UN Agencies Pressure Malawi to Liberalize Abortion. A proposed bill in Malawi would allow “safe” and “legal” abortions in cases of fetal anomalies, cases of rape or incest, and if the pregnancy is said to threaten the physical or mental health of the mother. Read more here.
New ‘Abortion Finder’ Tool Helps Women Find Abortion Clinics. Located at AbortionFinder.org, a new search tool for women to find abortion providers includes more than 750 clinics, making it “the most comprehensive directory of trusted and verified abortion service providers in the United States.” Read more here.
U.S. Bishops Tell Catholic Voters Abortion is ‘Preeminent Issue’ in 2020 Election. America’s Catholic bishops are reiterating the Church’s longstanding teaching that abortion is the “preeminent” social issue when it comes to voting. Read more here.
NI Warns of Medical Abortion Risks. Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has warned that women who self-administer medical abortions at home are “at risk.” Read more here.
UK Abortion Clinic Censorship Zones Bill Fails to Pass. A radical abortion clinic censorship zone bill brought forward by Rupa Huq MP has failed to pass through the Commons at its Second Reading. Read more here.
Pope Francis Decries Abortion in UN Message. Speaking to the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly via a video message, Pope Francis said that the problem of today’s “throwaway culture” was rooted in a disrespect for human dignity. Read more here.
TN District Attorney Refuses to Enforce New Abortion Law. Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk has declined to enforce an abortion law passed this year which requires abortion providers to inform women that chemical abortions may be reversible halfway through the two-drug process. Read more here.
Trump to Sign ‘Born-Alive’ Order Protecting Babies Who Survive Abortion. President Donald Trump announced that he will sign an executive order to ensure that babies who are born alive receive proper medical care. Read more here.
UNM E-mails Show Repeated Demand for Aborted Baby Brains and Hearts. Documents detailing repeated requests for aborted fetal body parts from the University of New Mexico have been released after being used as evidence in the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. Read more here.
Trump to UN: Protect the Unborn. President Trump told world leaders that the United States is committed to “protecting unborn children” in remarks to the United Nations General Assembly. Read more here.
Data Show Increase in U.S. Abortions. The Charlotte Lozier Institute published a new report on emerging abortion trends in the United States which showed a nearly two percent increase in abortions from 2017 to 2018. Read more here.
Thousands of Pro-Lifers Take Part in German ‘March for Life.’ More than 3,000 pro-lifers gathered in the German capital to participate in the annual “March for Life.” Read more here.
U.S. Senate Democrats Block Vote on Bill to Save Babies From Abortion. Senate Democrats blocked a vote on a bill to save unborn babies from being killed in more abortions using the dangerous abortion pill that is increasingly sold by mail. Read more here.
Colorado to Vote on Banning Late-Term Abortions. During the General Election in November, Colorado residents will vote on a ballot initiative that will decide whether to ban abortions after 22 weeks. Read more here.
Polish President Joins Warsaw March for Life. The March for Life and Family passed through the streets of Warsaw joined by President Andrzej Duda. Read more here.
Survey Shows Drop in Global Approval of Abortion. The survey involving 17,500 adults across 25 countries showed that 70 percent think abortion should be legal in some circumstances, down from 75 percent just four years ago. Read more here.
MP Calls for End to Sex-Selective Abortion in Canada. Introduced by Cathy Wagantall MP, the Sex Selective Abortion Act would prohibit medical professionals from performing abortions “knowing that the abortion is sought solely on the grounds of the child’s genetic sex.” Read more here.
Record Participation Anticipated for 40 Days for Life Despite Pandemic. The annual pro-life prayer vigil campaign 40 Days for Life will reportedly break a record for the most participating cities this year, despite pandemic-related shutdowns. Read more here.
Trump Admin Moves to Close Abortion Funding Loopholes Overseas. This week the U.S. State Department proposed a new rule that further expands the so-called Mexico City Policy to federal government contractors and subcontractors. Currently the policy, which blocks U.S. funding to abortion-promoting groups overseas, is limited to foreign organizations receiving global health assistance grants. Read more here.
Malawi Considers Legalizing Abortion Up to Birth. An extreme abortion bill, which has the backing of international abortion organization Ipas and would allow abortion on demand right up to the point of birth, is due to be brought forward to Malawi’s National Assembly. Read more here.
Religious Bodies Unite Against Malawi Abortion Law. Religious organizations representing Muslims and Christians have asked Members of Parliament in Malawi to reject a bill which would legalize abortion. Read more here.
New Billboards Promote Taxpayer-Funded Abortions in Chicago. The pro-abortion billboards are part of the Chicago Abortion Fund’s campaign to inform Illinois women that they may be able to get taxpayers to pay for their abortions. Read more here.
U.S. Stands Against ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health’ as Promotion of Abortion at UN. U.S. diplomat Jason Mack stated that the U.S. does not “accept references to sexual and reproductive health,” pointing to the use of the phrase to legitimize abortion as a “health service.” Read more here.
City Rejects Proposed Fence to Shield Abortion Clinic. An Illinois city council rejected a request to approve the construction of a fence around an abortion facility to prevent pro-lifers from reaching out to women with information, support and prayer. Read more here.
BMA Backs Calls to Continue DIY Home Abortions. In the latest push to make home abortions permanent, the British Medical Association has voted through a motion in support of continuing remote prescription of early abortion pills after the pandemic. Read more here.
Dozens of Prayer Vigils Held in U.S. to Remember Babies Killed in Abortion. The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children began in 2013 on the 25th anniversary of the burial of 1,500 abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to the Pro-Life Action League. Read more here.
U.S. Joins Vatican in Condemning UN Resolution Promoting Abortion as ‘Health Care.’ Both United States and Vatican representatives to the UN criticized the inclusion of language promoting “sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights” in the “Comprehensive and Coordinated Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic” resolution recently passed by the UN. Read more here.
BPAS Hails Record Abortion Numbers as Pandemic Success Story. The UK’s largest abortion provider, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, has declared the significant rise in the number of abortions performed so far in 2020 as “one of the few healthcare success stories of this pandemic.” Read more here.
Former Employee at Whole Woman’s Health Says They Exploit Abortion ‘Loopholes.’ A former employee of Whole Woman’s Health in Texas has spoken out about her experience working for the abortion chain notorious for disregarding patient safety and state regulations. Read more here.
Abortion Giant Pushing to Legalize Abortion in Kenya as 85% Say It ‘Should Never Be Permitted.’ Abortion giant IPAS is seeking a review into the widespread decriminalization of abortion across Africa, starting in Kenya, despite 85% of Kenyans saying abortion should never be permitted. Read more here.
City in Court for Unequal Treatment of Pro-Life Group. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has filed an application for judicial review on behalf of Alberta March for Life Association against the City of Edmonton, after the city abruptly cancelled a scheduled lighting of the High Level Bridge for the 2019 March for Life, calling the event too “polarizing.” Read more here.
Pro-Life Lawyers Oppose Bill to Legalize Abortion in DR. A group of pro-life lawyers in the Dominican Republic have called on lawmakers to reject a bill legalizing abortion in certain cases. Read more here.
License of Arkansas Abortionist Suspended Over Public Endangerment. An Arkansas abortionist, Thomas H. Tvedten, 74, has had his medical license suspended on an emergency basis after the Arkansas State Medical Board determined that his acts of “gross negligence and ignorant malpractice” on a minor girl posed a danger to the public. Read more here.
Armenian Opposition MP to Introduce Bill Banning Abortion. Armenian MP Naira Zohrabyan plans to introduce a bill in parliament which preserves an unborn baby’s right to life. Read more here.
Trump Admin Proposes Mexico City Policy Expansion. The Trump administration has announced plans to expand the Mexico City Policy, which limits access to U.S. overseas aid by organizations involved in abortions, to include military and government contracts overseas. Read more here.
Hearing Nears on Three Arkansas Abortion Laws. Attorneys challenging and defending three abortion laws passed in 2019 by the Arkansas legislature are preparing to face off September 23 in oral arguments, via videoconference, before a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. Read more here.
Dubious Data Used to Promote Abortion Bill in Kenya. The Kenya Senate is considering a “reproductive health” bill that would promote abortion, jeopardize the conscience rights of health care providers, and enshrine in law a right to assisted reproductive technology, all based on highly questionable statistics. Read more here.
Infamous Abortionist Has Medical License Suspended and Clinic Shut Down. Alabama abortionist Dr. Leah N. Torres, who once bragged that babies can’t scream because she cuts their vocal cords, had her medical license suspended; additionally, the Tuscaloosa abortion clinic where she serves as medical director had their application to practice medicine denied. Read more here.
UK Org Launches Public Awareness Campaign on the Dangers of DIY Home Abortions. Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has launched a nationwide public awareness campaign on the dangers of DIY home abortions. Read more here.
U.S. Physicians Seek Continuation of Eased Access to Abortion Pill During Pandemic. Lawyers for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists urged the Supreme Court to leave in place a ruling that allows patients to forego a requirement that they visit a medical office in order to obtain the abortion pill. Read more here.
UK 2020 Abortion Numbers Show Drastic Increase Over 2019’s All-Time High. Statistics released by the UK’s Department of Health & Social Care show that 109,836 abortions were performed for English and Welsh residents in the first six months of 2020. That is an increase of 4,296 from the same time period in 2019. Read more here.
New Survey Shows Less Support for Abortion Worldwide. Out of the 25 countries surveyed, 56% showed a decline in abortion support “whenever a woman decides she wants one” or “in certain circumstances, such as if a woman has been raped.” Read more here.
Seattle Church Fights State Abortion Mandate. A Seattle-area church is fighting in court for its religious rights because the state of Washington is trying to force churches to violate their pro-life religious beliefs in order to cover elective abortions in their health insurance plans. Read more here.
Argentina Abortion Bill Delayed Until 2021. Cabinet Chief Santiago Cafiero has confirmed that President Alberto Fernández’s government will be postponing its bill to legalize abortion until 2021. Read more here.
Gruesome Logs Detail Organs Harvested From Preborn Children in All Trimesters. The pro-life group Abortion on Trial has obtained detailed logs from the University of New Mexico describing body parts harvested from aborted children during all three trimesters of pregnancy. Read more here.
Pro-Life Demonstration Held Against Extreme Abortion Legislation in New Zealand. Over 1,000 people took part in a pro-life demonstration in New Zealand against the extreme abortion legislation which allows abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth. Read more here.
U.S. Supreme Court Could Rule Soon on Abortion Pill Regulations. The Supreme Court could soon rule on a major abortion case after the Trump administration appealed to maintain safety regulations of the abortion pill. Read more here.
Attempt Underway to Introduce Extreme Abortion Law in Namibia. Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula said he would push to introduce abortion on demand in Namibia if he gets enough support from women, and days later Deputy Health Minister Esther Muinjangue put forward a motion calling for a debate on the topic. Read more here.
Hundreds Flood City Council Meeting Urging Abortion Ban. More than 200 residents in Lubbock, Texas, urged their city council to pass an ordinance that would outlaw abortion within the city limits before Planned Parenthood moves in. Read more here.
Uyghur Doctor Says She Killed Infants, Tore Wombs Out of Women. An unnamed Uyghur woman who claims to have worked as a gynecologist in Xinjiang, China has said that she personally sterilized women, forced them to abort children, killed infants, and tore out wombs. Read more here.
Abortion Clinic Under Criminal Investigation After Killing Woman in Botched Abortion. It has been confirmed that the death of a woman who visited the West Alabama Women’s Center abortion facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on May 7, 2020 is under criminal investigation. Read more here.
Kenyan Bishops Call on Government to Shut Down Abortion Clinics. Catholic Bishops in Kenya have called on the government to close all clinics and health units that are procuring abortions and administering contraceptives to minors and teenagers in the name of protecting them. Read more here.
Britain Sees 500 DIY Abortions Daily Since March. Since March 2020, around 500 women a day in Britain have performed their own chemical abortion at home with no medical supervision or support as a direct result of the government’s “pills by post” home abortion program. Read more here.
Court Blocks Trump Admin Abortion Rules in Maryland. A divided federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s decision blocking the enforcement in Maryland of Trump administration rules that prohibit taxpayer-funded family planning clinics in the Title X program from making abortion referrals. Read more here.
Ecuador’s Bishops Speak Out Against Attempt to Liberalize Abortion Laws. If a woman presents herself to a medical center at any point after beginning an attempt to terminate her pregnancy, doctors are required to finish the procedure, a requirement bishops say violates the right of conscience objection for medical personnel. Read more here.
U.S. House Members Urge FDA to Ban Abortion Pill. In addition to 20 senators who sent a similar message, 72 Republican House members have sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration demanding that the abortion pill be pulled from the market as an “imminent hazard to the public health.” Read more here.
Scottish Govt to Make Expanding Abortion Access a Priority. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the Scottish Government will expand access to abortion in Scotland, despite last year’s figures being the second highest on record. Read more here.
After Outcry, PA Abortion Centers Apparently Resume Being Inspected. Abortion center inspections have apparently resumed in Pennsylvania after a five-month hiatus. Read more here.
Shrine in Memory of Aborted Children Dedicated in Mexico. The Mexican pro-life association Los Inocentes de María (Mary’s Innocent Ones) has dedicated a shrine in Guadalajara in memory of aborted children. Read more here.
Man Sold Newborn Baby for $700 After Wife Refused Abortion. Tapan Palai, of Salia Sahi, Odisha, India, is accused of kidnapping and selling his newborn son for 50,000 rupees (about $680) after his wife refused to have an abortion. Read more here.
UN Secretary General Tells Feminists He Won’t Let U.S. Undermine Abortion Rights. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says he wants to “make sure that governments to do not [sic] take advantage of COVID-19 to undermine sexual and reproductive rights and to put into question the services that are provided.” Read more here.
U.S. Senators Ask the FDA to Classify the Abortion Pill as Dangerous. A group of 20 Republican senators sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration, calling on Commissioner Stephen Hahn to “classify the abortion pill as an ‘imminent hazard to the public health’ that poses a ‘significant threat of danger’ and remove this pill from the U.S. market.” Read more here.
Malta Candidate for PM Says He Would Resign if Abortion is Legalized. Malta candidate for Prime Minister Bernard Grech said he would be ready to resign as PM if Malta votes for the introduction of abortion so that he would not be the PM under whom Malta introduces the controversial practice. Read more here.
New Billboards Across U.S. Declare: ‘Black Preborn Lives Matter.’ A new awareness campaign is placing billboards across the country that draw attention to the No. 1 killer of black lives in America: abortion. Read more here.
UK May Make At-Home Abortions Permanent. The United Kingdom is seriously considering making permanent a temporary measure allowing for women to do medical abortions at home without going to a clinic, as about 90,000 at-home medical abortions have occurred since the rule was suspended in March. Read more here.
Man Kills Pregnant Girlfriend and Unborn Baby After She Refuses Abortion. A Tennessee man is accused of murdering a pregnant woman and her unborn baby after she refused to have an abortion. Tennessee law recognizes “a human embryo or fetus at any stage of gestation in utero” as a victim of murder. Read more here.
Abortion Debate Continues in Bangladesh. A court ruling in Bangladesh has triggered a fresh debate over abortion in the socially and religiously conservative Muslim-majority South Asian nation. Read more here.
Latin America Sought Help for Pandemic, UN Gave Them Abortion. A coalition of 434 human rights organizations have backed an International Manifesto for the Right to Life in response to abortion provision sections in the United Nations Population Fund’s Global Humanitarian Response Plan: COVID-19. Read more here.
German Court Fines Pro-Life Activist for Comparing Abortionists to Nazis. The District Court of Hamburg ruled on a petition for an injunction filed by Dr. Kristina Hanel of Giessen against pro-life activist Klaus Gunter Annen, ordering Annen to pay Hanel $7,000 as compensation for comparing abortionists to Nazis. Read more here.
Speaker Pelosi Will Try to Push for Direct Federal Funding of Abortions Next Year. U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats are expected to end the Hyde Amendment and push for the direct federal funding of abortions next year, paid for out of the pockets of taxpayers. Read more here.
Studies Confirm Abortion ‘Major Cause of Death’ for Blacks. Using abortion reporting data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one study found that “black women have been experiencing abortions at a rate nearly four times that of white women for more than 30 years.” Read more here.
Texas Capital Sends Money to Abortion Groups, Gets Sued for Breaking Law. Attorneys from the Thomas More Society have sued the City of Austin, Texas, for giving taxpayer money to organizations that help women obtain abortions in violation of state law. Read more here.
Four Million Have Received Tangible Help Thanks to Pro-Life Hotline. Heartbeat International has announced that OptionLine, its pro-life contact center, “served its 4 millionth client with life-saving assistance and resources.” Read more here.
Montreal Man Sentenced for Killing Unborn Child. Sofiane Ghazi, a Montrealer who pleaded guilty to stabbing his unborn baby to death, was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 15 years. Read more here.
Ireland’s Govt Spent Millions on Medical Abortion in 2019. Ireland’s Health Service Executive spent €2.9 million providing medical abortions through general practitioners in 2019. This figure does not include surgical abortions, which only occur in hospital settings beyond nine weeks or medical terminations provided through a hospital. Read more here.
Since 2015, 27 Babies Have Survived Abortions in Florida. Information collected from Florida abortion providers reveals that as abortions appear to be on the rise in the state, 27 babies were reported as born alive during abortions between 2015 and August 2020 in the state. Read more here.
Over 13,000 Unborn Killed by Abortion in Scotland. New statistics have revealed that 13,583 unborn children were killed by abortion in Scotland in 2019, which is the second highest number of deaths recorded since the United Kingdom’s Abortion Act came into force in April 1968. Read more here.
Record Low Number of Children With Down Syndrome Born in Denmark. According to a report from the National Cytogenetic Central Registry, just 18 children with Down Syndrome were born across Denmark in 2019 – the lowest figure since the registry began in 1970. Read more here.
As South Korea Revises Abortion Law, Catholics Mobilize to Protect Unborn Life. For more than 500 days, a demonstrator has stood before South Korea’s government offices in a protest against the Constitutional Court’s decision to end the country’s abortion ban. Read more here.
U.S. Ambassador Lambasts UN Experts Who Promote Abortion. The letter is the latest salvo in an ongoing tussle between the Trump administration and the UN system over the UN’s promotion of abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.
Texas Renews Court Effort to Ban Dismemberment Abortions. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a petition in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals urging the full 17-member court to hear arguments on whether enforcement of the state’s ban on dismemberment abortions should be allowed pending a final appellate court decision. Read more here.
New Abortion Course for Health Students to be Offered at Dalhousie University. Students in a new course about abortion care will learn the process of performing surgical abortions, be trained in follow-up care, and explore what their role is in educating patients about contraceptive options. Read more here.
Americans React to Kamala Harris’ Call for Post-20 Week Abortions With Pictures of Their 20-Week-Olds. People are sharing photos of their children at 20 weeks gestation after a 2018 tweet from Sen. Kamala Harris resurfaced, in which she advocated against a ban on abortions past 20 weeks. Read more here.
Pro-Life Movement is Spreading Across Latin America. The pro-life message has been gaining traction across Latin America these past few years in a movement known as the “Light Blue Wave.” Read more here.
U.S. Bishops Praise Trump Admin Curbs on Fetal Tissue Research. U.S. bishops have applauded the Trump Administration’s move to withhold federal funds from research that involves tissue obtained from the bodies of aborted infants. Read more here.
Challenge Continues on Arkansas Abortion Laws. The ACLU has asked the full 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to review the decision of a three-judge panel to lift an injunction against four anti-abortion laws in Arkansas. Read more here.
Mother Receives Hate Mail for Not Aborting Her Children With Disabilities. A British mother of four children, two of whom are autistic, reported that she received hate mail telling her she should have aborted her disabled children. Read more here.
Chinese Doctors Propose Killing Unborn Twins, Triplets With Microwaves. Jialei Xi, Ziyi Cheng, Tianchen Wu, and other authors plan to use microwaves to selectively destroy one of two or more unborn babies sharing a placenta, and they published their protocol in the British Medical Journal on August 13. Read more here.
Pro-Lifers Threatened by Man With Gun Outside Planned Parenthood. A man who started an argument with pro-lifers outside a Delaware Planned Parenthood was arrested after allegedly threatening the group with a handgun. Read more here.
Abortion Used to Weed Out Female Population in India. India outlawed sex-selective abortion in 1994; however, the practice of killing unborn females who may be viewed as a financial or cultural burden is still common practice across some Indian regions. Read more here.
American Pro-Life Leaders Look for Pro-Life Election Volunteers. As the general election for the next President of the United States kicks into high gear, pro-life activist groups planning to ramp up their outreach efforts have set aside Friday, August 28 for a National Call for Pro-life Election Volunteers. Read more here.
Pro-Life Groups Want Kenyan Reproductive Bill Withdrawn Over Abortion Concerns. Pro-life groups in Kenya are pushing for the total withdrawal without amendments of the controversial Reproductive HealthCare Bill of 2019, which they argue pushes for illegalities and practices that are not acceptable in the country. Read more here.
Two Reports Buttress Trump Policies Banning Abortion Funding Abroad, Fetal Tissue Research. The U.S. government has issued reports evaluating the Trump administration’s pro-life policies that curb taxpayer funding for abortion-related matters here and abroad and another giving recommendations on alternatives to research using fetal tissue from abortions. Read more here.
USAID Issues Statement on Implementation of Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy. The United States Agency for International Development has released the second Review of the Implementation of the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy which aims to ensure that U.S. taxpayer funding does not support foreign non-governmental organizations that perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning. Read more here.
Chinese Hospitals Aborted, Killed Babies Outside Family Planning Limits. Hospitals in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region were forced to abort preborn and kill newborn babies in excess of family planning limits, according to a Uyghur obstetrician and other sources. Read more here.
Appeals Court Rules Against Pregnant Teen in Test of Florida’s Parental Consent Law. Nearly six months after the Florida legislature passed a law requiring parental consent before minors can have abortions, an appeals court has turned down arguments of a pregnant teen who sought to be exempt from the requirement. Read more here.
Pennsylvania Not Inspecting Abortion Centers Even After Gosnell Horrors. Under a Pennsylvania law passed in the aftermath of the Kermit Gosnell scandal, abortion centers must be inspected regularly for health and safety violations. Read more here.
Iowa State Professor Forbids Students to Disagree With Abortion. Iowa State University administrators took action after an English teacher forbade her students to disagree with abortion and same-sex marriage. Read more here.
President of Pro-Abortion NOW to Step Down. Citing health concerns, the president of the pro-abortion National Organization for Women stepped down amid a flurry of allegations of racism at the nation’s oldest and largest feminist organization. Read more here.
Nebraska Governor Signs Bill Banning Dismemberment Abortions. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has signed a bill to protect unborn babies from brutal dismemberment abortions. Read more here.
Ohio Abortion Business With Expired License Calls 911 After Injuring Woman. According to pro-life watchdog group Operation Rescue, an abortion business in Ohio that is operating with an expired license recently sent an abortion client to the hospital with injuries. Read more here.
Abortionist May Lose His License After Injuring Multiple Women in Botched Abortions. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a formal accusation on behalf of the Medical Board of California against abortionist Donald Clyde Willis based on three patient emergencies that occurred under his watch. Read more here.
Micro-Preemie Triplets Born at 22 and 23 Weeks Thrive Months Later. Cian, Declan, and Rowan DeShane were born extremely premature with a small chance of survival before the typically accepted “age of viability” but are now said to be reaching all of their milestones. Read more here.
Vast Majority of Belgian Doctors Support ‘After-Birth Abortion’ for Babies With Disabilities. A shocking new research paper into abortion attitudes has revealed that infanticide for babies with a disability is supported by 9 in 10 Belgian physicians surveyed. Read more here.
Kenya Rejects Health Care Bill That Seeks to Legalize Abortion. The Kenyan Ministry of Health said that the scope of the bill falls short of its intended objectives as the bill whose main focus is on assisted reproduction selectively attempts to address family planning, “safe motherhood” and termination of pregnancy, reproductive health of adolescents, information and treatment of HIV/AIDS and Female Genital Mutilation. Read more here.
Lawmakers Call on Trump Admin to End Tax Breaks for Abortions. In a letter addressed to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, 23 senators and 80 representatives urged the Department of the Treasury “to take swift action to issue new regulations to protect innocent human life by ending tax breaks for abortion under the guise of medical care.” Read more here.
Latest New Zealand Abortion Bill Aims to Gag Pro-Lifers. A bill in New Zealand is threatening to prevent pro-life campaigners from speaking to women outside abortion clinics in the country, just months after MPs rejected the idea. Read more here.
Explosive Post Reveals How UK Men are Trying to Force Women to Have Abortions. An explosive Mumsnet post has revealed how some men in the UK have been coercing women to undergo abortions against their will. Read more here.
Nebraska Legislature Passes Ban on Dismemberment Abortions. The bill now awaits approval from Governor Pete Ricketts, who has expressed support for the ban, to be signed into law. Read more here.
French Bishop Warns Unborn in ‘Great Danger’ in France. Bishop Bernard Ginoux of Montauban has said that France’s unborn are “in great danger” after its National Assembly voted to expand late-term abortion in cases of “psycho-social distress.” Read more here.
Austin City Council Increases Abortion Access Funding. The city council of Austin, Texas, voted to cut police funding and redirect $100,000 of those funds to abortion access, including travel, lodging, and child-care expenses for women seeking abortions. Read more here.
Nebraska Lawmakers Break Through Pro-Abortion Filibuster on D&E Abortion Ban. Near the end of July, pro-abortion Nebraska lawmakers blocked a vote on a bill to ban dismemberment (D&E) abortions, but the bill has now “won second-round approval” and will head to a final vote. Read more here.
