Legislation / Court Cases

West Alabama Abortion Business Files Lawsuit Over State Regulation

A Tuscaloosa abortion clinic has sued the state over a regulation that could cause the facility to permanently close. West Alabama Women’s Center filed the lawsuit in Montgomery federal court last week against state health officials over a regulation that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital or a contract with a physician who does to handle patients with complications. The requirement is not new. However, the clinic’s previous physician retired and the new doctor has been unable to gain admitting privileges or find a local gynecologist to take the contract. The clinic argued in the lawsuit that the regulation is unnecessary and that closure of the clinic will curtail women’s access to abortion in the state. The abortion site is one of five licensed abortion providers in Alabama and one of two that provide abortions in the second trimester. The American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama is representing the clinic in the lawsuit. “We’re asking the court to either strike the requirement or to make an exception,” said Susan Watson, executive director of the ACLU of Alabama. Watson said with other medical procedures, it is standard for patients with complications to go to the emergency room. She said doctors are hesitant to take the contracts with the abortion businesses because of harassment by anti-abortion activists. A federal judge last year overturned a state law that would have required the doctors who perform the abortions to have the admitting privileges themselves, instead of contracting with a local provider. Lawyers for the center wrote that it is the largest abortion provider in the state and in...

Spanish Pharmacy Wins Right to Refuse to Sell Morning After Pills

Seville pharmacy had been fined €3,000 in 2008 for refusing to sell emergency contraceptive, but Spanish constitutional court overturns decision on appeal. A Spanish pharmacy that was fined for refusing to sell women morning-after pills has been told that its right to “ideological freedom” was violated by the sanction. The regional health authorities of Andalusia, in southern Spain, fined the pharmacy in Seville €3,000 (£2,130) in 2008, because it sold neither the emergency contraceptive morning-after pill nor condoms. Spanish pharmacies are required by law to provide both, with no prescription required. However, the constitutional court has overturned the decision on appeal. It took into account the fact that the owners of the pharmacy in question were officially registered as “conscientious objectors” on issues where they see a professional conflict between the law and their own beliefs. Apparently drawing a parallel between the morning-after pill and abortion, the court ruled in its sentence that in this case, legally obligating the vendor to sell the product clashed “with the concept advocated by [the pharmacist] regarding the right to life.” However, the court upheld the sanction related to the pharmacy’s refusal to sell condoms, stating that it saw there “no conflict of conscience with constitutional relevance”. It was a tight decision by the court, with several magistrates disagreeing with the final ruling. The judge overseeing the vote, Andres Ollero, admitted that it was a grey area and that he and his colleagues could not be “spiritual directors of citizens, instructing them on which areas of their conscience are protected by fundamental rights and which should be forgotten because they are twisted scruples.”...

States Have Passed 51 Pro-Life Laws This Year Saving Babies From Abortions, So Far

States across the United States have already passed 51 pro-life laws saving unborn babies from abortion — which is more than all of the pro-life laws all states passed throughout the entirety of 2014. This information comes from a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion organization formerly affiliated with the Planned Parenthood abortion business… The trend of the number of new pro-life laws on abortion is down over the last few years — not because of lack of support for such laws in state legislatures but because some states have passed most all of the pro-life laws allowed under Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court that few potential pro-life laws remain until the high court either allows additional laws or overturns Roe… Guttmacher acknowledges that the Supreme Court will likely hear one or two abortion cases in the next year or so that could open the floodgates for new laws — such as requiring abortion practitioners to have admitting privileges, new regulations that have shut down abortion clinics that can’t protect women’s health, or bans on abortions like the 20-week abortion ban or the dismemberment abortion ban… One of the types of new laws states are passing involve longer waiting periods before an abortion so women have a chance to find abortion alternatives. The 72-hour waiting period in Missouri, for example, is believed to have already saved 200 babies from abortion. [1 July 2015, http://www.lifenews.com/2015/07/01/states-have-passed-51-pro-life-laws-this-year-saving-babies-from-abortions/...

