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.

References: Click here.

March 12, 2014

The absurdity of a "National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers"

By Dave Andrusko

A "National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers"? Yes, that's what March 10 is, a day to show gratitude to abortion providers, without whom "women would not have the freedom to make their own personal medical decisions," to quote from euphemism headquarters, Planned Parenthood of New York City.

However, if you take a step back, you might come away with a slightly different perspective, given the news of the last year.

You remember Kermit Gosnell, aka operator of the West Philadelphia "House of Horrors," who was convicted on three counts of first degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter. Deliberating aborting babies alive and then slitting their spinal cords is a bit much even for Planned Parenthood, so Gosnell was consigned to the status of "outlier" and "renegade."

A slightly different tact was adopted by former Planned Parenthood employee. Colleen Crinion gingerly avoided mentioning Gosnell or his ilk at all, concluding, "Like any profession, abortion doctors are not homogeneously perfect. "

But the problem is for the pro-abortion Establishment, there are more and more outliers, more and more "homogeneously imperfect" abortionists, as we've documented repeatedly at NRL News Today....

Read entire article here.

March 6, 2014

NRLC releases report examining effects of the ACA in the United States

WASHINGTON/March 6, 2014/NRLC --

With a March 31, 2014, deadline impending for open enrollment in the insurance exchanges established by "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (also known as Obamacare), the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life Committee today issued a new report, "The Affordable Care Act and Health Care Access in the United States." The report analyzes four fundamental policy areas of Obamacare and concludes that they will drastically limit access to life-saving medical treatment under the law. These four areas include: the "excess benefit" tax coming into effect in 2018, the current exclusion of adequate health Insurance plans from the exchanges, present limits on senior citizens' ability to use their own money for health insurance, and federal limits on the care doctors give their patients to be implemented as soon as 2016.

"For pro-life Americans concerned about the impact on innocent human life--both born and unborn--the policies of Obamacare couldn't be worse," said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. "Americans are just as concerned with the law's impact on our ability to access life-saving medical treatment for ourselves, our family members, and our loved ones as with Obamacare's funding of abortions. Obamacare is bad medicine for America."

Since it was first debated in Congress, National Right to Life's Powell Center for Medical Ethics has argued that key provisions of Obamacare would limit what Americans could spend--out of their own funds--to access life-saving medical treatment. As the Center's new report concludes, Americans will see a significant shift in how they are able to access health care, and just what types of treatment they will be able to obtain.

As documented by media reports and the language of the law itself, Obamacare will limit access to life-saving treatment in four different ways:

  1. Obamacare imposes a 40% excise tax on employer-paid health insurance premiums above a governmentally imposed limit that does not keep up with medical inflation. Consequently, insurance companies will be forced to impose increasingly severe restraints on policy-holders' access to medical diagnosis and treatment--limits that will make it harder to get often-expensive treatments essential to combatting life-threatening illnesses.
  2. Under Obamacare, consumers using the exchanges may only choose plans offered by insurers who do not allow their customers to spend what government bureaucrats deem an "excessive or unjustified" amount for their health insurance - regardless of whether the insurers offer such plans inside or outside of the exchanges established by the law.
  3. Most senior citizens know that the law will significantly cut government funding for Medicare, but they may not be aware of the law's provision allowing Washington bureaucrats to prevent them from making up the Medicare shortfall with their own funds by limiting their right to spend their own money to obtain insurance less likely to limit treatments that could save their lives.
  4. The "Independent Payment Advisory Board" is directed to recommend measures to limit spending on health care to a growth rate below medical inflation - not just for Medicare, but also for all private, nongovernmental health care spending. The federal Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is then authorized to implement these measures by placing limits on the treatments providers may give their patients by requiring them to abide by so-called "quality and efficiency standards" imposed by HHS.

