Wendy Davis, the famed Texas state senator who filibustered a bill that banned abortions at 20 weeks, will make an announcement on Oct. 3, she told supporters in a Wednesday email. Reporters in Texas following her story suspect she will announce a run for governor of Texas.
"There's one question I've gotten quite often in the past few months. What's next?" Davis told supporters, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram. "On Oct. 3, I'll be answering that question. I truly appreciate all the work that you - my grassroots team - have done for me thus far. And I'm excited about what we can do together in the future."
According to the Austin American Statesman, Davis will likely announce a run for Texas governor with state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D) joining her as a candidate for lieutenant governor, which is also a statewide elected position in Texas. more >>
A pro-life petition made to the European Union's legislative arm, which would define life as beginning at conception, has garnered over one million signatures.
Championed by the "One of Us" campaign, the personhood petition reached and passed the milestone last week, meaning it will likely receive attention from the European Commission. "Juridical protection of the dignity, the right to life and of the integrity of every human being from conception in the areas of EU competence in which such protection is of particular importance," reads the initiative in part. "To ensure consistency in areas of its competence where the life of the human embryo is at stake, the EU should establish a ban and end the financing of activities which presuppose the destruction of human embryos, in particular in the areas of research, development aid and public health."
Registered last year, the petition garnered signatures from citizens of eleven EU member nations. The One of Us campaign received support and advice from Personhood USA, an American organization with similar goals. more >>
In light of the recent, shocking revelations about abortion clinic horrors, including all kinds of health code violations, it would only be logical to think that state governments would be reading the riot act to these clinics, telling them if they want to stay open, they had better comply with the law.
Apparently, that kind of thinking doesn't prevail in California, which is now, poised to a pass a bill allowing non-physicians to perform abortions.
As reported by Christine Rousselle, according to bill AB154, which has passed both legislative houses and is expected to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, "a nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, or physician assistant would be allowed to do a suction aspiration or medical abortion on a woman" during the first trimester. What kind of madness is this? (For a picture of a baby's development at 12 weeks, see here.) more >>
The National Day of Remembrance on Saturday is memorializing the 55 million children who have been aborted since the practice was legalized in the U.S. in 1973, with Christian leaders saying the day provides a proper outlet for both personal and national grief.
"The graves of these victims are scattered across America – graves of sorrow and graves of indictment on a nation that permitted the killing of the innocent," said Monica Miller, co-director of National Day of Remembrance and director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society.
Several organizations, such as Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-Life Action League, are coordinating the event, which serves not only to mark the deaths of the unborn babies, but also to heighten awareness of the consequences of abortion. more >>
Whether we are talking about respect of one nation for another, or respect of one individual for another, nothing undermines respect more than duplicity – saying one thing and acting differently.
I think it is a big reason why President Obama's recent speech to the nation, where he attempted to explain why he has proposed military action in Syria, fell so flat.
The president cast his rationale for wanting to take action in moral terms. But the very dubious moral record that this president has established, both regarding respecting the sanctity of life and traditional moral principles, seriously undermines his credibility for moral leadership. more >>
John Welden, 29, escaped a possible life sentence on Monday when he pleaded guilty in a Florida court to tricking his ex-girlfriend into taking abortion pills to prevent another girlfriend he intended to marry from discovering their relationship.
Welden was facing a life sentence after being charged with murder in May under a rarely used federal law called the "Protection of Unborn Children Act" for forging a prescription for an abortion pill, and disguising it as a common antibiotic and giving it to his ex-girlfriend, Remee Jo Lee.
He pleaded guilty on Monday under a deal recommending that he only serves 13 years and eight months in prison, according to the Tampa Bay Times. If U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara adopts the deal recommended by attorneys on both sides of the case, Welden could be free by age 40. The judge warned Welden, however, that he could be imprisoned for more time than he had bargained for. He is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 5. more >>