Georgia Appeals Ruling That Blocked Restrictive Abortion Law. Georgia is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that permanently blocked the restrictive abortion measure lawmakers passed last year. Read more here.
Mother’s Death Triggers Calls for State Investigation of Alabama Abortion Center. A woman has died after being seen at the West Alabama Women’s Center abortion facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and pro-life organizations are calling for an investigation of the incident. Read more here.
National Day of Remembrance Will Remember Babies Killed in Abortions. Pro-life advocates will gather across the United States on September 12 to remember the 61 million unborn babies who have been killed in abortions. Read more here.
Up-and-Coming Pregnancy Center Undeterred by Attacks. Pro-abortion advocates are lobbying the Village of Saranac Lake, New York, to rescind its approval of plans for the Adirondack Pregnancy Center, a forthcoming pregnancy help center affiliated with Heartbeat International. Read more here.
Pro-Life Leaders Say Biden-Harris ‘Most Pro-Abortion Presidential Ticket in History.’ Leaders of the U.S. pro-life movement say Senator Kamala Harris brings with her an extreme “abortion on demand through birth” position and close ties with abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood. Read more here.
International Campaign to Pray Outside Abortion Clinics Begins in September. Scheduled for Sept. 23 through Nov. 1, the twice annual 40 Days for Life campaign strives to protect unborn babies from abortion through peaceful vigils outside abortion facilities, community outreach, prayer and fasting. Read more here.
Fetal Tissue Review Panel is ‘Stacked,’ Say Abortion Advocates. Critics say the U.S. Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board is skewed by having 10 of 15 members known to oppose abortion. Read more here.
Italy Considers Allowing Abortion Pill Without Hospitalization. Italy’s health ministry is expected to approve a proposal to remove mandatory hospitalization for the administration of the abortion pill and to expand the time frame in which it can be prescribed. Read more here.
YouTube Censors Pro-Life Videos Exposing How Abortions Kill Unborn Babies. YouTube has reinstated a viral video in which a doctor describes abortion procedures after the platform temporarily removed the video, saying it violated YouTube guidelines. Read more here.
Abortions Double in Canadian Province Two Years After Becoming Available. The number of abortions on Prince Edward Island has doubled in the two years since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal government pressured the province to allow the killing of unborn children on the island. Read more here.
Down’s Syndrome Abortion Expected to Soar Under New UK Testing Program. Warnings have been issued indicating that the number of UK children aborted for having Down’s syndrome is expected to soar due to the rollout of a new pre-natal testing program from the Department of Health and Social Care. Read more here.
Court Allows Four Arkansas Pro-Life Laws to Go Into Effect. Arkansas soon may be allowed to enforce a law to protect unborn babies from brutal dismemberment abortions after a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the state on this and three other laws. Read more here.
Satanic Temple Raffles Free Abortion. The Satanic Temple has announced it’s raffling a free abortion to promote the organization’s religious abortion ritual, while it argues that its members’ religious rights are exempt from any state laws or any regulations that might block access to abortion services during the first trimester. Read more here.
U.S. Group to Start Design Contest for Universal Pro-Life Flag. The group’s goal is to create a new universally and freely accessible symbol that all pro-life groups and individuals, no matter their background, can use to promote the pro-life cause. Read more here.
Members of NIH Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board Revealed. Members of the National Institutes of Health’s advisory board on the ethics of research using tissue obtained from abortions were revealed, with 11 of the 15 members known to oppose the use of aborted baby body parts in research. Read more here.
Research Suggests Abortion Pill Regimen Can Act as Immunosuppressant. This risk is especially concerning since the abortion industry is now using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to weaken FDA protocols so that women may now receive the pill by telemedicine. Read more here.
Pence Becomes First VP to Visit a Pro-Life Pregnancy Center. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence celebrated the life-saving work of pro-life pregnancy centers when he and his daughter visited A Woman’s Place in Pinellas Park, Florida. Read more here.
CA Lawmakers Consider Bill to Let Midwives Commit Abortions Without Doctor Supervision. Lawmakers in California are currently considering a bill that would ultimately expand abortion access so that certified nurse-midwives could commit abortions without doctor supervision. Read more here.
Telegraph Columnist: ‘No Bad Reason for Abortion.’ A columnist for a national UK newspaper has said there is ‘no bad reason’ for aborting unborn children. Read more here.
Producer: Pro-Life Documentary Removed From Amazon Prime Without Warning. Producer Marcus Pittman received a message from Amazon Prime claiming his pro-life film was removed because “this title does not meet our customer content quality expectations” and because they received “customer feedback.” Read more here.
Satanic Temple Claims Killing Babies in Abortions is a Protected Religious Ceremony. The disturbing announcement is part of the cult’s new plan to overturn pro-life laws using a religious freedom argument. Read more here.
Forced Abortions and Infanticide Occurring in North Korea. Forced abortions and infanticide are among the human rights atrocities experienced by women who have attempted to flee North Korea, according to a United Nations Human Rights report. Read more here.
French National Assembly Votes to Expand Abortion. A last-minute amendment presented in the middle of the night, shortly before the vote on the whole text of a new bioethics law, was approved by the majority, creating a new exception allowing so-called “medical abortion” up to birth. Read more here.
New Zealand PM Criticized for Supporting Abortion Up to Birth. New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has been criticized by an MP for supporting the introduction of a bill allowing abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth. Read more here.
Mexican Bishops Hail Pro-Life Victory at Nation’s Supreme Court. The Mexican Bishops’ Conference hailed the Supreme Court’s 4-1 decision striking down a lower court ruling that had ordered the state of Veracruz to legalize abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Read more here.
Radical Abortion Bill Put on Hold in Kenya. A bill backed by major international abortion organizations, which would introduce abortion up to birth in Kenya, has been put on hold following pressure from pro-life advocates. Read more here.
U.S. House Passes Bill Funding Abortion, LGBT Agenda Worldwide. U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats voted to pass a budget bill which increases funding for abortions in foreign countries, funds the World Health Organization, and funds the promotion of LGBT issues throughout the globe. Read more here.
Abortion Remains Illegal in Mexico After Widely Watched Supreme Court Decision. Mexico’s Supreme Court shocked pro-abortion activists and handed to pro-life forces what many consider a decisive victory, ruling against a lower court injunction that sought to decriminalize abortion in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Read more here.
Murder Investigation Into Death of Newborn Baby After Mom Took Abortion Drugs. A murder investigation is underway in the UK following the death of a newborn after a mother took abortion drugs mailed to her. Read more here.
Two UK Women Have Died After Using ‘DIY’ Abortion Service. The tragic incidents were exposed at the UK Court of Appeal, where the Christian Legal Centre was challenging the government’s decision to permit “DIY” abortions amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
Teen Hospitalized After Botched Abortion. A rundown abortion business in the downtown area of Chicago, Illinois, experienced an abortion-related medical emergency that required a teen to be transported to a local hospital. Read more here.
Bill Banning Dismemberment Abortion Stalls in Nebraska Legislature. Opponents in the Nebraska senate used a filibuster to keep the measure from coming to a vote after the allotted three hours of debate. Read more here.
New Study on Abortion Pill Shows 77% of Women Regretted Their Abortions. A case study published in June 2020 analyzed the testimonies of women who took the abortion pill and found that 77% said they regretted and were negatively changed by their abortions. Read more here.
Report: Kavanaugh Urged Supreme Court to Leave Path Open for Louisiana Abortion Law. When the U.S. Supreme Court voted to strike down a Louisiana abortion regulation, Justice Brett Kavanaugh urged his colleagues to write the opinion in such a way as to allow the law to be revived in a new trial, according to a new report on private memos among the nation’s most powerful judges. Read more here.
New Survey Shows Accurate Medical Information Changes Minds on Abortion Pill. The survey spoke with approximately 1,200 Americans, most of whom are registered voters, about how they felt regarding the abortion pill and whether their feelings changed after being given accurate medical information. Read more here.
UK Government Faces Legal Challenge Over ‘DIY’ Home Abortions. The UK Government’s decision to introduce “DIY” home abortions amid the coronavirus pandemic will be challenged at the Court of Appeal after the substantial change was made without any public consultation, parliamentary scrutiny or debate. Read more here.
Mexican Bishops Call for Action Ahead of Supreme Court Abortion Ruling. Mexico’s bishops called on Catholics to speak out ahead of a Supreme Court ruling that could lead to abortion being decriminalized nationwide. Read more here.
FDA Files Appeal After Judge Suspends Abortion Pill Safety Rules. A federal judge blocked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from requiring women to see a doctor to obtain abortion pills, but the FDA has now filed an appeal stating that blocking the safety rule is even more harmful to women. Read more here.
Coalition of 18 States Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold 15-Week Abortion Ban. A coalition of 18 states is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, pointing to “advances in science” and “brutal” abortion procedures that involve “ripping a fetus apart” limb by limb. Read more here.
UK Abortionist Agreed to Prescribe Abortion Pill so Woman Could Keep Her ‘Beach Body.’ New video footage shows the British Pregnancy Advisory Service agreeing to send abortion pills to an undercover “mystery client” who informed them that she wanted an abortion to avoid looking pregnant on the beach while on holiday. Read more here.
Canadian Govt to Spend $8.9M Promoting Abortion Worldwide. Canada is dedicating $8.9 million in new international aid to ensure women and girls around the world have access to “safe abortions” and reproductive health services. Read more here.
Federal Judge Blocks Part of Tennessee ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Law. A federal judge temporarily blocked parts of a new Tennessee law that bans abortions once a heartbeat is detected in a fetus. Read more here.
Pro-Life Leaders Petition FDA to Remove Abortion Pill From Market. Nearly two dozen pro-life leaders have urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner to exercise statutory authority and classify the abortion pill mifepristone as a public health hazard, in the face of attempts by abortion advocates to stop FDA regulations of the abortion pill regimen during the pandemic. Read more here.
Argentine Bishops, Pro-Life Groups Dismayed About Abortion Protocol. The protocol allows women to seek an abortion in the case of sexual assault without filing a criminal complaint; instead, it requires only a sworn statement. It also says for girls over the age of 13, “her will must be considered,” something protocol opponents say allows decisions to be made without the permission of a parent or guardian. Read more here.
Medical Professionals Expose Push to Mainstream DIY Abortions. In a recent video conference, Live Action founder and president Lila Rose gave the background of how the abortion pill came to the United States and interviewed a panel of experts, including pro-life doctors, a former abortionist, and a woman who took the abortion pill. Read more here.
Premature Twins Born Before Legal Abortion Limit Now Flourishing at Home. Premature twins born five days apart have beaten the odds to become among the youngest to survive premature birth in Britain. Read more here.
Records Show Another Woman Sent to ER After Botched Abortion. A 22-year-old woman who was hemorrhaging and vomiting was transported to Del Seton Medical Center for emergency care after a botched abortion at Whole Women’s Health in Austin, Texas. Read more here.
Study Finds U.S. Hyde Amendment Has Saved 2.4M Lives. A study done by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found that as of July 1, 2020, 2.4 million lives have been saved by the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal taxpayer funding of elective abortion through Medicaid and other government programs. Read more here.
Mexican Supreme Court Case Could Open Door to Legalized Abortion Throughout Mexico. Mexico’s Supreme Court will publicly deliberate over a legal challenge to Veracruz’s criminal code that deems abortion illegal. If declared unconstitutional, it would open the door to legalized abortion across Mexico. Read more here.
New York Bishops Push Back on Bill Proposing Study of Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers. New York Catholic bishops have voiced opposition to a bill that would report on the state’s pro-life pregnancy centers, saying its wording shows an inherent bias against the pregnancy centers. Read more here.
U.S. Congresswomen File Amendment Trying to Force Americans to Fund Abortions. U.S. Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Barbara Lee, Jan Schakowsky and Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez filed an amendment to repeal the Hyde Amendment, a decades-old ban on taxpayer-funded abortions that has saved millions of babies’ lives. Read more here.
Over 100 Faith Leaders Urge Democrats to Stop Supporting ‘Abortion Extremism.’ A coalition of more than 100 religious leaders and theologians, including some registered Democrats, sent an open letter to the Democratic platform committee, urging it to reject taxpayer funding of abortion and to embrace policies that support “legal protection for pre-born children.” Read more here.
Nebraska Senator Holds Minute of Silence on Senate Floor for Dismemberment Abortion Victims. During floor remarks concerning legislation to ban a second-trimester abortion procedure infamous for dismembering babies in the womb, a pro-life Nebraska senator devoted the last minute of his speaking time to a minute of silence to recognize the lives lost to abortion. Read more here.
Full 8th Circuit Rejects Hearing Lawsuit Against Missouri Law Declaring Life Begins at Conception. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a petition filed by a Satanic Temple to rehear a suit brought against Missouri’s informed consent law. Read more here.
Florida Govt Official Refuses to Provide Previously Public 911 Records on Abortion Injury. The current records custodian at the Jacksonville Fire Department twice denied a public records request for documents and the audio file related to an emergency incident at an abortion facility. Read more here.
Americans Agree in New Study Abortion is Not a ‘Desirable Good.’ A new abortion study has revealed the complexity of Americans’ views on abortion, and an openness to discussion, but among the report’s key findings was a unanimous agreement that abortion is not a “desirable good.” Read more here.
Another East Texas Town Declares Itself ‘Sanctuary City for the Unborn.’ East Mountain Texas joined a growing list of small Texas communities that have passed ordinances that outlaw abortions. Read more here.
Oxford and AstraZeneca Making Coronavirus Vaccine Using Cells From Aborted Babies. Multiple potential coronavirus vaccines are on a fast track for development, but one of the most prominent is also the most controversial because it relies on cells from the body parts of an aborted baby. Read more here.
Kenya Could Introduce Abortion Up to Birth. A bill backed by major international abortion organizations, including Ipas and Planned Parenthood Global, which would introduce abortion up to birth, is currently progressing through Kenya’s Senate. Read more here.
Indian Doctor Conducts Abortion on 15-Year-Old, Dumps Fetus in Garbage. Dr. Chetan Shah was arrested for allegedly dumping a fetus at a garbage site in the Maninagar area of Ahmedabad after performing an abortion on a 15-year-old girl. Read more here.
Vietnam Sees 40,800 Female Births Terminated Every Year. The long-standing preference for boys in Vietnam’s society terminates 40,800 baby girls before they are born, according to the United Nations Population Fund. Read more here.
Dangerous Abortion Facility in Florida Injures Another Patient. A Woman’s Choice of Jacksonville sent a woman to the hospital via ambulance earlier this month, continuing a dangerous trend. Read more here.
Pro-Lifers Decry Government Silence on Ireland Abortion Rate. Pro-life advocates are calling on the Irish government to respond to statistics indicating a “shocking” level of abortions performed in the first year following the legalization of the procedure in the country. Read more here.
Women Rescue and Sing to Newborn Left in Dumpster. Two women were able to rescue a newborn baby boy who was found in a trash bin in Wilmington, North Carolina, alive and with his umbilical cord around his neck. Read more here.
Human Rights Council Approves Abortionist as Special Expert on Right to Health. The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva recently approved the appointment of South African abortionist and outspoken abortion activist Tlaleng Mofokeng as Special Rapporteur on the right to health. Read more here.
UK Doctors Told How to Bypass Abortion Time Limit by RCOG. New guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggest performing “feticide,” which involves ending the life of an unborn baby in the womb by lethal injection and then removing the body later. Read more here.
UNFPA Opposes Banning Sex-Selective Abortions. The United Nations Population Fund is declaring abortions based on gender selection a human rights violation, while simultaneously saying laws against the practice infringe on reproductive rights. Read more here.
U.S. Democrats Pack Overseas Funding Bill to Benefit Abortion Groups. U.S. House Democrats have loaded a funding bill for overseas operations with an attempt to repeal the Mexico City Policy, restore funding to the UN Population Fund, and increase bilateral family planning to $750M. Read more here.
Reporter Claims ‘Pro-Life’ Term is Racist and Should Be Banned. Rolling Stone senior writer Jamil Smith opined that the word “pro-life” has so often been used in service to racism and misogyny that it should be retired. Read more here.
Abortion Activists Sue Pro-Lifers for Saying Abortion is ‘Criminal,’ so They Sue Them Back. Attorneys from the Thomas More Society are seeking protections for life-advocating individuals across the state of Texas against three abortion extremist groups that are actively attempting to silence pro-life speech. Read more here.
U.S. Federal Judge Allows Access to Abortion Pill Without Doctor’s Visit. Citing the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge ruled to suspend a health and safety regulation requiring women to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to obtain an abortion pill. Read more here.
UK MP Receives Death Threats After Voting Pro-Life. MP Dr. Lisa Cameron has received a death threat against an elderly relative following her voting against a bill that would deny women practical and emotional support outside abortion clinics. Read more here.
U.S. House Committees Reject Pro-Life Amendments. Representatives Tom Cole and Andy Harris offered pro-life amendments to legislation funding the government for the 2021 fiscal year, but their efforts were defeated when the full committee was considering the bills. Read more here.
More Shocking Abuses of ‘DIY’ Abortion Pills Exposed. “DIY” home abortion pills can easily be obtained and administered to others, potentially in a coercive manner, it has been revealed from another UK undercover investigation. Read more here.
Expert on Abortion and Mental Health Says Turnaway Study is ‘Flawed’. A developmental psychologist says a study claiming most women do not regret their abortions is flawed and does not accurately represent how women experience abortion. Read more here.
Abortionist Tries to Avoid Paying Judgment After Injuring Woman in Botched Abortion. Recently obtained documents reveal more information about abortionist Steven Chase Brigham’s nefarious business dealings, which have kept him active in the business of abortion despite having six medical licenses revoked or surrendered. Read more here.
ACLU: Biden Should Require Taxpayer Funding of Abortion in First 100 Days as President. The American Civil Liberties Union is pressuring presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden to stick with his pledge to require taxpayer funding of abortion – and to act in the first 100 days if elected president. Read more here.
Tennessee Governor Signs Pro-Life Bill Which Judge Immediately Blocks. Less than an hour after Gov. Bill Lee signed it into law, a federal judge halted the rollout of Tennessee’s fetal heartbeat bill. Read more here.
Trump Finalizes Rule Clarifying Sex Discrimination Does Not Include Abortion. The new rule officially ends a 2016 regulation from the Obama administration that could have forced medical workers to help abort unborn babies. Read more here.
Over 40,000 Participate in Ireland’s Rally for Life. Across the country, hundreds of people took part in socially distanced pro-life displays, carrying signs reading “united for life” and “abortion is a pandemic.” Read more here.
Federal Judge Strikes Down Georgia’s Pro-Life Law. A federal judge struck down Georgia’s pro-life fetal heartbeat law approved by the General Assembly last year, calling it unconstitutional. Read more here.
Indian Doctor Involved in Minor Rape Victim’s Abortion Arrested. A government doctor who carried out an abortion for a minor girl has been arrested. The girl was taken for an abortion after being repeatedly raped for over four months by Biramitrapur police officials. Read more here.
Judge Strikes Down Rule Protecting Americans From Funding Abortions. A federal judge blocked a pro-life rule from the Trump administration that would have protected Americans from funding abortions through Obamacare without their knowledge. Read more here.
U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Appeals Court Decision Forcing Pro-Life Group to Fund Abortions. The U.S. Supreme Court vacated a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decision against U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rules that protect organizations with religious or moral objections from including abortifacients in their health care plans. Read more here.
Belgian Mother Allegedly Killed Her Children Due to Post-Abortion Grief. A woman who aborted a daughter with Down syndrome killed her living children, allegedly out of grief and guilt due to post-abortion trauma. Read more here.
Florida AG Calls for Investigation of Abortion Clinic Linked to Trafficking Case of Minor. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has called for an investigation of an abortion center that provided an abortion to a 15-year-old girl who became pregnant in the course of being repeatedly assaulted and filmed in videos that were eventually uploaded to Pornhub. Read more here.
One in Four Americans Considers Abortion a Key Voting Issue. Having 24% of U.S. adults say they will vote only for a candidate who shares their views on the issue is significantly higher than most other years in the trend. Read more here.
U.S. Aborts 67% of Babies With Down Syndrome. Alecia Talbott, the executive director of the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee, said doctors often suggest abortions after a Down syndrome diagnosis. Read more here.
Judge Upholds Law Requiring Annual Abortion Clinic Inspections. A U.S. district court upheld an Indiana law requiring that abortion clinics be inspected on an annual basis but struck down another requirement that doctors report complications resulting from abortions. Read more here.
Chief Executive of UK’s Largest Abortion Provider to Step Down in 2021. British Pregnancy Advisory Service’s outgoing executive Ann Furedi has repeatedly campaigned for more extreme abortion legislation and has said that “the best abortion law would be a blank sheet of paper.” Read more here.
Pelosi: It’s an ‘Injustice’ That Taxpayers Aren’t Forced to Fund Abortions. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently remarked on the “injustice of the Hyde Amendment,” which bars the use of federal funds to pay for abortion. Read more here.
Late-Term Abortionist Admits Under Oath Patients are Told Not to Visit ER. While being deposed for a wrongful death lawsuit, late-term abortionist Carmen Landau admitted that patients are strictly told not to contact emergency personnel if something goes wrong. Read more here.
German State Wants to Force Doctors to Commit Abortions. The government of the German state of Baden-Württemberg is contemplating forcing doctors to commit abortions, given the alleged lack of abortionists within the state. Read more here.
Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Opens Across From Largest Planned Parenthood in Texas. Since moving next to Planned Parenthood, the Dallas Prestonwood Pregnancy Center has reported a 50 percent increase in the number of clients, with 90 percent choosing to keep their baby. Read more here.
Abortion Clinics, Advocacy Orgs Raked in Millions From COVID-19 Relief. A list of businesses that received more than $150,000 in federal loans meant to compensate for the financial hardships of COVID-19 restrictions revealed that tax dollars went to multiple national pro-abortion organizations and independent abortion facilities. Read more here.
Northern Ireland Councillor Resigns From SDLP Over Stance on Abortion. Pro-Life Councillor Stephanie Quigley said she can no longer remain a member of the Social Democrat and Labour Party given its stance on abortion. Read more here.
Pro-Life Victory as Attempt to Hijack UK Domestic Abuse Bill Fails. An attempt to hijack the UK Government’s flagship Domestic Abuse Bill with two extreme abortion proposals has failed, in a major pro-life victory. Read more here.
Vote to Decriminalize Abortion in Belgium Blocked for Third Time. The bill, which has been in the works since 2018, seeks to effectively decriminalize abortion by scrapping it from the penal code. Read more here.
Nationwide UK Undercover Investigation Reveals ‘DIY’ Abortion Service Putting Lives at Risk. A nationwide undercover investigation has found evidence of abortion providers putting women at significant risk by not carrying out basic checks before sending them ‘DIY’ home abortion pills. Read more here.
Pro-Abortion Group Helping Minors Obtain Abortions Without Parental Consent. In response to a new Florida law which requires parental consent before a minor can have an abortion, Floridians for Reproductive Freedom has developed a new website to help teenagers navigate the waiver process. Read more here.
Ohio’s Oldest Abortion Center Closes Down. After 47 years of aborting babies, the Founder’s Women’s Health Center in Columbus, Ohio, has permanently closed. Read more here.
UK MPs Attempt to Hijack Domestic Abuse Bill to Get Abortion on Demand. Pro-abortion Members of Parliament are seeking to introduce abortion on demand in England and Wales by hijacking the government’s Domestic Abuse Bill. Read more here.
Mississippi Governor Signs Life Equality Act. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed the Life Equality Act into law. The legislation will stop the practice of discrimination abortions carried out because of a child’s race, sex, disability, or genetic makeup. Read more here.
Supreme Court Declines to Hear Abortion Clinic Case. The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill challenging a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that allowed Whole Woman’s Health to operate as a provisionally licensed clinic. Read more here.
Judge Temporarily Blocks Iowa Law on Abortion Waiting Period. A judge has put a temporary block on a newly signed Iowa law that would require a woman seeking an abortion to wait at least 24 hours before undergoing the procedure. Read more here.
UK Pro-Abortion Campaigners Now Demand DIY Abortions Stay Post-Lockdown. The policy allowing at-home abortions is supposed to remain in place for two years or until the COVID-19 crisis recedes, but now researchers have published a paper calling for the changes to be made permanent. Read more here.
Supreme Court Orders Indiana Abortion Laws Be Reconsidered. The U.S. Supreme Court gave Indiana a second chance to revive two restrictive abortion laws by throwing out a lower court’s rulings blocking them. Read more here.
Florida Governor Signs Abortion Bill Requiring Parental Consent for Minors. Florida Gov. Ron De Santis signed a bill that would prohibit doctors from performing an abortion on minors unless they first get a notarized letter from a parent or guardian. Read more here.
Abortions in Ireland Increase 133% Under New Legislation. A total of 6,666 abortions were carried out in Ireland in 2019. Read more here.
Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Restrictions. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down restrictions on abortion imposed by a Louisiana law that required abortion practitioners to have admitting privileges at a hospital no further than 30 miles from the abortion clinic. Read more here.
China is Forcing Hundreds of Thousands of Minority Women to Kill Their Babies in Abortions. A new report confirms widespread forced abortions and sterilizations continue in China, targeting minority mothers and their unborn babies. Read more here.
Louisiana Abortion Law’s Author Denounces Supreme Court Decision. State Sen. Katrina Jackson, who authored the bipartisan Louisiana law requiring that abortion clinics be held to the same standards as surgical centers, said she was “disappointed” that the court threw out a law that she said would “protect women injured in abortion facilities.” Read more here.
UK Court of Appeal Will Hear Challenge Against ‘DIY’ Home Abortions. After originally rejecting the legal challenge, the UK Court of Appeal has now granted permission to hear a challenge against the government’s decision to introduce “DIY” home abortions. Read more here.
