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30 May 2019
Infanticide - Governor Ralph Northam seeks to end life upon birth.

June is known as the month for weddings, but May 2019 has proved to be a stellar month for pro-life victories across the nation.

On May 29, Louisiana legislators on a vote of 73-23 enacted a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, the latest in a string of “heartbeat” bill victories. John Bel Edwards was expected to sign it and become the only Democrat governor to sign such a law.

On May 23, Missouri Republican Gov. Michael L. Parson signed into law a measure banning abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood have threatened to sue.

Alabama now has the most comprehensive pro-life law in place, effectively protecting unborn children at every stage in pregnancy. On May 15, Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the law and stated:

“To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”

The law includes an exception for cases where a woman’s health is at “serious” risk, but lawmakers, as in Louisiana, rejected adding exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

Abortionists could be charged with a felony and face up to 99 years in prison. On May 24, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit challenging the Alabama law.

On May 7, Georgia became the sixth state to ban abortions when a baby’s heartbeat is detected. Signed into law by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, the Living Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act (HB481), will take effect in January 2020.

The new law also redefines “natural persons,” expanding the term to include “an unborn child.”

“I don’t think we left any stone unturned to get this bill across the finish line,” said Janet Porter, president of Faith2Action and the architect of the nationwide campaign to enact heartbeat legislation. Faith2Action is one of more than 30 ministries supported by Timothy Partners.

“It’s a bill that I hope will be welcomed by the Supreme Court of the United States.”

Pro-abortion groups, including the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights, have vowed to sue to overturn the law and similar laws enacted recently in Ohio and Mississippi. They filed successful challenges in three other states, with judges striking down heartbeat laws in Iowa and North Dakota and delaying one in Kentucky.
Ohio’s law, signed by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine in April, is set to take effect in July. The bill had passed twice before but was blocked by former Gov. John Kasich. The ACLU has sued to stop it.

Georgia’s new law, which, like the others bars abortion when a baby’s heartbeat is detected – usually around six weeks – has riled Hollywood’s pro-abortion activists. Georgia has a thriving movie industry, with the Walt Disney Company, Netflix, and others shooting films there. Disney’s Marvel division, in particular, has filmed some of its superhero sagas in the Peach State, including much content in the current blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame.”

The Writers Guild of America issued a statement warning that: “This law would make Georgia an inhospitable place for those in the film and television industry to work, including our members.”

Apparently, Hollywood scripters get writer’s block if they can’t work without easy access to abortion.

Amid such pressure, former Republican Gov. Nathan Deal blocked previous Georgia heartbeat bills.

Mississippi’s heartbeat bill was signed into law in March by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Slated to take effect in July, it faces a lawsuit from the Center for Reproductive Rights. In November, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, who was appointed by President Obama, struck down a previous Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks.

Kentucky’s heartbeat law, signed by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin on March 15, was supposed to take effect immediately but was blocked by Obama appointee Judge David J. Hale of the Western District of Kentucky, who said the law needed a hearing in his court first.

Iowa enacted a heartbeat law in 2018, but it was blocked by Iowa state court Judge Michael D. Huppert. The Hawkeye State still has laws requiring that parents of a minor be notified before she obtains an abortion, ultrasounds taken before each abortion and that the governor personally must approve each Medicaid-funded abortion.

North Dakota enacted the firsts “fetal heartbeat” law in 2013, but lower courts halted it, and in 2016, the Supreme Court refused to review the case, blocking it permanently.

Other states are moving to consider heartbeat bills. In Alabama, the Senate postponed a vote this week after an exception for rape was struck from the heartbeat bill, whose provisions were summarized this way by National Public Radio: “The bill criminalizes abortion, meaning doctors would face felony jail time up to 99 years if convicted. The only exceptions are for a serious health risk to the pregnant woman, or a lethal anomaly of the fetus. There are no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. A woman would not be held criminally liable for having an abortion.”

Launched in 2010 by Mrs. Porter, a longtime pro-life activist, Faith2Action is an Ohio-based umbrella group that facilitates actions by the entire pro-family movement.

Under Mrs. Porter’s leadership, Faith2Action began in 2010 to lead the campaign to enact “heartbeat” laws all over America.

“Faith2Action is about being faithful where the battle is the hottest,” Mrs. Porter says. “Where our Bible-based beliefs and freedoms are most at risk. But beyond defending the issues that are most under attack, Faith2Action is about advancing–taking back ground. Our goal isn’t to just survive the cultural war, but to win it.”

She says that Georgia is just the latest victory in what will be a long campaign to end abortion altogether.

