Right to Life – Archive

Pregnancy Care Centers Sue Illinois Governor, Urged to Defy State Law Over Abortion Referral Requirement

An international pro-life pregnancy care center umbrella group is urging Illinois pregnancy centers to defy a new state law requiring them to participate in abortions, even as those centers and others file suit against the law. In a letter quoted in part by Heartbeat International news publication Pregnancy Help News (PHN), Heartbeat President Jor-El Godsey said this week Illinois’ Senate Bill (SB) 1564 is a “direct assault on our pro-life, pro-health and pro-woman values [that] cannot be allowed to stand.” According to Godsey, “To violate this major tenet of our life-affirming outreach, even if compelled by the government, represents an undeniable breach of ethics. To bow the knee to the state is to deny the very foundation of our mission.” Signed by pro-abortion Republican Governor Bruce Rauner this past July and scheduled to go into effect January 2017, SB 1564 requires pro-life centers to promote, and at times participate in, helping women to get abortions. From the law: (3) If requested by the patient or the legal representative of the patient, the health care facility, physician, or health care personnel shall: (i) refer the patient to, or (ii) transfer the patient to, or (iii) provide in writing information to the patient about other health care providers who they reasonably believe may offer the health care service the health care facility, physician, or health personnel refuses to permit, perform, or participate in because of a conscience-based objection. Lawsuit Filed Against SB 1564 Godsey’s letter came as the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit against Rauner on behalf of “multiple pregnancy care centers, a pregnancy care center network, and a...

MYTH: ‘My Future Spouse Will Complete Me’

Loneliness can be one of the most difficult things we as humans can experience. For many singles, the feeling of loneliness can be a motivating factor in finding the perfect spouse. However, finding the perfect spouse can drive a person to give up a healthy relationship for fear there is a better person out there. The desire to find the perfect spouse is understandable. When entering a lifelong covenant one must assess the overwhelming joy and the inevitable sacrifices marriage brings. For most people, this is the first life-long decision they have ever made. In relationships how often do we guard our hearts too closely when the need to surrender to an almighty, trustworthy God is necessary. Strive to learn the motivation of your restless heart. Take the anxieties and worries that plague you to a grace-filled God who provides rest, peace and hope. Evaluate your expectations. The reality is there is no perfect person on the planet. Marriages require us to be sacrificing, honest, and willing to serve. Your spouse may complement you, but he (or she) will never complete you. That is Christ’s job. Check out these three components to a successful marriage: 1. Character Assessing the character of another person allows you to understand if you value the same things. There will always be something to disagree on; however, having similar commitments and a cohesive worldview is important. 2. Chemistry Chemistry is easily assessed and helps in understanding that two people are attracted to one another. Contrary to what culture teaches us, chemistry isn’t just about physical attraction. There is also emotional attraction. Infatuation stems from...

Safe Haven Laws: Because Babies Deserve Love – Not Dumpsters

http://safehaven.tv/ This spring, a little girl in Ohio should have celebrated her first birthday. There was no party, though. Why not? Well, she wasn’t put in a hospital nursery after she was born. She was put in a plastic bag. Emile Weaver received a life sentence last month for the murder of her newborn. Weaver gave birth in a sorority house at Muskingum University, and then placed her daughter in a garbage bag. The story isn’t unique, as babies regularly turn up in trash bags, and dumpsters. Many don’t survive. It is a little surreal, though: while Weaver is going to prison for killing her newborn in Ohio, New Mexico’s Southwestern Women’s Options will perform late-term abortions for women who didn’t realize how far along they were. And under state law, abortion is legal right up until birth. But there’s another adjective for this tragedy: preventable. Across the country, Baby Safe Haven Laws offer safe places where an infant can be brought–with no questions asked. Some states require that a baby be taken to a hospital, but most also designate police and fire stations as safe havens, too. The group Baby Safe Haven has created an interactive map that provides a summary of the specific rules in each jurisdiction — http://safehaven.tv/states/ Information is available toll-free at 1-888-510-BABY (2229), and http://safehaven.tv/ Baby Safe Haven laws and location Find your local Baby Safe Haven Every baby deserves a pair of loving arms, and given the number of couples hoping to adopt, a lot of arms are waiting. Help by raising awareness of Baby Safe Haven Laws through social media, churches, civic...

QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates for Females Aged 15–44 Years, by the Five Leading Causes of Death — United States, 1999, 2014

The age-adjusted death rate for females aged 15–44 years was 5% lower in 2014 (82.1 per 100,000 population) than in 1999 (86.5). Among the five leading causes of death, the age-adjusted rates of three were lower in 2014 than in 1999: cancer (from 19.6 to 15.3, a 22% decline), heart disease (8.9 to 8.2, an 8% decline), and homicide (4.2 to 2.8, a 33% decline). The age-adjusted death rates for two of the five causes were higher in 2014 than in 1999: unintentional injuries (from 17.0 to 20.1, an 18% increase) and suicide (4.8 to 6.5, a 35% increase). Unintentional injuries replaced cancer as the leading cause of death in this demographic group. [CDC MMWR Weekly / July 1, 2016 / 65(25);659: CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, 1999 and 2014, Mortality; http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6525a6.htm?s_cid=mm6525a6_e...

Pediatricians: Abstinence on the Rise

Pediatricians: Abstinence on the Rise A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that nearly 60 percent of high school students today have never had sex – an increase of 28 percent since 1991 — http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm Factsheet: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/pdf/2015/2015_us_pregnancy.pdf In a press statement about the report, the American College of Pediatricians says the news “demonstrates clearly that Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA), or sexual abstinence, is a relevant message for youth and a goal they can achieve.” In addition, the College says the CDC’s report also shows that Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) is “failing.” “Teens who do choose to engage in sexual activity are using less birth control; sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise, as is adolescent depression, sometimes referred to as the emotional STI,” the College notes. “Sexual abstinence is the only behavior choice that offers adolescents 100% protection against the triple epidemic of depression, STIs and teen pregnancy due to early sexual debut.” Planned Parenthood has long pushed for sex education in schools that includes information about abortion, birth control, and – more recently – “LGBTQ-inclusive sex ed.” The abortion business announced in December it’s working with militant LGBT groups such as the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the Human Rights Campaign, and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) to promote so-called “safe sex” among LGBTQ youth. The groups are jointly attacking “abstinence only” education in a new brief titled “A Call to Action: LGBTQ Youth Need Inclusive Sex Education,” which calls for a “safe and accepting space” for LGBTQ students in schools and the requirement of...

Fatal Abusive Head Trauma Among Children Under 5 Years – USA, 1999–2014

In the United States, abusive head trauma (AHT) is one of the leading causes of maltreatment fatalities among infants and children, accounting for approximately one third of these deaths (1). Monitoring trends in AHT and evaluating prevention strategies have historically been difficult because of differences in AHT definitions used in research and surveillance. CDC’s case definition for AHT and data from the National Vital Statistics System were used to examine the trends in fatal AHT during 1999–2014 using Joinpoint trend analysis software. During this period, AHT resulted in nearly 2,250 deaths among U.S. resident children aged <5 years. Whereas rates were relatively stable during 1999–2009, there was a statistically significant average annual decline of 13.0% in fatal AHT rates during 2009–2014. The fatal AHT rates in 2013 and 2014 (0.41 and 0.43 per 100,000 children aged <5 years, respectively) were the lowest in the 16-year study period. Although this decline in AHT deaths is encouraging, more can be done to prevent AHT, including family-based interventions and policies that create safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children… [27 May 2016, CDC MMWR Weekly, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6520a1.htm?s_cid=mm6520a1_e...

Former Topless Femen Protester Testifies Against Abortion before Brazilian Congress

Sara Fernanda Giromini, a former feminist who once bared her breasts in public to protest against Christian sexual morality, testified recently in the Brazilian National Congress on the devastation she suffered as a result of an abortion she procured during her years as a radical leftist. Giromini, who is famous for having founded Brazil’s Femen branch under the alias “Sara Winter,” and who later led a group called “Bastardx,” made headlines late last year when she apologized to Christians and announced her rejection of feminism, homosexuality, and abortion. “You don’t have any idea of what it’s like to live with this guilt, and the incentive that the feminist movement creates to facilitate this kind of crime is very great,” Giromini told the Brazilian Senate’s Human Rights Committee. Giromini told the committee that she had joined the feminist movement in search of companionship and mutual support, but found little sympathy for her economic plight when she found herself pregnant and in need of help following an abusive relationship. READ: Ultra-feminist founder of Femen Brazil declares herself pro-life, apologizes to Christians Instead of offering her support for keeping her baby, her feminist companions urged her to illegally kill her unborn child by inducing an abortion, claiming her baby was nothing more than a “clump of cells.” “I have come here to denounce the fact that the feminist movement in Brazil has groups organized on Facebook that facilitate abortion for other women, who cooperate to collect money to buy Cytotec to cause abortions,” Giromini said. “I was in a group of feminists seeking help, a hug from friends, but what I found...

