18 Oct

President Donald Trump is Undoing the Pro-Abortion Damage Barack Obama Caused

via LifeNews.com October 17, 2017 at 04:22PM

I had big dreams when this year started. We were going to change or repeal Obamacare with its many abortion-expanding provisions, and we were going to remove federal taxpayer subsidies for the more than 1,000 insurance plans that cover elective abortion.

We were also going to block the roughly half a billion federal-taxpayer dollars Planned Parenthood receives annually through Medicaid and various other programs.

That hasn’t happened and many pro-lifers are understandably disappointed. After all, we wanted to overturn in less than a year what had taken the Obama Administration years to put into place.

But pro-lifers are nothing if not resilient. Working with congressional pro-life leadership, we will diligently continue to undo the damage inflicted on unborn babies by eight years of President Obama. That also includes huge assists from the administration of President Trump.

Although Obamacare is still the law of the land, the Department of Health and Human Services has taken a major step toward enforcing a portion of the law ignored and unenforced by the Obama administration.

HHS has announced that qualified health plan issuers must segregate collected premiums to pay for abortion coverage; that enrollees be informed if abortions are covered by a health plan; and that HHS will fully enforce these requirements as a step toward ensuring that federal tax dollars are not used to subsidize coverage for elective abortion.

Before leaving office, President Obama issued a regulation to prevent states from redirecting Title X funds away from providers deemed unsuitable, such as Planned Parenthood. The House and the Senate employed the Congressional Review Act and voted to nullify these regulations, thereby restoring authority to the states to direct Title X funds to providers they deem suitable. President Trump signed that bill into law in April.

In addition, we started off 2017 with President Trump not only re-issuing the Mexico City Policy, gutted by President Obama, but expanding it into the new “Promoting Life in Global Health Assistance.” This initiative will apply pro-life conditions to a broad range of health-related U.S. foreign aid.

The Mexico City Policy required that, in order to be eligible for certain types of foreign aid, a private organization must sign a contract promising not to perform abortions, not to lobby to overturn pro-life laws in other countries, or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning. The new Assistance policy greatly expands the array of overseas health programs that are now covered by pro-life policy.

Right-to-Lifers applauded a momentous move by the Senate, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), to require only a simple majority to confirm a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. As you are aware, Senate Democrats were using the filibuster to prevent a confirmation vote on Neil Gorsuch to the Court. By changing the rules, the Senate is now able to confirm a judge to any federal court by a majority vote, rather than the 60 votes needed to end a filibuster.

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One of our top priorities remains enactment of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. That legislation has passed the House of Representatives and has been introduced into the Senate by Sen. Lindsey Graham.

There is no question that passage in the Senate will be difficult. I encourage all pro-lifers to contact their senators, even the staunchly pro-abortion senators, letting them know there is strong support for the bill among their constituents.

Thirty-three states have senate races next year. Every voter in those states should know which candidates support the killing of unborn babies who have developed to the point of being able to feel pain during an abortion. Are incumbent senators, or challengers to the incumbents, supporting the radical position of the abortion industry that says there should be no limits whatsoever on abortion?

You can help to make sure that information becomes public knowledge. Ask the candidates where they stand on the issue, and do it in a public setting, like at a forum where the candidate takes questions from the audience. If candidates are being interviewed on a radio show and listeners are able to call in to ask questions, get out your phone, dial the station, and ask that question.

If you have built a friendly relationship with a local reporter who covers campaigns, ask them to bring up the topic in an interview. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a federal bill awaiting action in the Senate. How would the senator, or other candidate, vote on the bill?

We can’t let candidates slip by with some mumbo-jumbo about “reproductive rights” or being “pro-choice.” We need to know exactly where the candidates stand and how they will vote on specific legislation if elected.

Babies’ lives are on the line. That’s why we won’t give up. That’s why we will keep on keeping on. The babies deserve no less.

LifeNews Note: Carol Tobias is the president of the National Right to Life Committee.

16 Oct

How one photo of a preborn baby helped to make future generations pro-life

via Live Action News October 7, 2017 at 09:12AM

Many of us have worn it, and others have surely seen it — the iconic pro-life “Precious Feet” pin. But what’s the story behind this symbol?

In the early 1970’s, Dr. Russell Sacco, a urologist from Oregon at the time, was aware of abortion prior to Roe v. Wade because of those who were speaking out on the topic. “I knew as a doctor that abortion kills children; they kill human beings,” he stated in an interview published on Vimeo.