"Obamacare authorizes Washington bureaucrats to create one uniform, national standard of care that is designed to limit what private citizens are allowed to spend to save their own lives," stated Burke Balch, J.D., director of the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics. "We are convinced most Americans do not believe that the government should limit the right of Americans to use their own money for health care necessary to save their lives. Yet, that is exactly what Obamacare does."

The report is available from the National Right to Life Communications Department here: www.nrlc.org/communications/healthcarereport.

February 28, 2014

PPFA's political arms already flexing muscle to adoring media

By Dave Andrusko, National Right to Life News

February 27, 2014 --

No pro-lifer doubts the political muscle of Planned Parenthood's "political entities"- the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Votes. As a key component of the Democratic Party's "left of center" coalition, they have access to gazillions of dollars and a voice--a large voice--at the table.

But besides the usual self-congratulation and soft-peddle treatment by the mainstream media, what else can we learn from Alexander Burns' "Planned Parenthood reveals big 2014 game plan," which ran in Wednesday's POLITICO?

For starters, they take credit for--and are given credit by Burns for--the election of pro-abortion Terry McAuliffe over pro-life Ken Cuccinelli in last November's Virginia gubernatorial election. Really? McAuliffe prevailed for a number of reasons which we wrote about here.

Suffice it to say that Democrat McAuliffe won by 56,000 votes out of more than 2 million votes cast, although Republican Cuccinelli was vastly outspent, hindered by a bevy of polls which consistently placed him far behind (thus discouraging contributions and supporters) and hampered by the presence of a third party candidate, and was the personal punching bag of newspapers such as the Washington Post.

Had Cuccinelli carried the day, a lot of the conventional wisdom that still remains would not have dissipated (that will never be permitted by the legion of PPFA allies in the media) but would have diminished.

Part--a large part--of that received wisdom is the power of the "War on Women" mantra. Let's be clear: when not challenged by the Republican candidate or when bungled by self-same, it can dramatically hurt him or her.

NRLC Executive Director David N. O'Steen, Ph.D., addressed the cost of allowing pro-abortion Democrats to frame the issue....

Read entire article here.

February 25, 2014

Charlotte Dawson, abortion, suicide and the grace of God

by Theresa Bonopartis

Charlotte Dawson, Australia's "Next Top Model" judge, was found dead in her apartment on February 21st at 47 years old. What is missing from the accounts is something she said herself in her book, Air Kiss and Tell, that she had an abortion with her then husband Olympian swimmer Scott Miller, because he did not want anything to distract him from the lead up to the Sydney Olympics.

After her abortion Charlotte expalined, "I felt a shift," ... "Maybe it was hormonal, but I felt the early tinges of what I can now identify as my first experience with depression."

What follows appears to be years of dealing with depression and suicidal attempts. Although not unfamiliar to many of us who have experienced abortion, it is something that continues to be denied by a society which will not acknowledge the dept of abortions destruction to many of those that have one.

I know from my own abortion experience, the temptations to suicide and the fight against its ideation . The lack of hope and the life of despair feeling damned to hell, hating myself. Any negative experience was just a reflection and confirmation of all I felt to be true, and the despair would go deeper. Depression was my companion for many year.

Although many attempts were made to get someone to listen to my feelings, I was always told it had nothing to do with my abortion, which left me feeling even more isolated and crazy. I always knew my abortion had changed me but yet I was being told by "professionals" that was not true....

Read entire article here.

February 21, 2014

Bolivia snubs UN committee, upholds abortion ban

By Stefano Gennarini, J.D.

NEW YORK, February 21 (C-FAM) --

The Constitutional Court of Bolivia has upheld the country's laws protecting unborn children despite international pressure from UN experts.

Bolivia's highest court handed down a surprise ruling in a challenge to its criminal prohibition on abortion from advocacy group IPAS. The court held that unborn life must be protected, though it expanded a rape exception, and opened the door to embryo destructive research and the morning after pill.