Possible Zika Virus Infection Among Pregnant Women – United States & Territories, May 2016

[While still very early in surveillance, it is hoped that actual pregnancy risk may be lower than previously publicized.] As of May 12, 2016, the surveillance systems were monitoring 157 and 122 pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection from participating U.S. states and territories, respectively. Among the 157 pregnant women from U.S. states and the District of Columbia monitored through USZPR, 73 (49%) reported clinical symptoms consistent with Zika virus disease. Among these symptomatic pregnant women, 64 (88%) reported rash, 36 (49%) arthralgia, 37 (51%) fever, and 17 (23%) conjunctivitis. Among all (157) pregnancies included from U.S. states, Zika virus nucleic acid detection by rRT-PCR was reported in 39 (25%). Among 122 pregnant residents of the U.S. territories being monitored in USZPR or ZAPSS, 80 (66%) reported clinical symptoms consistent with Zika virus disease. Among these symptomatic women, 60 (75%) reported rash, 29 (36%) arthralgia, 27 (34%) fever, and 15 (19%) conjunctivitis. Among all women included from U.S. territories (122), Zika virus nucleic acid detection by rRT-PCR in serum was identified in 67 (55%). This report launches the weekly reporting of pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection in U.S. states and territories. Monitoring all pregnant women with possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy, whether asymptomatic or symptomatic, will enhance understanding of possible adverse outcomes and allow better estimates of the number of pregnancies at risk for adverse outcomes. Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of microcephaly and other brain abnormalities (1) and it is the first known mosquito-borne infection to cause congenital anomalies in humans. However, the full range...

Arthritis Awareness Month — May 2016

May is Arthritis Awareness Month. The 2016 theme for the observance is “See Arthritis” ( http://www.cdc.gov/features/arthritisawareness/index.html ). The theme is designed to raise awareness about the seriousness of arthritis by focusing on accounts from persons affected by the disease. An estimated 52.5 million (22.7%) adults in the United States have self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Of those, 22.7 million (9.8% of U.S. adults) have arthritis-attributable activity limitation (AAAL) (1). Arthritis also commonly co-occurs with obesity, heart disease, and diabetes (1). The prevalence of arthritis is projected to increase 49% to 78.4 million (25.9% of U.S. adults) by 2040, and the number of adults with AAAL is projected to increase 52% to 34.6 million (11.4% of U.S. adults) (2). Arthritis and AAAL will remain large and growing problems for clinical and public health systems for many years to come. Clinicians and public health professionals might find these projections useful in planning for future clinical and public health needs, including health care utilization, workforce demands, and health policy development. Information about arthritis and proven community-based programs that can help with managing arthritis is available at http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis and http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/interventions References CDC et al. Prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation—United States, 2010–2012. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2013;62:869–73. PubMed Hootman JM, Helmick CG, Barbour KE, Theis KA, Boring MA. Updated projected prevalence of self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation among US adults, 2015–2040. Arthritis Rheumatol 2016. Epub March 25, 2016. CrossRef PubMed [Suggested citation for this article: Arthritis Awareness Month — May 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:489. Weekly / May 20, 2016 / 65(19);489; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6519a1...

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Signs Bill to Fund Pregnancy Support Services to Help Women and Save Babies From Abortion

Georgia Life Alliance Committee (GLAC) proudly attended the signing of Senate Bill 308 today. S.B. 308 establishes the Positive Alternatives for Pregnancy and Parenting Grant Program. GLAC praises and thanks Senator Renee Unterman for championing this exciting and positive approach to saving the unborn. The grant will provide funding for pregnancy support services throughout the state and which are offered for no charge by non-profits committed to helping women and men facing unplanned pregnancies. “Positive Alternatives is a proven program in approximately 8 to 10 states across the country. This grant program helps to expand the established success of our non-profit Pregnancy Resource Centers which have existed for over forty years and which give women free care and support as they face unplanned pregnancies” said GLA Executive Director Emily Matson. “By creating this grant program, we are offering Georgia’s women true and genuine support as they make choices regarding their unborn babies. Our and Pregnancy Resource Centers and Pregnancy Medical Clinics provide the perfect alternative to the profit-motivated abortion clinics where our women are solely a number and a payment.” Senate Bill 308 received impressive support through the 2016 General Assembly, having been made a priority by the Senate Republican Caucus and passing both chambers by a wide margin. In addition, the 2017 budget provides an initial funding of $2 million. Georgia has approximately 70 Pregnancy Resource Centers which may apply for the grant and which provide care and support for over 25,000 women each year. Georgia Life Alliance is the Georgia affiliate of National Right to Life. [Georgia Life Alliance, Apr 27, 2016, Atlanta, GA, http://www.lifenews.com/2016/04/27/georgia-governor-nathan-deal-signs-pro-life-bill-to-help-women-and-save-babies-from-abortion/...