Dr. Sacco said he began reading “anatomical books,” and when the Supreme Court ruled that murdering the preborn was “legal,” the doctor became, in his words, “furious.”

It was shortly after this that Sacco met a pathologist who was also anti-abortion. This pathologist “… was supposed to take the children that had been killed and destroy the bodies. But he told me that he didn’t do that; he just didn’t like to do that.”

Dr. Sacco’s image of aborted baby

Dr. Sacco said that this pathologist had preserved the babies’ bodies in a bucket of formaldehyde, which he showed Sacco. “… [I]n the bucket were about seven or eight infant bodies. It was a little bit shocking for me to see that but, there they were.”

Dr. Sacco asked the pathologist if he could photograph the babies “so that I could put it on slides and I could go around and give talks on how we should save and protect the prenatal children.”

Dr. Sacco’s image of aborted baby

Dr. Sacco said he took out “one body at a time” to photograph them. Then, he catalogued each child and their estimated ages.

“Then, one of the ones I decided to take was one that I would hold just the child’s feet between my fingers,” which Sacco says he did for scale. “So, I put my fingers on that so that you could identify the size of my hand – then you could identify the feet of the children.”

After developing the film, he discovered that the images of the feet were “better than I had thought. I really thought that… maybe God did that one for me.”

The image, which Dr. Sacco refused to copyright so it could be used worldwide, has been referred to as “Tiny Feet,” “Little Feet,” and “Precious Feet.”

Dr. Sacco’s picture of aborted baby feet

But it was in Dr. Sacco’s meeting with Dr. John Willke that this photograph became famous.

Willke has been described by some as the father of the pro-life movement; he founded Cincinnati Right to Life in 1970, and later joined National Right to Life’s board. In 1991, he founded the Life Issues Institute and served there until his death in 2014. A tribute published by National Right to Life says Willke, a devout Catholic, “helped form the foundation of right-to-life educational efforts through the development of the ‘Willke slides’ on fetal development and abortion…”

Dr. and Mrs. John C Willke (Photo: Cincinnati Right to Life Tribute Video)

In 1971, Dr. Sacco attended a speech given by Dr. Willke to the California Pro-life Council. After the event, several attendees and organizers were sitting and chatting in the hotel. Dr. Willke sat on the floor next to the couch due to a lack of seating in the room, and directly behind him was Dr. Sacco. Dr. and Mrs. Willke recounted what happened next in their book, Abortion and the Pro-life Movement, an Inside View:

Almost casually he [Dr. Sacco] said to Jack [Dr. Willke], “You might be interested in a few slides I’ve taken. ” He fished into his briefcase and came out with a few Kodachrome slides.

One by one, Jack held them up to the light of the lamp. One of them was “Tiny Feet.” Jack was fascinated. Could he have a copy? Could he use it? Dr. Sacco generously agreed.

Dr. Willke used that image in his book Handbook on Abortion. Following that, the picture was printed in early pro-life brochures such as “Life and Death” and “Did you Know?” The photo soon “went viral,” as they say, and was published in countless flyers, books and pamphlets.

That photo then inspired an Arizona couple, Ellis and Virginia Evers, the founders of Heritage House, which now offers the pins for purchase:

On January 22, 1974 Virginia and Ellis Evers ran across a full page ad in their local newspaper in San Diego, California. Prominent in the ad was a picture of the tiny feet of a ten week old unborn baby held between a man’s fingers and thumb. Inspired by the remarkable photo, Virginia Evers felt these little feet would be the ideal Pro-Life symbol. With love and dedication for the unborn, Virginia designed the “Precious Feet” lapel pin.

Dr. Willke was at first unsure of becoming a pro-life activist. But that soon changed. In an interview with LifeSite News, he recalls his reply to Fr. Paul Marx, who asked him in 1970 what he was doing about abortion.

“If we get caught up in this, it will swallow us up. No thank you,” Dr. Willke told Fr. Marx, the founder of Human Life International. “I was perfectly content to be a family physician and deliver a lot of babies,” he told LifeSite News in that 2010 interview.

Then, after receiving an invitation to speak on abortion, he said that when he agreed, he swore it would be “just once.” He was then asked to take an interview about abortion. “Just once,” he told the invitee.

