House Comittee Approves Bill to Ban Sex-Selection Abortions in the United States

Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona believes abortions based on race or gender should be outlawed. On Thursday, February 16, a House Committee approved Rep. Frank’s bill. According to Cronkite News, Franks thinks the issue is one of civil rights. “The effort of this bill here is to simply say we cannot discriminate against unborn children subjected to abortion.”

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District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Children Act

20 Week Human Fetus

The National Right to Life Committee believes a new pro-life bill could greatly cut through the entire legal structure that maintains legal abortion on demand. For that reason, a congressional pro-abortion leader said on Tuesday that stopping the bill is a high priority for the pro-abortion movement.

The legislation was introduced in the House on January 23, 2012. Its House sponsor is Republican Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona and has 130 cosponsors. The bill is known as H.R. 3803. In the Senate, the bill was introduced by Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah on February 13 and is known as S. 2103.

In a press release, the National Right to Life Committee noted that the legislation is based of an NRLC model bill that has been enacted in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Idaho. Other states are expected to vote on the legislation in 2012. The bill states that at least by 20 weeks after fertilization, an unborn child has the capacity to feel pain. Because of that fact, abortion in the District of Columbia would be prohibited beginning in the sixth month of pregnancy. The bill leaves the ability for an abortion to be performed when the life of the mother is endangered.

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40 Days for Life Expects Largest Spring Campaign Ever

In just a few days, in 251 locations in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, and Spain, pro-life advocates will join together to fight for life. The international campaign is called 40 Days for Life. The director of the campaign, Shawn Carney, noted, “With the January 22 anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling, the United States began its 40th year of legal abortion. This is a critical year in terms of the sanctity of human life – a year in which people from across America and beyond are preparing to take a public stand on behalf of innocent lives at risk.”

With 251 campaign locations, this year’s 40 Days for Life will be the largest springtime 40 Days for Life in history. According to a press release from 40 Days for Life, the campaign consists of three components, which are “40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, 40 days of constant, peaceful vigil outside abortion centers and Planned Parenthood offices, and 40 days of pro-life community outreach.” Anyone interested in participating in the event can find locations listed at http://www.40daysforlife.com/location.

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Protecting Pre-Viable Unborn Children

The Alabama Supreme Court stood up for life on Friday. In the case of Hamilton v. Scott the court ruled a mother may pursue a wrongful death claim. The mother, Amy Hamilton, is making the claim on behalf of her pre-viable unborn child. The suit was filed against multiple doctors and a medical group, claiming the failure of the physicians to provide proper medical intervention resulted in the death of the child. Experts have agreed that the child was at a pre-viable state of pregnancy. According to the experts consulted, the child would have died if born at that stage of Hamilton’s pregnancy. Read more Protecting Pre-Viable Unborn Children

Liberty Counsel Takes on ObamaCare

The Liberty Counsel is taking on ObamaCare. According to Matt Staver, the Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, “ObamaCare is a dangerous overreach of the federal government. If allowed to stand, the liberty of every American could be arbitrarily overridden by federal bureaucrats.” In recent days, questions about ObamaCare’s intrusion on religious freedoms have been raised, but it cannot be forgotten that at the heart of the legal battle over the health care legislation is the question if its legality as a whole.

The Liberty Counsel is representing two private individuals in the case of Liberty University v. Geithner. Until another lawsuit, Florida v. United States Department of Health and Human Services is resolved; Liberty University v. Geithner is being held at the Supreme Court. Florida v. United States Department of Health and Human Services is a lawsuit including 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

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Obama’s Compromise is Not A Compromise After All

If President Barack Obama believed a Friday press conference explaining alterations to part of his controversial health care plan would quell the criticism against his administration, he was wrong. Late on Friday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement criticizing the changes, citing unacceptable terms and a lack of clarity on the part of the administration.

The National Right to Life Committee responded with this statement, attributed to Legislative Director Douglas Johnson: “President Obama today promulgated a scam that, if he is re-elected, will allow him to mandate that every health plan in America cover abortion on demand.”

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops believes the President has failed in two areas. First, according to the USCCB, President Obama has “decided to retain HHS’s nationwide mandate of insurance coverage of sterilization and contraception, including some abortifacients.” Second, the Bishops also believe the changes in the mandate announced by the President are unclear, citing specific examples of concern: first, the mandate still appears to require insurers to cover “objectionable services,” which makes it seem as if “self-insuring religious employers, and religious insurance companies, are not exempt from the mandate.”

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