Signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, The Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011 states that a person may not knowingly perform an abortion “based on the sex or race of the child or the race of a parent of that child.” This law mainly applies to abortion providers, as it states that “a woman on whom a sex-selection or race-selection abortion is performed is not subject to criminal prosecution or civil liability for any violation of this section.”
The ACLU filed a lawsuit seeking a permanent injunction against enforcement of the Act last May on behalf of the Maricopa County NAACP and the National Asian-Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF). The group argued that the law was “based on nothing more than invidious racial stereotypes about the reasons minority women seek abortion care,” adding that “the Act intentionally singles out Black and API women and stigmatizes their abortion decisions.”
However state Rep. Steve Montenegro (R-Litchfield Park), who introduced the 2011 bill, told Life Site News that the bill does not single out black or Asian mothers. “The purpose of this bill is to prevent discrimination,” Montenegro said. “We are trying to stop the heinous discrimination that ends with the murder of a baby inside the womb because she is going to be born the wrong gender or the wrong race.”
The ACLU appealed the decision in March. Last week, it asked the appellate court to remand the case back to the district court.
Read the full article at CNSNews.com.
Her name is Chloe Kondrich, and she has Down syndrome. The 11-year-old and her family have made it their mission to educate people about the precious value of individuals with Down syndrome. The family received our Pennsylvania Pro-Life Leadership Award in 2011.
On Friday, July 18, Chloe stood with Gov. Tom Corbett as he signed “Chloe’s Law,” a measure that ensures Pennsylvania moms have access to accurate information and support when their preborn baby is diagnosed with Down syndrome.
Sadly, preborn babies who are diagnosed with Down syndrome often become victims of abortion. One study suggests that 90 percent are aborted.
Chloe’s parents, Kurt and Margie Kondrich, understand the emotions that families feel when they discover their child has Down syndrome. They believe the new law will help alleviate fears and give hope to the families.
Read the full story at LifeNews.com.
According to the lawsuit filed on June 20, 2014, Cary’s daughter, R.Z., was only about six when it all began. Her new step-father, Timothy David Smith, began to do things that no one had ever done before. At this age, she was too young to realize that her step-father’s inordinate attention was actually a crime—a felony: sexual abuse of a minor.
During R.Z.’s growing up years, the abuse became both verbal and physical as well. Her step-father even threatened to take her life. Timothy’s verbal and physical abuse extended to Cary, even when R.Z. was present.
Then it happened.
R.Z. got pregnant. Timothy told her to take a test and the results were positive.
On May 3, 2012, Timothy transported his thirteen-year-old step-daughter to Planned Parenthood in Denver, Colorado, for an abortion appointment that Timothy had forced R.Z. to schedule.
Planned Parenthood staff met R.Z. and her step-father and gave them the necessary paperwork. R.Z. filled out her date of birth and signed a few forms, but Timothy completed all the rest. R.Z. never read these documents.
Throughout the visit, four staff members spoke with and observed R.Z. and her step-father. All of them had opportunity to see that R.Z.’s birth date indicated she was only thirteen—well below the age of consent. Yet, none of them asked R.Z. about their relationship. None of them asked why their last names were different. None of them asked about potential sex abuse. And none of them reported anything to the state.
After the abortion, R.Z. walked back out to the parking lot, got into her step-father’s car, and went back home. And the abuse continued.
Two months later, on July 18, 2012, Timothy was outside of the home, and Cary was left alone with her daughter. Young R.Z. took the opportunity to tell her mom the news—her own step-father was sexually abusing her, and had been doing so for years.
Cary spun into action. She took the thirteen-year-old to the hospital and immediately reported the abuse. She contacted Planned Parenthood for her daughter’s medical records, and discovered that her husband had arranged for a secret abortion for R.Z. earlier that year.
Timothy Smith was arrested and charged with multiple counts of felony sex abuse, and pled guilty to two counts in late 2012.
The inaction of Planned Parenthood staff, as well as their direct violation of Colorado statutes, enabled a sexual predator to continue his felonious abuse of a child for months afterwards.
