Ohio Defunds Planned Parenthood, Funnels $7.5M Over Two Years to Life-Affirming Pregnancy Centers

The Senate bill now needs to be reconciled with the House version and signed by Gov. Mike DeWine.

The following article authored by Bridget Sielicki of Life Site News is an encouraging report for crisis pregnancy centers and bad news for Planned Parenthood in Ohio.

UPDATE, 8/7/19: The Charlotte Lozier Institute reports that Governor Mike DeWine signed a budget bill on July 18 funneling millions to pregnancy centers. The group writes:

As Planned Parenthood is being defunded of $1.5 million in annual state funds this year, pro-life pregnancy centers are being allocated $7.5 million in Ohio’s state budget. Taken together, these two changes represent a bold stride for protecting unborn lives and supporting women’s well-being at the state level….

Ohio pregnancy centers have been the recipients of $1 million in annual funding through the Parenting and Pregnancy Support Program in previous budgets. The recent appropriation of $7.5 million over two years represents a major increase and opens up considerable funding to the 200 pro-life pregnancy help centers across Ohio. The final two-year budget bill was signed by pro-life Governor Mike DeWine on July 18.

7/1/19: Legislators in Ohio have omitted funding for Planned Parenthood in the state’s annual budget and have pledged to substantially increase funding for crisis pregnancy centers. The Senate’s spending bill cuts $1.5 million in funding from Planned Parenthood and allocates $5 million for the state’s more than 200 pregnancy centers. This is five times the amount of funding that these pregnancy centers have received in the past.

The move comes after a federal appeals court upheld a 2016 Ohio law stripping funding from Planned Parenthood. That law was challenged, with a lower court initially ruling in Planned Parenthood’s favor. However, in March of this year, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the lower court’s ruling, upholding the state’s right to restrict funds to abortion providers.

“Governments generally may do what they wish with public funds, a principle that allows them to subsidize some organizations but not others and to condition receipt of public funds on compliance with certain obligations,” Judge Jeffrey Sutton wrote concerning the ruling. “The Ohio law does not violate a woman’s right to obtain an abortion.”

READ: ‘Major blow to Planned Parenthood’: Appeals court lets Trump admin defund abortion providers

Senate President Larry Obhof spoke of the ruling to Tony Perkins on Washington Watch. He reiterated the state’s desire to funnel funds away from abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood while increasing the funds available to pro-life alternatives. “This is the first budget opportunity we’ve had since [the ruling] to invest additional funds into crisis pregnancy centers, and I’m proud of the work we’ve been able to do so far,” he said.

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Pro-Life Groups Renew Push for ‘Born Alive’ Bill

If a newborn is intentionally killed, the abortion doctor would face fines or up to five years behind bars.

The following report regarding the ‘Born Alive’ Bill was authored by Rachel del Guidice. She is a congressional reporter for The Daily Signal.

Beginning Monday, pro-life activists are renewing efforts to convince members of Congress, home for the August recess, to support a vote on legislation that would protect babies who survive abortions.

In the House, Democrats in the majority have blocked Republicans 80 times from setting up a vote on the “born alive” bill that would protect babies who survive abortion procedures.

Most Americans, however, support a requirement that medical personnel not leave a newborn to die after a failed abortion attempt, Marilyn Musgrave, a Republican who represented Colorado’s 4th Congressional District in the House from 2003 to 2009, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. 

“We’ve done polling on it showing 77% of voters support legislation like [Rep. Ann] Wagner introduced,” Musgrave, now vice president of government affairs for the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said in the interview Friday. 

The House’s Democrat majority has “ignored several issues that really matter to the American people,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal.

“One particularly egregious issue they’ve neglected is protecting the lives of babies who survive abortions, a mandate that is not currently illegal in every state,” McCarthy said, adding:

“After refusing 80 times to bring this necessary, commonsense legislation to the floor for a vote, this majority has revealed to the country that it doesn’t believe all living babies deserve proper medical treatment. That is infanticide. My Republican colleagues and I wholeheartedly disagree, and we will continue to fight for and defend life.”  

The Susan B. Anthony List announced Monday the start of a digital ad campaign targeting nine House Democrats: Cindy Axne of Iowa, Collin Allred of Texas, Abby Finkenauer of Iowa, Lizzie Fletcher of Texas, Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania, Lucy McBath of Georgia, Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, and Haley Stevens of Michigan.

Monday marks six months since introduction in the House of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

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Texas Town Declares Itself a “Sanctuary for Unborn Children,” Bans Abortion Clinics

Every mother who cares about her child will support this kind of legislation

Below is an article published by Life News. The report is authored by Mary Margaret Olohan. She reports on a sanctuary city for unborn babies.

