Senators propose bill to let states opt out of Medicaid payments to abortion businesses

On September 23, 2020, Senators James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) proposed the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act, S. 4658, which would allow states to exclude abortion businesses from receiving Medicaid payments. The bill would reverse a current law that requires states to allow any qualified provider to take part in the state Medicaid program.

According to Students for Life of America, Planned Parenthood could be heavily hit if the bill is signed into law. Over three years, the abortion corporation received more than $1 billion in Medicaid reimbursements. Currently, the Hyde Amendment – introduced in 1976 by Rep.

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Female Senators Say Amy Coney Barrett Will “Inspire Our Daughters And Granddaughters”

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Female Republican senators praised Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett Wednesday, saying that Barrett will inspire their daughters and granddaughters through her example as a dignified legal jurist and successful mother.

“Folks, this is what a mom can do,” Republican Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst said at the Wednesday afternoon press conference. “I tell my daughter that all the time. A mom can be a farmer or a rancher. A mom can be a combat veteran. A mom can be a financial planner. A mom can serve in the United States senate. And most certainly, a mom can be a Supreme Court Justice.

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Amy Coney Barrett Open to Overturning Roe v. Wade Because Precedent Isn’t Forever

At the forefront of so many Americans’ minds is the question of how Amy Coney Barrett would rule on abortion if confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Barrett, President Donald Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee, would replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a heroine of abortion activists who consistently ruled in favor of abortion during her nearly three decades on the court.

A new analysis on the Law and Crime blog suggested Barrett may indeed believe that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and rule against it, if the opportunity arises.

U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri strengthened pro-lifers’ hopes Tuesday when he said Barrett meets his expectations.

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Two years ago, Ireland legalized abortion. Will assisted suicide be next?

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After legalizing abortion just two years ago, euthanasia seems to be next on the agenda in Ireland. A bill to make assisted suicide legal has been reintroduced three years after first being presented and failing.

The Dying with Dignity Bill is currently before the Dáil Éireann, the assembly of Ireland, after having been introduced on September 15th. According to The Journal, it could come under debate within a week. It would allow people who have a terminal illness and are over the age of 18 to undergo either assisted suicide or euthanasia. Currently, both are illegal, though suicide itself is not a criminal act.

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Woman pressured to take abortion pill: ‘I hate the father of my child and I hate myself’

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A woman who took the abortion pill at her boyfriend’s insistence and now regrets it told her story on the website AbortionChangesYou.com. She had been dating her boyfriend for three years when she got pregnant, and was initially happy about her pregnancy, but her boyfriend demanded she abort their child and took her to Planned Parenthood:

I was happy because for me my baby was a blessing. When I told him that I was pregnant he told me that it wasn’t the right time [and] that I needed to have an abortion. I told him I was against abortion. He pushed me to the edge, and we ended up at [Planned] Parenthood.

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Studies and testimonials show that a mother’s abortion can affect her ‘wanted’ children

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Research has found that women who have obtained abortions are at risk of suffering from abortion trauma, which increases their risk of depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol use, and suicide. What many people may find surprising is that abortion also increases the chances that women and men will struggle to bond with any future “wanted” children they have.

The birth control movement began with the idea that every child should be a “wanted” child, which soon launched America into the push to legalize abortion. Legalizing abortion was touted as a way to end child abuse and help parents raise happy and well-loved children.

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Report: Increased availability of abortion pill has caused an increase in abortion rate

Despite a consistent decline in abortion over the last decade, a new report from the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), the research arm of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), reveals that abortions increased by nearly two percent from 2017 to 2018 in the United States, in large part due to the increased availability of chemical abortions (the abortion pill).

“Use of the dangerous chemical abortion pill regimen has exploded within the abortion industry,” said Tessa Longbons, CLI research associate and author of the new report. “This method of abortion surged upward by nine percent between 2017 and 2018, making up 41 percent of total abortions in 2018 alone.”

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Abortion supporters think abortion matters. So should pro-lifers.

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Recently, pro-abortion activists have made it clear they will “vote like [their] abortion access depends on it.” A recent article from Rolling Stone serves as a reminder of how pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood are determined to encourage voters to go out to the ballots in full force and elect pro-choice politicians. 

“In November, our lives are on the ballot. For people in black and brown communities, this election is critical… Our collective ability to be equal, live freely, and achieve our dreams starts with our ability to secure reproductive freedom,” the article reads. 