Grandparents Who Babysit One Day Per Week Are Less Likely to Develop Alzheimer’s

Most grandparents will already know that the addition of grandchildren to the family add a source of much joy and love. It has however now been scientifically shown that grandparents who babysit their grandkids have a reduced chance of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study which was published by the Journal of the North American Menopause Society followed 120 grandparents in Australia and found that those that babysat one day each week scored higher on a range of cognitive tests [ http://journals.lww.com/menopausejournal/Citation/2014/10000/Role_of_grandparenting_in_postmenopausal_women_s.7.aspx ] They did however find that too much babysitting led to poor results. Those that babysat for five days per week or more struggled with the tests, so before you call mom and dad to ask them to babysit more, remember it is everything in moderation. A wider body of research shows that regal interaction of any type with other human beings leads to a happier state of mind. Many grandparents who babysit once or a few times each week report increased levels of life satisfaction which is linked to the increased feeling of purpose and more importantly, the receiving of love. [January 18, 2016, http://www.redhotawesome.com/breaking-grandparents-who-babysit-are-less-likely-to-develop-alzheimers/ ] Menopause: October 2014 – Volume 21 – Issue 10 – p 1069–1074, doi: 10.1097/GME Abstract Objective: Preserving aging cognition improves quality of life and delays dementia onset. Previous studies have shown that social engagement can maintain cognition; however, none has examined the effects of grandparenting, an important role among postmenopausal women. This study aims to examine the role of grandparenting in cognition among postmenopausal women. Methods: Participants were 186 Australian women from the longitudinal prospective Women’s Healthy Aging Project....

College Sports Related Injuries — United States, 2009–10 Through 2013–14 Academic Years

Sports-related injuries can have a substantial impact on the long-term health of student-athletes. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) monitors injuries among college student-athletes at member schools. In academic year 2013–14, a total of 1,113 member schools fielded 19,334 teams with 478,869 participating student-athletes in NCAA championship sports (i.e., sports with NCAA championship competition) (1). External researchers and CDC used information reported to the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program (NCAA-ISP) by a sample of championship sports programs to summarize the estimated national cumulative and annual average numbers of injuries during the 5 academic years from 2009–10 through 2013–14. Analyses were restricted to injuries reported among student-athletes in 25 NCAA championship sports. During this period, 1,053,370 injuries were estimated to have occurred during an estimated 176.7 million athlete-exposures to potential injury (i.e., one athlete’s participation in one competition or one practice). Injury incidence varied widely by sport. Among all sports, men’s football accounted for the largest average annual estimated number of injuries (47,199) and the highest competition injury rate (39.9 per 1,000 athlete-exposures). Men’s wrestling experienced the highest overall injury rate (13.1 per 1,000) and practice injury rate (10.2 per 1,000). Among women’s sports, gymnastics had the highest overall injury rate (10.4 per 1,000) and practice injury rate (10.0 per 1,000), although soccer had the highest competition injury rate (17.2 per 1,000). More injuries were estimated to have occurred from practice than from competition for all sports, with the exception of men’s ice hockey and baseball. However, injuries incurred during competition were somewhat more severe (e.g., requiring =7 days to return to full participation) than those acquired during practice… Visit link...

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Marijuana, and Alcohol and Marijuana Combined Among Persons Aged 16–25 Years — United States, 2002–2014