SPLIT: Supreme Court Temporarily Stays Enforcement of Texas Abortion Law with 5-4 Vote

Late Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a brief two-paragraph statement blocking enforcement of two provisions of a 2013 Texas abortion law until the Court can decide if it will hear the case. The statement, issued by Justice Antonin Scalia, noted that the decision to issue the temporary stay was a 5-4 vote, with himself, Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito, and Justice Clarence Thomas voting to deny the stay. The ruling means that enforcement of facility safety regulations and a requirement that abortionists maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of their facilities that was supposed to begin on July 1, will be further delayed. This will allow six of the remaining sixteen Texas abortion facilities to stay open [although they] have failed to comply with the Texas abortion law, known as HB2.* “We are disappointed in the split decision to keep dangerous abortion facilities open when it is a proven fact that they cannot comply with common-sense safety laws. This places women in unnecessary jeopardy, especially when complications to abortions arise as they do so often,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “However, as hard as it is to see babies die unnecessarily while their mothers are exploited due to this stay, we are confident that the Court will ultimately uphold the Texas abortion law.” A study published in July, 2014, revealed that after portions of HB2 went into effect in 2013, abortions dropped an impressive 13% the following year. Abortion businesses are now seeking ways to exploit the Supreme Court stay to reopen several abortion clinics that were previously closed. “We may have gotten more than...

Planned Parenthood Broke the Law to Build Aurora Illinois Mega-Abortion Business and PP Just Lost Major Round in Court

2nd article, 1 July 2015 Victory In Aurora, Illinois Keeps Planned Parenthood on the Defensive An Illinois appellate court has overturned a lower court’s dismissal of a zoning and fraud lawsuit brought by the Thomas More Society on behalf of several neighbors of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility. In the case, Fox Valley Families v. Planned Parenthood, the Plaintiffs argued that the site’s operation is not permitted under local zoning laws because of its location in a business development district – an area that is exclusively reserved for for-profit businesses that contribute to the city’s tax base. The case now returns to the circuit court for discovery and further proceedings. “We are proud to have been able to partner with Thomas More Society as they fight the duplicity and lies of Planned Parenthood in Illinois,” comments Katie Short, Life Legal Defense Foundation’s Vice-President for Legal Affairs. “This case exposes Planned Parenthood’s willingness to resort to lies and deception to expand and entrench their deadly business. It also demonstrates, once again, how zoning codes can be useful tools in preventing Planned Parenthood from making inroads into our communities.” Planned Parenthood began building the mega-clinic at the heart of this dispute in 2007. At the time it opened, it was the largest abortion facility in the United States. The response from Aurora citizens and pro-life advocates was enough to cause Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, to refer to Aurora as “ground zero” in Planned parenthood’s nationwide effort to “protect reproductive freedom.” Planned Parenthood cited the fact that it had been paying property taxes on the Aurora property since 2006 to bolster...

Russia: Church and State Sign Agreement to Protect Maternal-Child Health / Legislation to Restrict Abortion Access

The Ministry of Health in Russia has signed an agreement with the Russian Orthodox Church that includes prevention of abortion and provision of palliative care. The agreement signed by Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova and Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, website was published on the of the Synodal Department for ROC Church Charity and Social Service. Article 9 of the 21 article agreement establishes cooperation “on the protection of maternal and child health, including reproductive health, promotion of family values and prevention of abortion.” The agreement includes joint actions with medical institutions for the “creation of crisis pregnancy centers at hospitals with the participation of psychologists and representatives of religious organizations of the Russian Orthodox Church”; “the participation of representatives of religious organizations of the Russian Orthodox Church in advising women who are planning to terminate the pregnancy, in medical institutions” ; and for the provision of space for “posting information of religious organizations of the Russian Orthodox Church on the stands in medical institutions.” Additionally, the two parties will also undertake “joint efforts to provide assistance and support to pregnant women whose prenatal diagnosis indicate to the malformation of the fetus, as well as mothers who give birth to a child with developmental disabilities.” Under Article 5, the Orthodox Church will cooperate with the Health Ministry in the preparation of health professionals by providing formative instruction on the spiritual foundations of medical activities and by facilitating the interaction of medical organizations with organizations of the Russian Orthodox Church. [19 June 2015, http://healthcenteronlines.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-ministry-of-health-has-signed.html ; 13 July 2015, http://www.pncius.org/ ] Legislation Proposed to Restrict Access to Abortion...

