Women's Rights Without Frontiers president Reggie Littlejohn has said in prepared remarks that both the pro-choice and pro-life movements can work together on ending the practice of forced abortions in China. The remarks are to be delivered on Thursday before Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and human rights activist Chen Guangcheng at The Heritage Foundation in Washington.
"Few issues divide more sharply than abortion. Longstanding friendships and even family relationships can rupture over the pro-choice/pro-life debate," Littlejohn noted in her remarks.
"But on the International Day of the Girl Child, can we agree to bury the hatchet on two issues: the ending of gendercide, the sex-selective abortion, abandonment, deadly neglect and murder of females just because they are female; and the ending of forced abortion, which is not a choice?" she asked. more >>
The Catholic Church remains opposed to the Department of Health and Human Services' birth control mandate that was modified in August.
In comments submitted to the HHS, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that the mandate remains a threat to the religious freedom of numerous faith-based organizations.
Anthony Picarello, USCCB general counsel, and Michael Moses, associate general counsel, submitted the comments to the HHS on Wednesday. more >>
Former Arkansas governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee issued a warning to Republican leaders that if they abandon long-held positions against same-sex marriage and abortion to appeal to moderate voters, then he would become an independent.
After the Supreme Court decided Monday that it will not hear appeals from states where lower courts ruled against same-sex marriage bans, Huckabee told the American Family Association's "Today's Issues" radio program that if the establishment Republicans surrender their stance on same-sex marriage and adapt to the modern pro-gay political climate, then he and others would leave the party.
"I am utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans, who have abdicated on this issue," Huckabee said. "If the Republicans want to lose guys like me and a whole bunch of still God-fearing and Bible-believing people just go ahead and abdicate on this issue. And while you are at it, go ahead and say abortion doesn't matter either because at that point you lose me." more >>
A powerful documentary by Christian filmmaker Reuben Evans tells a unique story involving his wife who was almost aborted before being adopted as a baby.
Evan's "Reunion" follows Kim Coppe, a Christian mother who first got pregnant at age 17 and chose to give her daughter up for adoption. In the documentary, Coppe recounts her inner turmoil and complete dependence on God during the pregnancy, as well as the unshakable faith it took to offer her child to another family.
"I was raised by my godly mother through my teen years, and I went to school and was outspoken in my testimony of strong faith," she explains in the film. "I had such a confident assurance in my walk with the Lord, but with that can also come spiritual pride. So part of my story and journey that I am sharing involves that facet of my life." more >>
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit attempting to overturn a new Alabama law that forces minors seeking an abortion without parental consent to face trial in order to gain the state's permission to follow through with a legal abortion. The law also allows the state to appoint attorneys to represent the life of unborn fetus.
The ACLU claims in its press release of the lawsuit that Alabama's judicial bypass law, which was passed in April and took effect in July, is the most extreme parental consent law in the nation and makes it more difficult for underaged Alabama girls to receive a safe abortion.
"This law aims to shame a young woman into not having an abortion," ACLU Executive Director Susan Watson said. "Why should she be put on trial and treated like a criminal for a constitutionally protected procedure?" more >>
Some 13 abortion clinics in Texas will reportedly close after a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the state Thursday to fully enforce a new law that requires abortion facilities to meet the same health and safety standards as ambulatory surgical centers.
In a 38-page decision published Thursday, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, granted in part, a motion filed by the state of Texas to stay a district court's injunction against the law, and finds that the law is constitutional and does not place an undue burden on abortionists and women seeking abortions.
The decision overrides District Judge Lee Yeakel's August ruling, which stated that requiring abortion clinic owners to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, such as widening doorways to enable paramedics to bring stretchers into the clinic to transport patients to the hospital, is too costly and, therefore, "imposes an undue burden on women seeking an abortion," and was "unconstitutional." more >>