November 19, 2014

ADF argues govt shouldn't force Christian pharmacists to dispense abortion-inducing drugs

November 19, 2014/PORTLAND, OR --

Kristen K. Waggoner, lead counsel representing a pharmacy owner and two pharmacists opposed to Washington state regulations that would force them to dispense drugs that can terminate human life after conception, will be available for media interviews Thursday following oral arguments at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

"No one should be forced to choose between their religious convictions and their family-owned businesses and livelihoods. This choice is neither necessary nor constitutional," said Waggoner, senior vice president of legal services for Alliance Defending Freedom and counsel with Seattle-based Ellis, Li & McKinstry PLLC. "The premier medical and pharmaceutical associations all support the right of a provider to refer patients. No other state has a law this extreme, and the district court noted that these drugs are widely accessible throughout the state."

After a 12-day trial that concluded in 2012, a federal district court in Washington suspended the state's regulations. The ruling permitted the two pharmacists, Margo Thelen and Rhonda Mesler, and the owners of Ralph's Thriftway in Olympia to continue to refer customers rather than sell the drugs Plan B and ella.

The district court found that the state adopted its new regulations "primarily (if not solely)" to ban religiously motivated referrals while the state, at the same time, permits pharmacies to refrain from stocking and delivering drugs for "almost unlimited" business, economic, and convenience reasons. The state and attorneys from Planned Parenthood and Legal Voice appealed the decision to the 9th Circuit....

Read entire press release here.

November 18, 2014

3rd Circuit to hear Christian college's case against abortion-pill mandate

Tuesday, November 18, 2014/PHILADELPHIA --

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor will be available for media interviews immediately following his oral argument Wednesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit on behalf of Pennsylvania's Geneva College, which filed suit in 2012 against the Obama administration's abortion-pill mandate.

The Department of Health and Human Services mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide access, through their health insurance plans, to abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy financial penalties through the IRS.

"All Americans should oppose unjust laws that force people - under threat of punishment - to give up their fundamental freedoms and act contrary to their beliefs," said Baylor. "Geneva College is no different. It simply wants to abide by the Christian faith it espouses and teaches. The government should not punish people of faith for making decisions consistent with that faith."

Last year, a federal district court suspended enforcement of the mandate against Geneva College's employee and student health plans. The administration appealed those decisions to the 3rd Circuit, which consolidated the case, Geneva College v. Burwell, with two other similar cases.

November 14, 2014

New Jersey Assembly votes to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide

NRLC/WASHINGTON/November 13 -- The New Jersey Assembly today voted to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in the state. The so-called "Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act" passed the Assembly 41-31 and now goes to the state Senate for consideration. Governor Chris Christie has previously stated he opposed efforts to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in New Jersey.

"Today's vote represents another instance of society turning its back on the medically vulnerable who are at risk because they are either depressed or worried about what their future holds," said Burke Balch, J.D., director of National Right to Life's Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics. "Contrary to what we're told by assisted suicide advocates, these laws do not offer a patient 'dignity,' but only abandonment from health care workers and family who are supposed to be caring for patients and loved ones."

While doctor-prescribed suicide is against the law in nearly every state, Oregon, Washington, and Vermont have laws that authorize the practice under certain circumstances. (Additionally, the Supreme Court of Montana interpreted its law to make "consent" of the victim a defense in cases of homicide. A lower court judge in New Mexico struck its existing protective law. The New Mexico case is currently being appealed.)

Advocates promote these dangerous laws, which are riddled with legal problems surrounding enforcement. In the states where doctor-prescribed suicide is legal and records are kept, most people seek suicide not because they are experiencing pain from illness, but because they feel like they are becoming a "burden" or losing autonomy. The "right to die" rapidly becomes a "duty to die."

For more information about doctor-prescribed suicide, the Powell Center for Medical Ethics published a four-part study, "Why We Shouldn't Legalize Assisting Suicide," which can be found here:

November 5, 2014

Will court force March for Life to pay for abortion pill coverage?

Alliance Defending Freedom/November 5, 2014 --

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman will be available for media interviews immediately following his oral argument in federal court Wednesday on behalf of March for Life in its lawsuit against the Obama administration's abortion-pill mandate. Bowman will argue in favor of March for Life's request for a permanent injunction against the mandate.

March for Life, the pro-life organization that holds its well-known annual march in Washington, D.C., is challenging the mandate, which forces employers, regardless of their 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 Bowman. "March for Life was founded to oppose the tragedy of abortion - the very thing the government is forcing the organization to provide through its health insurance plan. The government cannot selectively punish organizations that wish to abide by their beliefs."

March for Life is a non-profit pro-life organization founded in 1973 following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion in Roe v. Wade. Every year in January, March for Life holds a peaceful march to the U.S. Supreme Court and Capitol Hill to mark the decision until it is overturned.