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among youths and young adults aged 16–25 years in the United States (1). The prevalence of drinking and driving among high school students aged 16–19 years has declined by 54%, from 22.3% in 1991 to 10.3% in 2011 (2). However, the prevalence of weekend nighttime driving under the influence of marijuana (based on biochemical assays) among drivers aged =16 years has increased by 48%, from 8.6% in 2007 to 12.6% in 2013–2014 (3). Use of marijuana alone and in combination with alcohol has been shown to impair driving abilities (4–9). This report provides the most recent self-reported national estimates of driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, and alcohol and marijuana combined among persons aged 16–25 years, using data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from 2002–2014. Prevalence data on driving under the influence of both substances were examined for two age groups (16–20 years and 21–25 years) and by sex and race/ethnicity. During 2002–2014, the prevalence of driving under the influence of alcohol alone significantly declined by 59% among persons aged 16–20 years (from 16.2% in 2002 to 6.6% in 2014; p<0.001) and 38% among persons 21–25 years (from 29.1% in 2002 to 18.1% in 2014; p<0.001). In addition, the prevalence of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana combined significantly declined by 39%, from 2.3% in 2002 to 1.4% in 2014 (p<0.001) among persons aged 16–20 years and from 3.1% in 2002 to 1.9% in 2014 (p<0.001) among persons aged 21–25 years. The prevalence of...

REPORT: 160K Children Rescued from Abortion Are Celebrating Their First Christmas

A group of children a year old and younger matching the size of cities like Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Tempe, Ariz., are celebrating their first Christmas, in 2015, thanks to the work of local staff and volunteers at pro-life pregnancy centers, according to statistics released by Heartbeat International. The numbers, published in the first-annual Life Trends Report, draw only from Heartbeat International’s 1,300 locations in the U.S., but point to 160,000 lives rescued from the threat of abortion in 2015 alone. Overall, there are 2,500+ life-affirming pregnancy help centers and medical clinics in the U.S., including those who affiliate with Heartbeat International, Care Net, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), Life Matters Worldwide and local organizations who do not affiliate with broader networks. Adding in the number of mothers who have chosen life for their babies in 2015 at pregnancy centers and medically licensed pregnancy clinics not affiliated with Heartbeat International, the number of lives saved would jump to 300,000—the size of Pittsburgh or Cincinnati. [For rest of article — http://pregnancyhelpnews.com/report-160k-children-rescued-from-abortion-celebrating-first-christmas , Heartbeat Int’l email, 28 Dec...

Bella’s Parents Gave Her a Kiss Goodbye, Turned Off Her Life Support, and Then She Woke Up

In London, Francesca and Lee Moore-William’s baby was born with a terminal illness. Doctors said she had Mitochondrial disease and would not survive. They took one last photograph, and wept as one-year-old Bella lay sedated in a hospital’s intensive care unit and her life-supporting ventilator was turned off. Just 30 minutes later, the toddler, who doctors had given up for dead, began to improve and soon she began kicking and screaming. Just moments after they kissed little Bella goodbye and shut off her life support, the made a miraculous full recovery. Tomorrow, after a recovery which has stunned her parents and medics, little Bella will celebrate Christmas Day at home with her family. “We were waiting for her to take her final breath,” Francesca said about her baby girl. Doctors believe Bella’s deficiency can now be managed with drugs and the little tot has gone home for Christmas to be with her family. … More at LifeNews.com link below… [Comment: This story is wonderful but perhaps it also should be a story about the need for hope and humility among medical professionals. As a former ICU nurse and medical ethics committee member, I would have some questions based on the information in this article: How soon after little Bella was admitted that the decision to remove the ventilator was made? What criteria were used? Was the information that a “MRI scan showed abnormalities across both sides of her brain” a deciding factor? And was Bella was sedated while on the ventilator as most people are? If so, it is possible that the sedating drugs were stopped and were wearing...

Doctors Said Eli Would be Disabled or Die, So He Should Be Aborted… He Was Born Healthy

The news just kept getting worse and worse for Courtney Mitchell and her unborn son. It began when Mitchell went for her 20-week ultrasound. Her doctor discovered strange pockets of fluid in her placenta and ordered a high risk ultrasound for the next day. After the second ultrasound, doctors told Courtney and her husband, Chris, that their son had genetic problems and probably would not live outside the womb. Doctors gave baby Eli less than 1 percent chance of survival....

US: States Enact 47 New Pro-Life Laws in 2015

States across the US enacted 47 new pro-life laws in 2015 according to a new report, 2015 State of the States: Fighting Back by Pushing Forward, which looks at the nearly 400 bills proposed in state capitals that seek to increase protections against abortion. The report by pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights laments these legislative efforts to protect life and boasts of its work to challenge and block many of the laws in court. The report criticizes measures which require abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges, health code standards for abortion centers, waiting periods, and informed consent, calling them “dangerous”. The results of the Center’s report indicate that, from a life-affirming view, pro-life state legislators have had a successful year advancing a right to life. [47 New Pro-Life Laws Enacted in US; PNCI Global News_Dec 22,...