Iowa Supreme Court Rules that the Ban on ‘No Physician Oversight’ Webcam Abortions is Unconstitutional (2015)

Today, the Iowa Supreme Court struck down Iowa Administrative Regulations that banned the webcam abortion pill distribution scheme that has been used by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland since 2008. The Court found that requiring an in-person physical examination prior to dispensing two abortion-inducing drugs posed an “undue burden” on Iowa women, who would be required to travel farther to get an abortion under the regulations. The Court also ruled for the first time that a woman’s “right” to an abortion exists in the Iowa Constitution. “The Iowa Supreme Court has chosen to protect the profits of abortionists over the lives of women and their babies,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “It is an unconscionable decision that also undermines the authority of the Iowa Board of Medicine to enact safety regulations when it comes to abortion, setting a dangerous precedent that is guaranteed to result in lost lives.” While Planned Parenthood claims there have been no reported complications from webcam abortions, there is no reporting mechanism in place. Medication abortions carry a failure rate of 45-79 per 1000 women, according to the FDA. “In the 7,000 webcam abortions Planned Parenthood claims to have done since 2008, we should reasonably expect between 300 and 550 complications according to the FDA statistics,” said Newman. “Planned Parenthood’s claims that there have been no reported complications have no credibility whatsoever. This is really a case of ‘See No Evil, Hear No Evil’ for the purpose of financial gain. We must continue to fight to protect women and children from this dangerous scheme.” Operation Rescue first drew national attention to Iowa’s experimental webcam...

Babies Survive Late-Term Abortions Then Left to Die Struggling to Breathe for Hours

During its next session (June 22-26), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE, Strasbourg) will debate late abortion and neonatal infanticide, following the Petition for the rights of new-borns surviving their abortion submitted by a collective of NGOs, lead by the ECLJ and supported by more than 200 000 European citizens. When a child is born very prematurely, everything is done to save him. If this is not possible, he receives comforting care and is supported until his death. Neonatal palliative care is well developed in many hospitals. The situation is different for those children who are born alive after an abortion. Every year in Europe, children are born alive at the time of the abortion procedure after the 20th week of pregnancy. They are often abandoned to die without care, struggling to breathe, sometimes for several hours; or they are killed by lethal injection or suffocation, and often thrown away with medical waste. The method most often used to perform late abortions in some countries is called “dilation-evacuation,” where the cervix is dilated to remove the baby with surgical pliers, which is very painful. The baby is often extracted in pieces. Generally, analgesia or feticide are not used beforehand. In support of the Petition, the ECLJ submits a report to the PACE presenting, inter alia, official data and personal testimonies of medical practitioners who witnessed these practices. Such facts are not exceptional: according to the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, at 23 weeks of pregnancy, 10% of children survive abortion. By leaving babies to die without treatment, or actively killing them, simply because they are...

5th Circuit Upholds Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center Standards (2015)

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals just unanimously ruled to uphold a pro-life law requiring Texas abortion clinics to meet common-sense health and safety standards. [See a copy of the press release] 5th Circuit Upholds Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center Standards in Lakey Decision Americans United for Life Press Release: 5th Circuit Protects Women’s Health with Ruling Holding Texas Abortionists to Real Medical Standards In a sweeping victory for women, the Fifth Circuit has upheld a Texas law requiring that abortion ‘clinics’ meet the same health and safety standards as facilities that provide other outpatient surgeries. In a per curiam decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Lakey, the Court found that the medical requirement advances Texas’ interests in safeguarding maternal health and protecting women from substandard abortion facilities and practices. “Texas has struck a decisive blow for women’s health and safety against a predatory abortion industry,” said Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “A largely under-monitored, under-supervised, and secretive abortion industry tells women ‘trust but don’t verify that our clinics are clean and safe.’ No longer should women be abandoned to self-serving and false assurances from an industry that puts profits over people.” For more than a decade, AUL has led the nationwide effort to combat the reality of legal “back alley” abortions, advocating for meaningful and comprehensive regulation and oversight of abortion ‘clinics’ across the nation. AUL attorneys and experts have drafted model legislation requiring that abortion ‘clinics’ meet the same basic health and safety standards as other ambulatory surgical facilities, defended abortion clinic regulations in court, and worked with concerned legislators across the nation...

