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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 month.

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

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States begin 2015 with pro-life bills

Less than one month into the new year, and newly sworn in state legislatures across the country are already taking a stand for life.

In Pennsylvania, the same day radically pro-choice Governor Tom Wolf assumed office, pro-life State Senator John Eichelberger introduced the Conscientious Objection Act, which would allow health care providers to opt out of providing services that violate their conscience – such as abortion, birth control, and the morning-after pill – as well as legislation to prevent local municipalities from using public money for abortions in cases not authorized by state law.

In South Carolina last week, a House panel unanimously passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which creates a new compelling state interest in limiting abortions after 20 weeks.

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Disturbing: Obama speaks of “future generations” in State of the Union while supporting their genocide

On Tuesday night, in his State of the Union address, President Obama said (emphasis mine):

I want future generations to know that we are a people who see our differences as a great gift, that we are a people who value the dignity and worth of every citizen – man and woman, young and old, black and white, Latino and Asian, immigrant and Native American, gay and straight, Americans with mental illness or physical disability. [Emphasis mine.]

Speaking of children and life, he also said:

I want our actions to tell every child, in every neighborhood: your life matters, and we are as committed to improving your life chances as we are for our own kids. [Emphasis mine.]

As Steven Crowder explained, the president’s message of “your life matters” clearly applies only to children who are already born. Not to “every child.”

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Obama promises to veto 20-week abortion ban

The abortion lobby has been very nervous about the possibility of a nationwide 20-week abortion ban. The bill is scheduled for a vote in the House on Thursday, where it is expected to pass, and if it does, it will move to the Senate.

Republicans hold a majority in both houses, so there is a good chance that the bill will get sent to President Obama. The White House, however, has announced that Obama will veto the bill.

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U.S. House of Representatives to vote on 20-week abortion ban same day as March for Life

January 22 is a monumental day for pro-lifers, but this year, it’s not just because of the March for Life to mourn the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. GOP leadership has scheduled a House vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that same day. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). The bill has passed the House before, in 2013, with a vote of 228-196.

In analyzing the bill, particularly with regards to the Republican Party, Politico writes that “GOP hopes it has cracked the abortion code,” noting that many in the party leadership are behind the bill. The vote was even planned for this day:

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Ironic: Planned Parenthood is outraged over “politically motivated attacks” on abortion

In Congress, a bill has been introduced by 80 representatives to defund Planned Parenthood. Representative Diane Black – a pro-life woman – is the leader and head sponsor. She explains why this bill is necessary:

This legislation would simply clarify the original intent and spirit of the law to ensure that Title X federal funded grants will no longer be awarded to “health care” providers that fail to protect life by providing abortions.

Simply put, the original intent of the law Representative Black is referring to is this: if you want federal money – the taxpayer’s money – you can’t participate in killing innocent children. And indeed, that’s exactly the standard government should have. Money should not be freely – and copiously, in the example of Planned Parenthood – handed out to those who profit from the intentional, cruel murder of children who cannot defend themselves.

And yet, what does Planned Parenthood cry? “Politically motivated attacks!” “Anti-women’s health bill!”

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NARAL very unhappy as Republicans propose national late-term abortion ban

It’s only a few days into the new year, and already NARAL is on defense. One of the first actions the newly elected Congress has taken is to introduce a bill that protects life at 20 weeks of pregnancy — and NARAL is fighting mad.

E-mails sent to NARAL supporters described the bill as “McConnell’s first attack,” claiming that voters don’t support the idea of a 20-week abortion ban. Ilyse Hogue also sent out a petition asking supporters to send a message to Mitch McConnell asking him to stop his “attack” on abortion.

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