The parents of a mentally disabled woman who was almost forced to have an abortion have finalized the adoption of the baby girl, now almost 2.
Elisa Bauer became pregnant in 2012 after wandering away from her group home in Reno, Nevada. Her parents and legal guardians, Bill and Amy Bauer, were not sure whether Elisa became pregnant as a result of rape or consensual sex. They only knew that they wanted to keep the child, but they had to go to court in order to do so.
Social services asked the court to get involved in Elisa's case, citing her mental capacity, which was reportedly that of a six-year-old child. Elisa also suffered from bipolar disorder and epilepsy, and social services worried that the pregnancy could be detrimental to her health. The case made its way to the Nevada Supreme Court, and Bill and Amy asked the court to stop proceedings held by Judge Egan Walker. more >>
The surrogate mother of a baby with Down syndrome has forgiven an Australian couple for allegedly abandoning him.
Pattaramon Chanbua, a 21-year-old food vendor in Thailand, accused the couple of abandoning her critically-ill seven-month-old son Gammy and taking his healthy twin sister after they were born last year. She was reportedly paid by the biological parents to carry the twins but left to care for Gammy after they learned he has a congenital heart condition and a lung infection in addition to Down syndrome, according to News.com.au.
The couple recently denied Chanbua's abandonment claims. They claim that while they did use a surrogate for their baby girl, who is of the same age as Gammy, she does not have a twin brother. more >>
We now mark the one-year anniversary since important new regulatory restrictions on abortion were passed into law in Texas that protect life and make this nasty procedure safer for women that choose it.
HB 2 was signed into law in July 2013. Its four major provisions require that abortion doctors have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles where they practice, abortion after 20 weeks of fertilization is banned, stricter controls on medically induced abortion, and abortion clinic facilities must meet the same standards as those of ambulatory surgical centers.
Pro-abortion forces quickly went into action seeking to block this new law, however after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal by Planned Parenthood to reinstate an initial injunction on the law, it went into effect in November 2013 more >>
A pro-life political scientist published research finding that as much as $16 trillion in federal revenue has been lost due to on-demand abortions in America.
"The figure of 55 million persons aborted, typically reported by pro-life groups, is a significant undercount," says Mark Olson, a political consultant who describes himself as a former liberal activist. "Abortions did not magically begin occurring in 1973, yet that is when everyone starts counting."
The website for the Abolition Ebook features a ticking timer of money supposedly lost due to abortions in the U.S. Olson claims that his research used pre-Roe vs. Wade estimates and includes the generations of offspring that would have been born to people who were aborted. The results suggest that the U.S. has suffered a population loss of over 125 million people. more >>
A month after a law restricting abortion clinic protests was struck down by the U. S. Supreme Court, Massachusetts passed a new law meant to replace it.
Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill into law Wednesday that will allow police to disperse any pro-life protests seen as impeding access to an abortion clinic, with said person or persons being barred from being within 25 feet of a clinic for a period of eight hours.
This contrasts from the old law that the Supreme Court found unconstitutional, which had a constant 35-foot buffer zone for abortion clinics that included public areas like side walks. more >>
Calling it an "undue burden" on a woman's right to abortion, a federal court on Tuesday, blocked a Mississippi law requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The requirement would have effectively shut down the state's only abortion clinic — the Jackson Women's Health Organization — as only one of the three doctors there had been able to meet the basic requirement.
A report in The New York Times said a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans ruled 2-1 that the law illegally shifts its constitutional obligation to neighboring states by effectively ending abortion in Mississippi with the law.
"A state cannot lean on its sovereign neighbors to provide protection of its citizens' federal constitutional rights," wrote Judge E. Grady Jolly, according to the Times. more >>