The case has been highly publicized in Bolivia, and was pending in the courts for two years. President Evo Morales reportedly weighed into the debate last year saying that "any abortion is a crime."

The court's arguments for protecting life are original. It asserted ancient indigenous cosmic beliefs that life is in constant perpetuity, without beginning or end; therefore everything that is life or "could potentially generate life" is protected by the Bolivian constitution. Abortion-on-demand should never be permitted, it continued, and abortion is a crime during the later stages of pregnancy.

Of note to abortion groups will be how the court disregarded the recommendations of two UN committees that asked Bolivia to de-criminalize abortion last year.

Proponents of an international right to abortion want domestic courts to strike down national laws based on the recommendations of UN human rights monitoring committees in order to claim there is an international customary norm on abortion. So far they have not had the success they seek.

Only two high courts in Latin America have recognized the suggestions of UN monitoring committees on abortion as authoritative or binding, in Colombia and Argentina. Most courts, including the high courts of Mexico, Peru, and Chile, have declined to follow the recommendations of UN monitoring committees on abortion....

Read entire article here.

February 18, 2014

Ending abortion: Why exception cases matter but ultimately don't

by Kasey Jackson

... [I]f you want to see pro-lifers disagree like maniacs, you should go back and look at the pro-life pages the week before the 2012 Presidential election....

The main debate that surfaced in the 2012 election between pro-life people was about Mitt Romney's stance on abortion. Romney openly declared that he believed in the "Sanctity of Life" with exceptions for fetuses conceived out of rape or incest, or those that threaten the life of the mother.

One side of the argument refused to vote for Romney because of his stance on exception cases--calling Romney the "lesser of two evils."...

And the other side basically accused the opposing side of being the reason that Romney would lose, therefore allowing the "Greater Evil" to win....

Some people viewed a vote for Romney as "compromise." Some pro-lifers even accused people that voted for Romney of "devaluing the fetuses conceived out of rape."

But I don't see it that way.

My husband and I have had multiple conversations about abortion. Frankly, he's probably sick of talking about abortion. (sorry, not sorry.) We have had multiple conversations about every single "exception case" that we have ever heard, and in the end we always seem to come to this conclusion:

The abortion industry is hiding behind "exception cases."

The fact remains, only 4% of all abortions are reported to be performed because of rape, incest, or the life of the mother....

I have found after many debates with pro-choice folks, that 96% of our conversations revolved around the 4%....

Read entire article here.

February 12, 2014

How love will win the battles and logic will win the war

by Kasey Jackson

I had a dream. The dream that I knew would change my life forever. The dream of a story that I knew I needed to tell. The dream that could possibly change the entire course of where I thought my life would lead.

And then I started researching. And forming more opinions. I Googled until my Googler was sore.

I felt like I was forming an outlook in regard to abortion that was unlike like every other opinion that I had ever heard. So I decided to put it to the test.

I started getting into debates. On purpose.

I know. I know. So many people in the world probably think that this sounds like the most terrible idea when talking about abortion, but I personally saw it as a real-world way to test out my theories. The debates honed me. They shaped my opinions and molded my view. I kept an open mind but refused to back down.

I refused to utter the words "Agree to Disagree."

If I reached a point in any debate where I was tempted to use that awful three-word phrase, I knew that I needed to pull away from the conversation and do more research. My conscience (and the Holy Spirit) kept telling me that there shouldn't be an "agree to disagree" when innocent human lives are at stake. I knew that if there is no "agree to disagree" on the subject of abortion, then there must be a logical explanation. I just needed to find it.

I love seeing testimonies from different organizations of how they saved the lives of unborn babies--by counseling women, offering free ultrasounds, and just loving them in general.  The work of these organizations is so invaluable and selfless, and we would be nowhere in our movement without them. I look up to the women and men that started these organizations, and hope and dream to lead one myself one day soon.

