A group of pro-life activists and leaders including presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul denied that Republicans in Congress will shut down the federal government over Planned Parenthood funding.
The Capitol Hill rally, "#WomenBetrayed: The Real Stories Rally & Lobby Day," took place amid speculation that Republicans will force a government shutdown to stop Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding.
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, told those gathered Thursday afternoon that contrary to some reports pro-lifers did not want a government shutdown. more >>
The United Methodist Church will soon implement changes to its employee insurance coverage that will increase out-of-pocket expenses due to the Affordable Care Act.
In late August the Board of Directors for the UMC General Council on Finance and Administration agreed to revise the insurance coverage for bishops and general church employees.
In a rare act of dissent, five circuit judges have denounced a ruling by a federal court against a group of nuns trying to get an exemption from the federal government's birth control mandate, calling the decision "clearly and gravely wrong."
In July, a three-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Little Sisters of the Poor, arguing that the Catholic order cannot be exempted from the Department of Health and Human Services' birth control mandate.
In the dissent published Thursday, five circuit judges argued that the panel decision against the nuns was "clearly and gravely wrong — on an issue that has little to do with contraception and a great deal to do with religious liberty." more >>
A Hastings, Minnesota, woman who gave birth to conjoined twin girls last week but is now grieving the loss of one which died during an operation to separate the sisters, is also giving thanks to God through her heartbreak. Amber McCullough, a 31-year-old U.S. Army Reserves captain and attorney, gave birth to Hannah and Olivia via Cesarean section at just 32 weeks into her pregnancy at Children's Hospital Colorado.
"I believe in the Word and I believe in the power of prayer. Prayer, the power in the Word, and the amazing talent of the medical professionals here is a recipe for life in Hannah's case," she wrote on her GoFundMe page. "I believe all those things have taken us this far which is a very long ways already with all things considered."
The surviving twin, Hannah, is in "critical but stable" condition in the neonatal intensive-care unit as medical teams provide care for her cognition, jaundice, pulmonary hypertension and premature lungs that hinder her breathing. She even lost all of her blood volume during the surgery, which stopped her heart, but she eventually pulled through. more >>
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards admitted to Congress on Thursday that a Planned Parenthood clinic involved in fetal tissue research currently sells aborted baby body parts for $60 per baby, which critics say far exceeds what is allowed by law for reimbursement costs.
Planned Parenthood also released a report on the series of undercover videos appearing to show Planned Parenthood's involvement in the illegal harvesting and selling of aborted baby parts. The report, paid for by Planned Parenthood and from a liberal research group that has conducted opposition research for the Democratic Party, claims the videos falsely represent Planned Parenthood.
In a letter sent to congressional leaders addressing the recent undercover video series produced by the Center for Medical Progress that attempts to expose legal violations within the the abortion giant's fetal tissue reimbursement practices, Richards claimed that CMP's videos are nothing more than a "smear" campaign and asserted that her organization has violated no laws. more >>
A regional chapter of Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit against Louisiana following the state's decision to defund the abortion provider.
Filed Tuesday in district court by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc., the suit aims to get an injunction stopping a state effort to cut Medicaid-related funds to the controversial women's health care provider.
"Unless enjoined, the termination of PPGC's Medicaid provider agreements will take effect on September 2, 2015, immediately disqualifying PPGC from providing basic and preventive health care services to over 5200 Louisiana women and men who depend on that care," reads the lawsuit. more >>