In a fifth undercover video highlighting Planned Parenthood's controversial sell of aborted baby parts, Melissa Farrell, director of research at the organization's Gulf Coast branch, touted the clinic's ability to deliver intact babies for a higher reward despite the sell or purchase of human fetal tissue being a federal felony.
In the video posted to YouTube by the Center for Medical Progress on Tuesday, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Farrell at the abortion-clinic headquarters of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston, Texas, to discuss a potential partnership to harvest aborted babies' organs.
"Where we probably have an edge over other organizations, our organization has been doing research for many many years," Farrell tells the actors in the video. more >>
A bill has been introduced in the Senate that would protect the freedom of religious organizations, institutions and businesses that believe an Affordable Care Act mandate, or "accommodation," requiring the coverage of contraception and abortion-inducing drugs in employee or student health insurance plans violates their religious beliefs.
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla. announced Tuesday morning that he and 13 other senators have introduced the Health Care Conscience Rights Act in the Senate to go along with a similar bill introduced in the House by Reps. Diane Black, R-Tenn., Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., and John Fleming, R-La. in February.
The act would provide an exemption to the "burdensome" Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," Department of Health and Human Services mandate to religious businesses, schools, charities, and other organizations and would ensure that those institutions are not forced to choose between following the law and compromising their religious beliefs on issues like birth control and abortion-inducing drugs. more >>
The U.S. Senate has rejected a bill to defund Planned Parenthood and transfer its estimated $500 million in federal funds to other women's health sources.
Senate Bill 1881 failed to get the 60 votes required to have debate closed and a vote on the proposed legislation granted, with the results largely falling along party lines.
Introduced by Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, S. 1881 called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and placing it in other sources for women's health. more >>
David Daleiden, head of the pro-life group Center for Medical Progress, alleges that StemExpress — a biotechnology company that sells aborted baby organs for tens of thousands of dollars — is trying to use the courts to block the release of future undercover videos because they might reveal "evidence of born alive infants."
"In a meeting with their top leadership they [StemExpress] admitted they sometimes get fully intact fetuses shipped to their laboratory from the abortion clinics they work with, and that could be prima facie evidence of born alive infants," Daleiden asserted on CNN Friday.
California-based StemExpress is "very scared," he said, about seeing the next undercover videos released to the public because they might reveal illegal partial-birth abortions are being carried out to obtain intact tissue and organs for research. more >>
Planned Parenthood claimed this week that its website was hacked by "extremists," but some media outlets are asking questions regarding the validity of its allegations, even going so far as to call it a "PR stunt."
Media reports of the hacking of Planned Parenthood's website surfaced Monday with The Christian Post reporting the story of the purported hacking by a "shadowy" pro-life group. The Associated Press made mention of the possible security breach in a Wednesday story regarding Planned Parenthood's call for a federal study on fetal tissue research, and its report seemed to question some of the organization's claims:
The group also took its websites down after a hacker attack it blamed on "anti-abortion extremists" blocked access by what Planned Parenthood said are the sites' 200,000 daily visitors. The organization declined to say publicly how it knew the attackers were abortion foes, and said it fixed the problem but took its sites down for the day to "ensure that we are fully protected." more >>
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson teamed up with comedian Joel McHale to raise $24,000 for children with cancer by towing a Boeing 737 airplane.
Wilson, the "team captain" in the initiative called "Strong Against Cancer" launched by the Seattle Children's Hospital and Research Foundation, competed against Seattle native McHale to tug a 92,000-pound Alaska Airlines 737-800 aircraft 25 feet.
Wilson and McHale, who grew up in Seattle, spent three weeks handpicking their teams out of members of Alaska's maintenance and engineering employees along with Washington residents on Alaska's Facebook page. Alaska's Mileage Plan members in the Seattle area purchased tickets to attend the event where they cheered on their celebrity team captains from the bleachers. more >>