Scrolling through my newsfeed, I was literally seeing these organizations saving lives. Every. Day. They were reaching into the darkest places of women's lives and rescuing babies;

And all I did was sit at home typing up a story and debating pro-choice people on Facebook.

What good was I doing? What good was my research? What good were the debates? What good was any of it?

I wasn't saving anyone. I wasn't actively loving women that were facing an abortion decision. I wasn't loving anyone. I was just writing down a story.

I fought with these thoughts for a long time. Why would God have called me to be an anti-abortion advocate, and call me to write a novel? Why didn't he call me to be a sidewalk counselor? Why didn't he call me to the trenches?

A few months later, I found that envelope with the $10 check still in my silverware drawer. I picked it up, feeling like a hypocrite--like a failure to the cause.

Then I heard the Holy Spirit gently speak....

Read entire article here.

February 6, 2014

Vatican blasts UN committee for asking Church to change teaching on abortion, homosexuality

by Stefano Gennarini, J.D.

NEW YORK, February 5 (C-FAM)--

The Vatican accused a UN committee of interfering with Church doctrine and violating religious freedom after it was asked to change its teaching on abortion and homosexuality.

The Church should change its teaching on abortion, according to a UN committee that monitors the rights of children. The Church should no longer automatically excommunicate those who perform or assist in the performance of an abortion, the UN experts said in observations published Wednesday following a year-long review of the Vatican's child protection practices.

Church teaching on marriage and sexuality should also change according to the observations, because it prevents adolescents from accessing contraception. In addition the experts said Church teaching on homosexuality contributes to "social stigmatization and violence" against homosexual adolescents and children raised by same-sex couples.

The Vatican immediately issued a press release saying that UN experts cannot interfere with Catholic doctrine on human dignity or the Church's exercise of religious freedom.

Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi, who represents the Vatican at the United Nations in Geneva, told Vatican Radio his first reaction to the observations was surprise.

The committee took a negative approach and was "very wrong", he said with consternation, "the Church cannot simply give up its beliefs" because all Church teaching on human dignity is ultimately geared towards preserving the common good....

Continue reading here.

February 4, 2014

Thomas More Society shocked at Obama's denial of IRS' targeting of pro-life groups, despite proof

CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2014 /Christian Newswire --

President Obama told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly that the recent IRS targeting scandal had "not even a smidgen of corruption." The denial-laden interview on Sunday leaves the Thomas More Society shocked, as the President adamantly rejected the suggestion that the IRS was abusing groups not in concert with his administration. He claimed that IRS officials were confused about how to implement laws governing tax-exempt groups. The Thomas More Society, however, a national public interest law firm based in Chicago, was heavily involved in providing Congress with evidence of specific wrongdoing on the part of Lois Lerner - disgraced former IRS director of the exempt organizations division - and her staff.

"Thomas More Society has defended six pro-life organizations whose First Amendment rights were trampled upon by the IRS because of the groups' dedication to the sanctity of life," said Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel of the Thomas More Society. "In fact, in May and August of 2013, Thomas More Society produced two memos to the House Committee on Ways and Means, totaling over 500 pages of evidence that the IRS specifically targeted and harassed pro-life and conservative charities, illegally questioning their religious activities and withholding their tax exemptions. Frankly, we are shocked that President Obama would state that there was 'not even a smidgeon of corruption' involved in the IRS scandal. The Obama Administration must stop making excuses to cover up the IRS' illegal activity and instead deal justly with the corruption and scandal that occurred."

The following links record the Thomas More Society exposure of the IRS pro-life discrimination scandal:

January 30, 2014

SCOTUS: Life Legal Defense Foundation confronts idea of birth control as "healthcare"

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire --

Religious freedom is only one consideration out of many in the battle between retail craft giant Hobby Lobby and the Obama administration, according to the amici curiae brief filed by Life Legal Defense Foundation in the United States Supreme Court. "The Health and Human Services mandate that requires employers to provide insurance coverage for abortion and abortion inducing drugs puts women at risk," said Dana Cody, President and Executive Director of Life Legal Defense Foundation. "It's unbelievably irresponsible and sexist," Cody added.

