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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


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

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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.

May 23, 2014

First round freedom win for IA, MI Christian colleges against HHS mandate

Wednesday, May 21, 2014/SIOUX CITY, Iowa/Alliance Defending Freedom --

A federal court issued an order Wednesday that halts enforcement of the Obama administration's HHS mandate against two Christian colleges: Dordt College in Iowa and Cornerstone University in Michigan.

ADF attorneys represent the colleges in a lawsuit challenging the administration's mandate that forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions and under threat of heavy penalties, to provide insurance coverage for pills and procedures that many Christians oppose. The two colleges object to the government's conclusion that they are not sufficiently religious to qualify for the extremely narrow religious exemption from the mandate.

"Christian colleges should remain free to operate according to their defining beliefs," said ADF Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor. "Under this mandate, religious employers have no real choice: they must either comply and abandon their religious freedom, or resist and be taxed for their faith. If the government can force Christian colleges to act contrary to their deeply-held religious convictions, then the government can do just about anything. The court was right to block enforcement of this unconstitutional mandate."

The lawsuit, Dordt College v. Sebelius, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Western Division, argues that the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as the First and Fifth amendments to the U.S. Constitution....

Read entire article here.

May 21, 2014

UK's Largest Christian Festival Ban's Pro-Life Exhibits

The Big Church Day Out has again said "NO" to pro-life exhibitors "despite covering other life issues such as poverty, human trafficking and the environment."

Andy Stephenson from Abort67 has a response:

I have been told more than once by the BigChurchDayOut (BCDO) team that our organisation, and it seems the issue of abortion, "doesn't fit" their event. Despite tackling important concerns like people trafficking, poverty and the usual line up of issues, the unborn child is not included in the family environment of the BCDO. I asked organiser Tim Jupp if he would allow other pro-life groups and was informed that it would be "unlikely".

After being refused a table for leaflets and foetal models (no banners) I have informed Tim that we will be taking our banners outside the event to reach those attending. I believe abortion to be an important issue that the Church needs to wake up to.

HT: JillStanek

May 16, 2014

Brain Dead is not Dead?

A college student was thought to be declared brain dead and discussions began about harvesting his organs. Thankfully he began to respond to questions before it was too late (from ABC News):

Two years ago, Sam Schmid's close encounter with death was called a "Christmas miracle." As he lay in a coma after sustaining massive brain injuries in a car crash, doctors were discussing organ donation with his parents and ready to take him off life support.

Schmid astounded those at his hospital bedside who thought he was brain dead, raising two fingers to signal he still had life left in him. But at the time, no one knew if the Tucson, Ariz., college student would ever return to his studies -- or even walk or talk again.

Today at 23, he is a force on the basketball court, enrolled in college classes and is hoping to be a veterinary technician. Schmid credits his surgeon and the Center for Transitional Neuro Rehabilitation at Barrow Neurological Institute, where he was recently discharged.

I'm happy for this young man and his family and grateful that the determination of brain death did not lead to a premature true death brought about through medical intervention. Updated: Despite "no signs of life", Schmid's doctor, a renowned neurosurgeon, had a "hunch" he might recover despite the opinions of others and kept him on life support longer ... and gave one last MRI after which he began to respond. An amazing story.

May 15, 2014

Pro-Life Summer Camp for Students

All upcoming summer pro-life teen- and college-aged boot camps are being listed here by JillStanek.com. Spread the word.

May 8, 2014

Down Syndrome Abortions

Faces of those killed because they were found to have Down Syndrome (link):

This dear baby girl named Claire, was never given a chance to bring her smile into the world. To show how much she could love. This dear baby girl was killed before she could laugh and give her family joy. Claire was never given a chance to show how precious she was. She was to have a smile that would melt your heart and a laugh that would make all your cares disappear. She was to have a purpose and was made so very special for a reason. That reason was to bring joy to her family and all that would know her.
Tragically, 92% of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted.

May 6, 2014

Israeli group meets with Congressional leaders to share best practices in stemming abortion

WASHINGTON/May 5, 2014 --

A group of leading Israeli experts on stemming abortions recently traveled to the United States for meetings with key congressional leaders, including the former vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, to share best practices. With independent studies in both countries showing that a large percentage of women opt for abortion because they feel they cannot support a baby financially,

Dr. Eli Schussheim, the founder and president of Israel's Committee for the Rescue of Israel's Babies-EFRAT, met with four U.S. senators and nine members of the House of Representatives, to discuss the life saving work of EFRAT, and if the possibility of the non-profit expanding their activity to the United States.

