Mississippi Senate votes to ban dismemberment abortions

On Tuesday, the Mississippi State Senate voted 40-6 to ban the so-called dilation and evacuation abortion procedure, also known as dismemberment abortions, which advocates such as Republican State Senator Joey Fillingane call cruel.

HB 519 would prohibit abortions in which a fetus is physically torn apart inside the womb, after which the parts are removed. The D&E procedure is common in second-trimester abortions. The bill’s only exception is for cases of irreversible physical harm to the mother.

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FDA undermines state pro-life laws with new chemical abortion protocols

On Wednesday, the US Food and Drug Administration announced that it is relaxing its protocols for the use of the abortion drug Mifeprex.

Under the new regulations, it may be prescribed in 200 milligram doses instead of 600, 70 days after the start of a woman’s last menstrual period instead of 49, and with one fewer trip to an abortionist’s office.

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Do abortion advocates care more about abortion than about women?

Remember the Clinton-era calls for abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare”? It seems abortion advocates don’t care if it’s rare anymore, and they seem to have a hard time understanding the concept of safe.

On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court heard Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The case has to do with HB 2, a Texas state law which requires that abortion facilities meet the same health standards as ambulatory surgical centers and requires abortionists to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. At issue is whether HB 2 places an “undue burden” on women seeking an abortion. But shouldn’t the more important question be, “If abortion is ‘medical care,’ why should abortion facilities be held to lower standards than the rest of the medical community?”

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Mississippi House votes to block abortion providers from Medicaid

After the state Senate voted in the beginning of March to defund the abortion industry, the Mississippi House has voted for the measure as well.

On Tuesday, lawmakers voted 77-37 for SB 2238, which forbids state Medicaid funds from going to Planned Parenthood. Now it returns to the Senate for a final vote on whether it approves Republican State Representative Joey Hood’s amendment to defund additional entities affiliated with abortion providers, such as Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Continue reading

Ted Cruz accuses the Justice Department of targeting the pro-life movement

(Daily Signal) Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah are accusing the Justice Department of pursuing “frivolous prosecutions” against the pro-life movement and having, according to the senators’ offices, “what appears to be an exceptionally heavy bias” in favor of abortion clinics over houses of worship in a letter sent to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch Tuesday.

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Trump campaign manager chooses partial-birth abortion advocate as his attorney

In an interesting development in the Trump campaign, manager Corey Lewandowski has been charged with battery and has turned himself in. At a Florida campaign event, Lewandowski forcefully grabbed the arm of Breitbart reporter, Michelle Fields. Fields later resigned from Breitbart after she claimed the publication failed to stand by her.

While the grabbing incident is certainly its own saga, the history of Kendall Coffey, one of the attorneys representing Lewandowski is also compelling. Coffey’s history – which includes defending both Planned Parenthood and partial-birth abortion – may provide insight into the kind of people Trump and a possible Trump administration would associate with.

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Little Sisters case isn’t just about providing birth control

(The Daily Signal) While group of nuns have become the de-facto face of the Supreme Court case challenging the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “contraceptive mandate,” another community is set to be similarly affected by the court’s ruling: religiously-affiliated colleges and universities.

Schools like Oklahoma Wesleyan University, an evangelical Christian university of the Wesleyan Church, are also parties to the Zubik v. Burwell case. The case, which went before the high court March 23 for oral arguments, challenges the Obamacare requirement that nonprofit employers offer their employees health care coverage that includes birth control, Plan B, ella, and other potentially life-ending drugs and devices.

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Her mother named her ‘Miracle’ – but to Amnesty International, she’s ‘torture’

Last year in Paraguay, a 10 year-old girl became pregnant after getting raped. Her mother demanded an abortion, and when officials refused, Amnesty International was outraged. The group insisted the girl needed one to “save her life”…

… which would come as news to her: she gave birth via c-section without complications. The girl named her daughter Milagros–Spanish for ‘miracle.’

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Virginia Governor goes to Planned Parenthood to veto defunding bill

Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia vetoed a bill, HB1090, that would have stopped state contracts with abortion giant Planned Parenthood. In a particularly ostentatious move, the governor traveled to a Planned Parenthood in Richmond to sign his veto.

The Virginian Pilot reports that he  spoke to “a group of Planned Parenthood patients, board members and staff,” telling them he was “very proud to veto” the bill. The governor’s actions indicate that he considers Planned Parenthood his chief constituent, rather than the voters of Virginia.

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Abortion center owner: I had no conception that life was sacred

Retired abortion center owner and administrator Merle Hoffman, who remains pro-abortion, wrote the following about counseling women for their abortions:

“Choice” is sometimes not a choice at all. It is an outcome determined by the economic, physical, sociological, and political factors that surround women… At times this reality would move me profoundly as I sat opposite the women I counseled prior to their abortions, acutely aware of the potential lives growing inside them that would soon cease to exist. I began to think critically, to come to terms with what was going on. Each time I did that, I came out of that process more committed than before. I had no conception, either religious or philosophical, that “life was sacred.”

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Utah governor signs bill requiring anesthesia before abortions at or after 20 weeks

On Monday, Utah Republican Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill requiring abortionists to give fetuses anesthesia before aborting them at or later than 20 weeks.

“The governor is adamantly pro-life,” spokesman Jon Cox said of the decision, which makes Utah the first state in the country to enact this requirement. “He believes in not only erring on the side of life, but also minimizing any pain that may be caused to an unborn child.”

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Where’s the media outrage over shortage of obstetrical care?

While we await a decision from the Supreme Court on a challenge to a Texas law which caused several substandard abortion facilities in Texas to close, many Texas women have learned that they will have to travel much further for obstetrical care.

Texas Health Presbyterian has announced that it will close its labor and delivery unit at its Kaufman Hospital. This news will not only affect workers who are now slated to lose their jobs, but is likely to negatively affect women’s health in the state.

Flashback to only a few years ago after several abortion facilities in Texas closed following sweeping pro-life legislation. From the news media and their pro-abortion allies came an uproar and constant drum beat of outrage. But where is the outrage over women being unable to conveniently access a doctor within 40 miles to safely deliver their babies?

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Gruesome description of abortion included in fetal research emails

Just before Easter, the New York Times made “email exchanges on [fetal] tissue requests” publicly available online. These emails, along with other documents, were most likely given to the Times by the House Select Panel that is investigating baby body part harvesting and late-term abortion.

A particularly gruesome set of emails is found in Exhibits B-1, B-2, and B-3. The senders’ identities are blocked, but the conversation is hard to stomach, especially as it becomes obvious the abortion of a later-term baby is taking place while the emails are being written.

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Contrary to pro-abortion study, waiting periods save lives

The University of California think tank Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) has become notorious over the past few years for shabby pro-abortion propaganda masquerading as serious research, from bogus claims that 95% of women who get abortions are happy afterward to failed attempts to paint sex-selection abortion bans as pointless to not one but two “studies” that can only be described as demented for their complaints that Hollywood’s overwhelmingly favorable depictions of abortion still aren’t favorable enough.

Their latest study, covered by Slate, interviewed women considering abortion in Utah, which mandates a 72-hour waiting period before getting an abortion. It supposedly found that only 8% of them decided against the abortion during the wait. The insinuation: pro-lifers are wasting women’s time and money for no good reason.

But abortion advocates shouldn’t pop the champagne corks just yet…

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