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Top Colorado Republican demands fetal homicide law after tragic baby killing case

In the wake of District Attorney Stan Garnett’s announcement that he will not pursue a murder charge against Dynel Lane, Colorado Republicans are promising a fetal homicide law.

Dynel Lane persuaded Michelle Wilkins to come to her house through a Craiglist ad for baby clothes. When Wilkins arrived, Lane stabbed, beat, and strangled her; then, she removed 7-month-old Baby Aurora from Wilkins’ womb and kidnapped her.

Wilkins survived, but Baby Aurora did not. Garnett has claimed he cannot pursue a charge of murder because the autopsy did not show that Baby Aurora lived outside her mother’s womb.

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Planned Parenthood puts abortion above human trafficking victims. Again.

Planned Parenthood is playing abortion politics once again on Capitol Hill – this time, maneuvering pawns across the Senate floor in a debate over protections for victims of human trafficking. While Planned Parenthood has publicly joined Senate Democrats in filibustering a bill that would help victims of human trafficking, the reason why is appalling: to protect their bottom line.

Once again, Planned Parenthood is framing the conversation to deflect attention from its desire to protect its funding and abortion-on-demand business model – and its actions are consistent in both public lobbying efforts, as well as in abortion facilities across the country.

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Anti-trafficking bill filibustered by Senate Democrats over provision limiting taxpayer-funded abortion

The Senate’s anti-trafficking bill, which generated bipartisan support, has quickly turned into a battle over abortion language. After the bill unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrats complained of the inclusion of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds from paying for abortion, with exceptions. As it applies to this bill, funds cannot be used from penalties from traffickers which are to help victims.

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), the bill’s sponsor, claimed that the language was made public, and, if anything  was hidden, “it was hidden in plain sight to anybody who cared to read it.” He has also commented on the issue on his website.

Republican leadership offered the Democrats a chance to strip the language through an amendment, but this offer was rejected.

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Planned Parenthood and NARAL claim pro-life women don’t exist

As usual, Planned Parenthood and NARAL close their eyes to pro-life women. So much so, this time, that they pretend these women don’t even exist.

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act has been debated all over the media these last few days. And not because Americans actually debate whether we ought to help trafficked women and girls. No, the Trafficking Act has been debated because Democrats decided to oppose it late in the game because the Hyde Amendment – which prohibits federal funds from being used for abortions – was included.

The Hyde Amendment was included from the very beginning, but perhaps Democrats failed to read the actual wording of the legislation. Or, maybe they decided to change course when Planned Parenthood and their cronies started yelling about the proposed law.

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Planned Parenthood attacks West Virginia’s 20 week abortion ban, calling it “cruel” and “bullying”

Legislation to enact 20 week abortion bans are spreading across the country, in addition to the possibility of a federal ban — and the abortion lobby is furious. NARAL has already been lobbying against the idea, and now, Planned Parenthood is getting into the action.

West Virginia legislators sought to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and Planned Parenthood was furious. This week, they tweeted out this laughable call to action in an ultimately futile attempt to stop the ban, calling legislators “bullies” pushing a “cruel” ban.

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House GOP sees No Child Left Behind renewal as chance to kick Planned Parenthood out of school

After the legislative disaster that marred this year’s March for Life, it’s reassuring to see that Congress can still do something right. The Huffington Post reports:

House Republicans attached language to a major education bill Wednesday night that would financially penalize school districts that allow school-based health centers to provide information about abortion to pregnant high school students.

The amendment to the Student Success Act, a GOP overhaul of No Child Left Behind, would withhold federal funding from school districts that contract with health centers unless the center certifies that it will not provide abortions or give students any information about abortion, including directions to the nearest abortion provider. (School-based health centers already do not provide abortion services.) Continue reading

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Illinois lawmakers file bill that would require abortion clinics to have inspections

Some lawmakers in Illinois are saying enough is enough with the state’s dirty, uninspected abortion clinics. The news that abortion facilities in the state were not subject to health inspections, leaving the lives of many women in danger, prompted the filing of HB 3274 on Wednesday. This bill would require licensing of “pregnancy termination centers,” defined as places that provide 50 or more surgical abortions per year.

The bill also requires the Department of Public Health to “conduct at least one unannounced inspection of each pregnancy termination specialty center.” Generally, abortion facilities in Illinois were inspected once every nine years.

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110 Congressmen introduce Health Care Conscience Rights Act to stop Obama’s abortion enforcement

A Thursday press release from Congressman Diane Black’s office reported:

Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE-01), and Congressman John Fleming (R-LA-04) announced the reintroduction of H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act. The bill would protect Americans’ freedom of conscience and stop the Obama Administration’s attack on religious liberty. H.R. 940 offers full exemption from Obamacare’s Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate and ensures protections for individuals and healthcare entities that refuse to provide, pay for, or refer patients to abortion providers because of their deeply held beliefs.

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Steny Hoyer: why shouldn’t DC force pro-life Christians to hire pro-aborts?

Just in case you were still under the impression that “pro-choice” has anything to do with letting people make choices (despite all evidence to the contrary), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is here to clear things up.

CNS News recently grilled the leading congressional Democrat on the District of Columbia’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, which forbids DC employers from “discriminat[ing] against an individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment” on the basis of their “reproductive health decision making, including a decision to use or access a particular drug, device or medical service, because of or on the basis of an employer’s personal beliefs about such services.” Continue reading

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Dismemberment abortion ban major focus of 2015 pro-life advocates

D&E Abortion Procedure via NRLC.
D&E Abortion Procedure via NRLC.

The pro-life movement is gearing up for what could be the biggest ban on abortion since partial-birth abortion in 2003. The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act has already been introduced in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Dismemberment abortion, commonly known as dilation and evacuation or a D&E abortion, is a second-trimester abortion procedure reminiscent, as Jill Stanek shows us, of the “barbaric medieval practice of drawing and quartering.”

D&E abortions, which account for 96% of second-trimester abortions, or roughly 100,000 abortions a year, involve dilating the cervix and using forceps to rip the unborn child apart limb by limb so he or she is able to be removed from the womb, since the child at this age is too large to simply pass through the cervix without inducing labor. It is used more often than induction abortion, which is more expensive and often leads to live births.

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Rep. Ellmers speaks desperately on pulled 20-week ban vote

Rep. Renee Ellmers, who has been largely blamed for a 20-week abortion ban being pulled at the last minute by House leadership, has spoken about the incident.

The statement appeared on the congresswoman’s website, in the “Blog” section, and is titled “Pro-life and Compassionate[.]” Rep. Ellmers starts off by mentioning “[a]s a mother, a wife, and a devout Catholic, protecting life is a mission that is very near and dear to my heart.” The last sentence of the second paragraph, however, mentions that the congresswoman is “appalled by the abhorrent and childish behaviors from some of the leaders of the outside groups.”

In the likelihood that the congresswoman is referring to rightfully indignant pro-lifers, such a move would not be a wise one. The National Right to Life Committee has already called for the defeat of those responsible for sabotaging the vote. Such language is only going to further evoke their ire, and increase the chances of Rep. Ellmers facing a primary challenger.

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Dissecting Rep. Tim Ryan’s betrayal of the preborn

One of the biggest surprises in store for anyone new to politics is how many prominent Democrats began their careers as ardent pro-lifers before throwing preborn babies to the wolves in exchange for career advancement.

The latest to join their ranks is Ohio congressman Tim Ryan, who announced on January 27 that he has officially changed from “pro-life” to “pro-choice.” And, predictably, partisans for his new position are slobbering all over him: Continue reading