The city of Waskom, Texas, declared itself a sanctuary city for the unborn in June, prompting pro-choice groups to post billboards advocating abortion access in the town.

The Waskom city council passed an ordinance in an effort to ban abortions June 12. Abortions are not currently permitted in the state after 20 weeks, but supporters of the pro-life movement fear stricter abortion laws right across the border in Louisiana will cause more women to come to Texas for the procedure, according to The Washington Post.

Right to Life East Texas, based out of Longview, aided the council in its decision.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a heartbeat bill banning abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected in May, prompting Right to Life East Texas director Mark Lee Dickson to take action, he told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Dickson described the council meeting June 12 when the ordinance was passed. “Not one person was in opposition to the ordinance,” he said.

A variety of publications, including HuffPost, USA Today, and WaPo, note the council that declared Waskom a sanctuary city was composed of all males. Dickson said this was true, but added that the majority of those present in the room were women.

“There are tons of women who support what happened in Waskom,” Dickson told the DCNF.

“The reality is, this ordinance is saying that mothers don’t have the right to end the life of their child,” he added. “That’s common-sense legislation. Every mother who cares about her child will support this kind of legislation. It’s only those who don’t see a child as a human being or who see a child as less than human that will take an issue.”

Abortion activists responded to the move by teaming up with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and the Austin-based Lilith Fund to post billboards in Waskom that read, “Abortion is freedom,” according to WaPo.

“This is an area where even those who are Democrats would cringe at such a statement,” Dickson said. “Abortion is freedom? A lot of people would scratch their heads and say, ‘What is wrong with them?’ Even those who are pro-choice would take issue with that.”

“We can’t be more thankful to the pro-choice groups for everything they are doing – getting them to spend money on billboards, that’s great, that’s that much less money they are spending on the killing of innocent children,” Dickson added.

The Washington Post interviewed residents in the city and found the “majority of local residents” and said they “supported the ordinance and resent more liberal parts of the state plastering their views on billboards in a largely conservative community.”

“I think they did it to take a dig at Waskom,” said local garage owner Jayna Lay, according to WaPo. “They send the wrong message in my opinion. ‘Abortion is freedom,’ that’s a messed up phrase. That’s pretty much saying, ‘Kill your children and you’re free.’ That’s crazy to me.”

The city’s mayor, however, said while he didn’t like the message, organizations have the right to post them.

“I want to make clear that we passed that ordinance to keep abortion clinics out of Waskom,” Waskom Mayor Jesse Moore told WaPo. “I don’t like what they [the billboards] say, but they have got that right.”

Delma Catalina Limones, communications manager for NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, told WaPo that NARAL put up the signs before communicating with anyone in Waskom, and that people called in thanking the organization for it after.

“We refuse to be intimidated, and we will continue to work to expand and protect abortion access in Texas,” Limones said.

Life News report continues here

New “Equality Act” Threat in Congress

The following is from Matt Staver, Founder and Chairman of the Liberty Counsel concerning the ‘Equality Act’. 

 The “Equality Act” is a dangerous bill that was passed by the US House and is in the Senate.  In order to get it to pass and become law attempts are being made to hide it in other legislation.  Please take a moment to read what he has to say and then take the necessary actions. 

Radicals are inserting parts of the dangerous “Equality Act” into other bills. 

It’s an attempt to hide the ball—to camouflage the assault on your liberties concentrated in the horrendous “Equality Act”—a deviously misnamed measure that demolishes religious freedom in favor of LGBT “rights.”

I think you’ll be astonished and alarmed by the legislation Democrats have lined up to push portions of the so-called “Equality Act” through Congress:

  1. Customer Non-Discrimination Act (HR 2687)

If it was honestly named, this bill should be labeled the “Women Beware Act.” It opens all restrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms, etc, to anyone who claims to be the gender listed on the facility door. That means a man claiming to be a woman gains access to women’s facilities—and this applies nationwide.

The bill comes with teeth. It punishes the use of biological distinctions by enabling “discrimination” lawsuits. Critically, this bill victimizes churches, too, because religious freedom exemptions are explicitly denied.

  1. Stronger Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (HR 2480) 

Combating child abuse is critical and to be lauded, but this bill goes beyond that by venturing into social engineering. First, it endorses LGBT taxonomy by adding “sexual and gender minority youth” to its list of benefited parties. Such youth are defined as gay, lesbian or bisexual individuals.

In addition, there is proposed language that would deem it “child abuse” for parents or guardians to refuse to give a child hormones or so-called sex reassignment surgery. And when parents refuse, the child could be removed from the home.

