Live Action News readers may remember the ridiculous saga that ensued after an Oregon high school teacher told representatives from Planned Parenthood that they and their government sex-ed program had no business invading his classroom.
Planned Parenthood persisted in bribing his students with cash and gifts to sign up for the government-funded “Teen Outreach Program” even after Diss asked them to leave. And the clearly-biased school administration sided with Planned Parenthood, subjecting Diss to scrutiny and discrimination for his belief that Planned Parenthood’s involvement in his math class was not in the best interest of his students’ well-being.
Attorney General Eric Holder has been facing calls to resign throughout his six year tenure with the Obama administration — and finally, he’s announcing that he will, in fact, step down.
Barack Obama has been the most pro-abortion president in this country’s history, and Eric Holder, as Obama’s right-hand man, has been right there with him every step of the way.
Under Holder, the Department of Justice unsuccessfully attempted to bully and intimidate a pro-life sidewalk counselor into silence. So ridiculous was the case against the sidewalk counselor that the judge publicly wondered why Holder even tried to prosecute.
Ohio law requires that abortion mills have a transfer agreement with a local hospital in case a woman needs emergency care as the result of a botched abortion.
Ohio law also bans publicly-funded hospitals from establishing these transfer agreements with abortion mills because doing so would essentially force the taxpayers who fund the hospital to support the abortion industry. So by default, abortion mills in Ohio must have either a transfer agreement with, or an abortionist who has admitting privileges at a local private hospital.
Some private hospitals have, of their own prerogative, rejected requests for affiliation from abortion mills. Between this fact and their legal inability to establish an agreement with public hospitals, at least one Ohio abortion mill – Women’s Med in Sharonville – is unable to commit surgical abortions.
In 2011, the state of Texas decided to cut off state funding from abortion providers, namely Planned Parenthood. The reason was not to deny healthcare to women, but rather to concentrate finances on those clinics which actually provided legitimate healthcare. The people of Texas had decided that they had had enough of using taxpayer dollars to fund clinics affiliated with abortion.
These clinics did not have to lose such funding, though. If a clinic was so concerned about having enough finances to help women, to truly do so, that clinic could simply stop affiliating itself with abortion providers.
A vote to override Governor Jay Nixon’s (D-MO) vetoes of state bills HB1307 (which requires a 72-hour reflection period before abortion) and HB1132 (which grants tax credits for donations to crisis pregnancy centers, maternity homes, and food pantries) was preceded by a pro-life rally and prayer vigil that celebrated motherhood at the Missouri Capitol.
The event was emceed by Sarah Greek, a communicator and citizen activist who is a radio producer of Eagle Forum Live. On September 11th, Greek wrote on her Facebook page:
The problem of sex-selective abortion is a growing one. Over 100 million girls are missing because of it, and that number is rapidly growing. An issue that is commonly associated with Asian countries is also happening in the United States. Because of this, many states have begun banning the practice of sex-selection abortions. But San Francisco is fighting tooth and nail to make sure that sex-selective abortion remains legal there, with San Francisco supervisors leading the fight. Mayor Ed Lee is expected to support the measure as well.
Earlier this month, Senator Lindsey Graham introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the U.S. Senate. The U.S. House has already passed this bill – which would protect unborn children from abortion after the fifth month of pregnancy and their mothers from the additional harm late-term abortion can cause.
But despite its popularity among the general public, the Senate has yet to vote on it, thanks to the actions of Democrats.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List explains:
Unfortunately, that legislation has languished in the U.S. Senate, where pro-abortion Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his pro-abortion allies have refused to even allow a vote.
Medical science has proven that unborn children can feel pain at 20 weeks – and likely even earlier. The Protection Act would stop abortions when science knows the child will suffer if an abortion is allowed.
In a sweeping, yet potentially short-lived blow to tough Texas abortion restrictions, a federal judge Friday blocked the law’s key provision requiring abortion clinics to adhere to the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers.
Citing “undue burdens” on women seeking abortions, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel stood with pro-abortion proponents in a decision that halted the last portion of House Bill 2, the law responsible for shuttering abortion clinics across the state. The Texas provision would have forced more than half of the state’s remaining abortion clinics, which fail to meet the medical and structural standards required under H.B.2., to shut their doors.
On a hot 2012 summer day in Columbia, Missouri, 40 Days For Life campaign director Kathy Forck handed a bottle of water to a Stericycle truck driver outside a Planned Parenthood clinic.
Mrs. Forck’s seemingly innocuous deed became the target of trespassing charges from Planned Parenthood. Accused of crossing the Planned Parenthood property line, Mrs. Forck was found guilty in Columbia Municipal Court.
Enter Daniel J. Baker, Thomas More Society special counsel at the Law Office of Cox & Associates, LLC in Sedalia, Missouri. Previously, Baker was a college graduate with a degree in mathematics when his church sent people to pray outside a Granite City, Illinois abortion clinic.