Texas Cuts Planned Parenthood Funding from State Budget (2015)

After a month of negotiating the state’s two-year budget, the Texas Legislature’s new proposal cuts Planned Parenthood from its Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program. The decision by the Lone Star State would axe funding for over a dozen Planned Parenthood facilities that don’t provide abortions on-site. Planned Parenthood received $1.2 million in taxpayer dollars under the program last year. A finalized budget will be approved by June 1. Alex Garcia-Ditta, writing for Texas Observer, gives background on the new budget proposal: In January, key budget writers state Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) and state Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) acknowledged that they want to keep state money away from health care providers that also perform abortions. The state sent a similar message in 2011 when abortion providers were cut off from state funding. Although the Obama administration threatened to cut off Medicaid funding for the state’s women’s health program, then-governor Rick Perry still committed his state to run and fully fund the program [without federal funding]. But Texan values, and, more importantly, the truth, are lost on Planned Parenthood— from its CEO to its supporters. As long as Planned Parenthood continues to provide abortions, that’s reason enough to bar it from the program. While it is technically true that federal dollars are not supposed to go towards abortion, the amount of tax dollars Planned Parenthood receives, and an increase in abortion services, makes it clear where our tax dollars are going. While taxpayer funds cannot (legally) be used for abortion, such funds allow the organization to use monies for [abortion promotion] more easily. Not only did Planned Parenthood increase...

Big Abortion & Big Politics (2015)

Big Abortion and their powerful friends are becoming more and more brazen. They want to coerce all Americans into supporting their pro-abortion agenda and they don’t care if it violates our beliefs. Take for example, Hillary Clinton’s recent speech to a women’s conference in New York. She claimed that women’s access to abortion is threatened, and then she said: “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed…” Those are our pro-life beliefs that she is talking about. Pro-abortion allies are moving far beyond words. As one example: we’re now battling an Illinois bill, SB 1564, that would force pro-life doctors to either provide or refer for abortion. An Americans United for Life [AUL] attorney, Anna Paprocki, was at the Illinois State House as the state senate debated the bill, and she heard the chief co-sponsor of this bill make a shocking admission. State Senator Linda Holmes was surprisingly frank: “I want to say to any doctor out there…your moral beliefs—frankly, I could give a d*#n.” Anna was there in the Illinois Senate to testify and fight for life-affirming beliefs. To fight for Life. In the face of Senator Holmes’ contempt, Anna gave testimony against this dangerous bill. This legislative season, the AUL team has been providing expert testimony all across the country. In fact, the New York Times says there is “a flurry of roadblocks to abortion” in state legislatures. AUL has testified in Colorado in favor of HB 1112, the “Born-Alive Infant Protection Act.” Associate Corporate Counsel Evangeline Bartz testified in favor of a 20-week abortion ban in Maryland. Staff Counsel Anna Paprocki...

North Dakota Enhances Penalties for Forced Abortions

AUL-Based Bill Becomes North Dakota Law, Providing Enhanced Penalties for Those Exploiting Women and Girls Trapped in Human Trafficking “Sex trafficking is modern day slavery,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “We must protect the women and girls victimized by those profiting from their misery.” “Human trafficking is a modern day horror that demands a coordinated and compassionate response. With the passage of enhanced penalties for those criminals who force the women and girls in their control to have abortions, North Dakota lawmakers are effectively addressing another tool criminals use to victimize the powerless,” said Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. North Dakota SB 2275 is the 6th bill to become law during this legislative session, based partially on AUL model legislation found in Defending Life. “Sex trafficking is modern day slavery. We must protect the women and girls victimized by those profiting from their misery. This law, which provided additional penalties for human traffickers, represents a true, bipartisan effort,” noted Dr. Yoest, “And AUL offers special thanks to the leadership of Rep. Dan Ruby, Sen. Lonnie Laffen, Sen. Randall Burckhard, Senator Joe Miller, Senator Oley Larsen, and Senator Larry Luick.” Before Governor Jack Dalrymple signed the law, it was passed unanimously by the North Dakota House and passed the Senate by 46 to 1. During the debate over the bill, the prevalence of forced abortion among women and girls trapped in human trafficking was documented in a letter sent to lawmakers. This new law will provide enhanced penalties for individuals who are engaged in human trafficking and force or coerce their victims to have an...

