LIFE

Past Newswire Headlines

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.