EFRAT assists thousands of pregnant women annually with monthly food packages and basic baby equipment such as cribs, strollers, baby baths and layettes. Over 3,000 trained volunteers are constantly available to provide women facing an unwanted pregnancy with one-on-one counseling and emotional support backed by EFRAT's assurance of physical assistance.

Dr. Schussheim's meetings included briefings with Former Vice Presidential candidate and chairman of the House Budget Committee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rep. Steve Womack (R-Arkansas), Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), Rep. Paul C. Broun (R-Georgia), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri), and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), among others. At the meetings on The Hill, Schussheim stated that in all of his years running EFRAT, not a single woman has ever regretted having her child, each of whom was saved for a mere $1,800 worth of supplies and equipment. Since 1977, EFRAT has saved the lives of over 50,000 children in Israel - including Jewish, Arab, Druze and Bedouin. EFRAT's goal is to inform women faced with an unwanted pregnancy that there are choices.

"For almost four decades we have enabled more than 57,000 Israeli woman to keep their babies, "said Dr. Eli Schussheim, president of EFRAT-C.R.I.B. "By removing societal and financial pressure from mothers-to-be, we have devised a simple but effective alternative for many women who otherwise would have had abortions in Israel - a system that could easily be implemented in the United States."

Since 1977, EFRAT-C.R.I.B has offered woman with proven financial difficulty all of the essentials needed to deliver and care for their baby for up to two years. These packages include everything from strollers to cribs, to food and clothing. In some cases food packages are also supplied to supplement the rest of the family. EFRAT-C.R.I.B's 3,000 trained volunteers and social workers are constantly available to provide women facing an unwanted pregnancy with one-on-one counseling and emotional support backed by EFRAT's assurance of physical assistance. Through a combination of education and economic assistance, EFRAT has helped establish a new generation of Jewish families. For more information, please visit http://www.efrat.org.il/english/.

April 30, 2014

Thomas More Society wins historic N.O.W. v. Scheidler case

CHICAGO, April 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire --

Today, just over one month short of its 28th anniversary, the historic, marathon litigation, N.O.W. v. Scheidler, has culminated in yet another unanimous, decisive pro-life victory for the defendants, Joseph Scheidler, Andrew Scholberg, Timothy Murphy, and the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League. A unanimous, federal appellate panel roundly rejected any and all objections raised by the abortion plaintiffs, N.O.W., and a pair of abortion providers representing a nationwide class of all abortion providers in the United States to the federal trial judge's award of $63,391.45 in reimbursable, out-of-pocket costs to said pro-life defendants.

Judge Frank Easterbrook penned a sharply written, seven page opinion in which he seemed almost to scoff at the objections raised by the abortion lawyers' quibbles over the pro-lifers' claims, which he deemed "modest for a suit that entailed discovery, a long trial, many motions in the district court, and appellate proceedings that span a generation." In fact, he dismissed the abortion lawyers' arguments as "preposterous" and quipped that, "The costs amount to less than $2,300 per year of litigation." Judge Easterbrook closed his opinion in a pair of terse sentences that resonate deeply and dramatically with those who fought this often-agonizing litigation over many years, going back to June, 1986: "This litigation has lasted far too long. At last it is over."

N.O.W. v. Scheidler brought about the birth of the Thomas More Society in March, 1997 - some sixteen years ago - just a few months after Tom Brejcha, partner in a Chicago law firm, was told by his managing partner at a firm meeting that he would either have to "quit the case or quit the firm." Tom Brejcha quit the firm to carry on in defense of the case that will go down as a landmark in the annals of American law.

N.O.W. v. Scheidler went before the U.S. Supreme Court for full dress briefing, hearing, and disposition on three separate occasions -- which may well have been unprecedented, as no legal historian has yet to find another case so well-traveled up and down all three tiers of the federal judicial system!

The first appeal was brought by the abortion plaintiffs after Brejcha's motion to dismiss all charges (under the federal antitrust, racketeering (RICO) and extortion laws) was granted by Judge Holderman in 1991. That dismissal was then affirmed on appeal by the 7th Circuit without a dissenting vote, but the Supreme Court agreed to review the RICO dismissal and reversed by a 9-0 count, in January, 1994, holding that RICO applied to non-profit enterprises equally as to for-profit activities.

