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.
Avery Anapol – April 16, 2018
The Pennsylvania House on Monday passed a bill to ban abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis in the fetus.
The GOP-backed bill passed with bipartisan support in a 139-56 vote, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The bill now heads to the Senate for a vote. If it passes, it will face Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who opposes the bill and would be expected to veto it, according to the paper. Wolf also vetoed a 20-week abortion ban in December.
Ohio passed a similar bill on Down syndrome abortions late last year, which GOP Gov. John Kasich signed in December, making the state the third to have such a law.
The Ohio law is facing multiple legal challenges, and a federal judge has temporarily blocked the law from taking effect, saying that it is an unconstitutional violation of abortion rights.
Michael Gryboski – Apr 17, 2018
A judge has temporarily blocked a Kentucky law from taking effect that would ban an abortion procedure that involves ripping apart a human fetus and then removing the pieces one at a time from a womb.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed House Bill 454 into law last week, which bans dismemberment abortions, a procedure also called dilation and evacuation.
In a joint consent order issued late last Thursday, a district court blocked the law until June 5, when a preliminary injunction hearing is scheduled to take place.
The block came as part of a lawsuit filed last week against the Kentucky law by the American Civil Liberties Union. Andrew Beck, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, expressed support for the temporary hold.
Randy DeSoto – April 9, 2018
A Mississippi OB-GYB recently stated that he sees it as his Christian “calling” to provide abortions.
Dr. Willie Parker — who practices at the state’s only abortion facility, located in Jackson — wrote an Op-Ed for Glamour magazine attacking Mississippi’s Gestation Age Act.
The legislation, signed by Gov. Phil Bryant last month, bans abortions after 15 weeks (i.e. four months into the pregnancy). The law notes that the unborn baby’s vital organs begin to function at 10 weeks, and by week 12, he or she has taken human form in all relevant aspects.
Parker wrote in his Op-Ed, “As an ob-gyn and a Christian, I see it as my calling to help women in making the decisions that are right for their health, their lives, and their families. I believe it’s my duty to meet their needs without judgment. Not only do restrictive laws make it harder for me to do my job — this radical abortion ban is an assault on women across the South.”
WND – April 11, 2018
High-school and college students at an estimated 350 schools across the U.S. are walking out of their classes to support life and protest Planned Parenthood on Wednesday.
The walkout was coordinated by the Students for Life of America. The teenagers are leaving class for 17 minutes, which the organization says is the same amount of time it takes Planned Parenthood to perform as many as 10 abortions.
The event drew its inspiration from a national anti-gun walkout on March 14 in which students across the nation left classes to protest gun violence and demand increased gun-control regulation.
In March, Julianne Benzel, a history teacher at Rocklin High School in California, was forced to take administrative leave when she told her students there’s a double standard when kids can walk out over gun control but not to oppose abortion. While she didn’t discourage her students from participating in the gun walkout, she said schools must be willing to support other causes as well.
Heather Clark – April 1, 2018
WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice are considering their options after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Friday ordering the Trump administration to cease denying abortion access to teenagers who enter the country illegally and unaccompanied by an adult.
“The Department of Health & Human Services strongly maintains that taxpayers are not responsible for facilitating the abortion of unaccompanied minors who entered the country illegally and are currently in the government’s care,” the department said in a statement. “We are working closely with the Justice Department to review the court’s order and determine next steps.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had first filed a lawsuit on behalf of one illegal immigrant teen last year, and then two more, and now has been granted a request to make the matter a class action lawsuit.
Newsmax – March 27, 2018
A Pennsylvania branch of Planned Parenthood tweeted Tuesday “we need a Disney princess who has had an abortion,” among other statements.
The tweet, which was active for about two hours and then deleted, listed several other wished-for types of Disney princesses, including “pro-choice,” “undocumented immigrants,” “union workers,” and “trans.”
Before the tweet was deleted, it got hundreds of replies, many of which stated children do not need to be exposed to these issues. National Review captured some of the replies.
Grace Carr – February 23, 2018
Colorado lawmakers blocked a bill Thursday that would have required physicians to inform women seeking to abort that they can conduct and view an ultrasound prior to aborting, as well as listen to the heartbeat of their unborn child.
HB18 — “A Women’s Right To Accurate Healthcare Information” — would have ensured a woman has the opportunity to see or forego seeing her ultrasound, and required women seeking to abort receive full information about the procedural elements and risks of abortion. The bill also posited that women seeking to abort and decide to have an ultrasound can choose between an abdominal or vaginal ultrasound.
Lead sponsor of the HB18, GOP Rep. Lori Saine, told committee members Thursday that the measure was not an attempt to disenfranchise women getting abortions, but rather an effort to make sure that they are fully informed regarding abortion. The bill failed however, in a 7-6 party line vote in the Health, Insurance and Environment Committee, according to the Colorado Independent.
Heather Clark – March 15, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A federal judge appointed to the bench by then-President Barack Obama has granted a preliminary injunction against an Ohio law that banned mothers from killing their unborn child just because he or she has Down syndrome.
“The State cannot dictate what factors a woman is permitted to consider in making her choice,” wrote U.S. District Judge Timothy Black on Wednesday. “The State’s attempt to carve out exceptions to a categorical right where none exist fails as a matter of law.”
As previously reported, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (ACLU), two local branches of Planned Parenthood and several other abortion facilities filed a lawsuit last month to challenge the new Ohio law, stating that it “undermines [the abortion facilities’] mission to honor and support the decisions their patients make, whether it is to continue or to end a pregnancy.”
TruNews Team – March 6, 2018
According to church officials in northern Iraq, a mass grave has been discovered near Mosul that contains the remains of 40 Christians who were abducted and murdered by ISIS.
The Alghad news service is reporting that Popular Mobilization Forces units working alongside Iraqi national security forces in the Halila region west of Mosul came across the mass grave last Thursday. The report further noted:
“Most of the human remains were buried collectively. Some of them were for women and children. They had small Christian crosses with them.”
Iraqi security forces have reported dozens of mass graves in areas retaken from ISIS since the campaign to rid the country of the Islamist terrorist organization began in October of 2016. The remains of Yazidis have also been found near Christian mass burial sites.