On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court once again reviewed a Texas abortion law. The previous case was decades ago in 1973. Back then, the case was the now infamous Roe v. Wade, which led to the legalization of abortion in all 50 states. This time it’s Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.
With Justin Antonin Scalia’s death, it’s possible – and predicted by some experts – that the Court will reach a 4-4 decision. In that instance, the Texas law would be upheld, but without a national precedent. Still, the stakes could not be higher. The Court may also remand the case back to the lower court to gain a fuller record. A rehearing at the Supreme Court is also a possibility.
A bill that would give parents more say in their children’s sex education passed the Alaska Senate on Friday. Senate Bill 89 requires parental permission for public school students prior to sex education classes, and would allow parents to withdraw their children from sex education and standardized testing.
The case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is currently being argued before the Supreme Court. It will determine whether abortion safety regulations passed in Texas stay in effect. The two points of the Texas law that will either be upheld or struck down are A) regulations that make abortion facilities meet the same safety standards as other surgical facilities and B) a requirement that all abortionists have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Because many Texas abortion centers were unable to comply with these conditions, several have closed throughout the state.
Opponents of the laws call them TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers). One regulation in particular that pro-abortion groups like NARAL Pro-Choice America find unacceptable is the requirement that abortionists have admitting privileges. They say this unreasonable demand is being unfairly imposed on the abortion business. But is this true?
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the most significant abortion case before the high court in 20 years. The case, which revolves around a Texas law regulating abortion facilities, will have national implications, and may determine if states have the right to pass legislation requiring the abortion industry to adopt basic health and safety standards.
In an article published Tuesday, Fusion reporter Kristen V. Brown details her abortion, describing it as a totally joyful experience.
Brown recounts her evening with a man she met on an online dating site, which resulted in the pregnancy. She describes her pregnancy as “the horrifying conclusion to a regrettable night.” Afraid of being stuck with a baby she didn’t want, Brown chose abortion. She offered a coworker pizza and alcohol to stay with her during the hours after taking the abortion pill, to make sure she didn’t “pass out and bleed to death while curled up in pain” on her bathroom floor.
Dr. Joseph Randall performed “many thousands” of abortions before his conversion to Christianity led to a change of heart. He quit doing abortions when he became a Christian.
(Bound4Life) Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a public health emergency over the growing spread of the Zika virus in Latin America and parts of the Caribbean.
During their analysis of the level of threat, the Emergency Committee concluded that there was a viable association between the mosquito-borne virus and pregnant women bearing children with microcephaly or other neurological abnormalities.
On Monday, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted 86-13 to ban the dilation & evacuation abortion procedure, also known as dismemberment abortions.
The bill passed the Senate earlier in February and now heads to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s desk. Tomblin is expected to veto it, as he has past pro-life bills, but the legislature can and likely will override his veto, which only requires a simple majority vote for non-fiscal legislation in the state. Continue reading
“My name is Jamie Gauer and I am the mother of 6 children. I was 20 weeks pregnant when my husband and I found out the devastating news that our son, Josef, had Potter’s Syndrome (kidneys didn’t develop). We were told after the diagnosis that our baby could possibly die in utero any time up until he’s full term. If he survived labor, he would live only hours outside the womb.
He was born at 37 weeks gestation and lived for 3 beautiful hours. His life, even though short, has been a blessing to many. I’m sure some thought I was crazy. Why would someone choose to carry their baby 9 months only to have their baby for a few short hours?
Easy. He deserved to breathe air. He deserved to meet us. He deserved a fighting chance. I consider it all joy amongst the sadness we had because Josef was loved and respected until the end.“
~ Facebook post by Abby Johnson (former director at Planned Parenthood), describing Jamie Gauer’s testimony before the South Dakota legislature in support of a 20-week ban on abortions
As the abortion culture continues to target humans with disabilities for a torturous death, that same culture lavishes large amounts of compassion on disabled animals. A blind steer in Texas, once scheduled for slaughter after being auctioned in Texas at the Fort Worth Stock Show’s Sale of Champions, has received a reprieve after activists spoke out. The steer’s story struck a nerve among animal rights activists, vegans and others, with the Fort Worth Star Telegraph reporting that “activists took to social media in an effort to rescue the steer, [while] Oatmeal waited at a feedlot in South Texas.”
One supporter commented:
That poor steer. He trusted humans his entire life, and now, trustingly, he will go with them and be led to his death. How very sad.
I am an animal lover and I understand the compassion toward this animal. But what I cannot understand is the complete disconnect many in society have when it comes to disabled human beings, especially when preborn.
Phoenix, Arizona police are investigating allegations that a human fetus aborted at the Family Planning Associates abortion facility lived briefly outside the womb before dying.
Authorities originally responded to a medical call from the building housing the facility on Friday. It is confirmed that an elective abortion had been performed that day, and that a baby without heart tones was taken to Banner Medical Center. “Someone present there believed there was movement, or might have been movement,” police Sergeant Trent Crump said. Some reports said that the baby, who was at 21 weeks gestation, was breathing just after being removed from the mother.
Euthanasia in Europe has become horrifying in its extremism. In countries where euthanasia is legal, it seems there is no shortage of reasons doctors will find to kill people. Belgium allows the euthanasia of children. In London, parents can kill their disabled children. People who are physically healthy but mentally ill can be euthanized at the Swiss euthanasia clinic Dignitas. Assisted suicide clinics regularly practice without any oversight or regulation. And it leads to horrifying abuse, some of which is under scrutiny in the Netherlands, where it has been found that people are being euthanized for mental disorders like autism.
For months, Donald Trump ignored criticism that he floated the idea of putting his sister, Third Circuit Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, on the Supreme Court despite her support for partial birth abortion. But the recent death of originalist Justice Antonin Scalia put new urgency on the issue of judicial nominees, so he finally walked back his earlier comments and suggested he was just kidding.
That was problematic enough (his original answer that she would make “one of the best” justices certainly didn’t sound like a joke), but at least it was an answer. But in the most recent debate, Trump muddied the waters yet again by invoking Justice Samuel Alito, who also served on the Third Circuit at the time, to suggest that his sister’s ruling wasn’t so bad after all…
This year’s Zika outbreak continues to rekindle the abortion debate in several Latin American countries and beyond. Abortion activists are using the virus as an argument in favor of loosening abortion restrictions, claiming that women have the right to abort if the baby may be born with disabilities.