U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Protects Ability to Limit Taxpayer Funding of Pro-Abortion Foreign Groups. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled today that the federal government can limit funding for international organizations based on their policy positions. Read more here.
Justice Thomas: Abortion is ‘Without a Shred of Support From the Constitution’s Text’. As the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a pro-life Louisiana law that saves babies from abortion and protects women’s health, Justice Clarence Thomas reminded his colleagues again that a so-called right to kill unborn children in abortions is simply not found in the text of the Constitution. Read more here.
Guernsey to Introduce Disability-Selective Abortion Up to Birth. Guernsey politicians have voted in favor of an abortion law introducing disability-selective abortion right up to birth, along with other extreme abortion measures. Read more here.
‘Abandoned as Medical Waste’: Abortion Survivor Shares Her Story. A woman who survived a failed abortion has revealed how she was saved by a nurse who heard her crying as she lay abandoned among medical waste at a U.S. hospital. Read more here.
Records Show FDA Paid for ‘Fresh and Never Frozen’ Human Fetal Parts. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration entered into eight contracts to acquire “fresh and never frozen” tissue from 1st and 2nd trimester aborted fetuses for use in creating “humanized mice” for ongoing research. Read more here.
Plurality of Americans View Abortion as Morally Wrong. Gallup’s Values and Beliefs Poll shows that 47% of Americans say abortion is morally wrong while 44% find it acceptable. Read more here.
Mississippi Legislature Passes Bill Banning Abortions Based on Race, Sex, Disability. The Mississippi legislature passed a bill banning abortions on the basis of sex, race, disability, or genetic makeup. Governor Tate Reeves is expected to sign the bill, called the Life Equality Act, into law. Read more here.
Malaysian Couple Buys Abortion Pills Online and Disposes of Baby in Septic Tank. Authorities found the body of a five- to seven-month-old fetus in the septic tank near a rental home. Read more here.
Bill Introduced to Ban Pro-Life Support Outside UK Abortion Clinics. Women facing unplanned pregnancies could be denied emotional and practical support outside abortion clinics under a new Ten Minute Rule Bill being brought forward in the UK. Read more here.
Nonprofits Tied to Eugenics Movement Fund Clinical Trials to Expand Abortion Pill Access. Gynuity Health Projects, a research organization conducting clinical trials aimed at expanding access to the abortion pill and overturning the Food and Drug Administration’s safety requirements, is funded by organizations with deep historic ties to the American eugenics movement. Read more here.
WHO Urges Telemedicine Abortions During COVID Pandemic. The World Health Organization has updated its guidance on essential medical services during the COVID-19 pandemic, explicitly including abortion to the full extent allowed by law. Read more here.
Infamous Abortionist Sends Two Women to Hospital With Horrific Injuries. Two women within nine days suffered life-threatening injuries that required emergency surgery and hospitalization after both received abortions at 25 weeks of pregnancy. Read more here.
Tennessee Legislature Passes Bill Banning Abortion When Fetal Heartbeat is Detected. The legislation includes a layered structure that prohibits abortion after the unborn child reaches certain gestational age milestones. Read more here.
Pope Francis Urges Catholics to Drop Investments in Companies That Support Abortion. The Vatican encouraged Catholics to help make the world a better place by refusing to invest in companies that support the killing of unborn babies in abortions. Read more here.
At-Home Abortions Harm UK Women. UK pro-life advocates warned the loosened restrictions due to COVID-19 put women’s physical and mental health in danger, and stories have come to light confirming those fears. Read more here.
Kentucky AG Wants Court to Revisit Ruling That Struck Down Anti-Abortion Law. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is asking an appeals court to revisit a ruling that struck down a Kentucky law that would have banned dismemberment abortions. Read more here.
Mississippi Senate Passes Life Equality Act. The legislation aims to stop the practice of discrimination abortions carried out because of a child’s race, sex, disability or genetic makeup. Read more here.
UK MPs Vote to Approve Extreme Abortion Regime in Northern Ireland. The vote comes two days after the House of Lords voted to approve the regulations and means the extreme abortion regime in Northern Ireland will remain in place. Read more here.
Northern Ireland Legalized Abortions, but Most Doctors Refuse to Participate. The country provides conscience protections for medical professionals who oppose abortion, but already pro-abortion groups are pushing to limit them. Read more here.
Thai Civil Groups Want Abortion Rights. Pro-choice groups in Thailand are moving to have an entire section in the Criminal Code revoked in hopes of giving women with unwanted pregnancies the right to legal abortion. Read more here.
Indian Court Allows Minor Rape Survivor to Abort. A local court in India is allowing a 15-year-old girl to terminate her pregnancy at 20 weeks after being the victim of rape by a 25-year-old man. Read more here.
FDA Called Upon to Examine Environmental Impact of Abortion Pill. National pro-life organization Students for Life of America is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to examine how human remains flushed into America’s waterways might impact public health. Read more here.
Catholics on Guernsey to Hold All-Night Prayer Vigil Ahead of Abortion Law Debate. The Catholic Church on the Channel Island of Guernsey is holding an all-night prayer vigil immediately ahead of a debate on increasing the abortion time limit from 12 to 24 weeks, as it is in the UK. Read more here.
UK Prime Minister Receives Huge Petition Against Disability Abortion. Heidi Crowter, a 24-year-old woman who has Down’s syndrome, has delivered an open letter to Boris Johnson against an abortion law which makes her feel like she would be “better off dead.” The petition was signed by over 18,000 people from Northern Ireland. Read more here.
New Poll Finds Strong Majority in NI Oppose Disability-Selective Abortion Up to Birth. The poll, which had 1,878 respondents, is further evidence the people of Northern Ireland do not want Westminster imposing an extreme abortion regime on the province. Read more here.
Iowa Legislature Passes Pro-Life Ultrasound Bill. The bill requires women to wait at least 24 hours before going through with an abortion and ensures abortion facilities give women the opportunity to see their unborn babies on an ultrasound and hear their baby’s heartbeat. Read more here.
Selective Abortion of Down Syndrome Babies Rises in UK. The number of Irish babies with Down syndrome aborted in England rose by 60 percent in just one year. Read more here.
UK House of Lords Approves Extreme Abortion Regime for Northern Ireland. The House of Lords has voted 355 to 77 in favor of a motion approving the UK Government’s extreme abortion regime in Northern Ireland. Read more here.
U.S. Fails to Stop Pro-Abortion Mandate for the UN Population Fund. The Executive Board of the UN Population Fund approved a change to the agency’s strategy that will allow the agency to promote abortion as a humanitarian right. Read more here.
Abortion at All-Time High in UK. Abortion numbers in England and Wales hit an all-time high of 209,519 abortions in 2019, according to figures released by the Department for Health. Read more here.
Austin Approves Contract to Assist Minors Receiving Abortions. The Austin Texas City Council unanimously approved a $150,000 contract for Jane’s Due Process, an organization that assists pregnant minors in obtaining abortions. Read more here.
Trump Finalizes Rule Stopping ACA From Forcing Doctors to Do Abortions. President Donald Trump’s administration has issued a rule to block the effects of a dangerous Affordable Care Act provision that could be used to compel doctors to participate in abortions. Read more here.
Coronavirus Lockdown Sees Abortion Rate Drop in Mexico City. Abortion clinics in Mexico City are reporting decreases in abortion by as much as 40% due to the coronavirus lockdown. Read more here.
Nigerian University Student Dies From Abortion Complications. A student of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Gift Imoluamen, has died while trying to procure an abortion. Read more here.
Indian Woman Pregnant With Twins Wants to Abort Preborn Child With Down Syndrome. The Supreme Court is requiring an expert to report whether abortion of one fetus will affect the life of the other fetus or the life of the mother before making a decision. Read more here.
Illinois Sued Over Abortion Mandate for Insurers. The Thomas More Society is suing the State of Illinois to challenge a law requiring all health insurance policies sold to provide coverage for elective chemical and surgical abortions, with no exemptions even for churches. Read more here.
FDA Opposes Doctors’ Request to Ease Access to Abortion Pill. The Food and Drug Administration urged the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to deny a motion for a preliminary injunction that would require it to allow women to receive abortion pills through the mail. Read more here.
Peers Line Up to Condemn UK Govt Over Extreme Abortion Regulations. Peers in the House of Lords have lined up to condemn the government over its handling of imposing an extreme abortion regime in Northern Ireland. Read more here.
Pro-Abortion Feminists Sue Pro-Life Group for Calling Abortion ‘Murder.’ The pro-life Texas group behind the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn movement is being sued for defamation by the pro-abortion Lilith Fund, The Afiya Center and the Texas Equal Access Fund. Read more here.
Study Shows 1.8M Babies Were Not Aborted in India Because of the Coronavirus. A study from the Ipas Development Foundation found that approximately 59% of women in India who were seeking abortions between the end of March and beginning of May could not get them. Read more here.
Canada Pledges $8.9M in Foreign Aid for Abortion and Reproductive Health Services. Of the pledged amount, $4.9 million will go to Marie Stopes International, a global organization that provides abortions in 37 countries. Read more here.
Pro-Life MPs Stand Up for Unborn in Westminster Debate. A Westminster committee has voted to confirm imposing revised abortion regulations on Northern Ireland, ahead of an upcoming vote in the House of Commons. Read more here.
Ten States Back FDA Restrictions on Abortion Pill. Ten states are supporting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s restrictions on access to the abortion pill, which are currently being challenged in court by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other groups. Read more here.
Abortion Activists Vandalize Churches During March Against Police. Several Catholic churches in Mexico were vandalized with pro-abortion and anarchist symbols. Read more here.
Colorado Voters Will Decide on Late-Term Abortion Ban This Fall. Colorado is one of the few states that doesn’t currently have a law limiting abortion later in pregnancy, so it has become a destination for women who seek one. Read more here.
Federal Appeals Court Dismisses Satanic Temple Abortion Lawsuit. The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit filed by a member of the Satanic Temple against a Missouri abortion law requiring women to receive a pamphlet prior to the abortion that states: “The life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.” Read more here.
Big Pharma Company Stops Using Cell Line Derived From Aborted Baby in Polio Vaccines. The world’s largest company dedicated to vaccines has stopped using fetal cell lines derived from an aborted baby in all of its polio vaccines. Read more here.
Abortion Industry Lobbying FDA to Remove Important Safety Requirement for Abortion Pill. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the abortion industry has focused on pushing for DIY at-home abortions, which can only happen if an important safety requirement is removed from the abortion pill. Read more here.
Bishop Urges Catholics to Reject ‘Detestable’ Changes to Guernsey Abortion Law. A new draft law seeks to increase the abortion time limit to 24 weeks as it is in the United Kingdom. Read more here.
Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose Abortion or Want More Abortion Limits. A CBS News poll found just 43% of Americans think abortions should be generally available while 55% of Americans say it should either be more limited or should not be permitted altogether. Read more here.
Over 120 Unborn Babies Aborted in Northern Ireland During Past Two Months. The new abortion law in Northern Ireland permits the unrestricted abortion of unborn babies until the 14th week of pregnancy and until birth if the child is suspected of having a fetal anomaly. Read more here.
Video Reveals How UCSF Dismembers Preborn Babies to Obtain Bodies for Research. The University of California, San Francisco takes part in research experiments using the bodies of children obtained through elective abortions. In many cases, these babies are old enough to survive outside the womb. Read more here.
Court Reaffirms Kentucky Law Banning Dismemberment Abortions Can’t Be Enforced. A federal appeals court ruled that Kentucky cannot enforce its 2018 law banning a second-trimester abortion procedure infamous for dismembering babies in the womb, upholding a ruling by a U.S. district judge last year. Read more here.
Human Rights Groups Decry Effort to Promote Abortion in Pandemic Response. A total of 434 human rights organizations from 16 countries have released a manifesto condemning the push from external groups to promote abortion in their nations during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
Several Pro-Life Democrats Voted Out in New Mexico Primary. Several of New Mexico’s most senior and highest-ranking Democratic senators lost to more progressive challengers. Read more here.
Facebook Censors Pro-Life Ad Showing How Abortion Pill Ends Lives of Unborn Babies, Injures Women. Students for Life of America said Facebook censored one of its ads about the dangers of abortion drugs, claiming it “may be shocking and scary to viewers.” Read more here.
El Salvador Pro-Life Groups Denounce ‘Misleading’ CBS Report Amid Abortion Fight. Pro-life advocates in the country say the report leaves out or misrepresents crucial information regarding landmark fights over abortion in the country. Read more here.
Austin’s Financial Support of Abortions Faces Second Legal Challenge. Successful in round one, the city of Austin, Texas, is headed toward a legal rematch with anti-abortion advocates for sidestepping a state law that prohibits local governments from doing business with abortion providers. Read more here.
UK MP Holds Her Baby in Parliament While Debating in Favor of Decriminalizing Abortion. UK Labor MP Stella Creasy contributed to a Commons debate about abortion in Northern Ireland while carrying her baby daughter in her arms. Read more here.
Morocco Leads UN in Blocking U.S. Opposition to Pro-Abortion Resolution. UN agencies are attempting to make abortion a humanitarian right and have openly challenged U.S. pro-life diplomacy. Read more here.
Trump Administration Rejects UN Agreement for Coronavirus Assistance That Promotes Abortion. The U.S. representatives to the UN refused to approve the UN agreement on global humanitarian assistance for the coronavirus and other emergencies because of the pro-abortion agenda within the plan. Read more here.
Nearly 400,000 Attend Argentina’s Online March for Life. Argentina’s digital March for Life drew 390,000 participants on Facebook alone, according to preliminary numbers from march organizers. Read more here.
Bill to Inform Women of Abortion Pill Reversal Passes Tennessee House. The Tennessee House voted 71-22 to approve legislation requiring that abortion-minded women seeking abortion pills be given information on how to reverse them should they change their mind. Read more here.
NI Assembly Rejects Abortion Regs Imposed by Westminster. The Northern Ireland Assembly has passed a motion calling for the rejection of abortion law enacted at Westminster and more specifically rejecting terminations in cases of non-fatal fetal abnormality. Read more here.
Pro-Life Laws Credited With Saving 500 Babies in Arkansas Last Year. Arkansas abortion numbers have continued to plummet, according to the 2019 Induced Abortion Report released by the state Department of Health. Read more here.
Argentina’s Abortion Campaign Launches Virtual Events to Revitalize Movement. Argentina was on the verge of a major shift in March, when President Alberto Fernández unveiled a bill to legalize abortion – the first time such an initiative would come from a sitting president in the country of 45 million. Read more here.
Pro-Life Advocate to Receive $50K in Settlement With City of Portland, Oregon. The city has admitted to violating Mark Mayberry’s rights in June 2019 when a park ranger at Tom McCall Waterfront Park tried to force him to leave while Mayberry was holding a pro-life sign. Read more here.
UK Baby Dies After Mother Took DIY Abortion Pills While 28 Weeks Pregnant. A coroner is investigating the death of an unborn baby after a mother illegally took home abortion pills while 28 weeks pregnant. Read more here.
UN Expert Group: ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health Services’ Includes ‘Safe, Legal Abortion.’ A UN human rights group criticized several U.S. states for classifying abortion a nonessential service during the COVID-19 shutdown, declaring “safe, legal abortion” a key component of “sexual and reproductive health services.” Read more here.
UK Women Speak Out About ‘DIY’ Home Abortion Complications. Under the new temporary policy, doctors are able to prescribe mifepristone and misoprostol over the phone or video platforms. Read more here.
Federal Lawsuit Asks FDA to Ease Access to Abortion Pill During the Pandemic. Abortion rights advocates are suing the Trump administration, asking a federal court to suspend restrictions on the abortion drug mifepristone during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
Mexican State Rejects Abortion on Demand Proposal. An attempt to allow abortion on demand for any reason up to 12 weeks has been rejected in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Read more here.
UK MPs to Introduce Bill to Stop Abortion for Cleft Lip and Club Foot. A cross-party group of MPs is bringing forward a Private Members Bill to try to clarify that minor disabilities are not grounds for abortion. Read more here.
Man Kills Girlfriend After She Refuses to Have Abortion. Police in western Uganda are investigating the death of a pregnant mother who allegedly was stabbed to death by her boyfriend after she refused to abort their unborn baby. Read more here.
Free Abortions, Pre-K Sex Ed Part of Idaho Mayor’s Transition Report. A committee report authorized by Boise’s new mayor recommends, among other things, “free contraception as defined by the CDC, abortion and reproductive health care” and collaboration with the Boise School District “to establish sex education at pre-k level-12th.” Read more here.
Colorado Measure to Ban Late-Term Abortions Gets Enough Signatures for November Ballot. The ballot measure would prohibit abortions after 22 weeks when unborn babies are viable outside the womb. Exceptions would be allowed if the mother’s life is at risk. Read more here.
Effort Underway to End Abortion of Down Syndrome Children in the UK. Pro-life activists have mounted a campaign against a policy that permits unlimited abortion of unborn children diagnosed with disabilities. Read more here.
Mexican State Passes Pro-Life Education Law. The Mexican state legislature of Nuevo Leon passed an education reform bill to foster a “respect for life from conception to natural death” in students. Read more here.
Texas Cities Can Ban Abortion Clinics After ACLU Drops Lawsuit. The lawsuit challenged pro-life ordinances which recognize that unborn babies are valuable human beings who deserve to be protected under the law and prohibit abortions within city limits. Read more here.
Did Abortion Facility Director File False Police Report to Get Pro-Lifers Arrested? The abortion facility’s director allegedly told police, according to the police report, that the protestors entered her facility when video evidence shows they did not. Read more here.
Pro-Life Virtual Graduation ‘Zoom Bombed’ With Porn and Nazi Images. America’s largest pro-life youth organization’s virtual graduation event was disrupted by a “Zoom bomb,” in which a hacker replaced the broadcast with graphic homosexual porn and Nazi imagery. Read more here.
Pro-Abortion Group Claims to Seek ‘Accountability’ on Abortion Pill Reversal. The Campaign for Accountability recently sent a letter asking the FDA to pull websites of pro-life organizations that advertise the abortion pill reversal protocol. Read more here.
Documents From New Mexico Facility Reveal Dozens of Late-Term Healthy Babies Aborted Daily. Newly obtained documents show that over a dozen elective abortions are being committed daily on babies 20 weeks and older at Southwestern Women’s Options, an abortion chain with locations in New Mexico and Texas. Read more here.
‘Screening Out’ Babies With Down’s Syndrome Seen as ‘Cash Cow’ for Chinese Firm. The admission comes from a spokesperson for BGI Group – a Chinese genetics conglomerate whose main business is offering non-invasive prenatal tests, primarily used to diagnose Down’s syndrome. Read more here.
Broken Elevator at Illinois Abortion Center Forces EMTs to Carry Injured Woman Down Stairs. In less than six weeks’ time, a second woman has been injured at an Illinois abortion business that was allowed to remain open during COVID-19 while elective surgeries in hospitals were halted. Read more here.
Salzburg Catholic Organization Targeted With Pro-Choice Vandalism. The cars belonging to the Catholic initiative, HOME Mission Base Salzburg, were sprayed with “Pro Choice,” and the windows were smashed by unknown vandals. Read more here.
Man Used Abortion Pills to Hide Sexually Abusing His Daughter and Stepdaughter. A dad has been arrested after performing DIY home abortions which concealed his crimes, after sexually abusing his daughter aged 10 and his stepdaughter during a campaign of abuse which lasted 14 years. Read more here.
UK High Court Rules Against Pro-Lifers in DIY Abortion Case. The High Court has ruled that the Government’s change to abortion law to allow home abortions was legal, despite concerns the new measure puts women’s safety at risk. Read more here.
Politicians Vow to Exert More Power onto Northern Ireland to Ensure Abortion on Demand. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children says that the Government’s regulations are so extreme that they go far beyond any abortion legislation in Europe. Read more here.
An Important Pro-Life Opportunity in Colorado. Colorado currently has no gestational limits on abortion, but the “Due Date Too Late” campaign is currently in the process of collecting signatures for a citizen initiative that would ban abortions after 22 weeks’ gestation. Read more here.
Oklahoma Governor Signs Pro-Life Bill to Save Babies From Abortion. The law provides enhanced legal rights to women who have been misled into having an abortion by increasing the civil liability of abortionists who have deceived such women. Read more here.
Trump Admin to WHO: There Is No International Right to Abortion. The U.S. representatives to the World Health Assembly said in a statement that it “dissociates” from the World Health Organization language on guaranteeing reproductive and sexual healthcare during the pandemic. Read more here.
‘Jane Roe’ of Roe v. Wade Said She Was Paid to Lie About Being Pro-Life. Some in the pro-life community who knew Norma McCorvey personally, however, are already pushing back on the documentary making this claim. Read more here.
Pro-Abortion Activists Raised Enough Money to Buy Profitable Alabama Abortion Business. Millions of dollars were raised to ensure the doors of the West Alabama Women’s Center would stay open after the current owner retires. Read more here.
Health Canada Approves Human Trial Testing of Coronavirus Vaccine Derived From Aborted Fetal Cell Line. A Canadian vaccine watchdog group says Canada’s approval of a human clinical trial of a Chinese coronavirus vaccine made from aborted fetal cell lines should “be a concern” for everyone. Read more here.
Facebook Oversight Panel Prompts Questions About Free Speech, Abortion Advocacy. Facebook says it is responding to long-standing questions about content moderation and censorship by appointing an independent oversight board to help set policy. Read more here.
USAID Head to UN Secretary General: Stop Peddling Abortion as COVID-19 Relief. The letter is unprecedented in its direct criticism of the UN bureaucracy’s promotion of abortion as humanitarian aid. Read more here.
Pro-Life Groups in Ecuador Protest UN Abortion Conditions on Coronavirus Aid. Abortion is illegal in Ecuador, and pro-lifers have launched a petition drive calling on President Lenin Moreno to “not accept ideological interference by the UN.” Read more here.
Canadians Want Sex-Selective Abortions Banned, MP Tells March for Life. Saskatchewan Member of Parliament Cathay Wagantall introduced a bill to ban sex-selective abortion because the majority of Canadians are “absolutely against” the practice, she said. Read more here.
Two Pro-Life Candidates Vow to Allow Abortion Debate in Canada. The two official pro-life candidates on the ballot vowed that they would reopen the abortion debate in Canada should one of them be elected to lead the party. Read more here.
Abortion Groups Work to Sneak Abortion Pill Into Pharmacies Worldwide. One strategy of a pro-abortion research group to increase availability of the abortion pill is to register it for additional indications. Read more here.
Trudeau Govt to Work With China in Testing New COVID-19 Vaccine From Aborted Babies. Canada’s largest federal research organization announced that it will be teaming up with a Chinese vaccine company with the hopes of testing a new trial coronavirus vaccine in Canada. One watchdog warns it is made from aborted fetal cell lines. Read more here.
Coloradans Gather Signatures for Late Term Abortion Ban. Colorado remains one of the only states where late term abortion is not explicitly protected or restricted under law. Read more here.
Abortion Funding Included in $9B Global Aid Bill to Fight COVID. The bill would authorize $1 billion to The Global Fund which partners with International Planned Parenthood Federation. Read more here.
Call for Westminster to Put Abortion Legislation Responsibility Into NI Hands. Anti-abortion campaigners in Northern Ireland have urged Westminster to give the Stormont Assembly a say over new abortion laws. Read more here.
Abortion Giant Marie Stopes ‘Proud’ to Have Taken Millions From Porn Tycoon. Abortion giant Marie Stopes International, which claims to “empower” women, has received millions from a pornographic business owner over the last 25 years. Read more here.
New Jersey Abortion Business Calls 911 for Woman Suffering Complications. The woman required emergency transport to Cooper Medical Center for suspected aspiration pneumonia. Read more here.
Pandemic and Geopolitics Will Collide at Next Week’s World Health Assembly. One of the resolutions under consideration next week refers to “sexual and reproductive health.” The United States is expected to oppose the term because it is used to promote abortion. Read more here.
Peruvian Congresswoman Challenges Coronavirus Abortion Regulations. A Peruvian congresswoman has demanded the country’s health minister provide the legal and scientific basis for a directive that would allow abortion when a pregnant woman is infected with the novel coronavirus. Read more here.
California Church Wins Battle in Fight to Stop State From Forcing It to Fund Abortions. The 9th Circuit recognized that Skyline Church suffered an injury when the state issued its August 2014 letters mandating that church healthcare plans cover elective abortions. Read more here.
Virtual March for Life Canada Website Crashes Due to Surge of Visitors. The kickoff event attracted so many viewers that the website crashed. Read more here.
Indian Woman Dies After Taking Abortion Pills. Police in Kashimira, Mira Road, India, have booked six people following the death of a pregnant woman caused by consumption of abortion pills. Read more here.
U.S. Speaker of the House Once Again Caught Trying to Include Abortion Funding in Coronavirus Bill. According to the bill, states would be free to pass along taxpayer dollars to the Planned Parenthood abortion business from the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars states would receive. Read more here.
Argentine President Vows to Legalize Abortion Despite Pandemic Shutdown. President Fernandez said that the proposed bill to legalize abortion is ready, but that he hasn’t yet presented it in Congress because there are “other urgencies” amidst the pandemic. Read more here.
Colorado Sees Abortions Spike While Surrounding States Halt Them for COVID-19. Planned Parenthoods in Colorado aborted 250 babies from other states in April. Read more here.
Northern Ireland Withdraws Abortion Regulations Ahead of Westminster Vote. Opponents had criticized the regulations for going further than the abortion laws in Britain and the Republic, with much wider provision than the law required. Read more here.
