The Trump administration has announced that it’s revoking the Obama-era policy of restricting state governments from denying Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood on the grounds that they are abortion providers.
Department of Health and Human Services under Obama issued the warning in 2016 when 24 states denied Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood following an undercover investigation by the Center for Medical Progress exposed the abortion provider’s alleged business of selling aborted babies’ body parts.
The Trump administration rescinded the guidance Friday in a letter to state Medicaid directors, which said the guidance favored abortion providers, according to The Hill.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Senate has advanced a bill that would require the bodies of aborted babies to either be buried or cremated, instead of being steamed or incinerated and dumped in landfills, as had been discovered in 2015 by the state attorney general’s office.
S.B. 28, also known as the Unborn Child Dignity Act, passed the Senate 24-9 in a party line vote on Wednesday. It was primarily sponsored by Sen. Joe Uecker, R-Miami Township, to address what his office described as “the appalling abortion industry practice of desecrating aborted fetal remains by disposing of them via public landfills.”
“The abortion industry’s practice of sending these dead babies to landfills only further demonstrates an utter disregard for the sanctity of human life,” he said in a statement. “This law takes steps to help protect the dignity of babies whose lives ended too soon at the hands of abortionists.”
The bill grants mothers who obtain an abortion the right to determine how she wants her now dead baby disposed of and where.
Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report reveals that for every adoption referral the organization made they performed 82 abortions, and the federal government is the group’s largest source of funding.
The abortion giant received more than $543 million in federal dollars in the most recent fiscal year despite seeing fewer patients, a 61 percent increase over what they received ten years ago, Catholic News Agency reported Thursday. Last year the group saw 2.4 million patients at its hundreds of locations nationwide.
Planned Parenthood’s excess revenue also increased by 27 percent from $77.5 million to $98.5 million. The group performed a total of 321,384 abortion procedures, approximately 878 per day, in fiscal year 2016-2017.
A three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down a Maryland city’s law that forced a pro-life center to post disclaimers at their facility about not providing abortions.
The panel ruled unanimously last Friday that a Baltimore ordinance requiring the Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns to post signs at their building saying they will not refer for abortions violates the pro-life group’s First Amendment rights.
Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, who authored the panel’s decision, concluded that the ordinance forced “a politically and religiously motivated group to convey a message fundamentally at odds with its core belief and mission.”
“This court has in the past struck down attempts to compel speech from abortion providers. And today we do the same with regard to compelling speech from abortion foes,” wrote Judge Wilkinson.
In the same report, Planned Parenthood says its affiliates received $543.7 million in payments from government—“Government Health Services Reimbursements & Grants,” the report calls them—in the year that ended on June 30, 2017.
According to a report by the Government Accountability Office, Medicaid and the federal Title X Family Planning Program both provide tax dollars to Planned Parenthood. (As summarized in a Congressional Research Service report published in May 2017, Planned Parenthood Federation of America affiliates received $400.56 million in Medicaid funding in 2012 and $64.35 million in Title X funding.)
Because 2016 was a leap year that included 366 days, the 321,384 abortions Planned Parenthood did during fiscal 2016 equaled approximately 878 for every day of the year.
A December encounter between Students for Life’s Appalachian Regional Coordinator Brenna Lewis and a pro-choice liberal student at the University of Knoxville, Tennessee is going viral after a video of the discussion showed the student advocating for killing two-year-old kids.
The unnamed student openly makes his case for infanticide for children up to two years old during an unhinged rant that clearly shows that at least some on the pro-choice left are hardcore extremists who most Americans would never support if they actually knew what they stood for.
“Without communication, we have no way of knowing if you’re sentient or not,” claimed the student. “It’s no different than this tree. It’s alive. But is it sentient?”
“Can the two year old talk to me?” he continued. “Generally speaking, the child still has the inability to communicate.”
The president of Students for Life of America noted that this shocking belief system actually represents mainstream opinion within the pro-choice movement.
The largest abortion clinic in the state of Ohio has launched a sickening billboard campaign to encourage women to feel no shame for having an abortion.
Preterm, which runs the website MyAbortionMyLife.org, wants to “shift the public conversation on abortion away from the black-and-white political rhetoric,” Cleveland.com reports. The organization has created 16 billboards with the phrase “Abortion is ______,” filling the blanks with words like “life-saving” or “sacred.”
“We want to push people to think about abortion in new, diverse ways with these billboards,” Nancy Starner, Preterm’s director of development and communications, said in a press release. “We want the people in our community who have had abortions to know that they’re not alone.”
Reviewing each billboard, it becomes apparent that the pro-abortion argument relies on deception and flagrant contradictions.
California lawmakers are debating whether to adopt a bill that would require the state’s public universities and colleges to offer abortion drugs at their health centers.
Senate Bill 320, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Connie Leyva, will mandate that the state’s community colleges and public universities provide women with abortion pills for up to 10 weeks of pregnancy so they don’t face the “burden” of traveling to obtain an abortion.
While the bill — if passed — isn’t set to take effect until 2020, it would also require the state’s public university health centers that don’t already offer abortion pills to provide transportation to an abortion facility or to arrange an abortion for students requesting the procedure.
“If a UC, CSU or community college already has a student health center, it makes sense that they provide this health care service within that facility so that students do not have to travel many miles away from their work and school commitments in order to [have an abortion],”
LINCOLN, Neb. — Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has announced that its proposed “My Body, My Choice” license plates are now available for purchase by Nebraska residents after it submitted more than the 250 applications required by the state to request the production of certain specialty plates.
The plates, which include the Planned Parenthood logo, are posted on the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles website among other speciality plates and cost $70.
Planned Parenthood issued a statement on Dec. 28 in which it said it was “proudly” unveiling the new plates.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A circuit judge in Illinois has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to at least temporarily block the Jan. 1 implementation of a new law that would allow taxpayer money to be spent on abortion through Medicaid and state employee insurance plans. An appeal is expected to be filed today.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Associate Circuit Judge Jennifer Ascher ruled that it is not for the courts to intervene in “political questions” in the legislature, such as when a law should be implemented or what appropriations have been made to fund an action.
As previously reported, H.B. 40 passed the Illinois House 62-55 along party lines in April and 33-22 in the Senate in May. Lawmakers postponed sending the bill to the governor out of concern that he might veto the measure.