Abortion

Breaking: SCOTUS to Hear Direct Challenge to Roe v. Wade

On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case involving the Mississippi abortion law passed in 2018 banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

For the first time in history, and since the defining “Roe vs. Wade” case in 1973, the SCOTUS will have to weigh in on an abortion law passed at the state level. 

The controversial law in question was passed by the Mississippi state legislature, but then blocked by the court system, which at the time said that it contravened the SCOTUS’s own 1973 precedent, striking the law down. 

As it stands, the law would allow for abortions past the fifteen-week limit in cases of extreme medical emergencies or severe problems with the fetus, according to the NY Post.

Mississippi District Court Judge Carlton Reeves, at the time of striking the law down, wrote in his legal opinion: 

“The state chose to pass a law it knew was unconstitutional to endorse a decades-long campaign, fueled by national interest groups, to ask the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.” Read more…

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Abortion, Politics, Violence

Biden’s Been Consistent on One Thing: Abortion

During the first 100 days of his administration, President Joe Biden has demonstrated his willingness to champion the progressive movement’s radical preferences on abortion policy.

This reality comes as little surprise, given that during his campaign for the Democratic nomination, Biden renounced his decades-long support for the Hyde amendment — which prevents taxpayer funds from directly underwriting elective abortion procedures — after facing pressure from abortion-rights activists.

Though Biden has long claimed to be “personally pro-life,” he has never shied away from supporting legal abortion, arguing that to oppose abortion as a politician would be tantamount to imposing his religion on others.

As president, Biden appears to have shed any last vestiges of pretending to believe that unborn human beings deserve even minor protections under the law or that pro-life taxpayers ought not be forced to fund elective abortions.

Early in the administration, Planned Parenthood president Alexis McGill Johnson announced that her organization was helping the Biden transition team to staff the incoming administration, and she told Newsweek that they expected Biden to follow marching orders when it came to abortion. Read more…

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Oklahoma Bans Nearly All Abortions

Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law Monday three new measures “protecting the lives of the unborn” from effectively all abortions, though at least two of the laws are likely to be put on hold by the courts before taking effect.

KOKH reports that the first law makes it a homicide to abort any baby with a detectable heartbeat. The second law makes it “unprofessional conduct” to abort a baby for any reason other than to save a mother’s life, regardless of whether a heartbeat can be detected. The third law forbids anyone other than board-certified OB/GYNs from performing abortions. All three are slated to take effect November 1.

Direct abortion bans such as the first two laws, which take effect well before the Supreme Court’s “fetal viability” threshold, are generally not expected to ban abortion in the near term, because they are consistently enjoined by lawsuits from the abortion industry.

Instead, states typically enact them in hopes of provoking a legal battle that would hopefully reach the nation’s highest court and instigate a review of Roe v. Wade, thereby potentially overturning decades of pro-abortion legal precedent and freeing the states to set their own abortion laws. Such a case would present the biggest test yet of former President Donald Trump’s three appointees to the Supreme Court, and whether they will help comprise the majority needed to finally overturn Roe.

The third law, meanwhile, is meant to prevent situations such as that of the infamous Philadelphia abortionist and convicted killer Kermit Gosnell, who delegated parts of the abortion process such as administering anesthesia to non-physician employees, one of whom was only 15 years old. It may face lawsuits as well, but stands a better chance of taking effect as the Supreme Court has upheld a wide range of abortion regulations enacted in the name of a mother’s safety.

In recent years there has been a push by the abortion lobby for non-doctors to be allowed to commit abortions. Read more…

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Biden Admin OK’s Experimentation on Aborted Babies

President Joe Biden’s administration overturned restrictions on Friday relating to federal funding of the use of fetal tissue – body parts of aborted babies – for experimental purposes. The policy reverses a ban put in place by former President Donald Trump limiting federal funding for such research.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which superintends the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced Friday that it would be revoking the Trump-era requirement that “all research applications for NIH grants and contracts proposing the use of human fetal tissue from elective abortions will be reviewed by an Ethics Advisory Board.”

“Accordingly,” the statement continues, “HHS/NIH will not convene another NIH Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board,” opening a much more liberal space for fetal tissue research by scientific organizations and universities.

HHS had previously enacted a policy at the behest of the Trump administration in 2019 that stopped all fetal tissue research at NIH facilities and required non-NIH facilities receiving federal funding – “extramural research communities” – to submit proposals for approval by an ethics advisory board, for research using tissue derived from aborted fetuses.

At the time, HHS accompanied the partial ban on fetal tissue research with a statement which said “promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump’s administration.”

The ethics advisory board, which boasted a number of Catholic bioethicists, rejected federal funding for 13 of 14 research proposals submitted for review involving fetal tissue research. The pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute noted that there were “serious ethical and consent problems discovered during proposal review” for the 13 rejected applications. Read more…

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Abortion, Health & Environment

Guess Whose NGO Got $3.5 Billion from the Biden Bust-Out?