Polish President Supports Bill to Ban ‘Eugenic’ Abortions Against Disabled Babies. President Andrzej Duda believes that “killing children with disabilities is frankly murder. If the plan finds itself on my desk, I will in all certainty sign it.” Read more here.
Bishop Says ‘You Can’t be an Authentic Catholic and Pro-Abortion’. U.S. Catholic bishops are raising their voices for the rights of unborn babies as some high-level politicians claim to be Catholic while supporting abortion on demand. Read more here.
Mother to Take Major Pro-Life Case to European Court of Human Rights. The use of criminalized free speech zones (‘buffer zones’) around abortion clinics will be challenged at the European Court of Human Rights by a mother who received pro-life help the zones criminalize. Read more here.
PA Governor Rejects Telemedicine Expansion Bill That Excludes At-Home Abortions. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a bill that would have expanded telemedicine services during the coronavirus outbreak because it excluded access to at-home, drug-induced abortions. Read more here.
Federal Judge Says State Can Require COVID-19 Tests Before Abortions. A federal judge in Arkansas upheld the state’s requirement that women obtain a negative coronavirus test before having an abortion. Read more here.
Governments Allow Do-It-Yourself Abortions During COVID-19 Crisis. Since the rise of medical abortion, the abortion lobby has been pushing for the “demedicalization” of abortion, ensuring that not only doctors, but nurses, midwives, and even pregnant women themselves, can legally perform abortions. Read more here.
Abortion Businesses Struggle to Stay Afloat. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, abortion facilities are currently doing little more than dispensing the abortion pill. This change is what’s keeping them in business. Read more here.
‘No Test’ Abortion Pill Protocol Later in Pregnancy Means Women May See Recognizable Aborted Bodies. A new abortion pill protocol allows abortion providers to dispense the abortion pill to women and girls without any ultrasounds, blood tests, or definitive determination of gestational age. Read more here.
Abortion Activists at Christian College Want to Ban Pro-Life Student Group Because They’re ‘Terrorists’. The petition by abortion activists states that holding vigils outside of abortion providers is “tantamount to medical terrorism.” Read more here.
Activists Help Women Get Abortions in Argentina During Coronavirus Lockdown. The activists help women navigate the country’s health system, which, by law is meant to provide abortion in cases of rape or where the pregnancy is a risk to the health of the mother. Read more here.
UK Woman Files Lawsuit Regarding Fetal Pain. A woman in the UK has filed a lawsuit asking that abortion businesses be required to inform women that their preborn babies are capable of feeling pain while being aborted. Read more here.
Dozens of Pro-Life Groups Ask FDA to Seize Websites of Companies Illegally Prescribing Abortion Medication. A long list of pro-life organizations sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), requesting that it seize the website domains for two organizations accused of skirting federal regulations on administering medicinal abortions. Read more here.
UN Secretary-General Calls for Abortion Access Worldwide During Coronavirus Panic. The term “sexual and reproductive health” is widely used to cluster abortion alongside more widely accepted maternal health and family planning health policies. Read more here.
Abortion Battle Threatens to Upend Health Insurance Push. Republicans say the new funding needs to include the Hyde Amendment or another restriction on federal money going toward health plans that cover abortion, an idea Democrats oppose. Read more here.
Planned Parenthood Cheers Spike in Webcam Abortions as COVID-19 ‘Silver Lining’. One telemed provider claims that requests for chemical abortions doubled in March and April over the previous two months. Read more here.
Bioethicists Urge COVID-19 Vaccine Research Avoid Abortion Cell Lines. Ethicists have expressed concerns that the vaccine, developed at Oxford University, used cell lines obtained from an aborted child. Read more here.
CBS News Reporter Calls COVID-19 Abortion Restrictions a Public Health Crisis. CBS News reporter Kate Smith fears of a looming “health crisis” due to the abortion restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 lockdowns in some states. Read more here.
Colorado Pregnancy Center Sees Gains in Support Despite Losing Lawsuit Against Abortion Activist Group. A pro-life pregnancy center in Colorado that recently lost a legal battle against an abortion advocacy group says they’re still seeing patients and have received increased support in the community. Read more here.
Northern Ireland Secretary ‘Exceeded Powers in Allowing Abortion’. The Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis exceeded his powers in introducing abortion regulations, Stormont’s chief legal adviser has said. Read more here.
Brazil’s Supreme Court Rejects Effort to Legalize Abortion in Zika Cases. A majority of Brazil’s Supreme Federal Tribunal has voted against an intervention seeking to decriminalize abortion for expectant mothers diagnosed with the Zika virus. Read more here.
Doctors File Lawsuit Against Fort Worth for Banning All Elective Surgeries Except Abortion. The Thomas More Society filed a lawsuit on behalf of doctors who have been forced to suspend their nonessential services while abortion providers continue to operate. Read more here.
Judge on Trump SCOTUS List Rebukes Court for Putting Abortion Above Law and Lives. Judge Amul Thapar forcefully rebuked his colleagues for ruling that Tennessee must exempt the abortion industry from orders to conserve medical supplies during the COVID-19 crisis, offering insight into how he might rule if President Donald Trump selects him to fill a future Supreme Court vacancy. Read more here.
Kentucky Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Save Babies Surviving Botched Abortions. Kentucky Democrat Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed a bill that would have required abortionists to provide life-saving medical care to a baby who survived a botched abortion. Read more here.
March for Life Canada Will be an Online, Five-Day Event Due to COVID-19. Organizers for the March for Life Canada announced that the annual march will now take place with several interactive streaming events from May 10 to May 14. Read more here.
British Doctor: At-Home Abortions Will Lead to Injuries, Death for Women. A British doctor is sounding the alarm as the abortion industry continues to push dangerous at-home chemical abortions. Read more here.
The WHO Abortion Agenda: Another Reason to Defund It. The WHO has issued a series of guidance on “safe” abortion in order to maximize access to the procedure. Read more here.
Bishops Call on Northern Ireland Assembly to Modify Abortion Law. Northern Ireland’s Catholic bishops have called for members of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly to take steps to reform the abortion laws which went into effect on March 31. Read more here.
Abortions Resume in Texas Following New COVID-19 Executive Order. Abortions in Texas are no longer banned as part of measures combating the coronavirus pandemic. An executive order going into effect allowed some elective surgeries, including abortions. Read more here.
Scottish Bishop: Permission for Wholly At-Home Medical Abortion is Ideological. The president of the Scottish bishops’ conference wrote to the Scottish health secretary, saying the permission for women to self-administer both stages of a medical abortion at home during coronavirus is born of ideology rather than true concern for women. Read more here.
Abortion Pill Reversal Hotline Receives Record Number of Calls During COVID-19. During March, the Abortion Pill Rescue Network saw a record number of calls for abortion pill reversals. Read more here.
Catholic Bishop Rejects Coronavirus Vaccine Using Aborted Baby Parts. The bishop said, until recently, he did not realize how pervasive this evil practice had become, even though scientists have ethical alternatives available. Read more here.
New ‘No-Test’ Abortion Pill Protocol Seeks to Broaden ‘Access’ With No Concern for Women’s Safety. The abortion industry’s latest abortion pill protocol is “No-Test Medication Abortion,” which was planned well before the coronavirus pandemic and will no longer require any testing before selling abortion pills. Read more here.
Amnesty International Says Killing Babies in Abortions ‘Saves Lives Every Day’. The pro-abortion group claimed that abortions are basic health care and urged government leaders to make abortions a priority during the global coronavirus crisis. Read more here.
Arkansas Order Limiting Abortions Can Go into Effect, Court Rules. A federal appeals court allowed a state order halting elective surgical abortions in Arkansas to go into effect. The measure was put in place to conserve medical resources during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
Brazilian Supreme Court to Consider Legalizing Abortion in Zika Cases. Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court will hold a virtual hearing to consider whether to decriminalize abortion for pregnant women infected with the Zika virus. Several pro-life organizations have come out strongly against the effort. Read more here.
Free Abortions for Students Offered by 41 Colleges and Universities. At least 41 colleges and universities in the U.S. cover elective abortions without restriction in their student health insurance plans, according to new research. Read more here.
Suit Aims to Close Texas Abortion Mills Using Up Protective Gear in Pandemic. The complaint charges that Fort Worth and its mayor are violating Texas law by suspending non-emergency surgeries and procedures while allowing elective abortions to continue. Read more here.
Roe v. Wade Was an ‘Incorrect’ Decision, Clarence Thomas Says in New Opinion. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thomas wrote a concurring opinion and listed three “incorrect decisions” he said used a faulty interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment, one of which was Roe v. Wade. Read more here.
40 Days for Life CEO: ‘We’re Starting to See the End of Abortion’ Amid Uptick in Pro-Life Millennials. The head of a prominent pro-life organization said he believes society is “beginning to see the end of abortion” as up-and-coming generations grow increasingly uncomfortable with the pro-abortion movement. Read more here.
Appeals Court Again Overturns Restraining Order, Banning Abortion in Texas. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel’s temporary restraining order for the third time, allowing abortions to be effectively banned in Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.
Kavanaugh Cites ‘Roe v. Wade’ While Discussing ‘Erroneous Precedent’. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh showed some promise for any future ruling on Roe v. Wade when he cited the disastrous case while discussing “erroneous precedent” that can be thrown out. Read more here.
Pro-Life Leaders Call for Coronavirus Vaccine Without Abortion Ties. Development of an effective, safe and widely available vaccine for the novel coronavirus is deeply important, but its development should avoid unethical links to abortion, said pro-life leaders in a letter to the Trump administration. Read more here.
Three U.S. Senators Push for Easier Access to Abortion Drugs During Pandemic. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Patty Murray, and Tammy Baldwin have asked the FDA to permit ‘telemed’ consultations for medical abortions without a doctor or clinic visit. Read more here.
Michigan Governor: Abortions Are ‘Life-Sustaining’. Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer said during an interview that abortion services needed to be provided during the COVID-19 pandemic because they are “life-sustaining.” Read more here.
FDA Urged by 159 Congressmen to Continue Enforcing Abortion Pill Regs During Pandemic. The 159 pro-life members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have called on Stephen Hahn, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “to continue to robustly enforce” the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy for the abortion pill. Read more here.
Poland Considers Citizen-Proposed Ban on Abortion of Those With Severe Disabilities. The bill would bar abortion in cases where the unborn child has an abnormality. It is the most common reason for abortion in Poland and sometimes used in cases where the child is not expected to survive. Read more here.
Sweden Targets Africans Using ‘Unsafe Abortion’ Study. An African-based research center is performing studies on “unsafe abortion” in seven African countries with the goal of influencing health ministers and policymakers to remove laws that protect unborn children from abortion. Read more here.
Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian and United Church of Christ Pastors Sign Letter Supporting Abortion. A group of Tennessee faith leaders and activists publicly declared their support for abortion on demand in a letter urging pro-life Gov. Bill Lee to oppose heartbeat legislation. Read more here.
Poland Lawmakers Defer Final Vote on Divisive Abortion Bill. Polish lawmakers postponed a final decision on controversial proposals to impose a near-total ban on abortion and criminalize school sex education in the predominantly Catholic country, in a move that could lead to the draft laws being mothballed. Read more here.
Abortion Clinic Caught Doing Abortions on Teen Girls Without Parental Consent. According to the report, inspectors found that the abortion facility failed to ensure girls under 18 had a parent’s permission before doing abortions in five of the ten medical records that they reviewed. Read more here.
Africa Needs Medical Supplies to Fight Coronavirus, Feminists Send Abortion Kits. Instead of responding to the dire need for medical supplies, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) plans to use aide funds to send abortion kits and contraception to Africa. Read more here.
Attorneys General Urge Trump Administration to Allow Fetal Tissue Research, Claiming It Could Help Find a Cure for COVID-19. The Department of Health and Human Services recently restricted the use of federal funds for research using fetal tissue from abortions, and now 16 Attorneys General are urging him to reverse that decision. Read more here.
130+ Congressmen Urge Trump to Keep Ban on Aborted Fetal Tissue Research in Race for COVID-19 Cure. The members of Congress showed that scientific progress and ethical behavior can go hand in hand. Read more here.
Top Medical Journal: Abortion Must Be ‘At the Heart’ of COVID-19 Response. As the abortion industry fights to continue and expand abortion in the face of the global coronavirus crisis, a new paper in the prestigious medical journal Lancet declares that a “sexual and reproductive health and justice policy agenda must be at the heart of the COVID-19 response.” Read more here.
Poles Divided on Abortion, Sex Education Bills. Polish lawmakers began debating draft laws Wednesday that would impose a near-total ban on abortion and criminalize sex education in schools. Read more here.
Virginia Bishops Condemn Good Friday Signing of Abortion Bill. The bill, which is now law, repeals a Virginia law mandating that only doctors can perform abortions. Read more here.
Federal Judge Blocks Alabama From Banning Abortions During Coronavirus Lockdown. The state may not include abortions in its ban on elective medical procedures, one of the steps Alabama is taking to enforce social distancing and stem the spread of the virus outbreak. Read more here.
Reproductive Rights Groups Ask Supreme Court to Ease Texas Abortion Restrictions Amid Pandemic. The lawsuit – filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Lawyering Project, and Planned Parenthood – asks the Supreme Court to reinstate a limited restraining order on the ban that a district court issued on April 9. Read more here.
Governor Northam Signs Virginia Reproductive Health Protection Act. The act repeals Virginia’s mandatory ultrasound law and 24-hour waiting period prior to abortion. It also rolls back restrictions on women’s health centers. Abortion-rights advocates have said the changes will make Virginia a “safe haven” for abortion access for women in neighboring conservative states. Read more here.
European Nations Urged to Protect Abortion Access in Coronavirus Lockdown. An open letter signed by 100 human rights groups and health experts calls for abortion pills to be sent to homes, remote access to health services and the removal of administrative processes like wait periods and mandatory counseling. Read more here.
Alaska Governor Defends Suspending Abortions for Coronavirus Crisis. Alaska is the latest state to explicitly include elective abortions among the “medical” procedures to be suspended during the COVID-19 crisis, a move that state officials are defending as medical rather than political. Read more here.
UNFPA Inserts Abortion Into the Fine Print of the Sustainable Development Goals. Last year, UNFPA issued a statement in response to the United States’ decision not to fund them, in part because of their pro-abortion activities. In it, they insisted that “UNFPA does not promote changes to the legal status of abortion.” The language of this latest report from UNFPA suggests this is no longer the case, if indeed it ever was. Read more here.
Canada’s Trudeau Administration Using COVID-19 Money to Fund ‘Reproductive Rights’. The Canadian government has pledged an additional $109.5 million toward helping underdeveloped countries during the pandemic. One of the goals for this money is to fund “reproductive rights,” and a press release reveals that some of the money will be funding abortions. Read more here.
Northern Ireland Leader Calls for At-Home Medical Abortions. After laws permitting elective abortion in Northern Ireland recently came into force, the region’s deputy First Minister is urging that women there be allowed to perform medical abortions at home. Read more here.
New York AG Leads Fight for Abortions in Texas Following Coronavirus Restrictions. New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Twitter that she is now leading a group of attorneys general in legal action against the Texas order. She has also pushed for women to be able to self-abort via pill at home during the pandemic. Read more here.
Christian Leaders United in Support of Oklahoma Abortion Order. Catholic dioceses in Oklahoma joined other Christian leaders to ask a federal court to let stand a state order halting elective abortion during the pandemic. Abortion providers, the Catholic and Christian leaders argued, should not be able to bring a case on behalf of women in the state because they are acting in their own self-interest. Read more here.
Court Backs Texas Pandemic Abortion Ban, Citing Emergency Powers. A federal appeals court affirmed Texas’ right to ban nearly all abortions during the coronavirus pandemic, in what it described as a “drastic and extraordinary” move based on arguments that states can limit constitutional rights during emergencies. Read more here.
Netherlands Health Minister Urged to Guarantee Abortion Pill Access Amid Corona Restrictions. Pro-abortion organization Women on Waves is urging health minister Hugo de Jonge to act swiftly to make the abortion pill available to women who are unable to make the requisite visit to an abortion clinic because of the corona crisis. Read more here.
Pro-Life Leaders Scrutinize WHO Funding Amid Support for Abortion During COVID-19 Outbreak. The controversy followed a similar one in states such as Texas, which restricted all elective procedures—including abortion—in order to preserve personal protective equipment for the pandemic response. The WHO has joined pro-choice organizations such as Planned Parenthood in arguing that abortion was an essential service. Read more here.
Lawmakers Demand Wisconsin Governor Suspend Abortions Over Coronavirus. More than 30 members of the Wisconsin Legislature signed a letter to Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday, demanding that the far-reaching shutdown orders he has instituted so far to contain COVID-19 be extended to suspend operations at abortion facilities. Read more here.
Professionals in France Look to Extend Legal Abortion Time Limit. In the midst of the coronavirus lockdown, concerned professionals are asking the government to extend the 12-week time limit to have an abortion by two weeks amid worries that women with unwanted pregnancies are afraid to leave their homes given the current health crisis. Read more here.
Federal Judge Blocks Order Banning Most Abortions in Oklahoma During COVID-19 Emergency. U.S. District Judge Charles Goodwin ruled that Gov. Kevin Stitt’s ban on most abortions in the state during the COVID-19 emergency effectively deny a right of access to abortion. Read more here.
Abortion ‘Essential’ in UN’s $2B COVID-19 Funding Plan. Abortion is “essential” in the UN’s just-released funding response to the COVID-19 pandemic. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ appeal for $2 billion to help developing countries deal with the novel coronavirus published last week repeatedly highlights “sexual and reproductive health and rights” as a priority area of food security and health policy. Read more here.
FDA Urged to Let Women Get Abortion Drugs by Mail During Coronavirus Crisis. The FDA is being urged by 21 Attorneys General to let women receive abortion-inducing drugs through the mail amid the coronavirus rather than have to leave their homes to get them. Read more here.
South Australian Reproductive Rights Experts Worried Coronavirus is Creating More Barriers to Abortion. Reproductive rights groups want urgent legal changes to allow women access to abortion drugs through telehealth consultations, saying coronavirus restrictions will likely lead to an increase in unplanned pregnancies, and more barriers to accessing terminations. Read more here.
North Ireland Legal Abortion Thwarts Protection for Vulnerable. The new law and accompanying regulations mean no explicit legal protections for unborn children up to 12 weeks into pregnancy, compared to legal abortion allowed up to 24 weeks in other parts of the U.K. In some respects, the law is more permissive than the rest of the U.K. Read more here.
India’s Lower House of Parliament Passes Bill Raising Upper Limit for Abortions From 20 to 24 Weeks. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the proposed law allows termination of pregnancies in cases related to rape, incest, minor girls, and pregnancy with substantial fetal abnormalities. Read more here.
Fifth Circuit Sides With TX Governor and AG in Lawsuit From Planned Parenthood. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, giving Texas the green light to enforce a statewide ban on performing abortions during COVID-19. Read more here.
Abortion Continues Unimpeded in Canada Despite Coronavirus Lockdown. Despite restrictions being placed on elective surgeries, abortions continue in all 10 Canadian provinces and three territories. Read more here.
Utah Governor Signs Bill Mandating Humane Treatment of Aborted Babies. Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill requiring that aborted babies be either buried or cremated by the facilities that aborted them. The bill is meant to prevent the bodies of aborted children from being treated like medical waste, both out of respect for their dignity and to underscore their humanity. Read more here.
Jamaican House Committee Recommends Conscience Vote on Abortion. The committee has recommended that Members of Parliament make a “conscience” vote to determine whether abortion should be legalized in Jamaica. Read more here.
DIY Home Abortion Allowed in UK During Coronavirus Crisis. The UK government has bypassed parliament to enact emergency measures that will allow women to perform medical abortions at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
Kentucky AG Calls for Statewide Hold on Abortions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic. Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron emphasized his support for a statewide ban on abortion procedures during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
New York Times Editorial Board Calls for More Access to Abortions During Pandemic. According to the Times editorial board, if states restrict abortion access during the pandemic (and other potential crises), certain radical solutions should be adopted: abortion pills in the mail, taxpayer-funded birth control, and taxpayer-funded abortions. Read more here.
Northern Ireland to Legalize Abortion on Demand Up to 12 Weeks. Northern Ireland will soon offer abortions “without conditionality” up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. Read more here.
Ohio Sends Cease and Desist Letters to Abortion Clinics to Stop ‘Nonessential Abortions’ Due to COVID-19. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office sent letters to three abortion clinics ordering them to stop performing abortions amid the coronavirus pandemic after complaints to the Ohio Department of Health. Read more here.
More States Move to Suspend Abortions. The list of states ordering a suspension of elective abortions during the coronavirus outbreak continues to grow, with Louisiana, Maryland, and Mississippi joining Ohio and Texas in halting “non-essential” procedures, including abortion. Read more here.
30,000 Doctors Say Continuing Elective Abortions During Pandemic ‘Medically Irresponsible.’ Physicians from five pro-life medical organizations released a statement saying that elective abortions are “falsely” characterized by pro-abortion groups as “essential healthcare.” Read more here.
Argentinian Doctor Given Jail Sentence for Refusing to Perform an Abortion. Dr Leandro Rodriguez Lastra said that the abortion would pose a risk to both the unborn child and the mother. He was sentenced to a 14-month suspended jail term, plus 28 months of disqualification from holding public office. Read more here.
Ohio Halts ‘Nonessential’ Abortions During COVID-19 Crisis. Ohio’s Attorney General is requiring abortion providers to halt most abortions, deeming them as elective, nonessential procedures. Read more here.
New Zealand Legalizes Abortion. The New Zealand Parliament voted into law the Abortion Legislation Act, which will allow abortions prior to 20 weeks without any legal test. After that abortions will require only a second opinion from another “health practitioner.” Read more here.
Massachusetts Exempts Abortion From ‘Nonessential, Elective’ Surgery Ban. States across the country put a halt to elective surgery to save medical resources for fighting the Chinese coronavirus outbreak, but Massachusetts is making sure women can abort their babies without impediment. Read more here.
Canadian Abortion Facility Has Goal to Continue Carrying Out Terminations During the Corona Outbreak. Though almost all abortions are elective and world health leaders are concerned about limited supplies and staff to treat people with the virus, abortion activists are insisting that abortions must continue. Read more here.
Wyoming Legislature Sends Born-Alive Protection Bill to Governor’s Desk. Senate File 97 would require physicians to provide care for children delivered alive after failed abortions, even if a baby is deemed to have a condition “incompatible with life.” Read more here.
Utah Legislature Passes Abortion Restrictions, Fetal Remains Bill. One measure would ban most abortions if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned. The other measure would require abortion clinics and other medical centers to cremate or bury fetal remains. Read more here.
Oklahoma Senate Votes to Ban Abortions After Six Weeks. The Oklahoma Senate approved legislation that would prohibit doctors from performing an abortion beginning at six weeks of pregnancy if a fetal heartbeat or brain waves are detected. Read more here.
Ohio Law Protecting Babies With Down Syndrome From Abortion Challenged in Court. The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit heard arguments over an Ohio law banning abortions on babies based on a Down syndrome diagnosis. Abortion supporters brought the legal challenge soon after Governor John Kasich signed it into law in 2017. Read more here.
Swedish Midwives Who Oppose Abortion Fail in Rights Case. Two nurses denied midwife jobs for refusing to carry out abortions lost their legal bid to take Sweden to the European Court of Human Rights for violating their religious beliefs. Read more here.
Professor Forced to Reject View That Unborn Babies Can’t Feel Pain After New Study. A professor who previously believed that unborn children “cannot experience pain” has just co-authored a study that suggests that the pre-born can in fact feel pain, and that they can feel it far earlier than 24 weeks gestation, perhaps as early as 12 or 13 weeks. Read more here.
Abortion Industry Celebrates ‘Happy Abortion Provider Appreciation Day.’ The abortion industry and its allies celebrated what it calls “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day” in honor of the medical providers who terminate pregnancies in the United States. Read more here.
Record Number of Pregnancies Ending in Abortion in UK. According to the latest government figures from the Office for National Statistics, almost a quarter of pregnancies in the UK are terminated. This is up from 22.7 percent in 2017 and marked the highest percentage since records began three decades ago. Read more here.
Ban on Killing Babies Born Alive During Failed Abortion Becomes Law in West Virginia. Gov. Jim Justice signed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act banning the killing of infants who survive attempted abortions, a state-level version of an effort which remains stalled nationally. Read more here.
Colombia’s Constitutional Court Rules Against Legalizing Abortion in First 16 Weeks of Pregnancy. The court ruled that abortion would continue to be allowed in three specific cases—rape, fetal malformation, or if the life of the mother is at risk. Read more here.
Argentina’s President to Propose Bill to Legalize Abortion. President Alberto Fernández is set to send a bill to Congress legalizing abortion in the next 10 days under the guise of protecting women. Read more here.
U.S. Supreme Court Set to Argue Important Abortion Case. At issue is a state statute requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Read more here.
Doctors Without Borders Teams Up With Do-it-Yourself Abortion Group. The humanitarian group has teamed up with HowToUseAbortionPill.org to create an online video guide on how to use pills to abort an unborn child up to 22 weeks. Read more here.
State Legislature Bans University of Wyoming from Covering Abortions Under Student Insurance Plans. The Wyoming state legislature passed a ban on taxpayer-funded coverage of elective abortions at the university in the form of a budget amendment. Read more here.
Survey Finds Nine in Ten UK Adults Now Identify as Pro-Choice. The YouGov survey of 5,098 adults commissioned by abortion giant Marie Stopes International found that 90 percent of adults believe that women should be able to access abortion services in Britain. Read more here.
