Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has asked the state's Department of Human Services to end its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood, whose officials were shown discussing delivery of babies' body parts in secretly taped videos. StemExpress, a tissue company, is also cutting its ties with the abortion provider.
"It is apparent that after the recent revelations on the actions of Planned Parenthood, that this organization does not represent the values of the people of our state and Arkansas is better served by terminating any and all existing contracts with them," Hutchinson said in a statement Friday.
The Republican governor added that this includes "their affiliated organization, Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma." more >>
A student in Nevada who wanted to start a pro-life club at her school, but was denied the request, has filed a complaint against her school district.
Angelique Clark, a student at West Career and Technical Academy in the Clark County School District, had her complaint filed Thursday in district court.
"Clark … wishes to exercise her free speech rights, protected by federal and state law, to create a pro-life club in order to educate her fellow students on the issue of abortion and to offer hope and resources to help in the cases of crisis pregnancies," read the complaint. more >>
Undercover videos showing abortion provider Planned Parenthood selling aborted baby parts can continue after biomedical company StemExpress failed, through legal action, to stop their release.
The Superior Court of the state of California issued a ruling Thursday denying StemExpress' request for a "specified discovery" that would have given them possession of the video and thus kept it from being released publicly.
"The Court, for good cause shown, may order that 'specified discovery' be conducted notwithstanding the general prohibition. Plaintiff seeks to demonstrate that such good cause exists. However, Plaintiff's papers fail to make that showing," read the ruling. more >>
Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and Donald Trump were criticized by pro-life activists this week after they waffled on their positions regarding abortion, research on aborted baby body parts and funding Planned Parenthood.
After Carson indicated support for the abortion drug RU-486 in the case of rape or incest, Cavuto asked Carson, "At the point of conception do you see that as life Doctor?"
"Certainly once the heart starts beating, certainly at that point," replied Carson. more >>
Dr. Ben Carson has had a rough couple of days. Carson, who is running for president, doing well fundraising, and has fared well in the polls, may have taken a big hit with pro-life activists he will need if he plans to win the Iowa Caucus.
Carson has been vocally critical of Planned Parenthood's involvement in fetal tissue research that has allegedly been done for profit. Wednesday, a blogger published excerpts of a paper Carson co-wrote in 1992 that described research he carried out using aborted fetuses.
Famed retired neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said Thursday night that he is "sickened" by allegations that he has done research on fetal tissue and dismissed them as untrue and "pathetic," while noting how he has spent his "entire life caring for children."
On Wednesday a blog post by Dr. Jen Gunter alleged that Dr. Carson, who spent many years as the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is a staunch opponent of abortion, had done research on fetal tissue taken from "two fetuses aborted at the ninth and 17th week of gestation."
Gunter is an outspoken advocate for legalized abortion. In a July op-ed for The New Republic she argued that fetuses are not actually unborn babies and she used the term "products of conception" to describe aborted babies. more >>