Oregon’s Slippery Slope on Assisted Suicide – What it Means for Other States

By Jennifer Popik, J.D.  Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, a first-of its kind law, has been in effect since 1997.  Essentially, the law permits physicians to prescribe lethal medications to patients who meet a set of loosely-defined requirements including being terminally ill, competent at the time of the request, and a few others. These so-called safeguards …

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So-called “Women’s Health Protection Act” defeated again in the Senate

By Jennifer Popik, J.D. Director of Federal Legislation Late on Wednesday May 11, all Senate Republicans, joined by one Democrat, Senator Joe Manchin, defeated a motion to invoke cloture (end debate) on the motion to proceed to H.R. 4132, the Women’s Health Protection Act better described as the Abortion on Demand Until Birth Act. The …

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Pro-life Senators and Representatives fight to prevent Congressional funding of abortion

By Jennifer Popik, J.D., Director of Federal Legislation Editor’s note. This story  appeared on page one of the December edition of National Right to Life News. Please share widely—with your pro-life family and friends and anyone else who loves children. Congress returns this week with a busy slate of items they wish to accomplish prior …

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Congress will tackle several pieces of important abortion-related legislation this Fall

By Jennifer Popik, J.D. Director of Federal Legislation With Congress slated to return from recess soon, the month of September will be particularly busy on the pro-life front. While there will be action on the annual spending bill, and a separate 3.5 trillion dollar social spending reconciliation bill, pro-abortion Speaker Pelosi (D-Cal.) has also announced …

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An overview and update of federal legislation

By Jennifer Popik, JD, NRLC’s Legislative Director Government Funding On July 29, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4502, a seven-bill appropriations package for the 2022 Fiscal Year that includes the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) Appropriations Act and Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Act. There were significant pro-life concerns contained …

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Democrats seek to destroy 40 years of bipartisan support against taxpayer funded abortion

By Jennifer Popik, J.D., Director of Federal Legislation For the first time in over 40 years, the bipartisan Hyde amendment was absent from the annual government spending bill. Pro-abortion President Biden and the Democrat congressional leadership have committed publicly to ending the Hyde Amendment and reestablishing taxpayer funding of abortion. An action alert can be …

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Congressional Democrats March Ahead With Pro-Abortion Agenda

By Jennifer Popik, J.D. Director of Federal Legislation Editor’s note. This appears on page five of the March digital edition of National Right to Life News. Please share this editorial—and all of the remainder of the content in this 42-page issue with your family and friends. If they are not currently receiving  the monthly NRL News …

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Amendment to protect babies born alive fails to advance, foreshadowing larger fights over abortion

By Jennifer Popik, J.D. Director of Federal Legislation Editor’s note. This appeared on page one  of the February edition of National Right to Life News. Please share with all your pro-life family and friends. Also send any comments to daveandrusko@gmail.com. Last Friday, in the early morning hours, pro-abortion Senate Democrats approved a budget resolution, in the process …

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Pro-lifers already gearing up to fight battles in forthcoming 117th Congress

By Jennifer Popik, NRLC Federal Legislative Director  Editor’s note. This appears on page one of the January edition of National Right to Life News which you received today. It’s an important story from  an important issue which I hope you will read in its entirety and pass along to your pro-life family and friends. As we start …

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NRLC praises Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s leadership in protecting the most vulnerable members of the human family

By Jennifer Popik, JD At the time of this writing, the 2020 elections have thus far produced  a U.S. Senate composed of 48 Democrats and 50 Republicans.  There are currently two run-off races scheduled in Georgia for January 5th.   While the Republicans were widely predicted to lose their Senate majority this past election, the election …

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NRLC tells House Members passage of H.R. 51 would mean funding of hundreds (if not more) of elective abortions in D.C. annually.

Dear Representative: The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the abortion implications of H.R. 51 which purports to grant the District of Columbia statehood.  Article I of the U.S. Constitution says that Congress holds complete legislative authority over the District of Columbia (“exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever”). That is why the …

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NRLC Praises Trump Administration Rule on Obamacare provision which would have forced health care entities receiving federal funding to provide or pay for an abortion

By Jennifer Popik, JD, NRLC Legislative Director This past Friday, the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized a rule relating to an Obamacare provision dealing with discrimination in healthcare. It represents a huge victory for pro-life health care providers. When Obamacare was passed in 2010, it included a broad provision (1557) …

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