Florida Legislature Passes Abortion Parental Consent Bill. Girls under the age of 18 will have to get a parent’s permission before having an abortion under a bill passed by the Florida Legislature that Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign. Read more here
Federal Judges Strike Down Mississippi Heartbeat Abortion Ban. The decision by the three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals blocks the law from going into effect and upholds a lower court’s decision to do the same. The judges argued that at six weeks, a fetus is not yet viable outside the womb. Read more here.
Thai Court Says Anti-Abortion Laws Unconstitutional. Thailand’s Constitutional Court has ruled that existing laws criminalizing abortion are unconstitutional and ordered them to be amended. Read more here.
Report Calls Into Question the Impartiality and Fairness of the European Court of Human Rights. The report issued by the European Centre for Law and Justice reveals that from 2009 to 2019, 22 of 100 judges on the European Court were former officials of pro-abortion or pro-LGBT organizations. Read more here.
New Trump Administration Board Will Decide on Ethics of Tax-Funded Research on Aborted Babies. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is soliciting nominations to an advisory board to help the Trump administration craft ethical policies with regard to the use of aborted babies in medical research. Read more here.
New Poll Shows Majority of Canadians Want to Ban Late-Term, Sex-Selective Abortions. A recent survey shows a majority of Canadians are opposed to late-term and sex-selective abortion and would support making these practices illegal. Read more here.
EU and Abortion Groups Attack Pro-Life Policies Adopted by the General Assembly. The European Union and several Latin American countries began a push to have abortion and LGBT rights inserted into a UN political declaration to be adopted by the Commission on the Status of Women in March. Negotiations on the declaration began this week. Read more here.
Pro-Life Student Group’s Lawsuit Prompts Systemwide Policy Change at Largest University in U.S. California State University–San Marcos agreed to revise student fee policies and pay more than $240,000 to Students for Life. CSU–San Marcos has more than 100 recognized student groups, but in the 2016-2017 academic year, the Gender Equity Center and the LGBQTA Pride Center received a combined $296,498 to funds its activities—57 times more than all other 100 student groups combined. Read more here.
Trump Calls on Congress to Ban Late Term Abortion: ‘Every Child is a Miracle of Life.’ President Donald Trump reiterated his call for a ban on late-term abortion during his annual State of the Union address, while drawing the country’s attention to an example of the children who could have been legally killed had their mothers made a different “choice.” Read more here.
Most Americans Reject Supreme Court’s Decision in Roe v. Wade. A new Marist poll found 62 percent of Americans say that if the Supreme Court revisits Roe v. Wade, it should rule to allow states to determine abortion restrictions (46%) or make abortion illegal (16%). Read more here.
Trump Administration Announces Action Against California for Forcing Churches to Fund Abortions. The Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights announced that it issued a Notice of Violation to the state of California, formally notifying the state that it cannot impose universal abortion coverage mandates on health insurance plans and issuers in violation of federal conscience laws. Read more here.
‘Abortion Is Normal’ Exhibition Opens in NYC to Benefit Planned Parenthood. Downtown for Democracy, the organization that produced the exhibition will use some of the proceeds for voter education regarding reproductive rights. Read more here.
Trump Administration Declares Pro-Abortion ‘Equal Rights Amendment’ Dead on Arrival. Proponents’ hopes of reviving the long-dormant Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) were dashed as the Trump administration declared that the proposed constitutional amendment’s supporters would have to restart the amendment process from scratch if they want to enact it so long after its original deadline. Read more here.
Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Protect Louisiana Abortion Regulations. At issue is a contested Louisiana law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. An abortion clinic and two physicians are challenging the law. Read more here.
Abortion Again Tops Worldwide Causes of Death in 2019. More than 42 million abortions took place globally in 2019, making abortion the single largest cause of death in the world—more than any other cause of death including disease. Read more here.
Indiana Abortionist Report Says Babies Stored With ‘Rodent Droppings.’ A new Indiana report has revealed details of an abortionist who stored thousands of unborn baby remains among his personal belongings, many “inside molding boxes and old Styrofoam coolers” and others “intermingled with bits of garbage and rodent droppings.” Read more here.
U.S. Pro-Life Diplomacy Bested by EU Opposition at UN. Despite President Trump’s statement at the General Assembly in September and a growing number of countries supporting U.S. pro-life diplomacy, U.S. pro-life amendments to UN resolutions adopted before Christmas failed by a wide margin. Read more here.
Pro-Life OB/Gynecologists Release Statement on Abortion Pill Reversal. The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists said a recent study attempting to discredit abortion pill reversal that was terminated early due to supposed safety concerns has backfired. Read more here.
NBC and Other Media Outlets Describe a Woman’s Forced Abortion at Gunpoint as a ‘Miscarriage.’ NBC News is under fire after the news agency described a crime where a man forced a woman at gunpoint to take an abortion pill as “a miscarriage.” The woman was held at gunpoint by her boyfriend until she took abortion pills to terminate her pregnancy. Read more here.
Northern Ireland Politicians Criticize UK Government’s Abortion Proposals. In an open letter to the Belfast Telegraph, a group of politicians from Northern Ireland have criticized the UK Government’s proposals to legalize abortion in Northern Ireland. MPs voted in July to legalize abortion in Northern Ireland in the absence of a functioning Northern Ireland Assembly. Read more here.
One-third of All Abortion Clinics in the U.S. Have Closed in the Last Five Years. According to a report from Abortion Care Network independent abortion businesses are closing at a rapid pace across the United States as states pass laws to protect unborn babies and mothers from abortion. Read more here.
Argentina Judge Suspends Sale of Abortion Drug in Pharmacies Due to Health Risks. An Argentinian court has ordered that the abortion drug misoprostol temporarily cease being sold over the counter in pharmacies after two pro-life groups made the case that the drug poses a “serious, real, concrete and current threat to public health.” Read more here.
Pro-Abortion Activists Launch Abortion Initiative in Poland. An international group of pro-abortion campaigners will launch an initiative in Poland this week to provide advice and funding for women to travel abroad to have abortions. Read more here.
Survey Finds Almost One-Third of Unplanned Pregnancies in Australia End in Abortion. According to the Medical Journal of Australia, one in four women who responded to a national telephone survey reported falling pregnant in the past 10 years without planning to do so, and 30.4 percent of those pregnancies ended in abortion. Read more here.
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Kentucky’s Abortion Ultrasound Law. The Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to a Kentucky law mandating ultrasound counseling prior to abortion procedures. The rejected appeal allows the state’s law to go into effect. Read more here.
Slovakia Rejects Bill Requiring Ultrasounds Before Abortion. Lawmakers in Slovakia have rejected a proposed bill that would have made it obligatory for women seeking abortions to first have an ultrasound and obtain the consent of the father before having the procedure. Read more here.
U.S. Votes Against Abortion at UN Review of Beijing Platform for Action. After an all-night debate, the negotiated text at the 25-year Asia Pacific review of the Beijing Platform for Action was rejected by the U.S. because “there is no international right to abortion.” Read more here.
U.S. Abortion Rate Continues to Drop. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, data submitted from 47 states and New York City showed abortions in 2016 were down two percent from 2015. Read more here.
UK Medical Group Says Women Should be Allowed to Take Abortion Pills at Home After Skyping a Doctor. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said in a report that women should be able to get both drugs needed for a medical abortion after a Skype or FaceTime chat with a doctor instead of just the second drug as is currently allowed. Read more here.
Church of England Vows to “Vigorously Challenge” Efforts to Further Relax UK Abortion Laws. The church has pledged to challenge “any attempt to extend abortion provision beyond the current 24 week limit.” Read more here.
Pennsylvania Governor Vetoes Bill Outlawing Abortions Over Down Syndrome. As he promised, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the bill that would have prohibited abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Read more here.
Slovaks Rally Against Proposed Abortion Restrictions. Slovakia currently allows abortion up until 12 weeks of a pregnancy or 24 weeks if there is a health issue. Draft legislation being tabled in parliament would require women to obtain and view an ultrasound image of the fetus, a first for a European Union country. Read more here.
Most U.S. States Protect Doctors Who Refuse to Do Abortions Because of Religion. A national survey published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that 46 of 50 states have passed laws blocking civil lawsuits that might result from a doctor refusing to perform an abortion or certain other medical procedures because of religious beliefs. Read more here.
Five UK Teenagers Among Women Who Had at Least Their 6th Abortion Last Year. Data for England, Wales and Scotland also show more than 140 women had at least their eighth termination in 2018—an increase of more than a quarter over the previous two years. Read more here.
Study Finds Dutch Youngsters Are More Conservative and Pro-Life Than Their Parents. The study published in the journal Mens en Maatschappij found that Dutch people in their 20s and 30s are more conservative than their elders particularly where abortion and euthanasia are concerned. Read more here.
Argentina’s New President Vows to Legalize Abortion. Argentina’s president-elect, Alberto Fernández, has promised he will move to legalize abortion after taking office in December. The move would make Argentina the first major Latin American nation with legalized abortion. Read more here.
U.S. and Other Countries Criticize Nairobi Summit Over Abortion, Sex Education. Ten countries issued a joint statement criticizing the ICPD +25 conference held in Nairobi, Kenya saying it promoted abortion and sex education. Read more here. Read the statement here.
Abortion Activists Highlight Moms With Babies in “Thank God For Abortion” Campaign. Abortion activists are using the social media campaign to celebrate abortion by posting photos of mothers with their children. Read more here.
Abortion Decriminalized in Monaco. Elected representatives of the National Council voted unanimously to decriminalize abortions for women. However, performing abortions will remain banned in the country. Read more here.
Updated UK NHS Guidance on Down Syndrome Could Save Lives. Mothers of children with Down syndrome have praised the NHS for updating the negative language in its guidance to provide a more balanced account of those with the condition. The updated advice could result in less disability-selective abortions as more pregnant women see the unique positive traits that shape children with Down’s syndrome. Read more here.
Judge Voids Trump Rule Protecting Doctors, Nurses From Being Forced to Do Abortions. U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer ruled that the Trump administration cannot enforce a rule protecting healthcare workers from being forced to participate in abortions, claiming it was “unconstitutional.” Read more here.
Overwhelming Public Rejection of Abortion Bill in New Zealand. More than 90 percent of the comments submitted on the Abortion Legislation Bill have rejected the proposed decriminalization of abortion, with just under eight percent supporting the Government bill. Read more here.
Heated Debate Ensues Over Using “Pregnant Woman” or “Pregnant Person” In New Zealand Abortion Law. The Abortion Legislation Bill, which would remove the need for a doctor’s approval before 20 weeks, currently uses the term “pregnant woman.” But the committee has been asked to consider replacing “pregnant woman” with “pregnant person” or “pregnant women and people” in the legislation to represent diversity. Read more here.
U.S. Keeps Abortion Out at UN Security Council. For the second year in a row, the U.S. kept abortion-related language out of a UN Security Council resolution on women in crisis and conflict. The Trump administration has been pushing to eliminate the phrase “sexual and reproductive health” from UN documents. Read more here.
U.S. Pitted Against Britain, France, South Africa, Others at UN Over Abortion. U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft said, “We cannot accept references to ‘sexual and reproductive health,’ nor any references to ‘safe termination of pregnancy’ or language that would promote abortion or suggest a right to abortion.” Read more here.
U.S. Federal Judge Blocks Alabama Abortion Ban. Judge Myron Thompson issued an injunction preventing enforcement of the law that bans abortion in almost all cases. The law prescribes a minimum ten-year prison sentence for someone who provides an abortion except in cases where the life of the mother is in jeopardy. Women seeking abortions would not be prosecuted. Read more here.
Almost 900 Abortion Centers Lose Federal Funding Thanks to Trump Rule. According to a report by the organization Power to Decide, nearly 900 medical centers involved in abortion have lost federal funding due to the Trump administration’s new rules for Title X family planning grants. Read more here.
San Francisco Puts 22 States on Blacklist for Restrictive Abortion Laws. Claiming to send “a clear message,” Mayor London Breed announced that city employees in San Francisco are now forbidden to take work trips or do business with companies in 22 states that have “restrictive abortion laws.” Read more here.
UK Judge Orders Forced Abortion, Says Doctors Can Restrain Woman to Do It. A Court of Protection judge in London ordered a surgical abortion to be performed on a woman with the “mental capacity of a toddler” without her consent, who is believed to be 12 weeks pregnant. Read more here.
New Law Requires California Public Universities to Provide Access to Abortion Pill on Campus. The bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom requires University of California and California State University health centers to offer medical abortions. The new law goes into effect in 2022. Read more here.
Ohio Ban on Down Syndrome Abortion Blocked by Appeals Court. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the law banning abortions when medical tests show that a fetus has Down syndrome was invalid under Supreme Court precedents because it had the purpose and effect of preventing some women from obtaining pre-viability abortions. Read more here.
Authorities Find More Fetal Remains Connected to Deceased Abortion Doctor. After Dr. Ulrich Klopfer died in September, his family found 2,246 preserved fetuses at his home in Illinois. Additional fetal remains have been found as authorities continue to sort through the late doctor’s belongings. Read more here.
Survey Finds Majority in Northern Ireland Opposed to Forthcoming Abortion Law Reform. A slim majority, 52 percent, said they were opposed to the reforms, with 39 percent in favor of decriminalizing abortion. Read more here.
Puebla, Mexico State Legislators Move to Reject Same-Sex Marriage and Abortion. Members of the Joint Committees for the Procuration and Administration of Justice and Gender Equality of the Puebla Congress voted in favor of two initiatives that seek to keep abortion as a crime and reject same-sex marriage. Read more here.
Half Million March in France Against Law Allowing Lesbians to Artificially Procreate. Marchers gathered in Paris to protest the legalization of assisted reproduction for single and lesbian women. Read more here.
Concentration Camp Survivors: China Using Forced Sterilization, Abortion for Genocide. Women who have survived China’s concentration camps for Muslim ethnic minorities have reported widespread rape, forced abortions, forced sterilization, and other extreme sexual human rights atrocities. Read more here.
U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Louisiana Abortion Case. The Supreme Court announced that it would review a challenge to a 2014 Louisiana law that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Read more here.
Lawmakers Move to Improve Quality of U.S. Abortion Statistics. Several Republican senators have introduced legislation that requires states to report infants delivered alive after attempted abortions, among other data. Read more here.
Northern Ireland Abortion law Ruled to Breach Human Rights. The high court in Belfast issued the ruling against Northern Ireland’s strict abortion law. The case was instituted by a woman who was denied an abortion in 2013 and had to travel to London to terminate her pregnancy. Read more here.
Virginia Abortion Laws Requiring Ultrasound, Waiting Period, Doctor-Only Procedures Upheld by Federal Judge. After an eight-day trial, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson retained the waiting period that requires an ultrasound 24 hours before obtaining an abortion, and a separate measure requiring physicians to perform the procedure. Read more here.
U.S. Lawmakers Want Dignified Treatment of Aborted Fetuses. The Dignity for Aborted Children Act has been introduced and would require abortion providers to dispose of the remains of aborted fetuses through either burial or cremation. Read more here.
Federal Judge Blocks Georgia “Heartbeat” Abortion Law. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones temporarily blocked Georgia’s abortion law that bans the procedure once a fetal heartbeat can be detected at about six or seven weeks of pregnancy. Read more here.
New South Wales, Australia Votes to Decriminalize Abortion. Lawmakers in New South Wales voted Thursday to remove abortion from the Australian state’s criminal code, legalizing it for any reason up to 22 weeks and establishing that abortion is now available in nearly all of Australia. Read more here.
U.S. Makes Statement at UN General Assembly in Support of the Family and Against Abortion. The U.S. spoke in behalf of 18 additional nations stating that “the family is the foundational institution of society and thus should be supported and strengthened.” The statement also made it clear that there is no international right to abortion and expressed support for “sex education that appreciates the protective role of the family in this education and does not condone harmful sexual risks for young people.” Read more here.
Abortion Front and Center as New U.S. Supreme Court Term Nears. The court’s new term begins on October 7 and is scheduled to discuss the Louisiana and Indiana appeals on abortion restrictions in private and announce whether it will hear the cases. Read more here.
Tens of Thousands March for Ban on Abortions in Slovakia. In Slovakia, on-demand abortions are legal up until 12 weeks of a pregnancy while abortions for health reasons are allowed until 24 weeks. About 50,000 marchers participated in the protest. Read more here.
New South Wales, Australia Passes Abortion Amendment to Prevent Gender Selection. The amendment, which passed the upper house 28 to 13, will require a review into sex selective abortions to include “recommendations about how to prevent terminations being performed for the purpose of sex selection.” Read more here.
California Legislature Votes to Force Colleges to Dispense Abortion Pills. The California Senate gave final approval to legislation to force colleges and universities to provide chemical abortion pills. The legislation awaits a likely signature by Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom. Read more here.
Ecuador Rejects Abortion Expansion Despite Violent Pro-Abortion Protesters. Ecuador’s National Assembly voted to retain protections for unborn babies, defeating legislation that would have allowed abortion in cases of rape or fetal abnormality. Read more here.
Over 2,000 Fetal Remains Found on Late Abortion Doctor’s Property. Family members discovered 2,246 medically preserved fetal remains on the property of an abortion doctor who passed away on Sept. 3. The county coroner took possession of the remains. Read more here.
Over 20,000 Pro-Lifers March to Protest UK Imposing Abortion on Northern Ireland. The marchers gathered in Belfast for the March for Their Lives to protest the UK Parliament’s repeal of sections 58 and 59 of Northern Ireland’s 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, which forbid both women and doctors from committing abortions. Read more here.
South African Doctor Charged with “Unprofessional Conduct” for Pro-life Views on Abortion. A hearing is being conducted by the Health Professions Council of SA in the case of Jacques de Vos who is facing charges of unprofessional conduct and was prohibited from practicing medicine due to his position on abortion. He told a patient that a fetus was a human being. Read more here.
Canada Denies Funding for 26 Organizations for Being Pro-Life. The Canadian Government has denied youth summer jobs to 26 organizations, many of which were crisis pregnancy centers, because officials felt they were attempting to weaken or limit access to abortion. Read more here.
Doctors in Ireland Issued New Ethical Guidelines on Providing Abortion. The Medical Council has issued revised ethical guidance for doctors who have conscientious objections to abortion and other procedures. The revised guide says that doctors may refuse to provide, or to participate in carrying out, a procedure, lawful treatment, or form of care which conflicts with their sincerely held ethical or moral values. Read more here.
Late-Term Abortionist Offers Parents the Chance to Cuddle with Dead Baby Before Disposal. Dr. LeRoy Carhart offers women an opportunity to hold their babies “after delivery” or take a picture home as a “remembrance” after ending their unborn child’s life. Read more here.
Vermont Hospital Violated Nurse’s Conscience Rights on Abortion. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that the University of Vermont Medical Center forced a nurse to participate in an abortion, despite her objections, in violation of federal law protecting conscience rights. Read more here.
India’s Gender Abortion Crisis Is Fueling a Polyandry Epidemic. Because of the abortion of female babies, it is becoming more and more difficult for men to find brides to marry. In some cases, brides are purchased from destitute families, are married to one brother, and are expected to act as a wife to other brothers. Read more here.
Appeals Court Upholds Injunction on Indiana Parental Notification Abortion Law. A 2 – 1 ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals left a 2018 preliminary injunction in place that makes it easier for underage girls to get an abortion without their parents’ knowledge. Read more here.
UN Agency Tries to Impose Abortion and LGBT Rights in Sex Education Everywhere. An internal policy paper published this summer by the UN agency for culture and education, UNESCO, is urging governments to use deceptive anti-democratic tactics to “overcome social opposition” to comprehensive sexuality education that promotes abortion and LGBT rights. Read more here.
G7 Rejects Abortion Language in Final Communique. For the second year in a row, G7 leaders of the world’s largest economies rejected the recommendation of an advisory panel that abortion language be included among the group’s final communiques. Read more here.
Pro-Life Activists Who Exposed Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Trafficking Will Face Jury. Judge William Orrick issued a final order on several motions for summary judgment made by both sides in the Planned Parenthood v. Center for Medical Progress, et al. case, Read more here.
U.S. Judge Blocks Missouri Eight-Week Abortion Ban. U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs temporarily blocked Missouri from enforcing a law banning nearly all abortions in the state after eight weeks of pregnancy. The decision followed a legal challenge by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union. Read more here.
Abortion Groups in South Africa Can’t Find Doctors Willing to Perform Abortions. Despite efforts by abortion advocates to expand the number of abortion clinics in South Africa, doctors in the country are largely unwilling to perform the procedure. Abortion is legal in South Africa up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. Read more here.
Washington State Pulls Out of Title X to Protest Trump’s Rules to Protect Life. The Washington Department of Health informed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of its decision to withdraw from the program rather than obey administration rules banning Title X grantees from referring women for abortions. Read more here.
“Killing a Living Unborn Child” Is Not “Health Care,” Georgia Declares. State Attorney General Chris Carr affirmed that Georgia does not recognize abortion as a legitimate form of medical practice in a motion filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Read more here.
Ohio Late-Term Abortion Facility Finally Ordered to Close. The Ohio Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of a facility that openly conducts late-term abortions through all nine months of pregnancy. The Women’s Med Center of Dayton was unable to comply with licensing regulations. Read more here.
U.S. Sends Official Pro-Life Message to Foreign Governments. In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Government has reached out to foreign capitals to request support for U.S. pro-life efforts at the United Nations. The letter warns against “aggressive efforts to reinterpret international instruments to create a new international right to abortion and to promote international policies that weaken the family.” Read more here.
Teen Vogue Uses Snapchat to Instruct Kids How to Get an Abortion. The content encouraged users to talk to their parents but provided information on how to procure an abortion without parental knowledge. Read more here.
Nearly One in Four Babies Aborted in England and Wales. Figures compiled by Right to Life UK revealed that in 2018, 23.8 percent of pregnancies ended in abortion. Read more here.
Florida Court Overturns Law Banning 24-Hour Waiting Period Before Abortion. A panel of the First District Court of Appeal sent the case back to the circuit court. Appeals court Judge Timothy Osterhaus, in a majority opinion, pointed to state arguments that a 24-hour waiting period is needed to ensure “informed consent” by women before abortions are provided. Read more here.
Arkansas 18-Week Abortion Ban and Two Other Pro-Life Laws Remain Blocked by Federal Judge. Judge Kristine Baker continued to block three pro-life laws in Arkansas from going into effect because she claims they are “unconstitutional” and would cause “irreparable harm” for women seeking abortions. Read more here.
Mexico Supreme Court Refuses to Strike Down Law Requiring Hospitals to Abort Babies Conceived in Rape. The court rejected a proposed ruling that would have invalidated a federal regulation requiring the country’s public hospitals to perform abortions in cases of rape. Read more here.
Trump Administration Moves to Enforce Abortion Restriction. The Department of Health and Human Services sent notices to program participants setting a timetable for federally funded family clinics to comply with a new rule that bars them from referring women for abortions. Read more here.
New Documentary Details Devastation of China’s One-Child Policy Including Forced Abortion. The documentary by Amazon Studios depicts the ongoing consequences of forced abortions, sterilizations, abandoned newborns, and government abductions from China’s former one-child policy. Read more here.
North Korea Implements Forced Abortion and other Atrocities. According to experts who have talked to female defectors, in addition to forced abortion, North Korean officials also engage in infanticide. Read more here.
Marie Stopes International Makes Over $361 Million Performing Abortions Worldwide. According to its annual report, the British-based abortion organization’s profits went up in 2018. It provided 4.8 million abortions and post-abortion care services – almost double what it did in 2012. Read more here.
Monaco to Decriminalize Abortion for Women. Under the proposed new law, women can have an abortion before the end of the 12th week of pregnancy as long as it’s done outside the principality. Doctors in Monaco will still risk up to 10 years in prison for performing abortions. Read more here.
Florida Appeals Court Rules in Favor of a 24-Hour Abortion Waiting Period. The appeals court found that the lower court’s decision in State of Florida v. Gainesville Woman Care should be reversed and remanded back to the lower court. Read more here.
Judge Again Blocks Arkansas From Enforcing New Abortion Limit. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker blocked Arkansas from enforcing a new ban on abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy, a law that had been expected to go into effect after a previous judicial block expired. Read more here.
University Offers Abortion Training Program Using Fruits to Make it “Fun.” A program at the University of California San Francisco trains students to perform abortions using fruits like papayas and watermelons to allegedly simulate the procedure. Read more here.
Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Ban on Late-Term Abortions. District Court Judge Kristine Baker blocked three pro-life laws in Arkansas, intervening on the abortion industry’s behalf the day before they were to take effect. Read more here.
U.S. House Democrats Block Vote on Anti-Infanticide Bill for 75th Time. the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would require abortionists to provide medical care for babies who survive abortions. Under existing law, babies who survive abortions are recognized as human beings with human rights, but how specifically to handle them isn’t defined. Read more here.
Sex-Selective Abortion Eliminates All Girls in Dozens of Villages in Northern India. According to recent data, out of 216 births in 132 villages in northern India over the last three months, not a single girl was born. Read more here.
Doctor Explains Medical Abortion Reversal. A pro-life gynecologist known for posting videos on numerous medical aspects of the abortion debate is pushing back against the narrative that abortion pill reversal is ineffective. Read more here.
Law Liberalizing Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage in Northern Ireland Passes Final Stage. The British parliament voted to force the government to liberalize access to abortion and allow same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland if devolution is not restored. Same-sex marriage is illegal in Northern Ireland, and abortion is only allowed in cases where a woman’s life is at risk or if there is a danger of permanent and serious damage to her mental or physical health. Read more here.
Trump Administration Pauses New Rule Limiting Abortion Referrals. The new rule barring federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions will not take effect immediately as initially announced. U.S. Health and Human Services Department officials informed clinics that they will now have two months to comply before facing penalties. Read more here.