“MegaBus #1”–Four Appropriations Bills combined in HR 2740

This is the biggest threat because it is part of “must-pass” legislation, meaning it is part of a vitally important measure that Congress must enact. Already approved in the House, the massive “Megabus #1” appropriations bill is awaiting action in the Senate. And that’s where we must call on senators to strip out provisions that push the LGBT agenda.

We discovered pro-LGBT language that can be used to attack our freedom hidden in four sections of this bill (numbers reflect sections of the bill):

  1. Labor HHS (Division A)
  2. Defense (Division C)
  3. Energy and Water (Division E) and
  4. State and Foreign Ops (Division D) Here, LGBT advocates inserted text requiring the State Department and USAID tostudy, track and report on LGBT laws around the world in its annual Human Rights Report. It also requires both State and USAID to document and report their own efforts to promote LGBT behaviors.

And let me quickly list two more stealth attacks:

Do No Harm Act, which attacks religious freedom exemptions (HR 1450), and

Refund Equality Act, which will give more than 55 million dollars to same-sex couples (HR 3234 or S 1564)

+ + Defend freedom and make your voice heard!

 

Take ActionDemocrats are trying to pass the “Equality Act” piecemeal by inserting portions of this bad legislation into other bills. You can help stop this stealth attack by contacting Congress today.  Click here to find your elected officials.   To Send a fax through Liberty Counsel, please use this link. 

 

 

Action Alert! Contact President Trump And Your Senators Today Regarding H.B. 2740

The following was sent to me from John O’Brien, a long-time pro-life warrior from West Chester, Pennsylvania.  Please, for the sake of the preborn babies, take the time to send a message to your Senators and to President Trump today!  

This bill blocks the Administration’s final rule related to pro-life changes to the Title X family planning program. It also inserted wording, blocking any future President from  ever issuing a similar pro-life policy again.

 The Bill now goes to the Senate for input; then to Pres. Trump who will have tons of pressure to sign.

Time for action

THIS IS A BUDGET BILL AND THERE WILL BE GREAT PRESSURE ON PRESIDENT TRUMP TO SIGN IT.

Urgent Legislative Alert from the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

The following action alert is from Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation in reference to merit selection of judges.

If you want to retain your right to vote for judges in Pennsylvania and make sure that Governor Wolf does not appoint pro-abortion judges, then please take a moment and send a message to your Pennsylvania State Representative (link for contact information is provided by the Federation below).  

 

Pa Action Alert

House Bill 111, the so-called merit selection of judges bill, would take away the public’s right to vote for judges. Instead, a pro-abortion Governor could make the appointments. The bill could be voted on by the PA House of Representatives at any time.

Action Item: Please call and email your state representative with this urgent message: “Please oppose House Bill 111. I do not want my right to vote for judges to be taken away.”

If you do not know who your state representative is, or you need contact information, please use this link.   

Thank you for making these critical calls and sending these important emails!

New Jersey Action Alert: Tell your 3 State Legislators to Protect Religious Employers’ Exemption

Vote No on A5508/S3804

 

Take Action on Religious Freedom

from Marie Tasy, Executive Director – New Jersey Right to Life

The NJ Legislature has fast tracked a package of healthcare bills which include A5508/S3804.  Unfortunately, the bills will expand insurance coverage for abortion inducing drugs and eliminate the religious employers’ exemption contained in New Jersey law (P.L. 2005, C.251).

If the religious employers’ exemption is eliminated, Catholic parishes, schools and other Religious institutions would be forced to provide insurance coverage for abortion inducing drugs.

Please click on the link below ASAP to urge your legislators to Vote No on A5508/S3804.  These bills are being fast-tracked so please take this action immediately!

Ask the Legislature to Protect the Religious Employers’ Exemption

 

 

 

Student for Life of America Student Retreats

For the first time ever, Students for Life of America will be offering special Leadership Retreats as an opportunity for pro-life students to grow in their skills as young leaders. These regional events have specially tailored the meet the specific needs of the students in that area – infanticide response for the D.C. area, city activism in Texas, sidewalk counseling & Gosnell visits in Philly, and campus abortion pill action in California.

These retreats are coming this summer, and though the finer details are still being worked out, we wanted to let you know about them so you can plan accordingly! Stay tuned for more details – we hope to see you there!

 

Capital Area (VA, DC, MD)

Theme: #ResistInfanticide

Dates: Early August, dates TBD

Expected Events: Apologetics Training, Activism in D.C., Door-Knocking with SBA List

Visit the website HERE to see more details and to register.

Regional Coordinator to contact for more info: Stephanie Schmitt, sschmitt@studentsforlife.org

 

Philadelphia

Theme: TBD!

