Michigan's legislature passed a bill Wednesday banning the Affordable Healthcare Act's (ACA), or "Obamacare's," exchanges from covering abortions.
The ban comes a year after Michigan's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a similar measure in 2012. Despite the veto, pro-life advocates collected more than 315,000 signatures, pushing the measure once again before legislators and will become law without Snyder's signature.
Under Michigan's constitution, voters can petition lawmakers to resurrect a bill the governor had vetoed and vote it into law without his signature. more >>
A shocking video of an Argentinian feminist pro-abortion group is generating controversy on the Internet, as it reveals half-naked women sexually molesting, spitting on, spray painting and wrapping their underwear around the faces of Catholic men standing together in prayer. They are also seen burning an effigy of Pope Francis.
"The points to emphasize are the hate of radical feminists to the Catholic Church (they burnt an image of Pope Francis, for example) and how authoritarian they are, anything but democratic," Martín Patrito of pro-life group Argentinos Alerta told The Christian Post in an email on Wednesday.
The incident reportedly occurred on Nov. 24 in San Juan, Argentina, where a feminist group was attending a women's empowerment conference called National Women's Encounter. Following the event, they began protesting in favor of abortion rights in front of the city's Catholic cathedral. In the largely Catholic Latin American country, abortion is prohibited, with the exception of cases where the mother's life is in danger, or if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest. more >>
"Family Talk," a Christian radio ministry, and its president James Dobson are suing the federal government for subjecting them to the Affordable Care Act's, or "Obamacare's," "abortion mandate," despite the nonprofit's religious and moral objections to the mandate.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys, claims the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' birth control mandate violates the First Amendment as well as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The suit says forcing Family Talk to offer coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, such as Plan B or Ella, or devices that could result in the destruction of an embryo would also force the nonprofit and its president to violate their religious convictions.
"The government shouldn't be able to punish Americans for exercising their fundamental freedoms," said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman in a press release. "Any government willing to force a family-run Christian ministry to participate in immoral acts under the threat of crippling fines is a government everyone should fear." more >>
Former Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) expressed his support for a Christian retail company suing the federal government over the HHS' "preventive services" mandate.
The former Republican presidential hopeful wrote in a column published on his Institute's website Sunday that Hobby Lobby Inc. has the right to not pay for contraceptives and abortifacients for its employees.
"Much of the discussion has focused on whether a corporation such as Hobby Lobby can even have First Amendment rights. But the issue of 'corporate personhood' is a smokescreen," wrote Paul. more >>
A teacher in Illinois is being criticized after he reportedly told one of his students she could only write on the topic of abortion for an assignment if she wrote from a pro-abortion perspective.
Abigail Cornejo, a sophomore at Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois recently asked her teacher if she could write on abortion for a class assignment that asked students to write on a controversial issue. The teacher, David Valentino, reportedly told the student she could not write on the topic of abortion because he's read too many papers on the issue and doesn't care anymore. When Cornejo reportedly pressed Valentino about writing on abortion, the teacher said ultimately she could write on the subject if she did so from a pro-abortion perspective.
"My English class is doing a controversial issue research paper," Cornejo told LifeNews in a recent interview. "My English teacher, Mr. David Valentino originally told the class we may not do abortion, euthanasia, or legalization or marijuana. I asked why we couldn't do infanticide, abortion and he replied with, 'I've read too many papers on it. I don't care anymore.'" more >>
For those who believe that life begins at conception, abortion hangs over society like a dark cloud. So long as the culture and the courts continue to embrace this barbaric practice as simply a matter of "women's health care," there remains a need for pro-life advocacy and activism. According to the most recent statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, the pro-life community has reason to feel hopeful. As of 2010 abortion was at its lowest level in 30 years, and rates continue to fall.
One possible influence on the falling abortion rate lies in the twin realms of science and technology. As reproductive science has advanced, the humanity of an unborn child has become increasingly apparent. We now know that unborn children begin interacting with their uterine environment at a very early point in the pregnancy. They respond to physical stimuli. They can feel pain. With each progressing week in the pregnancy an unborn baby acquires new capacities and abilities. The antiquated notion that an unborn baby is merely an extension of the mother's body has been proven false. Since the baby is a separate and genetically distinct person, the argument that abortion is simply a matter of "my body, my choice" has less resonance. Even if that argument were true (never mind the fact that the law places all sorts of limitations on what we can do with our bodies, e.g. cannot smoke before 18 or drink before 21, can't ingest illegal drugs, etc.), the argument doesn't apply to another individual. A person's right to swing his fist ends where another's nose begins. Increasingly, society is recognizing that a pregnant woman is bound by certain moral – and perhaps one day soon, legal – obligations to the person residing within her womb.
The increasing sophistication of ultrasound imaging might also be a factor in abortion's falling rates. For year's pro-lifers maintained that if only we could put a window on the womb, the rate of abortions would decline. Why? Because people would see that the subject of the potential abortion really is a baby and not just a blob of tissue. They would see just how vulnerable and precious an unborn child is, and the monstrosity of abortion would be cast into stark relief. A picture is truly worth a thousand words, and since an unborn child is unable to speak up for himself and incapable of defending himself from the abortionist's instruments of destruction, the images conveyed via ultrasound are crucial. For too long the "rights" rhetoric deployed by the Left has obscured the reality of what we are dealing with in the womb. Anecdotally, I can say that when I served on the Board of Directors for Care Net, an organization dedicating to supporting and educating pregnant women with life affirming alternatives to abortion, I was told that the reversal rate for abortion minded women was as high as 90 percent at crisis pregnancy centers where ultrasound imaging was available. more >>