Some Major Victories Exposing Abortion in 2015

In January, 2015, for the first time since 2006, a pro-life Senate majority was sworn into office after hard-fought victories in the 2014 elections. In addition to defending pro-life seats, the following either ousted a pro-abortion incumbent or flipped an open seat that had previously been in pro-abortion hands: : Sens. Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Steve Daines of Montana, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia. All of these freshman senators currently hold a 100% voting record with National Right to Life. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed House, got first-ever Senate vote. Sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, the historic pro-life bill to protect unborn babies capable of feeling pain at 20 weeks and older passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 13, 2015 by a vote of 242-184 (with 1 present and 5 not voting). Prior to 2015, when pro-abortion Sen. Harry Reid held the majority leader post, the bill was never even considered in the Senate. On September 22, 2015, 54 senators voted to advance the bill, including 3 Democrats, while 42 voted against. Unfortunately, pro-life lawmakers fell short of the 60 votes required to invoke cloture and advance the bill.   Dismemberment Abortion Ban enacted in 2 states, introduced in Congress. An innovative new bill, based on model legislation drafted by National Right to Life, was signed into law in Kansas and Oklahoma. The law protects unborn babies from a gruesome abortion method that involves tearing...

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...

Minnesota Supreme Court Overturns Convictions of Pro-Lifers Who Held Abortion Signs

On Thursday, July 12, the Minnesota Supreme Court handed down an important ruling, reversing the criminal convictions of pro-life protesters Ron Rudnick and Luke Otterstad for displaying large signs on an overpass on two occasions in the Twin Cities suburb of Anoka, Minnesota just weeks before the 2004 national elections. One sign displayed a large color photo of the aborted infant, “Baby Malachi,” while next to it was a large handwritten sign that branded a local Congressional candidate as “pro-abortion.” On both occasions the pro-lifers were arrested and jailed by Anoka police, who also took their signs. Charges of “criminal nuisance” and a violation of Anoka’s sign ordinance were upheld by a trial judge. Stiff fines and prison sentences were imposed. Chicago’s Thomas More Society was asked to help and underwrote an appeal, but appellate Judges upheld both convictions. Thomas More Society reassembled its team of appellate and Minnesota’s Supreme Court allowed a further appeal. Oral arguments were held last November, and last week when a four Justice plurality ruled that the prosecution hadn’t proven the signs a criminal “nuisance” or that Anoka’s sign ordinance even applied. Two other Justices agreed with Justice Alan Page who wrote in his concurrence that defendants’ First Amendment rights were violated as the prosecution had been “content-based” – aimed at the pro-life message. Tom Brejcha, chief counsel of the Thomas More Society told LifeNews.com, “Graphic photos are controversial even among pro-lifers. We urge that they be used prudently and sparingly – with warning signs wherever possible. But our society has to confront the brutal, bloody realities of this murderous atrocity, as mere abstract...

Nov-Dec 2005: Abortion

Conscience Update Suicide Rates Highest After Abortion CDC Article in the NEJM Warns of Abortion Drug RU 486 Risks Abortionist Tiller Killed Woman Procuring Abortion; Not Charged Multiple Choice: Repeat Abortions Georgia Abortions Down By 5% Manitoba Taxpayers to Pay for All Abortions Australia Will NOT Lift Ban on RU 486 ACOG Supports Planned Parenthood British Doctors “Increasingly Uneasy” with Abortion “Survival” Rate Bumper Sticker Saves a Baby’s Life… GEORGIA ABORTIONS DOWN BY 5% – There is good news on the pro-life front in Georgia. According to the Georgia Department of Health, abortions in the state are down by more than 5 percent. Georgia Right to Life officials believe the decline is due in part to a television campaign that started three years ago. TV ads provide a phone number for mothers in a crisis pregnancy. Callers are referred to local crisis pregnancy centers. According to the Georgia Right to Life officials, Atlanta centers received the second highest volume of calls in the nation. Another factor that may further the decline of abortions in Georgia is the passage of new laws that require women to be told about the risks and alternatives to abortion as well as a 24-hour waiting period to give women a chance to digest the material. Caryl Swift, the Georgia Right to Life president said: “We will continue to reach out to women in need so that they know abortion is not their only alternative. Research tells us that 60 percent of women entering an abortion facility don’t really want an abortion, but believe they have no alternative. Eighty percent regret their decision. We care...

Abortion & the Supreme Court: What the Court Actually Said

On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court in two separate decisions (Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton) ruled that any state abortion law in the future would have to meet the following guidelines: First Trimester: During the first three months of pregnancy, the state must leave the abortion decision entirely to a woman and her physician. Second Trimester: After the 1st trimester and until viability, the state may only enact laws which regulate abortions in ways “reasonably related to material health.” This simply means that a state may determine who is qualifited to perform the abortion and where it may take place. The state may not, however, enact laws to safeguard the lives of the unborn. After Viability: (Now 20 weeks but then estimated by the Court at sixth or seventh month of pregnancy.) The law may forbid her to have an abortion that is not determined to be necessary to preserve her “life or health”. The Court went on to define the word “health” in such broad terms – i.e. social well-being – as to make it virtually impossible for a state to protect the unborn child at any time during the nine months.  Thus, 7 Justices of the Supreme Court (9 total), disregarding prior legal tradition, overwhelming biological evidence and the ethical traditions of a majority of the American people, struck down the abortion laws of all 50 states (even the most permissive at the time) and made abortion on demand, at virtually every state of pregnancy, the law of the land. On January 22, 1973, the Court gave the United States the dubious distinction of...