A Five-Month Abortion Limit Would Protect Women’s Health

Women’s risk for death, breast cancer, hemorrhage, and other maladies as a consequence of abortion increases at 20 weeks pregnancy and following. Since the Supreme Court legalized abortion for any reason, at any time of pregnancy, in 1973, there have been repeated incidents of late-term abortions and live-birth abortions. Before late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted in Philadelphia in May 2013, a long line of late-term abortionists—including Joseph Melnick, Raymond Showery, Abu Hayat, Jesse Floyd, and Kenneth Edelin—were prosecuted for killing babies born alive after abortion. Public opinion has consistently found these incidents abhorrent for obvious reasons. Even a Huffington Post poll found majority support for a five-month limit to abortions. The Supreme Court justices thrust America into this unfortunate situation by arbitrarily legalizing abortion up to viability (and beyond) in 1973. The court’s national edict has isolated the United States as one of only four nations (including China, North Korea, and Canada) that allows abortion for any reason after fetal viability up to nine months. The Supreme Court Ignored Medical Recommendations As I found in the justices’ papers, and described at length in “Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade,” the justices had no evidentiary record by which to assess viability in the Roe v. Wade or Doe v. Bolton cases—no trials, no evidence, no medical data, no expert witnesses. No medical organization urged the justices to expand the abortion “right” as far as viability. The justices ignored common medical practice at the time that set 20 weeks as the line between an abortion and an early delivery. The justices and lawyers never addressed viability...

2015 Passage of Pro-Life Legislation Nationwide Increases

So far in 2015, there have been overwhelming votes in state legislatures to: 1) ban abortions when an unborn baby is developed enough to feel pain; and 2) ban dismemberment abortions. It’s tragic the Supreme Court won’t let us pass laws that protect the lives of every unborn baby. But that’s the reality in 2015. So we’re passing laws that will save lives now as we keep working hard to change the outlook of the Supreme Court. Last week, the West Virginia Senate passed by a vote of 29-5 the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that bans elective abortions when an unborn baby reaches the stage that a preponderance of evidence demonstrates she can feel pain. West Virginia’s House previously voted 87-12 for the bill! This bill, created by National Right to Life to save babies we believe the Supreme Court will allow us to protect, has now passed in the legislature in 12 states; tragically, Democratic governors in two states – West Virginia last year and Minnesota in 2011 – vetoed the bill, allowing pain-capable little babies to still suffer horribly and be killed by abortion in those states. Last year, the West Virginia legislature ran out of time to override the governor’s veto before the legislative session ended. But this year, with new leadership in the state Senate, they’ve passed the bill early enough in the session to bring up an override vote and West Virginia is soon expected to be the 11th state to enact this life-saving bill! Several other states are considering similar protection for the unborn. South Carolina’s House has already passed...

No Chemical Abortions for North Dakota

The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld a state law that limits chemical abortions in the state. Chemical abortions are usually procured with a pill regimen of mifepristone (RU486) to block progesterone and starve the tiny baby, and misoprostol 48-72 hours later to cause contractions and expel the dead baby. The Court reversed a ruling by a district judge last year which claimed that the 2011 law violates the state constitution. This law requires that a drug used to induce abortion must state on its label that it is intended to be used for that particular purpose. Misoprostol is labeled for the treatment of stomach ulcers, not for abortion, and therefore is not allowed by this law. [December 2014, Cincinnati Right to Life News...

