While the U.S. House votes Friday on a measure to defund Planned Parenthood via the complex reconciliation process, key questions remain unanswered as public tax dollars continue to be entangled with the nonprofit group's finances.
When a series of undercover videos thrust Planned Parenthood into the national spotlight, leaders in Congress began an investigation to make known any unlawful or unethical actions occurring at Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide — facilities which currently receive over $528 million annually from American taxpayers.
Over the past two months, the U.S. House has held four hearings investigating the practices, finances and other aspects of the nation's largest abortion provider. The latest Planned Parenthood hearing held on October 8 offers instructive insights on where the debate stands. more >>
A video showing abortion executives applauding and laughing about late-term abortions has been leaked to the public.
"An eyeball just fell down into my lap and that's gross, and I say to myself, 'This abortion is going well; it's going safely,'" said Dr. Uta Landy, reading comments from abortion providers during a conference in 2014.
Landy's comments were accompanied by laughter and applause. She is the former director for Planned Parenthood California, according to the por life group Live Action News, and works for the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health in San Francisco. more >>
Three California churches have filed a complaint against the state over a recently implemented health insurance provision mandating the coverage of elective abortions.
Foothill Church of Glendora, Calvary Chapel in Chino, and Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch filed the complaint last Friday in U.S. District Court. The suit, filed against the director of the California Department of Managed Health Care, seeks injunctive relief from the abortion mandate.
"Plaintiffs believe, as a matter of religious conviction, that it would be sinful and immoral for them intentionally to pay for, participate in, facilitate, or otherwise support abortion, which they believe destroys innocent human life," reads the complaint. more >>
A Vatican spokesman is condemning claims that Pope Francis has a brain tumor as being false and gravely irresponsible.
An Italian newspaper reported Wednesday that Francis has a small, dark spot on his brain, but that it could be treated and cured without surgery.
The Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, slammed the claim as "completely unfounded and seriously irresponsible," as well as "absolutely inexcusable and unconscionable." more >>
The secular progressive tactic of advocating death in the name of liberty continues, this time in the state of California, where Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide in that state.
This makes California the fourth state to embrace the practice, after Oregon, Washington, and Vermont.
Commenting on his decision to sign the bill, Governor Brown remarked that were he afflicted with a painful terminal illness he would not want to suffer in his final days of life, the implication being that physician-assisted suicide is a means for individuals to free themselves from the physical suffering and indignity that natural death entails. more >>
A member of a North Carolina Baptist church is now able to reduce his daily intake of medication thanks to a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables provided by his pastor.
Pastor Richard Joyner, 62, grows the crops on church property, and at other locations, to provide healthy foods for his community. He started the practice at Conetoe Chapel Missionary after presiding over many funerals for members who died from diseases related to poor nutrition.
"We had at least 20 funerals per year, and a lot of the deaths were health-related — poor diets, no exercise," said Joyner to Encore.org. "It just started to feel unconscionable that you would see someone 100 pounds overweight on Sunday and not say anything about it. Then they'd die of a heart attack." more >>