As promised, Senate Democrats filed legislation today to “overturn” the Supreme Court’s decision protecting Hobby Lobby and other companies from being forced to comply with the HHS mandate that compels them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees.
The Supreme Court ruled that the Christian-run Hobby Lobby doesn’t have to obey the HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare. The high court issued a favorable ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a landmark case addressing the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of business owners to operate their family companies without violating their deeply held religious convictions.
Now, Senate Democrats want to change the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act in a way that would force companies to pay for birth control, contraception and those abortion-causing drugs.
Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), both abortion advocates, are behind the new legislation and they said, “The Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act would ban employers from refusing to provide health coverage — including contraceptive coverage — guaranteed to their employees and dependents under federal law.”
Read the full article at LifeNews.com.
However, there’s a very good chance that Republicans will gain a significant majority in both houses after the November elections, so this could inspire them to possible enact legislation overturning another contentious Supreme Court decision–Roe v Wade.
Writing at Vox, Sarah Kliff notes that, since 2010, “states have moved aggressively to restrict access to abortion and taken new steps to defund family planning programs. Advocates on both sides of the issue describe the wave of changes as unprecedented.”
Also affirming the success of the pro-life movement is Elizabeth Nash of the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute.
“Abortion access has changed dramatically,” said Nash, who referred to the current Supreme Court as “much more hostile.”
“The debate at the federal level affected what happened at the state level, and accessing abortion is much more difficult in 2014 than it was in 2009,” she said.
Kliff observes that between 2011 and 2013 an unprecedented 205 abortion restrictions were passed in the states, “more than the entire 30 years prior.” According to national pro-life organization Operation Rescue, 87 facilities ceased performing surgical abortions in 2013 alone.
In addition, new state laws that require abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals are seen by pro-choice advocates as “a backdoor way of driving clinics out of business if the local hospital refuses to provide the necessary admitting privilege,” writes Kliff.
Read the full article at Breitbart.com.
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, the “war on women” meme is back in full force.
The abortion industry and the political left are actively distorting the ruling on social media as a way to invite younger women to view themselves as “victims” of “five male justices” and “bosses” who have decided they should no longer be able to purchase birth control.
Clinton’s reaction underscores the distortion of the details of Hobby Lobby’s case as well as the fact that she is really out of touch with the price of birth control.
The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, is against drugs that are abortive, but the company does include 16 types of contraception in its health insurance plan. A sales clerk at Hobby Lobby can purchase one of the contraceptives through her employee health plan. On the other hand, if she chooses to purchase it herself without using her health insurance, she can buy it for as little as $3.77 per month. A large tube of toothpaste costs more.
Planned Parenthood is aiding the distortion of the Hobby Lobby decision as well. The abortion giant is inviting visitors to its website to “join the dissent.”
It’s unbelievable that in 2014, we’re still fighting about whether women should have access to birth control. #notmybossbusiness— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) June 30, 2014
It’s important to note here that, as syndicated columnist Ramesh Ponnuru reminded Wednesday, federal law has only required most employers to cover contraceptives since 2012 – the start of the second term of Barack Obama’s presidency.
Read the full article at Breitbart.com.
The closure of three abortion clinics this week, including one associated with the infamous late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, bring the total number of closed abortion facilities to 27 so far this year.
Right now there remain clinics that do 576 surgical abortions and 177 that offer abortion by medication only. That number is down dramatically from 1991 when there were 2176 surgical abortion clinics in America.
“The failure of these abortion businesses continues the trend of closed abortion clinics and represents a success of the pro-life movement’s work to change the laws as well as the hearts and minds of Americans,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Abortion numbers are down, pro-life sentiment is up. Laws are being enforced. Babies are being saved. We are excited to have played even a minor role in the closure of abortion clinics because when these substandard mills close, lives are saved.”
Financial woes and a lack of demand for abortions have shut down Affiliated Women’s Services in Indianapolis, Indiana, where Carhart worked one day per week.
Operation Rescue confirmed that the clinic owner, Lois Bennett, owes nearly $20,000 in back property taxes on the abortion facility. The building is set to be sold by the county at public auction in August in an attempt to recover the delinquent taxes.
Read the full story at LifeNews.com.