supported-case - one with its own enormous implications for your family's First Amendment-protected freedom of speech. And, even more importantly, for the defense of life in the womb.

On June 26, the nation's highest court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot Gospel-free "buffer zone" around abortion facilities. These zones' express purpose was to block advocates for life from speaking with women on their way into these buildings to have an abortion. (The law imposed up to two-and-a-half years in jail for its violation.) The court ruled that those who would gracefully make the case for life face-to-face are legally entitled to do so, up until the moment a woman enters the abortion facility's property.

"It is no accident that public streets and sidewalks have developed as venues for the exchange of ideas," the court wrote in its opinion. "Even today, they remain one of the few places where a speaker can be confident that he is not simply preaching to the choir.... In light of the First Amendment's purpose 'to preserve an uninhibited marketplace of ideas in which truth will ultimately prevail...,' this aspect of traditional public fora is a virtue, not a vice."

"Peaceful pro-life citizens should be able to freely share their message with mothers in vital need without being forced to shout from outside an anti-speech zone," says ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. "As the Supreme Court found, Massachusetts had no constitutional basis for creating speech-restricted zones that exist to hinder a particular point of view."

"Americans have the freedom to talk to whomever they please on public sidewalks," says allied attorney Michael DePrimo, co-counsel on the case, which was argued before the court in January. "That includes peaceful pro-lifers who just want to offer information and help to women who would like it. The Supreme Court has affirmed a critical freedom that has been an essential part of American life since the nation's founding."

The ruling will impact other cases across the nation...

Read entire article here.

July 11, 2014

New Hampshire buffer zone law on hold

from Leaven for the Loaf:

New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster has announced that the state's new "buffer zone" law will not be enforced until further notice. The announcement was part of a formal filing in federal court, responding to a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court seeking to block enforcement of an anti-free-speech zone around New Hampshire abortion facilities.

Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom are representing seven New Hampshire residents who engage in pro-life witness outside abortion facilities. According to Michael Tierney, a Manchester attorney allied with ADF, "New Hampshire has created an expansive anti-speech zone that cannot survive constitutional scrutiny. There is no constitutional ground for creating speech-restricted zones on public ways and sidewalks."

The lawsuit asserts that the Supreme Court's recent McCullen case, striking down Massachusetts's buffer zone law, "eliminates any plausible legal justification" for New Hampshire's law.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England issued its own statement late yesterday. announcing that it had no "present intentions" of posting buffer zone signs around its New Hampshire offices.

July 10, 2014

March for Life files suit against abortion-pill mandate

Alliance Defending Freedom/Tuesday, July 8, 2014 --

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Obama administration's abortion-pill mandate on behalf of March for Life, the pro-life organization that holds its well-known annual march in Washington, D.C. The lawsuit is the latest lawsuit by a non-profit organization to challenge the mandate since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against it last month on behalf of two for-profit family businesses in Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores.

The mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy financial penalties through the IRS.

"Pro-life organizations must be free to operate according to the beliefs they espouse," said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. "The government should not be allowed to force them to pay for insurance coverage that covers drugs that can cause an abortion - the very tragedy March for Life and other pro-life groups oppose. If the government can punish organizations simply because they want to abide by their beliefs, there is no limit to what other freedoms it can take away."...

Read entire article here.

June 30, 2014

Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. - AP

The Supreme Court ruled today that the Christian-run Hobby Lobby doesn't have to obey the HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare that requires businesses to pay for abortion causing drugs in their employee health care plans. -- LifeNews

Updates:

Five Major Takeaways from the Hobby Lobby Case

SCOTUS: Americans Don't Surrender Their Freedom When They Open a Family Business

LifeSiteNews: Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby on HHS mandate in 5-4 decision

June 28, 2014

Weekend Wrap-up: 10 Recent Articles on Abortion

June 16, 2014

FRC, 40 groups rally outside White House to save Meriam Ibrahim

June 12, 2014/WASHINGTON, D.C. --

This morning at a rally outside the White House, Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins joined Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), and a coalition of 40 groups to call on President Obama to break his silence and immediately offer safe haven to Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian who was sentenced to death for the "crime" of converting from Islam.

Meriam languishes in a notoriously rank Sudanese prison with her 20-month-old son and newborn daughter. Over 42,000 people have signed a WhiteHouse.gov petition asking President Obama to grant her expedited save haven in the United States.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following comments:

President Obama has been trying for weeks to dodge the Meriam Ibrahim story. But he'll have a tough time doing that today as crowds of Americans gathered on his front lawn to protest the President's silence. Thousands of miles away, two tiny children, born to an American dad, cower in a filthy, bug-infested Khartoum prison, their mother chained to a prison cell wall. Sentenced to execution for her Christian faith, Meriam continues to hope that their cries will be heard by the United States.

Yet while liberals drone on about the 'war on women' and the President trades five terrorists for a purported Army deserter, this small family continues to hit brick wall after brick wall in their appeals for diplomatic help. The situation is even more desperate now, as some British papers report that the 27-year-old wife of American Daniel Wani could be flogged in days if her appeal is thrown out.

Still, President Obama, who has never needed a shot of positive PR more, sits on his hands-refusing even to release a simple statement condemning the Sudanese government or to leverage the hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid. This administration needs to find its voice for two American children who will die in a prison with an infant mortality rate of one per day. I'm glad to hear that we leave no one behind. But Mr. President, it's women and children first.

We urge the President to stand up for America's longstanding ideals of religious freedom and human rights and demand Sudan release Meriam and her children.


Sign the petition to President Obama here.

Video of Tony Perkins remarks at this morning's rally:

May 28, 2014

AUL commends Live Action report revealing Planned Parenthood's corruption

WASHINGTON, D.C. (05-28-14) --

Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest observed that a new report released today from Live Action, detailing results of their undercover video investigations of the nation's largest abortion provider Planned Parenthood "illustrates how profits came before human decency."

Dr. Yoest commented: "Lila Rose and her team did a masterful job revealing Planned Parenthood's true feelings towards suffering women and their unborn children, illustrating the callous disregard they have for hurting people. Faced with sometimes ailing women and even living children newly born, with sex offenders and child molesters, with sex traffickers and underage girls, Planned Parenthood's staff closed their eyes to human suffering and opened their hands for a payoff. The benign reputation Planned Parenthood has spent millions cultivating is imploding."

For more information on Planned Parenthood's pattern of behavior, read AUL's "The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood," and AUL's "The Planned Parenthood Exhibits."

Media Alert: Tonight at 6 p.m. eastern on EWTN News Nightly, AUL attorney Anna Franzonello will be part of a panel discussion on Planned Parenthood following a story featuring Live Action's Report that includes an interview with Live Action President Lila Rose.


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