Legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate that would prevent the federal government from giving the controversial abortion-giant Planned Parenthood any taxpayer funds for a period of one year, unless the organization can assure the money will not be used to perform abortions.
Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., introduced the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 in the House Tuesday, while Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., introduced the same measure in the Senate Wednesday afternoon. The House bill has 80 original co-sponsors, while Lankford is still gathering Senate co-sponsors.
The bills also make clear that if Planned Parenthood is given funds on the grounds that it won't be used for abortions and actually uses federal funds for abortions in cases other than rape, incest or to save the mother's life, the secretary of Health and Human Services and the secretary of Agriculture are responsible for seeking repayment from the organization. more >>
Undercover videos show that Planned Parenthood abortionists use ultrasounds to help them keep the organs of aborted babies intact, while opposing using ultrasounds to show expectant mothers seeking abortions the life living within their wombs, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina pointed out in a video posted to her Facebook page.
Six pro-life leaders are standing with her in the video. They are, left to right, the Rev. Dean Nelson, Marjorie Dannenfelser, Catherine Davis, Charmaine Yoest, Lori Hoye, and pastor Walter Hoye.
You can watch the video below. more >>
Religious and other pro-life charity organizations that aid sex trafficking victims will longer be awarded federal grants if they are unable to offer abortion counseling services due to religious convictions come this fall after the Obama administration passed a new Department of Health and Human Services grant requirement last month.
According to the Washington Examiner, a change to HHS guidelines passed in June explains that the department is now disqualifying aid organizations that do not offer "the full range of legally permissible gynecological and obstetric care," which also includes abortion counseling and referrals.
The report adds that groups that refuse to offer abortion counseling services to trafficking victims have the option to ensure that abortion counseling is provided through a third-party in order to remain eligible for the grant funding. more >>
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks with the exception of the health of the mother.
Gov. Walker signed Senate Bill 179, which does not include exemptions for rape and incest, into law on Monday along with two other bills on unrelated matters.
Republican 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson recently made the assertion on a Iowa conservative radio show that the "purpose" behind Margaret Sanger's founding of the abortion giant Planned Parenthood was to "eliminate black people," and also questioned whether or not President Barack Obama realizes that.
While the 63-year-old retired neurosurgeon was going in and out of reception during his phone interview with radio host Jan Mickelson on WHO Radio in Des Moines, Mickelson played a clip of an Obama speech from last year where the president defended Planned Parenthood and even said "Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you."
When Carson re-established cell phone connection, he was asked to comment on the president's remarks. more >>
Bonnie Steinroder, longtime friend and one-time pastor for George H.W. Bush who is now recuperating at his summer home in Maine after being hospitalized with a broken vertebra in his neck, says the 91-year-old former president is like "a cat with nine lives."
"He is unbelievable. He is a cat with nine lives," Steinroder, who served as the pastor at First Congregational Church, which was attended by the Bushes, told People.
Steinroder who currently serves as senior minister at First Congregational Church in Holliston, Massachusetts, told People she hasn't seen Bush in person since 2008, but corresponds with him and his wife, Barbara, by letter regularly. more >>