In efforts to "defund" Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, conservatives often argue that money going to Planned Parenthood pays for abortions, even if the money is not directly for abortions, because money is fungible. Conservatives should avoid making this argument because the same argument could be used to negatively impact religious freedom.
On Feb. 24, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law that banned Medicaid funds for Planned Parenthood. The legal issue before the Court dealt with federalism. Medicaid is a federal government program that is run by the states. Medicaid costs are shared by the federal government and state governments. Federal law was unclear as to which level of government should decide which healthcare providers in a state are qualified for Medicaid reimbursements. The Court decided it was the federal government.
The impetus for passing the law in the first place, though, came from a "fungible funds" argument, which goes like this: Every dollar that goes to Planned Parenthood subsidizes abortions because money is fungible. Money that is reimbursed for a breast cancer screening, for instance, is interchangable with money that pays for an abortion. While Planned Parenthood accountants may keep the funds separate in their ledgers, this only amounts to an "accounting gimmick," they say. more >>
Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision suspending his law license. His supporters argue he is the victim of "political persecution" for his investigations into abortion clinics in his state.
Kline's petition to the U.S. Supreme Court alleges that the state high court unfairly applied ethics rules because he was targeted for his political views and actions regarding abortion.
Kline was suspended from being able to practice law in Kansas in October based upon incidents that happened beginning in 2003, when he was attorney general for the state. Kline began investigating two abortion clinics in the state for possible abortion law violations and not reporting pregnancies of underage girls. That investigation began a long legal battle to obtain the records of the two clinics. The battle was still going when Kline lost his 2006 re-election contest. A successor would later drop all charges against the clinics. more >>
Even though the majority of our nation and our generation is pro-life, many high school and college administrations still treat those with pro-life views as second class citizens, acting as if we should just be grateful when they let us host a speaker or put up a flyer they have tried to censor.
Their excuse is always the same: "Your display/flyer/speaker is too offensive to others and too disruptive to our learning environment."
And I have to agree with them one point, abortion is offensive. Deceiving women and killing babies is offensive. It offends me, which is why I seek to abolish abortion. But how have we become a society that shields young people, those most targeted by the abortion industry, from discussing topics that might be uncomfortable or offend their sensibilities? more >>
Actress Lena Dunham is being criticized for touting Planned Parenthood "propaganda" when she hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live" this past Saturday.
The 27-year-old, who created the hit HBO show "Girls," referred to Planned Parenthood as a place where women can go for "low cost medical advice and care" in the skit, titled "Jewelry Party," starring Dunham and "SNL" cast members Cecily Strong and Mike O'Brien.
In the skit, Strong plays Marisol, the confused Venezuelan girlfriend of Bruce, a pro-life activist played by O'Brien. Strong tells Dunham, who plays her friend in the skit, that she is so proud of her boyfriend for his pro-life work, saying, "He shut down two Planned Parenthoods." more >>
Branford High School administrators have blocked Students for Life of Branford from handing out information during lunch time, even though other student groups are allowed to do so.
The school's principal, Lee Panagoulias, and other school administrators told the six person pro-life club they were not allowed to have models of a fetus at their display table, could not hand out literature or invite others to join, and were only allowed to set up their display after school, according to Students for Life of America.
Other student clubs at the school are allowed to set up a display at lunch, hand out literature and invite others students to join their group. more >>
A bill that would ban most abortions 20 weeks after conception has passed the West Virginia Legislature and awaits the signature of the state governor.
Known as House Bill 4588, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed the proposed legislation Saturday.
"Except in the case of a medical emergency, no abortion may be performed or induced or be attempted to be performed or induced unless the physician performing or inducing it has first made a determination of the probable post fertilization age of the unborn child or relied upon such a determination made by another physician," reads HB 4588 in part. more >>