But the invitations continued to pour in, and by 1971, the Willke’s had published their first book, Handbook on Abortion, which quickly sold out at a leadership conference they attended, going on to sell millions of copies. “And we’ve been on the treadmill ever since,” Willke said.

That book was instrumental in educating many on the issue of abortion in those early days. In fact, it was an image of an aborted child published in that book which inspired Live Action’s founder, Lila Rose, to become a pro-life activist.

“When I was a young girl, I had an encounter with abortion where I actually came across the image of a child who’d been the victim of a first trimester suction abortion,” Rose recalled. “You can very clearly see a child, with tiny formed arms, little tiny legs and this tiny little face, but who had been torn apart. As a nine-year-old, my heart was just cut; I thought, ‘Is this real? Is this really happening?’ I wanted to understand why it was happening….”

As Dr. Willke spoke to crowds and medical professionals, he would vividly describe the horrifying detail about the violent act of abortion. Willke used slides of fetal photos he had obtained from physicians sympathetic to the cause. About the same time, abortion victim imagery was being introduced to the pro-life movement as a vital educational tool.

“Pro-lifers understand that if the descriptions were effective, photographs would be even more so,” author Daniel K. Williams recounted in his history of those early years, summarized in his book, Defenders of the Unborn.

“It was Jack [John] Willke’s use of images that proved especially effective,” he wrote.

Williams pointed out that Dr. Willke made some of the first pro-life documentary films, including one that contained footage of early vacuum aspiration abortion. “The image of the fetus being sucked into the tube and whisked away was particularly powerful,” Williams wrote.

“To those who objected to graphic representations of abortions,” Williams wrote, “Willke had a ready answer: the pro-life movement would win its argument only if it confronted the public with the full horror of what abortion really entailed.”

And so the “Precious Feet” impacted future generations, bringing to light the truth: that abortion kills very real human beings.

“This remarkable little pin has been responsible for countless people changing their minds on abortion,” the Willkes wrote of the pin, created by the Evers family — an iconic symbol of the pro-life movement and what we are fighting for.

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16 Oct

Video of pro-life speech by brave young woman with Down’s syndrome goes viral

via NRL News Today October 11, 2017 at 10:52AM

Editor’s note. October is Down syndrome Awareness Month. We are posting stories, just like this one, all month. This comes from our friends at the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children—SPUC.

A video of Heidi addressing a parliamentary rally went viral, gathering nearly 200,000 views on social media

A video of Heidi addressing a parliamentary rally went viral, gathering nearly 200,000 views on social media

Heidi Crowter is a 20-year-old woman from Coventry who happens to have Down’s syndrome. She lives independently, works in a hair salon and loves to laugh.

Last week she attended a rally outside Parliament organised by ‘Don’t Screen Us Out’, protesting against the potential introduction of a controversial new pre-natal test for Down’s syndrome and urging Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, to join their cause.

Viral video

A video captured of Heidi talking at the rally [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PICqpPREZOU] has gone viral since it was uploaded to social media, gathering nearly 200,000 views. In it, she calls for equal protection of unborn children with disabilities and asks Jeremy Hunt not to introduce the new test, which campaigners believe is likely to lead to an increase of 92 abortions for Down’s syndrome annually.

A source at the rally told SPUC: “It was so emotionally powerful being at the rally. I was there chanting ‘don’t screen them out’, but Heidi was next to me saying ‘don’t screen us out’ – and that really hit home. It’s not abstract for her – in different circumstances she could have been killed because of this pre-natal screening.”

“All life is precious … we deserve to live”

Now the BBC has picked up on the story too. In the video below [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSB2dTOW9Tw], Heidi explains why she’s speaking out:

“I wanted to get across that all life is precious and it doesn’t matter if you have a disability. And I want to get across to Jeremy Hunt: ‘don’t screen us out’; that we are precious and that we deserve to live.”

Over 90%

Heidi’s mum Liz explained further:

“At the moment, when a baby is diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, after an amniocentesis, which is at about 20 weeks, over 90% of mothers choose to terminate. So there are already fewer babies with Down’s syndrome being born.”

“I live life to the full”

Supporters of the UK’s abortion law will argue that abortion needs to remain legal up to birth because people born with Down’s syndrome and other ‘severe’ disabilities – such as spina bifida, cleft palate and club foot – are not capable of living fulfilling lives.

But Heidi’s view is clear:

“I live life to the full, I don’t ever let it hold me back, and I love every day.”