Catherine Short, Legal Director at Life Legal Defense Foundation and author of the brief, explained, "The HHS contraceptive mandate is a political tool masquerading as 'evidence-based' science. Neither family-run businesses such as Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties nor any other employer should be forced to pay for drugs and devices that do nothing to promote health but instead end human lives."

As the Supreme Court considers Kathleen Sebelius et al. v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., et al., Life Legal Defense Foundation argues that forcing all health plans to provide contraceptives at no cost will not promote women's health. The brief highlights the HHS mandate's key faults:

  • Research does not support the government's assertion that increased use of contraceptives will promote women's health.


  • There is no evidence that the mandate will lead to increased contraceptive usage among those at risk of unintended pregnancy, or to a decrease in unintended pregnancies.


  • The mandate's assumption that unintended pregnancies automatically have negative health consequences for women is erroneous.


  • The government's ostensible "gender equity" does not relieve women of an inequitable financial burden related to health care, but rather increases that burden through exposure to serious health hazards.


  • Mandatory contraceptive coverage for women does not in any way serve the mandate's supposed interest in "gender equality."

The Life Legal Defense Foundation brief, filed on behalf of Beverly LaHaye Institute and Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., urges the Court to affirm the Tenth Circuit decision for Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, granting the private business a protective injunction against the mandate. It also asks the Court to reverse the Third Circuit decision in Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius, which denied that private business the same protections.

Read Life Legal Defense Foundation's amici curiae brief filed in the Supreme Court of the United States here.

January 24, 2014

Settlement ensures freedom for IL mobile pregnancy center

CHICAGO/Alliance Defending Freedom/January 23 --

A legal settlement finalized Wednesday ensures that a mobile pregnancy center can operate freely within the city of Elgin. A federal court found a city zoning code unconstitutional in August of last year after city officials used it to shut down access to free pregnancy information and services offered to young women through the mobile ultrasound facility.

Alliance Defending Freedom
attorneys together with lead attorneys with the Chicago firm Mauck & Baker, LLC, represent Life Center, which operates the mobile facility under the name of TLC Pregnancy Services.

"Pregnant women are better served when they are fully informed," said Mauck & Baker attorney Noel W. Sterett, one of nearly 2,300 allied attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom. "The court's opinion last year, which expressly recognizes a woman's right to choose life and be fully informed about her pregnancy, is a rational ruling that we hope everyone can support regardless of their opinion on abortion. TLC's free services help both the city and its citizens."

In August, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, issued a permanent injunction in Life Center v. City of Elgin against the city's restrictions. The order allowed TLC to continue operating its mobile pregnancy service center at its usual positions at the Evangelical Covenant Church of Elgin and JB's Pub & Bar, both in close proximity to Elgin Larkin High School....

Read entire article here.

January 22, 2014

Cuomo, you are why we do belong in NY!

by Theresa Bonopartis

If Governor Cuomo thinks that making abortion legal for all nine months, for any reason is something to be proud of, perhaps he is the one who needs to leave the state of New York.

On "The Capitol Pressroom" Friday morning, with Susan Arbetter, Cuomo said: "Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that that who they are? Because if that's who they are and they're the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the State of New York, because that's not who New Yorkers are."

I beg to differ with Governor Cuomo. The abortion expansion act the Governor is pushing is anything but safe for women securing abortion with no limitations or regulations. This quest for expansion by pro abortion groups and their political allies like Cuomo would make abortion untouchable and allow for non-physicians to perform abortions through all nine months of pregnancy. How is that in the health interest of women? These people who claim abortion should be "safe, legal and rare," have now moved to "anytime, for any reason, with no exceptions." Just who exactly is the extremist here?

Read entire post here.