The organization's sincere moral beliefs on abortion forbid it from furthering abortion through health insurance coverage it offers to its employees, including by hormonal birth-control items it believes can endanger early embryos. March for Life's beliefs are based on morality and science, but not on religion as such. It claims that the government is acting irrationally by imposing its mandate on a pro-life organization and women who do not want it.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys are also litigating numerous other lawsuits against the abortion-pill mandate.

November 4, 2014

North Dakota police censor free speech of pro-life "truth truck"

WILLISTON, ND, Nov. 3, 2014/Christian Newswire --

The human life amendment on the North Dakota ballot for Tuesday's election remains hotly contested, but the right to free speech has long been guaranteed by the First Amendment. In Williston, North Dakota, police officers have silenced that free speech for pro-life advocates, who are being defended in court by the Thomas More Society.

Matt Trewhella, of Missionaries to the Preborn, and Rob Rudnick are supporters of the proposed human life amendment. They are also drivers of "truth trucks," vehicles adorned with large, graphic images of babies, both preborn and aborted. These "truth trucks" are intended to show the reality of abortion and influence North Dakota voters to uphold the human dignity of the unborn.

In August, just a little over two months before this election, Williston police officers ordered the pro-life advocates to remove the images. When Rudnick did not comply, he was arrested and the truck was confiscated. The case is set for pretrial hearing in district court in Williston on November 5, the day after the election. The Thomas More Society is defending Rudnick and is working with Trewhella and Missionaries to the Preborn, to pursue any redress that may be available to them in court.

"It's regrettable that Mr. Trewhella's and Mr. Rudnick's free speech was suppressed during this critical time before the election," said Tom Brejcha, Thomas More Society president and chief counsel. "Williston authorities have prohibited these pro-life advocates from proclaiming their pro-life message based on the content of that message, which is a patent violation of their First Amendment rights."

The images on Trewhella and Rudnick's "truth trucks" support North Dakota's proposed state constitutional human life amendment: "This constitutional measure would create and enact a new section to Article I of the North Dakota Constitution stating, 'The inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.'"

The police report in the case explicitly states that it was the content of the signs on the trucks that prompted the police to suppress them. Trewhella was given a cease and desist directive to take his signs out of town and stay out of the city until after the election. Rudnick was likewise warned, but did not comply and was arrested, and his truck and signs were impounded.

"If someone disagrees with another's speech, the proper legal recourse is not suppression of speech but free speech in response," added Brejcha. "Our First Amendment does not permit silencing others just because you dislike their message."

Read the Williston, ND, police report in the case against Robert Rudnick here.

See a photo of the "truth truck" here.

October 31, 2014

ADF: AZ schools choose life-affirming curriculum

Alliance Defending Freedom/October 31, 2014/GILBERT, AZ --

An Alliance Defending Freedom letter and presentation to the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board prompted it to vote 3-2 in favor of requiring Gilbert Public Schools to comply with Arizona law and provide curriculum to students that encourages to child birth over elective abortion.

"School districts must follow the law and provide students with a curriculum that supports positive, life-affirming choices," said ADF Legal Counsel Natalie Decker. "We commend Gilbert Public Schools for taking the necessary steps to comply with a law designed to protect children and the state's strong interest in promoting childbirth and adoption."

In April 2012, Arizona Senate Bill 1009 was enacted and requires that no Arizona school district "may allow any presentation during instructional time or furnish any materials to pupils as part of any instruction that does not give preference, encouragement and support to childbirth and adoption as preferred options to elective abortion."

In January, parents expressed concern over a high school biology textbook, "Campbell Biology: Concepts and Connections" that discusses elective abortion and provides information about morning after pills that can induce abortion. Parents asked ADF to intervene to rectify Gilbert Public Schools' violation of state law.

"Students deserve to be taught important social values that promote life," added ADF Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton. "The Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board rightly voted to affirm state law and life."

October 29, 2014

Personhood Alliance to launch municipal ballot initiatives

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire --

Our nation's newest national prolife group, Personhood Alliance (PA), today announced a ground-breaking campaign to launch pro-life ballot initiatives at the county and municipal level across the country in 2015.

"This represents the first time local voters will be able to approve no exceptions Personhood protection for all innocent human beings through their municipal ballots," said Dan Becker, current President of Georgia Right to Life and the interim President for Personhood Alliance.

Approving Personhood language in local ordinances and codes seeks to ensure that every innocent human life, from earliest biological beginning through natural death, is legally protected. "In addition to protecting children in the womb, this would add protection for the elderly infirm and severely disabled" said Becker.

The newly-formed PA is a Christ-centered organization which believes that pursing Personhood is essential to protecting innocent human life in the 21st century.

Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D., Policy Director for the Personhood Alliance and author of Colorado's Amendment 67, expressed optimism ahead of Tuesday's elections in Colorado and North Dakota.

"Despite being outspent in Colorado by Planned Parenthood by a ratio of almost 120:1 ($2,708,500 to $22,929 ) the personhood movement is poised to make significant gains in the next few days," stated Mr. Garcia Jones, "when the results start coming in on Tuesday night, the media might be shocked by what it sees-the advance of Personhood as a movement. This has huge implications for local politicians."

"With its ideological stranglehold on the media and its government funded war chest, we know that winning in a head to head statewide battle with Planned Parenthood is almost impossible, so we are going to change the rules of engagement a little," said Molly Smith, President of Cleveland Right to Life, a key pro-life organization in the state of Ohio.

"In 2012, we watched as activists attempted to amend the municipal code of the city of Anchorage through a citizen ballot initiative. Although they were unsuccessful at the polls, they generated a lot of debate on their issue. We look forward to not only generating debate, but also being able to press our advantage in rural communities," said Christopher Kurka, Executive Director of Alaska Right to Life, a founding member of the Personhood Alliance.

States and municipalities have constitutionally recognized powers to promote public welfare and preserve public health. According to a 2014 Alabama Supreme Court decision, the 14th amendment to the US Constitution obligates states to use this power "to provide to unborn children at any stage of their development the same legal protection from injury and death they provide to persons already born."

"We look forward to following the clear and consistent rulings of the Alabama Supreme Court and working through the municipal bodies and through the ballot initiative process to ensure that in Alabama, every person is protected from their earliest stage of development," stated Bill Fortenberry, boardmember of Personhood Alabama.

In Mississippi, Les Riley of Personhood Mississippi is feeling upbeat about the future of the Personhood Movement. "In 2011, we were betrayed by establishment politicians like former Governor Haley Barber and had to endure the carpet bombing TV ad campaign by Planned Parenthood. Even then, we won many counties. We know that at the local level, Planned Parenthood and the media can't match our network of churches and our tight knit conservative communities." Dr. Beverly McMillan, President of Pro-life Mississippi concurred, "We are looking forward to a very active grass roots campaign in 2015."

In the Northeast, New Hampshire Right to Life recently made headlines by encouraging the New Hampshire GOP to adopt Personhood as part of its official party platform. "Ronald Reagan supported Personhood, the national GOP platform supports personhood, and we are proud that the New Hampshire GOP platform also supports personhood," said New Hampshire Right to Life PAC Director Darlene Pawlik.

The Personhood Alliance currently has established member organizations in Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

October 24, 2014

Congressman says Obama officials aiding China's forced abortions

by Wendy Wright

New York/C-FAM/October 24, 2014 --

Pictures of mothers and their forcibly aborted babies ricochet across the Internet. Family planning agents extort massive fines from peasants. An attorney is tortured and jailed for defending mothers. Zhang Yimou, China's acclaimed film producer, is fined $1.24 million for violating his quota of children.

Over the past six years, evidence has mounted of China's brutal enforcement of its one-child policy. Now a U.S. congressman is accusing Obama's top officials of breaking U.S. laws and aiding China's forced abortions policies.

Obama has given $227 million to a UN agency that facilitates the one-child policy, and visas to Chinese officials with ties to brutal acts of forced abortions, charged Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ).

The U.S. bars federal funding of organizations complicit with China's forced abortion and sterilization policies, or allowing foreigners directly involved in its enforcement into the U.S. "Only a handful of abusers have been denied visas," Smith said.

Smith gave a litany of China's abuses and how Obama officials enable them in a speech last week.

China's harsh penalties for having a child without government permission range from abduction and forced abortion, jail, lost jobs, destroyed homes and fines up to ten-times the parents' annual income.

In just 24 provinces, more than $3 billion a year was collected in fines, often pocketed by local bureaucrats.

Lately, Chinese leaders have bent to pressure as victims posted pictures on the Internet and described abuses, sparking international fury. In some cases enforcers have been fired and families paid assistance.

Rather than heaping on pressure, Obama officials signal they endorse China's policy....

Read entire article here.

October 16, 2014

ADF addresses U.S. Supreme Court's TX abortion decision

Alliance Defense Fund/October 15, 2014 --

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to place a temporary hold on portions of a Texas abortion law while litigation in Planned Parenthood of Texas Surgical Health Services v. Abbott continues at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit:

Texans have the freedom to prioritize women's health and safety over the bottom line of abortionists, and this good law affirms that. The Supreme Court's decision only temporarily and partially prevents the Texas law from going into effect while the 5th Circuit finishes hearing the case. While that is disappointing, it should cause no great alarm. The state's requirement against cut-and-run abortionists remains in effect for all but two abortion facilities.

