Newsmax – June 26, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a California law requiring clinics that counsel women against abortion to notify clients of the availability of abortions paid for by the state, ruling it violated the free speech rights of these Christian-based facilities.
The Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973, and while the broader issue of abortion rights was not at issue in the case, the 5-4 ruling represented a significant victory for abortion opponents who operate these kinds of clinics – called crisis pregnancy centers – around the country.
The court’s five conservative justices were in the majority in the ruling authored by Justice Clarence Thomas, with the four liberals dissenting.
Crisis pregnancy centers have said they offer legitimate health services but that it is their mission to steer women with unplanned pregnancies away from abortion.
Christian News – May 31, 2018
JACKSON, Miss. — A woman went into labor and delivered a healthy baby girl at the state’s last abortion facility while waiting ultrasound tests, which are done prior to the scheduling of an abortion.
The pregnant woman, whose name was not released, was at the facility for a “consultation,” according to Shannon Brewer, director of the so-called Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The mother went into labor as she awaited the ultrasound results to see how far along she was in her pregnancy.
The facility is located in Mississippi’s capital city, Jackson, and is the only place in the entire state where surgical abortions are performed. It is owned by Diane Derzis, who claims that she is doing the Lord’s work. “The Bible tells us to love our neighbors with all our strength,” Derzis once told the Austin Chronicle. “Neighbors also mean struggling women who are going through times that are very complicated for them.”
Willie Parker, who also claims to be a Christian, and who is one of the two abortionists on staff, drives at least twice a month to commit killings at the facility. Parker, in his book “A Life’s Work,” stated that his abortion-driven advocacy and killing of unborn children is his “calling,” citing specifically, “[p]reserving access is my calling.”
Newsmax – June 1, 2018
A judge agreed Friday to temporarily block the most restrictive abortion law in the country from taking effect in Iowa next month under an agreement between lawyers for the state and abortion rights groups.
Attorneys for the state and Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said during a court hearing that they agreed to prevent the law from taking effect on July 1 after discussions with the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, Planned Parenthood Federation of American and the Emma Goldman Clinic.
The advocacy groups argue the law is unconstitutional and have filed a lawsuit to block the law, which bans most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. An attorney representing the state said the goal now is to quickly get the case before a judge so the state can argue the law is constitutional.
Judge Michael Huppert said he would formally issue a temporary injunction later in the day.
Michael W. Chapman – May 24, 2018
(CNSNews.com) — An analysis of 22 studies on abortion and mental health showed that women who had an abortion faced an “81% increased risk of mental health problems” and that nearly 10% of the incidence of mental health problems was “shown to be directly attributable to abortion,” according to a report published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, and posted online in January of this year.
The report also found that women who carried their babies to term experienced a “protective effect,” in that the suicide rate for mothers (per 100,000) was nearly 50% lower than that of women of reproductive age (per 100,000) who had not had children. Further, “several other studies conducted in different countries have revealed even lower rates of suicide following birth when compared with women in the general population,” according to the report.
Bob Unruh – May 21, 2018
The Boy Scouts have decided to accept people who identify as gay and lesbian among their ranks. And girls are welcome now, too, into the iconic organization, which has renamed itself Scouts BSA.
So what’s next?
A mandate that condoms be made available to “all participants” of its global gathering.
It’s among the demands of the World Scout Committee for any host country of a World Scout Jamboree.
That would include the 24th World Scout Jamboree, scheduled July 21-Aug. 1, 2019, in West Virginia.
Melanie Arter May 18, 2018
(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump made good on a campaign promise Friday to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
The administration announced Friday that it is changing Title X family planning rules to ensure that taxpayer funds are not used to pay for abortions.“
The Administration’s announcement today of a proposed rule on Title X family planning program fulfills President Donald J. Trump’s promise to continue to improve women’s health and ensure that Federal funds are not used to fund the abortion industry in violation of the law,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.“
The President is pleased to support the proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which would update the regulations governing the Title X family planning program. This important proposal would ensure compliance with the program’s existing statutory prohibition on funding programs in which abortion is a method of family planning,” she said.
Madeline Farber – May 4, 2018
Lawmakers in Iowa this week passed the so-called “heartbeat bill” which would ban abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected, or roughly around the sixth week of pregnancy.
The bill is now headed to Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, who announced Friday she will sign the measure. Once enacted, the legislation will arguably become one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.
The House passed the legislation on Tuesday night with a 51-46 vote, Iowa Public Radio reported. It was debated for more than eight hours before House representatives reached a decision. The bill then passed the Senate early Wednesday morning with a 27-19 vote.
The bill bans abortion in all cases after six weeks of pregnancy, which critics of the legislation argue is before most women are aware they are pregnant. Currently, a woman can receive an abortion in the state up to 20 weeks of pregnancy.
TruNews – May 2, 2018
In the wee hours of the morning, the Iowa General Assembly adopted by large Republican majorities the nation’s strictest abortion restrictions, and yet Christian pro-life advocates in the state are not entirely happy about it.
As originally written, the bill would ban any abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected—generally, after six weeks—with the lone exception being when the life of the mother is threatened. However, an 11th-hour amendment in the House of Representatives tacked on exceptions for rape and incest that are reported within a specified amount of time.
The bill passed in the Senate in late February on a 30-20 “party line” vote, but languished in the House. The amended version was adopted in the House by a 51-46 majority at approximately 12 a.m. EDT while the Senate passed it by a 29-17 margin at 3:30 a.m.
Conservatives and Christians who stayed up throughout the night to follow the deliberations were less than thrilled that it took a watered-down version of the original to get it adopted despite an overwhelming Republican majority in both chambers.
Joel Gehrke – April 20, 2018
Abortion “is not a human right” under international law, a U.S. diplomat emphasized Friday as he explained why the State Department human rights report doesn’t monitor “restrictions” on abortion around the world.
“We don’t report on it, because it’s not a human right,” Ambassador Michael Kozak told reporters at the State Department.
The State Department has taken criticism in recent months over the decision to remove the term “reproductive rights” from the annual report, one of the most widely-read documents produced by U.S. diplomats. The term first appeared in the human rights reports in 2010, but Kozak — who has held his current post since 2014 — said the decision to replace the term with “coerced family planning” sharpens the State Department’s focus on forced abortions, as required by law.
Daniel Horowitz – April 19, 2018
Earlier this week, we learned, from a conservative justice, that federal courts can seize control over immigration law and indefinitely prevent Americans from deporting criminal aliens. Today we learned that a federal court can force states to donate taxpayer funds to a criminal enterprise harvesting baby organs. If you think the bullies on the bench will stop their tyranny on their own, think again. And if you think that by merely “appointing better judges,” we will fix the constitutional crisis caused by the judicial power grab, you are not paying attention.
Yesterday, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, regarded as one of the “better” circuits, ruled that Ohio cannot deny funding to Planned Parenthood. Judge Helene White, a George W. Bush appointee, wrote the unanimous opinion upholding the 2016 ruling of a Cincinnati federal district judge that the 2016 law passed by the legislature is unconstitutional and a violation of due process. While the state may deny funding for abortions, White noted, it cannot cut off all contracts for therapeutic abortions and other health care services.