“Stay tuned,” she said.

4 Apr 2019
Pro-life activists march in Washington DC.

RICHMOND – On a perfect, cloudless spring day, thousands of pro-life protestors marched around Virginia’s state capitol building on Wednesday in protest of a bill that would allow abortion up to the moment of birth, and remarks by Gov. Ralph Northam in support of legal infanticide.

It was the largest pro-life march since the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 18, which attracted hundreds of thousands of marchers.

A large group of pro-life protesters in front of the Capitol.
Pro-Life crowd marches in front of the Capitol.

The Washington Post, which gave some coverage to the national march in January and more coverage of the pro-abortion Women’s March on January 19, devoted only six paragraphs on the Richmond event buried in an article on a different topic, plus two photos.

One photo was of the crowd on the capitol lawn, and another showed a protester’s sign featuring a woman in a hospital bed holding a newborn baby under a headline: #EndInfanticide.  The Post noted that “an estimated 6,500” attended the pro-life march, and that “nearby, a smaller crowd saved signs demanding to “Keep abortion legal.”

If there were any counter-protesters, I did not see them, and I walked the entire march route, along with my daughter. She was holding her five-month-old baby son as I pushed a stroller with two more of my grandsons.  Even if the Post reporters saw a handful of pro-abortion demonstrators, the description of them as a “smaller crowd” implies near-parity, perhaps even hundreds of people, which is typical of media coverage of pro-life events. 

A marching band of drummers and bagpipers provided lively music all the way around the Capitol’s march route. Many demonstrators pushed strollers, and people of all ages participated, with a heavy contingent from Liberty University.

Some of the signs carried by the pro-life marchers referred to Gov. Ralph Northam.  A pediatric neurologist, Gov. Northam, a Democrat, shocked many on Jan. 30 by endorsing infanticide during a radio interview.

He was discussing a late-term abortion bill (which later failed) that would have gone further than the New York State law signed on Jan. 22 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that legalized abortion right up to the baby’s due date. 

Mr. Northam, elected in 2017, said a baby born with health complications could live or die based on what the mother and doctors decided.

“If a mother is in labor…the infant would be delivered,” Northam explained.  “The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and mother.”

Speakers at the rally preceding the march included Melissa Ohden, survivor of a saline infusion abortion; Ryan Bomberger, founder of The Radiance Foundation; Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life; Felicia Pricenor, associate director of the Virginia Catholic Conference; Olivia Gans Turner, president of the Virginia Society for Human Life, and Victoria Cobb, president of The Family Foundation.

After the pro-life march, Dr. Alveda King, Bishop Vincent Mathews, SCLC of Virginia, Douglass Leadership Institute, Reverend Dean Nelson of Watchmen Pastors, and other faith leaders prayed at the governor’s mansion under the slogan, “Racism and Infanticide have no place in the Commonwealth of Virginia.” They implored God “to heal our land.” 

31 Jan 2019
Infanticide - Governor Ralph Northam seeks to end life upon birth.

Virginia’s governor has come out in favor of allowing newborn babies to die if the mother and doctors want it that way.

Ralph Northam, who himself is a pediatric neurologist, shocked many on Wednesday morning (Jan. 30) when he endorsed infanticide during a radio interview on a Washington-area station.

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18 Jan 2019
March for Life 2019

WASHINGTON D.C. (January 18, 2019) — Under cloudy, drizzly skies and with temperatures in the 30s, the 46th annual March for Life turned the nation’s capital into America’s pro-life capital.

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2 Oct 2018
Little girl showing concern for the life of the unborn.

When it comes to the media’s reporting on the life issue, you have to search between the lines.

A case in point:   On September 6, 2018, The Hill, which is a Capitol Hill newspaper, headlined a story this way: “Hill.TV poll: Most Americans support limited abortion rights.” Read More

21 Aug 2018
Mother loving her baby.

The Full Picture:  A Striking Contrast in Motives – and Outcome

What a difference an image makes. Sometimes, it can even save a life – with a bit of help from some kindhearted people who care enough to intervene.

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27 Jun 2018
Choosing life is a gift of love that spreads beyond the moment.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Won’t Have to Push Abortion

More sanity has prevailed at the U.S. Supreme Court.  Some babies’ lives are going to be saved as a result.

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13 Jun 2018
Mother choose life instead of having an abortion.

Imagine if Alcoholics Anonymous had to post directions to the nearest bar or cut-rate liquor store?

Or if Weight Watchers had to send people to Baskin-Robbins or Fatburger?

Or if Gamblers Anonymous had to give out maps to the nearest casino?

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