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16 Oct

Pro-Abortion New York State Attorney General Tries to Shut Down Pro-Life Sidewalk Counselors

via LifeNews.com October 10, 2017 at 02:00PM

New York City pro-life advocates asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that could chip away at their freedom of speech.

The lawsuit involves pro-lifers from Rock Church who stand outside the Choices Women’s Medical Center, an abortion clinic in Jamaica, Queens.

Schneiderman said he wants to “limit” physical contact between patients and the pro-life advocates, Townhall reports. He claims the pro-lifers have harassed people by calling women murderers and pinning them against a wall. In the lawsuit, Schneiderman also accuses pro-lifers of giving women pictures of “mangled fetuses” and trying to block the abortion clinic’s doors.

But lawyers representing the pro-life sidewalk counselors say Schneiderman’s claims are “meritless,” and the pro-life advocates reach out to women peacefully, offering information and encouragement.

WND News reports the pro-life advocates filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit this month.

Liberty Counsel, which is representing the pro-lifers, said the sidewalk counselors approach women with compassion as they try to persuade them to “change their minds about seeking an abortion by communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

The pro-life legal group said it is clear that Schneiderman has an agenda. During a press conference announcing the lawsuit in June, the pro-abortion attorney general claimed pro-life Christians “run their mouths” with “unlawful, un-American rhetoric,” the group said in a news release. He also refers to them as “anti-choice” in the lawsuit.

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“It is obvious Attorney General Schneiderman abhors the Christian, pro-life message of our client and is willing to twist the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act to silence any opposition to abortion,” said Roger Gannam, Liberty Counsel’s assistant vice president of legal affairs. “It is inexcusable for the highest legal officer of the State of New York to declare war on free speech and the pro-life message, and we hope the court will turn back this assault on our most cherished liberties.”

The New York attorney general’s office wants the court to grant civil penalties and damages against 14 people for allegedly harassing abortion clinic staff and patients. He claims their sidewalk counseling tactics are “horrifying” and “illegal.”

“The law guarantees women the right to control their own bodies and access the reproductive health care they need, without obstruction. We’ll do what it takes to protect those rights for women across New York,” Schneiderman said, previously.

Andrew Bath, general counsel at Thomas More Society, which also is representing the pro-life advocates, said Schneiderman’s claims are “meritless,” and emphasized that they are defending pro-lifers rights to peacefully protest abortion and educate women about their unborn babies.

“The New York Attorney General’s suit seeks to deny our clients their fundamental First Amendment rights and is without factual or legal basis,” Bath said in a statement in June. “We will vigorously defend our clients’ right to continue to peacefully deliver a pro-life message to abortion-minded women on the public sidewalk, and will seek dismissal of the State of New York’s meritless attempt to deny our clients the rights guaranteed them by our Constitution.”

16 Oct

President Donald Trump Defends Defunding Intl Planned Parenthood: We Must “Protect the Unborn”

via LifeNews.com October 13, 2017 at 11:49AM

President Donald Trump defended his pro-life views and actions as president during an address to thousands of pro-life advocates during today’s Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. Never one to mince words, he also weighed into other controversial topics such as the family and the NFL protests against the national anthem.

“We cherish the sacred dignity of every human life,” Trump told the pro-life advocates in attendance. “We are all made by the same God in heaven.”

Trump also defended his decision to defund International Planned Parenthood, saying he did so to protect babies from abortion.

“To protect the unborn I reinstated a policy first put in place by President Reagan, the Mexico City Policy,” he said.

The president defended his recent decision to roll back the Obamacare abortion mandate.

The Trump administration announced that employers will now be exempt from the federal requirement to provide insurance coverage for abortion-causing drugs in their health insurance plans if it conflicts with their sincerely held religious or moral beliefs. This now limits a rule created under the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act that required that employers, including non-church religious organizations, must cover all forms of contraception, from birth control pills to abortion drugs and devices at no cost to the employees.

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“We protect religious liberty,” he told the cheering crowd. “We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values.”

“The Little Sisters of the Poor live by a beautiful calling and we will not let others take that away,” he added. “They were going through hell.”

The president also defended the family.

“The American family is the true bedrock of American life,” he said. “We know parents, not bureaucrats, know best how to raise their children. We don’t worship government, we worship God.”