In a discussion regarding a bill in Louisiana’s health and welfare committee, Representative Katrina Jackson expressed her distaste for the large number of African-American abortions. House Bill No. 388 would require abortionists to provide more information to pregnant women seeking abortion, as well as new regulations for abortion practices.
One group arguing against the bill said that it would help minority women, especially African-American women who “don’t have necessarily the same access to contraceptive use that higher income women do.”
In the wake of new evidence provided by a former Planned Parenthood manager detailing the abortion giant’s disturbing annual quotas, Texas congressmen expressed outrage and called on Planned Parenthood to address the issue. The action by lawmakers follows news of an alarming award handed to a Colorado Planned Parenthood office praising its increased abortion rate. Lawmakers also called for nationwide defunding of the organization, which receives half of a billion dollars in taxpayer funds each year.
Half of Texas abortion clinics have closed following the enactment of HB 2, a law signed by Governor Rick Perry last year that requires abortionists to obtain hospital admitting privileges within a certain radius of an abortion clinic. The restriction cut the number of abortion clinics from 41 to 20, and it is expected that the number of operating clinics could drop to six by September.
Many abortion clinics shut down due to an inability to comply with the state mandate requiring hospital admittance privileges.
Senate Democrats will consider legislation on July 15 that would undermine pro-life laws across the country, if passed. Titled the “Women’s Health Protection Act”, S.1696 is considered “the most radical pro-abortion bill ever considered by Congress” by some pro-life organizations.
The bill, sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, would remove almost all current protections for unborn children and void limitations on abortion. Pro-abortion proponents have been advocating heavily for the bill since it’s introduction last year.
Signs of hope abound in the ongoing fight to preserve the sanctity of life in America – and one of the best signs in recent weeks has been the removal of … some signs.
In Montgomery County, Maryland, Alliance Defending Freedom staff and allied attorneys have been fighting a law that required pro-life “limited-service pregnancy centers” to post signs essentially advising women against using their services. The signs were required to say that a) the centers don’t have a medical professional on staff, and b) the county health department advises any potential clients to speak with a licensed medical professional.
Interestingly, the county deliberately crafted the law so that it doesn’t apply to pro-abortion centers, such as Planned Parenthood, even if counseling at those centers is offered by non-medical persons.
The state of New Hampshire has agreed to temporarily halt
the implementation of a anti-speech zone law pending litigation. A lawsuit, filed by legal group Alliance Defending Freedom and allied attorneys, opposes the New Hampshire law restricting a 25-foot zone of public sidewalk around the entrances of abortion clinics. The legislation is similar to a law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court last month.
New Hampshire’s law bans pro-life advocates from speaking to individuals entering abortion clinics, but allows abortion escorts and activists to encourage women to obtain an abortion procedure.
The race for lieutenant governor in Nevada has an unlikely candidate: Democrat Lucy Flores, who has served a prison sentence and was a gang member. Flores, 34, is also outspoken about her past abortion and her troubled past.
Unlike many political hopefuls, a personal abortion story is a subject untouched in the public square, but Flores’s past does not seem to faze her political career. Flores, who was raised in a low-income home and dropped out of high school, said she convinced her father to pay for the abortion – one she says she does not regret.
“I don’t regret it,” Flores said, “because I am here making a difference, at least in my mind, for many other young ladies and letting them know that there are options and they can do things to not be in the situation I was in, but to prevent.”
The Supreme Court today ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and religious freedom, agreeing with Hobby Lobby that the Obama administration can not force them to pay for abortifacient birth control.
Hobby Lobby was only refusing to cover four out of twenty birth control methods, which they assert cause early abortions. As a company founded on Christian beliefs, this violated their religious principles. The Obama administration was going to fine Hobby Lobby hundreds of millions of dollars each year if the organization did not provide those four methods of birth control — an amount that would have equaled 20% of their yearly revenue. The court rightly stated that a religious person should not be forced to choose between their religious beliefs and the ability to operate a business in the private sector.
The long-awaited verdict on Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius was released by the Supreme Court of the United States this morning. SCOTUS ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby’s (and all conscientious employers’) opposition to providing abortion-inducing drugs.Today’s SCOTUS decision also responds to a case brought forth by the Amish company, Conestoga Wood. According to tweets from the SCOTUS Blog:
An Illinois abortionist who transplanted to Wisconsin after his filthy Rockford facility was shut down by authorities has been unable to obtain hospital admitting privileges within a 30-mile radius of his Milwaukee facility.
Abortionist Dennis Christensen was ordered by a District Judge William Conley to try to obtain hospital admitting privileges as he mulls a decision over whether or not to reinstate a currently-blocked Wisconsin state law requiring them.
Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill yesterday which will protect the pre-born children of women who are declared “brain dead” in Louisiana. Earlier this month, Jindal signed a bill into law which requires abortionists in Louisiana to obtain hospital admitting privileges before being allowed to commit abortions. Yesterday’s signing was another victory for pro-life advocates who have worked for more stringent rules regarding abortion.