Netflix Sees Historic Dip in Subscribers During Same Quarter Executive Denounces Georgia’s Pro-Life Bill. Netflix’s latest quarterly report shows the streaming service giant experienced its first quarterly loss of paid domestic subscribers in eight years. The dip coincided with Netflix’s decision to take a stance against Georgia’s pro-life “heartbeat bill.” Read more here.
Texas Governor Signs Bill Making It Illegal to Kill Babies Who Survive an Abortion. Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law requiring doctors to “preserve the life and health” of infants born alive after failed abortions. Read more here.
ACLU Sues Alaska Over Governor Defunding Pro-Abortion State Supreme Court. Gov. Mike Dunleavy used a line-item veto to cut $334,700 from the state judicial budget, the annual taxpayer price tag of elective abortions, after the court ruled that abortion funding couldn’t be cut. Read more here.
Trump Administration Abortion Referral Restrictions Take Immediate Effect. The Department of Health and Human Services announced that family planning clinics that receive federal funding will no longer be permitted to provide abortion referrals. Read more here.
India Court Rules Women Have a Right to Abortions Up to Birth if the Fetus is Abnormal. The Delhi Court ruled that women beyond 20 weeks gestation cannot be denied an abortion if the condition of the fetus is incompatible with life. Read more here.
U.S. Government Agency Requires Abortion Survivors to Be Treated. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has re-released guidance to all of its regional centers informing them that hospitals are required to examine and treat babies who survive abortion as well as those born prematurely. Read more here.
Judge Upholds Oklahoma Ban on Dismemberment Abortions. Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong upheld the state’s 2015 ban on the second-trimester abortion procedure known as dismemberment abortion. The law has been blocked from taking effect since it was passed due to a lawsuit by the Center for Reproductive Rights. Read more here.
Court Allows Trump Administration Rule Ending Funds to Abortion Providers to Proceed. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Trump administration may proceed with its rule that marks a clear boundary between abortion and family planning. Abortion rights promoters such as Planned Parenthood and its allies in 20 states sought an emergency stay. Read more here.
ACLU Seeks to Overturn Missouri’s Abortion Limits With Referendum. The American Civil Liberties Union is attempting to organize a referendum to repeal House Bill 126, Missouri’s ban of abortions after unborn babies reach eight weeks of gestation. Read more here.
Top U.S. Teachers’ Union Endorses “Fundamental Right to Abortion.” The National Education Association with more than three million members declared its support for abortion under Roe v. Wade. Read more here.
Kansas Judge Blocks Approval for Telemedicine Abortions. Shawnee County District Judge Teresa Watson rejected a request for an injunction to block the state from subjecting the clinic and its doctors to enforcement of state laws against telemedicine abortions. Read more here.
Poll Finds Majority in U.S. Still Want Abortion Legal but With Limits. The poll conducted by Gallup found that 53 percent of U.S. adults believe abortion should be legal “only under certain circumstances,” far more than the 25 percent who favor it being legal with no restrictions and the 21 percent who think it should be completely illegal. Read more here.
American Medical Association Sues to Halt Implementation of Two North Dakota Abortion Laws. One law requires physicians to tell a mother that her abortion “will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being” at least 24 hours before her abortion. The other requires an abortion provider to inform women that a medication abortion may be able to be reversed. Read more here.
Alaska Governor Vetoes $335,000 From Alaska Judiciary Budget Over Court’s Abortion Decisions. Alaska legislators have attempted to defund “elective” abortions for years, but the Alaska Supreme Court has repeatedly blocked their efforts. Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed nearly $335,000 from the judiciary’s budget to pay for abortions in the state. Read more here.
Trump Administration Delays Rules Preventing Healthcare Workers From Being Forced to Perform Abortions. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has agreed to put off implementing its conscience protection rule until November so the administration can contend with a lawsuit involving the policy. Read more here.
U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Alabama Dismemberment Abortion Case. The high court’s decision not to hear the case means the appellate court ruling that blocks Alabama’s ban on the procedure will stand. “Dismemberment abortions” remove the fetus from the womb in pieces. Read more here.
Pregnant Woman Changes Mind After Taking Abortion Pill. A North Carolina woman who had just begun the process of a chemical abortion by taking the first RU-486 pill made a last-minute, split-second decision that saved the life of her babies. She consulted Heartbeat International’s Abortion Pill Rescue Network and was able to save the twins. Read more here.
Trump Administration Defends Pro-Life Law and Policies Internationally. The Trump administration warned the United Nations to stop promoting abortion in conflict and other emergency situations at an annual meeting on UN humanitarian efforts that took place in Geneva this week. Read more here.
World Health Organization (WHO) Report Endorses Do-it-Yourself Abortion. According to a new guidance from WHO, self-induced first-trimester abortion using pills “without the supervision of a health-care provider” is “recommended in certain circumstances.” Read more here.
Pro-Abortion Groups Fight to Stop Georgia’s Six-Week Abortion Ban From Taking Effect. The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Georgia, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood filed a joint complaint Friday, arguing the “heartbeat law” practically bans all abortions because most women don’t know they are pregnant at the gestational time the law bans abortion. Read more here.
Judge Punts Decision on Renewing License of Missouri’s Lone Abortion Clinic. St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer extended the preliminary injunction he’d previously granted to Planned Parenthood, allowing it to continue offering abortions until Friday. Read more here.
U.K. Court Reverses Ruling That Would Have Forced Mentally Compromised Woman to Have an Abortion. A three-judge panel of a British appeals court reversed a previous ruling that would have forced the abortion against both her wishes and those of her mother. Read more here.
Missouri Denies License to Planned Parenthood for State’s Last Abortion Clinic. The license has been denied because of what officials call “troubling” violations at the clinics. St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer had told the state it can’t let the license lapse but must either renew or deny it. Read more here.
UK Government Announces £13.6 Million Taxpayer Money for U.S. Pro-Abortion Group. The Department for International Development increased its funding for the American pro-abortion think tank, the Guttmacher Institute, to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights, which includes access to abortion. Read more here.
Poll Finds that 58 Percent of Americans Want All or Almost All Abortions Made Illegal. A poll conducted by the Morning Consult research firm found that most Americans want abortions to be made illegal either in all cases or in very rare cases such as rape or incest or when the pregnancy directly threatens the life of the mother. Read more here.
Scottish Mother Repeatedly Asked if She Wanted to Abort Baby has Healthy Boy. Lauren Webster was told that her baby had a major bladder blockage, which corrected itself. Then she was told the baby had a serious genetic disorder, which was not the case. Read more here.
Nearly One in Five New Zealand Pregnancies Ends in Abortion. Data from Stats NZ shows that 19 percent of all known pregnancies in New Zealand end in an induced abortion. There were 13,282 abortions performed last year in New Zealand. Read more here.
Court Rules Trump Administration Must Allow Illegal Immigrant Teens to Obtain Abortions. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit of Appeals issued the ruling that stemmed from a 2017 case of a 17-year-old girl’s attempt to procure an abortion. The abortion was denied by the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Refugee Resettlement. Read more here.
German Doctors Convicted Over Abortion Law. Two Berlin gynecologists were fined €2,000 euros ($2,250) for violating Germany’s controversial Paragraph 219a law, which forbids doctors from “advertising” that they perform abortions. The law forbids doctors from describing the procedure. Read more here.
Texas Town Votes to Ban Abortion. The Waskom, Texas city council unanimously voted to ban most abortions within the city and declared itself a “sanctuary city of the unborn.” Exceptions will be allowed in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. Read more here.
Abortions Reach All-Time High in England and Wales. Data from the Department of Health and Social Care revealed that over 200,000 women underwent abortion procedures last year. This is an increase of four percent. Read more here.
No Doctors in Guam Will Perform Abortions. Abortion is legal in Guam up to 13 weeks, but the last doctor who was willing to perform abortions retired, and there are no doctors in the country who offer the procedure. Read more here.
Illinois Governor Signs Bill Protecting Abortion Rights. Gov. J. B. Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act into law that states, “a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the laws of this state” and that an individual has a “fundamental right” to abortion. Read more here.
Abortion Remains Illegal in Kenya. The High Court ruled that abortion is still illegal in Kenya but quashed the directive by the health ministry that withdrew national standard guidelines for abortion procedures. Read more here.
Maine Governor Signs Bill to Allow Non-Doctors to Perform Abortions. Gov. Janet Mills signed the measure into law that will go into effect sometime in September. The legislation will allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse-midwives to provide abortion medication and perform in-clinic abortions. Read more here.
U.S. Companies Condemn Laws Banning Abortion. More than 180 CEOs from companies that include Twitter, Yelp, and Ben & Jerry’s joined Planned Parenthood in a campaign to proclaim that newly enacted abortion restrictions in various states go “against the values of their companies” and are “bad for business.” Read more here.
Prosecutors in 23 States Refuse to Enforce State Pro-Life Laws. Forty-two Attorneys general and district attorneys have signed on to a joint statement saying they will not prosecute violations of duly enacted laws banning abortion within their jurisdictions. Read more here.
Poll Finds 47 Percent of Americans Oppose Abortion Except in Extreme Cases. The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that almost half of those surveyed support strict bans on abortion that would allow a mother to procure one only for a serious reason. Read more here.
North Carolina House Fails to Override Governor’s Veto of Bill Protecting Newborns From Infanticide. Lawmakers fell short of the votes needed to override the governor’s veto of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act that would have extended basic protections for newborns who survive failed abortions. Read more here.
Trudeau Pledges Billions of Tax Dollars to Fund Abortion Worldwide. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to increase Canada’s global funding for “sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health” to $1.4 billion annually by 2023. Read more here.
Survey Finds U.S. Opposition to Abortion Greater than Other Developed Countries. The YouGov-Cambridge Globalism survey, a survey of 23 of the world’s biggest countries found that the U.S. opposition to abortion is on par with developing countries like India and Turkey and is much higher than other developed nations. Read more here.
Statistics Show There Are Three Times More Late Abortions Than Homicides in New York City. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015, the number of abortions in New York City at or after 21 weeks was 1,485 while the number of homicides was 352. Read more here.
Trump Administration Cuts Funding for Fetal Tissue Research. Major cuts to funding for research using fetal material procured from abortions were announced by the administration. Government scientists at the National Institutes of Health will be prohibited from performing such research. Read more here.
Twitter Bans Pro-Life Group Ads Unless Fetal Ultrasound Images Are Deleted. Twitter banned Live Action from all ads because of the ultrasound images of a pre-born child, among other things. Read more here.
Woman Says She Is Honored to be Given the “Gift of Life” as She Aborts Twins. A chilling scene from a Frontline documentary shows a woman pregnant with twins taking her first dose of an abortion pill. She said she was unable to take care of the twins because of the “other lives” she is responsible for. Read more here.
UN Human Rights Official Claims U.S. Abortion Bans Are “Extremist” and “Torture.” Kate Gilmore, the United Nations deputy high commissioner for human rights called the recent stringent bans on abortion passed in some U.S. states “gender-based violence against women” and said they constitute a “crisis directed at women.” Read more here.
Poll Finds Abortion More Divisive Than Any Other Issue for Americans. According to Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll 50 percent of Americans consider abortion morally wrong. There were 21 issues covered in the survey. Read more here.
Abortion Rate in Scotland Hits a Ten-Year High. Data released by NHS Scotland showed that 13,286 unborn babies were aborted in 2018 — an 8.9 percent rise from the 2017 statistics. Read more here.
Illinois Bill Establishing Women’s “Fundamental Right” to Abortion Passes the Senate. The Senate passed the measure, which will broaden abortion rights in the state, by a vote of 34 – 20. The governor is expected to sign the bill into law. Read more here.
Canadian Politicians Give Standing Ovation to Motion Calling for Abortion “For Any Reason.” All of Canada’s non-conservative MPs stood in support of unrestricted abortion. The applause went on for more than two minutes. Read more here.
Judge Blocks Missouri From Action that Would Close Last Abortion Clinic in the State. Judge Michael Stelzer granted a temporary restraining order extending Planned Parenthood’s license allowing it to remain open. Planned Parenthood now operates the only abortion clinic in the state. Read more here.
Louisiana Governor Signs Abortion Ban. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed SB 184 which will prohibit abortion once a fetus’s heartbeat can be detected at approximately six weeks of pregnancy. The law includes exceptions only if the mother’s health is at “serious risk” and does not provide exceptions for rape, incest or other extreme circumstances. Read more here.
Illinois House Passes Sweeping Pro-Abortion Bill. The Reproductive Health Act would dramatically expand abortion access by eliminating spousal consent, waiting periods, and criminal penalties for abortion doctors. The bill also overturns Illinois’ partial-birth abortion ban. Read more here.
Justice Thomas Says Supreme Court Can’t Duck Issue of Sex-, Race-, Disability-Selective Abortion Indefinitely. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said of Indiana’s liberal abortion law, “Given the potential for abortion to become a tool of eugenic manipulation, the Court will soon need to confront the constitutionality of laws like Indiana’s.” Read more here.
U.S. Supreme Court Upholds One Abortion Law and Sidesteps Another. The court upheld part of an Indiana law requiring aborted infants to be cremated or buried after an abortion but decided not to weigh in on whether a child can be aborted for their race, sex or disability. Read more here.
San Diego Hospital Announces Birth of World’s Tiniest Surviving Baby. The baby weighed 8.6 ounces and was born at 23 weeks gestation in December 2018. The baby was recently discharged as a healthy five-pound infant. Read more here.
Attempt to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage and Abortion Fails in Mexican Congress. The portion of a constitutional reform initiative seeking to legalize abortion and same-sex marriage in Mexico did not advance in the nation’s legislature. Read more here.
Thousands in Croatia Rally Against Abortion. The “March for Life” demonstrations took place in three cities around Croatia. Abortion is legal until the 10th week of pregnancy in Croatia under a 1978 law from when the country was still part of communist Yugoslavia. Read more here.
Missouri’s Governor Signs Bill that Bans Abortion After Eight Weeks. Gov. Mike Parson signed HB 126 into law making Missouri the latest state, joining Alabama Mississippi and Georgia, with major abortion restrictions. Read more here.
Federal Judge Slams Mississippi Over New Law Banning Abortions After Six Weeks. During a hearing, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves expressed anger over the fact that the law has no exception for rape or incest. Last fall, Reeves struck down the Mississippi law that banned abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Read more here.
UN Says U.S. Must Ensure Access to Safe Abortions. In the wake of several states passing restrictive abortion laws, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights called on U.S. authorities to see that women have access to abortion claiming that bans on the procedure can endanger women’s lives. Read more here.
Florida Abortion Statistics Debunk Common Pro-Choice Argument. Data from Florida reveal that in 2018 an overwhelming majority of women reported obtaining an abortion for reasons other than to preserve their own life or health, or due to fetal-health complications. Read more here.
Wisconsin Governor Threatens to Veto Several Pro-Life Bills Including Born-Alive Protections. The Wisconsin Assembly has passed bills to require basic medical care for infants who survive attempted abortions and a ban on aborting specifically due to a child’s race, sex, or disability. Read more here.
Argentinian Doctor Found Guilty for Refusing to Abort 23-Week-Old Baby. Dr. Leandro Rodriguez Lastra was prosecuted for “obstetrical violence.” He will be sentenced during a special hearing by a criminal court in Cipoletti. Read more here.
NPR Issues Guidance Reminder on Abortion Language. National Public Radio’s style guide insists that “babies are not babies until they are born,” requiring its reporters to use the term “fetus.” According to NPR, the term “unborn” should also not be used. Read more here.
California Supreme Court Sides with Planned Parenthood in Baby Body Parts Case. The California Supreme Court has denied the petition of undercover journalist David Daleiden to halt criminal prosecution against him. Daleiden’s videos revealed abortion industry workers who were involved in illegal baby body parts trafficking. Read more here.
Missouri Legislature Passes Abortion Ban After Eight Weeks of Pregnancy. The measure includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for rape or incest. Doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for violating the eight-week cutoff. Gov. Mike Parson pledged to sign the bill into law. Read more here.
Ontario Canada Appeals Court Rules Christian Doctors Must Participate in Abortion and Euthanasia. The unanimous decision upheld a divisional court ruling saying that the right of doctors to conscientiously object to participating in abortion and euthanasia is trumped by their patient’s right to equitable access to health care. Read more here.
Unrestricted Abortion Bill Passed in Vermont. Legislators voted to allow abortion at any time for any reason during a pregnancy, even until birth. It is unclear if Gov. Phil Scott will sign the measure into law. Read more here.
Federal Judge Reverses Own Ruling on Virginia Abortion Law. The federal judge struck down part of a law that required only licensed physicians to perform abortions in the first trimester. A week later, the judge vacated his own order stating that more information is necessary to render a sound verdict. Read more here.
Alabama’s Governor Signs Nation’s Most Restrictive Abortion Law. Gov. Kay Ivey signed the legislation making performing an abortion a felony punishable by 10 to 99 years or life in prison for the provider. The only exception would be when the woman’s health is at serious risk. Women seeking or undergoing abortions wouldn’t be punished. Read more here.
Michigan Legislature Votes to Ban Dismemberment Abortion. The House and Senate bills would modify the state’s existing partial-birth abortion ban to include dismemberment abortions, often referred to as dilation and evacuation abortions. Read more here.
Abortion Bill Passed by Iceland Parliament. The bill, passed by a vote of 40 – 18, legalizes abortion within the first 22 weeks of pregnancy regardless of circumstances. Abortion was previously legal within the same timeframe, however a person’s decision to terminate a pregnancy after the 16th week required approval by a committee. Read more here.
Over 100 Actors and Prominent Filmmakers Vow to Boycott Georgia Over Pro-Life Bill. Over 100 actors, actresses, entertainers and prominent filmmakers recently pledged to boycott the state of Georgia if the fetal heartbeat bill, also known as the “Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act” was signed into law. Read more here.
Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban Signed into Law by Georgia Governor. Gov. Brian Kemp approved the law that prohibits abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected—about six weeks gestation. The law will become effective January 1, but it is anticipated that there will be a legal challenge from abortion activists. Read more here.
Federal Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Abortion Law. U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. ruled that the law intended to stop second-trimester dismemberment abortions was an obstacle to a woman’s right to an abortion. Read more here.
South Korea Court Strikes Down Abortion Law in Landmark Ruling. The Constitutional Court overturned a 65-year ban on abortion saying it was unconstitutional and violated women’s rights. Read more here.
Ohio Governor Signs Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban. Gov. Mike DeWine signed the bill that bans abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks. The law is set to take effect in July but will likely be challenged in court. Read more here.
Federal Court Upholds Kentucky Law Requiring Abortionists to Offer Women Ultrasounds. In a 2-1 decision, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the law does not infringe on the First Amendment rights of physicians. A lower court blocked the law last year, with a federal judge stating patients could experience psychological harm. But the decision was appealed by the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin. Read more here.
New York Gov. Cuomo Signs Bill Legalizing Late-Term Abortion. The Reproductive Health Act legalizes late-term abortion up until birth in many cases and allows non-doctors to perform abortions. The law also repeals legislation recognizing unborn babies over 24 weeks as potential homicide victims. Read more here.
New York Lights Spire of World Trade Center Pink to Celebrate Legalizing Abortion Up to Birth. The new law signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo legalizes abortion for any reason up to birth. The governor ordered that the spire of One World Trade Center, as well as bridges and buildings in the state capital of Albany, be lit pink in celebration. Read more here.
Proposed Virginia Abortion Law That Would Have Allowed Abortions Until Birth Defeated in Committee. The measure would have allowed abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring supported the legislation. Read more here.
U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law. The law requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Read more here.
Pro-Lifers March in San Francisco. Thousands of people gathered in downtown San Francisco to protest abortion as part of the 15th Annual Walk for Life West Coast. Read more here.
Thousands Protest Against Abortion in Paris. The protesters were part of the 13th March for Life. About 200,000 abortions are performed annually in France. Read more here.
Judge Strikes Down Iowa Fetal Heartbeat Law. Judge Michael Huppert ruled that the Iowa law that bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected was a violation of the state’s constitution. Fetal heartbeats can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Read more here.
Spain Has the Third Highest Number of Abortions in Europe. For the first time in five years, the number of abortions in Spain has risen. Only France and the UK exceed Spain’s abortion numbers. Read more here.
Poll Shows Majority of Americans Want Some Restrictions on Abortion. The Marist poll found only 15 percent of American adults believe abortion should be available to women any time during pregnancy. Eighty-four percent said there should be some form of restriction on abortion. Read more here.
U.S. Pushes Back Against Harmful Language in UN Texts. The term “reproductive rights” is used in UN documents to promote abortion in countries throughout the world. The U.S. UN delegation was unsuccessful in its attempt to remove references to “reproductive rights” and “reproductive health services” in two resolutions. Read more here.
Canada Reverses Abortion Rights Proviso to Summer Jobs Program. The program provides financial assistance to nonprofits and businesses that want to hire summer students. Groups had to check a box attesting that their “core mandates” respected “sexual and reproductive rights and the right to access safe and legal abortions.” The language was removed following public outcry. Read more here.
Abortion of Down Syndrome Babies in UK Reaches All-Time High. According to a report from the Department of Health, the number of abortions of Down syndrome babies has increased by 50 percent over the last ten years. Read more here.
Ohio Outlaws Dismemberment Abortion Method. Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 145, which prohibits doctors from performing dilation and evacuation abortions. Dilation abortion involves removing the limbs of a developing baby so that the body parts can be extracted from the womb. Read more here.
More African-American Babies are Aborted than Born Alive in New York City. According to the city’s vital statistics report for 2016, out of the 47,718 total reported pregnancies experienced by non-Hispanic black women, almost half – 49 percent – ended in abortion, while four percent ended in miscarriage, and only 47 percent ended in live births. Read more here.
Irish President Signs Bill Legalizing Abortion. President Michael D. Higgins signed the bill into law that allows for abortion services to be provided “on demand” up to the 12th week of a pregnancy. The country overturned its abortion ban in a referendum in May. Read more here.
CDC Data Show 36 Percent of U.S. Abortions Abort Black Babies. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), although black Americans comprise 13.4 percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for 36.0 percent of the abortions in 2015. Read more here.
Irish Government Votes Down Proposal to Fully Decriminalize Abortion. Amendments to the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill would have protected doctors who act in good faith and would have dropped the current 14-year jail term. Read more here.
Niger Suspends Marie Stopes Clinics Over Illegal Abortions. Niger ordered the closure of two abortion clinics run by Marie Stopes International. The non-governmental organization operates in 37 countries. Niger allows abortion only in cases where the pregnancy endangers the mother’s life. Read more here.
Kenya Also Suspends Marie Stopes. After the Kenyan government held an inquiry into alleged illegal activities, the abortion provider was banned from performing abortions by Kenya’s medical board. Read more here.
Report Finds Independent Abortion Clinics in the U.S. are Closing at an “Unprecedented Rate.” The report released by the pro-abortion organization Abortion Care Network found that the number of independent abortion clinics has been reduced by nearly 28 percent since 2012. Read more here.
CDC Reports U.S. Abortion Rates Reach a Decade Low. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that abortion rates among American women of all ages fell to a decade low in 2015, the most recent year for which data are available. Read more here.
Federal Judge Strikes Down Mississippi Ban on Abortions After 15 Weeks. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled that the abortion ban is a violation of women’s constitutional rights. Reeves said that States may not ban abortions before a fetus is viable, around 23 to 24 weeks of gestation. Read more here.
Doctors in New Zealand to Fight New Abortion Law. A group of doctors opposed to abortion say they will fight any moves in looming reforms to erode their rights to refuse to deal with patients wanting abortions. Currently, doctors who object to abortion only have to advise the patient they can get the service elsewhere without specifying where. Read more here.
California Gov. Vetoes University Abortion Pill Bill. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed SB320, a bill that would have required California public university health centers to provide abortion pills for women. The bill also required a $200,000 grant to provide 24-hour phone service to abortion medication recipients. Read more here.
Irish Cabinet Set to Approve New Abortion Laws. Health Minister Simon Harris will also set out a timeline to have the new laws in place by January 1, 2019. Irish citizens voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment legalizing abortion without restriction for up to 12 weeks into pregnancy and in limited circumstances after that. Read more here.
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Tennessee’s Pro-Life Constitutional Amendment. The refusal of the court to hear the case allows Tennessee’s Amendment 1 to stand. The 2014 measure declares there is no “right” to abortion in the state’s constitution. Read more here.
Trump Administration Cancels Government Agency’s Aborted-Baby-Parts Contract. In July the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) contracted to acquire “fresh” tissue from aborted babies so it could be transplanted into mice. Shortly after that the Trump administration canceled the contract. Read more here.
U.S. Court Upholds Louisiana Restriction on Abortion Clinics. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Louisiana provision that requires doctors who perform abortions in the state to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The 2-1 ruling stated that the provision would not put an undue burden on women. Read more here.
Argentina’s Senate Rejects Bill Legalizing Abortion During the First 14 Weeks of Pregnancy. After months of debate, the landmark bill was rejected by a vote of 38 – 31 by Argentina’s upper house. Read more here.
Ireland Government Will Not Introduce Abortion Legislation Until Court Challenges Conclude. Ireland held a referendum in May, and citizens voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment that protected the life of unborn children. Read more here.
More Mothers in Denmark Are Choosing Not to Abort Down Syndrome Babies.Denmark boasted that 98 percent of Down Syndrome babies were aborted, but last year 13 women in Denmark chose to give birth to babies with the genetic disorder. In 2014 and 2015 only two women chose not to abort. Read more here.
U.S. Media Networks Praise Ireland for Voting for Abortion but Ignore Argentina Vote Against It. The three major broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC covered the story on their morning and evening shows when the citizens of Ireland voted to legalize abortion. The story of Argentina was not covered by the networks. Read more here.