Planned Parenthood is using its familiar brand to call on its supporters to vote out “anti-abortion politicians” who want to “undermine [their] rights and [their] reproductive health care.”

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Canada releases euthanasia report with troubling implications for persons with disabilities

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Health Canada released its 2019 Medical Assistance in Dying Report in July 2020, and it contains some concerning facts and statistics.

The number of people asking for and being granted “medical aid in dying” (a euphemism for assisted suicide and euthanasia) is increasing every year. There were 5,631 such deaths in Canada in 2019 — an increase of 26% from 2018. Between 2017 and 2018, cases increased by 57%. These figures seem to indicate that once euthanasia or assisted suicide is legalized, the number of people requesting and being accepted for it steadily increases.

The total number of “medically assisted” deaths in Canada since legalization is 13,946.

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Supreme Court denies appeals for two recent federal executions

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Supreme Court denied the appeals of two federal death-row inmates in late September.

On Sept. 22, it denied an appeal to postpone the execution of William LeCroy, who had argued that his execution should be postponed to allow his longtime lead attorney to attend. The attorney has leukemia and is vulnerable to COVID-19, so could not be present for health reasons during the pandemic.

In the petition and emergency request filed Sept. 22, LeCroy’s attorneys argued the inmate had a right to have his attorney present at his execution. They also said a district court was wrong to not approve changing the execution date.

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Pro-life organization works to help Georgia and Virginia women and families in need

It is not unusual for abortion to be framed as the only choice for women facing unplanned pregnancies, or for families in need struggling at the prospect of another baby on the way. Yet life-affirming options are available. Though they are frequently maligned by the abortion industry, pregnancy resource centers can mean the difference between life and death for a preborn child, and a helping hand both during and after the pregnancy. Yet part of the problem many face is knowing how to navigate the many resources available during an unplanned pregnancy. A new organization, endorsed by the American College of Pediatricians, has stepped in specifically to help with that.

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Knights’ Respect Life Month novena urges prayer, reflection on cause of life

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CNS) — The Knights of Columbus has organized a “Novena for the Cause of Life” to be prayed over the nine days from Oct. 4 to Oct. 12 during the U.S. Catholic Church’s annual observance of October as Respect Life Month.

“Live the Gospel of Life” is this year’s theme for the month, prompted by commemorations of the 25th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s encyclical “The Gospel of Life” (“Evangelium Vitae”), which was issued March 25, 1995.

The Knights novena begins on Respect Life Sunday, which is Oct. 4 this year. The full novena can be found on the Knights website at https://bit.ly/3i6xfxA.

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New study pays girls as young as 11 to take birth control without parents’ knowledge

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A new research study is looking to provide birth control over-the-counter, without a doctor’s supervision — and children are being recruited for it.

According to CNS News, Advocates for Youth, which works with Planned Parenthood, sent out a mass e-mail with the subject line, “Know anyone ages 11-15 to join this study?” The e-mail was promoting The Pill Study, through which researchers are looking to make birth control available from a pharmacy, but without a prescription — essentially, over-the-counter. The study’s website also confirmed that girls as young as 11 are eligible to participate.

Participants who qualify will make an appointment at a participating pharmacy, where they will receive the birth control.

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40 years of death and heartache: The results of China’s One-Child Policy

Forty years ago today, the most restrictive population control policy in history was born. On September 25, 1980, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party sent a letter to all party members explaining China’s One Child Policy. While in the 1970s, families had been limited to two children, the newly introduced policy narrowed that allowance to just one child, ushering in decades of abuses, death, heartache, and other unintended consequences. It was the most restrictive population control policy in history.

Because it is widely believed that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has been complicit in implementing China’s oppressive population control policy, the Trump administration cut off funding to the UNFPA.

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Missouri Tells Court: “People With Down Syndrome are One Generation Away From Elimination”

Missouri State Solicitor General John Sauer made a passionate plea to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome Thursday before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Courthouse News reports Sauer asked the court panel to allow Missouri to enforce its law banning abortions on unborn babies with Down syndrome. A lower federal court blocked the law in 2019.

“A radical reduction in the number of the class of people with Down syndrome would inflict an incalculable loss in our society,” Sauer said. “People with Down syndrome are literally one generation away from complete elimination.”

He cited statistics showing how unborn babies with Down syndrome are targeted for abortions across the world.

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Catholic Bishop Urges Americans to Vote Pro-Life: “The Right to be Born” Depends on It

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Catholic Bishop David Zubik urged voters to consider how the “right to be born” is the most fundamental of all human rights when they vote in November.