The case was then remanded and reassigned to newly appointed Judge Coar, who presided over a lengthy RICO jury trial in March-April and June-July, 1998, after which Judge Coar entered judgment on a verdict for plaintiffs in July, 1999, awarding treble damages against defendants for over $257,000, with attorney's fees yet to be added onto that sum. Joe and Ann Scheidler then mortgaged their home to post security to an appeal, but the 7th Circuit affirmed the judgment in 2001.

The following April, 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court again agreed to review the case and reversed the judgment in early 2003, by a decisive 8-1 margin. On remand, however, the 7th Circuit panel whose earlier affirmance of the RICO judgment had been reversed by the Supreme Court, ruled rather surprisingly that the Supreme Court had overlooked part of the RICO verdict and that, therefore, the lawsuit should be reexamined by Judge Coar to determine if the overlooked portions of the verdict alone would support relief for the abortion plaintiffs.

Defendants then promptly sought a third hearing before the Supreme Court, and the Justices voted to hear the case a third time. This time they reversed the 7th Circuit a third time, in Spring, 2006, by unanimous count, 8-0 (Justice O'Connor having resigned after oral argument but before the decision was issued), and this time they specifically directed that the case be dismissed on its merits.

Thereafter, the pro-life defendants filed to recover some $70,000 in costs -- all that they could back up with invoices and receipts after so many years of litigation. Judge Coar, while allowing what he deemed a late filing, did not act on the costs petition for several years before retiring from the bench. Finally, the case was transferred to Judge Norgle, who awarded defendants most of the costs they sought. But the abortion plaintiffs refused to pay and instead took another appeal. That appeal was briefed, argued just over a week ago on Good Friday, and decided April 29, 2014 in defendants' favor.

"Today we celebrate a long-awaited, hopefully final victory for millions of pro-lifers here and around the country," said Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society. "The abortion plaintiffs had been claiming that the heroic leaders whom we defended were leaders of a vast nationwide conspiracy comprising as many as a million members, thereby putting a black cloud over pro-life efforts to advocate against abortion as if these efforts to save human lives were some horrific enterprise bent on 'extortion' and 'racketeering.' After nearly 28 years of litigating and three trips to the U.S. Supreme Court, we are proud to declare that pro-lifers' First Amendment rights to free speech and association are once again secure and protected by law. Banding together with fellow citizens to advocate for the sanctity of each and every human life -- born and unborn, wanted or allegedly 'unwanted' -- are precious rights of all American citizens."

April 25, 2014

Court blocks enforcement of HHS mandate against James Dobson's Family Talk

NRB/April 24, 2014 --

Last week, a federal district judge granted a preliminary injunction to Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk, blocking enforcement of the Obama administration's contraception mandate against Dr. Dobson and his radio show and ministry.

"Judge [Robert E.] Blackburn wrote a powerful statement, which even used pro-life language, (i.e., referring to a 'human fetus.')," shared Dr. Dobson in a letter to supporters Monday.

"He defended my right to follow the dictates of my conscience. It was eloquent," Dr. Dobson added.

Last December, attorneys with NRB member organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration on behalf of Dr. Dobson and Family Talk, which would have been required to provide abortifacients, including the morning after pill, starting on May 1.

"After that, if we hadn't prevailed, fines amounting to $800,000 per year would have kicked in," Dr. Dobson reported. "We would have closed our doors."

Judge Blackburn, however, concluded that Family Talk has a "substantial likelihood" of winning its legal challenge....

According ADF, the contraception mandate is losing 56-7 in court so far. At least 23 related cases are still working their way through various states.

A decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, meanwhile, is expected by the end of June....

Read entire article here.

April 18, 2014

United Nations Commission on Population & Development continues to push for abortion worldwide

National Right to Life Committee/April 16, 2014/New York --

The 47th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD) closed this past weekend in a stalemate after several closed-door, late-night sessions, and a final all-night session on Friday. Pro-abortion forces had apparently hoped to use this CPD session, observing the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Cairo Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), to once again promote what they were unable to achieve in Cairo or since--an international right to abortion. In spite of the fact that there had been an agreement not to do so, they continued to push to enshrine abortion as a "right" worldwide under the guise of preventing maternal death.

In a statement submitted to this delegates, Jeanne E. Head, R.N., National Right to Life vice president of international affairs stated "Most maternal deaths can be prevented with adequate nutrition, basic healthcare, and good obstetric care throughout pregnancy, at delivery, and postpartum. Legal abortion does not mean safe abortion and the evidence shows that lack of modern medicine and quality healthcare, not the prohibition of abortion, results in higher maternal mortality. Women of the developing world need healthcare, not abortion."