Demonstrations Held in Brazil as Supreme Court Considers Decriminalizing Abortion. Doctors, specialists and religious leaders testified in hearings on the issue, and activists on both sides gathered to voice their opinions. Abortion is banned in almost all cases in Brazil and is punishable by up to three years in prison. Read more here.
Argentine Doctors Protest Legal Abortion Ahead of Key Vote. Hundreds of pro-life physicians staged anti-abortion protests as a bill lifting abortion restrictions moves ahead in the Senate. The bill has already passed the lower house of Congress. Read more here.
Federal Court Upholds Ruling Blocking Indiana Ultrasound Abortion Law. The 7thCircuit Court of Appeals affirmed a preliminary injunction blocking the Indiana law that requires women to have an ultrasound at least 18 hours before seeking an abortion. Read more here.
National Abortion Federation Drops Seven Out of 11 Charges Against Undercover Videographer. David Daleiden, head of the Center for Medical Progress, released undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of unborn baby body parts. The National Abortion Federation subsequently sued David and his organization. Read more here.
Israel Legalizes Surrogacy for Single Mothers but Not Same-Sex Couples. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being criticized for not supporting an amendment to a bill that would have allowed access to assisted reproduction for homosexual men. Read more here.
UN Agencies Claim Abortion Has Always Been Part of Sexual Health. An article in The Lancet by the head of the World Health Organization and the head of the UN Population Fund endorsed a report by Lancet/Guttmacher that promotes abortion and homosexual rights under the rubric of “sexual and reproductive health and rights.” It is a direct challenge to congressional and executive U.S. funding restrictions on abortion. Read more here.
UN Demands Mexican State “Promptly Comply” With Ruling Legalizing Abortion.The UN human rights office, the UN agency for women, and the UN Population Fund have praised a federal district court judgment that orders the legislature of Veracruz to guarantee access to abortion for women and girls on the basis of the non-binding recommendations of UN committees. Read more here.
Legal Challenges to Canada Summer Jobs Attestation Grow. To qualify for grants this year, applicants had to sign an attestation saying both the job applicant and the organization’s “core mandate” respect reproductive rights (which includes abortion), as well as other “values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” Some pro-life groups were denied funding. Read more here.
Two Bills to be introduced to Irish Legislators to Legalize Free Abortion on Demand. Ireland recently voted to repeal an amendment that protected unborn children. The legislation would allow abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, would force taxpayers to fund abortions, and would create buffer zones around abortion clinics. Read more here.
Supreme Court Rules Against Forcing Pro-Life Clinics to Advertise Abortion. In the 5-4 ruling, the court struck down as unconstitutional a California law requiring crisis pregnancy centers to promote abortion clinics alongside of their pro-life services. Read more here.
Iowa Supreme Court Strikes Down Law that Requires 72-Hour Wait Before Abortion.The court ruled 5-2 against the law that was passed in 2017 that would have required women to wait 72 hours before undergoing an abortion procedure. Read more here.
Federal Judge Rules Against Indiana Abortion Law. U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the law that requires doctors to report 26 abortion complications to the state annually was too vague and violated the rights of abortion providers. Read more here.
Majority Says Abortion Should Be Illegal in U.S. in All or Most Cases in 40 Straight Gallup Polls. Polls taken by Gallup over a span of 24 years show that the number of Americans who believe abortion should be illegal in “all circumstances” or legal “only in a few circumstances” has exceeded 50 percent. Read more here.
Pressured by the World Bank, Argentina Schedules Vote for Legalization of Abortion. The Argentinian Senate has set August 8th as the date for the vote on whether to legalize abortion nationwide. The lower chamber of the Argentina Congress voted earlier to legalize abortions up to the 14th week of pregnancy, as well as late-term abortions in cases of fetal deformity or to protect the “psychological” health of the mother. Read more here.
New York Gov. Cuomo Signs Executive Order on Reproductive Rights. The governor signed the order to protect abortion and contraceptive coverage in the state before President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee announcement in the unlikely event that Roe v. Wade is eventually overturned. Read more here.
Abortions in England and Wales Increase. According to recent government statistics, nearly 200,000 babies were aborted in 2017—one approximately every three minutes. Women between the ages of 20 and 24 accounted for the highest abortion rate. Read more here.
Chinese Province Institutes New Rules to Prevent Sex-Selective Abortions. Jiangxi province issued guidelines stipulating that women more than 14 weeks pregnant must have signed approval from three medical professionals confirming an abortion is medically necessary before any procedure. The measures are meant to help prevent sex-selective abortions, which are illegal in China. Read more here.
Teen Abortion Rates Declining in New Zealand. According to Statistics New Zealand’s annual release of data, women in their late 20s are having the largest number of abortions, while rates continue to decline among teens. Read more here.
Argentina Takes First Step Toward Legalizing Abortion. The lower house of Argentina’s congress approved a bill by a vote of 129 – 125 that would legalize abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. The bill will now go to the upper house for approval. Read more here.
Ireland Votes to Repeal Abortion Ban. According to the country’s Referendum Commission, 66.4 percent voted to amend Ireland’s constitution and repeal the Eighth Amendment legalizing abortion in the country. The vote was nearly two to one in favor of repealing the amendment. Read more here.
Doctors in Ireland Won’t be Forced to Dispense Abortion Pills. Health Minister Simon Harris said a conscientious objection provision will apply to doctors who are opposed to abortion. Irish citizens voted to amend the country’s constitution and repeal the Eighth Amendment which banned abortion. Read more here.
Iowa Attorney General Refuses to Defend Heartbeat Abortion Ban. Attorney General Tom Miller announced in a letter to the state legislature that the six-week abortion ban violates his personal beliefs. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU announced that they will sue the state over that law that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Read more here.
U.S. Makes Statement Against Abortion at World Health Assembly. Dr. Alma Golden of the U.S. Agency for International Development stated that the U.S. does not “recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance. The term sexual and reproductive health does not include the promotion of abortion nor do we recognize an international right to abortion.” Read more here.
Trump Administration Proposes Rule Change to Strip Abortion Providers of Funding. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services submitted the proposal that will require abortion providers to prove there is a “bright line of physical as well as financial separation” between abortion services and other services. Read more here.
Challenge to El Salvador’s Abortion Law Fails. The national legislature did not vote on proposals to allow exceptions to the country’s total ban on abortion. Two proposals would have allowed doctors to end pregnancies under limited conditions. Read more here.
Iowa Governor Signs “Fetal Heartbeat” Bill Into Law. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the bill that will bar physicians from performing most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected—about six weeks into pregnancy. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU said they will challenge the law. Read more here.
U.S. State Department Says Abortion is Not a Human Right. Ambassador Michael Kozak said that because abortion is not a human right, the term “reproductive rights” was no longer included in the annual U.S. report on global human rights. The addition of the term “reproductive rights” was initiated by the previous administration. Read more here.
Two States Pass Religious Protections for Adoptions. Lawmakers in Oklahoma and Kansas have approved legislation that will protect faith-based adoption agencies that cite their religious beliefs for not placing children in the homes of same-sex couples. Read more here.
New Challenges Emerge in Legal Fight Over Summer Jobs Abortion-Rights Clause in Canada. To qualify for grants this year, applicants had to sign an attestation saying both the job and the organization’s “core mandate” respect reproductive rights, as well as other “values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” Some pro-life groups were denied funding and are taking legal action. Read more here.
Thousands March for Life in Poland. More than 10,000 pro-life supporters in Warsaw participated in the event to celebrate the value of preborn children. The march was combined with a drive to collect baby supplies for underprivileged women. Read more here.
UK Teachers Union Says Students Need to be Taught Abortion at School. The National Education Union said pro-life groups and parents are misinforming children, therefore, abortion rights must be taught in the schools to counteract teachings from parents. Read more here.
Irish Government to Combat Falling Birth Rates by Providing Baby Boxes for Parents of Newborns. Minister for Children Katherine Zappone is examining a wide range of new policies to encourage families to have more children including a program that will provide new parents with all the essential items needed by newborns in a box that can serve as the baby’s first crib. Read more here.
U.S. Federal Judge Rules Illegal Immigrant Children be Informed of Their Right to Abortion. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered the government to provide notices in both English and Spanish to all illegal immigrant children – whether pregnant or not – of their rights to abortion on demand in the United States. Read more here.
Indiana Abortion Law Signed by Mike Pence Ruled Unconstitutional. The law signed by then Gov. Mike Pence prohibited abortions that are based only on the unborn child’s sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry, or disability, including Down syndrome. The court ruled that the law violated well-established Supreme Court precedent. Read more here.
Demand in Ireland for Online Abortion Pills has Increased Dramatically. The demand for the abortion pill has more than doubled in a year according to one online provider. Obstetricians have warned of the risks women face if they take the medication without medical supervision. Read more here.
U.S. and African Nations Stand Up Against Abortion at the UN. The United States and the African Group rejected a UN resolution on migration at the Commission on Population and Development. The EU insisted on abortion-related language and on excluding language that would protect national sovereignty. For the third time in four years the document had to be thrown out when consensus could not be reached. Read more here.
Ireland’s Abortion Referendum to be Held on May 25th. Voters in Ireland will decide if the Eighth Amendment of the country’s constitution, which “acknowledges the right to life of the unborn,” should be amended, liberalizing abortion laws. Read more here.
Hundreds of Thousands March to Protest Legalized Abortion in Argentina. Citizens gathered in the capitol Buenos Aires and in other cities to protest against a bill currently before the country’s national Congress that will legalize abortion. Read more here.
Judge Bars U.S. From Obstructing Illegal Minors’ Access To Abortions. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ruled that pregnant teens who enter the country illegally and are held in federal custody can’t be barred by the U.S. government from obtaining abortions while a lawsuit over access to such services progresses. The Department of Health and Human Services has a policy of “refusing to facilitate” abortions. Read more here.
Judge Blocks Mississippi Abortion Law. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeve granted a temporary restraining order just hours after the ban on abortions after 15 weeks became effective. The restraining order was sought by the state’s only clinic that offers abortions. Read more here.
Mississippi Lawmakers Approve Earliest U.S. Abortion Ban. The bill passed by the Mississippi State Senate would ban abortions after 15 weeks, which would be the strictest limit on abortion in the U.S. Gov. Phil Bryant has pledged to sign the measure into law. Read more here.
UN Committee Claims Northern Ireland Pro-Life Laws Constitute “Violence Against Women.” The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in its report on the UK stated that by allowing Northern Ireland to have its own abortion restrictions the UK has committed “grave and systematic violations of rights” for women and girls. Read more here.
U.S. Federal Court Issues Ruling on Refugee Abortion Case. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal government must submit to the authority of a state court regarding an unaccompanied pregnant minor who was detained at the U.S. — Mexico border. Read more here.
Bill Banning Dismemberment Abortions Passed by Florida House of Representatives. The bill passed 74-42 and will prohibit second-trimester abortions and abortions that dismember a baby prior to its removal from the womb. Read more here.
Iowa Senate Passes Heartbeat Bill Abortion Ban. The bill passed 30-20 and will prohibit the abortion of babies following the detection of a fetal heartbeat. The bill now heads to the Iowa House. A fetal heartbeat can be detected just days after conception. Read more here.
American College of Pediatricians and Others Reject Forced Participation in Elective Abortion. The World Medical Association (WMA) is poised to eliminate health professionals’ right to conscientious objection to elective abortions. As a result, the College co-authored a letter to the American Medical Association, which is a member of the WMA, asking them to do all they can to preserve conscience rights at the World Medical Association’s international meeting. Read more here.
Study Finds Teens Whose Mothers had an Abortion are More Likely to Undergo Abortion. According to the study of 431,623 daughters published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the probability of having an abortion during the teenage years was 10.1 percent for girls whose mothers had an abortion, compared with 4.2 percent for girls whose mothers did not have an abortion. The study also found the greater number of abortions in the mother, the greater the number of abortions in her teenage daughter. Read more here.
Irish Referendum on Abortion to be Held in May. The Irish government has agreed to hold a referendum on whether to repeal a constitutional amendment that effectively bans abortion. Currently, abortion is only allowed when a woman’s life is at risk, but not in cases of rape, incest or fetal abnormality. Read more here.
GPs in Ireland Will be Allowed to Conscientiously Object to Providing Abortions. The Minister for Health confirmed that if legislation passes that will allow for abortions up to 12 weeks, there will be a provision for GPs who object to performing abortions. Read more here.
CNN Calls Abortion of Millions of Girls in India “Sex-Selection Operations.” In a report on the growing gender gap in India, CNN reporter Euan McKirdy used the new euphemism for “abortion” to hide the reality that because of a preference for boys in India, millions of female babies are aborted simply because they are female. Read more here.
Mexico City Policy Restricting Overseas Abortion Funding is Effective. The policy prohibits U.S. funding for foreign organizations that provide or advocate for abortions. Even some critics of the policy admit that reinstatement and expansion of the pro-life Mexico City Policy has been highly effective in curbing the efforts of the international abortion lobby. Read more here.
U.S. Senate Fails to Pass 20-Week Abortion Ban. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would have banned abortions after 20 weeks. The bill was based on scientific evidence showing that fetuses have the capacity to feel pain beginning at 20-weeks’ gestation. Read more here.
Mississippi State House Votes to Ban Abortion After 15 Weeks. The House passed the measure by a vote of 79 – 31. Mississippi would be the first state to enact such a law. The bill now heads to the Senate for approval. Read more here.
U.S. States Focus on Abortion in Legislative Sessions. States that are dealing with abortion regulations are Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Utah. Read more here.
President Trump Proclaims Roe v. Wade Anniversary as “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.” January 22 is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion in the U.S. President Trump stated that the focus of the day was the “love and protection each person, born and unborn, deserves regardless of disability, gender, appearance, or ethnicity.” The day will annually “affirm the truth that all life is sacred, that every person has inherent dignity and worth, and that no class of people should ever be discarded as ‘non-human.’” Read more here.
U.S. House Passes Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act. The legislation passed on a vote of 241 – 183 and requires healthcare workers to provide care to babies who are born alive after an abortion attempt. The provider would be criminally accountable if the baby did not receive assistance. Read more here.
President Trump Addresses the 45th March for Life. This was the first time a sitting U.S. president addressed the pro-life gathering live via satellite. Hundreds of thousands of Americans converged on the capitol to demonstrate their support for life. Read more here.
Study Finds Abortion Estimates in India Twenty Times Higher than Previous Estimates. The study by the Guttmacher Institute found that in 2015 alone 15.6 million babies were aborted in the country. India’s Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act allows for abortion on demand under twelve weeks of pregnancy, while abortions between twelve and twenty weeks require two doctors’ approval. Read more here.
Study Finds Women Suffer After Abortion. The study published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons found that women experience a wide variety of severely traumatic psychological effects from abortion that can last for many years. In addition, the study found that their suffering has also provided benefits that allow them to help other women in similar situations. Read more here.
Over One Million Abortions So Far in 2018 Worldwide. Just weeks into the new year, it is estimated that there have been over 1.2 million babies aborted. The Worldometers website used data from the World Health Organization to calculate this number. Read more here.
Canada Summer Jobs Program Faces Legal Challenge by Pro-Life Group. A recent change in the application for a student grant for the program requires checking an “attestation” box that states that the organization respects “reproductive rights,” which is defined in the Applicant’s Guide as “the right to access safe and legal abortions.” Read more here.
Trump Administration Moves to Defend Religious Rights of Doctors. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is expanding its Office for Civil Rights by creating the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division. A new regulation will protect health care providers from being coerced into performing medical procedures, including abortions, that violate their consciences. Read more here.
Poll Shows New Zealanders Want Stricter Limits on Abortion. An independent poll by Curia Market Research has found significant support for greater time limits on abortion, including from those who generally support abortion. The poll found that just nine percent support the current legal limit for an abortion of 20 weeks. Fifty percent think the time limit for an abortion should be shorter than the current 20 weeks. Read more here.
Poll Shows Majority of Americans Want Major Restrictions on Abortion. The poll was conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion for the Knights of Columbus. According to the findings, while 51 percent of Americans describe themselves as “pro-choice,” 56 percent say abortion is “morally wrong” and 76 percent want “significant restrictions” on abortion. Read more here.
U.S. Abortion Numbers Staggering. In the past 45 years since abortion was legalized by the Supreme Court in the U.S., there have been an estimated 60,069,971 Abortions in America, which translates to more than 3,657 abortions daily and 152 abortions every hour. Read more here.
Ohio Adopts Bill that Bans Abortions Based on Down Syndrome Diagnosis. The governor signed the bill that makes performing such abortions a fourth-degree felony, which is punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a revoked medical license. Read more here.
United Nations Office Pressures El Salvador to Reassess Their Abortion Laws. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is pressuring the country to change the law that it claims unduly penalizes women for alleged abortion offenses. According to a spokesperson for the office, the current law has cast a wide enough net that women suffering from miscarriages are convicted of attempting abortion. Read more here.
Study Shows FDA-Approved Abortion Pills Obtained Online can be Ineffective or Even Dangerous. A recent study analyzing the safety and efficiency of the RU 486 abortion pill has found that such unregulated options can be harmful. While the two-drug process is currently approved by the FDA through ten weeks of pregnancy, it is available online and requires no proof of pregnancy or age of fetus to obtain. Misuse can lead to health emergencies while some of the pills, when tested, actually contained less than 25 percent of the needed chemicals to be effective. Read more here.
Pennsylvania Governor Vetoes Legislation Banning Post-20-Week Abortion and Second Trimester Dismemberment Techniques. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf vetoed the legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation, the point at which researchers have claimed a fetus is able to feel pain. The same legislation would have also banned the dismemberment technique in second-trimester abortions because of the threat to the safety of women. Read more here.
Forced and Sex-Selection Abortions Still Being Performed in China. The recently released report by the U.S. Congressional Executive Commission on China documents that even though China now has a “two-child policy,” single women and third children are being forcibly aborted. Birth data show that sex-selection abortions of females is still occurring. Read more here.
Guatemala Supreme Court Orders Halt to Distribution of Abortion Manual. The manual was produced by the country’s Ombudsman for Human Rights and funded by the UN Population Fund. The court order, among other things, prohibited promoting abortion and declaring that access to abortion was a human right. It further ordered the Ombudsman’s office to create and distribute materials within three months that would remediate the harm done by the original manual. Read more here.
EU Warns Poland Not to Pass Pro-Life Legislation. The European Union (EU) has warned Poland not to pass legislation that bans abortion in cases of severe congenital disabilities at the risk of being found in violation of core EU principles with respect to human rights and democratic values. Read more here.
Some EU Member States Seeing Backlash Against Abortion Access. While abortions are legal in most EU countries, some are considering “retroactive restrictions” causing an outcry among citizens and women’s health activists. The World Health Organization and the Council of Europe argue that widespread sex education is the most critical issue. Read more here.
Denmark Has Particularly High Rate of Down Syndrome Abortions. Only four infants with Down Syndrome were carried to term in Demark during 2017 after prenatal diagnosis. Danish health authorities deny that their goal is to eradicate Down Syndrome. Instead, they say they are committed to providing pregnant women with the “best possible basis for her to make her own decision.” Read more here.
U.S. Abortion Rate Drops Two Percent in One Year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the drop from 2013 to 2014 in a recently released report. The report suggests that more effective contraception methods, closing of abortion facilities, and overall declining pregnancy rates in the U.S. were major contributing factors. Read more here.
Malta Turns to the Public to Debate Reproductive Rights. The government is heeding public calls from the Women’s Rights Foundation and the Council of Europe for Human rights to become more progressive and by initiating and listening to public debate regarding reproductive rights like abortion and the morning after pill. Equality Minister Helena Dalli hopes that public discourse will both lead to needed funding and a change in the current negative perception of activists. Read more here.
Brazil Proposes Making Abortion Illegal Without Exception. A recent congressional committee vote in Brazil to make abortion illegal without exception prompted thousands of protestors to take to the streets there. Abortion is currently allowed in cases of rape, threat to the mother’s life, or when a fetus has significant brain defects. This measure would remove these exceptions. Read more here.
Polish Government Encourages Citizens to Have Children to Combat Low Fertility Rates. The government recently released a short video encouraging its citizens to look to rabbits as an example when it comes to procreation. The TV and radio campaign financed by the health ministry urges citizens to live healthy lifestyles during the ages of 18 and 45 to promote healthy reproduction. Poland has one of Europe’s strictest abortion laws as well as one of the lowest fertility rates. Read more here.
Texas Abortion Providers Argue for Right to Perform Second Trimester Live Fetal Dismemberment. The providers recently argued in court that they should not be required to kill a fetus before dismembering it in the womb, despite the state’s insistence that such second trimester dismemberment is inhumane when done on a living fetus. In this procedure the abortionist literally tears the pre-born baby apart in its mother’s womb and extracts the pieces. Read more here.
Pediatricians’ Group Warns of Dangers of Telemedicine Birth Control App for Teens. The American College of Pediatricians has specifically identified the mobile app Nurx as a threat to the health of adolescents by allowing them to obtain birth control, including emergency contraceptives, without the knowledge or involvement of their parents or personal physician. Read more here.
Planned Parenthood Urges Black Women to Abort Rather than Give Birth. The organization founded by racist eugenics advocate Margaret Sanger sent out a tweet telling Black women that statistically it was safer for them to have an abortion than give birth. Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the U.S. Read more here.
Pro-Life Governments and NGOs Request UN Committee Uphold Right to Life. The committee is finalizing a legal commentary that excludes unborn children and the terminally ill from the right to life in article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Read more here.
U.S. House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban. The bill passed by a vote of 237 – 189 and would make it a crime to perform or attempt an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with the possibility of a fine, up to five years in prison, or both. The measure allows exceptions in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother and wouldn’t penalize women for seeking to get abortions after 20 weeks. Read more here.
Iowa Judge Upholds 72-Hour Waiting Period Before Abortion. Polk County Judge Jeffrey Farrell ruled against Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, which sued to block the new law. The case will be appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court. Read more here.
Pro-Life Group Ordered to Stop Teaching Nurses How to “Reverse” Abortions. The California State Board of Registered Nursing has rescinded a previous decision and has demanded that Heartbeat International, a pro-life pregnancy help network, discontinue offering nurses continuing education units for Abortion Pill Reversal classes. Read more here.
U.S. Criticizes UN Agency for Supporting China’s One-Child Policy. The United States took the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to task for supporting China’s policy that has led to forced abortions. U.S. deputy ECOSOC ambassador Stephanie Amadeo stated, “As long as UNFPA supports or participates in any program of coercive birth limitation, the United States will not fund UNFPA.” Read more here.
Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas from Enforcing Four Abortion Restrictions. U.S. District Court Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction against the new restrictions including a ban on dismemberment abortions and a restriction on sex-selective abortion. Read more here.
Dutch Fund for Women’s “Sexual Health” Tops $300 Million. A campaign to raise funds for access to birth control, abortion and women’s sexual health programs in developing nations has raised more than $305 million. The initiative was launched after President Donald Trump cut U.S. funding for foreign organizations that provide abortions. Read more here.
Effort to Amend Chile’s Abortion Law Fails. A law that would legalize abortion when a woman’s life is in danger, when a fetus is unviable, or when a pregnancy results from rape was passed by the Senate but was one vote short of passing in the Chamber of Deputies. Read more here.
First Human Embryos Genetically Edited in U.S. A team of researchers in Portland, Oregon has carried out the first attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the U.S. for the purpose of correcting defective genes that cause inherited diseases. The embryos were not allowed to develop for more than a few days. Read more here.
How New Technology Could Threaten Abortion. A new technology that might allow premature babies to survive in an artificial womb outside a mother’s body could change abortion rights that are predicated on the viability of the fetus. Read more here.
UK Announces $1.3 Billion to Fund Abortions and Contraception. At the Family Planning Summit the United Kingdom committed £225 million a year for the next five years globally for “family planning” and acknowledged that the term includes abortion. Read more here.
Oregon Passes Bill Requiring Taxpayers to Pay for All Abortions Including Noncitizens. House Bill 3391 would require insurers to provide abortions at no cost regardless of citizenship status and without religious exemptions. Read more here.
Pro-Abortion Groups to Challenge New Arkansas Abortion Laws. The American Civil Liberties Union and other pro-abortion groups will challenge the regulations that, among other things, will require women to notify and get consent from their sexual partners or relatives before getting abortions. Read more here.
Sweden Stops Foreign Funding to Groups that Reject Abortion. Sweden’s international aid agency will cease funding for sexual and reproductive health programs of organizations that go along with President Donald Trump’s ban on U.S. federal funding for foreign groups providing abortions. Read more here.
Canada to Provide a $241.5 Million for Overseas Abortions and Contraception. The announcement about the funding was made during the Family Planning Summit in London. Much of the funding will go to countries in Africa in order to secure global access to “sexual and reproductive health and rights.” Read more here.
Women in Northern Ireland to Receive Free Abortions in England. Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland except when a woman’s life is at risk or if there is a permanent or serious risk to her physical or mental health. Previously women could travel to England but had to pay for the procedure. Read more here.
UK Report Finds Half of All Abortions are Due to Failed Contraception. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said 51 percent of the 60,592 women it treated in 2016 were using at least one form of contraception when they became pregnant. Read more here.
Poll Finds Majority of Americans Believe Abortion Should be Illegal. According to the Gallup poll, 54 percent of Americans favor making abortion illegal or legal in only a few circumstances, and 42 percent want access to abortion to be unrestricted or legal in most circumstances. Read more here.
United States Rejects UN Call for Access to Abortion at Human Rights Council. The U.S disassociated itself from a Canadian resolution calling for access to safe abortion for all women in countries where it is legal. Read more here.