And he recalled his nomination to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

“Some of those promises are to support and defend the Constitution. I appointed and confirmed a Supreme Court justice in the mold of the late great Justice Antonin Scalia, the newest member of the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch. (Cheering and applause) To protect the unborn, I have reinstated a policy first put in place by President Ronald Reagan, the Mexico City Policy. (Applause) To protect religious liberty, including protecting groups like this one, I signed a new executive action in a beautiful ceremony at the White House on our National Day of Prayer, (Applause) which day we made official.”

16 Oct

Trump Administration Changes Obama Policy, Now Confirms Human Life Begins at Conception

via LifeNews.com October 13, 2017 at 05:22PM

President Donald Trump’s administration signaled its commitment to protecting life again this week in a proposed Department of Health and Human Services strategic plan.

The plan states that HHS will serve Americans at “every stage of life, beginning at conception” and up through “natural death,” Opposing Views reports. While the new language will not affect abortion laws, it will help direct public policy under the Trump administration during the next four years.

Unsurprisingly, abortion activists are outraged by the draft. The pro-abortion blog Jezebel, the Huffington Post and other liberal news sites already have attacked the life-affirming language, despite its basis in science.

It is well accepted in the scientific community that a unique, new human life begins at the moment of conception. When the sperm and egg join, they form a totally separate, living human being with his or her own unique DNA. Biology textbooks, medical experts and even some abortion advocates accept this as a basic fact.

And now so does the HHS. The draft of the HHS strategic plan refers to the full span of human life several times.

Under the goal to to “Reform, Strengthen and Modernize the Nation’s Health Care,” it states: “HHS seeks to improve health care outcomes for people we serve. While we may refer to the people we serve as beneficiaries, enrollees, patients or consumers, our ultimate goal is to improve healthcare outcomes for all people, including the unborn, across healthcare settings.” [Emphasis added]

And in the section “Strengthen the Economic and Social Well-Being of Americans across the Lifespan,” HHS promises to “serve all Americans from conception to natural death.”

The Church Militant reports the new, life-affirming language is a major shift from the HHS policy under pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s administration.

According to the report:

Under Obama, the HHS described its organizational structure in this way: “HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving Americans at every stage of life.” Now, under Trump, the organizational structure has been modified: “HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.”

The strategic plan sets goals for 2018 through 2022. The public may comment on the draft now through Oct. 27.

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The new policy language is what pro-life advocates hoped to see after Trump appointed a number of pro-life advocates to his administration. In HHS, these include Teresa Manning and Charmaine Yoest. Manning, a law professor, previously worked for the National Right to Life Committee and the Family Research Council. Yoest is the former president of Americans United for Life.

Trump’s administration has been making other pro-life policy changes as well. Earlier this year, the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement issued a new policy requiring that taxpayer-funded shelters for immigrants and refugees offer life-affirming support to women and girls who are pregnant, according to Slate.

Director Scott Lloyd, a Trump nominee, said the shelters “should not be supporting abortion services … only pregnancy services and life-affirming options counseling.”

Over the summer, his administration also cut several million dollars in taxpayer-funded sex education grants to the Planned Parenthood abortion business. It also cut several more million dollars in taxpayer-funded grants to the abortion chain for helping people sign up for Obamacare.

Trump also defunded the International Planned Parenthood abortion group during his first week in office. On Jan. 23, Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits U.S. taxpayer funding to groups that promote or perform abortions overseas. The policy does not stop non-abortion international assistance. It ensures U.S. foreign aid will continue to go to health care and humanitarian relief in the millions of dollars. It just will not subsidize abortion overseas.

10 Oct

Planned Parenthood Spends Almost 10X More Money Buying Political Influence Than the NRA

via LifeNews.com October 9, 2017 at 10:50AM

As often happens after a tragic mass shooting, the NRA is facing harsh criticism for its political spending and lobbying.

Interestingly enough, though, Planned Parenthood, the top abortion business in the nation, spent about 10 times more buying political influence in the 2016 election than the NRA.

The Federalist’s Sean Davis pointed out the difference in reaction to a Washington Post article about the NRA in the wake of the horrific Los Vegas shooting last week.

According to the report, the NRA has donated $3,555,194 to current members of Congress. In contrast, Planned Parenthood spent $38 million on the 2016 elections alone. Almost all of the abortion chain’s money went to pro-abortion Democrats, despite Planned Parenthood’s claims of being “non-partisan.”

