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  • Pro-lifers applaud DOJ's probe into Planned Parenthood

    by Evan Wilt/WORLD News Staff, posted Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pro-life advocates hope a new U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Planned Parenthood marks a turning point for the nation's largest abortion provider.

    On Thursday (Dec. 17), the Justice Department requested unredacted documents from the Senate Judiciary Committee, indicating it has launched a formal investigation into Planned Parenthood. In 2016, both the Judiciary Committee and The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives did their own investigations into the abortion industry and fetal procurement businesses. Both panels referred Planned Parenthood to the FBI at the end of 2016 for illegally profiting from fetal tissue sales. Read More

  • Fighting taxpayer-funded abortion in Illinois

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service , posted Tuesday, December 05, 2017 (10 days ago)

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) -- Opponents of an Illinois law that would allow state funding of abortion on demand for state employees and Medicaid recipients have filed suit.

    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the law, known as HB 40, earlier this year, and the Thomas More Society filed suit last week on behalf of 10 pro-life organizations, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, and eight state legislators filing as taxpayers. The suit, a request to "restrain and enjoin" a misuse of tax dollars, points out Illinois cannot afford the abortions it has promised to cover.

    Pro-life experts said they were watching the lawsuit closely because the outcome could have national implications. Read More

  • Fed. judge blocks Texas dismemberment abortion ban

    by Evan Wilt/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, November 27, 2017 (18 days ago)

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    AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- A federal judge on Nov. 22 blocked a Texas law protecting unborn babies from dismemberment abortions. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel placed a permanent injunction on Senate Bill 8, calling the legislation unconstitutional.

    Texas lawmakers passed the bill earlier this year to ban the procedure typically used in the second trimester. See related report.

    "The act intervenes in the medical process of abortion prior to viability in an unduly burdensome manner," Yeakel said. Read More

  • Texas defends dismemberment abortion ban

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (24 days ago)

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    AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- Should abortionists be allowed to end the life of an unborn baby by pulling it apart, or should they remove it piecemeal only after its heart has stopped beating?

    The answer, at least in Texas, depends on the outcome of a five-day trial concluded Nov. 8 over a new state law banning dismemberment abortions. The law, passed in June, requires abortionists to use other methods besides dismemberment -- such as clipping the umbilical cord or injecting digoxin or potassium chloride to stop the baby's heart -- before removing it from its mother's womb. Read More

  • Court to rule on mandate on pregnancy centers

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pro-life pregnancy care centers have gained a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court in their bid to be free from promoting abortion.

    The high court announced Monday (Nov. 13) it would rule on a 2015 California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to notify their clients of the availability of abortion services elsewhere. The justices are expected to hear oral arguments in the case in this term and issue an opinion before they adjourn next summer. Read More

  • ERLC, others urge conscience protection this year

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and pro-life allies are calling for enactment of protections for the conscience rights of health care providers before 2018.

    The Conscience Protection Act (CPA) -- one of the ERLC's legislative priorities in its 2017 agenda -- would bar government discrimination against health care workers and facilities that object to being involved in abortion, as well as health insurers that refuse to provide coverage of the lethal procedure. The bill will provide victims of discrimination with the ability to defend their rights in court -- which would be a first for federal laws that protect health care conscience rights. Read More

  • Calif. pro-life centers win fight against abortion law

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Wednesday, November 08, 2017 (one month ago)

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    LOS ANGELIS, Calif. (BP) -- Pro-life pregnancy care centers in Los Angeles will not be forced to promote abortion after a state trial judge last week halted enforcement of California's Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act.

    Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gloria Trask issued a permanent injunction against the 2015 law that required pregnancy care centers to post signs or distribute literature telling women the state offers free or low-cost contraception and abortions. The law also required pro-life centers to give women a local abortion provider's phone number. Read More

  • New surgery exposes 'chink' in pro-abortion armor

    by Julie Borg/WORLD News Service, posted Friday, November 03, 2017 (one month ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- Surgeons at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston recently performed an innovative new surgery on an unborn baby boy with spina bifida at 24 weeks of gestation. The doctors removed the mother's uterus but left it attached internally and then operated on the child through tiny slits in the womb, The New York Times reported. Read More

  • Judge OKs suit over baby body parts research

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, October 30, 2017 (one month ago)

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BP) -- A woman's lawsuit against a New Mexico abortion center will proceed, thanks to a New Mexico judge's refusal to dismiss her case.

    Jessica Duran filed suit last year against Southwestern Women's Options (SWO) for not telling her about its relationship with the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the possibility that it sent her dead baby there for research.

    The abortion center and abortion doctor Curtis Boyd filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, but New Mexico District Judge Clay Campbell ruled this month that all ... Read More

  • Illegal immigrant teen has court-approved abortion

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A legal battle over whether the Trump administration is required to facilitate an illegal-immigrant teen's abortion ended Wednesday (Oct. 25) when the American Civil Liberties Union announced she had terminated her pregnancy.

    ACLU senior staff attorney Brigitte Amiri, who represents the 17-year-old, said "justice prevailed," according to an ACLU news release.

    The abortion occurred less than 24 hours after the full U.S. Court of Appeals ... Read More