Sierra Leone Parliament Votes to Legalize Abortion; Malawi Parliament Members Attend Pro-Life Forum

Sierra Leone’s Parliament voted to legalize abortion, approving the Safe Abortion Bill 2015. The new law will permit abortion on demand for the first trimester, and in certain exceptions later in pregnancy. The bill’s sponsor, Isatu Kabia, argued abortion needed to be legalized to be “safe”, and also said the country needed to pass the bill in order to domesticate the Maputo Treaty, to which Sierra Leone is a signatory. The passage was celebrated by abortion advocates Ipas and Marie Stopes, both of whom have been working closely with the government. A group of women assembled outside the parliament disapproved of the bill saying they would not want their children to have an abortion. “Our religions do not permit such practice, so also is our culture,” said one woman. “We were deceived today; we were given T-Shirts to come here without being rightly informed on the occasion,” lamented some women wearing T-shirts with the slogan ‘Child Bearing by Choice and Not by Force’. Culture of Life Africa reacted to the vote stating, “Who would have thought that a nation still reeling and recovering from an Ebola epidemic would choose death for their unborn children? However, under the intense lobbying efforts of Ipas , a pro-abortion organisation headquartered in North Carolina , the Parliament of Sierra Leone passed the ‘Safe Abortion Bill 2015’ into law on the 8th of December .” Obianuju Ekeocha, President of Culture of Life Africa, warned, “Today I call out to women and men across Africa to stay awake and be aware of the wiles and methods of the pro-abortion campaigners who care nothing for pregnant...

New Laws on Abortion in Europe Viewed as Threatening Abortion Access

International Pro-Abortion Actions The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) in a new fact sheet– Mandatory Waiting Periods and Biased Counseling Requirements in Central and Eastern Europe; Restricting access to abortion, undermining human rights, and reinforcing harmful gender stereotypes— declares that recently enacted laws on abortion in central and eastern Europe are harmful to women’s health and well-being. New requirements in Russia, Macedonia, and Slovakia for waiting periods, mandatory counseling, and informed consent are labeled “retrogressive measures” which the CRR denounces. The CRR acknowledges that countries seeking to restrict abortion have had a very long history of unlimited abortion on demand but fails to question why governments are now issuing new requirements on abortion. It declares, “Many Central and Eastern European countries were among the first jurisdictions in the world to legalize abortion. Indeed laws and policies in most Central and Eastern European countries have long provided that women may access abortion services in a wide range of circumstances… However, in recent years, a wave of restrictive legislative initiatives has spread across Central and Eastern European jurisdictions, with lawmakers and government authorities seeking to impose a series of new preconditions that women must fulfill before they can obtain legal abortion services.” The new laws are called “barriers in access to legal abortion services” that “undermine respect for women’s human rights, and promote harmful gender stereotypes and discriminatory attitudes.” Opposition to abortion regulations is couched in human rights language with references to UN treaty monitoring body recommendations that also distort internationally recognized human rights law to advance access to abortion. The CRR charges that “the retrogressive introduction of these laws and...

San Antonio Mother Uncovers Covert Planned Parenthood Strategy to Open New Abortion Biz

In a year when multiple states have opened official investigations into its practices, Planned Parenthood has been discreetly expanding the reach of its abortion services in Texas. The nation’s leading provider of abortions has set its latest covert action for Thursday, December 17—one week before Christmas Eve. The issue stems from Planned Parenthood’s attempts to thwart a pro-life Texas law enacted in 2013, policies crafted on a bipartisan basis which require abortion centers raise safety standards to the level of ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs). Such ASCs can only operate in commercially zoned buildings due to heavy water and road use, among other issues. Months ago, the San Antonio City Council granted Planned Parenthood an exception to city zoning policies—allowing the group to remodel an existing facility and open its abortion center 50 feet from families’ homes in the Dreamhill Estates neighborhood. On Thursday, the San Antonio City Council convenes in an all-day meeting to consider this issue along with other city business. “Politicians often look for busy times to handle issues they’d rather go unnoticed,” says Nicole Hudgens, a policy analyst for Texas Values Action who attended a city hearing last week with over 100 concerned citizens. “San Antonio city leaders are trying to seal a special deal with Planned Parenthood days before Christmas, just as Texas families are focused on celebrating the greatest pro-life miracle of all time,” states Hudgens. Lorie Rojas, a resident of Dreamhill Estates in San Antonio, has seen how this new abortion center has already affected her family’s quiet neighborhood. Raising four children with her husband Roland, she took time away from holiday preparations...