The restriction on abortions after 20 weeks on unborn children who can feel pain was never challenged and remains in effect today.

Likewise, the limitations on chemical abortions up to seven weeks gestation and prohibiting abortionists from sending women home alone to abort have been upheld and remain in effect. We remain confident that the entirety of Texas's law will ultimately be upheld.

October 8, 2014

International Day of the Girl Child: Rep. Chris Smith, Chen Guangcheng and Reggie Littlejohn on China's One Child Policy

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2014 /Christian Newswire --

Women's Rights Without Frontiers is thrilled to announce that it will partner with the acclaimed research think tank The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. in an event commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child. The October 9 event will center on the terrible truths of China's One Child Policy and feature a discussion on valuing women and girls in the 21st century.

Congressman Chris Smith, a passionate and effective advocate for human rights in China, will provide the keynote address, followed by commentary by WRWF Founder and President Reggie Littlejohn and celebrated blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng. Director of Heritage's Asia Study Center, Walter Lohman, will moderate their remarks.

Beginning in 2008, Littlejohn advocated tirelessly in Europe and the United States to free Chen. Littlejohn stated, "I was humbled to testify at several Congressional hearings chaired by Rep. Smith concerning the terrible persecution of Chen Guangcheng, advocating passionately that the Chinese government release him and the U.S. government take him in. The day that Chen Guangcheng and his family set foot on U.S. soil was the most exciting day of my life. Speaking with Rep. Smith and Chen Guangcheng at Heritage is an extraordinary opportunity I never thought possible during the long years when Chen's freedom seemed inconceivable."

China's One Child Policy causes more violence against women and girls than any other official policy on earth and any other official policy in the history of the world. The Chinese Communist Party boasts that it has "prevented" 400 million births through the One Child Policy. The policy is still ruthlessly enforced through forced abortion and sterilization. Cultural preference for boys has promoted the sex-selective abortions of baby girls. This gendercide has caused a staggering gender imbalance in which there are 37 million more men than women living in China today. This gender imbalance is in turn driving sex-trafficking, a black market for children, and social unrest. The coercive enforcement of China's One Child Policy is the biggest women's rights issue - indeed, the biggest human rights issue - in the world today, affecting 1.2 billion people, one fifth of the population of the earth.

The presentation will be from noon to 1:00 p.m. at The Heritage Foundation's office at 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002. RSVPs, while not required, are encouraged.

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October 1, 2014

National Life Chain Sunday 2014 - October 5

MEDIA ADVISORY, Oct. 1, 2014 /Christian Newswire --

National Life Chain Sunday, on October 5, will again occupy U.S. and Canadian sidewalks to provide a 'visible voice' for preborn children threatened by the surgical abortionists' cruel instruments or by the deadly chemicals in abortive birth controls. The poignant messages for Life Chain's 27th year of public witness will include Abortion Kills Children, Adoption the Loving Option, Jesus Forgives and Heals, and The Pill and IUD Also Kill Children. The location and time of the 1550 cities and towns participating will be posted at

In brief, Life Chain is an ecumenical prayer ministry rightly described as an afternoon extension of Sunday morning worship. Pastoral leadership is key, and the intent of each Chain is to provide God an outreach to anoint and work through. Only He can end the abortion holocaust now ravaging America and Canada, but for Him to do so, we must assume the duty He assigned to His church. As expressed by R. Arthur Matthews in Born for Battle, "without God man cannot" and "without man God will not."

Let us, then, on October 5, bond with God's sovereignty and resolve to defend the Preborns at risk in each local community. Of that duty, Pastor Curt Young wrote in The Least of These: "God declares that spiritual exercise counts for nothing when injustice is permitted to go unchecked. It is the muted cries of harm's victims that reach His ears... Petitions from saints indifferent to these sounds that pierce God's heart are hollow by comparison.... Love obliges us not only to care for neighbors who are the victims of injustice, but also to overcome the injustice itself so that other neighbors may be spared."

In 1945, following the unspeakable pain and destruction imposed by the holocaust they witnessed. German church leaders wrote: "We did not fear God above all the powers of men and government; we did not trust and obey God unconditionally... That is what gave the demon of humanity free rein among us.... Before Him there cries out against us all the innocently shed blood, all the blaspheming of his Holy name, and all the inhumanities which occurred in our midst, especially against the Jews" (from The Berlin-Brandenburg Church Leadership Day of Repentance Petition).

National Life Chain Sunday 2014 affords us in America and Canada valuable time for confession. Let us use it earnestly and commit to save the children who rely so heavily on our partnership with God. And let us do more. Let's end legal child killing in our nation.

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.


Melissa Conway, Director of External Relations

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

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