January 16, 2014

Santorum, Duggars to speak at FRC's 2014 ProLifeCon

January 16, 2014/WASHINGTON, D.C. --

Family Research Council (FRC) will host its 9th annual ProLifeCon on Wednesday, January 22, the day of the 41st March for Life, commemorating the 41st anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

ProLifeCon is the premier conference for the online pro-life community. This year's conference will feature experts and legislators that will inform audiences about the cutting edge of the pro-life movement and provide ways to make a difference on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the rest of the online world.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.)
  • U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.)
  • Ryan Bomberger, Chief Creative Officer, The Radiance Foundation
  • Joe Carter, Director of Communications, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
  • The Duggar Family, Stars of TLC's "19 Kids & Counting"
  • Brian Fisher, Co-Founder and President, Online for Life
  • Jane Fuller, Executive Director, Assist Pregnancy Center of Virginia
  • Bethany Goodman, Assistant Director, March for Life Education and Defense Fund
  • Arina Grossu, Director, Center for Human Dignity, Family Research Council
  • Anna Higgins, Senior Fellow for Life Studies, Family Research Council
  • Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council
  • Henry Potrykus, Senior Fellow, FRC's Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI)
  • Sen. Rick Santorum, Founder, Patriot Voices
  • Jill Stanek, Blogger, jillstanek.com
  • Roland Warren, CEO, Care Net

WHAT: ProLifeCon - The premier conference for the online pro-life community

WHERE: In Person - Family Research Council Media Center, 801 G Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001;

Online - http://frc.org/prolifecon

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Eastern, Wednesday, January 22

A light breakfast will be served for in-person attendees.

For more information, click here: http://frc.org/prolifecon

January 13, 2014

The devil made me do it

by Theresa Bonopartis

While I certainly believe in the devil and his desire to keep us from God, I get concerned when too much emphasis is put on him, especially when it comes to working with people seeking help in healing from a past abortion....

It is easy to say, "the devil made me do it," but in truth most people have abortions because of the way they were living their lives. Knowledge of post abortion issues and development of a relationship with God who gently causes them to look at their sin in the light of His love and forgiveness for them will move those suffering to see the truth and work through the healing process....

Read entire article here.

January 8, 2014

AZ school district to allow time for Planned Parenthood opponents

Alliance Defending Freedom/January 7, 2014 --

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Attorney Natalie Decker regarding the agreement of Arizona's Tempe Union High School District to allot time for representatives from 1st Way Pregnancy Center and Alliance Defending Freedom to speak at a Tuesday night committee meeting in opposition to Planned Parenthood's proposal to teach sex education to children:

Since sending our Jan. 6 letter, we have had the opportunity to speak with Dean Pickett, attorney for the Tempe Union High School District. Mr. Pickett has clarified both the role of the district's Sex Education Curriculum Committee and the process by which the district intends to consider implementing any sex education curriculum it may approve.

We are particularly grateful for assurances from the district's superintendent that no decision has been made by either the committee, the district, or its governing board and that the committee is at this time only reviewing several curriculum options, including options supported by Alliance Defending Freedom and its clients. Mr. Pickett also clarified that the committee's role upon completion of its review is merely advisory to the district's governing board, which will make any final decision on any curriculum adoption. In addition, he has advised us that no decision or recommendation has been made as to which individuals, whether from Planned Parenthood or otherwise, will offer sex education curriculum to the district's students.

While it has been our experience that Planned Parenthood seeks access to school districts with minimum communication to parents and thus 'behind closed doors,' we commend the district's governing board and its committee for acting openly in compliance with Arizona's Open Meeting Law and for enabling Alliance Defending Freedom and its clients to present alternative proposals for consideration.

We also commend the district for the adoption of its Policy IHAMB, which comprehensively addresses the requirements in Arizona for a legally compliant sex education curriculum, and for the district's assurances that it will comply with Senate Bill 1009 in this important matter.




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