Harvard Legal Journal Argues Against Legal Abortion. The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy said in a report by law student Joshua Craddock that unborn children fall under the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections. According to the article, “Unborn babies are constitutional persons.” The Fourteenth Amendment holds that no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Read more here.
Honduras Resists Pressure From UN to Legalize Abortion. In spite of intense pressure from the United Nations and the European Union, Honduran lawmakers in the National Congress rejected changes to current abortion laws, which protect all unborn life during pregnancy. Read more here.
UN Human Rights Council Criticizes Poland for Restrictive Abortion Laws. Several Western countries called on Poland during the country’s periodic review before the HRC to liberalize their laws on abortion and allow women to obtain legal abortions. Read more here.
University Offers Abortion Pills in Vending Machine. The University of California-Davis installed the “Wellness To Go” vending machine that dispenses the Plan B drug. The vending machine also dispenses pregnancy tests and condoms. Read more here.
Pro-Life Swedish Midwife Appeals Case to European Court of Human Rights. The Swedish Appeals Court had ruled that the government can force medical professionals to perform abortions. Ellinor Grimmark was denied employment by three different medical clinics because she refused to assist with abortions. Read more here.
Ireland to Consider Referendum on Abortion Rules. Government officials predict a referendum that would repeal or replace the country’s Eighth Amendment, which protects the life of unborn children, could be held as early as next spring. Read more here.
Irish Citizens’ Assembly Calls for Unrestricted Abortion. The Assembly consisting of 99 Irish citizens chosen at random and chaired by a Supreme Court judge was tasked with examining the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which protects unborn children. Read more here.
World Health Organization Says Abortion is Family Planning. Though there has long been agreement by governments that family planning does not include abortion, recent journal articles by World Health Organization researchers are indications that this organization now rejects that consensus. Read more here.
Study Finds Babies in First Trimester Have “Adult-Like” Nerves and May Feel Pain.The study published in the journal Cell used 3D images of human embryos that revealed previously unknown features of human development. The images showed that an adult-like pattern of skin innervation is established before the end of the first trimester. Read more here.
Swedish Midwife Loses Fight to be Exempt from Performing Abortions. Midwife Ellinor Grimmark has been fighting a legal battle for years and says being forced to perform abortions is a violation of her religious freedom. The Swedish Labor Court ruled that midwives must participate in abortions. Grimmark is considering appealing to the European Court of Human Rights. Read more here.
Trump Administration Cuts Funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The UN agency has been implicated in forced sterilizations and forced abortions in China and other countries. In 2015 the U.S. contributed $75 million to UNFPA. Read more here.
Australian Court Prohibits Display of Photos of Aborted Babies in Public. The Supreme Court of Victoria ruled that it is a crime to display the images and said displaying them is “disgusting, repulsive, repugnant, and offensive.” Read more here.
United States Gives Statement at UN Reaffirming no New Rights to Abortion. The U.S. offered an Explanation of Position on the Agreed Conclusions document at the 2017 UN Commission on the Status of Women. In the statement, the U.S. made it clear that the Beijing documents do not create new international rights, including any “right” to abortion. Read more here.
Arkansas Bans “Sex Selection Abortion.” Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a law that requires doctors to ascertain whether an abortion is for the purpose of selecting the gender of the child. Abortion rights proponents plan to challenge the law. Read more here.
Study of British Women Concludes Abortion Likely Contributes to Breast Cancer.The study published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons found that although still contested, acknowledging induced abortion as a variable in increased breast cancer rates helps explain why there are higher rates of breast cancer in places where abortion rates are higher. Read more here.
License Granted in UK to Produce Baby from Three Parents. The procedure will take genetic material from two women and one man in an advanced form of IVF that is intended to prevent certain genetic diseases. Read more here.
Netherlands Minister Launches Abortion Funding Organization in Response to U.S. Reinstatement of Mexico City Policy. The Dutch minister of foreign trade and development cooperation established a non-governmental organization after President Trump reinstated the policy that bans the use of taxpayer money to fund any international organization that promotes abortion. The Dutch ministry announced that they would donate 10 million euros. Read more here.
Uruguayan Court Prohibits Woman’s Abortion Because the Child’s Father Wants to Keep the Baby. The couple is no longer together, but the former boyfriend of the pregnant woman who wants to raise the child by himself petitioned the court to stop the abortion. The woman plans to appeal. Read more here.
Croatian Court Allows Abortion. The Constitutional Court ruled that a law allowing abortion does not violate the constitution but said parliament should enact new abortion legislation within two years. Doctors in the country are allowed to refuse to carry out abortions. Read more here.
Iceland Boasts 100 Percent of Down Syndrome Babies Aborted. There has not been a Down Syndrome baby born in Iceland in the past five years. Other countries also have high abortion rates of Down Syndrome babies—Britain aborts 90 percent and Denmark is expected to be “Down Syndrome-free” by 2030. Read more here.
Guatemala Blocks Dutch Abortion Ship. The “Women on Waves” abortion ship that supplies abortion pills to women seeking to terminate their pregnancies was detained because abortion is prohibited by the country’s constitution. The ship picks up women and takes them to international waters where local laws do not apply. Read more here.
Norma McCorvey of Roe v Wade Dies. McCorvey was “Jane Roe” in the landmark case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court and legalized abortion in the U.S. in 1973. She subsequently reversed her position and became a pro-life advocate stating that being part of the decision to legalize abortion was the biggest mistake of her life. Read more here.
France Passes Law That Will Imprison Operators of Pro-Life Websites. “Obstruction to abortion” has already been a crime in France, and the new law applies the existing punishment—up to two years in prison and a fine—to online activity. Read more here.
Sales of Online Abortion Pills in Britain Increasing. Medical approval for the abortion pill is required by law in the UK. Two women have been imprisoned for aborting late-term pregnancies with illegally obtained pills. Read more here.
American Academy of Pediatrics Advances Pro-Abortion Agenda. Ohio Right to Life and a coalition of medical associations including the American College of Pediatricians urged the American Academy of Pediatrics to rescind its recent statement reaffirming abortion as a “right” of adolescents. Read more here.
National Health Service in Britain has Paid Millions to Parents of Disabled Children. The NHS has paid £70 million in compensation for “wrongful birth” to parents who say they would have aborted their disabled children prior to their birth had they known of the abnormalities earlier. Read more here.
President Trump Reinstates Mexico City Policy that Prohibits Funding Overseas Abortion. The reinstatement of the policy also has the effect of defunding the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a UN agency that has been implicated in forced abortions. Read more here.
U.S. House Votes to Make Hyde Amendment Permanent. The bill introduced in the House by Rep. Chris Smith would ensure that public funds were not available for abortion. A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate. Read more here.
Dutch Government Wants to Counter President Trump with Abortion Funds. Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation announced the plan that would create an international fund to finance access to birth control, abortion and education for women in developing countries. The goal is to replace funding for international groups involved in abortion that will not be available from the U.S. now that President Trump has reinstituted the Mexico City policy prohibiting such funding. Read more here.
Ohio Governor Signs One Abortion Bill but Vetoes Another. Gov. John Kasich signed a bill that bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The second bill that would have prevented abortions after a fetal heartbeat was detected was vetoed. Read more here.
Ohio State Legislature Passes Abortion “Heartbeat Bill.” The bill would prohibit most abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy after the first detectable heartbeat and would be one of the most stringent in the U.S. The legislation awaits the signature of Governor John Kasich who is strongly pro-life but has expressed concerns about the constitutionality of the bill. Read more here.
French Senate Passes Pro-Life Website Ban. The bill adopted by the Senate by a vote of 173 – 126 will make it a crime to post pro-life information on the Internet. Violators will face up to two years in prison and $30,000 in fines. Read more here.
Malawians Demonstrate Against Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage. Thousands of protesters gathered in marches that were organized by Catholic and Evangelical churches in Malawi. Read more here.
French Court Rules that Down Syndrome Children are Not Allowed to Smile on Television. The court ruled that it was “inappropriate” to show happy children with Down syndrome on TV, as that sight could “trouble” women who chose not to give birth to their disabled children. Read more here.
Study Tests the Safety of Women Using Abortion Pills Sent by Mail. The study being conducted in four U.S. states will determine if abortions induced by drugs can be done through an online consultation with a doctor and the medication mailed to a woman’s home. Read more here.
Court Rules California Crisis Pregnancy Centers Must Advertise for Abortion Clinics. The Ninth District Court of Appeals upheld the California Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act enacted by the state legislature last year. The law requires all facilities with the primary purpose of “providing family planning or pregnancy-related services” to inform clients about other existing family-planning options. Read more here.
Norway Allows Foreign Women Pregnant with Twins to Have Selective Abortions. The country’s health officials have determined that all women whether they are Norwegian citizens or not have the right to abortion and fetal reduction of healthy unborn infants. Many doctors fear the procedure is risky for both the mother and the remaining fetus. Read more here.
First Baby Born With DNA From Three Parents. The controversial experimental procedure called Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy was performed by U.S. doctors in Mexico. The procedure transfers DNA from a donor into the egg of the mother. The procedure is primarily designed to reduce the risk of one of the parents passing on a debilitating or fatal genetic condition. Read more here.
French Government Announces Plan to Criminalize Websites Opposing Abortion. Laurence Rossignol, French minister for Families, Childhood and Women’s Rights has announced a plan to gag a number of websites that dissuade women from obtaining a “voluntary interruption of pregnancy,” a procedure that is 100 percent state-funded in France during the first 12 weeks of gestation. Offenders will be subject to prison sentences and fines. Read more here.
Study Finds Abortion Linked to Subsequent Mental Health Problems. The study published in the journal Sage Open Medicine found that undergoing an abortion during the late teen and early adult years raises a woman’s risk of mental health problems and may be linked to almost one in ten cases of these women’s mental disorders. The data from the U.S. confirm previous findings from Norway and New Zealand. Read more here.
New York Can’t Block Late-Term Abortion in Certain Cases. According to New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, the 1970 state law, which criminalizes abortion past 24 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother’s life is endangered, did not square with the later Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and other cases. Read more here.
Family Doctor Fired in Norway for Refusing to Administer Abortifacient Devices. Dr. Katarzyna Jachimowicz was fired after she chose to follow her conscience and not administer abortifacient devices to her patients. The law in Norway protecting conscience rights for doctors was changed in 2014. Read more here.
Change in Legislation may Allow Dutch Doctors to Prescribe Abortion Pill. Currently, the abortion pill is only available in hospitals and abortion clinics, but the health minister is planning on introducing legislation at the end of the year that will allow doctors to prescribe the abortion pill. Read more here.
Abortion Facility Files for Bankruptcy After Botched Abortion Lawsuit. The New Jersey facility, Englewood Women’s Services, was ordered to pay $6.5 million to a former patient following a botched abortion. The facility is run by Dr. Steven Chase Brigham, a physician who had his license to practice medicine revoked. Read more here.
Paraguay Defies UN and Asks President to Declare “Year of the Right to Life.” The National Chamber of Deputies of Paraguay passed a resolution upholding the right to life of the unborn from conception. Several UN committees have been highly critical of the country’s pro-life policies. The deputies asked President Horacio Cartes to urge the member states of the Organization of American States to declare 2016 as the “Year of the Right to Life.” Read more here.
Abortion of Babies with Cleft Palates in the UK Nearly Triples in Five Years. According to statistics released by the Department of Health, there has been a sharp rise in abortion of babies with this defect that is corrected surgically after birth. Pre-natal tests that can diagnose the condition may have contributed to the rise in the numbers. Read more here.
Abortion Groups Call on UN to Declare an Official “International Safe Abortion Day.” A coalition of 430 international, regional, national groups and individuals from 73 countries sent a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General and various UN agencies asking that September 28 be made an official UN “Safe Abortion Day” at this year’s UN General Assembly. Read more here.
U.S. House Panel Seeks Criminal Charges Against University Accused of Illegally Transferring Aborted Baby Body Parts. The House Select Panel on Infant Lives said the University of New Mexico illegally transferred fetal body parts after reports surfaced that high school students dissected the brains of aborted babies during a summer program in 2012 and 2014. Read more here.
Abortion Organization in Britain Suspends Some Abortion Services Over Safety Issues. Marie Stopes International sent hundreds of young women seeking an abortion to other clinics because of the safety concerns of inspectors. Affected women include those under the age of 18 and those who are more than 12 weeks pregnant. Read more here.
Poll Shows Majority of Americans Support Abortion Restrictions. The Knights of Columbus-Marist poll found that 78 percent of Americans favor substantial restrictions on abortion and would limit it to the first three months of pregnancy. Read more here.
Irish High Court Judge Rules Legal Rights of “Unborn Child” Must be Taken Seriously. Justice Richard Humphreys said an unborn child is “clearly a child” and has “significant” rights under the Constitution, “going well beyond the right to life alone.” Read more here.
Mexican State Governor Bans Abortion. Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte pushed through the bill that was approved by lawmakers, which amended the constitution to “protect life from conception.” The ban will become effective after a majority of the state municipalities approve the measure. Read more here.
Dominican Republic Congress Votes to Uphold Ban on Most Abortions. The bill passed by the lower chamber of the Congress will allow abortion only when the life of the mother is at risk. Read more here.
Alaska Supreme Court Strikes Down Parental Notice for Abortions. The court found the law that would require parental notice for minors seeking an abortion, approved by voters in 2010, violates the state Constitution and cannot be enforced. Read more here.
U.S. Supreme Court Says Pharmacists Must Dispense Abortifacients. The court refused to hear a case from the State of Washington that required pharmacists to dispense the “morning after” pill in violation of their religious beliefs that life begins at conception. Read more here.
Woman Rushed to the Emergency Room After Botched Planned Parenthood Abortion. The St. Louis, Missouri clinic has made at least 60 emergency calls from its facility over the past seven years. Read more here.
Mexican Supreme Court Rejects Legalizing Abortion. Justices of the court voted three to one to reject an initiative on the two laws that ban abortion as unconstitutional. Read more here.
U.S. House of Representatives Passes Pro-Life Conscience Protection. The House voted 245 to 182 to pass the Conscience Protection Act that will protect the rights of health care entities that refuse to participate in abortion. Read more here.
New Zealand Parliament Rejects Parental Notification for Teen Abortion. A petition was filed by Hillary Kieft, whose then 15-year-old daughter was given an abortion that was arranged by her school without the notification or consent of a parent. Ms. Kieft did not find out about the abortion until it came out a year later when her daughter tried to commit suicide. Read more here.
U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Texas Abortion Law. The 5 – 3 decision in the most important abortion case in 25 years struck down the Texas law that would have required doctors who perform abortions at abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges and clinics to meet hospital-quality standards of surgical centers. Read more here.
Washington State Judge Rules Public Hospitals Must Provide Abortions on Site. Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis ruled that public hospitals that offer maternity services must also provide abortions. According to the judge, the hospital must comply with the Reproductive Privacy Act, which allows providers to opt out of abortions, but not entire facilities to opt out. Read more here.
U.S. House Panel Uncovers Possible Violations of State and Federal Law by New Mexico Abortion Clinic. The Select Panel on Infant Lives found possible violations by Southwestern Women’s Options that provides aborted fetal tissue to the University of New Mexico. The clinic may have made a profit in providing the baby body parts, which is prohibited. Read more here.
Study Finds Abortion Pill Orders Increase in Seven Latin American Countries on Zika Virus Alert. According to The New England Journal of Medicine, orders from women in Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras rose from 36 to 76 percent. If contracted during pregnancy, the Zika virus may cause severe birth defects. Read more here.
Number of Aborted Babies Born Alive in Australian State Triples in Ten Years. According to Health Minister Cameron Dick, 204 babies were born alive during late-term abortions in the state of Queensland from 2005 to 2015. The babies were left to die without medical attention in the abortion facilities. Read more here.
Gov. Haley Holds Signing Ceremony for 20-Week Abortion Ban. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley held the signing ceremony for the legislation that will ban most abortions at 20 weeks after conception. The only exceptions are if the mother’s life is in jeopardy or if a doctor determines the fetus can’t survive outside the womb. Read more here.
Oklahoma Abortion Bill May Still Pass. The bill that would strip physicians who perform abortions of their medical licenses and possibly expose them to criminal charges was passed but vetoed by Gov. Mary Fallin. Legislators are attempting to amass the two-thirds majority required to override the veto. Read more here.
South Carolina’s Governor Signs New Abortion Law. Gov. Nikki Haley signed the bill that will ban abortions 20 weeks after conception. The law does not have exceptions for rape or incest, but will allow doctors to perform abortions after 20 weeks if the mother’s life is threatened or if the fetus has “an anomaly” and will die. Read more here.
Thousands March in Poland in Support of Abortion Ban. Marches in Warsaw and Szczecin drew crowds expressing “solidarity with the weak, the innocent, the helpless and the endangered.” Polish legislators will soon be voting on an abortion bill. Read more here.
Congressmen Question FDA on Loosening of Abortion-Inducing Drug Standards. Rep. Chris Smith and Sen. James Lankford and 73 colleagues sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expressing concern at the recent loosening of the regulation of the abortion-inducing drug Mifeprex or RU-486. The change in the guidelines includes decreasing the number of required doctor’s visits from three to two, and allowing the pill to be taken later in pregnancy. Read more here.
Study Finds Abortion Rates in Developed Countries Down 41 Percent. According to a study published in The Lancet, the total number of abortions worldwide has increased due to population growth, but abortion rates in the developed world have declined over the past 25 years and are now at “an all-time low.” Still, there are 56 million abortions worldwide each year. Read more here.
Little Sisters of the Poor Win Obamacare Case. In a unanimous opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the lower court cases and required them to reconsider the claims brought by the Catholic nuns who believed providing mandatory health insurance coverage of abortion-inducing drugs was a violation of their religious freedom. Read more here.
UN Human Rights Council Calls on Ireland to Change Abortion Law. The Council has recommended to Ireland that the country legalize abortion in cases of rape, incest, and fetal abnormality. The recommendation came during Ireland’s Universal Periodic Review. Read more here.
UK Royal College of Midwives Calls for Abortion up to Birth. The College issued a statement announcing a new policy in support of abortion on demand any time during a pregnancy. About 200 midwives and maternity workers signed a letter to the college’s board condemning the move. Read more here.
Alabama Governor Signs Dismemberment Abortion Ban Into Law. The legislation signed by Gov. Robert Bently bans the abortion procedure that tears the limbs from an unborn baby during the second trimester of pregnancy prior to removal from the womb. A measure was also approved that denies licenses or license renewals to abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of public elementary and middle schools. Read more here.
Canadian Government Will Fund Abortion Overseas. The International Development Ministry confirmed that the ban on funding abortions internationally established by the previous Conservative government will end. Read more here.
Animated Abortion Videos Released by Pro-Life Group. Live Action launched their new website abortionprocedures.com to show exactly what happens during an abortion procedure using medical animations of the inside of a womb during four different types of abortions. Read more here.
Alabama House Passes Bill to Keep Abortion Clinics Away From Schools. The bill would ban abortion clinics from operating “within 2,000 feet of the property or campus of a public school.” If Gov. Robert Bentley signs the bill into law, the ACLU has vowed to file a legal challenge. Read more here.
Federal Court Throws Out ACLU Case Attempting to Force Catholic Hospitals to Perform Abortions. The court ruled that the American Civil Liberties Union did not have standing to sue Trinity Health Corporation and compel them to abort babies against their faith and conscience. Read more here.
Florida Abortion Clinic to Pay $3,000 in Settlement To State. The Aastra Women’s Center and four other abortion clinics were accused of performing second-trimester abortions without proper licenses. Read more here.
U.S. State Department Reports 23 Million Abortions Occur Annually in China. According to the report, an additional 10 million chemical abortions were performed in nongovernment facilities. Thirteen million women terminate unplanned pregnancies each year in China. Read more here.
Mississippi Governor Signs Dismemberment Abortion Ban. Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill into law making Mississippi the fourth U.S. state to enact such a law, which will prohibit second-trimester abortions that extract baby body parts one piece at a time. Read more here.
Number of Abortions in Russia Decreases. According to the head of the Russian Health Ministry, the number of abortions in the country decreased by eight percent in 2015 and 24.5 percent compared to 2011. The government attributed the reduction to increased support and consultation with pregnant women. Read more here.
Study Finds Sex-Selection Abortion Is a Global Problem. The study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found that the practice of choosing to abort an unborn child based solely on that child’s sex occurs worldwide, including in the United States. Read more here.
New York Abortion Rate Drops to a New Low. Data from New York’s vital statistics report for 2014 show that the number of abortions statewide from 2008 to 2014 dropped 21 percent. Activists on both sides of the abortion debate disagree as to the reasons for the lower rates. Read more here.
U.S. Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton Says “The Unborn Person Does not Have Constitutional Rights.” Mrs. Clinton was asked on a Sunday talk show if she thought unborn children had any constitutional rights. Pro-abortion extremists objected to the use of the word “person” by Clinton. Read more here.
FDA Updates Label for Abortion Drug, Making Access Easier in Some States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has updated the labeling for the abortion-inducing drug Mifeprex, allowing it to be taken at a lower dose and with fewer visits to the doctor’s office. The move makes the drug, which is used to medically induce abortions in a two-step process, more accessible to women in three states where lawmakers had required doctors to prescribe the drug according to the original label. Read more here.
Open Letter from Polish Journalists to Members of Parliament Encourages Protection of the Unborn. More than 100 Polish television, radio and print media journalists have signed on to the letter urging legislators to protect the unborn at all stages of development. Read more here. Read the letter in Polish and English here.
Florida Governor Signs Law Ending Funding to Clinics Providing Abortions. Governor Rick Scott signed the measure that eliminates state funding for preventive health services to clinics providing abortion and requires doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within a reasonable distance of a clinic at which they perform an abortion. In addition, the law requires annual inspection of clinics by health authorities and tightens rules on disposal of aborted fetal tissue. Read more here.
Indiana Bans Abortions Based on a Diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed The Dignity for the Unborn bill making Indiana the second state in the U.S. to ban abortion for that reason. The bill states, “Indiana does not allow a fetus to be aborted solely because of the fetus’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other disability.” Read more here.
American Networks Don’t Report Dangers of Abortion to Women. Broadcast networks have a history of routinely refusing to report the danger abortion poses for women. For the past two years, ABC, CBS and NBC haven’t mentioned a single case of a woman’s health threatened by abortion, which includes risks of subsequent preterm birth, placenta previa, mental health problems, breast cancer, miscarriage or death. Instead, the three networks describe abortion as a necessary “healthcare” service. Read more here.
Alabama Senate Passes Bill Prohibiting Abortion Clinics Near Public Schools. The bill will prevent the Department of Public Health from issuing or renewing a license for an abortion facility within 2,000 feet of a K-8 public school. The measure now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. Read more here.
Utah Governor Signs Bill Requiring Anesthesia for Abortions. The bill signed by Governor Gary Herbert requires doctors to give anesthesia to women undergoing an abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later. The basis of the bill is that the fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks gestation. Read more here.
Chilean Lawmakers Legalize Abortion in Certain Cases. The lower house of congress approved the measure that will allow abortion in the case of rape, risk to the mother, or when the fetus is no longer viable. The bill will go to the Senate for approval. Currently, Chile does not allow abortion in any circumstance. Read more here.
Oklahoma Supreme Court Says Abortion Petition is Unconstitutional. The court ruled unanimously that an initiative petition calling for a statewide vote on whether to outlaw abortion is unconstitutional. The decision said, “the state Supreme Court is duty bound by the United States and Oklahoma constitutions to ‘follow the mandate of the United States Supreme Court on matters of federal constitutional law.'” Read more here.
Abortion Rights for Men Proposed in Sweden. The LUF West, regional branch of the youth wing of the centrist Liberal Party in Sweden, has proposed that men be given the right to “abort” responsibility for their unborn children up to the eighteenth week of a woman’s pregnancy. The group’s proposal has been widely criticized. Read more here.
National Abortion Federation Drops Seven Out of 11 Charges Against Undercover Videographer. David Daleiden, head of the Center for Medical Progress, released undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of unborn baby body parts. The National Abortion Federation subsequently sued David and his organization. Read more here.
Israel Legalizes Surrogacy for Single Mothers but Not Same-Sex Couples. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being criticized for not supporting an amendment to a bill that would have allowed access to assisted reproduction for homosexual men. Read more here.
UN Agencies Claim Abortion Has Always Been Part of Sexual Health. An article in The Lancet by the head of the World Health Organization and the head of the UN Population Fund endorsed a report by Lancet/Guttmacher that promotes abortion and homosexual rights under the rubric of “sexual and reproductive health and rights.” It is a direct challenge to congressional and executive U.S. funding restrictions on abortion. Read more here.
UN Demands Mexican State “Promptly Comply” With Ruling Legalizing Abortion.The UN human rights office, the UN agency for women, and the UN Population Fund have praised a federal district court judgment that orders the legislature of Veracruz to guarantee access to abortion for women and girls on the basis of the non-binding recommendations of UN committees. Read more here.
Legal Challenges to Canada Summer Jobs Attestation Grow. To qualify for grants this year, applicants had to sign an attestation saying both the job applicant and the organization’s “core mandate” respect reproductive rights (which includes abortion), as well as other “values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” Some pro-life groups were denied funding. Read more here.
Two Bills to be introduced to Irish Legislators to Legalize Free Abortion on Demand. Ireland recently voted to repeal an amendment that protected unborn children. The legislation would allow abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, would force taxpayers to fund abortions, and would create buffer zones around abortion clinics. Read more here.
South Dakota Governor Signs Bill Requiring Doctors to Inform Mothers of Abortion Risks. Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the bill that will require doctors to give complete information to women on the health risks of abortion, the development of fetus, and the option of reversing chemical abortion, before proceeding with termination of pregnancies. Doctors will have to tell women that “the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.” Read more here.
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