A first look at 2014 pro-life state legislation

  By Dave Andrusko “Shifting strategies for state abortion battles in 2014” is the headline on a story in POLITICO written by Natalie Villacorta. I think it would be worth our while to take a few minutes to look at her analysis, given that as we approach the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we’ll …

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The Hard Work of Grassroots Pro-Lifers Pays Off

By Dave Andrusko Pro-abortionists habitually fluctuate between Chicken Little—the sky is falling—and crowing about how successful they were in staving off those crazy pro-lifers. The measuring stick is the numbers distributed by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute in its periodic reports, Guttmacher’s  interpretation of which tends to fall somewhere between these two camps. Pro-abortion blogger Amanda …

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Finding a reason—any reason—to waive the requirement that minor girls tell their parents about a decision to abort

By Dave Andrusko A friend passed along a story about abortion and parental notification that appeared in the “Daily Report” that, in many ways, has to be read, re-read, and re-re-read. And once you finish Alyson M. Palmer’s account of how a three-judge panel of the Georgia Court of Appeals allowed a pregnant teenager to abort …

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Two protective bills advancing in Minnesota

By Bill Poehler Legislation to require licensure of abortion facilities and to ban dangerous “webcam abortions” was approved by the Minnesota Senate and House respectively this week on bipartisan votes. Both bills have the strong support of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL). The first would require facilities that perform 10 or more abortions per …

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Iowa House/Senate Battle Over Abortion

By Dave Andrusko Setting up a showdown with the state Senate, the Iowa House has set new limits on the use of state funds to pay for abortion and reprioritized the distribution of state and federal family planning funds. The 58-37 vote Wednesday was an amendments to the health and human services appropriations budget, and …

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An Update on State Legislation

By Dave Andrusko As we near the end of the week, I asked Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, director of  National Right to Life’s Department of State Legislation, for a quick progress  report. Here’s the latest. A bill in Mississippi is now on its way to pro-life Gov. Phil Bryant that requires abortionists associated with an …

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Completion of the Wisconsin Right to Life 2011-2012 Legislative Agenda in the Homestretch

By Susan Armacost, Legislative Director, Wisconsin Right to Life From a right-to-life perspective, the 2011-2012 legislative session of the Wisconsin State Legislature has been a very good one for taxpayers, for women, and for unborn babies.   The 2010 elections resulted in right-to-life majorities in both houses of the legislature in addition to the election of …

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South Carolina Senate Panel OKs Born-Alive Infant Protection Act ; Measure already approved by House

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A State Senate Judiciary subcommittee Wednesday unanimously passed a version of the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA) that defines an infant born alive as a person even if the baby survives an abortion attempt.  Basically the bill means that babies who are born alive under any circumstances cannot be treated as medical …

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Two Pro-Life Bills to be Considered by Wisconsin Assembly Next Week

By Dave Andrusko Two bills of direct concern to pro-lifers in Wisconsin will receive a vote in the State Assembly next  Tuesday, Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director Barbara Lyons said on Thursday. March 13 is the last day of this legislative session. The State Senate has already approved both measures. AB 154/SB 92:  The …

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NRLC State Affiliates Working Hard to Pass Pro-Life Legislation

By Dave Andrusko Virtually all the attention over the past week has been lavished on the fight in Virginia over its ultrasound bill. (See “Lessons  Learned from the Battle over Virginia’s Ultrasound Law.”) But as Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, director of NRL Department of State Legislation, made clear in an interview this afternoon, the Movement …

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National Right to Life Affiliates Moving Pro-Life Legislation Ahead in State Legislatures

By Dave Andrusko Chatting with NRLC Director of State Legislation Mary Spaulding Balch today, she reminded me of the power—and the irresistibility to reporters—of ultrasounds. Pro-lifers in Pennsylvania have just introduced  House Bill 1077, the Women’s Right-to Know Act, which empowers women by requiring the abortionist  to position the ultrasound screen so that women could …

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A Conversation with Mary Spaulding Balch, Director of NRLC’s Department of State Legislation

By Dave Andrusko Over the course of the year NRL News Today will frequently update you on pro-life legislation as it works its way through the state legislatures. We talked today with Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, who directs NRLC’s Department of State Legislation. Her office is on call to NRLC’s 50 state affiliates 24/7, so …

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