Dates: June 23-29

Expected Events: See Gosnell’s facility, Sidewalk Counseling at Planned Parenthood, Apologetics Training, Educational Activism at Creation Fest Northeast

Visit the website HERE to see more details and to register.

Regional Coordinator to contact for more info: Liana Hollendonner, lhollendonner@studentsforlife.org

 

Texas

Theme: Rock the Pro-Life Movement, Shake the Abortion Industry

Pick up: Houston, Dallas or San Antonio

Dates: July 28-August 4

Expected Events: Outreach at Rock the Desert, Sidewalk Advocacy, City activism, special projects for PRCs and maternity homes, pro-life movie screening in a city park, abortion worker outreach, and hands-on training to take your pro-life leadership to the next level this upcoming school year!

Visit the website HERE for more details and to register.

Regional Coordinator to contact for more info: Sarah Zarr, szarr@studentsforlife.org

 

California

Theme: West Coast Stop Campus Abortions Mission Trip

Dates: June 23-28

Expected Events: Stop SB-24 through rallies, lobbying, and protests. Also, will be visiting a pregnancy center and sidewalk counseling

Visit the website HERE for more details and to register.

Regional Coordinators to contact for more info:

Katie Lodjic: klodjic@studentsforlife.org

Anna Bakh: abakh@studentsforlife.org

NJ Pro-Life Assembly Bills Introduced – Action Needed

from Marie Tasy, Executive Director – New Jersey Right to Life 

I wanted to make you aware of three new pro-life Assembly bills listed below that we have worked with legislators to help craft and introduce.

Senate companion versions will be introduced shortly.

Take Action

Please thank the legislative sponsors of these bills and if your legislators did not sponsor these bills, please contact them and ask them to become a co- sponsor these bills.  Please also ask them to urge their leadership to  post the bills for a vote asap.  Please share this information with your pro-life networks, friends and family.

The NJ Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (A5287)
Click here to view the Assembly sponsors of A5287
Click here to read more about the bill

The bill is modeled after the federal bill by the same name.  It provides that, if an abortion or attempted abortion results in a child born alive, any health care professional present at the time the child is born alive is to exercise the same degree of professional skill, care and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care professional would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, and ensure that the child is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital for treatment.

The bill imposes the following penalties:

  • Any person who violates the provisions of the Act is to be guilty of a crime of the third degree punishable by three to five years in prison, a fine of up to $15,000, or both.
  • A person who intentionally performs or attempts to perform an overt act that kills a child born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion is to be guilty of violating N.J.S. 2C:11-3, punishable by 30 years to life in prison.
  • A health care professional and any employee who has knowledge of a failure to comply with the requirements of this bill’s provisions is to immediately report the failure to an appropriate State or federal law enforcement agency or both or be guilty of a crime of the fourth degree, punishable by imprisonment for up to 18 months, a fine of up to $10,000 or both.

The bill exempts the mother of a child born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion from prosecution.

A5525 Repeals “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act.” 
This bill will repeal the NJ Assisted Suicide bill signed into law by Governor Murphy on April 12, 2019.

Prime Sponsor: 
  • Asm. Robert Auth
Co-Sponsors:
  • Parker Space
    Ronald Dancer
    John DiMaio

A5469 makes it a crime of the first degree to coerce a patient to request medication pursuant to the “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act” or to forge a patient’s request for such medication.

This bill addresses some of the flaws in the NJ Assisted Suicide bill signed by Governor Murphy on April 12, 2019.

Sponsors:

Auth, Robert   as Primary Sponsor

DiMaio, John   as Co-Sponsor

Peterson, Erik   as Co-Sponsor

Dancer, Ronald S.   as Co-Sponsor

Handlin, Amy H.   as Co-Sponsor

Thomson, Edward H.   as Co-Sponsor

DiMaso, Serena   as Co-Sponsor

McGuckin, Gregory P.   as Co-Sponsor

Wolfe, David W.   as Co-Sponsor

Clifton, Robert D.   as Co-Sponsor
Thank you so much for acting on our Alerts and continuing to be a voice for the voiceless!

Understanding The Life Appropriation Act

The following video was sent to me by John Gunter Jr. , Special Forces Of Liberty.

The Life Appropriation Act would prohibited any state or federal tax payer dollars to any facility providing ‘convenience abortions’ (which means abortions that do not involve rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger). 

All human life is sacred from conception until natural death and abortion is never the solution to a problem. Nevertheless, I think that this Act is a step in the right direction and should be introduced in every state.  Below is the video summarizing this Act along with a link to talking points.

TALKING POINTS FOR THE LIFE APPROPRIATION ACT 2019

 

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