A Mid-March Update on State Legislation

By Ingrid Duran, Director of State Legislation, National Right to Life Committee It seems like this legislative session has already lasted an eternity and yet we are only mid-March. While I typically like to report all of the strides that pro-life lawmakers are making everywhere, I want to start on a somber note and then …

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Pro-lifers turn out to express strong opposition to “the most radical piece of abortion legislation that has ever been introduced in Illinois.”

By Dave Andrusko Pro-lifers in Illinois face a decidedly uphill battle in a state controlled by pro-abortion Democrats, but turned out by the hundreds this week to oppose “the most radical piece of abortion legislation that has ever been introduced in Illinois.” Organized by Effingham Area Right to Life, some 500 people packed the Effingham …

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Competing explanations for why states will continue to pass protective legislation

By Dave Andrusko It’s not exactly comparing notes, but I am always, always fascinating by our benighted opposition’s take on the lay of the land. Enter “New year brings altered landscape for abortion battle,” by Jessica Ravitz that appeared at CNN yesterday. And to her credit, Ravitz herded up the big pro-abortion hitters on a …

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What Can the Pro-Life Movement do about Planned Parenthood’s $1 Rent in Austin, Texas?

By Jackson Milton Austin City Council has given the pro-abortion movement another gift paid for by taxpayer dollars. On Thursday, Austin City Council voted to renew an unethical arrangement with Planned Parenthood, in which the abortion business is only required to pay $1 a year to rent downtown property owned by Austin. The fair market …

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Texas defends its ban on brutal dismemberment abortions before federal court of appeals

By Dave Andrusko The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing oral arguments today in an appeal brought by the state of Texas, challenging a lower court decision that overturned the state’s Texas Dismemberment Abortion Ban. After a five-day trial over Senate Bill 8 that began on November 2, 2017, “Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel, …

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“There is always a reason to choose life!”

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Next year the National Right to Life Affiliate where I work, the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, marks a milestone in its illustrious history. In 2019 PA Pro-Life celebrates its 40th anniversary. I was not around for the founding of the Federation in April of 1979. But I …

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Federal Court Permanently Ends California Law that Forced Pregnancy Centers to Advertise for Abortion

By Katie Franklin A California law forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise for abortion was brought to a permanent end Friday evening, thanks to an order by a federal district court. With that, the 2015 law, AB 775, which essentially was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in NIFLA v. Becerra in June, is now officially …

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Pro-lifers continue to make legislative gains in 2018 Legislative Session

By Ingrid Duran, State Legislative Director Pro-lifers were very active during the 2018 State Legislative session, introducing and/or passing many bills ranging from the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act to Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Acts to bans on abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome to limiting state funding of abortion, and everything …

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Good News from Richmond!! An update on legislation

By Olivia Gans Turner, President, Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL) The 2018 General Assembly wraps up this week. It was a surprisingly busy year. A total of 12 pro-abortion bills were defeated and pro-life members of the General Assembly were solid defenders of Virginia’s many pro-life laws. SB222, the Senate Version of the Life …

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Week ahead in the Virginia Legislature requires your involvement

By Olivia Gans Turner President, Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL) This was a very busy week in Richmond for VSHL’s team. On Monday, January 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, VSHL staff and volunteers distributed red roses and a message about the significance of the day to every Member …

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NRLC 2018’s Promise to Unborn Children

By Ingrid Duran, Director, NRLC Department of State Legislation It’s no secret that the 2017 state legislative session was wildly successful in passing protective pro-life laws. If you had any doubts, read any pro-abortion blog. What follows is an overview; much more could be written. (At the federal level, see Jennifer Popik’s, “2018: A look …

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Recommendation of Irish Committee deciding language for abortion referendum out of kilter with public opinion

By Dave Andrusko Yesterday we wrote about the recommendation of a committee of the Irish Parliament which announced informally what it will formally recommend next Wednesday: an end to the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution which holds that mothers and unborn children have equal rights with authority on abortion transferred from thence forward to the …

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