“’Just follow the money’ is the simple refrain of those who resign themselves to a lazy kind of materialism,” National Review’s Joe Simonson responded. “And in reality, the NRA’s financial contributions are minuscule. As Davis notes, liberal groups such as Planned Parenthood exert more direct financial influence over Congress …”

The abortion chain has become increasingly political in the past few years as it fights to continue receiving about half a billion tax dollars every year and to keep abortion legal up until birth.

Planned Parenthood is the No. 1 abortion business in America. It brings in millions of dollars aborting more than 300,000 unborn babies every year, on average.

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Its massive political spending continued this year, with $734,760 spent on a pro-abortion congressional candidate in Georgia and at least $3 million more on the Virginia gubernatorial race. In August, the abortion chain also announced plans to spend half a million dollars to create an army of pro-abortion activists across the country to help them with political lobbying.

Michael Moates wrote at The Narrative Times:

Those of us in the pro-life movement are often told that Roe v. Wade is “settled law” – despite not actually being a law — and we should just fold up our tents and go home. Yet today, there are calls for the Second Amendment – adopted in 1791 and certainly settled from a historical perspective  – to be repealed.

Has the NRA’s $4.2 million bought some influence over the last 19 years? Certainly. But it pales in comparison to the influence Planned Parenthood’s blood money has purchased.

Planned Parenthood wields a strong influence over members of Congress with its political spending. In 2015, LifeNews reported the abortion chain donated at least $43,362 to Democrats appointed to a U.S. House committee to investigate whether it sold aborted babies’ body parts for profit.

The abortion chain also contributed to the political campaigns of the California prosecutors who filed charges against undercover investigator David Daleiden for exposing Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts trade.

10 Oct

40 Days for Life Pro-Life Prayer Campaign Saves 112 Babies From Abortion, So Far

via LifeNews.com October 9, 2017 at 10:50AM

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The joyful announcement that a mom has rejected abortion at the last minute keeps ringing out at 40 Days for Life vigils around the world!

Local campaign leaders tell us that so far, since Day 1 on September 27, they can report 112 babies saved – that we know of! Thanks be to God!

Austin, Texas

“We just had a save!” was the good news from one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers in Austin.

While vigil participants were praying in front of the abortion center, a woman arrived and went inside. After she’d been there for about an hour, she came back out and left in a taxi.

But as they reached the end of the driveway, the taxi stopped and the woman rolled down the window.

The volunteers were about to ask her which brochure she needed, but she stopped them short. “Just give them all to me,” she said. “I’ve decided I’m not going to go through the abortion!”

What made the difference? Well, she had seen the people praying – and one in person in particular had caught her eye.

The young woman told them, “Your prayers are working!”

Downey, California

“We have good news today!” said Patti in Downey.

It was a chemical abortion day at the facility where this 40 Days for Life vigil takes place.

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“Two couples left Family Planning Associates, and indicated they were happy and not getting an abortion,” Patti said. “Praise God!”

The day before was a surgical abortion day – quite a different scene around the building. Abortion days bring out about a dozen pro-abortion escorts. Still, the volunteers watched as two couples, who had only been inside for a short time, quickly left the facility.

“We hope they changed their minds,” Patti said, though she was not able to find out for sure.

“May there be thousands more lives spared through all the prayer and sacrifices of everyone in 40 Days for Life!”

steLifeNews.com Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion.

06 Oct

President Trump Will Roll Back Obamacare Mandate Forcing Christians to Fund Abortions

via LifeNews.com October 6, 2017 at 09:37AM

President Donald Trump today is set to roll back the Obamacare birth control mandate that forces Christians to pay for abortion causing drugs for their employees in their health care plan.

The controversial mandate has twice made it to the Supreme Court where the nation’s highest court sided with both Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor and their attempts to not be forced to pay for abortion causing drugs in violation of their consciences.

The court ruled that Hobby Lobby and other similar businesses were protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, which states that an individual’s religious expression shouldn’t be “substantially burdened” by a law unless there is a “compelling government interest.”

In the Hobby Lobby ruling, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the ACA’s contraception rule “would put these merchants to a difficult choice: either give up the right to seek judicial protection of their religious liberty or forgo the benefits, available to their competitors, of operating as corporations.”

The new rules argue that the Affordable Cart Act does not mandate coverage of birth control, which could mean hundreds of thousands of women would no longer have access to the contraceptive without a copay.

The action, according to a Republican briefed Thursday on the regulation, will allow a much broader group of employers and insurers to exempt themselves from covering contraceptives such as birth control pills on religious or moral grounds. It represents the latest twist in a seesawing legal and ideological fight that has surrounded this aspect of the 2010 health-care law nearly from the start.