The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 “relief” plan that Congress approved this month contains massive giveaways to various left-wing agenda items, including $3.5 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which is associated with the left-wing Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

As LifeSiteNews has previously covered, the bill sends $1,400 “stimulus” checks to most Americans while spending $14 billion on distributing experimental mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, more than $500 million on foreign assistance for humanitarian emergencies, $204 million on State Department operations, and $41 million on USAID operating expenses, much of which falls outside of existing limits on money going to abortions. It also makes abortion groups eligible to receive some of the $8.6 billion meant to assist global pandemic response. Read more…

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Abortion, Politics, States

Arkansas Governor Signs Near-Total Abortion Ban Into Law

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday signed into law legislation banning nearly all abortions in the state, a sweeping measure that supporters hope will force the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit its landmark Roe v. Wade decision but opponents vow to block before it takes effect later this year.

The Republican governor had expressed reservations about the bill, which only allows the procedure to save the life of the mother and does not provide exceptions for those impregnated in an act of rape or incest. Arkansas is one of at least 14 states where legislators have proposed outright abortion bans this year. Read more…

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Arkansas Legislature Sends Bill to Ban Nearly All Abortions to the Governor

The Arkansas legislature has given final approval to a bill that would completely ban abortions except to save a mother’s life, though it remains to be seen whether Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson will sign it into law.

The state House voted 75-18 to pass the bill Wednesday, the Associated Press reports, a month after its passage in the state Senate. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called the bill “plainly unconstitutional” and warned that “we will be seeing the state of Arkansas in court again” if it’s signed into law. Read more…

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Abortion, Politics

Facebook Suppresses Pro-Life Ad Slamming Biden and Harris Over Abortion Extremism

On Friday, Facebook prevented the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List from running ads in swing states slamming Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, for their extreme pro-abortion stances. Facebook cited a fact-check from The Dispatch, Steve Hayes’ outlet, but The Dispatch later withdrew the fact-check and issued an apology. As of Friday afternoon, Facebook has kept up the “partly false information” flag despite The Dispatch’s apology.

The suppression appears more noteworthy after Facebook and Twitter suppressed the spread of a New York Post story about Hunter Biden, leading the RNC to file an FEC complaint against Twitter, claiming it gave an “in-kind contribution” to the Biden campaign.

“Big Tech and the media are teaming up to run interference for the Biden-Harris campaign on what is a losing issue for Democrats – their shameful support for abortion on demand through birth,” SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement. “This is the latest example of Facebook censoring political speech and is perfectly timed to shut down SBA List’s vital digital communications as we work to reach eight million voters in key battlegrounds in the final days before Election Day.”

Facebook prevented Women Speak Out PAC from using money to boost ads in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Facebook claimed that ads “must not include claims debunked by third-party fact checkers or, in certain circumstances, claims debunked by organizations with particular expertise. Advertisers that repeatedly post misinformation may have permanent restrictions placed on their ability to advertise on Facebook.” Read more…

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Abortion, Politics

Joe Biden Vows to ‘Pass Legislation Making Roe the Law of the Land’

Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden said, if elected, he will make “the only responsible response” to confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, which, he said, is to ensure legislation passes that makes Roe v. Wade “the law of the land.”

On Monday evening, during an NBC town hall in Miami, Florida, Biden responded to a question by Cassidy Brown, who works in sports marketing, that expressed her concern about her inability to obtain birth control and an abortion should Amy Coney Barrett be confirmed to the Supreme Court.

“Number one, we don’t know exactly what she will do, although the expectation is that she may very well move to over … overview … overrule Roe,” Biden answered. “The only responsible response to that would be to pass legislation making Roe the law of the land. That’s what I would do.”

In posing her question to Biden, Brown used the language of the abortion industry. She never mentioned the word “abortion,” but employed, instead, the euphemism “reproductive health care”:

I knew whenever I was graduating high school and entering college that I wanted to obtain my degree and start a career before starting a family. Having access to birth control and safe reproductive health care was imperative in making that true for me. So, considering the new Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, what are your particular plans to protect women’s reproductive rights in the U.S.? Read more…

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14 Texas Towns Have Outlawed Abortion. This West Texas City May Be Next

Lubbock may soon be the 15th and largest city in Texas to become a “sanctuary city for the unborn” and outlaw abortion, pending the decision of the mayor and city council.

Several state lawmakers and local activists have been pushing the city to adopt an ordinance essentially banning abortion as the abortion provider Planned Parenthood moves forward with plans to open a new clinic in the city.

“The fact that ‘the outlawing of abortion within the city limits’ is even being discussed as an option for the City of Lubbock shows just how far the Sanctuary City for the Unborn movement has come,” Right to Life of East Texas Director Mark Dickson told The Daily Wire in an email. “What started in a city of 2,189 is now being entertained in a city of about 300,000.”

Dickson is the founder of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn Initiative and the author of the proposed ordinance. State Sen. Charles Perry and state Reps. Dustin Burrows and John Frullo, all Republicans representing the Lubbock area, sent a letter to the city’s GOP mayor, Dan Pope, and the city council in August urging them to adopt Dickson’s ordinance. Read more…

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