The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is poised to decide the role of judges in the abortion decisions of teenage girls. Under the Abortion Control Act, a judge can exercise his or her discretion in denying a minor’s request for an abortion. That is exactly what happened in the case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. “We believe that the judicial bypass was used in this case precisely the way the legislature intended,” said Michael Ciccocioppo, executive director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. “The judicial bypass was never meant to be a rubber-stamp for abortion. There is clearly no automatic right to judicial bypass in all cases,” Ciccocioppo added. For more on this story, please visit http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-abortion-control-appeal-20110129,0,7414626,full.story
The Pennsylvania Senate Banking and Insurance Committee has advanced a bill which opts Pennsylvania out of abortion coverage under the health insurance exchanges created under the President’s health care reform law. The bill passed the committee by a vote of 12 to 2. This vote is a victory for the many Pennsylvanians who object to government subsidies for abortion. Public opinion polls show widespread opposition to public funding of abortion, period. For more on this story, please visit http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/P/PA_XGR_HEALTH_OVERHAUL_PENNSYLVANIA_PAOL-?SITE=PAGRE&SECTION=US&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT.
A new Fox News poll shows that pro-lifers are in the lead. The survey indicated that 50 percent of respondents called themselves pro-life, as opposed to 42 percent who called themselves pro-choice on the issue of abortion. This latest poll mirrors previous polls, which show the pro-life segment growing. Certainly, this was proven at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., where countless numbers of people converged to show their respect for innocent human life. For more on the Fox poll, please visit http://www.lifenews.com/2011/01/24/poll-majority-of-americans-say-theyre-pro-life-on-abortion/ .
Two major bills have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives which would repair and strengthen barriers to federal subsidies for abortion.
The first, the Protect Life Act, is sponsored by Pennsylvania’s own Congressman Joe Pitts. It would rewrite provisions of the health care reform law to bar federal subsidies for abortion–a common sense proposal which is in keeping with public opinion polls showing that most Americans don’t want public money to be in any way associated with abortion.
The second bill, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion, is sponsored by Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL). This measure would establish a permanent government-wide prohibition on federal subsidies for abortion and for health plans that cover abortion, with narrow exceptions.
As National Right to Life’s Legislative Director, Douglas Johnson, stated, “Public opinion is strongly against federal subsidies for abortion, and any member of Congress who is truly opposed to federal funding of abortion will vote for both of these bills. If President Obama seeks to obstruct these bills, that will provide additional glaring evidence that his professions of opposition to public funding of abortion are phony.”
The following statement can be attributed to Michael Ciccocioppo, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation:
“We convey our deepest sympathies to the families of the woman and children who lost their lives at Kermit Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia. The eight murder charges filed against Gosnell are evidence of the horrific tragedies which occurred within the walls of his abortion center.
“Prosecutors say that one woman died and seven babies were born alive there and then killed with scissors in what can only be described as gruesome and horrible deaths. Gosnell should be held accountable for these deplorable crimes.
“According to an Associated Press report, the district attorney has said that regulators ignored complaints and failed to visit the Women’s Medical Society for years. We find this to be unconscionable.
“How many other abortion facilities in the state are also flagrantly violating state health and safety standards, as those charged with regulating them allow them to operate without any disciplinary action?
“The Gosnell case is a wake-up call for Pennsylvania. Greater scrutiny of abortion facilities is needed in order to prevent such tragedies in the future.”
The latest edition of the PA Pro-Life Online News can be found at http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Planned-Parenthood-Exposed-in-New-Book.html?soid=1102375385223&aid=xG23b41943E .
There, you’ll find stories about a tell-all book about the abortion industry…the good news of abortions decreasing in Pennsylvania…and the fact that death panels are apparently out of President Obama’s health care plan. Happy reading!
LifeNews.com is reporting the phenomenal story of unborn twins interacting in a mother’s womb:
Umberto Castiello of the University of Padova, Italy published a
report in the online journal Public Library of Science One (PLoS One) in
October showing unborn babies have the ability to interact as early as
14 weeks into the pregnancy.
“We conclude that performance of movements towards the co-twin is not
accidental: already starting from the 14th week of gestation twin
fetuses execute movements specifically aimed at the co-twin,”
Castiello’s team wrote.
They discovered unborn children have the ability to make directed
contact with other human beings beginning before birth and they measured
the movements of the babies towards each other and found the actions
differed from incidental contact with each other or the uterine wall of
For more on this story, please visit http://www.lifenews.com/2011/01/13/unborn-twins-interact-in-the-womb-at-14-weeks-into-pregnancy/ .
A former Planned Parenthood center director, Abby Johnson, has written an expose of the abortion industry. Her book, Unplanned, tells the story of her life in the abortion business–in addition to the tragedy of her own two abortions. Johnson had a miraculous change of heart, and is now passionately pro-life. You can listen to an extended interview with Johnson at http://instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=16864185 .
National Right to Life and the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation have put out an urgent legislative alert, urging Pennsylvanians to call their Congressional Representatives to encourage them to vote for HR2, which would repeal President Obama’s health care reform law. Please call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, ask for your Congressional Representative’s office, and deliver the following message: Please vote “yes” on HR 2 to repeal the Obama health care law. For more information, please visit http://www.capwiz.com/nrlc/issues/bills/?bill=21469606 .
Congress has an opportunity to repeal pro-abortion health care reform in a vote expected next week. The repeal legislation, known as HR 2, is scheduled to come up January 12th. National Right to Life and the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation are urging support for this repeal effort, since health care reform means federal funding of abortion and medical rationing which could prevent seniors from getting the life-saving care they need. To learn more about the troubles inherent in the Obama health care law, please visit http://www.nrlc.org/AHC/DvSBA/Index.html .
The New York Times is reporting that the Obama Administration is reversing course, overruling a previous decision to include end-of-life counseling as part of the new health care reform law. The decision appears to be a victory for pro-lifers, who had said that the counseling would lead to medical rationing, encouraging the elderly to forgo life-saving treatment. House Speaker John Boehner had said that the regulation would lead to “government-encouraged euthanasia.” For more on this story, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/health/policy/05health.html?_r=2&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss .
Statistics released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health show that abortions decreased in Pennsylvania by 3.9 percent in 2009–an encouraging sign of the progress Pennsylvania has made in helping women seek alternatives to abortion.
The figures show 1,523 fewer abortions in 2009 compared to 2008, resulting in a total of 37,284 abortions being performed in Pennsylvania in 2009. The 2009 total represents a 43.3 percent decrease from the all-time high of 65,777 recorded in 1980.
“While every abortion is a tragedy, the fact that abortions are on the decline in Pennsylvania is good news for preborn children and their mothers,” said Maria Vitale, Education Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, an affiliate of National Right to Life. “Lives are being saved and women are being empowered to make positive, life-affirming decisions for themselves and their families.”
Pennsylvania has been a trailblazer in providing support to pregnant women and their families through the state’s Alternatives to Abortion program, which is administered by Real Alternatives (www.realalternatives.org). Tens of thousands of women have received everything from diapers to day care referrals as a result of this innovative program. Real Alternatives served a record number of clients in 2009.