California Set To Enact Dangerous Abortion Expansion Experiment

In California, a bill known as AB154 sits on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown awaiting his signature. This bill would dramatically expand surgical abortions in California by allowing nurse practitioners (NPs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs), and physician assistants (PAs) to conduct surgical “aspiration” or suction abortions of the kind generally used in the first trimester of pregnancy. The legislation was introduced by Assemblywomen Toni Adkins, the former administrator of a failed abortion business in San Diego. Adkins has long attempted to dangerously expand abortion services, once opening an abortion shop in a predominately Hispanic neighborhood (using an abortionist that would later lose his medical license after killing a woman during a botched 20-week abortion) that soon closed due to financial mismanagement and lack of business. Apparently not one to learn from failure, Adkins is now expanding abortion in an ever-decreasing market, through the use of non-physicians. Adkin’s legislation is the result of a study conducted at the University of California San Francisco by the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health in association with Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) for the purpose of proving that non-physician abortion are safe. The study recruited NPs, CNMs, and PAs for training in surgical abortions under a state waiver that exempted participants from the law that banned non-physicians from performing abortions. Participants in the study, like Adkins, all have histories of radical abortion activism. The two of the three primary investigators in this experimental program are not even licensed physicians… … And there will be complications – we predict very bad ones – because the non-physicians lack the training to treat...

Life-Affirming Laws Successfully Saving Babies From Abortion in Cases of Rape

[Comment: Why shouldn’t a woman who is raped have the same protections as any other pregnant woman? The prolife movement doesn’t discriminate. N. Valko RN] Set aside the spin and snarkiness, and the August 27 New Republic article, “Pro-lifers aren’t even trying to make abortion restrictions sound nice anymore,” contains exciting news: The year 2011 was “The Year of Abortion Restrictions,” when states enacted more new laws narrowing abortion rights than in any other year since Roe v. Wade…. The era of warm and fuzzy-sounding abortion laws, though, may be behind us. The success they saw in 2011, and 2012 – another unprecedented year for abortion restrictions – have galvanized pro-lifers to undo a set of rights that they had previously left well enough alone: exceptions for victims of rape and incest. A new report out from the National Women’s Law Center found that a staggering number of new curtailments on abortion rights don’t make exceptions when a woman has become pregnant by rape. This comes despite the negative publicity drawn to the “no exceptions” stance ineptly explained by political candidates Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock in 2012. Here was NWLC’s breakdown of 298 pro-life bills introduced (and 27 enacted) in the first half of 2013: • 86% (235 provisions) of the 273 provisions that were introduced in state legislatures to restrict a woman’s access to abortion apply to a woman whose pregnancy resulted from rape. • 71% (27 provisions) of the 38 state provisions restricting women’s access to abortion enacted by the states apply to a woman whose pregnancy resulted from rape. • 72% (18 bills) of the...

Congress Attempts to Rebalance USAID and Stop Millions Flowing to Abortion Groups

Lawmakers in Washington are attempting to rebalance U.S. spending on foreign aid which has for years limited funding for maternal and child health and increased spending for groups promoting population reduction and abortion. The U.S. budget for family planning and reproductive health has increased some 57% since 2006 when Democrats took control in Congress, yet funding for maternal and child health has increased just 16% overall and its funding has dropped 4% within U.S. Agency for Development (USAID). Globally, nations spend $7 billion a year on family planning, based in part by aggressive lobbying by activists who claim that 222 million women suffer from an “unmet need” for contraception globally, a term which development experts have rejected as unsubstantiated. Congressional committees in both the House and Senate recently passed bills that fund the Department of State and Global Health Initiatives through USAID. The House version reduces family planning funding by $200M and reinstates the Mexico City Policy which would prohibit funding to international groups that perform or promote abortion. Neither bill is likely to go to the floor for a vote, however, thus requiring a Continuing Resolution which would protect current level funding as it has for the past 3 years including to the controversial UN Population Fund (UNFPA). USAID and UNFPA announced new efforts last week to strengthen their partnership to advance national family planning programs targeting developing countries. This effort identifies contraceptives as “life-saving commodities” and prioritizes these over other supplies that could treat life-threatening illnesses. Due to the rescinding of the Mexico City Policy by President Obama, USAID now partners with abortion groups, directing billions of...