Complications from abortion are not a function of the legality of the procedure, but of the overall medical circumstances in which abortion is performed. Indeed, no direct relationship exists between the legal status of abortion and maternal mortality, or even between the legal status of abortion and maternal death caused specifically by abortion. For example, a 2012 study of maternal mortality in Chile indicates that maternal mortality is simply not related to the legality of abortion. The maternal mortality ratio in Chile declined 93.8 percent from 1961 to 2007. Abortion was prohibited in 1989, and the mortality ratio continued to decline, falling 69.2 percent over the next 14 years. Maternal deaths caused by abortion also declined.

The ICPD Programme of Action (IPOA) urges governments to help women avoid abortion and firmly rejects abortion on demand. The facts of science demonstrate that the unborn child (i.e., the human embryo or fetus) is a distinct, living, and whole human being at a very early stage in his or her development. Further, it is a basic moral principle--affirmed in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international instruments--that all human beings are equal in fundamental dignity and ought to be respected and protected. This is also stated in the ICPD POA. Justice requires that governments protect the basic rights of every member of the human family.

"Because of the pre-occupation of a few to push for abortion-on-demand worldwide, the world has failed to properly direct resources to save women's lives," Head added. "Legalizing abortion does nothing to fix the underlying problem of poor medical care in the developing world. We must strive to give women in the developing world access to the same standard of care that has been available to women in the developed world for decades--care that results in a healthy outcome for mother and child."

For more information on National Right to Life's international efforts, see: www.nrlc.org/international.

A brochure detailing why abortion is not the answer to solving maternal mortality in the developing world is available here (also available in French, Spanish and Swahili)

See also this brochure on how abortion hurts women.

April 3, 2014

MS lawmakers embrace common sense protections by limiting abortion at 5 months of pregnancy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (04-01-14) -

Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest commended the courage of the vast majority of Mississippi Legislators who today voted overwhelmingly "to put the lives and health of mothers and children first," by passing mother-child protections in MS H 1400, a bill that would limit abortion after 5 months of pregnancy. The bill, substantially based on AUL model legislation, passed the Mississippi House by 90-21 and the state Senate by 41-10. It now proceeds to Governor Phil Bryant who is expected to sign the bill into law.

"Late term abortions are deadly for both mother and child," noted Dr. Yoest. "A woman seeking an abortion at 20 weeks (five months) is 35 times more likely to die from abortion than she was in the first trimester. At 21 weeks or more, she is 91 times more likely to die from abortion than she was in the first trimester. Such horrendous statistics show the wisdom of the Mississippi legislators who moved today to enact common-sense limits on a dangerous procedure."

Legislation protecting both mother and children from abortion industry abuses and the negative impact of abortion represents a national trend. Mississippi is one of six states this session considering late-term abortion limits, including Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina and West Virginia.

"I want to commend State House Representative Andy Gipson and State Senator Joey Fillingane, who led the way in pulling together pro-life majorities in support of a measure that will protect women from such horrific deaths witnessed in clinics across the country," said Dr. Yoest.

Click here for more on the dangers of abortion for women and their unborn children.

Click here for more on AUL's Women's Protection Project and other model legislation.

April 1, 2014

Cleveland abortion patient's death and identity confirmed

CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 1, 2014/Christian Newswire --

Operation Rescue has confirmed death and the identity of a patient of the Preterm abortion facility in Cleveland, Ohio, who was transported to University Hospital Case Medical Center on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Lakisha Wilson, 22, a black female, died after transport from the abortion clinic to the hospital. According to a statement released by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office:

Decedent was conveyed from 12000 Shaker Blvd., in Cleveland to University Hospitals Case Medical Center and arrived on 3-21-14 where she was treated, expired and was pronounced on 3-28-14.
An autopsy is being conducted and a cause of death is pending, however there is no doubt that her death was caused by the late-term abortion she received on March 21, 2014.

Video: 911-Ohio Abortion Patient not Breathing at All Dies

A press conference with further details will be held at the following time and location:

When: April 2, 2014, at 11:00 am Eastern

Where: Outside the Preterm Abortion Facility
12000 Shaker Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44120

Those participating include: Cheryl Sullenger, Operation Rescue
Denise Liepold, Right to Life of Northeast Ohio
Molly Smith, Cleveland Right to Life
Dr. Day Gardner, National Black Pro-Life Union
Rev. Arnold M. Culbreath, Urban Outreach Director of Life Issues Institute, Inc.
Pastor Dale Henkley
Mark Harrington, Created Equal
(Partial Listing.)