The rule change, first reported by the New York Times, will be among the recent moves by President Trump to dismantle initiatives enacted under the Obama administration. It will fulfill a crucial promise Trump made as a candidate to appeal to social conservatives and in May when he signed an executive order in the Rose Garden to expand religious liberty. (WaPo)

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According to TownHall, the new rules provide significantly expanded religious exemptions the Obama administration refused to offer.

One of the new rules, according to the Times, provides an exemption to employers or insurers that object to covering birth control “based on its sincerely held religious beliefs,” while another rule gives an exemption to employers with “moral convictions” against covering birth control.

The new rules state that since all religious objections to the contraceptive coverage mandate cannot be satisfied, “it is necessary and appropriate to provide the expanded exemptions.”

“Application of the mandate to entities with sincerely held religious objections to it does not serve a compelling governmental interest,” it says.

The Trump administration also notes that there are other means of acquiring birth control.

“The government,” it says, “already engages in dozens of programs that subsidize contraception for the low-income women” who are most at risk of unplanned pregnancies.

Pro-life advocates applauded the new rules when they were first proposed in May.

“At long last, the United States government has acknowledged that people can get contraceptives without forcing nuns to provide them,” Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty told USA Today then. “That is sensible, fair, and in keeping with the president’s promise to the Little Sisters and other religious groups serving the poor.”

05 Oct

New Poll: Americans Tell Democrats We Won’t Vote for You if You Support Late-Term Abortions

via LifeNews.com October 5, 2017 at 12:22PM

Today U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the Senate. Known as “Micah’s Law” in honor of Micah Pickering, who was born prematurely at twenty weeks (22 weeks gestation) in 2012, this legislation would protect unborn children from late-term abortion after five months, more than halfway through pregnancy, a point by which science shows they can feel pain. The bill passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday by a vote of 237 to 189.

Post-election polling data commissioned by the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and made widely available today shows that large majorities of voters in 2018 Senate battleground states support legislation limiting abortion after five months, and a majority or plurality of those voters would be less likely to support a Senator who voted to allow late-term abortion.

the polling company, inc./WomanTrend conducted the survey of 1650 voters November 28-30, 2016, at a Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) facility using live callers. The poll found that:

  • 62% of voters in select Senate battleground states support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (31% strongly support).
  • 55% would be less likely to vote for their U.S. Senator if he or she voted to allow abortions after five months (38% “much less likely”)
  • More than twice as many voters said they would be less likely to vote for their U.S. Senator if he or she voted to allow abortions after five months than said they would be more likely.

Support for limiting abortions after five months is high among voters in states carried by President Trump that are represented by vulnerable Democratic Senators facing re-election in 2018:

  • Ohio – 67% support, 56% less likely to support Senator who votes to allow late-term abortion
  • Wisconsin – 64% support, 57% less likely to support Senator who votes to allow late-term abortion
  • Montana – 63% support, 59% less likely to support Senator who votes to allow late-term abortion
  • Missouri – 60% support, 56% less likely to support Senator who votes to allow late-term abortion
  • Florida – 59% support, 46% less likely to support Senator who votes to allow late-term abortion
  • N. Dakota – 56% support, 61% less likely to support Senator who votes to allow late-term abortion

SIGN THE PETITION! Congress Must Ban Late-Term Abortions

“Voters agree: it’s inexplicable that the United States is one of only seven nations in the world to allow abortion after 20 weeks – five months, more than halfway through pregnancy – putting us in the company of China and North Korea,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Our nation does not belong in that disgraceful club. Twenty states have passed their own Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Acts and momentum has long been building for a national limit.”

“Tuesday’s vote in the House of Representatives was a win for basic human decency. Now it’s time for the pro-life majority in the Senate, led by pro-life champion Lindsey Graham, to force vulnerable pro-abortion Senators up in 2018 to either stand with their pro-life constituents and vote for this bill, or stand with the extreme abortion lobby and vote in favor of late-term abortion on-demand. This is not a vote that Senator Claire McCaskill or any Senator running in a state carried by President Trump wants to have.”

Voter support for the legislation is especially high among millennials (78 percent), African-Americans (70 percent), and Hispanics (57 percent). Several national polls have found that as many as 51 percent of Democrats support limiting abortion after twenty weeks.

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