This week the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up an appeal case over an Oklahoma abortion law that requires women to have an ultrasound and hear a medical description of their fetus before proceeding with an abortion. This is the second blow to pro-life legislation in the state in the past few weeks, as earlier this month the Supreme Court upheld a previous ruling that blocked higher standards being imposed on medicine-induced abortions.
The Supreme Court justices decided on Tuesday, without comment, that they would not be hearing the state's appeal of the case known as Pruitt v. Nova Health Systems. The lawsuit questions the constitutionality of the state law that requires women to have an ultrasound and hear a verbal medical description of their fetus one hour before having an abortion procedure. Although the woman would not be required to look at the ultrasound images, she would still have to go through with the abdominal or trans-vaginal ultrasound and hear a verbal description of the fetus that included details on the "the dimensions of the embryo or fetus, the presence of cardiac activity, if present and viewable, and the presence of external members and internal organs, if present and viewable."
The Oklahoma Supreme Court previously ruled that the ultrasound law was unconstitutional because it placed an undue burden on an Oklahoma woman's choice to abort her baby. Those supporting the law argued, however, that the ultrasound requirement ensured women were making a fully informed decision about terminating their pregnancy. more >>
Live Action, a pro-life advocacy group, has released another one of its undercover abortion clinic videos. This one exposes a clinic in Albuquerque, N.M., a city that is nearing a vote on banning the late-term abortions that take place at the clinic.
The video shows a woman, working undercover for Live Action, calling Southwestern Women's Options to inquire about an abortion at 25 weeks. The cost, she is told, is $8,000. For each week she waits, the cost increases by $1,000.
The video then shows the undercover investigator, now at 27 weeks pregnant, at her appointment in the clinic. The clinic's abortionist and a counselor explain how the procedure would work. more >>
If you've been pro-life for any length of time, you know it's easy to develop battle fatigue. Last week's election saw a strongly pro-abortion rights candidate beat the pro-life candidate for the governorship of Virginia. However, clearly, there were many other factors at work.
Meanwhile, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is pro-life and won a landslide. But again there were many other factors at work. The politicians aren't the ones to look to for salvation in this realm. But nor should the political process be abandoned.
Recently I had the privilege of talking to Bishop Robert Smith, Sr. of Arkansas, president of Total Outreach for Christ Ministries. In reference to voting and this issue, he said: "We're living in a constitutional republic ruled by law, and it's a representative government. So whoever you vote for, you're empowering to make decisions on your behalf." more >>
There are four late-term abortionists remaining in the United States, and half of them practice their gruesome profession in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico.
It's there where boyfriends and parents often drag young women, halfway across the country, to end of the life of their child. On any given day, you can see the out-of-state license plates that fill the parking lot and perfectly detailed rental cars that have just come from the airport.
Because New Mexico is one of the few states left that allows abortion-on-demand up until the moment of birth, it's there were abortionist Curtis Boyd and his cronies kill viable babies (babies that if born down the street at the University of New Mexico's hospital would be given every chance to live). They use the infamous MOLD technique (Misoprostol, Oxytocin, Laminaria, and Digoxin), which injects a lethal dosage of digoxin into the baby's heart and then leaves the mother 3 to 4 days to carry her dead child inside of her until her body is ready for labor. And if she gives birth before making it back to the abortion facility? The "doctors" tell her to just sit on the toilet, call them, and not to look down. more >>
As the U.S. Supreme Court begins to consider whether to take up the Texas abortion ban case, legal experts say it might end up turning on a decision by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
On Nov. 4, Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and other pro-abortion groups appealed to the Supreme Court to reinstate a district court's injunction that blocked a portion of the state's abortion law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, citing that it would close a majority of abortion clinics in the state and block women's access to abortion.
The appeal was filed with Justice Antonin Scalia, who gave the state until Tuesday to file a response. Scalia could rule on the injunction himself, or refer the issue to the nine-member Court. more >>
A Texas anti-abortion group has been accused of plotting on social media to kidnap abortion-seeking women and dropping them off at a church, instead of a clinic, after evangelizing to them. The group has denied this claim, arguing it was being framed by a pro-abortion group attempting to "slander" its name.
Media outlets have been circulating a screenshot of a Facebook post from the weekend that shows the group Praying For You writing a message on the page of the Texas-based anti-abortion group "Abolish Human Abortion [AHA]." The group is clear to note that it does not consider itself to be a pro-life group, but rather an abolitionist group against abortion.
The Praying For You Facebook post, which has since been deleted, suggests that AHA members volunteer to be a part of Cicada Collective, a community group in North Texas that provides transportation, lodging, and information to women seeking abortions. The post suggests AHA members volunteer as drivers for the Cicada Collective, offering to pick women up and drive them to terminate their pregnancies. Instead of driving them to an abortion clinic, however, the incognito AHA member would instead evangelize to them while they're in the car and ultimately drop them off at a church, instead of an abortion clinic, after their appointment time had passed. more >>