The details of the Gosnell murder trial are simply too much to tell-details are at our website. However, in the latest day of testimony, a woman who worked for Gosnell off the books illegally wept as she told how she participated in the same actions that led to murder charges against Gosnell.
Pope Francis, in one of his first Tweets, said, “true power is service. The Pope must serve all people, especially the poor, the week, the vulnerable.” Just prior to his inaugural mass, Francis took time to stop and offer a blessing for a disabled man. Meanwhile, major media outlets have begun a barrage of criticism of the new Pope. The latest charges say he is “medieval”.
Catholic bishops are turning their attention to US House Republicans, hoping they will place conscience protections to help stop the egregious nature of the HHS mandate that forces employers to pay for most anything that interdicts pregnancy.
Another report from the Financial Times points out China’s demographic problems. It makes a direct link between China’s aging population and the fact that the number of abortions in China over the last 40 years has exceeded the population of the US.
The Maryland Board of Physicians is now on record as conducting a preliminary investigation into abortionist LeRoy Carhart who presided over a failed abortion that killed woman after she apparently gave up trying to contact her doctor and went to a hospital emergency room. The investigation could take six months.
A letter demanding action from Maryland legislators has led to the discovery of another failed abortion ending in the death of the mother, this one in Baltimore. Another Maryland agency has suspended licenses of three surgical abortion clinics affiliated with abortion business owner Stephen Chase Brigham, apparently including this Baltimore abortion business.
The Health Care Conscience Rights Act is gaining support. The bill, introduced earlier this month by 66 members of the U.S. House, would essentially nullify the HHS rule written under the authority of ObamaCare which requires most any employer to provide pretty much anything to interdict pregnancy, even contraceptive drugs that cause abortions. The bishop overseeing the US Catholic bishops’ pro-life efforts is urging Congress to support the bill.
40 Days for Life has saved well over 300 babies from abortion over the last few weeks. The internationally coordinated effort of prayer and vigil at abortion clinics runs through March 24.
The horrific case involving Kermit Gosnell and eight counts of murder related to abortion will not have any potential jurors who profess being pro-life. Six potential jurors who expressed religious, ethical or moral qualms about abortion or the death penalty have been dismissed.
72 members of Congress are asking the Government Accountability Office for information about government money possibly being funneled to Planned Parenthood. This request follows up on a 2010 GAO report on Planned Parenthood funding that raised more questions than it answered.
The Fourth Circuit Court is quickly becoming one of the next battle grounds against the HHS mandate. A new amicus brief by a broad range of religious and political legal groups says that ObamaCare’s employer mandate has become the “bludgeon” with which the government feels empowered to cripple the consciences of employers who may take religious exception to paying for the fuzzy collection of contraceptive agents including abortifacient drugs.
Other stories at LifeNews include details of another botched abortion that a Colorado abortion business may be trying to hide, and a UN agreement on violence against women may be scuttled because some member nations are refusing the agenda of abortion advocates.
Legislators in Maryland are asking why the abortion clinic is still open that killed a woman last month in a dangerous late-term botched abortion. Not only are they questioning why LeRoy Carhart’s Germantown abortion business was not shut down immediately, they are questioning why a previous complaint from last November did not prompt an investigation and inspection of the clinic before the death of Jennifer Morbelli. They ask what triggers a license suspension to protect the public if not a patient’s death.
The new Continuing Resolution designed to relieve automatic federal budget cuts required by law does not include the conscience protections against the Obama administrations HHS mandate for which pro-life advocates were hoping. Pro-life focus now turns to the Healthcare Conscience Rights Act for relief from the HHS-ObamaCare rules.
Court rulings allow for states to restrict abortion and while new legislation would add Texas to the list of states that restrict abortion by the pain inflicted during an abortion, Arkansas legislators, overriding a governor’s veto passed a law Wednesday restricting abortions to the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. If a heartbeat is detected, abortion is banned in Arkansas.
The complicated, gruesome case of Kermit Gosnell got underway in Philadelphia Monday with three jurors being selected. While there are rumors of Gosnell trying to negotiate a better deal with prosecutors, he faces eight murder counts. The story is loaded with tragic details of abortions botched, squalid conditions in his clinic, and multiple defendants who worked with Gosnell, some of whom had no medical background.
Members of Congress are working on a new major bill to stop the White House assault on pro-life religious freedom under the HHS mandate. The Health Care Conscience Rights Act would take the focus off Kathleen Sibelius for drafting the rules creating the mandate and put them on legislators who vote for or against this new bill.
The federal budget sequester seemingly has had no effect on Health and Human Services. On the first afternoon of the President’s doomsday, the agency was so productive it pumped out more than 700 new pages of ObamaCare regulations. Buried in those pages is a plan designed to directly fund abortion using the laws of individual states to circumvent the Hyde amendment. And another story at LifeNews dot com provides another likely link between abortion and a 90% increase in breast cancer.
A pro-life Congressman is calling his colleagues to insert into the country’s fiscal deadline an affirmation of conscience rights in accordance with the First Amendment of the Constitution. Representative Steve King of Iowa says conscience as a constitutional principle is not something to negotiate.
Meanwhile, in Washington State, pro-life advocates are calling a bill that would mandate abortion coverage in all maternity coverage plans the Conscience Coercion Act. Peggy O’Ban of Human Life of Washington says that since Quakers objected to military service, our nation has affirmed a right to freedom of conscience and that Washington state would be the only state to force employers to pay for abortion.
The pro-life movement has long endeavored to understand the complex emotional struggle behind a woman’s decision to continue or abort an unplanned pregnancy. The Vitae Foundation released in last week’s American Thinker an in-depth study of interest to anyone working with women in a pregnancy at risk of being interrupted by abortion. Utilizing cutting edge research, they found and quantified numerous difficulties faced and opened strategies to meet the needs of these women. More information is at Vitae Foundation dot org.
Visit a Hobby Lobby craft store and listen to the discreet music played in the background. Songs like, “Jesus Loves Me This I Know”, “Amazing Grace”, and even instrumental renditions of more recent titles discretely say that this is a store with distinctly Christian values. The store is currently avoiding million-dollar daily fines after losing the first round in its fight against the HHS mandate and is now being joined by groups like Americans United for Life in broadening Hobby Lobby’s court battle.
The parents of the 16-year-old expectant mom have been trying to force her to have an abortion. It took a lawsuit and a court appearance, but the parents have relented.
After only a few days into its 40 Days for Life campaign, organizers say nearly 6 dozen babies have already been saved from abortion. The campaign of personal dedication and prayer and vigil at abortion clinics runs through March 24th.
The Montalvo family of Houston wanted a baby girl. Instead, without any use of fertility treatment, they hit odds in the neighborhood of one in 70 million and came home from the hospital last week with two sets of identical twins-all boys-born on Valentine’s Day.
While local officials investigate the death of Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, the Maryland Attorney General’s office has opened an investigation into late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart whose botched abortion killed the 29-year-old teacher last week. Another woman, Christin Gilbert, died eight years ago in Kansas after another botched abortion by LeRoy Carhart.
Medical personnel at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital were being forced to take part in abortions before ADF attorneys took their case. A newly completed HHS investigation has resulted in policy and procedure changes to ensure that medical personnel are not forced to participate in abortions.
The Elliot Institute says at least half of all abortions are coerced. Reinforcing that statistic is a story from Texas where a pregnant teenager who wants to keep her child is suing her parents to stop them from making her have an abortion.
40 Days for Life kicks off Wednesday. Abortion clinics generally have a distinct downturn in business when people are outside their businesses praying. One Planned Parenthood in Arizona plans to extend its hours 40%.