Zubik, who serves the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, wrote about the upcoming election in a letter to Catholics on Sept. 22, the Catholic News Agency reports.

“I recognize that many of you feel such deep distress about this election, perhaps the most contentious in the course of our lifetime,” Zubik wrote.

He said there are problems with both major political parties and their presidential candidates, and church leaders will not endorse anyone. However, he urged Catholics to weigh some issues more strongly than others when they vote.

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HORROR: Father in India arrested for cutting open wife’s abdomen, killing preborn son

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A father in India has been accused of cutting open his wife’s abdomen with a harvesting sickle out of fear that she was pregnant with another baby girl, and in doing so, caused the stillbirth of his preborn baby boy.

Anita Devi, 35, was seven months pregnant with her sixth child, according to UK Right to Life. She and her husband, Pannalal, were parents to five girls when she became pregnant again. Devi’s family alleges that her husband attacked her because he wanted to find out if the baby she was carrying was a boy. Devi’s sister told BBC Hindi that the couple often fought over having a son.

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‘Deeply alarming’: New Zealand’s bid to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide condemned at UN

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New Zealand’s proposed assisted suicide law was condemned during a UN Human Rights Council Meeting this week. Legal advocacy group ADF International spoke out against the law, which will go to a public vote on October 17, 2020.

“A fair and just society cares for its most vulnerable,” said ADF International Legal Officer Giorgio Mazzoli during an interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Older Persons. “The potential impact that the legislation of euthanasia and assisted suicide via the End of Life Choice Act of 2019 would have on older persons in New Zealand is deeply alarming.”

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Tens of Thousands of Christians Gather to Pray in Washington: “We are One Nation Under God”

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Tens of thousands of Christians from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. today to for Franklin Graham’s inaugural Prayer March. Coming from far and wide they assembled together in the nation’s capitol today to pray for the nation.

Franklin Graham, son of the American evangelist preacher Billy Grahamannounced on Twitter his spearheading of the Prayer March on Aug. 8, calling it a necessary event for a nation “in trouble.”

“There are lots of loud voices these days,” Stephen Rhoads, vice president of church ministries for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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Pro-Life Groups Support SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett: She’s an “Absolute All-Star”

President Donald Trump today nominated federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be the next Supreme Court justice and that nomination has the strong support of pro-life groups.

“President Trump has chosen an absolute all-star in Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve as our nation’s newest Supreme Court justice,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Amy Coney Barrett is a brilliant jurist in the mold of the late Justice Scalia, and President Trump could not have made a stronger selection to fill this Supreme Court vacancy. We have full confidence that the pro-life Senate majority will move swiftly to confirm her before the election.”

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Pregnant Mom Diagnosed With Cancer Refuses Abortion, She and Her Baby Survive

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Consiglia Varriale was willing to sacrifice her life for her unborn daughter when doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer earlier this year.

Though her doctors advised her to have an abortion, Varriale could not bear the thought of ending her daughter’s life, Aleteia reports.

The 42-year-old from Quarto, Italy chose life for her daughter, Aurora, and today both mother and daughter are doing well, according to the report.

Varriale said she was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was three months pregnant with her second daughter. And, as often happens in such cases, her doctors recommended that she have an abortion so that she could begin cancer treatments, the report states.

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Catholic Archbishop: Vote Pro-Life, Nothing More Important Than the “Basic Right — to Live”

As Catholics approach the polls, we are asked to weigh many important issues. The U.S. bishops have reaffirmed that “the threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed.” While they did warn us not to “dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity such as racism, the environmental crisis, poverty, and the death penalty,” they did give priority to upholding and defending our brothers’ and sisters’ most basic right—to live.

Abortion tragically ends someone’s life when he or she is most vulnerable and most in need of loving protection.

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Abortion is not, and never has been, about women’s equality

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Abortion was sold to the American public as a final step in achieving equality for women. But nearly five decades later, legalized abortion hasn’t liberated women.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg believed abortion to be about equality for women. There is no doubt that Ginsburg worked hard for women during her lifetime. Even before taking her seat on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg was fighting for gender equality. She took part in almost 300 sex discrimination cases, ensured that men and women would be treated as equals in estate disputes, fought for women to be allowed to obtain credit cards and loans in their own names, and even helped to ensure that pregnancy discrimination was recognized as a form of sex discrimination.

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