Congresswoman Lesko Introduces the Save Our Children Act to Ban Dismemberment Abortion

By Jennifer Popik, Director of Federal Legislation The National Right to Life Committee today commends Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) for her leadership in introducing the Save Our Children Act to ban dismemberment abortions. “We thank Congresswoman Lesko for her advocacy in advancing this dismemberment abortion ban,” said National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. “We …

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Senate Democrats block effort to protect babies Born Alive following passage of radical state bills

By Jennifer Popik, J.D. Director of Federal Legislation Pro-abortion activists and their extreme agenda of legalizing abortion for any reason until birth have been exposed in states across the country, notably New York and Virginia. In particular, there has been public outcry surrounding the comments of Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia which are tantamount to …

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Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s Stellar Pro-life Record 

By Jennifer Popik, J.D., Director of Federal Legislation  Editor’s note. Pro-life Sen. Cindy Hyde–Smith (R-Miss.) was appointed to fill out the term of pro-life Sen. Thad Cochran, who resigned for health reasons. She will compete against pro-abortion Democrat Mike Espy November 27 in a run-off. Under Mississippi law if no candidate receives 50% of the vote, the top two …

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National Right to Life Applauds Announcement from Trump Administration Regarding Pro-Life Policies in Health Insurance

WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a proposed rule to require health plan issuers operating in state and federal healthcare exchanges to separately bill for any elective abortion coverage and to segregate any collected funds. In 2010, the passage of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) did away with the longstanding …

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New Jersey is the next key battleground in the fight against assisted suicide

By Jennifer Popik, J.D. Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics The New Jersey Assembly is slated to vote on A1504, the so-called “Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Act,” on October 29. Physician-assisted suicide has been considered by the state legislature numerous times without passing over the last many years. However, there may now be …

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Vote on an Amendment to defund Planned Parenthood fails in the Senate

By Jennifer Popik, J.D. Director of Federal Legislation This afternoon, the Senate voted on an amendment from Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT) to the 2019 appropriations bill which would have eliminated federal funding for abortion providers. The amendment failed by a vote of 45-48. There were several Senators absent from Washington this …

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Over 100 Members of the House Seek New HHS Rule to Make Consumers Aware of Abortion Surcharge

By Jennifer Popik, J.D Director of Federal Legislation This past Monday, August 6, 102 Members of Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting new regulations related to Obamacare and subsidies to plans that cover abortion. The letter, spearheaded by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and strongly supported by National …

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NRLC urges Congress to support issuing new regulations regarding abortion transparency and Affordable Care Act

Dear Member of Congress: The National Right to Life Committee, the federation of state right-to-life organizations, urges you to support the issuance of new regulations regarding Section 1303 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with regards to abortion coverage transparency by signing onto the attached letter from Congressman Chris Smith. At the time Barack Obama …

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AMA vote causes worry in fight against assisted suicide

By Jennifer Popik, J.D., NRLC Director of Federal Legislation In a disappointing vote Monday at its annual meeting, the American Medical Association (AMA) voted to continue to review, not maintain, its long-standing opposition to physician-assisted suicide. After two years of hard and detailed work examining the dangerous trends and effects of legalizing physician-assisted suicide, the …

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HHS officially announces pro-life changes to Title X Family Planning Grant Program

By Jennifer Popik, J.D., Director of Federal Legislation Last week, National Right to Life and other pro-life advocates cheered the Trump Administration when it announced that a proposal to make pro-life changes to the Title X program was imminent. Tuesday, Health and Human Services (HHS) filed a rule-making proposal with the Office of Management and …

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Trump Administration to restore prolife protections to Title X Program

By Jennifer Popik, J.D. Director of Federal Legislation The Trump Administration announced today its intention to issue new pro-life regulations surrounding the Title X program to ensure that federal family planning funding does not directly or indirectly promote abortion. The proposed rule to restore Title X does not cut one dime of funding for family …

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