The questioning in the Gosnell murder trial is pointing to inconsistent arguments for abortion. With a re-created abortion clinic displayed before jurors’ eyes, the court is witnessing seemingly every question about the beginning of life and viability and the rights of vulnerable babies and the care of mothers. Thursday, an anesthesiologist testified that the anesthesia given to one woman who died was sufficient to stop her breathing and put her into a coma.
The more you look at the HHS mandate, the more you find tremendous problems. The nation’s Catholic bishops took a new comprehensive look at the mandate and their General Counsel says new revisions of the contraceptive mandate are an “unprecedented violation of religious liberty” and must be changed.
In other news, a courageous Portland schoolteacher was given the boot from Benson high school. Bill Diss has both attained great notoriety for his teaching skill and has been given years of grief for his personal pro-life activism in the Rose City. A new study shows abortion can lead to risk of heart disease and stroke. And 37 of 42 abortion clinics in Texas would close under a new bill that seeks to apply minimum standards to such surgical facilities.
Add the name “Nancy Pelosi” to the official US delegation attending the installation March 19 of Pope Francis. Nancy Pelosi has said not having an abortion could be a death sentence for women; Pope Francis has said abortion is a death penalty for the unborn.
Pro-life advocates oppose ObamaCare because of its abortion provisions. The Hyde amendment, which must be renewed each year, is like a Dutch boy holding his finger in the dike. The moment the Hyde amendment is not renewed, ObamaCare prescribes abortion for any pregnancy. At a gathering of conservatives in DC, Senate leader Mitch McConnell stood next to a pile of papers 20,000 pages high-stacked flat, showing the volume of regulations from ObamaCare. He pledged Republicans would not give up repealing the measure and cited one report indicating that healthcare premiums will as much as double in the year 2014, which happens to be the next election for the U.S. Senate.
The UN has failed to address violence against women. Powerful western developed countries held the agreement hostage, demanding international abortion rights in exchange for protections. Reuters, AP and the New York Times are all falsely saying that some unnamed delegation wanted religious exemptions for violence against women.
The election of a new Pope apparently will set up an interesting meeting between the new Pope Francis, formerly Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, and Vice President Joe Biden, who finds no conflict between his professed Catholic faith and his advocacy of abortion, something Pope Francis has called the “Death Penalty for the Unborn”.
As a leader of Argentinian Catholics, Bergoglio helped steer the church away from essentially Marxism in the form of liberation theology. Liberation theology happens to be a linchpin in the thinking of Catholics who accept abortion as something moral. He has been seen as a ‘compassionate conservative’ and has shown an aptitude in bridging large philosophical divides. In Argentina he worked with Catholics and other Christians of Eastern traditions and even his name Francis, chosen in honor of the 11th century Catholic Saint, is an interesting choice for a Jesuit intellectual.
Abby Johnson is taking heat from the abortion industry for her work in helping abortion clinic workers do what she did and quit their jobs. She calls her work, “And Then There Were None”.
In other news, a party line vote in the U.S. Senate quickly sank the hopes of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and rejected his attempt to defund ObamaCare for this fiscal year. And a healthy baby boy has been born after another fascinating heart surgery on the child at 23-weeks gestation.
Jury selection is to begin Monday in the Philadelphia murder case against abortionist Kermit Gosnell, whose squalid “house of horrors” abortion clinic and callus, almost flippant attitude toward his macabre abortion practices shocked the nation. Troy Newman of Operation Rescue says, “the Gosnell case is a watershed moment for the issue of abortion.” He says the discovery of Gosnell’s practices shed light on an abortion industry run amok.
Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights without Frontiers is countering rumors that China’s one child policy might be reviewed. She says instead that the Communist Party there is simply considering moving the policy’s administration from China’s Family Planning Agency into the Ministry of Health.
40 Days for Life is the vigil outside abortion clinics and prayer around the world to bring an end to abortion. There may not be major networks covering this story yet, however, a local TV station in Montana covered the 40 Days for Life campaign in Livingston. The story quoted one pro-life activist as saying that they are always praying for the staff of the abortion business, and noted that small numbers of pro-life demonstrators are nevertheless always outside the local abortion business there.
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.
The Arkansas bill that would ban abortions after heartbeat could be detected has been vetoed by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. Because pregnancy is not typically detected until after a child has a beating heart, critics of the legislation say it was essentially an attempt to ban all abortions and would entrench abortion rights if the bill were seen as attacking Roe V Wade surreptitiously. A veto fight is expected.
Beebe did sign legislation giving mothers legal protection when being threatened during their pregnancy. Studies like a March of Dimes study show high violence rates during pregnancy. That study showed one in six pregnant women has been abused by a partner. The Pregnant Woman’s Protection Act is intended to ensure that a pregnant woman and her child are protected from unlawful criminal violence and that a woman’s decision to carry her child to term is protected.
In other news, Oregon Right to Life has produced a simple video demonstrating how many abortions have taken place in the 40 years since Roe V Wade. The video is posted at the National Right to Life website, NRLC dot org.
For various reasons, abortion advocates seem to want providers of abortion to be protected at any cost and to want no restriction or conditions on abortion. Leading up to a law passed in the state of Virginia that allows woman to see an ultrasound before an abortion, abortion advocates equated a woman having an ultrasound with a woman being raped. The problem with that logic is that in preparing for an abortion and to determine how long a child has been in gestation, abortion clinics use ultrasounds. Given a little thought, most pro-abortion arguments simply fall apart.
A photo shoot of a recently adopted boy is being described as a photo shoot of a 112 pound newborn. Latrell Higgins, a 12-year-old adopted son of the Higgins family, lamented not having any baby pictures. When his sister jokingly suggested an infant photo shoot, their mother, a professional photographer, swung into action. The result is being described as both precious and utterly hilarious, but is being used by the Marriage and Religion Research Institute to highlight the benefits of adoption. They say that while adoption in the first year tends to produce the best results for children, regardless of age, all adopted children benefit.
It may be true that no law may fix the abortion problem, but one of the most interesting efforts has just passed the Arkansas state legislature in two bills that would ban abortions at the point when a unborn child’s heart starts to beat, typically before even the mother knows she’s pregnant. The bill has been presented to Governor Mike Beebe, who has yet to say what he plans to do.
Nearly a dozen members of Congress, 11 groups and a state’s attorney general filed friend-of-the-court briefs supporting Hobby Lobby Stores’ challenge to the HHS mandate. Chief Counsel for the Becket Fund Kyle Duncan says that “While any brief by sitting members of Congress is significant, this one comes from members who originally supported the federal civil rights law—the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993—which is at the heart of the mandate challenges.”
Researchers at Wayne State University in Michigan are mapping, for the first time ever, fetal brain signals. Besides showing human function and further displaying the humanity of unborn children, the prevention and treatment of brain disorders like autism or dyslexia may be on the horizon.
The health concerns of Pope Benedict and the end of his term as the Bishop of Rome to enter a life of prayer may be interesting. But nothing is as interesting as how this man with great intellect clearly and repeatedly articulated Christian and even secular concerns over issues like abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia and other bioethics topics.
Other stories at Life News-dot-com include an update on Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia-based abortion Doctor who is facing murder charges in the deaths of seven babies. Pro-lifers in Ireland are having to fight grossly distorted polls painting a rosy picture of abortion opinion there.
And in state news, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe signed a ban on abortion funding in ObamaCare and a judge is forcing Arizona to fund Planned Parenthood despite legislative action there. Also, a measure in the Texas legislature is under fire: a national pro-life group says it would allow doctors the right to refuse giving CPR to patients.