Operation Rescue reported earlier that it had obtained 911 records that indicated a woman had died after an abortion at Preterm. Those records stated that she was "not breathing at all" and had suffered "Cardiac or Respiratory Arrest/Death."

According to information gathered by Operation Rescue from those on the scene and who have been contacted by members of the woman's family, Lakisha Wilson was in the later stages of pregnancy, and because of that was turned down by abortion clinics in Columbus and Akron.

She was said to have been brain dead at the time she arrived at the hospital, but was kept on life support for several days so that her organs could be harvested.

"We wish to express our deepest sympathies to Lakisha's family for their devastating loss," said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. "We have filed complaints with the Ohio Medical Board and with the Ohio Department of Health. We call on the ODH to immediately suspend Preterm's clinic license pending a full investigation into Lakisha's death."

March 27, 2014

Mending my heart and my marriage after abortion

by Lumina

A hole was ripped in my heart the day I got my abortion along with a hole in my marriage. How could I trust this person who did not love all of me, did not want our baby? Who was I now that I had rejected this new life? I hated myself. My identity as a mother and wife was shattered. What kind of mother was I? How could I ever respect myself again? How could I respect my marriage, my husband? How come I didn't stand up for my child? How come I didn't know it was a child and not a blob of cells? I hated the people who had convinced me abortion was the better path. I hated the people who made me think choosing life was a selfish act. And one of those people was my husband. I hated myself for being so blind.

I felt deadened. I thought my husband would always protect me and now I knew different. I felt unloved by the man I had always thought loved me. We carried on, but it was different, because I felt I could never be happy again. I resented my husband for his lack of support, for his lack of understanding of my pain; a pain that only increased with time. After fifteen years it had become intolerable.

He could only see things in practical terms and was impatient with me at times, but in the end I wore him down. He came to finally share my deep regret....

Read entire blog entry here.

March 20, 2014

In HHS Mandate lawsuits, SCOTUS will learn of WHO designation of birth control pill as carcinogen

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., March 20, 2014 /Christian Newswire --

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in two lawsuits involving Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation that challenge ObamaCare's contraceptive mandate. It coerces employers to purchase insurance coverage for "free" contraceptive and abortion-inducing hormonal steroids and sterilizations for employees, despite employers' first amendment rights to religious freedom.

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer and other groups, represented by attorneys at the Bioethics Defense Fund, filed an amicus brief (as "friends" of the court).[1] Karen Malec, the Coalition's president, said:

We contest the Obama administration's absurd claim that use of contraceptive steroids constitutes women's 'preventative' healthcare. In 2005, the World Health Organization classified the birth control pill as a Group 1 cancer-causing substance for cancers of the breast, liver and cervix. [2,3]

Although the WHO said the Pill reduces risk for cancers of the endometrium and ovaries, the number of breast cancer cases every year in the U.S. is four times greater than the number of cases of ovarian and endometrial cancers combined. [4]

Supreme Court justices will learn about these additional health risks as they read the brief:

The Pill (which can be delivered orally or via skin patch, vaginal ring or injection): increased risks for heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular complications and greater susceptibility to sexually transmitted diseases;

ParaGard Intrauterine Copper IUD
: "can result in uterine perforation and other malpositioning that can result in increased bleeding or pain, and injury or damage to the surrounding organs;"

Mirena IUD
(which releases levonorgestrel, a synthetic steroid hormone, into the uterine environment): risks include uterine perforation, pelvic inflammatory disease and (if conception occurs during use) miscarriage and possible permanent loss of fertility;

Implanon (an implant rod that releases a steroidal progestogen): increased risks of ectopic pregnancy and (as per manufacturer's warning) "serious thromboembolic events, including cases of pulmonary emboli (some fatal) and strokes;"

Depo Provera
(an injectable steroidal progestogen): increased risks for breast cancer, loss of bone mineral density and HIV; and

Increased Cancer Risk to Teenaged Girls.

"Clearly, the Obama administration is doing what's best for big business -- Big Pharma and Big Abortion -- despite the harm its mandate will inflict on women's health," asserted Mrs. Malec.

Additional amici represented in the brief include the Polycarp Research Institute, the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, CatholicVote and 286 members of Legatus.

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